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Charlottesville, We Surround Them

Unite or DieDo you watch the direction that America is being taken in and feel powerless to stop it?

Do you believe that your voice isn’t loud enough to be heard above the noise anymore?

Do you read the headlines everyday and feel an empty pit in your stomach…as if you’re completely alone?

If so, then you’ve fallen for the Wizard of Oz lie. While the voices you hear in the distance may sound intimidating, as if they surround us from all sides—the reality is very different. Once you pull the curtain away you realize that there are only a few people pressing the buttons, and their voices are weak. The truth is that they don’t surround us at all.
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We surround them.

So, how do we show America what’s really behind the curtain? Below are nine simple principles. If you believe in at least seven of them, then we have something in common. I urge you to read the instructions at the end for how to help make your voice heard.

Twelve Values

* Honesty
* Reverence
* Hope
* Thrift
* Humility
* Charity
* Sincerity
* Moderation
* Hard Work
* Courage
* Personal Responsibility
* Friendship

The Nine Principles

1. America is good.

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

You Are Not Alone

If you agree with at least seven of those principles, then you are not alone.”

Gather your like-minded friends and family and join us at Rivals Sports Bar & Grill near the Fashion Square Mall on East Rio Road in Charlottesville on Friday, March 13th from 5PM-6PM. We’ll watch Glenn Beck unveil his plan to get our voices heard. See you there! (It’s a smoke-free, family-friendly environment) If you’re in the Charlottesville area, regardless of whether or not you can make it, join us at Charlottesville We Surround Them.

Fluvanna BBQ for Fiscal Conservatives

Sack of MoneyThe Fluvanna Taxpayers Association is holding a lunch barbecue tomorrow (Saturday), May 10th, 2008 starting at Noon. It is open to all Fluvanna County citizens concerned about their taxes regardless of political affiliation.

Scheduled speakers include the following elected officials:

Congressional Representative Virgil Goode (R, 5th District)
State Senator Frank Ruff (R-15)
State Delegate Watkins (Watt) Abbitt (I-59)
State Delegate Rob Bell (R-58)

There is no cost, however a $10 donation per person is suggested. It is being held at the home of Doug Johnson, 571 Long Acre Road in Palmyra.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet & speak to your elected leaders! I encourage you to come…and bring a friend. Please RSVP with a head count below.

Happy Birthday to Me

Osteospermum: Purple Daisy-like flowerLast week I turned the big 3-9 for the first time in my life (LOL), and I have to be honest I certainly don’t feel “almost 40”. I felt older when I was pregnant with my four-year-old. Amazingly 3 pregnancies later and I’ve got more energy than I’ve had in the last 8 years!

Well, my birthday proved to be a pretty spectacular day. It started with an early lunch with my friend, Barbara Lintecum. We met at a local pizza place for some salad and calzone…topped off with a cannoli. Mmm. She graced me with a beautiful container of purple daisy-like flowers as pictured here. Aww. What made this luncheon extra special was…NO KIDS! I left all of them (except our oldest, who was in school) home with my husband…including the baby. Woo-hoo! We had great uninterrupted “grown-up” conversation.

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Tim Boyer Inspires Me!

Tim Boyer and familyWith only three days away from the 5th Congressional District Convention here in Virginia, I’m anxiously anticipating my opportunity to vote for Tim Boyer. I just received an email this morning from him and his words have confirmed why I even bother getting involved in politics. Here it is:

“Dear Republican Friends,

I’m taking a little trip down Memory Lane today. Too often, politics becomes a struggle for power, a quest for titles or personal advancement. In seeking your vote for Fifth District chairman, I’m reminded of the words of my personal hero, President Reagan. He reminds me that the reason I’ve been involved in the political process since before I was old enough to vote myself, is not because I want to win an election, or hold a title. Rather, I understand that freedom is not free, and you and I must defend it. As my President said, ‘Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.’ Continue reading

Dedicated to Becoming a Better Blogger

Training to Be a Better BloggerMy friend, Lynn Terry introduced me to a new series last month on How to Be a Better Blogger.

I followed many of her suggestions on improving my Home Decorating blog, and it did wonders! So I decided to spend this month focusing on my personal blog. Here are a few changes I’ve already implemented:

  1. Included contact information and my reason for starting this blog on my About Me Page.
  2. Started using more pictures in my posts to help illustrate the subject matter.
  3. Installed a new header image and revised my tagline to better reflect me and what I’m writing about.

