I so wish that I could have been in Washington DC for the 9/12 March yesterday. In fact just last Sunday I was looking at airline tickets and trying to figure out a way to come up with the money to fly out there. In case you are unaware of what the 9/12 March was…let me give you the 411. The march yesterday which drew tens of thousands of people (some estimate 2 million) from all across America was a gathering of people from every walk of life, every race, every creed, every political and non political party who wanted to express their desire to see America return to 9 basic principles and 12 values.
Here are the 9 principles:
- America is good
- I believe in God and He is the center of my life
“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” from George Washington´s first Inaugural address.
- I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
“I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider to be the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” George Washington
- The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
“It is in the love of one´s family only that heartfelt happiness is known. By a law of our nature, we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family.” Thomas Jefferson
- If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
“I deem one of the essential principles of our government… equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.” Thomas Jefferson
- I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
“Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely to give him comfortable subsistence.” Thomas Jefferson
- I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
“It is not everyone who asketh that deserveth charity; all however, are worth of the inquiry or the deserving may suffer.” George Washington
- It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
“In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude; every man will speak as he thinks, or more properly without thinking.” George Washington
- The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
“I consider the people who constitute a society or a nation as the source of all authority in that nation.” Thomas Jefferson
Here are the 12 values:
- Hard Work
- Personal Responsibility
And yes they were there to protest – the current healthcare reform, the increase in government spending and trillion dollar deficit, tax increases, wealth redistribution to name a few. Here is a great slide show from a blogger friend of mine was there so you can see it for yourself –http://picasaweb.google.com/BarbarasMommyLife/912MarchOnWashingtonDC?feat=embedwebsite#
These values & principles as well as protests combined with my pro-life/anti-abortion (let me be clear with the facts of science – abortion is the killing of a baby and should not happen in any society – there is an answer to unwanted babies it is called adoption) passion is what I am (or striving to be as I certainly have not arrived in several of these areas).
During the past several months many of our leaders and media have classified people like me who have attended marches, tea parties, town hall meetings or protests in very unbecoming and untrue way.
I am not:
- a Nazi — I have never been nor will ever embrace socialism, white supremacy, anti-Semitism or fascism
- a racist — I do not see color or race but rather as Martin Luther King hoped for, I judge people on the content of their character. I have very close friends of most every race – African American, Filipino, Mexican, South American, Korean. Oh and did I mention I have a precious & perfect baby girl who happens to be black that we adopted here in the USA?
- un American — I am a proud & patriotic American, raised in a third generation military family with both of my grandfathers serving in WWII (and one giving his life there). I have voted in every election since I turned 18, proudly fly the American flag daily and participated in the celebration of our country, our national holidays and the democratic process my entire life.
- astroturf – this new name given to those protesting who are supposedly being paid to go protest by some big organization or corporation. Ummmm…no one has paid this lady a dime, nor recruited me let alone even talked to me. And FYI…I do not watch Fox news (have only had television reception since last Thursday), have never listened to Glen Beck (although I would love to) and catch perhaps a grand total of 1 hour per week of conservative talk radio while I am in the car driving my kids to all their actvities.
- a homeland terrorist – I have never ever been involved in acts of violence or coercion against America or anyone for that matter and just because I am pro life, against illegal immigration, believe in state & local authority and am conservative I am going to be labeled a terrorist?
- “fishy” – simply by having legitimate concerns about the current healthcare reform bill and sharing those concerns with others makes me suspicious…hmmmm.
- a “tea bagger” – I am too classy to even respond to this base name calling by our media
- a moron – some refered to yesterdays demonstration as the “Million Moron March” So now I am being called a moron. (I was there in spirit if not in flesh) I do not claim to be the brightest individual in the world but I am not stupid (the technical definition is an adult with the mental age of 8-12) and in fact graduated in the top 12 of my high school class (albeit in the California public schools), scored a 1200 on my SAT’s and earned a college degree from UOP.
Ok, I just thought I’d clear that up for everyone..although I doubt that the people who called me those names are reading my blog! I will be at the next march and despite my very full life (ummm….8 children, homeschooling Mom, Director of Development for JECHS, Creative Memories Consultant and trying to do something to promote adoption) I will be campaigning for new congressmen & new senators that reflect what I am.
6 responses to “What I am….and what I am not”
Hear! Hear! Or as they said in the 18th century: HUZZAH!!
That was great! I couldn’t agree more! More people need to read this! Thank you! I also wanted to be at that march on 9/12! God Bless, Kelly Raulerson
Love, love, love you woman! God simply brought together myself and a 78 year old kindred spirit to plan our first Tax Day Tea Party, and we would have loved to been in DC too!!
What a fabulous summary of what it is all about!!
I very much enjoy your Monday motivation messages. Thanks for bringing this event to my attention. I agree with you.
Please accept a gentle note of clarification. NO-ONE ever deserves to be called something as cruel as “moron” or any other derogatory word (retarted comes to mind). Even individuals with intellectual or learning disabilities should not be called such a name. These types of words need to be erased from the English language. Thanks so much for letting me share my thoughts.
Patti…I completely agree with you!
Awesome! You said what I want to say! Thank you Beth!