Alaska, Here I Come!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Okay, I should be sleeping because it's after 11:00 p.m. and I have to leave here around 2:30 a.m. to get to my friend's house, who will get me to the airport around 4:00 a.m. for a 6:00 a.m. flight. Well, in case you haven't noticed, I'm still awake! I'm not wide awake; On the contrary, I'm very sleepy, but it's so difficult to slow down enough to go to sleep.

I have an incredibly long journey from New York to Alaska. It will take about 20 hours from end to end, 4 different planes, too many layovers, and a whole lot of prayer. But you know what? It'll be worth it.

I'll blog every chance I get, maybe even on the layovers. At least I'll send out tweets from my cell. If you don't follow me on Twitter, click on my picture on the right sidebar to do so.

Crossing over to the other side, everybody. See you later!


One More Day Until Alaska

Okay, I got through yesterday. Now I'm really down to the wire. I know what you're wondering: Did she manage to put at least one thing in the luggage yesterday? Absolutely. I packed, unpacked, packed less the next time. I have a feeling I'll do it all over again today! In any case, it's all coming together. Just have some running around to do today--buy a few last minute items, pay some bills, that kind of thing.

Stay tuned...


Preparing for Alaska

Monday, June 29, 2009

I'll keep this short and sweet because I don't have time for anything else! So much to do today, as I'm down to the wire preparing to leave for the great state of Alaska early Wednesday morning. Today will be spent in part doing something I should have started already: packing! Of course, there's still some last minute things to pick up and arrange, but hey...that's the way it goes with me. I was waiting for school to end so I could switch gears. I figured once the students were out the door I could get myself together. School ended Thursday, and still I'm having a hard time with getting moving on the packing. The whole idea of going to Alaska is so HUGE in my mind, I suppose, that I've delayed taking even the initial step of putting even one item in the luggage! I mean, how does one pack for a whole month?! The answer is: You don't! Instead, you do laundry while you're there!

So today is about moving and shaking, baby! Let's get 'er done.

I am so grateful to God for this wonderful door He has opened. One day I'll have to share how it all unfolded--every step. It's an amazing story still being written. But for now, I ask for your prayers as I get through just today--because if I don't get moving, I won't be prepared to go anywhere Wednesday!


I Am God!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I have been struck the last couple days with a new awareness of the frailty of humanity. As the Bible says, our lives indeed are a vapor. There is a shaking that is going on within our world, and any spiritual discernment at all tells us to sit up and take notice. We think we're invincible; we're not. We think life is all about us; it's not. We think we get to set up shop here on earth and live on our own terms; we do not. Last week alone we saw death magnified: the D.C. train wreck, Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson. Gone--that fast.

Michael Jackson's death, more than the others, has shocked the world. He was such a staple in our culture, such an icon, and it's almost impossible to grasp the idea of his not being here. I, for one, can't really even process that he is gone. When I try to put the concept together, it explodes inside my brain, and I have to just store it again for another time.

I was the biggest MJ fan when I was young. Yep, I wore the white glove, had the posters all over my bedroom wall, vaselined my hair down on the side (should have used gel so it wouldn't lift up by 9:00 a.m!), wore the buttons with his face on them, argued with people who called him gay, cried and prayed when he got burned doing the Pepsi commercial, and stood in front of classroom windows doing the MJ dance--Moon Walk included. (Ironically, for the first time in forever, I was asked and did the dance the morning of his death.) I remember the night he won the 8 American Music Awards and the night he won the 8 Grammy Awards. I remember. But now he's gone--and that's how it goes. Tomorrow is not promised.

The question for us is what are we going to do with our lives? Today God spoke a Word to our church three separate times, but the message was really the same and can be summed up this way: "I Am God. No matter what's going on around you, I Am God. I have given you a purpose. I have called you. Those dreams and visions within your heart, I have placed them there. I Am God!"

Indeed there is much going on in the world around us--too much, it seems. Sometimes we are confused, yet God is not confused. Sometimes we are frightened, yet God is not frightened. Sometimes we are overly aware of our own shortcomings, but God is not. He sees your potential and the purpose for which He created you. Yes, it's a personal thing. As we keep our eyes open to what's going on around us--and we must--let us be sure to fix our eyes on the One who never changes, who implores us to embrace a very simple truth: "I Am God!"

I truly hope you will listen to all the words of both these songs. They are the words that God is speaking to us today. Can you hear them ringing in your heart?


I'm Sarah: From Catching Fish to Commander in Chief (includes video)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's Accomplishments has posted this video clip of Governor Palin in Kosovo. The clip is less than 5 minutes, but it gives a great overview of what she is taking part in over there. The amazing thing about the governor is that she is equally comfortable addressing a room full of troops in fatigues and a T-shirt as she is addressing a room full of governors in a suit and heels. Notice how she introduces herself simply by saying, "I'm Sarah." That's what we need in a leader: someone who can relate to all people on all different levels--and be real in every situation. Would we expect anything less from the woman from Wasilla, Alaska, who will go down in history as a born-again Christian, high school basketball champion, wife, PTA and hockey mom, commercial fisherman, city council member, mayor, governor, VP nominee, and, oh yeah...President of the United States? What better example of hard work, determination, and a calling is there than someone who's gone from catching fish to Commander in Chief?


Governor Palin in Kosovo -- Honoring our Troops & Striking Back at John Kerry (w/ video clip)

Governor Palin is in Kosovo with our troops. She's as busy as she always is. According to her tweets, already today she has visited a school where our troops are helping students learn English, spoke to the task force Falcon, walked the streets with troops talking about America and teaching them some Yupik (Todd is part Yupik Eskimo), spent time with Alaska Aviators, and met with the Lithuanian Minister of Defense. You can see those tweets and others at her Twitter page, AKGovSarahPalin. In addition, she formally addressed the troops today.

The video is not a professional one, but it is interesting to watch nonetheless. You can see her appreciation for our troops as a mom, her commitment to them as an elected official, her concern for their safety, and her overall love for America. She also announced that upon leaving Kosovo, she will be traveling to Germany to visit wounded soldiers.

Governor Palin took a break from the seriousness of the address around 9 minutes into the first video when she addressed Senator Kerry's comment about wishing she had gone missing rather than South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. It was said with laughs, but it certainly was a jab back at him.

The short second video is just the stike-back at Kerry, so if you don't have time to watch the full address (I recommend watching it), you can just cut to the cut! Does John Kerry really want to exchange blows with Governor Palin? Like I said before, he can't win!


Senator Kerry and Celtic Diva Diagnosed with a Chronic Case of Palin Derangement Syndrome

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Palin Derangement Syndrome has struck again. What in the world is wrong with people? Senator John Kerry commented to a group of business and civic leaders in Washington yesterday: "Too bad if a governor had to go missing it couldn’t have been the governor of Alaska. You know, Sarah Palin." No, I'm not joking. He really said it, and he did so even before the news came out yesterday that Governor Sanford had been in Argentina in the midst of an affair. Read the story of Kerry's comments yourself here.

How dare a United States senator make such an appalling "joke" about a United States governor? Something has gone seriously wrong when anyone can say anything, even about a leader we are supposed to show honor and respect. Just saying it was bad enough, but it speaks to something deeper. Somehow we have created--and accepted--such a bash-Palin culture that people now think they can say anything they want about her, even publicly wishing her ill, saying they wish she'd go missing. A senator said this! I'm blown away that hatred--a result of fear, really--of Governor Sarah Palin (Yes, she is a governor, not a punching bag) is so much a part of our climate that a senator is absolutely comfortable with voicing his desire for something bad to happen to her. And the Democrat-infested crowd laughed! Unreal!

