Posts Tagged ‘president’

Well, I’m Getting Less Conflicted

A few days ago I wrote about my mixed feelings about building a mosque at Ground Zero.  (You can read that here.)  And now that I’ve heard a bit more news about the man responsible for the building of the mosque, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, I am getting less conflicted.  His beliefs are warped in my opinion.  Going as far as to say that Osama Bin Laden was made in the USA and that US policies caused the 9/11 attacks.  And now it seems as if President Obama is sponsoring a trip to the Middle East being led by this man. 

I tried to find out more information about this man in mainstream news networks, but the only network that has anything about him is FOX News.  (See the video here.)    ABC and CNN have the same article about the middle east trip that is planned but not substance of exactly who this man is.  I really think that before anyone allows this mosque to be built.  The people who are building this Muslim center need to be looked into. 

Don’t get me wrong, I still believe in freedom of religion, but I think that anyone that is building a center (religious or otherwise) needs to have the true intent shown.  Just like I wouldn’t want the Westboro Baptist Church building a religious center near me or my family.  (That link will lead you to Wikipedia, because I don’t want to add any traffic their rubbish of a website.)  When people use the guise of religion, they need to remember that hate is not/should not be part of their faith.


I was Interviewed Today!

Being interviewed when you are married to a soldier, or any military personnel, involves a certain amount of common sense.  I am always reminded by my husband about OPSEC (you can look it up, but it’s about not giving too much information and watching what you say) rules.  My friends husband works for PAO (Public Affairs Office) and he is always reminding her about watching what we upload on the internet and how much information we give out.  And in turn, we remind each other!  This is one of the reasons I have chosen to remain anonymous on this blog as well.

So when I was asked to participate in an interview that they were conducting with spouses of deployed soldiers, I said sure and also reminded myself of things not to talk about.  For me, it is rather simply.  I never talk about religion or politics, unless, of course, that is what the interview is about.  The other thing we have to remember is that because our husbands are in the military, their boss is the president.  That means that comments about the president or about the current candidates for president are not made.  It’s not that we are not allowed to have an opinion, but in this forum, we just need to be sensitive.  Think about it, would you talk openly about your husband’s boss in a public forum if your comments could affect your husband’s job?  I think not!

When I was asked, there was not a lot of information.  All I knew was that they wanted spouses whose husbands were deployed.  I arrived with extra time to the location and the conference room that has been assigned to us in in use, so we had to wait for a bit.  Then the television news crew arrived.  I was expecting one of the local crews, but to our surprise it was a crew from Japan!  They had one woman that spoke very good English.  With her was the camera man and a female reporter.  Both spoke English, but just well enough for us to understand the questions.  They were escorted by a Sgt from PAO.  The Sgt was there to make sure that we didn’t stray from the OPSEC rules.  I totally expected it. 

Most of the interview was rather basic questions.  How long has your husband been gone, how are your children handling it, what do you think of their job, what’s the worst part about your husband, etc.  There were three of us being interviewed and two of us had children and the third didn’t.  I have younger children and the others children were older.  And we were all married for different lengths of time.  Overall, I felt it was a good group representing military spouses.  The only problem was that one woman just didn’t understand that not talking about politics and seemed to think that she spoke for all of us!  So the PAO had to stop her when she started talking about the presidential election.  And he stopped her before it could have gotten sticky!  Then when they asked us the hardest part about being married to a soldier was, she said, “I would say for all of us, it’s the loneliness.”  The other woman and I just looked at her and then we said how we felt.  If you want to hear what I have to say about loneliness, look at my post “Observations of a Proud Army Wife”.  It was just one of those times that I really wanted to say to this woman — are you crazy saying the things you are saying!  And how dare you tell them how I feel! 

After the interview, the two of us that had agreed on most things were talking and both agreed that the other woman needed a reality check and we were quite sure if her husband was a career solider or not.  We agreed that if he was a career soldier that his spouse needs to learn a bit of tact when talking about her experiences!  So, out of the whole thing, I get to be on television in Japan and I think I’ve made a new friend.  Not bad for a day in the life!

Presidential Election 2008 – Just a Few More Thoughts from this Army Wife

I really LOVE the political process.  Not politics, but the whole process on how we choose our government officials.  I get all excited by upcoming elections!!!  (Or it could be that since my husband is gone and I need something to occupy my mind! LOL)  So between Sarah Palin’s speech last night and anticipating John McCain’s speech tonight, I am all fired up!!!!  (And just so you know, I felt the same way with Obama and Biden’s speeches.)

Last night was amazing!  First off, yes, I am excited because McCain’s running mate is a woman.  How could I not be!  It’s an amazing thing being that she is only the second woman ever choosen to be a Vice Presidential candidate and the first for the GOP.  That aside, Gov. Palin is an amazing orator.  She had her audiences attention and no one could take their eyes off of her.  She got the crowd fired up and they believed everything she said.  A reporter asked one of the delegates that was unsure of McCain’s pick of running mates, what he thought after the speech was done.  His reaction reminded me of Cuba Gooding, Jr when he won the Oscar.  I was waiting for him to do a handstand!  And Palin’s speech reassured him that McCain’s choice was the right one.

So far, out of all of the presidential and vice presidential candidates, Palin was, by far, the best speaker.  Each in their own way grabbed the attention of the crowd, but there was something about Palin that kept my attention.  Now tonight, it’s John McCain’s turn.  And from what I’ve seen between McCain and Obama, Obama is the better speaker.  I think that McCain really needs to step up to the plate tonight and make us know that he is the best/better candidate.

And remember!  Don’t forget to register and 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!