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What a Long Strange Trip it Has Been

Posted Sunday, November 7, 2010, at 10:16 AM

First and foremost, I offer my hearty congratulations to B. Lee Reberger, clearly the better candidate for prosecutor.

Next, I would like to offer the most deeply felt thanks to those people who helped me and supported me in my campaign for prosecutor. Without you, this competition would never have been possible.

Having never previously aspired to public office, nearly every day of the past year offered new lessons and offered new opportunities. I met thousands of new people. I made dozens of new friends. Knocking on people's doors and meeting people along parade routs was extremely gratifying.

Numbers don't lie and I was soundly drubbed. But it seems like this adventure was more about the journey than the destination. Don't get me wrong, I wanted to win. But I have reviewed the entire past year, and these are the results:

* My relationship with God has never been better,

* My relationship with my wife has never been better, and

* My children pulled together and supported me more than I could have reasonably expected.

I have been supported and encouraged by my friends more than I would have imagined.

I have met thousands of people and made dozens of new friends.

Friends have told me that they have seen me grow as a person.

I also still get to spend my days doing what I have always loved to do.

Before I started on this journey, I asked God that his will be done. I promised that I would do my part and trusted that he would do his. When people would talk with me about prayer and the campaign, I asked people to pray that God's will be done.

Clearly, it was not God's will that I be prosecutor at this time. How can I argue with that? I have learned during my life that my plans often don't work out. However, God's plan, if given time and trust, always work out. Therefore, I continue on my journey to wherever it is that my future lies.

Thanks to everyone for making the past year one of the best in my life!


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We will kick butt next time !!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by bettyboop@joink.com on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 7:04 AM

I don't understand your first sentence,"...B. Lee Reberger, clearly the better candidate for prosecutor".

If you truly believe that, then why did you even run? And why did your campaign take the strategic course it did if that were true?

I'm all for being a good sport in defeat, but don't give up on your core beliefs just because you couldn't get enough others to see things your way. You should still believe you were the man for the job, that is if you believed it to begin with.

I voted for you, but now I'm thinking that might have been a mistake.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 7:25 AM

I've enjoyed reading your stories, and I'm very proud to call you cousin. Keep up the good work and I'm sure you'll get them next time.

-- Posted by CNJ'sMoM on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 11:53 AM

Dear Readers,

The Steelers and the Cowboys take the field for the Super Bowl. Each team has their strategy, their strengths, and weaknesses. Only one team will win.

We often hear the fans say that the better team lost. That the officials changed the game. That the weather was the factor. In the end, one won and the other lost. The winning team, like the Raiders of old, may not be the more virtuous. Like the Bad News Bears, it may not be the team with the most talent. But at that one moment, the better team wins.

The next time they meet, it is entirely possible that there will be a different better team. There may be different officials, different weather, different strategies, even though there are the same players.

Only one will win. That is just the way it is. You never hear a coach who lost blame anyone other than himself. That is how you get better.

Two years ago there was a race for President. President Obama was clearly the better candidate; he won! In my opinion, he has not been a good president. Senator McCain was a lousy candidate. He would have been a better president.

I only play to win. I never play just for sport. That said, at the end of the match, everyone needs to shake hands and get ready for the next match. If I run again, I will absolutely run to win and with complete confidence that I will then be the better candidate.

If given the opportunity, I will show the public that the better candidate in 2010 was not the better person for the office.

-- Posted by Charles Hear on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 6:24 PM

Dear Cousin Maria,

Andy told me that you read my stuff. I am very gratified.

The next two columns are already written and waiting to go. I hope that every column continues to entertain, enlighten, and provide a little window into life here in Brazil, Indiana.

CH

-- Posted by Charles Hear on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 6:32 PM

!!!!HEAR for PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by ClueGlue on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 9:20 PM

McCain ruined his chances when he chose Palin. She was too far right for even many conservative Republicans. Bad move on his part.

Obama put US government in better light from our foreign allies point of view. Pres Bush 2 made a lot of bloopers that upset our foreign allies and I guess they were enough to cause enough desire for change in administration. It was like he was trying to one up his daddy by invading Iraq as Bush senior stopped when he pushed Irag out of Kuwait and he promised to help Kuwait get rid of him but respected Iraq's sovrenty[sp?] Obama is a politician though. Much of his rhetoric is the same as all of the others. AND he, like others, spends a lot of time getting votes for his party instead of doing his current job. I think that is why so many were voted out of office this time. Disenchantment with politicians who are so focused on their future position that they don't do the job they are in at the time. Not so much what party they belonged too, but dissatisfaction in their job performance. The past 2-3 First Ladies ended up being more positive representatives of the US and I expect that Michelle Obama will hold up that tradition as well. Obama just promised more than he could ever hope to produce but seems he's spending all the money he can borrow in the attempt.

