Monday, February 25, 2019

Gary Sinise is the Real Deal

The greatest part you've (Gary Sinise) ever played is yourself.~David Von Drehle
I am on Rainy Day Books mailing list to find out about events exactly like the one that my husband and I attended last night.


The Truman Library Institute and Rainy Day Books sponsored the event which was entitled, An Evening With Gary Sinise.  Sinise was interviewed by Washington Post columnist, David Von Drehle about Sinise's new book, Grateful American.

I walked away with a greater sense of Gary Sinise's life and a much deeper respect for him as a person.

I, like many others basically knew that he became a well-known actor after playing a disabled Vietnam Vet in Forrest Gump.  I knew he played on CSI, and that he did a lot of volunteer work for the troops.  He has done so much more...

He didn't just accidentally stumble into the role on Forrest Gump, he had talked at length to Vietnam Vets in his own family, and thought it was an important role.  Afterwards, he wanted to do more to help, and that was especially intensified after 9/11.


He decided on the Day of Prayer after 9/11 that he wanted to serve those who were raising their hands to serve our country.  He has done that in incredible ways.  He worked for the USO and many other military charities.  He started a program called Operation Iraqi Children (now called Operation International Children).  The warehouse is here in Kansas City and years ago my kids and I volunteered and put together some of the backpacks of school supplies when I was still homeschooling.

He has won countless awards for all of his service and has started his own charity, The Gary Sinise Foundation.  A brief description of his service and awards:
Gary Sinise is an Oscar-nominated actor and winner of an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and two Screen Actors Guild awards, and has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, all while advocating for America’s veterans for nearly forty years.  
For his service work, Gary has been presented with numerous humanitarian awards:
--Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society,
--The George Catlett Marshall Medal from the Association of the US Army
--The Spirit of Hope Award by the Department of Defense
--He was named an honorary Chief Petty Officer by the United States Navy
--He was pinned as an honorary Marine, and received the Sylvanus Thayer Award at West Point, given to a civilian "whose character, service, and achievements reflect the ideals prized by the U.S. Military Academy." 
--He's also the recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian honor awarded by the President of the United States to citizens for "exemplary deeds performed in service of the nation.


At the end, there was time for audience questions.  A woman started crying while trying to convey her appreciation for what Sinise's foundation has done for her and her family.  Gary didn't hesitate to walk off stage and give her a hug.

The last thing that was said was the quote that I included at the top of this post.  Gary is an incredible actor, but as David said, the greatest part he's every played is himself.

I left inspired and encouraged to think of what I could do "to be of service to others".

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

President Donald Trump's 2019 SOTU

We must also ensure our economic resurgence continues at a rapid pace. No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 percent of the newly created jobs last year. 

All Americans can be proud that we have more women in the workforce than ever before.
Don’t sit yet.  You’re going to like this. (Laughter.)

And exactly one century after Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than at any time before.

As part of our commitment to improving opportunity for women everywhere, this Thursday we are launching the first-ever government-wide initiative focused on economic empowerment for women in developing countries.~President Trump, SOTU 2019
~I eagerly watched and did blog posts on all of President George W. Bush's SOTU addresses that he delivered after I started my blog. I did a couple on Obama's, only because one year the Kansas City Star wanted a quote from me about it.


~As I have made clear, I wasn't a Trump fan for the first 2 years of his presidency, so I missed his first 2 SOTU. I came on board last August at around the same time that Ben Shapiro did (great minds think alike). The Brett Kavanaugh hearings really got me fired up.
This is our future, our fate, and our choice to make. I am asking you to choose greatness.~SOTU 2019 
~For numerous reasons, I wanted to tune in this year. I didn't necessarily have high expectations, but wow, he really blew my socks off.  I was so impressed with the content of his speech. I would love to know who were the speechwriters that helped him write it.
We will not avert our eyes from a regime that chants “Death to America” and threatens genocide against the Jewish people. We must never ignore the vile poison of anti-Semitism, or those who spread its venomous creed. With one voice, we must confront this hatred anywhere and everywhere it occurs.~SOTU 2019 
~I would encourage everyone to read the transcript of the actual address. I watched it live and took notes, but I missed a lot and I was impressed with the topics he chose to focus on, and the eloquence of his words.

