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Choctaw County Chairman Endorses Houchen for State Senate

June 6, 2012

 

Choctaw County Republican Party

P.O. Box 714 Boswell, Ok 74727 580-372-5276 choctawcountyokgop@wildblue.net

June 5, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHOCTAW COUNTY CHAIRMAN ENDORSES HOUCHEN FOR STATE SENATE

As Choctaw County Republican Party Chairman I wholeheartedly endorse Howard Houchen for Oklahoma District 5 State Senator.

His commitment to conservative principles is unquestioned. He is tireless in his mission to understand and expose the dangers we face from an ever expanding government. As a private citizen Howard makes countless trips to Oklahoma City, spending his own time and resources, to inform legislators. He is always reliable and ready when called upon, whether for a quick answer, or to speak to a group of voters.

Howard is completely devoted to the Little Dixie area of Southeast Oklahoma and will represent it with energy and enthusiasm.

Without hesitation I totally support Howard Houchen for District 5 State Senator.

 

Carol Bone, Chairman

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SE Oklahoma Should Not Be Left Behind

June 6, 2012

The outcome of Wisconsin’s Recall election is a clear expression by the citizens of Wisconsin — which echoes the sentiments of the majority of Americans across the land — Enough is Enough!

Beginning with many special elections prior to the 2010 cycle, which saw a near Republican sweep, through the historic 2010 election where Oklahoma Republicans realized clear majorities in both State houses and the entire slate of statewide elected positions, the direction of Oklahoma and of America has changed.

This shift is as unmistakable as it is necessary. It is imperative that SE Oklahoma not be left behind as America and Oklahoma direct their efforts toward pro-growth, pro-business policies while promoting individual liberty, economic freedom, and the protection of our natural rights.

Just as the voters of Wisconsin made a clear and decisive choice for true conservative and principled representation to compliment this shift and repudiate the failed policies of big government spending, intrusiveness, and progressive ideology, the voters of SE Oklahoma will have a clear choice on Nov. 6. We can choose to stay on the same old path and be left behind or we can choose the proper path of less intusive and more effective government.

Howard Houchen is the right choice for Oklahoma State Senate.  Let’s not be left behind.


www.howardhouchen.com

Costello Endorses Houchen for State Senate

May 30, 2012

 

OK LABOR COMMISSIONER MARK COSTELLO ENDORSES HOUCHEN FOR OKLAHOMA SENATE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2012

CONTACT: info@howardhouchen.com; (888) 230-4856

 

Oklahoma City, OK –  In what promises to be a key pickup for Senate Republicans in the “Little Dixie” region of the state, long known for entrenched Democrats, Howard Houchen (R-Hugo) is gaining notice early in the race by picking up the high profile endorsement of Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.

 “When I ran for Labor Commissioner in 2010, I campaigned on my commitment to bring sound business practices and constitutional principles to State Government.  Howard Houchen shares these values and will be an invaluable asset to southeastern Oklahoma. He is unabashed in his love for his home region, and unashamed to stand strong for what is right for Oklahoma in general and right for SE Oklahoma in particular. I am proud to offer my endorsement of Howard Houchen as the right choice for State Senate, District 5,”  Labor Commissioner Mark Costello stated.

 Houchen will be facing Jerry Ellis (D-Valliant) on the November general election ballot. This race also has an unusual twist: Democrat incumbent Ellis, due to term limits, is only eligible to serve two years of the upcoming four year term. He will be forced to vacate the seat midway through the term if he is re-elected.

 Houchen commented,  “Commissioner Costello has a proven record of increasing government efficiency and accountability while controlling, and even decreasing, the costs to the hardworking taxpayers of Oklahoma. I share that vision and appreciate his leadership. I look forward to ensuring that the interests of the good folks in SE Oklahoma are heard loud and clear in Oklahoma City as we all work to achieve a more economically free and prosperous tomorrow.”

 Houchen is a graduate of University of Oklahoma with a degree in Political Science, and boasts an MA in National Security Studies from the American Military University. With extensive international and small business expertise, he is extensively published in multiple conservative publications. He proudly raises his two sons alongside his wife Jeannie in the S.E. Oklahoma community of Hugo. He and his family are avid hunters and sportsmen, treasuring the bountiful natural resources that are plentiful in our beautiful state and rural communities.

