My father-in-law passed away last week. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a foot soldier who was awarded a purple heart along with several ribbons for battles he was in including the Battle of the Bulge. After he came home at the end of the war he took up a trade, began raising a family, worked until he was 68, was very active in his community and cherished the freedom he fought for and won. After his passing I began to think about what he and all the military personnel actually were fighting for and risking their lives to preserve. He was a registered Democrat on the order of JFK, Scoop Jackson, and perhaps today's "Blue Dogs". Over the past several elections he voted Republican because he felt the Democratic candidates for President and Congressional seats wanted too much government and he was not for that at all! When he went to war it was not for the purpose to pave the way for an ever growing and controlling government. It was not for the purpose for the federal government to attack the capitalist economic system of the United States. It was not for the purpose for the government to some day totally take over one of the most private aspects of our lives, that being our healthcare. It was not for the purpose of the federal government to so regulate the nation's business and industry that it has nearly become strangled and is dying a slow death. You ask why then did he fight in World War II, along with his fellow military comrades? He, and they, fought and won this war because they were fighting for FREEDOM! Nothing more and nothing less. It is a shame that their heroics and sacrifices are being ignored by self-serving politicians who for the past forty years or so have slowly and surely been taking away the very freedoms they cherished. Our freedom was bought with a price and "we the people" have been selling them out by demanding more and more government programs to "take care of us" because that is easier than being responsible for ourselves, our actions and our choices. I am afraid if our nation continues to go in the direction it is currently going all of the sacrifices that have been made for freedom from the Revolutionary War to the present time will have been for naught and those who made the ultimate sacrifice would have done so in vain.