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Dear Mr. Obama,

Excuse me right off the bat for not respecting the title of “Mr. President,” but at this current time I truly feel you no longer deserve that high honor, as YOU have disrespected me, and thousands of others who “waved tea bags around” in protest of your overspending.

You obviously don’t care what the American people are trying to convey to you. You claim you’ll have a “conversation” with us, but we’ve tried already, and you didn’t listen. We have contacted our Senators and Congress, and we have been ignored.

It’s disgraceful that you stood before a large crowd and publicly humiliated the people you claim to serve. You aren’t serving US, Mr. Obama, you are serving your own agenda and your own left-wing, liberal party. You have no respect for the average American, and obviously no regard for what our needs are.

When millions of people bashed President Bush, he never once stooped so low as to publicly call them out, nor did he criticize any news station that “disliked” him, because he didn’t care. He was serving the people, not the press. He didn’t make a public spectacle out of himself so he’d look cute or funny, and he didn’t take pot shots at those who disagreed with him and make them look like fools. He had honor. He had common decency and respect. He was a class act who refused to take the bait.

President Bush once said that he knew that the decisions he made regarding the war weren’t always going to be popular with everyone, and he knew he was risking his reputation by making those tough decisions, but he said he’d “rather risk his reputation than risk the safety of this country.” Now THAT is honorable. You could take a lesson from this story, Mr. Obama, because it seems as if you don’t know how to govern the people, so instead you lash out at them, and that is utterly shameful. You owe the American people an apology, and their voices deserve to be heard!

Instead of trying to be a cute celebrity who’s trying to win a popularity contest, it would be better if you just stopped and listened. But you think you’re better than the average American, and you take them for fools. Stand up and take responsibility for the mistakes you’ve made, as you and your party insisted President Bush should have done so many times before. Fix the problems instead of blaming someone else, and stop making those problems worse!

By you implying that the tea party participants were “pretending” that their protest was against the TARP package just goes to show that you weren’t listening and you don’t care what was really being said. Instead, you publicly humiliated them to get a laugh out of the crowd, and in the process caused further division.

Americans are tired of bailing out big corporations. They are fearful of the wasteful spending that has been taking place over the past 101 days in your administration. They worry about their future, and the future of their children and their children’s children. They don’t WANT socialized healthcare, and they don’t want nationalized businesses where you run the show and make the decisions for those companies. They don’t want the wool pulled over their eyes with sneaky politics and hush-hush bills being rushed through without real debates and conversations about what those bills entail. They are “we the people,” and you and this government work for them, not the other way around. They want their voices to be heard. They love this country and the principals it was founded upon. They love the idea of this country and know the value of freedom. But these very people are finding that freedom is only one-sided now. That anyone who disagrees with the liberal agenda will be ridiculed, and eventually silenced. It is OUR rights that are being taken away. It’s our voices that are being stifled. It is our morals and values that are being degraded and belittled. And we have now become a corrupt nation, full of lies, betrayal, and hate, with an utter lack of respect for one another and their beliefs, ideals, and opinions. And by ridiculing the tea party participants, Mr. Obama, you only added more fuel to that already blazing fire.

This country is turning upside down and the American people are desperately trying to prevent that from happening full tilt. They are restless and angry. They are desperate and fearful. They are weary and tired. And all you do is rub salt to those very wounds. You’re not helping the country, Mr. Obama, you are destroying it, and you are destroying the American people. You are hurting us instead of helping us.

You may have won, but that doesn’t make you right. Stop degrading average Americans and start listening, start governing, and start working for “we the people.” Stop trying to be cute and funny. You weren’t hired to be a celebrity. You were hired to be the President of the United States of America. Start acting like it.

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Today is tax day. April 15, 2009. I paid my taxes at the beginning of the year, and today I’m sitting up in bed, not feeling well, gathering my thoughts about what’s happening around our country today.

I’m feeling guilty for not attending the Anti-Tax Tea Party up in Madison today. I’ve been a huge opponent of the stimulus package, and have voiced my opinion, politically, about many things I disagree with, especially concerning this current administration.

I truly wanted to be involved in this process today. I wanted to be able to tell my son, when he gets older, that his parents were involved in a huge part of history to stand up and be heard on issues that ultimately will affect him and his future. I was the one who eagerly encouraged many people to become active in this protest. But I’m not there today.

My mom is suffering from recurring breast cancer, which is incurable. Monday we spent most of the day at the hospital with her, as she is in constant pain from her chemo treatments. And yesterday we spent the day in Chicago, as Jared, once again, had to make another emergency visit to the doctor about his knee, which isn’t getting any better. And we decided earlier in the day yesterday that we would make the 2 hour trip up to Madison to be involved, to be heard, and to be the kind of people who stand up for their beliefs.

