by Lynda Armstrong, The Teacher’s Daughter….A Tribute to Sarah Palin
I wrote some of this awhile ago, but the more I read and see of our president, his administration and yes those we have elected to serve us – “We the People” – I wanted to look back in history and see if I could find a time such as this. What did I find was an early president who was accused of misusing “Exceutive Orders.” Oh, the mud-slinging was there. One only has to look at the campaigning between Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams in the 1828 election. Some say that is when true mud-slinging started. There is a lot of history and yes there were some presidents that developed the “I am the king” frame of mind.
But what I did not find was a president who did not care about the people, I did not find one who wanted to tear down America. As I looked, I did not find one who one he was once elected did not respond to all of the people. I only know of one who has done that, the man who holds off now; he is fighting against so much of what each of those that came before him stood tall and fought for. They understood what “We the People” meant.
I am 69…the first president I heard people talking about was “Ike.” The first one I voted for was JFK….The last one was McCain/Palin (oh, I did vote for Romney/Ryan in 2012). As a child I listened as my grandmother prayed for her son as he jumped with the 82nd Airborne into Korea….I lived through the Cold War….I watched as a president resigned from office…listened as a president said, “tear down that wall” giving America a feeling of hope and brighter days. Yes, we became that “Shining city on a Hill”….I went to church with others and prayed the night of Desert Storm….I cried as I sat in front of my TV the day we were attacked and so many were killed….but I had pride in a President who stood tall and pulled us together as a Nation.
Oh, so many things I have seen and done….I prayed for a grandson fighting in Iraq….stood at a grave site of a young man who had fought for our freedom watching with tears his two young daughters who will never know him….but cried tears of joy when the loud speaker came on at Ft. Hood and the man behind the microphone said “your loved ones have just touched down on Texas soil….my grandson was home….so many things….in my 69 years.
I watched as a young woman from Alaska ran for VP …. who was this young woman? So many of us asked….most of us did our research and found out. Others found it just easier to lie….it was so hard to read these lies….the vile words used….because all you had to do was look….the truth was not hard to find. This young lady with the servant’s heart just loved God, her family and her country…she just wanted to serve….we call the lady from Alaska: Sarah….we took the time to know who she was and who she is….
Oh, so many things I have seen in these past 69 years….children….grandchildren….great-grandchildren….marriages….divorces….deaths….loss of ones I loved….all part of life….but what I see now scares me: the loss of freedom.
I am 69 and for the first time in my life I am scared of my government….so much happening everyday….medical care….debt so high how can it be paid? So many lies and untruths, you wonder where to turn….so I pray and I know one thing for sure God is in control….and with that knowledge….I am able to face each day….knowing that His hand is only a prayer away….Hope is hard to find sometimes.
“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and God.”
-Psalm 42: 5-6.