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Houchen says Sen. Ellis Presents SB1327 as Something It Is NOT

May 8, 2012

Also available in The McCarville Report: http://mccarvillereport.com/archives/5490

SB1327 is a bad bill for SE Oklahoma and does little to nothing to ensure we have a voice.
 
05 May 2012 (Hugo, OK) — Oklahoma Senate District 5 challenger, Howard Houchen, states:  “Senator Ellis says he wants to strengthen local control but in advocating for passage of SB1327, he is doing exactly the opposite!”

Sen. Ellis has made a hearty endorsement of the House amendment to Senate Bill 1327 but the changes made to this bill can hardly be thought of as an amendment.   SB1327 was actually gutted and replaced l with the language of another measure, HB2914.  HB2914, the “Regional Water Planning Act” was a highly problematic bill intended to create nine regional councils to manage Oklahoma’s water planning which would add another layer of government onto the already profoundly complex issue of water rights and water management.  The amended SB1327 now mandates the establishment of nine Regional Councils to manage our water.

Sen. Ellis is particularly pleased with the alteration to SB1327 that would require the members of these new Regional Councils be elected rather than appointed and to Sen. Ellis’ credit, if we are going to add yet another authority to manage our water resources, then indeed, some representation is better than none.  But this does not mean, as Sen. Ellis says, “the interests and needs of local communities would have representation in the decision making process.”  Source: The McCarville Report May 2, 2012
Oklahomans should know that SB1327 stipulates that the role of the Regional Council is advisory only.  They have no regulatory authority or any other authority.    This means that the Regional Councils do not have the power necessary to represent the people in any real sense.
“I believe Ellis’ intentions are good”, says Houchen,  “but he is totally missing the fact that regional management of our water resources will inevitably make the decision making process less local, not more.”

The powerless Regional Councils do have a mandate to fulfill, however.  This bill, supported by Ellis, requires the Regional Councils adhere to the ever evolving Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan as a guide for their recommendations on the water management of the nine regions, as has been predetermined by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.

This is a terrible trade off according to Howard Houchen who explains that his campaign is invested in carefully examining the water issues that face Oklahoma .  “Right now our cities and counties have quite a bit of power when it comes to the water policy decision making process.   I am worried that by establishing these Regional Councils our local governments will end up being mere administrators of the OWRB’s plans and that is not representative government.”

The entire reason for the creation of these Regional Councils comes directly from the 2012 Update to the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan which recommended that the Legislature authorize the creation of regional planning groups.    No matter how the Council members are chosen, elected or otherwise, the constraints remain the same.  The Regional Councils will follow the dictates of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan, a plan that has been soundly criticized by many including Sen. Ellis himself.
Sen. Ellis is to be applauded for his concern for adequate representation of the citizen however, dividing the state into nine new political voting regions is not the answer. Do we really need to be so hasty to enact such a drastic alteration of our traditional government structure?

If Sen. Ellis has so little faith in the statewide plan why would he support a measure that will create a mandate that effectively binds water management throughout the state to the plan?  This does not provide the constituents of SD5 or any Oklahomans with the representation that they need and deserve.
It is clear that If we continue on the path that Sen.  Ellis is endorsing, Oklahomans can expect to have less control over their natural resources, not more.   

  
Howard Houchen
OK State Senate D5 – Candidate
P.O. Box 353
Hugo, Oklahoma 74743

Houchen Announces Candidacy for Oklahoma State Senate – District 5

April 13, 2012

Howard Houchen Announces Candidacy for Oklahoma State Senate

13 April, 2012 (Hugo, OK) – Howard Houchen, a former U.S. Congressional candidate from Hugo, Oklahoma, is very pleased to announce his campaign to represent the good folks of Oklahoma Senate District 5 in the upcoming election.

