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I’m with Her

I’m with Her. No, not Hillary Clinton. Lady Liberty.

It’s not a secret I wasn’t a fan of Donald Trump, especially during the primaries.

I hated the way he recklessly smeared my candidate of choice, Ted Cruz, with disgusting and patently false claims like Rafael Cruz (his father) helping to plot the JFK Assassination. I despised his vicious attacks on Ted’s wife, Heidi Cruz.

And as for Trump’s so-called “locker room talk,” it was vile, immature, classless and crude…even if he was a private citizen engaged in what he thought was a private conversation at the time. Of course, these revelations didn’t come to light until October, presumably to kill any chance of Donald Trump winning the election. Yes, the quintessential “October Surprise.”

But getting back to the Primary.

For various reasons beyond my control (aside from casting my vote for Ted Cruz), voters selected him to run against Hillary Clinton in the General Election. Yes, I was disappointed. Yes, I was even angry for a time.

Then, I remembered that this is how elections work in a constitutional republic and that, like it or not, politics is a blood sport. But a necessary sport to participate in if I cared about my future, the future of my loved ones, and the enduring safety and prosperity of my country.

After my preferred candidate lost his bid for the General, I had two choices: I could whine and cry about the unfairness of it all, or I could behave like a mature adult and concerned American citizen. I chose the latter and voted for the candidate who at least held some positions I can fully support — first and foremost, repealing the abomination that is Obamacare.

Once Ted Cruz rose above the reprehensible attacks to publicly and vocally support Donald Trump’s candidacy, there was no doubt in my mind that I could follow his example. If he could ignore Trump’s vulgar treatment of him for the sake of the greater good, I had no excuse.

After eight long years under a President who has fanned the flames of racial discord in a manner I have never before experienced in my lifetime; initiated an all-out assault on vital industries like coal and the idea of individual ingenuity and entrepreneurial success (e.g. “You didn’t build that!”); lambasted entire professions such as doctors as “greedy,” (e.g. the mythical M.D.’s who are allegedly cutting off patients’ limbs to make more money); dismantled our (mostly) free-market healthcare system; crippled our military; weakened our standing as leader of the free world; endangered national security; and inserted himself into local police matters while fomenting hatred and violence against cops…and the list goes on and on…there was no way I was sitting this one out.

Living in a swing state that could prove crucial to the results, I also refused to throw my vote away on an ill-fated protest by writing in a name that had a snowball-in-hell’s chance of winning and would only serve Hillary Clinton’s blind ambition. As Mark Levin eloquently stated, this election was about “damage control.”

American citizens are suffering under these quasi-socialist policies. I’m one of them.

Since when does a free American have to pay a “shared responsibility” tax for exercising their right not to purchase a product?

Well, since Obamacare was rammed down our throats without one Republican vote in the House or Senate (yes, I’m angry at John Roberts and John Boehner because the former could have struck it down as unconstitutional and the other could have refused to fund it).

Ultimately, this election represented another opportunity to peacefully make my voice heard and I wasn’t going to squander it. Little did I know as the results started to pour in on Tuesday that not only would Donald Trump win, but Republicans would end up controlling the House and Senate. Now they have no excuses. And we still have a shot at beginning the long process of bringing our country back to limited government principles.

The icing on the cake?

The Clinton Crime Syndicate has been stopped. If justice and truth prevail, both Hillary and Bill will be sporting handcuffs and wearing orange jumpsuits soon. I’m indescribably relieved that this modern-day Bonnie and Clyde will never set foot in the White House again — a feeling shared by countless family members, friends and acquaintances. As a principled human being who happens to be a woman, I don’t really care if the United States elects a male or female President, as long as that person believes in our founding principles and is willing to fight for them.

Which is why I was never with her.

And why I highly recommend watching Hillary’s America, where Dinesh D’Souza lays out a compelling case in an entertaining, informative way.

Why am I with Lady Liberty?

  • I believe in legal immigration
  • I believe in assimilation (if you want to come here, adapt to our system of government and our culture)
  • I believe in every individual’s God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
  • I believe in American Exceptionalism (our current President, sadly, does not)
  • I believe “American” refers to an ideal (all are equal before the law and individuals are free to govern their own lives) ~ not a race, religion, ethnicity, sex, or sexual orientation
  • I vote with my brain, not my lady parts
  • I am not a victim; I am blessed to have been born an American citizen

Following Tuesday night’s election results, it appears enough Americans still yearn for the freedoms Lady Liberty represents. I’m with her. And I’m not alone. Thank you, God.

