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Pray for Our Nation: Patriotism

From the book, Pray for Our Nation from Harrison House publishers, p. 40:

Father, I pray in Jesus’ name that you would restore a social conscience to our nation.

I pray that we would again see the value of teaching our children the virtue of being good citizens — to not only live for the good of the individual but the good of others as well.

Dear Father, I desire to see our nation restored to godly integrity and excellence, so that our children and our citizens can be proud of their nation and proud to be called Americans.

In recognizing our duty to God and our country, keep us mindful to pray for our nation not only in our churches and our homes, but also in the quietness of our daily lives.

“Prayer covers the whole of man’s life. There is no thought, feeling, yearning, or desire however low, trifling, or vulgar we may deem it, which, if it affects our real interest and happiness, we may not lay before God. The whole  burden of the whole life of every man may be rolled onto God and not weary him, though it has wearied the man.”

— Henry Ward Beecher

American Clergyman

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The Conservative Diva Breakfast with Lt. Col. Allen West and Rep. John Boehner

During the ride to today’s breakfast event in West Palm Beach, Ellen noted the West campaign had promised a special surprise guest, though they’d been reluctant to share any more details. Upon arriving at the Gun Club with my trustee Flip corder in-hand, I was pleasantly taken aback to discover US Rep. John Boehner standing side-by-side with Lt. Col. Allen West, addressing the crowd  at the front of the room. So like a good citizen journalist, I immediately began filming.

Lt. Colonel Allen West, joined by US Rep. John Boehner, discusses his run for congress and the current issues facing the USA.

Ellen tells us why she really, really likes John Boehner. 😉

Among my first thoughts as I took in the scene was that this hotly contested race in FL CD-22 must indeed be extremely competitive and winnable to merit Boehner’s presence in West Palm Beach. The last polls I remember seeing showed Allen ahead by 6 points. In the wake of righteous outrage following the VFW’s deplorable endorsement of West’s opponent Ron Klein (in addition to “Senator Ma’am” Boxer in California), I can only imagine that number will increase dramatically as word continues to spread among veteran and non-veteran voters alike. As Ellen and Kathy note in the interview below, the VFW is already paying a dear price for their misguided decision.

Another observation I couldn’t help but make — given the left’s penchant for painting Tea Partiers as racists — was that the “predominantly white crowd” (which had a few non-white patriots interspersed within) greeted Allen and his remarks with the typical exuberance and enthusiasm I’ve come to expect at all West campaign events. Clearly, South Floridians are taken with the content of Allen’s character, the depth of his knowledge of the United States Constitution and his clear, bold articulation of limited government, strong national defense, individual liberty and personal responsibility. And his distinguished US Army career supports his rhetoric and demonstrates his proven leadership abilities and courage in the face of adversity. As I noted, it is such a thrill for me to be able to vote for this great American as a resident of his district:

Looking forward to a November to remember!

Update: Sore Loser Syndrome strikes again. Via Jennifer at Liberty Pundits comes word that Allen West’s primary challenger David Brady joined the VFW in endorsing Ron Klein. RINOs will apparently not go gently into that good night even when voters tell them thanks, but no thanks we’d rather have the other guy at the ballot box. Despicable.

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Precinct Walking with The Conservative Divas in Atlantis FL

Ellen, Kathy, Aimee and I took our Diva act on the road (and on foot) in Atlantis, Florida yesterday to get out the vote on November 2. Though several on our list were not actually at home when we arrived, we did encounter many residents either doing yard work outside on a gorgeous South Florida day, or answering our knocks on their doors with great enthusiasm, once apprised of the purpose of our visit.

There were a few who’d already voted absentee and some who planned to vote on Election Day or during the early voting period. All were fired up and excited to “support the Republican ticket”, though with the valid caveat that the GOP had better get it right this time. We couldn’t have agreed more as we handed out literature for Rick Scott & Jennifer Carroll (Governor/Lt. Governor); Marco Rubio (Senate); Lt. Col. Allen West (US Congress, CD-22); Pam Bondi (Attorney General); Jeff Atwater (FL CFO); Adam Putnam (Commissioner of Agriculture); and Tami Donnally (FL State House).

