D-Day: The Price of Freedom

FeaturedD-Day:  The Price of Freedom

D-Day may be the most humbling moment in world history. It is, indeed, one of the most important days in the history of mankind. On that day, June 6, 1944,  the United States, Great Britain and Canada joined forces to save the world from the worst tyranny known to mankind. Aided by the French resistance (and others), they started a battle that would be a turning point in the effort to save the world from the forces of evil. As a result, they secured the freedom that this country and numerous other nations continue to enjoy today.

The 9,387 U. S. military buried at the American Cemetery at Normandy, and tens of thousands of others, launched the D-Day invasion knowing they were writing a blank check made out to their country for any amount, up to and including their lives. Their selflessness assured not only freedom for their own nation, but for millions of people across Europe.

Each of these men and women worked together for the betterment of the world without regard to race, religion, ethnic background or geographic domicile. Christians, Jews, Muslims and others didn’t care that their fellow soldiers might have different religious beliefs.  Americans of British, German, Irish, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, Polish and virtually every other ethnic background imaginable, had no prejudice that day.  Black, white or brown, skin color didn’t matter.  What mattered was that they were fighting for the most fundamental human right – freedom.  They were fighting for their own country and for other people’s countries as well. Indeed, they were fighting for the world.

The American Cemetery at Normandy sits on American soil, despite the fact that it is located across a vast ocean from the United States. The land was given to us by the grateful people of France. In that beautiful cemetery, our soldiers and airmen and marines are buried side-by-side under Crosses, Stars of David, and Crescent Moons. Just like when they sacrificed their lives, there is no concern about their race, ethnicity or religious beliefs. They lived and died, united, as Americans.

The stable governments, relative peace and freedom enjoyed by much of the world the past 76 years is owed to them and their counterparts from other countries who fought so valiantly. If ever there was an example of the importance of good international relations, D-Day was it.

Those who fought didn’t risk or sacrifice their lives so that today individuals would be treated differently depending on their skin color. Or so that some could impose their religious beliefs on others. They didn’t do it so that any nationality or religion could be demonized. They didn’t do it so we could build walls to keep people from other nations out – many of them were first generation Americans, or themselves immigrants.

They gave their lives for the most sacred gift we have – freedom.  Their call to battle was formed out of our nation’s fundamental principles:

  • All people are born equal
  • Our unalienable rights include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
  • Governments derive their power from the consent of the governed

We can never repay our debt to those who died on D-Day, or the millions who died throughout WWII, but we can earn a little bit of it back by being better citizens – by treating everyone with the same rights and dignities that we all derive from our constitution. We pay back a little bit of our debt by becoming better informed citizens. Understand how your government works. Take the time to learn the issues related to their government – all sides. Get your news from multiple, reliable sources with different viewpoints. Base your opinion on facts.

We can also pay a bit of our debt by being better educated voters. Know who the candidates are, not by their commercials, party affiliation or news headlines, but by their experience, history and position papers. Then, get out and support deserving candidates by contributing to and volunteering for their campaigns. Make well-educated votes in every possible election. That is the only way we can preserve the freedom for which the men and women who sacrificed their lives on D-Day and in World War II fought so valiantly.

Millions of Allied troops died in WWII. May God bless each and every one of them and may we earn and protect the freedom they gave us.

God Bless America.



As a child growing up in Chicago, I saw first-hand how then Mayor Richard J. Daley and the Democratic Machine abused their power to influence the outcome of elections in Chicago and maintain their stronghold on the City. That abuse continues to have ramifications for government and political corruption in Chicago still today – decades later.

It was that abuse of power and corruption that led me, in 6th grade, to walk into the local Republican headquarters and volunteer. For decades to follow, I rang doorbells, stood at train stations, gave speeches for, contributed financially to, and worked for dozens of honorable Republican candidates at every level of government. Today, a man who has absconded with the mantle of the Republican Party, who sadly serves under the label of a Republican President, who inexplicably has the support of the GOP was impeached. I can think of no more righteous a vote the U. S. House of Representatives could take than to impeach this president. Sadly, the vote was along party lines as the Republican Party has abandoned their Constitutional and moral obligation by supporting this criminal in the White House.

