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TX, SC & AZ Have the REAL Tea Partiers!

Wanna know where your representative stood on the debt ceiling compromise? I’ve pulled together the list of the Hobbits who dug in and held their ground. In short, there were 66, but the stand-outs are Texas, Arizona, SC and GA because more than one representative raised his arms and yelled, “You shall not pass!” Kudos to them!

To SEE the votes and REMEMBER:

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/112/house/1/votes/690/

Needless to say, these folks have targets on their heads, drawn by BOTH parties. Let them know you support Hobbits! Go, Frodo!

Betty Zane– the Way Kids Used to be

Kids these days…are they really that different than previous generations? If Jerod Lee Loughner, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are examples, I’m thinkin, “Yup.” Something diabolic is destroying their minds. Perhaps it is just the conspiracy theorist in me, but it seems the more we rag on America, the more we get kicked in the gut. There was a time when the good ol’ US of A was a country worth fighting for; now she only seems good for target practice. When I think back on the patriots, especially the women patriots, who risked everything for the mere idea of America, I want to hang my head in shame…or throttle someone. There are a few patriots in our past I wish I could bring forth to chastise us.

Take, for example, Betty Zane. In September of 1872, the Zane family and their neighbors were pinned down in Fort Henry by British and American Indians sympathetic to the British. Fort Henry was a parallelogram, 356 feet long and 150 feet wide, on a hillside overlooking the Ohio River, standing at what is now Tenth and Main streets in Wheeling, [WV] surrounded by a stockade fence twelve feet high, and framed by a three-foot walkway running around the inside. It was practically impregnable so long as supplies lasted.1 When the fort commander, David Shepherd (ironically the name of my literary agent), yelled out that gunpowder was running dangerously low, three men volunteered to slip outside the fort and hunt for some. An argument quickly developed, however, as each man asserted he was more expendable than the others. Betty Zane, a mere girl of only 13, said firmly, “I will go,” and volunteered to retrieve a hidden cache of gunpowder from her brother’s home a hundred yards outside the fort. This was an amazing offer as Betty had been awake for nearly 40 hours, making lead balls. Still, she was the only person who knew where her brother had hidden the gunpowder. She further argued that the enemy outside the gate would let her pass, since a twig of a girl certainly could pose no threat to them.

She snuck outside the fort but was spotted almost immediately by Indians…who—strangely—let her pass. She went home, found the keg of powder, poured as much of it as possible into her apron (some say a tablecloth) and returned to the fort—unmolested. Thanks to Betty’s courage, the folks in the fort outlasted the attack and won the battle.

No matter upon what side of the political fence you fall, you have to admit that stunt took courage. If today’s generation can’t get their heads out of the Prozac and video games long enough to find their own courage within, I dare say America doesn’t stand a fighting chance. The kids don’t shoulder the blame alone, though. As parents, it is clearly our responsibility to shape minds, limit TV time, pull the plug on FB and Youtube, engage with our children, and get them involved in nation-building—ours! Come on, I know there’s a Betty Zane out there somewhere.

1 http://www.wvdar.org/ElizabethZane/zane-bio.htm

Chief’s Daughter Makes Dramatic Contribution to the Revolutionary War

The following is a guest post by my friend John. He’s the descendant of a real American Hero. Gosh, you just can’t beat those clever Revolutionary women with a stick. The British found that out the hard way.

This is the story of my ancestors who played an interesting role in revolutionary history and the local history as well.

                The genealogy of this story is, in itself, interesting enough. The Poindexter family is a direct line to my mothers side of the family, the Matthews. My great grandmother was originally a Poindexter before marriage. And there have been many other cross family tree connections since the early 1700’s. The focus of my story however, begins with Betty Donnaha. She was the daughter of the Indian chief of the Donnaha tribe which was localized around the Yadkin River basin. As a side note, Wake Forest excavated their tribal site and exhumed many remains  and artifacts which are now on display, in fact, my great grandfather X10 is on display in the exhibit. His Daughter Betty Donnaha eventually married Thomas Pledge who had two children, Elizabeth Pledge and Francis Pledge. Where it gets interesting is with Elizabeth, who eventually married Thomas Poindexter.

                Elizabeth and Thomas Poindexter lived together close to their family in Yadkin county, eventually having 12 children total. And when the revolutionary war began Thomas Poindexter served the revolutionary forces as a captain in charge of a regiment of revolutionists. They were critical in the skirmishes around the Yadkin river. Especially in the battle of Shallowford. Since Thomas Poindexter was away with the revolutionary forces Elizabeth was left alone at home with the British being very close by. To aid the war effort Elizabeth began sewing secret messages and military correspondence in her daughters dresses, and then sent them on “errands” through British lines. She did this throughout the conflict and after the war was recognized for her bravery in wartime. Today she is recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution and they have recognized her significance in the revolutionary war in the North Carolina region.

                To be able to trace my family history back so far in North Carolina is a point of pride for much of my family. My grandfather was a historian and he went to great lengths to paint a clearer picture of the influential role that our family has played in the region. From the early family settling in the late 1600’s through my grandfather myself who was influential in establishing several state parks and even more protected land that is local to our home place. And since his passing it has become a point of interest of mine to go through these documents to get a clearer idea of our families history as well. And as a reward I get to come across stories such as the one i just told.

