Thursday, August 14, 2008

Americans For Prosperity—And A Great Time!

This morning, I was at a free event held by Americans for Prosperity, a group I had little familiarity with before today. Two gentlemen, one of whom is Jack Hoogendyk, who will God-willing be our next senator from the state of Michigan, invited us to come. The big draw of the event was free hot air balloon rides...not to mention free T-shirts for the first fifty to register online and free donuts and juice (fresh Krispy Kreme, by the way).

Despite not immediately registering, we were among the first fifty to register, so all six of us in the family got free shirts. Then we all got a free donut. After listening to four brief speakers, including Hoogendyk (whose current state House district includes the site of this event), we got our chance, however brief, to go up and down in the tethered hot air balloon.

A great time was had by all.

There was even a protester. Just one. She held up a sign promoting efficiency as the answer to our energy problems. All of us agree that efficiency is a necessary part of wise energy stewardship—but it will not solve the major problems of energy acquisition or government over-regulation of the energy industry and markets. She was made to feel welcome, behaved civilly, and seemed to have a decent time (although I didn't ever see her in the balloon). Several people talked with her...all very civilly. This is a nice way to treat protesters; we Republicans are like that. [Note: Protesters who are disruptive and violent should be promptly handed over to law enforcement. We Republicans are like that, too. Prepare to take notice how each party treats the other's protesters at their respective upcoming conventions.]

I encourage you to take a look at this organization's website and documents. They make some great points.

3 comments: said...

Hi Ken,

Great blog! Glad you were able to make it out to the AFP event. Jack is the best.

Interesting that anyone would protest energy independence, too, isn't it? I mean, we don't protest "efficiency..."

Just shows how devoid of common sense the American left seems to be these days.


apackof2 said...

I am glad the protestor had an opportunity to hear common sense and logic

Energy independence is not either/or. As Americans we can do both, use the God -given natural resources He has blessed us with AND continue to develop viable alternative energy


Ken said...

Nicely said, apackof2! As Americans, we MUST do both.