A Little History Lesson – The Signers of The Declaration of Independence

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A Little History Lesson – The Signers of The Declaration of Independence


Look around us and what do you see? A nation that has lost its ideals and a people so steeped unto themselves that they yearn to become what our founders fought so hard not to.


The world today is in chaos which the Bible describes as the last days or the end times. Man has become lovers of themselves and disdainers of the truth. In a very real sense wrong is seen as right and right has become wrong. It has been said that those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it.


The United States of America was founded on a biblical idea that all men are created equal to be free to worship Almighty God without government interference. The love of family meant honoring and protecting them was of primary importance. Life is what you make it. With hard work and perseverance one can achieve anything.


How many today would take a bold step, distained by many, yet necessary to forge ahead with a new way of life uncharted by any peoples before you? Would you band together with the intent and the vision to put everything on the line – “Your lives, your fortunes and your sacred honor” – for the cause of freedom?


Contrast that with the current political scene today, power hungry politicians turning this nation into a literal cesspool of filth and degradation ending in the death of our nation. City after city, state after state politicians are calling for your vote to what end – self-injected suicide of our country? Will you join them or stand up to them in defense of our Rule of Law – the Constitution of the United States?


I choose to honor God and Country to preserve the way of life that leads to prosperity and national security, but will you? – I am the Real Truckmaster!





Now for a little history lesson – The Signers of the Declaration of Independence


How much do you know?


About the Signers of the Declaration of Independence




All of the colonies were represented in Philadelphia to consider the delicate case for independence and to change the course of the war.


In all, there were fifty-six representatives from the thirteen colonies






New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina


South Carolina

Rhode Island



Fourteen represented the New England Colonies


Samuel Huntington (1731-1796)

Roger Sherman (1723-1793)

William Williams (1731-1811)

Oliver Wolcott (1726-1797)


John Adams (1735-1826)

Samuel Adams (1722-1803)

Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814)

John Hancock (1737-1793)

Robert Treat Paine (1731-1814)

New Hampshire

Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795)

Matthew Thornton (1714-1803)

William Whipple (1730-1785

Rhode Island

William Ellery (1727-1820)

Stephen Hopkins (1707-1785)


Twenty-one represented the Middle Colonies


Thomas McKean (1734-1817)

George Read (1733-1798)

Caesar Rodney (1728- 1784)

New Jersey

Abraham Clark (1726-1794)

John Hart (1711-1779)

Francis Hopkinson (1737-1791)

Richard Stockton (1730-1781)

John Witherspoon (1723-1794)—

New York

William Floyd (1734-1821)

Francis Lewis (1713-1802)

Philip Livingston (1716-1778)

Lewis Morris (1726-1798)


George Clymer (1739-1813)

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Robert Morris (1734-1806)

John Morton (1725-1777)

George Ross (1730-1779)

Benjamin Rush (1745-1813)

James Smith (1719-1806)

George Taylor (1716-1781)

James Wilson (1742-1798)


Twenty-one represented the Southern Colonies


Button Gwinnett (1735-1777)

Lyman Hall (1724-1790)

George Walton (1741-1804)


Charles Carroll (1737-1832)

Samuel Chase (1741-1811)

William Paca (1740-1799)

Thomas Stone (1743-1787)

North Carolina

Joseph Hewes (1730- 1779)

William Hooper (1742-1790)

John Penn (1740-1788)—

South Carolina

Thomas Heyward, Jr. (1746-1809)

Thomas Lynch, Jr. (1749-1779)

Arthur Middleton (1742-1787)

Edward Rutledge (1749-1800)


Carter Braxton (1736-1797)

Benjamin Harrison (1726-1791)

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Francis Lightfoot Lee (1734-1797)

Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794)

Thomas Nelson, Jr. (1738-1789)

George Wythe (1726-1806)


Most of the signers were American born

Although eight were foreign born

The ages of the signers ranged from 26 (Edward Rutledge), the majority were in their thirties or forties, to 70 (Benjamin Franklin)

More than half of the signers were lawyers

The others were planters, merchants and shippers

Together they mutually pledged “to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor”

They were mostly men of means who had much to lose if the war was lost

None of the signers died at the hands of the British

One-third served as militia officers during the war

Four of the signers were taken captive during the war

Nearly all of them were poorer at the end of the war than at the beginning

No matter what each of these men did after July 1776, the actual signing of the Declaration of Independence which began on August 2 ensured them instant immortality


The following gives a bit of information about each signer AFTER the signing of the Declaration of Independence.


Samuel Huntington (1731-1796)—Samuel Huntington was a self-made man who distinguished himself in government on the state and national levels. He was the President of Congress from 1779-1781 and presided over the adoption of the Articles of Confederation in 1781.  He returned to Connecticut and was the Chief Justice of the Superior Court in 1784, Lieutenant Governor in 1785 and Governor from 1786-1796.  He was one of the first seven presidential electors from Connecticut.

Roger Sherman (1723-1793)—Roger Sherman was a member of the Committee of Five that was chosen to write the Declaration of Independence.  He and Robert Morris were the only individuals to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.   He was the Judge of the Superior Court of Connecticut from 1766-1789, a member of the Continental Congress from 1774-81; 1783-84 and a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787.  Sherman proposed the famed “Connecticut Compromise” at the convention and represented Connecticut in the United States Senate from 1791-93.

William Williams (1731-1811)—William Williams was a graduate of Harvard, studied theology with his father and eventually became a successful merchant.  He fought in the French-Indian War and returned to Lebanon, Connecticut where he served for forty-four years as the town clerk.  He was elected to the Continental Congress from 1776-1777, and after signing the Declaration of Independence, Williams was a member of the committee that was instrumental in framing the Articles of Confederation.  He was a delegate to vote on the ratification of the Federal Constitution and also served as a Judge of the Windham County Courthouse.

Oliver Wolcott (1726-1797)—Oliver Wolcott was as much a soldier as he was a politician and served as a brigadier general in the New York campaigns from 1776-1777.  As a major general, he was involved in defending the Connecticut coast from attacks by the Royal Governor of New York.  He was Commissioner of Indian Affairs in 1775 and from 1784-89, a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1775-76 and 1778-84, Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut from 1786-96 and Governor from 1796-97.


Thomas McKean (1734-1817)—Thomas McKean was the last member of the Second Continental Congress to sign the Declaration of Independence.  He was a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1774-81 and served as a delegate to the Congress of the Confederation from 1781-1783.  After 1783, McKean became involved in the politics of Pennsylvania becoming  Chief Justice of Pennsylvania and the Governor of Pennsylvania from 1799-1812.  He retired from politics in 1812 and died at the age of 83 in 1817.

