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A Great Piece Regarding the Upcoming Election

July 1, 2008

I recently received this email from a mutual friend between my husband and the author. It’s regarding the upcoming election and the two candidates running for president. His opinion is so well written and his line of thinking so clear, that we immediately contacted him to ask his permission to post this up on my blog. He gladly has permitted us to do so and even said we could keep his name and email address in the piece. He stated he has gotten an overwhelming response from all over the country and all have been positive thus far. However, since starting my blog, I have been cyber stalked by a law student in California and have been inundated with nasty, unrepeatable assaults so I am purposely omitting the author’s name to spare him the same disrespect from people who disagree with his humble opinion. I would love to see comments so please post them but let’s be tactful in our words. This is a very emotional and passionate election on both sides of the aisle. Enjoy the read…

Dear Friends:

My name is ———–. I live in Illinois. I’m 46 years old, a born-again Christian, a husband, a father, a small business owner, a veteran, and a homeowner. I don’t consider myself to be either conservative or liberal, and I vote for the person, not Republican or Democrat. I don’t believe there are “two Americas” – but that every person in this country can be whomever and whatever they want to be if they’ll just work to get there – and nowhere else on earth can they find such opportunities. I believe our government should help those who are legitimately downtrodden, and should always put the interests of America first.

The purpose of this message is that I’m concerned about the future of this great nation. I’m worried that the silent majority of honest, hard-working, tax-paying people in this country have been passive for too long. Most folks I know choose not to involve themselves in politics. They go about their daily lives, paying their bills, raising their kids, and doing what they can to maintain the good life. They vote and consider doing so to be a sacred trust. They shake their heads at the political pundits and so-called “news”, thinking that what they hear is always spun by whomever is reporting it. They can’t understand how elected officials can regularly violate the public trust with pork barrel spending. They don’t want government handouts. They want the government to protect them, not raise their taxes for more government programs.

We are in the unique position in this country of electing our leaders. It’s a privilege to do so. I’ve never found a candidate in any election with whom I agreed on everything. I’ll wager that most of us don’t even agree with our families or spouses 100% of the time. So when I step into that voting booth, I always try to look at the big picture and cast my vote for the man or woman who is best qualified for the job. I’ve hired a lot of people in my lifetime, and essentially that’s what an election is – a hiring process. Who has the credentials? Whom do I want working for me? Whom can I trust to do the job right?

I’m concerned that a growing number of voters in this country simply don’t get it. They are caught up in a fervor they can’t explain, and calling it “change”.

Change what?, I ask.

Well, we’re going to change America, they say.

In what way?, I query.

We want someone new and fresh in the White House, they exclaim.

So, someone who’s not a politician?, I press.

Uh, well, no, we just want a lot of stuff changed, so we’re voting for Obama, they state.

So the current system, the system of freedom and democracy that has enabled a man to grow up in this great country, get a fine education, raise incredible amounts of money and dominate the news and win his party’s nomination for the White House – that system’s all wrong?

No, no, that part of the system’s okay – we just need a lot of change.

And so it goes. “Change we can believe in.” Quite frankly, I don’t believe that vague proclamations of change hold any promise for me. In recent months, I’ve been asking virtually everyone I encounter how they’re voting. I live in Illinois, so most folks tell me they’re voting for Barack Obama. But no one can really tell me why – only that he’s going to change a lot of stuff. Change, change, change. I have yet to find one single person who can tell me distinctly and convincingly why this man is qualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful nation on earth – other than the fact that he claims he’s going to implement a lot of change.

We’ve all seen the emails about Obama’s genealogy, his upbringing, his Muslim background, and his church affiliations. Let’s ignore this for a moment. Put it all aside. Then ask yourself, what qualifies this man to be my president? That he’s a brilliant orator and talks about change?

CHANGE WHAT?

Friends, I’ll be forthright with you – it seems to me that the American voters who are supporting Barack Obama think of this election as a popularity contest. “I like him,” is a response I get often. And yet not one of them – NOT ONE of them I’ve spoken to can spell out his qualifications. Not even the most liberal media can explain why he should be elected. Political experience? Negligible. Foreign relations? Non-existent. Achievements? Name one. Someone who wants to unite the country? If you haven’t read his wife’s thesis from Princeton, look it up on the web. This is who’s lining up to be our next First Lady? The only thing I can glean from Obama’s constant harping about change is that we’re in for a lot of new taxes.

