Posted in Politics

From One Millennial to Another

If you voted for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election earlier this month, it’s ok to be sad. Sadness is a natural response when your team loses and something you really want to happen doesn’t.

While I am thrilled that Mrs. Clinton was not elected, I remember how I felt when Barack Obama won (twice) and I understand what you are going through.

What I don’t understand is the protests.

One of the great things about the United States is that every four years we choose who will be our leader. Then, no matter whose side won, we peacefully transfer authority to that person. I don’t think y’all fully appreciate how amazing that is. Do you realize how many people live in countries where the elections (if they have them) are just shams? Do you know how many civil wars start because the “wrong” side gained power?

But in America, we still respect the Constitution our Founding Fathers created. We still respect the rule of law in our nation. We still respect the office of the president.

We do not act like whiney brats. We do not force others to coddle our emotions.

Like it or not, Donald Trump is our president-elect and barring some unforeseen event, he will take office in January. He will be neither as good as his supporters hope, nor as bad as his detractors fear.

Finally, if you want to play with play dough, please do. I am a big fan of play dough and keep a canister in my nightstand. Yeah, it’s fun to make stuff with, but it is also a great stress reliever. Conservative or liberal, young or old, happy or sad, don’t let anyone shame you over play dough.

 

Posted in Government, Historic Figures, Politics, Quotes

Quote of the Week #17: Ronald Reagan on Church and State

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. When our Founding Fathers passed the First Amendment, they sought to protect churches from government interference. They never intended to construct a wall of hostility between government and the concept of religious belief itself. … To those who cite the First Amendment as reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions every day, I say: The First Amendment of the Constitution was not written to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was written to protect religious values from government tyranny.”  

“The frustrating thing is that those who are attacking religion claim they are doing it in the name of tolerance, freedom and openmindedness. Question: Isn’t the real truth that they are intolerant of religion?

“Our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they’re sinners can bring democracy the tolerance it requires to survive”  

“If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under.”  

“I believe with all my heart that standing up for America means standing up for the God who has so blessed our land. We need God’s help to guide our nation through stormy seas. But we can’t expect Him to protect America in a crisis if we just leave Him over on the shelf in our day-to-day living.”

 

Posted in Government, Historic Figures, Politics, Quotes

Quote of the Week #16: Ronald Reagan on Freedom

Happy Fourth of July! The United States is celebrating her 240th birthday. To celebrate I’m posting quotes from one of our greatest presidents: Ronald Reagan. His words of wisdom can and have filled books. But today I am limiting my post to eight.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”  

“Our natural, inalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation from government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.”  

“It is up to us in our time to choose, and choose wisely, between the hard but necessary task of preserving peace and freedom, and the temptation to ignore our duty and blindly hope for the best while the enemies of freedom grow stronger day by day.”  

“Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.”  

“I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.”  

“Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.”

“Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.”  

“We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we will always be free.”  

Posted in My Life, Politics

My Encounter with Ted Cruz

Donald Trump says that Ted Cruz is a nasty guy. I disagree and I have a story to prove it.

I have heard Ted Cruz speak on multiple occasions. The first time was when I interned in D.C. I decided then that if Cruz ever ran for president, I would support him. The last time was when he made a campaign stop in my small town. I was apart of the overflow crowd outside of the restaurant.

When he finished the Q&A time, everyone lined up on either side of the door and made a path to his bus. Cruz slowly made his way through the path greeting voters on both sides. Finally he came to me.

He looked me right in the eye.

And reached out his hand. I did the same.

Suddenly a man in a green shirt jumped from behind me and grabbed the Senator’s hand.

While Cruz kindly greeted the man he grasped my hand in his left hand for a second. It was an incredibly awkward second for me. I didn’t know what to do with myself.

Another voter came up to get Cruz’s autograph. He was successful.

Then, to my surprise, Ted Cruz turned back to me. He looked me directly in the eye and shook my hand.

He didn’t have to do that. With everyone crowding around him, I would have understood if he moved on. His presence of mind impressed me. Maybe he thought the left-handed shake was awkward too.

In that moment, I didn’t feel like a member of a crowd waiting to greet the man I hope to call president. I felt valued as an individual.