Washington, D.C., Here I Come

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tomorrow night I head to our nation's capital. My students, upon learning that I would be going to Washington, D.C., asked a few questions. One said, "Will you see Barack Obama?!" Another said, "Will you get to go to any museums? In one of them, you can see blood on Lincoln's pillow!" And here's my favorite question from a student when he learned I was traveling to D.C. to attend CPAC--Conservative Political Action Conference, the largest conservative political conference in the nation: Will John McCain and Sarah Palin be there?!" Now there's a young man who's thinking! Actually, John McCain did attend last year, and Sarah Palin was expected to attend this year, but some pressing issues in Alaska will prevent her from making it to CPAC. I must admit I am most disappointed by that, for she was the reason I registered in the first place. To be able to hear her speak in person--someone I have the utmost respect for--would have been incredible, but about three weeks ago we learned that she just couldn't sacrifice the time from her state, and anyone who knows Sarah Palin knows she loves Alaska with all her heart and puts Alaskans first--yes, even before CPAC, in spite of the fact that political strategists believe that she ought to be at CPAC this week if she has future national office endeavors, namely a run for President of the United States.

Nonetheless, I am most excited to attend this year's CPAC. It will be my first time being at such a conference, and the line-up is amazing. Speakers will consist of the likes of Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Michael Steele, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and the list goes on and on. Fabulous! In addition, John Ziegler, the man who has been all over television in the last month after creating his documentary entitled, Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted, will be in attendance. In fact, I will be attending a premiere showing of the movie and a reception on Thursday night. Some of you may have seen him on "The View," "The Today Show," "Glenn Bleck," Bill O'Reilly's "The Factor," "CNN American Morning," and "Show Biz Tonight" to name a few. If you haven't seen the trailers, go to http://www.howobamagotelected.com/, and expect to be completely blown away as the calculated plan of the media to get Obama elected and to destroy Sarah Palin is exposed. In fact, I urge you to do what I did and go to the website and order your own D.V.D. Every person needs to see this. The most recent trailer I saw brought tears to my eyes--and I already knew the media was in the tank for Obama. Forget tears; those of you who have been clueless regarding the main stream media's agenda will get knocked out of your chairs. I intend to speak more on this at some point after I return from D.C. See the full list of CPAC speakers, seminars, and the entire agenda at http://www.cpac.org/, and you can also watch the three day proceedings (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) via webcast at http://www.afa.net/ or at www.Townhall.com, as well as a number of other websites, I'm sure.

I know that when I return from CPAC late Saturday night, I will return with new vigor and determination to stand for conservative values and to support conservative people who have a servant's heart. The time is now, and I thank God for the opportunity to be a part of it. It is my hope that many of you will join me.

God bless you all.


It's Not the Government's Job; It's Yours

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Unless this is your first time at Motivation:Truth, you know that I am a social and fiscal conservative who does not subscribe to the idea that government is the answer. I do not support huge stimulus packages and bailouts that put America deeper in debt, I do not believe in spreading the wealth, and I do not believe that raising taxes is an exercise in wisdom. On the contrary, I believe that lowering taxes, supporting small businesses, and allowing people to keep more of what they earn will help grow our economy.

"If government is not the answer, Adrienne," you might ask, "what is? People are hurting, businesses are failing, jobs have been lost. If it's not government's job to step in, whose job is it?" YOURS and MINE!

During the election campaign, Joe the Plumber took intense heat for asking Barack Obama a question that brought our president's socialist spread-the-wealth plan to the public's attention. When called on it, Obama attacked McCain as being selfish for not buying into that plan. He made comments like, "The next thing you know they'll find proof that when I was in school, I shared my peanut butter and jelly sandwich with my classmates!" He joked about it and tried to cast McCain and Palin in a bad light because they don't believe that people should be punished for success or have what they've earned snatched away from them. Obama's joke was cute and made uninformed people laugh, but Bill O'Reilly put it in proper perspective when he said, "No, Obama. If you chose to share your lunch, that's one thing, but if the teacher took your lunch and gave it to your classmates, that would be wrong." And this is the point. Government should never have the right to take from some to give to others. But this doesn't mean that there is no moral obligation to give.