George Read (1733-1798)—George Read was the only signer of the Declaration of Independence who voted against the proposal for independence introduced by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia.  He was elected to the Continental Congress from 1774-1776, was a member of the Delaware Constitutional Convention in 1776, acting Governor of Delaware in 1777, a Judge on the Court of Appeals in 1780, State Senator from 1791-92, a United States Senator from 1789-1793 and Chief Justice of the State of Delaware from 1793-98.

Caesar Rodney (1728- 1784)—Caesar Rodney took a strong stand in favor of independence and because of that, was not reelected to Congress because of the conservatives in the state of Delaware.  They also blocked his election to the state legislature and his appointment to the state’s constitutional convention.  He was interested in military affairs and was involved in action in Delaware and New Jersey during the Revolutionary War.  He was reelected to Congress in 1777 and was nominated as state president from 1778-1781.  He died in 1784 while serving as Speaker of the Upper House of the Delaware Assembly.



Button Gwinnett (1735-1777)—After the Governor died in 1777, Button Gwinnett served as the Acting Governor of Georgia for two months, but did not achieve reelection.  His life was one of economic and political disappointment.  Button Gwinnett was the second signer of the Declaration to die as the result of a duel outside Savannah, Georgia.

Lyman Hall (1724-1790)—Lyman Hall was one of four signers trained as a minister and was a graduate of Princeton College.  During his life he also served as a doctor, governor and planter.  During the Revolutionary War, his property was destroyed and he was accused of treason.  He left Georgia and spent time in South Carolina and Connecticut to escape prosecution.  When the war was over, he went back to Georgia and began to practice medicine.  He served as Governor of Georgia from 1783-1784.

George Walton (1741-1804)—George Walton was elected to the Continental Congress in 1776, 1777, 1780 and 1781, Colonel of the First Georgia Militia, in 1778, Governor of Georgia from 1779-1780, Chief Justice of the State Superior Court of Georgia from 1783-89, a presidential elector in 1789, Governor of Georgia from 1789-1790 and a United States Senator from 1795-1796.  During the Revolutionary War, Walton was captured by the British in 1778 during the attack on Savannah and released within the year.  He was the founder of the Richmond Academy and Franklin College which later became the University of Georgia.


Charles Carroll (1737-1832)—Charles Carroll was one of the wealthiest men in America and was the oldest and longest surviving signer of the Declaration.  From 1789-1792 he served as one of Maryland’s two United States Senators.  He retired from politics in 1804 and spent the rest of his life managing his 80,000 acres of land in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York.

Samuel Chase (1741-1811)—Samuel Chase was called the “Demosthenes of Maryland” for his oratorical skills.  In 1785 he represented Maryland at the Mt. Vernon conference to settle a dispute between Maryland and Virginia concerning navigation rights on the Potomac River.  He served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1796-1811.  He was the only Supreme Court justice to be impeached in 1805.  He was charged with discriminating against supporters of Thomas Jefferson, and he was found to be not guilty.

William Paca (1740-1799)—William Paca was elected to the Continental Congress from 1774-78, appointed Chief Justice of Maryland in 1778, Governor of Maryland from 1782-1785 and Federal District Judge for the State of Maryland from 1789-99.  He was also a planter and a lawyer, but was a relatively minor figure in national affairs.  William Paca also served as a delegate to the Maryland ratification convention for the Federal Constitution.

Thomas Stone (1743-1787)—Thomas Stone was one of the most conservative of the signers along with Carter Braxton of Virginia, George Read of Delaware and Edward Rutledge of South Carolina.  He was elected to the Congress from 1775-78 and again in 1783. He was chosen to be a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 but had to decline because of the poor health of his wife.  Shortly after she died in 1787, a grief stricken Stone died a few months later before making a trip to England.


John Adams (1735-1826)—John Adams was the first Vice-President of the United States and the second President.  He was a member (along with Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman) chosen to draft the Declaration of Independence.  He was the first President to attend Harvard University and the first to have a son become president.

Samuel Adams (1722-1803)—Samuel Adams was known as the “Firebrand of the Revolution” for his role as an agitator between the colonists and the British prior to the outbreak of hostilities on April 1775.  He served in the Continental Congress until 1781 and was a member of the Massachusetts State Senate from 1781-1788.  Because he was opposed to a stronger national government, Adams refused to attend the Constitutional Convention in 1787.  He served as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 1789-1793 and Governor from 1794-1797.

Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814)—Elbridge Gerry served for a time as a member of the state legislature of Massachusetts. Although he attended the meetings in Philadelphia to write a new Constitution, at the end he was opposed to it because it lacked a bill of rights.   However, after a “change of heart,” he was a member of the House of Representatives for the first two Congresses from 1789-1793.  He was Governor of Massachusetts in 1810 and 1811 and died in office as Vice-President under James Madison in 1814.

John Hancock (1737-1793)—John Hancock was the President of the Second Continental Congress when the Declaration of Independence was adopted.  He, along with Samuel Adams, were the two most wanted men in the colonies by King George III.  He served as a major general during the Revolutionary War.  He was elected Governor of Massachusetts from 1780-1785 and 1787 until his death in 1793.  He was the seventh President of the United States in Congress assembled, from November 23, 1785 to June 6, 1786.  John Hancock was one of the original “fathers” of U.S. independence.

Robert Treat Paine (1731-1814)—Robert Treat Paine was elected to the Continental Congress, in 1774 and 1776, Attorney General for Massachusetts from 1777-1796, Judge, Supreme Court of Massachusetts from 1796-1804 and State Counselor in 1804.  During his time in Congress, Paine concentrated primarily on military and Indian concerns.  Because of his opposition to many proposals, he was known as the “Objection Maker.”  Paine was one of the original founders of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

New Hampshire

Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795)—Josiah Bartlett served in Congress until 1779 and then refused reelection because of fatigue.  On the state level he served as the first Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (1779-1782), Associate (1782-1788) and Chief justice of the Superior Court (1788-1790).  Bartlett founded the New Hampshire Medical Society in 1791 and was the Governor of New Hampshire (1793-1794).

Matthew Thornton (1714-1803)—Matthew Thornton served as Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, was an Associate Justice of the Superior Court and was elected to the Continental Congress in 1776.  He was one of six members who signed the Declaration of Independence after it was adopted by the Continental Congress.  He left Congress to return to New Hampshire to become an Associate Justice of the State Superior Court.  He spent his remaining years farming and operating a ferry on the Merrimack River.