Maybe it's just me, but I believe that comments like this are simply off-limits. I put this in the same category of corny Wanda Sykes saying she wishes Rush Limbaugh's kidneys fail. Disagree with politics anyday, but the hatred and personal attacks are over the top and should not be tolerated. And where is Sarah Palin while the fearful haters rant? She's overseas at an undisclosed location visiting and supporting our troops. She tweeted a few minutes ago,

"So humbling to see our troops over here making great sacrifices (their family sacrifices, too) for the cause for freedom. Please honor them."

While Sarah Palin, the new energy for America, is away from her family serving those who serve us, a washed-up politician, with serious untreated cases of Palin Derangement Syndrome and Chronic Fear of Palin-itis is praying for her demise. Sick!

Then we have the Alaskan blogger, who calls herself the Celtic Diva, continuing her drive to destroy the governor with stupid ethics complaints. Her latest desperate act involved the doctoring of a loving picture of Governor Palin and her son Trig, a beautiful picture which most of us have seen many times now. But Celtic Diva has chosen to alter the picture and put a different face on sweet Trig. She feels justified in her actions simply because Trig is Sarah's son. Another unacceptable act by another hater. Many people feel that the blogger's picture is below the belt and was an attack on Trig as a special needs child. Can you believe that this woman is using it as part of a fundraiser to gain money to further harass Governor Palin and bring her up on more bogus charges?! No, I'm not joking.

Look, I said it before, and I'll keep saying it. Leave people's children alone! And yes, that includes Sarah Palin's children. Leave them alone. It shows a high level of desperation, immaturity, and cowardice to go after people's children. It's demented enough that you refuse to leave Sarah Palin alone, but when you keep attacking her kids, it's clear that you really need help. Yep, you've got a chronic case.

So how did the governor respond? You know, her reaction reminds me of the Scripture that states, "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good"--Romans 12:21.

Today she tweeted,

"Perfectly beautiful babies like Trig, & countless others like him, add a special quality to our world. Here's Trig:"

What a beautiful picture of an innocent baby boy.

She followed that up with this tweet,

"Take a look: here's a video that Trig, Piper & I taped in support of Special Olympics."
I've posted this video before. It's worth a second look, and it graciously says it all.

Her most recent tweet was,

"Children are the most precious ingredient in the world" - Laura Ingraham. Stay tuned for authentic pics of just 1 of those precious ones..."

But Meghan Stapleton, Governor Palin's spokesperson, cut to the chase. She had a little somethin'-somethin' to say on the governor's Facebook page. I've had the privilege of meeting Meg and observed her doing her job first-hand. You can't do what she does and be timid. She has Sarah's back, and she says what needs to be said--sharply:

"Recently we learned of a malicious desecration of a photo of the Governor and baby Trig that has become an iconic representation of a mother's love for a special needs child.

The mere idea of someone doctoring the photo of a special needs baby is appalling. To learn that two Alaskans did it is absolutely sickening. Linda Kellen Biegel, the official Democrat Party blogger for Alaska, should be ashamed of herself and the Democratic National Committee should be ashamed for promoting this website and encouraging this atrocious behavior.

Babies and children are off limits. It is past time to restore decency in politics and real tolerance for all Americans. The Obama Administration sets the moral compass for its party. We ask that special needs children be loved, respected and accepted and that this type of degeneracy be condemned."

-- Meghan Stapleton

You can see the doctored picture of Trig here. Of course, I posted the real one at the top of this blog post.

So the self-proclaimed diva, who is the official Alaskan DNC blogger, has been put in her place. But I'm sure she has no shame. She's just mad because all her plans--and the plans of her cohorts--to destroy Sarah Palin have come to naught. Just Tuesday, the 15th ethics complaint against the governor was dismissed. So she's just hatin'. One would think, however, that the Democratic leadership would not tolerate this kind of attack on a governor's child. You would think--unless there's an agenda. Hmmm...

Senator Kerry's prayer for Governor Palin to go missing will go unanswered, and this blogger's attempt to desecrate Little Trig Palin's photo will only make us love him--and all children--more. And with every attack on this family, Sarah Palin's supporters get more fired up and more determined to fight on her behalf.

My advice to the haters: Give it up! This is a battle you cannot win.


Governor Mark Sanford: It's Not Just About Politics

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The talk over the last few days was starting to get on my nerves. First it was, "Where is Mark Sanford?" Then when he reappeared, it became, "Where was Mark Sanford?" Well, today we got the answer, and it was not the answer I wanted to hear. My heart aches today due to the news of his affair with an Argentinian woman.

I ache for his wife, his four sons--and for him. I ache that a man, who has been a strong public servant, has fallen into a trap, bringing great pain upon his family. Read
here his wife's powerful comments about his affair, her love for him, her willingness to forgive while maintaining her self-respect, and her dependence on God. If her words don't tug at your heart strings, nothing will.

Mark Sanford is--or was--considered by some to be one of the frontrunners for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Like Sarah Palin, he is both a social and fiscal conservative, and like Palin, he rejected stimulus money until legislators chose to go around him anyway. Clearly, he is no wimp and has taken unpopular stands because the cause was right. But today he resigned as Chairman of the Republican Governor's Association, although he has not stepped down as governor--at least not yet.

This is the question I've heard posed several times today: Does character matter for politicians? People are asking whether or not Americans really care what someone does in his private life if he is serving well publicly. My answer comes without hesitation: Yes, character matters. I said it when Bill Clinton brought the office of president to a new low, and I say it now. Whether you're a Republican or Democrat, right is right. Granted, society is harder on Republicans because we are the ones who more often talk about morals, and standards, and right, and wrong, and this affair does hurt us at an already shaky time. Is it fair that we are held to a higher standard? You decide. I will say this: If you're going to say it, people are going to look for it. True, Democrats get a lot more slack concerning their sins and flaws than do conservatives, and perhaps that comes with a lot of pressure, but it is what it is, and God help all of us--regardless of party affiliation--to seek to do the right thing.

I have said many times that America needs people of integrity to lead. Don't get me wrong. I know nobody's perfect. People make mistakes. People fail. Only God does it all right all the time. But it's time for people to do whatever they have to do to stand up for what they say they're about. Whatever you've got to do, do that. You've got a weakness? Welcome to the club! Know what it is, work to overcome it, and in the meantime, avoid situations that accentuate it. Hey, if you've got a thing for a woman in Argentina, don't go to Argentina! That's a start. I'm not pointing my finger or making fun of Governor Sanford. Like I said, my heart aches for his situation. I just know that it is important that people live up to what they say they believe in, that they represent their states, their nations, and themselves with a sense of responsibility and integrity. After all, when the crowd fades and the cameras are gone, you're the one looking in the mirror. No one has to live with you but you. And, ultimately, the only one you have to answer to is God.

It's possible that the governor can bounce back, but my gut says that if values do matter to the masses of people, this is probably the end of serious Sanford 2012 talk. You all know where I stand on 2012 anyway. I'm not, after all, the Media Director and New York State Organizer of the 2012 Draft Mark Committee. I'm a part of the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee. Having said that, however, I take absolutely no pleasure in the potential political demise of one who could have been a strong opposition to Governor Palin in any 2012 run for national office. There are some things more important than politics. They're called family, and faith, and character.

I am praying for the Sanford family.


Part II: What's up with the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I'm back, as I said I'd be, to tell you more about the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee. This committee began in November with one goal in mind: to encourage Governor Sarah Palin to run for President of the United States in 2012. We have grown since then, strong leadership has been established, bylaws have been written, officers have been elected, but the goal remains the same. If you thought we were a social organization, nope! If you thought we were personal friends of the governor on special assignment, sorry I can't provide some drama there. We are neither. We are an FEC (Federal Elections Commission)-registered organization, and we are about the business at hand--and that business is to do everything possible to make sure Sarah Palin is elected the 2012 Republican presidential nominee and then elected to the White House. In order for that to happen, as you know, Sarah Palin must first run for that office. So the purpose of this post is to introduce you more fully to the committee, explain our goals, and hopefully answer any questions you may have so we can further grow our grassroots effort.

