Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I am so glad that this is the last day of this year of pain and tears. I just know that 2009 will be so much better. Resolutions? Sure, I have a few.....to continue to be myself.......to spend all the time with my children that I can and support their goals and dreams for the future......continue my therapy to get passed all the pain that others have placed in my life.......try the hardest I can to forgive those who have turned their backs on me and walked away during my greatest time of need.......and get that divorce........live a life of freedom, happiness, positive encouragement and enjoy the blessings that God has given me.
I pray for everyone's safety and health during this upcoming year. I pray that no one has to walk the path I have walked during the past few months. And I pray for our country now that Barack Obama will be taking over (I'll never address him as President or acknowledge him as our Commander in Chief). I will continue to work with Gov. Huckabee on his upcoming events and positions. And eventually, I'm going to begin scrapbooking again.
Tonight I'll spend my time with the one's that love me and desire to have me in their lives. And that alone will make it a happy '09!!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
So now I need to drive myself to get some work done around the house but I'm finding that sitting here listening to Celine Dion and Kevin Costner is much more relaxing. Actually, I need to get the pups up and moving now that they have their eyes open and seem to be holding themselves up pretty well in their upper body. I can't believe they are already three weeks old and soon will be finding a home of their own (now that's going to be the tough part for me, but if there was a female in the litter, I know we'd keep her). One man around the house is enough!!!!!
Not sure what we'll do tomorrow night...........fourteen years ago I was getting married,but I haven't thought of that in forever. If I know us, we'll sit around chillin' with one another and watch movies on the puter. I am ready to kick 2008 out the door and focus on the great accomplishments and happiness I can have in 2009. Most important one: FINISH THE DIVORCE!!!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Other than shopping around with the boys, exchanging presents and baking for two straight days, things were quiet. We didn't have a tree this year or any decorations. Eric wouldn't give me any of my things. His day will come though. Of course, for the past few years of our marriage he hasn't given me a dime or anything so I have to believe that one day he will know what it's like to be treated so maliciously. I'm a firm believer in reaping what you sow.
As far as family, my Uncle Bobby called me first thing Christmas morning to wish me a great day and check up on me to see if I was hanging in there. He's the only one that has never turned his back on me. He knows what I've been through in my marriage....
I'm glad that Eric and my parents have finally formed a bond though after my being with him for 15 years. He never could get on the phone with them when we were together to even thank them for a Christmas gift, but he can speak to them several times a month now......and most of the words out of his mouth I guarantee are lies. But my parents have chosen him. I guess maybe if they found my body in a wooded area after a few months of searching for me they may be more convinced of how cruel he was to me. But that's not gonna happen now because I have an opportunity to get past the pain in my life and move forward to something new.
My therapist says that I have a major issue with abandonment. It took me a while to be able to accept that, but after stewing over it for a few days I realized that she was more than right. I've been dealing with that issue since I was 17 and tossed out of the house because I got pregnant. Well, actually before that really. My parents were always splitting up the moment I hit junior high it seemed.
But I'm learning who I matter too now. My children know some extent of what I've been through, have to be able to be honest with them so that they know the proper way to treat women and what happens to someone when they are abused. I have terrific therapists, an incredible uncle, a few friends left in my life and new co-workers. I even have great people here that have accepted me into their family in such an awesome and comforting way. I may currently have less financially or materially, but I am much happier knowing that I can be myself. I have such a long road yet to go to get over a lot of the pain and ailments I've suffered in the past 25 years of my life, but I know that I will get there because I am determined not to let others destroy my life or take what I have away from me. And I have the ultimate Healer and Deliverer with me each step of the way. He comforts me and He will restore my heart in His time. I pray for my family each and every day. I pray for those who claimed to be the one's who cared about me and said they were my friends. I pray that they never feel what I am feeling. That they never have to walk a road of abuse or abandonment. I ask for God to help me to forgive them each day as well and I know one day that healing will come.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Can you get any more precious than this??
Now if only we could cuddle that way!
Time for night night!
Other than soap up our tails.....I've been sick with bronchitis and unable to do anything the past few days. I finally got an anti-biotic today so hopefully I'll be up and running before Thursday! Then maybe we'll be rinsed off!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Pugs is living up the road a ways where he can roam free. It was a tough decision to make, but he was happier than anything to be around all the other animals.
As for the rest of things around here, all is still the same. I hear from about 3 or 4 people religiously and the rest are still upset because I chose to live my own life. It hurts, but everyone reaps what they sow eventually. The thing I don't understand is why my parents seem to always take sides with my ex-husbands when they never even associate with them when I'm married. Go figure!! I pray for them daily and pray they will come to their senses to realize that blood is thicker than water, that I am their daughter and that I am the one that needs my family. But I do have family to count on like my cousin and uncle and an entirely new family here. I'm happy..........happier than I have been in a very long time.