William Whipple (1730-1785)—William Whipple was a former sea captain who commanded troops during the Revolutionary War and was a member of the Continental Congress from 1776-1779.  General Whipple was involved in the successful defeat of General John Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777.  He was a state legislator in New Hampshire from 1780-1784, Associate Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court from 1782-1785, and a receiver for finances for the Congress of the Confederation.  He suffered from heart problems and died while traveling his court circuit in 1785.

New Jersey

Abraham Clark (1726-1794)—Abraham Clark was a farmer, surveyor and politician who spent most of his life in public service.  He was a member of the New Jersey state legislature, represented his state at the Annapolis Convention in 1786, and was opposed to the Constitution until it incorporated a bill of rights.  He served in the United States Congress for two terms from 1791 until his death in 1794.

John Hart (1711-1779)—John Hart became the Speaker of the Lower House of the New Jersey state legislature.  His property was destroyed by the British during the course of the Revolutionary War, and his wife died three months after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  During the ravaging of his home, Hart spent time in the Sourland Mountains in exile.

Francis Hopkinson (1737-1791)—Francis Hopkinson was a judge and lawyer by profession but also was a musician, poet and artist.  When the Revolutionary War was over, he became one of the most respected writers in the country.  He was later appointed Judge to the U.S. Court for the District of Pennsylvania in 1790.

Richard Stockton (1730-1781)—Richard Stockton was trained to be a lawyer and graduated from the College of New Jersey.  He was elected to the Continental Congress in 1776 and was the first of the New Jersey delegation to sign the Declaration of Independence.  In November 1776 he was captured by the British and was eventually released in 1777 in very poor physical condition.  His home at Morven was destroyed by the British during the war and he died in 1781 at the age of 50.

John Witherspoon (1723-1794)—John Witherspoon was the only active clergyman among the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  He was elected to the Continental Congress from 1776-1782, elected to the state legislature in New Jersey from 1783-1789 and was the president of the College of New Jersey from 1768-1792.  In his later years he spent a great deal of time trying to rebuild the College of New Jersey (Princeton).

New York

William Floyd (1734-1821)—William Floyd had his estate in New York destroyed by the British and Loyalists during the Revolutionary War.  He was a member of the United States Congress from 1789-1791 and was a presidential elector from New York four times.  He was later a major general in the New York militia and served as a state senator.

Francis Lewis (1713-1802)—Francis Lewis was one who truly felt the tragedy of the Revolutionary War.  His wife died as an indirect result of being imprisoned by the British, and he lost all of his property on Long Island, New York during the war.  When his wife died, Lewis left Congress and completely abandoned politics.

Philip Livingston (1716-1778)—Philip Livingston was not in Philadelphia to vote on the resolution for Independence, but did sign the actual Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776.  During the Revolutionary War, the British used Livingston’s houses in New York as a navy hospital and a barracks for the troops.  He was the third signer to die after John Morton of Pennsylvania and Button Gwinnett of Georgia.

Lewis Morris (1726-1798)—Lewis Morris was a delegate to the Continental Congress, from 1775-77, a county judge in Worchester, New York from 1777-1778, served in the New York state legislature from 1777-1781 and 1784-1788 and was a member of the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.  During the Revolutionary War, Morris was a brigadier-general in the New York state militia, and all three of his sons served under General George Washington.

North Carolina

Joseph Hewes (1730- 1779)—Joseph Hewes was a merchant who was one of the most conservative signers of the Declaration of Independence.  He was a graduate of Princeton College, and he along with John Adams helped to establish the Continental Navy.  He was a member of the state legislature from 1778-1779 and was eventually reelected to the Continental Congress. He died a month after his reelection.

William Hooper (1742-1790)—William Hooper was a graduate of Harvard College and was highly successful in law and politics.  Because of his family situation and financial difficulties, he resigned from Congress to return to North Carolina.  During the war he was separated from his family for ten months and his property was destroyed.  After the war, he was elected to the state legislature and served there through 1786.

John Penn (1740-1788)—John Penn was one of sixteen signers of the Declaration of Independence who also signed the Articles of Confederation.  He was a member of the Continental Congress from 1775-77; 1779-80 and a member of the Board of War in 1780 which shared responsibility for military affairs with the governor. In 1784 he became a state tax receiver under the Articles of Confederation.  After retiring from politics, he practiced law until his death in 1788.


George Clymer (1739-1813)—George Clymer had a great deal of financial talent and signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  His home was vandalized by the British in 1777 during the American Revolutionary War.  He served in the Pennsylvania state legislature from 1784-1788 and was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1789-1791.  He was later appointed as “collector of taxes” on alcoholic beverages (especially whiskey) in Pennsylvania from 1791-1794.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)—After the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin helped to negotiate the Treaty of Alliance with France in 1778 and the Treaty of Paris which ended the Revolutionary War in 1783.  He was one of the framers of the Constitution and was known as the “Sage of the Convention.”  He was also elected President of the Pennsylvania Society for the Promoting of the Abolition of Slavery.

Robert Morris (1734-1806)—Robert Morris has been considered the  “Financier of the Revolution,” and contributed his own money to help such causes as the support of troops at Valley Forge and the battles of Trenton and Princeton.  In 1781 he suggested a plan that became the Bank of North America and was the Superintendent of Finance under the Articles of Confederation.  Morris was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, and was later offered the position of Secretary of the Treasury under the administration of George Washington.  He declined the position and suggested Alexander Hamilton who became our first Secretary of the Treasury. He served as a United States Senator from Pennsylvania from 1789-1795.

John Morton (1725-1777)—John Morton was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence to die and was one of nine signers from Pennsylvania.   He was elected to the Second Continental Congress from 1774-77, and was the chairman of the committee that reported the Articles of Confederation.  He contracted an inflammatory fever and died in Ridley Park, Delaware County, Pa., in April 1777, and is buried in St. Paul’s Burial Ground in Chester, Pennsylvania.

George Ross (1730-1779)—George Ross was elected to the Second Continental Congress from 1776-1777, was a colonel in the Continental Army in 1776; was Vice President of the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention in 1776 and Judge of the Admiralty Court of Pennsylvania in 1779.  He was not a member of Congress when it voted for independence on July 2, 1776.  Because of illness, he was forced to resign his seat in Congress in 1777.

Benjamin Rush (1745-1813)—Benjamin Rush was elected to the Continental Congress in 1776, appointed Surgeon General in the Middle Department of the Continental Army in 1777, instructor and physician at the University of Pennsylvania in 1778, Treasurer of the U.S. Mint from 1779-1813, and professor of Medical Theory and Clinical Practice at the University of Pennsylvania from 1791-1813.  During the Revolutionary War, Rush was part of an unsuccessful plot to relieve General George Washington of his military command.  He was the most well-known doctor and medical instructor in the United States.  He was a trustee of Dickinson College, helped to found the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery and was a member of the American Philosophical Society.

