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Roy Moore Victory

It’s not often that I get to bring you all TRULY good news. It feels SO GOOD to tell the story of Judge Roy Moore’s well deserved victory in Alabama.

The political angles will be analyzed for months and deserve scrutiny. But I’d like to address this from a slightly different angle – so please bear with me!

Before becoming a radio hostess I spent almost 14 years in advertising sales. Radio, television, billboards, bus wraps… you name it! Sales is a brutal yet refining craft, especially if you endeavor to approach it honestly and with integrity.

Cold calling, scouring the Yellow Pages, slammed doors, ‘Get Losts’, proposals thrown in the trash, creepy clients who wasted hours of my time because they thought they could get a date, hours spent on presentations only to lose the sale because of nepotism or favoritism. Brutal sexual harassment from managers and bosses… these were the struggles that I suspect many salespeople face.

Yet they were overshadowed by the wins. The wins were GLORIOUS and meaningful. They led to very successful career in media. Even more precious to me were the deep and lasting relationships I formed with clients and colleagues that have spanned decades!

So what is my POINT? What does this have to do with Politics?

I learned very early in my career that in order to WIN without cheating or manipulating … I had to learn to LOSE. My job was to be rejected often, to be a LOSER!

Let me explain…

  • For every 100 phone calls, I would get 10 appointments.
  • For every 10 appointments, I would get 3 pitches.
  • For every 3 pitches, I would get ONE new client.

And I won! But only occasionally. With that crazy formula I built a solid client base and gave myself a pretty good raise every year. And when I had children – that formula gave me the flexibility to stay home with my kids 4 out of 7 days a week.

More importantly, losing refined my character. It made me stronger. I learned humility, perseverance and resilience. And I’m glad for that.

You see, I think in politics, whether we are running for office, starting a news site, activating locally or organizing a movement, we mistakenly obsess over the WINS rather than the refining process of losing. If an entity isn’t always winning we assume they must be losing.

And this is where principled people often get trapped. We might cheat, or manipulate or sell out in order to chase the win rather than understand that the PROCESS of selling our Constitutional ideals and acting with integrity is MORE important than cheap, political wins.

The process of getting up, giving our ALL, acting with integrity, telling the truth, working hard, advocating for our principles and then losing is usually enough to make most of us give up.

They key is to get up, dust off and do it AGAIN.

And again.

And again.

And again.

And I promise you all that the wins will come. They are few and far between but they are MEANINGFUL. These are the victories that change the course of nations and define generations.

I’m going to savor this victory in Alabama and return to it when the defeats are rolling in. I promise you that I will continue to work the formula and hope you will too. Cheerfully and with great heart, as long as God calls me to do so!

Are you with me?

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  1. Shannon

    September 27, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks for posting guys!

  2. Ellie Gable

    September 27, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Spot on. As someone who’s faced the same challenges in sales I can tell you I now appreciate wins like Moore’s a lot more. When they’re so few and far between, it makes them more special.

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Steven Crowder talks to wall protesters with predictable results

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The intolerant left really wants to be heard. They just don’t want to listen. That’s not unexpected, as the entire wall issue is one that drives people to contradiction. We saw this in clear display as conservative funnyman Steven Crowder took a second stab at “Build the Wall, Change My Mind.”

There were many telling exchanges as he approached a crowd of protesters who had gathered, holding signs and chanting about racism, tolerance, and immigrants being welcome. One particularly interesting exchange happened when Crowder talked to a woman holding a sign that read, “Immigrants are Welcome, Change My Mind.”

Unfortunately, the sign was a lie. She wasn’t really asking to have her mind changed. She continuously described how she felt uncomfortable talking to Crowder, which is understandable considering he had a mic and there was a camera, but it’s still disingenuous to hold a sign that says “change my mind” when there was no willingness to have a dialogue about the issue.

The difference between conservatives who want a wall and progressives who don’t is that many who support the wall are willing to have civil discourse on the issue. Many who oppose the wall must rely on false accusations of racism to make their point.


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Buried in the farm bill, hemp was removed from controlled substances list

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Flashback to last month. It was the the Christmas season in 2018. The nation was gripped by strange weather. A partial government shutdown was starting. President George H.W. Bush died. Romaine was recalled. Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned.

It’s understandable that fairly big news for an industry as well as portions of American culture flew far below the radar of national attention. In the farm bill, which Congress passed and President Trump signed in December, was a change of how industrial hemp was classified.

It’s no longer considered a controlled substance.

The non-hallucinogenic cousin of marijuana, hemp has been considered a controlled substance because it has a very small amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But the amount is so low many people have wondered why it was still considered a controlled substance. It has about as much chance of getting someone high as Honey Buns have of getting someone drunk (yes, they contain a small amount of alcohol).

Hemp is biodegradable and requires no fossil fuels to produce, making it a popular fabric for the environmentally conscious. But more importantly, it’s extremely useful with high tensile strength, porous fibers breath, and strong durability. One report sent to me claims hemp has 20,000 verifiable uses. We have not independently verified them.

When the bill was signed on December 20, National Hemp Association chairman Geoff Whaling said, “I was thrilled to hear the news, sorry that I would not be able to be there in person and then took a moment to reflect on the path that brings us all to this, most important and historical day.”

Even with all the uses for hemp that are already known, it’s likely we’ll see new uses emerging for this versatile plant now that it’s officially no longer a controlled substance.


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Cartoon: Is that another huge immigration caravan?

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The 2016 GOP field seemed like a clown car routine compared to what was essentially five legitimate Democratic candidates. Whether they simply feared Hillary Clinton or didn’t want to take their shot following President Obama, many Democrats who were considered potentially serious candidates didn’t run.

That’s not the case for 2020. We may end up with more Democrats in the running than we had Republicans in 2016.

Cartoonist Michael Ramirez captured the growing group perfectly:

It’s certainly starting to look like a migrant caravan forming. Oh, wait. Those are actually American citizens.


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