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Jahuily and Me welcome pageWhy do I want to complicate my life? I’m 77 years old, have a wonderful husband and family: I’m not really lacking interesting things to do every day.  So why am I writing this Blog? Because Honey Boo Boo made me do it!

Alright already—I confess—I watched Honey Boo Boo once—and writing this Blog shall declare my repentance.

For those of you who have never experienced Honey Boo Boo, let me give you a brief description according to Google sources. “Here Comes Honey Boo” features the family of former child beauty pageant contestant Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson. Mama June, the matriarch, is 33 years old, and has four children by four different men, none of whom she married.  Honey Boo Boo’s daddy, an ex con they call Sugar Bear, is shacking up with Mama June.  She has reportedly been in the welfare system all her life. She recently became a grandmother, at 33, when her teenage daughter gave birth to an out-of-wedlock daughter. Last month, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was canceled after it was revealed that Mama June was dating McDaniel, a registered sex offender who served 10 years in jail for molesting a then-8-year-old Chickadee (one of the four children).

I feel that “divide and conquer” has become America’s norm and that hostility reigns supreme. People are divided against each other; rich against poor, women against men, gay against straight, race against race, Republican against Democrat, Obama against Congress….ad nauseam. And after watching one episode of Honey Boo Boo complete with subtitles, I added my own “against category”—those with a brain against those who seldom use their brain. How could this happen?

I could be wrong (I was wrong once, for that you’ll have to watch for my husband’s future blogs), but could it be that something called individuality has been replaced by victimhood? Could it be that those who seldom use their brain think that when they have a problem, it is the government’s job to cope with it — that government will house, feed, educate and even give them “free phones?” Could it be that individuality is being suppressed by the establishment of BIG GOVERNMENT in our lives and subsequently dumbing down the American experience–hence enabling an audience for Honey Boo Boo? I’m just thinking out loud here!

None of us is born with an ideology: we are born into this world with no preconceived thinking characteristics of any group or culture. Too often our convictions are formed out of a desire to conform. How has it become too challenging to think through life’s issues and form an ideology that is true to one’s self?

The history of the United States of America was written by our remarkable founding fathers who believed each individual is endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. To that end wars have been fought to insure these rights; “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” When one subjugates those rights to the Government, one gives up those rights. Does it really make sense to give up one’s independency to avoid the responsibility and accountability for one’s own actions?

It is my hope that what I write will provide insight to the young and the old – insight that will give reason to the necessity of being an individual—a thinking and active Patriot of the United States of America. We spend too much time carping and whining about issues both political and social. It is time to engage – to walk the talk. We must put on our big boy pants and take the responsibility to bring about the transformation that we profess to desire if we want to make our lives better and more secure.

My husband, Vern, and I have had the unique experience of living in five other countries: New Zealand, Norway, Denmark, South Korea and Mexico – all done with four children and 20 pieces of luggage. These are just some of our 29 moves in 58 years of marriage.

Our life’s experiences are what molded our ideology, values, and principles, and it is from these events that Vern and I will be writing. We believe that America is the land of exceptionalism: we will communicate our reasons for that conviction as well as our fears that America may be veering off the constitutional path so brilliantly written by our Forefathers.

What we write is not meant to be divisive, but to engage each other in respectful and thought provoking debate that honors the individual within the group. We are Americans — United we stand, divided we fall!