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Today, I went to HEB to pick up a few items. (For non-Texans, HEB is the name of the best grocery store in Texas. Okay, carry on…) As I went through the aisles, I noticed an enticing pecan pie from the bakery. Now, normally, I’d have baked my own, but I was hungry, it looked really good, and I remembered I had a $3.00 off coupon for any bakery pie or 12″ pie. Just my luck!

I took my items to the checkout and handed the coupon to the clerk. The coupon was one that I had procured at the checkout line of another HEB. When you check out, the printer that spits out the receipt will also give coupons. It’s pretty much a Craps shoot because sometimes they’re wonderful and plentiful, and other times you get one crappy little 30-cents-off jobbie for something you’d never buy anyway, like HEB brand haggis.

After the checker rang up the items, she realized the coupon hadn’t worked. She looked at the pie (which was obviously, to me, a 12″ pie), picked it up, and looked at the bottom. She called over a co-worker and asked him to posit an opinion as to why the coupon didn’t work. He had no idea and so-called over yet another co-worker. They all head-scratched for a moment, and then one decided that maybe the pie was too big.

In my ignorance, I believed that maybe they had 12.5″ pies or something, and I, like an idiot, had picked up one of those, not realizing it was 12.5″ instead of 12″. I was ready to take their assessment at face value. Then, one of them offered the knowledge that a 12″ pie was the size of those in the silver throw away tins with the plastic wrap around it and that THIS was a MUCH BIGGER pie than 12″.

You know those pies, right? In the tiny 8″ and 9″ pie pans? Yeah. That’s what they assured me were the 12″ pies the coupon was good for. As they all nodded and agreed that this was the issue, I realized that none of them even know how long a standard ruler is. None of them thought to try the coupon again. None thought about calling a manager to ask him or her to help the customer with the situation. They came to a consensus as to why the coupon didn’t work and went with it, nodding and smiling as my $3 savings I was so happy about was just flushed down the commode.

No wonder politicians get away with the crap they do. My word, we are in trouble.

This is why y’all need to buy my book. Just click on the picture of the book to the right. Get one for you and your kids, grandkids, your neighbors’ kids…everyone. Maybe, just maybe, if we can get people, kids especially, interested in liberty and learning, we might one day end up with a nation of people who – and I know this is reaching for the stars – know what a 12″ pie looks like.

John Adams

“I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Painting and Poetry Mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematicks and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelaine.”

~ John Adams in a Letter to Abigail Adams, post 12 May 1780
A dear friend recently told me that she sees me as being all about God, family, and country. I replied in the affirmative. What I didn’t get a chance to tell her is that, while I very much enjoy spending hours each day studying history and economics, I do this because I feel the need to make the case for liberty in this country as so many have never even given it a second thought. I never used to, but now I KNOW what’s going on and it’s crappy.
I would love to read more fiction and literature, spend more time playing, or cleaning my house (okay, that one’s a lie…), but I feel that, being one who sees what our country is headed for, I have the duty to share the knowledge I’ve gained.
It’s not a pretty picture, either. Try that one on for size. I have no message of “Don’t worry!! If we can just beat those [fill in political party here]’s in the next election, everything will be FINE!!” Nope.  My message is, “If we don’t change our mores and see how we are flushing our remaining liberties down the toilet, as a country, we’re toast as a civilization.”
Yeah, I’m a hoot at dinner parties…
But, I do it so that people will again have conversations in this country that start out with, “Gee whiz, about that new legislation they are looking to pass, I wonder what the real ramifications will be?” instead of, “How could anyone want GUNS in the hands of CRIMINALS??” as if that’s what anyone wants.
I do it so that my kids will be able to live in a land whose laws are not based on envy of what others have. I do it so that we can have a discussion based on facts, not feelings. I do it so we can restore the Declaration of Independence (totally buy my book for more on that – just click on the link to the right!!) and the US Constitution. I do it so people will take the time to truly understand what those documents mean and why abolitionists back in the day, like Republican Frederick Douglass in June of 1863, said things like this:Frederick Douglass
“Let me tell you something. Do you know that you have been deceived and cheated? You have been told that this government was intended from the beginning for white men, and for white men exclusively; that the men who formed the Union and framed the Constitution designed the permanent exclusion of the colored people from the benefits of those institutions. Davis, Taney and Yancey, traitors at the south, have propagated this statement, while their copperhead echoes at the north have repeated the same. There never was a bolder or more wicked perversion of the truth of history. So far from this purpose was the mind and heart of your fathers, that they desired and expected the abolition of slavery. They framed the Constitution plainly with a view to the speedy downfall of slavery. They carefully excluded from the Constitution any and every word which could lead to the belief that they meant it for persons of only one complexion.The Constitution, in its language and in its spirit, welcomes the black man to all the rights which it was intended to guarantee to any class of the American people. Its preamble tells us for whom and for what it was made.”
If a runaway slave with no formal education can dissect and grasp the principles of the US Constitution, so can we, daggumit!
And, that’s why I write this blog. Please share it with everyone. Then, buy my book. We have a country to save!