There are many reasons we didn’t go. We were exhausted over the past few days, we had already missed out on work and didn’t want to take yet another day off without pay, and Jared’s knee doesn’t fair well as he sits still for long periods of time. And let’s not forget I’m 8 months pregnant and in constant need of a nearby bathroom. Fortunately we decided late last night that we wouldn’t go. I had a rough night and didn’t sleep well, and woke up feeling horrible.

But here’s what truly concerned me: People who don’t care, or believe Obama is doing the right thing, or continue to blame Bush for everything that continues to go wrong in the world, are making those of us who are FINALLY standing up and trying to be heard, out to be racists, neoconservatives, or simply ignorant.

I’ve been watching Fox News today, trying to see what’s going on out there and what I’m missing. And last night I told Jared the exact thing one reporter said: There’s not much confidence in this administration or this Congress, for the people to be taken seriously. Although every state has various Tea Parties going on today, still, no one is listening. Obama instead came out with yet another teleprompter speech about the economy and how he “won’t” raise taxes. As I listened, I noticed numerous contradictions to what he said a mere few weeks ago about taxing the rich and the small businesses. But he had to say all this so those of us who understand the reality of what will take place with his trillion dollar spending package would look moronic.

I said last night, “What does it really matter? No one listens to the average, everyday, conservative person.” We are the minority. We typically don’t scream and shout at people and tell them how stupid they are. Instead, we try to do things by the book and we believe in our rights, although constantly violated, and hope that Americans and politicians will do the right thing for the country as a whole, and not just the loons on the left who truly don’t have a clue about right and wrong anymore. But we have been looked upon as scum, as worthless, as vile human beings who are just prejudice and hate mongers. No one truly cares about how we feel, or what we believe anymore. Our voice doesn’t matter, and they are trying to do everything in their power to muzzle our voices.

I’m sick to death of the Bush-bashing that is endlessly taking place. The blame game Obama and his lackeys are playing is getting old, and it’s nothing more than a way to pass the buck so no one will pay attention to their role in the whole economic mess we’re currently suffering. Let’s not forget that Bush bailed out the banks in October, and both candidates agreed to this idea. After that, Obama won the election, and since then has bailed out the banks again, and may yet do so one more time. So why keep bashing Bush for the same things Obama is currently doing, only a hundred times worse? Why keep focusing on the past mistakes, and instead find better solutions? It didn’t work. We get that. But to put Bush down and continue supporting Obama is a contradiction I can’t bear to endure anymore. It’s hypocritical and an absolute cop-out. Obama is making the matter worse, not better, and to believe otherwise is truly ignorant.

The blind faith the American people have put in Obama is unnerving. It will have detrimental effects on our country and the future of our children. No matter what he says NOW, we will pay the price when he realizes that his tiny plan of the rich paying the cost of his inexperienced and egomaniacal spending package didn’t work.

Take a look at the states that took the money. They are currently raising taxes. Why? Because they NEED A WAY TO PAY FOR IT.

I admire the governors who stood firm and said NO to this money, because they understood what it would ultimately do to the taxpayers. They were thinking of the people, rather than their own greed. And now, this arrogant President thinks he can overlook the constitution and FORCE these governors to take dirty money they don’t care to take and inflict more cost onto the people.

I’m not stupid. I understand that the media and the fascist left will always make me look like I don’t know the truth. That doesn’t mean that I shut up and give up. It just means I get smart about it. Protests never got anyone anywhere. I’ve written my Senators on many occasions. They don’t care. They aren’t listening. I don’t matter anymore.

I don’t have confidence that people like me, who still believe in morals and values, will have much of a voice in the world anymore. I think the left has gone too far, and too many self-righteous people refuse to admit they are wrong. We are ALLOWING injustices to take place, and overlooking the obvious. We’re too concerned about hurting other people’s feelings, rather than taking care of ourselves.

I hope that those who stood up and spoke out today will be heard. But I don’t think that “we the people” really matter to “those the greedy.” And this ridiculousness will be something we not only have to endure for the next four years, but for the rest of our lifetime. When the damage is done, there’s no turning back. And the package has been signed, sealed and delivered. What we say now has no impact on what this administration says or does here out.

This Tea Party should have been done long ago. It should have been done when Obama and Pelosi started spewing their ignorant, self-bloated spending package to the people. But they forced it through. They did it without even knowing themselves what was in it. They crammed it down our throat and made a hasty effort to make sure the American people didn’t know what was in it, either. They gave us no choice in the matter. And they didn’t allow us to speak in a timely manner…and that’s why they pushed it through so quickly.