Houchen, a 4thgeneration “Okie”, is a successful small businessman and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in National Security Studies from American Military University.  He is a devoted husband and father that has built a solid reputation as a grassroots leader but feels compelled to do more, stating that;

“I have called SE Oklahoma home my entire life.  There is no doubt we are the “Heart” of the heartland.  I have witnessed the increasing encroachment of government into our private lives and businesses, to the detriment of us in rural communities. We have seen jobs leave and populations decline throughout much of this district.  After so many calls for me to seek this position, there is no way I can just stand idly by and simply watch as Oklahoma City carves away at our ability to sustain and promote individual liberty and personal responsibility in the place we call home.”

Howard Houchen is well known in Oklahoma for his outspoken support of legislation which protects Life, Liberty, and Property while being very active in informing and resisting, and even defeating, legislation that threatens the freedoms of all Oklahomans and does not cater to party politics.  He stated:

“What is right is right and what is wrong, is wrong; regardless which party proposes the legislation. In 2012 and beyond, District 5 will be facing critical issues such as natural resources, property rights, job creation and retention, and just plain having a voice in how we govern ourselves.  How we handle these issues may make or break the livelihoods of many in this area, it is my duty to do everything in my power to make sure that these issues are handled with the citizens of District 5 best interests in mind.”

Houchen looks forward to an active campaign as an opportunity to better know his neighbors in SD5 and fully understand their concerns more deeply so that he can help produce and support the best solutions possible, as their State Senator, and actively resist those actions which are not. “It is time to return to government ‘of, by and for ‘We the People’ 

Oklahoma Senate District 5 is comprised of the entirety of McCurtain, Pushmataha, and Choctaw counties and the southern portion of LeFlore County and the eastern portion of Atoka County.  “The ultimate “stakeholder” in our system of government is we, the citizens.  Not special interest groups, not lobbyist, and certainly not politicians. I look forward to hearing from as many citizens in SD5 as possible so we can all work together to realize the prosperous future we and our children deserve.”

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AxXiom for Liberty_3-30-12 — OKD2 Republican Candidate Debate

March 30, 2012

Tonight on AxXiom for Liberty, from 6:00 to 8:00pm CST, Kaye and I welcome four of the six Republican Candidates for U.S. Congress in Oklahoma’s 2nd. Congressional District.  All six were invited but, only four chose to participate.  We welcome Dustin Rowe (www.roweforcongress.us), George Faught (www.georgefaught.com), Dwayne Thompson (www.dwaynethompson.org), Wayne Pettigrew (www.pettigrewuscongress.com), Dakota Wood (www.dakotawoodforcongress.com), and Markwayne Mullin (www.mullinforcongress.com).   Wayne Pettigrew and Markwayne Mullin will not be participating tonight…Kaye and I will explain, during opening, the reasons given to us for this and we will present and discuss the same type questions relative to Wayne and Markwayne as if they were appearing.  Kaye and I will ask the questions the grassroots want answered and have relayed to us over the past several months.  These are questions you will not be heard asked in candidate debates or forums…We ask the tough questions!

Tune in to AxXiom for Liberty on 102.3FM if you are in the OKC area.  If not, log-on to www.logosradionetwork.com to Listen Live.  You can also dial 512-485-9010 and listen via your phone.

AxXiom for Liberty Live_2-24-12

February 24, 2012

     AxXiom for Liberty Live, Kaye and I welcome a full line-up of guests this afternoon to help us in making sense of the insensible!  First up is Lukus Collins, Director of Operations for Ron Paul OK, to tell about tomorrows visit to Oklahoma City by the Congressman from Texas…Dr. Ron Paul!  Visit www.ronpaulok.com for more information about Ron Paul OK.

Next we will welcome Darren Gantz, Republican candidate for Oklahoma State House of Representatives for District 68.  Darren will tell us what motivated him to seek this seat and take on a Republican incumbent.  Visit www.darrengantz.com for info about Darren and his campaign.

Kaye and I then bring on the founder and executive director of Oklahomans for Liberty, David Tackett.  David has been been fighting for Constitutional Conservative values in the Oklahoma Legislature by tacling issues such as open-carry, Obamacare, and corporate welfare….just to name a few and we’re going to talk about some these issues tonight.  Visit www.libertyok.com for more information on Oklahomans for Liberty.

