About the Author

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I have only been around for a few short years, yet I feel as though I have loved this country for generations. I grew up in a household where God, family, and country was the pecking order. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of my family seated at the end of my parents’ bed reading our Bible story each night, or sitting around the table as my parents discussed whatever issue happened to be at the forefront of the nation or the world at that time, always allowing for each of the four children to chime in at any time.

My father worked (and still works) very hard as a pastor, balancing his church family with his own. His work ethic amazes me. My mother gave up a career in her early years to stay home and teach her children. Her sacrifice humbles me. She and my father have such a love for learning, and they passed that on to us. They taught us to think for ourselves, to read as much as we can, and to strive to be faithful Christians and good citizens of this nation.  Their love of country is phenomenal. They grasped what a gift this nation is, and instilled that understanding in us.

Today some would call that closed-minded.  Some would even call it politically incorrect. I call it a blessing. As a nation we have our blotches, but in a world of tyranny, of terror, and of a lack of freedom, what an extraordinary thing it is to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. My name is Mary Ramirez, and with this website and the writing in it I hope to pass this love of country on to my fellow citizens, so that in doing so we may preserve our freedom for future generations. Indeed,

. . . the glory of the Present is to make the Future free . . . 

36 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. You ought to look at Marines.
    If you go to Camp Pendleton, you will find men and women in a USMC uniform–but from almost every country on earth, earning their citizenship
    Marines don’t care what your last name is, what your skin color is. They have only two questions:
    –Do you want to be an American?
    –Will this man/woman be there covering your back the the stuff starts flying?

    You are doing yourself proud.
    You have earned my respect

    Dave Hollenbeck
    Retired Calif Highway Patrol –30+ years

    • Thank you for your service in law enforcement, sir. I am honored to say that my grandfather was an MP within the USMC, and the respect that I have for those men and women more than I can express. You are right- the brave men and women earning their citizenship by serving our country are to be commended for their commitment to this nation. My husband, (an immigrant from Mexico) and I vocally support legal immigration, as we know more than anyone that our nation IS a nation of immigrants. Let’s hope that very soon we can reform our system to encourage this legal path, and secure our borders to deter criminals from making a mockery out of this country.

  2. Mary, thank you for your insights and courage in expressing them. I wish you many more years with this endeavor. You are the kind of person who should be in the decision making processes of our government.

    • Thank you, Kathy- I’m honored that you like the blog!

      I hope that the blog is someday successful in educating those who otherwise are unaware of the issues. . . we are in such dire straights as a nation, and the need for an educated voting citizenship has never been more pressing.

  3. I have recently begun reading your blog. I “discovered” you on TheBlaze.com (Commentary “The Word Police: What You Say Can And Will Be Used Against You” on May1, 2014). Thank you for such reasonable and insightful writing.

    I am a Brazilian immigrant, and my story is filled with love for America, a love that is evident in your writing. I arrived in Madison, WI, at the age of 5 after having spent a year in San Jose, Costa Rica, living on the base of a volcano while my father was attaining his Master’s degree. This time, in Madison, my father would relentlessly pursue and attain his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. By the time I returned to Brazil, I was thoroughly American and unable to read or write Portuguese. I spent a year out of school to re-learn the language and resented my parents for removing me from the place I considered my home; I simply could not fit in. So by the age 17 I was ready to head north again. I became an exchange student in Uniontown, PA, and applied for colleges upon graduating high school; I landed in Kentucky, met my (future) wife, graduated from college, and decided to “try” Brazil one last time. With my wife in tow we spent 2 years in Brasilia, the capital, living in a micro-studio, taking the bus to and from, teaching English to underprivileged children, as a missionary effort, as well as in private schools and for public employees for money. It was very tough for her, but she cherishes the experience and memories. Upon our return to the U.S. disaster struck…

    9/11 shook me to the core. I was quietly enraged at the possibility that the U.S. was under attack. My wife was pregnant with out first child and I had nightmares about our boy getting in a bus to go to school and it blowing up, like in Jerusalem, Israel. The event severed any hesitation I may have had, considering I was a foreign national, and I enlisted in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, NC. I remember my recruiter well, and I was adamant about being an Infantry Paratrooper; I needed to be in the front. Our first baby was 3 months old when we arrived at Bragg, and I can easily say that the greatest sacrifice for me was seeing my boy grow up in snapshots. I was constantly gone on deployments (to include both Iraq and Afghanistan) or training exercises, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way. After having served I finally felt American. Upon my return from my first year-long deployment to Iraq in 2004 I was blessed beyond measure with one of the 4 greatest gifts God has ever bestowed upon me: my citizenship.

