Happy Birthday Jesus!

Men, imagine walking 80 miles.  Women, imagine being pregnant at nearly 9 months riding a donkey for 80 miles.  80 miles of hills, mountains, valleys, rocks, dirt…treacherous ground just to give a census in your hometown.  No mail person delivering a census form to complete, but actually walking to your hometown 80 miles away to complete a census.  Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth and had to travel to Bethlehem to give a census because that was their hometown.

 While Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to Jesus.  Jesus was not born in a warm, comfortable hospital room.  Nor was he born in the warmth of a room inside a home.  Jesus was born outside, in a barn, and placed in a manger.  Can you imagine walking 80 miles and then when it was time for your baby to be born, you couldn’t even find a room to have your baby?  He was to be born and placed in a manger.  God, who came to earth as a baby, wasn’t born in a palace where he had every right to be born.  After all, this was God in flesh and he could have been born anywhere he chose.  And he chose to be born in a barn. 

“And then there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you:  You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” 

“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”  Luke 2:8-20

As I get older, I become more aware of the true meaning of Christmas.  Although December 25th may not actually be Jesus’ real birthday, Christians take this day to celebrate his birth and the hope that him living on this earth brings to each of us.

  “….peace on earth to men on whom his favor rests.”  My prayer to whoever is reading this is that peace, the kind of peace that only our Heavenly Father can provide, be with you.  And if you are reading this and don’t have a personal relationship with Christ, may I suggest that you seek out this Father and Son, who I have asked to enter my life and who has provided a peace in my heart that I could never have been given otherwise.  I don’t mean to sound “preachy”.  That isn’t my point.  I want you to have the most awesome Christmas gift ever.  The gift of eternal life.  As a Christian, the only way I believe anyone can achieve that is by asking Jesus to be their Savior.  It’s quite simple when you think about what all you will receive. Just pray that Jesus will enter your life and ask for forgiveness.  It’s an amazing and overwhelming moment.  It’s your choice and one I think you will never regret. 

May God bless each and every one of you this Christmas season.

Happy Birthday Jesus!

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I wouldn’t vote if my life depended on it!

This evening I was making calls to encourage people who live in my district in KY to vote for Kim King as our next State Representative. I met Kim last year on the bus that I rode in to Washington, D.C. for the March on Washington rally. She is one of the most amazing women I’ve met. What makes her so amazing? She’s a Christian who walks the walk and doesn’t just talk the talk. She has a glow and a twinkle in her eye that makes you realize this woman is a truly, authentic, honest-to-the-bone woman! And she is a Conservative woman running for office because she wants to make a difference in our state’s political well-being. She doesn’t seek the recognition that goes along with holding a political office. She seeks to be used by God in a way that will glorify Him. I couldn’t help but jump on her team and become her County Coordinator. Let me add that I live in a highly-populated Democrat county. Conservative Democrats, but Democrats nonetheless. It’s a very good-ole-boy county but we’ve made a lot of headway because Kim talks to people and tells them exactly what she is going to do when elected.

Back to this evening. I made a call and asked to speak with a lady and after introducing myself and letting her know that I’m a volunteer for the Kim King for State Representative campaign, she interrupted and said very firmly, “I wouldn’t vote if my life depended on it!” and hung up. A part of me was hoping she was kidding but unfortunately I got the impression she was serious. And that makes me sad.

Did our forefathers fight and die so we can have the right to vote? Didn’t women have to work especially hard for that right to vote? Isn’t the very topic of voting mentioned in 4 of our Constitutional Amendments? It’s our right to vote and if someone chooses not to vote, they are making a decision to let others decide how our country should be run. But to say they wouldn’t vote if their life depended on it made me concerned. Who is to say that one day we may have a government that decides we won’t have the right to vote anymore? Who is to say that one day we may wake up to see our Constitution burned to ashes as our American flag is allowed to be desecrated? As Ronald Reagan once said, “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” With freedom comes responsibility. We are responsible to vote for our elected officials who make decisions that will not only impact our lives, but the lives of future generations. If we leave our vote up to our next door neighbor, how can we guarantee they did their research and knew what the candidate they are voting for will vote for when in office? We must be responsible in knowing the politicians that we are voting for and make the decision to vote for the candidates that best represent our values. When we take for granted the freedoms we have been given through the small document called our U.S. Constitution, we can only be guaranteed of one thing. Those rights can be taken away much easier than they were given to us. Yes, we have a responsibility. Tomorrow on November 2nd, we have a responsibility to vote. I hope you take advantage of that right because one day your life may depend on the vote you choose to make.

