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Posted by on July 3, 2015

Old Glory

This weekend, as you gather with friends and family, shop sales, possibly hit the trails, and hopefully enjoy fireworks, I ask that you take a conscious moment to reflect on, marvel at, and thank God (whatever God that is) that if you are lucky enough to live in the United States of America, we enjoy so many freedoms, some of which don’t exist anywhere else in the World.

Now, I know everyone doesn’t always agree on the issues, the salient points, nor the outcomes, but similar to the way we are united in “Jeep & Off-Road,” let’s put those differences aside and unite as Americans, if only for this weekend, realizing that Freedom is what makes our Country such a great place to live.  Some of our key freedoms include:

  1. Freedom of Speech
  2. The Right to Bear Arms
  3. Freedom of Religion
  4. The Right to Equal Justice
  5. The Right to Own Private Property
  6. Freedom to travel anywhere within our nation
  7. Freedom to work at any job for which one can qualify
  8. Freedom to marry and raise a family
  9. The Freedom to Vote


Not as explicitly, but somewhere in there is the the freedom to purchase our choice of vehicle, modify it to our liking, and then hit the road, or the trails.  That means land management, or more specifically, access to “public[??!?]” lands is obviously a major priority for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities.  It’s certainly a top concern for those of us who enjoy activities involving motorized vehicles.  While it’s unfortunately a constant battle with the very opinionated, but factually ill-informed, and while there is much more work to be done to “legally gain access to public land” (that’s an oxymoron, no?)  in the Mid-Atlantic region, great strides have been made. There are many people and organizations to thank for what we do have – organizations like Tread Lightly and SEMA.


Finally, as you contemplate our freedoms, please take a moment to thank God that there have been, and continue to be, very brave men and women who stand up and fight for those freedoms, regardless of whether they fight for freedom in the streets of Everytown USA, in courtrooms, in the Legislative Branch of Government or on the battlefield. After all, Freedom isn’t free.

Let Freedom Reign, and God Bless America!


Wheel Safe. Wheel Smart.  Have Fun.  Hope to see you on out on the trails.


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