JoLynn Lawson — the pressure is worth it

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams-October 11, 1798

It’s not easy being red, white and blue. The mainstream media hate us. The Islamic Extremists hate us. The progressive liberals hate us. Hollywood hates us. Yet, we endure, and, lately, the numbers of patriots are even increasing. To us, America is a good thing. And the rising tide of threats to the way of life we have too often taken for granted is not going unnoticed. In fact, it is causing us to get off our couches, forego the quiet nights at home and get involved. Yes, actually do something political.

BJ Lawson and his wife JoLynn, making their second attempt at unseating Congressman David Price, feel that there is an entirely different mood in the country this time. In fact, JoLynn feels like the wind is at their backs. “We have lots of people who have joined the campaign who have always been Democrats, always been Republicans. They have left both parties and now are independent.”

Politicians in Washington have forgotten who brung’em to the dance and are getting slapped cross-eyed for their rude behavior. Americans don’t like being jilted. In fact, we’ve never taken that well. You know, a woman scorned and all that. Makes us give the next fella a harder look. JoLynn believes voters are researching more, carefully scrutinizing candidates and deciding with purpose upon whom to spend their time and money. BJ Lawson seems to be passing muster.  

“When we ran the campaign in 2008,” she says, “we were fighting more of an uphill battle. It was an education. The campaign passed out copies of the constitution which was a unique thing. People were not talking about it then. We passed out 50,000 copies and it was a great opening for a conversation. It allowed a lot of people to let their guard down, in relation to whether they were a Republican or a Democrat, and just talk about what makes America great. This year, people remember that about BJ and about the campaign and we’ve passed out a lot more.”

They pass out copies of the constitution. How novel.

But throwing his hat into the ring has caused Lawson’s family to embark on a difficult journey. The media have scrutinized him, his speeches, and his family, and gone over their background with a fine tooth comb.  There is no room for even a single misstep. Is the pressure worth it? Is the fight for liberty worth throwing everything about yourself under a microscope?

JoLynn doesn’t hesitate to answer. “BJ and I feel strongly that if principled people don’t get involved o advance a message of truth, work to follow the Constitution, and strive to live up to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence we will lose the very country that our forefathers fought and died to give us.”

Every citizen of America has a part to play in preserving the Republic. Some may give their lives. Some will only be asked to give their time. But we must give something if we want the country to survive a wave of socialist policies. “We want to do our part,” says JoLynn, “to see if we can’t turn this ship in the right direction. I really do believe that the people who care about America and the founding principles were quiet, but they ‘re not willing to be quiet anymore.” She sighs and adds, almost as an afterthought, “It’s an uphill battle against the media.”

Our history, however, is filled with stories of uphill battles that turned into landslides of victories. Patriots fight and win; that’s the American Way.


Guest Blogger: Silence Dogood!!!

For my local North Carolina Triangle Area folks:

ALERT: Approximately 100 triangle area World War II vets are taking a day trip to DC on October 7, 2010 to see the World War II Memorial. They are scheduled to return to RDU about 8:00pm Thursday evening. Please join me in giving these heroes a true HEROES WELCOME home!


The celebration kicks off this Thursday, 10-7-2010 at 7:30 pm at the RDU Parking Atrium and the veterans arrive at 8:00 pm. This is an event that you do not want to miss!

We hope to greet the veterans with cheering, flag-waving fans from at least three decks of the parking Atrium. RDU Airport has never seen a  homecoming like that planned this coming Thursday!

As part of the Homecoming, Cardinal Gibbons High School band will be playing and food and drinks will be served. Curtis Media and WRAL, both sponsors of the program, will be broadcasting  live from the Parking Garage atrium at RDU.

Please come out to the airport to join the Patriot Guard, the National  Honor Guard, the Raleigh Police Department, and the USO as we all welcome  home 100 World War II Veterans who helped “save the free world” more than six  decades ago!

The Heroes’ Welcome Party will start at 7:30 at the RDU Parking Garage Atrium

To enter the Parking atrium, use the short-term parking garage near Terminal 1. The Atrium is in the middle of the short term parking area. You will be able to park within a short walking distance of the Atrium.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this group, here’s some more info.

Mission Statement: Transport America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.

Goal: Helping every single veteran in America, willing and able of getting on a plane or a bus, visit THEIR memorial.

Priority: Top priority is given to America’s most senior heroes — survivors of World War II and any veteran with a terminal illness who wishes to visit THEIR memorial. The program will naturally transition to Korean War, Vietnam War and all other veterans who served, on a chronological basis.