Our final guest tonight on AxXiom for Liberty is Theodore King.  Theodore is the author of the book: “The War on Smokers and the Rise of the Nanny State”  http://www.amazon.com/War-Smokers-Rise-Nanny-State/dp/1440123047He is also a writer for an Oklahoma paper, the Pryor Daily Times , while doing his part to restore journalistic integrity — http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/26/why-i-love-herman-cains-new-smoking-ad/.  We will talk with Theodore about legislation that further promotes the rise of the “Nanny State” with specific detail paid to the war on smokers.

Tune in LIVE, tonight 2-24-12, from 6:00 to 8:00pm CST on 102.3FM in OKC or ListenLive on the web at www.logosradionetwork.com OR you can listen on your phone by dialing: 512-485-9010 .  The question and comment line during the show is: 512-646-1984.  See Ya There!

AxXiom for Liberty_09-23-11: Gary Graham and Amanda Teegarden

September 22, 2011

AxXiom for Liberty — 09-23-11 –Gary Graham and Amanda Teegarden

    

This Friday, 23 September 2011, Kaye and I ask:  “How Free Do you want To Be?” and welcome a couple of very special guests.  First up will be Conservative  Hollywood actor, writer, producer, director, etc, etc…Gary Graham!  Then we have the pleasure of bringing back OK-SAFE’s Amanda Teegarden.  Tune-in or ListenLive this Friday from 6:00 – 8:00pm CST www.ruleoflawradio.com.

Many of us in Hollywood feel that since they pay us so well to do something so relatively easy, that we owe it to ourselves, and to the world, to ‘give back’.  Many of us, with that artificial sense of self-importance that comes with being in the movies or on television, feel we are poised and even obligated to ‘weigh in’ on important issues of national or geo-political nature.  When really, most Americans would just prefer we ‘shut up and sing’ (or dance or act or whatever it is we do).  Yet we blather on and many of us expose our idiocy (not naming names) — and some of us perhaps even intellectually raise the debate (again, no names… ahem).  And forgive me if I reduce the seemingly mind-boggling chasm between our disparate philosophies to this simple point:   The Left wants the government to exercise and disseminate compassion towards our fellow man…and the Right wants the individual to do it.” — Gary Graham 

Gary Graham.  Gary is a member of a group that was once thought to be near extinction — Hollywood conservatives.  We are going to talk with Gary about what is so “controversial” (see below) about his opinions, just how “liberal” is Hollywood, his thoughts on the current state of political affairs, his latest movie project – “Dust of War” – and that thing that has special place in his heart…The Gary Graham Garage Band!

Gary Graham was born in Long Beach, California and grew up in and around Orange County. The son of a medical doctor, he too aspired to a career in medicine. However, despite showing prowess in the medical sciences, Gary left pre-med to study theater arts at the University of California, Irvine, in the early seventies.

His first feature film role was opposite George C. Scott in “Hardcore.” Since that time Gary has appeared in numerous feature films such as “Robot Jox,” “The Last Warrior,” “Man Trouble,” and “Hollywood Knights,” many TV movies and series. From 1990 to 1996, he starred as Matt Sikes in FOX TV’s “Alien Nation.” More recently he was seen in recurring roles as Capt. Ingles on “J.A.G.” and as Ambassador Soval in “Star Trek: Enterprise.” He’s played more than 30 TV roles, and has also been in more than 30 movies. 

Gary’s also very active and vocal politically, and writes a regular column on [Big Hollywood], voicing his ever controversial opinions as well as appearing at several political rallies, where he really can get the crowd going.

Still active in the film business, Gary now is a producer for the new reality TV show, “The Ultimate Shooter,” and is working with Jace Hall and HD FILMS at Warner Brothers writing and producing the new internet web-series, “What If..?” He also stars in the popular web-series “Dead End City,” on Strike.TV.

He lives in a small town outside of Los Angeles where he enjoys spending time with his family, working weekends as a volunteer Ski Patroller, golfing, and flying.

Oh…let’s not forget the MUSIC!  The G3 Band – The Gary Graham Garage Band.

