2010 Indiana State Republican Convention

This past weekend hubby and I had the opportunity to attend the Indiana State Republican Convention. It was really interesting and eye-opening for me. It seems like in movies and in the media that Republicans are often portrayed as crotchety old white men who just want to complain about everything - that's SO not the case. Yes, there are some of those in the Grand 'Ol Party, I won't lie. But this weekend I saw many young families not unlike my own. I saw strong mothers and fathers who were running for office or participating in campaigns with their children. I also saw people of all kinds bonding with one another - older people, college kids, handicapped people and people from different backgrounds and educations.

The "theme" of this year - as seen on the giant banner in the convention center and on the front of the materials we were given - was "The Party of Purpose." I think everyone who gave a speech on Saturday touched on it at least once or twice. The message was clear and even said specifically by one or two people - "Keep moving forward." I was reminded of several things upon hearing that...

One of my son's favorite movies is Disney's Meet the Robinson's. Here's the trailer for it:

It's a very cute movie but also poignant at the same time. The story and the soundtrack are both great but the positive note the movie ends on and the message it sends is even better. Right before the screen fades to black, this quote is displayed on the screen:

"Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney

If we continue to focus on the past and the things behind us, we'll never be able to move forward and embrace the future. I think the Republican Party in Indiana has definitely realized this. The candidates who's nominations were formalized at the convention this year - State Auditor Tim Berry, Treasurer Richard Mourdock and Secretary of State Charlie White - were all vibrant and energetic. They realize that the battle isn't won and that we'll have to fight but they're motivated and ready for a good race. As the Chairman said, "We all know that our position heading into this fall is one of strength. We are poised for sweeping victories but we have not won anything yet. I challenge each of you today to work as if we are behind."

I was also reminded this weekend of John McCain's concession speech in the 2008 election:
"And I call on all Americans, as I have often in this campaign, to not despair of our present difficulties, but to believe, always, in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history.

Regardless of political affiliation, we're all Americans and we decide on the people we want running our country. In the coming election years look at the candidates and what they believe in - vote for the ones you feel will help further what you want for our country. Of course, I'm plugging the Republican party because that's the party that shares my beliefs and that I identify with. If you're interested in the Republican party, please check this out - it's the Indiana Republican Party Platform. Granted it is specific to Indiana Republicans, but it details our beliefs and stances. Oh and just so you know, it's a PDF file.
Anyway, if you're interested in politics try to find a senator, congressperson or political party to get involved with that shares your beliefs. Ask them how you can help. Money is obviously a plus for any campaign but I think helping and volunteering is more important. Or maybe you should run for office yourself - you don't have to start off running for Congress, you can start smaller with your local politics and parties. I plan on helping out with several people's campaigns in Indiana and getting even more involved with our local Republican party.

So as I said, hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the convention. I loved listening to Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman - this is the third time I've heard her speak and I hope she continues to run for political office for many years to come. Governor Mitch was also very interesting to listen to. I read a few articles that decried Mitch's speech, saying that he mentioned the good things but failed to talk about how he'd cut our state budget by almost $800 million. To that I can only say, that to get everything done is impossible. In the process of doing some things, other things are going to get the shaft. I think that's just the way the world works. I would fully support Mitch if he ran for President. He said on Saturday that Indiana was his "sole focus right now" but I wouldn't count him out just yet - it's still very early to be announcing a run for presidency.

So now I'd love to hear from you. Are you interested in politics or does it bore you to tears? Do you consider yourself Republican, Democrat or something else?

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