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There is absolutely no secret to most who know me - I'm political.  I hope that it is absolutely not a secret that I LOVE my Lord.  

And I love the quote that goes something like this: "I can't separate my politics and my faith, for it is my faith that determines my politics".  (not the exact quote, but you get the idea.)

I will confess something to you - I struggle.  My faith determines my politics, but sometimes, I struggle with marrying my faith and politics.  Politics was never really discussed in my house growing up.  Not much, just occasionally, from what I recall.  But, maybe I'm mistaken, I have a pretty fuzzy memory for stuff like that.  And I wasn't that concerned about politics, either.  I grew up the daughter of a Pastor. I am thankful for my heritage - as I've grown up, I have chosen a different path of faith than what my parents would have chosen for me, but that doesn't mean I can't be grateful for the lessons I learned along the way.   

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God’s love is for all

The day I became a mom I had some kind of epiphany about the feelings for others.  Now don’t me wrong, I have always cared about others but after giving birth to my first son some type of new emotion emerged.   I really don’t know how to explain it.  But it was kind of like I finally realized that there is something much bigger than me at play in the universe and to tell you the truth, this event felt a lot like how I would describe an unconditional love so deep and intense that all I could do as a new mother was weep from an overwhelming sense of happiness.  My then boyfriend now husband and I brought into the world something so perfect and vulnerable that we both decided that nothing would hurt this precious little creature ever.  Five years later we got to do it all over again and the experience was just as intense. 

If I could, I would cloak my kids up in bubble wrap before they left the house I would.  If I had it my way, I would walk a little bit behind them everywhere they go and tackle anyone who may say anything negative about them.  I love my kids so much that nothing could come between that no matter what. 

As I watch my kids grow up I wonder what kind of men they will become.  I know that they both have big hearts, smart brains, and are very goal oriented.  I wonder if they will fall in love and if that person will be worthy of them! (Yes I am that mom.)  But I know that who they choose to love is their prerogative.  Knowing that, I can’t help but worry if they were to choose to love someone of the same sex, knowing that some in society may deem unnatural, will they be scrutinized or verbally assaulted by people who don’t agree with the path they have chosen.  The thought of someone throwing undeserving insults at my babies in the name of some religion or anything for that matter infuriates me. 

By now I hope you as a reader understand where I am leading this article to.  I think it is time for some conservative advocates to rethink their stance on gay marriage.  I am in no way trying to bring my kids out of some closet; they’re children for Pete’s sake.  But men and women who are considered a part of the gay community are indeed someone’s kids.  They have parents who love them as much as I love my kids.  It must hurt so bad to hear that your child is not normal or that God hates them because they choose a different path than others.  To me, thinking that God “hates” is unnatural.  I pray every day and the feelings that I receive back are love and acceptance.  I consider my God to encompass the type of love that is so perfect it could never stoop to such feeble mortal negativity such as hate. 

I am aware what the bible and other religious documents say about homosexuality.  No one needs to quote scripture in the comment section of this website.  But a very prominent religion in the United States as well as all over the world used to believe that unbaptized babies do not go to heaven.  Just because that is written does not necessarily make it right and it also doesn’t mean it can’t be changed.

There is already so much hate in the world.  Why make more?  I urge my fellow freedom lovers to look into your hearts and accept that if two consenting adults love each other than they have the right to be together in the eyes of God.  I also have a favor to ask for the gay community, if you want to be accepted, please stop mocking traditional values with events like the Folsom Street Fair .  It’s unnecessary.  Love is sacred and the acts of love are precious between two adults and not for the world to see.   

I am the type of person who loves life, liberty and appreciate my right to pursue happiness.  I want everyone to have the type of happiness I feel every day from the moment I wake up until the time I go to bed; in my private bedroom, with the man that I love.

