Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Me and My Big Mouth

(At the St. John's Chapel where Patrick Henry gave his "Liberty or Death" speech)
Well, political friends, tonight was the caucus meeting for my state and district. I showed up ready to hear what everyone else had to say, maybe contribute a thought or two, vote, take names of who is accountable for future reference, and head home.
I was among friends and strangers both, but everyone was there with a purpose- make a change in our leadership. Before I knew it, my name was nominated...and voted for...and won.

I am now a district delegate for the state and county conventions, AND the treasurer/secretary of my district.

Okay...keep breathing.

I want to be overwhelmed, really I do, but I just can't. I can't feel stressed or burdened. I can't force myself to feel nervous.

I feel great. I keep thinking about seeing this image in the Smithsonian:

This photo was taken as the original Star Bangled Banner toured the country after the battle of 1812. I stood at the feet of that flag and I tell you, it was nothing short of sacred. Singing the The Star Spangled Banner is a whole new experience for me, and the things I saw while on my "Freedom Tour" last year are still fresh on my mind.

I am bothered by 'representatives' that don't represent. I am bothered by a Congress that feels they know better than the people, and a President that feels he knows better than the people, and the whole lot of them, with the media tucked in their pocket telling the people they aren't smart, informed, or elite enough to know what is best for them.

I am searching for a Thomas Jefferson......anyone, from any state, who is not afraid to 'swear on the altar of God' that they will be willing to defend tyranny. For me, sitting in the Jefferson Monument, reading the Bill of Rights, pondering his God fearing words, was truly spiritual, inspirational, and sacred.
Could we visit the floor of the House today and feel it a sacred place? Would our national leaders vow to honor God, morality, or even the CONSTITUTION, and then vote true to their WORD?

This is why I have no qualms about being a delegate. I can't wait to actually have a voice, and talk to people, and encourage people to wake up.

It isn't much, I know, it won't change the country..... but it may change the voice my district sends to speak for us.
And if every district in the nation has people like me getting involved, and sending new representatives who are ready to listen to the people into Congress...well, then, now you see, that is how differences are made.


Wendyburd1 said...

Wow I can't believe you aren't phased by all this responsibility!!

Hannah Ashmore said...

congrats! this is a perfect job for you!

Alison said...

How exciting! I am curious--the caucas meeting for you state and district. Is it because you are involved in your political party? Do you live in a small town? I never hear of such meetings where I am, but would be interesting in getting involved as well.

Excellent blog, I concur with your thoughts and nationalism. I applaud your new opportunity for leadership and representation.

Lee @ The Way I See It said...

Congrats!! I always wonder, do senators, etc. go in with good intentions, but get chewed up by the political machinery? I mean, the lobbyists have so much power, but it's the sort of power that lines the pockets, no mine or yours. So much pork, so much spending in weird things. I know that when the economy is good, spending money on certain things is ok- like counting bears or salmon- but in a day and age where we are all suffering, no jobs, no healthcare etc, it's just mind boggling. I feel helpless. I work in healthcare but have no insurance. crazy. Go get 'em!!

Rindee said...

Good on ya, Ramona! I went to my first caucus meeting this week as well. I had never heard of it before. I'm glad I went. I actually sat right next to our county clerk/auditor, Bryan Thompson. It was fun to have him teach me and fill me in on all the happenings of the process. Maybe next time I'll be brave enough to be a delegate.
One question that kept coming up was "Will you vote to represent us, or will you vote your conscience?" I spent most of the evening figuring out how I felt about this question, and this is what I came up with:
Personally, when I look for someone to vote for, I look for someone who shares my values and is strong and unwavering. Someone who is unafraid to stand firm, even when it is unpopular. BUT, I feel that if you are in a position to REPRESENT others, that is your primary goal, and only if your consituants are evenly divided is when you step in to use your conscience.
This is why, I feel, so many Americans are unhappy with our current government. We are feeling like we aren't being heard. Too many huge bills have passes lately that the majority of Americans opposed.
I say use your strength and values to educate, promote good and change on committes and bills, but when it comes time to vote, you'd better REPRESENT, because that is what we sent you there to do.
You'll be wonderful, and I can't wait to hear about all you learn through this journey. Keep us updated. I want to live vicariously...

Jeanna GT said...

keep on keepin on! RAMONA ROCKS!

Lynnae said...

I'm so excited for you. Great way to make a difference and wonderful example for your sons!

Kristen said...

I can't think of anyone better

Pedaling said...

you go girl.
yay for big mouths.

slytrifecta said...

Seriously so proud of you Ramona!!!

Jessica said...

Good for you!