Tuesday, September 18, 2012

What's Beautiful in America

I'm switching gears a little bit today. I want to draw attention some people in this world that are very beautiful. I see them everyday. Our lives and, specifically, my life would be so much less without them. Special needs kids, disabled kids, delayed...whatever you want to call them...to me they are just kids. I can't imagine an America..a world.. without them. There are those who would like to push them aside, or claim they don't have quality of life. I say...who are they to judge what someone's quality of life is. You could have all the skills and abilities, a boatload of money or fame and have no quality of life. Quality is much more than what the standards of the world may be. The kids in my life mean the world to me. Whenever I hear a story about accomplishments, achievements of any kind, it fills my heart with joy.
I don't see a kid in a wheelchair, I see a superstar.
I don't see a boy struggling to write his name, I see a fighter pushing the limits.
I don't see a girl garbling her words, I see a song being sung.
I don't see a child with a deformity, I see a beautiful creation of God.
I see a blessing in each one.

These kids, that some like to pass by, have SO much to give, so much to teach, and so much joy to give others. My life is much richer from all the cherubs I know. I'm grateful for the privilege to know each one, no matter their abilities or difficulties. Sure there are good days and bad days, but who among us doesn't have both as well. They can play baseball, sing a song; wrestle with their brothers; gobble down a pizza...not so different, just different ways.

Sometimes it's hard for them to communicate, so take the time to try to understand. Someone may not be able to talk but if you take the time to look, you'll see a multitude of communication in other ways. I wouldn't trade my experience with these awesome kids for anything. They are each a blessing.
One little guy I know can't talk, but he fills the lives around him with such joy. He has a great sense of humor and loves to giggle and tease. He has so much inside to share, but just has a hard time getting it out. If you take the time to try, it's awesome when he gets his point across to you. I'm amazed at his ingenuity in communicating. I see what he Can do, and help him with the things he can't. We teach him, but almost more so, he teaches us.
It doesn't matter how much someone can do, or what they can do, they contribute in their own special way. Each of us does. See the ability, not a disability. In many ways we are all the same. We all have value and importance in this world.

Having people with all levels of skills and abilities is one of the things I think makes America Beautiful.

Monday, September 10, 2012


It seems that whenever I bike it puts me in a nostalgic mood. There is something about cruising through cornfields and neighborhoods that makes me think of America. I listen to many styles of music as I ride, from 1940's big bands, oldies from the 50's to moving praise songs and upbeat Christian pop. As this wide variety randomly plays through my travels it takes me back to another time or place. There is so much great about our country, but in our crazy busy lives we sometimes forget. I love the different sites I come across; horseback riders, kids playing outside, people hard at work in their yard or farm; splashing in a pool, even a cute dog hanging out the window of a car at a stoplight (and the driver even saying hello), a baseball field being built, a soccer game being played, families of all ages on a walk or bike ride together, and the list goes on.

Sometimes I long for the the days before my time..pioneer days, or the 1940's, 1950's when life was simpler. I love all the advances in technology and practical everyday inventions we have now, but sometimes they get in the way. We don't have the leisure and patience of old, nor sometimes the creativity kids had when they had to make up their own fun.

American's are can do people. We started this country with a strong pioneer spirit and to some extent that ethic is still with us. The immigrants that arrived on Ellis Island with nothing but a few belongings and their family, then go on to build a life, a business, a legacy. The young boy in the slums works hard at school and life and pulls himself out of poverty and builds a life for himself and his family. A single parent working hard to better the life for her children. If we stop watching the news and just watch our neighborhoods we see America. People working hard, taking care of their kids, helping their neighbor on a project, bringing a meal to someone in need, that's what America is. I love how when people are in need, the churches and communities jump right in to help.

The 11th anniversary of 911 is tomorrow. Do you remember how we all came together as one nation? Nothing mattered but standing up for our nation and taking care of each other. The things that really matter in life are right here in our schools and churches and towns; the people in our lives. At times we seem to lose our way, some times longer than others, but we always seem to fight back to where we belong. Everyday life in America is a precious thing.
Our country was founded as a great experiment. We are one of a kind, and I hope and pray we can keep what was built over 200 years ago. We can do it, if we remember what this country means and stand true to our founding fathers dreams. We need more patriots and patriotism in America. We need not apologize for our place in the world and all the good we have done. (yes I know there are dark days in our past, but we are human and far from perfect) We need to teach our kids history so they know where they come from. It's good to keep ethnic traditions and identities, but we need to remember we are one nation..together...not divided. We are people, created by God, and it matters not what color or size we are, culture, beliefs,or background we come from, we're just people. Americans. This country was founded by faithful men seeking to honor God and give rights and freedoms to the people. I'm thankful they sacrificed so much for our sake.

President Woodrow Wilson said,
"A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we don’t know where we have come from or what we have been about."