Eligible to run? Certainly. So am I. Qualified? Certainly not.

For me, the choice is clear. I’ve looked carefully at the two leading applicants for the job, and I’ve made my choice.

Here’s a question – where were you five and a half years ago? Around Christmas, 2002. You’ve had five or six birthdays in that time. My son has grown from a sixth grade child to a high school graduate. Five and a half years is a good chunk of time. About 2,000 days. 2,000 nights of sleep. 6,000 meals, give or take.

John McCain spent that amount of time, from 1967 to 1973, in a North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp.

When offered early release, he refused it. He considered this offer to be a public relations stunt by his captors, and insisted that those held longer than he should be released first. Did you get that part? He was offered his freedom, and he turned it down. A regimen of beatings and torture began.

Do you possess such strength of character? Locked in a filthy cell in a foreign country, would you turn down your own freedom in favor of your fellow man? I submit that’s a quality of character that is rarely found, and for me, this singular act defines John McCain.

Unlike several presidential candidates in recent years whose military service is questionable or non-existent, you will not find anyone to denigrate the integrity and moral courage of this man. A graduate of Annapolis, during his Naval service he received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. His own son is now serving in the Marine Corps in Iraq. Barack Obama is fond of saying “We honor John McCain’s service…BUT…”, which to me is condescending and offensive – because what I hear is, “Let’s forget this man’s sacrifice for his country and his proven leadership abilities, and talk some more about change.”

I don’t agree with John McCain on everything – but I am utterly convinced that he is qualified to be our next President, and I trust him to do what’s right. I know in my heart that he has the best interests of our country in mind. He doesn’t simply want to be President – he wants to lead America, and there’s a huge difference. Factually, there is simply no comparison between the two candidates. A man of questionable background and motives who prattles on about change can’t hold a candle to a man who has devoted his life in public service to this nation, retiring from the Navy in 1981 and elected to Congress in 1982.

Perhaps Obama’s supporters are taking a stance between old and new. Maybe they don’t care about McCain’s service or his strength of character, or his unblemished qualifications to be President. Maybe “likeability” is a higher priority for them than “trust”. Being a prisoner of war is not what qualifies John McCain to be President of the United States of America – but his demonstrated leadership certainly DOES.

Dear friends, it is time for us to stand. It is time for thinking Americans to say, “Enough.” It is time for people of all parties to stop following the party line. It is time for anyone who wants to keep America first, who wants the right man leading their nation, to start a dialogue with all their friends and neighbors and ask who they’re voting for, and why.

There’s a lot of evil in this world. That should be readily apparent to all of us by now. It would be wonderful if we could all join hands and have a Coke and a smile; but that is simply not going to happen. And when faced with that evil as we are now, I want a man who knows the cost of war on his troops and on his citizens. I want a man who puts my family’s interests before any foreign country.

I want a President who’s qualified to lead.

I want my country back, and I’m voting for John McCain.

To Gas Tax Or Not Gas Tax…That Is The Question

May 7, 2008

Gas prices are forefront on our minds on a daily basis anymore.  I know it definitely is for me as we fill up once a week at a cost of $80 each time for the past month or so (and that’s just for one of our cars).  So I am definitely all about some type of solution to this gas price crisis.  And you can thank your fellow democrats for this one.  Republicans have been pushing for YEARS to drill in Alaska.  Obviously, if we drilled in Alaska, we would not be as reliant on the Middle East as we are now.  One reason the democrats have blocked this is because of the porcupine caribou.  Yes, you read that correctly.  They say that drilling would disrupt the 130,000 or so of the caribou.  Are you kidding me?  We kill countless numbers of babies on a daily basis because they may be an inconvenience to the careless “mother” but we are afraid of what might happen to the porcupine caribou?  This is one of the most backwards things I’ve ever heard.  I am posting a smidgen of an interview between Rush Limbaugh and Senator Kay Hutchison (R-TX).  I think you will find it enlightening…especially what senator says lastly:

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Sen. Kay Bailey HutchisonIn a recent interview, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) discussed opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to responsible drilling. “ANWR is an area the size of the state of South Carolina.  The part that would be drilled is an area the size of JFK airport or Washington National Airport or Dallas Love Field,” said Sen. Hutchision.  “It’s an area the size of an airport because the new technology allows us to drill underground for just hundreds of yards and you don’t have to have a lot of wells to drill anymore.” Here is more of Sen. Hutchison’s interview with Rush Limbaugh:SEN. HUTCHISON: But they’re not acknowledging that.  The people of Alaska want this. They have had referenda. They want the jobs, they want the economic security, and they know it won’t hurt the environment.”Yet we cannot get a bill through Congress that would allow drilling in that small part of ANWR.  These are the kinds of things that just don’t make sense when the price of gasoline is so high.

RUSH:  Ah, sadly, they do make sense if you understand Democrats.  I know you do.  We’re talking, by the way, with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison from Texas.  Now, yesterday the president made a presentation on energy and said much of the same thing you just said here; and Senator Schumer from New York went out and responded to it and said, “If we started drilling in ANWR today we wouldn’t have a drop of oil for ten years.”  Well, of course, Bill Clinton vetoed the first time this came up in 1994. We could have been at this four years according to his ten-year plan.  He also said something that mathematically doesn’t make sense.  He said that this million barrels a day that ANWR would produce would reduce the price of gasoline or oil — I forget which one he specified — by a penny.  Well, that’s absurd, because when the price of oil… When we lose a million barrels in the supply, does the price only go up a penny?  They’re using scare tactics, here.  We need resources. We need our oil, and you got Schumer out there saying, “No, it wouldn’t matter,” and they’re misleading people thinking that there’s a substitute for it right around the corner when there’s not.

SEN. HUTCHISON:  You’re right.  When President Clinton vetoed ANWR, we would have been producing. But I totally disagree and reject the argument that it would be ten years.  We could start drilling in ANWR, and I think within a couple of years you would start seeing the results. But more important, if we were drilling there and people in the market, in OPEC — if the people who are hedging in the market for futures in this oil industry. If we were drilling in ANWR — do you think the price would stay up?  No. People would know that there would be an availability.  They would know that there was going to be a real difference in what we could produce.  The one million barrels a day is the amount we import from Saudi Arabia every day.  That’s what we would be getting from our own resources and control it; and that doesn’t count what we could do if we were drilling off the Atlantic and the Pacific, in environmental safe ways.  That’s the key.  If we took control of our own destiny, we could become energy independent and self-sufficient and not depend on places that don’t like us very much like Venezuela.

RUSH:  All this makes so much sense that we out here don’t understand why it isn’t done.  We understand the politics of liberalism and the Democrats trying to create as much chaos as they can for reelection purposes in November, but they consistently oppose this kind of independence; despite the fact they’re the ones claiming and whining and moaning how dependent we are. But they’re the ones that always stand in the way of becoming energy independent, and there has to be more to it than just their own desire for electability.  I think it’s a little bit more hideous than that.  I know you wouldn’t want to comment on that.  But this is really serious stuff to all of us.  The price of everything going up all based on the price of oil and energy. It’s all related.  There’s an ideological group out there, the environmentalists, who are get… They’re the only ones that are happy with this. They’re getting everything they want out of this.  Of course, the people they donate to and vote for are thus happy about it, too; and the country, in the meantime, suffers.

SEN. HUTCHISON:  Well, Rush, if we would do this — if the Democrats and if the people understand this issue enough to force them. If we could open refineries, make it easier to do so; open nuclear power plants, which is the cleanest form of energy at the best, most efficient prices that we could possibly produce it; and drill in ANWR, the Outer Continental Shelf and deep drilling in the Gulf Coast, we could be a country that doesn’t have to rely on anyone else.  I think we need to make this an issue in this election.

RUSH:  I couldn’t agree more.

