1. There was a time…

    Always a centrist, ideology wise I move to the right. No, I am not a Libertarian but I do believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of our happiness. No, I am not a Tea Party, but I do believe that ordinary common folks outweigh the powerful, rich, and the intellectual.  I do wish to see the day where it is not a taboo to be of minority and a (R). I do wish to see the day where demographics are not what group us in a party but rather our ideas.  I do wish to see the day where the Republican Party will once again fully embrace the classical liberalism that it once stood for.  I wish to see the day again when the Republican Party once again honored the notion of a “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” History is a tide. Those days will come again.

    There was a time when our voices did matter; mines, yours, and everyone around you. That time is not over.  That beacon that once burned still burns; that beacon has been our voices. Our voices are more relevant than the elites have led us to believe. The sacrifice, the fight, in history our voices will live on.

    Today, I say proudly that… I am a Republican. 

     

  2. Ordinary Folks.

    Just saw “The Hobbit”. Great movie. There’s a quote that caught my attention. I’d like to share what I’m thinking.

    "…believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness and love."- Gandalf

    Media has cherry picked what is mainstream. Ordinary folks who do extraordinary things don’t make it to the spotlight because they don’t fit the image of “media quality”. What about our cashiers, our janitors, our barbers, our disabled, our veterans, our poor and so forth?

    I’d like to think that we all matter. Because…well, we ALL do.

     

  3. tarensk:

    Last week, I awoke to find Aaron with me. He was sitting next to my bed, grinning his cheekiest grin, holding my hand.

    For a few minutes, I savored a sweet uncertainty: Were the last few weeks all a nightmare, and Aaron was still with me? Or was I awaking inside a dream state, and in the real…

     

  4. horseshoeshandgrenades:

    else? On the other hand, conservatives, even libertarians, aren’t evil greed mongers intent on taking all your money and giving it to the…
     

  5. Dear Mr. Congressman…

    Dear Mr. Congressman:

    I watched, a few years ago, as a close family member who lives in Stuart, FL was pulled apart from her family on no merits whatsoever early in the morning by ICE. A loving family who helped me out a lot, who attends church, has never ran into the law, and who pays her taxes. She was a law-abiding wife and mother who only wanted to live a decent life, with her 3 sons and husband.

    I listened as my brother told me the story of how this company in my home district in NC was paying off State health inspectors as they showed up so they wouldn’t see that they did not care about the health or safety of their workers, most of which are immigrants. These workers would go into machinery covered of chemicals without any safety gear. Their tasks were to clean these machines. My brother told me that he and others felt their skin being eaten away from this chemical. He said that you would either have to bring in your own gloves and covering masks or face the toxic chemicals in the rooms but you wouldn’t even know if it was your day to go in those rooms. 

    I experienced a moment on a bus ride heading from Georgia to North Carolina as an elder, who spoke English as well as Spanish, was pulled outside the bus by police, was searched thoroughly, and told that his ID was a fraud and that he would get deported to Mexico. He was born in California. The way he dressed and because his form of manner, it was assumed to them that he was an immigrant.

    I wrote to you, State Representative Jimmy Dixon as well as to our City Council addressing the issue with this company paying off the health inspectors. Your office responded with a “This is a State issue. This is also not our priority in the upcoming year”.

    Well Rep. Jimmy Dixon I no longer seek to watch, listen, write, or experience these moments anymore. I seek change and I will be that change. I am fortunate at this time in my life I have the financial support, the talented support of friends, and the support of my family to let our voice be heard. Should I take this bold step in the next phase of my life, I will invoke my right, not as an elitist, or a lawyer, or Harvard grad but as a concerned citizen and as a concerned North Carolinian that I too want to make a difference. I will fail but it is the passion and the experience that I seek. It is the fulfilling passion that in the deepest of my heart I know that I did my part in continuing the tradition and process of our Republic and the understanding that a proud son of immigrants who comes from the East also wants to be a part of the bigger voice on human rights, on immigrant rights, and a true reform.

    In the meantime, there is a realization that I do have to stand on the side because I do have a military contract and a service to honor and I will honor it and give it my best to our country until the last day of my military career. One Nation Undivided…

     

  6. One Nation Undivided

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    "History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside."-JFK

    #Thisismystory

    It is the year 1990. I am living in a small town called Indiantown, FL. A son born to immigrants who came to the US from Guatemala in the mid 1980’s seeking for a better life. They settled in this small quiet town. We lived in poverty and my parents worked hard every day in the fields to provide our income for our food and for rent in a trailer that we lived in. There would be times where I would not see my mother for weeks at times because she would end up working two jobs. Even though south Florida didn’t really get snow, it would still get very cold. These were the months I didn’t like because our trailer didn’t have heater. Instead, I would stay under the covers for the warmth. Our lives in the grasp of poverty would go on for years.