Everyone keeps talking about how this administration is “transparent,” I couldn’t disagree more. This has been the sneakiest President, administration, and Congress I’ve known in my lifetime…possibly in history.

I’d like to believe that being active makes a difference, but I’m not sure anyone cares to hear what conservatives have to say anymore. It’s no wonder we’ve all just went silent. And what’s the answer to that? How do we fight to be heard? How do we win the battle that is being fought against us at every turn? How do we protect the family, and faith, and our freedoms? How do we teach our children to resist the greedy ways of the world when it’s shoved in our face everyday? How do we even recognize right from wrong when so many lines are crossed? What do we do when there seems to be nothing left to do? A protest? A reenactment of a tea party that didn’t work back then, and won’t work today?

Both sides are to blame. Both parties. But no one is more to blame than the American people who continue to let these injustices take place. Some are saying today, “We’re not going to take it anymore,” but really…what does that mean if no one listens?

My best friend, Pennie, turned 46 on Tuesday. I joked with her that she only had a few more years before she turned the big 5-0. Although we got a good laugh out of it, she reminded me that I was 40, and I’d probably be 100 years old by the time Tavin graduated. It was an exaggeration, of course, but I couldn’t help but think about how my life, at 40, is literally starting all over again.

 

How many people do we know in a lifetime who get a real second chance at life; an opportunity to truly start all over again? Not many. And I never thought that I would be one of those people.

 

I always saw my life as one way, and not the other. I thought that my past would always dictate my future; that it would hold me back from the things in life I had always hoped for. I was blessed, and lucky, to have found love at my age, especially after all I had gone through in my life. Pennie, on the other hand, has given up hope. It’s not easy. And I know it’s a cliché to say, “If it can happen to me, it can happen to you,” but I can’t help but believe that, knowing what I know.

 

At 40, I’m feeling young at heart again, because life is starting over. I’m in love for the first time in my life. I may have loved others before, but it wasn’t “this.” It was always such destructive love that it never made any sense to me. But now I have this relationship that feels good, and is better than most people could hope for in a lifetime. And although I’ve been jaded, and the thought of marriage carries many bad memories for me, I am, again, getting married. But this time it feels like the first time, because it’s for all the right reasons.

 

And at 40, I’m having my second child. I never thought… I usually steered clear of men who were looking to have a family, because I just didn’t want anymore children. I had Josh, and that was good enough for me. I had done my child rearing. I had gone through it all, and I was so young when I did it that it was “my time” to live my life. I just wanted to go through life pretty much on my own, my way.

 

Jared changed all that. We were both against having children for many, many reasons. But there was a moment last summer when we were given a special gift. We were allowed to see that although having a child would ultimately change our lives, it could change it for the better, and it didn’t have to change who we are. And our child didn’t have to be a child of the world, but a child of our love and guidance. A product of the love that we shared, that needed to be shared with someone special. And that day, right there, we decided, with hundreds of people watching, that we would change our lives to know that special someone. 

 

I’ve had so many experiences in life when I found myself looking back at my life and wondering, “How did I get here?” Sometimes it was good, other times it was bad. And then there are moments when I look back and realize that my life ended at one point, and began again at another. There are periods in my life when I just glided through, not really paying attention, but just trying to survive, trying to find my way, any way I could.

 

Finding Jared was like tripping over something and landing in someone’s lap. I’m not entirely sure it was supposed to happen, but I’m glad that it did.

 

This morning I woke up at 5:30 and couldn’t fight the urge to think back on how this all started. How weird and awkward it was at first, just making the initial date. I remember getting angry with Jared when he first called to set up the date. It wasn’t what I had hoped for, and I got really frustrated and disappointed. I wasn’t too excited about our first date, and nearly cancelled. But I knew Jared was a nice guy, and despite my lack of “romantic feelings” for him, I just wanted to go and spend time with a nice guy, and I had no expectations whatsoever!

 

And that’s how it happens. When you least expect it. When you give someone a chance even when it doesn’t “seem” like something you’d ever choose for yourself. You have all these “ideas” about the right person or the right job or the perfect life, and then someone, out of nowhere, pops up and changes everything! And mostly for the better. Because Someone Else knows us better, and if we trust that Someone Else, and take chances that seem out of the ordinary to us, we just never know what might happen. But if we get all caught up in our own ideas about how things are supposed to look, or be, we’ll never discover what’s truly in store for us.

 

It was that first date. Although awkward at times, we both knew at one point during the date that we HAD to know this person more. There may have even been a moment when we both knew that we had finally found our other half. And I had ample opportunity to run like hell after that. But I didn’t…I couldn’t. Thank God.

