Meet Ann Schneider; Your best choice for Oak Ridge Town Council

I love the community in which I live.  Oak Ridge is a beautiful community, with long-time, small town appeal.  That doesn’t happen by accident.  It takes people, living in the area, willing to serve and protect the interests of that community.  And, it takes people who share the love of this community and who get involved in the local elections/politics, to ensure those candidates who best serve our community are elected.

On November 7, 2017 Oak Ridge will be electing/re-electing new members to the Oak Ridge Town Council.  Let me tell you about one of those candidates.  She is my neighbor, the President of the Home Owners Association … and, I believe … the perfect choice.  Here’s why:

Ann Schneider is presently a Chair/member of the Historic Preservation Commission and has been since 2010.   She has Developed Historic Heritage Grants and her first-ever Explore Historic Oak Ridge event was a tremendous success.

She was a spokesman on the Oak Ridge Land Use Plan Committee (2015-2016).  She has been a Board member of the Merchants of Oak Ridge, member of Preservation Oak Ridge, and Oak Ridge Lions Club.  As I mentioned earlier, she is currently the Twelve Oaks HOA President, and has been for the last twelve years.  As a resident, I can say that there could not be a lovelier place in which to reside and I feel she most certainly has something to do with that.

Ann has also served 10 years on the PTA/PTSO boards; and twice named Volunteer of the Year.  She has 25 years of strategic planning and leadership for nonprofits and 25 years of volunteer experience and service.

In all honesty, this information is already available to Oak Ridge residents.  But, unless you know Ann and/or have worked with her in some capacity, there are some things about Ann of which you would not know.  In my discussions with Ann, I can feel her passion about Oak Ridge and her excitement about the future of Oak Ridge.  Ann has all the necessary qualifications to be an outstanding councilwoman, but … she also has a clear-cut vision for Oak Ridge.  It’s not a vision of “change” as much as it is of the preservation our historical areas and our small-town feeling, along with engaging the interests of business owners to Oak Ridge.  She sets a solid course for the future of Oak Ridge by considering events that might have an adverse effect on Oak Ridge, in the future … and … putting in place options and solutions to alleviate any adversity, before it happens.

So, there you have it … my choice in November.  I cannot think of a better person to serve on the Oak Ridge Town Council, than … Ann Schneider.


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Debbie Barth: 10/16/2017 at 6:49pm EST
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Boycotts have proven to be effective in getting the results certain groups … political and social … want to obtain.  The boycott targeting Great Britain in 1769 in opposition of “taxation without representation,” resulted … ultimately … in our American Independence.  This is an example of the good side of boycotts … from my point of view.)  There were those in out-raged opposition.  But … once resolved, life went on and Great Britain is now one, if not our closest … ally.

There are ongoing boycotts against certain corporations.  Target, is an example, by the American Life Association, because of Target’s stance on Mixed sex bathrooms and changing areas.

The end-results of the boycotts will appease some and anger others.  Either way … boycotts can ignite awareness, can preserve social culture … and can change social culture.

I am not a fan of what I call “total boycotts.”  What I mean by this is that I am not a fan of boycotting total entities for the indiscretions (in my view) of a few, within an organization.  (To be clear … I do despise “hate groups” and I will, without hesitation, participate in boycotting these groups … in their entirety.”)  And, I will call out anyone who does not respect our flag.

The NFL boycott is my example of an entity that I will not completely boycott.  And, this … brings me to … the ugly side of boycotts.  And, I will provide an example.

Boycotts can bring out the worst in people.  I have watched people evolve from a commitment to boycott a team, all teams, etc. … to a “let’s get ‘em” mentality in overdrive.

In the case of Jerry Jones, who listened to the demands of his fans and public, he is still being attacked by some of the same boycotters … although, he has made it clear his team will stand and respect the flag.  But, now, that is not enough.  It’s “too little, too late.” “It’s about money.” (It’s always about money.)  The boycott was successful …demands met … but still not enough.  Is this a boycott to preserve or make change … or to destroy?  Has it become a “blood sport?”