How does one encourage someone to run for office, especially the presidency? Well, first of all, I don't believe you can get someone to run who really doesn't want to run, who has nothing to offer, and who knows it. But someone who already has a heart to serve, who recognizes a call to lead, and who already has an enviable record is a different story. Make no mistake: Sarah Palin fits the bill. She is that one America needs, and I believe she knows it.

This is where our goal comes in: We have made it our agenda to encourage the fire that we believe is already ignited within the governor of Alaska. That's where that dirty four-letter word comes in: W-O-R-K--grassroots work. That's what we are. That's what we do. So in answer to the original question, you encourage someone to take a step by showing her that you have her back. You may never say a word to her personally, but your actions will speak loudly, and she'll hear them as far away as Alaska. You encourage her by getting your name on that petition asking her to run. Thousands and thousands of signatures will say to a potential candidate, "We're on your side. We've got your back. You can count on us. You just do your part, and we'll be the forces standing behind you."

Signatures, that's it? Of course not. That's just a start. Remember that four letter word? So you also encourage someone to run by signing up to volunteer. For some this will mean being a State Organizer or a Local Organizer. And what does that mean? That means building up a community of like-minded people by advertising and holding monthly meetups where you'll relax, have a bite to eat, and share ideas. Things to talk about are: Which newspaper can we get a press release to? Which radio station will advertise for us? Better yet, which station will put us on for an interview? While you're at it, discuss which organizations, specifically Republican organizations, are you a part of or can contact that you can educate about the committee, thereby getting more people involved? Maybe you can get a booth at an event. We were able to do so at CPAC this year in D.C., and we were able to display our banner before 20,000 people including Sarah and her family in Auburn, NY a few weeks ago. Both were very worthwhile and led to new, much-needed awareness.

Maybe being a State Organizer isn't your thing. Consider displaying a bumper sticker, or a lawn sign, or simply wearing a button. Consider contributing financially to our efforts, whether once or on a regular basis. As an Fec-registered group, we are authorized to raise funds, so please know that your donation will be well spent, if you choose to give.

We also have a monthly online newsletter that you can sign up for which will keep you abreast of what's going on with Governor Palin. You know the mainstream media has an outright disdain for all things conservative--and downright despises Sarah. Because of that, they have made it their life's mission to ignore positives about her work while they vomit vitriol upon her character. Other than Fox News, which works at being fair and balanced, you can't expect much from these so-called journalists. You can't count on them to give you the real deal. You need to be informed about the truth. The newsletter can help. Sign up for it, and sign up others, as well.

This is what it's all about. As a former girls' varsity basketball coach (2-time conference champions with a state-ranked team, I might add!), I used to tell my teams: "Take care of the little things, and the big things will take care of themselves." The kind of things 2012 DSC is advocating are the little things that will amount to something really big for Sarah and for America. President Obama had his ducks in a row long before 2008. He already had a grassroots army of people willing to donate, he already had the technology savvy to keep contact with these people, and he already had the media getting tingles up and down their legs as they drooled and swooned in his presence. He didn't wait till the last minute. And that's my word to those who think 2012 is too far away to think about. It's not. You don't start this kind of effort in 2012. Now is the time, and we can do it if we work together.

I have recently been elected the Media Director/Spokesperson for the committee, and we have some big plans to promote Sarah. We're aiming high, shooting for the stars, have our sights set on Limbaugh, Hannity, Ziegler, and O'Reilly. Yes, I know. Like I said, we're shooting high. But Sarah deserves that much. America needs that much.

Please note, as far as the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee is concerned, it's not about individuals; it's not about us. It's about understanding that Sarah Palin is the candidate who needs to win the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. It's not about anything other than that. But we do need your help. Our Chairman, Randy Highsmith and I were talking numbers the other day. I was delighted to see growth, but Randy and I both believe those numbers should be higher. We need more people on board. I know for a fact that there are more Sarah Palin supporters than I could count in a day. I communicate with many of you on a regular basis. Your efforts will progress what we all say we want: Sarah in the White House. Chris Romano, the youth pastor of Generation Now, the youth ministry of my church, Rock Solid, and someone I used to coach basketball with, brought this motto to our team: "We are ONE!" In the huddle, one of the coaches would yell out, "We are" and the team would finish by yelling, "ONE!" That's the way it should be. We are together in our efforts, we work hard to make it happen, and we let nothing stop us.

To wrap this up, if you've heard about the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee but didn't really know what it's all about, now you know what's up: Sarah is what it's all about. Encouraging her to run is the sole goal. Right now she is committed wholeheartedly to the state of Alaska and is leading well there; that's her number 1 focus. But at some point she'll have to make a decision. Before she decides to take that step, she's going to want to see who's in her corner, who's in the fight, who's got her back. We want to be able to say to the world--to Sarah who will be listening--"This is your army of supporters right here. They've been with you all the way. They're from all 50 states, from several countries even, they're already taking on the media, spreading the word, meeting with folks, and shattering glass ceilings. They're moms and dads, preachers and teachers, fishermen and businessmen. They're college students and military men and women. They're small donors and large ones. They're people who believe that you're right for America--and they've committed themselves to not only talk the talk, but as you say, they're walking the walk. Here we are--millions strong."

Let's make it happen! Go to Contact the Organizer in your state, and if there isn't one, sign up to be one! Sign the petition. Sign up for the newsletter. Give a donation. Do whatever you can to make it happen. The time is now. Let's move forward with the true change that America needs, for Sarah Palin is--without a doubt--what our 2012 banner states: "A New Energy for America."


Part I: Sarah Palin, the Future of America (w/ video clip)

Monday, June 22, 2009

You've seen this picture, I'm sure, but have you seen the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee video below? Would you take a look, go to the website at, and get involved? America needs Sarah Palin, and we need YOU to help make it happen. Now is the time to fight for our nation's future.

My next post will be more about the Committee, our goals, our accomplishments, and where we're headed. So consider this Part I of something greater. In the meantime, enjoy the video and share it with a friend.

As an aside, you may have heard that there was an earthquake in the Anchorage area of Alaska today. I'm happy to share that, although it was a strong one, no injuries have been reported, and the governor is safe and sound. Shortly after the quake, she tweeted:
All shook up - quake of 5.3 hit Southcentral late this morning. Thankful there are no reports of injury or damage.


I Love REAL Men: Father's Day Tribute

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day doesn't seem to get the hype that Mother's Day does, and we could probably have a lengthy discussion about why that is. The truth, however, is that fathers are equally deserving of honor and praise. I personally honor men who are good fathers because their role is vital in our society, and we need to give honor where honor is due.

I have often heard women say, "I have been a mother and a father to my children." It sounds good, you know, but it's just not true. Only a dad can be a dad, just as only a mom can be a mom. No doubt, many women have had the overwhelming task of raising their children alone because Dad wasn't there, but that doesn't mean she was a father. She was simply a mother who had to do more than her fair share of raising her family.

Our society is in desperate need of real men, of fathers who have stood the test of time, men who have done the right thing even in the midst of adversity, even when it would have been easier to walk away as lesser "men" have. These men come home to their wives every night, provide for their families, and spend time with their children. They are examples of how to love those closest to them. They have not put their own ambitions ahead of their kids. Instead, they have sacrificed for the sake of those who are counting on them.