~I thought his description/explanation of the legal and illegal immigration debate was the best I've ever heard. The left constantly tries to imply that Republicans are cold-hearted people against all immigrants. That couldn't be further from the truth. We want lots of people to come here, we just want them to come in legally.

~I also thought he was a genius to include certain parts that even the liberal women would have to stand up and cheer for.

~I have lots of favorite quotes that I would love to include in this post, but there isn't room. Below are the quotes that had me literally standing up, clapping and cheering:
Two weeks ago, the United States officially recognized the legitimate government of Venezuela — and it's new president, Juan Guaido. 

We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom, and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair.

Here in the United States, we are alarmed by the new calls to adopt socialism in our country.America was founded on liberty and independence, and not government coercion, domination, and control. 

We are born free and we will stay free. 

Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country. 
A second Holocaust survivor who is here tonight, Joshua Kaufman, was a prisoner at Dachau.  He remembers watching through a hole in the wall of a cattle car as American soldiers rolled in with tanks. “To me,” Joshua recalls, “the American soldiers were proof that God exists, and they came down from the sky.” They came down from Heaven. 

I began this evening by honoring three soldiers who fought on D-Day in the Second World War.  One of them was Herman Zeitchik. But there is more to Herman’s story.  A year after he stormed the beaches of Normandy, Herman was one of the American soldiers who helped liberate Dachau. He was one of the Americans who helped rescue Joshua from that hell on Earth.

Almost 75 years later, Herman and Joshua are both together in the gallery tonight, seated side-by-side, here in the home of American freedom. 
~I also loved the above part where he talked about the two holocaust survivors, Judah Samet and Joshua Kaufman (a prisoner at Dachau), and the D-Day soldier who helped liberate Dachau, Sergeant Herman Zeitchik. Amazing!!

~I'm going to end with the conclusion of Trump's address because it's so good:
When American soldiers set out beneath the dark skies over the English Channel in the early hours of D-Day, 1944, they were just young men of 18 and 19, hurtling on fragile landing craft toward the most momentous battle in the history of war. 

They did not know if they would survive the hour. They did not know if they would grow old. But they knew that America had to prevail. Their cause was this nation and generations yet unborn.Why did they do it? They did it for America. They did it for us. 

Everything that has come since — our triumph over communism, our giant leaps of science and discovery, our unrivaled progress towards equality and justice — all of it is possible thanks to the blood and tears and courage and vision of the Americans who came before.

Think of this Capitol. Think of this very Chamber, where lawmakers before you voted to end slavery, to build the railroads and the highways, and defeat fascism, to secure civil rights, and to face down evil empires.

Here tonight, we have legislators from across this magnificent republic. You have come from the rocky shores of Maine and the volcanic peaks of Hawaii; from the snowy woods of Wisconsin and the red deserts of Arizona; from the green farms of Kentucky and the golden beaches of California.

Together, we represent the most extraordinary nation in all of history.  What will we do with this moment? How will we be remembered?

I ask the men and women of this Congress: Look at the opportunities before us. Our most thrilling achievements are still ahead. Our most exciting journeys still await. Our biggest victories are still to come.

We have not yet begun to dream.  We must choose whether we are defined by our differences or whether we dare to transcend them.

We must choose whether we squander our great inheritance or whether we proudly declare that we are Americans.

We do the incredible. We defy the impossible. We conquer the unknown.

This is the time to reignite the American imagination.  This is the time to search for the tallest summit and set our sights on the brightest star. This is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots.

This is our future, our fate, and our choice to make. I am asking you to choose greatness
We must keep America first in our hearts. We must keep freedom alive in our souls. And we must always keep faith in America’s destiny that one nation, under God, must be the hope and the promise, and the light and the glory, among all the nations of the world. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America.
Previously:
President George W. Bush's 2006 SOTU
President George W. Bush's 2007 SOTU
President Bush's 2008 SOTU
President Obama's 2010 SOTU
President Obama's 2015 SOTU

Sunday, January 06, 2019

The Morning SideKick Journal


Year of Personal Growth

2018 was a year of change and great personal growth for me.  I am excited to start 2019 off by building on all of that growth.

I was looking at various personal growth journals last year, and finally decided on Habit Nest's The Morning Sidekick Journal. 