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Paul supporters go a little too far

The last week leading up to the election has not been very quiet around here in Kentucky.  On Monday evening, Rand Paul and Jack Conway, candidates for U.S. Senate, were scheduled to debate in Lexington with KET.  We weren’t sure if Paul was even going to debate Conway until Friday afternoon because of a recent ad Conway ran regarding the “AquaBuddha” event that allegedly occurred nearly 30 years ago while Paul was in college. 

So, the debate was on and everything was good to go.  Until a moveon.org activist decided to try to embarrass Paul with a fake award and have her picture taken with him.   Below are two videos.  The top video shows what happened prior to the assault and you will see where she approaches the SUV that Paul is riding in and is pushed away by a man in a suit.  The second video shows what happens next.

Mike Pezzano, a man I have personally had a run-in with, is shown pushing the woman down to the ground and holding her arm behind her where she is completely defenseless while Tim Profitt, a (former) Rand Paul County Coordinator steps/stomps on the woman’s neck.  Tim has since been charged and there are possible charges against others. 

I am a TEA Party activist.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many people from within the TEA Party organization that I have become friends with and more than likely would have never met them had it not been for this movement.  However, I absolutely DO NOT CONDONE any violent behavior REGARDLESS of the organization that someone happens to belong to.  Thank God for our First Amendment or else none of us would be allowed to speak our mind or protest against our dislikes.  There is no excuse for either of these two men to treat this woman in such a manner.  Police officers were at this event and I believe that they were very capable of handling a situation if they felt that Rand Paul or anyone else were in any real, serious danger of being harmed. 

I was not at this event but have read blogs and commentary from people who were there and based on my own personal experience with *some* Rand Paul supporters, the only thing I am surprised about is that this did not happen sooner.  Prior to the May Primary, there were verbal attacks, physical threats, and downright hateful comments made against anyone who did not show support towards Rand Paul.  Rather than having a civil discussion and trying to have an open mind as to why someone felt the way they did, we were called names and threatened.  It almost was as if we were arguing with people from the other side, even though we were on  the same side.  These were people that we had joined together with during TEA Party events.

My thoughts and prayers are with this woman.  Do I support her agenda of moveon.org and other liberal greenie associations???  Ummm….NO!!!  I don’t.  But that certainly doesn’t mean that she deserved to be thrown to the ground by a grown man and then further attacked by another grown man.  I hope this is a lesson to ALL supporters of candidates.  Let the police officers who have been trained to handle these types of incidents……handle these types of incidents.  Wave your signs, wear your t-shirts and hats, clap your hands but don’t attack someone.  Not only will you be charged with assault, you will likely hurt the candidate in which you support.  And for Pete’s sake guys, don’t assault women or anyone for that matter!!!   

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Hate Speech May Not Apply During Military Funerals

The Supreme Court began the new session this week hearing testimony from one of the most highly controversial issues in the past several years:  Westboro Church’s “Christian” antics of protesting at military funerals.  Albert Snyder sued the parishioners of Westboro Church when they protested his son’s funeral.  He wanted to give his son a proper, private burial and felt with the protesting taking place, it made that nearly “impossible”. 

