Saturday, August 25, 2012

Test Of Fire

The most baffling problem is to identify and understand just what the problem is that we are trying to solve. It would appear that this election is about replacing Obama as president. Or maybe this election is about electing Romney as president. Certainly everything we see and hear tells us that both ways of looking at the election is true… Our assumption being that as president Romney will find some way, we hope, to fix the nation's problems. This is a familiar story freshly told during the past umpteen elections… One wonders, how the candidates, in each new election cycle along with their co-conspirators in the news media, are able to tell the same story to the same group of voters over and over and have it resonate? One centerpiece of candidates' campaigns is to sell the voters on how they will fix X-Y-and Z problems. If they tell their story well that gets us focused on XYZ. Obama made these kinds of promises in his successful election and accomplished none of them. Newt made these kinds of promises in 1994 and did all he promised. (I'm assuming that everyone remembers what Newt and his group accomplished. )With Newt's success and Obama failures we still find ourselves facing the same national problems. (Overspending and growth of all the social programs.) How could this be? Could this election not be about the politicians and the stories they tell but about us? Could this election possibly be a referendum about us as citizens? Is this a test to see if we are thinking, discerning, forward looking mature voters? Politicians don't believe we possess any of these traits because we keep reelecting them and believing their campaign stories. Politicians and apparently we can't accept the idea that they are simply paid employees who can be fired when they don't do what we expect of them. A few week ago we attended the Neshoba County Fair. It was a moving experience. There isn't any reason for anyone outside of Mississippi to know anything about this county fair. Just a couple of points about the fair: 1) It is the oldest continuous county fair in America dating back into the mid eighteen hundreds. 2) It was a hard place to get to so most came in the early years in their wagons, with farm produce, animals for sale and camped out for a week. This evolved into building small houses. Over time more than six hundred were built. 3) This fair was always in July and all the politician running for office in November in Mississippi came, gave their speeches, kissed babies, and people got to know them. This is the backdrop…. As the years have rolled on many of the original families who build their small houses continued the family traditions of spending the week at the fair. The family that invited us was the fourth generation. The main square is still called the "Founders Square," the families who started and managed the fair. Family names were on most houses. What you saw in each house were grandparents, their children, their children's children, and many with great grand children. Nowhere that I know of in America does this kind of thing happen year in and year out. This is the America in story books. Family bonds and family values being taught experientially next door to other familes doing the same with their children and grand children. Not only bonding as families but groups of families. We experienced the history of how America was built being played out in front of us. I thought this kind of tradition was forever lost. But standing there in the middle of the Founders Square and simply watching it happen was breathtaking and humbling. Given how we have structured our society, can we ever find a way to create and teach American values, pass on our beliefs, and find someway to reignite thefoundation this country was built on? Knowing in some way that without these values we are a ship without a rudder. A people at the whim of the next politicians who tell us a good story about themselves while assuring they only have our best interests in mind. Politicians and the liberal class in general, would not get what goes on in Founders Square with these families and their friends. Politics has become a profession laced with people who, as part of the political class, sees the average citizen as a vote that will help them achieve the power they feel entitled too. This campaign is focusing on shadow issues. True we have a huge national debt, unemployment, massive social programs, and a failed educational system. The campaigners say these are the issues…. Not one of these politicians who voted to create the debt and other problems admits they are the cause of the disaster we are facing. Our history tells us that no matter what these elected officials put into law they never admit to mistakes nor will they remove the laws, programs, and restrictions they have placed on citizens and businesses. What we know, at this point, is we must replace the current president, and enough senators to begin to put some stops in place before we get to the cliff's edge. That may be the best we can hope for. If Romney can't win in Ohio and Florida (maybe just Florida) the game is over for another four years. Without a super majority of true conservatives in the Senate a presidential veto can't be over ridden. The reality might be that Obama will simply continue to act without congressional approval. We in the Tea Party will need to see this political problem as something that will take a number of election cycles. Meanwhile there is a growing class of people who have become dependent on government support. As this group grows their block of votes will have a bigger impact on future elections. Time is not on our side. If the history of this nation is not focused on our history during the early years of education all of our societal values will be lost. Without these values and beliefs as measuring tools one thing look very much like everything else. The change this president has offered is a repudiation of these values and the corruption of the beliefs that built the nation. That’s his goal and he is being successful. It isn't often we have a politician, in a hotly contested campaign, saying what he will do if elected and then watching him do the things he promised. It was often difficult when Obama was campaigning to understand fully or interpret the vagaries of what he was wanting to accomplish. Also, many simply wouldn't believe that a man who wanted to become president also wanted to destroy America as we knew it. However, lets look back to the 08 campaign and read his response to a question: Senator ˜Obama replied: "As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides". "There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression.." "The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing." Obama continued: "The National Anthem should be 'swapped' for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing'. If that were our anthem, then, I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as 'redesign' our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It's my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of warring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails - - - perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments ......" When I become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We as a Nation, have placed upon the nations of Islam, an unfair injustice is WHY my wife disrespects the Flag and she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past". "Of course now, I have found myself about to become the President of the United States and I have put my hatred aside. I will use my power to bring CHANGE to this Nation, and offer the people a new path. My wife and I look forward to becoming our Country's First black Family. Indeed, CHANGE is about to overwhelm the United States of America " Now after being president for almost four years we know this president is a man of his word. He has worked very hard to accomplish his goals. Can there be any doubt that if elected for another four years he will be successful in his mission of changing America - even if congress should try to interfere? It is hard to tell from the current polls but it seems close to half the voters either approve of his stated goals or simply like him as a leader. This group may not even understand his goals… That’s possible. However, he and his goals are one and the same. The trend in the polls is indicating that he may well be reelected. Obama has referred to the Tea group as a Bible carrying - gun toting rednecks. If that is who we are then how are we to unseat a rather popular sitting president? So much of what I read, on Tea web sites around the country, is preaching to the choir. Why aren't we on the Liberal web sites offering a different view of the current leadership. Where else can we find opportunities to offer conservative ideas? Lets make a list…… The Catholic Church is fully involved and is drawing attentions to Catholic church members. Southern Baptist are a huge block of voters… Their deacons meet monthly… Pastors of all denominations must become active as well. Many black pastors are speaking up and are risking so much by doing so. Many of the Tea members are active in local politics, Rotary clubs, Masons, etc. Once again huge blocks of votes. If we as Tea members think about where we go and who we have contact with this list can expand and expand again. There are less that eighty days left for us to act. The Tea party is a mind set of values and beliefs…. Each of us is the Tea Party. If each of us says, "I am the Tea Party" then the question become real simple real quick. I then must find a way to vote this current president out of office along with each and every liberal Senator and Congressman… If we fail in this mission the nation fails. We are the Tea Party and we are the Nation. There are only a few days left for us to find ways to impact the outcome in November. This nation was cobbled together by men guided by Christian teachings and values. Prayers are offered up every day at the opening of our congress. It doesn't seem our president shares these values and beliefs. He says America is not a Christian nation. Are we? This election is not about the problems we are having but our values as a people. This is a referendum on core principles that built the greatest country in world history. Below is a link to a video worth seeing. A video that could have been made by any denomination in America. However, this one was made by the Catholic Church entitled "The Test OF Fire." . We are the Tea Party and each of us is the stewards of the nation. 79 days, 9 hours, 7 minutes, 23 seconds till the voting begins. Ron Http:// Note: A book entitled "Coming Apart" by Charles Murray Is a 'good read' and one I feel is important to all conservative citizens. If you click on the Charles Murray link you can hear him talk about his book. Also, Murray is one of my favorite writers. I have been reading him for the last twenty years.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Artful Dodgers

