(This post originally written for My Colorado View.)
This is the first post I’ve ever made to this blog. I’ve met many of the other women who write here and I didn’t think I could write anything as well as they could. Well, I hope I’m wrong, because I just discovered My Colorado View. I didn’t expect it, but during a rally yesterday had an epiphany of sorts.
It all started when my son told me he had to play in the pep band for Michelle Obama’s speech at his high school yesterday. My first instinct was to tell him there was no way I was going to let him do that and then lock him in his room. I had known Michelle Obama was going to be speaking at his high school, but had blocked it out of my mind. We had to go to the school and move his instrument and music to a place where the secret service could check it. After I dropped him off, I posted about it on Facebook. Someone from the Arapahoe Tea Party commented that I should join the people holding signs the next day. I knew that AFP-Colorado was also going to be there. I decided that sounded like a great plan and I could kill two birds with one stone as it were.
Well, I dropped Brady off at the school just before 7:30 in the morning and the crowd was already starting to line up. I drove around the area a few times to see if any of the others had arrived yet, but they were running a bit late. I finally found some of the group and joined with them on one corner and started doing my part by holding one end of the banner, “Will Work for Gas”. It was as I was standing in my neighborhood, outside the excellent school that has taught my children, that I thought of what this neighborhood meant to me and what we should be doing to actually be heard.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved that we were there letting people know how we felt about what’s been going on in our country. I’ve been to other events and had a great time, but this time was different somehow. I couldn’t tell how at first, but then I realized what it was. We were missing our chance to really share our message in a meaningful way. This wasn’t just waving signs and calling out to cars. This was people, many of whom were walking by us to attend a visit by the first lady, someone who meant a great deal to the people attending. There were families with young children and they were dressed up for the obviously important event that they wanted to share with their children.
I was already feeling as though I didn’t have anything to offer to this group, so I just stood holding the banner and just watched the people. We had some people who were calling out to the crowd and I even called out once in a while. We all wanted our thoughts to be heard and for Michelle Obama to know how we felt. But, were we really speaking to Michelle Obama or the people arriving to hear her speak? Every time someone was walking by and we called out, we lost our chance to show our true selves and connect with these people.
I didn’t feel the epiphany coming. I guess that’s how epiphanies work. They just sort of sneak up on you and then burst into your mind like an answer to a question you didn’t know you were even asking. Mine started to really start moving when I saw a small African-American family walking toward the corner across the way so they could cross the street and continue to the school. I watched them and remembered when my husband and I moved here 16 years ago, to this exact neighborhood, with our two small sons. The neighborhood welcomed us and made us feel a part of it from the beginning. It’s where I learned to love Colorado and where our sons grew up to become Colorado natives. It had nurtured our small family through good times and bad. We have made lifelong friends here, attended church here and my kids have attended all their years of school here. Right in this beautiful neighborhood we were standing in. It suddenly made this rally much more personal to me.
I watched the young boy and girl in this family and saw their reactions when people in our group called out, “Hey Michelle…Shut up and eat your broccoli.” I started to have a strong feeling in my chest that this was making them uncomfortable. What if they had never been in an all white or mostly white neighborhood before? What if all they and their parents knew of us was the crazy stuff in the media that says we hate the president because he’s black? What if they thought we were yelling because they were black? I didn’t want them to feel uncomfortable or scared in my neighborhood. My kids had never felt uncomfortable or scared there and I was starting to feel strongly that we were handling our rally/protest the wrong way. This was our chance to make an impression on these people. To show them we’re not the way the media has portrayed us.
A bit later I saw two women driving by looking for the school. They looked at us and even though they saw our signs, they felt comfortable enough to try to ask us for directions. Just as I was trying to give them the directions, someone called out again about Michelle and I was unable to help them. I saw them after they had turned around and were waiting for a light to change. I let them know where the school was and places they could park if the school parking lots were all full.
That’s when I realized it. We had missed out. We were so busy trying to get our message to Michelle, we didn’t realize what our message to these guests in my neighborhood was. We needed to see them. We needed to understand their need to go and see a woman they greatly admired. I thought about how we could have done it better. The signs were great for getting the message to the passing cars and many people honked in support, but we lost every one of those people when we yelled something about Michelle.
I realized we need to be for something, not against something. Sometimes we let our passion and our anger about how we feel about President Obama and the changes he’s made to our country overshadow the message we’re really trying to get out there. I think when it’s a more personal situation, like a neighborhood, we need to change our approach. If we need to call out, it should be a list of things this president has done that we don’t approve of. Many of these people might not know some of these things. After all, they probably watch network news or channels like MSNBC. I think we could also have some fliers with these concerns to hand out as people walk by. They might just throw it away, or maybe they’ll give it a glance and see things they didn’t even know about. We still hold our signs, but we also make them feel welcome in our neighborhoods. Let them see we’re not the screaming maniacs the mainstream media has tried to convince them we are.
I think about today. Will any of those families feel as though they were welcome in my neighborhood? I don’t think they will. Neighborhoods aren’t the same as rallying downtown, or at some event. I want people who come to visit my neighborhood to feel as comfortable and safe as I’ve always felt here. We should all feel that way, otherwise we just help widen the divide between us. It’s our love and compassion that will change their minds, eventually.
I don’t know if I fit in at these rallies, but I’m not going to give up on my need to take part somehow. I’ve had fun before, but this time I learned more than ever before. Why can’t my feeling about my neighborhood extend to my feeling about my country. I’m attending Restoring Love in Dallas, TX in July because I know love will be what saves us in the end. Now, I’ve felt that love in my own Colorado neighborhood. I know there are more ways to reach out. Believe me, I can yell out our message as loud as anyone, and with just as much passion. I just think sometimes there’s a better way. I’m a mom. I stood there yesterday as a mom, wondering if any of those people would feel comfortable coming to my neighborhood again. I don’t think they would and that makes me sad.
