Heroes

A true hero

A true hero

 I have a brother-in-law, Chadd who is in the Air Force. Though we have different opinions on many social issues, one thing we wholeheartedly agree on is the current war in Iraq and Afghanistan. I know the media has constantly reported how terrible things are over there, and yes, war is a terrible thing- but sometimes we have no choice.

Whether you agree we should have gone or not is no longer an issue- we are there, and have been for years now. The question now is can we leave without allowing disaster to overtake Iraq? Weapons of mass destruction or not, the reality of the matter is that we freed these people from a dictator who killed thousands of his own people. Despite what the media says, we are helping these people.

Every soldier whose life is lost is a tragedy, but we must remember that this is the job they chose. Chadd has been to Iraq and Afghanistan more than once, and every time he does, our family worries, just as families all around the country do about their loved ones. But despite the danger, and the chance that he might not come back, Chadd insists that they are doing the right thing by being over there. He equated terrorism to an infected wound in a recent conversation. He told me there are two things you can do to a infection- take pain medicine to mask the symptoms, or take an antibiotic to kill the infection all together. While leaving Iraq may be a short term fix, like an infection, terrorism left to breed will only grow worse. Taking antibiotics in not the most fun thing in the world, but it will end the infection for good if you follow through. Barrack Obama wants America to take some “Advil” to deal with terrorism. John McCain would rather take care of the problem now, then to let it lie stagnant only to reemerge worse than ever in the future.

Even the costs of the war are being twisted to suit the liberal media’s anti-war sentiment. They report the massive costs, but according to Chadd, they leave out the fact that a big chunk of that money goes to help build things like hospitals and schools. it also helps rebuild areas of Iraq that were destroyed by bombings and fighting. And most importantly, it goes towards keeping the innocent people of Iraq safe and free.

Freedom, as we have in America, is the greatest gift anyone can receive, unfortunately we seem to have forgotten that not everyone has the option of freedom. Are we so selfish that we would deny others the opportunity to experience freedom based on politics?

 It saddens me when people in America complain  and complain about everything that is wrong with our country. Sure, there are somethings that could be changed, but we also take for granted all of the things that are right. We can speak out against our government, while others are being killed for this. We can practice our own religion, while others become martyrs for their faiths. We have the right to elect a leader, rather than having one forced upon us.

America is the land of opportunity, and it seems that only those who immigrate here realize how lucky Americans are. We need to remember our fellow world citizens, and the constant struggles they must face in order to do the same things we do every day without even thinking about it. I think that those people who are so dissatisfied with America, should go spend a year or two in another country, and then decide whether or not they want to live in America.

I love America, and more than anything I want to see her prosper, but I realize that we all have to make sacrifices in order for that to be possible. While you and I only sacrifice a part of our pay checks every month, thousands of service men and women make the ultimate sacrifice everyday. We should honor them, the heroes of our nation, not only by respecting them but also by not taking the freedoms they protect for granted. Take pride in being an American, and if you think there is something wrong with our country, then fix it- we have the unique ability in this country to affect change no matter how insignificant we think we are. But simply complaining will get us no where. To quote JFK :

“One person can make a difference, every person should try!”

Country First

Once again John McCain has chosen service to his country over political expediency. By suspending his campaign, and heading back to Washington, McCain has shown that he cares more about doing what is right for our country, than he does about being popular. Obama on the other hand seems to think that campaigning is more important than the current financial crisis. He says that Presidents have to multitask, and that John McCain must not be able to since he’s going to Washington, and asking that the first debate be postponed until after the crisis has been taken care of.
Do we want a President that is going to worry more about boosting his own popularity, or one who is willing to sacrifice public appearances, rallies, and fundraisers, in order to make sure that you and I have financial stability?
After all both of these men are Senators- isn’t it their job to be in Washington representing the people who elected them, especially now when our nation is in turmoil? Obama is shirking his responsibility to his constituents in order to seek higher office, do we really want someone who is more concerned with career advancement than with the people who put their trust in him, and our counting on him to keep them prosperous, safe, and free?
John McCain has a history of putting country first, while Barrack Obama has a history- well of doing nothing.

I Have A Dream…

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the
content of their character
.

It seems to me that this much quoted phrase has been flipped on its head by Barrack Obama and his many supporters. Let me be understood- many people are voting for him, not because they agree with his policies and positions, but rather because they want a black man to be President. This is racist- just as racist as not voting for someone because of the color of his skin. Martin Luther King’s dream has to go both ways, and in this instance, I must say that does not.
The same thing comes to mind with Hillary Clinton- a lot of women voted for her simply because she is a woman- but that too is wrong. It is sexist… they would have a fit if a man said they would not vote for her because she was a woman, yet they use the same sexist reasoning when casting their ballot.
I am a woman… yet I do not feel that society owes me any debt because women in the past were not allowed to vote, own property, or hold a job. In fact, a much ignored fact is that African American men were allowed to vote before women. But the point is not that it happened along time ago. The point is that it is not happening now- yet so many people still dwell on it.
Whether you are a woman or an African American… practice what you preach. Don’t be racist, or sexist. And if the argument for equal rights is that we are all created equal, then stop asking for advantages over other people groups. No lower scores to get into schools, no preferential treatment when applying for a job. If we are truly equal then it is time to start acting like it.
Women of the world- if we are just as capable of doing all things as men are, then prove it! Show the world that we don’t need affirmative action to get a job, that we can work hard just like men, and do a good job just like any other person. We don’t need exclusively female scholarships, we just need to apply ourselves enough to get general scholarships. We don’t need any one’s help to succeed, we are enough on our own!
So this is my dream… that we will truly be a nation that judges EVERYONE by the content of their character, and not positively or negatively based on their gender or race. Until both sides of the race and gender arguments hold themselves to Martin Luther King’s words, we will never be truly equal.