It's the job and the joy of the CHURCH to show compassion to those in need. Make no mistake; there are people who are hurting right now. There is a spirit of despair that is running rampant as people contemplate what they will do to take care of their families and themselves. Some have even chosen to bail, committing suicide rather than staying in the fight. The truth is that God wants to be our provision. He wants to be our source. He wants us to know that Heaven is not bankrupt and does not need a bailout. Now, God could rain manna down from Heaven; He's done it before. But most likely God has another plan of provision.

The church is a place of compassion, support, and blessing. In the book of Acts, when the New Testament church was born, the people made a decision to share. Acts 4:32 says, "And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common." God expects us to work hard, to sweat, and to be productive. When we fall upon hard times, He has a church that has all things common with one another, that shares, that loves, that gives--with no strings attached. The church is God's plan, not the government. The kind of giving that goes on in the church is a giving that leaves no deficit for our children to climb out of, it leaves no one in debt, it leaves everyone richer than they were before. The Lord never intended for the government to be the church, but He does intend for us to be a part of the church. God's plan is perfect and infallible.

The psalmist in Psalm 37:25 says, "I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread." The Scriptures let us know that God is more than enough. Throughout Scripture we find that God takes care of those who are His. Even in famine, He knows how to feed His own. Are you His? If so, then look to Him and look to His plan to be all that you need. If not, what are you waiting for? Get in the river of God.

Without a doubt, the Lord cares about the poor and needy. There are seas of Scriptures to confirm that:

Proverbs 19:17: "He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done."

Proverbs 14:21:"...he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he."

Proverbs 14:31: He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

God's love for those in need is unquestionable, and He doesn't want the government to ride in on its dingy white horse with a flawed system that endangers His people. He expects His people, out of true righteousness, obedience, and love to step in--not because they're being made to, but simply because they want to. Choosing to give is the ultimate answer to the famous question What Would Jesus Do? Now, what will you do? The world is waiting on your answer.


Is Honesty a Bad Word in America?

Friday, February 20, 2009

Two days ago my former graduate school professor interviewed me for a book she's writing. I had not seen her for thirteen years, and it was great to get a chance to sit and talk with an educator who played a role in making me the educator I am today. The interview began by her asking me to describe myself. I opened up with some basic details: Christian, a woman, African-American, a teacher, a daughter, a friend, blah, blah, blah. She followed this up by asking me for character descriptions. The first thing I said at that point was, "I'm honest." I was surprised that she countered that comment with a question: "Why do you mention that?" I had not thought about why I had said it, but forced to think about it, I responded, "Because that's a quality that is so rare these days. With corruption running rampant, honesty is worth mentioning."

This was the only answer throughout our interview where I was asked why I answered a particular way, and if I had thought about it then, I might have asked her why she questioned my answer. Perhaps she asked because a time existed when honesty did not need to be mentioned because it was a given. You just expected that people were honest and forthright, and so nobody thought to say, "Hey, I'm honest." Nowadays, however, we live in a time where the opposite is true. People expect people to lie and be corrupt. It's commonplace to hear people say of politicians, "I don't trust any of them." And as sad as that is, people have indeed given us reason to doubt. And this goes beyond party lines. Corruption has been all too common among Democrats, Republicans, and every other Party and institution known to man. But now it seems to be a job requirement! What's frightening is how people can look right into the camera, say, "I didn't do it," quote some philosopher or Bible verse, and do it all over again the next time.

When Roland Burris was appointed by impeached Governor Rod Blagojevich to fill the Senate seat vacated by President Obama, I thought, Now, why in the world would he want anything to do with the controversy attached to that seat? I wouldn't have wanted to touch it with a ten foot pole, but I defended Burris when people tried to blast him as an opportunist. Now I've had to stick my tail between my legs because he's the center of controversy. He sounds glaringly like the governor who appointed him when he says, "I didn't do anything wrong." A day or two later it turns out he actually did attempt to raise money for Blago. What in the world?! Now people are calling for him to step down from his senate seat. The man just barely sat down in it! More importantly, they're talking about perjury charges. If he had just been honest and transparent to begin with...But that probably wouldn't have served his purpose or gotten him that seat he seemed to want more than anything.

