Straight Up with Sherri

Thursday, February 10, 2005

ON A MISSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, I was on a mission. I had heard from an oper’tive that there was going to be a meet-up. Yeah, a clandestine meeting; a gatherin’ of right-wing kooks that opposed the systematic surgical procedure of murderin’ children. Okay, so I’m thinkin’- “Hey! I’m one of those kooks! I need to make sure I get on down there and help ‘em out. In fact, I know of a bill that’s about to hit the House of Representatives’ floor within days that PROTECTS "ABORTION DOCTORS!” I was determined to join them in their organized deesplay of shoving religion down the throats of unsuspectin’ people just trying to kill their baby instead of lettin’ mommy and daddy get mad at ‘em. Heck, I might even help them with their chants about how women should just donate their bodies to the government for medical testin’! I mean, that’s what we pro-lifers are all about, right? Jist trying to get into some woman’s womb and tell ‘er what to do. We just can’t stand the idea of women and doctors making good decisions about her future and health. Heck, we even want them there doctors to tell her that there is a link between having an abortion and bein’ invaded with breast cancer later on down the road. I mean—we are serious kooks! We actually think she oughtta know about somethin’ like that.

Okay now, so- this is what I do. I git GEARED up, and head on down to the Capitol.




ALL GEARED UP!!!!! Posted by Hello



When I got to security, I grew very nervous, seemin’ as how I was so heavily armed!


My audio comunication tool.......... Posted by Hello


My photo-imagin' dee-vice............. Posted by Hello


My Box of Doc's........... Posted by Hello


I made it through and was off to find my fellow kooks in crime. I found a few oper’tives, I could tell ‘em right away. They was a wearin’ big red stickers that said “Pro-life Works.” I started handin’ out my flyers to ‘em, and jist askin’ em to read it. I was lurkin’ through the tundra, I was a lurkin’ through the pagin’ area; I was handin’ out my flyers to everyone I could. Finally, about 11:00 am, I settled at the elevators, wantin’ to catch ‘em all as they were coming. Suddenly, I heard this voice say, “Hey, you can’t do that.” It was a poo-lice officer, and he was pointin’ at me. I figured he surely must be comfused. So I looked up at ‘im with my warmest smile and sweetly replied, “Sure I can.”

“No, no you can’t.”

“Sure I can.”

“No, you are not aloud to hand those out.”

“Well, sure I am.” Still smiling and speaking as sweetly as a sugar coated gumdrop.

“No YOU ARE NOT.”

“Well, why not? I don’t understand.” No I am looking rather confused and startin' to wonder why this man continues to argue with me….

“You can’t hand stuff out like that inside the Capitol.”

“Uhhuh, sher can. Look, here I have this folder FILLED with information from the FCCLA that they gave me, and another folder from the Georgia Right To Life people, and then I have my little flyers.”

Now he grabs his walkie talkie and says, “I got a 318…………..” This is when I thought, “WOW! THIS guy is SERIOUS!” He puts his talkie thing back into his belt, grabs me by the arm and says, “You’re coming with me.” Uh oh! He takes me to another uniformed officer. This one is a bit bigger. “Ma’am, you can’t…….” Yes, we went through the exact same conversation. Finally, they clarify that the other groups handin’ our their stuff had a meetin' room where they gathered and handed out their stuff there. What I was doing was walkin' through the public halls, handing out my stuff to just anybody.

“Oh. Okay. Now I get it, I understand.” I smiled, said, “Sorry,” and turned to leave. I couldn’t make it to the door! One of ‘em grabbed my elbow and said, “No, you can’t go that way, we’re going this way.” So, I was escorted ALL the way OUT of the building!

I reached into my pocket, called a fellow oper’tive. She was just in time. As I was hittin’ the sidewalk, she pulled up, I threw my Box of Doc’s into the back (there was a poo-lice car behind her so we couldn’t talk, I gestured that I’d call ‘er), she drove off, and I BRAVELY headed back inside.