Next up, our very own Oklahoma Star, Amanda Teegarden, the Executive Director of  OK-SAFE

 

Last week the first committee hearing on the Federal Health Care Reform Law was held at the Oklahoma state capitol.  This was an all-day meeting and figuring out what it all means is very difficult for most but what happens during these meetings is extremely important.

The stated purpose of the hearings according to OK. State Sen. Stansilawski;

“Oklahoma patients, taxpayers, businesses, health practitioners, insurers and others all have wide-ranging questions and concerns about this largely unwanted new federal law. The law will affect all Oklahomans, some in significant ways, so this committee will seek to address all relevant questions and concerns for the benefit of all Oklahomans.”

Oklahoma Health Insurance Exchange or Faustian Bargain?

 Lucky for us the ever diligent Amanda Teegarden was there and this Friday she will be with us to decipher what it all means.  While we are at it, we have asked Amanda to apply her government-speak translation skills to an upcoming event to be held in Norman, OK. in October.

What is the “New Economy”?  Why is our Governor now being referred to as “Oklahoma’s CEO”?  What exactly is Foreign Direct Investment?

Join us Friday September 23, 2011 on AxXiom for Liberty 6-8 PM CST on Rule of Law Radio Network!

The NEW White House Rural Council: A “Take-Down”

June 23, 2011

Point-by-Point “Take-Down” of  Executive Order establishing the White House Rural Council:

Below is the White House link to the Press Release “explaining” Executive Order #13575.  You may want to view it first.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/09/obama-administration-establishes-white-house-rural-council-strengthen-ru

 

1). JOBS — You gotta be kiddin’ me! Yea, right…this administration has a stellar track record with job creation…NOT!  By the way…Government does NOT create jobs. 

 2). Agriculture Market… Expansion: Get Gov’t out of the market!!! The MARKET functions best when central-planners leave it alone, thus the term FREE-MARKET…you know, that thing that once made America the envy of the world!

 3). Innovation — Thru subsidies???? Huh? What??? You gotta be kiddin’ me! Leave us alone, let the market function, get out of the way, repeal most regulations and we’ll innovate like you’ve never seen (which, by the way, these folks have no idea what REAL innovation is).

 4.) Networks: More REGIONALISM here. BTW, REGIONALISM only serves to break-down representative government. Via REGIONAL councils, rather than elected representatives who are able to be held accountable, more rules and regulations will be foisted upon We, the people and we are left without avenues of recourse and redress of grievances.

5). Health Care — Nothing needs to be said about this, we know whats implied here: Centrally-Planned and managed Health Care that will, once again, drive costs up even more that will be chased by more of OUR hard-earned $$$.

 6). Education — Increase Post-Secondary enrollment rates??? Huh? What? Are they going to MANDATE enrollment? Are they going to now pay for college with MORE tax $$$? Increased Graduation rates for rural students in college? Huh? What? Is gov’t going to supply cheat-sheets or tax-payer funded tutors?  Lower standards (again) maybe?

 7). Broadband — this is already well in the works and once again Gov’t is interfering with the market by taking more of OUR $$$ (taxes and “fees”).

 8). Infrastructure — coordinate investment? Huh??? What??? Are we sooooo “stoopid” that we can’t “COORDINATE”?

 9). Ecosystem Markets — Here’s the REAL reason for this council. “Expanding opportunities for conservation”, Uh huh…yea…right. Let me translate this: Increased PRIVATE land management by the FEDs. That means that YOUR (OUR) private land can be used as we see fit IF…IF…IF…we do so the way “they” say we are allowed to do so.

10).  The history of government desires, and resulting policies, to “do good”  reminds me of what Ronald Reagan told us years ago:  “The nine most terrifying words in the English language — I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”   WE REALLY DO NOT NEED OR WANT GOVERNMENT TO BE MORE INVOLVED, YOU’VE DONE ENOUGH ALREADY…Thank you, and goodbye, now!

Thoughts on Thomas Jefferson Memorial “Dance Party”: It’s about the Snake!

