To my incredible wife Tiina for believing the unbelievable and for seeing more in me than I ever saw in myself. To my mother for just being a Mom and for never giving up on life. To Gavin Spittle for rolling the dice on the X-man. To Joe Frodsham and Cragg Rogers for helping me edit this book and for pushing me to finish. To Ernie Brown for no good reason. Finally, thanks to marksquotes.com for compiling such a great list of quotes from our founding fathers.
I feel that it is important to note that I am not a professional author nor do I consider myself to be strong in the art of putting pen to paper. The goal of this work is not to wow you with incredibly worded phrases or imagery, instead it is simply to convey to you the thoughts of my heart and mind regarding the freedoms that we hold dear as American citizens. It is my hope that any weaknesses found in this written work will not overshadow the importance of my message in any way. The words found within are my own; as it should be.
About the Author
Jay Mcfarland did not have a typical American upbringing. At the age of nine his parents were divorced leaving him in a single parent home in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Northern California. Without the necessary parental involvement, and due to many poor choices, Jay dropped out of high school and eventually found himself homeless and on the road to drug and alcohol abuse. Thanks to some family intervention, especially on the part of his older brother, Jay began to pull his life together. At the age of 20, he left to serve a full time mission for the LDS Church in Miami Florida where he became fluent in the Spanish language. Shortly after his return from this two year mission he married and began to consider what he should be when he “grows up.” Unfortunately, without an education, his options seemed limited, but undaunted by this obstacle he powered forward.