Two bus loads of Kansas deployed yesterday morning to help turn Iowa red. It was an exciting day from early morning coffee, donuts and the pledge of allegiance to hearing the news that the Des Moines Register had endorsed Romney on our return trip. (First Republican endorsement since 1972)
There were many great moments during the day. We were dropped in teams of 2 or 3 in precincts around Des Moines and knocked doors asking residence who they would vote for in the presidential race. The response was overwhelmingly Romney. After returning to Romney headquarters we were treated to meeting Texas governor Rick Perry.
To me, the most touching moment of the day occurred on the bus ride home. We had open mic so anyone on the bus could share their experiences of the day. Jane was an older lady who came on our adventure. She was quiet and sat alone. Jane was one of the first who made her way to the front of the bus to share her story. She shared how important she felt this presidential race is. She talked about how she and her husband had discussed coming on the trip, but since he was unable to travel had encouraged her to come. Jane wasn’t able to walk door-to-door, so she made the 6 hour round trip to Iowa and made phone calls from their phone bank. She didn’t go because she wanted to have a fun day, or had a friend to visit with or because she enjoys road trips. She made the trip because she sees the trouble our country is in and wanted to do what she could do to make a difference. Jane was born into communism. She understand what it is and how it affects your life. She told the story of how her father moved the family to Taiwan and eventually to the United States so they could have a FREE life. She and her husband became American citizens and raised their family in America where they have lived free. Jane loves freedom more than the rest of us because she understand what it is like to NOT be free. She spoke of how concerned she is because she sees the policies of Barack Obama as communistic. Jane has experienced both and she chooses freedom.
Let the story of this sweet lady inspire and encourage us all. If she can do what she did to make a difference in this election, there is no excuse for any of us to not do everything in our power to keep America free.
Thank you, Jane, for inspiring me.