In honor of my techy
So, time did not allow for me to speak at the GOP meeting yesterday as planned. And I won't be able to share about Patriot Academy at their next monthly forum, for I will be out of town. I apologize that it didn't work out.
For that purpose, each participant in PA is given a golf ball as a visual reminder that their character is on display at all time. Like a golf ball, character is easily mishandled – left laying on a desk on the House floor, rolling under a table at dinner, forgotten in a hotel room, or just dropped in a hallway and lost in the shuffle.
Like your personal character, the expectation at Patriot Academy is that your golf ball will always be with you and in plain sight and under your personal control. It is not intended to be put in a coat pocket or carried in a briefcase or purse.
The phrase, “Where is your golf ball?” should be one you are prepared to answer for the remainder of your life. It will give you accountability with fellow Patriot students who will know that you have been carefully instructed in the vital importance of protecting your character.
Be prepared to give a ready answer.
Should you lose your golf ball during Patriot Academy, you will have the opportunity to retrieve it during mealtime or between sessions by quoting from memory one of the “Character Quotes” below. You are strongly encouraged to memorize one of these quotes BEFORE Patriot Academy starts,otherwise you will find yourself working to memorize one in front of the whole Academy in order to get your golf ball back. It is not possible for a student to proceed in Patriot Academy without retrieving their golf ball because one’s character must be in tact for principled leadership.
“God made me for a purpose…and when I run I feel His pleasure.” - Olympian Eric Liddell
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” - John Wesley
“Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? O be not weary of well doing!” - John Wesley
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." - Colossians 3:23
"A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps." - Proverbs 16:9
“You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.” - Zig Ziglar
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” - Prov 29:2
“Until you have a purpose greater than yourself, don’t expect to get beyond yourself.” – Dr. John Demartini
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” - Zig Ziglar
“The true purpose of goals is to compel you to become the person it takes to achieve them.” - Jim Rohn
“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.” - John Ruski
"Delight thyself also in the LORD,and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. - Psalm 37:4-5 (21st Cent KJV)
“I don't care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don't harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you're never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants." - Zig Ziglar
"You cannot consistently perform in a manner which is inconsistent with the way you see yourself." – Zig Ziglar
"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self." - Aristotle
"Greatness is frightening. With it comes responsibility." - Seth Godin.
"So, you want to storm down the doors and change the world. Good. First live the change that you want to see in the world, then you’ll be ready to lead it." -David Hanson
"Oh, it is excellent to have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant." - Shakespeare
"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker." - Helen Keller
"An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise." - William Dean Howells
"We first make our habits, and then our habits make us." - John Dryden
"The world loves talent but pays off on character." - John W. Gardner
"Life is a grindstone, and whether it grinds a man down or polishes him up depends on what he is made of." - Josh Billings
"Anything that we have to learn to do we learn by the actual doing of it…We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate ones, brave by doing brave ones." - Aristotle
"The price of neglect is much worse than the price of the discipline." - Jeff Olson
"Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny." -Unknown
“Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.” - Senator Henry Clay
“I’m convinced that 90% of failures in life are character failures, and not ability failures.” - Stephen Covey
"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." - Theodore Roosevelt
"A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user." - Theodore Roosevelt
"Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike." - Theodore Roosevelt
So, today, I embarked on a mission. . . . maybe more like a quest . . . . one nigh impossible and prone to failure. . . .Today I went business clothes shopping to wear at Patriot Academy. You probably think I'm being dramatic, but if you were 5'9 1/2" with a 27" waist, you'd understand just how difficult this task would be. Usually they think if you're that tall, you are big boned or fat or something.
I don't particularly care for the current professional fads. Let's face it! Large triangular holes in the back of a dress shirt, dresses the length of a shirt, and pants that are so tight that they could qualify for leggings shouldn't be fashionable. . . but they are in today's society. Moving on. So, I went to Goodwill, where, IF you search hard enough, you can find the classic professional wear for amazing prices!
In just that one store, I found all that I needed, and I couldn't have been happier! It might have taken me FIVE hours, but it was worth it to find stuff like size 4 Long black dress slacks for $5!
So, that was my day! Happy Thursday, Everyone!
-- DestinyHere is the update from Friday:
I love Homeschool conventions, and today I got to go to one for campaigning purposes! So, I pretty much got to combine two lovable activities into one! I thoroughly enjoy meeting new people and sharing with them about a candidate that I whole-heartedly support!
Today I finished reading "How to Be a Statesman" off of the Patriot Academy's required reading list. It was a quick read, but packed full of great information on what it's all about to be a dedicated servant to your constituents. Simply put, it summed up the importance of making protecting the people's rights the top priority and to never let the power of being in political office go to your head.
I can't believe that PA is just around the corner! I better get packing!
Have a wonderfully blessed weekend!
-- DestinyI will TRY to post on this blog as often as possible while I am at Patriot Academy. So, keep a look-out for pictures and updates all throughout next week! If you want, you can subscribe by email. There should be a section on the right to sign up to follow by email.
"The Patriot Academy is essentially a simulated legislative session along with other training classes, and when you get there you serve in the role of a representative. You're not just learning about the legislative process, you are literally immersed in it!"Well, that includes going through the process of writing your own piece of legislation from start to finish. Call me weird, but I enjoy this kind of stuff! I got to see a need, research the idea, formulate a solution, learn a bit on legal lingo, and then submit my bill to the legal council. What a great learning experience!
