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Thursday, November 20, 2008


Can Elegance Trump Hate?

Georgia's 10th District Rep. Paul Braun used HATE with fear-mongering code words to belittle our 44th President at a Rotary meeting. How his hateful words made national news to be repeated on talk radio is another story. Braun's ploy to use national media to drive voters back to the polls for Saxby Chambliss in a run-off worked stunningly well.

Contrast that with ELEGANT words about what it means to be American in a published essay by Waverli Rainey, a teenager in Wasilla, Alaska. Waverli (who is white) was deeply disturbed by disrespect shown a new president on election night at Wasilla's Sports Complex & by open hate-filled bigotry at school the next day. Waverli decries her own lack of courage to speak out, but with courage & essay in hand, went to the local paper.

The Frontiersman published Waverli's essay on Nov. 13. Certain blogs took note, but not the national news media. Why is that?

Waverli turned aside hate, not by a rant like Rep. Braun, but with ELEGANT writing... as did our Founding Fathers. Her most powerful writing is her description of what being an American means - feelings shared by millions of silent Americans who spoke with their votes.  [Note:  Please read this letter from Waverli's mother before reading the article.]

Valley teen has some big questions
By Waverli Rainey
Frontiersman Spectrum | Nov. 13, 2008

Hats off to Waverli Rainey & other young people who want a better America where hate words have no power at all. They are the future of our nation.

The question is - will national news give Waverli's elegant words as much attention as Dr. Broun's hateful fear-mongering words?

Freedom of the press carries within certain responsibilities & tremendous power. We the people must insist our national press give more power to words of ELEGANCE than words of HATE - if WE want a better nation.

Kudos also to other young people who walk the talk. They put their own lives on hold, drove long distances to Georgia, & are working long 12 hr. days - just to get out the vote for Democrat Jim Martin, who's challenging the incumbent Senator in a run-off. Same young people worked tirelessly for another challenger who walks the talk - Barrack Obama.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Palin's True Mission

We dodged a Palin bullet this time, but just barely & we better be watchful or it will hit us in the backside next time. This Palin connection sure didn't get media attention like Rev. Wright did before the election. Why not?

Sarah Palin’s heavy involvement with C. Peter Wagner’s Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders should give us all heartburn! Wagner's New Apostolic Reformation's "The Seven Mountains Mandate" is intended to equip HIS "Christians" (exclusive) to begin taking control of education, business, banking, government plus 3 others.

Talk2Action called the lack of coverage scandalous!

~ An informed electorate is necessary for a strong nation. ~

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Election Reaction

Election Reaction - Notice it is SO quiet!

Results were so astounding - people are still digesting their own emotional reaction.

I watched the returns come in with my daughter & her husband. She & I cheered loudly when Iowa results came in (we’re proud to be from Iowa, where Obama’s campaign was launched). Soon the Electoral Vote count shot up with west coast results in & we all jumped up cheering roundly, including the dog. Fireworks went off nearby in their neighborhood.

We marveled at McCain’s concession speech in Phoenix. We all thought the old McCain is back! He was gracious & respectful - as if he was speaking code to old friends that the REAL John McCain was still there. Good for him!

Soon after the singer finished at Grant Park in Chicago, Barack Obama walked out with his family to a HUGE uproar. After hugging his wife & kids, he stepped to the podium - looking punch-drunk exhausted - & launched one of his finest speeches, firing up that crowd of supporters in Grant Park even more! Not long after more fireworks go off nearby.

Loved the families up on stage at Grant Park!! Pictures like that are worth 1,000,000 words when the world is looking on. Their mothers! Well, what can I say?

Listening to NPR analyse the results the next morning, I realized Obama had been given a mandate. I found myself quietly crying, my heart swelled knowing there were more than 60 million Americans who also want our beloved country to once again be respected & loved by the rest of the world.

The pride I feel is not related to electing a man of bi-racial heritage. It is directly connected to Obama's stand against invading Iraq when it was risky for him to do so as a candidate for the Illinois Senate. He called it dumb then & he was right!

Obama didn’t know then just how many good old-fashioned Americans agreed!!

~ An informed electorate is necessary for a strong nation. ~