Habit Nest has a variety of journals and their mission statement is:
To provide you with the information, motivation and accountability you need to enact the change you want to see in your life in bite-sized pieces you can swallow whole and implement immediately.
I have been using it for 8 days and it has been exactly what I needed.  It helps my ADD brain stay focused on what it important.  I've had an amazingly productive week.

It has affirmations and other encouragement throughout the journal to help keep you motivated.  If you are looking for that extra spark to make your year/life better, this is it.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Top Ten Books of 2018


My Top Ten Books of 2018

It has been an exciting and eventful year, and it all started with a book!

1) You are a Badass--This is the book that kicked it all off.  If you haven't read it yet, check out my review and get your copy.  Jen Sincero inspires you to live your best life while entertaining you at the same time.

2) You are a Badass at Making Money--Another phenomenal book by Jen Sincero. It is not an understatement to say that both of her badass books have dramatically changed my life.

Sincero reveals (in a way that finally clicked for me) that the way to changing your life is by changing your thoughts.


3) Girl, Wash Your Face-- "Rachel uses her infectious energy to empower women to take control of their lives and pursue their passions without fear. Motivational, inspirational, and always approachable."

The above quote describes Rachel Hollis so well. I LOVED, LOVED this book. I was telling my nurse one day about how I had been inspired by You are a Badass, and she told me I needed to read this book.

Somehow, I knew that I needed to read it and went home and ordered it from Amazon right away.

Rachel has motivated me, inspired me and empowered me to pursue my passions without fear, and I love her for it.


4) The Pursuit of Happyness-- I can't believe that it was only a year ago that I first saw the 2006 movie based on this book. The movie really inspired me to not give up on my dreams.

As with most things in life, the movie only showed a portion of how hard things were for Gardner and how long it took him to get back on his feet. To say this is an inspirational true story is an understatement. Once you get into the meat of the book it is hard to put down.


5) Never Broken--I heard Jewel speak at a radio convention in Orlando. She talked about her work helping people cope with anxiety. It really spoke to me and I researched more about her and discovered this book.

Jewel's life story is incredible and her hardships have helped create a woman who is full of insight and wisdom.

This book was therapeutic and helped me to gain insight into my own life as well. I can't recommend this book highly enough.


6) Dream More--I've only recently become aware of what a bad ass Dolly Parton is and I'm impressed. She came from very humble beginnings but believed in herself and God. She followed her dreams no matter how many people told her she couldn't, and has achieved success on multiple levels.

She is not only a successful singer and actress, but she has done amazing things for her hometown which branched out to being nationwide accomplishments. She is known to be the book lady by many because of her huge efforts to combat illiteracy.

This book is just a snapshot of her words of wisdom on how to live a meaningful life. It is inspirational and a must read for anyone who wants to live life with a purpose.


7) What Would Dolly Do?--This year has been one of self-discovery and finding the courage to finally follow my dreams. I've found some role models who have paved the way and Dolly Parton is at the top of the list. The more I learn about her, the more I am impressed and amazed.

She has not only followed her dreams and accomplished huge things, but she has given back and done unbelievable things through her charities. She has smashed through the glass ceiling in so many ways, we could all learn so much from her life.

The author of this book does a great job of enabling us to learn all the lessons from Dolly's life. This book was a great idea and well executed.


8) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings-- Maya Angelou is my other heroine of the year.  I didn't realize what an incredible woman she was until watching a documentary recently. When I started looking up her books I found that she had written numerous autobiographies of her life. This one was the first one, it was painful to learn of some of what she'd been through, but amazing to see her resilience.

She was an advocate for civil rights and women's rights, and an incredible role model for us all.
 


9) Phenomenal Woman--A great set of empowering poems for women by Maya Angelou.  
10) 29 Gifts--This book was mentioned and recommended by Jen Sincero. I decided to check it out and was not disappointed. I found Walker's journey through the 29 gifts inspirational. As a result, I  started my own 29 gifts in 29 days journey myself. 

Monday, November 05, 2018

November 6, 2018 Sample Ballot for Clay County, Missouri


It's been a LONG 12 years, but the chance has finally arrived to unseat Claire McCaskill!!


I worked my tail off for Jim Talent back in 2006 and wasn't happy when McCaskill won.  The above  picture is what I posted in the aftermath to convey how distraught I was about the election.