Often I find myself sitting at the computer talking to myself. Sooner or later I realize how angry I am with our elected leaders and wondering how is it possible that every voter in the country can't see how destructive they are being.

I am both amazed and appalled when I see polls where close to half the citizens think Obama is doing just fine and they like him. Then I go through a few moments of thinking, "Could they be right and I am so wrong about him and Congress?" "How could I be right and all of them be so wrong about Obama and Congress?" How could each of us look at what we are experiencing under this leadership and not see the danger that the elected have put this country in with the social programs and national debt?

There are a number of things we have in common with our fellow progressive liberal brothers and sisters, the most important one being that we were all raised  by adults who took care of us and the core of that care came from women. We were dependent on adults for our safety and well being. They taught lessons and fixed skinned knees.  This transition from childhood into adulthood took a long time and was full of starts and stops with a lot of backsliding stirred in the pot. Thinking improved along with our behavior and slowly the notion of responsibility worked it way into our lives.

As teenagers we railed against adult authority declaring our independence, not for a moment realizing what all goes with it. For most of their lives many men continue to rail at all authority whether on the job, government, and often still within the  family. Even though they like the safety of a job, family, and government they know in some way their tie to them limits them. Older men recognize this in younger men. They see it as part of maturing. Boundaries need pushing and it the younger men often must do it. There are still mountains that haven't been climbed and horizons that need to be crossed and this is just part of the maturing process in so many males.

