Mauling Memorial Day

In 2008 I had the honor of being present at the Memorial Day service at Arlington National Cemetary, and it was one of the most heart wrenching experiences I have ever had. Surrounded by families of the fallen, watching President Bush lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as TAPS played… it still brings tears to my eyes.

This year will be different- our President will not be at Arlington to honor the fallen men and women who gave their “last full measure of devotion” to their country. He will not look into the eyes of the families and friends of those who died to protect our country, to preserve our freedom. He will not listen to TAPS, or lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. No, Obama has decided to skip Memorial Day in order to go home to Chicago.

This is unacceptable, this is a slap in the face to the brave men and women who day after day put their lives on the line for you, for me, AND for him. And instead of honoring them properly, he is leaving D.C. to go visit friends from the dirty Chicago political machine.

The Gold Star families, who have lost their sons and daughters overseas deserve better, they deserve a President who appreciates the sacrifice that their precious children made on his behalf. They deserve to be looked in the eyes and told how much they mean to the people of this great nation.

But Obama doesn’t honor these men and women- these sons and daughters, moms and dads, brothers and sisters, these loved ones that laid down their lives. Instead of honoring them, he goes around APOLOGIZING for them. Instead of paying homage to these amazing men and women, he makes their sacrifices and courage out to be “arrogance” and “empire building.”

As a grand-daughter of a Marine that barely survived the battle of the Chosin Reservoir, and as a sister of an Airman fighting in the Middle East right now, it’s the final straw. I never liked him, but now I officially DESPISE him.

 His blatant disrespect for our Armed Forces and the valiant men and women who DIE every day so that you and I can be free, takes away any respect due to him as President. I will never again honor him with that title, he doesn’t deserve it, he is a traitor to our brave men and women. From now on he will be Mr. Obama to me.

 And Mr. Obama- I can’t wait till 2012 when I can vote for someone who actually DESERVES the title of the President of The United States!

Have you Forgotten?

On September 11, 2001, President Bush offered these words:
“Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filed us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. “
 
It was with this quiet and unyielding anger that Congress approved “The War on Terror”. Seven years later, and all I hear is people complaining and protesting this war. What happened to our anger? What happened to wanting justice for the men and women who didn’t know that September 11 would be their last? People decry the loss of American soldiers, yet they seek to render the cause they died for pointless; they want us to give up.
 
President Bush ended his speech with this, “This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so now. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom, and all that is good and just in our world.”
 
I look at our country today asking, have you forgotten? …I haven’t. God Bless America

Dear God,

Hey God, it’s me Deanna… so tomorrow is election day, and I’m nervous about the out come. I’m trying very hard to leave this in your hands, but I can’t help but wonder what will happen.

I just wanted to pray for everything to go the way it needs to for your ultimate purposes… I know who I am voting for, but only you can control what will happen to America over the next four years.

Please God, let your followers remember your word tomorrow when they vote, and that they would vote in accordance with your laws and teachings. I pray that they will not be swayed by lies, persuasive appeals, or any other means from the Truth of the gospel. Let them not vote based on anything other than your words.

Whoever wins tomorrow, I will follow your word, and pray for them, that you alone will direct their ways, and the way of our nation. I know I will be unhappy if the candidate I support loses, but I trust you to make things work out the way they need to.

Lord, comfort Obama and his family during this time of great loss and tragedy. I sincerely hope his Grandmother is with you right now, and that his family can take comfort in that thought. Help them to overcome this hardship, and rely on you alone.

Please keep our country safe, and bless all of the many candidates with your protection and love, whether they acknowledge it or not. Keep America safe, and one nation under You. Protect us all, from the richest, to the poorest; from the oldest, to those yet unborn; from me here safe at home, to our soldiers overseas.

Most of all, I ask you to humble my heart no matter what the outcome tomorrow… help me to put aside politics to better serve you, and your wishes for my country. Help me to support our leaders with prayer, and kind thoughts despite disagreements we are sure to have.

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.

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?

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!”

Back Again

Okay, so I’m giving it a second try with the whole blog thing. I think its a good idea to get my ideas out there, even if right now no one really knows who I am. Besides I’ll have alot to write about in a few weeks, when I attend the Republican National Convention as an Alternate Delegate for Louisiana! I’m really excited about it, and can’t wait to leave for Minneapolis. It’s going to be a once in a lifetime experience.
Come to think about it though- I’ve had alot of those lately. After all I was barely 18 when I ran to be a Delegate to the Republican State Convention for Louisiana, and I honestly didn’t expect to get it.. I mean I couldn’t even win a student council election in high school- the cheerleaders always beat me. But I won, and beat out some prominent local figures, I just couldn’t believe it!
I went to the State Convention, and met one of Louisiana’s Senators, David Vitter. I applied for an internship in his Washington, D.C. office, and got that too. So this summer I spent three weeks working in D.C.! It was beyond amazing, and my favorite part was giving tours of the U.S. Capitol Building. Its full of soo much history, and its crazy to imagine some of our country’s most important leaders walking the same halls!
Also while I was in D.C., I got to attend the Memorial Day Ceremony at Arlington. And let me tell you, there is nothing more stirring to the American heart than hearing Taps played in front of the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I remember my first trip to Washington with my school junior year, and hearing it for the first time- I am also not ashamed to say that I remember crying.
My brother is in the Air Force, and has been to Iraq a few times, and is soon going back- but he tells me that if people went over there and saw what we are doing to help these people, and how thankful they are, then they would understand that we can’t leave. I definitely trust his word as a first person observer more than second hand reports in the liberal drive-by media (yes, I am a Limbaugh fan! I love it when he calls Obama “The Messiah” it kills me!!!).
Okay well, my dogs are howling to be let out- so I better go before they combust– but its good to be back!