Restore the Republic

I Have Met The Enemy

October 28, 2014 | Civil Liberties, Constitution, Founders, Militia

In the year 1813 Admiral Perry defeated the British fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie. Upon the surrender of the British, Perry sent a communiqué to General Harrison stating, “We have met the enemy and they are ours…”

Over the years there has been a twist made to Perry’s message that has slanted to, “We have met the enemy and they are us”. A more appropriate statement of what we as a nation have become.

In what is a long and arduous battle to defend our rights, enlighten the public, and leave my children a better and hopefully free world, I’ve encountered unbelievable resistance from almost everyone I’ve come across.

There are the few who recognize the facts, and learn from the lessons of history. There are those I’ve been able to sway with facts, but if you put this on a scorecard with my name next to it, I’d be optioned off to the minors. Fast!

Yes my friends, you are reading the words of a man who considers that his best efforts go almost for naught. It’s not that the opponent is great, but rather that the team is unwilling. I equate my circumstance to the pitcher who throws a no-hitter, and looses.

As I’ve published a number of articles, in which I refer to the law, and Dr. Edwin Vieira’s vast arsenal on the Second Amendment and the need for the revitalization of the Militia, I’ve found that even those who proclaim their support for liberty have nothing more to say than that this is going nowhere. In fact, those pretend supporters whose only claim to fame is keeping the fight going rather than winning have ridiculed me.

So I’ve decided that maybe I should pepper my articles with terms that seem to hold the most interest for the public at large. Notice that I’ve referenced team and no-hitter. In this manner maybe I could draw some attention to what I have to say, and maybe, just maybe I’ll hit the magic 300 after failing the previous 7 times. And I note 7 as the number of my boyhood hero Mickey Mantel. Perhaps one of the reasons he drank was because no one was listening to him either.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is the bottom of the ninth, there are seconds left on the clock, whatever the measure you use to site the ending of your favorite sport, in which your team is behind. The opponents of liberty are knocking on the door to victory because we’ve given up the game plan, and we’ve fallen for the same feint that opens the boxer to the right cross.

I recently watched a youtube video, in which Dan Bongino was pitted against a Vincent Demarco. Mr. Bongino was courteous to Mr. Demarco, but had it been myself I would have called Demarco what he is, a blatant liar. What he presented as facts was nothing more than outright lies and propaganda.

One statement that Demarco harped on was that Justice Scalia’s claim that the states have the right to regulate the ownership of firearms, and that it is consistent with the Second. Scalia’s statement, as are most that come from the gutter mouths of those who infest the bench is pure nonsense. The court did in fact say that the state has such an authority, and I did in fact note when I originally read the Heller decision that the purely arbitrary regulation of the Second was contradictory with other rulings. Such a ruling is inconsistent in the definition of law, and would certainly come back to bite us right on the backside.

I point to a previous article I wrote titled “Five to Four”. I’m going to challenge anyone to intelligently define the law when the court itself does not agree. There appears to be a completely misguided, and obviously dangerous doctrine created that the law can be interpreted. Can a person with a logical mind understand that this is simply a means, by which the state will eventually interpret away rights, and convert them to privileges that can be regulated into non-existence?

Once again I must point to an article I wrote some time back titled “Its Just a Game”. In it I point to how ambiguity and interpretation creates a victor and the vanquished in a basketball game by manipulation.

This brings into question the meaning of the word ambiguous:
· Able to be understood in more than one-way: having more than one possible meaning.
· Not expressed or understood clearly.

We should also address the meaning of interpret:
· To explain the meaning of (something).
· To understand (something) in a specified way.

If someone claims to be the ultimate arbiters of the law, then tells me that it can be interpreted, then argues about its proper interpretation, I should be preparing for the worst. Ultimately, the rule of law dies, and for the life of me I can’t understand why anyone would subscribe to such outlandish notions that bring into scope ambiguity.

The Constitution is the law. What congress enacts is not law if it is contradictory to the tenor under which it was created. In other words, if an act cannot find its origin in a specifically enumerated power, then it is null and void regardless of who says what to whom.