 

Sometimes I wake up, roll over and see Jared lying next to me, and all I can do is smile. I can’t help…but smile. And then I close my eyes again, and I thank God for bringing Jared into my life.

 

And then I feel a flutter. A kick. And I realize that I have a life inside of me. A piece of our love growing, becoming more real everyday. And I love Jared more. And I love Tavin more. And I wonder…am I dreaming? Because I never thought, in a million years, that this would be my life. That I—of all people—would know this, and know what it means to start all over again.

 

So what? I’m 40! My life is half over…but it’s just beginning. Who could ask for anything more?

I’m confused. Did we elect a President to govern and run our country, or did we elect a celebrity to make the talk circuit rounds to “pump up” agendas?

 

This is ridiculous. He is ridiculous. But what I find more ridiculous is the notion that people think this is okay. That they find him “average” or “normal” because he goes on TV shows and makes tacky jokes that the lower class ding-dongs find endearing. They cheer him on, they laugh at his humorless jokes, and they sigh in relief that we finally have a President who can be young and relatable. He’s relatable because he stoops to the lowest common denominator. He’s not smart! He’s not brilliant! He’s not even normal or relatable! He’s not like you and me, and no matter how many jokes he makes, or how many late night shows he appears on, he’s will never be like you and me.

 

This man is supposed to be governing. Running the country. Making tough decisions. But in the last couple of months he’s done nothing of significance except push a bunch of papers around, signing bills that will ultimately destroy the foundation of our country. He’s the guy you work with that pretends to be busy so he won’t lose his job. He’s busy doing nothing while he steals wages from the company. He’s the guy you ponder and just have to ask, “What does he really do here?”

 

While Obama runs around the country—on taxpayers money, mind you—to seem cute and enduring, he’s fooling us, he’s tricking us into keeping our eyes off the real problems. He makes stupid jokes to take the focus off of his incompetence and hopes you’ll still find him likeable and charming. And the majority of people, who apparently don’t have a brain in their head, fall for it every time. They are awestruck.

 

It used to be that meeting the President was so overwhelming that you would lose all concentration. But people think Obama is “one of us,” a “good neighbor”, but he’s literally that guy we like so much that we can’t believe he’s the madman that’s been devouring the neighborhood kids who have been disappearing. “He was always so nice…I just can’t believe he did it.” But that’s what charming people do: deceive. Lie. Cheat. Steal. Threaten. All the while they look like us. They win us over. They trick us. They make us like them so we would never suspect what they were really up to.

 

The President needs to be Presidential, and that doesn’t mean he talks to us through Jay Leno. He has an Oval Office–a place that signifies his leadership and authority to the world–where he should make his pleas to the people. Instead, this President, runs to the liberal side of Hollywood to get your attention, because Americans don’t hold that office with much respect anymore…and that’s a disgrace in itself.

 

I’m ashamed of Americans. That you are defending a man who is a million times dumber than most of you proclaimed President Bush to be. But when Obama does it, that’s okay. This President makes clumsy errors and the world embraces him instead of ridiculing him the way they did Bush. In the past 50 days, he’s done utterly ridiculous things that would have had Americans SCREAMING for Bush’s head had he done them.

 

But hardly anyone is crying outrage here. We laugh this guy off. We want to “give him a chance.” You know why? Because you can’t admit that he’s not the right guy for the office. He doesn’t fit the profile. He doesn’t have the qualifications. He doesn’t have the smarts for it. He’s dumb as a brick when it comes to governing a country. He’s Clueless, co-starring with Alicia Silverstone. But we’ll let it slide. We’ll keep laughing at his ridiculous jokes instead of demanding him to run the country. We’ll just continue to let Congress run the country into the ground while our President confuses us through late night shtick. “Pay no attention to that woman behind that curtain…Look at me!” He’s like the shiny object that distracts the null-minded! He’s blinding us with glitz and glitter. He’s the Paris Hilton of Presidents.

 

I’m confused America. I’m confused because I don’t understand what most of you are thinking anymore, or if you’re thinking at all. We’ve let our morals and good judgments slide down the slippery slope, all for “hope” that only translated into trickery. And instead of standing against this stupidity and madness, 65% of you just laugh. You feel reassured by him. You feel confident in him, even when your lives are falling apart. You refuse to see him for what he is and what he truly isn’t. You just want to keep believing in a false god that will ultimately destroy your livelihood. Most of you don’t even know what he’s saying; you’re just so darn impressed with the fact that he’s a normal guy, just like you, sitting in the seat next to Jay Leno. How many times have you been on the Jay Leno show? Yeah, that’s how “normal” he is, folks.

