Last week, we stopped by the MC headquarters and picked up tickets early for the Albuquerque Convention Center
We arrived early at 3:40 pm, to an almost filled parking garage top floor. A quick elevator ride to the ground level, a short walk to where everyone pointed as the 'end of the line', and began our wait. After a lot of time in the sun, we sent our wives to the shade of a tree lined wall. Slowly the line all swung over to get in the shade. Our wives motioned us to cross over to their, now popular, shady trees.
Across the street were the usual sign waving leftists. About a couple of dozen of them, including a 'set up' couple from VA, which their 'news media' described as about 100, as also usual for the media.
Eventually the line that had reformed around us started to move forward. Great thing, no hot sun and a lot closer to the entrance. We got in the door about 5:15 pm. Nice and cool. Passed quickly through security because we brought a minimum of personal items and the wives sat on some risers while my friend and I walked over to the floor area around a podium of sorts. Great move because it was where the microphones were located.
The crowd began to increase until a police dept friend estimated 8,000 plus people were in the Convention hall that he helps provide security for often. The security checks were fast and thourough. Wands were waved around us while we handheld our personal belongings like binoculars and cameras. No video camcorders allowed but cell phones were OK. No bottles of liquid allowed to be carried beyond the door, but were available inside. Signs had to be left and checked before being passed in the doors later.
About 6:00pm the first quick speaker was Steve Pierce, our State Representative now running for a seat in the US Senate against T. Udall, whom I mentioned in the prior post, comments. Steve Pierce was one of the founding members of the Prayer group for the US Congress. Steve led the 'Invocation' Prayer this night as well, praying for our Great Nation as it goes through it's time honored tradition of electing our new leader. Who happens to be by default, the leader of the Free World as well. Heather Wilson, the present US representative, defeated in the primaries by Steve Pierce when she ran for the Senate seat being vacated by Pete Dominici, the long running US Senator(Health reasons). Heather understandably gave a 'thumbs up' to McCain Pallin.
Darrin White, 82nd Airborne, NM State police officer, and head of the NM department of Public Safety, then our Bernallillo County Sheriff for the last 6 years is now running for Heathers vacated seat in The US House of Representatives. A lifetime devoted to Public Service, most everybody likes Darrin...the bad guys sure don't.
following that lineup was Robert Duval
You may recall him from the hit TV mini-series Lonesome Dove
The music started with a local High School band. Competition winning local Cheer leaders, Boy Scout Honor Guard, young soloist singing Star Spangled Banner as the crowd joined in, and as the tempo picked up with louder recorded music from the hit metal/rock group 'Van Halen' and others. The excitement began to rise in the crowd. The huge US flag which was drapped from the ceiling, was raised and exposed a lighted 40 foot (12m)diesel motor home coach, 'The Straight Talk Express', parked in the hall and adorned with a banner of McCain-Palin.
As the doors of the coach opened, the din was unimaginable in the Convention hall. A crescendo of cheers rose from the wild enthusiastic crowd, and flags started to wave along with McCain-Palin signs. Some were even from Alaska and New Jersey. 'Democrats for McCain' signs were waving in a section of the surrounding seat risers. The families of McCain and Palin walked onto the stage runway pausing to reach out to the crowd along the rail. It took several minutes for the wildly exuberant crowd to settle down.
John walked to the microphone and announced Sarah's name and a few quick facts about her tough working man, husband Todd Palin
Sarah spoke about John McCain and his dedication to service of the US citizens for all of his life, including his amazing miracle survival at the hands of the North Koreans in a little tiny POW cell. She said "They wanted to kill him but he wouldn't let them".
The crowd roared in approval. Sarah mentioned that the (Leftist Liberal) media refered to her as a small town mayor (which she once was) of Wasilla Alaska
'Sarah Barracuda, Go Get em', was on a big hand made sign, held up by people in front of us. 'Drill Now', was on many signs waved. Robert Duval even took one from a supporter and waved it in front of the camera. 'Read My Lipstick' was another sign and of course the difference between a hockey Mom and a Bulldog 'The Lipstick'. 'We love Sarah', was everywhere of course with a big red heart pasted in the middle.
As the Republican presidential candidate, John McCain took his place at the microphone, Sarah stepped back. John told of his plans for the presidency, which everyone knows by now. Some of which I do not approve of. Of course a perfect world would be one with only my wishes and desires being fulfilled. Not gonna happen that way of course. The main thing is that I do not want OB as my Commander In Chief. I also have known about Biden for a long time and I want to keep my guns, thank you. Maybe Delaware would even change it's mind if it were a Mexican Border State?
We have heard all of the pro's and con's of both candidates by now. Sarah and Todd's NRA
Jimmy Carter, our 1970's Democrat President, "Bless His Heart", caused my young family a serious setback. We drove cars with over 100,000 miles (161,000km) and they were our 'new' cars. I sold one when it reached 150,000 miles (241,400km). I bought a (new to us) replacement with 100,000 miles (161,000km) for our neccessary use. I could not afford anything else with double digit interest rates and inflation running at the same pace each of his disasterous years in office. That taught me a lesson in economics that I will never forget. Tax the Goose that lays the 'Golden Eggs' and guess who pays the tax.
After the short lively speeches, the candidates walked along the railing edge of the slightly raised stage, shaking hands and touching as many outstretched hands as possible. It reminded me of NBC's 'Jay Leno'. I could get no closer than about 12 feet (3.6m) to them. Todd Palin had the biggest smile that I ever saw. What a man, you can see it in his enthusiasm for his wife and her new career choice. I do not think he will like Washington DC
Sarah Palin knew about her candidacy in Febuary and kept it all to herself, for the exact time to be released to the public. Finally someone who knows how to keep a secret from the packs of Wolves always circling our political figures, looking for any slight weakness, so they may be cut from the herd and used as 'meat' for the pack. Now I wonder how long 'the Pack' will stand by waiting for 'old man Biden' to suddenly announce his heretofor unforeseen 'Health Issues', forcing his resignation so Hilly and Billy can slither back in to help neophyte BHO to 'lead' the Democratic party to total control of the USA and universe?
As we left the Convention hall and worked our way back up to the car parked on the top floor of the garage, the numbers of people were realized. Many were recognised from our own church. Looking out over the city from our top floor, the traffic extended away in all directions. We had to wait a half hour for an opening to get out.
We were going out to dine for our 40th anniversery, but the late hour presented us with little choice, We decided to stop at 'Dion's, a little local pizza place we frequent at times and order a couple of small salads, sharing our evening anniversary meal with our friends.
Now that is a quiet way to celebrate 40 years of marriage and raising a great family. At least I did run to the store and get a bouquet of flowers for my wife, before we went to the Convention Hall. She still seems to like me in spite of my 'ways'. We share one thing, and that is the belief in Jesus Christ as our own personal Lord and Saviour. Nothing else is of any great importance on this earth, in this greatest Nation ever known, The United States of America, "One Nation Under God"