The bigger problem stares back at us in the mirror every day. We’ve either given up, fallen prey to mounds of propaganda, or are entrenched in the system. We give validity to people who post the term esquire behind their name, or sit on a bench while wearing a black robe.

No matter what the interpretation, I am inclined to see the error in allowing a judiciary to make claims on the law, especially when it can, and most likely will affect my rights, and my ability to protect myself from the very same entity calling the shots.

There is no lack of historical data reminding us that government, no matter what form, or label that may apply is untrustworthy. This is not because governments, a fictitious entity of law is inherently evil, but because it must be run by your friend and enemy alike.

Because human nature enters into the equation, abuse is always in the cards. This is why the Constitution was written in a manner that specifically enumerates clearly stated powers under which the government may operate. There is no room for interpretation by a branch of government that may have agenda driven goals.

The Founders were clear in their minds on how this nation should operate. They prohibited the state from infringing on speech, the grand jury, and the petit jury. They forbade government from placing its heavy boot on the neck of the people by clearly stating that the infringement upon private property, and the security of the home were immune without due process of law as determined by our peers, not some created government office.

In addition to words that are incapable of enforcement, the Founders recognized and codified the institution that protects all our rights. The Militia of the Several States protects all our rights. Unless we are willing to embrace our duty, this fight will go on with the ultimate dismantling of freedom.

Nick Testaccio

“A Declaration”

August 13, 2014 | Constitution, Founders, Founding Documents, History, Republic

In June of 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented to the representatives of the Thirteen Colonies a Resolution that stated:

“That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved; that measures should be immediately taken for procuring the assistance of foreign powers, and a Confederation be formed to bind the colonies more closely together.”

On July 2nd, 1776 the representatives of Twelve Colonies voted in favor of the resolution that turned subjects of the crown into independent people, and states with rights equivalent to those of all other sovereign nations. As such, the need to establish a rule of law, and the reasons for which this separation had been adopted needed to be documented into law.

“In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

“Submitted to a candid world”, not only a new rule of law, but also a declaration of war on “A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant,…”

When the Representatives of the States united in a cause of independence signed the “Declaration” they were turning the noble words of the document into a codified statement of law.

We hold these truths to be self-evident:
1. That all men are created equal.
2. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights.
3. That among these rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
4. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men.
5. That these governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.
6. That the People retain the right to alter or abolish any form of government when that government infringes upon the rights and privileges of the People.
7. That the People retain the sovereignty to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

As free and independent states, the People had to consider the consequences of such a break from a monarch. Undoubtedly, the king would move to retain what he believed to be his of divine right. Tyrants do not relinquish their power by the words of their subjects, no matter how eloquent the reasons are detailed. War would be inevitable.

As is right and proper, the representatives of the newly formed government “declared to a candid world” reasons for such a separation, and the causes that led the good People of these now united States to resist any further abuse, and tyranny.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, has quartered large bodies of troops, imposed taxes without our consent, and in every stage of these oppressions has ignored our Petitions for Redress of Grievance:
1. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws.
2. He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people.
3. He has obstructed the administration of Justice.
4. He has constructed a multitude of offices to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
5. He has kept amongst us in times of peaces, standing armies.
6. He has affected to render the military independent and superior to the Civil power.
7. For abolishing the free system of English laws.
8. For taking away our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our government.
9. For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with the power to legislate for us in all causes whatsoever.
10. He has incited domestic insurrections.

The attributes of our government, and the causes for the impending war were much more detailed in the Declaration, but I’ve attempted here to highlight what our fundamental form was about, and what particular grievances are so obvious today. Why?

Because, first and foremost, the Declaration is a timeless document that has not become passé, politically incorrect, or negligent of the needs of the whole of the People. It stated for the record the desires of all men and women, for which we should strive. It also laid the groundwork for a nation that would not be bullied or stand aside when tyranny and injustice raised its ugly head.