These are men who take--not just send--their children to church, allow their kids to see them cry as they worship God, and pray over their wife and children daily. These are men who are not afraid to say, "I messed up; I'm sorry." They don't have to have all the answers. They don't have a destructive need to be right all the time. These men model for their daughters how they are to be treated by a young man. They do so by treating their daughters' mother like a lady, and treating their daughters like the princesses they are. These kind of men understand that the way they treat their daughters is the way those daughters will come to understand they are to be treated by a man, and their sons will learn how they are to treat a young lady. Real men are what Juanita Bynum once preached that she was looking for in a husband: "I want a man of God. I want a man who loves his Momma, that respects his sisters, that can submit to his pastor." I say, "Yea!" Nothing less will do for me either.

It has become popular for some women's empowerment groups to wrinkle their noses at the thought of a woman reverencing her husband, submitting to him, and desiring to be a blessing to him. I reject that mindset. I believe the Bible makes it clear that a woman is to submit to her husband, and the two are then to submit to one another. It also teaches that a man is to love his wife as Christ loved the church, and I am a firm believer that a woman has no problem honoring a man who loves her that much! I also believe that when children see a marriage--with one man and one woman--who love, honor, and obey one another, they don't want anything less for themselves. They don't grow up to batter and be battered. Instead, they understand what healthy relationships consist of: giving and taking, loving and protecting, honoring and serving. A father who does what he's supposed to do, and a woman who does what she's supposed to do, produce children who do what they're supposed to do, and the whole nation--nay, the world--is the better for it.

I thank God today for men of integrity who do the right thing by their families. They're there. As flawed as they may be--and everyone has flaws--their hearts are in the right place. They seek to do the right thing. They love God first, and they love the babies He has given them-- even when those babies are old enough to have babies of their own. Yes, I honor them today. And I honor the children, and the wives, and the friends who have an encouraging word for these men, who support them, stand alongside them, and pray for them.

My dad died unexpectedly almost 16 years ago at the young age of 46, but I have been privileged to see examples of fatherhood all around: men who walk in faith, who love their God, who provide for their familes--and who are not ashamed of any of it. These men make me proud, make me feel safe, and make me aware of what I deserve--and I'll never settle for anything less.

I love real men. Happy Father's Day!


Juneteenth is a Good Day to Get off the Plantation: Consider Yourself Informed

Friday, June 19, 2009

Today is Juneteenth. This is the celebration of the announcement of the abolition of slavery to Texas, which took place on June 19, 1865. Although emancipation had occured over two years prior, Texas was still in the dark. So imagine the celebration when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with 2,000 federal troops to take possession of the state and force emancipation. The following year jubilant Juneteenth celebrations began in Texas, and continue to this day. It has been an official state holiday there for 29 years. But these celebrations, which include parades, cookouts, street fairs, and joyous dancing, have extended to many states in the country. As of May of this year, 31 U.S. states acknowledge Juneteenth as a state holiday or a state holiday observance. Read more about Juneteenth here.

It is only fitting that we should rejoice about chains of bondage being broken, captives being set free, communities having the opportunity to exercise their God-given right to create a life for themselves, to prosper, and to develop. The wonder of Juneteenth, however, is that there was a whole group of people who, by the letter of the law, had been freed, but didn't know it. Imagine that. You should have the right to be your own person, to do your own thing, to answer to no one, but news hasn't reached you, so you remain in that same state of captivity, never knowing that there are people just like you who have been delivered. Now go with me, if you will, to the news that you have been emancipated, that you can walk away, no more, "Yes, Masta!" No wonder there was partying, dancing in the street, and wild exuberance!

I believe in freedom. That's one reason I speak up so much for the principles of this nation. America--though initially flawed in putting it into practice for all--is the land of freedom, of opportunity, of possibility because it was born out of a belief that freedom is not just the desire of a people, but the intent of a loving Savior who knew a thing or two about the cost of freedom. I'm sure you've seen the logo for Motivation: Truth. Included in it is the Scripture, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" John 8:32. Notice what it says. Sometimes we ignore the first part and skip right to the free part. But the first part is vital. The first part is the point. If you miss the first part, there will be no free part. In other words, it's not just the existence of truth that makes you free. Rather, it's the knowledge of that truth that makes you free. It's the truth that you know that brings freedom. It stands to reason, then, that if you don't know it, you can't be freed by it. Such was the case with Texas. The slaves remained in bondage because they didn't know something better should have already been theirs. Yes, you are only as free as you realize.

Even worse than being free and not knowing it, is being in bondage and thinking you're free. I call this being stuck on the plantation. I have strongly stated that the majority of Black people have been trapped in a political ideology that doesn't line up with most of our deepest held beliefs, so many of us are living on that plantation and have set up shop there. We have remained fixed there when the world is before us and all we have to do is step off the master's property. So today I will be like General Granger and his troops and issue the news: You're free to go. Today, Juneteenth, is a great opportunity for you to read--or reread--the first thing I ever posted here at Motivation: Truth. It's called "Get Off the Plantation." It's a strong word that every person needs to read because on a day like today, when the nation celebrates the news of emancipation reaching a segment of society, how sad it would be if we remain on the plantation when freedom is at the door.

I'm posting "Get off the Plantation" below:

How is it that well after 100 years since the end of slavery, many African-Americans still live on the plantation? No, we're not picking cotton for the slave master or working in the big house. This is the political plantation I'm talking about, where we're enslaved to a system that is the antithesis of what we believe in and what we represent. The slave master is the Liberal Democratic Party which uses control tactics and misinformation to keep itself in the big house at the expense of unsuspecting African-Americans and now Hispanics.

Some 90% of Black Americans vote Democrat, often without so much as a second thought. Most would not even consider a Republican candidate. And why is that? As Angela McGlowan spelled out so powerfully in the book Bamboozled: How Americans are being Exploited by the Lies of the Liberal Agenda, Democrats have done a good job of putting a lock on the "minority" vote by using racial slurs such as "Uncle Tom" or "Sell-Out" to refer to any Black person who would dare leave the plantation in search of his true God-ordained freedom. Those who stay behind have the chains of bondage tightened more and more around their minds. If they knew better, however, they would rush off the master's property without looking back. Even Harriet Tubman declared that she could have led more slaves to freedom if she could have convinced them that they were slaves! But sometimes bondage becomes so familiar, it gets confused with freedom and begins to feel like home.

For today's blog, let's just focus on values. How is it that the vast majority of African-Americans, by virtue of our spiritual heritage, are pro-life, believe in a traditional definition of marriage, and are prone to expressions of faith, yes, even in public, yet our voting pattern consistently belies those very values? Liberals these days are passionately attacking the traditional family, celebrating the killing of millions of unborn babies through the help of Planned Parenthood, which sets up shop mostly in Black, lower class neighborhoods (Hmmm.....), and showing tolerance for every group under the sun, except Christians whom they wish to silence as they seek to remove Jesus Christ from every aspect of public life. Oddly enough, some of the self-proclaimed leaders of the Left wear a "Rev." at the front of their names while endorsing candidates who have promised to push the most anti-Christ, pro-abortion, Godless society imaginable. This is quite curious and certainly a cause of concern.

Liberals manage to secure those votes by duping African-Americans into believing that Republicans are racists who have no heart or concern for the "little man." They promise to be the answer to the problems the "little man" faces. Now, think about it: If they were the solution, don't you think they would have gotten us to the Promised Land by now?

They have counted on the fact that we, as a people, would not question the Liberal agenda or line up our votes with our values. And you know what? So far we have proven them right. They're counting on us to remain on the plantation, and some 90% of us have said, "Yes, Masta, I'll stay 'cuz yous a good masta. You gone take care of me!"