Let me say before I continue that I am a Christian.  I do not believe that anyone who comes from a Christian church protesting at funerals, military or otherwise, are true Christians.  As Christians, we are called to make disciples of all nations and the way these people are behaving not only cause people who may possibly look at them as ways that Christians typically react and refuse to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior based on the actions they are showing at these funerals, but also offends Christians like myself.  No one living on this Earth today knows exactly why there is so much suffering in the world.  We can only speculate.  But those who attend Westboro Church believe that God is punishing the U.S. for accepting the homosexual lifestyle and allowing gay men and women in our military.  That is the most absurd speculation I’ve ever heard.

Back to the Supreme Court.  Westboro Church believes that it’s their First Amendment right to protest at military funerals.  I believe in our Constitution.  It’s the foundation to what makes the U.S.A. such a great nation.  We have rights and freedoms based on this document.  Freedoms that the very people who are being buried have died for and members of Westboro Church are protesting.  I don’t know if the Supreme Court considers the church members actions as being hate speech, but I certainly do and so do many people who I have talked to about this.  Who in their right mind would protest at a funeral holding signs that say, “God Hates Fags” or “Thank God For Dead Soldiers” if there wasn’t hate in their heart.  An issue that the Supreme Court seems to have is that Mr. Snyder’s son or Mr. Snyder’s family wasn’t singled out during the protest, but Mr. Snyder’s son, Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder was singled out in a web post on Westboro Church’s website.  Justice Scalia made a comment that the web posting had nothing to do with the funeral.  The actual protest itself was a protest in generality.  They didn’t hold a sign that said “Thank God Mr. Snyder’s Son Is Dead”.  It’s my opinion that those from Westboro Church are clearly taking part in hate speech.  Isn’t it only right that when hate speech is made during a private forum, even if it’s on public property, that those who are participating in hate speech should be prosecuted for spewing hate?  Isn’t this what members of Westboro Church are doing?  Spewing hate?  

At the time I’m writing this blog, it appears that the Supreme Court will side with Westboro Church even though a couple of Justices seem to be siding with Mr. Snyder. A decision will most likely not be made until next year.   Until then, I suppose Westboro Church “Christians” will continue protesting at funerals of those who have died so they can be free to protest.

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Conservatives Must GOTV

This past weekend and several days last week, I’ve spent time going door-to-door campaigning for Kim King who is running for State Representative in Kentucky for the 55th District which is Anderson, Mercer and part of Spencer Counties.  It’s no secret the town I live in is a Democrat community, however most are conservative.  I spent time speaking with a lady who said she is voting out any incumbent.  That’s good for our district since many of them are Democrats.

What I’m finding though is that very few are willing to get out the vote.  What do I mean by that?  I’m talking about volunteering.  Going door-to-door, making calls, helping with a campaign.  Some will tell you they are voting for your candidate but refuse to put a yard sign in their yard for fear of offending their neighbor.

Let’s face it, fear of offending our neighbor is what got our country in the mess it’s in today.  For too long, we’ve let other people do the work and sat back in our easy chair watching the evening news.  Now, I’m not saying to go to your neighbor’s house and start an argument, but come on.  What a great way to start a conversation…by having a yard sign in your front yard.  This allows you the opportunity to talk with your neighbor and let them know why you support the candidate you do.  You could even convince your neighbor to vote for your candidate, too.

We can’t sit it out, take it easy, and let others do the grunt work.  We have too much at stake.  If you aren’t comfortable going door-to-door, how about making calls or stuffing envelopes?  These are things you can do from your own home.  Scripts are provided to make calls and all the materials you need to stuff envelopes are available as well.   Even putting yard signs in your yard and window clings are great ways to GOTV. 

When my teenage daughter asks why I get up early on a Saturday morning, I tell her it’s because of her future.  I want her to know the country the way that I have known it.  I’m already seeing the effects of a country spinning out of control and if we don’t put the reigns on spending now, who knows how it will be when she is my age?  It’s not just spending.  It’s blatant violations of our Constitution.  Disrespect of our military.  I can’t imagine how the U.S.A. will be in 20 years.  I don’t want to imagine it.  I want to do something about it now.  I want my voice to be heard.  I want my actions to speak for themselves.  I want to tell people why Kim King is the best Representative of our District for Kentucky.  I want people to know that this state and this country is better than what we’ve allowed our politicians to make it.  It’s time to make a difference, but we can’t do it in our Lazy Boy. 

