FREEDOM RINGS 1776 is a conservative voice, defending the views of those who still believe in the constitution and opposing any and all who would lead us from our tried and true beliefs. We who still believe in the spirit of 1776 must oppose anyone who would set this nation on a course that will fundamentally transform America.
Danny Jeffrey


There have been those who have at times regarded me as being arrogant, irreverent, intransigent, and obstinate, and I must confess; Guilty as charged to all of the above, but history has provided my role models and none of them stood as reeds, bending to accommodate each passing wind. All that stand erect eventually fall, even the mighty oak, but it falls not with a whine and a whimper, but with a thunderous crash that reverberates far and wide. So too shall it be it for those of unbending principles, for unlike the reed, they stand strong before a battering storm, held erect by their beliefs, their ideals, their courage, and their strengths. This world has been built by the men of the mind, those with purpose, and those with vision. Sadly it is being brought down by their counterparts, the weak, the spineless, the craven, and those who are devoid of any semblance of morality.


Choosing the title for this essay proved to be a bit of a challenge, as I also considered 'To Reach The Unreachable', reflecting my love of the song 'The Impossible Dream' and my years of effort to reach those who choose not to know. I could be callous like so many and shrug off my failure with the stock phrase of 'Well, that is their loss.' I am not callous and must regard my failing to reach them as my failure in the grand scheme of things, as reaching the frightened and confused was my whole intent when I began blogging on the internet.


In writing I frequently use the term 'The Big Picture'. That term dates back to a television series of the 1950s produced by the U.S. Army that was designed to inform the American public about the events that occurred during WWII. The title, as the name implies, tries to depict the war as viewed from the flag officers' viewpoint rather than isolated events as seen from the individual foot soldier, company or division levels. My greatest frustration as a writer has been my inability to get my readers to grasp the big picture of today. Instead they tend to focus on, and be distracted, by isolated events and cannot view those events as part of a larger tapestry, all connected in one fashion or the other, whether occurring in St. Louis, Washington DC, Liverpool England, or Kabul Afghanistan.