A Former Yankee Savors the South

While listening to a recent recording from Glenn Beck’s show I was reminded of why I left New York.   I could relate so well to what he was saying and, at the same time, felt so sorry for him and his family.  In a city that claims to be so “diverse” and open to change; that claims to embrace so many different ethnic and religious groups; that claims freedom of speech is so important, they treated a conservative talk radio host and his family like common criminals. Must be that double-standard again.

I am one of the many transplants to North Carolina.  We moved here in May of 2011 from Long Island, New York.   Our home was only three-tenths of a mile from the ocean.   So many people asked, “WHY??  Who would want to leave ’Lawn guyland’ to move down south?”  In my heart I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to stay!

Long Island, especially our area, was brutally and painfully liberal. Mind you, ask any of them what the issues were and they’d say “I don’t know, but I know I’m a Democrat!  I vote Democrat.”   Ask someone on the Right what they were and they knew.  Unfortunately, conservatives were few and far between.

I remember one day when I went to vote and signed the book, one of the women working the sign-in table whispered as I walked to the booth, “She’s a Republican!”  I stopped dead in my tracks, did a 180 and said, “Yes, this IS what a Republican looks like.  We don’t have horns or breathe fire, we don’t dress up in Colonial costumes, we don’t walk about with machine guns, but we DO have it in ourselves to forgive, respect and accept people with different opinions!”  No one said a word but a lot of mouths were hanging open, and there were some very embarrassed faces on the people around me.  I, on the other hand, was smiling ear-to-ear and winked at one senior gent who I could tell wanted to applaud, but would never risk being called a “racist” or something.  That was the moment I realized I could speak my mind, and had the “chutzpah” (as they say in Oceanside, NY) to do it with dignity and conviction.

I think part of the “fire” I feel now in supporting the Right has to do with my indoctrination to the Left in those many years in New York.  The things that came out of their mouths were illogical and unsubstantiated by facts. They sounded like Charlie Brown’s teacher: “WHAUK, WHAUK, WHAUK!”  I would get so angry and frustrated because our town REFUSED to decorate for the Christmas holiday.   No lights or wreaths on poles; no decorations in the shopping areas; nothing that would indicate Christmas was coming except for the stores sending mailers.  The Chamber of Commerce gave me the runaround each year, making up excuses as to why they couldn’t decorate.   I suspect now they were Obama’s speech writers because everything they told me was a lie, right down to saying the people of Oceanside couldn’t afford it. COULDN’T AFFORD IT?!

Every driveway was filled with high-end cars—a Mercedes here, and BMW there; a Lexus here and a Cadillac there!   Granted, we were shooting around town in an old mini-van and a small Toyota, but we didn’t see how they could claim there was no money for decorations.   That’s when I decided to take it the local newspaper, and the editor backed me up all the way.    He asked me to write for them and I wrote a few columns from a conservative woman’s point of view.   Unfortunately, in “lib America,” my children were being harassed, even by their teachers, with questions like, “Is that YOUR mother that writes those columns? Is that how she REALLY feels?” in a very mocking way.   I decided to stop the column to make things easier for them, but I never stopped voicing my opinion.

Now that I’m in North Carolina, and surrounded by so many people who feel as I do, who are kind and moral and have traditional values, I know I’m “home.”   I consider myself a “southern fried bagel”–another transplant who feels that this is where she was meant to be.

I will continue to defend our rights as Americans.  I will stand up for our freedoms and speak out for people who have been told to be quiet and sit down–people who have been bullied by the Left and put on the defensive for what they believe.  Only now I’ll try to do it without the Long Island accent!

Note: The preceding contribution was sent to us by Colleen Gilmartin, who contributes articles to The Greensboro GuardianHer work appears here with the permission of the editor and author.

COLLEEN GILMARTIN is a contributor for The Greensboro Guardian and considers herself a “Southern Fried Bagel, ” (a New York native, recently transplanted to the Greensboro, North Carolina area–we had to ask too!)

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A Chance to Leave Your Mark on Our Anthology Project

Project Update for Forging Freedom:

Submissions continue to roll in, and reviewers and editors are debating short listees and discussing revisions with contributors. The actual deadline for your story is January 31, 2013. However, there is no penalty for early submission! In fact you may have a slight advantage as stories are being evaluated on a rolling basis. Check out our anthology submissions page for more details and submit your story about freedom!

Our draft cover art is revealed! We think it’s a sharp looking cover that illustrates freedom as a flame that was meant to burn brightly and melt chains of tyranny.

Finally, we’ve launched a KickStarter project to raise funds to offset some anthology expenses. In the usual KickStarter fashion, there are various reward levels for contributions–ranging anywhere from a thank you page, to getting your name printed as a sponsor in the book, to getting copies of the book, to even getting yourself written into a story as a hero or villain.

A more complete project description is at the KickStarter site, but the primary purpose for raising funds is to relieve the editorial staff–who are volunteering their time because they believe in this project–of the financial responsibility for some out of pocket project expenses. We’d really like to commit more funding to our contributors to bring in as many top quality stories as we can!

Thanks for your consideration! Will you show us some love?

Convention Chaos, Funded by You!

As the 2012 political conventions come to a close, we reflect on the great moments of shady vote results and multi-day infomercials, all partially funded at tax payer expense.

We saw Republican party bosses disenfranchise the duly elected delegates of a candidate from taking their seats at the convention and centralize authority in the central committee–something that doesn’t seem in keeping with general Republican principles of small government and states’ rights.

We saw a Democratic party convention chair call for a voice vote three times as he stood in disbelief of the vote result–then call the vote for the outcome that was assuredly per-determined by party bosses before consulting with…you know, the actual party delegates.

Republicans adopted a platform which seems to support an outright ban on abortion, not providing for the usual exceptions from pregnancies resulting from incest, rape, or where the mother’s life is endangered.

Democrats played a video suggesting that Americans all “belong” to the government.

We’re frankly sickened by such displays on both sides. It’s a sharp contrast for the party of the current president, who compares himself to Abraham Lincoln, to be stating that it’s the American people who belong to government. Lincoln wrote famously that government was “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” In our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote that people are endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights and that government’s purpose is to secure these rightsand to derive its just power from the consent of the governed. In short, the American people lend government its power–it is not for the government to determine what freedoms to permit its people to enjoy.

Both parties received approximately $18 million taxpayer dollars to pay for convention expenses. In a time when the national debt tops $16 trillion and our national checkbook has nothing but red ink in it, this is a slap in the face to Americans who work and pay taxes.  Both major parties are fully capable of raising funds to pay for their convention events, the fact that they don’t have to disadvantages smaller parties who aren’t able to qualify for tax payer funds.

Our suggestion? Next April when you file your taxes, don’t check off the boxes to contribute to the Presidential Campaign Fund. If the two major parties want to host circuses of conventions, free of sensible and meaningful policy debate, then they should raise their own funds instead of relying on taxpayer contributions.  While the Presidential Election Campaign fund is a voluntary contribution on your tax forms, its time for our political parties to stand on their own, raise their own funds for conventions, and publicly disclose the source of the funds they raise.

Note: Freedom Forge Press does not endorse either party or candidate. But from the tone of this article, you probably knew that already!