Sunday, March 28, 2010

Searchlight, NV Tea Party

Kylee and I with signs are ready to go

My t-shirt tells what I think of Obama

What an experience it turned out to be! I was fortunate enough to travel to Searchlight, NV, hometown of Harry Reid for the Tea Party event.

Kylee, my 8yr old granddaughter loves Sarah Palin. She was very excited to come with me. We took a very no frills bus trip with about 40 other like minded concerned conservative citizens.

The plan was to leave from Santee on late Friday afternoon to stay at a hotel in Laughlin, NV for the night. The traffic was wild on the 15 so we got to the hotel around midnight. We didn't even care that the phone and TV in the room didn't work. It was straight to bed to get an early start on the big day.

The morning began on a great note as Kylee and I observed five bunny rabbits by the river from our hotel window. After breakfast, we loaded up on the bus heading to Harrah's next door for the Tea Party Express morning press conference.

We were disappointed when we learned that the hotel had rescinded its permission to allow the press conference to take place on its property. Didn't realize old Harry had that much clout.

So it was back on the bus as the winds kicked up, for the short trip into Searchlight. The caravan was an awesome sight as we got closer, patriots lined up as far as the eye could see. Each conveying the message that we the people will be heard.

Of course, the main message was to rid us of Reid! He had a handful of supporters waving signs and giving us the one finger salute. They had posted a line of Reid signs welcoming us to "his country".

We arrived and got off the bus to an amazing sight of thousands and thousands of people hurrying to get to a piece of the desert where the the program had already begun. They had come from all "57" states as Obama would say.They were of all ages, sizes, colors, and backgrounds, united in saving the nation from the slide into socialism. The estimated of the number of people ranged between 7000 up to 30,000. My guess is it was somewhere in the middle.

As we rushed toward the gathering, the winds blew, buffeting my sign. I grabbed Kylee, two heavy folding chairs, the snack bag, purse and sign as we made our way. As the cold wind cut through my light wrap, my arms ached. The thought entered my mind- what was I doing here? We could barely hold our signs and my feet hurt walking on the rocks, big and small. Guess wearing wedge heeled sandals was not a good idea. We walked and walked trying to find a spot to at least see the stage. (Later I realized there was a big screen but somehow I hadn't noticed it.)

At last we found a spot to set up our chairs in the crowd helping to block the wind. The sun had begun to warm things up a bit. The crowd was incredible. Everyone was courteous. Unlike some other types of public gatherings, I didn't hear any foul language.

The excitement exploded as Sarah Palin took the stage. Her inspiring words electrified the people as the crowd roared in agreement and appreciation.

Many terrific speakers followed including: Mark Williams, Roger Hedgecock, Andrew Breitbart, Joe the plumber, Chuck DeVore.

Some of the speakers referred to the media present admonishing them to simply tell the truth about the tea parties. We truly are a wide variety of American citizens united in the common goal of restoring adherence to the Constitution and sanity in the government.

The liberal media seem to have a difficult time believing that it is a genuine grassroots movement. During an interview with a newspaper reporter, he had an odd question. He remarked on the number of signs. then inquired if the signs had been given to the people! After I explained the reality before him, he inquired about my sign. He still found it hard to believe that we are for real unlike the left.

During the exhilarating experience in a sea of red, white and blue and American flags, I understood why we must make the effort and take the stand. Freedom isn't free. It never has been. I watched Kylee enjoy the thrilling day. She even made herself a couple more signs on her own. They said, "No More Taxes" and " Go Sarah Palin". So we will show up, speak out and fight for our God, family and country. In our own way, we will pay the price for our liberty.

(Below are some pictures I took on the adventure. If you scroll to the bottom and view them as numbered they'll be in the right order. I'm still learning how to post)

11. Kylee had a great time posing for
pictures and making some new doggie friends.

10. Also present and speaking were Chuck DeVore and Joe the Plumber.

9. People from all over came to
express their stand for our US
Const. and the American way of life.

8.There was tons of media present to cover the event as both pics show.