Now, isn't that rough talk? Well, it takes rough talk to get us out of bondage. Harriet Tubman carried a gun on her journey to free slaves. All I have are words in hopes of triggering the masses to emancipate themselves. Now, although I believe the Democratic philosophy goes against the core of most Black people, I will say this: If, when you've looked over the issues, you can look yourself in the mirror, look your God in the eyes, and still vote Democrat, you've acquired a measure of freedom. But if you are so under the thumb of a political Party that you don't even consider voting against them, don't even look at where they stand on issues, then I have to say it: You're on the plantation. And your self-appointed leaders are happy to keep you there, to own you, because as long as you don't question them or question yourself, they remain in power--and that's what they're counting on you for. They know they can't win without you.

But there's still time to get off the plantation. The Emancipation Proclamation has already been signed--by a Republican, I might add.

Next time, we'll take a look at history because just as Blacks didn't begin their existence as slaves in America, Blacks were not always slaves to the Liberals. Oh no...In fact, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and many others were Republicans. You know why? In part because your beloved Democrats were lynching Blacks and denying us the civil rights that the Republican Party was created to fight for. I'll tell you more about that later.

God bless!


Bearing Sarah Palin's Armor (includes pictures)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

As I told my Twitter peeps, I was surprised with a very sensitive, touching gift from my friend Joanne last night. When I got to church for our mid-week service, I saw her, and she lit up. Now, you have to know Joanne. She's quite the giving person, and she enjoys it so! Now, there are people who give, and then there are people who give. Joanne gives. What I mean is she's one of those people who, out of the blue, will pop up with a gift that means something, that says something, actually. And what it says is, "I've been thinking about you, and I have something so special I want to give you." With Joanne it's never just, "Hey, I was at the mall and saw this shirt, so I bought it for you"--not that there's anything wrong with those kinds of gifts; they certainly have their place. But with Joanne it's just that extra touch of love, of time, of creativity that she puts into it that makes you feel special no matter what kind of day you're having--or days, as was the case with me.

As we headed upstairs to the main sanctuary, I could tell that Joanne was as excited about giving me the surprise as I was about receiving it. Excitedly, she said, "I've got to give this to you now!" Hey, fine with me!

When we got to her seat upstairs, she handed me a cute burlap bag. I've never seen such a cute bag, but it's what was on the inside that really blessed me. I pulled out a big black frame with a double white mat. The enlarged picture was one with Sarah Palin and me outside Seward House in Auburn, New York--taken just 11 days prior! This wasn't a posed-for picture; it actually was one that I hadn't realized was being taken. It was later emailed to me by the Mayor of Watertown, Jeff Graham, and I posted it on this website. In it I'm wearing sunglasses and looking somewhat serious, as I'm standing alongside Governor Palin. Someone joked with me that I looked like one of her secret service agents! The picture is beautifully matted and framed, the black and white combo matching perfectly the black and white that both Sarah and I just happened to be wearing that day. But it was the Scripture Joanne placed next to us that really touched me. It reads, "Do all that you have in mind," his armor-bearer said. "Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul." 1 Samuel 14:7

That Scripture alongside that picture may mean nothing to anyone else, but it means a whole lot to me, and Joanne knows it; she sees it. Clearly, much of Motivation: Truth is dedicated to heralding Sarah Palin and the values that she espouses. In fact, the right sidebar states that "MOTIVATION: TRUTH IS A PALIN-FRIENDLY PLACE," and I've worked hard to make it such. I have spent many a post defending her integrity, sharing the impact she has had on my life and even the manner in which I teach, and showing the malevolence and futility of trying to take down this woman of faith. But what some don't know is something I was able to tell Sarah the weekend this picture was taken, and that is that I have committed myself to pray for her and her family daily, and there have been many hours of intercession amassed since that mandate was placed upon me. In that way, I do feel like I've been called to stand alongside her, to hold up her hands, as I told her, and to help bear the armor God has placed upon her life to lead in this nation. And before I do any of that through the written word here on this blog, I do it through the spoken word as I go before the Throne Room of God to intercede for the Palins in prayer.

See, Joanne's gift moved me because that's what she expressed in that Scripture. She captured the mandate. As I thanked Joanne profusely for the gift that means more to me than she could realize, she said, "I just see you as her defender in prayer." Listen, I have never shared that with Joanne, so her words were such a confirmation for me, but then again, she has been confirming a lot of things for me recently! Joanne went on to say how the side-by-side of the picture portrays a physical position of defense--which really just symbolizes the defense that takes place through the spiritual act of prayer.

Below I'm posting the picture of the picture (LOL!) for you to see. And as I do, I'm exposing a commitment to Sarah Palin and her family that perhaps you've never known, one that goes past the words that have ever been expressed on this blog, right to my true purpose and greater commitment to do what the Lord spoke to my heart: "Pray and pray HARD." God has a plan. Let's each do our part.


My 7th Grader's Juicy News About Sarah Palin's Daughter

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Let the record show that I do not want to beat a dead horse, but I just have to share this true story with you. It happened just today, in my class, during 7th period.

My English Language Arts students are working on a project, putting the finishing touches on things as they prepare to make presentations to the class on Friday. As the period is winding down, a student approaches my desk wearing what seems to be a slight smirk covered in solemnity. He opens his mouth to announce the troubling information he's acquired.

"Did you hear about Sarah Palin?" Okay, now what? Whatever the breaking news, no doubt he's telling me because he knows I would care, and because just a week prior, I've shown the class pictures of her trip to Auburn, NY, including ones I took with her and with her husband, Todd. He's connected.

Okay, I bite. "What about her?"

"Her daughter's pregnant." He pauses. Then as if he knows her, he adds, "Willow." I must admit that for a second, I think, huh? But I know something with this kid has gone terribly awry, so that second is a quick one--a New York one, if you will. "By Alex Rodgriguez," he continues, nodding his head.

I just look at him for a moment before I briefly explain to him all the pieces he's missing. I end with, "So no, she's not pregnant. This was a disgusting joke that David Letterman told. It's been going on for a week, and after people were outraged about it, he finally apologized."

"Oh! he says. I just heard about it on the news." He goes back to his group.

Now, let's examine this. Granted, this is a 7th grader. And granted, because of his talent for zoning out, he can't tell you what I tell him face to face half the time, but when he walks away, I just sit there like, What in the world?!

Isn't his misunderstanding so like what goes on everyday? Isn't it utterly indicative of how things have gone in terms of the press attention Sarah Palin and her family have received since appearing on the national stage less than a year ago? You know what I mean: Somebody hears half of something, tells somebody else half of that, and that person only gets half of what's left. By the time it gets to you, the result is something so false it couldn't resemble truth if it could speak for itself. But it's that final piece that remains real in the minds of the feeble-and most people don't bother to do any research for themselves.

I wonder how many people he would have told his "juicy" piece of news if I hadn't cleared things up. And that's what I feel like I'm doing sometimes as I deal with people about Sarah Palin, as I take it upon myself to clear up some falsehoods out there and set some records straight, as I attempt to live out the name of this blog, Motivation: Truth--because my sole motivation here is the truth. As I've taken on this battle, some days I feel like I'm dealing with a bunch of 7th graders in grown-up bodies who either don't care about truth or are convinced that what they've heard out there is the truth, who smirk--or laugh outright--at a story the media planted in their brains, who can't wait to tell somebody else about it.

Unlike this kid in my class, however, many of the adults I deal with won't believe the truth no matter how many times you correct them. Case in point: There are still some who refuse to believe that Trig is Sarah Palin's son and not her daughter Bristol's. Unbelievable, isn't it? I'm glad my student came to me, which enabled me to correct him, and I'm glad he received the truth rather than insisting on believing a lie. I wish all were as willing to embrace truth...and then take it back to their group.


Which Sarah Palin Slammed David Letterman?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Governor Sarah Palin had this to say about David Letterman's apology last night for his comments about her daughter:

"Of course it's accepted on behalf of young women, like my daughters, who hope men who 'joke' about public displays of sexual exploitation of girls will soon evolve.