Well, enjoy the pics!!! Let me know if you want a pup, I'll send you an application! hehe
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I'm finding out more and more what an arrogant jerk I married. When I came home Thursday evening from visiting some friends, I noticed my back tire was getting flat. Well, Eric had plugged it ON THE SIDE (which I found out yesterday at the tire shop isn't ever suppose to be done). To top that off, my jack wasn't even in my vehicle. Now, let's say I was driving around and my tire blew with my boys in the vehicle. It's the perfect illustration of how much he doesn't give a dang about taking care of me as his wife. When I called and asked him about it last night, of course, he was all cocky since I'm sure his mom was sitting by his side. He said it was "no big deal" and all I had to do was go buy another tire. Sure Eric........I can pull $132 out of my pocket for a tire when I'm trying to make ends meet when you have over $46,000 in your dang checking account alone!! JERK!! I'm glad that I've decided to divorce him. He's always been stingy. What ever I needed I had to purchase with my own earnings. Now, teaching preschool part time doesn't bring in all that much money. Not to mention lately, most of it has been put in the gas tank. But I'm happy with my job and love where I am. God has blessed my life with new folks. But, Eric is the same way with the boys. If they get birthday money, they need to pay their own way to camp or whatever. He refuses to financially take care of his family.
Of course, my family thinks he's a saint. It's okay that he abuses his wife and makes her go without.......do you know that my parents specifically called Eric to wish him a happy thanksgiving but they didn't call their daughter.........I have never been so hurt in all my life as I am right now. I've never turned my back on them when they needed anything.......or just when my mom even needed to vent about problems. Not once have I turned my back on them. I guess that my sister and I just aren't that important to them. We both aren't good enough. But that's okay because I'm finding out that people only care about themselves, their reputations and that family basically means nothing. Yes, it makes my life lonely, makes my therapy more intense, and makes my time alone depressing, but it's meant to be for a reason.
I do know one person that hasn't left my side or condemned me for anything and that's my Savior. One day, everyone will reap what they sow for abandoning me and causing me so much more pain. When your daughter cries out for help you'd think you'd want to help her, not her dang soon to be ex-husband. Funny though because they did the same thing with my first husband. Hated his guts and wouldn't even allow him in their house for the longest time. But when we divorced, he was a dang saint. I pray for them daily and hope that God deals with them before they have to stand before him.
Well, I just needed to vent. Dr. M says it's the best kind of therapy. Write it down and let it out.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I just hung up from a conference call with Gov. Huckabee about his upcoming book that will be released tomorrow, November 18th. The title of his current release is: "Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement To Bring Common Sense to America." To check out Mike's official book tour please visit www.mikehuckabee.com.
So far, the book has received positive and favorable ratings from such sources as Politico and Time Magazine. Gov. Huckabee is scheduling media appearances such as an interview with Sean Hannity this afternoon, as well as an appearance on Hannity & Colmes tonight and taping the View tomorrow. His book tour consists of 56 cities and will be for three weeks. Just look for the bus!!! If you get a chance to meet Gov. Huckabee, you will be impressed by his sophisticated demeanor.
Many questions were asked by other bloggers during the past hours conference call. "Where does the Republican party and conservative movement need to go from here?" Gov. Huckabee suggested that we need to continue to focus on the principles such as the sanctity of life and same-sex marriage.
The book is an honest, behind the scenes type of book. Stories from the campaign trail and its very insightful journey. Inside stories about people that really made the campaign happen. Photos are included as well.
Mike hopes this books causes discussion. He knows that some will hate this book and continue to criticize him like they did in the campaign. But he challenges them to SHOW him where he is wrong! The book is not only provocative but will have a basic point for some bits of discussion. As you read it and hear criticisms.....you'll find out it's simply not true.
Of course there is a chapter devoted to the Fair Tax Plan. If you haven't read the Fair Tax book by Neal Boortz yet, you're missing out there as well. If we could get the Fair Tax Plan passed, our economic situations would be almost obsolete. A few other chapters that Gov. Huckabee revealed to us are: The Politically Homeless; Let Them Buy Stokes (which happened to have been written and edited before June of this year); Welcome To Washington, D.C.: The Roach Motel, and of course the very first chapter of the book: I Love Iowa.
The reviewers will take the most controversial pages of Gov. Huckabee's book and reduced it to a paragraph or two and say that's what the book is all about. Their spin factor. People knows Mike will shoot straight with them. He could not tell the story about what was going on in the GOP party with out some candor. He is very specific in the book for a purpose because it would have been easier to repute things. He is specific about times, date, places and specific comments and if someone wants to challenge those facts they may do so, but they will be challenging a fact instead of an opinion.
That is not the focus of the book though. There are people who want to present themselves as true conservatives, but they may not be that way, they may be more libertarian. Gov.Huckabee is trying to put into context why the election turned out the way it did. As people read it for themselves, they will see it as an encouraging and uplifting story of how ordinary people overcame some specific odds to help get the campaign to the position it was at.