As a whole, we’ve done quite well since the outset. We flourished as a nation, building monuments to the ability of man when he is free of the burdens of constant government intervention.

Yes we’ve made many mistakes, but certainly no more than other nations, and far, far less than the vast majority.

We must remember that it was white men and women, who worked to free slaves, and it was also white men and women who marched with oppressed blacks down the streets of Atlanta to bring about the Civil Rights change.
It was those same middle class men, and their representatives who helped achieve the right to vote for women. Certainly with no vehicle to attain their goal other than their husbands, sons, and all male legislatures, the dream could never have been accomplished.

This country built the largest population of middles class people, and they did it by butting heads with some robber barons, some legislators, and then coming together with rich men such as Henry Ford who recognized the values of a content, and happy working class to be able to afford the very products they built.

In the labyrinth of good and evil that permeates mankind this nation stood far and above the others, and it was for the most part attained by the hands and blood of the men that our schools now teach us to hate. Despite the propaganda that is today’s liberal agenda it is not the downtrodden that accomplish their goal through peaceful means, but rather those who think through the inconsistencies, and injustice, and take the stand to change.

The problem at hand is that those who profess to be the great progenitors of equality are rarely if ever in that role. You seldom hear the true fighters coming forward and claiming “I did that”. It is history, and the work of truth seekers who bring us the real story. It is the individually curious mind that seeks the truth while wading through the miasma of lies that are cast by the most devious and evil amongst us.

The truth of the matter is this. We fought a war for independence from a tyrant who cared little for the rights of man. We fought a Civil War, in which we sacrificed the lives of some 700,000 men, not to free the slaves, but rather to attain the goal of a maniac who disliked the notion of the republic and to fill the coffers of his corporate backers. Years later we created slaves of the majority of the population, again at the hands of robber barons in the form of the banking industry.

The sad part is that it is there for the good People to learn through the study of the journals and records of the day. It is, perhaps our gullibility, laziness, and other factors that deny us the determination to seek the truth. After all, would our teachers, judges, and bureaucrats lie to us? The undeniable truth is that they do it, and they do it to enhance their own status.

The monsters of the agenda to completely enslave the American people are those we’ve been thought to trust. They have names that any logical person would know have nothing at all to do with their agenda. Some actually believe they are doing good, forsaking all that history has thought them, and going blindly by the words of their masters.

The most evil of these groups and individuals have names such as the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Group, The Teachers Union, National Organization for Women, The Southern Poverty Law Center, Barack and Michele Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Bill and Melinda Gates, Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Schumer, The Supreme Court, Mothers Demand Action, and a host of others too numerous to mention that are funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and people such as George Soros who have nothing but evil intent for their fellow man.

The rank and file may very well have good intentions, but they are typically swayed by the whims, terms, and in many cases, by the intentional actions of their own government to subvert the rights of the People.

When the Declaration was written, it was a novel and noble attempt at defining a grand idea in which we the People of the Colonies united in just cause to remove ourselves from the bonds of tyranny and establish a new, and enlightened society. It had flaws, but men who sought justice, not the miraculous overnight change in the mindset, and character of the day, wrote it well beyond its time.

Today we live is a world in turmoil, made so by those who profess to be progressives and enlightened. It is a far cry from the pen of Thomas Jefferson, to the enacting body of men who debated the ins and outs of a new Republic. We have not carried out the forward thinking actions of men who knew they would hang together if they failed, but rather have fallen prey to the devious, and the demonic.

Nicholas Testaccio


This Fourth of July 2014

July 1, 2014 | General

Just one month ago we remembered the Seventieth anniversary of the invasion that took place on the shores and cliffs of Normandy, France.

“At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June, 1944, 225 Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs. *** Two hundred and twenty-five came here. After 2 days of fighting, only 90 could still bear arms.” – From Ronald Regan’s commemorative speech at Pointe du Hoc, France.

On that day the men of the allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy where they made their mark in history. Regardless of what the causes, the circumstance, the conspiracies, and whatever it takes to place us into a war, young men shed their blood, some never made it back to the loved ones they left behind. Others were left with the most indelible of wounds that would haunt their mind and body for the rest of their lives.

