Sunday, October 25, 2009

No Love For Tyrants...Much Love For Friends

"To appoint a monarchist to conduct the affairs of a republic, is like appointing an atheist to the priesthood." -Thomas Jefferson

I remember my freshman year of college when I learned why I was really passionate about broadcasting. Presenting the news to citizens of my country seemed like such a great and rewarding service. I remember learning how to be a watchdog, to stay alert, and to present both sides of an issue to the public fairly.

Then I transferred universities. A decision I do not regret but was indeed an eye opener. I continued my broadcasting path and upon this I learned how to be a lapdog. Wow! I could barely keep my jaw from hitting the floor when I first heard a professor state that being objective is impossible and no one expects this from journalists these days. "Who cares?" Hmm, well, actually I do care if a journalist is being objective. I want to hear both sides of an issue, and then make a decision for myself.

I bring up all of this because of the recent comments about the White House and Fox News. It is really starting to agitate me and got me thinking about the media in generall. Personally, I think the White House is embarrassed that FNN calls them out. Fox is by no means a perfect network but then again, a perfect news network is unfortunately not out there. Having a news network cater to you is not realistic when you are in a position of power. However, the White House's hissy fit against Fox News should come as no surprise. The media as a whole has worshiped every move President Obama and his frivolous crew has made, so naturally when someone throws a wrench their plan goes a little of course.

When the White House and its leaders start to act monarchical it frightens me. When the media is so skewed, that also frightens me. I would suggest journalists to go back to college and learn the basics, however I'm afraid they aren't teaching those basics in college classrooms anymore. People should be concerned that overall the media is no longer being a watchdog. So, it is now up to we the people to be those watchdogs our country needs us to be.

And let us all remember and never forget who our most important Leader is.

"Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants." –William Penn

On a lighter is almost the weekend. Prince Patrick and I are planning to escape to my farm where I have no worries and cares about the news. (What a relief!) I look forward to hanging out by the fireplace with my friends. A relaxing weekend with my Prince, his brother, and the Admirable AliG is JUST what I need.

Speaking of the Admirable AliG, did you know that my best friend is going to be my sister?! Yup, I get married in June and she in October. So much to look forward to, starting with this upcoming weekend.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Busy Princess = Lame Blogging

When my grandmother answered the door she would always say to me, "Good news or bad news today?" Since this Princess has had one busy week, I will just share the ups and downs, good news and bad news, pros and cons...and so on.

- My grandfather has to have triple by-pass heart surgery on Monday. Please pray for him!

+ Engagement photos next week with my Prince! I am so excited I can barely sit still. One of my favorite things to do is take pictures with him, so having someone else do it will be a special treat. I just do not know what to wear though. Suggestions? I know one thing is certain. I am sticking to my signature items. Pearls and cowboy boots!

- Prince Patrick's friends and their annoying FB status updates popping up on my mini-feed. Okay, so it isn't a huge negative. But it is hard not to fight back with them every 5 minutes. I've tried for so long to not make them the villains in this love story but its true. They have poisonous venom that must be watched carefully. *Prince Patrick is probably falling off his chair laughing at this but their views are becoming radical and frightening. His suggestion: Ignore them.

+ Happily ever after [wedding] plans are coming along perfectly. Prince Patrick and I are so thrilled about our wedding & honeymoon plans! More to come on this.

- I can't seem to get feeling better. I have been sick this whole month. I know it is from coaching little (and big) kids every single day and having them cough their little germs in my face. I feel great today though so hopefully my immune system is fighting off the bad guys :)

+ Basketball season is among us! Yippee!! And even better news, I get to watch my big brother be a COLLEGE BASKETBALL COACH for....Indiana University! Big time, I know. He will do big things so be looking for him on the sidelines!

+ My glorious Prince is taking me to my farm this weekend, my favorite place to escape to! Definitely looking forward to this getaway.

Prince Patrick (the best catch of my life) with me and my little tiny fish...not the best catch but you take what you can get, right? Note: Countryness.

Little to complain about and so much to be thankful for! But, please keep my grandfather in your thoughts & prayers this weekend.

"They will sing about what the Lord has done, because the Lord's glory is great." [Psalm 138:5]

Hope your weekend is fabulous,

XOXO, Your Patriotic Princess AG

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Is Virtue A Thing Of The Past?

" capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials..." [Exodus 18:21]

Our political leaders and officials could use a refresher course on morality and being the virtuous leaders our Founding Fathers (and our Heavenly Father) would want.

I was reading about Samuel Adams (not the beer, or an uncle of mine) and I thought about how his words needed to be sent in a memo directly to our country's current leaders. Perhaps they already know and don't recognize the importance of our Founding Fathers' words. Or maybe they just forgot. Either way, a reminder is definitely needed.

Samuel Adams after all understood how important it is to be a virtuous leader over a virtuous nation:

"But neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man."

Sadly, I think most of our country has forgotten the importance of being virtuous. And I definitely think our leaders don't keep our interests at heart. They are looking out for themselves and their needs and don't care how they go about getting their own way. Talk about some dishonest gain.

On a completely random note: Prince Patrick and I are to be married in 255 days! All this talk about virtue made me think of my handsome prince. He reminds me everyday that virtuous people still remain in my beloved country.

Oops, gotta run! This princess has a busy day :)
Thinking of you,
XOXO, Your Patriotic Princess AG

Monday, October 12, 2009

Liberal Trolls vs. a Timid Princess

Liberals sure do know how to agitate me. Seriously, they rub me the wrong way. Graduating from Indiana University with a degree in broadcasting definitely helped me "broaden horizons" but I still run into trolls daily. Everyone tells me to keep an "open mind" but I have to say, its easier said than done. As a Christian, I know it is wrong for me to judge someone. Let alone judge someone based on their political preference... so I try not to judge a person when they tell me they aren't conservative. However, I struggle with this greatly.

I never had a problem with Democrats until I met the kind that run around college campuses. The "philosophical liberals" is what I like to call them. These people like to tell you they want to hear your side, your beliefs, your values...that is, until you start to tell them. Then they jump in, cut you off, and start shoving "facts" (which aren't facts at all) down your throat.

I think the thing that bothers me the most is that the liberals I know assume that I know nothing. They won't listen. At first, I blamed myself. I blamed my ditsy, peppy, crazy, chatty self. Why would anyone take me seriously? But then I realized it wasn't me. Sure, I may be a bit scatteredbrained...but I graduated college in 3 years and finished with a GPA above a 3.0. I may trip up the stairs, but I always find myself bringing valid points to the discussions. So I have confidently decided that it isn't me that is the problem, or not the "me" I was blaming.

The fact is, the liberals I know are scared of a girl. A petite, proper, passionate, intelligent girl who knows how to stand strong in her beliefs...especially during times of great debates. So the next time I find myself rolling my eyes when someone starts to talk about their great liberal solutions to our country's problems, I am going to use my boldness to stand out.

Until next time,
XOXO, Your Patriotic Princess AG

"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so." -Ronald Reagan