Articles by: Neal Ross

A Few Thoughts On The Upcoming Presidential Election

on July 29, 2019, 8:38 AM / in Opinion

Every 4 years the two political parties fire up their propaganda machinery while the political faithful on both sides of the aisle go into a frenzy; all over the prospect of choosing who will become the next president of these states united. Actually, I find the whole thing to be akin to a form of madness that is only equaled […]

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Food For Thought (For Starving Minds)

on June 30, 2019, 7:51 AM / in Opinion

In a society that claims to enjoy the right of free speech it sure seems like there is very little free speech going on. Wherever you are, and under whatever circumstances you might find yourself, there always seems to be someone, or some group, that seeks to set standards as to what is, and what isn’t, acceptable speech. As a […]

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Brain Food

Brain Food

on May 11, 2019, 8:14 AM / in Opinion

The other day, after reading one of my articles, a friend of mine commented, “C’mon Neal, you can’t honestly expect people to understand the things you write about, can you?” I suppose they’re right; I’m simply expecting too much of people – but one can always hope. Interestingly, the same day another friend posted something on Facebook that said, “The […]

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The Civil War: The Last Dying Gasp of Federalism in America

The Civil War: The Last Dying Gasp of Federalism in America

on April 24, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History, Opinion

How many of you remember back in grade school when they would give you a sentence with a blank in it, then provide you with choices to fill in the blank correctly? I want to try something similar, except I’ll never know how you answer. So fill in the following sentence with either “federal” or “national”: In the United States […]

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What I Should Have Written Yesterday

What I Should Have Written Yesterday

on April 17, 2019, 6:00 AM / in Opinion

The “Day Before” Yesterday (Monday) was the deadline for filing your 1040 to the IRS and I had wanted to write about taxes in general, but the Notre Dame fire happened and it just seemed inappropriate to do so on a day when people’s minds were focused on the loss of a significant piece of World History. I have often […]

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What The Hell Is It Going To Take?

on March 11, 2019, 9:01 AM / in History, Opinion

If I were to ask you what led to the American Revolution, or our war for independence, could you answer with any accuracy; or would you just say that it began when the Founders issued the Declaration of Independence? Years after leaving public office John Adams once again began corresponding with Thomas Jefferson; having drifted apart from him when Jefferson […]

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Will Posterity Remember Us With Disdain and Infamy?

Will Posterity Remember Us With Disdain and Infamy?

on February 8, 2019, 8:22 AM / in Opinion

“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.” John Adams “God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.” Daniel Webster In 1775 Patrick Henry said “Give me liberty or give me death.” In that same speech he also said, “For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may […]

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What Has Happened To The Spirit of Liberty?

What Has Happened To The Spirit of Liberty?

on January 30, 2019, 11:47 AM / in Opinion

I find it interesting that people of like minds often find themselves thinking similar thoughts at the same time – even though they may be separated by thousands of miles. Last night before I retired to bed the idea for this article came to mind, and I typed the title into an empty Word document and saved it, intending to […]

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Allow Me To Play Devil’s Advocate

on January 4, 2019, 7:28 AM / in Opinion

I know that there are some of my friends, particularly on Facebook, who are ardent supporters of President Trump. Among them I think the majority only want what is best for America. Of course there are those who only voted for him to prevent Hillary from getting elected, but for the most part they are a minority. I have never […]

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Bread & Circuses

Bread & Circuses

on November 27, 2018, 7:48 AM / in Opinion

Juvenal was a Roman who wrote satirical poems during the late first and early second century A.D. He is probably best known for saying, “Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt.” Juvenal must have been a cynic like me, for I too believe that as long as people’s bellies are full and they have things to keep […]

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Fate Has A Sense of Irony

Fate Has A Sense of Irony

on November 13, 2018, 8:15 AM / in Opinion

“All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.” ~John Adams~ In 2016 Governor Gerry Brown signed into law SB-3 which would phase in a series of increases in California’s […]

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You DO NOT Want To Back Us Into A Corner

on October 8, 2018, 7:32 AM / in Opinion

I’d almost be willing to bet that 999 out of 1,000 people don’t really understand what freedom is. Oh, they claim to love it, but from what I see and hear them say, they damned sure don’t know what it is; otherwise they wouldn’t be saying half the things they do. Freedom is the right to live your life as […]

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Ross: On Freedom of Speech (Twelve Steps to Happiness)

Ross: On Freedom of Speech (Twelve Steps to Happiness)

on September 30, 2018, 6:00 AM / in History, National News, Opinion

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” ~ Joe Klaas When I write these commentaries it is never my intent, nor has it ever been, to piss people off. That said, I know that the things I say, do in fact, piss many people off; and, quite possibly, harbor ill will towards me. Although […]

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Let’s Try Some Logic

Let’s Try Some Logic

on August 7, 2018, 7:59 AM / in Opinion

“Can it be believed that a grateful people will suffer [individuals] to be consigned to execution, whose sole crime has been the developing and asserting their rights?” (Thomas Jefferson to William Small, 1775) I would like to lay the groundwork for what I want to say by asking y’all a series of questions; hopefully to get you thinking in the […]

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Are Patriots An Endangered Species?

Are Patriots An Endangered Species?

on July 20, 2018, 8:12 AM / in Opinion

Have you ever heard the saying, “You can’t fight City Hall?” What that implies is that it is an exercise in futility to fight a huge bureaucracy with all its rules and enforcement mechanisms. I don’t know about you, but what that implies to me is that we should just give up; submit to whatever laws government passes and accept […]

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People are Strange

People are Strange

on May 31, 2018, 6:37 AM / in Opinion

Jim Morris, the vocalist for the rock group the Doors, once sang, “People are strange…” I couldn’t agree more; people definitely are strange. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t particularly hate anyone; it’s just that they confuse and frustrate me sometimes. As long as people are friendly towards me I will be friendly in return; but I am very particular […]

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By What Authority? (Part 1)

By What Authority? (Part 1)

on December 11, 2017, 8:14 AM / in Opinion

“Where’s the justice, where’s the law; raise your healthy voice.” Ted Nugent~(Stormtroopin, 1975) I often wonder if people have ever stopped to think about the reasons for which our government was established, and if there are any limits to the things they believe it can and cannot do for them. From the conversations I have had with people, I seriously doubt […]

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What Do You Believe In (And What Will You Risk To Defend It?)

What Do You Believe In (And What Will You Risk To Defend It?)

on November 28, 2017, 7:21 AM / in Opinion

If I were to ask you what the purpose of the law should be, how would you respond? It is a valid question and one which I’d like to spend a little time discussing. I’m not there with you, so I can only guess as how you would answer my question; but I believe I can make some pretty accurate […]

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From Beginning to End (How America Lost Its Soul) Part 4

on November 19, 2017, 6:00 AM / in History, Opinion

Nearly a month after the conflicts at Lexington and Concord, delegates gathered together in the city of Philadelphia for the Second Continental Congress. Their goal was to resume where the First Continental Congress had left off the following year, and although independence may have been on the minds of many, it was still a subject that had yet to be […]

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If I Were To Show This At Work, I’d Get Fired

If I Were To Show This At Work, I’d Get Fired

on November 17, 2017, 7:16 AM / in Opinion

For the past few nights, the company I work for has been packing 25 pound cases of pitted prunes for the Food and Drug Administration. What they intend to do with them once they are shipped to them is something no one seems to know. I’m assuming the employees at the FDA aren’t going to eat them themselves, so that […]

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