James Smith (1719-1806)—James Smith was elected to the Continental Congress on July 20, 1776 after the votes had been taken on the resolution for independence and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  From 1779-1782 he held a number of state offices including one term in the state legislature and a few months as a Judge of the state High Court of Appeals. He was also appointed a brigadier general in the Pennsylvania militia in 1782.

George Taylor (1716-1781)—George Taylor came to the colonies as an indentured servant and eventually was an Ironmaster at the Warwick Furnace and Coventry Forge.  He was a member of the Continental Congress from 1775-1777.  He returned to Pennsylvania and was elected to the new Supreme Executive Assembly, but served for a very short period of time because of illness and financial difficulties.   His Durham Furnace manufactured ammunition for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

James Wilson (1742-1798)—James Wilson was elected to the Congress from 1775-77 and 1785-87, chosen to be one of the directors of the Bank of North America in 1781, a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and appointed by President George Washington to be an Associate Justice to the US. Supreme Court from 1789-1798.  He experienced personal and financial difficulty in his later years and spent time in debtor’s prison while serving on the Supreme Court.

South Carolina

Thomas Heyward, Jr. (1746-1809)—Thomas Heyward was a planter and lawyer and was one of three signers from South Carolina captured and imprisoned by the British.  He signed the Articles of Confederation while a member of the Continental Congress.  He returned to South Carolina and became a judge and a member of the state legislature.  The British destroyed Heyward’s home at White Hall during the war and he was held prisoner until 1781.  After the war, he served two terms in the state legislature from 1782-1784.  Thomas Heyward became the first President of the Agricultural Society of South Carolina.

Thomas Lynch, Jr. (1749-1779)—Thomas Lynch, Jr. was an aristocratic planter who was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence to die at the age of thirty.  He was trained as a lawyer and graduated from Cambridge University in England, and was elected to the Second Continental Congress to carry on the duties of his ill father.  Thomas Lynch Sr. and Thomas Lynch Jr. were the only father and son team to serve concurrently in the Continental Congress.  Thomas Lynch, Jr. and his wife were enroute to France in 1779 when their ship was lost at sea.

Arthur Middleton (1742-1787)—Arthur Middleton was chosen to replace his more conservative father in the Continental Congress in 1776, but failed to attend most of the sessions.  He was captured by the British and was held captive for over a year in St. Augustine, Florida.  During the time of his incarceration, the British destroyed most of his property.  After his release in 1781, Middleton returned to politics and served in the Virginia state legislature and was a trustee of the College of Charleston.

Edward Rutledge (1749-1800)—Edward Rutledge was elected to the Continental Congress from 1774-76 and 1779, a captain in the Charleston Battalion of Artillery from 1776-1779, a state legislator from 1782-1798, College of Electors in the presidential elections of 1788, 1792, 1796 and elected Governor for South Carolina in 1798.  He was the youngest of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  During the Revolutionary War, Rutledge was a military captain involved in the campaigns at Port Royal Island and Charleston, South Carolina.  He was captured by the British in 1780 and held as a prisoner until 1781.  From 1782-1798 Rutledge was a member of the state legislature and was elected Governor in 1798.


Rhode Island

William Ellery (1727-1820)—William Ellery served with distinction in the Congress of the Confederation until 1786 when he accepted the post of Commissioner of the Continental Loan Office of Rhode Island.  He served in that position until 1790 when he was appointed Customs Collector in Newport.   Although the British destroyed his home during the American Revolution, Ellery was later able to rebuild his fortune.

Stephen Hopkins (1707-1785)—Stephen Hopkins was the second oldest signer of the Declaration of Independence (next to Benjamin Franklin).  He served on the committee that was responsible for the creation of the Articles of Confederation.  He was forced to resign from the Congress in 1776 because of health problems, but was elected to the state legislature of Rhode Island upon his return.



Carter Braxton (1736-1797)—Carter Braxton was elected to the Virginia state legislature after the signing of the Declaration of Independence and also served on the Governor’s Executive Council.  The American Revolutionary War caused him great hardship and he died in financial ruin in Richmond, Virginia.

Benjamin Harrison (1726-1791)—Benjamin Harrison was nicknamed the “Falstaff of Congress” and was the father of President William Henry Harrison and great-grandfather of President Benjamin Harrison.  He was the Speaker of the Lower House of the Virginia state legislature from 1777-1781 and served three terms as Governor of Virginia from 1781-1783.  He was originally in opposition of the new Federal Constitution, but later favored it when it was decided to add a bill of rights.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)—Thomas Jefferson was the chief author of the Declaration of Independence.  He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1776-79, elected Governor of Virginia in 1779 and 1780, the Associate Envoy to France in 1784, Minister to the French Court in 1785, United States Secretary of State from 1789-1793, Vice President of the United States from 1791-1801, President of the United States from 1801-1809 and established the University of Virginia in 1810.  He was one of the most brilliant men of his time.

Francis Lightfoot Lee (1734-1797)—Francis Lightfoot Lee was the younger brother of Richard Henry Lee.  He signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation as well as serving on both the military and marine committees during his time in Congress.  He left Congress in 1779 and served a few years in the Virginia state legislature.

Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794)—Richard Henry Lee introduced the resolution for independence to the Second Continental Congress in June 1776. He was a Virginia state legislator from 1780-1784 and served in the national Congress again from 1784-1789.  He was initially opposed to the Constitution because it lacked a bill of rights, but he was elected Senator from Virginia from 1789-1792.  However, Lee was forced to resign in 1792 due to poor health.

Thomas Nelson, Jr. (1738-1789)—Thomas Nelson, Jr. had his Congressional career shortened because of health problems.  He served as the commanding General of the Lower Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War.  He was a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1775-77; 1779 and was elected Governor of Virginia in 1781 after Thomas Jefferson declined reelection.  He spent his remaining years handling his business affairs.

George Wythe (1726-1806)—George Wythe was more well-known as being a classical scholar who taught such great men as Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, John Marshall and Henry Clay.  He was elected to the Continental Congress from 1775-76, Speaker of the Virginia House from 1777-78 and judge of the Chancery Court of Virginia from 1789-1806.  He was also appointed the first chair of law at the College of William and Mary.  Wythe died mysteriously in 1806 by being poisoned.

Stealth Under The Wire



Stealth Under The Wire


“One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world.” – Barack Hussain Obama II


I’ve wondered how we got where we are today in 2019? There is division throughout the nation and around the world. It is not by chance or happenstance that this is happening right under our noses. The transformation of the United States began well before Barack Hussain Obama II entered the political race and took the White House.