Also, former campaign manager Chip Saltsman is in the GOP chairman's race. Chip Saltsman has our support and he can operate a very frugal operation. He is good and understanding of using technology and knows how to create a party of the future. He was one of the secret weapons that helped make Mike's campaign happen. Did you know that there were over 150 bloggers in Mike's campaign alone? That's not including those that worked the phone banks, HQ's, or went door-to-door.
Energy is discussed in the chapter: "Big Ideas Don't Necessarily Mean Big Government." It's very important that we recognize that there is no such thing as being able to separate the morality of the country with the economic underpinning of that country.
There was a lack of focus on educational issues during the debates.....is talked about a great deal in book. It was frustrating for Gov.Huckabee to go through 11 debates and not have one question raised about education. We need to include music and arts into our schools so we do not leave kids behind with a left brained education. They need to be challenged by their unique talents. It has got to get back into our debates for national policy. It effects every single American but yet, was not raised in any debate in this presidential election.
There is so much more information that Gov. Huckabee shared with us today. The best thing I can suggest is to hit the stores tomorrow and check out www.mikehuckabee.com for tour listings and grab a copy of his book for yourself. The last two books he has written: Hope to Higher Ground and Character Makes A Difference were phenomenal. Character Makes A Difference was by far my favorite book of all times. We need to get the Republican party back on its feet. We need to begin some where and Gov. Huckabee has not steered us wrong thus far. I still believe he should have been our nominee for the Republican party, but I also believe that day will come soon.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I have taken a leave of absence from preschool right now as I currently search for answers and try to work out some decisions with my therapist. It is not easy for me to be away from my boys and big pups right now (Mia is accompanying me on this adventure). But I have to do something to keep me healthy and put things back into perspective for me. I'm not happy in life right now. No matter how much I do to keep busy and make myself "seem" happy, I'm not getting there.
This election isn't helping me out much either. McCain needs to pull ahead and soon! Well, hope to catch up on better topics at another time. I'd appreciate your prayers right now and that you all understand that sometimes we have to make choices that others may not agree with, but it is not them walking in our shoes.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Lipstick on a Pig
by Mike Huckabee
Last night, while on Hannity & Colmes I cut Barack Obama some slack on his reference to "lipstick on a pig." Now I personally don't think he was referring to Gov. Palin, but if he was he should apologize immediately.
Almost twenty four hours into this new controversy and the accusations are continuing to fly from both campaigns. That's too bad. Let's shift back to the issues.
Barack Obama released an education proposal yesterday that has plenty of faults. Lets talk about it instead. Republicans have been arguing correctly for choice in our schools and adding accountability. Lets spend our time and energy focusing on what we stand for. There is plenty to talk about.
Where is the discussion on the continuing rise of healthcare costs in the nation? These costs are crippling families and combined with the high cost of gasoline, making it almost impossible for working class families to save, with many pushed further into debt as they struggle just to get by.
Republicans should be trumpeting our openness to drill, conserve and use alternative sources of energy. Republicans should promote our focus on preventative care to help cut health care costs in the long term. We need to advocate policies that will encourage the private sector to seek innovative ways to bring down costs and improve the free market for health care services. We have to change a system that happily pays $30,000 for a diabetic to have his foot amputated, but won't pay for the shoes that would save his foot.
Republicans know we can make health care more affordable by reforming medical liability; adopting electronic record keeping; making health insurance more portable from one job to another; expanding health savings accounts to everyone, not just those with high deductibles; and making health insurance tax deductible for individuals and families as it now is for businesses. Low income families would get tax credits instead of deductions. We don't need all the government controls that would inevitably come with universal health care.
A return to the issues is what the American people expect and it is a mistake to think that our Republican ideas somehow can't compete with the Democrats. And frankly, if anyone tells you otherwise, that dog won't hunt.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Of course, I was the one that brought the flag into the classroom
It's never too early for our children to learn about our country and beautiful Old Glory. If we don't teach it to them now, they may never have that opportunity to learn about it again.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Obama has faced questions about his patriotism since the beginning of the Democratic primary, and has set up a Web site specifically designed to fight such charges.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
If you missed you, you missed an incredibly bold speech. She was electric! Fantastic! I was cheering and shedding tears at the same time. This woman is not afraid to stand up to our opposition and speak for what she believes in. The comment that touched me the most was when she stated that she would be an advocate for all the special needs families. Being a teacher, I know how difficult it is for families of a special needs child to feel their voice is heard, let alone be accepted by others. Sarah Palin is a female "Huckster"! She is comfortable in her own skin and ready to face this challenge head on. I am invigorated and excited about this election once again. Below is her speech from last night if you missed it. I do encourage you to read it and remember that history has just been made just a few minutes ago once again by the official nomination of the first woman on a GOP ticket! Gov. Sarah Palin!
