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On Saturday, supporters of Sen. Mike Lee held a “Victory Rally”.  I attended as part of a small group, that was protesting his support of the Republicans in the House of Representatives not passing a “clean” continuing resolution to fund the government. Here are my five top takeaways from that.

1.     Facts are Irrelevant.  The fact that they were celebrating a “victory” was confusing. Because of the shutdown, the GOP is polling at an all-time low. The numbers for the Tea Party is even lower. There is a very real chance, that even with the gerrymandering currently in place, Democrats will take back control of the US House in 2014. This action was a crushing defeat for Republicans, and especially for the Tea Party. Sen. Lee in now polling 10 points less.

2.     They hate everyone, including themselves.  It would be easy to say that this group hates minorities. It would be easy to say that they hate women. It would be easy to say they hate the LGBT community. These are generalities.  They don’t hate all members of these groups. I’m sure that if you know what they perceive to be your place, these people would be ok. Well most would. There were some racial slurs and also anti-gay comments. But that is to be expected. The big surprise was how much they hate other Republicans. Sen. Orrin Hatch, and mostly Abby Huntsman, came under attack. In the case of Ms. Huntsman, there were almost as many negative comments about her as there was against the President. They also seem to hate “the establishment”. Forgetting of course that in Utah, they are close to the establishment.

3,      Sen. Lee is Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan all rolled in one. This was one of my favorites. A quick history lesson. Lincoln supported a strong federal government over states’ rights. He also believed in equality for all. Ronald Reagan was for amnesty for immigrants, for an assault weapons ban, and appointed pro choice judges to the Supreme Court. So I guess Sen. Lee is a big government, pro choice, pro equality Senator who wants to limit the sale of assault weapons and supports amnesty.

4.      The Tea Party supports the Constitution like they do the Bible, they take what supports their position. Obviously the First Amendment took a beating. There was no freedom of, or from religion. And free speech was certainly not allowed. The right to assembly, to peacefully protest was definitely not allowed in that private park. It reminded me of all the Old Testament things they say to discriminate against people. They conveniently forget the teachings of Christ and his ministry of tolerance and love.

5.      Ted Cruz and Mike Lee held hands and stopped Obamacare from becoming law. Yes…there were many in the crowd that thought that. Actually, they did talk for 21 hours, which wasn’t a filibuster because they weren’t preventing action on a bill. When their time was up, the Senate came back in session and passed the clean CR. There were almost as many people who believed the Obamacare is unconstitutional. Which is kind of sad because these people obviously haven’t got the word yet that the Supreme Court did rule on it.

Certainly a different experience going to this event. We even had one guy tell us to get jobs and say he was surprised that we were out of bed so early. Not to mention the usual gun crazies. Sadly, one female protester was attacked by a mob. Fortunately, she wasn’t hurt but did have her sign ripped from her hands and torn up.


I recently moved to West Valley City from Salt Lake City. I have been involved in politics out here for a very long time. When I moved, I looked to stay involved. By chance, I was able to meet Council Member Karen Lang, who represents the 3rd District in the city. She was running for West Valley City Mayor, and had just learned that she had passed the primary, and was getting ready to start her drive towards the general election. I was immediately impressed with her intelligence and grasp of the issues. West Valley City has some unique challenges. It is currently Utah’s second largest city. It also has one of the most diverse populations. They really need someone with the passion and compassion of Ms. Lang, to help support the many changes going on in it’s diverse community.

Karen Lang has been a small business owner for many years. She understands what it’s like to be a working wife, mom, grandmother, and neighbor. Her husband Brian, as well as her children, were all educated in WVC. She served for 10 years on the Planning Commission, before being elected to the City Council. She is the owner of Oakbridge Greenhouse in the city. And, she may be the best prepared, most non-partisan person, I have ever had the privilege to know. in this race, in this city, that is very important.

I don’t agree with her on all the issues, but I agree with her on the most important ones. I can give my wholehearted support to Karen Lang for WVC Mayor. I urge all my friends, and more importantly, my fellow Democrats, to give their support to the best candidate, Karen Lang.

I feel reborn today. I feel like I am ready to be the best me that I can. They say that when you hit bottom, you have nowhere to go but up. Over the past eight months, I have certainly seen my share of bottoms…physically, personally. professionally, mentally, and emotionally. Almost to the point that I didn’t think I could go on another second. But, with the help of friends and my higher power, I not only survived, I came out stronger and better than ever before. I am now ready to be my best me!