Are there honest people out there who truly just want to serve people, instead of just being self-serving people?! America is asking that question. But the American people are part of the problem. Unless we change our approach, we won't have honest people running for public office. And America, from my observation, doesn't really want people of character in important positions. Not really. When those people show up ready to serve, we beat the snot out of them. The media blasts them for being too family-oriented, or too folksy, or too red-neck, or too Christian, or too pro-life, or whatever problem we have with people who just want to serve. So the truth of the matter is we don't foster a climate where those people who have a heart to make a difference and to serve would want to step up and offer themselves. We only have to look as far as the 2008 election campaign to know what we are capable of doing to people. And unless we change our attitude, we're going to find ourselves continuing down the road we're on now, a road fraught with tax cheats, pay-to-play masterminds, and excuses. Slam the door on the excuses PLEASE. The American people are growing increasingly sick of hearing, "I know he cheated on his taxes, but he's the best person for the job." Are you kidding me?! What kind of message is that? No, if you're a liar and a cheat, you're NOT the best person for the job! In addition, in these economically challenging times--this big bail-out, big-government program era--we are rewarding people who have not met their obligations while punishing those who have. Likewise, in our leadership, we reward those who have been dishonest while beating the life out of those who have shown themselves to be people of character and integrity. It's got to stop--for the sake of America, our children, and our legacy. It just has to stop.

We need honest, transparent, principled people in leadership positions of our cities, our states, and our nation. This needs to become the norm and not the exception that it's developed into. Otherwise, we will continue to find it necessary to say, "I'm honest," which is something that should go without saying.


Out of the Mouths of Babes

Monday, February 16, 2009

Children have a way of seeing the truth that we adults often cannot see. They express that truth with passion and conviction. The 12 year old seventh grade student had been warned that her topic was controversial and would cause her to be disqualified from contention, but she chose to carry on nonetheless. Her words were so powerful and presence so charismatic that the one judge who took offense stepped down, for even she knew that this young woman must be declared the winner.

If I'm ever blessed to raise a child, I pray that he or she will be bold enough to take a stand for what they believe, whether popular or not. These parents ought to be proud. May this young woman never "grow up."

This video shows her practicing for the speech. I don't know about you, but I needed tissues.

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Stimulus Bill Unread...What Else is New?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

It must be something to be able to say that people are engaged in political posturing whenever they disagree with you. It must really be to your advantage to say you've opened the door to bipartisanship because you've asked Republicans to sit down at the table to tell them--ever so briefly--what your new stimulus bill will entail. Then when they disagree with all the pork and pay-back to special interest groups, you simply answer, "Look, I won." Sounds like true bipartisanship to me! NOT! It must be quite the feeling to know that the media is so in love with you that they'll back you up as you sell them on the need to do "something"--anything--during these difficult times, to know they'll be in your corner no matter what because whenever you talk they admittedly get "chills running up and down their legs." Somehow your stuttering "ummmmm", "aannndddd," and "ahhhhhh," whenever you don't have a teleprompter feeding you what to say qualifies as eloquence to them, and it doesn't matter what you say, as long as you say it. Must feel warm and fuzzy--and safe, huh? These are dangerous times, folks. Thank God for Fox News, a bright light in these liberal media times.

As for this so-called stimulus bill, one major source of concern is the fact that no one has read it; they just voted for it! In fact, President Pelosi (You knew she was the president, didn't you?) and her intern (You figure out who that is.) didn't give them access to it to read it, and you better believe they knew what they were doing. Liberals may be many things, but stupid is not one of them. No, they're counting on you to be stupid so they won't have to be! You'll just vote "yes" because "we must do something." Worry about our children and our children's children paying back this trillion dollar debt? No way. We have to do something, anything. Notice the fact that the president has gone rather quickly from a message of hope to despair in his efforts to get the people to buy the bag of doodoo he's selling while he blames the Bush administration? Sure, he stays away from fear and despair--until it serves his purpose to invoke both. Yeah, but he's Barack Obama; it's okay. Hear his speech where he says he was handed this economic situation with a red bow wrapped around it? I heard it, and I yelled back, "You certainly didn't have to take it, sir. There's a large segment of our American population who would have been both understanding--and delighted--if you had backed out, admitting you just didn't have what it took to deal with the demands on the table. Isn't that what you're saying? While you make sure we all know that you didn't start this--covering your own tail--aren't you really saying, "I don't have a clue what I'm doing, so don't blame me"?