That’s My Colorado View.
I’ve also posted this at: My Colorado View
So why didn’t they just show this in the beginning? We knew all about President Bush’s college years and his single, drinking years, and his married years, etc… Why is this President so secretive about his college years?
Check out this article at Breitbart.com:
The image above–never before released–is from public records at Columbia University that prove that Obama did, in fact, graduate in 1983 from the Ivy League school. Contrary to some conspiracy theories, Obama was a student within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–not the less selective, “nontraditional” Columbia University School of General Studies (which only merged with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 1990).
This never-before-seen document debunks a persistent myth that is unfairly unfavorable to the President.
Some “fact-checking” websites–such as snopes.com andFactCheck.org–have attempted to debunk the “Obama never graduated Columbia” conspiracy theory before. Yet they have relied almost entirely on secondary sources and mainstream media reports, which fail to cite primary sources. And the Obama campaign has not provided details of his admission to, or graduation from, the prestigious Ivy League school.
Crucially, Obama has refused to release his college transcripts from Columbia and Occidental College, which certainly do exist. Other candidates–such as George W. Bush–released their transcripts, though their grades were not necessarily flattering.
Read the rest at Breitbart.com.
Obama: I Can Do Every Job Better Than Those I Hire to Do It – By Jim Geraghty – The Campaign Spot – National Review Online
Wow, we obviously didn’t know he was the smartest man ever! Does the word narcissist come to anyone else’s mind? Check out what it says at the National Review Online:
It appears one of the great challenges that President Obama has had to overcome in office is that no one around him is as good at his job as he is.
From Jodi Kantor’s The Obamas, page 66:
Obama had always had a high estimation of his ability to cast and run his operation. When David Plouffe, his campaign manager, first interviewed for a job with him in 2006, the senator gave him a warning: “I think I could probably do every job on the campaign better than the people I’ll hire to do it,” he said. “It’s hard to give up control when that’s all I’ve known.” Obama said nearly the same thing to Patrick Gaspard, whom he hired to be the campaign’s political director. “I think I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,” Obama told him. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”
This is not some long-ago sentiment, or momentary lapse into egoism. Michelle Obama declared at a Democrat party fundraiser in California last June:
“He reads every word, every memo, so he is better prepared than the people briefing him,” she said. “This man doesn’t take a day off.”
I first found this story at Weasel Zippers. Be sure and check it out.
Allen West: Muslim Brotherhood & Extremist Groups Are Influencing U.S. Strategy | Video | TheBlaze.com
He’s the bravest guy I know. He will always tell it the way it is! Take a look.
Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is never afraid to take a stand on the issues he holds dear, which is why the conservative politician is taking aim at the FBI for removing nearly 900 pages of allegedly-offensive training materials. According to West, this action, which was taken after Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) complained about some of the materials’ contents, is a form of “cultural suicide.”
Durbin, who wrote a letter to FBI director Robert Mueller about the situation, complained that the controversial documentation could lead Muslims and others to be targeted based on their religion. “There is a real risk that agents will be operating on false assumptions about Arab-Americans and American Muslims,” Durbin maintained.
West, though, said that the removal is evidence that extremist Muslim groups are holding sway over U.S. strategy. He discussed the issue of “tolerance” and its relation to the situation in an interview with Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning.
“We have to understand that when tolerance becomes a one-way street it leads to cultural suicide,” he said. “We should not allow the Muslim Brotherhood or associated groups to be influencing our national strategy.”
West’s main concern is that the U.S. seems to be watering down its definition of who America’s enemies are. In an attempt to decrease how intensely officials offend extremists, the politician claims that leaders are potentially endangering the nation.
Watch the video:
Thanks to The Blaze.
President Obama and his wife, Michele, gave a total of $48,000 in tax-free gifts to their daughters, according to tax records made public on Friday.
The president and his wife separately gave each daughter a $12,000 gift under a section of the federal tax code that exempts such donations from federal taxes.
There is nothing illegal about the president’s taking advantage of this tax shelter, but it does raise eyebrows given that he has lamented the myriad tax exemptions used by the wealthy—“millionaires and billionaires” like himself—to pay less in taxes. He has yet to propose a comprehensive plan to reform the byzantine tax code.
After hearing about President Obama’s documentary love letter to himself, which I couldn’t bring myself to watch all the way through, I’m bringing you another video that explains where we’ve really been.
Have you seen President Obama’s new “The Road We’ve Traveled” video? (aka “Why I’m the Greatest President Ever…”) In it Tom Hanks (yes, THAT Tom Hanks) says:
“Not since the days of Franklin Roosevelt had so much fallen on the shoulders of one president. Now when he faced his country who looked to him for answers, he would not dwell in blame or dream in idealism.”
And he says it with all sincerity too!
WHAT THE @#%&?!? How many times have we heard Mr. Obama say “I inherited…” or “Bush’s fault…” or some variance of those statements in the last three years? TOO MANY TO COUNT to my thinking! But “he would not dwell in blame” – BULL$HIT! DON’T LIE TO US! If we like you and what you’ve done, we’ll vote for you; if we don’t, we won’t! Simple as that… BUT QUIT BULL$HITTING US! WE DESERVE BETTER FROM YOU AS OUR LEADER!
And even though Hanks says it, Obama’s re-election campaign is behind this thing and happily gloss over all the bad stuff while high-lighting the stuff their proud of.
Why isn’t there ANYBODY running for president this year I can get behind and honestly support whole heartedly?
WE DESERVE BETTER DAMN IT!!!
“The Road We’ve Traveled” video: