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Author: Darryl Morin

Darryl Morin: Where family and freedom converged at the crossroads of a trip to Crystal City

Today there are those who argue we should forego the honest teaching of our nation’s history as it may prove too traumatic to the descendants of those responsible. There are also attempts to justify more recent attacks on the freedoms and the families of those who may look or sound different. During my travels across South Texas, I found a point at which both efforts intersected. While visiting my family in the small town of Crystal City, Texas, I spent time at a location I just learned existed. In the 1960s Crystal City was known as for its Civil...

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Darryl Morin: The vote against investigating January 6 brings an end to patriotism and principle

At 12:45 p.m. on January 6, 2021, Chief Steven Sund of the U.S. Capitol Police called the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC, pleading for immediate support as the angry mob attending the “Stop The Steal” event descended on the U.S. Capitol. For the next 7 hours and 15 minutes, the United States Capitol would be under siege, not by a foreign power, but by members and supporters of the “Grand Old Party.” 142 days later, members of the same party cast the final votes that ensured there would never be a bipartisan commission to investigate the deadly insurrection...

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Darryl Morin: Trump’s Hispanophobia is a manifestation of our nation’s Epidemic of Hate

“How about we treat every young man who wants to buy a gun like every woman who wants an abortion: mandatory 48-hour waiting period, parental permission, a note from his doctor proving he understands what he is about to do, a video he has to watch about the effects of gun violence. Then, we should close down all but one gun shop in every state and make him travel hundreds of miles, take time off work, and stay overnight in a strange town to get a gun. Make him walk through a gauntlet of people holding photos of loved...

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Darryl Morin: Why I left the Party that abandoned the principles of Lincoln

As a proud American of Hispanic descent, for years I have faced criticism by many, applause from a few, and held at arm’s length by yet others as my party affiliation was Republican. While I have always believed in the need to make sure our men and women of the United States Armed Forces are the best trained and best equipped in the world, in the benefits of a free market system that operates within guidelines, in the need for fiscal responsibility, individual responsibility and religious freedom, it now has become apparent that none of these are the priority...

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Stepping Outside of Milwaukee: A Visit to the Normandy Memorial

Editor’s Note: Milwaukee native Darryl Morin recently traveled to Europe, and visited the American Cemetery at Normandy, France. This essay is his reflection on the experience overseas, and its connection to issues here in our local community. It is called “The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves.” The 22-foot bronze statue was commissioned in 1951 and sculpted by Donald Harcourt De Lue. It stands opposite The Chapel, beyond the reflection pool and before the colonnade at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. The memorial itself is on a cliff, several hundred yards from the...

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