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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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Conservative, Independent Film Maker Jack Marino Joins Liberty Belle Hour on Thursday, June 17

I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of Jack Marino on Facebook about 18 months ago, soon after he’d appeared as the guest of Nick Polyzos and Kender MacGowen on Young Gun Conservative talk radio. A true patriot and gentleman, one of Jack’s passions is the United States Military, the defenders of the freedoms we hold dear. In particular, he felt a debt of gratitude and obligation to ones who’d served in Vietnam, those “forgotten heroes” who were largely spat upon and repugnantly derided in American society as “baby killers” (quite ironically, I might add, by many Baby Boomers who don’t have the slightest qualms about abortion, nor a clue as to what actually transpired in Vietnam).

Jack set out to create a film in the tradition of John Wayne’s The Green Berets, which attempted to counteract the discontent and hostility at home over the USA’s involvement in the  Vietnam War with an unapologetically anti-communist, pro-American message, reflective of Wayne’s support for our troops and our efforts in southeast Asia. Alas, with the subsequent hippie-flower-power takeover of the centers of influence in Hollywood, pro-American, pro-US Military films quickly became the stuff of nostalgia as the box offices began furiously churning out one lefty, anti-war film after another.

From Coming Home to Born on the Fourth of July to Full Metal Jacket and Platoon, Hollywood continually sent a clear message to American movie-goers: if you’re looking for uplifting stories about military heroism and praise for your country’s willingness to send their strongest and bravest to the most hostile places in the world to protect and defend freedom,  find something else to do on your weekend.  Unlike popcorn, patriotism at the theater was in short supply.

Enter Jack Marino, who’d seen and heard enough. Raised with a strong belief in God, country and family, Marino invested countless hours and hard-earned treasure into producing a film that not only celebrates our men and women in uniform, but also the diversity of a country populated by people of various races, ethnicities and colors — all bound by a common love of freedom.

In a review of the film for Smart Girl Nation last year, I wrote:

The result is an engaging drama that follows the mission of an eclectic squadron of Marines as they attempt to rescue a Russian General who has defected to the United States. Representing the ethnic and racial diversity of America, this group of heroes includes a blond-haired surfer boy from Venice Beach, a young Latino from Los Angeles, a wise-cracking Italian-American from Brooklyn, and a stocky cowboy from Oklahoma. In keeping with the film’s tagline, “it was a time that turned boys into men and men into heroes,” when we first meet our core characters, they appear to behave more like frat boys than American soldiers, playing drinking games and fantasizing about girls on the beach.

Recently, Michael Moriarity raved about Forgotten Heroes for the excellent website, Big Hollywood:

Yes, Jack Marino’s version of a Platoon is the entire American Rainbow Family.

It is a guerilla tribute to the greatness of American guerillas.

You won’t forget it, I assure you … and, after the most disturbing moment begins to sift through your consciousness, you will begin to see the film as a measure of not only American courage but her divine irresistibility.

You won’t regret having taken the time.

Forgotten Heroes is actually unforgettable.

To purchase a DVD copy of Marino’s wonderful film, please visit the Forgotten Heroes website. And tune in to WAFS this Thursday, June 17 at 7 p.m. Eastern. Jack and I will take your calls at (561) 228-4020, and welcome you to join the live chat.

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