I'd like to speak on the issue of her beautiful daughter Bristol though. I know exactly what she is going through (to an extent). I am sick of hearing the democrats whining that abstinence wasn't taught in the Palin home. Well, they don't live there so they don't know that to begin with! I was 17 when I had gotten pregant and believe me, I heard from both of my parents all the time about abstinence. There was no talk of controception, just ABSTINENCE!! Yes, I wish I would have heeded that advice, but I knew everything and married the father and have a beautiful daughter as a result. BUT, my point is, Bristol is a teen-ager and her mom cannot be there to hold her hand for every move she makes. I wish you all would just lay off of this family over this personal and private situation!!! She not only has to face her peers, which is hard enough to do....she has to face the entire world. Now, put yourself in her shoes before YOU speak or judge someone else!
"Mr. Chairman, delegates, and fellow citizens: I am honored to be considered for the nomination for Vice President of the United States...I accept the call to help our nominee for president to serve and defend America.
I accept the challenge of a tough fight in this election... against confident opponents ... at a crucial hour for our country. And I accept the privilege of serving with a man who has come through much harder missions ... and met far graver challenges ... and knows how tough fights are won - the next president of the United States, John S. McCain.
It was just a year ago when all the experts in Washington counted out our nominee because he refused to hedge his commitment to the security of the country he loves.With their usual certitude, they told us that all was lost - there was no hope for this candidate who said that he would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war. But the pollsters and pundits overlooked just one thing when they wrote him off.
They overlooked the caliber of the man himself - the determination, resolve, and sheer guts of Senator John McCain. The voters knew better. And maybe that's because they realize there is a time for politics and a time for leadership ... a time to campaign and a time to put our country first. Our nominee for president is a true profile in courage, and people like that are hard to come by.
He's a man who wore the uniform of this country for 22 years, and refused to break faith with those troops in Iraq who have now brought victory within sight. And as the mother of one of those troops, that is exactly the kind of man I want as commander in chief. I'm just one of many moms who'll say an extra prayer each night for our sons and daughters going into harm's way. Our son Track is 19. And one week from tomorrow - September 11th - he'll deploy to Iraq with the Army infantry in the service of his country. My nephew Kasey also enlisted, and serves on a carrier in the Persian Gulf.
My family is proud of both of them and of all the fine men and women serving the country in uniform. Track is the eldest of our five children. In our family, it's two boys and three girls in between - my strong and kind-hearted daughters Bristol, Willow, and Piper. And in April, my husband Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig. From the inside, no family ever seems typical.
That's how it is with us. Our family has the same ups and downs as any other ... the same challenges and the same joys. Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge.And children with special needs inspire a special love. To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters.
I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House. Todd is a story all by himself. He's a lifelong commercial fisherman ... a production operator in the oil fields of Alaska's North Slope ... a proud member of the United Steel Workers' Union ... and world champion snow machine racer. Throw in his Yup'ik Eskimo ancestry, and it all makes for quite a package. We met in high school, and two decades and five children later he's still my guy. My Mom and Dad both worked at the elementary school in our small town. And among the many things I owe them is one simple lesson: that this is America, and every woman can walk through every door of opportunity. My parents are here tonight, and I am so proud to be the daughter of Chuck and Sally Heath. Long ago, a young farmer and habber-dasher from Missouri followed an unlikely path to the vice presidency. A writer observed: "We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty, sincerity, and dignity." I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind when he praised Harry Truman.
I grew up with those people. They are the ones who do some of the hardest work in America ... who grow our food, run our factories, and fight our wars.They love their country, in good times and bad, and they're always proud of America. I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids' public education better. When I ran for city council, I didn't need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too.
Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.
And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening.
We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco. As for my running mate, you can be certain that wherever he goes, and whoever is listening, John McCain is the same man. I'm not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I've learned quickly, these past few days, that if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But here's a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion - I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.
Politics isn't just a game of clashing parties and competing interests. The right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it.No one expects us to agree on everything.But we are expected to govern with integrity, good will, clear convictions, and ... a servant's heart. I pledge to all Americans that I will carry myself in this spirit as vice president of the United States. This was the spirit that brought me to the governor's office, when I took on the old politics as usual in Juneau ... when I stood up to the special interests, the lobbyists, big oil companies, and the good-ol' boys network.Sudden and relentless reform never sits well with entrenched interests and power brokers. That's why true reform is so hard to achieve. But with the support of the citizens of Alaska, we shook things up.And in short order we put the government of our state back on the side of the people.
I came to office promising major ethics reform, to end the culture of self-dealing. And today, that ethics reform is the law. While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for.That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay. I also drive myself to work.
And I thought we could muddle through without the governor's personal chef - although I've got to admit that sometimes my kids sure miss her. I came to office promising to control spending - by request if possible and by veto if necessary. Senator McCain also promises to use the power of veto in defense of the public interest - and as a chief executive, I can assure you it works.Our state budget is under control.We have a surplus.
