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Defenders of the Unborn

This is a picture of me with my husband and one of my best supporters getting ready to march with the Defenders of the Unborn at the beginning of the Webster Groves 4th of July Parade.  As you can tell, it was a very hot day!

 

You would think that after being in dozens of parades for dozens of years, I would enjoy an opportunity to sit this one out, enjoy the air conditioning and relax.  That’s what I was planning to do until someone asked me to lend my support to the life float in the  Webster Groves Parade.  Who wouldn’t want to defend the unborn?

We are winning this!  It encouraged the spectators to see us come by serving as a conscience for the community.   On our show today we talk with Kristi Hamrick about the Students for Life.  We have many reasons to be optimistic! Continue reading

Supreme Court Nominee

President Trump nominated Brett M. Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court.  I have heard good reports about Kavanaugh, so it doesn’t bother me that he is a man and has light skin or if he’s a minority.  If he upholds the Constitution, that is the main criteria!

The role of the US Supreme Court is not to represent the latest political philosophy of the day.  We have elections for that.  The Supreme Court is supposed to hear individual cases through the measuring stick of the US Constitution and render an OPINION as to how the Constitution applies in these circumstances.

The candidates who win their elections make laws and represent us.  The appointed judges are supposed to represent the law, which includes the Constitution.  We don’t get to appoint our judges, but we can pressure our senators to confirm the appointment.  The timing can’t be better because many senators are up for re-election one month after the confirmation vote is expected. Continue reading

Marijuana

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

 

Marijuana is becoming a larger part of our society every day, especially as more states declare it to be legal.   Marijuana proponents try to diffuse arguments about the harm to children by claiming it will be for adults only.  Yet, once the marijuana gets into the hands of adults, a percentage of the time it trickles down to children.

We are now in a perfect storm.  It’s more available, culturally sanctioned and legally approved in more states than ever.   People are getting addicted at earlier ages and it is causing changes to our Country in proportions like we’ve never seen.  Continue reading

The Red Hen Restaurant

What would summer be like without a a trip to the frozen custard stand?

 

Perhaps they need to change the name from “Red Hen” to “Blue Hen” if they’re so fearful of people who hold different political beliefs.  By now you’ve probably heard about the owner of the Red Hen asking Sarah Sanders to leave because Sarah works for the President of the United States.

As a business owner myself, I am shocked by the behavior of this business owner.  Sarah Sanders was not asking to make a political speech.  She was not asking to use the restaurant for a political fundraiser.  She was not attempting to get the staff or other patrons to support Donald Trump.  She was just coming as a paying customer. Continue reading

Candidates and Christianity

We recently had a lot of fun with Ed Martin unveiling his new coloring/comic book with the Phyllis Schlafly Next Generation Eagles.  So important to get the next generation involved!

 

Frequently, people ask if I plan to run for any public office again.  It’s a fair question, but I’m not sure our Country is in a place where the voters want Christians or Constitutionally minded people in office.  The masses that listen to the media and popular icons of the left demonstrate that adhering to the Constitution is not that important to the rank and file voters.  Our screams, “That’s not Constitutional!”, are often met with yawns and waves for us to move on to relevant information.

Most of you understand what’s at stake and I love constituents who are committed to Constitutional principles.  However, the hearts of voters need to change before we will see real change in our  Country. Continue reading

Happy Father’s Day

This is me with the two best fathers in the world—my dad and my husband!

 

Without dads, our world would end.  (Same for mothers as well!)  One of the most treasured attributes in a father is faithfulness.  A godly man is the biggest asset to a family and country!  As we look around, one of the biggest problems precipitating the cultural decline is fatherlessness.   If you have a father, make sure you try to honor him this week.

This week on our show, we interview John Trent.  John is the author of the book, The Language of Love and is an expert on what it takes to put strong families back together.  He  grew up in a broken home and speaks out of personal experience based on much research.

My hope is that this show will encourage you to love your family members more deeply.  By having a functional family, you will honor God and play a role to stabilize our Country. Continue reading

The Governor and Christianity

I heard someone say, “I bet Peter Kinder regrets giving up his Lt. Governor office now.” He gave it up to run for Governor. Peter lost the primary, so Mike Parson won the open Lt. Gov office. Nobody could have predicted the new Governor wouldn’t last even 17 months. Yet, God still controls who goes where. Here is a picture of our new Governor, Mike Parson, getting sworn into office last Friday. There’s something special about swearing on a Bible. It is a statement that God will hold him accountable for whatever he does.

 

After last week’s resignation of our Governor, I posted this:  “I’m calling on all Christians to pray that Eric Greitens and his family will find Christ at the end of this mess.”

The responses that resulted gave me great insights into the thinking of most people in our culture today.  Many assumed he was a Christian because he claimed to be “a conservative”, (whatever that means) and a Republican.  Ha.

Some showed moral outrage, but others tried to shame those who were morally outraged.  Should one’s religion be a factor for serving in public office? Continue reading

How to Vet Candidates

 

This is me with my husband, Bernie and our son, Philip at the Hixson Middle School Pops Concert last week.  We were both in our High School bands, so it means
a lot to us to have a son in the band.  Although I am not running for anything myself, I have time to evaluate other candidates this election cycle.  Evaluating candidates is important too!

 

Frequently people ask for my thoughts on the US Senate race.  I was a judge at one of the candidate forums, but there’s always so much more we want to know.

As a former candidate myself, I want to assure you that candidates like to be asked questions.  If they don’t want to answer questions, they shouldn’t run for office.   Being a candidate means one must answer questions—a lot of questions!

Candidates should give out their phone numbers and tell us where they live.  If a candidate doesn’t want to share this information, that is a red flag that this person may be unqualified for office.  Being in office involves representing the people, which means we offer our constituents access to us. Continue reading

Words and Deeds

Our Daughter graduated from High School this week.  Six kids down and one more to go!

 

Personal integrity is the only way our Country can work.  Companies make location decisions based on the quality of the workforce available.  The quality of the workforce has to do with the work ethic they possess.  It’s all about integrity.

What is the value of a word?  People used to buy real estate on just a handshake.  That standard isn’t recognized anymore.  A handshake means nothing in a court of law.  Yet, there is hope for the future if we want to reclaim the values that made our Nation strong. Continue reading

Trade Partnerships

Most of you know I own a retail business, Back To Basics Christian Store in the Mid Rivers Mall. Whenever it is possible, we like to order our stock from American manufacturers. This is a picture of me with my husband and Joe Knutson, President of P. Graham Dunn at the factory in Dalton, Ohio where the Amish make a lot of our inventory.

 

The idea of trade sounds good on the surface.  We all like to have neighbors and trade our stuff for theirs.  Specialization propelled our prosperity.

However, now many trade deals have shipped our most productive jobs overseas and thereby, sent some of our prosperity away.   Some of these trades further enrich and prop up hostile foreign dictatorships.

There is a moral component to where we direct our finances.  Is that what we want to do with our money?

Some people are trying to tear down our historic monuments because we don’t want anything that could remind us of the era when our Country allowed slavery.  Yet we support slavery when it comes to slaves from other countries, particularly China, making goods for us to buy at cheap prices. Continue reading

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