I wrote and posted this to Facebook on July 2, 2015, after an emotional and controversial week where we had events that could have come from today’s headlines like, cases of police brutality and racially-motivated killings, as well as unique headlines like the Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage and the Affordable Care Act, and the decisions of several states to remove the confederate flag. The feelings expressed below motivated me to start the Spree Speech Blog. So it is a great way to start it off. With all of the division, debates, criticisms, etc, I would like to take a moment and try to bringRead More →

July 4th, more than a day of fireworks and feasting. This is the day that we memorialize our notion of freedom. The Forth of July represents, not just the day the US colonies declared independence from England, but when we, as a people defined our concept of freedom and realized our moral obligation to defend this ideal. Freedom to practice the religion of our choice, not one dictated by a government. Freedom to express our thoughts and opinions without fear of retribution. Freedom to be whomever we wanted to be. So today, I challenge you to not only celebrate the day this nation declared independenceRead More →