It’s time to really focus on what I want to do with my life and how I can best impact the lives of others. Time to devote my life to helping others and doing what I can to better my world!

We live in a divisive world. We live in world full of blame and hate. Who does that make happy? Do you feel better about yourself when you are putting others down? I know I don’t. And I am guilty of this. I admit it. I am not proud of myself. My friends deserve better.

I have strong views and opinions. I think it is important to express those views. I think it’s important to express my opinion and the reasons behind it. That doesn’t mean I need to belittle someone else and tell them that their opinion is wrong just because I don’t agree with it. It’s time to return civility into our discourse. It’s time to start the healing process to end the divisions. We are a diverse country. That is our strength. We can have our disagreements but at the end of the day do what is best.

Negativitiy takes up so much time. It also produces an energy that spreads. Why not spread a positive energy. Why not spread joy and comfort instead of hate and venom. It’s time for all of us to be the change. It’s time to take a step back and really celebrate the joy in life. It’s time to find that common ground to help all people…regardless of the differences. Be the change.

How can we make a difference with others? We can start by changing ourselves. Try to be more civil…more understanding…more open minded. And really stop taking things that others say and post so seriously. Once you make the change with yourself, others will follow.

Dear Mom:

Another Mother’s Day is upon us. I am reminded of growing up in Kearns…we would wake up on Sunday and go to your Mom’s. Gram would make us breakfast…we would bring flowers…all of us would give you and her hand-made gifts and cards. It was always the “safe” place for us…free from the stress that was there.

Mom…I know that it was hard. You had all four of us within five years…almost to the day. You were still pretty young yourself…barely 19 when Marcey was born. For most of the time before we went to school you worked two jobs. Dad worked nights so he could get paid more. We never felt like it was a struggle financially, but looking back, I know that it was.

Mom…I can count on one hand the sporting or school events that you missed. You were always there..cheering not just me…but my teammates as well. You shared in our triumphs and disappointments. Many of them called you “Mom”. You welcomed all of my friends into our house…made sure we were all fed and safe. You would bring extra food to those all day track meets in high school…enough to feed an army.

Mom…you gave me my love of music. We would sit for hours listening to the great musicians of the time. I remember you going with us to see Boston and Queen in Denver…and also waiting in line to get Bruce Springsteen tickets. You encouraged us to explore other genres of music…taught me to appreciate theater…movies…and a love of art.

Mom…you gave me my love of politics and history. I remember we watched the Apollo missions together. And how we both were watching when Robert Kennedy was shot. I remember your tears as if it was yesterday.

Mom…you gave me my sense of humor…the ability to laugh at myself. My caring nature…my patience.

Mom…it’s been about five years now. We both had to make choices. I think about you everyday and long to speak with you. I sometimes go by where you live…in fact…was there today. I have dialed your number many times…just to hear your voice. I understand the choice you had to make. I wish you could see the person that I am today…to share in my triumphs and disappointments. To be able to talk about the physical issues that we both have now. Hopefully soon.

Mom…I love and miss you…and thank you!

I am a little surprised at all the reaction to President Obama announcing that he supports same-sex marriage. I wish I could be surprised at the intolerance in the comments of those opposed to it. I don’t understand how it really affects any person who isn’t gay. All it means is same-sex couples can have the same rights and the same chance at happiness as everyone else. Although anyone that thinks getting married will make them happy is a little nuts!

As a country, we have a long history of inequality…which is a little ironic for a country that says it’s people are free. Long have minorities, women, gay and transgendered people been denied basic human rights. Each time, we take steps to correct these injustices. The time has really come in this country for us to show that we really do stand for freedom…that we really do believe in equal rights. We need to stop the hatred and teach our children love, dignity for all, and equality. It is an important time in the history of our country…we must get it right!

I think it all becomes a matter of how you look at things. If you focus always on the negative in life you tend to get that. This seems to the case whether I am at work or just chatting with friends on Facebook. There is so much hate and venom in the world right now. It seems that for a lot of people, it is easier to focus on all the bad, instead of talking about the good, or finding common ground to build on. Why else do you think this country is such a mess? You have two opposing sides who really don’t care about you…all they are interested in is winning the next election. Do you really think they care about your job more than their own? Then…if they feel like they need more help…they will outright lie.

