The Other McCain

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You Did It! Thank You!

Posted on | November 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

Daughter Reagan working on the thank-you card list.

Late Friday, I put up an appeal for $900 to enable our family to travel to our oldest daughter’s home for Thanksgiving. By Saturday afternoon, I could report to the family that we would meet that goal. Our youngest daughter, 13-year-old Reagan, has been assigned to send thank-you cards to folks who hit the tip jar during this weekend campaign.

“You should be thankful for this opportunity,” I told her. “This is a hands-on lesson in online fundraising. Capitalism works.”

One of my daughter’s friends is a huge Trump fan, and I explained to my daughter that I first met Donald Trump’s chief of staff Steve Bannon when I interviewed him in June 2011 about his Sarah Palin documentary.

“Steve’s a friend of mine,” I told my daughter. “When we go to the inauguration, maybe you can meet him.”

Last year, for her seventh-grade history project at school, my daughter did her presentation as — who else? — President Ronald Reagan.


My daughter has studied the history of Reagan’s career and presidency, including his famous 1981 inauguration speech in which he declared:

“It is time for us to realize that we’re too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We’re not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.”

That optimism — a refusal “to limit ourselves to small dreams” — is what has inspired me to believe that I could step out into thin air, as it were, and make blogging a career. Reader contributions to the Shoe Leather Fund have enabled me to keep going despite all obstacles and opposition. Who knows what adventures may await in the future? Thank you for your support, thank you for your prayers, and may God bless you.




One Response to “You Did It! Thank You!”

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