No one takes pleasure in impeaching a president, but this was legally, ethically, morally and politically the right thing to do. It was done after extensive investigation and with a careful weighing of the Constitution, the law and the facts. Having majored in political science with a focus on the American presidency and Constitutional Law, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the president has violated the laws of this country in numerous ways and in ways serious enough to require his impeachment and removal from office.

The fact is that he invited foreign countries to interfere in our electoral process.  He did it with Russia before he was president – on national television in front of all of us. He did it again with Ukraine – admitting to it in his version of the summary of his call, and bragging about it to us directly on television and through his chief of staff, his personal attorney and others. He did it again with the media cameras running when he invited China to do the same. While some may say “so what,” those who do clearly have not taken the time to consider the serious nature of this action, the impact it could have on our electoral process and the danger it presents to our democracy. A president indebted to a foreign power – whether it be Russia, China, Ukraine or others – is not serving the interests of the United States. A president who takes illegal steps to stay in office is a despot.

Furthermore, whether you think the attempt to use American resources and foreign policy to force foreign governments to interfere in our elections isn’t worthy of impeachment (and if you don’t, I can’t imagine what you think is), the second charge – that he abused power and obstructed Congress and justice – is also without question. No president has ever refused so completely to respond to an impeachment inquiry by blocking those around him from responding to a Congressional subpoena and refusing to provide requested documents. Every one of us knows that we would go to jail for comparable actions. This type of behavior must not be tolerated in a president. NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW. No one. Certainly not the president.

What saddens me most today though is that the once proud Republican Party has become the tool of an incompetent, unqualified, criminal who has zero regard for our Constitution, our morals, our norms – in fact, our country. Their continued outright lies, misrepresentations and distortion of the facts are designed to mislead Americans and obscure the truth. Their refusal to acknowledge the truth, defend and protect our Constitution, and vote to impeach and remove this president is contrary to every principle on which the Republican party was founded and is unconscionable.

This whole situation makes me sad. Even more so, these events make me angry. Furious actually. I am a patriot who believes in this country and our Constitution. The abdication of responsibility by the Republicans is the most horrific political act I have ever seen. Their failure to uphold their oath of office and protect and defend our Constitution and our country and is abhorrent. I will ring doorbells, provide financial support, and do everything I can to make certain that this president, and every single Representative and Senator who supports him, is defeated in 2020 or whenever they are next up for election. I hope you will do the same.


J.B. Pritzker for Governor


Are you sick and tired of dirty politics and “gotcha” journalism? I certainly am. I am especially bothered by the outrageous attacks on JB Pritzker, IMG_0057[1]Democratic candidate for governor. JB is an outstanding man who has dedicated his life to making the world a better place for everyone.

JB has been a leader in:

• Early childhood development and education
• Efforts to end handgun violence
• Building the Illinois Holocaust Museum
• Advocating for the LGBTQ community
• Supporting programs for the African American community
• Defending religious and ethnic minorities

His opponents run nasty commercials that seek to paint JB in a different light. Don’t believe them. I’ve known JB Pritzker for more than 20 years. He is a good and decent person. Despite having lost both his parents when he was young, and having the ability to take his life in any direction he chose, JB chose to dedicate himself to making our world a better place for everyone. And he has gone a long way in accomplishing  that goal.

As a businesswoman, I am most pleased with JB’s efforts to bring jobs to Illinois. As the founder of the technology incubator 1871, JB Pritzker has put Chicago and Illinois on the map for one of the most important business sectors there is — technology. Even more important than bringing 7,000 jobs to our state, JB has made Chicago a technology leader, a “go to” place for entrepreneurs and job-makers looking to launch the next Amazon, Google or Facebook. It positions us well for future job growth and creates endless opportunities for young people seeking good paying jobs.

JB Pritzker’s record of accomplishment far exceeds that of any of the other candidates in the race. He is a leader and a friend to the many diverse communities that make up our state. He is a smart, hard-working, dedicated man who among all the candidates is best suited to lead Illinois into the future. JB is my friend, he is a wonderful person, he is a true leader and he will make a great governor. I hope you will join me in voting for JB Pritzker for Governor.