Thoughts & Notes on Donald Trump in Phoenix

At the Donald Trump Rally in Phoenix 7/11

Me at the Donald Trump Rally in Phoenix 7/11

I went to see Donald Trump in Phoenix live at the Phoenix Convention Center today. I took the LightRail down and walked over, stood in the line that wrapped around the building for about an hour then stood through the whole thing – no seating. The only seating was for the “VIPs” – probably members of the The Republican Party of Maricopa County. (I’d put a link to their website, but sadly, it’s not a very good website. Maybe I should offer them my services – for a fee.)

My interest in seeing what Mr. Trump had to stay stems from my own Latina background (I’m Puerto Rican – my “immigrant” story is yet to come) and my experience in getting to know a few illegal Mexicans while living here in Phoenix for 10 years. (That’s another story.) I wanted to hear what Mr. Trump plan is to fix the problem of immigration as a whole.

Donald Trump in Phoenix 7.11.15 courtesy of Fox 10 Phoenix

Donald Trump in Phoenix 7.11.15 courtesy of Fox 10 Phoenix

The only “answer” I heard was that he would charge Mexico $100,000 for every illegal person they sent over. Now that’s assuming that the Mexican government is really “sending them over” and these people aren’t coming over on their own.

He did say he would make immigration “easier and faster”. How is yet to be determined.

He mentioned that he was tied in the polls for first place with Jeb Bush. Then he said that while Jeb was governor of Florida, there were 5 sanctuary cities. (Related article: Forget Sanctuary Cities, Florida has 7 Sanctuary Counties).

To make our country great again we have to create borders otherwise we don’t have a country.

Here’s his full speech courtesy of Fox 10 Phoenix.

Here are some of my notes:

The American Dream is dead but I’m going to make it bigger, better, stronger.

Ford is building a plant in Mexico rather than in Tennessee. “President Trump” would charge Ford…

35% for every car, truck and part you send over.

On the Iran “negotiations” he’d get our hostages back from Iran before making a deal with them. (I agree.)

He’s disappointment in the Republican Party – they “talk and talk and do nothing”. (I agree.)

I want jobs in the United States.

We have to take care of our Veterans. Our Veterans are being treated as 3rd class citizens.

We have to get rid of Obamacare. We’ve got to repeal it and replace it with something good.

In 2004, Trump said not to invade Iraq. (I was against that.)

We want a military so strong that we’d never have to use it. …Don’t mess with the U.S.
ISIS would be ins such trouble!… I would take them out so fast!
These people [ISIS] make Saddam Hussain look like a choir boy!

People started cutting up their Macy’s credit cards when Macy’s dropped the Donald Trump line.

The Silent Majority is back and we are going to make America great again!

I like him. He doesn’t hold back. He will be respected. He won’t back down. He knows how to negotiate. He can definitely fix the economy and bring jobs back home. I still want to see HOW he’s going to fix the immigration problem.

However, I’m not going to support him fully yet. I want to hear Ben Carson and Ted Cruz next. Talking to some folks on line and in the train we discussed a Trump/Carson ticket. Now that would be a first! Neither are politicians. What do you think? Comment below, but keep it clean and be nice.



Adapting to change – a lesson from the Native Americans

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On a visit to the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park in Phoenix, I was impressed by this primitive society, the Hohokam Indians, and how they adapted to change.

Their Pueblo Grande (Large City) is located on the Salt River where they built canals to irrigate their crops and provide fresh water. The river changed frequently depending on the season, the snows up in northern Arizona, rainfall, floods and droughts. They had to rebuild the canals regularly.

The settlement dates from around 450 to 1400 AD when they seemed to just up and abandon their city. Why? Archeologists suggest that there many have been a flood that changed the area so much that they felt they could no longer live as they were accustomed and it was beyond their ability to rebuild.

We can learn a lesson from their tenacity, perseverance, persistence and courage. We don’t know much about their laws, but they respected their elders. I doubt very much that they resorted to stealing when times got tough. They probably didn’t get depressed, anxious or resort to committing suicide. They just dealt with the change.

We cannot control change.

Change happens and we can’t control it just like we can’t control the weather. Living in Florida, one learns to deal with hurricanes. You hunker down and when it’s over, you open the doors and deal with the damage. If you get tired of dealing with the aftermath of those pesky storms, you can always move to Arizona.

But there is one entity that never changes – God.

God is always there – everlasting, all-knowing, all-powerful and everywhere. You can depend on God.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. ~1 Peter 5:6

In due time – that’s the important phrase. It’s not in our timeline, but in His. There is a reason why we go through trials. God expects us to learn from our trials, mistakes, sins and suffering. He expects us to adapt to change, to take risks, and He expects us to ask Him for help.

That’s where WWJD? comes in. If you find yourself having to an unexpected change in your life reading:

Matthew 6:19-34
Psalm 40
Psalm 24
Romans 5:2-5
Philippians 4:4-7
Psalm 18:2
Psalm 37:4
John 2:15-17
Peter 1:6-7
Corinthians 4:18

God Bless!
Giselle Aguiar
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Time to hit the hiking trails

Thanksgiving’s over. I didn’t overeat, but now it’s time to really concentrate on my goal to lose 10 more lbs by Christmas. Wed. I watched The Biggest Loser "Where are they now?" and was motivated to join the Biggest Loser League. I’m off to hike the Lookout Mtn Circumference. 2.6 miles. If I lose weight, I alleviate my arthritis and asthma. Being healthy is my goal. And I’m going to do it!

Here are pix of that hike from last month.