As for the fact that the Senate and the House did not get to read the bill before voting on it, why are we surprised? Many Americans didn't know the issues about the presidential candidates before voting on November 4th either. Why should now be any different? True, that information was available, but for many it wasn't necessary. Many had made up their minds who they would vote for when they first saw Obama. Howard Stern went around to African-Americans prior to Election Day and made a fool of Black people. Well, actually we made a fool of ourselves; he just brought it to the limelight. Just about all of them had no clue whatsoever about Barack Obama, what his position on the issues were, and what he stood for. They told Stern Obama was pro-life, supported the war, and that Sarah Palin was his running mate! (Some of you reading this now are still saying, "Well, isn't that true?!) They didn't have a single clue about substantive issues. But they knew he was Black! That's how we roll, isn't it?

Well, as our new president can't seem to get his cabinet picks straight (how embarrassing), we'll find out soon if the color of his skin is enough to get the job done, won't we?


Happy Birthday, Sarah Palin--45 Years Old/Our 45th President?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Thousands upon thousands of people all over the United States are hoping, praying, and mobilizing to make sure that Sarah Palin, who turned 45 years old today, will become the 45th President of the United States. This woman, who has been called "Ronald Reagan in a skirt," is a true conservative, which of course is not popular among non-conservatives. Liberals have a hard enough time with men conservatives, but they clearly have no tolerance for conservative women. Liberal women generally revere strong, self-possessed, and ambitious women--unless they're God-fearing, pro-life, fiscally responsible women. It's true--and you know it. A major source of Palin-bashing is women, some even having the nerve to say she's not really a woman! They pretend to believe that whatever men can do women can do also, but they don't really mean it. They only want women who agree with their agenda, support their obsessive need to disparage men, and believe in a woman's right to choose over an infant's right to life. If you don't fit that bill, they want you silenced--permanently--and they have proven that they'll stop at nothing to make that happen. The hypocrisy is scary. If you are a mother who loves her children--yes, including a special-needs child, another child who has proven to be human, fallible, and therefore prone to making mistakes, and another who proudly enlisted in the military to serve his country, you're not woman enough. If you love your husband and appear to have a strong marriage where the two of you are clearly a team, you're not woman enough.

But today, on her birthday, I honor Sarah Palin on behalf of the women out there who are believers of strong marriages and strong women, who know the two are not mutually exclusive.

Governor Palin, today I say "Happy Birthday" and "Thank you" for standing up for the values that are so vital to this nation. Thank you for taking the heat from the haters because you were willing to speak the truth. You were given the charge of speaking boldly on your opponents' associations, massive and mistaken spread-the-wealth plan, and total disregard for human life. You endured more heat after the election while the McCain camp was content to let you be beaten from post to pillar. You took that charge and ran with it, glanced back and saw a multitude of people who are today still saying, "Run, Sarah, run!" And you know what we're talking about! So do they; that's why they're still trying to destroy you.

Ms. Palin, yes, "Ronald Reagan in a skirt," is a title that fits you well--the Ronald Reagan who also had a birthday just a few days ago, the Ronald Reagan who is considered by many, if not most, Republican conservatives to be the greatest president this nation has ever seen. You both sent forth a battle cry against big government, high taxes, and energy dependence. During his RNC speech, Ronald Reagan said, "America must get to work producing more energy" rather than simply conserving energy. He implored the powers that be to tap into the resources we already have. Here we are all these years later, and you, Governor Palin, are raising those same issues, over and over stating that ANWR is a key to our future. Your "baby" is energy. In fact, you are considered an expert on energy, and you know that our need to tap into our own energy is not only an energy issue, but a national security issue. Being beholden to nations that do not have our best interest at heart is dangerous indeed.

