Monday, April 8, 2013

Remembering the Life and Legacy of Margaret Thatcher

Prime Minister Thatcher (1925-2013) was a star, not only in her country, but in the United States as well. She will be remembered as a hero for contributing to the fall of communism with President Reagan, and for her domestic accomplishments to privatize Britain and curb socialism.

She has definitely inspired me, and I am reminded of the verse from Proverbs that says, "Iron sharpens iron." She did what no other politician has done. Ladies, she was a true feminist. 

Here is my favorite speech from PM Thatcher on Socialism:

Sarah Palin, an American politician greatly inspired by the Iron Lady, captured it well on Facebook:

We’re deeply saddened at the loss of Margaret Thatcher. While the Iron Lady is sadly gone, her iron will, her unfailing trust in what is right and just, and her lessons to all of us will live on forever. She was a trailblazer like no other. We lost an icon, but her legacy, as solid as iron, will live on in perpetuity. 
- Sarah Palin
 You will be greatly missed, Mrs. Thatcher, but we will do all we can to make sure your legacy lives on.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Exodus 2013: Helping Workers Escape Abortion Clinics

By Caleb Parke

Tomorrow is National "Leave the Abortion Industry" Day. 

In the last 40 years, our nation has lost 56 million of our brothers and sisters to legal abortions. Our generation is missing precious lives that could've been saved. Enough is enough. We can no longer ignore abortion and the unbearable pain that it causes - to the mother, the father and the emptiness left after the baby's life is taken.


Stand up and speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves. The true measure of any society is how it treats the least, the tiniest life in a mother's womb. 

This day is a call for employees of abortion clinics to leave their jobs in pursuit of new careers, knowing they have support. The organization, And Then There Were None, is ready to provide these brave people with financial, legal, emotional and spiritual assistance as they transition out of the abortion industry and into a new line of work.

Do you work at an abortion clinic? Please read this letter from Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee who was the Planned Parenthood 2008 "Employee of the Year." She found healing and so can you.

I am a college student passionate about this because I could've been aborted. My mom chose life, and it angers me to no end to see innocent lives taken and people deceived, burdened with the pain that abortion causes. I want to see our generation step out of darkness and into the light and find the healing on the other side.

If this is a cause you care about, please join me in prayer and help raise awareness. May we encourage a culture of life and be the generation to end abortion. 


Caleb Parke is a conservative college student at Grove City College majoring in political science. He was born and raised on a small horse farm in Findlay, Ohio.

Friday, April 5, 2013

New Generation Experiences Jurassic Park in 3-D

As a child I would run around the house pretending to be a T-Rex or a Velociraptor, in large part, due to inspiration from my favorite movie, Jurassic Park.

Now, 20 years later, we get to experience, "Welcome to Jurassic Park" in 3-D.

I'll be honest, I've actually never seen a movie in 3-D, especially in theaters. I look forward to experiencing the thrill even more up-close and personal. I have one guarantee. It's going to be intense. 

You can view the official trailer and other exciting features here.

Which scene(s) are you looking forward to most in 3-D?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

University Says Pro-Life Display is “Too Controversial”

Eastern Michigan University refused to fund a student-sponsored pro-life exhibit because it was deemed “too controversial, biased, and one-sided,” according to a federal lawsuit filed against the university.

The Students For Life at EMU had applied for funding from student fees to host a pro-life display on campus called the Genocide Awareness Project – a traveling photo-mural exhibit which compares the contemporary genocide of abortion to historically recognized forms of genocide.

“Universities should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas,” said David Hacker, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom. “The university funded the advocacy of other student organizations but singled out Students for Life for exclusion based purely upon its viewpoint.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an Arizona-based group representing Students For Life.

The lawsuit, Students for Life at Eastern Michigan University v. Parker, notes that EMU officials have been inconsistent with their funding guidelines and have allocated the same funds to political and ideological speech discussing “welfare rights, women’s and abortion rights, student activist training, and race-conscious issues, just to name a few.”

The lawsuit also explains that the First Amendment’s Freedom of Speech Clause “prohibits content and viewpoint discrimination in a public university’s allocation of mandatory student fee funding.” Moreover, “the government may not regulate speech based on policies that permit arbitrary, discriminatory, and overzealous enforcement.” As the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed, “viewpoint neutrality” must be the operating principle of student fees and funding.

EMU's Students for Life lay out in their Constitution that they are "committed to save lives threatened by induced abortion, destruction of human educate on life issues."

"The constitutional freedoms of pro-life student organizations should be recognized by university officials just as they recognize those freedoms for other student groups," ADF senior counsel Kevin Theriot said.  “We hope EMU revises its student funding policy to include all groups, regardless of their political or ideological viewpoint.”

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Sarah Palin's Monumental Speech

Sarah Palin has made it cool to be a conservative.

The Lamestream Media had all but written off the former Alaska governor. They called her irrelevant.

