Former Ag Secretary John Block –

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And now for today’s commentary—

Throughout this political campaign, there has been a lot of talk about the Constitution. The Supreme Court just ruled on the constitutionality of Obama Care. Speakers are quoting Thomas Jefferson to make their case. Timing for all of this could not be better because we just celebrated the 4th of July with flags waving and patriotic songs. We do have a lot to celebrate.

We can and should always ask the question – is our country on the right course? Are we doing the right thing? Why do we have so much disagreement? Why can’t the Congress and President sit down and chart the perfect course for our nation?

The answer is simple. Different people have different opinions. Finding middle ground is not always as easy as it sounds. Read the history of our country and you realize that we have always had a vigorous debate and conflict. We’ve made some mistakes, but most of the time we have gotten it right.

As I looked at our flag on the 4th of July, I said thank you to the Fathers of our country and the Constitution that they wrote. It’s been more than 200 years and “Old Glory” still waves.

We live in the most powerful and most influential country in the world. Look back 100 years. Consider Argentina. Argentina was on an equal par with the U.S. then. Where are they today? We left them in the dust years and years ago. Turn to Europe. We are the country that rescued their people from WW II.

Now, they have a debt problem and government over-reach that is about to strangle what prosperity they have.

We don’t want to wake up some morning and realize we are in the same boat. Europe is a welfare state; they can’t afford it. Neither can we.
We need to look back to those wise leaders that fathered our nation. They would be shocked at the level of debt we have today, and the government regulation choking our country. What happened to personal responsibility? Think about it.

Hope you had a great 4th of July. God bless America.

In closing, I would encourage you to access my website which archives my radio commentaries dating back 10 years and will go back 20 years when complete. Check on what I said back then. Go to

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