I hope you all enjoyed my attempt to poke fun at myself, but I would like to take a moment and be a little more serious.

These police officers are excellent men, and they are true heroes. Not only did they treat me with respect, but also they are dedicated to doing their job. They put themselves at GREAT risk each and every day in order to protect our families and our elected officials. I may use a little humor in telling my story, but I want to make it clear that these officers have and deserve my utmost respect, admiration, and appreciation. They very easily could have and probably often do, run into an activist that treats them very poorly and insists on making an ugly scene. At all times they handled themselves very professionally. I tip my hat to them both; to them ALL!

Some of you may wonder why it would be illegal to pass out flyers inside such government buildings. Imagine what it would be like to visit these wonderful places if it were legal. Heck, we can’t stand waltzing into Dillard’s and getting attacked by the perfume soldiers. I happen to think this is a very good law. It is perfectly legal for me to hand out my flyers to my elected officials, or take flyers to their offices. There is no attempt here to stifle free speech. This law is wonderfully designed to give us the freedom to lobby our elected officials and also allow others to do the same, without being offended or mobbed by 50 activists with their own agendas.

I didn’t realize that what I was doing was against the law, but I sure do now, and I respect this law. My experience with these officers didn’t ruin my trip to the Capitol, nor did it dampen my spirits. In fact, it made my experience quite funny, and lead me to do something I would never have done otherwise. Since I was no longer armed with my Box of Doc’s, I spent the rest of my day walking around talking to every House Representative I could find. About 90% of them were wonderful, even if they disagreed with me. There was one man that treated me with utter rudeness and pure disrespect. He literally gave me the “talk to the hand” gesture, made a “tthhhhbb!” sound with his lips, and walked away form me. (He was a Democrat) Another man wasn’t interested in hearing a word I said; he was not as rude as the other man, but he was rude. (He was a Republican) Most of them were GREAT! They discussed my issue with me. They challenged me with alternatives, reasoning, etc. A lot of them told me I was “preaching to the choir.”

My point is this. These elected officials are people, just like us. There are good ones and bad ones on both sides of the aisle. I may not always respect them, or the decisions they make, or the way they treat me; but I will ALWAYS respect the system that allows me the opportunity to have access to my Representatives.
One last note: Next time you see a police officer or a fireman, tell them “THANK YOU” for all their service to their community.

18 Comments:

  • Hysterical, Sherri! And is that a little green football you're holding????? Too Funny!!!!! But I don't understand the foil hat. Surely that's for the MOONBATS!!!!!

    Pete in S.C.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:34 PM  

  • I find myself oddy attracted to your twisted sense of humor, and then even more by your guts and brains.

    You sure know how to "mix things up"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:49 PM  

  • - Well of course, when push comes to shove, you really can't win the day over the guy with the badge, and some things are just not worth a trip to the hoosegow over. But the truth is the only aspect of "public meeting or activism" that has been adjudicated by the Supreme Court is "interference with official business or common enterprise". In other words you have a right to stand there with your handbills and give one to anyone who approaches you and asks, but not to agressively seek them out or offer them sponteaneously. "Zen Bhudists of America versus the people of Virginia", [ibid] 1978 SC ruling." Since you had not gotten a formal prior approval on place and manner and you were moving around from place to place the officers could make a good case for "impeding official business or common enterprise". Of course States rights would trump Federal, or certainly would if anybody ever payed attention to the constitution anymore, in which case it would be a battle royal over the wording of "freedom to assemble"/"freedom of speech" and the 9th circuit Liberal judges and their facious "interpetations". Basically a common sense law would say you can't make a pain in the ass of yourself to the general public. Ain't politics fun.... *chuckle*...

    - Remember the frammers wanted to make sure that if the electorate had solid grievences that needed to be brought to the politicians attention, (and knowing that politicians will typically duck and ignore the normal channels of communications if its a hot potato issue or something they are afraid to engage on), they wanted to insure that in the end a citizen would have a last resort way to reach his elected officials.... thus the "freedom to assemble" clause, which would also include the freedon to communicate, by sign, handbill, or verbally, in a non agressive manner.....

