Ed. Note: Kristi Honas got Gov. Palin from 45 degrees to the right and several beautiful close-ups in this 1080p HD video. She stood for nearly 40 minutes with the camera handheld. Kristi Honas also gave her heart-felt perspective on Gov. Palin vis-a-vis this event.
by Kristi Honas, Volunteer, AGU-Iowa
Saturday, November 9, 2013, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin came to Des Moines, Iowa once again talk to Iowans about how our faiths and freedoms are slowly being taken away from us and giving us the inspiration to stand TOGETHER and fight for these God-given rights that has been bestowed upon this great nation.
Sarah Palin’s deep faith in God has lifted herself above the fray throughout her entire life and now her political life. She takes hold of challenges, that to others may seem futile, in life and embraces them with love, honor and dignity. This is why she is so admired by so many people across America.
There is no attack on American culture more destructive and more dishonest than the Left’s relentless effort to drive God out of America’s public square…
For most Americans, the blessings of God have been the basis for our liberty, prosperity and survival as a unique country.
For most Americans, prayer is real and we subordinate ourselves to God on whom we call for wisdom, guidance and salvation.
For most Americans, the prospect of a ruthlessly secular society that would forbid public reference to God and systematically remove all religious symbols from the public square is horrifying.
Yet the voice of the overwhelming majority of Americans is rejected by a media-academic-legal elite that finds religious expression frightening and threatening, or old-fashioned and unsophisticated. It gets pretty tiresome seeing all the ways religious expression is under attack in America today. It seems like every Christmas brings another story of something being banned from the front of a public building. Most Americans are puzzled about why these religious displays are so controversial. The fact is that these challenges reflect more than just theoretical, legal and constitutional differences. They are evidence of a profound cultural divide in this country.
The one question that always comes to the forefront is, “Why?” Why do people have to attack peaceful expressions of faith? What is so offensive about a baby in a manger? What is threatening about the Ten Commandments, a moral code that Christianity, Judaism and Islam, the religions that account for 97% of all American believers, recognize as the basis for living a good life?
Part of the answer is the cultural divide between our governing elites and the mass of the American people. Most of those who write for the mainstream media and teach at universities and law schools don’t share the religious faith of their fellow Americans. They regard people who believe in God and regularly attend their church or synagogue as people who are “largely poor, uneducated and easy to command.
One of Sarah Palin’s favorite poems and I find myself referring to it more often these days is as follows:
O Lord, I’ve never run where churches grow,
I’ve always loved Creation better as it stood
That day you finished it, so long ago,
And looked upon your work, and found it good.
I know that others might find you in the light
That’s sifted down through tinted window panes,
And yet I seem to feel You near tonight.
Let me be easy on the man that’s down
And make me square and generous with all;
I’m careless sometimes, Lord, when I’m in town
But never let them call me mean or small.
Make me as big and open as the plains,
As honest as the hoss between my knees,
Clean as the wind that blows behind the rains,
Free as the hawk that circles down the breeze!
I thank you, Lord, that I am placed so well,
That you made my freedom so complete;
That I’m no slave to whistle, clock or bell,
Nor weak-eyed prisoner of wall and street.
Just let me live my life as I’ve begun
And give me work that is open to the sky;
Make me a pardner of the wind and sun,
And I won’t ask for a life that’s soft or high.
Forgive me, Lord, if sometimes I forget.
You know about the reasons that are hid.
You understand the things that gall and fret;
You know me better than my mother did.
And right me, sometimes, when I turn aside,
And guide me on the long, dim trail ahead
That stretches upward toward the Great Divide.
Whether it’s a cross in a desert or a prayer in a time of national crisis, evidence abounds that America is a deeply faithful country. This doesn’t mean we’re all the same religion or all regular churchgoers. I think a lot of Americans can relate to this beautiful poem.
Most people say they support most types of freedom. The word freedom has little meaning if we do not have a common definition. Freedom starts with a principle of self-control, known as self-ownership. In a free society, each and every person has legal control of their own body and mind. The concept of freedom refers to a certain type of political empowerment. I refer specifically to equal empowerment. A free society is one with an equal distribution of legal rights and in which each and every person has as much legal rights as possible. Because freedom entails political equality, freedom can only logically entail as much legal rights as compatible with the same legal rights in others. In a free society, any one person cannot have so many legal rights that all other people could not logically
have the same amount of legal rights.
Freedom does not include the legal right to enslave someone else because freedom includes the legal right to not be enslaved.
Freedom does not include the legal right to non-defensively punch other people in the face against their will because freedom includes the legal right to not be offensively punched.
A free person has the legal allowance to do whatever he or she wants as far as he or she does not offensively harm or coerce other people against those other people’s wills. Limitation is a logical requirement.
Freedom can not include the legal right to limit other people’s freedom because that would be illegal. Freedom does include the legal right to defend oneself from others who attempt to offensively harm or coerce the free person.
Saturday night at the Faith and Freedom Coalition event there was an individual who has been a pioneer for Equal Rights in this country and is admired by so many Americans for her strength, toughness in the fight for Equal Rights. I happened to be one of many fortunate people in attendance to have personally met Phyllis Schlaffly. Like many people who are in awe when they meet Sarah Palin for the first time, I had this same feeling when I shook this “Pioneering Woman’s hand. A feeling of power rushes through one’s body as one stands in lines for hours on end to get a book signed or a picture taken by/with Sarah Palin. It was a night of two powerful women, in their own right, to grace the stage in front of a thousand people.
Sarah Palin is proof that one’s faith is important to stay above the evil that’s attacking this Country’s cultural and religious communities today. Sarah’s faith guides her large and small, unconsciously and consciously nonstop daily.
One important challenge we face is the way we order our time. A balanced schedule will help you be the person God wants you to be and do the things He wants you to do. YOUR TIME IS YOUR LIFE.
TIME IS IRREVERSIBLE. IT IS IRREPLACEABLE… When one reaches the age of 70, they will have lived 840 months. That’s 25,550 days or 613,200 hours or 36,720,000 minutes… every bit of that time is holy because it is a gift from a holy God. It is to be valued and spent in ways that honor the Giver… Think of time as an investment.
It’s so important to remember that every day is a gift, especially when we feel pulled in too many directions and asked to do too may things. Here’s a great tip on how to tell the difference between the truly important and the merely urgent.
If something is presented to you as “you must decide right now or the opportunity ends,” take that as a sign that your answer should be no. An opportunity tied to a rushed or ironclad ultimatum is rarely from God.