Sunday, April 17, 2011

Make Way for Hurricane Sarah

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She’s Back!

Friday April 15th- Sarah Palin (R-AK) reclaimed her perch on top of the conservative movement as she began what can only be deemed as her reintroduction to the Lower 48. After her long break from the public eye after the tragic shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), Palin came storming back without missing a beat. Speaking in Madison Wisconsin at a Tax Day Tea Party Rally, former Governor Sarah Palin called out the G.O.P., bashed the mainstream media, and trounced President Obama in a fiery speech reminiscent of her Republican Convention Speech from 2008.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

In Review: Do The Right Thing by Mike Huckabee

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Warning! Those brave enough to venture past this sentence take notice of two tings: my heart felt apology and heed this warning. In the book we are about to explore, we will encounter none other, than the ramblings of a madman. For those who dare to continue, you will face: extreme ignorance, glaring hypocrisy, and atrocious writing. In his memoir, Do the Right Thing, Mike Huckabee (R-AR) illustrates his concept for America with by using his brainchild of "Hucktown" a place where Huckabee is the model citizen and where everyone else in town is made to emulate him... Like R.L. Stine always says, "Reader beware, your in for a scare!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My Letter of Resignation

To the Executive Board and the Members of Hoosiers for a Conservative Senate:

My name is Cody Reynolds and I had the distinct pleasure of meeting many of you at the January 22nd meeting in Sharpsville Indiana. Most of you may remember me as the young man who stepped up to the microphone and asked the standing Board Members to run for reelection in order to insure that all of our group’s leaders had stood in a fair and formal selection process. In my mind, if we as a group are to truly embody the morals and values of the conservative movement that is sweeping across our great nation, then we should apply them also to our own group. I cannot thank you all enough for the warm words and spirited conversations that each of you shared with me on Saturday. Your patriotism and love for our great nation was palpable and truly warmed my heart.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Fast Track to Sainthood

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A Modern Day Saint

On May 1st, the late Pope John Paul II will have come one step closer to becoming a saint. The Vatican has agreed that he is to be beatified after evidence of miracle has debated and finally confirmed as real. This momentous occasion is perhaps even more relevant today because it is on course to be accomplished in record time. Ironically, the current record holder, Mother Theresa, obtained this honor in record time partially due to the urging of John  Paul II. In fact, the late pope will only break the record by a matter of days. And yet, it is even more personal than that. The Venerable Pope John Paul II was a beacon of light in a world where all else was dark or dimming. Through the power of the papacy, Pope John Paul II became one of the world's greatest communicators, helped end communism, and most importantly, he brought the spirit of love back to religion.

Monday, January 17, 2011

In Review: America By Heart by Sarah Palin

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Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag

With a busy speaking schedule, doling out endorsements across the nation, and starring in her own reality television show; who would have thought that Sarah Palin would find time to write a second book? Well keeping with her tradition of defying expectations, Sarah Palin's second book America By Heart hit shelves on November 23, 2010. Coming out just over a year after her record breaking memoir, Going Rogue, flooded bookstores across the nation, Palin's second book had high expectations waiting for it. Most political observers and astute citizens believe that Palin will probably run for president in 2012 and some considered this a good way for Palin to recast herself in the eyes of most Americans. I personally hoped for a policy book, something reminiscent of Mitt Romney's No Apology. Instead she carved her own vision of America, from the very moral fabric that that our society is woven of, to our far reaching international policy. Palin uses excerpts from some of her favorite readings, prayers, and speeches to justify her worldview. Although the book allows for an interesting glimpse into the morals that guide this gifted woman, it falls far short of doing her the amount of good a policy book would have. Still it is a good read with some very powerful moments throughout.

In Review: Decision Points by George W. Bush

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14 Decisions that Changed America

For the last ten years, everyone political pundit, politician, and every day American has had there say about the Bush Administration. But finally former President George W. Bush has broken his long held silence and has delivered a weighty tome highlighting the fourteen most important decisions he made throughout his life. From quitting drinking to the 2008-2009 economic crisis and everything in between, his new memoir, Decision Points, provides an intimate and shockingly honest account of the last eight years from the very man who sat behind the resolute desk. Decision Points by George W. Bush landed on shelves everywhere on November 9th, 2010 but with class and the actual length of the book, its taken quite a while to read through it. But I am happy to finally provide Center Write Nation's In Review of this long awaited book.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Playing Politics, A Wiiventure

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Politcos Got Game

With today's instant news media, politics is everywhere. Its on every TV station, on every book shelf, and now it has even entered into video games. With the release of the NBA Jams, politicians may have found another medium to increase their face time, and possibly there own popularity. As a bonus feature, the designers of the new NBA Jams game created both a Democratic Team and its Republican counterpart. While incorporating real life political basketball players like former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) and President Barrack Obama (D-IL), other famous (or infamous) politicians also made their way into the spotlight. With a full playable political cast including: Bill (D-AR) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Al Gore (D-TN), Joe Biden (D-DE), John McCain (R-AZ), former President George W. Bush (R-TX), and former Vice President Dick Cheney (R-WY); politics has again found a new (albeit fun) way to capture the public conscience. Even more interesting, it may in fact prove an invaluable tool for reaching the most finicky voting block of all, college students.

Friday, January 7, 2011

On Taking Oath

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Inauguration Day

On Thursday January 6th, 2010 Indiana's three constitutional officers, State Treasurer, Auditor, and Secretary of State, were inaugurated in State House. I was honored to be invited to attend this prestigious event in support of Indiana's State Treasurer. A true conservative, and true person, Richard Mourdock criss-crossed the state this past year, shaking more Hoosier hands than any other candidate. And as always, Mr. Mourdock's genuine and compassionate nature showed as he was sworn in, not by his wife who was ill, but by two young children with whom he had maintained correspondence with well after the campaign ended. Even more touching was his emotional and heart felt speech which capture the heart and mind of all who heard. It is my honor to bring this fantastic acceptance speech to the online world.