 

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DEFENSELESS

    I have been asked to say a few words at a gun rally in Annapolis in two days. Unfortunately, I am experiencing flu symptoms and I am not sure that I will be able to make it. I've been thinking about what I want to say because, as I told the person who asked me to speak, I am not an experienced gun owner. I have only one gun that I purchased less than a year ago. As a TEA Party person, my entire argument against the recent attack on the 2nd Amendment is just that...a constitutional issue. He said, well talk about that! Why now?
   Until recently purchasing a gun was on my to-do list, but it was low priority. If the stars aligned someday where I had the money to purchase a gun, the imminent need for a gun, and the confidence that I was able to possess a gun responsibly...then I would buy a gun. The minute that the elitist gun grabbers started messing with my 2nd Amendment rights, my God-given instinct to protect myself and my loved ones, buying a gun became high priority. Why? First, because I am an American! You don't tell Americans that you have arrived to save us from ourselves and to do so you will be infringing on our rights. We don't like that, so I thought to myself...I am going to buy a gun. If I had the money I would buy 10 guns! How dare they!! I wasn't alone. So many guns were sold in the state of Maryland that they couldn't keep them in inventory. They couldn't keep up with processing all of the new gun purchases. WE ARE AMERICANS AND YOU DO NOT MESS WITH OUR RIGHTS! Clearly.
   There was another reason. Some of you know my story of losing my only sister to a maniac with a gun. I wrote about it in detail and you can read it here in Damaged Humans Kill--Not Guns: My Story: http://liberatedconservativewoman.blogspot.com/2013/01/damaged-humans-kill-not-guns-my-story.html. I am going to talk about it again, but not in detail. I want to tell the story differently and quickly in three scenarios: what happened, what would have happened under SB281 with all of the regulations that are in the bill and including the ones that we all were able to block, and lastly what should have happened.

Scenario #1: What Happened

    My sister, Teri, had been involved in a long drawn out bitter divorce with a man who had many issues. His issues started in childhood with a learning disability and speech impediment made worse by a cruel father. His issues worsened after Viet Nam when he came home with PTSS. In the separation and divorce process there were many "professionals" such as psychiatrists, social workers, and lawyers who were aware of his anger issues. Teri, could not get anyone to protect her. All of the professionals at the VA, law enforcement, psychiatric services, and lawyers could not protect her. That is an important subject for another time.
    On Father's Day in 1993 he came to her house to pick up their 4-year old daughter for a court-ordered visitation. Her finance was in the living room reading the newspaper. Teri and her teenage daughter were in the kitchen. He carried a long box into her house and sat it on her dining room table. As she saw him take a shot gun out of the box she called 911. He shot her dead while she was talking to 911. Her fiancé ran for the door. He was shot in the back of the head and was killed on his way out the door. The daughter by now had picked up the phone and was talking to 911. He shot her. She fell to the floor and saved her life by pretending to be dead. She saw him point the gun at the 4-year old, shake his head no, then shoot himself dead. Teri was completely defenseless in her own home. The 911 operators couldn't save her. The police couldn't get there to save her. Martin O'Malley couldn't save her. Running couldn't save her. Defenseless.
   Her three children were without a mother. Our parents were heartbroken and were never the same. I raised the 4-year old and that has been bitter sweet. There was untold misery for our family, our extended families, and our friends. There were many "walking wounded" as a result.

Scenario #2: What Could Have Happened Under SB281 (as originally proposed)

   When my sister came to the realization that no one could protect her except for herself, and knowing that he would be coming to her house on Father's Day under a court order, she goes to her local gun shop to purchase a gun. Let's just say she survived the waiting period, had time to take a course, and even though she lived paycheck to paycheck, she scraped together the money for the course and the licensing fee. She has the gun.
    He carried a long box into her house and sat it on her dining room table. As she saw him take a shot gun out of the box she tells her daughter to dial 911 (as Maryland officials suggest). Teri runs to her gun safe, manages to remember the combination under duress, gets the gun out of the box and then runs to another safe where she has her ammo. She manages to remember the combination under duress and gets to her ammo and loads her gun. We all know that it would have the same outcome. Time is not going to stop for her to get her weapon in time. Under current Maryland law she is still...defenseless.

Scenario #3: What Should Have Happened

   When my sister came to the realization that no one could protect her except for herself, and knowing that he would be coming to her house on Father's Day under a court order, she goes to her local gun shop to purchase a gun. It is only the day before he is to come, but she is able to purchase a weapon for her self-defense and takes it home. She has her gun ready,with the safety on, hidden but within reach. She sees him taking the shotgun out of the box and just as he turns and points it at her...BOOM!
   She lived, and we all lived happily ever after. End of story.