    In 2006 I left the Army and became a police officer in Louisville, Kentucky, where I continue to serve my community and country. My first greatest blessing was my wife; meeting her was a miracle and how I still feel God. God, through her, gave my second and third blessings… my two boys. But none of it would have ever happened were it not for God’s final blessing of blessings in my life: my country… my beloved America.

    Thank you again for the great writing.

    Blessings always,
    Tulio.

  4. Mary that was a bunch of bull shit you wrote about the shooting in MO. What it all boils down to is the fact that the pigs (cops) feel as though they have power over everyone. Now while you live your sheltered life snuggled up to your husband. You might want to watch what you put out there and how you say it because you too can be the next breaking news story at 6. Got the hint. Oh and by your last name you could be Mexican and you know how they like to dismember people.

    • Funny– you haven’t the slightest idea what my life is like, what race I am, or how I live– but yet you’ve pre-decided all those things. Too bad– we could have had a good discussion.

    • Spoken like a true victim with the typical leftist chip on your shoulder . If it were not for those “pigs” as you so disrespectfully call them , YOU would end up just being a statistic. You wouldn’t even make it on the news.

  5. I read your article on Ferguson, MO about race and blaming. I’m a Sociology professor and I thought it was very tactful.

  6. Do you really think for yourself? Or do you think strictly along the lines you were raised and taught to think? Your writings seem to mirror Republican Party lines.

      • You mention your parents supposedly taught you to think for yourself. I’d argue it’s quite plausible your parents taught you to think like they do, how your father’s church thinks, and how the Republican Party thinks. You might have an original example to support an argument here or there, but your arguments seem to strictly parallel party lines. Now I admittedly disagree with you on a lot of fundamentals of how America should be governed, so I can’t really tolerate to read all of your work. Also, I admit my opinion is likely quite biased, and I’ve probably missed something here or there, but your pride in free and independent thinking seems to be little more than glamorized, regurgitated GOP rhetoric. Certainly, that’s all within your prerogative. I’d just dispute how much your parents truly taught you to “think for yourself”, which I should add I consider a figure of speech. I don’t intend to suggest you are void of generating your own thoughts, but rather I’m suggesting your evaluation of the world and most political conclusions are predetermined because your parents so strongly shaped your views of right v. wrong, good v. bad. I think they taught you more about what to think and therefore shaped how you think to consider only a very narrow view of possibilities.

        Nonetheless, I think it’s better to be engaged in the conversation than stay silent, so I commend you for that. Thank you for allowing me to share my view.

      • John,

        I highlight my parents in this blog because they went to such lengths to ensure that I was given the tools to become a well-rounded, stable, free-thinking adult. Values as they pertain to faith and politics played a large role in this upbringing– of course. This is no surprise; we are not born with our views. We shape them through the experiences we have and the people in our lives.

        My parents did teach me to think for myself … and I happened to choose this path, because I become convinced of it myself.This, through experiences and lessons I haven’t necessarily fleshed out in this section. It’s truly as simple as that.

        Further, I can tell you that my views as expressed here and on The Blaze’s Chris Salcedo Show are certainly not “glamorized, regurgitated GOP rhetoric.” If it were, I (and others like me) would be widely accepted by the GOP establishment. We aren’t– because we dare to challenge even what our “own” party holds.

        And, you’re always welcome to share your views.

        Best,

        Mary

  7. Mary,

    I read your submission on “Diversity” and could not agree with you more.

    Being much, much older than you, I was raised in the segregated South. Not once in growing up did I come into contact with who we are now supposed to call African-Americans who weren’t just seeking to make an honest living, raise their children to be the best they could be, and to be treated with respect. That has held true throughout my adulthood as well.

    I believe that holds true for most in America today. Of course there are examples to the contrary – mainly centered in our larger, urban environments.

    I truly believe that “diversity” today, a subset of political correctness, is nothing more than the progressive element of our society attempting to institute the political theory of “Divide and Conquer” – more properly, “Divide and Rule”. And, unfortunately, it seems to be working.

    But, the feelings you described re: “wondering what someone thinks”, et. al., do not go far enough. Not just wondering what someone thinks, now it is of concern that the person “who is different” may be out to do you harm. Whether this be fact or fear, it is a thought that is fed by the media in large scale.

    If society is not careful, the beliefs of Abraham Lincoln and others of his day re: “colonialism” may yet rear up – to our collective detriment.