Letterman certainly has the right to 'joke' about whatever he wants to, and thankfully we have the right to express our reaction. And this is all thanks to our U.S. Military women and men putting their lives on the line for us to secure America's Right to Free Speech - in this case, may that right be used to promote equality and respect."

Governor Sarah Palin

The Fire David Letterman Rally took place as scheduled today in New York in spite of the apology, and many are still outraged because, apparently, David Letterman still doesn't seem to get it. What do I mean? Well, Letterman didn't really apologize because what he said was disgusting, perverted, and demeaning to women; he's just sorry that people misunderstood which daughter he was actually referring to! And, of course, he did not apologize at all for calling Governor Palin's appearance "slutty." You can watch his apology here.

In any case, Governor Palin is a class act, and I had no doubt that she would accept what Letterman managed to muster in the way of an apology. Some say she should have rejected it. However, they ought to know Sarah isn't that kind of person. And as a Christian, she, no doubt, feels compelled to forgive, even in a situation like this that had to cut deeply.

Now that we have come to another phase of this week-long issue, I want to address something. I have heard comments--as recent as today even--that Sarah should never have responded to Letterman's remarks, should have just let them roll off her, shouldn't have dignified his demeaning sexism with a comment. Now, I'm all for rolling with the punches and not addressing everything that gets thrown at you, and we all know that Sarah endures a lot of unfair criticism about which she never utters a word--just continues to walk in integrity. But this was not the time for that approach, and both she and Todd realized that. I will go so far as to say that not only was it right to slam Letterman for his comments, but it would have been wrong not to. See, Sarah didn't respond to Letterman as the former VP nominee. She didn't respond to him as the current governor of Alaska. And she certainly didn't respond to him as a potential future candidate for the presidency of the United States of America. Sarah responded to David Letterman as a mother. And Todd Palin issued his own statement as a father. Todd's comments were just as important, for any man worth his salt would have no choice but to address the person who made such comments about his "baby girl," which is what daughters are to their fathers no matter how old they are. For the Palins to have remained silent after an old man joked about the sexual abuse of their daughter would have been unthinkable. Now that we've gotten that straight, let's move on.

Whether you feel Letterman's apology was sincere or not, whether or not you think it was enough, one thing is certain: It was pressure applied by people like you and me that led to Letterman's apology last night. There is no substitute for grassroots efforts. They work. Remember that--because this won't be the last time you'll be needed.


Updated with Video Clip: David Letterman Apologizes to the Palins

Monday, June 15, 2009

Breaking news...

David Letterman has finally gotten it. It took him a week, but it looks like he's gotten the point. Either that, or the thousands of calls to CBS or David Letterman's advertisers opened his eyes. Either that, or Embassy Suites's (part of the Hilton Hotels Corp.) removal of its advertising from the CBS website has helped him see the light. Either that, or the Fire David Letterman Rally planned for tomorrow outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City brought clarity and revelation. Whatever the reason, he has taped a formal apology for his comments about Governor Palin's 14 year old daughter, Willow. Now, whether the rally will be called off or not remains to be seen. Some say to let it go since he's apologized. Others say this isn't about this one incident but a series of sexist, perverted comments about Governor Palin, that he took too long to issue the apology, and that a message must be sent that people mean business--so on with the rally. We shall see what happens.*

The apology won't air until later tonight, but I must admit to feeling a sense of victory. How can that be when this whole thing is one huge mess? I, myself, have been shocked, angry, brought to tears, and aggressive in my phone call to CBS. What victory can be felt here then? I'll tell you: I see so clearly the potential of the grassroots effort. I see with 20/20 vision the power of a people who refuse to look the other way when injustice is among us. I see incontrovertibly a dogged conviction rising up in people that right is right and must be defended. And I joyously see a rejection of passivity, fear, and indifference.

Yes, I see it--and it gives me hope.

*Further update: The apology has now been aired, yet The Fire David Letterman Rally is still scheduled.


Webathon for the Alaska Fund Trust: You Can Help Sarah Palin

If you've been following Motivation:Truth, you have read about the countless frivolous ethics complaints that have been filed against Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. You also know that these are simply politically, hate-filled attempts to take her down, and every one of them has been dismissed. That, of course, has still left the governor and her family with an incredible debt, which is what the ankle-biters were hoping--not to actually prove anything against her, but to wipe her out, to destroy her, to try to make her retreat. She is not going to retreat, and neither are we. I came to you before and asked you to help her fight back by donating to the Alaska Fund Trust. Well, media attention was limited, and therefore the support was limited. This effort needs a rebirth. So I am coming to you again. Americans care about truth, about character, about taking a stand against an agenda to destroy someone's character and bankrupt a family.

The website, Conservatives for Palin, is having a Webathon this week, from June 15th until June 22nd, dedicated to retiring this debt. Please help by contributing, no matter how large, no matter how small. Please do not think that even your five dollars won't help. Each cent makes a dent! Also, would you pass this information on to your family and friends? It's time to do the right thing--and we desperately need your help. Here at Motivation: Truth, we love the truth. Our sole motivation is to disseminate truth, to stand up for it, to simply do the right thing. This effort is part of that goal. Thank you for caring just as much.

Everyday we will be updating the Alaska Fund Trust banner at the top of this web page so that you can see just how powerful our efforts are and how much YOU have helped raise. Thank you for your generosity. God bless you, and God bless America!


Flag Day Reflection

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Everywhere we go in America we see a flag waving: in our courthouses, in our schools, at our ballparks, and often outside our own homes. We get so used to seeing it that sometimes we just see another piece of colorful cloth instead of the flag of the United States of America. I spend a lot of time reprimanding students at school for jumping up and smacking a flag as they go running down the hall. I am constantly trying to get them to see that what they just smacked was the flag, and a flag should not be so ill-treated. It's just so easy to get comfortable and familiar, isn't it? God help us to never be so used to what we should respect. God help us to maintain a level of reverence and awe. On this Flag Day, I take the opportunity to say how important it is to recognize that the American flag that waves is still the symbol of the greatest country that God ever gave man. It still symbolizes freedom, justice, sacrifice, and yes, hope.

Please take a look at the short video clip below, and as you listen to the "Star Spangled Banner," tune in closely to each picture. They remind us of why we must continue to fight for America, why we must speak up for the rights of all Americans, why we must oppose even leaders who want to turn America into something unrecognizable--and why we must never, ever apologize to other nations for what America is.

God bless you, and God bless America!


I Just Got Off the Phone with CBS about David Letterman

Friday, June 12, 2009

I just got off the phone with CBS. The woman who answered said she'd transfer me to the comment line. When I asked her if I could get a live voice, she said I'd have to call 212-975-3247 Monday through Friday from 10-11:30 a.m. or 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST.

I then asked her if CBS has yet "issued a statement concerning David Letterman's obscene, sexist comments about Sarah Palin's daughter." She said, "Not to my knowledge." I then slyly remarked that I certainly hope she was making her voice heard from the inside. She responded, "To be honest with you, at first I was really upset, but now-- with the way people have talked to me over the phone--I really don't care about it anymore." She went on to say that she had been called all kinds of disgusting names and yelled at. She said, "I've been called a 'B,' I've been called a liberal--which I'm not. People have said things to me that are far worse than anything David Letterman has ever said about anyone, things that have brought tears to my eyes." Now, whether she's telling the truth or not, I don't know, but she did appear to be rather upset about it.

She thanked me when I told her that I certainly don't blame her for Letterman's criminal, disgusting comments, and that I was quite sorry she had to endure that, that she should not have to bear the brunt of his sick sense of humor. But I was very quick to add that the manner in which she was treated should not cause her to embrace an "I couldn't care less" attitude about Willow Palin. Why can't she condemn both her mistreatment and Willow's? She assented that this was true.

