Monday Morning Randomness

Happy Monday to all of our readers! This is going to be one of the most random posts I have written, but I have quite a bit on my mind.

First of all, there was the historic vote on Obamacare last night. I admit, I can be a bit of a political junkie when I really want to. After church yesterday morning, I tuned in to to watch some of the political debates concerning the rules, bills, etc.  The whole process really amazes me.  One thing that I noticed was the utter shamelessness of the Democratic Party.  Not concerning the details of the bill, most of which I completely disagree with, the arrogance saddened me.  The Democrats all seek to tug on heartstrings of the “underprivileged,” a tactic taken right out of Karl Marx and Fredrich Engles’ play book.  After church, then a snack afterwards, I watched the rest of the debate, and the votes themselves up until 11:oopm or later.  I could say a good bit more, but I will say that I am looking forward to voting conservative in November, and voting out our flip-flopping Senator Arlen Spector.  There were also a few Republican congressman that impressed me, and if the future of conservative politicians is in them, I think they are in good hands.  The first is the House Minority Whip, Eric Cantor of Virginia.  He is eloquent, intelligent, and commanding.  The other is the Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.  I think he would be good presidential material sometime in the future, and I have heard others say similar.  Overall, though, I can’t wait to fire Nancy Pelosi from Speaker of the House in the next elections.

On a completely different note, our four-way election of a wall photograph has a winner!  The picture-elect is B–Turquoise Water and White Cliffs. When it will be inaugurated to our wall, I do not know.  I think I’ll place the order for it sometime at the beginning of next month, pending if the company has a good deal then.  We will post a picture of the picture when it is officially “in office.”

Also, we have just a few short days before we make our way back to the Midwest for a six day visit.  We are leaving early, early Wednesday morning, and plan on being there sometime in the early afternoon.  We are excited about being able to see our families and friends, as well as be able to enjoy some Chicago-style street food!  Well, the food is not that important, but George’s in Chesterton sure does sound delicious right about now!

And I cannot forget that the Michigan State Spartans made it past Maryland to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the third year in a row.  It also looks like they have a bit of an easier path to the Final Four since Kansas was shocked by Northern Iowa.  MSU-Northern Iowa should be a good game this coming weekend…

The game winning shot against Maryland!

Worlds Apart: Responsibility

We, the Speckhals family, make our homes in Red Lion, Pennsylvania–in the south-central part of York county.  The closest city of any size is, of course, York, then a few nearby cities are Harrisburg and Lancaster–each about 40 minutes away.  However, we are also in the middle of it all!  Most would never guess just how close we are to the epicenter of our American government: Washington DC.  In fact, Camp David is only about a drive worth 45 minutes through the rolling hills.  Washington is two hours away on average–give or take some time with traffic.

I promise you, the county we live in is one of the most conservative in the nation!  We almost never hear anything about Democrats unless it’s in jest or in the news.  The average person in York County is either a fifth-generation PA Dutch farmer, a suburbanite transplant who moved up from the Baltimore area for quietness and a lower cost of living, or a non-unionized contractor.  All of our elected officials are conservative, and this county has not voted for a Democratic president since Andrew Jackson.  Really, the only liberal bastion of this area is the inner-city of York.

“Just around the corner” one of the largest partisan debates is being held in our nation’s capital over “healthcare.”  When the town-hall meetings were happening across the country last August, I desperately wanted to go to one.  The funny thing is that our district is  so conservative that there weren’t any meetings for miles around.  Then, there was the big gathering in Washington on 9/12.  We thought for a second about going, but ended up not going.

We are a conservative district in the midst of a somewhat liberal state.  All you have to do is look at Pennsylvania’s two senators: Arlen Spector (a once liberal republican recently turned democrat) and liberal Bob Casey.  Our governor is an Obama-lover too: Ed Rendell.  Thank you Pittsburgh and Philadelphia!