But alas the Mama Grizzly came out of hibernation. She rose up and stole the show. I know. I was geeking out in the second row.

"I would not be in the U.S. Senate today if it were not for Governor Palin,” declared Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as he introduced Palin to a packed house of cheering fans.

And personally – I would not be involved in politics as a college student had it not been for Gov. Palin.

Not only did she endorse a diverse and young batch ofcongressional candidates—who eventually won their seats, she also inspired thousands of young students to stop complaining about politics and do something about it.

Palin drew major accolades with a single act of defiance – she displayed a Big Gulp – and then gave a shout-out to young conservatives and College Republicans.

"I am so proud of you guys, all of you,” she said. “You are so bold. You guys keep your courage up, and my only piece of advice, because I'm a Mom, is ya gotta be thinking Sam Adams, not drinking Sam Adams."

Palin used humor to communicate policy that connects well with average, disenfranchised Americans. Her klout within conservative and independent circles is unmatched.

She recognizes that in order to make real change, you have to influence culture as well as politics. She has done this through her books, Going Rogue and America By Heart, and with the books she is writing this year - from fitness to food to Christmas. She even opened her home to the world with the 8-week docu-series, Sarah Palin's Alaska.

It is this reason that Palin has been trending on Twitter for the last three days: #SarahPalinDoes#LibertyPoseBig Gulp,Sam Adams and #CPAC2013. She remains to be relevant because she's not afraid to buck convention and be counter-cultured.

Unlike many of the politicians at CPAC, Palin understands what motivates young conservatives.

"We're not here to rebrand a party,” she said. “We're here to rebuild a country."

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Happy Birthday Sarah Palin!

It was one year ago, today, that Palin celebrated her birthday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) by delivering a rockstar speech, which you can watch here. I had the honor of being there and Palin signed my resume.
(A sign of good things to come?)

Today, we celebrate the birthday and living legacy of the former governor of Alaska. She has re-energized the conservative movement and inspired many young conservatives, like myself, to stand up and speak out in order to restore American Exceptionalism.

As those in the old Lamestream media continue to write her off (again), they ignore the power of new media - you know, WE THE PEOPLE - the citizen journalists, or as some try to belittle us, "just a blogger."

Her influence on social media and her ability to rally the troops at such short notice brings hope to the conservative movement.

Palin has taught me:

1. You don't need a title to make a change. Palin has said over and over that in or out of office she is going to fight for conservative principles. Another area where Palin has kept her word is that she said she would be a friend and an advocate to the special needs community, which she has done in and out of office.

2. Conservatism is for ALL people. As governor she did have a 93% approval rating - that happens to be the highest recorded approval rating of any governor in U.S. history. She knows a thing or two about the independent American spirit and she connects with average, everyday Americans on a level unparalleled by any politicians today.

3. Keep running. Palin inspired me to take my passion for politics and actually get involved. She also inspired me to become a distance runner. It was through an article in Runner's World and when she talks about running in her book, Going Rogue, that has culminated in my running in the Pittsburgh Marathon in May. (Prayer would be appreciated.) Palin lives out hard work and endurance in her personal and professional life.

4. Don't retreat; just reload. Palin has shown time and again that when the media attacks her, she just gets stronger and stronger. When conservatives stick to their guns, they win. We know conservatism works; we just need to learn how to market it.

5. Have a solid foundation. The reason for Palin's success is her solid foundation in her faith and in her family. This is one of the reasons that attacks against her are like water on a duck's back. She knows what she believes and she knows what is really important in life.

Finally, let's echo Palin's favorite Irish toast: "May we always be happy, and may our enemies always know it."

Happy Birthday Sarah! May God continue to richly bless you and your family!

How has Sarah Palin inspired you?

I encourage you to donate to SarahPAC for Sarah's birthday & if you fly a flag, put it at half mast in honor of America hero, Chris Kyle.

Today, Sarah and Todd are attending Chris Kyle's memorial and funeral service. As Sarah has said on her Facebook page, "God bless this great warrior. Let us keep his wife and children in our prayers, and may we never forget him or his sacrifice."

Monday, February 4, 2013

So God Made a Farmer...

If you don't watch the Super Bowl for the game, you probably watch it for the commercials. My favorite ad from the Game leaves me speechless no matter how many times I watch it.

Dodge Ram ran a commercial praising the hard work of farmers, featuring Paul Harvey and mentioning God all throughout. Harvey's nostalgic voice, combined with the captivating images, made for a powerful message, especially given the carefree nature of the Super Bowl.

We all have a little farmer in us. Our ancestors farmed. In fact, if your family doesn't farm you probably have relatives or friends that farm. This is a message that resonates with all Americans. We thank God for farmers.

I have to admit, though, I'm a Ford guy. Regardless, this is definitely one of my favorite commercials of all time. 

Roll the tape.

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