There is the “hypocritical” side of Boycotts.  People are proudly proclaiming they have turned off the football channels … having never watched football, in the first place.  That is not “boycotting.”  These people are not counted in rating or sales, anyway.

There are people in social media who will demand that everyone connected with them participate in the NFL boycott (the organization, the teams, all individuals … even those who have shown no disrespect) or they will chastise and demean the culprits, and call them names.  That is intimidation.  This is another ugly side of boycotts.  My example:

A realtor … let’s call him “Mike” … responded to a timeline post I made regarding the husband who lost his wife of 32 years in the Las Vegas shooting.  It was a tribute to him and others.  “Mike” chose this post to make a derogatory comment about the NFL which had nothing to do with the timeline.  I deleted it and responded to “Mike” to let him know why I took it down.  The next response was his “Disappointment” in me.  He had seen my “Gooooo Panther” … comments in Facebook, called me derogatory names and accused me of “caving.”  His comment was that 98% is not good enough … you must be all in … or … out.

To be clear … I have written blogs on the NFL and a response to Green Bay’s call for its fans to ‘link arms” … in which I expressed my disdain for the actions.  I have called the NFL, I have left tweets for the players who disrespect the flag.  And … I praise the players who have always stood and respected our Flag and Anthem.  I have never said I was completely boycotting the teams.  I will speak out against all who do not respect our flag.

The irony in this situation is that this realtor (broker?) is associated with one of the largest Real Estate companies in North Carolina … who has had a relationship with the Carolina Panthers for the last 11 years (according to K.M., their P.R. spokeswoman) and, have sponsored many of the Panthers events.  Most recently the “Prowl the Den Contest.”

The obvious question for “Mike” would be, if you so strongly hate the NFL and will go on other people’s profiles in social media to chastise and berate them … why are you still associated with a company who has an 11-year relationship with the Carolina Panthers, and … who shows (in my opinion) no signs of stopping?  I guess it’s just easier to intimidate people into doing what you think they should do.  (And, of course … it’s about the money.)

As I said earlier, boycotts can be a very good thing.  Boycotts can preserve culture and stop the decay of that culture.  Boycotts are a part of our American fiber.  I admire those who are committed to righting the wrongs they perceive.  And, usually … I agree with the purpose of the boycott.  And, I often get involved.

It’s the “blood-letting vendettas,” the hypocrisy, and the forceful intimidation of some that for me, at least … show the ugly side of boycotts.  I have no illusions that this will ever change.

I will leave you this to ponder.  I believe the players who choose to kneel and disrespect our flag, Anthem, country and soldiers should not be allowed to play … at all.  This is my personal belief.

I also believe that we are at a very dangerous point in our American society when people feel they must not comment or celebrate in social media, must lower their window shades, and turn the volume down, or lie about their current activity … because … God Forbid … they are watching a T.V. program of their choosing.

Now that … is ugly.


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Debbie Barth: 10/13/2017 at 5:01pm EST
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I’ve seen so many reactions to Jerry Jone’s latest statement, stating the players will stand or stay … in the locker room.

I think those that didn’t like Jerry Jones will still not like Jerry Jones.

Those who hate the Cowboys … will continue to hate the Cowboys.

I believe those who never liked Football, will still not watch football.  Some of those are sure to say it’s a “boycott” instead of admitting they don’t like the fact that it interrupts their prime television shows. Or, maybe they just don’t like football.

Those who never stopped watching football … will continue to watch football.

Those who refused to watch players who disrespected our flag and country, but do like the game of football, are delighted that Jerry Jones has finally put his foot down … on the kneeling down.  The message sent and acknowledged.

There is one group, however, I find … perplexing.  This is the group who is calling on a total boycott of the NFL organization … the coaches and players who kneel … and, even the coaches and players who have never knelt and have always shown respect to the flag and our country.

I have never been a fan of an all-out, total boycott … of anything.  I don’t understand why people who have always paid their respects to our flag and country should be punished because of the players … coaches … and the NFL Organization … at the Corporate level … who don’t.

But … I digress … my main frustration or … perhaps … wonder … is why people who are demanding the players (rightfully so), the coaches, et al … pay respect to our flag and country, are now … again … upset with … Jerry Jones.

