This is what is "GREAT" about AMERICA
...that we have FREEDOM of SPEECH!!!

A Manning Veteran proudly flies the American flag.
Below it he expresses his first ammendment right - the Freedom of Speech.

Freedom of Speech Clause
The Freedom of Speech Clause of the First Amendment is one of the most valuable and precious rights guaranteed to Americans in the United States Constitution. The Freedom of Speech Clause of the 1st Amendment reads like this:
"Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech."
Freedom of Speech is valued by most people as a God-given right that is so important, it must be guaranteed by the government. Americans after the Revolutionary War decided they did not want the government restricting their speech. In general, at the time of the writing of the Constitution, the concern about protecting free speech was in regard to protecting political speech.
They wanted to be able to express their opinions about political candidates and laws they might pass. If the government was allowed to censor viewpoints it didn't like, the people would end up with a government that favored certain people who had political power and oppressed everyone else who did not agree.

Selective history
"God Bless America" Kate Smith 1938

Excerpts from the Internet
"God Bless America" is an American patriotic song written by Irving Berlin during World War I in 1918 and revised by him in the run up to World War II in 1938.
Berlin, born Israel Baline, had also written several Jewish-themed novelty tunes.
In 1938, with the rise of Adolf Hitler, Irving Berlin, who was Jewish and had arrived in America from Russia at the age of five, felt it was time to revive it as a peace song, so "God Bless America" was introduced on an Armistice Day broadcast in 1938, sung by Kate Smith on her radio show.

Now the hate America first crowd is going after Kate Smith.
I'm not going to debate about what she sang that is deemed racist by some people, BUT the totally hypocritical and one-sided judgment from those self-proclaimed "moral" PC police and cowardly America hating people who use parts of history as a weapon for their own monetary and political purposes, when they are just as, if not more, "racist" by their terms than those they accuse - the "Pot calling the Kettle Black."
These gutless people feel self-righteous about going after someone who is deceased and can't defend herself...

Excerpts from just one of many opinion websites about this issue:
The New York Yankees Major League Baseball franchise took Kate Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" off its seventh-inning stretch playlist when its managers learned of the singer's "history" of racism. Evidently, as reported in the New York Daily News, Kate Smith recorded a song in 1939 with blatant racist content.
If you dig a little deeper, the racist actions of Kate Smith can't hold a candle to the racist past of Major League Baseball - including the N.Y. Yankees.
In fact, MLB teams refused to hire qualified black players for decades, and well into the 20th century. If your past actions affect how you're viewed by today's standards, as the N.Y. Yankees deem the case to be with Kate Smith, this makes MLB one of the most racist organizations still active in America today.

Make sure to scroll down to the Ellen Hoffman tribute, and click on December 7, 1941, to read an account by Ellen who lived during hard times of the Great Depression, WWII, and early Midwest farm life - from an era of US citizens, like Kate Smith, who fully understood what sacrifice, hard work, and love-of-country meant.

Other recent moronic perceptions of history...

Edelweiss, from the Sound of Music, is deemed a "Nazi" song.


Ole bossie below is really burping in disbelief of 1 ignorant so-called news person's comments...

Why do I care and bother to comment? The "Sound of Music" is one of my favorite musicals and that some idiot would equate "Edelweiss" as a Nazi song needs to be mocked, made fun of, and rejected by everyone.

The gist of the idiocy found on just one of many Internet websites
"'On Thursday, a New York Post reporter tweeted that President Donald Trump played the song "Edelweiss" at the White House.
The New York Times' White House correspondent, Maggie Haberman, suggested the song was a Nazi anthem, inspiring rightful backlash on Twitter. She seemed to stick with this false view, even after she was called out on it.

"Edelweiss" was being played as we walked into the @WhiteHouse
- Nikki Schwab (@NikkiSchwab) April 18, 2019

Flabbergasted, Haberman responded, "Does...anyone at that White House understand the significance of that song?'"

Here is just one of many websites that will explain how this nonsense all came about.

Food for Thought
As a dumb ole Midwest Iowa farmer I can't resist showing this animated gif...
Many members of the so-called news media and politicians are pretty much nothing more than a cow chewing its cud - just regurgitated opinions and political brain-dead nonsense.

Ole "Bossie" takes the time to "chew things over" twice before finally digesting food in her 4-compartment stomach.
The media - anyone for that matter - should think a little more before they spread "their opinions" around as facts.
We shouldn't believe anything we hear and read - especially the first time around.

Quoting Walter Cronkite "And that's the way it is..." April 28, 2019

The nice thing about maintaining my own web page is that I don't have to worry about some elitist PC cop removing or blocking my ability to speak my piece.

Did you know?

Virginia Struve - Mrs. Roy
Virginia was a senior in high school in 1950 when she met the real Maria von Trapp at St Anthony's Academy in Carroll.
During the school assembly, Virginia and another student were chosen to go up on stage to stand with Maria.
Students in 9 through 12 attended the assembly program.
Virginia doesn't remember much about what Maria spoke about anymore but it mostly covered the Catholic faith. None of the other von Trapp family members were there and Maria did not sing any songs.
At this time, Maria wasn't as well-known and famous. In the 1950s the family made a series of records of their singing and not until the Broadway musical "The Sound of Music" in 1959 and the film came out in 1965, did the von Trapp family singers become widely known.

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