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When a veteran becomes a trucker

Bob Strawder parked his semi-truck after a draining day on the road and walked into a fuel station.

Stawder_1.jpgIn another life, during the Cold War, Bob had served in the Air Force’s Strategic Air Command. But one life altering car crash and many careers later, he found himself as a truck driver. It was a hard life. He wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But in Bob’s mind, going on Social Security at the age of twenty-five and living off of someone else’s money wasn’t even an option.

So there he was. A day, much like any other, passing time in-between long stretches of highway with his fellow road warriors. But today they were complaining.

The federal government is out-of-control… taking our hard earned money… it’s like they’ve forgotten that they work for us! NOT the other way around.

Bob recalled that they seemed, “real upset … it felt like we were being misguided.”

And he agreed. But unlike the others, this veteran was unwilling to sit back and watch as his neighbors suffered from an abusive federal government.

First things first. He called his wife and told her about the disgruntled comments.

“Yeah, but that’s all it is,” she said. “Talk. Nobody ever does anything about it.”

“Well, maybe I should do something, instead of just letting things happen.”

And just like that, a spark was ignited.

Bob had heard about Article V of the Constitution from a friend who had read Mark Levin’s book The Liberty Amendments.

Bob’s friend explained how a Convention of States would allow the states to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution that would limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, put term limits on corrupt career politicians, and finally get our national debt under control.

One Google search later, and Bob found himself on the Convention of States website. He signed up immediately. Finally, he had found a way he could help fix the problems he saw in the federal government.

And better yet, it was in the Constitution --the document he had solemnly sworn to defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Years ago, Bob defended our nation from an E-3A AWACS plane in the Air Force. Today, he doesn’t get around so well, but he continues to fight for his home in Kansas. 

Strawder_2.jpgIf you ever meet him on the street, or hear him speak at the local rotary club, he’ll tell you he’s not the right person for the job. He doesn’t have any qualifications. His legs don’t work like they used to. His stomach turns at the thought of being interviewed, or worse yet - speaking to a room full of people.

But it doesn’t matter. One more phone call. One more email. One step closer to preserving liberty.

He doesn’t need a title, and he doesn’t want the recognition. He took an oath to defend the Constitution. And he’s not about to stop fighting.