They were brave men who went before me, and served their country with honor. They believed in the cause despite what history may uncover, or the horror that has come after them. Nevertheless they did what they felt was the right thing to do.

I am not ashamed of my service to my country because today we have created an empire that sucks the very life force from this world. I am not ashamed of the men who took up arms after 9/11 as they also believed it was the right thing to do.

In the heat of the moment when terror flashes across the spectrum of our lives, young men will rise to the occasion and the call of their nation. Those who volunteered to fight for their country saw burnt bodies, destruction, and horror placed right before their eyes. In their minds there was no other choice.

Most of us did not think that this was a planned event. All we saw was what was laid out on the radio, or the TV. And all we heard were the calls to action of the leaders of this nation.

No one wants to believe that those we select to represent our freedom and liberty would plan and execute such a heinous act. Whatever my belief is, or knowledge I may possess at this time, I can honestly say that I do not know precisely what happened on that day, nor do I know the full story of previous historical events, and all other events that have led us into conflict after conflict to this present moment.

I am weary of the sight of those being brought home in caskets, or on gurneys clinging to life. They are real people who will suffer the scourge of war for the rest of their lives, and whether it was for naught only the Universe will make that determination. It is not my place to do so for I am but a small man placed here at this particular moment to perform some task, for which I’ve been given no clear instruction.

While I may see the corruption, and terror that this nations policies incur, it is not always obvious to the wide-eyed kid down the block who wants to serve, and be counted among those of us who went before him. I will certainly never disparage the lot because the few conduct themselves in a manner that does not comport to honor. Those good soldiers went for a valid reason in their minds. They did not examine all the angles, the play-by-play, and analyze the words of those they trusted. They acted as they saw fit, and in a world where we are expected to trust and act accordingly, they did so in all good faith.

They did not sit at home behind a typewriter excoriating the deeds of others, and certainly not those who would offer to shed their blood.

They are not among those whose philosophy is do as I say, not as I do. “THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” – Thomas Paine

There are many among us today that consider themselves to be patriots. They screech to the Heavens that something is wrong. They present the evidence, but for the most part the masses will not listen. Words will only bring us so far in a conflict where the enemy has no intent to surrender, and certainly no motivation to do so. The enemy of freedom holds a monopoly of force, and does so with the knowledge that the “summer soldier and the sunshine patriot” make a fine living at doing nothing more than talking.

While the so-called patriot whines and shouts about this issue and that, the forces of evil grow stronger by the day. There may very well come a time when we’ve lost any hope of prevailing because we were all too willing to follow the whiners, and denounce the doers.

There is in the patriot (so-called) community, a desire to denounce those who’ve chosen to take up arms for what they thought was a just cause. There are those who will always support the veteran in not only words, but also actions. Few come to mind that will stand by the soldier without passing judgment on all for the crimes of a few.

If it were so easy to win the battle with words then we would have gained a victory long ago, and at each election the miscreant would be ousted, and another more promising representative would replace the incumbent. However, we stand at the edge of an abyss with little taking place except that we find more and more crimes, for which we will do nothing more than SCREAM.

I have no doubt in my mind that the tyrant operates under the old rub that “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but Words will never harm me”. And as panicky as the despot may proclaim that the info war is being lost, the bonds of tyranny are slowly but surely being cast.

This Fourth of July is the Seventieth since the Normandy invasion. In days past, the men and women who fought that war memorialized it by remembering their fallen friends, neighbors, and relatives. There was beer, hotdogs, and hamburgers, but men and women who would do it again if the need arose held them in firm hands.

They did not disparage others for their actions while they themselves dotted the I, and crossed the T so that a government agent would have nothing to lay claim upon.

They did not make specious claims about victories that never actually occurred. They did not celebrate the one who walked away, but rather lamented the 49 others who were forced to surrender.

They did not proclaim as a winning strategy the highlighting of the battle to their neighbor when their neighbor was already overrun.

