By Ron McCoy
Recently I stopped what I was doing to go and help Daniel Webster’s campaign. My kids had plans for a fun day to go out on Saturday morning, but, I had to tell them I had something more important to do. I explained to them that I was going to go and walk for Daniel’s campaign and help people understand the issues we are facing. I am not sure my kids comprehended why I was doing it but I was doing it for them.
Being my first “walk” I have to admit I was a little nervous. After all, I have a home phone and I never answer it because I hate to be bothered. I teamed up with someone who had done this before to make sure I didn’t make a fool of myself. After we went to a door or two, we split up and canvassed both sides of the street. I knocked on my first door only to greet a gentleman who did not speak in a language I could understand. I don’t think he really cared that I was there but I said “thank you” and handed him a flyer for Daniel Webster.
It was tough especially because it was my first attempt and the result was iffy at best. I was thankful that no dogs attacked me as that was a fear I had going in.
I proceeded to walk with my Patriot friend and we quickly canvassed that neighborhood and one other nearby. No dogs bit either of us or came close! Most everyone was receptive and I met a few Grayson followers in the process. None were mean and their response was basically ‘no thanks’ and I moved on. Not a big deal as I knew not everyone would be for Daniel Webster or conservative values. Many people who did answer their door were receptive to the point that they were willing to take my flyer and thank me.
What I did find was a few folks who knew nothing about who is running but realized that information is good. One gentleman in particular, answered the door and was unclear about the candidates. He asked me who I was supporting and mentioned to me that we need to get rid of ‘that guy’. I said you mean “Alan Grayson” and he said “yes”. He said “He has to go”. I handed him the flyer and said Daniel Webster will be the guy to get rid of him in November. His neighbor across the street had an Alan Grayson sign, so I asked him if I could bring him a Daniel Webster sign for his yard. He said yes and I thanked him.
As I walked away, I literally had a tingling feeling and felt that I had accomplished something big. I was motivated that maybe spending a few hours that day helped to educate someone to make an informed decision. I armed him with information and options to make his voice heard and that is the goal of all of us. Maybe he will talk to a neighbor or co-worker and my efforts will multiply.
What drove me to stop what I was doing seven months ago drives me still today. I don’t like the fact that my kids are having tons of debt placed on them and I realize what they will be facing in the years to come. If they could vote, and they can’t, I don’t think they would approve. It is up to me to defend them and their rights as future taxpayers and stop this looting of their future opportunities.
As a parent and a father, I owe it to my kids to fight for them and our family. My Mom said to me recently, when I was being threatened with lawsuits by Doug Guetzloe and the Florida TEA Party, “I don’t know why you are I doing this, it seems so stressful”. I said to her, “Mom if I don’t do it, who will?” Then I thought about the troops overseas fighting for our freedom and the sacrifices they are making.
What I am doing is a small part, but I feel it is my duty as an American, a father, and a husband. My sacrifice is small in the scheme of things.
I know one thing is for sure: If Alan Grayson gets re-elected, I can feel good that I did everything in my power to keep it from happening, and I can tell my family and my children, “I tried”.
I will be spending this week trying to convince many of my friends that a few hours out of their daily life will have a profound effect on their family’s future. There is strength in numbers and that is what I love about the tea party movement. Now is the time for us to take action and not be complacent.
I hope you will join us this coming Saturday, October, 9th, for the 1000 Patriot Walk. We meet at Webster’s campaign headquarter’s at 9am and will spend a few hours doing our part. Our children and soldiers are at least owed that.
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