When she transferred me, I lit into that voicemail. All the emotion and sadness and absolute disgust at David Letterman's treatment of the entire Palin family came out. I wasn't in a rage; rather, I was clear in stating that this man needs to be held accountable, that his half-hearted pretense of an apology in which he joked further about an already hurtful situation was the equivalent of purposely driving the knife in deeper and turning it. His attitude vomits arrogance born of a feeling of indispensabillity. I said that as a business in service to people, they have an obligation to take the thoughts of the public into consideration--and as people are certainly sharing those thoughts with them, they need to respond with decisive action.

Sad thing is, no one will probably even listen to the message I left on the voicemail, but according to this young lady, the phones are ringing off the hook--as they should be. Keep up the pressure. I am going to call back next week and try to actually speak to someone. I hope you will do the same.

Let us be sure to vehemently voice our opinions to the right people. The lady answering the phone is not necessarily the enemy. Letterman has chosen to carry that title himself, and CBS needs to face him.

***Be sure to read yesterday's post called "They're Coming for YOU!" because they are!***


They're Coming for YOU!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

"In Germany, the Nazis first came for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
but I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me...
By that time there was no one to speak up for anyone."
--The Reverend Martin Niemoller

This is not a post about Nazis, but the quote still applies. The radical factions who espouse an anti-God, anti-family, and anti-freedom agenda are coming for you. Yes, you. So you'd better determine where you stand, and you'd better make that determination now. The attacks on conservatives--particularly Christian conservatives--are constant, calculated, and cold-blooded. And they're only going to intensify. You better believe that attacks on people like Sarah and Willow Palin and Carrie Prejean are not isolated, rare incidences. The heat will be turned up. The question is: Will you feel it? The answer depends on you. You'll feel it only if you're in the kitchen. In other words, only if you're a threat, only if you're engaged in the fight. As long as you sit and do nothing, don't worry; you're safe. But that inactivity comes at a great price.

I am tired of the Christians who say that their fellow Christians with the nerve to take a stand should shut up, sit down, and be happy. I am tired of Christians who think there's some kind of virtue in not rocking the boat and not speaking the truth--so they condemn other Christians who have the intestinal fortitude, not to mention the spiritual discernment, to know that now is not the time to take a back seat and accept whatever is being thrown at you. You want to go hide? Hiding is for cowards. People of principle don't hide; they fight--first on their knees, but then on their feet.

They come against the unborn, denying them the right to life, and you do nothing because, well, your children are safe. They come against Willow Palin in an effort to destroy her mother, and you find no voice. I mean, who are you to be outraged? You're not a woman. They come against Christians to silence them, taking away their right to simply gather in their own home to pray with others, and you don't even sweat. After all, it's not your place to question the powers that be. Besides, you like to pray home alone. They come against Carrie Prejean, stripping her of her crown because she took a stand for her faith and declared marriage to be between one man and one woman, and you barely notice. I mean, it's not your problem, is it? You don't even like beauty pageants.

You are too busy to get involved, or you believe it's wrong to speak out, or you think everything's going to be okay in the sweet by and by. The problem is they're coming for you! And when they do, your "by and by" will be replaced by saying "bye bye" to life as you've known it in this country. While you sit by and watch them pick off people, and faith, and family one by one, while you hide away in your self-induced delusion that you're not supposed to speak up, they're coming for you. You have not been called to sit idly by. You have not been anointed to glance with eyes glazed over at our president and just be content to pray for him rather than oppose him when he tramples on the foundation of our Christian heritage. The thought that you should just smile and nod is a thought from the pit of hell. Send it back.

You have been called to action. You have been called to side with that which is right. And if you do not, when you finally wake up--causing them to turn their attention in your direction--who will be left to fight for you?


From Today's Tears to Tomorrow's Hope

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

It's been a long time since I've been so angry it caused me to cry. Sad enough to cry? Yes. Angry enough to cry? No time recently. But that all ended today.

As I left work and was driving, I was listening to "The Sean Hannity Show" on the radio, as I often do. In the segment I caught, Sean was vehemently decrying
David Letterman's nasty joke about Governor Palin's 14 year old daughter being raped at Yankee Stadium, which I blogged about yesterday, his calling the governor "slutty," his comment that she did crack while in New York, and the comedian on the Today Show who said Sarah "is very much like herpes. She is not going away."

But back to David Letterman. Last night, he made another sexual joke about Willow, linking her to former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and prostitution. WHAT?! All this because Sarah Palin came to the Lower 48 to support a New York icon, participated in a fundraiser for our special needs community, supported our beloved New York Yankees, was gracious to everyone she encountered, and, no doubt, helped the New York economy in the process. Just the fact that she was here brought their hatred to the forefront once more?! No, just the fact that she exists stirs up hatred within them. I have said it before, and I'll say it again: The vitriol heaped upon Sarah Palin is demonic--plain and simple. This is not my attempt at hyperbole. These attacks are indeed demonic.

The tears were unexpected, a reaction to being overwhelmed by such filth. A 14 year old girl had to wake up to soundbites of an old man laughing about a professional athlete raping her on a baseball field. How sick is that?! As Hannity pointed out, Willow Palin didn't ask to be in the spotlight. She doesn't deserve to be so vilely treated. What is her crime? Being the daughter of the governor of Alaska? And what is her mother's crime? Loving her country enough to offer herself up for service? This is how we treat those who choose to serve? Yet we wonder why people with integrity won't put themselves out there. Look at how we treat them.

I guess my intense emotions were partly the result of feeling so helpless in the matter, wanting to do something about what was said, yet feeling my hands are tied and my efforts futile. There is no way anyone should get away with these comments even one time, and yet Letterman thumbs his nose at us by coming back with more. I'm just so disgusted, so angry, and I feel so utterly sad that this family has to endure this and to issue statements such as these:

"Any 'jokes' about raping my 14-year-old are despicable. Alaskans know it and I believe the rest of the world knows it, too."- Todd Palin

"Concerning Letterman's comments about my young daughter (and I doubt he'd ever dare make such comments about anyone else's daughter): 'Laughter incited by sexually-perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity aimed at a 14-year-old girl is not only disgusting, but it reminds us some Hollywood/NY entertainers have a long way to go in understanding what the rest of America understands - that acceptance of inappropriate sexual comments about an underage girl, who could be anyone's daughter, contribute to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others.'"- Governor Sarah Palin

David Letterman should be fired. Comedy is one thing, but he crossed the line. As Sarah pointed out, his comments make light of violent, criminal behavior forced upon women. How can this go unpunished?

Like I said, this literally brought me chest pain--heartburn, if you will--and I want to do something. I do not like David Letterman, and I do not watch David Letterman. I cannot, obviously, stop watching a show I do not watch, so boycotting his show is not an option. I'm overwhelmed that this kind of hatred is not only tolerated, but appreciated and deemed entertainment in this country--a country where, even after having such a historic election, resulting in our first partially-Black president, we still have such disrespect for women--another minority group, be they adults, as in Sarah Palin, or children, as in her 14 year old daughter. How sad. Yet Sarah Palin just continues to stand tall, and I find myself wanting to fight for her even more.

In the midst of the tears, something slightly ironic ensued. As I arrived at my house, I drove up to the mailbox. Guess what was in the box: a package from the 2012Draft Sarah Committee filled with more "Sarah Palin: President 2012" buttons and "Sarah 2012: A New Energy for America!" bumper stickers. I'm not kidding, and I didn't even know more had been ordered! In the midst of the heartburn, I felt a flutter of hope. Of all days to receive this shipment, I get it today! Coincidence? You decide.