 

You’ve made Obama into a pop culture icon rather than a leader of the free world! He’s turned the Oval Office into a circus ring, filled with clowns and jackasses, and he’s the Ring Leader, distracting us from the dictatorship and abuses that are going on behind the scenes.

 

He’s not a President. He’s a Talking Head. He throws glitter in your eyes, blinding you with the glamour of the Presidency, rather than the harsh reality of the role. But that’s because he doesn’t know it. He hasn’t dealt with it yet. That’s why he’s the one making the TV rounds. He doesn’t know what he’s doing. And he’s more than proven that point 50% of his short time in office. He’s bumbling around, running into things, signing this and that without weighing the consequences. He’s forcing us to leap before we’ll realize that we’re leaping into a pot of boiling water. Confusion is center stage at the Obama Circus, and that’s why no one has a clue as to what’s going on. We’re pressured to believe he knows best, when he knows nothing at all. And then they backtrack and pass the buck back to Bush. How convenient for them…

 

America, it’s disgraceful that you are allowing these things to happen. It’s shameful that you are so awestruck by the colorful lights and the empty words, that you truly don’t even know what’s going on anymore.

 

But if you are a select few who still believe that the government should be working for YOU, and not the other way around, check out this website. You won’t be disappointed.

 

www.the912project.com

 

 

Ok. So I have a friend. She’s an old friend. A friend I’ve had since the third grade–and that’s saying a lot. We have our time spans where we lose touch, but we always find our way back to each other.

I haven’t talked to my old friend since the election. No particular reason. We just hadn’t had the time.

So yesterday we got into a long session of catching up through email, and I told her about my involvement with the Kenosha County Republican Women’s Group. She wrote back saying, “I know you’re a Republican, but I’m all about Obama.” She then proceeded to tell me that her mother-in-law was also “all about” Obama, too, so much so, that she named her two new kitties after him and Michelle. (ARG!!! I want to claw my eyes out with people like this!)

I replied, “Obama, eh? Hmmmm. My problem with Obama is everyone’s obsession with the guy.”

Her response: “I don’t know anything about politics. I just liked that he was young, and had a family. He seemed real to me.”

She voted for Obama because he was “young” and “married” with “children.”

I want EVERYONE–ANYONE–who doesn’t understand politics, or doesn’t CARE about politics, or who literally votes for someone based on looks, race, charisma, or their significant other, to: STEP. AWAY. FROM. THE. VOTING. BOOTH. And don’t come back until you DO understand what these people stand for!

Now I know my old friend very well. I know her views. And I know for a FACT if she had only known WHAT this guy stands for, and what his viewpoints are on the world, she would have never voted for him. But what could anyone learn from him if we didn’t look outside of the mainstream media? If you only knew him from what ABC, NBC, CNN, CBS, or MSNBC was telling you, then I can see why everyone has been so “taken” with the guy. That’s the way they “presented” him: a “real” guy. A family guy. A good guy. A strong man. The voice of the people.

The guy didn’t say ONE WORD that made any sense to those who really LISTENED! But most people were awestruck by his sense of style and his charm; the way he wooed the media, and contradicted himself with a smile on his face and said, “I never said that.”

54% of voters didn’t care that he associated himself with domestic terrorists, nor did they care that he had no real experience in governing, while they POUNDED Sara Palin–a “Governor” of one of the largest states–claiming that she lacked experience! Obama’s “community coordinating” was like me telling the world I had what it took to run the country because I was a meeting planner and event coordinator for six years in corporate America. But half of the country thought anyone who asked Obama the hard questions were racist hate mongers who only wanted to demoralize a moral guy.

“He seemed real to me…” About as real as a robot may come, I’d say. He was a product–a tool, a weapon–of the liberal machine. NOTHING about this guy is real, or genuine. Proof in point: he voted “present”, rather than yes or no, on Live Birth Abortion! Gutless, I’d say. About as worthless and gutless as they come. And for the guy who says he’s not “political”, he played politics with a very crucial issue, such as live birth abortion. He didn’t want to say one way or another, because he didn’t want it to come back and haunt him during the campaign. And when a reporter brought the facts forth on the issue, Obama threatened any media outlet who would allow this guy to speak out against Obama and tell the truth.

Obama hid behind cowardice. He hid behind his lack of judgment and ethics. He hid in politics. I would have respected him more if he had just said, yes…or no. At least I’d know where the guy stood on the issues. But even now I don’t have a clue. He’s done nothing to govern. He’s done nothing to show that he knows how to govern. He’s been letting everyone else dictate to him how it will be, and they push him out the door to campaign for it. Because that’s all he knows.

