One day in February 2014, I ran out to our little country mail box to get the mail. In it, I found the first quarterly edition of The REVIEW published by the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) for the year. Anxious, as always, I quickly flipped through the magazine trying to find something that piqued my interest on the way back to the house. The word “volunteer” catches my eye about halfway through the magazine. I then read an article describing how THSC is looking for 1,000 homeschool students (that’s me!) to volunteer with political campaigns across the state of Texas. This pilot program is called the THSC Rangers. Okay, is this your next big project? I ask myself. Our family left to go somewhere shortly thereafter and in the car I mentioned the program to my dad to get his thoughts. “Go for it!” he said.
I believe it was the next day when I went to the Rangers website to sign up. I was accepted. I was so excited to officially be a THSC Ranger.
From there, I was put in contact with multiple campaigns all around Texas. I made phone calls for Charles Perry, a candidate running for state senate in the Lubbock area – an area that is hours away from me. I made phone calls for Danny Pelton, a candidate running for state representative in HD 59 – again, an area far away from me.
Yet, I was still able to make a difference.
I made phone calls and block walked for Greg Abbott. I block walked for Konni Burton, Tony Tinderholt, Dan Patrick, and many others.
I made a difference.
All of the candidates I campaigned for won. Except for Mr. Danny. Through campaigning I learned that life doesn’t always work out the way we want it to. Yet, I still made a difference.
Back to my story… The 2014 election cycle quickly came to a close and my “normal” life as I know it resumed. Fast forward to last month… I get an email from Joshua Newman inviting me to get involved again in the Rangers program for the 2016 election cycle. My heart skips a beat. A long-time love of mine is revived. Of course I will! He tells me that I will be calling Texas homeschoolers, informing them of candidates in important races and encouraging them to exercise their right to vote for candidates who share their values.
I made over 1,200 phone calls on behalf of Rick Green, Michael Massengale and other various races this Republican primary season. Rick and Michael lost. And the gentleman running for State Representative in my area lost… by about 200 votes! Yet, I made a difference and sent a message to Austin saying that WE DON’T WANT MODERATES. We want men and women in office who will defend the constitution, defend life, defend religious liberty and defend our Second Amendment rights. I campaign so that the brave men and women who have DIED for this country have not shed their blood in vain. I campaign so that my children can have a GOOD, SAFE and FREE America. One where they can exercise their First Amendment rights to share their faith, one where they can homeschool their children, one where our little ones – quite frankly – aren’t slaughtered and have a chance in this world. THAT is why I campaign.
From block walking to phone banking, I have thoroughly enjoyed the Rangers program. I have learned so much about the election process and how campaigning works. But more importantly, I have come to realize how I can make a difference. It was so rewarding to call and inform people of candidates with conservative records and hear them say that they would vote for that person and then thank me for my call. I have gained invaluable knowledge and social skills I could have never gotten from books.
Will you join us? This is a very unique opportunity to make a difference. This program has unprecedented potential and we can’t do it without people like YOU. Come join this grassroots movement at thsc.org/rangers.
Thank you so much, THSC, for inspiring me to make a difference! Y’all have an AMAZING team there and y’all are so gracious to me!