Long before the invasion of Normandy, real men, Minute Men stood shoulder to shoulder against what may have seemed to be insurmountable odds. But those men, trained as “well regulated” Militia took their assault rifles to the Green, and had at it.

This Fourth of July let us remember that actions speak louder than words. That those who wrote the law expected the standard to be kept, no matter what the cost.

Nick Testaccio

“The war is actually begun”

June 7, 2014 | 2nd Amendment, Civil Liberties, Constitution, Founding Documents, Militia

There have been a number of articles aimed at the destruction of the Second Amendment over the last several months. There is an agenda at work with “useful idiots” and shills in the media who may as well state in all frankness that they are working for the demise of freedom and liberty. Putting aside the facts of law for a moment, common sense and history should prevail when promoting a disarmed populace at the mercy of a government with a monopoly of power.

However as Friedrich Hegel noted, “The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.” The failing of the majority to comprehend the fact that our greatest weakness is not in recognizing that history is repetitious, but that the lessons are ignored by most, and therefore exploited by the few who have learned from the past.

Everything moves in a pattern for one reason or another. It is simply a matter of finding, and understanding the patterns that give some power, while others suffer under the burden of ignorance.

Let me give credit, in part, for this article to Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr., who has written extensively on the Second Amendment, and apparently knows more about it than all other jurists combined. I say apparently because I can’t imagine that, at least, the justices of the Supreme Court don’t know exactly what the Second Amendment means, and how those “Thirteen Words” apply to the freedom of the People of this nation.

Prior to my introduction to Dr. Vieira I was a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment with the limited knowledge I possessed from an historical viewpoint, and my childhood fascination with battles from the Revolution to the Civil War.

I was, in essence, a follower of the familiar thread that the Right To Keep And Bear Arms was an individual right, with which we the People of this great nation had been “endowed by their Creator”. That a few words written as an amendment to our Constitution was indeed a mechanism that would guarantee my ability to defend against all sorts of scoundrels from the street thug, to the political gangster, to the invading army.

It was only my admiration of the Minute Men, and their willingness to muster in the face of the great danger posed by tyranny that led me astray of what remains as the household understanding of the Second Amendment.

There had to be more to learn. I was fortunate enough to come upon those with an equal thirst for knowledge who told me that if I wanted to understand what had taken place in this country I should study the law. So off I went on an exploration that led me to a woman who I grew to admire, Devvy Kidd. It was from her writing that I came across Edwin Vieira’s extensive set of articles on the Militia, and its true place in law.

From some of those articles I gained the knowledge that “The Militia of the Several States Guarantee the Second Amendment”. Why would I conclude, or for that matter why anyone would succumb to the misguided concept that words in a document were anything more than instructions on how the law should be applied, now seems laughable at best. There can be no teeth in the application unless we the People are willing to bear our responsibility in enforcing the law. The self-evident right to protect and defend from anyone predisposed to cause harm cannot be enforced with harsh words, or dialing a so-called law enforcement agent. Murder and mayhem are committed on a daily basis with thousands of laws in place. The criminal element on the street, or in the halls of the legislatures cares nothing for words except in how those words will control the law abiding.

Through the years I drew my own conclusions, and made observations about what was taking place right in front of our eyes. A battle of illusion was being waged to limit my ability to stand and fight against the tyrant. I use the word illusion because, as has been proven so many times, our government is not above inflicting tragedy, even upon our most precious children in order to attain a goal. That goal being a toothless society devoid of any means, by which they might defend against the “jackbooted thug” who believes that a paycheck and a pension gives him or her the right to enforce unconstitutional acts, or inflict horror on the American family.

The principles upon which this nation was founded are clearly defined in “A Declaration”; “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it…”

By definition our “unalienable” rights are “impossible to take away, or give up”. But this government, with the help of “useful idiots”, shills, and the foolish are working without regard to the specifically enumerated “Laws” and the lessons of history, to disarm the good People of this nation.