And I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending: nearly half a billion dollars in vetoes. I suspended the state fuel tax, and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress.I told the Congress "thanks, but no thanks," for that Bridge to Nowhere.If our state wanted a bridge, we'd build it ourselves. When oil and gas prices went up dramatically, and filled up the state treasury, I sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged - directly to the people of Alaska. And despite fierce opposition from oil company lobbyists, who kind of liked things the way they were, we broke their monopoly on power and resources.
As governor, I insisted on competition and basic fairness to end their control of our state and return it to the people.I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history. And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.
That pipeline, when the last section is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart. The stakes for our nation could not be higher.
When a hurricane strikes in the Gulf of Mexico, this country should not be so dependent on imported oil that we are forced to draw from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
And families cannot throw away more and more of their paychecks on gas and heating oil. With Russia wanting to control a vital pipeline in the Caucasus, and to divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon, we cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers.
To confront the threat that Iran might seek to cut off nearly a fifth of world energy supplies ... or that terrorists might strike again at the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia ... or that Venezuela might shut off its oil deliveries ... we Americans need to produce more of our own oil and gas. And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: we've got lots of both.
Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America's energy problems - as if we all didn't know that already.
But the fact that drilling won't solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all. Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we're going to lay more pipelines ... build more nuclear plants ... create jobs with clean coal ... and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources.
We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers. I've noticed a pattern with our opponent.Maybe you have, too.
We've all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers. And there is much to like and admire about our opponent.But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate. This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed ... when the roar of the crowd fades away ... when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot - what exactly is our opponent's plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger ... take more of your money ... give you more orders from Washington ... and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it. Victory in Iraq is finally in sight ... he wants to forfeit.
Terrorist states are seeking new-clear weapons without delay ... he wants to meet them without preconditions.Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ... he's worried that someone won't read them their rights? Government is too big ... he wants to grow it.Congress spends too much ... he promises more. Taxes are too high ... he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific.
The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes ... raise payroll taxes ... raise investment income taxes ... raise the death tax ... raise business taxes ... and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars. My sister Heather and her husband have just built a service station that's now opened for business - like millions of others who run small businesses. How are they going to be any better off if taxes go up? Or maybe you're trying to keep your job at a plant in Michigan or Ohio ... or create jobs with clean coal from Pennsylvania or West Virginia ... or keep a small farm in the family right here in Minnesota.
How are you going to be better off if our opponent adds a massive tax burden to the American economy? Here's how I look at the choice Americans face in this election.In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.
They're the ones whose names appear on laws and landmark reforms, not just on buttons and banners, or on self-designed presidential seals. Among politicians, there is the idealism of high-flown speechmaking, in which crowds are stirringly summoned to support great things. And then there is the idealism of those leaders, like John McCain, who actually do great things. They're the ones who are good for more than talk ... the ones we have always been able to count on to serve and defend America. Senator McCain's record of actual achievement and reform helps explain why so many special interests, lobbyists, and comfortable committee chairmen in Congress have fought the prospect of a McCain presidency - from the primary election of 2000 to this very day. Our nominee doesn't run with the Washington herd.
He's a man who's there to serve his country, and not just his party. A leader who's not looking for a fight, but is not afraid of one either. Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the current do-nothing Senate, not long ago summed up his feelings about our nominee. He said, quote, "I can't stand John McCain." Ladies and gentlemen, perhaps no accolade we hear this week is better proof that we've chosen the right man. Clearly what the Majority Leader was driving at is that he can't stand up to John McCain. That is only one more reason to take the maverick of the Senate and put him in the White House.
My fellow citizens, the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of "personal discovery." This world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn't just need an organizer. And though both Senator Obama and Senator Biden have been going on lately about how they are always, quote, "fighting for you," let us face the matter squarely. There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you ... in places where winning means survival and defeat means death ... and that man is John McCain. In our day, politicians have readily shared much lesser tales of adversity than the nightmare world in which this man, and others equally brave, served and suffered for their country. It's a long way from the fear and pain and squalor of a six-by-four cell in Hanoi to the Oval Office.
But if Senator McCain is elected president, that is the journey he will have made. It's the journey of an upright and honorable man - the kind of fellow whose name you will find on war memorials in small towns across this country, only he was among those who came home. To the most powerful office on earth, he would bring the compassion that comes from having once been powerless ... the wisdom that comes even to the captives, by the grace of God ... the special confidence of those who have seen evil, and seen how evil is overcome. A fellow prisoner of war, a man named Tom Moe of Lancaster, Ohio, recalls looking through a pin-hole in his cell door as Lieutenant Commander John McCain was led down the hallway, by the guards, day after day.As the story is told, "When McCain shuffled back from torturous interrogations, he would turn toward Moe's door and flash a grin and thumbs up" - as if to say, "We're going to pull through this." My fellow Americans, that is the kind of man America needs to see us through these next four years. For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words.
