Political Terminology

It is a new day in Oklahoma politics, especially at our state capitol where the Republicans have taken control of the state senate for the first time in our 101 year history.  Recently, my senator returned from a caucus meeting at the capitol where they discussed ‘caucus stuff’.  Please note that a security clearance must be required to learn what they talked about because they certainly won’t tell you the details of what went on in that room.  I have this image of a bunch of men with their sleeves rolled up, sitting around smoking cigars.  Kind of like the t.v. series Madmen, except they are not drinking whiskey at 10:00 a.m. down at the capitol – at least not yet.

The political terminology used down at the capitol can be rather amusing – especially if you have absolutely no idea what the words mean.  Here are a few of my favorites:
Sine Die – Indefinitely ( They use this word signifying the last day of the legislative session.  So, I assume that means they plan to adjourn indefinitely.)
President Pro Tempore – The Senator who presides over the Senate in the absence of the Vice President.  One can safely assume that the ‘Pro Tem’ is always presiding because the Vice President rarely makes it to Oklahoma.
Whip – A member of the legislative body, charged by his party with enforcing discipline and insuring attendance.  As in Whip in, or to keep together, as members of a political party.  (How about whipping it up a little bit Senators!)
And, then my favorite:  PEW, Post Election Withdrawl Syndrome- an ailment from which I am currently suffering.  

The Senator’s Wife

I am a politician’s wife, stay at home mother of two who is constantly flying by the seat of her pants!  I have a passion for motherhood, family, my faith and the United States of America.  Six years ago, my smart and sweet husband entered the political world as a businessman, with the hopes of providing an environment for individuals and businesses to succeed.  I learned very quickly that politics is a contact sport.  

Over the past six years our family has campaigned, knocked doors, waved signs, endured mountains of political praise and negative attacks, while I have watched from the sidelines how the deals get done.  Even better, my husband’s political involvement has instilled in our children a passion for our history and the world around them.  The lessons they have learned are invaluable and I am convinced this knowledge and experience has positively impacted their lives and will guide them to make wise decisions as adults.  For this I am grateful.
However, having four political junkies under one roof does lead to many interesting, and often heated, discussions.  While my husband and I disagree on several hot button issues, we agree on many others. This makes for good political fodder.  Yet,  I have also learned that there are some topics we don’t bring up at the dinner table.  Regardless, politics from the inside has provided me with an amazing story, one that I have waited much too long to tell.

Happy Birthday

” Let us look to our national character and to things beyond the present period. No morn ever dawned more favorably than ours did; and no day was ever more clouded than the present! Wisdom and good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm…” George Washington in a letter to James Madison on November 5, 1786.

 Happy Birthday America.

Raising a Generation of Great Americans

I wrote this opinion piece that was recently published in my local newspaper on Mother’s Day. However, it is patriotic in nature and I felt appropriate for my first official trump out into the blogosphere. Welcome to my world!

Raising a Generation of Great Americans
Or, as our newspaper called it-
Courageous Moms Look to Founding Mothers

Have you ever asked yourself what qualities make a great American? Is it the most popular child in class, the most athletic out on the field, or is it someone with courage who stood by their convictions and led their peers in a positive, yet necessary direction? I would suggest great Americans have an unconditional love for their country and knowledge of its history. In times of discontent, they seek solutions. In times of trouble, they offer hope and leadership. In times of peace, they offer innovation and encourage success. In fact, one might contend they lead us in a direction we may not want to go but need to be.

Our founding mothers managed to raise a generation befitting of this description and as a young mother today, I feel it is my duty as an American citizen to do the same.One must admire Abigail Adams, who raised four children alone on a farm while her husband traveled in service to the newly formed government of the United States. Abigail selflessly taught her children about the classics, culture, language and religion under the most extraordinary of circumstances. She taught them to respect life, love and the rights of others while instilling in them a passion for history and the world around them.

Our founding mothers also had their fair share of societal issues with which to contend. Not having the luxury of cell phones and email, women did not know the fate of loved ones for weeks, months or even years. Child birth was often experienced alone and was dangerous…not the much celebrated and relatively safe event of today. In early America, besieged by war and conflict on the home front, a mother’s fear for the safety and security of her family was overwhelming. I can’t imagine, as many did, sending my eleven year old son off to war.

Mothers of today should be concerned about the future of our country and the well being of its children We live in an America consumed by personal and commercial gain, an America where it is easier to blame others than to take personal responsibility in times of crisis. An America where technology opens many doors, but behind those doors lurk new and serious dangers.

The strong American mother of today must have an unconditional love of family. She serves others by volunteering at church, in the community or by working to support her family. Mothers, who ensure their children learn about history, culture, language and religion while personally setting examples of good citizenship and service. These same mothers recognize the inherent value of providing their children with a firm foundation in faith on which to stand. By modeling these principles, our founding mothers managed to raise a generation of great Americans. If we strive to follow in their footsteps, I am confident we can do the same.