I do mean took the White House along with the office of the presidency. After his birth on August 4, 1961 in Hawaii, Obama spent 4 years in Indonesia, then schooling in Chicago, community activism that began shaping his world view and propelling him forward, but with a leftist-twist, nothing noticeable but never the less like a hot air balloon his rise to political power had begun. His rise to power was unlike anything seen in American politics.


After 3 terms in the Illinois state legislature, 2 terms as a US Senator and 2 terms as President of the United States one might assume that Obama’s political ambitions had been satisfied? You would be wrong.  Absolute power corrupts absolutely and enough is never enough.


As far back as 2004 the Obama funding machine began raising funds that would help stand up the new Organizing for Action (OFA) in 2012 as a means of identifying, organizing and training future leaders in community activism. Going unnoticed OFA as the 2016 presidential election loomed with the anticipated election of Hillary Clinton. Her defeat to President Trump was seen as a personal blow to Obama. OFA regrouped and began preparing for the 2018 mid-term elections where they managed to effectively retake the House for the Democratic Party.


After the 2018 mid-term elections the OFA rebranded its organization into one called “All On The Line” in preparation for election district reforming projected to begin in 2021 (after the 2020 presidential election). They are anticipating a Trump re-election, but then it will be a no-holds-barred reformation of American politics that will fundamentally transform, if not eliminate many of guaranteed rights under the US Constitution or the Constitution itself.


This would be merely one giant step toward propelling Barack Obama into the seat of the Secretary General of the United Nations where his plan would transform world governments universally into a solid One World Order located in New York City. His plan does not see any limitations or obstructions especially from the government of the United States which he exploited and attempted to render mute during his 12 years in office as president.


Farfetched you say? I don’t think so Tim. Take a look at www.ofa.us which will take you to the www.allontheline.org and you will immediately see that the Obama fantasy is not some pie in the sky, shoot for the moon crackpot notion.


There are literally $B involved with Ms of “unpaid volunteers” in all 50 states chomping at their bits and pushing everything from Progressivism, Climate Change, Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, Gun Control and a host of other “causes “ many which go against the US Constitution.


Why did Obama, who is no longer in office, address the 116th Congress’s freshmen legislators in the halls of Congress a few weeks ago in 2019? Why are Obama, Biden, Kerry and even Hillary Clinton and others traveling and speaking on the world stage against the government of the United States and President Trump? Why the continual push of the Russian Collusion Delusion Hoax? World leaders have been told by those mentioned above not to worry about President Trump because he will not be in office very long.


Why are state legislators and members of the US Legislative Branch speaking out against US Government policies on immigration and world affairs and the Trump administration, while advocating for the removal of President Trump BY assassination or other means such as impeachment?


There seems to be a lot more than meets the eye of normal, average American citizens. It seems the world is against this nation and this nation’s leaders. What the world does not realize and the upcoming 2020 election will reveal that Almighty God has this! There is a reason that a most unlikely person, a self-made man became President Donald J. Trump to bring down Political Correctness in America. Until that has been achieved there is not a force on earth or in heaven that can prevent God’s word from returning void.


The fiber of our very being is at stake in this fight against the Righteousness of God and the United States of America as we knew it. I place my trust not in man. If God is for us, who can be against us? My trust is in Almighty God! – I am the Real Truckmaster!




It’s not only about the Emails



It’s not only about the Emails


It isn’t about Hillary Clinton’s emails. It is about her ACTIONS and INACTION during crisis. It is about unlimited power; wrongdoing with impunity with real lives on the line; and trading up with intent to profit or gain personally. I watched a clip from one of the MSM morning talk shows where the anchor said “they’re still talking about Hillary’s emails”. It is obvious to me that the liberals on the left still just don’t get it.


Hillary Clinton lost her bid for the presidency to Barack Obama in 2008 when he stole the DNC nomination right out from under her and she didn’t even see it coming. Her consolation prize was becoming Obama’s Secretary of State. Even the TV show “Madam Secretary” paid tribute to her. However he show did not capture the real intrigue or intent of the real madam secretary.


Anyone involved in government (including Hillary) knows fully well the requirements of cyber security and the use of secure phones, computers and various communications in order to keep official correspondence and/or transmissions behind the veil of military grade security. One cannot even plug in a flash drive or portable drive without violating security protocol and having it detected almost immediately by official cyber security experts.


What has been coming out recently was more than the mere 34,000 emails Hillary had deleted, the official phones she had destroyed or the computer hard drives she had forensically cleansed. Destruction of government property is in itself a serious offense in itself. What occurred during her “watch” as SOS were the official communications she maintained with her boss President Obama using unofficial communications computers and possible unsecure mobile phones. This is a huge breech of protocol with violations from the Executive Branch and top administration officials. Did it only involve Hillary Clinton’s State Department? Were there other officials? It has yet to surface or come out. The national security of our nation was seriously compromised at the highest levels.


Many of the administration officials and high level officials were catering to President Obama, who was acting more like a famous movie star than the chief Executive Officer of the United States. So brazen were these acts that once the now ongoing investigations reach into the deep state it will become clear the extent of the compromise.


There are pictures of the Obama Situation Room where Obama Bin Laden was taken out while various cabinet and national security officials watched breathlessly on live video feed at the White House.


Yet when the Benghazi fiasco occurred there are no such pictures. It has been reported that the special USMC rapid response team was dispatched to the wrong city in Libya, while other reports indicate that military commanders were relieved for attempting to render aid and assistance to Ambassador Stevens and the US Embassy staff and security personnel in Benghazi. So much so that four lives were lost and many wounded Americans were evacuated after the US Annex had been thoroughly compromised and rendered utterly destroyed. This was a direct failure of SOS Hillary Clinton. US Ambassador Stevens was assigned by President Obama yet requests for assistance went on deaf ears in the White House and in the State Department.


Another failure of Hillary Clinton’s State Department was the selling of Uranium from the US to Russia under the knowledge and direction of President Obama with financial gain coming back to the Clinton Foundation. The Obama – Clinton team was akin to a pee wee league ball team, where nobody knew what to do or how to conduct international affairs in the interests of the United States.


This is so much more than a bunch of emails getting “lost”. Anyone using the internet for any length of time knows that nothing gets lost, ever! Emails travel through a host of servers around the globe and most are backed up continually by the hour, day, week and month. It is quite possible that Russian servers are “in the loop” of backing up sensitive information that is not protected in accordance with official protocol.