RNC 2008

So I made it home to good ole Shreveport, LA on Friday night. I spent yesterday catching up on sleep, and today unpacking and distributing souvenirs. So now I have time for a brief overview of my impressions of the Convention.

Day One was pretty sedate, everyone was worried about the Hurricane, and we pretty much stayed glued to the news to see what was happening. It was very disconcerting to be so far away from home with all of this going on. Reports were so varied, that I half expected my home to be flooded or otherwise gone when I returned. But luckily everything was fine in Shreveport. Others were not so lucky. Many of our delegates were from South Louisiana, and were greatly affected. The McCain Campaign chartered a plane to take those who needed it home, and also to bring some of the delegate’s families back to Minneapolis. It was a very kind gesture on McCain’s behalf. That night there were no speeches, no pomp, all we did were the things necessary to officially start the convention proceedings.

Day Two started out really well, with First Lady Laura Bush, and our next First Lady Cindy McCain joining the Louisiana Delegation for breakfast. The media also joined us, and proceeded to hound us for the next few days about Gustav.

That evening, the CNN Grill gave us passes to come eat, and treated us to a free meal. They had a very kind waitstaff, and treated us with compassion. I also managed to meet Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity, Meagan Kelley, and Bill Hemmer.

Sean was my favorite, and by far the nicest person at the entire convention. A lot f the “celebrities” blew everyone off, but even though his handlers kept trying to whisk him away, Sean took the time to pose for tons of pictures, sign a truckload of autographs (including a pic and autograph for yours truly!), and just talk to people. He even got on the phone with my debate coach who is a HUGE fan of his.

My favorite speech of the night surprised me. It was Joe Lieberman. I had not expected to enjoy it, and am not a fan of him- but it was very good. It was very strategic as well, to have the first person to take a swipe at Obama at the convention be a Democrat. But it was very heartening to realize that a Democrat with such influence and power realizes that John McCain is the right choice.

Day Three was probably my favorite day of all! We started out by listening to a POW who had been in Hanoi with John McCain, and then headed to the Convention Center to put together Hurricane Relief Packages. The people at Target and The Red Cross put that together, and we had an amazing time. Everyone was so pumped up, cheering, singing, and just having a good time helping people out. John and Cindy McCain stopped by and helped, took pictures, shook hands, and listened to stories of people form Louisiana affected by Katrina. On our way out, it really touched me to see people from all over the nation gathered together to help my state. It meant alot, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who help with relief efforts for Gustav, it means so much to the residents of Louisiana.
That night there were soo many great speakers! Giuliani did an amazing job of firing up the crowd for Sarah Palin. And when she finally took the stage the applause was deafening! Everyone was so excited to see this woman everyone was talking about. And she didn’t disappoint! She delivered an amazing speech, put Obama in his place, and inspired a new generation of females to get into politics. For me it was a dream come true to see a strong woman candidate up on that stage, and I could not be more proud that the woman in question shares my values.
Day Four was good, part of me wanted to go home, and the other part wanted the convention to never end. I was looking forward to McCain’s speech, but I most anticipated the famed balloon drop at the end of the night! McCain did an amazing job on his speech, especially considering he is not known for his speaking abilities. With a mixture of humility and confidence he told us exactly why he wanted to be President, and the thing that struck me most was his assertion that he was old enough that it wasn’t for his future in politics, but rather it was his desire to serve a cause greater than himself that inspired him to reach this office.
Though his speech was good, I was most impressed with the video about Cindy McCain. To see all of the amazing things this woman has done during her lifetime makes me wonder what she will be able to achieve as First Lady. After all the First Lady’s job is to be an ambassador of kindness to those in need, and I have no doubt that Cindy McCain would make an amazing First Lady. From adopting two children, to going on aid missions all across the world, Cindy McCain has already led the life of a servant. Who better to serve others in our country’s name than her? It strikes me as wort mentioning that the difference between the candidates’ wives is almost as stark as between the candidates themselves. Cindy McCain has clearly done a lot of amazing things with her position of power, yet what has Michelle Obama done? Nothing comes to mind…

Well that’s my wrap up for today. I wish that each and everyone of you could have shared this experience with me. But I hope that my story will make you realize that anyone can be a part of history, all it takes is a little effort, and a passion to make a difference! God Bless!