I remember telling my friends that I would be over 40 by the time we could get rid of her, if I had only known.  As most of you know, we had a jack**s run in 2012 that even I couldn't vote for.

2018 has arrived and we finally have a great candidate, I cannot stress how important a vote for Josh Hawley is, make a mad dash to your polling place on election day.  Gateway Pundit lays it out plain and simple.

Clay County Judges
The big question for many voters is how to vote on judges.  Usually, you can only find generic information about them.  The only guidance you have is which Governor appointed them, that gives you an idea of their judicial philosophy.

YourMissouriJudges.org gives you an overview on judges by county.  I was able to look at the Clay County link and then research which judges were appointed by who.  Below are the judges appointed by Republican Governors that I would recommend voting yes on:
-Judge W. Brent Powell
-Judge David P. Chamberlain
-Judge Tim Flook (I know him personally, some of you should too since he was Missouri State Rep in the Liberty area).
Ballot Amendments and Propositions
As usual, some of these are purposely misleading and confusing, especially Amendment 1.
Vote NO on Amendment 1~StopAmendment1.com

Missouri's 3 Medical Marijuana Ballot Measures
I will differ with some conservatives on this issue.  I am in favor of medical marijuana because I have personally witnessed how it can help those with legitimate pain issues, epilepsy, etc...  I also think it can help with the opioid crisis.

This article lays out the differences in the 3 separate measures.  I am recommending a YES vote on Amendment 2.

Vote No on Prop B and Prop D 
Prop B sounds good, but these are the reasons why raising the minimum wage can hurt the economy.
Prop D is an expensive tax increase.  Our taxes and gas prices are obscenely high enough without adding 10 cents more per gallon.  The pro's and con's of Prop D.

The Rest of the Candidates
I am recommending voting for all the Republicans except for Saundra McDowell for Missouri Auditor.

I am particularly excited about Mary Hill running in the 17th District and Sarah Mills running in the 18th District.   I personally know Mary Hill and have worked on her campaign.  Sarah is the 1st real candidate the Republicans have had in my district in the past 20 years. 

UPDATE:
I had never heard of Steve West until recently.  He is running for a State Rep seat in Clay County in the 15th district.  I found out some disturbing information about him and as a result would recommend you NOT vote for him.

The Missouri Republican Party had this to say:
Steve West’s shocking and vile comments do not reflect the position of the Missouri Republican Party or indeed of any decent individual. West’s abhorrent rhetoric has absolutely no place in the Missouri Republican Party or anywhere. We wholeheartedly condemn his comments.

Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article216387050.html#storylink=cpy
    

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence Rally at HyVee Arena in Kansas City

It's a choice between resistance and results.

Conventional wisdom says it's going to be tough to post victories in Kansas and Missouri this year. But I think we all know what President Donald Trump thinks of conventional wisdom. We made history in 2016 and we're going to make history in 2018.~VP Mike Pence
I have been a Mike Pence fan long before he became Donald Trump's running mate.  When I heard that he was coming to Kansas City, I was excited.
You cannot legislate righteousness, you cannot enforce kindness but you can choose to be righteous, and you can choose to be kind.~Rabbi at the KC Rally 
The rally started off with a moment of silence for the 11 victims of the attack on the Pittsburgh Synagogue.  A pastor and a Rabbi both prayed, I loved the above quote by the Rabbi.  A soldier sang the Star Spangled Banner, my husband and I were both impressed at what an amazing job he did. 


Some of the Speakers:
-Missouri Governor Mike Parson
-Lt. General William Boykin (Ret.)
-ACU chairman Matt Schlapp
-Travis Weber
-Kris Kobach
-Kevin Yoder
-House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy
-Steve Watkins
-Josh Hawley
-VP Mike Pence 
My favorite parts:
-Matt Schlapp bringing up Lindsey Graham's speech during the Kavanaugh hearing and Susan Collins' courageous vote.

-I was impressed with Kris Kobach's speech and personal charisma.  He has been so demonized by the KC Star and liberals that you forget what a Republican Rock Star he is.

-Kevin Yoder quote~I’ll tell you our work here is not just about helping Republican Americans or Democrat Americans or Independent Americans. These policies are about helping all Americans realize the American dream.


Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/election/article221020220.html#storylink=cpy
-Kevin McCarthy's speech was so inspirational.  I'm not sure I've ever heard him talk before.  I was impressed.  He told the story of the German immigrant who painted George Washington Crossing the Delaware.  He talked about being a risk taker and never giving up.