From what I see about this healthcare battle, I am glad that the country has stepped back and taken a big breath…and looked at the proposals.  The more we hear about this government run “option” the more we dislike it.  We, as Christians believe in benevolence and love, but also for personal responsibility and choice.  When someone who is able to work and provide for himself (anyone without a SERIOUS mental or physical handicap).  Our tax dollars are not to provide a living for anyone else.  Our tax dollars are for our protection.  They are not to pay for anyone else’s insurance/health.  “What about single mothers with multiple children?,” some may ask.  First, it was their responsibility to not get into the situation to have children in the first place.  I answer the last question with this question: “Why does my responsibility have to pay for someone else’s irresponsibility?”  I believe the only true welfare for the unfortunate and irresponsible is the Gospel of Jesus Christ: just the way the Bible says.  The only true hope for all of mankind is the Gospel.  Providing healthcare for the irresponsible will only breed more irresponsibility.

Then their is the issue of the House bill that will force me into the same irresponsible system.  I will have to be under the government-run plan over the next several years.  Basically all of us will.  It’s just one step closer to a single-payer system: our President’s goal, according to his own words (on the record).

What can I do?

Vote and pray!

Hot, Humid Days of Mid-August

This just in from the internet-less Speckhals’ posting from the church computer:

We had a great weekend, praise the Lord.  Friday night, we took about 45 teens and adults from the church to the 8th & I Marine Barracks in Washington DC (a little over 2 hours away) to watch the evening parade.  It was amazing!

Eighth and I

Eighth and I 2

But…on the way back, the church bus blew out a rear-inner tire.  We didn’t get home until almost 3:30a.  We were just a 15 miles from church when the tire decided to do its own thing, which made it easier to get home.  Everyone’s parents came to the truck stop, and we got a ride with someone back to church.  The bad news is that we will not be able to run the bus itself until we get 4 new tires on the rear of the bus.  We will have to run the church van instead.

My side of the family is coming to visit for a few days!  It should be fun to show them around a little bit.  They will be here tomorrow early in the afternoon.

Some great news I just read a few minutes ago–President Obama caved in and put up the white flag to those of us who didn’t want socialistic health care!  See the news here.

Amidst a Country in Turmoil

Well, I guess this is my first post.  These definitely are crazy times in this country.  Even with all of the turmoil with the government takeover of health care, with union thugs involved now, the life of Andrea and Dustin Speckhals goes on, thank the Lord!

Here in little Brogue, Pennsylvania, we feel far away from Obamacare and Pelosi; even though–believe it or not–we are less than two hours away from Capitol Hill.  Our life is blessed!  We are living through some of the greatest times of our life.  I think it’s some of the same things newlywed couples have experienced for decades.  Here is just one funny story in the life of the Speckhals’


So here we are, in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania Dutch country, looking forward to moving into our own home.  It sure will not be huge or fancy, but something we will love.  Actually, yesterday we found that wonderful place in Red Lion, PA.  It is perfect, and we are signing our lease today!  The problem is that our furniture repertoire is minuscule…or just non-existent.  Andrea was looking on Craigslist on Monday and saw a FREE kitchen table and 2 non-matching chairs to go with it.  We ended up telling the people we wanted it, and planned going out to get it after I got out of the office.  One little ‘problemo’…all we had to transport it with was our little Saturn SC1.  It’s a great car, but it’s very small!  “Why not borrow a truck?”, you ask.  No one was at the church except for us, and I didn’t really feel like asking someone to come all the way out there to get it.  Oh well, I thought, we’ll figure it out.

After work on Tuesday, I grabbed Andrea and we headed down some winding roads through the ‘wilderness’ to Stewartstown or somewhere nearby there.  We get to the table (which looks high quality and in pretty good shape), and the rest is history.  First we try putting it through the trunk…doesn’t fit.  Then we tried through the passenger door…doesn’t fit.  Then, thankfully with that Saturn, it has a third door on the driver’s side.  We wiggled and shifted that table around and got it in with no damage to the table or car at all!  The sight was simply magnificent!  Somehow we got the two chairs in too, got everything as tight as we could, and drove back to the church.


For the last two months, Andrea and I have been living in the beautiful Prophet’s Chamber at Mt. Zion Baptist, and now we’re ready to get our own home.  Now we have a table and two chairs: our first bit of furniture.  The rest we will buy over the next couple of weeks.  God has blessed us so much.  I can say that it’s a lot of fun being newlywed;  you all should try it some time.