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As we continue to face what promises to be a very difficult primary and election season; I ask myself why I subject myself to the mine-field that is politics when “tuning out” would be so much easier. The answer is because I believe I have been blessed to grow up in the greatest country on earth. And that it is worth preserving in order to pass that same country on to my children and grandchildren. The key is to remain steady and confident and to help our elected officials stay steady in the face of endless media attacks and the attacks of liberal “do-gooders”. I read the following in my “Limbaugh Letter” and found it to be very inspiring. It stemmed from an interview with Sen. Mike Lee on Oct. 16 ; you will recall that was right after the government “shutdown”.
In it he sounded the call for moral courage:
“The media keeps asking, was it worth it? My answer is that it is always worth it to do the right thing. Fighting against an abusive government in defense of protecting our individual rights and freedoms is always the right thing. Some say we shouldn’t have fought because we couldn’t win. But this country wasn’t built by fighting only when victory was certain. In fact, some of the most important victories in our history were the result of fighting battles against significant odds….Furthermore, in Washington, victories are rarely immediate and very few are permanent…The best case against Obamacare is proving to be Obamacare itself….Today, Washington has the upper hand, but the American people will always have the last word. This is not over.
Indeed it is not! And the last month has proved those words correct. So the fight goes on and we must stay in the battle. Take time out to enjoy your Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, celebrate the New Year and come back in January renewed, reinvigorated and ready for the fight.
At this point I would like to say “Thank You” for all your help and support over the last 2 years. It has been an honor to serve as your president. Now please join me in supporting our new president, Chris Elguezabal, and her team, and help BARW continue to grow. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
See you on December 4th
Debbie Guitian Roan
I read a very interesting article in National Review. It starts with this paragraph:
“If there has been a unifying theme of Barack Obama’s presidency, it is the inexorable growth of the administrative state. Its growth, across diverse areas, has followed a pattern: First, expand federal powers beyond their enumerated constitutional limits. Second, delegate those powers to agencies and away from elected politicians in Congress. Third, insulate civil servants from politics so they can wield their discretion without accountability. Finally, force the courts to defer unthinkingly to Congress’s acts of delegation and agency regulation. Obamacare represents the apotheosis of this administrative state.”
Anyone wondering how we have arrived at our present state need only refer to that paragraph.
What we are sorely lacking is true leadership, someone with the courage of their convictions. What we have are politicians, always looking for the political cover of pointing to the bureaucracy and saying “it wasn’t my choice”. In so doing Congress has abrogated their duty. I dare say Justice Robert’s decision on the Affordable Care Act falls into this pattern. Rather than fulfill his constitutional duty, he withered under political pressure and took the unprecedented step of changing the wording of this law “mandate” to “tax” and deemed it constitutional on that basis. I’m no constitutional scholar, but I believe that should have been Congress’s job. Were it not for this decision we might not be in shutdown mode today. And who is it writing the regulations that will be Obamacare? The unaccountable bureaucrats! This devolution of power away from Congress to administrative agencies is the greatest threat to our republic and our liberty! Elections have consequences at EVERY level!
Stay engaged, stay informed, and stay involved. Elect those willing to lead whatever the political cost. They may be surprised that there is none for true leaders.
See you on the 23rd.
Keep the faith,
Debbie Guitian Roan
I apologize; I just didn’t have a political message in me this month.
What I do have in me is an immense amount of gratitude for all the prayers, emails and texts that came my way while I was in New York at my dad’s bedside and for all the cards and notes I have received since my return to Texas after his passing.
You will never know how much it meant to me/us during that very difficult time.
Thank you again and I hope to see everyone at next week’s meeting.
Debbie Guitian Roan