They called Bush a liar. But this guy has gone back on his word more times in the past month than Bush could have ever dreamed of doing in the eight years he was in office!

All I know–all I want–all I wish–is that people who don’t know or don’t care about the real issues absoloutely needs to stop voting. Let those of us–even those I don’t agree with–have a real say so. Because those of you who are voting based on idiotic, superficial, so-called “values” are wrecking this country! You are destroying us. You are making a mockery out of the system. And you are making fools out of yourselves…

Educate yourself on the issues, because whether or not you’re “political,” these issues will ultimately affect your life one way or another. (http://www.heritage.org/)

Find out what your elected officials are voting on. (You can! You have a RIGHT to know. Just go to this site and sign up: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/megavote/ and you will be informed of every yes or no vote by your congress person.) Find out what’s going to be voted on (http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/legislative/g_three_sections_with_teasers/legislative_home.htm).

Stop listening ONLY to the mainstream media. Find other outlets like Fox News (a news station that truly IS fair and balanced, and will allow you to get both sides of the issues: http://www.foxnews.com/) and The Drudge Report (http://www.drudgereport.com/). Mainstream media outlets are run by extreme liberal corporations and donors. They will NEVER, EVER, give you a look at the real Democrats, and they will always slant their views to make Republicans look like the bad guys. They will never outright criticize a Democrat the way the do Republicans. You will never get the truth from a one-sided freak show.

Here’s the point I’m trying to make: you don’t balance your checkbook if you can’t do math, right? You need to know something about adding and subtracting in order to keep your budget in order. To be a computer programmer, you don’t go to a job interview and say, “I don’t know anything about computers, but I can do this job!” You need to know a LOT about computers and how they operate.

Politics is no different. You can’t vote if you don’t understand what you’re voting for or against. You can’t make an educated choice if you don’t care to learn what one person or another believes in or not. You can’t blindly pull a lever that will ultimately change the world and affect everyone around you! You should never make a choice for the country, if you don’t care how it will affect the country.

Step away from the voting booth. Come back when you know what you stand for and you are certain you are voting for a representative who will uphold those values and issues.

Politics aside…

So this morning I woke up to a snow covered existence outside, stretched, yawned, grabbed my robe and took a nice warm shower. Afterwards, I plopped myself at the computer and began working. I started getting hungry, since my last meal was at 5 PM last night. I didn’t want a big breakfast; I didn’t even want a slice of toast like I usually do. Instead, I wanted a bowl of dry cereal to have with my glass of milk. So I got up, waddled to the kitchen and opened the cabinet door. Out of all the boxes of cereal we had, I chose the Jewel brand of “Crunchy Corn Squares”, the generic version of Corn Chex. What I saw on the back of the box STUNNED me! I was utterly appalled!!

“Family UNPLUGGED” it read, in fun, retro letters. “Imagine all the things you could do instead of watching television! Unplug the tube and grab your family,” the box informed. So…what can you do if you turn off the TV and spend time with your family? Well, it went on:

“You could…volunteer your time at a soup kitchen. Work on a jigsaw puzzle. Try a new recipe. Go for a walk. Play catch. Arrange photos into a family scrapbook. Plan a day trip. Research your family tree. Play board games. Or…clean out your closets and hold a family yard sale. Ride bikes. Fly kites. Plant some flowers. Go for a drive. Play cards. Go on a picnic. Play charades. Catch fireflies. Go bowling. Roller blade. Ice skate.”

So I take the box out to the living room and scream, “Can you believe this?” to Jared and his mother. They both look at me, surprised by my outburst. And I read the box to them out loud. They look at me blankly. Jared’s not surprised, nor is he outraged. Timi, Jared’s mother, finally gets it after I explain what this box means.

The ideas on the box sound great, right? So why am I so outraged by this box? (First of all, let me first state, KUDOS to Jewel for putting something so brave and yet so ordinary on the back of their box.) I’m not upset with Jewel and the box, per say, what I’m angered about is the mere fact that ANYONE has to tell us–on a cereal box of all things–how to “be” a family! And who is the audience of the Back of the Box? It’s our children. It’s kids who don’t KNOW what a family is. It’s geared to teach CHILDREN what a family SHOULD be doing. But this is what we’ve become. Complacent. Lazy. Numb.

To me, all of these things listed on the Back of the Box were GIVENS! It just makes sense. And I wasn’t concerned that someone else was telling me how to be a family, because I already knew these things. I had already done these very things with Josh when he was growing up, and we still do some of these things! I plan on doing ALL of these things with Tavin and Jared. In fact, I can’t wait!!

