The trophy wife and I zipped from Montana through
eastern Oregon and back last weekend and the
countryside was green beginning to end.
Because I am a country kid, whenever I see
baby calves frolicking in the spring sunshine on
green rolling hills, framed by snow-capped mountain
peaks, I praise our Creator.
Spring always sparks enthusiasm; signaling a
new beginning for those in agriculture.
In Cove, Oregon I stepped to the podium to address a
barnful of liberty-focused country folk reminding
them American freedom is a just cause.
Ironically, it is the life stories from
strangers at these red, white and blue events, which
The trophy wife and I left the barn thinking
this weekend could not possibly get any better, but
Along with the 225 other attendees at this Union
County GOP rally, were five patriots who share my
last name along with my love of country.
My great-uncle, Tom Kerns, left his six older
siblings in Wyoming’s, Big Horn foothills in the
late 1930s to farm and ranch in Haines, Oregon.
His was a bountiful branch of the family tree
and over time the Blue Mountain area filled with
Kerns descendants; all of whom were strangers to me
We graciously accepted an invitation to share
Sunday morning breakfast at the home of Tim and Jan
Interestingly, we stepped into the kitchen of a
house we had never seen, to break bread with 25
shirttail cousins we had never met, yet within ten
minutes we felt like we were home.
The conversations bounced from family to cows
to running to helicopter crashes; typical topics for
this Montana cowboy.
Our visit was all too short due to 727 miles
of scenery needing moved from our windshield to the
rearview mirror, so after breakfast we regretfully
said our goodbyes and headed east.
Driving along, the trophy wife remarked how
much we all looked, talked and laughed alike.
It was the end of a great weekend, but there
is nothing unique about my family.
Our great republic is filled with thousands
of families with similar stories and this brings me
to my point.
Faith, family and freedom are the pillars
upon which America was founded; principles
progressives must weaken, or destroy to advance
We patriots cannot let leftist terrorists,
such as Antifa, snatch these blessings from our
grasp under the banner of fairness or social
We either engage them now or forever wish we