About two and a half years ago my husband and I began working with the Coptic Christian Immigrant Community in Nashville.
Coptic Christians are simply Egyptian Christians.
They immigrate through the diversity immigration program set up by President Bush Sr.
Egypt is 90% Muslim and they are highly discriminated against and persecuted because of their faith, (as we have seen on the news). They are one of the main groups targeted by ISIS.
I began working with the community through ESL classes, teaching English Second Language. They are highly motivated to be here. They want to learn English quickly and they become citizens as soon as possible.
Through the English classes I became close friends with many of the families and as I began to consider running for Congress I talked with one of the men who immigrated about fifteen years ago.
He is now a citizen, so I asked him to help me understand the immigration system in America. Based upon his own personal experience, I asked him how did he suggest we fix the problems?
He seemed a little confused at first because for him it wasn’t a problem. For his wife he married in Egypt that had only immigrated a few years ago, it wasn’t a problem. So instead of offering a suggestion he said, “It works just fine.”
He said, “You are trying to make it work for people who break the law, and if you break the law it should not work for you.” And then he said again, “That’s not what it is suppose to do.”
Isn’t that brilliant?
That is the reason I want to go to Washington and represent my district.
A district I have called home for over 25 years.
I have raised my family here. My husband and I ran a commercial roofing company here for over 20 years.
I am just like you.
I am not a politician, at least not until this moment, but I present myself to this race with a very unique perspective.
I am a career long broadcaster. For 28 years I worked for WLAC as a traffic reporter and then I worked for a year and a half at The Blaze TV in Dallas. I commuted back and forth, I never relocated.
But what many don’t realize about those who work in the media is that we basically have a back stage pass to the genre of music, entertainment or news we work in.
I have studied, and watched how the sausage is made.
And just as my Egyptian friend said, the only problem we have with immigration is the same problem we have in Washington, we are trying to make our government do something that it is not suppose to do.
That it was not designed to do.
How many programs do we have that are absolutely not what the founders intended for us when they wrote, agreed on, and signed The Constitution?
Certainly, all of those who are currently vying for Tennessee’s 6th Congressional Seat will agree on most all of the issues before us.
We are all conservatives, and will most likely sound the same, but the difference will be found in our long term goals.
One article in particular interested me in the Republican Platform.
It was regarding the Federal workforce.
It went on to discuss the need to bring federal compensation and benefits in line with the standards of most American employees.
It hoped that a Republican administration would work to streamline personnel procedures to, “expedite the firing of bad workers, tax cheats and scammers” and it called into question the unionization of the federal workforce and the need to review the policy and processes.
Everyone knows that the intent of those who came before us was to have representation of the people, by the people, for the people.
It was never intended to be an elitest, legacy, Lord and Lady builder that it has become.
We are again serving the elitest system we turned away from at the founding of our nation and with every passing year we lose more and more freedom that will eventually find us back to a complete life of serfdom.
So, there is only one other issue I would like to address at this moment as you consider who you will vote for in this election, and to me it is a game changer for Washington.
With that in mind, I will promise to promote, debate and bring any and all actions possible to impose term limits on all branches of government.
I will help to promote the Convention of States.
I will do all I can to force a vote on term limits, as often as they will allow me to do so. I will be tenacious on the issue of term limits for all branches.
I further promise, to term limit myself.
I will be different. Washington will know I am there and that I can not be bought, or compromised.
Oh yes, one more thing, and the most important. While many in Washington declare, “I am a person of faith but I don’t wear it on my sleeve.” I will in turn, not only wear my faith in God on my sleeve, I will bind it on my forehead, write it on my doorpost and they will know HE is the only KING I serve.
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