Compared to young men who have a really hard time and often a long  time with this transition into young adulthood, young ladies are much more adaptable in the family social caretaking context. This helps them in their home life, work life, and impacts their view of government. Dems preach the gospel of caretaking politics. They attract the young women, single mothers, as well as married women with children with their message of nurturing nannyism. Most importantly it is these women who will raise our next generation and the next leaders of that generation. What they do and how they do it will have unimaginable impact on our nation's future. More often than not these women do the heavy lifting in the Democratic campaigns and often their vote makes a huge difference in the outcome of many elections.

So it will be in the coming election.

How conservatives in general and the Tea Party as the representative of the conservative voice has painted, with such a broad stoke, the social programs that impacts this group and has alarmed so many women particularly the younger women with children and rightly so. This group is especially vulnerable and many in this group are completely dependent on government for their and their children's protection.  

Leaders in the Tea Party and conservative citizens have done a poor job informing this powerful group of voters on the conservative principle of limited government. Ever expanding national debt the massive growth of social programs have preoccupied the conservative message that this  important group of women aren't assured they and their children will be safer within a conservative governmental framework. Simply, we in the Tea Party have not spoken with one clear voice to this critical issue. The candidates have not addressed this issue on the national level and if this continues we do this at our peril. 

Many of us in the Tea Party are hunters and what we've been taught and know at an instinctive level is, big or small and regardless of the species, you never ever do anything that a mother will construe as threatening to her children.

What women are being told is that conservatives will not protect and support them and that they are seen them as a burden.  True or not they hear this directly from our President and the liberal media. The response to this charge is silence from our candidates and Tea Party members. As long as one ear of corn is grown anywhere is this county we, conservative and the conservative movement, will never let one child go hungry or turn any woman out in the street.   This will never happen. Never… That is who we are and we must not only say but act in a ways that assures women voters if we expect their support. 

Personal responsibility is difficult to come by regardless of age or gender… We see this on the news everyday with people, politicians, and sometime us making mistakes and blaming others for it.   How many Tea Party folk have said to you that what is happening today with this president and this congress is my fault? How many say, "I caused this by not taking responsibility as a citizen over many years?" If we can't, as individuals, clearly define who is responsible, what is the problem, who has caused the problems, who must to fix the problems, how can we expect to take control of our government back? This is our responsibility. This is our government and our country. The politicians are paid employees that we replace or rehire ever few years. 

This is simply human nature….

It ain't just the liberal Dems who have lost their way….

Good news: The candle is still in the window and it's lighted.  We can still have a government of the people…..for the people… and by the people. The ideal and the goal is not lost. They are in some dark dusty room somewhere in Washington guarded by the always-to-be-reelected-good-old-boys-and girls.  

I got this missive in an e-mail and I can't remember from whom at the moment.
However, I did go back and read the link to Mr. Simpson statement.
          Alan Simpson,  Senator from Wyoming , Co-Chair of Obama's deficit commission, calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared "Social Security" to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats.  

           Here's a response in a letter from PATTY MYERS in Montana …

          "Hey Alan, let's get a few things straight. 

          1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole for FIFTY YEARS. 

          2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63). 

          3 My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero ambition losers  in return for votes, thus bankrupting  the system and turning Social  Security into a Ponzi scheme that would have made Bernie Madoff  proud.. 

          4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and your ilk pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age 67. NOW, you and your commission are proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN. 

          5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now you morons propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because you idiots mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal money from Medicare to pay the bills. 

           6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again.  Why? Because you incompetent bastards spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt. 

          To add insult to injury, you label us "greedy" for calling "bullshit" on your incompetence. Well, Captain BS, I have a few questions for YOU. 

          1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career? 

          2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and  how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers? 

           3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?  

          4.  What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or, as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?  

           It is you, Captain BS, and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the "greedy" ones. It is you and your fellow nutcases who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers. And for what? Votes.  That's right, sir.  You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it. 

     And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch.   Patty

( Simpson was a senator from 1979 to 1997…. Appointed in 2010 to co-chair President Barack Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. )

I have put Patty's letter in this article for a couple of reasons. One of the reasons is simple. Simpson has been in congress forever. His state voters keep on reelecting him. No matter what he does they just reelect him. The contempt he is expressing for the people in his state and across the country is not unique. A person wouldn't have to go through many reelection cycles as a senator or congressman to begin to see the voters as na├»ve, unread, uninvolved, and irresponsible. After all they keep falling for the same political tricks and rhetoric. Contempt has to follow….

