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Monday, August 3, 2009

S.A.R.A.H: Such a Real American Hero-A Post by Conservative Girl with a Voice

What a difference a year makes. This past Friday, July 31st, I celebrated my 28th birthday surrounded by tons of family and friends at the cabin. As I do every year, I took a few minutes to reflect on this past year. This past year has gone by so fast and the changes that have taken place not only in my life, but in our country led me to wonder what the next year will bring. A year ago, the presidential election was just beginning to heat up. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were battling over who would be the Democratic Party's nominee. John McCain had already pretty much secured the Republican Party's nod. I remember listening to talk radio everyday just so I could hear about the on-going soap opera like battle between Barack and Hillary. Was Hillary going to continue the fight? Was the Democratic Party going to split into two halves? Were the PUMA's (Party Unity My Ass people) for real? These questions and many more were discussed and re-discussed daily. Little did I know that in a few short weeks the world would be introduced to a Ronald Reagan incarnate in the form of Sarah Palin.

Two words: Sarah Palin. Whenever her name is pronounced, people have one of two reactions- they either love her or hate her. A year ago, I did not even know who Sarah Palin was, but I am so glad that I, as well as the rest of America, has gotten to get to know this truly tremendous woman and her generous, kind-hearted family. I may have not been familiar with Sarah Palin, but my dad was very familiar with her long before she was picked as McCain's running mate. I first heard of Sarah, not by her name, but as my dad referred to her as that "cool governor of Alaska." You see, my dad had been listening to the news one day when a commentator was talking about this governor from AK who was a true reformer and fiscal conservative. My dad drew an immediately liking to her when he heard about how she had virtually reformed and cleaned-up the corruption in the state of AK. I remember dad telling me about all the amazing things she had done as governor and that he sincerely hoped she would be considered as a possible running mate for McCain. As he told me about her, I immediately began to like her and all she stood for, but I thought "Come on, we're talking about the governor of Alaska." Now, don't get me wrong, but prior to learning about how wonderful the state of AK and its people are, I was only going on what I had seen on TV and in the movies. You know those movies about distant lands, lots of snow and Eskimos? Well, let's just say that's what I thought AK was all about, not that there's anything wrong with that. Like so many of you out there, these stereotypes were instilled into my brain to the point in which it was hard to see AK as anything other than a desolate land. Let's just say that I am SOOOO glad I was wrong about AK and its awesome people. Not only is AK one of the most beautiful, resource-rich states in America, but the people who I have gotten to know from AK are the most generous, friendly people I have ever met; the saying "real people" certainly applies. It's too bad more people cannot realize what I have come to realize.

The people of AK have a lot to thank Sarah for. She not only forever changed the once-held perceptions people in the lower 48 held regarding AK and its people, but she has opened the door for conservative women like me everywhere who finally have found a voice to represent us in politics. A year ago, I was getting ready to apply for teaching positions at local community colleges to teach journalism and English, I never thought I'd be in the position I am today. I never thought I'd be blogging, getting politically active, and speaking at Tea Parties and if not for Sarah, I guarantee I wouldn't be writing and thinking about having a career in politics. Sarah has inspired me so much, and I'm sure she has inspired you as well. This blog has opened so many doors, and I couldn't be more thrilled to see what God has in store for me as I continue down this journey called life. I have gotten to know so many amazing people who have inspired me to fight the good fight and continue to press on no matter who tries to bring me down. People like #1 AK Talk Radio Host Eddie Burke, who has been nice enough to have me as a regular guest on his radio show. (Please listen to his show on www.kbyr.com Monday-Friday from 3-6 PSD.) Eddie is a great example of a person who is repeatedly attacked, but continues the good fight for a cause greater than self; he truly loves his country. Another inspiring AK individual who I have gotten the chance to know is Jessica Steele, Sarah's hairdresser who owns the Beehive Beauty Shop in Wasilla, AK. As I blogged about recently, a reporter for the New York Slimes (Times) recently wrote a story using quotes they said came from Jessica about Sarah's hair thinning from stress, and so on. Only problem is, Jessica NEVER said anything of the sort and NEVER would. This is the media of today. A Media that see Sarah as a threat, which as I have discussed before is the reason they are trying, yet to no avail, to bring down. These are just a couple of great AKn people whom I have gotten to know over the last few months. These are good people who, like Sarah, are being unfairly attacked by the liberal left. When they are attacked, they press forward, which is what I am going to do. Like them, I know that anytime I am attacked, my common sense message is getting out there. When Jesus was spit on, he pressed on just as Sarah continues to press on when slanderous statements are reported about her and her family. People like Sarah, Eddie and Jessica are great Americans who are fighting the good fight in the name of freedom and liberty. It is our First Amendment right to speak out, and until this right is taken away, I will continue to speak out and voice my opinion. Like the great Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin is a great communicator who is also not afraid to speak out, which is so refressing. I did not agree with everything John McCain did in his run for the presidency, but the best thing he did was selecting Sarah to be his running mate, and I will forever be greatful. If it wasn't for his picking Sarah, America may have not gotten to know and come to love this woman. Sarah is a true jewel whom in true Ronald Reagan fashion has and will continue to do great things. Last year, as I reflected on the year that had been and the year that was to come, I never would have thought that, in the year to come, our country would be heading down the dangerous path toward socialism. I wonder what next year will look like? We NEED more Americans who are willing to fight the good fight for smaller, more efficient government. The more people who rise up and voice their concerns, the better chance we have to truly make a difference for our children and ourselves. I recommend you all read Glenn Beck's "Common Sense." It will open your eyes to what America once was and unfortunately what it is becoming. We, the people, are strongest when we come together.
So on my next birthday, it is my hope that when I reflect back on the year that was, I can look with pride at a nation who came together as one like we did following the tragic events of 9/11. Anything is possible, so, readers, keep up the good fight in the name of freedom and liberty!!!

(I'm a Conservative Girl with a Voice. Visit my blog at http://conservativegirlwithavoice.blogspot.com and become a follower)

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