SEN. HUTCHISON:  Don’t let the Democrats get by with saying, “Oh, it’s just terrible that the price of gasoline is high, and it’s the president’s fault.”  It is not the president’s fault.  It’s the Democrats in Congress who continue to keep us from drilling in ANWR. We had almost enough, 60 votes, to pass that last time.  We were one vote short, couldn’t get it, and so here we are again.

 

So this gets me back to my original question…gas tax or no gas tax for the summer.  Senator John McCain is the one who first introduced this idea several weeks ago which no one really responded to.  Now all of the sudden, Senator Hillary Clinton is on board for suspending the gas tax for a few months but she is giving no credit to John McCain for the idea.  And, if you listen to Barack Hussein Obama, he blows off the idea of eliminating the gas tax for the summer because he says it would come to a total of $30 savings for the year.  He says that is not what the American people are looking for.  Well excuse me Barack Hussein Obama, but you never asked me if it’s what I wanted.  What Obama just doesn’t get is that yeah, maybe thirty bucks isn’t a lot of money (although to some it is deemed a fortune), but it’s the principle.  I would be much more content knowing my government was doing something, rather than nothing.  So I may save only a few cents each fill up (according to Obama), but at least I know my elected government is working on it.  And I think John McCain and Hillary Clinton “get it”.  So Jo Jo says…don’t be fooled when Mr. Obama says “you’re only saving $30″…remember, we want to see a step forward even if it’s a baby step, what we don’t want is to be standing idle which is apparently Obama’s solution.

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March 31, 2008

Separation of Church and State…Again

December 1, 2007

I was going through some old paperwork that had been filed away in my filing cabinet when I came across a group of papers addressed to me from Senators, Representatives and even House Speaker Denny Hastert.  A couple of letters jumped out at me.  One was dated October 12, 1999 from Senator Peter Fitzgerald.  The first line reads “thank you for contacting me regarding the separation of church and state.”  Another letter dated December 20, 1999 from House Speaker Denny Hastert and the first line reads “Thank you for contacting me to express your support for the practice of religion.”  He goes on to write, “it is with great sadness that I have watched our nation grow further and further away from religion.  Obeying the Ten Commandments would cure a great number of our social ills.  Thomas Jefferson origingally intended the separation of church and state to keep the state out of church affairs and allow the kind of religious freedoms that brought our Founding Fathers to create this great nation in the first palce.  They certainly did not intend to remove God from our society, which is why I have always supported voluntary prayer in our nation’s schools.” 

 Any of you that have been reading my blog regularly know that we just had an incident at my son’s school regarding separation of church and state.  How ironic that I was fighting this battle eight years ago before it even affected me personally.  I have been in my filing cabinet a thousand times over the years filing paperwork away as it comes in.  And here was this bright red folder right in the front and yet I could tell you with 100% certainty that it has not previously been there.  My point to this is I feel God allowed me to see this and revive my heart and my voice (of course those of you that know me probably think my voice is revived enough…lol).  When I was young”er” (ahem ahem), I was very involved politically and at the ripe age of twenty-three was encouraged to run for a council seat.  I was extremely involved in the Republican Women’s Group and even looking at the dates on these letters to me, I was in my early twenties.  But three sons later a girl gets worn out, you know?  But my youngest is finally emerging from those terrible twos and I find myself with a wee bit more time so I’m thinking God’s letting me know I need to get back involved and be a crusader for what is right and just.   There is a saying I live by and I will share with you:  stand for nothing and you’ll fall for anything.  Let’s all be proactive and write our congressmen, our leaders and let them know just how we feel about the important social issues looming before us this day.  It does make a difference.  Each leader that wrote me closed by saying that when they are going before congress to try and pass a bill, they will keep my comments in mind as they argue for the cause.  Does that mean that they will keep my thoughts and feelings in mind as they are in the capitol?  Of course not, but it does mean that when they get a significant amount of mail in specifically leaning towards one way…that’s what they keep in mind.  The unity of the citizens behind the stance.  As we get into what is sure to be nasty, dirty politicking in the next several weeks; let’s keep our eyes and ears open, be proactive, be as astute as possible and remember…if you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.