For a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds.If character is the measure in this election ... and hope the theme ... and change the goal we share, then I ask you to join our cause.
Join our cause and help America elect a great man as the next president of the United States.
Thank you all, and may God bless America. "
Gov. Huckabee @ RNCWell, last night was one incredible night!!! It first began with Mitt Romney, followed by Mike and then Rudy & Gov. Palin. I was very disappointed that FOX News was not broadcasting Mike's speech. Especially since he is a part of their staff now. But anyhow, I found it on C-SPAN and was moved to tears (as I usually always am when he speaks). I was more moved by the actions of the veterans sitting in the audience. Several wiped away tears as Mike shared the story about the teacher in Arkansas removing the school desks from her classroom and challenging the kids to figure out why. The answer........you'll have to read his speech to find out (included below).
"As much as I appreciate the opportunity to speak tonight, I really was originally hoping for the slot on Thursday called the acceptance speech. But I am delighted to speak on behalf of my 2nd choice for the Republican nomination for President, John McCain -- a man with the character and stubborn kind of integrity that I want in a President.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Okay, I take back the fact that I won't work for McCain's campaign as hard now. After listening to Gov. Palin speak this afternoon, I felt that same intense excitement that I had felt the moment I heard Gov. Huckabee speak in his first debate. Now, I love Gov. Huckabee and he is my first choice because he his not afraid to speak out about his faith and what we truly need to watch out for in this world. I cannot wait to begin working on his 2012 campaign for President!!!
Sarah Palin delivered a great first impression and immediately had me convinced that she is the right pick for McCain. Not to mention the excitement of her being the first woman on the GOP ticket! Her views on the sanctity of life are outstanding and unwavering. My eyes filled with tears when I heard her story of her youngest son. Praise God for someone who is not afraid to be bold and stand up to the wrong's of this world. We all need to get on board to make this happen. Yes, the Obama campaign thinks that this is a wrong choice for McCain. But Palin has executive experience. She has substance to bring to the table. She has implemented change. Barack can only use the word "change." Okay America, it's time to get busy and not allow the Democratic party, the Obamaonites, take over this country and turn it into utter destruction. Go to http://www.johnmccain.com/ and get busy!!!!!
Below is Gov. Palin's speech from yesterday's appearance in Dayton, Ohio.
Governor Sarah Palin delivered the following remarks after John McCain announced that she was joining the ticket as the nominee for Vice President.
Governor Sarah Palin: "And I thank you, Senator McCain and Mrs. McCain, for the confidence that you have placed in me. Senator, I am honored to be chosen as your running mate. I will be honored to serve next to the next president of the United States.
"I know that when Senator McCain gave me this opportunity, he had a short list of highly qualified men and women, and to have made that list at all -- it was a privilege. And to have been chosen brings a great challenge. I know that it will demand the best that I have to give, and I promise nothing less.
"First, there are a few people whom I would like you to meet. I want to start with my husband, Todd. And Todd and I are actually celebrating our 20th anniversary today, and I promised him a little surprise for the anniversary present, and hopefully he knows that I did deliver.
"And then we have as -- after my husband, who is a lifelong commercial fisherman, lifetime Alaskan -- he's a production operator. Todd is a production operator in the oil fields up on Alaska's North Slope, and he's a proud member of the United Steelworkers Union, and he's a world champion snow machine racer. Todd and I met way back in high school, and I can tell you that he is still the man that I admire most in this world.
"Along the way, Todd and I have shared many blessings, and four out of five of them are here with us today. Our oldest son, Track, though, he'll be following the presidential campaign from afar. On September 11th of last year, our son enlisted in the United States Army. Track now serves in an infantry brigade. And on September 11th, Track will deploy to Iraq in the service of his country. And Todd and I are so proud of him and of all the fine men and women serving the country in uniform.
"Next to Todd is our daughter Bristol; another daughter, Willow; our youngest daughter, Piper; and over in their arms is our son Trig, a beautiful baby boy. He was born just in April. His name is Trig Paxson Van Palin.
"Some of life's greatest opportunities come unexpectedly, and this is certainly the case today. I never really set out to be involved in public affairs, much less to run for this office. My mom and dad both worked at the local elementary school. And my husband and I, we both grew up working with our hands.
"I was just your average 'hockey mom' in Alaska. We were busy raising our kids. I was serving as the team mom and coaching some basketball on the side. I got involved in the PTA and then was elected to the city council and then elected mayor of my hometown, where my agenda was to stop wasteful spending and cut property taxes and put the people first.
"I was then appointed ethics commissioner and chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and when I found corruption there, I fought it hard and I held the offenders to account. Along with fellow reformers in the great state of Alaska, as governor, I've stood up to the old politics as usual, to the special interests, to the lobbyists, the Big Oil companies and the 'good old boy' network.
