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I’ve been reading The Reagan Diaries, which I am really enjoying. I’ve really loved getting to know this side of Ronald Reagan. I have to say that the more I learn about him, the more I admire him. He was a remarkable man, with remarkable character. The other day I was reading his entry from when he was shot in an assassination attempt. One paragraph in the passage really hit me hard. Here’s what he writes:

“Getting shot hurts. Still my fear was growing because no matter how hard I tried to breathe it seemed I was getting less & less air. I focused on that tiled ceiling and prayed. But I realized I couldn’t ask for Gods help while at the same time I felt hatred for the mixed up young man who had shot me. Isn’t that the meaning of the lost sheep? We are all Gods children & therefore equally beloved by him. I began to pray for his soul and that he would find his way back to the fold.” (The Reagan Diaries, pg. 12)

Wow! I can’t imagine. Had I been in that situation, I don’t think I would be concerned for the welfare of the soul of the person that had shot me. This is truly amazing to me! This just speaks to the character of Ronald Reagan. What an incredible man. I just have so much admiration for him!

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Today I had the totally awesome experience of volunteering for Team Mitt at their local phone bank. Now, I have been doing calls from home, but this was different. I’m really hoping I’ll be able to go do more of the local phone bank work. There were a ton of people there, and lists and lists and lists of people to call. A couple friends of mine have been volunteering at the local call bank every Saturday, and really got me the hook-ups! (Thanks, guys!) So, they divided us into teams, all named after Mitt Romney’s sons and wife. We were on team Josh, which was apparently the favored team. See, the deal was, Mitt was going to be coming to the call bank after another event he had in town, and the team that made the most phone calls would get to meet with him personally. So, we called and called for like 5 hours. My back hurt, my head hurt, and my ear hurt. But, it really didn’t matter because they announced that we had won! (And there was much rejoicing in the land.) I was really excited, because all I wanted to do was shake the man’s hand. So, they took us into a smaller room, and while we waited for Mitt to come, we got to speak with his son, Josh, on the phone. He was very encouraging. Shortly thereafter, Mitt (and his entourage) came in. He shook all of our hands and took pictures. Then we all went into the big call bank room where he was introduced to everyone, took more pictures and gave a short little “thank you” speech. Thanks to my smart friend, Sarah, we were able to get his autograph. It was really exciting for me! I was in my element of politics. And I’ve got to say, the man just looks presidential, he really does. He’s got a sort of regal quality about him.

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I love Veteran’s Day! I think it is so very important to celebrate and remember those who have fought and those that have given it all, for us to be safe and free. I have veterans of Vietnam and Korea and both World Wars in my family. Before he died in 1997, my grandpa was Nevada’s oldest living veteran, having fought in WWI and WWII. I believe it was in WWI, that he had his nose blown off by a grenade. My uncle joined the Army Rangers and went to Vietnam. He received three Purple Hearts from his service there. My great-uncle (dad to the Vietnam Vet uncle) and my grandfather were both in WWII. My step dad, Jim, and Adam’s grandfather both served in Korea. I also have letters written by ancestors that were part of the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. A friend of mine also did a tour in Iraq.
I don’t think I can really express the depths to which those in the military (past and present) mean to me. They were willing to sacrifice their lives for me, and my children. These are some of the most courageous and valiant people we have among us. I really just can’t express my appreciation for all that they do. And let’s not forget about their families, many of whom send their loved ones off to war, never to see alive again. I am truly grateful for all veterans and military personnel. They are real heroes!

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The founder of the Weather Channel has published an article calling the whole “man-made global warming” thing “the greatest scam in history.” This is awesome! How much do you want to bet that the mainstream (liberal) media won’t give this story the time of day? It’s ridiculous that they will hang on Al Gore’s every word, but stories like this get nothing. Don’t tell me the media isn’t agenda driven!

(Oh, by the way, we’ve gotten rid of Al-Qaeda in Baghdad! How wonderful is that?! That won’t make the evening news.)

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