Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Consider The Source

Okay, let me first start off by saying that I am not a political analyst nor am I a foreign policy expert.  I do however have some thoughts about the upcoming presidential election and the events that have unfolded in the Middle East. 

I am saddened first of all by the loss of American soldiers and Ambassadors serving over seas serving our great nation away from their families.  My heart goes out to all of those mourning the loss of their loved ones.  I think that goes without saying.  I am ashamed of the way that the president and the secretary of state handled the situation.

I am an emotional person and I often react to situations based on how I'm feeling about them.  I don't often delve into the logical side of thinking about things and I guess you could say this isn't any different.  First of all in my mind, the president should have been the one waiting by the phone to find out what happened to our military and embassy personnel.  Instead, from what I understand, our dear leader was fast asleep, planning on attending a fundraiser in Las Vegas over the next day or so.  I'm stunned.  Almost speechless.  *Almost*.  Then he gave a speech in the Rose Garden and his opponent, Mitt Romney said of the speech that Obama sent mixed signals which I would tend to agree with.  President Obama said we wouldn't tolerate these acts of violence and that we would work with the Libyan government to make sure that justice was served.  Then he said that America took great pains to respect all religious beliefs.  Huh?  Seems to me he was pandering to the enemy already.

I almost forgot to mention that Obama couldn't decide if Egypt was an ally or an enemy.  Has he decided that yet?  Or that he has refused a meeting with Netanyahu.  I'm sorry but even if you are on the government 'dole' and you think that Obama has your back, think again.   Or if you are a Ron Paul supporter and you are pouting because Dr. Paul didn't get the nod this time, suck it up and vote for someone with some semblance of the same values as you.  Romney is the best choice in this circumstance.  In Obama, not a chance in HELL.

Now, I'm a Romney supporter (if you haven't already figured that out) so this blog may be a little biased, but to me, in Romney's critique of Obama's response to the news of the attacks and the murders, he seemed much more resolute and steadfast in what his response to that same situation would have been.  Much more confident than Obama has ever appeared during his presidency.  Okay, except for maybe when Obama was spiking the football over Osama's death, but I digress.  I have been impressed with the way Romney has campaigned up until now.

I'm not dissing Romney's campaign at all.  No, what I'm upset about is all of the conservative websites who seem to be getting sidelined by the lame stream media.  They seem as though they are playing into their hands at a time when it appears to me that WE ARE WINNING!!!  Republicans by and large don't know how to win and they don't know how to message.  Romney's campaign to me is not in the toilet, so please, let's keep it as far from there as we can.  Let's don't start fighting him and each other when we need to stand behind him the most.  I realize that Mother Jones has put out some spliced up video of Romney at a fundraiser and everybody's all over it.  That is not going to break his campaign.  He said there are 47% of the people out there who will vote for Obama again because they don't pay into the system.  So what?  The idea here is not to get ALL of the votes from EVERYBODY, because you simply can't do that.  Focus on your core group of voters and convince them to vote for you. Consider the source.

Also, lots of people are freaking out about the polls and flailing arms and saying Romney is behind in the polls.  SO WHAT?  If you are concerned, then by golly, go do something about it!  My eight year old son saw the headline for Drudge Report, Obama 48%, Romney 47%.  He said, whoa, that's bad.  He meant for Obama, that poll was bad.  An eight year old gets it, folks.

We only have 49 days until election day.  I'm begging you, please let's keep it together.  Don't start doubting and freaking out if Obama is a few percentage points ahead of Romney or if some liberal slanted website is predicting the demise of Romney.  Consider the source!

Monday, September 17, 2012

It's O-H-I-O, Mr. President

I know cuz I done been there once.  Okay, twice, but this last trip was for political reasons.  Dare I say, 'work'.  Greetings, all of you out there in cyber world.  It's me, the Political Chicken, back to share more from, well, from Ohio.  I know that's not what you were expecting me to say, but what the heck.  Roll with it.

Yes, just back from the Buckeye state of Ohio.  The Rust Belt even.  Why would a Texan travel to Ohio for a day and a half?  Well, I'll tell you.  Freedomworks Freepac Ohio and Josh Mandel for U.S. Senate.  I don't normally document trips on my blog or post pictures, but this trip warrants both of those things.  I really had a great trip and feel that it would be cool to share it with all of you.

First, I arrived on Saturday afternoon in order to attend Freepac Ohio.  It was an effort by Freedomworks along with other local tea party groups to inform other activists on, well, how to be better activists!  That was the first part of the program.  The second half was dedicated to speakers and then it was rounded out by none other than Glenn Beck.  I am such a big fan of Freedomworks and Glenn Beck, so the two of them working together was awesome.  They had lots of great speakers, and I unfortunately can't remember all of their names, but a few of them stuck with me.  One of those in particular was Dana Loesch.  She was fabulous.  Dana is a conservative (obviously) and the other part that really rocks about her is that she is a home school mom just like me!  How cool is that?  She is cool, edgy and doesn't mince her words.  Once a liberal, she changed to a conservative after the 9/11 attacks.  I'm glad she's on our side now.

Another contributor to the program was Reverend CL Bryant.  He too was once a Democrat, but saw what the Democratic party stood for and became a Republican.  Reverend Bryant was phenomenal.  One thing he said, and I'm paraphrasing here, was that the United States of America needs a new leader in order to restore America's swagger.  BOOM.  Don't you just love that word, 'swagger'?  He also just finished making the film titled, "Runaway Slave".   It's out in theaters now, so please go and support this man's movie.  He is wonderful.

Next on my list of things to do was to go door to door for Josh Mandel.  Who is Josh Mandel, you say?  Well, he is going to be the next U.S. Senator for the state of Ohio.  The state which is a union state, situated in the middle of the rust belt has been represented for the past six years by Democrat Sherrod Brown.  Ahem, cue Josh Mandel, stage right.  Josh is a young guy but he has been busy.  He's a veteran who has served two tours of duty as a marine in Anbar Province, Iraq.  Not only that, but he's served in their state legislature and he is currently the state treasurer.  Whew, I'm tired just typing all he's done and he's not through yet.  Texas is a 'safe' as it goes for being a red state, but Ohio, not so much.  Check out his website linked above in his name and donate some money to this guy.  Who says you have to stick within your own state?  If there was ever a time to cross state lines, it's now!

Speaking of door to door, here is a picture of me and my new buddy Lauren who heads up the Romney/Mandel campaign headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.  She was super sweet and I really enjoyed the time we had together going door to door.  She's doing a great job.  While out walking and talking to folks, it was hard to miss the difference in the economy of Ohio versus Texas.  It's easy to see how being a hard and fast union state can really suppress the economy.  I'm glad that Texas is a right to work state and I pray it stays that way always.  The good news is that there are efforts being made through petitions to make Ohio right to work.  Keep up the good work, Ohio!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed our little trip to Ohio and back again.  Please, don't be a stranger to Ohio or to the Political Chicken blog.  We can do this!  Romney/Ryan 2012!