Monday, May 26, 2014
On Saturday, I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at the University of Western Topeka's 2014 graduation. This is a great school and there's a reason that it's known as the University of Michigan of Kansas. You can visit the UWT web page at http://www.uwesterntopeka.org/
Friday, February 14, 2014
Well, tonight I was going to write an article about how to find love with a conservative woman. However, after sitting through an insufferable dinner at Applebees where I listened to my date discuss her views on global warming and I realized I really don’t have a clue how to find love with a conservative woman. What I do know is what I like, so I thought perhaps an article aimed at conservative women on how to date conservative men would be more useful to my readers.
Meeting a Conservative Guy
- Tea Parties are what fondue was in the 1970s. A lot of guys aren’t that good at spelling and a misspelled sign gives you a great opening to approach a guy. The numbers favor the men and they’re all conservative so make this your first stop.
- Gun shows are a sure shot. Guys love guns and if you act knowledgeable, guys will quickly take notice.
- NASCAR is a winner. The numbers are very male dominated and this sport is very easy to understand. The cars just keep going around in a circle over and over.
- Don’t talk about past boyfriends. It makes us feel insecure.
- Don’t share your views. We really don’t care. Sure, we’ll nod and act like we’re interested, but we’ll probably be looking over your shoulder at the television set.
- Avoid talking long term. If the Bush administration taught you anything, it should be that we’re terrible at long term planning.
- Offer to pay for our meal too. Let’s face it, traditional family values may say the guy should pay, but our economic conservative hearts will be glad to save the cost of the meal.
- Make friends with his father. If things don’t work out, he will probably be the one paying you off to keep quiet.
- Spice up pillow talk with conservative nicknames like The Gipper or Dutch. In general if you can make Reagan references, it’s a good idea.
Monday, January 20, 2014
The liberal media, for obvious reasons, likes to portray Reverend Martin Luther King as a social reformer who fought for the rights of African-Americans in the South and then in the last 3 years of his life, took his campaign national and fought for workers' rights, and end to poverty, and an end to the War on Vietnam. Of course, this is all a falsehood.
Sure, Martin Luther King did all these things, but that represented only a small portion of his life. Like any black man in the South during the 1950s and 1960s, he got swept up in the civil rights movement. Because people knew that he could motivate people. Where did his experience as a leader come from? Mostly, it came from his campaign to beautify the South.
Martin Luther King first came to prominence in 1955 when he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In those days, the buses were not air conditioned and a lot of sweaty commuters in close quarters would cause quite a funk to develop on the buses. The buses were also not regularly cleaned so papers, soda cans, and old newspapers cluttered the eyes. Martin Luther King led a very successful boycott made famous when a woman named Rosa Parks refused to walk through refuse to the back of a filthy bus.
In the March from Selma to Montgomery, King joined a large contingent led by the SNCC in an effort to beautify a road that the state of Alabama was not taking care of weeds. Even the Edmund Pettus Bridge had become overgrown with weeds. Problems erupted when a white sheriff named Bull Conner who was embarrassed that black people were outcleaning the whites turned on fire hoses to quickly clean the bridge and in the process got many of the African-Americans hurt.
We recognize Martin Luther King for his dreams of painted schools and cleaned up parks. To many people try to make King out to be some kind of social reformer, but I think if he was alive today, he'd be the first one to put down the picket sign and pick up a paint brush. Would King care about voter suppression, a living wage, continued racism, or the war in Afghanistan---I doubt it. King's main focus would probably be painting. Sadly, Reverend King was shot and killed while trying to settle a garbage strike in Memphis, but he backed cleanliness to the end. Regardless of your political views, this is an Martin Luther King that we can all get behind.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
This Christmas season, I send you and your family my warmest wishes.
At Christmas we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We rejoice in his birth and his mission to save us from sin. We remember him as the white baby he was and we remind others of things that he said that we agree with. During this season of hope and joy, we thank God for the blessings he has bestowed upon our nation. Even in times of difficulty, we are thankful for the freedom and liberty we enjoy, no thanks to President Obama
We recognize the devastating impact of these tough times – many families are losing their savings, their jobs and their homes. You are in our prayers. However, some of life’s greatest lessons are learned in adversity. There is no greater cure for the over commercialism of Christmas than the inability to buy anything. You will find that poverty can be great fun if you have the right mindset.
Among the many families that call the Fifty-Fourth Congressional District home, we admire the military families who serve our nation and community. We offer them our deep gratitude, especially those families who are separated. We look on your service with pride as you keep our nation safe from harm and as you launch invasions of Syria, North Korea, and Iran in the year ahead.
As we not only celebrate Christmas, but look forward to a new year, I am hopeful that we can change the direction of our country or at least bring our government to a screeching halt. We have many challenges, but, together, we can come together and go into 2014 with the remembrance of our many blessings.
I wish you all a very merry Christmas and God bless.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Dear Liberal Media,
Today, I turned on the Twitter to discover that yet another liberal media type had fallen for a parody account. The reporter in question was named Toure (He has an accent over the e, but my keyboard only types American) and he works at CNN. You can see why I get my news from FOX and Jay Leno monologues.
Anyway, what really got me mad was that this twitter account pretended to be a Congressman. Excuse me, but how hard is it to keep us all straight? There's only like 380 or so Congressmen, maybe 450 at most. Gym teachers have to keep track of that many names, surely reporters can be expected to do the same?
Being a Congressman is a special privilege. It means you're walking down the hallowed halls that Joe Schwarz and Bill Sali once called home. Sure, we haven't done a lot lately, but there was a time when Congress passed laws and helped to run this government.