-Josh Hawley is a great guy, can't wait for him to be my U.S. Senator.
My favorite Mike Pence moments and quotes:
-He brought up the awesome news on the economy.  3.7% unemployment rate, lowest unemployment ever for Hispanics and African Americans.

-He mentioned all the progress that has been made in the past 2 years~2 years of results, action and promises kept.

-He said that he hasn't seen many that have Josh Hawley's character, intellect and vision, and that Hawley stands for Missouri's values.

-He talked about how the synagogue attack was not only criminal but evil.

-He pointed out that the Republican party (especially Hawley & Yoder) will always protect pre-existing conditions.  (It has really upset me how the Democrat party has tried to say that Republican candidates that aren't for Obamacare are against protecting those with pre-existing conditions.  It's a boldface lie and not true.)

Friday, September 28, 2018

Radio Show 2018


Radio Show 2018 in Orlando, Florida
In August, I posted about my awesome experience at the MBA Radio Talent Institute.  While there, Dan Vallie encouraged us to apply to the 2018 Radio Show Convention in Orlando.  Several of us (Kadrae Smith, Kramer Sansone, Bukola and I) applied and got accepted.


My Favorite Parts...
Luncheon with Major Garrett and Jill Schlesinger
When I found out that Major Garrett was going to be one of the speakers, I was excited.  I got to meet him and he was very real and genuine.  I talked to him about Tony Snow and he confirmed that Tony was the real deal.

Garrett talked about his new book, Mr. Trump's Wild Ride.  I look forward to reading it.


Mentor Match-ups
These were small group sessions where we got to meet mentors in the radio industry.  My 2 favorites were Bob Proffitt (President & CEO of Alpha Media) and Laurie Kahn (Founder & Owner of Media Staffing Network).  


Podcasting Panel with Mario Lopez (aka Slater) and Jewel.
Jewel mentioned her work with helping people overcome anxiety.  While writing this post I looked up her site, and I am so excited.  As someone who has had a long journey overcoming anxiety, it is neat to see the outreach she is doing.

She also has a book that came out in 2015, Never Broken:Songs Are Only Half the Story.  I am excited to check it out.

My 3 Goals to Accomplish Post Radio Show
I decided I wanted to come away with 3 objectives, now that I have a fire lit under me.

1) Start my Podcast~I have been wanting to do this since I left MBA in August.  I transitioned from being a server to doing Lyft/Uber and there was a learning curve but I think I'm good now.  It's past time to dive in and start doing a podcast.

2) Create a Business Card~Yes, it's going to be pink.

3) Create a Kick-ass Air Check and Resume 

Links:
-Radio Show 2018
-Radio Talent Institute
-Never Broken with Jewel~Make Happiness a Habit
-Media Staffing Network

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

29 Gifts~A Review

I've come to believe over the last twenty days that giving and receiving are two sides of the same coin.  One cannot exist without the other.  I am also seeing that each exchange-whether I am on the giving or the receiving end-is a divine experience, what my mother would call a God moment.~Cami Walker
Career Inspiration
-As I mentioned previously, I've been reading books on career inspiration.  You are a Badass has been the most influential, and I've been reading lots of books that Sincero recommended in it.  One of those was, 29 Gifts.

Her Story
-Cami Walker was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis) only a month after her honeymoon at the age of 35.  She went through a lot of physical and emotional struggles while coming to terms with the disease. One day a friend suggested a seemingly strange prescription for her.  She recommended that Cami give away 29 gifts in 29 days.

How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life
-At first, she thought the idea was ridiculous, but decided to give it a try.  The experience was life changing and it inspired her to start a movement.  She challenged other people to join her in the gift giving.  The gifts are also seen as 29 acts of kindness.  They can be anything from giving change to a homeless person, writing an encouraging card, reaching out to a friend in need, or paying for the person behind you in line at McDonald's.

The Connection
-As I mentioned in my review of You are a Badass, there is a link between faith, positivity, gratitude and also giving.  It changes your perspective on life.