7. This creature had the face of Harry Reid and was just about as strange.

6. Fabulous creativity is on display.

5. In front of the Tea Party Express bus at Harrah's where the press conference that did not happen was to take place.

4. Getting ready for our group to load up on the bus.

3. My t-shirt says it all regarding Obama.
(pic is at top of page)

2. Kylee enjoys making a colorful sign.

1. With our signs ready, Kylee and I are set to go.
(pic is at top of page)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Why Babies Continue to Die

This is account of what happened at the initiatives committee meeting at the California Republican Party Convention this weekend. It is one reason that babies will continue to die.

Albin Rhomberg, presented the parental notification amendment asking for an endorsement. It was endorsed. As I believed that it deserved the endorsement.

Then it was my turn to speak in favor of the party endorsing the California Human Rights Amendment. It is in the signature gathering stage and the CRP endorsement would have been helpful in reaching a different group of people. After I was done, Mike Spence said there was someone there to speak in opposition. It was the parental notification person, Albin Rhomberg. He is not a member of the committee or delegate or associate. I'm not even sure he is a Republican.
He slammed CHRA- the wording, time, place and scared the candidates by saying it would be bad for them in November. .
Then without any time given for me to respond or anyone else to ask a question. Someone tabled it. It was tabled until it qualifies. This blocked it from being brought before the whole convention. Where I believe it stood a good chance of passing. Since it was tabled, it could not be brought up on the floor. So I ended up giving out the
petitions and literature with a few helpers.

Afterwards, Mr. Rhomberg said he felt compelled since the pro abortion people would not. He claimed CHRA is bad for pro life and for the Republicans. He also said that there are limited resources available yet denied he was doing it to protect his petition. Although during his talk regarding the parental notification petition, he blamed Prop 8 for parental notification's loss last time.
I expect attacks from the pro aborts, it is quite another to be stabbed in the back by a so-called fellow pro lifer.

The result is division in the pro life movement and no coalition building -
opportunities blown.

Below is part of my presentation to the initiatives committee and you can check out the CHRA website:

There once was a time- at its beginning that this party took the lead for human rights in asserting that all humans, including slaves were persons entitled to all human and civil rights. Throughout our history we have been the party standing, leading the battles for such rights for all.

Today our party is called to lead in California by joining a vibrant personhood movement taking place in 40 states. The California Human Rights Amendment simply recognizes the fact, truth of the personhood of all human beings from conception to natural death.

I urge you to respond to this call by endorsing this effort not only because it is morally right and in the traditions of our party but because it is also politically wise.

1. It energizes the conservative base to activism and involvement since neither of the two major candidates for governor are pro life. Especially the young people ages 18-29, who are becoming increasingly pro life as shown in a recent Marist Poll that found that 58% of them described abortion as "morally wrong".

2. It highlights the dirty little secret that the African American community is targeted for abortion. African American Pastor Walter Hoye who leads the effort for CHRA in California gives as one of his motivations this fact. Although blacks account for only 12% of the US population they account for 37% of all abortions in this country. This is not by accident as a brief review of Planned Parenthood and its history would reveal.

There are those who say it can't be done. If we do nothing, they are right. I say if we work together, we can accomplish it if we commit to never quit until we succeed. How long did it take William Wilberfoce to end slavery in England - a lifetime, 45 years.

There are some in the pro life movement who oppose this amendment on legal and legalese grounds with multiple definitions of personhood. I believe that words mean what they plainly say without needing a lawyer to explain. We don't need to go down the road of "it depends on what the meaning of "is" is.
In this large pro life movement there are family squabbles from time to time. In the end we just want to save babies and no one group has a monopoly on how. I simply ask if you can't help please don't hinder or discourage this valiant grassroots movement sweeping the nation. Instead, encourage the people by endorsing the California Human Rights Amendment.