Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Get up and win the race!

The Race
By: D. Groeberg
"Quit! Give up! You're beaten!"
They shout at me, and plead.
"There's too much against you now,
This time you can't succeed!"

And as I start to hang my head
In front of failure's face
My downward fall is broken by
The memory of a race.

And hope refils weakend will
As I recall the scene
For just the thought of that short race,
Rejuvenates my being.

A children's race, young boys, young men
How I remember well.
Excitement, sure! But also fear
It wasn't hard to tell.

They all lined up so full of hope
Each thought to win the race.
Or tie for first, or if not that,
At least take second place.

And fathers watched from off the side
Each cheering for his son
And each boy hoped to show his dad
That he would be the one

The whistle blew and off they went
Young hearts and hopes afire
To run and be the winning one
Was each young boy's desire.

And one boy in particular
Whose dad was in the crowd
Was running near the lead and thought
"My dad will be proud."

But as they speeded down the field
Across a shalllow dip,
The little boy who thought he'd win
Lost his step...and slipped,

Trying hard to catch himself
His hands flew out to brace
And mid the laughter of the crowd
He fell flat on his face!

So down he fell, and with his hope
He couldn't win it now
Embarrassed, sad, he only wished
To disappear somehow.

But as he fell, his dad stood up
And showed his anxious face
Which to the boy so clearly said:
"Get up and win the race."

He quickly rose, no damage done
Behind a bit, that's all.
And ran with all his mind and might
To make up for his fall.

So anxious to restore himself
To catch up and to win,
His mind went faster than his legs,
He slipped... and fell again.

He wished that he had quit before,
With only one disgrace,
"I'm hopeless as a runner now,
I shouldn't try to race."

But in the laughing crowd he searched,
And found his father's face
The steady look which said again,
"Get up and win the race."

So up he jumped to try again,
Ten yards behind the last.
If I'm to gain those yards he thought
I've got to move real fast.

Exerting everything he had
He regained eight or ten
But trying to catch the lead,
He slipped... and fell again!

Defeat he laid there silently
A tear dropped from his eye
"There's no sense running anymore
Three strikes! I'm out why try?"

The will to rise had disappeard
All hope had fled away
So far behind, so error prone
A loser all the way.

"I've lost, so what's the use, he thought
"I'll live with my disgrace"
But then he thought about his dad,
Who soon he'd have to face.

"Get up and echo sounded low,
Get up and take your place,
You were not meant for failure here,
Get up and win the race!"

With borrowed will "get up" it said
You haven't lost it all
For winning is no more than this
To rise each time you fall.

So up he rose to run once more
And with a new commit
He resolved not to win or lose,
At least he wouldn't quit!

So far behind the other's now,
The most he'd ever been
Still he gave it all he had,
And ran as though to win

Three times he'd fallen stumbling,
Three times he'd rose again
Too far behind to hope to win
He still ran to the end

They cheered the winning runer
As he crossed the line first place
Head high, and proud, and happy
No failing, no disgrace.

But when the fallen youngster,
Crossed the line last place
The crowd gave him the greater cheer
For finishing the race

And even though he came in last
With head bowed low, unproud,
You would have thought he won the race
To listen to the crowd

And to his dad he sadly said,
"I didn't do so well"
"To me you won," his father said
"You rose each time you fell"

And when things seem dark
And difficult to face
The memory of that little boy
Helps me to run my race.

For all of life is like that race
With ups and downs and all
And all you have to do to win
Is rise each time you fall.

"Quit! Give up! You're beaten!"
They still shout in my face
But another voice within me says,
"Get up and win the race!"

Sunday, August 24, 2008

"It's just a Feeling and no one Knows yet"

Saturday, August 23, 2008

I am Livid!!! Utah GOP leadership Betrays voters and Delegates

I did not and will not support Mitt Romney, but I know what is right and what is wrong. And when Utah voters voted for Romney, they did not expect their delegates to be bound to McCain by the GOP leadership when the delegates sad NO they will represent the people, and the leaders choose otherwise!!!

The decided this morning to do this. McCain only had 51% of the delegates, and there is a chance of a brokered convention, so they HAVE to get others to back McCain. So they do it like this!!! If I was in Utah, I would be shouting about this from every rooftop and to every station and anything I could to let the people know what their GOP leaders are doing. So, they think that Mitt may be the VP so they support the Evil McCain. When I was in Utah visiting, EVERY SINGLE person I talked to said that they would vote for Obama if McCain had the nomination, which is a shock too, since they both are evil, I will not vote for either. If this happened in Missouri, there would be some pitch fork wielding citizens with torches showing up at the doors of the 70 people that decided to void the voice of the people. It is the behavior of traitors, not that there are many Americans left in the GOP. Shame on you Utah GOP shame on you!!

On Sat, Aug 23, 2008 at 5:48 PM, David Edward Garber wrote:

It's official! This morning, by a vote of 70 supporters to 12 opponents, Utah's state Republican Party's Central Committee voted to adopt a proposed new "standing rule" that would apply a new twisted interpretation to our party's by-laws--an interpretation that will now bind our state's set of Republican national delegates to vote for McCain rather than Romney on their first national convention ballot.

