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?