What I don’t understand is a family who DOESN’T do these things. What I don’t get is the fact that a cereal company has to spell it out for 80% of society today. As I continued to hold the box up to Jared and Timi, ranting on and on about this injustice, I played a scenario out for them: “Hey dad, look at the Back of the Box. It says we should do…” And the dad literally pushes the child out of the view of the TV and says, “Not now, Bobby, I’m watching the game. We’ll do all those things some other time when daddy’s not so busy.”

Now Jared wasn’t outraged for one reason: When we see what we see out in the world today, and we encounter children and families out in public, we can literally SEE that the family unit is broken! We can see the children vying for their parents attention and affection. It’s everywhere. It’s overwhelming. It’s a shame! Granted we all see it, day in and day out, but the Back of the Box really confirmed my suspicions about what’s happening in the world.

The Back of the Box is politely and attractively telling us to get off our lazy butts and pay attention to our children! And what about the poor child who reads the Back of the Box and desperately wants to do these things with a parent who is unwilling to take the time to do them? What really disturbs me is that the child who sees this list and thinks, “This would be so much fun,” but has no idea what it truly means to be a family who does things together, or worse yet, realizes that even if he were to show the Back of the Box to his parents, it may not ever happen that way. 

Why does the outside world have to explain the very basics of life to us? Why isn’t it common sense anymore? Why are people having children in the first place, if they don’t take the time to BE a family? The world is breaking down because the family is broken. There’s no true sense of the word anymore.

I recently started volunteering at a food shelter called Angel Food Ministries (http://www.angelfoodministries.com/). It’s a nationwide, non-profit organization offering wide varieties of monthly food menus to low income families at a very low cost…but it’s also available to ANYONE! There are no limitations or requirements.

I got involved for one reason: to be an example to Tavin. To show him that in order to make a real difference in the world, you need to be the kind of person who is willing to do what it takes to actually make a difference. Talking about it isn’t enough. Explaining to our children that it’s important to help the needy, while walking away from a homeless person who is cold and hungry, isn’t setting the right example. But by DOING it–by caring with our actions–we are teaching our children the real values, the real ethics, of humanity and compassion.

Angel Food Ministries isn’t my only outlet. I’ve volunteered my name to become a board member for Angel Food Ministries and to further help the cause of the homeless. I’m also going to reorganize the Kenosha County Republican Women’s Group, and although it’s a political group, the example I will be setting for Tavin is to stand up for what he believes in, and take an active role to have his voice heard. He may not grow up to be a Republican, and that’ll be just fine with me. As long as he’s not just a Talker, but a real Doer, in what he believes as his core foundation…that’s all that will truly matter to me.

Being a parent does take time. But that’s something we should all realize before we even make the “choice” to BE a parent! No longer does your career/job take first place, nor does your spouse/significant other. That child is now your first and foremost priority in life! YOU need to be the example. YOU need to be the love–all the love in the world–that he/she needs. YOU need to be the person to teach them right and wrong, not the school system, not the church, and NOT the outside world, like the Back of the Box. It is up to YOU to BE the family your child so desperately needs to become a good person in this dark, cruel world–to help BE a light in the world. Show your children. Don’t just talk about it. Be a family. Be a strong family unit that the world just can’t touch!

Okay, so he asked for it: another blog. Here it is.

I’ve been trying to muzzle myself lately. The absolute outrage I feel over the last few weeks over the stimulus package has put me in a position to act.

I began to write Senators across the board, asking them to reconsider the stipulations in this bill. I also found a few websites (that I should have shared, and I apologize for not doing so) that offered petitions against the spending package proposed by Pelosi and her liberal goons. Upon feeling such disgrace with the American “support” of this bill, I also decided I needed to become much more pro-active than merely writing blogs that many people really don’t read anyway (aside from a few close friends, or maybe just Jared).

Moving back to Kenosha, WI, I wanted to get involved with the Kenosha County Republican Women’s Group, but found out that they were no longer active. I gladly discovered that the former President of the group had moved on to bigger and better things, like becoming an Alderman here in Kenosha. As I stated my sense of urgency to the former members and the current President of the Wisconsin Federation of Republican Women, I was then asked if I would be willing to take over the roll of President for the Kenosha group and reorganize members/membership. So I’ve been working on putting all of these things into place.

All in all, I’m disgusted by the whole process, and the way our voices are not being heard anymore. So what do we do? How can we resolve this crisis? And when will it ever change?

As the bill has been currently “approved” by Democrats and a mere 3 Republicans (RINOS-Republicans in name only), I’m saddened that this isn’t a bill that will truly stimulate our economy, but instead is a sneaky, manipulative move on the liberals part to start implementing policies without American’s knowledge or approval.