Here's what David Letterman said about Willow and Eliot Spitzer:


Sarah Palin is Right: David Letterman IS Pathetic!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

At first I just sat here with my mouth wide open, not believing what I had heard. It took me a while to be able to even blink, much less close my mouth. I cannot believe what I just heard David Letterman say. Now, he has long ago shown himself to be a disgusting sexist pig. I put him in the same category as Eminem, and that's saying something. But this comment really shot through me. After the shock thawed, the anger set in.

This certainly isn't the first time Letterman has made sexual comments regarding the Palins. Months ago, he joked about being "aroused" by Sarah Palin. Now that's enough to make you puke. Anybody have a barf bag?! Sarah Palin is the governor of a state. Where's the respect? Of course he has no respect, has shown no respect, and doesn't seem to be capable of even feigning respect for Sarah Palin. But the comments I heard today take him to a new low. It's disgusting enough to make the comments he has about an adult, but how can a talk show host get away with making sexual comments about a 14 year old girl? I'm talking about the sexual remarks he made about Sarah's daughter, Willow. I mean, why is he even thinking about anything like this as it pertains to a child? You'll have to look at the video clip below and see for yourself, and notice all the laughter in the background. He also decided he would make Sarah's trip to New York the subject of his
Top Ten List and used the term "slutty" to describe her clothing.

Now, as if he doesn't tick me off enough already, I'm further outraged by the fact that I know there will be no outcry from so-called feminists who pretend to care about women and the way men treat and refer to them. Maybe the roles will be reversed and Carrie Prejean will call Governor Palin this time to tell her she knows all too well what it's like for these women's groups to leave you out there on your own. I hate the hypocrisy of these groups that only defend the dignity of women on the Left. And whenever they're asked about their silence when it comes to women on the Right, they have nothing of substance to say, which is their way of saying, "If you're not one of us, we couldn't care less about you. We certainly don't care about Sarah Palin. In fact, we don't really care about women at all. We do a good job pretending, though, don't we?" No, you don't! Imagine what would happen if Letterman made these comments about one of Michelle Obama's daughters, or even Hillary Clinton's daughter?! There would be a public outcry so fierce somebody would end up wishing he were dead! But for Sarah's daughter...nope! I hope these feminists prove me wrong and come out in defense of the governor. This is one case where I wouldn't mind eating a little crow.

On John Ziegler's new talk radio show today, Governor Palin responded to Letterman's oozing despicability by calling him "pathetic," which is a mild term for what he really is. I tell you, I don't know how she handles it. And I know Todd would like just five minutes with him!

I guess it boils down to this: How dare Governor Palin leave Alaska and come to New York. How dare she love her country enough to speak up. Who does she think she is to have something to say? Doesn't she know she should be seen and not heard? This is really what some people think. They are so bothered by her that they can't stand it, so threatened, so completely afraid. Of what, you ask? Of everything about her: her appeal, her courage, her utter refusal to back down, her support base--and her likelihood of being the next President of the United States. Okay, you do have a point, and I have one thing to say to you: Be afraid. Be very afraid!


Sharing my Weekend with Sarah Palin with my Students (includes pictures)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Pictured above from left to right: Kristina, Buffalo Organizer of 2012 Draft Sarah Committee, Jeff Graham, Mayor of Watertown, NY, and me, Executive Board Member and New York Organizer of 2012 Draft Sarah Committee

Today I had the opportunity to share with my students what transpired in Auburn and Purchase, NY this past weekend. I told them the story of William Seward's purchase of Alaska, his devotion to Harriet Tubman, and the occasion that brought Governor Sarah Palin to the area this past weekend: Alaska's 50th year of statehood. Also, in light of Sunday's Walk for Autism, we briefly talked about autism. Some said they know people who are autistic. Others asked what autism is.

Although I spoke well of the Palins, I did not even attempt to express the depth of my emotions throughout the weekend. I can't even express it internally, so I know any effort to adequately give voice to these emotions to my students simply wasn't going to succeed.

I observed several things as students in my different classes took in the pictures and the facts. I was surprised to note that there was one question that was asked in a couple different classes: "Is she nice?" I said, "Oh yes, she's very gracious." Do you remember the student I wrote about in Part I: Sarah Palin Teaches my Classes Here in Upstate New York? Well, she commented after class that Sarah looked different in these pictures, that she seems nice. I don't know what kind of person she thought Sarah was, but I told her that Sarah is indeed a very "nice" person, and I questioned why she thought otherwise. She said, "No, she just seems nicer now. She looks more relaxed in these pictures, and not so uptight."

That was news to me because I always thought Sarah looked comfortable addressing the people, but the comment did give me something to think about. Why did she, who previously thought Sarah had never said anything of value, also think she was some kind of uptight rogue. Every time I saw Sarah among the people during the campaign, she was always kind, incredibly friendly, and so very giving--of her smile, her handshake, her time. But just as we discussed a couple weeks ago, it's amazing the impression left upon people by the likes of the mainstream media, but--although not any more gracious than she had always been--perhaps Sarah is indeed more relaxed. Maybe that's what happens when you're the one calling the shots now and not being mishandled. Just a thought...

A student in my afternoon class asked the same question. When, in answer to her question, I assured her that yes, Sarah was "nice," she said, "So she's not snobby, thinking she's all that or anything?" I find that question laughable, kind of like the "diva" allegations that came out after the election. "Oh no, she's not like that at all. She really is gracious," I stated.

After meeting Sarah and watching her in real time, that question sort of shocked me. Having seen her and talked to her, I cannot even fathom questioning her character, her heart, or her willingness to show grace toward others. She oozes these qualities. It's one of those things that has to be experienced first hand to fully understand, I suppose, but I did stress that she is most liberal in her kindness toward people. (This, by the way, is the only way in which she is a liberal!) And I don't know how she does it. I think I would find it all too much, and I would probably succumb to the urge to yell, "Get up off me!"

I think in each class at least one person mentioned that her cheeks must really hurt "from all that smiling." One boy said, "She must tie them up to keep them that way!" I explained to each class,"That's just the way she is," but I don't think they got it. I don't think they can--nor can you--without seeing firsthand how she treats those around her. These kids are conditioned--as even most adults are--to believe that people do what they do for reasons other than authenticity. We have become used to politicians, but we are not yet accustomed to public servants--and Sarah is a public servant.

I thought it was cute when one student shockingly observed, "She's not wearing red!" I said, "No, but she did wear some red shoes this weekend." Her response was, "I knew it! She has to wear some red. She always wears red."

I could also hear the "She's pretty!" comments, followed by "Yeah, she is!" I mentioned to a couple classes that the camera couldn't really capture the beauty she and Todd truly have. But again, you can't fathom that either, unless you see it in person.

One of the sweetest comments I heard was from a girl, who said with such awe in her voice, "I think it's so cool that you got to be right next to her."It was really cool.

As I wind down here, I can't fail to share the one comment that had a bunch of us baffled. Toward the end of one class, we had a fire drill. We had already finished talking about Auburn and Purchase, and the students were working in groups on a final project. As I walked up the line in the grass awaiting the end of the drill, I heard one student exclaim to another, "You don't know who Sarah Palin is?!" Apparently the unknowing student asked who that lady in the pictures was! I find this unbelievable, so you know I had to join in and give her a hard time. After all, we spent many a class this fall discussing the election campaign, talking about each candidate, and even seeing video footage of the candidates addressing certain key issues. Finally, on November 4, we held a class election. All that, and after 20 minutes of seeing pictures and hearing comments, she asks who Sarah Palin is! Oh, nobody. Just the next President of the United States!

Today the Mayor of Watertown, NY emailed me some pictures that he had, unbeknownst to me, captured during the Seward House reception in Auburn Saturday afternoon. I'll post some here.


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