    Fast forward to the present. It is December 4, 2012. I am currently deployed in Afghanistan. I am a Staff Sergeant and leader in the US Army. I am close to finishing my tour out here. This will be my second tour in combat in my 7 years of service. Although I love the military, the loss of my friend in the War in Iraq was too much for me to handle. My parents continuously tell me to finish my last years in service and move on with another career. I plan on adhering to their advice. Ah yes, my parents. My parents live in NC on their own 10 acres of land and are successful entrepreneurs in agricultural commerce. As I look back to how far we came from since 1990 I ask myself one question. What made it possible for me to get here to where I am now? As I question this, I look back in history, not only in my history but also in everyone’s history that I got the privilege to know, to work with, and to be friends with. Joining the military gave me an insight into many peoples walk of life, their roots, their history, their struggle, their ideas, their reasons. I have noticed that although each of us have lived a different life, we have a common ground on a simple notion. A notion on which we defend and fight for our family, for our children, and for our country. A notion that is slipping in the minds of our politicians and leaders. We have lost our vision on what is really at stake here. In my opinion, this is what seems to be dividing our country as a whole. Instead, we have created walls made of cynicism, greed, ignorance, corruption and we have divided each other with it and created a friction on our most pressing issues in economic reform, immigration reform, social issues and so forth. We have grown an attitude of “my way or the highway”. We have stopped talking face to face in civility to solve these issues. We have forgotten what our common grounds and ideas are. We have clashed our ideas with one another. And yet, we continue to wait for our leaders to decide the fate of our future.

    I would like to say that I know the answers to our issues. But I don’t. What I do know is that we cannot wait for our leaders to find our answers. We cannot watch from the sides as corporations define our history. We must be the ones to take the steps forward, to be involved, to make a difference. There’s a saying that goes “when the people lead, the leaders will follow.” We have an obligation as citizens to find those solutions. As citizens we owe to our society. We owe it to our future.

    I do not fear for our future. I have hope. Hope in us and in our society. Hope that we can break down those walls between us so we can find common ground. Hope that we can look beyond those last social and racial barriers that still linger. Hope that we can look into our history and our roots to find our soul and spirit of our nation that we have long forgotten. A nation that once lit a beacon as a welcoming signal to immigrants and all people of walks of life. A beacon that once signaled that we are a diverse nation of many ideas, of different cultures, and a place for a chance for prosperity for all. This is what brought my parents to this country. This is what allowed my parents to live the American Dream. I go back to the question that I asked myself earlier and realize that it is because of our history it is what made possible for people like me to stand where I do now. 

    American author David McCullough once said “History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” History tends to repeat itself. Let us not hold fast. Rather, let us embrace it, rewrite it, and pass it on so that our future generations may one day tell our stories.

     

  7. Over the past two decades, what have the U.S. trends been for the following important measures of social health: high school dropout rates, college enrollment, juvenile crime, drunken driving, traffic deaths, infant mortality, life expectancy, per capita gasoline consumption, workplace injuries, air pollution, divorce, male-female wage equality, charitable giving, voter turnout, per capita GDP and teen pregnancy?

    The answer for all of them is the same: The trend is positive. Almost all those varied metrics of social wellness have improved by more than 20% over the past two decades. And that’s not counting the myriad small wonders of modern medicine that have improved our quality of life as well as our longevity: the anti-depressants and insulin pumps and quadruple bypasses.

    Americans enjoy longer, healthier lives in more stable families and communities than we did 20 years ago. But other than the crime trends, these facts are rarely reported or shared via word-of-mouth channels.

    (Source: azspot)

     

  8. Speak up & Vote!

    “When Benjamin Franklin left Independence Hall just after the second drafting, he was approached by a woman on the street..the woman said ‘Mr. Franklin, what manner of Government have you bequeathed us?’ and Franklin said ‘A Republic Ma’am……..if you can keep it.’ “-Historian. This nation wasn’t built by politicians, it was built by us, by our past generations, by immigrants who braved the seas and land, by people of all walks of life. The responsibility of our country is not left in the hands of a privileged few, it is left in our hands as long as each one of us remembers his or her duty as a citizen. Speak Up & Vote!

     

  9. “How do people who are poor and disabled get a voice, their own voice, without people speaking for them? They can’t buy entrance to conferences or fundraisers, so they have to break the door down.”
    —Amber Smock, Chicago ADAPT activist

     

  10. All politics is local

    Being a centrist, I make my political views on the context of it, not content. There’s more to politics than just the slogans and rhetoric talk. Yes, I agree on a lot of issues that (D) champion for and yes, I agree on a lot of issues that (R) fight for. I notice that is seems that national politics always seems to be the front news of the media. When did the media move the lens from the fighting and working American to the privileged few? This is where national media in my view has lost its credibility and its purpose and has lost touch in what journalism is about. To me, what matters more importantly in this election cycle was my home district in NC. It is not only our big cities that matter but also our local communities, our small towns, and local officials who run our offices. Any politics has its roots in local politics, at the lowest level. Our roots is what holds who we are and where we came from. Our roots in a sense may not entirely define us but it is what will give us a path to our future. In essence, it is the local people that truly matter. You know, the ones that never make it to the media spotlight because they dont fit the image of “media quality”. They are the people that run our towns, live in our communities, go to their local churches, go to school, and live a daily life of maintaining their family and their work. When you filter out all the noise from the media it is with communities and local people where you’ll find the spirit of our Nation. I do not side with the elites, or the intellectuals..I side with “We the People” because I too am a part of it. United we stand.