    Dick

  8. Im to assume that John Michael had ‘zero’ influence from his parents? or whatever his environment was subjected to growing up, therefore HIS criticism of your columns as “parallel party line” talking points are more valid?!? Please! We are all products of our environments for the most part.

    I appreciate your work & urge you to continue. I am continually amazed at how different people process the exact same information and come to diametrically opposed conclusions.

  9. I just saw an article you wrote and am so appreciative of your courage to speak out and speak truth. It seems to me that the things you speak of are obvious, logical and plain truth. It is a wonder to me that many in our nation see things so differently and even try to silence, intimidate or shame others about these simple truths. Thank you for defending freedom and common sense!

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      • Please expand on this Mary. Hillary is an honorable, hardworking woman who loves her country, her daughter, her grandchild who has spoken to the rights of all. She was raised by loving parents in a Christian home. Perhaps, not unlike you. Just what is it about Hillary Clinton you find so repulsive and yet you give Donald Trump a pass? It’s interesting because I feel exactly the opposite. I can’t look at or listen to Donald Trump without experiencing complete revulsion. Hillary is not perfect. Perhaps not unlike you. And I’m not her biggest fan but in this past election, the choice was clear. Just what is it about Hillary you find so reprehensible? Is it her ambition? Her emails? Or is her Tweets? Or do you just hold her to a higher standard than is humanly possible. You’re an enigma Mary.

  11. You live in a world that most do not recognize and come across as another privileged white woman that lives in a bubble. I was raised in a white racist household and managed to surpass that. Seems doubtful that you have done one truly selfless thing for anyone. Christianity is more than just words. Christianity is true fellowship with your fellow man.

    Glad you feel so superior about your stance. Pay attention because very soon you will be forced to see all of this for what it truly is becoming and hopefully then you can write a well thought out apology to the million plus women you have just offended with you privileged words.

    • Beverly, Beverly, Beverly…

      When all arguments are reduced to the tired fallacy of white privilege, and everything is racist, then the strength of the argument is lost. Can’t you see that? I’m a minority, by the way, a Latino who faced challenges that you cannot fathom. Yet, my opinion, just like Mary’s, ought to be respected, don’t you think? But it seems that among the more liberal and progressives, tolerance is but a word that applies to “them” but never “us.” You demand tolerance from conservatives, but reject the notion that you too must be tolerant. That’s intolerant.

      As for your insinuation that Christianity must not be only about words, but indeed about actions as well – as you put it, in the form of true fellowship with your fellow human being – I agree! So, what have you done to provide reparations to those your white privilege has damaged? Forgive me very much if I’m wrong, but I am making an educated guess that you are white considering you were raised in a “racist” home; most believe minorities can’t possibly be racists, so I’m assuming (at my own peril) that you believe that too.

      Here’s what I suggest: invite less privileged into your home to live for free. Perhaps minority homeless? While you’re at it, empty your bank accounts and give it to the minority poor. All your food need to go to food banks, and any and all accumulated wealth, even in the form of belongings, must be sold immediately. Obviously, the money gained from the sale of those items must also be given away to the oppressed minorities.

      Then you must start life again, always remaining vigilant to NOT allow your white privilege to afford you a job or any advantage in life. You must ask plainly: am I being hired because I’m white? If there is even an iota of doubt, decline the job offer.

      Once you’ve divested of all your assets, which you have undoubtedly accrued through the exploitation of minorities and the taking advantage of your white privilege, then and only then will you have the authority to speak on such matters. Right?

      Or… you can take the plank out of your own eye before taking the speck of dust out of another’s.

  12. I am so pleased to have found your blog. “Dear Daughter” was refreshingly sweet while still addressing a very inflammatory issue. I was saddened by the ignorant hatred I saw in so many of the comments but am very glad that you are continuing with your mission.

  13. What a bunch of garbage. I just read your “Dear Daughter post and right now, I feel very sorry for your daughter. She needs a mother that can teach her that it is hard to be a woman, a respected woman, a woman that yes is in charge of her future, but it’s going to be a hard row to hoe. The women that have been marching are women that are full of courage and vision. You are nothing. You are a sheep that follows what men have taught – to stay in line and know your place. If you are not marching or speaking up for your daughter, then have the courage to speak up for all the other daughters out there that won’t have ‘opportunity’ because they weren’t born white with privileged lives. Do something better with your platform.

  14. Thank you for sharing your insight so eloquently. Being Christians raising 3 daughters is a blessing and challenge for my husband and I especially when we are surrounded by family members who aren’t faith-filled, Bible believing Christians. You beautifully said what I could not put into words. In fact, I will have my oldest daughter read your letter. ♡

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