Dear Mr. Obama,

Today I watched the most powerful and convincing thing I have ever seen in regards to this election. It is from a veteran of the Iraq War… please watch the video!!!!

Dear Mr. Obama, having spent 12 months in the Iraq theater, I can promise you, this was not a mistake. I witnessed firsthand the many sacrifices made by the people of Iraq. Those sacrifices were not mistakes. Iraqi people are just like us. They want a chance to live in a secure world, free from tyranny, free from terrorism, free to prosper, free to raise their children and pass on a future. Are they better off today than they were in 2002? You bet. I’ve seen many men sacrifice their lives for the Iraqi people. They died for a purpose, not a mistake. They died giving hope, they died promoting freedom. Do you rescue a fireman just as he’s about to save a child? When you call the Iraqi war a mistake, you disrespect the service and the sacrifice of everyone who has died promoting freedom. Freedom carries with it a price. Because you do not understand, nor appreciate these principles, sir, I am supporting John McCain for president. He, too, made a huge sacrifice promoting freedom, because he understands the fundamental truth, freedom is always worth the price.

Hope…

This summer I had the privilege to intern with the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. One of my favorite things that I was able to do was give people from Louisiana tours of the United States Capitol building. To walk through these halls one gets the feeling of being a part of history. You can see the great men of our past walking these halls alongside of you, and you can feel the patriotic spirit of the countless men and women over the years who have sacrificed their lives that we may be free. The looks on the faces of both adults and children as they took in their spectacular surroundings was beautiful to observe. I would show them the famous statues and paintings of presidents and statesmen such as Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and even our very own Huey P. Long. They were enamored with the famous Brumidi Corridors, with their painstakingly detailed walls, and brightly tiled mosaic floors, but just above the hand painted renaissance style walls, there were two blank, unpainted stretches of wall that most people ignored. You see, these spots were left blank by the painter Brumidi on purpose- he knew that there would be men and women who would come after him and do great things for our country. To some people the two spaces are just another wall, but to me they represent hope- hope for the future of our nation. The best days of America are still to come, and anyone of us could be the person who rises above expectations to make a difference. I think Carl Sandburg said it best- “I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun fresh from the burning, creative hand of God. I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision.

Hope for America

Hope for America

 

 

Prayers for UCA

Just a quick update to send out prayers and thoughts to those affected by the shooting at University of Central Arkansas. We do tournaments with their debate team, so for the first time I understand the initial moment of panic friends and family feel when they hear news of events like this. May God keep you all safe, and help those who lost a friend or loved one in this tragedy.

Also, I know celebrities aren’t my usual topic, but I also send my condolences to Jennifer Hudson. Nothing is as bad as losing family members, and I pray for the safe return of her nephew.

Tired of the “Race Card”

I am so sick of being called a racist because I’m not blithely following the Hollywood parade to elect Barrack Obama. Just because I’m white means the only possible reason I can have for not voting Obama is because he is black? What about the fact that is is Pro- Abortion, or wants to universalize health care? Am I supposed to ignore the fact that he wants to “spread the wealth around”, and raise taxes while our economy is so troubled, because he is black? Am I supposed to forget that he wants to weaken our military during dangerous times for our country, and instead of defending us, go to the very leaders that hate us soo much, and have a chat? Is being a black person a free ticket to the Oval Office, or am I supposed to vote for someone based on how well they represent me and my personal and political beliefs?

Because Obama is black he has gotten handled with kid gloves (the only time Ican remember agreeing with Hillary Clinton), his past associations with people like Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers, and others of the corrupt Chicago political scene, have been ignored by the media in an effort to promote a man with no qualifications for the office of President other than the color of his skin.

People, especially those who are a minority, forget that racism goes both ways. If I am a racist for not voting for Obama because he is black, they they are racists for voting Obama because he is black too! Isn’t that the whole message of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech? That one day men would be judged solely on the content of their character, with complete disregard to the color of their skin.