Thursday, September 6, 2012


I foolishly turned on DNC in the middle of Obama's speech. I don't think I lasted 5 minutes listening to the lies before I had to turn it off. It's unfathomable what they are willing to say, don't believe a word of it, and then go out and do the opposite. Although I do agree with one statement he made. He said this election is a very clear choice between two very different viewpoints. He's right in that but very deceptively portrays the side he is on. In just those few minutes he claims republicans aren't clear on any plan on how to fix the economy, when that is a more accurate description of himself. He hides everything. He said 4 years ago he would be transparent, which he is not. I don't have the energy to elaborate on that one, the list would be too exhaustive. I watched some on the street interviews where people actually said they would support an Obama plan to ban corporate profits. Oh my, they don't want business to make money. That sounds a little scary to me. Another reporter went around asking people if they support choice, the answers were all yes, a woman has a right to choose what to do with their body. But, when he asked if people should be able to choose what light bulb to use, they said NO, because it harms the planet. Or asked if people should be able to choose what soda they drink or how much fat, they say ok to ban. You shouldn't be able to choose things if it's bad for you, you have to choose things that are good for you, you shouldn't be able to choose whether to be in a union or not, can't choose schools if they are not good schools...aka for profit, charter, etc.. the insanity of the contradictions reaches every area of the liberal mind. It's amazing to me how they can say one thing one minute and the complete opposite a day later and think nothing of it. Like Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley,who said we are not better off than 4 years ago, and comes back the next day and says yes of course we are better off..hmmm guessing he got a call from someone who told him to stick to the party lie..oops I mean line. How about Obama saying if he couldn't fix the economy in 4 years he wouldn't run....how about keeping that promise. Liberals complain that GW Bush added 4 trillion to the debt..keep in mind that he did that in EIGHT years and in wartime. Obama added 5 trillion in THREE years, I can't imagine how high it would be if he got more time to run it up. It's sad so many intelligent people buy in to their lies.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


I saw a video online today that did comparisons with Obama speeches in 2008 and in 2012 and they are virtually identical. They included things he wanted to do, promises he made. One could ask the questions; one..why can't he come up with anything new? and more importantly, why hasn't he done anything about those yet? I would speculate it is because he never planned to nor does he now. He is very good at saying what people want to hear, and very good and doing whatever he pleases. I don't think I have the stomach to watch any of the convention this week, though I may check the news some. They don't have anything to run on so they attack. People need to take the blinders off and see him for what he really is. He wants change, but the change he wants is to fundamentally change our country from what makes it great. Ok...done ranting.


I did a lot of biking this summer. In my travels I bike past cornfields, ball fields, farms, and towns. One cannot help but ponder the beauty of our country and American ideals in the midst of this scenery. I think about the hard working pioneers that built this nation, and long to go back to a time when things were simple; when people worked hard for what they earned, helped those in their community, and communed with their neighbors..just to name a few. Our ability to build this country was based in the freedoms and liberties that allowed us to do so. Americans are hard working and bursting with ingenuity. Lately though, I'm afraid. We are slowing becoming lazy, a country of victims, self-centered and godless.
The politics of today seems like a lose lose. No one party has all the answers, but I sense this election coming up is a crucial turning point for us. As I see it, the issues everyone is talking about; jobs, economy, marriage, education, and more are just secondary to what is at stake this time around. We need to put differences aside and choose a president that is not trying to destroy our freedoms. The current president is slowly growing government, spending us into a black hole and stealing our freedoms. He will have no restraints if he gets four more years because there is no election looming after him. In a hot mike situation he made this comment " "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility," Obama implored. Obama assured the departing Russian President he will have the "flexibility" required to deal with missile defense issues after the 2012 presidential election." Here is a very telling quote to give that more reality; "We cannot expect Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism."
   -Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev, 1959

If that doesn't scare you into voting out Obama, I don't know what will. We need Democrat voters to take a break from the party line and vote for our country. They may not agree with conservative views, but I hope they believe in America. Vote Democrat for anything else but president and find a better nominee in the 2016 election, but this year we need to come together as Americans to save our freedoms. If given the chance, Obama will stop at nothing to tear down our American spirit and sugarcoat it with niceties along the way. We need to be watchful of the lies and deceit that are ever present in his world. Healthcare is just one of the steps already taken to bring government more into our homes and take away our freedoms. We won't have an America left if he is able to continue his failures and lies. Yes we have many problems to fix in America, but you don't get a car running good by taking off it's wheels. We can't make America great by taking away our Freedoms.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sad Times

It saddens me to see the direction our country is moving. I cleared out everything I had in this blog, to start over. I have finally figured out a focus to write about. With an historic election coming up, I feel the need to express, vent or otherwise educate about the issues. There is so much to delve into it's hard to know where to start. People need to see the big issue involved here. The very basis our country was founded on is in jeopardy. Those who would support the president, I feel aren't looking at the big picture. They look as specific things and the outcomes for them. We need to see the big picture of our freedoms being taken away. The age old question; are we better off now than four years ago. No. This president has dragged our country through the mud. Frankly, other than power, I don't know why he wanted to be president. He despises our country and all that we stand for. He apologizes for us around the world. He does whatever he can to tear this county apart and destroy our freedoms that we fought and died for. This is the year to gather together and fight to keep America strong, keep our freedoms intact, and shrink the government back to where the founders intended.