For a long time I have watched a lot going on around me. In our nation. In politics. In the entertainment industry. In religion.
I've watched the TV news and print media talk about what Americans think (about the war in Iraq, about immigration, about a lot of things) and I wonder who in the world they're asking because what they're saying Americans think doesn't represent me.
Then there's Hollywood. I invite them into my living room and what do they do? They insult me. Over and over again! I watch fictional characters on TV shows take shots at President Bush and Republicans and Christians, and I wonder who in the world is writing this stuff. Don't they know who their audience is? Or I go to the movies and pay good money to watch them insult my president, my country, my religion, ...me.
Then there's the comments I hear, and read, and observe on TV, in newspapers, on radio, on blogs, on my Starbucks cups...about religion. Oy. Mass confusion! (Forgive me for bringing up Rosie O'Donnell, but she's just one example. Remember Rosie said, "radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America"?(1) ) I see so much confusion about what religion is, what it's about, what people believe, what people believe Christians believe...and perhaps most importantly: why we believe what we believe.
So I'm going to blog about politics--what I really think and why. I'm going to blog about Hollywood and what I've learned about what's going on there and what Hollywood thinks of us out here in TV Land and Movie Land. And I'm going to blog about religion--especially my Christian faith.
I hope to inform you. I hope to inspire you. I hope to make you think. But most of all, I hope to motivate you, because expressing my opinions is only a part--a small part, actually--of why I want to start this blog.
The other part is because I think it is time...past time, really...that regular, ordinary, conservative-minded people started speaking out.
Now, that's a stretch for some of us. We're not the type to go down to the state Capital and picket. It's not in us to go create a ruckus with a march. (Well, unless we're really pushed.) That sort of activity doesn't fit our personalities. That doesn't fit our schedules. It's not that we care less or making money is more important to us than those who picket or march. It's just that, well, as I was talking about this with my friend Bill over Memorial Day weekend, he finished my sentence for me and put it this way: "We have lives." Yeah. We have jobs and families and we go about our business minding our own business. But meanwhile it seems radical, liberal-minded people, are running over the top of us quieter conservatives and are running away with our country. So it's time, or past time, we started talking back. Speaking out. Speaking up.
Problem is, I think many of us have forgotten how. Or we never knew how. If we're not going to picket or march on Washington, D.C., then how can we make our voices heard?
Good question. And that's the main part of what this blog is about.
I'll admit it. I've been quiet, too. Oh, when I've seen politicians doing things I think are foolish (or worse, damaging to our nation), when something out of Hollywood ticks me off, when someone says something that so clearly reveals how ignorant many in our society have become about the Christian faith, I've spoken up. I've said something. To my husband. Or to my friends. In other words, to like-minded people. And that can be important. But I need to find ways to speak out to the people who really need to hear it. The people in power. The people who make decisions.
Now, I learned some of how to do that way back in school, but that's been a long time ago and a lot has changed since then. (Internet. E-mail. Drip coffee makers...) So...I'm going on an adventure. I'm going to learn again how to make my voice be heard. And I hope you'll come along for the adventure. Not just for the adventure, but also for the learning. Then I hope you'll speak out, too.
And that's what this blog is really about: equipping you and me to speak out in meaningful ways to make a positive, conservative difference in our nation. Now.
So I hope you will come along for the ride--wherever it takes us. I hope you will want to add your voice to mine and begin speaking up in order that, together, we might counter many voices that claim to represent us but don't.
I believe we can make a difference. And I believe we need to start speaking up and making a difference now. No buts about it.
(1) On The View, 9/12/06. My source for this quote (I googled for it): http://newsbusters.org/node/7577