Another reason is that Simpson has a long history and had a hand in what government has done to destroy the core values in this county for over twenty years. It is doubtful if one social program or one bill of any kind limiting Americans' freedom passed without a 'Yea' vote from Simpson while he was in office. Still they reelected him…

No matter what state you live in look at your elected senators and congressmen and see how many times they have been reelected and what their voting records are… With the faintest scratch I think you will find, if not the Simpson kind of contempt, but a disregard and disrespect for the people who put them in office.

And the final reason for the inclusion is my wonder as to why Patty along with the people in Wyoming didn't know some important things about the character of this man. Clearly she was caught off guard by Simpson's pronouncement… How could he have been so clever over the years that she along with many others did not see Simpson for what he is -  a elitist class politician.

How do we as voter measure these guys? If they lived next door to us we would all see right through them. Know what they are about and not have anything to  do with them.

A society without means to detect lies and theft soon squanders liberty and freedom.

They all need to go.  We must find a new team. We are in the final quarter and the country is down over 400 points.

We can accomplish our goals… We started n 2010 getting our 'replacement' feet wet. This one coming up in November is even more important and harder because we must unseat a sitting president.

 It took us many election cycles to get to where we are and maybe we can't get all the replacement work done in a couple of cycles. Because we called out so many in 2010 we raised the specter of fear in this elite political class. Still they and the liberal press discount the conservatives.

In this election we must take more congressionals to the woodshed and the president specifically. If we can't accomplish a complete sweep this time the ones left will have a 'Getting right with Jesus' kind of awakening.  

We all understand Patty Myers's rage. We all feel it every time we see our President campaigning with lies, false promises, and innuendos.

November offers us a opportunity of a lifetime.

86 days, 9 hours, 27 minutes, and 56 seconds till the polls open.

That's it from the land of all - like in ya’ll come on down to visit us - you hear?


Thursday, August 9, 2012

The River - Is Wide

So, a blind man goes to the Dahlia Lama and ask, "Is there anything worse than losing you sight?" The Dahlia Lama replies, "Yes, losing your vision."

When we speak of the United States we are usually speaking about individual states united within the group of states. When we speak about America we are speaking about things that are quite different. Reagan metaphor was the shining city on the hill. Kenney metaphor was a candle in the darkness.

When we decide to tell someone what America is we realize why these two articulate presidents used metaphors. Concocted with beliefs, human values, hope, dreams, national and individual freedoms, unspoken promises, social trust, the hand of God. America is ephemeral. Nothing you can put your finger on and say that's it!  Also, always interpreted by each of us in different ways. Although the ideals are not tangible they are binding. They have given us strength to persevere during the nations darkest times. They directed behavior…They give purpose… They were guides… They were the underpinning of the American culture. Our political system evolved out of this  culture. Our American culture today is being assaulted. Not by foreign enemies or Islam terrorist…

"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities."

Throughout the founding documents the writers kept coming back over and over  to the individual. Protecting his rights to his property and his rights to speak and to act in ways that were important in protecting his life and family. Before the ink was dried, every level of government from town, city, state, federal government had the right to take his property for unpaid taxes and turn him family out in the street. The position states take is that the individual owns property nominally and only so long as they are paid yearly rent...Southern history after the Civil War and the early part of the last century was, for the most part, a unwritten history of this abuse.

"The right to life is the source of all rights -- and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave."

A question that might be asked is have any of our readers ever been asked by one of their representatives if it would be OK if they voted this way or that way on anything? Has anyone in government every asked you how you want them to vote on a bill that raises your taxes or burdens you with regulations? If the answer is 'no' then how is it they represent you and your family's interest? The representatives query doesn't have to be about taxes it could be about anything and everything that impacts you as an individual. Always, if congress is considering a new bill or passing a new law it will impact you one way of another and often in unforeseen ways over time.

 "Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production."

Jumping back a couple of hundred years when congress met for only a few months out of the year, these elected representatives when back home, worked their farms, or ran their businesses. They interacted with their voters. They knew each other often growing up together. Today the political class has, at best, only have clues as to who they represent or what the people who elected them need or want. Worse still they don't seem to care.

 "The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see."
Maybe we have moved so far from the original guiding principles of the American experiment we can't get back. The political class knows that going back reduces their power over the citizens. The underclass that is supported by government doesn't want to go back for reasons that are obvious. Also, a huge block of the electorate doesn't know what the Tea folks are making all this fuss is about. 

"The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles."

