Posts Tagged ‘John McCain’

Are you “Called to Serve”?

During John McCain’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention he ended it with a “Call to Serve”.  This is what he said.

“If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you’re disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them. Enlist in our armed forces. Become a teacher. Enter the ministry. Run for public office. Feed a hungry child. Teach an illiterate adult to read. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed. Our country will be the better, and you will be the happier. Because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself. “

As an Army wife, I have many opportunities to volunteer.  I can volunteer on the Army post that we are stationed at or the community that surrounds the area.  I do serve in many ways and not in big ways.  I’ve been an FRG leader, Sunday school teacher, cooked meals for the Ronald McDonald House, gave an hour of my time to wrap gifts for Christmas, bought a gift for “Toys for Tots”, and many other little things along the way.  I so agree, that serving a cause greater than myself really does bring happiness to my life.

This “call to serve” is also something I am teaching my children about.  It is obvious how their father has served, but how can they serve?  My 6 year old daughter recently did two wonderful things.  First, she cut 12″ of her hair for “Locks of Love”.  Then she wanted to become a business woman.  I discussed with her making a donation to a good cause, just like when she donated her hair.  She opened a lemonade and muffin stand during a neighborhood yard sale and gave 50% of her profits to the “Make-A-Wish” Foundation.  It all starts small and if she is doing this now, I can only imagine what good she will be doing as she grows into a young adult!

John McCain is not the first politician to call us to serve.  At his inaugural address, John F. Kennedy said, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man”.

So, what is your “call to serve”?  What can you do to make the world around you better?


How can I not Comment on McCain’s Choice for VP!

I must say, that no matter what the outcome, this whole election process excites me!  For a long time, I have been aware of how important the election process is.  So I was rather excited this morning since I knew that John McCain would announce his running mate.

I really thought that Senator McCain would have picked Mitt Romney.  It seemed like a great choice.  Then names like Tim Pawlenty, Rudy Guillani, Colin Powell were mentioned.  But then came the announcement!  It was the Govenor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.

First was shock and surprise.  Then after hearing it again, delight!  It was a woman!  I haven’t been this excited about politics since it was announced in 1984 that Geraldine Ferraro was choosen as Walter Mondale’s running mate.  Back then I was a freshman in high school and could not vote, but still knew what a great moment it was.

My sister called me from Nevada this morning and I said, “Did you hear?”  And she said, “Yes, can you believe it?!”  Both of us were so excited.  Before calling me, she called her husband and work to tell him.  He hadn’t heard at his office, but let everyone know.  His office was excited.  Now don’t think my whole family thinks this is ‘wonderful’.  Talking with my mom this morning, her comment was, “It’s just a ploy”.  I’m not that foolish to think that everyone likes this choice.

I just find it amazing that no matter who wins the presidential election, it will be historical!

Please remember to register and vote!  It’s only been 88 years since woman have been able to vote and remember the military men that lost their lives so that we could live in this great country.  The best way to honor them is to VOTE!!!!

2008 Presidential Election – Just a few thought from this Army Wife!

Let me start this by saying, I have no party affiliation.  I used to be a registered Democrat, but after the fiasco that Bill Clinton caused with his sexual liaisons in the oval office, I lost faith in the DNC in choosing the best person for the job.  So as of now, I am an independent and choose for vote for the person and not the party.  So remember that this post is my opinion and I don’t need to be bashed for that.  It’s how I feel and over the years my feelings and views change due to my open-mindedness and I do not feel that one candidate is the perfect choice, just that one is a better choice.

During the last presidential election in 2004, I was at home visiting my parents with my family and we were stopped by friends of my parents in a restaurant.  We chatted for a bit and they said, “I guess you will be voting for Kerry!”  I looked at them and said, “No Way!”  They said, “But John Kerry will stop the war”.  They just seemed to believe because one of the candidates says they are going to stop the war means that I would vote for them because my husband is a soldier.  The thing is that not matter who the candidate is, they are all making campaign “promises”.  It’s just that, a promise.  And promises can be broken. 

I think back to the 1988 election between George H. W. Bush and Michael Dukasis.  Bush’s famous line at the Republican National Convention, “Read my lips.  No new taxes.”, and his later reversal on this matter, opened the door for the Democrats to win the next election, in 1992, which put Bill Clinton into office.  Clinton promised better health care and he couldn’t get the Congress to make it work.  And while our current president is “blamed” for the situation our military is in, it was Bill Clinton’s administration that had information on Osama bin Laden after the first attack on the World Trade Center and then continued to cut the budget for counter-intelligence in the government and the military.  George W. Bush now has problems with the economy and what did he do wrong.  Each president goes into this job like many of us with a new; bright ideas and ready to make change.  Then reality hits — it’s a hard job, things happen and deals need to be made.

So as we get ready to elect our next president, weigh the pros and cons of each issue and vote for who you think will do the best for our country.  Don’t get so wrapped up in the political party that you can’t see the forrest for the trees.  Each candidate has something to bring to the table.  Now it’s our time to decide just what we want to eat. 

Tonight I will listen as Barack Obama takes the stage to accept a historic nomination.  Then, next week, I will listen to John McCain’s acceptence speech.  After that, we will see.

Regardless of who you want to see in the White House, I urge you to register and vote.  It’s a right that not all human being have.  It’s a right that men like my husband died to give us in America.  And if you are a woman, a right that we have not even had for 100 years! — to register to vote!