Good Monday Morning,
We start the week with a report and some great news. First, the news from Des Moines Iowa; the largest newspaper in the state the Des Moines Register has endorsed Governor Mitt Romney as it’s choice for President of the United States. This is huge since it has not endorsed a Republican candidate since 1976! Here is the article if you want to learn more about it: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20121027/OPINION03/1210260...
Now for our report about the amazing experience of traveling to Des Moines Iowa to canvas, phone bank and get out the vote as well as our fun Fiesta/Rally. I wish I could name every single person and give details of their amazing work and service given in the battle state of Iowa this past weekend. However, since it would take a very long e-mail I would at leas like to begin with a personal statement of gratitude, for having 70 hard working patriotic volunteers, several of which are leaders in their own communities. Not only did we have fun and got to know each other and develop a bond as a family of Americans that care about our future, but we also made a difference during this important election.
At 6:00 Am we met at the parking lot of the Chesterfield Wal-Mart and boarded a great big RED charter bus. We traveled towards Des Moines Iowa and had some time to sleep, enjoy delicious muffins, get to know one another, laugh and even watch a fun movie. As we arrived to West Des Moines, we reported to the offices of Americans for Prosperity where we would volunteer knocking on doors and making phone calls. This Non-profit organization’s goal is to educate our citizens on important issues affecting us, such as the current administration’s mishandling of our nation’s economy!
We were given instructions and divided into small groups to canvas, predominantly in low income and middle class neighborhoods as well as to make phone calls from their offices. Although we were not promoting Governor Romney as a PERFET CHOICE to replace the current President (because of the legal rules applying to this organization) we had opportunities to educate several undecided voters on President Obama’s failed policies as well as his administrations mishandling of many important issues. These important voters, who needed help making a decision, seemed grateful for the information. After several hours of work, we boarded our big red bus and travel to the South-East side of Des Moines where there are many Latino owned businesses, stores and restaurants, there we partook of a delicious Mexican dinner, fun conversations, good music and great inspirational speeches!
Our Midwest Hispanics for Romney group was warmly welcomed and thanked by Mr. Kevin McLaughlin, Chairman of the Polk County Republican Party. After leading us in the pledge of allegiance and offering an invocation he spoke to us about the difference our visit there had made. He encouraged us to fight till the end and sprint towards the finish line because our country needed us and needed a president Romney in the White House. He expressed his gratitude for the Hispanic immigrant that became great contributing members of society in Iowa and throughout the entire United States of America, with their moral values and practices of hard working family man and women.
As our program continued we were touched by the story of Mr. Leonardo Cabrera who came to the United States as a political refugee after Pope John Paul’s visit to Cuba, where he pleaded with the Castro regime for the release of several prisoners who had unjustly been incarcerated. When Mr. Cabrera arrived to this great nation in the late 1990’s from Cuba, he remembers being grateful to be able to talk about anything without fear of persecution or imprisonment! He explained how, in his youth he had followed and adored Che-Guevara, Charles Marks and even Fidel Castro. However, as he learned of Jesus Christ and wanted to tell others about him, he was threatened by the government, and because he didn’t stop his brother was murdered in front of him and he was given a sentence of 10 years in a Cuban prison. He also explained how the communist Cuban government would impose stronger oppressive rules on its people, when the United States had a Democrat in the White House and how this same government would become more docile and even weaker when we would have a Republican president in our country. As he described the differences between a country which was ruled by communism vs. democracy you could see the audience inspired to continue to fight for a free America!
We were also delighted to learn and hear from two amazing brothers who have served in the United States armed forces, they have also worked and served in Washington DC and abroad, as President Reagan’s appointees, they both have been community leaders and have even served with their church as missionaries and missionary presidents in Latin America for more than 25 years. Mr. Terry camp who, with more than 30 years ‘experience as an attorney, told us of his work as legal advisor for the U S department of Defense in Quarry Heights, Panama, enlighten us with stories of Panama’s dictator Manuel Noriega who would oppress his people and intimidate and finally was brought to justice with the help or our country. This amazing speaker of ours was the principal negotiator with the Government of Panama for the protection of the rights of Department of Defense personnel and the transfer of lands and properties, as stipulated by the Panama Canal Treaty of 1977. He also received the United States Department of Army award for Meritorious Civilian Service. His bother Mr. Al Kemp, whose wisdom on a variety of topics was a privilege and treat to enjoy as he shed light on the errors and even dangers of the one accomplishment of this presidency, the infamous Obamacare bill.
At 7:30 we were all back on our bus and several other vehicles heading towards our home states, tired but satisfied with the knowledge that if we lose the election to the same administration for 4 more years of lies and ineptness, that it would be in spite of our efforts and not because of our apathy or laziness!
Here are a couple of photographs from our experience in the battleground state of Iowa this past weekend. If you wish to see more or even join us in our efforts to get out the vote from our own Missouri headquarters please feel free to contact me and or go to our FaceBook page, in the next few days we will be posting many more fun pics: http://www.facebook.com/MidwestJuntosConRomneyRally?ref=hl
Once again, I can not express my admiration and appreciation for all of those patriotic volunteers who excelled on Saturday, even the children that participated were focused and amazing workers. We are so thankful for the donations of those who are now reading this e-mail as well as for your prayers and words of support and encouragement that have made it possible for us to fight this current broken Washington! We only have 9 days to go to make a difference in the direction in which our Country will go, let's kick it into high wear and get out those important votes for a Romney-Ryan administration.
I close with the words I found this morning in one of my E-mails from one of our volunteers, Mr. Dana Farnsworth who wrote; “Yesterday we went to Polk county Iowa and canvassed to find three people out of a hundred, a long drive on a long day. The reason we spent all day driving from 6 am to return at 1 am Sunday morning to find three people in Polk county Iowa was because of the NY times. They have surmised five ways for Mr. Obama to win this election. Four of the five scenarios require him to win Iowa. In order to win Iowa he has to win Polk County, which has 15% of the Iowa vote. In order for him to win Polk County he has to find those three undecided voters before we do and lie to them, promise them something he won't deliver again, or find a way to send them back to the polls without the truth. It seems overwhelming to buy a busI seat and ride it all day and half the night to a neighboring farm state to look for three people you don't know, but I have to say, it felt a little like saving private Ryan. it is very important to us.”