I’m so thrilled to have found the picture of a country road to use at the top of my blog…mainly because it looks just like the road that leads to my home. Yes, that’s what Fluvanna County looks like in my neck of the woods.

I also changed my tagline from “All that matters to me…” to “Valuing Faith, Family & Freedom in Central Virginia” to give my readers a quick & clear overview of the subject of most of my posts.

This makeover is not finished, by any means, but rather I’m just getting started. If you have a blog of your own, I encourage you to check out this series based on the article, 31 Days to Becoming a Better Blogger and implementing these steps yourself. You’ll no doubt be a better blogger as well.

Huckabee’s Political Action Committee

HuckPAC: Huckabee Political Action CommitteeI mentioned a pending announcement from a few days ago, and today I learned a teensy bit more about it. There’s going to be a new Political Action Committee (PAC) forming called HuckPAC. In fact, there’s already a Facebook group in place, which I just joined this morning. The group’s description states,

“HuckPac is committed to electing conservative Republicans nationwide.”

There’s a blog post at indicating the April 15th announcement pertains to this new PAC group:

“That’s when Huck is expected to announce the formation of a new economically based political action committee. The question is this: Will it be a PAC to push his tax issues or one to help him raise money to influence the upcoming House, Senate, and presidential elections and keep him in the running for the GOP vice presidency?”

My guess was to promote the FairTax but I’m now thinking it’s going to be even bigger than that. We shall see. One thing is for sure, we have definitely not seen the last of Mike Huckabee!

Uncovering the Future for Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee on cover of Charisma MagazineMike Huckabee makes the cover of the current issue of Charisma Magazine, with a story entitled, The Preacher Who Dared to Be President. Wow! What a great article by Drew Dyck. Here’s the introduction:

“Snubbed by party elites, Mike Huckabee swept the Southern primaries and bumped big names from the race. He has made it further than anyone expected and has galvanized a new breed of Christian voter along the way.”

Read the full story for yourself.

Tonight (Thursday, April 10th) there’s a tele-conference call with Steve Strang (Charisma’s publisher) and Governor Mike Huckabee. Register now to get in on the call. Even if you’re busy tonight (which I happen to be), sign up anyway. For those who can’t actually make the call, they’ll receive an email with a link to listen to a recording of the call online. Sign up now, to hear what’s on Governor Mike Huckabee’s horizon.

Bridging Our Differences

I thought Mike Huckabee was the right man to preside in the Oval Office (and I still do) for many reasons. One in particular was his way of “reaching across the aisle” and connecting with those who share views of opposition.

Unlike some politicians who are willing to compromise moral principles to make political choices, Mike Huckabee preferred to not waiver from his principles.

When he served as Governor of Arkansas for over 10 years, he was a Republican in a very Democratic state. Yet, he was able to accomplish huge successes where his predecessors could not.

Governor Huckabee saw his constituents as fellow Arkansans, not Republicans and Democrats. He was criticized for keeping members from the previous Democratic Governor’s staff on board when he stepped into office. But his position was that if they were willing to continue to work hard for the people of Arkansas, he would continue to employ them.

He was able to recognize and communicate the idea that it was the people at large whom he was serving, not just individuals who shared his same political view or religious faith. Continue reading

Bring Conservatism Back to Fluvanna County


Value VotersBring the Social & Fiscally Conservative Voice Back to Fluvanna County!

The Fluvanna Republican Committee is holding a mass meeting on Wednesday, April 2nd at 7:00 Pm (Registration begins at 6:30PM) at the New Courthouse in Palmyra, VA.

This is where the Local Republican Committee gets a fresh new slate. A body of Fluvanna County Republicans gather together to form a new committee and elect a Chairman to head that committee for the next two years. Delegates for the upcoming Congressional and State Conventions will also be elected on this evening.

This is the time to get your voices heard!

Doug Johnson, a member of FRC since 1999 is running for the position of Chair. He served as Vice Chair under Feda Kidd Morton for several years and has been a very active social and fiscally conservative member within the community. Learn more about Doug Johnson today and plan to attend this very crucial meeting!