Have you ever walked through the mud? I remember getting stuck in the mud once. Perhaps I was nine or ten years old. I was wearing sneakers, tube socks, and jeans. I sank to about 3 inches below my knees. It was dirty, wet, and no telling what was clinging to me. There was no fast way out; left leg, right leg, left leg, right leg. Climbing out of that mud taught me lessons that are still useful: While you are in the mud, it doesn’t matter how it got there; all you can do is whatever is next, and cleaning up afterward can be as tedious as getting out.

Being the Cabarrus County GOP Chairman is similar. Whether national or local, there are situations I had nothing to do with, and until they are dealt with, that fact does not matter. No matter how easy or difficult, whatever is next must be done. Cleaning up afterward will always be tedious.

I always hope for good outcomes for everyone. We don’t want scandals or accusations to be true; that means someone was hurt or lives could be altered. In a world with TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, and deep fakes, this can be devastating.

Some things loom large in what is possible. It could be the potential windfall of significant investment, the worst-case scenario of rising interest rates, a horrible diagnosis from a doctor, or what a flash of potential means for the future of a high school athlete. No matter what, we want the most out of the positive and the least out of the negative. Everyone hopes the masses are benign and the investments go star wars!

Whether we are discussing accusations against Former President Trump or Governor DeSantis or just local issues that do not reflect beautifully for Republicans, we all hope they are benign. Like being stuck in the mud, it doesn’t matter that it is not our fault; we must do whatever is next, one thing at a time, and rejoice together as we clean up the mess and secure the elections and government that will impact our future.

Imagine arguing children can be drugged and change “genders” without parental notice, that fabricating things about candidates is political free speech, that people should not have to prove they are the person whose ballot they are casting, and that children should not be disciplined for misbehaving in school. You can’t imagine that, can you? Not if you are a Republican.

A leader’s feelings and opinions do not exonerate them from their responsibility. The president’s feelings about the Constitution are irrelevant to his oath to defend it.

Waking up early can make you more effective. You can place your alarm across the room, so you must get out of bed to silence it, then you are off to the races.

 My Life. My Story.

September 13, 2022

My Life. My Story.