"When oil and gas prices went up so dramatically and the state revenues followed with that increase, I sent a large share of that revenue directly back to the people of Alaska -- and we are now -- we're now embarking on a $40 billion natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.
"I signed major ethics reforms, and I appointed both Democrats and independents to serve in my administration. And I've championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. In fact, I told Congress thanks, but no thanks, on that "Bridge to Nowhere." If our state wanted a bridge, I said, we'd build it ourselves.
"Well, it's always, though, safer in politics to avoid risk, to just kind of go along with the status quo. But I didn't get into government to do the safe and easy things. A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not why the ship is built. Politics isn't just a game of competing interests and clashing parties. The people of America expect us to seek public office and to serve for the right reasons. And the right reason is to challenge the status quo and to serve the common good.
"Now, no one expects us to agree on everything, whether in Juneau or in Washington. But we are expected to govern with integrity and good will and clear convictions and a servant's heart.
"Now, no leader in America has shown these qualities so clearly or presents so clear a threat to business as usual in Washington as Senator John S. McCain. This -- this is a moment when principles and political independence matter a lot more than just the party line. And this is a man who has always been there to serve his country, not just his party.
"And this is a moment that requires resolve and toughness and strength of heart in the American president. And my running mate is a man who has shown those qualities in the darkest of places and in the service of his country. A colleague once said about Senator McCain: That man did things for this country that few people could go through; never forget that. And that speaker was former Senator John Glenn of Ohio. And John Glenn knows something about heroism.
"And I'm going to make sure nobody does forget that in his campaign. There is only one candidate who has truly fought for America, and that man is John McCain.
"This is a moment -- this is a moment when great causes can be won and great threats overcome, depending on the judgment of our next president. In a dangerous world, it is John McCain who will lead America's friends and allies in preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
"It was John McCain who cautioned long ago about the harm that Russian aggression could do to Georgia and to other small Democratic neighbors and to the world oil markets.
"It was Senator McCain who refused to hedge his support for our troops in Iraq, regardless of the political costs. And you know what? As the mother of one of those troops and as the commander of Alaska's National Guard, that's the kind of man I want as our commander in chief.
"Profiles in courage, they can be hard to come by these days. You know, so often we just find them in books. But next week when we nominate John McCain for president, we're putting one on the ballot!
"To serve as vice president beside such a man would be the privilege of a lifetime, and it's fitting that this trust has been given to me 88 years almost to the day after the women of America first gained the right to vote.
"I think as well today of two other women who came before me in national elections. I can't begin this great effort without honoring the achievements of Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, and, of course, Senator Hillary Clinton, who showed such determination and grace in her presidential campaign.
"It was rightly noted in Denver this week that Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America. But it turns out the women of America aren't finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.
"So for my part, the mission is clear. The next 67 days I'm going to take our campaign to every part of our country and our message of reform to every voter of every background, in every political party, or no party at all. If you want change in Washington, if you hope for a better America, then we're asking for your vote on the 4th of November.
"My fellow Americans, come join our cause. Join our cause and help our country to elect a great man the next president of the United States. And I thank you, and I -- God bless you, I say, and God bless America. Thank you."
Friday, August 29, 2008
A Message From Mike Huckabee
by Mike Huckabee
Dear HuckPAC family:You guys have been incredible in your faithful support, prayers, and efforts throughout the campaign and beyond it. Janet and I feel like the most blessed people on earth to have been able to be part of the growing community of people across America who believe in vertical politics. I know that many of you have hoped and prayed that I would be selected as John McCain’s running mate.
I am certainly moved by your support and confidence, but instead of you hearing a bunch of total nonsense from the media, I want to share exclusively with you what is up.There are reports that I’m on my way to Dayton tonight. Not true. Wasn’t invited to be there and any reports that I’m going to be there are a big surprise to me. I have never been contacted by the McCain campaign at any point about the VP slot. I have never been asked for any information, background, etc., so as I have said repeatedly in interviews, I didn’t consider myself to be under any consideration.
I think people thought I was being coy and just not talking, but I have built my political life on trying to shoot straight and tell it as it is and as I see it. I have been honest in telling you that I had no reason to believe I was ever seriously considered or “vetted” for the ticket. That’s why I have continued with HuckPAC because I have felt that we (me and you) shouldn’t give up, but rather gear up and help good pro-life, conservative people to office across the nation.Our efforts are just getting started.
Like you, I will await news of who Senator McCain selects. I hope it will be a person with a solid record and solid convictions on the foundation issues that bring many of us to the process. I’m taking this unusual step to communicate so it will come from me and not from some of the ridiculous things being said on TV and websites tonight.