The ballot box holds no solution and therefore we have few friends in the legislatures, and fewer still in the courts to stem the tide. We look to do this peacefully, but as a logical person, I can only conclude that it takes two parties willing to not only recognize the law, but to abide it with strict adherence.

If those who serve us are unwilling participants in a lawful solution, then how should we proceed? Our Founders faced the same question, but were obviously men and women of stout conviction with knowledge as their weapon as opposed to today’s majority having been indoctrinated through a school system devoid of scruples.

Our colonial “insurgents” formed “Committee’s of Safety”, what we might refer to as a shadow government working extra-judicially to take power from the royal government then in place. They eventually took control, but they were surely outside the rule of law dictated by the crown and parliament when they began to affect a change.

Had the People of that period acted in the same fashion as the so-called patriots of today nothing would have been accomplished except to yell pointlessly at bureaucrats, and sell products to fund an ongoing struggle with no end in sight except failure.

We need to move forward with a form of action. Obviously we cannot count on the three branches of government to keep each other in check. They’re more likely to conspire to destroy this republic than to protect the hard fought freedom handed down to us.

There is, however, another option explicitly enumerated in the Constitution; Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15. At this time it seems more myth combined with the fanciful illusions of dreamers.

It is long ago that Minute Men mustered with their own personal weapons to face down a tyrant. They mustered as outlaws disregarding the king’s rule because the king had become a tale of nightmares that we would tell our children. Now we tell them that the monsters were the men who gathered their courage and accoutrements rather than the usurpers who strive, on a daily basis, to take everything from us.

Today, a man is considered a patriot if he tells his elected representative ‘bad boy, mustn’t do that’. If he covers his eyes, ears, and continually cries “Peace, Peace” he calls himself a brave man.

I propose that we take the same course of action as our Forefathers. In the beginning they were outlaws, but their actions created a great experiment. By no means should we desert this experiment and set aside the clearly defined construct, rules and restrictions as set out in “A Declaration”, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But we must realize it is long since we should have “altered or abolished” the form of government presently in place.

  1. We should promote a truthful education program.
    • Rights come from our nature and not from government.
    • We are the author’s of the law, and the state.
    • We are the sovereigns, not those we elect or appoint as representatives.
    • A violation of the oath of office is a felony.
    • There is no original authority for immunity.
    • It is the duty and covenant of the People in the authority of the Grand Jury to investigate and define an offense.
    • It is only the People in the form of Militia that may “execute the Laws of the Union”.
  2.  We should rebuild the means of restoration.
  3. We must organize and set aside our differences for the sake of the nation.
  4. Form Committee’s of Safety.
  5. Promote a campaign to revitalize the Militia under the auspices of the Constitution; Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15.
  6. Operate the Committee in the same fashion as our Forefathers.
  7. Select and promote representatives outside those who are under the thumb of the power elite.
  8. We should “execute the Laws of the Union”.
    • Start a campaign to highlight the unlawful activity of the legislature.
    • Start a program for the immediate removal of the members of the high court.
    • Challenge every sheriff and police chief to show their authority in law.
    • Demand the reinstatement of the Grand Jury to the hands of the People.
    • Prosecute everyone who is incapable of showing his or her specific authority in law.
    • Prosecute everyone who has violated the oath of office.
    • Guarantee that every able-bodied man between the ages of 17 to 60 is well equipped, and trained in order to “repel invasions”.

We must abandon what has filled our heads and understand that we are the authors of the law. We must realize that it is the good People of this nation that are the true law enforcement agents, and we must organize in that fashion and means, by which we will “execute the Laws of the Union”.

Time grows short. We are in a recession. We are in wars across the globe. We have a government that is hell-bent on depriving us of our property, and the means to defendt it.

We can no longer debate “Peace, Peace” because “The war is actually begun!”. To paraphrase Patrick Henry, we may very well be the next victims of an early morning raid in which we loose a child or some other loved one.

Will you be able to look yourself in the mirror knowing that you had the means to thwart the encroaching tide and did nothing?

                                                                                                                                 Nick Testaccio