I Can See Sarah Palin in the White House, But…

With the debut of her now show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, I thought I’d weigh in on the side of folks who like Sarah. There are quite a few of us, though the mainstream media and Republican party elites would have you think otherwise. “But could she be president?” I find myself wondering.

I, for one, hold Sarah in high regard. I can’t help myself. The two of us have too much in common. I enjoy a lazy, Sunday afternoon of shooting. The bigger the gun, the bigger the fun! A country girl, I have been looked down upon because I’m from the mountains of Western North Carolina (therefore I must be inbred and illiterate). I’ve been treated poorly simply because I am female (and being blonde clearly didn’t help). I’ve been heckled for supporting the Tea Party. A firm Christian, I’ve watched my faith get steam-rolled under the pavement of political correctness. I am an unswerving pro-lifer for very personal reasons. I think no law or person should usurp authority granted by the United States Constitution. Free enterprise should be carefully, thoughtfully regulated. Taxes should be lower. Our military stronger. And I never give up.

You get the picture. Seeing all these similarities between Sarah and myself, I can’t help but wonder how I would feel if she did decide to run for the highest office in the land. From my puny, human perspective, I don’t think she’s the best choice. Not from any perceived weaknesses, mind you. After her “education” in the campaign of ‘08, she has obviously learned a lot. I’d be shocked if she ever has another interview like the Katie Couric debacle. The left has used up their aces when it comes to Sarah. After suffering through a reputation evisceration that even struck at her infant son, I believe she’s ready for anything now. As my daddy would say, she is tougher than lighter knot. For you non-Southerners, lighter knot is the heart of an oak. It is so hard you can’t drive a nail through it, and once lit, it will burn for days.

Still, I don’t think she’s the chosen one. If the Republican Party and the Tea Partiers could pull their acts together, literally, I can’t think of one reason why Allen West wouldn’t work. Allen B. West is the U.S. Representative-elect for Florida’s 22nd congressional district and he is a retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel. America has always done well when we’ve had retired military in the White House. I offer as proof George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower. Oh, and he’s black. I guess us Tea Partiers aren’t so racist after all.

But what if Sarah was nominated to run? The bottom line for me is, if God calls her, he’ll equip her. I’ll pray for her and I will support her. Sarah definitely has gifts and talents and I believe she’ll use them to the benefit of our country. I just don’t think she’ll do so from the Oval Office.

No, I Won’t Live in Defiance, Thank You.

Funny how authors seem to dip from the same cosmic well. They can write completely different novels, never meet each other or share information, yet similarities in the books can be staggering, even shocking. I’ve had this experience with my book, Living in Defiance. But rather than point out some spooky similarities between it and another author’s story, I want to talk about where fact and fiction meet.

Defiance is a fictional town in the San Juan mountain range of Colorado. The history of it is based loosely on the bawdy mining town of Mineral Point. In my story, three good, Christian girls roll into town and shake things up for God.

To my delight, I learned recently that the REAL town of Glenwood Springs, CO used to be named Defiance! And what happened to change the name? Why, a God-fearing, red-blooded American girl rolled into town. That’s what happened.

Sarah Cooper and her husband settled in the encampment of Defiance in 1883. A pair of no-nonsense Iowans, they weren’t thrilled with the name of the town or the behavior of the citizens and worked with the founders to incorporate the settlement into a real municipality. Law and order and churches followed and Sarah pushed to rename Defiance Glenwood Springs, after her hometown of Glenwood, Iowa.

Give an American pioneer woman an inch and she’ll take a mile every time. I love it.

Yet Another Pesky, Patriotic American Woman

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Some plants die in the shadow of a larger, more powerful plant. Others thrive. Take Sarah Franklin Bach. You might know her father, Ben. He was involved in politics. Worked on that little thing called a Constitution. Liked to fly kites in electrical storms. Yes, that Ben.

Sarah was a chip off the old block. At a time when women were barely more than wives and mothers, the war for independence called to them. And American men, being smarter than their counterparts elsewhere, recognized the value of the feminine contribution to the effort. Even Lord Cornwallis grudgingly accepted that his men weren’t fighting just farmers with pitchforks and sickles, but that they were fighting the wives as well. He didn’t say that jokingly. American women were different. They were feisty and uncontrollable. England mocked them, but always with a nervous tug at the collar.

Sarah, of course, grew up in an educated, opinionated household. Often acting as the hostess for her father’s gatherings, she picked up more than her womanly share of political information. When war finally broke out between the Colonials and their King, Sarah was one of the first women to jump into the fray. She immediately joined The Ladies Association of Philadelphia, a patriotic organization aimed at raising funds for Gen. Washington’s pitifully outfitted army. When the group’s organizer passed away, again Sarah stepped up. As the new leader of this unsung group, Sarah motivated the ladies to raise over $300,000! That’s money even politicians today wouldn’t snub. Back then, it was the equivalent of well over $3 million!

Perhaps Sarah’s greatest contribution is the fact that her group managed to sew over 2,000 shirts AND deliver them to the troops at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-78.

Samuel Adams, of the Sons of Liberty, the group responsible for the Boston Tea Party, reportedly said, “With ladies on our side, we can make every Tory tremble.” Now that’s a heritage to be proud of. Jump in the fray, ladies, and make your voices heard on Tuesday, November 2!

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.

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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