Oh, What A Night!

TFF Gala

Last night, Joe and Lisa Legaspi attended The Family Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Gala held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.

In an interview, Lisa shared the following impressions:

“I am grateful to Roger Pogge, Grassroots Director for The Family Foundation, for inviting us to the Gala.  He had extra tickets for seats at a table at the event and we were the lucky ones to fill them.  Thank you, Roger!”

“The gala celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the The Family Foundation, a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting strong families by affecting public policy.  They are boots on the ground in Richmond working for issues like abortion clinic safety guidelines, school choice, and many more.  A statement from their site declares, “All of its public policy decisions are based on the principles of life, marriage, parental authority, constitutional government and religious liberty.”  The president of the Family Foundation, Victoria Cobb, gave an inspiring speech about the organization’s efforts and accomplishments. I encourage you to look into this organization further and support them if you are so inclined.

The musical guest was John Waller.  He performed his song Orphan, which introduced me to his organization, Project 143.  Again, another worthy organization to support if you are so inclined.

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Rafael and Ted Cruz

The keynote address was given by Ted and Rafael Cruz.  Instead of a speech, the father and son sat together on stage and informally answered questions posed by CBN anchor Jennifer Wishon .  This was by far the highlight of the night.  I don’t say this lightly, and I’ve never thought this about a candidate before, but Ted Cruz seems destined to be President of the United States.  His father, Rafael, told stories of how when Ted was young, he listened to the stories of what the Cruz family suffered under the dictatorships of Fulgencio Batista and Fidel Castro in Cuba.  Ted accepted Christ at 8 and through his witness, led a mayor of a city to Christ at the age of 11.  He grew up in a Cuban household where politics were represented as a struggle between Republicans and Communists.  As a high schooler in a group called the Constitutional Collaborators, Ted memorized the entire constitution.  He was valedictorian of his high school class; a debate champion at Princeton; according to Alan Dershowitz, one of the smartest graduates of Harvard Law School.  These are the kind of things you learn when a proud father is talking about his son.  The love and respect between the two was palpable.  

My other impressions of Ted were that he was smart (he astounded Joe by using the word “inchoate” in a sentence about the Paris attacks), funny, calm, humble, respectful, and he loves America.  Ted Cruz 2016!

In an event like this, you are persuaded that the narrative of the left is just wrong.  Conservative Americans love our country and the people in it.  The conservative movement is full of passionate, compassionate, intelligent leaders–both men and women.  I’m proud to be a part of it and hope you are, too!”

There is great benefit to getting out into our great republic and diving into the democratic process.  There are groups of people who are willing and able to express their ideas and feelings about the issues of the day.  Go and meet them.  Challenge your own paradigms as well as theirs.

Victoria Cobb, in her speech, posited the question of whether the sun was setting or rising on the era of American prominence.  The answer to that question lies in what each one of us is willing to do to keep America alive, healthy, and growing.

In the comments below, share what your feelings and ideas are about values, morality, and how that informs public policy on each level of government.

  • Lisa Legaspi

    After the Gala, we came home to watch the Fights. To everyone’s surprise, Ronda Rousey got KO’d by Holly Holm, aka the Preacher’s Daughter. Now I have the utmost respect and admiration for Ronda, and I don’t know how Holly got her nickname, but I couldn’t help but think maybe it’s time for the good guys to start winning!