Destiny Palmer5/11/13Give a secular argument in favor of the “Defense of Marriage Act” – the bill that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. You may not quote or reference the Bible in this particular essay.For thousands of years . . . in every culture . . . it has always taken a man and a woman to produce a child. This is simply a biological fact that can be recognized by law . . . called marriage. Marriage is a union, defined by both nature's law and positive law, of a man and a woman. From that union they create a larger unit called a family. The “Defense of Marriage Act” preserves the model of the American family.Not only does it take a man and a woman to produce a child, but according to social science research, it is also the best possible environment for rearing a child. Children, girls and boys alike, need both male and female influences in their lives, as both genders of parents help them in different ways. It is important for boys to have a father to show him how to be masculine, but they also need their mother to teach them gentleness, manners, and to call out their masculinity. In the same fashion, girls need a mother to demonstrate the role she is to fill one day, and they need fathers to give them security, love, and to call out their femininity. This family model has been proven from the beginning of time to be the best.The definition of marriage has been the same for thousand of years, just as the family model has always involved both a mother and a father from the beginning of time. You see, the “Defense of Marriage Act” is needed to preserve both. It doesn't just preserve the definition of marriage but it preserves the definition of family as well. The “Defense of Marriage Act”. . . . . Do it for the children!
By Destiny Palmer5/3/13
In your opinion, should the U.S. Constitution be considered to be a living document, the interpretation of which changes with circumstances? Why?
Words matter! When writing the U.S. Constitution the founding fathers carefully selected their words because they have a specific meaning. With this careful selection they composed a document for the purpose of protecting the rights of the American people. They knew that the governing officials would need an unchanging, set guideline to refer to throughout the ages to accomplish this task. Thus, purposefully they used certain words with specific definitions, so that our liberty would be preserved for generations to come rather than misinterpretations restricting it.
However, with the English language constantly evolving, many word definitions are no longer the same as when the forefathers wrote our founding documents. They knew that was bound to happen. Let's face it, languages are always changing! And they also knew just how injurious those changes were bound to be. If the Constitution were to be redefined by today's language, not only would the constitution fail in it's duty in protecting the people's rights but could be used against the people instead. James Madison once said, “What a metamorphosis would be produced in the code of law if all its ancient phraseology were to be taken in its modern sense."
The evolution of the English language does not change the job of the Constitution, it just makes it harder for us to understand and interpret. Noah Webster, one of America's founders, wrote the 1828 dictionary, in order to preserve the language that our founding fathers used when writing our founding documents so that future generations would be able to understand what they meant. Because words matter, and he knew that the evolution of the English language was inevitable. The only way we can properly comprehend the Constitution is to return to the original language that the founding fathers used. Like Thomas Jefferson said, “On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.”
Therefore, in my opinion the U.S. Constitution is not a living document that changes through the ages. As its purpose stays the same and the original intent of the founding fathers is unchanging, the U.S. Constitution should always be applied in the sense in which it was passed.
"3 Short (450 words or less) Essays, answering these questions:
- - Do you think that elected officials should be term limited?
- - In your opinion, should the U.S. Constitution be considered to be a living document, the interpretation of which changes with circumstances? Why?
- - Give a secular argument in favor of the “Defense of Marriage Act”– the bill that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. You may not quote or reference the Bible in this particular essay. "
Do you think that elected officials should be term limited? . . . .
To answer this question, I want to give you a hypothetical situation. Let's say you own a large business. You can't handle all the work yourself, so you hire salesmen to do business on your behalf. You tell them what products you want them to present and how you want them to be presented, and then their job is to carry out your business for you. How would you feel if one of your managers told your salesman that they had worked for you for the max amount of time allowed and fired them? You thought they were doing a great job at representing you and they were very productive in their work. Wouldn't you be upset with the fact that your employee was fired by someone who worked with them rather than by you who hired them? It simply doesn't make sense.
Now take that same scenario and apply it to the government. You co-own this country, and you elect officials to represent you and run it on your behalf. You tell them what kind of bills you want them to create, support, or vote against. Then they do their best to serve you and their other constituents according to the loudest voice they are hearing. We have the right to replace them if they are no longer keeping a common interest with the people.
There is already a process in place for limiting elected officials' terms. It's called elections! And it's important to have them often! The whole purpose of elections is for the people to have a chance to evaluate who would best represent them and then vote accordingly. It's like having an interview. The one who wins the approval of the majority of the people gets the job. Although they work in and with the government, they ultimately work for us, the people. We are essentially their boss, and it is up to us, not the government, to choose when our elected officials should be replaced. It is our decision to make when they have become ineffective or are no longer holding our interests before their own. Their term ends when the people decide they aren't doing business on their behalf anymore, and they lose the election.
"The Biblically based LIFT principles summarize the core values of constitutional conservatism and will be explained in detail at Patriot Academy.
They are:I'm definitely going to keep this one in mind for common reference!
"The Patriot Academy is essentially a simulated legislative session along with other training classes, and when you get there you . You're not just learning about the legislative process, you are literally immersed in it! Which is what makes this one of the best leadership training schools around!"Well, just to add to the learning process, each student goes through the process of drafting their very own bill.