Philosophy: Since America felt it was important to build a memorial to the service and the ultimate sacrifice of her veterans, the Honor Flight Network believes it’s equally important that they actually get to visit and experience THEIR memorial.

Motto: “We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by.” –  Will Rogers

Mouthy, American Women — At Least We Come By It Honestly

“Our properties within our own territories [should not] be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own.” —
Thomas Jefferson, 1774

I am sad to admit that somehow I have gone 45 years without making the acquaintance of Penelope Barker. You think Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman have big mouths? Oh, honey, then let me tell you about American patriot and Revolutionary War firebrand Penelope.

A well-to-do socialite of the Edenton, NC community, she was not blind to the abuses of the crown. In fact, having been widowed twice in her life, she was acutely aware of the cost of doing business with his Royal Highness King George. The richest woman in North Carolina, Penelope was adept at managing her household affairs and the business affairs of her third husband who traveled extensively. Frustrated by the endless and ever-increasing flow of tax money to England, Penelope was happy to share her opinion of the way his “subjects” were being treated in America. “Taxation without representation” didn’t sit well with her and the more the whispers of “independence” swirled, the more she saw the virtues of the idea.

Not one to keep her opinions to herself, Penelope decided that, while Sam Adams and his crew had done an admirable job with their little Boston tea party, it was time to show the men in this country how to throw a real soiree. Literally, Penelope knocked on the doors of all her female friends and invited them to a party. On October 25, 1774, fifty-one women gathered at the home of Mrs. Elizabeth King, brewed tea from mulberry leaves and boldly added their signatures to a declaration in support of the Colonies’ boycott of English tea and other English goods Continue reading

Woman, Thou art…a Pretty Ticked off Patriot

“I said to my wife, “I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children. I give you this warning, that you may prepare your mind for your fate.” She burst into tears, but instantly cried out in a transport of magnanimity, “Well, I am willing in this cause to run all risks with you, and be ruined with you, if you are ruined.”
John Adams, repeating a conversation with his wife Abigail, May, 1770

Once upon a time, 56 men pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor in the belief that people had the right to determine their own destinies. Live free or die. No middle ground. Through God’s grace and the uncompromising determination of an army of farmers and merchants, America was born. History has proven since then that we are a nation of strong-willed, stubborn, independent thinkers.

And we’ve never taken kindly to being shoved. Not then. Not now. The ruling class in Washington is trying to tell us how to eat, how to live, how to worship, what we should do with our own property. In the last eighteen months, the attack on our liberties has become brazen, even desperate. Battle lines are being drawn and it isn’t just the men who are responding to the threat.

In the spirit of the Daughters of the Revolution, the women of today are picking up their pitchforks…er, I mean, their laptops, and smart phones, and using them to protect our freedom.

Take Heather Losurdo, for example. A self-employed mother who, only a few years ago had zero-interest in politics, is now a passionate advocate of conservative politics. Vice-president of the Northern Wake Republican Club, she is also a member of the Wake County Republican Women, and has worked on various political campaigns. Like many of her fellow Republicans, she has had enough of the Washington elitists, including those in her own party.

Losurdo is not only frustrated by the country’s slide toward socialism but by the fact that most politicians don’t see America as special anymore. “The liberties we have in this land,” she says, “freedom of speech, the freedom to worship, the ability to define our destinies as we see fit, not have the government interfere in that — you just don’t get that in any other country,” she says. “That’s why we are a world power — because of liberty.”

But what really angers her the most is the complete dismissal of God as the center of our political structure. The Founding Fathers repeatedly emphasized the need to recognize the hand of a Divine Power as the truest cause of victory in the fight for our independence. Losurdo believes, “In order for the US to continue working the way it works, the people in power have to believe this country was given to us by God. Otherwise, it doesn’t work. If you don’t believe that this was God-given, then it just doesn’t work.”

Eager to make a statement both to her own party and to the Democrats, Losurdo and her family recently joined hundreds of thousands of patriots at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally in Washington. She says the experience settled her views about patriotism. “My husband and I sat at the WW II memorial and I was just overwhelmed. The fountain there is covered with gold stars about 5” in size and every star represents 100 of our people who died in WW II. Just sitting there and trying to put myself in the place of understanding what they–” she pauses here and then adds quietly, “I guess that’s patriotism: knowing what we’ve been through to get to where we are and appreciating that…and being willing to do that again.”

Somewhere in heaven, I’m sure Abigail Adams is nodding sympathetically.

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