I have a theory, that racism and sexism are basically the same things- both of them hinge on judgements based on physical attributes that a person is born with, and ascribe certain stereotypes to those who have those attributes. For blacks, it is common to have them depicted as ignorant, thuggish, and violent. For women, it is normally that we are stupid, only here for the pleasure of men, and incapable of doing anything on our own. History has shown the similarities of the Civil Rights Movement and Women’s Suffrage- in fact, most people do not realize that black men got the right to vote and own land before white women did. Women in that age and time were just as much property of their husbands as slaves were.

So expounding on this theory, that racism and sexism are one in the same, and that if the only reason to not vote Obama is his race, then it must follow that the only reason for not voting for Hillary Clinton must be the fact that she is a woman. Obviously, given the fact that I am a woman and consider myself a feminist- I am not sexist in my decision not to vote for Hillary. On the same note though, I am not voting for the McCain/ Palin ticket because Palin is a woman either. It is great that she is a woman to be sure, but its not for that reason that I plan on voting for her and John McCain- its because she (they) stand for everything I believe in. They are Pro-Life, Pro-Family, they are fiscal conservatives, devoted to reforming both parties, and more concerned with what is beast for the people of this great nation, than popularity and praise.

It is preposterous for anyone to claim that everyone should vote for Obama because he is black, and even more preposterous to assume that if he was white with the same positions and beliefs he would have overwhelming support. Who are these accusers to tell me that race is more important when voting than the issues? Why should I be called a racist for not agreeing with Obama on ANY issue? I believe that it is just as racist to vote for someone because of their color, as it is not NOT vote for someone because of their color. If my only reason to not vote for Obama is his race, then theirs is his race as well- therefore, if you call me a racist… you are calling yourself a racist as well my friend.

 

Is this what not being a racist means?

Media Bias

I just got an amazing e-mail regarding the vilifying of Sarah Palin in the media, and how it compares to how they treat Democrats. Here it goes-

 

Listening to the mainstream media these last few days I’ve learned a few things about the GOP’s VP nominee but, I also had to learn a few things on my own.  

 1.  >From the media I learned Sarah Palin’s husband had a DUI conviction 22 years ago.

 * On my own I learned that Ted Kennedy, hero of last month’s tribute at the DNC, was drunk while driving a car off a bridge in Chappaquiddick.  That same crash killed a young campaign volunteer with whom he was having an affair.  Oh, and that woman was pregnant with his child.

 * Mr.  Palin’s (who is not running for office) DUI came a mere 4 years after Barack Obama (who is running for president) stopped using cocaine and marijuana (by his own admission in his autobiography).  Shocking – it’s OK for the presidential candidate to use drugs or the Dem. party patriarch to kill someone while driving drunk yet a VP candidate should be demonized for something her husband did 22 years ago.

 2.  >From the media I learned that Sarah Palin’s daughter is pregnant but not married.

 * On my own I learned the Obama’s mother was an unmarried street hippy in  Honolulu ,  Hawaii , when she conceived Obama.

 * On my own I learned that Joe Biden’s (the other VP candidate) son was paid a large amount of money as a consultant to credit card company MBNA.  That same company had business before Senator Joe Biden concerning regulation of consumer credit practices.  After the company paid a hefty sum to Mr. Biden’s son, he voted in favor of legislation to help that company.  That same son, Hunter, is also engaged in a legal investigation and suit for defrauding a former business partner.  Shocking – it’s a crime for the republican VP candidate to have a daughter who’s pregnant, even though it’s irrelevant to how she performs her job, but it’s ok that the democrat presidential candidate’s mother conceived him out of wedlock.  It’s ok, also, for the democrat senator VP candidate to vote in favor of a company that paid his son over a quarter of a million dollars.

 3.  >From the media I learned that Sarah Palin should be considered ‘selfish’ for agreeing to run for VP knowing about her daughter’s condition.  Knowing that her public role would bring extra scrutiny on the family is selfish and she should have declined in order to protect her child (actually heard this on ABC last weekend).

 * Strange – the same people who say Sarah is selfish for running for VP did not seem to care about any impact on  Chelsea  when Bill Clinton had his dalliance with Monica Lewinsky.  That was a private, personal matter you see.

 4.  >From the media I have learned to be ‘concerned’ that Sarah Palin probably won’t be able to manage her family and do an effective job of being VP at the same time.

