As I See It

Inauguration Day Perspective

This Inauguration Day certainly was one to be remembered.  I turned on my TV early to get a quick glimpse of the “comings and goings” of the event, and ended up spending far to many hours with my eyes glued to the screen.

The highlight of Inauguration day for me was, Aretha Franklin’s hat.  I loved that big gray bow with the shiny stones around the edges.  I wish I could be so big and bold about my apparel.  What a woman!

Now, you’re probably wondering if I’m so shallow as to consider Aretha the highlight of the day.  No… just trying to balance all the seriousness of the occasion with a little fun.  Now, let’s get serious!

1.  Yes, it will be an Inauguration Day that will live in the memory of many for years to come.  I was a senior in high school when JFK’s famous inaugural speech was piped through the inter-com system.  I remember that speech well.  Come to think of it… I can’t remember an Inauguration speech given by a President since.   Some events really make an impact.

There is no doubt… Obama is eloquent.  We have not had a President with such a command of the language in a long time.  His demeanor exudes confidence… or is it pride?   What he said yesterday will make an historical impact, but only if I step up to the plate on a personal level… as he encouraged all Americans to do.

2.  When I woke up this morning,  I thought about inaugural speech, and it took me back to when I paid for seminars, and listened to speakers that were powerfully motivating.  I would leave the seminar convinced I could change the world… only to wake up a few days later to find the same old gal looking at me in the mirror.  My mentor was gone and I felt abandoned some how.

Since the election… it seems the world stood still… waiting for Obama to become President so he could take charge and fix things.  I looked into the eyes of the crowd, and felt that there may be some expectation of… “Please fix things for me.”   If I expect government to fix it… it will never happen.  Nothing is fix from the top down.  There are many fallen governments that took that path.  Too much power at the top.

3.  Change will happen from the grass roots up.  That’s the strength of this country.  The point is… Do I have the courage to look at my own values and change what I need to change?  Do I have the courage to stand up against friends and neighbors who exhibit unhealthy morals and values?  Do I have the courage to stand up against my local, state and federal government, when I see things that do not promote honesty and integrity and freedom?  Do I understand… I have to stand on my own two feet and not expect the government to fix everything for me?

I refuse to stand by and allow this administration to follow the same course as the last one… and I refuse to allow this administration to take away my constitutional freedoms and replace them with socialist values with out raising my voice.  I want to join other Americans who believe we can make a difference by speaking out. Change… you bet… change from the grass roots up.  Look out Washington!

Time for me to look into the mirror and say…  Yes I can.

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths
Insightful Nana

P.S. After Aretha sang… the hat company was bombarded with orders. They sold over 500 hats out of Dallas alone. They have several hundred more orders. See… I know a good thing when I see it.

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Election Day Blues

This morning, I had the election day blues.  After today… our nations will not be the same… no matter who wins. I have to admit… at 6:00 this morning I wasn’t quite convinced I wanted to be one of the first in line at the polls.  But… imagining a 2 hour wait later on during the day wasn’t very appealing either.  So, I yawned all the way to Hillcrest school to vote.  I was #10 in line.

As I slipped my blue card into the voting machine… I had mix emotions.  If I voted for McCain… I would be voting for a continued war effort in a conflict I personally don’t think we should be involved in.   If I voted for Obama…I would be voting for a socialist government.

Observing the effects of a socialist government in China was not a pretty sight. I left China wondering how could the masses have been so duped.  I came home from China and read many many books in order to get a little better understanding of the government and people’s way of live.  I don’t pretend to understand it all.  But, I do know this…. a wonderful nation of people have suffer at the hands of a socialist government.

In 1949 the people were harshly suppressed by their present government.  So when Mao offered the people “fairness” which,  was to take the land from landlords and divided it among the people… it sounded life saving.  Rob the rich and give to the poor…also know as the “Common Rice Bowl.”   No one would ever go hungry again.

Perhaps Mao’s intention in the beginning was pure but, I don’t know that.  I just know… it didn’t work for the masses.  Millions of people starved during the “Great Leap Forward.”  Millions died at the hands of the government during “Cultural Revolution.”  Chairman Mao became power hungry.  Many men would follow his legacy and would continue to enslave an intelligent, hard working people.   Don’t let the Olympics fool you!

If you want to read a great book on China,  I suggest you read “Wild Swans” by Jung Chang.  It’s a true story of three generations of women.  When I read it… I said to myself, “Oh my gosh… it’s happening here in this country.”   Americans are being slowly duped… like the people of China were in 1949.

So… with that in mind… I voted… well… McCain, which I think is the lesser of “two evils.”   Although I don’t think he will win… my conscience would not let me vote any other way.  Obama looks good and has a smooth tongue… but I fear for our ultimate liberty.  I really believe… we’re in for a “Hell of a Ride.”

Just my point of view from my state, from my community and from my house.

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S. Election Day will be over tomorrow.  I’m going to gather in my chicks and ride out the storm.

P.P.S.  This is a great book.  Click on the book image and pick it up from Amazon.

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I Voted Today?

Yep… I voted today. This vote was a Congressional Vote… and the way I feel about Congress lately… I wondered why I bothered.

However, I feel if I don’t take the opportunity to vote… it’s the same things has not having the right to vote. I look at the folks in China… (where I spent a bit of time) and consider what they would do for the chance to go to the polls and at least hope to make a difference.

I’ll have to admit… I’m more than a bit confused about the General Election in November. I’m not crazy about either of the candidates. Obama’s politics gives me the “heebee geebees.” How about major “heebee geebees!” I hate loosing rights and giving big gov. more power. McCain’s politics feel a little “shaky.” How about major “shaky.”

Mickey Mouse is looking more and more like my man! Solid…been around along time… has great presence in foreign countries… and has ears big enough to listen to what the “people” want.

Yep… I think Mickey Mouse is my man… couldn’t do any worse.

Till Later,

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S. What do you think about Minnie for the First Lady… Or how about Minnie as Pres. Love those shoes!