Tonight my wife and I took our children to a Ron Paul Town Hall at the MidAmerica Center in Council Bluffs, IA. We’ve been keeping tabs on the Republican candidates through social media, television debates, newspaper, and discussions around the dinner table. Being a homeschooling family, our children have been very interested in and vocal about their concerns and criticisms on the issues facing our nation. Ron Paul mentioned some of the departments he would do away with if elected President….starting with the Department of Education! The quality of education has endured a decay in quality since the Federal government made it their business to get involved in and in some cases overrule the State’s rights/business. “No Child Left Behind“, and now “Race to the Top” are classic examples of federal programs that attempt to address the symptoms of social problems not being dealt with.
My daughter, Madeleine, and I were questioned by a reporter from a Pennsylvania gazette about our views on Ron Paul. I was glad to hear his clarifications on his foreign policy decisions–he’s not ignorant and would endorse/support going after maniacs who threaten our lands and people (9/11), but he feels that any action to “go to war” should be in accordance with the Constitution and the matter voted on and supported by a majority of Congress! I also appreciate his constant referral to “what is the role of government?” Few candidates on the Republican field will rewind the discussion of politics all the way back to the Founder’s intent in the role of government–to protect our rights! My college course at Bellevue University has really got me pouring over these founding documents in detail. The more I learn the more angry I’m becoming about the erosion of our liberties and freedoms. My hope is that more Americans will show up at the voting booths. Considering the past history (view voting statistics here) its a shame that so few of all who benefit from living in this country don’t show up to exercise their rights/choice by doing their research and checking the ballot box for the candidates that best represent their values/ideals. Anyway, before I get too riled up let me just say, I’m very interested in the outcome of the caucuses and the outcome of the race for a Republican nominee.
This year has definitely been a year of personal metamorphosis. As mentioned in previous blogs, I’ve moved into a new house, my girls started driving, I started college, lost a grandmother, a dog and two cats…life never slows down or waits for anyone. For this reason I’ve decided to not allow any more circumstances in my life be the result of indecision or lack of choosing. There’s no time like the present, and nobody is going to look out for your best interest….so you better do it. I decided to get a head start on goals and New Years Resolutions! Beginning Monday of this week, I started eating less, exercising more, nurturing my passion for writing and reading, and generally taking better care of myself. Its amazing how much you can pack into such a short amount of time when you set your mind to it.
Here are just a few of the exciting personal events/goals on the horizon for 2012:
Turning 45 years old
Celebrating 20 years of marriage
Graduating from Bellevue University with a Bachelor’s in Business Analysis and Management
Becoming a published author (in addition to my blog )
Voting in the 2012 Presidential Election
Developing and keeping personal fitness habits to improve my health
Growing as many vegetables and fruit for the family on our postage stamp-sized yard
Improving the quality (being more present/conscious) of my relationships with family and friends
To all who stumble across this post, I wish you the safest of New Years celebrations and an exciting and personally fulfilling and prosperous 2012.
- Kelly Clarkson Endorses Ron Paul, Gets Hate From Followers (huffingtonpost.com)
- College Degree Required for Sixty Percent of Jobs by 2018 (esbjournal.com)
- GOP Rivals Unleash Blistering Attacks on Ron Paul (abcnews.go.com)
- Paul returns to Iowa as rivals eye his supporters (mysanantonio.com)
- In What May Be Final Turn in GOP Roller Coaster, Will Santorum Get Chance at … – Fox News (foxnews.com)