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A re-run "Cage's Corner" from Saturday, May 21, 2011

It’s 4:30 in the morning and there’s a line from a song repeating in my head.  It’s the simple phrase “Wake up to reality”.

In the past two days, Don and I have been to 3 excellent political meetings.

On Thursday, the Longmont Republican Women hosted Ken Clark, who gave a talk titled “Our Ties that Bind.”  When I heard the talk before, I missed this point:  “Education without action is entertainment.”  It is important that we know the purpose of the Liberty groups and the Republican Party, but if we don’t do something with that knowledge, we’ve simply had a nice little meeting-lunch.  Our Party is the organization under which we operate in the political process.  The Liberty Groups teach us, as United States citizens, our rights and responsibilities in that process.

Sharon Saare then showed us slides of Israel.  In all her world travels, she said, Israel is the country most like our own.  We saw the security wall, and the peaceful little cafés – which had been easy targets for suicide bombers before that wall was built.  We saw the place where Palestinian snipers used to sit and pick off Israeli children on their way to school.  How could anyone but a terrorist possibly benefit from giving that land back to Israel’s enemies?

At the Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday evening, Congressman Cory Gardner drew a standing ovation when he pledged to stand with Israel (against our own president!!).  He also spoke of the steps he’s taking in Congress to get the government off the backs of the American people, reduce the debt, and help America to re-take its place as the greatest nation in the world.

Many elected Republicans either spoke or were recognized, and we raised money for the Boulder County GOP.  The highlight of the evening was when the President of Colorado Christian University, Bill Armstrong, was honored (and surprised) with an award for his 50 years of Outstanding Public Service, including service to Colorado and the country as a U.S. Congressman (’72 – ‘78) and a U.S. Senator (’78 – ‘90).

I’m writing this from prison.  My crime was my silence.  The long, narrow room has dirty concrete floors and once-white walls, marred with the fingerprints of many of the thousands of people who were here before me.  Seven unmatched black, shabby chairs are the only furniture.  A little television is mounted high in the corner, programmed to explain to me the State’s justification for my imprisonment.

You may say:  “You’re just waiting while your car has its emissions tested.”

Eighteen years ago, I called my mother to let her know that we had pulled our daughter out of her private school and planned to start home-schooling her.

“No!” was her reply.  I wasn’t smart enough.  I should let the experts educate her. 

My high school diploma and one year of college didn’t qualify me to teach an eight year old – even my own little eight year old, who I knew better than any one else.  So what good was the education I’d received from the “experts”?

But this thing was more than my opinion verses my mom’s.  This was the first big assignment God had for my husband and me after we’d realized that He is real and that He actually wants to be involved in our lives.  God already had everything in place for us – a group of home-school friends, a solid Bible teaching church, and a desperate conviction of our need to do this for our daughter, and eventually for our son, also.

My mom became a home-school advocate and my biggest fan after a year of receiving weekly hand-written letters from the kids.  She could see the steady improvement of their penmanship and use of the English language.  She read about the things we were doing and the adventures we had.  When she came to visit, she got involved by teaching art classes to our group of home-school kids.