I got invited to my county's Republican Lincoln Days this past Friday. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed getting to hear the different people speak and getting to talk to some of them in person. Missouri's State Treasurer, Sarah Steelman and my U.S. Congressman Sam Graves were the 2 main speakers although most of the Republican State Representatives spoke as well as the 2 State Senators that represent Clay County.
Missouri State Representative For the 35th District: Doug Ervin
I can't tell you how much I wish I lived in Doug Ervin's district. I think I was the most impressed with his speech of all the speakers and he spoke for less than 5 minutes. I also got to talk to him at length afterwards and this man just exudes integrity, honesty and character. He is very sincere and you get the impression that he really cares about what you have to say which we all know is rare. During his speech he recited a wonderful quote and I asked him who said it. Not surprisingly the quote was by Teddy Roosevelt so I made sure to look it up as soon as I got home. Here is the inspirational quote:
"It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.That quote just inspires and speaks to me beyond words so I'm putting it up for my quote of the week in the sidebar.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly...who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."--Teddy Roosevelt
One of the other reasons I wished I lived in Ervin's district is because all of the State Representatives in Clay County are now Republicans except for mine. Quite the bummer. Yet, we at least got our great Republican State Senator, Luann Ridgeway in 2004. So I'm not totally represented by Democrats.
State Representatives Tim Flook, Bob Nance and Jerry Nolte spoke as well as State Senator Bill Stouffer.
In conclusion, don't forget Teddy Roosevelt's words and get into the arena and fight for what you believe in. Fighting for a worthy cause is much more admirable then just being a critic. I for one refuse to do that. There will be some defeats but there will also be victory as well. Just ask Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill. They too saw some defeats but very important victories as well.