He knelt with his team before the National Anthem and stood for the Anthem.  But the boycotters were not satisfied.  Most of his “Cowboy” fans and the general public, overall … demanded more, before they would watch a Cowboy’s game again.

So, Jerry Jones … listened to the people.  He publicly made it clear that the flag and this country do supersede the players on his team.  He made it clear that the players will stand during the National Anthem or they can stay in the locker room.

He did what was asked … no … demanded of him … and “lo and behold” … the same boycotters are even more upset with Jerry Jones.  I’ve seen statements accusing him of only doing this for money … or that “it’s too little, too late.”

My question to the boycotters (as it relates to Jerry Jones and the Cowboys) is … what is the point?  What are you trying to accomplish?  Are you sending the message to those who disrespect the flag that this is unacceptable and use it as a “teaching moment” for those morons … or … are you wanting to completely and relentlessly destroy people’s lives, with no regard to the actual results … even when your demands have been met?

In this case … Jerry Jones is damned if he does and … damned if he doesn’t.–spt.html


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Debbie Barth: 10/09/2017 at 9:31pm EDT
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Weeks ago, I was happy for one of the members in Facebook for being honored at some event for her successes in business, her community service … her “ethics, and … being a person of character.”  She had posted this, and I had no reason to doubt that it was true.

Yesterday, while browsing the news feed, I saw a post about President Trump on her timeline.  I didn’t believe the headlines … but, I read the article, anyway.  Low and behold … the headlines said one thing … and the actual article from The Hill said the complete opposite.

This is the perfect example of why I ask people … no … I implore … people to please read the entire article before commenting or going away with a misconception of the truth.

What really surprised me, in this case, was that it was brought to this person’s attention (giving her the benefit of the doubt and keeping her honesty intact.”  She didn’t take it down, in respect for the truth.  Instead … she left the post up, and said she still stands by her hateful comments.  Point taken … out of sheer hate for our President … she will be complicit in the lies being pushed, thus helping to increase the divisiveness in the country.

I’ve included screen shots of the posts and comments, to back up this post.  I have also the link to the article from The Hill.  What were they thinking?

When you wonder how this country became so divided and can’t understand why people hate this President so much … just spend a day in Facebook.  Take some time to read and check-out the articles … understand that most of what is being posted are deliberate lies to discredit our President and others.  Then … take one more step … call out the fake news for what it is.  Let’s stop rewarding the fake news for their … “creativity” and, start demanding that truth prevail, with a side of … real … “integrity and character.”


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Debbie Barth: 10/04/2017 at 3:14 EDT
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Meet the Satanist Who Demands Christians Bake His Cakes

Meet Douglas Mesner, from Detroit, Michigan … aka … Lucien Greaves … a self-professed “Satanist” who is suggesting that his “followers” demand Christians bake cakes, with “satanic themes,” for their cult celebrations.  I am assuming the “Devil’s Food Cake” would be most popular with this group.  I believe this demand really has more to do with Greaves’ misguided greed for some sort of sick and perverse power.  Of course, a financial “windfall” from a civil lawsuit by the so-called “Satanist” is probably a motivator, as well.  And … the fact the Greaves could be responsible for ruining the livelihood of a Christian … would be the … icing … on his cake.

He is also encouraging LGBT rights supporters to order Satan-themed cakes from bakers who oppose same-sex marriage because of their religious beliefs.  I frankly find that an insult to the LGBT supporters, simply because … it implies that none of them believe in God, and … all … are Satanist.

I am not sure which is an uglier, scary thought … his face … or the fact that he is the “leader/founder” of the Satanic Temple (with a small following) … and, that he has 12K followers (at least “like”) his page, in Facebook.

I agree with Tucker Carlson that this person is … probably … no more than a bitter, hate-filled, individual who led an unhappy life, filled with rejection.  More than likely, his only way of dealing with the fate life has dealt him … was to create a “persona” that would draw people to him, who had similar unhappy experiences, and/or lack of self-esteem.

