Romney and Ryan 2012

The Tea Party Express VIII – Winning For America Tour just finished it’s sixth day.  It has been a great start to the tour having held several rallies in Florida, Georgia and covering the state of North Carolina.  The number of first time attendees at a Tea Party rally were surprising.   When talking to folks we were told they are coming out to show support and get informed.  They are trying to find out if the liberal media is lying to them about the demise of the Tea Party.  We assure them that “Yes, the media is lying!  The Tea Party is alive and well.”

Tea Party is alive and well!

Several people mentioned to us that the media seems to be trying to make them believe we have no hope.  Folks, the liberal media is lying.  They are trying to make you feel defeated so you won’t bother going to the polls to vote.  But there is hope and that hope is in Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.  The crowds have been overwhelmingly enthusiastic for Romney and Ryan.  We can win in November if you get out and vote!

Romney and Ryan 2012

Crowds are energized and motivated to take back our White House and end the socialist agenda of Barack Obama.

Crowds are cheering for Romney and Ryan!

We received an email from a friend just before starting the tour.  He said “when you hit that stage hold nothing back.  For the sake of my children and yours, hold nothing back.”  We have thought of those words each time we have taken the stage and we have held nothing back.  So for those of you still undecided, here are the facts.  If you are thinking of not voting, then you are surrendering your vote to Obama.  If you are thinking of a write in vote or voting for a third party, then you are voting for Obama.  NEVER has a Presidential candidate won as a write in.  NEVER has a Presidential candidate been elected from a third party.  NEVER.  And it will not happen this election either.  If you went to the polls during the primary and you voted your principles then you did the right thing.  If your candidate didn’t win, then we’re sorry.  In all honesty, ours didn’t win either.  But the primaries are over.  The next President and Vice President of the United States will be elected from one of the two major parties.  That’s the facts.  It will either be Barack Obama and Joe Biden or Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.  Those are your choices.  At this point, you start from square one and you look at your principles and you pick the candidates that stand closest to what your values represent.  And here’s the hard truth – if you think you’re going to skip out on voting, write in a vote, or vote for a third party, then just go ahead and vote for Barack Obama.  Then you can at least take responsibility for the collapse of our economy and the loss of our nation if Obama is reelected.

As we listened tonight at the rally in Wilmington N.C. to the gentlemen who spoke about escaping communism to come to this “great country”, we were reminded of the importance of this election.  Folks, our freedoms here are now at stake.  Make no mistake about it.  If you believe in America and love this land your choice is clear.  Only one choice will keep America’s future bright.   So Ron and I will proudly, and without hesitation march to the polls in November and vote for Freedom and Liberty.  We will vote for Faith and Integrity.  We will vote for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  We will vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

We must stand united to win in November.  Will you stand with us in support of candidates who love America, will not apologize for being exceptional, will support our military and will bring back our economy, bring back jobs, save medicare and repeal Obamacare?  Please join us in voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

Believe in America – Romney and Ryan 2012

(As we traveled to join the tour we wrote a new song to show our support.  It’s titled “Romney and Ryan 2012”.  It can be downloaded for FREE at  Go there, listen to the words, then download it and send it to all your friends, family, email lists and radio stations in your area.  We must stand united to elect Romney and Ryan in November.)

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A Farewell Start To The New Year

A Farewell Start To The New Year

Kay Rivoli – The Rivoli Revue – 1.4.2011

It was not the ideal way to start the New Year and yet in some ways it seemed perfect.  The funeral mass was at 9:30 A.M. at St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church.  We were there to celebrate the life of Raymond Lee Wright, my brother’s best friend and a friend of ours for many years.  Not only was Ray a friend, he was an outstanding individual, a U.S. Army veteran who proudly served in the Vietnam War with the 11th Armored Calvary, K-Troop (66-67).  He received the Purple Heart Cluster and Bronze and Silver Stars.  He was a lifetime member of the 11th A.C.V.V.C. and a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Department.  His wife of 39 years, Mary Ann, is one of the sweetest angels you will ever meet and today she, along with their son Michael and dozens of other family and friends, were gathered in this beautiful church to say our final farewell to Ray.

It was not the ideal way to start the New Year and yet there we sat in this majestic, holy place listening to beautiful music, our Saviour front and center, and I was deeply reminded of what is important in this life.  I was thankful that because of Jesus Christ we know we will see our friend again and reminded of my salvation.  I was thankful for my family and friends and reminded that I need to make time for them and say I love you every chance I get.  I was thankful to live in a country where we can congregate in this beautiful place to comfort one another and seek solace.  And I was reminded of the men and women like Raymond who have fought for that freedom.

As the mass concluded we left the church and formed a procession to the Kentucky Veterans cemetery.  In route we passed several locations where members of the P.R.P. fire department had gathered and with fire engine lights ablaze, were standing in salute to their fellow firefighter.

We traveled the Purple Heart Trail and the Memorial Blue Star Highway and I couldn’t help but think how appropriate given Ray’s service.  What a beautiful salute to this beautiful man.  As we passed the General Patton museum I was reminded of the General’s words when he said “it is both foolish and wrong to mourn good men who have died, instead we should thank God that they lived” and I was thankful Ray had lived.

The procession was miles long and our vehicle was located near the end.  It was touching to see how many people wouldn’t pass.  Other’s in the far lanes had pulled over and waited. And at times, when traffic got thick, strangers would slow traffic and make sure every vehicle made it through unimpeded.  A driver even stopped traffic in the passing lane as the procession approached the driveway of the cemetery.  No one passed as we entered and at that moment I was reminded of the kindness of people and that the values and beliefs we hold dear really do exist.

As the sun was shining, taps was played, the flag was folded and the Patriot Guard presented flags and stood diligently throughout the service.  After hugs and kisses with the family Ron and I walked the outer circle and shook hands with every Patriot Guard.  We thanked them for their service and for being with us and we welcomed the Vietnam Vets home.  Lots of tears were shed and I was once again reminded of the brave men and women who fight for our country and whose lives have been and still are filled with sacrifice. 

As we left the cemetery we passed the P.O.W. tribute and I received a final reminder of all those who weren’t with us today, my family, friends and our troops and how thankful I am for all of them.  I asked God to keep each of them in His loving protective arms and then I asked Him to say “Hello” to Ray.

It was not the ideal way to start the New Year and yet I am so thankful for this day.  Could it be that Ray has given us one final gift?  A day filled with perfect reminders of the blessings we’ve been given and the things important in this life – perhaps the perfect way to start the New Year.  Rest in peace Ray and to the rest of my family and friends – Happy New Year and I love you.

In Memory of Raymond Lee Wright – April 29, 1945 – December 27, 2010

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