    - BTW...I stay away from "pro life" rally's because I feel TOO strongly about it and would be prone to carry a simple picture of a embryo being "drilled", captioned with "Well it was either that or my "progessive" boyfriend was threatening to dump me!!!!"...So in order to not spend a night in the slammer for inciting a riot I tend to take a more temperate approach....

    - Great account Sherri, I can just picture you in the "Great Capital dust up".....
    *chuckle*...

    - Big Bang Hunter

    By Blogger - Hunter, at 4:34 PM  

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    By Blogger AtlasShrugs.com, at 7:24 PM  

  • I LOVE YA, ATLAS!!

    Sherri!

    but I will put your link back up!

    AtlasShrugged

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 7:58 PM  

  • A tremendously exciting chapter in your life. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We applaud you, we support you, and in many cases you motivate many us us to do something, even if it's just talking to our friends and family about this. I love the hat and the football - those are precious! You are quickly becoming our Joan of Arc (or would that be Joan of Acworth?). Your cause is noble and you are blessed by the Holy Spirit. The Force is with you, young Padawan warrior.
    Fight the good fight, protect the defenseless, and make it tough as hell for the evil-does to perpetrate their crimes. Yeah God!

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 8:45 PM  

  • OOOps, I mean evil-doers. My apologies to Bambi's mama.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 8:47 PM  

  • Sherri

    You are insane. Where do you come up with this stuff? The music is just hilarious touch.

    A friend from MS

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:37 PM  

  • testing...........

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 10:03 PM  

  • testing again.....

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 10:03 PM  

  • Okay-- I LOVE THE KNEW WAY TO POST COMMENTS!! I LOVE THIS FORMAT!!! YAY!!!!!

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 11:06 PM  

  • LOL does this "knew" format include the misuse of homonyms?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:13 AM  

  • LOL!!!! anonymous-- LOL!!!

    OY!!

    REMINDER TO SELF-- MUST USE PREVIEW SCREEN!!!!!!!

    LOL!!!

    Good catch!!!!

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 4:28 PM  

  • Hey Sherri,

    How do you do it? I must commend you for your effects. I am very proud of you, it takes a lot of guts to stand up for something you believe in most people don’t. And has far as the police officers they are doing a great job protecting us so I must say agree with you and say "THANK YOU".

    By Blogger DH9769, at 11:45 AM  

  • Hey Sherri,

    Take a look at!
    http://motivationalpiece.blogspot.com/2005/02/follow-your-dreams.html

    By Blogger DH9769, at 1:31 PM  

  • You really stand up for what you belive in, and I admire that. Even though you were told you couldn't do that you insisted you could, until you were explained why you couldn't. Needless to say I am prochoice. And we can point fingers on those who abuse this decision, but many people have many valid reasons for such decisions. I won't get into depth about that. But I will say that it's people like you that stand up and speak out, who support people like me who don't...

    By Blogger d4336, at 11:05 PM  

  • d4336

    WHAT???

    YOu stated: but many people have many valid reasons for such decisionsBACK IT UP! give me a valid reason to kill an innocent child!!! c'mon! give me one!!!

    Don't revert to "in the case of saving the life of the mother--don't evn try to use THAT as some moral excuse to say "MANY VALID REASONS!"

    We can have differing opinions-- but I will not give ANYONE an EASY PASS on saying there are "MANY VALID REASONS" for murder! THAT is POPPYCOCK! HAVE A BACKBONE! STAND FOR SOMETHING! STICKING YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND WILL NEVER MAKE A BETTER WORLD!

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 1:56 AM  

  • Fiesty, intelligent, strong willed and
    good looking to boot! Where are all the smart conservative women? Down south? We need more women like you in MN. Well Done.

    Craig

    By Anonymous Just Craig, at 11:25 PM  

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