Greaves is also the co-founder and spokesperson for the After School Satan program created in 2016 by The Satanic Temple.  So, parents … seriously … you may want to take more notice of the after-school programs offered by your local schools.

So … this is Douglas Mesnar …   Doug from Detroit, Mi. … using the self-esteem issues of others and, those whose social culture differ from others …  to promote his own sick hatred for a God, for whom … he holds nothing but contempt.  There will no picture shown of “Doug,” in this blog.  I feel “unclean” enough, just writing about him.  As far as his suggestion to harass Christian bakery owners and to demand they bake “Satanic-themed” cakes … let him bake his own cake.  And … I hope he chokes on it.


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Debbie Barth: 09/30/2017 at 5:58pm EDT
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Green Bay fans … the NFL and the Green Bay Packers do not care about you.  They care about their players.  They care about money … their prestige … their ownership of their Packer fans.

They care about filling the seats, high ratings, and Championships.  They do not care about the person who is the fan, nor do they care about this flag or country. (In my opinion.)

The owners and coaches care about players who have been pushed through schools and colleges, without knowing how to read a book, let alone read our U.S Constitution … and … that disrespect our soldiers, our flag and our country.  The players are their precious commodity … until, they aren’t.

Aaron Rodgers is calling for Packer fans to … show up (uppermost in his mind) … and link arms in solidarity for the players (who disrespect our flag) … not… in solidarity for our flag, Anthem, country and soldiers.  His plea to the public is:

“This is about equality,” (Rodgers said.) “This is about unity and love and growing together as a society, and starting a conversation around something that may be a little bit uncomfortable for people. But we’ve got to come together and talk about these things and grow as a community, as a connected group of individuals in our society, and we’re going to continue to show love and unity.” (excerpt from USA Today)

My response to Aaron Rodgers (I was a huge fan, at one time) is … that our flag is about unity, love and our solidarity … as a country.  How small Rodger’s request is, in comparison.

To be clear … this is my opinion.  Instead of kneeling outside the door on the Green Bay locker room, I will express here, in my blog.

I will not be watching the game tonight.  In my opinion, this “plea for solidarity,” is simply a ploy to get people in their stadium seats … and, in front of the cameras; and, to get their failing ratings back up.  I am not going to participate in that.

The Green Bay Packers … to my knowledge, at this writing … are the only publicly owned football team.  That means there is a high percentage of the Green Bay Packer fans who own stock in the Packer’s team.

It is my hope … given the blatant disrespect of this team … that the stock-owning fans will not show up tonight.

As for me … I’m putting all my stock into my flag, my country, and our brave soldiers.


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Debbie Barth: 09/28/2017 at 3:19pm EDT
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The NFL thought they owned us.  The team owners had beautiful stadiums built, reminiscent of Roman arenas … which evolved into glorious Coliseums.

The pageantry of the pregame ceremonies whipped up the crowd into a frenzy, filling the stadium with loud cheers for their team, and boos for the visiting teams.  We loved our NFL and our NFL teams.

The football players would run onto the field like gladiators running toward a life-or-death match.  Those “football gladiators” … many of whom we bestow our respect and adulation … and …  forgive … easily…  the players who beat their wives and girlfriends, who shoot themselves in their own thigh … while drunk at a club, and who kill passengers in their car, while driving under the influence.  We even forget those … who are in prison for arranging the murder of a pregnant girlfriend, which caused mental and physical injuries to the unborn child, who … miraculously… was saved.  (Rae Lamar Wiggins … aka …Rae Carruth-former Carolina Panther.)  We love our NFL and the NFL teams.

We have not flinched at the inflated ticket prices or the cost of purchasing all the NFL paraphernalia, to show off our favorite teams and players.  We loved the NFL and the NFL teams.

And, the NFL and teams knew it.  They knew that whatever they did had no bearing, because the fans loved them.  The NFL owned us.

But then … one day … a player decided to take a knee and disrespect our National Anthem, our flag, soldiers, first responders, and … our country.  Then … twelve more players decided to “take a knee.”  And, when our President spoke out, passionately, against the disrespect … entire teams, complete with their coaches … “took a knee.”  And, then something the NFL hadn’t expected … happened.