In 2006, my husband was in the AF and we had just been stationed to Fairchild AFB in Washington State. I loved my friends there…but HATED the weather.

 

Hate is not really a strong enough word: maybe loathe, detest, abhor…you get the idea. I found out that I am solar-powered and there was just not a lot of that to go around up there. This is totally simplified, but trust me, I was NOT happy there. And, you know how it goes: If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

 

While this was playing in the background, I got the itch to go back to college. Easier said than done when you have three kids (all young), and a husband who has a boss that would buy cots for them at the office if he were even remotely allowed. Also, the college was about an hour’s drive one way and the pocket-book was a little thin to fund that.

 

Long story short, I decided against going back, and as I was not well versed enough in the art of online anything, online classes were out for me at that point. In any event, it was put on the back burner when I had reconstructive abdominal surgery (did you know that some people’s bodies literally come apart at the seams after having kids??).

 

I guess something got knocked loose at this point, I suppose, because I started hatching this plan. Let me lay it out for you and you can decide as to the level of sanity I was experiencing at the time:

1. Get out of the AF (Got that? Ditch the solid job and paycheck!)

2. Move to Texas

3. Use GI Bill and other funding to have BOTH Kristian and I go back to college at the same time.

4. Rent a small apartment in town, and alternate days we went to school, and figure out a way to juggle part-time job(s).

See how insane this sounds as I type it out? How I EVER got Kristian on board is beyond me.

 

Luckily, my mom said, “Oh, I thought you’d come to live at the ranch while going to school!” and so we did. It started out that we would get our degrees and then move, but things never turn out how the way you plan them. Well, for me they don’t, and thank goodness, because we are still here. My folks aren’t getting any younger, and, well, there are just lots of factors.

 

As we were getting things buttoned up to move (Kristian transferred to the AF Reserve to finish out his enlistment, we applied to the college, yada, yada), we found out that there was not any good school option out here for the kiddos. The ranch is in the middle of nowhere, and it’s a long story, but we ended up home schooling. My father has always been a big proponent of home schooling, and I thought, “Well, why not?”

 

Now, fast forward a year and I’m diggin’ this home school thing. I figured out that a curriculum is just what some person said a kid should learn and how. Sure, maybe they’ve done it before, but they’ve never met MY kid. I did mass amounts of research on curricula, we tried several different kinds, and finally found one that I (and the kids, most importantly) love.

 

Plus, my dad has the kids help work on his tractors, they built a to scale solar system that was over a mile in diameter, my mom teaches them games and interior design, the kids got some chickens…it’s all kinda good.

 

Okay, so this is the dénouement! The answer to the question: “Why did I write my book?”

 

During the course of the past 5 years, I have been ravenously devouring info about the past (not revisionist history I’ve been fed my whole life), the founding, the framing, and economics. I wanted to give my kids the real story from the get-go and looked for books that did just that.

 

What I found, sadly, was that there WAS (hint, hint there is now!) nothing out there for kids that is fun about the founding while also being factually accurate. The entire idea of liberty, what a “right” is, from whence it came, etc., seems lost!

 

And, it’s not just kids! I read The 5,000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen, but even that is too deep for people who have been deprived of that knowledge for their entire lives. In fact, while I had intended the book for kids, I have gotten more positive feedback from adults than from their kids!

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