With deep appreciation,
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
A Message From the Governor
by Mike Huckabee
The Democrats are beginning to arrive in Denver for the coronation, er uh, NOMINATION, of Barak Obama. In the past few weeks, some of the shine and glitter has begun to disappear as he stumbled badly trying to escape his own record on fundamental issues like the sanctity of life. His non-answer to Rick Warren in the Saddleback Forum was more revealing for what he didn’t say than what he said. He did what many far left liberals do when it comes time to discuss the life issue—he changed the topic. He said that answers to such questions either scientifically or theologically were “above his pay grade.”
Mr. Obama, most people earning far below YOUR pay grade know enough science to realize that when 23 chromosomes from a female and 23 from a male unite in the moment of conception, a life containing 46 unique chromosomes is created. For all the talk from liberals as to how they follow science and therefore end up with their positions on global warming and evolution, they seem to claim utter ignorance of one of science’s irrefutable facts---what kind of life is created at conception.
Here’s the clear “science:”
When the male sperm and female egg join, a new and unique life form is created. At conception. Not at birth or viability, or when a lawyer says so. At conception this happens. John McCain got it right; Obama pled less scientific knowledge than a 5th grader.
This life is either human or something else. Science irrefutably would declare that the life which is starting from that moment is human. It’s not a stalk of broccoli, it’s not a parrot, squirrel, or dolphin. It will never become a tree—it can only become a human. It has the entire DNA schedule that it will have for the rest of its life right then. In days it will begin to take on increasingly observable human characteristics and form, but at conception, it is biologically human.
If this life is human, then the only issue left is whether this human life falls under the notion that it has a fundamental right of existence or not. If not, it is because we as a culture have decided that some human lives are simply not worth living. If we can decide that about an innocent and unborn baby, we can also decide it on the basis of less absolute criteria than that. If we make that choice (and this is all about “CHOICE,” isn’t it?) then someone may decide that a terminally ill person is not a life worth living. Maybe a severely disabled child is a life not worth living; what about a person with a limited IQ? Say that’s absurd—that an educated and enlightened society would never be so audacious as to begin to terminate life based on such arbitrary excuses? Maybe you haven’t studied Nazi Germany, in which the murder of six million Jews was justified because of their religion and millions of others were murdered because of their politics. Germany was not a primitive, superstitious culture. It was one filled with the intelligentsia and enlightened.
This is an important issue. It’s why we can’t trust Obama with America’s future because he’s not even sure which Americans are worth saving and which ones aren’t. And it’s why that for many of us, McCain’s selection of a running mate really does matter. Because John McCain clearly is pro life, I will support and vote for him because Obama is not an option for me as a pro life person. I will be disappointed if McCain doesn’t pick a true pro life person and realize that should that happen, he will lose many of the very people who supported me. I cannot expect all of you to vote for McCain if he chooses someone whose record isn’t pro life. It will be a less than perfect decision for all of us---our only real choices are McCain and Obama; one will protect life and one won’t. Some will argue for a 3rd party candidate and I respect that, but in political realities, that is essentially a vote for Obama and I can’t go there.
I want lower taxes, less government, more local control, less spending, greater accountability for tax dollars, a strong national defense, and less government regulation. But above all, I want a government who respects life—mine, yours, and that of people I don’t know and even those I don’t like. A government that decides that an unborn baby isn’t worth anything may one day decide that about me. Or you.
This election shouldn't be about taxes. It ought to be about life.
I'd love to hear your thoughts.
This week has really sickened me even more when it comes to the Obama campaign. The man is so arrogant and loves to throw the punches out to others, but can't seem to handle the heat when it comes his way. I cannot wait for this election to be over because it truly scares me and sickens me that a man would think of himself so highly and think he has no wrongs.
As I was watching Hannity & Colmes the other night, my opinion of Mr. Obama took another turn. They were discussing Obama and his support of infanticide. Whew! I was not only sickened by it but shed quite a few tears. The man voted to abort these babies as they were being born. A nurse, Jill, came on the show and stated how she sat in a soiled linen closet for 45 minutes or more and rocked a down syndrome baby that was suppose to be aborted, but lived. They threw the baby in their to die. Where is that child's right to life?? How can we allow someone who supports such an act to become our leader? Simply, we CANNOT. Who knows what we kind of country we would become with someone like him in charge.
Change......that's all we hear. But change WHAT?? Can you give me some specifics here Mr. Obama??? Change our rights? Change the amount of taxes we pay to higher amounts? Change the way we are allowed to raise our children? BE SPECIFIC in your answers please.
The thing that puzzles me the most is the fact that there are so many people mesmorized by this man. I just don't get it. And to be honest, I don't want to get it because I refuse to think on the level of someone who supports infanticide. He lied about it, the documents are there and if you visit http://www.hannity.coms/ you'll be able to read up on more of the situation.
We have work to do to continue to promoting Senator John McCain and getting the ONLY person qualified to be our Commander and Chief. If we elect Barack Obama, then we might as well sign our life away because "change" will definitely happen. And it won't be good.