Fans started to burn their jerseys, fans declined going to the games, sales at the NFL store slowed down … fans cancelled their NFL Ticket on Direct T.V. … and, fans turned off their T.V. at game time.

The NFL thought they owned us.  They thought we loved them.  And, we probably did.  What the NFL didn’t count on was that fans … AMERICANS … loved their country … more.


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Debbie Barth: 09/27/2017 at 12:01am EDT
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Charlotte and Pittsburgh; A Tale of Two Football Cities

Charlotte, NC:  Before the start of last Sunday’s football game … all the Carolina Panthers stood, with their coaches, for our National Anthem and to honor our flag.  All except, # 90, Julius Peppers.  He decided to stay in the locker room.  Peppers said he didn’t discuss his decision with teammates beforehand, so they wouldn’t feel they had to join him.  In other words, he would not be a part of the team in its decision to stand, nor honor our National Anthem and our flag.

Coach Rivera did not publicly appear upset about Peppers decision, nor did he publicly ridicule him.  I don’t know what was said in the locker room, after the game.  Certainly, not enough (if anything at all) to make Peppers feel uncomfortable and to regret his decision to not “stand” with his team.

In fact, Julius Peppers’ later statement was “The protest wasn’t about the flag, or the military, or the anthem, but directly about President Trump’s remarks.”  The honest, earthy, passionate comments by our President about those players who disrespect the flag … were enough to make Julius Pepper … in my opinion … disrespect the Anthem and our flag.

And … that was the end … of that.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  The Pittsburgh Steelers played the Bears, last Sunday, in Chicago.  The team and the coaches stayed in the locker room during the National Anthem.  Again, in my opinion, a showing of disrespect … or … at the very least … cowardice to stand up for our Anthem, flag, and country.

All the team, except … for one lone player … # 78, Alejandro Villanueva, an Army veteran who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan.  Villanueva came out of the locker room and stood proudly.  He was cheered.  It was a proud moment.  But that “proud moment” did not last long.

Villanueva was lambasted and ridiculed by Coach Tomlin and the rest of his team, directly after the game …for honoring the National Anthem … and the country, for which he had fought, in three tours of duty.

Hours later, Alejandro Villanueva …apologized … for taking it upon himself to honor the flag and country for which he served.  In my opinion … I believe his safety … and his job … had something to do with his disappointment in with himself … for not … “sitting” with his team.

In Charlotte, one player is met with “compassion, tolerance, and understanding,” by his coach and players … for not joining his team in honoring our National Anthem, flag, and country.

In Pittsburgh, one player is lambasted, ridiculed and called-out by his coach and team … for standing up and respecting our National Anthem, flag, and our country.

This isn’t just a “tale of two cities.”  This is a “tale of a country in distress.”


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 Debbie Barth: 09/26/2017 at 1:26 pm EDT
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Supposedly, shortly after midnight … Senator Ted Cruz “liked” a two-minute video from a twitter account (that shall remain nameless, here) which featured a naked couple, a winsome blonde voyeur, and a cream leather sofa.

While it can be proven the sick tweet was “liked,” there is no way to prove that it was actually Senator Cruz who hit the “like” button.  Just because this was his official account, does not mean he is the only one with easy access to the computer or his account.

I am not a fan of Senator Cruz … nor do I “despise” him.  I’m not taking up for him.  I am, however, blasting the liberal news media and its usual inept, sensationalized coverage of non-important, unsubstantiated gibberish.

It seems the liberal media is like a bobcat, hiding in the bushes, waiting for a story … no matter how small or relevant … to walk by … and, then to pounce on that story and regurgitate it into a story that fits their slimy, smelly agenda.

The Huffington Post, in its sheer “pornographic journalist style” actually went as far as to post this Headline:

“Ted Cruz’s Ex-Roommate Shares ‘Misery’ Of Living With Him, After Porn Clip ‘Like’” … written by one of their “hacks” (IMHO) … Lee Moran.