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    WE CANNOT ALLOW THEM TO RENDER US DEFENSELESS! You can have an arsenal of guns, but if they are not at hand at the time when you need them because of laws that go against nature, the instinct to protect yourself, you will not survive an attack.
   This is the year to push back like never before. Go to every rally that you are able to manage. Write your state and U.S. elected officials and write them often. Support those elected officials that are fighting for our 2nd Amendment rights, no matter if they are in your district or not. We have a few political warriors who are fighting for us. We need to support them in any way that we are able.
   Make no mistake--they have rendered us defenseless and they are not satisfied. They will not be satisfied until it is illegal for law-abiding citizens to own a gun. Put up a fight! Push back!!

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OPPORUNITIES TO ACT:

1.) Hagerstown TEA Party Members Meeting, January 23rd at 7:00 p.m. The speaker will be Robert Bowman, a board member of Maryland Shall Issue (MSI), the primary sponsor of the 2A Tuesday rally in Annapolis, MD on Feb 4th.
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hagerstown-tea-party-membership-meeting-registration-7132701101

2.) 2A Tuesday Rally in Annapolis, MD. The HTP is chartering a bus. Click on the following link for more information and to purchase your tickets for the bus.
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2a-tuesday-rally-bus-trip-tickets-9923365052

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2A [2nd Amendment] Tuesday Rally Bus Trip

The Hagerstown TEA Party is chartering a bus trip to the Maryland Shall Issue (MSI) First Annual 2A Tuesday rally in Annapolis, MD at Lawyer's Mall. The actual rally is from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The HTP will be arriving early and staying until 2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in order to give everyone time to visit their state senators and delegates to let them know how you want them to represent you concerning your 2nd Amendment rights. 

COST PER TICKET: $20.00 [No refunds.]

Donations: If you cannot attend, consider donating the price of a ticket for someone who may not be able to afford to purchase a ticket at this time. 

HAGERSTOWN BUS INFORMATION:

DEPARTURE TIME: 8:00 a.m.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION: Hagerstown Park & Ride (MVA lot), Col Henry K Douglas Drive

Directions: Take I-70 to Exit 29 (MD-65S) towards Sharpsburg. Take next right (1st traffic light) at Col Henry K Douglas Drive. Lot is on the right (across the road from Sleep Inn). If the lot is full, there is another lot further up the hill at the MVA. Important: Do not confuse this lot with a much smaller lot on Rose Glow Avenue. Map Link: https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Clear+Spring,+MD&daddr=39.6023,-77.73140000000001 

 

FREDERICK BUS INFORMATION: 

DEPARTURE TIME: 8:30 a.m.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION: MD-144 Park & Ride (East of Frederick)

Directions: Take I-70 to Exit 56 MD-144 East. Go .3 miles and turn left onto MD-144E/Main Street/Old National Pike. Park and Ride is 69ft on your left. Map Link:  http://www.sha.maryland.gov/pages/parkandridemaps.aspx?PageId=248&d=55

RETURN TIME: 4:30-5:00 p.m. [We cannot guarantee a return time, which could be affected by traffic and other unforseen delays.]

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER PLAN: TBD

Maryland Shall Issue Flier: Rally Updates and Guidlines

This rally is planned and sponsored by Maryland Shall Issue (MSI). Click on the following link for rally details and their guidlines concerning behavior at the rally. Of course as the TEA Party, we always behave with dignity and leave the rally area litter-free. Link:http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f9a3fb0d5de76b58560e66d8e&id=8b3a8788a4&e=84d9154c74


QUESTIONS: Lynda Givens Evans, 301-992-6943, lgivensevans@reagan.com

BE SURE TO ATTEND THE HTP MEMBERS MEETING ON JAN 23. MSI BOARD MEMBER, ROBERT BOWMAN WILL BE THE SPEAKER.

Link to meeting information: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hagerstown-tea-party-membership-meeting-registration-7132701101

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