 * Funny – I never heard anything about Hillary’s ability to support  Chelsea  while re-doing healthcare or anything from the feminist icons who say you can balance work and family.  They also never mention that Barack will have to balance time with his children while meeting with heads of rogue nations

5.  >From the media I have learned that Sarah Palin is ‘too inexperienced’ to be a heartbeat-away from the presidency. 

 * Apparently taking on corruption in your own party and running a state that’s the same size, people-wise, as  Delaware (hint hint: that’s where Joe Biden is from) is not really experience.

 * However, time spent as a ‘community organizer’ and less than 180 days in the senate where you’ve authored NO significant legislation is just the type of ‘change’ we’re looking for from the top of the ticket.

 * Funny – inexperience at the top of the ticket is a mantra for ‘change’ and ‘hope’ while strong practical everyday experience as the #2 is cause for concern.

 6.  >From the media I learned that Sarah Palin’s husband once got a ticket for fishing without a license. 

 * I haven’t heard much about the fact that if he were still a practicing attorney, the VP candidate Joe Biden would be disbarred for plagiarism not once but multiple times.  It’s ok to break the rules if you’ re a democrat candidate but not Ok if you are the spouse of a republican candidate.

 7.  >From the media I learned that Sarah Palin doesn’t know much about  Iraq ; in fact we wonder if she even knows where it is.

 * Sarah’s son volunteered for the  US  military and is now deployed in  Iraq .  I guess that doesn’t count.  Sarah has spent more time with troops in Iraq  (as commander of the  Alaska  National Guard she visited  Iraq  last year) than Obama has even while running for president.  In fact, when Sarah went to  Iraq she spent time with the troops. When Obama went there, he skipped a base visit to instead go work out at the Ritz Carlton.

8.  >From the media I learned that Sarah Palin is a ‘lightweight’ and she better be a ‘quick study’ to keep up with this team.

* Funny, nobody is talking about how, after Barack Obama had ‘visited 57 states’ according to him he only had ‘5 more to go’ or endless other stupid gaffes that expose who he really is.

9.  >From the media I have learned that (gasp!), Sarah Palin’s husband was once a registered member of a 3rd party that favored states’ rights (man, this is really bad stuff).

* That same media has been silent to the story that when Barack Obama announced his first senate run, he did so in the home of William Ayers.  Mr. Ayers is an un-repentant terrorist convicted for bombing the pentagon.  This same Mr. Ayers said on 9/11 that he and his group did not do enough to harm our military and he wished he had done more.  During the same time as that comment, he was serving on a board with Barack Obama.  All notes and information about their serving together is now locked up by the corrupt  Chicago  machine and reporter access to those records are being blocked by the Obama campaign.

If we’ve had any doubts about the bias of the media, it’s pretty clear now where they stand.  Pass this on to your friends, some of whom may still be on the fence and/or  may be getting all of their liberal-biased news/opinions from Katie Couric, Wolf Blitzer, Tom Brokaw and the gang.  This is egregious and corrupt.  The only way to stop it is to spread information using other outlets and make these guys irrelevant.

Voting on the First Lady

Reading the resumes of potential First Ladies Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain, mirrors the accomplishments (or lack thereof) of their husbands. While Michelle Obama has had some obvious success, Cindy McCain has done so much more for soo many people during her life. Lets look at the comparison:

Michelle Obama attended Princeton and Harvard where she majored in marketing and law. Upon graduation she went to work at a corporate law firm.

Cindy McCain attended USC where she received a Masters Degree in special education. After graduation, she turned down a cushy position at her family’s business in order to become a teacher for children with severe disabilities such as Down Syndrome.

In 1993,Michelle Obama founded Public Allies Chicago which provided young adults with leadership training for public service careers. As executive director, she headed up a non-profit named by President Bill Clinton as a model AmeriCorps program.