In this sad little article, Lee quotes Cruz’s ex-roommate (screen-writer Craig Mazin) as inviting people to imagine Cruz masturbating “four feet below you in the bottom bunk bed.” “Yes, my misery beer much appreciates your company,” he added.

That is what I mean by “pornographic journalism.”  Journalism that is obscene, indecent, crude and lewd … and, might I add … which has no journalistic value or importance to the general public.

Of course CNN, the NY Post, and Politico had a field day with it, (while perhaps not as graphic as the aforementioned.)

North Korea is threatening parts of the world, including the United States, with a nuclear missile, Millions of acres in the western states have been burned by wildfires (that continue to burn), we have had two hurricanes destroy huge parts of Texas and Florida (and, significant damage done in neighboring states.)  The number of people, who have lost loved ones, their livelihood, and their homes, is growing by the thousands.  And, all the liberal media can come up with is that “someone,” using Senator Cruz’s account …purposely or inadvertently … hit the ‘like’ button on a sick porn twitter account.

The liberal media has turned real journalism into a form of “pornographic journalism”.  It is lewd and crude.   In my opinion …there are no true journalists … just people, clicking away at their computers, making up stories as they go along, making a list of who their next victim will be, and insulting the American public with its lies, all for a paycheck from their Globalist bosses.

And that, my friends … in my opinion … is the “naked” truth.  Please feel free to click “like” in this particular situation.


“The offensive tweet posted on @tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter,” tweeted Catherine Frazier‏, Cruz’s senior communications adviser.



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Debbie Barth: 09/12/2017 – 4:20 pm EST
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The Epiphany of a Protester in Seattle

I read a Facebook comment, last night, and wanted to share this with my readers.  Just when I begin to think that all protests result in shouting and violence, with nothing positive to be gained, I see this “testimony” written by a brave young lady that was at a Seattle protest march.  Her words touched my heart.  Her words … touched the core of my soul.

T. Bern attended this rally with one perception of those whom she felt a threat, and came away with an entirely different perception.  And … this person (with whom I have not spoken) was brave enough to share her experience; probably knowing it might upset a few.  Yes, sometimes, good things really come from protests, I suppose.  But for that to happen … one must come … with a true conviction and an open mind, balanced by love and not hate.  The testimony below is all of T. Bern’s comments.  Not one word … comma … or period … has been edited.

“My heart found the balance with my head” … T. Bern


This is my testimony to YOU. PLEASE READ

I marched in Seattle with BLM, antifas, general “leftists” group bc I heard there was a Nazi rally, and let’s be honest, who isn’t gonna show up to counter protest Nazi’s? I share the left’s fear of the consequences of inaction. As we marched past the police towards the rally, my group was yelling and cussing at the officers and at that moment, I felt in my heart that was wrong. We can’t fight systemic, institutional injustice on an individual level. I support police and I am against police brutality.

We finally reached this supposed “Nazi” group and I found out they were actually just a free speech group. Their speakers got on stage and were yelling “Black Lives Matter” and preaching about love and peace, and my group wanted to rip them to shreds. I feel like I woke up in that moment. My heart found the balance with my head. Common sense slapped me right in the face. This is NOT what democracy looks like. I felt in my heart and spirit that what the Antifa in my group were doing by calling everyone to violence, was wrong.

I stood there, with a group of people who would’ve attacked the free speech people, with my sign that read: “If we have no peace, it’s because we have forgotten we belong to each other”. I used to see these hard-core Patriot guys as a threat, but now I see them as a unifier. Patriotism can be an anti-dote to help remind us that we belong to each other. But we need the patriots to be more vocal that they fight for equal rights for ALL AMERICANS. How can you be against that?

Your soul is the ultimate grassroot. All we really can do in the end, is listen and trust the voice inside our own spirit. You may call it conscience. I call it God. But that’s the beauty of the free speech. Free speech is only a microcosm of the free will that we have as human beings.

Even if they would’ve allowed a hate speech speaker, he would’ve been dwarfed by the love speakers. That’s the most effective way to defeat hate, is with love. Not censorship and violence.


Permission was granted by Ms. Bern, allowing me to share.

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Debbie Barth: 08/22/2017 – 4:38 pm est