Vision and Victory1:16 PM
Five days. Eight thirty to nine o'clock each time. Lack of sleep, no down time and whole lot of fun.
And we won.
Let me back up. On Thursday, my parents left me rolling my green suitcase in the congressman-hopeful Reid Ribble's Green Bay office. That started a whirlwind five days of campaiging from Ribble and his Republican teammates Ron Johnson (Senate) and Scott Walker (governor). I signed up with Generation Joshua, a group of mostly homeschooled kids fired up about civics, to help win one of the biggest upsets in recent history. How's that for awesome?
About twenty-five kids, two moms and four team leaders from Patrick Henry College formed our group -- and let me tell you, they were amazing. We dropped lit, bugged voters on the phone and screamed at rallies. We split our sides over furious voters, freaked out over creepy houses we had to drop lit at and spent the night in our rooms talking over our jam-packed day. It was fun.
It was awesome. Awesome. That was the word most used this week. And truly, that's the best word to sum it all up. And since y'all weren't there and I had no camera (ha), I'll let the media tell the story.
On Sunday we formed the major part of the Scott Walker rally -- signs, screaming and, yes, grooving to the beat of "Walker, Johnson, Ribble!" James Flath was the most awesome organizer in this event. His James Dance is famous now, for it will, in all probability, end up on Facebook sooner or later. It's that epic. You guys have not lived life to the fullest until you have hung out with him. Oh -- and my team leader, Dan, founder of Team Wolf Pack, was just as amazing, just for the simple fact that he put up with me for nearly a whole day of lit dropping...and he even let me pick on his Wis-scan-sin accent. I love those guys. And the media loved them too. These guys ended up all over the news. Awesome.
Speaking of all over the news, James got followed around by a camera on one of our last days of lit dropping. My roommate Amy (who won a gift card for being the most energetic of us all -- so true) let James tag along. She's in the blue. She's awesome too. Click here for video.
What was really awesome? I personally met and shook hands with every single one of the candidates I campaigned for -- Scott Walker I met once at the rally, once at our Green Bay office (below); Ron Johnson came the last day of the campaign; and Reid Ribble visited us everywhere. This morning, while waiting to be picked up, I spoke with him twice more -- in a sort of general way. I'm not that famous. But I cannot say enough about this man. His faith and his humility and his heart -- I was blown away. What can I say? I love him. Click here for video.
We helped Reid Ribble win. It was our phone calls, our sign waving, our energy, our hoarseness and cold fingers and aching feet that helped win the election. We were just kids (though James insists we are not), and we helped upset the Democratic grip on our nation. We. We the kids of the United States. Because we had a vision. And because we had a vision, we had a victory. James is holding up his iPhone and the girls around him are our girls. I'm in there somewhere. I actually think I hear myself cheering. And I think I might have seen my hair. But as I said -- I'm not that famous.