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Military & Motorcycles – September 14, 2012

Published on September 14, 2012 under Born To Ride

Educate Yourself and Vote

I would like to preface to this column with why I think the way I do. I spent four years in the military and 27 years in law enforcement here in Manatee County.


From the time I could first vote until few years back I was a registered Democratic. During the years I have voted I have seen what appeared to be changes in both parties. I feel the basic elements of the Democratic and Republican parties had gone almost 180 degrees opposite of what they had been when I first started voting (my personal opinion).


Thus my reasoning for what I say, do and how I vote. I am a conservative at heart, I believe in God, my right to free speech, my right to arm myself to protect my family, myself or my country.


I believe in The Constitution have sworn to protect it from domestic and foreign enemies five times.


This column is for those who may not have already made up their minds.


This is the most important election of our lives so I watched as much as possible both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions so I can make the best educated vote to save this great country. I have watched the disgruntle attack ads from both sides and have listened to numerous speeches and/or comments by the press. I plan on watching the upcoming debates to see if I have missed something.


The process of voting in this election comes down to these simple questions. Are we better off now than we were four years ago? Secondly, why has God only been mentioned by one party and not the other (as of this writing this mistake has been somewhat corrected, or has it)?


I want to add I AM NOT part of the 1% or the 99%; I am part of the 10% who signed up to serve in the military to protect five basic things I believe in, God, Family, Country, The Constitution and the American Dream.


I spent my career protecting the rights of all legal citizens so they could pursue their dreams. I watched when the administration openly attacked a police officer prior to any case knowledge, because a friend was involved. I have watched the administration forego the yearly national ceremonies, which are held for military, and law enforcement personnel who have given their lives for our protection. I watched when the administration stepped into the Travon Martin case and probably tainted any possible impartial jury.


Here is my request of everyone who wants to or may vote in the upcoming election. Please take time to view the movie 2016 – Obama’s America, if for no other reason than to call it a political hack job by the conservative side. Educate yourselves as much as possible to either reelect the current president or put someone else in the White House; we owe it to ourselves and our country.

Should you have any comments and/or suggestions please email me at


Have a great weekend and remember; “It’s not about the war, it’s about the warriors.”


God Bless America and all those who serve in uniform to protect us.


Terry Longpre





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