I challenge those reading this blog to help your candidate Get Out The Vote.  Contact your local Republican Party Headquarters to find out what you can do or contact the candidate you want to support and let him/her know you want to volunteer and ask what you can do. 

We have 4 weeks until Election Day.  What are you going to do to make a difference?  Remember, you can make a difference!

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Making some changes

I love my country.  I love writing.  One of the reasons I started this blog was to have a place to put my thoughts instead of screaming at the tv or throwing my remote across the room. 

In 2008, when McCain was selected as the GOP Presidential candidate, I was furious!  There were others that I felt were more conservative and just as qualified.  When he chose Sarah Palin, I decided to put as much effort as I could to support the McCain/Palin ticket, but it was for Sarah.  I started watching our country like never before.  Bush started the bailouts and I was shocked! 

When the TEA Party movement and 9/12 Project began to form, I quickly took notice.  I, too, felt angry and confused.  How could this country that I love so much become so unfamiliar?  How could citizens elect a President who was clearly anti-American in who he associated himself with?  How could someone take our country down a path of no return with fiscal irresponsibility and lack of leadership?  I felt the need to do something, anything. 

I joined the local 9/12 Project.  9/12 We Surround Them.  I researched TEA Parties that were going to be held in my area on April 15, 2009 and contacted the organizer to see if he needed any help.  He asked:  “would you be interested in speaking?”  That was my first TEA Party speech and I’ve given several others since then. 

On September 12, 2009 I shared the Capitol sidewalk with thousands and thousands of other 9/12er’s as we “Marched on Washington”.  It will be an experience I will never forget!  We rode a bus with dozens of other faithful Americans and shared our thoughts on what was happening to our country and how we were all going to save it together!

For the last several months, I’ve prayed the same prayer everyday.  “God, show me what you want me to do.  Use me.  Let me see what you have created me to be and give me the courage to do the work that I need to do to fulfill your purpose for my life.”

I don’t know if being a political activist is in the plans that God has for me at this time.  I’m still interested in politics and speaking but I’m finding more and more that I’m being pulled away from the headlines and more toward my family.  I feel the need to give more to my community.  Is this the Holy Spirit speaking to me? 

I’m resigning as the State Coordinator for Smart Girl Politics.  That organization has a very special place in my heart, unfortunately the best person for the job is not me.  Not now.  I’ll be helping my husband with the Lawrenceburg 9/12 Project group.  And I’ll be writing blogs. 

As far as TEA Parties, I still support them and will speak at them when asked or help out if needed. 

Right now, though, I’m ready to just be me.  Do things in my time.  Take a break.  And follow God.  Let Him lead me where he may and may I have the courage to walk through the doors He opens for me.

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Obama supports live birth abortion

I came across this video today.  I’m surprised I didn’t see this earlier especially since it was posted in 2008.  Maybe I heard about it and thought I’d check it out later.  Who knows?  At any rate, I’m not surprised.  Obama also supports partial birth abortion. 

I have several liberal friends.  What I’d like them to answer for me is how can someone support a baby being born ALIVE and then murdered and it be called abortion.  What I want the Supreme Court to answer is why this is allowed in the first place?  I’ll never get the answer from the Supreme Court so I’m counting on my liberal friends to answer.  But maybe they won’t either since I’m sure they don’t read my blog. 

BHO voted ‘Present’ more times than an up or down vote.  Yet he voted 3 times in support of partial birth abortion.  T-H-R-E-E times!!!  Some argue that he may not have understood the wording of the bill.  If this man can’t understand the difference between someone being born alive and killed vs. a regular abortion, then God help us all as he is now our President. 