At its essence, culture is a shared set of beliefs and common behaviors. Core values are the important element in the belief set. In combination, these communal values, beliefs and behavior form a unique organizational identity or ethos that guides how the people within a society perceive one another, which in turn guides behavior and decision-making….

The division within our American society has never been about who has money or who doesn't have money. Or is this person better educated than that person. Although there weren't necessarily social ties between the groups they were attached through the shared values and beliefs. Values in common such as raising children, working hard, not cheating, lying, stealing, and certainly not killing one another.

A common culture.

In an interview on the news with the police chief of New Orleans this morning he was distraught about the extent his officers were corrupt and the fact that black young people were killing each other daily. Memphis news each morning is about the killings the night before and the failure of the school system. After generations of failures Memphis has finally given up its school charter. Who will now run the education system is up in the air. This is pretty much the news out of every city of any size in our country.

"Pity for the guilty is treason to the innocent."

We see this same culture breakdown in the majority of our elected officials at every level of government. Three major cities are in bankrupt court in California. How many more should be or will be? How many states balance budgets each year by not funding their pension system. Is this not a sleight of hand Mississippi has indulged in? The American culture has always been unique. Rooted in beliefs and values of Christian teachings. Once our historic culture is abandoned there isn't anything left to replace it  - except government.

 "Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion — when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing — when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors — when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you — when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice — you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that it does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.".

In a capitalistic economy all goods and services are denominated in dollars. Dollars are measures of value… The work we do is measured within the economy in dollar amounts according to the value of the kind of work we do. The same  measure is applied to a bag of peanuts or a dozen eggs. When and if government decides that a dozen eggs are four dollars instead of two dollars the entire system becomes distorted. The value of our work doesn't change but our demand for more dollars for the same work adds to this distortion.

So, the argument is when government through even the slightest law or regulation inserts itself into the economic market a nail is driven into the American dream. If one man works and is rewarded for his labor and another, who is able to work doesn't, and is rewarded by government then we know all  values within the capitalistic economy become an empty skeleton of our history for both the worker and the non-worker.  

This America is an experiment in self governing. The whole idea was that if people govern themselves as citizens then they could have local and national governing bodies that governed on their behalf. A simple idea… Governing starts and ends with people knowing and doing what is right in their lives, their families, and communities.  If done, then elected representatives would take this same behavior into the various levels of government and govern with the same basic principles. Lo-and-behold it once worked…. It worked for a long time until something began to change. Not all at once but like a slow growing cancer.

"We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality."

This downward spiral in the values and beliefs is seen daily with our elected and our citizens. The restrictions and regulations the government has imposed tries to fills the gap of created by the lack of responsibility of the citizens. In the process their actions consolidate their power under the guise of stewardship.  All of our always-to-be-reelected good old boys in congress, going back to 1964, are the fathers of this change. Obama election is a symptom of this change. His 2008 campaign was a clarion call for a government directed economy as well as government directed citizens. Without him this slowly evolving government control over every aspect of American life may have gone on more or less unnoticed. 

"The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles."

Basic principles have been compromised. There is some percentage of our citizens who are no longer able or willing to evade reality. Clearly Tea Party citizens are in this group and many more not quite sure of what they need to do.

All of the quotes in italics are from the mid fifties by Ayn Rand. So she along with others were able to see the early stages of the changes in America and shouted out warnings. 

96 days, 0 hours, 34 minutes till the polls open in November. We are now below the 100 day mark and there isn't much time but enough for us to make a difference once again. 

Cruz in Texas has pulled ahead and Mandel in Ohio is now within four points and closing on Brown. He needs money really badly. Brown is seen as a must win for the Dems and their money is flowing.

Obama is still way ahead of Romney in likeability and more often than not that is the deciding factor in how people vote. Romney is ahead in managing the economy which is what you would think is the most important issue. However, in these times who knows what voter will do?

The conservative voice was heard in 2010 in the House but not clearly in the Senate. We need to focus on the Senate. The senate races are crucial. Even more so should Obama a second term.

I have great hopes that the world may become a better, more peaceful, more equitable place in the twenty-first century. From my own experience, at 16 I lost my freedom, at 24 I lost my country and for the last more than 50 years have faced all sorts of problems, but I have never given up hope. We have a Tibetan saying, ‘Nine times fall down, Nine times pick yourself up.’  Dalai Lama

Before I hit the send key let me encourage you to click on the link below and see one of new 2010 Congressman Mike Kelly from Pennsylvania third district giving a speech on the House floor. (If you know any way we can clone this new congressman please send me a note.)