Thank you for subscribing to the weekly updates. Each week I will include the latest articles I have written. An occasional personal note from me will also arrive in the weekly email. Today is one of those days. More and more, people are questioning our viability as a lasting society. This week, I address those issues with a post called “Could We Lose Our American Identity?” and another one that applauds a true patriot for standing up for liberty. It’s called “Americans Standing Up, which begins in the next paragraph below. Thank you for being an American who is interested in a Common Sense approach to Civics and Citizenship.- Candace
Americans Standing Up
You may think America is in its last days, but I beg to differ. Here’s a story of citizenship in real action. Here’s a man who shows us how it’s done. Daniel Gade says that he has been serving the U.S. Constitution since he was 17. A retired Army Lt. Colonel and a veteran of the Iraq War, Gade lost one of his legs while serving. He earned two Purple Hearts. He also ran for U.S. Senate in Virginia and lost the race. Gade isn’t done yet. Last month, he joined fellow citizens from Fairfax County, VA, attending a public hearing about a proposed flag ordinance to regulate the size, location, height, and number of flags residents and businesses can fly. The American flag would receive no preferential treatment.
The proposal calls for all single-family residential flags to be no larger than 24 feet and fly no higher than 25 square feet. Business lots would be restricted to a flag size of 96 square feet and a height of 60 feet.
Gade said, “Fairfax County, where I live, is trying to ban flags if they’re bigger than a certain size set by some county bureaucrat.” Gade finds these limits, well, limiting. He joined other citizens in vocalizing their dissent. Gade noted that such limitations are an offense to our country’s veterans. He also pointed out that the restrictions would make flags smaller than those that drape the coffins of our fallen heroes. Gade chose to be publicly but respectfully vocal in his dissent.
The proposal was defeated at the March 3 Fairfax County Planning Commission meeting.
Gade could have stayed home. He could have given up. Instead, he joined other like-minded citizens in taking the time to go to meetings and speak to the media. Thank you, Lt. Col., for getting it done. You unashamedly continue to defend liberty and our American flag. Your courage is an example for us to follow. I, for one, am deeply grateful.
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