Next weekend, we’ll be covering the neighborhoods of  Boca Raton (including my own precinct), where among the state and national offices mentioned above, we’ll also be promoting Ellyn Bogdanoff (FL State Senate), George Moraitis (FL House) and Anne Kanjian (School Board, District 4).

After a few hours spent cruising the beautiful, walled city of Atlantis we took some time out for lunch and to recap the morning’s activities:

And Aimee spent a few minutes answering questions about Amendment 4, and why Florida voters should not just say No, but HELL NO!

Awesome true story: As we sat on the sidewalk in the Lantana Pinewood Shopping Center, we struck up a conversation with a witty, passionate conservative woman named Cathy, who happens to know a thing or two about oppression, having lived in Vietnam for the first eight years of her life. She shared with us her genuine love for America and the freedom our great nation represents, noting that since moving here as a young girl with her parents, she and her entire family (including aunts, uncles and cousins) had gone on to achieve success through hard work and ingenuity.

She expressed her disdain for fellow Americans who constantly malign their own country, noting she’d visited many places in her lifetime — France, Germany and other parts of Europe to name a few — none of which even came close to America’s greatness. The ostensibly little things most of us take for granted, such as rest stops along the interstate,  are non-existent in other parts of the world. And, to use her own words, people there are “lazy”, thanks to the socialist system that offers no reward for hard work, and no incentive for producing quality.

Cathy also had a few choice words for voters who fell for the whole “hopey changey” thing, which includes her fellow realtors, many of whom still haven’t seen the light, notwithstanding the state of our economy and the housing market.

As someone who’s witnessed government seizures of private property in Vietnam and other grave infringements upon individual liberty, she has little regard for Americans who simply will not face reality. After speaking with her, we concluded that too many of us have taken our freedom for granted for a myriad of reasons, one of which being the deplorable state of our educational system that fails to teach proper history. Instead of appreciating and celebrating the miracle that is the United States of America, a disappointing number of her citizens would rather chide her for her faults in their zeal for self-flagellation, guilt and entitlement — never mind that the USA has learned from its mistakes (e.g. slavery) and remains (barely, under this administration) the lone protector and defender of freedom for the entire world.

We tried to get Cathy on video, but being shy about that sort of thing, she declined. However, we did get her business card and plan to stay in touch. Perhaps we’ll successfully convince her to officially become a Conservative Diva; we need voices of experience like Cathy to remind Americans that freedom isn’t free and that communism/socialism is a miserable, failed system we never want to adopt in our homeland.

God bless America, her military warriors, her devoted patriots and her concerned citizens who’ve stepped up to run for office. We The People shall prevail!

 

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Pam Bondi for Florida Attorney General

Just returned from a great evening at the GOP Victory Office in Boca Raton, where Ellen and I had the opportunity to interview the lovely, intelligent Pam Bondi, Republican candidate for Florida Attorney General. As someone who’s followed Pam’s career over the last several years and viewed her multiple appearances as a legal contributor to various cable news outlets including FOX, I was looking forward to finally meeting her in person. And I can report that Pam is one of the friendliest, most gracious and genuine politicians I’ve ever interviewed.

In the brief clip below, Pam answers our questions about the Obamacare lawsuit started by current Attorney General, Bill McCollum:

Prior to Pam’s arrival, our young friend and fellow activist Connor Lanser gave us an opportunity to discuss the upcoming midterm elections and the FL candidates in the running:

And last, but definitely not least, I took a few moments to chat with amazing patriot activist, Connor Lanser:

 

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Coming Soon: The Conservative Diva

The Conservative Divas: Making activism count!

Having had the pleasure of meeting Ellen Snyder on Facebook two years ago and developing a close friendship shortly thereafter, I am thrilled to announce the impending launch of a new site for fabulous conservative females everywhere: The Conservative Diva.

A mutual friend conceived the idea for the website sometime after I’d  “christened” Ellen with the nickname several months ago, due to her passionate devotion and tireless efforts in the cause of freedom. Kathy (aka Lilly Joy), another wonderful female patriot I met through volunteering on the Edward Lynch campaign, completes the trio. Her highly talented husband, Woody, designed our logo which depicts our collective purpose and individual roles within a single image (not to mention, makes us all look mah-velous!).

The Conservative Diva will encourage,  inspire and inform women and men nationwide (though we’re starting with a focus on Florida) to get active in their local communities, support commonsense conservatives and step out of their comfort zones. We also hope to demonstrate that  — while critically important — activism can also be fun!