Hillary called Trump Supporters “A Basket of Deplorables”, yet her actions as SOS was totally deplorable, illegal and against national security. Obama called Trump Supporters people clinging to God and Guns, which in many cases is true. It is relying on God to reveal the deceitful dealings of Obama and Americans maintaining their right to keep and bear arms that insures a rogue or unresponsive government does not infringe upon the civil liberties enshrined in the US Constitution.


Hillary studied the grandfather of civil discourse “Saul Alinsky” while Obama put his principles into action with his community organizing skills. Neither of them seemed to take away from law school the importance of the US Constitution.


This is about the deep state actors within various government agencies, to include the Congress of the United States who considered themselves superior to ordinary American citizens. It is about draining the swamp and breaking up business as usual in Washington DC.


More importantly it is about what God is doing in the midst of this seeming chaos. He has once again taken the most unlikely to do the most important according to his will and it will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. – I am the Real Truckmaster!





Alarm Bells Are Ringing for the Liberal Left



Alarm Bells Are Ringing for the Liberal Left


Recently I’ve heard from critics concerning the direction this country is headed in their opinion we have gone over the slippery slope of politics because of the Donald J. Trump Presidency.


As “proof” one critic cited the following that he equates to the President Trump being unsuited to the office and because those on the liberal left and the conservative right will not concede or compromise there is an unwritten agreement to disagree.


What the left is hanging onto are the business failings of Donald Trump while ignoring the great many more business successes.

  • The debacle of Trump University
  • The leaked video of Trump at the bus using coarse language and talking trash politically motivated and orchestrated to throw off the Trump 2016 campaign. These efforts and others failed miserably.
  • There are the rumors of contractors going unpaid which very well could have happened due to failed business dealings and the rumors of Trump hiring illegals to work at various Trump enterprises are just unsubstantiated rumors.
  • The high profile rumor is Trump played more golf in 2 ½ years than Obama did in 8 years would be laughable if one considered the fact that Trump seems to work ceaselessly from the Oval Office, Air Force One and especially on the golf course.
  • What really throws the left is Trump promised to show his tax returns if elected. That hasn’t happened, nor should it even be discussed. There are some aspects of private life that are not open to public discussion and tax returns of a millionaire who runs for elected office should not even be an issue or it would be more appropriate (not constitutional) for all 535 elected legislators to annually post their tax returns to show how they have become millionaires while in “public service”.

One critic brought up the issue of Bill Clinton was impeached but found not guilty which is part truth and part lie. Clinton was impeached for lying to congress. Congress decided not to remove him from office which would set a really bad precedence for a sitting president.


Using this same failed logic saying that Trump should be impeached just because his name is Trump doesn’t make any sense. One must understand the impeachment process and even then some individuals continue the cry of impeachment.


  • Simply put if the House committee receives a complaint suggesting impeachment of a President must investigate the charges to see if they are warranted. If not warranted no charges are levied. If the complaint has merit then charges are brought forward and voted on by the full body of the House. If the House votes to impeach a President, he is impeached.
  • Constitutionally impeachable offenses are acts of
    • Treason,
    • Bribery, or other
    • High Crimes and Misdemeanors
      • Historically the House has defined High Crimes and Misdemeanors as
        • Real criminality – breaking the law,
        • Abuses of Power and
        • Violation of Public Trust or
        • Whatever a majority of the House considers it to be at a given moment in history.
      • The next step is to forward the articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial. The members of the Senate who become the impeachment jury will weigh the evidence argued before the judge (Chief Justice SCOTUS).
      • If found guilty of the charges of Impeachment the Senate votes to allow the President to remain or for Removal from Office.


The claim that “DJT should be impeached but would be found not guilty by the senate” fails in one respect, that in order to be impeached there must be verifiable evidence for impeachment. Thus far there have been no substances warranting impeachment of President Trump.


The critic and I agree that 2020 will be the deciding factor when voters will once again cast their vote for the candidate who will continue to drain the political swamp or drain the rights of American citizens to accommodate the influx of non-citizens who illegally enter the country.


The critic insists that it depends on charges to be filed by state of NY which have been a politically motivated threat by a recently elected New York States Attorney who follows the Democratic Party norms of using the Alinsky Principles to achieve a political agenda.


The critic has one last claim of higher cost of living lower wages which is only partially right. The cost of living rises annually, yet in the past 2 ½ years of the Trump Administration the abundance of jobs has brought rising wages to the lower percentage of workers.


All the 2020 Democratic candidates have introduced as their platforms

  • Higher taxes,
  • Open borders,
  • Sanctuary and free medical, food, housing and $$$ for illegals
  • Loss of Constitutional rights of US citizens,
  • While promising free stuff for those unwilling to work,
  • Eliminating educational debt for select students in select colleges and universities,
  • Voting rights for convicted felons and prisoners in jail,
  • Lowering voter age to 16,
  • Abolishing the outdated Constitution
  • Eliminating the Electoral College


There claims of socialistic bliss shows how truly illiterate and uninformed the left really is. As the campaign season continues to shape up there will be massive self-biting among the liberal candidates with the last one standing gaining the DNC nomination to stand up against President Trump.


It is my prediction that 2020 will be an easy win for America as President Trump gets another 4 years in office. – I am the Real Truckmaster!






What are Politicians and Their Promises?



What are Politicians and Their Promises?


“A statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of the nation. A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service” [Georges Pompidou]


As we enter into the campaign season for the 2020 Presidential Election the stakes could not be higher, or the boundaries further apart than they have become with a veritable fruit salad bowl of left-leaning Democrats opposing the incumbent Republican President Donald J. Trump.


The display being presented by the Democrats is reminiscent of the “show” they put on during the 2017 Brent Kavanaugh hearings for SCOTUS only this time every candidate is feeling their oats and acting as if they all downed their political spinach.


To help understand the process one must define the rules for the players or at least define the term “politician”.


Definition of politician

1: a person experienced in the art or science of government especially: one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government

2a: a person engaged in party politics as a profession

2b: often disparaging: a person primarily interested in political office for selfish or other narrow usually short-sighted reasons




  1. One who is actively involved or skilled in politics, especially one who holds a political office.
  2. One who deceives or outmaneuvers others for personal gain: distrusted him as the office politician.


American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.




  1. a person who is active in politics, esp. as a career.
  2. a seeker or holder of public office.
  3. a person who uses public office to advance personal or partisan interests.
  4. a person who is skilled in politics.


syn: politician, statesman refer to one skilled in politics.

politician is more often derogatory, and statesman laudatory.

Politician suggests the schemes of a person who engages in politics for party ends or personal advantage: a dishonest politician.

Statesman suggests the eminent ability, foresight, and patriotic devotion of a person dealing with important affairs of state: a distinguished statesman.

Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.



