I was, until recently, one of the most politically apathetic individuals in this country.  My one trip to the polls in 1968 found me pulling the lever for a straight Republican ticket (my parent’s leaning, which I followed without understanding what a Republican or Democrat was), helping to elect Richard Nixon to the office of the President Of The United States.  My life at the time, a college student during the Viet Nam ‘conflict’ and my love of Folk Music turned me not into an activist, but apolitical and apathetic.  (“What difference does it make?” – remember that phrase.)

Presidents came and went with the passing of years (and without my vote of yea or nay) until 2008, when Obama (interesting note – my spell-checker didn’t recognize ‘Obama’) was elected.
In 2012, I began to hear about ‘politically correct’ behavior, same-sex ‘marriage’ acceptance, references to God being removed from everything imaginable in this country, welfare and illegal immigrant ‘entitlements’ and the disdain the President has for the Constitution and its Amendments.
I started absorbing political news and atrocities like the proverbial sponge.
I came out of my apathy and registered to vote in the 2012 Presidential Election – my candidate lost.  OK, I don’t like it, but I’ll give him a chance to redeem himself during his second term.
A return to apathy?  No way.
Benghazi, Libya – what is the administration hiding?  I believe it’s arms deliveries to our sworn enemies (sorry, I probably need to take a refresher course in radical Islam tolerance).  Remember, this man is a politician and a master of deception.  The oversight hearings surrounding Benghazi were quickly overshadowed by revelations of IRS malfeasance and illegal collection of AP correspondence for some yet-to-be-revealed investigation.  Smokescreens, sleight-of-hand, call it what you will, it’s a diversion for something far more sinister, from a man who can and will not prove his citizenship or provide college records, and who APOLOGIZES for the United States to foreign governments at every opportunity.  This is NOT the America I grew up in, and will no longer tolerate.
My days of apathy are over.  I’m letting my voice be heard, and encourage everyone who reads this to do the same.  I may not always agree with you, but I respect your right to say it.
I am an American, with traceable ancestry to pre-Revolutionary days (by the way, my ancestor Simon Girty was a translator to the Indians during the French and Indian War, not what he is fictionalized as being).
I am an American, and proud to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
I am an American, and stand for one man, one woman marriage.
I am an American, and believe in working for what you earn.
I am an American, and proud of it.  I will not apologize for freedom and liberty.
I am an American.