Tonight we’ll be interviewing Pam Bondi, Republican candidate for Florida Attorney General, at the grand opening of her Boca Raton office. That video will be featured, along with others, when the site goes live within the next few days. In the meantime, join our Facebook page here. We’ll have profile on twitter shortly, too.

 

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Parental “Death Panel” Executes Unborn Child with Down Syndrome

Hanging out with Ralph in Deerfield Beach.

Kind of ironic to come across this piece of heartbreaking news via my twitter friend RonPaulNot4Me in the same week my brother Ralph celebrated his 51st birthday.

 

From SFGate via the blog Moral Outcry:

When a Canadian couple learned their surrogate mother was carrying a fetus that was likely to be born with Down syndrome, they demanded an abortion.

The surrogate didn’t want to abort the child, according to the National Post, and so the child’s fate became about the surrogacy contract.

As more people turn to a third party to carry their babies, sticky situations like this are challenging the ethics of surrogacy. When all three people involved in a surrogacy aren’t on the same page, what should happen?

The ethics of surrogacy: What happens when the fetus has a defect?

According to the couple’s agreement with the surrogate, if the surrogate birthed the child, the biological parents wouldn’t have any legal responsibility for the child.

But many legal experts are saying that if this situation had been brought to court the surrogacy contract would have been disregarded. Instead the court would draw from family law requiring the biological parents to support the child.

It’s hard to know what would have happened because a surrogacy contract has never been contested in a Canadian court, according to the National Post, and the surrogate in this case never filed a lawsuit and decided to have an abortion in the end.

Virginia Ironside must be so proud.

 

 

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Most Tea Partiers Agree: Innocent, Unborn Life is Sacred

Warning: If you can actually watch this without experiencing visceral anguish, anger and outrage, you might be an Obama-bot. In all seriousness, it is extremely graphic. To all of my conservative-in-every-way-but-social friends who believe that if a child isn’t going to be born into “perfect” circumstances (e.g. a two-parent home with financial stability) that this kind of slaughter is justified, perhaps this video will cause you to reconsider. I can’t imagine any of you wish to be aligned with the grotesque worldview of people like Virginia Ironside and the global warming alarmists.

Note: I’d originally written the piece that follows about a year ago for Palin Drone, but felt it was worth a re-post in the wake of this revolting piece of eco-terrorist propaganda, Virginia Ironside’s soulless advocacy for child murder in the name of “compassion”, the upcoming midterm elections and the latest finding that most Tea Partiers are social, fiscal and national security conservatives.

That the last bit would surprise anyone is perplexing. As an avid, active Tea Partier here in South Florida since Tea Party Fort Lauderdale set up its weekly gatherings at the corner of US 1 and Oakland Park Blvd in February of 2009, I can report that the overwhelming majority of participants are pro-life, pro-gun, pro-military, pro-war on Global Jihad, pro-limited government and  pro-personal responsibility and freedom.

 

Posing with Danita Kilcullen, one of the founders of Tea Party Fort Lauderdale.

 

If pro-abortion advocates had their way, many of the world’s greatest achievers and contributors would never have been afforded the opportunity to leave an indelible mark upon civilization due to the less-than-ideal circumstances surrounding their births and physicality (not to mention the whim of their mothers). After all, Winston Churchill had a speech impediment. Abraham Lincoln was born into poverty. And Leonardo da Vinci was the illegitimate product of an unwed mother.

Not too long ago, I attended a BBQ at the home of a close friend. In the midst of the merriment, the conversation somehow digressed into an impassioned abortion debate as we sat around the kitchen table, in one of those strange progressions where a simple, innocuous inquiry like “How is your family?” segued into a heated argument over whether life begins at conception.

Ok, that’s quite a stretch, so let me explain.

The friend in question’s family is still dealing with the ramifications of losing a very young child to an aggressive, destructive brain tumor a few years back. Later that day, she was going to attend a family dinner commemorating what would’ve been his eighth birthday. (Having been deeply involved with the family during the horrific, 10-month ordeal in which every instinct of the grieving, heart-broken parents centered around how to best comfort, love and ease the child’s pain, I find Virginia Ironside’s comments that much more repugnant and offensive).