Here is the precise text of this new standing rule:

Standing Rule

This Standing Rule has been adopted by the State Central Committee of the Utah Republican Party and shall be a binding rule of the Utah Republican Party unless and until superseded by a change in the Constitution or Bylaws of the Utah Republican Party, or by a subsequent standing rule adopted by the State Central Committee expressly revoking or modifying this Standing Rule:

It is hereby ruled by the State Central Committee of the Utah Republican Party that:

1. An ambiguity exists in the meaning of "the candidate" as it is used in Bylaw 7.0 (B) that is sufficient to have generated public controversy among Party members over the meaning and effect of Bylaw 7.0(B); and that

2. Each reference to "the candidate" in Bylaw 7.0(B) is hereby interpreted to mean a person who is a candidate for nomination on the first ballot at the National Convention at the time of that ballot, according to the rules of the Republican National Committee and any rules adopted by the National Convention; and that

3. Bylaw 7.0(B) does not require that the Utah National Convention delegates and alternates be allocated to or bound to vote on the first ballot for a person who does not meet the definition of candidacy defined in part 2 of this Rule; and that

4. Bylaw 7.0(B) does require that the Utah National Convention delegates and alternates shall be allocated to and bound to vote on the first ballot for "the candidate" as defined in part 2 of this Rule, who has received the most votes of the statewide vote in the Utah Republican Presidential Primary.

RULED this 23rd day of August, 2008, by the State Central Committee of the Utah Republican Party, meeting in South Jordan, Utah, in the presence of a quorum.

Funny that they never noticed this "ambiguity" before--they seemed pretty clear about what it meant during our state convention when they tried to have this rule suspended.

I wrote this story for some friends on MySpace to try to explain what happened:

Utah's GOP Leaders Defeat Utah's GOP Rules

This morning marked the end of a long war between Utah's GOP leaders and Utah's GOP voters/delegates/rules over whom our national delegation will support at our national convention next week.

Utah's GOP Primary: "Okay, it's time to vote, Utahn Republicans! Which of these candidates do you prefer to become your next President?"

Utah's GOP Voters: "Well, 89% of us reckon that we prefer that conservative-talkin' LDS guy with the nice hair!"

Utah's GOP Rules: "According to us, based on these primary election results, Utah's Republican national delegation will be bound to cast 100% of their votes for Romney on their first national convention ballot in September."

Mitt Romney: "Meh, my Presidential campaign is hopeless, with McCain's friend Huckabee drawing votes away from me. So, I'm suspending it and becoming McCain's biggest cheerleader, instead. *buttsmooch* I now want all of my national delegates to vote for McCain to the extent that the law/rules will allow. Now, what is thy bidding, my master?"

John McCain: "Muhahahahahahaha!!! Now, more than 51% of all national delegates will be voting for me! Next, I want to assimilate the other 49%, as well, so that I can enjoy a big everyone-loves-McCain-fest in September. Hey, Utah, gimme yours!!!"

Utah's GOP Rules: "Sorry, McCain, but we don't allow that--they're bound to Romney, as the voters decided, and that's final."

Utah's GOP Leaders: "Whoa, not so fast, you darn rules! No worries, John, we won't let those pesky rules stop us from getting you whatever it is you want. Hey, state delegates, we need 2/3 of you to vote to suspend these annoying party rules so that our national delegates can be free to vote for McCain, instead."

Utah's GOP State Delegates: "Wait, you want us to throw out our rulebook and nullify our primary? Just to please that awful McCain?! HECK, NO!!!"

Utah's GOP Leaders: "Dang, this won't be as easy as we'd hoped. Darn those state delegates! Why must they be so devoted to those silly party rules rather than us? Hmmm, we need a different strategy to deliver those votes to McCain..."

Utah's GOP Rules: "Forget about it, guys. As long as it's up to us, Utah's national delegates MUST cast their first set of ballots for whichever candidate received the most votes in Utah's primary election. And that was Romney by a landslide. Sorry."

Utah's GOP Leaders: "Hey, that's it!!! We'll just redefine what the meaning of the word 'IS' is! Er, 'candidate.' Let's see, hmmm... Let's say that 'the candidate who received the most votes in our primary election' does not apply to candidates who suspend their campaigns once the primary election is over! So, although Romney was initially 'the candidate who received the most votes' with 89%, since he suspended his campaign, he no longer counts--and, so, McCain has now became 'the candidate who received the most votes' with only 5%. Once we pervert these rules, those darn rule-respecting Utahns can follow them AND still give us what we want! Why didn't we think of this devious scheme sooner?!"

Utah's GOP Rules: "Hey, that's not what those who wrote us meant to..."

Utah's GOP Leaders: "SHUT UP!!! You'll mean what we say you mean! Now, central committee, we need you to vote to approve our new screwy interpretation that we've invented so that it will serve as a new standing rule for our party."

Utah's GOP Central Committee: "Okay, 85% of us say, hey, whatever you want, boss."

Utah's GOP Leaders: "Hurrah, we won!!! Eat that, voters and delegates! As you can see, your votes only count when we like the outcome. We, not your silly rules, are the supreme power in this party! Bwahahaha!!!"

So, in less than two weeks, despite the fact that 89% of Utah's Republican voters wanted Mitt Romney (not Juan McCainnedy) to be their next President, and despite our party rules that we all assumed would bind our national delegation to support our primary election winner, our national delegation will presumably vote for McCain, instead, thanks to these underhanded machinations of our party leaders.

I'm tempted to produce some sort of flier about this subject, mass-produce it, and then deliver a copy of it to every likely voter in my area. Unfortunately, I'm too broke at the moment to spend much at any copy centers. But I hope that some of y'all will consider doing something like this, though. Our Republican neighbors need to know what schmucks are running their party and, unless they hear it from us, they may never hear it at all.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

A Glorious Standard (An Introduction)

Disclaimer: Besides what I post here, the content that Youtube may bring up is not necessarily in harmony with my beliefs, please keep this in mind as some questionable content has been suggested as being related to my videos, when it is not.

Saturday, August 2, 2008