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California governor’s race gains another female candidate

California governor’s race gains another female candidate

San Diego- Chelene Nightingale will run for California’s top post in 2010 on the American Independent Party ticket. A self-professed patriot, Nightingale announced her intent to run on July 4th in San Diego at Camp Vigilance.

“I’m a people’s candidate, by and for the people of California,” Nightingale says enthusiastically.

Nightingale has a long tough road ahead of her. Not only is she running on the Independent ticket, but she refuses to take any union, or special interest money to support her campaign run all the way to the Sacramento State Capital.

The three main issues Nightingale hopes to confront are; illegal immigration, education reform and restoring California’s once prominent economy. She goes on to say that California’s second most profitable business is government. “That has to change,” she says.

“California has the highest poverty rate in the U.S. as well as the highest tax rate,” Nightingale claims. “The education system was once ranked top in the country, but now it hovers near the bottom.”

“We have to fight for our grass roots and get the state back into the hands of the people,” she believes.

Nightingale admits to changing party affiliation in the past. “I started out as a Democrat moved to the GOP and was tired of voting for the lesser of two evils. Now I’m an Independent.”

Just as Sarah Palin said she was no longer useful as Alaska governor, Nightingale feels many California politicians have lost their usefulness. It is time for many of them to step aside and let patriots step into leadership roles.

Nightingale established herself in the political scene with the Save Our State organization. During her tenure at SOS, Nightingale organized community events and lobbying efforts in Sacramento and Washington D.C.

Nightingale hopes that other frustrated Californians will join her on this journey to take back the “Golden State.”

Advocating for tougher border control, Nightingale says she would strengthen the southern California border by adding armed-National Guard members.

If you are looking for a politically-correct candidate, Nightingale says “I’m not your girl. I want our borders protected by agents and guard members who are ‘locked and loaded’ because there are also terrorists crossing our borders and we need to stop them.”

Citing up-start, former presidential candidate Ron Paul, Nightingale believes “it (an Independent in Sacramento) can happen.”

Nightingale hopes to draw on her strengths as a mom and her independent spirit to fight the tough battle ahead. Why would a mom and political activist want to run in the nasty world of politics?

“I just lost my mom a few weeks ago, and it was my mom who encouraged me to accept the American Independent Party offer to run for governor. She told me, ‘Do it, for your self, but also do it for your son.’”

“I hope my courage will help other women to follow in these foot steps.”

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The cost of freedom is often silence

Old Glory flying proudly, the sound of taps dancing in the air and memories of silence embrace the most solemn U.S. national holiday – Memorial Day. It is one day set aside to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our liberty.

Perhaps our first president, George Washington said it best, “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”

We don’t often talk about the real meaning of Memorial Day. Most think of it as the opening day of summer. Some head to the beach, others barbeque with friends or watch the Indy 500. Most get a paid holiday and the ability to sleep in. However, few take the time to cherish what this day offers. It offers a chance of remembrance for those who lost their lives fighting in abhorrent conditions in a country far away – away from their loved ones, away from their home.

As America inches further away from the horrors of September 11th, we seem to ponder less of wartime and more about ourselves.

“We are a nation of patriots,” President George W. Bush said after the World Trade Center attacks. “The attacks of September 11th, and the attacks that have followed, were designed to break our spirit. But, instead, they’ve created a new spirit in America. We have a renewed spirit of patriotism. We see it in the countless flags that are flying everywhere in America. We hear it in familiar phases that move us more deeply than ever before.”

Liberty is not free. Liberty often means the sound of silence, the loss of life. Since 9/11 the call to freedom came and thousands of everyday Americans heard the call. Let us not forget them, let us hear their silence.

In an era long ago President Abraham Lincoln said on the battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” We will never forget.

Every American generation has heard the call, all have fought honorably and some lost it all. We will never forget.

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty,” John F. Kennedy said.

Our great nation doesn’t often get the praise it deserves. But let us not forget that we are that shining beacon of hope. We are the most compassionate nation. Let’s remember what our Founding Fathers wanted when they embarked on their New World experiment. They wanted freedom and liberty for all.

“A people free to choose, will always choose peace,” said Ronald Reagan. “Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.” We will never forget.

It seems that our modern-day wars are fought in honor of allies. Americans give their lives and treasure to bring liberty to those who are unable to attain it on their own. “Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government,” Thomas Jefferson said. We will never forget.

“We must remember that many who served in our military never lived to be called veterans. We must remember many had their lives changed forever by experiences or the injuries of combat. All veterans are examples of service and citizenship for every American to remember and to follow,” President George W. Bush said, Oct. 30, 2001.

Indeed we are Americans. We sing a National Anthem and say our Pledge of Allegiance with a heart-felt passion – always remembering – never forgetting.

“Let freedom ring, let freedom ring,” says Martin Luther King Jr.

We will remember their silence.

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