Guess it's every man for himself. We will not be able to count on living in a "wealthy" country so just have to make sure that we as individuals are prepared to compete in the world in the future.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 10:02 PM

Michelle Obama....a positive representative for the United States of America? What are you smoking Jenny??? A woman who openly despises America and degrades her (and us) every time she speaks? She will NEVER have an ounce of class in her pinky as the last 2 to 3 first ladies did and still do!

Nice blog Charles!!!!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Nov 9, 2010, at 11:37 AM

Where and when has Michelle Obama said/done anything that shows she despises this country?

Maybe you regard self critiques as such? If so, then about everyone who blogs and comments on this forum must despise whatever they write about....

If anyone or any nation thinks that they are perfect, that is their first fault.

Charles Hear, who writes this blog himself has self critiqued, as well as numerous others who do so personally as well as of their own community. If we ignore our failings we cannot change anything.

Charles Hear does not despise himself anymore than those who complain about what is wrong in the schools and government. As a matter of fact when one recognizes their faults they become more credible to those outside. The United States of America has a lot going for it. Especially when we are compared to many other countries. So much so that I believe the European Union is modeling itself after us. That is not to say though that the US is perfect. If in your eyes this self critique is not necessary, then you are in denial. There is always room for improvement when human beings are involved. That's the nature of being human. As soon as the majority dictates that that way things have always been done is suitable for the changing world, we fall behind. Nations evolve. If they remain static, they fail. Our failing are partly due to that fact that we still rely on doing things as our grandfathers did. While some things still work. Other things don't

Have a good day

PS The only thing I "smoke" is our polluted air from others smoke along with exhaust from vehicles, factories, and power plants that still rely on coal. Funny since we learned how pollutants harm people rules have changed as well. 20 years ago I would have had to inhale it in most public places. Now it's only when I chose to go into a smoker's home.

Self critiqueing our regulations about smoking caused this change. It doesn't mean that people hate smokers...Just means they hate what the smoke is doing to their lungs and will do what they can to avoid breathing polluted air.

I still contend that the first lady leaves a more positive impact than does the president. No where was I comparing the first ladies to each other. Only them to their husbands.

Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Nov 9, 2010, at 12:24 PM

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah!!!!!!!! What a pointless and pious diatribe filled with a vast amount of nothing! To take nothing and make it something is indeed your forte Ms. Moore. Bravo!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Nov 9, 2010, at 4:10 PM

Proud of my country:

Yep a real case of denial as you portray when I critique our "system". Do you not realize that you can be both proud of your country and aware that it is not perfect?? No...maybe not

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Nov 9, 2010, at 4:44 PM

Um.....you don't know me nor should you make any assumption of what I think! So you can take your assumptions of what I do or don't realize and keep them to yourself. Go slam somebody else because I will not get in to a verbal volleyball contest with YOU Ma'am! You will lose!!!!!

Have a great evening.....I know I will!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Nov 9, 2010, at 5:07 PM

Slamming coal in an area where coal mines put food on the table of many in our state spoken like a true Democrat yep its " every man for himself " and you democrats want to take away more freedoms while out the other side of your mouths you tell us whats good for us, in your opinion of course, I don't know or care how you came to live here but its damn few of us who are glad you did.

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 2:36 PM

I like Jenny and agree with many of her viewpoints.

And Mr. Kane, as far as speaking out of both sides of the mouth, look at what the republicans are going to do (or say they are going to do), after slamming the democrats for running up the deficit, one of the first thing they want to do is to add $700 billion more to it.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 7:31 AM

I f you truly want less government then give everyone a gun and do away with the police dept. Give everyone a bucket of water and do away eith the fire dept.

-- Posted by grays on Sat, Nov 13, 2010, at 8:41 AM

I can guarentee there are more than a damn few of us,after all isn`t we called a DEMOCRACY yep yepper`s yuck,yuck,yuck

-- Posted by chesshirew3 on Thu, Nov 18, 2010, at 12:50 AM


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