1. politician – a leader engaged in civil administration

leader – a person who rules or guides or inspires others

governor – the head of a state government

legislator – someone who makes or enacts laws

city manager, mayor – the head of a city government

2. politician – a person active in party politics

pol, political leader, politico

leader – a person who rules or guides or inspires others

campaigner, candidate, nominee – a politician who is running for public office

Communist – a member of the communist party

demagog, demagogue, rabble-rouser – a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions and prejudices

Democrat – a member of the Democratic Party

Federalist – a member of a former political party in the United States that favored a strong centralized federal government

machine politician, political hack, ward-heeler, hack – a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends

noncandidate – someone who has announced they are not a candidate; especially a politician who has announced that he or she is not a candidate for some political office

party boss, political boss, boss – a leader in a political party who controls votes and dictates appointments; “party bosses have a reputation for corruption”

party liner, party man – a member of a political party who follows strictly the party line

Republican – a member of the Republican Party

socialist – a political advocate of socialism

standard-bearer – an outstanding leader of a political movement

national leader, solon, statesman – a man who is a respected leader in national or international affairs

3. politician – a schemer who tries to gain advantage in an organization in sly or underhanded ways

plotter, schemer – a planner who draws up a personal scheme of action

Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc. https://www.thefreedictionary.com/politician



noun statesman or stateswoman, representative, senator (U.S.), congressman (U.S.), legislator, public servant, congresswoman (U.S.), politico (informal, chiefly U.S.), lawmaker, office bearer,  elected offical




“A statesman is a politician who has been dead ten or fifteen years” [Harry S. Truman]
“A politician is an animal that can sit on a fence and keep both ears to the ground” [H.L. Mencken]
“Since a politician never believes what he says, he is always astonished when others do” [Charles de Gaulle]
“Well, in politics, I’m a complete neutral; I think they’re all scoundrels without exception” [H.L. Mencken]
“a politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man” [e e cummings 1 X 1 (no. 10)]
“A statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of the nation. A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service” [Georges Pompidou]
“The politician who never made a mistake never made a decision” [John Major]

Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002




(ˈpolitiks) noun singular or plural

the science or business of, or ideas about, or affairs concerning, government.


poˈlitical adjective

of, or concerning, politics. for political reasons; political studies.


poˌlitically corˈrect adjective

(also PC) (of language or behaviour) that does not offend particular groups of people. It is politically correct to use `he or she’, and not just `he’, when you mean a man or a woman.


ˌpoliˈtician (-ˈtiʃən) noun

a person whose job is politics.


political asylum

protection given by a government to a foreigner who has left his own country for political reasons.


political prisoner

a person who has been imprisoned for political reasons and not for any crime.


political ˈscience noun

a field of study dealing with politics, government and other political institutions.

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.



As you can see from the above definitions and quotations there are politicians and there are statesmen with some very distinctive differences in their meaning. It wouldn’t surprise me if future dictionaries include a Trump-style political category.


political trump

delivers on political promises, results oriented, what you see is what you get, transparency in government


The rhetoric of the political left makes one wonder if the only requirements to run for the highest office of the land is that one promises everything under the sun, the moon and the stars no matter how outlandish and unsustainable it may be and have a burning hatred for President Trump?


Lawyers undergo extensive training on the Rule of Law as defined by the United States Constitution. There are classes on various types of court rulings and case law which have established precedence and stand until overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States. A student who completes the courses of study and obtains a degree must become certified by a state bar examination before they can hang up their shingle and begin practicing law.


The Bill of Rights (Amendments I – X)

I – Congress make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting its free exercise. Protects freedom of speech, the press, assembly and the right to petition Government for redress of grievances

II – Citizens the right to bear arms

III – Prohibits government from quartering troops in private homes

IV – Protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizure. Government must have a warrant signed by a judge based on probable cause

V – Citizens not subject to criminal prosecution and punishment without due process; not tried twice (double jeopardy); protected from self-incrimination (right to remain silent); establishes eminent domain ensures private property not seized for public use without just compensation

VI – Right to speedy trial by a jury of one’s peers; be informed of the crimes charged with; confront witnesses; provides the accused right to compel testimony from witnesses; and to legal representation

VII – Provides civil cases tried by jury

VIII – Prohibits excessive bail, excessive fines, and cruel and unusual punishments

IX – States the list of rights enumerated in the Constitution is not exhaustive; the people retain all rights not enumerated

X – Assigns all powers not delegated to the United States or prohibited to the states, to either the states or to the people


Sadly there is no requirement for politicians before they can be elected into political office. There are classes on political science which tend to add fuel to the fire instead of how to regulate a political firestorm. A number of students receive their degree in political science and go off seeking an internship with a local political figure as their advanced trainer. Those who are successful may find themselves chosen to replace their trainer and thus begins their lifetime in politics with the prize of the White House as their goal.


Regardless of political office held the true test of a politician should be their political accomplishments. Have they honored their constituents by legislating fairly? Have they sought for the safety of their citizens? Or have they simply courted the voters and failed to follow through on their campaign promises?


Look at the political lineup for 2020 and what do you see? What appeals to your senses? What is important to you personally? Do you want to live in safety or in fear; does your family’s security determine your priorities; freedom to Worship; to hold a job of your choice; to own a home; to buy a car; to own a firearm; to own a business; or to pay your fair share of taxes? On the other hand you may be enticed with free stuff? Understand that free doesn’t mean free, not even freedom is free. The Bill of Rights does not entitle one to free food, housing, education, medical, jobs, $15 hour jobs; phones; needles; booze; drugs; or $$.


Listen carefully to what these politicians are actually saying. Many of them are going so far as to promising (if elected) to allow illegal aliens and terrorists into our country and into our polling places. Some have gone so far as to regulate how one is to think (must be Democrat); what to eat, drink, wear, where to live, how to act and every manner and ill-conceived notion be allowed, to include clinical assisted murder (abortion) and elder elimination – all for the almighty vote!


Understanding the rights of citizens as defined in the Constitution is the first step toward living the American Dream without being unduly influenced by fake news outlets or unscrupulous politicians. Living within (under the law) is necessary when becoming a contributing member of our society.


Equally important is that non-citizens do not have any rights under the Constitution. Persons entering the United States are not exempt because they are ignorant of our laws, but must remain in compliance in order to live and/or work here. Treating everyone with respect is not a right under the Constitution, but a commandment from Almighty God. – I am the Real Truckmaster!





A Mountain to Climb



A Mountain to Climb


We were kids really many of us just out of high school and the war seemed so far away. We became airmen, coast guardsmen, marines, soldiers and sailors. Our orders came and we went by air or by sea figuratively and literally to the other side of the world. Our world centered on a 365 day calendar as the countdown began when our feet touched down on dry land.