The least the media can do is keep us straight. There is nothing more insulting to somebody like myself than when the clueless lamestream media calls somebody a Congressman who wasn't even elected. It's time to do better media or America might just vote with their remote controls.
Friday, October 25, 2013
The forces of radical atheism are at war with more than Christmas. Even Halloween is frequently under attack by those who would tell you that it's a Pagan holiday. Nothing could be further from the truth. One need look no further than Mexico to see that their Halloween traditions are tightly tied to religion. Of course this is because Halloween is a Christian holiday. The name Halloween comes from the word hallowed, which means "holy" and the word ween which is an old English word meaning "to think". In other words, Halloween is a day for thinking holy thoughts.
Unfortunately, the forces of radical atheism threaten to rob this great day of the symbols of its proud Christian heritage. If these people have their way all traces of Halloween's Christian roots would be erased and all references to Jesus would be stricken from Halloween parades, store displays, and the hopeful mouths of trick or treating Christian children. We must all stand together against this atheistic tyranny.
One of the stories, atheists don't want you to know is the story of the Jack O'Lantern. In Ireland, Christians were persecuted for many centuries. One of the reasons that St. Patrick was celebrated for driving the snakes from Ireland is because they used to feed Christian children to the snakes. Christians were kept poor and not allowed to hold jobs. Their possessions were simple, but their faith was mighty.
As the Irish traveled along the countryside at autumn harvest time looking for work picking crops, they were frequently met with signs that said Christians need not apply. Even a non-Christian who hired a Christian to pick his crops faced persecution from the Irish King.
The Irish needed a subtle symbol to let others know that they welcomed Christians and that the light of Jesus shined within them. They came up with the idea of taking a pumpkin and carving a smiling face on it. They then placed a candle inside the pumpkin and placed it in the window.
The Irish named this pumpkin Jack of the Light or the Americanized version, "Jack O' Lantern". Christians knew if they saw one of these Jack O'Lanterns in any home, they could receive help there. If they needed shelter they could stay there and if they needed food, they needed food, the home owners would share whatever meager provisions they could.
Some families of more well to do Christians began to get a reputation for their generosity. Unfortunately, this also drew the attention of those powerful people in the government who were against Christians. They began to pay attention to the people who came to those houses and to record their names.
After the first arrests, the Irish Christians got a bright idea. They began to wear disguises and costumes to conceal their identities from government spies. It became a beautiful tradition, which we exported when Halloween was brought to America.
Nowadays, pumpkins are carved into the most grotesque and hideous shapes imaginable and the original meaning of the Jack O'Lantern has been lost. Costumes likewise, have become more about displaying skin than about obscuring identities However, Ireland has become one of the most Christian countries in the world. How many prayers would have remained unprayed if not for Jack of the Light.
America may not have had Ireland's religious persecution, but Halloween has remained an important holiday since it was brought to this country by Irish immigrants in the 19th century. By the early part of the 20th century, the holiday had spread throughout the entire United States. The concept of Trick or Treating became especially important in the years of Roosevelt's Great Depression when candy was replaced by canned goods and the peas or stewed tomatoes a child earned trick or treating might be all the food that his family had to eat for dinner that night.
Records from the period are spotty at best, but I firmly believe more families made it through the Depression because of trick or treating than from any expensive social program that President Roosevelt launched in a misguided attempt to create a safety net for the poor.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
It's a pleasure to be here today. I am proud of my values and they have always informed my policy decisions. I developed these traditional values during my amazing upbringing, which you can read about in Profiles in Courageousness, which I will be selling after my presentation. If you can't get it here, you can get it at better bookstores everywhere or at Amazon.com if you don't make a habit of going to bookstores.
I look at those of us upholding the Constitution and conservative values in Congress as being inheritors to the mantle of Columbus. Much like the so called experts of his day, warned Columbus that the Earth was flat and he'd meet certain doom, so too have the pundits of today told us that we were heading for certain doom by shutting down the government. While Columbus had to face down fierce Indian warriors, we face the Democrat party. Columbus had no road map to take him to the new world, and neither do we, but we're both guided by an overwhelming faith in God to guide us. And like Columbus, we shall bring civilization to this country.
I have to admit, that I often wonder what Columbus would think about our country today. Would he recognize it? When he sees our failing economy and our unsecured borders, how would he feel about seeing illegal immigrants swarm into his beloved country? Would he be shocked that many of them don't even speak English? If he heard about Obamacare, would he just get back in his boat and turn around?
Yesterday, this hall was buzzing with notices of the EBT shutdown. At first, many of you assumed it was something to do with the government shut down. I had a bunch of people come up to me and ask, "did you have something to do with this?' While, I would have liked to take credit, I think perhaps maybe you can take credit for it. Maybe when enough of us with faith and morals and values gathered together praying so hard for this country that the EBT glitch was an answer to our prayers. Maybe God stopped those people from getting food as a sign to us that he hears us.
Columbus and his men didn't need government handouts. They went off to discover their own futures. I advocate that we do something similar for the poor in this country. Let's equip them with ships and weapons and allow them to "discover" some countries that are weaker than ours and subjugate and colonize them. They will find fortune and we will gain us a country from their labor.
The population of Australia is about 23 million people. The number of Americans living in poverty is about 46 million. Surely, Australia would be a wonderful addition to our great land. If not Australia, what about Bolivia or Guam? It's time we end the era of big government handouts and open a new era, an era of discovery.