I have found that I have been sucked into this debate too many times, including about my own health. I get caught in that trap of how bad things are, that we can’t see the good in life. Sometimes I become a person who becomes defined by what I have instead of who I am. My doctor..who is wonderful…told me that, unless I get hit by a bus, or have something tragic happen, I will die from Diabetes. He meant that if I didn’t change my ways, I would have a shorter life. From that moment I was dying from Diabetes. I let that define who I was.

Now, I feel like I am a person who has Diabetes. It’s a part of me, but isn’t who I am. I am many things. I am a father, a brother, a grandson, a cousin, an uncle, a friend, I am Hispanic, a salesman, a sports fan, a music lover. I am even so much more than that. I am different things to different people. I embrace each aspect of my life and try to be a better person.

On my main page of this blog, I put that I am a work in progress. Each day, I try to learn a little more about myself and grow. I couldn’t begin to make up for the people I have hurt and the wrong that I have done. All I can do is be a better me. I can’t change my past…but I can make a better future…not just for myself…but for those around me. We all can.

So…day two of my “new” life. Yesterday, I really got some great exercise. My chest is still really sore, and still feeling a bit light-headed. My blood glucose level ranged from 89 to 122, which is a lot better than the 238 that it was reading a week ago. I ate right…in the right amounts…and at the right time. And I was very productive in writing and setting up a page for my blog on Facebook. All in all a great day.

Now comes the hard part…consistency. Even with the positive reinforcement from the day before, I find myself starting the food cravings…seeking that comfort food to make a little stress and loneliness go away. For breakfast…I want eggs and bacon, instead of the oatmeal that I should have. I went for a little walk…but let the cold weather get to me and I cut it short! I feel that the old habits are weighing me down and holding me back. The motivation and rebirth that I felt yesterday seems to be hiding. Time to focus!

Each day we all must treat as a wonderful chance for change and growth. We have to shake off those demons that hold us back from being a better person. It’s not just with our health…but also in the way others view us and how we view them. As a society…we have become so polarized…so much hate. I challenge everyone to listen without judgement, act without malice, love unconditionally. Why spread negativity when you can spread joy. Why spread lies and hate, when you can spread love! Be the better person.

Oh my! Election season is in full bloom.  It seems like everywhere you turn there is information and mostly misinformation. I realize that making promises and slandering the people that you oppose is the way you win elections…but it seems like we have hit an all-tie low in rhetoric and moralizing.  I fear it will only get worse. We live in a diverse country, with diverse views. Morals are an individual thing…and not something to be forced on others. We have laws that need to be followed. Whether you agree with them or not does not necessarily make them wrong. We are not put here to judge others, that is not the role we play. Intolerance may be one of the greatest evils in this world. To punish those less fortunate for political gain never solves anything. There are many of my friends who disagree with my political views, and I with them. However, we still are able to coexist and even deeply care about each other. I urge all my friends to keep the discourse civil and on point. I urge Congress to work together to solve problems rather than obstructing progress to win elections. I urge candidates to spell out the differences between them and others instead of just placing blame and name calling.  We can only be great if we come together and most importantly show our compassion for those less fortunate.

First full weekend of the year and lots of stuff going on…

Who would have thought that since 1997, the Houston Texans have won as many playoff games as the Dallas Cowboys?

And speaking of playoffs…Go Broncos! Seriously, I never dreamed this would happen this season. I think the only bigger surprise to me is if Tim Tebow comes out and throws for 300 yards!

Is John McCain endorsing Mitt Romney one moderate endorsing another or one person who will say and do anything to be elected endorsing another that will do the same? Is the Orrin Hatch endorsement far behind. The pandering that goes on in unbelievable! I really wish my Republican friends would take another serious look at Jon Huntsman. He really is the only one that has foreign policy and executive skills, as well as the business experience to make a difference.

So, I have to admit that I was wrong, the Utah Jazz probably will win more than 20 games this year.

Is everyone now convinced that our weather patterns have changed? Before this tiny storm, we had very little snow in the mountains. In most cases, less than three feet and the ski resorts! I’m not a climatologist, but I think we may need to reclassify our seasons. I think it is late autumn here!

I hope everyone has a great 2012! No, I don’t think the world will end. I mean seriously, despite the fears of the political right, electing a minority didn’t do it!