*warning-this video is not graphic but it is heartbreaking.  Pictures on side of You Tube are graphic.*

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Public skepticism is high…yup!

“We live at a time when public skepticism about the institutions in our country is very high,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., the ethics committee chair.

Rep. Lofgren made that comment during the Charles Rangel ethics hearing.  What I would like to ask Rep. Lofgren is “why shouldn’t we be skeptical?”  After all, we weren’t skeptical enough in years past.   Now our country is nearly bankrupt, a million homes will be foreclosed this year according to a recent report I read, and in another report, people are giving up on finding jobs.  Rep. Lofgren, if we had been more skeptical in the past, we would not have gone through bailout after bailout, banks would hold people more accountable to repaying their loans, and our unemployment wouldn’t be wavering in the 10% range on a national basis.  We gave our government the benefit of the doubt in the past.  We will no longer do that.  We will not be silent any longer. 

We must start holding our elected officials responsible and accountable.  Charles Rangel may think it’s “unAmerican” to resign from his position, but I think it’s unAmerican if he is not fired and prosecuted for the charges that he is currently facing.  Read the charges here.

Does Rangel have no conscience?  I mean this man was a member of the Joint Committee on Taxation for crying out loud.  Not only that, he was a Ranking Minority Member of the Ways and Means Committee.  While he was telling you and me why our taxes needed to be raised, he wasn’t paying taxes at all!  He said this was all “an honest mistake”.  Did you forget that you owned property that you weren’t paying taxes on, Mr. Rangel?  Charlie’s committees that he was a member of were responsible, among other things, for investigating the administration of internal revenue taxes.  I guess he “forgot” about that part of his job, too.   Or maybe he thought he was above everyone else. 

I’m going to be watching this closely.  Come September, we will all know the fate of Mr. Rangel.  And I say, “Good Riddance”.  Let this be a warning to all Republicans and Democrats and Independents in office.  Don’t play this, “do as I say, not as I do” with the American people.  If you do not hold yourselves accountable to the laws of this great nation, then We The People will and you will be sent packing either back to your home state or to your very own personal prison cell.

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I knew I would miss a big announcement!

When my hubby and I decided to go on vacation, we both said we would leave our laptops at home.  We both knew that if we took them with us, we really wouldn’t have a vacation because we’d be sitting on the couch in our cottage reading blogs, checking out Facebook, and other computer things.

I had a feeling I’d miss something big.  And I did.  I came across an article on CNN’s website today and noticed that on July 13th, the day we left for vacation, Rand Paul’s campaign announced that David Adams was stepping down to focus on the Gubernatorial race in Kentucky. 

Even though I’m not a supporter of Rand Paul, I like David Adams.  I thought he did a great job as Paul’s campaign manager.  If you follow David on Twitter or are friends with him on Facebook, you know that man was always somewhere.  I don’t  know when he slept.  One hour he’s in one county and the next hour he’s on his way to the other side of the state.  That’s how it was the entire time he was the campaign manager.  He definitely earned the money he made working for Paul.

David, if you read this, just know that I wish you the very best of luck in your next position.  Whoever hires you to run their campaign will be hiring someone who runs like the energizer bunny.  I don’t know how you do it but from what I saw, you did your job very well.

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TEA Party Caucus. Hmmm…

I love Michelle Bachmann.  I would love to have her as my Representative.  But I’m still on the fence with the TEA Party Caucus that she created.  How she and other Representatives deal with the TEA Party movement and activists will determine my support of the caucus.  The breakdown will occur if she or others start to see themselves as the ‘leaders’ of the TEA Party.

Ms. Bachmann has said very positive things about the caucus and as long as she remains true to listening to those who are active in the TEA Party movement, to allow us to have a voice in Washington, D.C. through the TEA Party Caucus members who will share our suggestions, then I support them wholeheartedly.  I’m willing to wait to see how this caucus handles the pressure of being associated with those of us who have been labeled as racist, extremist, and violent.  

Good luck Ms. Bachmann! 

So let me know your thoughts.

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