Somewhere in the mix of lingering grief, heartache and anger, she launched into an understandable tirade about the unfairness of it all, especially given the fact that the boy had two loving parents who provided a good home. Up until that point, I agreed with everything she’d stated.

However in the next breath, she began railing against pregnant teenagers, unwed mothers and even young married adults who willingly reproduce (i.e. choose life) long before they themselves have reached a certain level of maturity and financial security. Now I certainly don’t condone teenagers having babies, or even partaking in the activity that leads to their creation; in an ideal scenario, everyone would wait until marriage, or at least until their 20s (when the chances of emotionally maturity are much higher) before having sex — and when they did, they’d take proper precautions if not ready to care for the needs of an infant. And in a perfect world, if they did actually use birth control, it would never fail. Not ever. Not even once.

But as I said, we don’t live in a perfect world. Does that somehow designate unplanned life as disposable?

Pro-life advocates who walk the walk like Briston Palin don’t think so.  And as someone who knows how difficult it is to practically abide by one’s belief in the sanctity of human life, she’s actively reaching out to teenage girls in an effort to help them prevent pregnancies until securing a better future for themselves, one that hopefully includes a loving, devoted spouse and father.

Having said that, let’s take a look at the issue from the “ideal circumstances” standpoint.

In a side-by-side comparison, if a married couple in their 30s with stable careers, and two 16 year-old high school sweethearts lacking two nickels to rub against each conceive a child, is the life of the former couple’s unborn child somehow more worthy than that of the latter, though neither unborn creation had actually been given a choice — so to speak — about their conception?

Using my friend’s logic, the answer would be yes. She’d flatly stated that since young people are “too selfish” to give up their babies for adoption, they should abort them if they cannot adequately provide for their material needs. Of course, if we didn’t live in a “hook up” culture that glamorizes meaningless, casual sex, devalues God and preaches moral relativism, there would be far fewer unplanned pregnancies to deal with in the first place. But that’s a discussion for another post.

I can and often do agree to disagree with friends, for the sake of the relationship. In this case, the woman in question is a wonderful person for whom I’d do just about anything. What was frustrating to me on that particular day though, was her unwillingness to let me put forth my point of view; every time I tried to make a counter-argument she’d cut me off. It didn’t help that our other female friend kept interjecting hard luck stories about her boyfriend’s childhood to support the financial wealth justification — notwithstanding the fact that he’d gone on to achieve great success after growing up a poor kid in a large Irish-Catholic family.

It was kind of like being a guest on The Factor: Before I could complete a sentence, one of them would cut me off. Or, they’d immediately shoot down my premise. For example, when I mentioned that I was once an unplanned pregnancy and as such, was also very grateful that my parents were pro-life, my statement was dismissed because after all, my father was a doctor:

Me: “Yes, that is true but at the time my dad was struggling to get his surgical practice going, barely paying the mortgage on our two-story colonial, which he couldn’t afford to fully furnish.”

Friend: “Bah! Your parents knew that once he got his career off the ground, the money would come in.”

Me: “Fair enough, but suppose God forbid, my dad had been in some kind of accident, leaving him incapacitated and unable to perform surgery while my mom was still in the first trimester. Would that have then justified an abortion? Or what if it had happened years down the road, forcing my mother to take over as breadwinner. She’s a pretty smart lady, but in all likelihood, would never have been able to replace my dad’s income, which would have taken us down quite a few notches on the economic scale — maybe even into borderline poverty. We would then be in the dire financial circumstances that according to your premise, justify abortion.”

My point again: there are no guarantees in life. Even if a child is born into a near-perfect situation, it could all change in the blink of an eye before he or she is out of diapers. When you get right down to it, innocent human life is innocent human life. Either we believe it is sacred — flawed though it may be — or we don’t. There is no in-between.

And whether it’s Hitler or Stalin committing mass genocide against the handicapped and entire races of people they deemed inferior; government bureaucrats determining whether it’s cost-effective for your 75 year-old mother to have her recommended hip-replacement surgery; or well-intentioned people buying into abortion based on a subjective quality of life argument, all have one thing in common: a deliberate rejection of the laws of God and nature in favor of some Utopian pie-in-the-sky ideal. I can think of 50 million reasons why that is just plain wrong.

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