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.



Why Pray for our Nation?

This is from the 2010 National Day of Prayer booklet.

Pray for our nationPrayer is an important part of America’s history, reflecting the faith of our founding fathers. In fact, America’s first national call to prayer predates the Constitution. In 1776, the Continental Congress called for a day of prayer. Their expression of humility and dependence on God provided a bedrock of faith on which the United States was founded and still operates today.

We can wait till the official National Day of Prayer, but our country needs prayer right now.

How to Pray

Being raised Catholic, I learned 3 prayers, the “Our Father”, “Hail Mary” and the “Act of Contrition”. I was never encouraged or taught to pray otherwise.

Since becoming a born-again Christian, my spiritual journey has lead me closer to God, His Word, but I still struggle with finding time to pray.

Prayer is simply:

  • Talking with God
  • Listening to God
  • Enjoying the presence of God

Remember the components of prayer: P.R.A.Y.

Praise God for what He has already accomplished through Jesus.

Repent personally and on behalf of our nation.

Ask God to reveal truth and turn our hearts back to God.

Yield to the Lord and recognize He has heard our prayers and will answer according to His will.

Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar



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Pray that Government will Value the Lives of the Voiceless

Republican Elephant & Democratic Donkey - Icons

It’s unfortunate that government leaders put political gain and power ahead of the people’s true needs, and it’s the voiceless and poor that suffer.

Leadership gains authority and respect
when the voiceless poor are treated fairly. ~Proverbs 29:14

Pray that our leaders with put the needs and wants of the people first and their political ambitions aside.

Pray for those being affected by the shutdown, those on furlough and those whose have indirectly lost work because of the shutdown.


Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar


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Pray for Leaders to Govern with Justice

Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation. ~Proverbs 16:12

What is a “moral foundation”?

KJV Bible

KJV Bible (Photo credit: knowhimonline)

That’s simple — a life that’s based on the Bible — the Word of God. Someone with a moral foundation easily recognizes when something is against the teachings of God because he or she reads the Bible daily and seeks God’s Will and guidance in every major decision they make in their lives especially when they affect other people.

Pray for America. Pray for Leaders to Govern with Justice

Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar


10 Ways to Pray for People in Authority

Washington DC

Washington DC (Photo credit: eGuide Travel)

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.~1 Timothy 2:1-2

No matter which political party you favor, if you voted for the current president, senators, congresspeople, representatives, federal, state or local, you can still pray for them. God calls us to.

  1. That they be God Fearing and recognize that they are accountable to Him for each decision and act. (Proverbs 9:10)
  2. That they be granted wisdom, knowledge and understanding. (James 1:5)
  3. That, if unsaved, they be drawn to a saving encounter with Christ; if born again, they be strengthened and encouraged in their faith. (1 Timothy 2:4, Ephesians 1: 17-23)
  4. That they recognize their own inadequacy and pray and seek the will of God. (Proverbs 3:5-8, Luke 11: 9-13)
  5. That they read the Bible and attend prayer meetings and Bible studies. (Psalm 11: 1-7, Colossians 3:2)
  6. That they be given godly counsel and God-fearing advisors. (Proverbs 24:6)
  7. That they be honest in financial, tax and ethical matters. (1 Corinthians 6:10, 1 Timothy 6:6-10)
  8. That they desire honesty, integrity and loyalty. (Psalm 26: 1-12, Proverbs 11:3)
  9. That they have courage to resist manipulation, pressure and the fear of man. (Proverbs 29:25, 2 Timothy 1:7)
  10. That they endeavor to restore the sanctity of life, families, divine order and morality in our nation. (Ephesians 5:22-6:4)

Note: I can’t take credit for writing this or the research putting scriptures for each number. This came from a handout with no copyright or author that I found in my church’s prayer room called “Prayers for Our Country and Our Leaders.”

Related reading: Wanting God’s Best for Our Land

Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar

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