I would like to address some of the most recent events in our country, from the guilty verdict of our 45th president to my temporary flying of the American flag upside down at the Township office yesterday, 5/31/24.

Our country is in peril, and we, my friends, are at a crossroads. This is so much larger than Republican vs. Democrat. Our borders are being infiltrated, inflation is at an all-time high, taxation from our local and federal governments is out of control, and our laws are being changed, altered, manipulated, and weaponized to go after political opposition and regular American citizens.

On May 30, 2024, the leading candidate for President was found guilty on 34 counts, which represents a crisis in our democratic process. As Americans, no matter which political party you support, we should be outraged and very concerned. If laws in our country can be changed and manipulated to go after the current leading candidate for President, how long before it trickles down to us as ordinary citizens and we lose all of our God-given rights and freedoms?

Yesterday, I temporarily flew our nation’s flag upside down. Flying the flag upside down represents distress, and I truly believe that our country is in distress and our Constitution is under attack. I hold in utmost esteem those who have served and died for our country and the flag. Choosing to fly our symbol of liberty upside down for that limited time was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made in my life. I love this country, and I love that flag. By making this statement, I wanted us as Homer Township residents to see the threat before us, reach out to our neighbors, and initiate peaceful discussions about what is occurring in our country. Like I stated previously, this is bigger than Republican vs. Democrat. We, as a community, need to peacefully engage with each other and stand strong together against this unlawfulness before us.

As you well know, I am a Republican, but first and foremost, I am an American, and as your Township Supervisor, I will continue to fight for all Homer Township residents, no matter your political party affiliation. We are all in this together.

God Bless,

Steve Balich

Homer Township Supervisor

Flag was flown inverted for a few hours on May 31, 2024