Most of us have parades to see, fire works to watch, chicken to barbecue ....Family. Not many will be able to sneak out with that old friend the fly rod on July 4th. But if you read Reel Waters with your coffee this holiday morning let me make a statement born out of many years... make that born in the USA.
Times are tough for most. Freedoms have been shrinking under our past and current elected leadership. I worry about the America my children will inherit. Freedom is not free and it is earned with great responsibility. It is respecting what people might choose to do (without harm to people), so the things you choose to do might also be respected.
I was so proud to give my son my Winchester, model 70, .308 cal and be with him as he shot his first eight point buck this past season. That venison had a special flavor last winter. Hunting and fishing is more than a hobby, it is all I have ever done, and for a lot of people up here in the rural north it is the food on their plate. Hard as this might be for those in urban areas to believe it is the truth here. In the north there are no professional sports teams to watch, no Detroit Institute Of Art or museums to visit, and no apology. Things change, but lifestyles based on where you were born, raised, and live influence your activities and needs. Not a lot of hunting and fishing in New York City but lots of it in Northern Michigan. Consider other peoples traditions, needs, and respect them. Most outdoor people have heard the big cities complain about our life style and we just disagree. So this holiday let's pull this country back together with common respect for each others way of life. Just because you don't understand something, don't outlaw it. When I stand on the corner of Woodward and Jefferson, looking at the bronze statue, "The Spirit Of Detroit", I am as far from all I know as one can be. Yet I don't pass judgement on those of you who walk that asphalt jungle. I'm sure it is a challenge, but so is rural life. So if problems arise in your city, legislate your area, but leave my Bill of Rights alone.
I love this country, it's Constitution and all it encompasses. Our Republic has freedoms like no other country in the world. Free people have been defending their liberty long before the first recorded history of Thermopylae 2500 years ago and I will work to protect our freedoms for my sons and for you too my fellow Americans. "Those who give up freedom for security don't deserve either", Benjamin Franklin.
"Walk softly, and carry a Big Stick", President Theodore Roosevelt.