In 1988, inspired by a vacation visit four years earlier to substandard medical facilities on Truk Lagoon, Cindy McCain founded the American Voluntary Medical Team (AVMT). It was a non-profit organization that organized trips for doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel to provide MASH-like emergency medical care to disaster-struck or war-torn third-world areas such as Micronesia, Vietnam (before relations were normalized between them and the U.S.), Kuwait (arriving five days after the conclusion of the Gulf War), Zaire (to help refuges from the Rwandan genocide), Iraq, Nicaragua, India, Bangladesh and El Salvador. She led 55 of these missions over the next seven years, with each being of at least two weeks’ duration. AVMT also supplied treatment to poor sick children around the world. In 1993, Cindy McCain and the AVMT were honored with an award from Food for the Hungry.

In 1996, Michelle Obama joined the University of Chicago as associate dean of student services and established the University’s first community service program. She was named executive director of community and external affairs and served in that role until her 2005 appointment to her position at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

While at Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1991 — as part of AVMT’s assistance team following the 1991 Bangladesh cyclone — she met two infant girls she decided needed to be brought to the United States for medical treatment. She decided to adopt one of the girls (her husband readily agreeing), later named Bridget, and helped coordinate the adoption of the other little girl, named Mickey, for Wes Gullett, a family friend.

In 1989, Cindy McCain became addicted to Percocet and Vicodin, opioid painkillers, which she initially took to alleviate pain following two spinal surgeries for ruptured discs, and to ease emotional stress during the Keating Five affair. The addiction progressed to where she was taking upwards of twenty pills a day, and she resorted to having an AVMT physician write illegal prescriptions in the names of three AVMT employees without their knowledge. In 1992, her parents staged an intervention to force her to get help;she told her husband about her problem, attended a drug treatment facility, began outpatient sessions, and ended her three years of addiction. Surgery in 1993 resolved her back pain.

In April 2004 McCain suffered a near-fatal stroke caused by high blood pressure, although she was still able to attend some events. After several months of physical therapy to overcome her leg and arm limitations, she made a mostly full recovery, although she still suffers from some short-term memory loss and difficulties in writing.

While Michelle Obama’s charitable acts are nothing to sneeze at on their own, when compared to Cindy McCain’s word-wide scope and advocacy, there is just no adding up.

Cindy McCain has shown the same strength, compassion, and personal character that her husband embodies. Together, the McCains could usher in a new and amazing era in the White House. If nothing else, Cindy McCain gives us all one more reason to vote for McCain/ Palin in 2008!

Day Of Silence 2008

Today I am silent, and even though it is only 9:30 in the morning, I have had an amazing response. Several people have asked me about the red duck tape I wear over my mouth with the word “LIFE” written across it. Most of them have been very supportive, and have actually thanked me fro what I am doing. They have asked if I am taking donations, and when I shake my head no, they seem very impressed that someone would do this simply to bring awareness to this issue.

This is why I am doing it after all, it is very important to me that people realize how many children are aborted everyday, the average per day is over 4,000! It saddens me that people do not realize that for every day that they live, 4,000 children will never get that chance. Today is my opportunity to make them come face to face with that reality, and what it really means.

In order to explain to people what I am doing, I am handing out cards with the following message on them:

Why I Am Silent

Every day in the United States of America over 4,000 American citizens are silenced against their wills. They have their voices permanently silenced and they never get the opportunity to speak on behalf of themselves. Today we stand in silent solidarity with those who have been silenced. Today we are silent, but by doing this we are a voice for the one-third of our generation that will never have a voice. These victims we stand on behalf of are not going to be on the news, The victims we stand on behalf of will not have a funeral. The victims we stand on behalf of were ripped from the safety and warmth of their mothers’ wombs. The victims we stand on behalf of were not blobs of tissue, but beautiful human persons, with hearts that beat, brains that gave out brain waves, and a soul. These are the victims of the abortion holocaust. Every day over 4,000 babies have their lives ended in the name of choice. Since January 22, 1973, over 46 million babies have died. The time is now to stand on behalf of these innocent victims. Vitit www.standtrue.com to find out how to be a voice.

This morning I found a verse in Jeremiah that really summed up what I am doing today:

Jeremiah 1:5

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart

This is my message to the world:

You will NOT mock my God

You will NOT silence my message

You will STOP killing my generation !!!