Oh our jobs were vastly different and often required a learning curve which we soon mastered to a certain degree. In most cases we ate, slept and worked within the confines of our company or unit areas and our assigned work stations. The weather was either: hot, wet or hot and wet with occasional dry spells in between.


There were the bases, camps and sites which all varied in size from the larger air bases with runways, aprons, main facilities and outreaches to the fuel and munitions storage areas and the water treatment and storage facilities. These bases had shuttle buses and base taxis along specified routes and schedules. The smaller camps were tailored to logistical storage or down to individual units with attachments. Many of the sites were remote mountaintop locations with a self-contained unit operated independently from others nearby. Others were in the urban areas of the capital city, with sights, sounds and the busy streets of South East Asia. Lastly there were those whose jobs were to train, but not be visible. They could be anywhere at any time and on a moment’s notice prepared to face danger.


The tropical environment contained all types of hidden hazards from insects, reptiles, wild animals as well as enemy forces and the dangers of friendly fire. One enemy was not known at the time and came home to roost long after the conflict had ended. In fact this enemy was beyond that of friendly fire because it was actually sent from to us from the states. It was very effective for its intended purpose yet it had severe and unintended consequences which could lay dormant for years, even decades when it became deadly. Given many names, titles or its chemical composition we know it best by its color Orange as one of the rainbow herbicides which are chemicals created to fight insects, plants and many types of vegetation around the world.


We came home unexpectedly to a hostile world where we were seen as the enemy. Many were shunned or cast aside by family and friends. We had become the square pegs attempting to fit in round holes. We adapted to suit our circumstances, while many did not. We found solace in our sacred brotherhood of Veterans who shared the same or similar experiences.


When we began to feel safe and a bit more secure in ourselves and our ability to provide for our families and thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did. We began losing our brothers at an alarming rate and on a daily basis due to those herbicides we were exposed to in the service of our country. Our body began being attacked in the cells and physical systems that enabled us to function and live normal lives. Our hearts, blood pressure, diabetes and many types of cancers had been invaded by these herbicides. Some are treatable through surgery and/or a lifetime of drugs, while others are not easily discovered until it is often too late. Even the mind is affected and quite often suicide seems the only way out.


When we turn to the Veterans Administration for help, assistance and answers we are often met with rejection and roadblocks which seem designed to delay us until the point of death overtakes us.

We encounter the governmental red tape that amounts to an inefficient cost analysis for compensation of the number of surviving Veterans from that war so long ago. We find ourselves in a playing field with constantly moving goal posts. First we prove boots on the ground. Then the ground our boots were on is geographically not sufficient. Next we must prove boots on, at or near the perimeter fence line of “certain” VA recognized bases, camps or sites. Our Veterans statements are not enough. Our statements of support for our brothers are often not enough. Our pictures and orders are often not enough. Not even the death of our brothers due to herbicide exposure is enough.


Our nation focuses on cleaning up contamination on bases in other places while ignoring and/or making it difficult to impossible for Americas Veterans who are being denied until we die. This presents a most difficult mountain to climb! – I am the Real Truckmaster!




My Fellow Americans I Have Not Jumped Off the Deep End



My Fellow Americans I Have Not Jumped Off the Deep End


For my friends (and some of you who don’t even know me) but may be wondering about my fascination with politics. It’s not become I’ve become overly politically charged but have absolutely no patients with many of the utterly stupid sayings coming out of the mouths of my fellow Americans.


I was never an American History buff in school. In fact I didn’t know anything about life outside of my home state of Idaho. Nor was I into geography either. I didn’t know where in the world was a place I’d heard about in the mid-late 1960s called South East Asia. I soon learned where it was and I had the opportunity to go there in early 1968 but that’s another story.


I live now in Colorado and since my untimely retirement I have plenty of time to ponder over things like politics, geography and to a small degree blogging (that’s online writing) which I do a fair amount of.


Politics have become flooded with what would appear to be some of the most brain-dead individuals to walk the face of the earth. It is the nature of man to survive. We spend our entire lives trying to figure out how to eat what we want, drink what we can and breath as much and as long as possible. Like I said it’s in our nature to survive.


We see ourselves as the exception to the rule and think we are invincible and will live forever. Our women run to the beauty salon where they are made beautiful. I’ve got news for you gals, it ain’t happening! Even with all that day cream, night cream, facial cream, sun block, skin block and whatever else kind of blockers they come up with no amount of plastering (pampering) is going to enhance mother nature.


The guys have that macho stuff all nailed up too. We can chop wood, hunt and fish and build ourselves our own little man cave. We don’t need to read instructions, WE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS. We’re so macho that we can shoot the cap off a little green lizard at 40 paces without even aiming. Rambo has nothing on us. Plus we have all the boy toys you could ever ask for. We drive a big F-5000+ or a C-5500+ with a huge HEMI that pulls our boat, camper, skidoos or ATVs and the wife’s VW Bug ALL AT THE SAME TIME. Let’s face it guys we ARE all that and a bag of chips.


So why do we fail most everything? You know we’re afraid to stand for and suck at singing the National Anthem or saluting the Flag. We’re so bad that our wife has to drag us to church on Sunday’s providing the Broncos, Rams, 49ers or some other team isn’t playing.


As parents we can’t spank our kids, teach them that boys and girls are different – REALLY? Boys can’t be cowboys. Girls can’t be Barbie. Instead of 2 genders (male and female) there are now around 15? I think not there are 2 genders and over 13 mental illnesses being tolerated as genders. Everybody gets a participation trophy for life and when you grow up there’s all that free stuff waiting for you.


How did we get to this point on the planet? Abortion isn’t murder; terminal illness is reason for assisted suicide; killing is the fault of guns; cars are not driven but guided by A.I. and Climate Change is the world’s biggest problem, you’ve got to be kidding me, right? Mankind must have a propensity for being super stupid.


Before I fall off my high horse (the mechanical one at the local supermarket) let me clue you in on something that may be really new to you and your neighbors.


  1. There is but one God, and his son is Jesus.
  2. There are 10 Commandments, they are not suggestions.
  3. Boys are boys.
  4. Girls are girls.
  5. Good is good.
  6. Bad is bad.
  7. Compromise leads to disaster.
  8. Ford owners are Republicans.
  9. Chevy owners are Democrats.
  10. There are no other options.


There is right and there is wrong even in politics. If it seems right in your eyes, but wrong in the eyes of God it is wrong. Don’t buy into the political hype you see on TV or on the Internet. It is either good for everyone or not good for anyone! – I am the Real Truckmaster!