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Next Election

This old photo is just for fun!  I’m not running this time, but this was a newspaper
article from when I ran for mayor in 2001.

After spending nearly nine years  as an elected official in O’Fallon, there are several pictures of me on the walls of the O’Fallon City Hall.  Some people think the Federal or State Governments are more important than local, but I can assure you that every level is important.  The most valuable lessons I learned about government came from my time serving on the Board of Aldermen in the City of O’Fallon.

In two weeks, Missouri will hold local elections.  People frequently ask me for advice on whom to support.  In general, if you find someone in favor of limited government, you will get someone who is more Constitutional.  Also, if you get someone who supports limited government, that person will stand on the side of the taxpayers and usually be Pro-Life.   Continue reading


Here is a picture of the Utah Data Center, also known as the Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center.

How much does the government know about you? The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution says we cannot be searched without a search warrant.  However, information about us may not be private as we think.

When Donald Trump told Americans he was wire-tapped during the election, he did us all a favor…and we could all be wire-tapped as well!  Here is a video where Judge Napolitano explains how it works.

Gary Bauer said this:  “Most Americans know we live in a dangerous world and they have been satisfied to let the people charged with keeping us safe do what they have to do. It likely means we would be troubled if we knew everything that was done in the defense of our country.” Continue reading

It’s Time To Say Something

Here is a picture of my husband, Bernie, and me at Back to Basics Christian Bookstore.

We don’t talk about it much, but most of you know my husband and I own a Christian bookstore and have been operating it in our community for over 28 years.  The largest chain of Christian retailers in the Country is going away and all that’s left are the independently owned or Denominational retailers.  So many of you have been asking questions, I’ll attempt to answer your concerns by offering my personal insider’s perspective.

Six reasons the Christian retail industry is struggling: Continue reading


A good political dialogue is healthy, but we must abhor name-calling and hatefulness.

Donald Trump has turned into a pleasant surprise.  At the beginning of his campaign, he started out being an irreverent, worldly, inexperienced, crass, sharp-mouthed candidate.  By the time he won the election, many people were just happy he saved us from Hillary Clinton.  So far, he has turned out to be the most Pro-American, Christian, pro-free-market and honest president we’ve had in this Country since Ronald Reagan.

On top of that, when is the last time you heard the first lady lead thousands of people in praying “The Lord’s Prayer”?  Clearly, whether you like his personality or not, we can’t deny he has done more for our Country than most others who have occupied the White House.  With this act, she has earned more honor than most first ladies we have seen. Continue reading

Fake News

My mom called me to say she just watched BBC World News. She said it was so refreshing getting to watch something other than “Trump bashing” every night.

I don’t watch much TV, but I don’t have any appetite to watch more of the childish antics of sore losers.  Perhaps I’m too young to remember a time when we had more disunity in our Country, but it appears that we have hit a low point.

My mom is 86 years old. She’s read the newspaper nearly every day for her entire life (Boston Globe or St. Louis Post-Dispatch). She told me how refreshing it is to just hear the facts and not have the reporters tell her how she should think and feel about the facts. She wants to be free to make up her own mind—as we all should. Continue reading

Why Be Constitutional?

A few months ago, I made a trip to Spokane, Washington.  While there, I happened upon a yard sign for Matt Shea, so we took a picture.

The Constitution is designed to protect our Country “to insure domestic tranquility and provide for the common defense“.  It is Constitutional for our government to define the rules on who comes here from other countries.

We need to show compassion and pity for our pastors, given the confusing times upon us.  For years they were told to stay out of politics because it would cost them their tax exempt status.  Most of them were quiet and offered no guidance about political issues.  That was a bad idea because their passivism eroded away our religious freedom.

Then the pendulum started swinging the other way.  Under the Obama administration, pastors felt the first signs of religious oppression and faced real loss of religious freedom because of their silence.  They were encouraged to try to guide their congregations on political matters.  Some did it well.  Others have been manipulated into serving the agenda of the left. Continue reading

Come to the Family Table

This is a picture of me with a lot of great friends.  There is something to be said about sweet fellowship with like-minded people around the table.

Do any of you remember the show from the 1960s called, Petticoat Junction?  In the episode we watched recently,everyone went into the parlor after dinner to sing.  It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without modern electronics, but families used to find plenty of ways to have fun without the internet, video games, cell phones, tablets, laptops and other various electronic amusements.

Mental illness, loneliness, depression and addictions have only increased as we’ve become busier and less connected to one another.  Happiness and a sense of belonging start at home.  As a society, we have collectively forgotten some of the most important and enjoyable parts of life. Continue reading

Travel Ban

I hope we can all agree that we should have a ban on terrorists because they are a safety threat.  We need to find a better way to keep the bad actors out of our Country before more people get hurt.

The President of the United States can legitimately use the power of the executive order to enforce existing laws.  Some folks think executive orders are bad, but that’s because Obama attempted to use this process to legislate.  The President cannot make new laws, but he is supposed to execute laws already passed by Congress.  Obama selectively enforced laws he liked and refused to enforce laws with which he disagreed.

The only objections to Trump’s new policy revolve around two questions: Continue reading


This is a picture of our friends, Peter Gemma and Rand Paul at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C. 

1.)  I’m happy we didn’t get Hillary, although she looked very pretty at the inauguration. Yet, even if she had won, our side would not have rioted, smashing windows, setting fires, breaking things and hurting people.  That was insane!

2.)  About that “Women’s March” thing:  It appeared to be all about bitter, vulgar, anti-life, pro-Sharia Law, pro-sexual perversion Hillary supporters.  Some of them even referred to themselves as “nasty”.

A better name would be the “Left-Wing Female March” because the women marching in Washington DC do not represent me.  Nor do they represent most American women.  The majority of the women I know are ladies, are kind, gentle and do not use foul language or demand the right to kill their unborn babies.  They should be happy their mothers didn’t feel that way! Continue reading

Pitchin’ A Fit!

This is a picture of our “Girls Night Out”.   Daughter- Cathryn; Sister – Cathy;  Mother – Marylin;  Niece – Elizabeth; Daughter – Amanda; Daughter – Susanna and me when we went out to dinner for my birthday. When I first was elected, there was nothing illegal about lobbyists picking up the bill for a meal with a legislator.  Dinner table conversations allow for exchanges of ideas.  Now Missouri lawmakers are working at a feverish pace to outlaw lobbyists from paying for a dinner with a legislator.

Sometimes the news can be irritating.  This week was no exception.  The Missouri Speaker of the House said his first priority was “Ethics Reform”.

From Dean Dohrman’s newsletter:

“House Bill 60 is meant to help restore the public’s trust in elected officials by limiting the influence of lobbyists. As the sponsor said about the bill, “We are trying to eliminate the undue influence of lobbyists on legislators in the building. That is the individually, personally consumable gifts from lobbyists to legislators. These are the one-on-one dinners; these are the press boxes at sporting events in the state. That’s what we’re trying to limit.” Continue reading

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