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Everybody Is Asking Me For Money

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It was decades ago that I was in the Carpenters Union, and that connection must be the reason I get money requests from Democratic Party candidates.  I don’t know why the Republicans hit me up too because I am a registered Independent. As I think about it, there’s probably not one charity that hasn’t solicited funds from me, and I would like to give to most of them, but I’m not made of money.  Over the years I have been on so many mailing lists for 501(c)3s that the requests are coming constantly now.

In truth, I have narrowed down my giving to local people in need of help and have found it a wonderful thing to live in a community that comes together to help out neighbors who are facing a rough time in the area.

Other than that local giving, I now give what I can to the Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF). There are many reasons, but the most important is how much they work at educating students about our country, the direction it is headed, and our Constitution.

FFF uses a monthly no-ad booklet you can subscribe to with columns by many different writers and viewpoints.  They inform the reader of webinars, conferences, and classes.  Many of the classes are held at colleges and universities.  Here is the Mission Statement from their web page.

The mission of The Future of Freedom Foundation is to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government.

Here is a short list of upcoming educational projects FFF has in the works for just February, and these continue at this pace year-round.

Monday, February 10, 2014 - Law and Economics Seminar at George Mason University

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 – FFF Webinar: Libertarianism: The Moral and the Practical

Saturday, February 15, 2014 – “Civil Liberties & National Security State” at 2014 ISFL Conference

I have to tell you, I feel good about donating what I can to the Future of Freedom Foundation, not because it will help me out, but, more importantly, I believe their work will help out my children and grandchildren’s lives in America.

When I was going to college at Arizona State and the University of Minnesota, there really were no free classes offered to every student that would have taught us about our country and where it was headed, and I wish there had been.

I have donated to help bring some of these FFF programs to colleges, and for one I earmarked some of my donation for pizza at these sessions.  I guess maybe now I would request something healthier like fruit.  It is nice that they let you donate to what you want, kind of like earmarking money at church for the building fund or youth activities.

Anyway, donating to the Future of Freedom Foundation makes you feel good about where your money is going.  It makes you feel like you are helping out your loved ones and your country, too.  It makes you feel like you are investing in our country’s future.

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    James Glaser, a Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran and former commander of American Legion Post 499 and former commander of Veterans of Foreign War Post 3869, both posts in Northome, Minnesota, works to educate the American public on the consequences of war. He now resides in Tallahassee, Florida.