Hi! I’m Robert Rees. Thanks for stopping by. Chances are you are either here to agree with me and provide me a thumbs up and a social media share, or bitch at me because you don’t like what I have written. I started this site many years ago, but it has taken on a new meaning for me and been given a radical facelift I will blog on many issues that need someone from middle America’s thoughts. The media these days have absolutely no voice in the middle. If you are not a polar left or right wing nut-job, then your opinion simply doesn’t get aired or ink.
I am sure I will have my fair share of haters coming at me from opposite sides of the issues that I choose to speak on. I don’t care… No, seriously, I really don’t care. My opinions are my own, and they don’t have to be yours. If you don’t agree, then just don’t read them. Or do, and engage me. I, unlike most special snowflakes out there, don’t feel that differing opinions are bad opinions. They are just different.
So you know where I am coming from:
I grew up in a relatively small town called Crown Point, Indiana. About the only thing that this city is known for is that John Dillinger escaped from our jail after he was finally captured. I was not rich, nor poor. I had an overtly normal childhood and really didn’t stand out at any one thing… other than being normal. I knew early on in my young life that I would join the military, stay a short time, and then come back home and go to college. That partly worked out. I did join the military between my junior and senior year of high school. I joined the United States Army as an Infantryman. Shortly after Basic Training, I was sent to Desert Storm as a member of the 101st Airborne Division. That was my first eye opening and life altering experience. Without going into each assignment and all of the places I have been, I will tell you that I would return to Iraq two more times before retiring from the Army. The next two were as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and instead of an Infantryman, I was a UH-60 Blackhawk Pilot. Yeah, the military treated me well and gave me opportunities that most only dream of.
After my military career, I went back home to Northwest Indiana and became a police officer in the town just north of where I grew up; Merrillville, Indiana. I remained a member of that department for five years, and again, was treated to another one of life’s eye opening and life altering experiences. I learned a lot about myself, about people, and about community. These two careers have left a lasting impact on me, and they shape the views that you will read or view here.
So, as you could probably imagine, I tend to have conservative values. Please don’t get that confused with the typical monikers of Republican and/or Democrat. I tend to vote the issues and the person, not the party ticket. I have a very strong love for our military and the sacrifices that our servicemen and women make to ensure that we all have the right to voice our opinion, choose our elected leaders, worship however we want to, and have the ability to be successful based on our desire to excel instead the class of our parents. As a MEDEVAC pilot, I carried many people out of harm’s way. The protected have no idea what the real burden of freedom is, they just get to enjoy it. I also have an enormous amount of respect for our first responders: Police, Fire, and Medics. There are no other professions in the world that demand a person be willing to quite literally stand between you, the citizen, and death.
So… if you have read all of this… you now have an understanding of where I come from and why the ramblings on the pages of this website are the way they are.