Merry Christmas 2016

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!!…

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

In Bethlehem, in Israel,
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain Shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

“Fear not then,” said the Angel,
“Let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Saviour
Of a pure Virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan’s power and might.”
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

RNC Quadrennial Day 1

Day 1 of the quadrennial convention began with our first trip from the hotel to the arena.  I was given two opportunities to be on the floor that day and the experience was fantastic!

As our delegation gathered outside the main enterance of the convention for security screening, hundreds of Texans waited in line ahead of us. The many cowboy hats created a discussion among the New Mexico delegation members. Texans get sponsors for their broad-brimmed hats and shirts designed to resemble the Lone Star state’s flag.  Yes, you could say we were jealous.  Texas does do everything BIG!!

The white tent (in picture) is the security checkpoint and not one time were any of us asked for photo I.D., unlike reports that came during the Democratic National Convention of photo I.D. required to enter the convention.  Security checkpoints weren’t quite as strict as entering federal buildings.  On Day 1 we were allowed to bring in umbrellas, but Day 2 the rule had been reversed and one of the two umbrellas in my purse was “confiscated.”

  

Once in “the Q” arena “lowly” alternate delegates find seats in the lower gallery, guests are sent to the icy cold upper gallery, which must have had temperatures close to that of a high altitude-flying B-17 bomber during WWII.  Delegates are allowed onto the floor of the arena.

I was allowed onto the floor by one of our delegates for the openings of the convention and gavel down by Reince Priebus.  It was an awesome moment as one realizes she’s witnessing the political process in action.  

   
 
Later, during the evening session of the convention, the day’s convention theme, Making America Safe Again, was woven into nearly every speech.  Do you feel safer than you did four years ago?  Or eight?  

Benghazi was a major topic in the speeches, but support of law enforcement was prevalent as well as former governor Rick Perry (ah, my hero!!), Gold Star mother Pat Smith, and biggest of all, New York Mayor Rudy Guilliani spoke (which I was again on the floor for).  I’ll give Congressman Pearce credit for editing an excellent job coordinating badge exchanges between alternates and delegates.

   
   

Then, in a break from tradition, Donald Trump stepped onto the stage to introduce his beautiful wife.  Melania Trump caught the audience’s attention with her story– the life of a legal immigrant who has worked hard to become a “somebody” and who had to earn her citizenship. 

This is what the average American likes to see– hard working folks who were unstoppable and were ready to fight for their citizenship.  Melania is like my great-grandparents who came to America for a better future, doing it the honest, right way.  Her story is the American Dream. 

As Curtis told the media, there is not a lot for First Ladies to talk about and maybe that helps explain why Melania’s speech sounded so familiar.
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Stay tuned for Day 2!

Cleveland Pre-Convention

Thousands of delegates and alternate delegates from across the nation are converging on Cleveland, Ohio this week for the Republican National Convention.

This afternoon I flew in with my last  connecting flight out of Dallas.  My flight was filled worn congress members, delegation members and their families representing Texas and Oklahoma.  Raphael Cruz, father of Senator Ted Cruz, was the first person I recognized.

  
New Mexico’s delegation is at the Hilton Inn & Suites.  The hospitality has been fantastic.

Tonight’s welcome event for all delegations was at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  While I’m not a rock music enthusiast the outting was fantastic with an opportunity to visit the local space and science museum and lots of great food made by over 30 local chefs. 

At the science center guests were treated to an opportunity to see a 3D printer in action and enjoy other cool exhibits.

   
    

Great eats!  From Hummus to ice cream sandwiches… 

   
 
As far as politics goes, delegates are unified behind Donald Trump– I could not count the number of Make America Great Again baseball caps that I saw.

Delegation members are fed up with the media trying to say that they aren’t loyal to Trump.  Don’t believe the media. The state delegations fully diopter 

     
  

A highlight was meeting the Vermont National Committeewoman Ashley Ryan.  Ryan, 25, is the youngest RNC national committeewoman in U.S. History.  

Ryan, a libertarian-leaning Republican who became active in politics during 2008 supporting Rob Paul for president, said she supports Trump as the party’s nominee because he’s made it through the political process.

  
I also visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  

   

  

But by far, the highlight of the evening was the phenomenal fireworks show. 

   
 
Stay tuned for today’s update on the first day of the actual convention!
 

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