2012 Elite Series Green Bay Challenge Lake Michigan - Green Bay, WI, Jun 28 - Jul 1, 2012

Green Bay: Freedom of the 100th angler

Green Bay
Don Barone
The 2012 Elite Series field stands for the national anthem on Day One of the Green Bay Challenge, and and yet these anglers do not have the same freedom as any other angler in the state of Wisconsin.

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Don Barone

Don Barone

db has been in the reporting biz for over 30 years, won some Emmys and other awards, but is proudest of his four-decade marriage, his two kids and the fact he founded Tackle The Storm Foundation to help children.

"The dream is still alive
some day it will come true…"

Dateline: America

I thought I had no dog in this fight.

Until I realized, ALL of our dogs are in this fight.

Granted…I do not fish, tournament or otherwise. So, upfront, I'm saying I know nothing about the issue of fish care…I am fish care stupid, and nothing I say about fish care should have any merit.

No dog in this fight, until I stood on the dock this morning, with my hand over my heart, my eyes glued on the American flag, and singing, to myself, the national anthem.

Singing word for word to the music.

No dog in this fight…until I sang these lyrics in "The Star-Spangled Banner":

"Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave."

No dog in this fight until I sang, "O'er the land of the free…"

Free.

Freedom.

And it dawned on me standing on that dock, that the moment the Elite anglers launched their boats into the waters of Wisconsin, they did so at the cost of their freedom.

"…and this country it belongs
to folks like me and you…"

Freedom, in America, freedom, under the echoes of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” cannot belong to some, and not to all.

Rights, are equal in this country…whether the government, likes it or not.

Whether the Department of Natural Resources believes it or not.

It has nothing to do with the fish.

Let me say that again…IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FISH.

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