I am a strict constructionist and an unabashed defender of our Bill of Rights. In another thread Jazzabell and I posted about writing and free expression. I'm not as optimistic as I once was on that issue. Many of the folks I associate with refer to our modern American public as "sheeple." In today's local newspaper the Holocaust was featured. In response to the article, I wrote a letter to the editor. Because I am the last living Republican in Dane County, they print a lot of my stuff. This is the letter I submitted: Even as a young boy I never understood the concept that those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. Clueless and naive, I always figured that if tragedies in the world were documented then everybody would read about it and learn. In the January 28th edition of the Wisconsin State Journal we are once again told about the Holocaust, and vigilance to ensure the past is not repeated. While we know well the suffering, we seem to gloss over the actions in the Warsaw Ghetto where people fought back. In our own time I have come to realize I do not hear the phrase “Minute Men” anymore. It is no longer fashionable to teach about the Jewish ghetto or American civil resistance. In fact, we seem far to comfortable with praising the survivors of the Holocaust and castigating our own people in the same breath. We are undergoing a national debate on disarming ourselves. Perhaps I have a better answer to problem. Those of us who own and enjoy firearms should sew a yellow star on our clothing so that decent citizens can recognize us in public. After all, there is historical precedence for that.