My 1st 29 Gifts Journey
-I've started my own journey of giving 29 gifts in 29 days, I'm on day 7.  I pray at the beginning of the day and ask God to show me who it is that He wants me to give/reach out to that day.  I find myself with a different mindset and a much more gracious way of looking at life and people.  I challenge you to give it a try.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

My Morning with Barry Birr


--As I mentioned in a previous post, I attended the MBA Radio Talent Institute recently.  I want to do talk radio, so it only makes sense to meet the experts in the field.

--Barry Birr has been doing talk radio for 30+ years in St. Joseph at 680 AM KFEQ.  He was gracious enough to let me sit in with him this morning while he did his show.
You are the sunshine of St. Joe~A caller speaking about Barry Birr
The 1st hour of the show
Birr highlighted 2 articles and took phone calls.
I found both articles intriguing and ideal for sparking an intelligent discussion.

1st~Confidence is High--Editorial Board at The Wall Street Journal
Below is an excerpt:
One of the more remarkable media campaigns of recent times is the current attempt to persuade Americans that the economy is worse than it seems. Every day our competitors are filled with columns, editorials and news analyses asserting that tax reform has failed, wages aren’t rising, investment is falling, and growth is an illusion. We’re reminded of the old Chico Marx line, “Who ya gonna believe, me or your own eyes?” Apparently Americans are believing their own eyes.
An excerpt:
In the last 150 years, life has changed miraculously for the better. For the vast majority of human history, ordinary people did not have refrigerators, microwaves, and dishwashers, never mind televisions, computers, and smartphones. Yet the very free market capitalism that drove this expansion in human flourishing is under attack today, and most Democrats and young people prefer socialism to capitalism.
Callers
Birr showed his expertise in the great way he dealt with callers.  Some were on topic while others delved into other matters such as the news of Colyer conceding.

The 2nd hour of the show
He had two guests in the studio, one was St. Joseph Police Chief Chris Connally.  They discussed the opiod crisis.  I actually learned a lot from the interview and plan on reading a book that was mentioned, Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic.

--It was a great look into how a local, community minded talk show is done.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Thoughts on Donald Trump...

Now, we have a track record.  We know what [Trump] will do policy-wise, which is a lot better than anything I thought he would do.  And then there's what he's done personally, as far as toxifying politics, and I think it's fair to say [what's happened is] pretty much what a lot of us expected to happen

..He's governed basically as Mike Pence would.  His actual governance has been very down-the-line conservative overall, although he is obviously a big spender 

...I have to measure the fact that a bunch of things that I thought were going to happen already have happened and are not going to be cured by avoiding voting for him, with the fact that his policies have been overall pretty good, and the fact that he's going to be running against, presumably, a radical Democrat...--Ben Shapiro
Never Trump Conservative
--I've been very open and honest about the fact that I'm not a Trump fan.  I didn't vote for him in 2016.  It was the first time ever that I didn't vote for the Republican candidate for president.

--I found it hard to listen to the very conservatives who had trained me in the principles of conservatism, abandoning our cause by supporting Trump.  Ann Coulter was so extreme in abandoning her principles that I lost all respect for her and won't be buying her books anymore.  The ironic thing, was that as soon as Trump didn't do exactly what she wanted, she turned on him.

--Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh disappointed me as well and I went through a period where I couldn't listen to their shows.  I've been able to slowly start listening again.

Now We Have a Track Record...
--One of my biggest objections to Trump was that he had absolutely no track record.  He had gone from being a liberal to a "conservative", and since he had no political experience we had no clue how he would really vote.

...and the fact that he's governed much more conservative than I thought he was actually going to, I'm much more apt to vote for President Trump in 2020 than I was in 2016

...He's done a lot of really good things in terms of governance. His Middle Eastern policy I think has been quite great. His regulatory policy has been very good. The tax cuts are very good. The judges are spectacular.  All these things are great. 

I was very skeptical that we were going to get virtually any of them when he was elected because he was so all over the place during the election cycle, but obviously he has governed fairly down-the-line on all of these major issues, and that changes the math.--Ben Shapiro
--When I found the above quotes by Ben Shapiro, I couldn't have agreed more.  I, like Shapiro was originally a Never Trumper but have been pleasantly surprised by how Trump has governed. 

--Yet, as Shapiro points out, neither of us are surprised at how he has behaved personally.  So, while I am still not a fan of him personally and have some issues with his morals, I will admit that he has (for the most part) governed like Mike Pence would, and that is a good thing.