June 8, 2011

                      08 June, 2011

This past Saturday, 04 June 2011, my son and I happened to be in Washington D.C.  The timing coincided with the second installment of what is termed: “Dance Party at TJ’s”.  These public displays of dance are in protest of a Supreme Court ruling which upheld a United States Park Service regulation outlawing public-displays of this nature in certain areas of public property.  The Jefferson Memorial rotunda was at the center of this decision.  The first “Dance Party at TJ’s” resulted in multiple arrests and very heavy-handed tactics in carrying out those arrests by Park Service Police.

          This second “Dance Party at TJ’s” was a direct result of how the first was handled.  I will admit, as the “dancing” began it was a bit awkward.  Personally, I enjoy and believe in adhering to the intended reverence a memorial denotes.  Then, in a matter of but a few moments, a soothing calm erased the feeling awkwardness.  As I watched this disparate group — all ages, both sexes, many cultural and racial backgrounds, all across the political spectrum, varying social and economic backgrounds — performing, in what was admittedly a bit unseemly and raucous  dance moves (nothing lewd, mind you – just what would “normally” be deemed “inappropriate”…if that is possible give that this was an “abnormal” situation), I gazed toward the face of Jefferson.  

          At this moment in time the Jefferson Memorial was home to scores of U.S. Park Police, S.W.A.T., uniformed officers with what appeared to M-4 automatic weapons, uniformed officers in riot gear, mounted police (both horse and motorcycle) what I’ll call “plain-clothes dudes”.  All there to…??? 

          Just above the head of the Thomas Jefferson statue, inscribed around the bottom of the dome, I re-read the words of Jefferson: “I have sworn up0n the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man”.  I looked back at the dancing crowd…gazed toward Jefferson…immediately thought of Voltaire’s influence on Jefferson and the Voltaire quote paraphrased by Jefferson: I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”   Another scan of the “dancing” group was all it took…the Spirit of Jefferson was all around.  He was smiling from the Heavens above.  This was what FREEDOM looked like!

          No arrests were made and “Victory” was the mood of the participants.  The main stream media wrote opinions both for and against the actions of the “dancers”.  Leonard Pitts Jr., in the Kansas City Star, wrote:  “So what’s most offensive about these arrests for crimes of Terpsichore is not the insult to free expression, but the insult to common sense, the implied assumption that unless some guy waving his arms around is thrown to the ground and handcuffed, the rest of us will indulge our secret desire to do the Macarena in the temple of Lincoln.  There is something heavy-handed and totalitarian in that assumption” http://www.kansascity.com/2011/06/07/2930499/commentary-when-dancing-is-a-federal.html

Petula Dvorak, in the Washington Post, wrote:  “I’ll admit I was skeptical, too, given that there are greater things at risk in America these days.  Wait. Wasn’t that the stuff that got said about the kite-ins in 1970? And yet, we’d all probably agree that those arrests look preposterous in hindsight.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dancers-at-the-jefferson-memorial-are-following-in-the-footsteps-of-hippie-kite-fliers/2011/06/02/AGkp7bHH_story_1.html

And Eva Rodriquez, in the Washington Post, wrote:  “Before last weekend, I wouldn’t have thought to associate “liberal” dance protestors with “conservative” gun rights advocates. But they actually have a lot in common: a profoundly distorted – and patently wrong – understanding of their constitutional rights.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/what-gun-and-dance-enthusiasts-have-in-common/2011/06/06/AGXJRMKH_blog.html?fb_ref=NetworkNews

          In the end, it really doesn’t matter what was written or covered by todays press…what matters is adherence to the intent and purpose of OUR founding.  That intent, that purpose, was inscribed above the head of Jefferson and can be found in other words of Jefferson:  “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty, than those attending too small a degree of it.” AND “After all, if freedom of speech means anything, it means a willingness to stand and let people say things with which we disagree, and which do weary us considerably”

What are the “Dance Parties at TJ’s” REALLY all about?  It’s about the rattle-snake as illustrated on the Gadsden Flag…”Don’t Tread On Me”.  It’s about the warning system Benjamin Franklin wrote of when describing the symbolism of the rattlesnake on the flag:  “She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. … she never wounds ’till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her.”  Notice was the purpose…We, the people of these United States of America know what Freedom looks like and what we are experiencing today is NOT recognizable! NOTICE!