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Happy Independence Day!

While you’re enjoying fireworks, barbecues, and the company of family and friends, remember what this fabulous holiday is all about:

I give thanks every single day for the blessing of being an American citizen — something only made possible by the courage and sacrifice of men like John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and the rest of the Founding Fathers.

Yes, I am proud to have an American Heart:

And I don’t want to imagine the world without her, which is why I highly recommend watching Dinesh D’Souza’s outstanding documentary:

Happy Independence Day!

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Writestream Tuesday: ‘A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer’

I am excited to announce that Maureen Miles Bucci, ovarian cancer survivor and author of A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer, will join me on Writestream Tuesday on September 30 at 1 p.m. Eastern. Maureen recently hired me to edit her manuscript, guide her through the independent publishing process, set up her social media platforms and train her on how to use them, and assist with special events.

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Getting to know Maureen personally has been an incredible experience. She’s one of the bravest, strongest, and most determined women I know. Are you coping with ovarian cancer or know someone who is? Please tune in to Writestream Tuesday on September 30 at 1 p.m. Eastern. During the interview, Maureen and I welcome your calls at (347) 945-7246.

Author Maureen Miles Bucci.

Author Maureen Miles Bucci.

In the second hour, stay tuned for the Right Wing Riot with the Luminaries of Liberty, The Prince of Whitebread, Scary Smart, and Ms. Always Right!

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Interested in purchasing A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer for someone currently undergoing treatment? It’s now available in paperback on Amazon.com and makes a wonderful, practical, and uplifting gift.

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Book Review: Tracy Lawson’s ‘Counteract’ a Dystopian Thrill Ride

‘Question Authority’? More like ‘Submit to Authority Without Question’. 

CounteractOnce upon a time, the Flower Children passionately exhorted us to “question authority.” Somewhere along the road to the 21st century however, their mantra transformed into “submit to authority without question.” Carried out to its extreme, the latter philosophy ultimately leads to the tyrannical, dystopian society brilliantly described by author Tracy Lawson in her debut novel, Counteract.

Although classified as YA fiction, Lawson’s fast-paced narrative, well-defined characters, and spine-tingling plot combine for a perfectly paced ride through a world in which rugged individualism, free will, and individual liberty have been all but eradicated by central authorities wielding an agenda of control. And what better way to control the masses than through the installation of irrational fear of an undefined, unseen external enemy?

In the oppressive society of Counteract, the United States as we know it has been fundamentally transformed into a series of quadrants, each run by a government agent known as a “Quadrant Master.” Gone is the rich diversity of 50 states bound together by the United States Constitution. In this freedom-killing society, the President and an oppressive government create a false enemy, followed by a government-created solution. In response to the threat of airborne chemical weapons which may or may not exist, the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has mandated an antidote to “protect” and “save” the American population.

Author Tracy Lawson.

Author Tracy Lawson.

This final and most insidious step is the last in a series of top-down mandates including the banning of cars (for anyone but government-approved individuals), grocery stores, sporting events, travel and virtually anything that makes life a more rewarding and beautiful experience.

Yet as Lawson proves, there is no antidote or restriction that can fully eviscerate the human spirit. The character development of her two main characters – teenagers Tommy and Careen – dovetails nicely with the plot as they ultimately find each other and begin to unravel the mystery of what’s actually happening versus the propaganda that invades their consciousness on a daily basis through Orwellian-named devices like “PeopleCam.”

In Counteract, Lawson creates a depressing, joyless, and paranoid world but she also provides readers with glimmers of genuine hope in the form of all of the characters that comprise “The Resistance.” Expertly juxtaposing plot and characters, she makes it nearly impossible to put the novel down until the very end — which left me wanting more. Good thing she has a sequel planned for release in early 2015!

As a freedom-loving patriot, determined activist, and voracious reader, it does my heart good to know there are authors Like Tracy Lawson who can fuse entertainment and information into a compelling fictional narrative like Counteract – which has more power to affect the culture and the ultimate direction of our country than a dry, non-fiction book most people will never even bother to pick up, let alone read.

For more information, visit CounteractBook.com, where you can test your knowledge of fact versus fiction with a cool feature called Can You Guess?

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