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As we begin the New Year, I would like to take a moment to reflect upon the past.  I am a firm believer that in order to chart the course of our journey into the future, we must take a look at where we have been.  It would be appropriate at this time to thank all my loyal supporters and the 1700+ who have read my blogs. I must admit the response to “The Greatest Gift of All” and “A Christmas Wish” was more than could have been anticipated.  The ripple effect was felt around the nation as kindhearted people put this wish into practice.  It was all over the news, bringing a smile to my family.  There were hosts of mystery people helping others without revealing their identity.  Can you imagine the feelings of the recipient of such a gift?  Better yet, can you imagine the feeling within the individual who offered such an act of kindness without receiving any praise?

With that being said, let’s carry this thought forward and pay tribute to the true heroes in our lives.  The world is filled with kindness and those who are sacrificing everything in order to help others.  Yet, to accomplish that requires more than we realize.  Our police officers protect us from those who would do us harm.  It is because of their sacrifice that we can move about freely, carry on with our wishes, and expect to be safe while doing so.  Can you imagine what it would be like if it weren’t for those dedicated officers of the law? 

I wrote many stories of the Wild West, days of the frontiers, and of the times when our survival was left up to us as individuals.  Thankfully that has changed.  It is not perfect.  There is corruption, bribes, and dishonest judges who pervert the law; but as a whole, most are descent, dedicated keepers of the law.  It is a disgrace to them to learn of bribes being taken by their own to pervert justice.  To those who are truly devoted to keeping the oath they have taken to uphold the law, our deep-seated gratitude goes out to you.

It is only fitting and appropriate to praise the many individuals in our armed forces and to pay tribute to them.  They leave their families and the comfort of their homes to enter harms way in order to protect us.  Many pay the ultimate of sacrifices so we can have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  This great nation stands today as tribute to centuries of men and women who have served their country.  Without their sacrifice, we would most likely find ourselves under the control of a dictatorship or sovereign power, stripping us of the many privileges we enjoy today.

But, alas not all is well.  Unfortunately problems do exist.  They will be waiting for us in the future, just as they have persisted in the past.  One that I would like to touch on is human trafficking.  It is a global crisis and is out of control.  I have written “The Twelve SEALs” and two sequels for the purpose of creating public awareness about this subject.  Education is the key.  The next release is about to hit the bookstores, and you will certainly acquire a new level of appreciation for the SEALs after reading of these heroic efforts by some of our finest.  In these stories the president has become fed up with the tolerance of human trafficking.  Corruption is at the root of the problem, and the love of money is the driving force that is destroying the lives of many of our young women.  You may know of someone that has disappeared, never to be heard from again.  I do!  Is human trafficking behind it?  We are beginning to suspect as much.

In an effort to put a stop to the abductions, trafficking, and abuse of these unfortunate victims, the president has called upon the elite.  Who better than the Navy SEALs is there to protect our young women?  When victims are abducted, leaving behind no evidence to follow, and the police reach a dead end, it suddenly becomes a job for a team of former SEALs.  These guys are dedicated to protecting those who are unable to protect themselves.  Their training has prepared them for the task, and now they issue a warning:  “We got Bin Laden; and if you are involved in human trafficking, we will get you too!”  Young women are disappearing at an alarming rate and need someone to rescue them.  They wait, desperately wanting to be found.  Now there is hope, and soon the victims will be returned to the loving arms of their families.  Here is a tribute to our finest!

Recently I had the good fortune of being a guest on Dottie Laster’s Here Women Talk Radio.  If you would like to listen to my southern accent, click on the link below and choose archives.  My portion is the final twenty minutes of the broadcast.  Those who are concerned about my accent need not worry.  Once the ink touches the paper, the accent melts away.

If you would like to learn more about ways to avoid becoming a victim of human trafficking, please consider “The Twelve SEALs” out now, and its sequels soon to be released.

Thank you!

 Roger Grubbs

  

http://bit.ly/zDUkka  Dottie Laster’s TRAFFICKED

 Here Women Talk Radio

     

For more information about The Twelve SEALs, click here:

  http://bit.ly/A94nBK

 

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On this glorious day of the 4th of July, our nation celebrates the day of our independence.  As I awakened this morning, there was a certain feeling in the air.  It is difficult to explain, but I sensed the presence of an unseen spirit.  Maybe it is Thomas Jefferson himself celebrating with us.  I sincerely hope so.

History tells us it was this brave individual, with the help of four others, that put everything on the line in writing the Declaration of Independence.  Upon completing the final draft, fifty-six members of the Continental Congress signed it, setting into motion the most profound event in our nation’s history.  Those stately words continue to echo throughout our nation and around the world.  There is comfort in hearing and repeating the message.  The committee of five consisting of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Robert Livingston, Roger Sherman, and Benjamin Franklin were geniuses, or could it have been they were divinely guided? 

When you read the beginning it becomes evident that there was a powerful force at work.  It states:  

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a descent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

This portion of the Declaration set out the reasons for what this committee was about to do, but it is the powerful words that follow that move us to greatness. 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

You and I, my friend, have the right to be treated equally.  Included in that are certain indisputable rights – that being:  Life,Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.  No individual, no court of law, and no agency on earth has the right to take that from you.  Of course we can give up those rights by breaking the laws of our land, but law-abiding citizens have the constitutional right to all the privileges provided in this Declaration. 

As I close my eyes for a moment to reflect upon this prestigious day, I realize something.  Our forefathers gave up everything for our freedom.  Men and women do that every day to insure that our freedom is protected.  Now I need to do my part to make certain our great nation preserves this freedom.  It is certainly a privilege to live in this remarkable country, and I hope Thomas Jefferson is smiling upon us as he cherishes this moment that began on July 4th, 1776.  Make him proud by celebrating with us this auspicious occasion.  It is because of men and women like him that we have the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. 

Roger Grubbs

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