I obviously took a nice extended break from writing on the blog and getting to anything other than Christmas, family and fun. We had a great time together. One of the great things about having a large family…it’s always a party. Even when we don’t have guests or are not traveling to see others, just being together is always entertaining. During the time we did have one sad event…the death of my husband’s 92-year-old grandmother. As with so many ends of long lives, it is very sad but also very hopeful. This woman was very loved, lived a long time and had a deep and strong faith. I have a lot of hope to have as much love in my life in my later years. It was hard on Bill’s parents but I know that his grandmother knew how loved she was and knew where she was going when she passed from this earth.
So the holidays came and went…the kids were overjoyed with all the gifts and excitement of the season. Going back to school…not so much excitement. But it didn’t take too long to get back into the swing of things. Getting back into a routine is good for everyone.
As part of this routine I wanted to get back up to speed on what is going on with our country. I’m looking into helping with a textbook project to make sure our schools are not be inconsistent or inaccurate in their teachings of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. I’m not that well versed in ancient history, so I have a lot to learn.
And then on Saturday I had taken the two little girls to our neighbors birthday party at the roller-skating rink. I had my Blackberry and was checking my email when I saw a notice from one of the blogs I frequent giving some information on a tragedy in Tucson. I was stunned and couldn’t find enough information. When I heard at first that the congressman targeted was killed, I was shocked. And then a half hour later we heard she was not dead but was in surgery. I didn’t hold out hope after hearing she was shot in the head at point-blank range. But God was watching over as he always does and soon I learned of miracles and heroics that occurred that day. And then of course, I became infuriated when more and more stories talked of blame…not for the sicko killer, but for totally unrelated (and not substantiated) people and groups. The only one that wasn’t blamed was George W. Bush…which was quite shocking really. Of course, I can only read so much of that crap, so I’m sure somewhere in that first couple of days, there was someone who blamed him.
As many of you may know, I am a fan (for lack of a better word) of Sarah Palin. Since the first time I heard her and heard about her background I felt 1. a connection as we are of similar age, have large families and had a kid in our forties and 2. in awe of her no-nonsense honesty and fortitude. While I think I have a lot in common with her, I must admit I don’t think I have 1/100th the strength that she does. I can honestly say that I cannot think of another public figure that has been so brutally attacked and just trashed to the extent that she has. If you’d like to see list of some of these attacks, just go to Michelle Malkin’s site and you can see all the disgusting hate thrown her way. There are people out there who make fun of her kids, even her beautiful Down Syndrome baby boy who makes me smile every time I see him. Why can’t people see that a child or person does not have to fit into some “normal” mold to have value? I had a friend one time tell me something along the lines of Down Syndrome kids suffering and it was more humane to just abort them. I can’t imagine this person has ever met a Down Syndrome child or even a parent of one. I have never met one parent that was not totally in love with their child who had DS. They feel they are blessed beyond words. I personally see these children as little angels sent to only the most special of parents. They are always happy, always childlike and always LOVING. Is it all a bowl of cherries having a special needs child? Of course not. But if life were easy, what would be the point really. God has a purpose for every human life and while I sometimes question why certain bad things happen to certain people and why one person gets killed or injured why others are spared, I never wonder what the purpose of these special needs children are…they are angels. Sent down to help us find the best parts of ourselves.
Sarah and Todd Palin know this and I assume it is why they are so strong and why if I were in their position I would wilt. If I were her, long ago after I had worked hard to do right by the people of my state in elected office, and then found myself being attacked by a rabid left mob, I would have just retreated back to Alaska and said “suck it” to the lower 48. (Pardon my language). But that just isn’t part of her DNA. I don’t know if it’s just a trait of folks from that state, or if it is just her, but she will not be defeated. I guess that is what is so frightening about her.
It seems to me if she was really all that silly, stupid and irrelevant, then she wouldn’t be hated so much. Why give her any consideration at all if she’s so inconsequential. I guess there is a fear that all the rest of us “stupid people” will just follow her blindly over a cliff or something. But as I’ve stated before, an attack on her is an attack on me personally.
And not only Palin, the Tea Party was also accused of being responsible for this insanity. The first reports I heard painted a picture of an Afghan vet…of course, the left hates 1. Sarah Palin 2. The Tea Party and 3. The military. I guess they think that all those nuts at the Tea Parties are all former military people?
Well for all of you who have never been to a Tea Party, let me tell you who they are…they are parents, they are kids, they are educated, they are blue-collar, they are white-collar, the are retired, they are unemployed, they are managers, they are retail workers. They are Americans. Something I heard recently which may have given me a little indication of the resentment towards them is someone on the left who didn’t like being excluded from being considered a Patriot. He said “we are ALL Patriots”. I couldn’t agree more. So why do you feel the need to call your fellow American Patriot a racist? Why call them radical lunatics? Old racist white guys? The Tea Party is not MORE patriotic than you…but they DO believe in what you USED to believe in…SMALLER government. Less intrusion on your privacy, less control of your finances, less control of what you eat, drive, wear, or say! I remember the days when we as Americans ALL believed in those foundations of our society. But somewhere along the way, the liberals in our country decided it was okay to give the govt more power. The most hypocritical thing about it is that they called Bush the Imperial Presidency. They HATED that he had all that power and the control HIS government had over them. But now that “their guy” is in office, they aren’t worried about that anymore? Really? What happens when there is another guy (or girl) in that office and in control? Are you still going to be okay with the government being able to tell you what you can or cannot drive, eat, read or say? What if it is Sarah Palin as President? What are you going to do? You just gave all that power to the government and now YOU are going to have to live with the consequences.
Why not USE the power you have now to restore the government to the people? That is what the Tea Party is doing and believe me, they will continue to do even if they win the next 5 elections. Because WE as Americans will become complacent. We can get lazy. It’s human nature. But things will happen and we will wake up…book it.
Finally, I need to say something else about this tragedy on Saturday…there is GOOD and EVIL in this world. This overly PC society that wants to teach our kids that everyone is good and we are all winners is just not realistic (or biblical). God is GOOD. And the more we push him way…the more we make no place for him in our society, the more space is left to be filled with EVIL. Think about the days when children learned the 10 commandments in school…prayer was allowed and not condemned. Yes, we had the crazies that would commit horrible crimes, but there was not nearly the amount of blame game and hatred among Americans…these things USED to bring us together. But now they just seem to tear us further apart.
You have to keep your eyes and heart open. God is speaking to us…it’s so clear! A little 9-year-old girl was born on 9-11…on a day when the rest of us saw the most horrific thing of our lifetime, her parents were welcoming a beautiful new life in their world. And then her life is snuffed out on another day of unspeakable tragedy. At first glance, this may look horrific and not make any sense. But to me, I just knew God was speaking to us. He’s telling us that although EVIL is trying to take over, HE WILL WIN. I know it is a lesson I need to learn on a daily basis because I get into that rut of wanting to control things and then frustration when I can’t. But HE is in CONTROL and he WILL NOT fail us. We just have to let him take that control, not fight him…don’t push him away. Because if you are like me and you like a “winner” (this Tim Tebow fan is definitely someone who loves winners), then GOD’s team is who you should cheer for…he will ALWAYS win!