Someone once said, "If Ronald Reagan is the mind of conservatism, Sarah Palin is the heart." Amen to that! America is hard-pressed to find a woman--or man--of your accomplishments, strength, and uncompromising values today. You have not swayed from your message that in order to stimulate the ecomony, we must allow our businesses to keep more of what they earn so that they will hire more people who will spend more money and keep the economy growing. You have spoken boldly on personal responsibility and limited government. Like Reagan, you believe that government should be working for the people, not the people for the government. Ronald Reagan expressed small government this way: "As your nominee, I pledge to you to restore to the federal government the capacity to do the people's work without dominating their lives. I pledge to you a government that will not only work well but wisely, its ability to act temperate by prudence, and its willingness to do good, balanced by the knowledge that government is never more dangerous than when our desire to have it help us blinds us to its great power to harm us." Indeed, Ms. Palin, you have articulated that very principle--and I honor you. During your RNC speech, you gave your word that "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."

On November 4th, 2008, I voted for that kind of change, and maybe in 4 years, I'll get to cast my vote again--with your name at the top of the ticket this time.

On this your 45th birthday, I pray that God will lead and guide you as you hear His voice--and should He seek to anoint you our nation's 45th leader, I will be as proud that day as so many were of Ronald Reagan 28 years ago, to call you my president.
Happy Birthday, God bless you--and God bless America!



Friday, February 6, 2009

I was led into the first room of the three-room tour, and I knew it: Something had happened to me. I was at the Alight Pregnancy Center, located right next door to Planned Parenthood. So what brought me there?

I have always been pro-life. I can't even remember consciously forming an opinion on abortion. I have simply always known that life is to be respected, nurtured, and protected. I never became pro-life. I simply was, just as one is not taught to breathe, but just does so naturally. You just do it. Actually, I believe that is the case with everyone. People don't have to be taught to be pro-life. We are born pro-life. Those who are so-called pro-choice are the ones who have been taught--rather indoctrinated. I enter into evidence Exhibit A: I've noticed with middle school age kids if the subject of abortion arises, they wrinkle their noses, shake their heads, look like they're going to puke, and then ask, "How could anyone do that?" However, find some of these same people by the time they hit their sophomore year in high school and they're passionately declaring their pro-choice beliefs. This proves that wisdom does not necessarily come with age. Sometimes I think what we should be yelling over our kids is not, "Grow up!" but rather, "Stay young...PLEASE!" There certainly is something to Scripture which states, "Out of the mouths of babes..."

In spite of my life-long aversion to abortion, its tragedy has hit me harder in the last several months than it ever has. I became even more sensitive to it during the election campaign as I raged because of President Barack Obama's radical pro-abortion philosophy and thanked God for Governor Sarah Palin's passionate pro-life stance. I have prayed about the unborn more than ever, emailed/called more senators than ever before, cried about it more than ever before, and have been more aware of it than ever before.

I had been thinking about and planning to get involved with Alight, and when my pastor spoke boldly about abortion on Sanctity of Human Life Day in January, my friend Kia leaned up to me and said, "We need to get involved." My sentiments exactly.

As I took the short tour at Alight yesterday, I knew something had happened to me. The director led me to the room where they store clothing to give away to pregnant women in need. She then showed me the room where they counsel these women and share with them the truth about what abortion does physically and emotionally. Somewhere between the two rooms, I felt such a stirring within me, such emotion. My heart was overwhelmed with the vision of this woman who runs the place. I was blessed with the knowledge that people care enough to--even with little money--supply a place of hope, provision, and direction--all for the sake of life. That simple truth touches me deeply. Yes, something has happened to me.

Finally, we sat down in the outer room and discussed what Kia and I could do to help. We will be teaching a Sexual Integrity course that will run several weeks. The course has yet to be taught, and the director has wanted someone with a heart to teach it! She called us pioneers! She asked me if we were interested in that or if we just wanted to focus on those who are already pregnant. I told her I really had a heart to teach that course. First, I would rather catch these ladies before they find themselves in a situation they don't want to be in, to keep it from happening. As she said, "We want to be pro-active, not just reactive." Second, it's perfect for me because, as I told her, "I'm living it." I know the value of sexual integrity because, as a single Christian, by the grace of God I am living that life--so I can speak from personal experience.

Certainly God is in this. I can't thank Him enough for allowing me to share His wonderful plan of sexual purity, be a support to those who have found themselves in situations they didn't anticipate, and counsel and encourage women to embrace LIFE.

Check out the video clip below. It speaks volumes concerning the sanctity of all life.


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