And speaking of approval, how is something this important only approved by a select few? How about the opinions of those who this will truly affect? No matter how much we protested, those Senators did what THEY wanted to do…without listening to anyone. Why? Because they are trying to blind sight us with their aggressive, destructive agendas. And the only ones who will suffer will be the average Americans who have been suffering long enough!

One thing that has bothered me the most during this whole process has been Obama’s lack of governing, and his dire need to continue campaigning–because it’s all he knows how to do. Proof is in the pudding: he put Nancy Pelosi in charge of WRITING the stimulus package! He had no part in writing it. But because he’s such a great campaigner–and has no real experience in governing–liberals took it upon themselves to do the dirty work and pushed Obama out the door insisting he “sell it” to Americans.

Throughout his campaign to get Americans on board, he continued to spew more egomaniacal garbage about how “he won” and “Americans spoke in November”. Well, little does Obama realize that most of Americans did not vote HIM in, they voted against someone else. Most Americans voted with hate in their hearts. They voted against Republicans, not for Obama. They voted for his rhetoric, not his experience. They voted because he spoke well, because he used all the right slogans and jargons. Hope and Change. But no one really knew what that meant. How could they? Obama never informed us. He didn’t have a plan…just words.

And that’s how we got into this whole mess. Americans were ignorant at the polls. Studies proved that during the election that many people didn’t even KNOW what Obama stood for. If strangers were asked on the street if they supported Obama’s policies, but were actually given McCain’s issues on certain policies, these idiots said, “I totally agree with those things, and that’s why I’m voting for Obama.” They didn’t even know what any of the issues were. They let the media brainwash them into thinking that Bush–and really any Republican figure–was the enemy and that Obama was the messiah. That he would save the day. That Obama would take care of them. Support them. Coddle them. Be the modern day Robin Hood.

But the media wouldn’t allow us to know the real Obama. They protected him. They coddled HIM. They supported him. They made him the monster he is today. They didn’t ask the tough questions that McCain was asked. They overlooked the horrific past of Obama’s associates, while degrading McCain on any issue they possibly could. They called out McCain when he would try to discuss real issues about and against Obama, making him look cruel and mean to the Savior of the World, like Pontus Pilate ready to crucify Christ.

No one knows anything about Obama. We really don’t, and if you say you do, you’re only lying to justify your vote for him. Obama is the only President who can get away with telling reporters, “I’m not answering that…you’re just playing games now….You’re just twisting my words.” When they are not. They are asking real questions about the decisions he has been making.

And let’s not forget the ridiculous choices he has made in critical roles in his administration. If this had been Bush making these terrible decisions, first of all, these guys would have never been confirmed, and Bush would have been ridiculed as being irresponsible and plotting some catastrophe against America.

This has been a one-sided freak show. The Obama Show. It’s been an Obamanation. I wouldn’t be surprised if in the near future our country will be renamed Obamaland. A woman tells Obama she needs a new home, and BAM, she gets a new home. A Burger King worker wants to know if Obama will find a way for him to get him promoted, and in the process screams out, raising his hands to heaven, praising Obama like a god who can save him from his fast food trap.

But guess who’s getting lost in the system? You are. We are. We will suffer greatly. Within three weeks of his Presidency, we are already suffering. Blame Bush if that makes you feel better, but the reality is, Obama didn’t miraculously fix the world on Day One. It got worse. The day Tim Geithner said there would be problems, and they would make mistakes—this guy who would also “save the day”—the Dow was down 400 points.

What can I say that you don’t already know? You know this isn’t a real “stimulus” package. You know this won’t create jobs that will truly help the economy. You know this bill is stuffed with pork to fill politicians’ pockets with junk that is unnecessary to our economic well being. You know this bill doesn’t really help me or you. And you know this bill will only leave us financially devastated for generations to come. But most people don’t care. Most people didn’t try to stop it. Most people trusted government over logic and reason. Most people didn’t even listen. Most people will only sit back and complain about it when it all falls apart…and they’ll find a convenient way to continue blaming Bush and Republicans.

And for those who never did anything to stop this, for those of you who sat back and watched the world as we know it crumble around us in bits and pieces…well, shame on you! I don’t care if you’re “not political.” Does that mean you don’t care what happens to you in the next few years, or what happens to your children’s future? Standing up for what’s right is not political. It is your responsibility. And when the people we have entrusted to do the right things don’t, then it’s time to take that responsibility to the polls and find someone who’s willing to truly listen to the voices of America! Stop using politics as an excuse in not being responsible for this country’s success. Stop insinuating that it doesn’t matter. Stop complaining and start acting. Because ultimately…it does affect every single one of us…one way or another.