Today is a day on which we celebrate “independence,” and I believe it is appropriate, too, to call it a celebration of our current system of government.  I have recently read criticism of our government because of high taxes.  The rant goes “That was what the Boston Tea Party was about.”  True, taxes were at the crux of the matter, and true, our taxes are high.  However, the argument was about who levied the taxes.  We were being taxed to support troops put in place by a government far away across an ocean.  The people in the colonies had no say about what was taxed or about how much tax burden they bore.  Would we want to do without the things our taxes pay for and support?

Today we send our representatives to the seat of government WE choose those people, who in turn, choose for us.  Not a bad idea.  If we don’t like decisions we need to look at whom we choose to represent us.  That’s the bottom line, and it is a majority decision.  Of course that means some of us won’t get what we want.  We need to be patient and work on changing the representation, not protest the government we elected.

I am a member of the military, the Air National Guard.  When I wear my uniform in public, I hear “Thank you for your service,” frequently.  It makes me proud and humble.  I have not fought.  I have not faced combat, but I serve.  There is one man who serves our country in a way that is harder than most.  He may not face true military combat, but he directs all the military.  I may not always agree with his methods or decisions, but our system elected him to be the supreme commander of our military.  He has to make life and death decisions that could affect millions of people.  I wouldn’t want the job.

As you think about our nation today, its humble beginnings and painful birth, remember what we are celebrating.  Let’s set aside our differences and protests today.  Let’s thank the ONE who put all leaders in power.  Let’s remember our Commander-in-Chief and all who serve our nation and say  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

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Aside from loving chocolate and coffee (not necessarily in that order) Scott McPherson has learned that he loves to write. He writes fiction and, so far, has published two novels. Scott has many varied interests, though he tries to focus on one at a time. He has worked for nearly thirty-five years as a family physician, a pass-time that gives him great pleasure and pays the bills. He has five daughters and dotes upon three grandchildren. Recently married, he really loves life. Scott writes from his life experiences and from travel. His career in the active Air Force was brief, but he has been a member of the Nebraska Air National Guard since just before 9/11 in 2001. The aftermath of that great disaster changed the face of the Guard and led to missions in far-away lands. He has spent time in Turkey, Iraq, Spain, Crete and Guam in missions related to support for Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He has been to Iceland and Antarctica as well. Scott has no personal experience with violent death or murder, but has gained knowledge from experts. In his first novel, “A Step Ahead of Death,” his character, Jack Sharp MD, becomes embroiled in a murder mystery. First as suspect, then as amateur sleuth, Jack tries to make a difference. He finds himself right in the middle of an investigation well beyond the scope of a local murder. A man of faith, Scott traveled to Africa with his small family in the 1980s and served as a medical missionary in Zaire (known as Congo today) with a church organization. The vast difference in what it takes to exist in such an environment served as a basis for much of his second novel, a thriller, “Congo Mission.” His character, Jack, is twenty years younger than in the first novel. In “Congo Mission” Jack serves as a physician in a missionary hospital in the jungles of northwestern Zaire. There he is not only captivated by a young woman visiting the region, but falls victim to his nemesis Jacques Levant. His motivations and faith are tested and his resolve to do God’s work gets pushed to the limit. When he is not writing Scott enjoys walking, a practice that actually led to his first attempt at writing a novel. He began making notes and writing prose about the mundane things around him. He tried to make the details sound interesting, even though it was just for his own pleasure. Eventually he found that he could expand his prose to “what if?” “What if I just kept walking?” “What if I, or my character, found a dead body in the ditch along the side of the path?” That was the premise for the first novel, “A Step Ahead of Death.” Scott McPherson is an avid trombone player and has played since he was nine years old. He marched in the Cornhusker Marching Band at the University of Nebraska and now takes advantage of one free football game a year by playing in the half-time show with the UNL Alumni Marching Band. He plays in the Lincoln Civic Orchestra and a community band from the nearby town of Waverly, Nebraska. Scott loves to sing as well, though his range seems to have diminished in recent years. He has sung in college and church choirs and remembers performing parts of Handel’s Messiah as a highlight of his singing experience. One little-known fact about Scott is that he once sang soprano in a boys choir. Scott plans to keep writing as long as the ideas flow and others show interest in his stories. He loves to interact with other writers or readers about what has become a passion in his life. Reviews are always welcome as are questions and comments.
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