All-American Girl by Gary Graham 12 May 2009 post a comment Share This: All right, it's a press conference about a beauty contest. It's not a world summit - it's a beauty contest! Should it really garner this sort of press coverage, this sort of media scrutiny, this sort of public attention? Well, yeah. It should. Aside from affording us a chance to gaze for long moments at a dazzling woman, the runner-up to the Miss U.S.A beauty contest, Miss California, Carrie Prejean; there actually was great import revealed at this morning's Trump Trump, Donald Trump, The Donald, Trump-Trump-Ta-Trump news conference. (I'm not sure I mentioned that it was a DONALD TRUMP news conference?) Don't get me wrong, I love Trump. For years I've been a fan. Read the Art of the Deal, and he was instantly my hero. Aggressive, independent rogue businessman with the vision and courage to think big. No, not just big, MEGA-big. And a total egoist. I loved that about him as well. The balls on that guy. Putting his name all over everything he touched, in huge, bold letters, TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP. What a stamp. The name even sounds like ‘stamp'. So it's TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP! Then there's the hair. I never could really understand what that was all about, still don't, but I don't give a rat's ass how he likes to wear it, so what if it looks like it was once alive, who cares. I just admired how the man dreamed big, put money into play and built things. Really, really big things. Then...he got into such huge debt, he owed so much to so many that none of the banks to whom he owed money could afford to let him go under. He became (all right Lee Iacocca started the ball rolling with his Chrysler bailout, but really it was Trump who lifted it to an art form) the poster boy for the "too big to fail" concept. At the time, mid-nineties, it just seemed so...American. Jump forward a decade and a half...and Trump is now a TV star. "You're fired!" is a household word, a punchline at the office, (well maybe not at the office, but certainly everywhere else) and Donald trump has teamed with Australian megaproducer Mark Burnett to be one of the most successful reality-TV hosts/stars/producers in the biz. Things keep going like this and in another twenty years he may be out of debt! But don't count on it. Trump likes to run at a deficit. Too Big To Fail suits him. If your name gets big enough, and if you are indebted to enough people, you can write your own ticket. Whatever you want, just name it, it's yours. What, they're going to say no? To you?? HA!! Don't they know who you are? You're Too Big To Fail! But I digress. Side note: With all the media attention and glowing, adoring press coverage...we now have a President who is Too Big To Fail. And no matter how much deeper he plunges this nation into debt, no matter how much his ‘progressive' policies mire our economy with make work jobs, debilitating regulation, and punitive taxation...the Mainstream Media will prop him up, give him a pass, redirect the blame, exonerate him from any culpability, and frame the man as beyond fault or defect. He will be held as pristine, he will be lifted up and placed on a marble pedestal and the world will see him as Immaculate. He is Too Big To Fail. But I double-digress. Back to Miss California! Carrie Prejean, the runner-up in the Miss USA contest may have lost her title today. The Miss USA Beauty Pageant was pressured to strip her of her Miss California USA title for one reason and one reason only. She was not Politically Correct. Carrie Prejean, when asked by snarky no-talent gay firebrand Perez Hilton what she thought of Gay Marriage, actually gave her honest, heartfelt belief that marriage was for one man and one woman. One would have thought she had endorsed cutting up little children and barbecuing them over a slow flame. The MSM and entertainment news have come out to universally excoriate her in hateful tones reminiscent of Genghis Kahn (and John Kerry) and have absolutely lost their minds in rabid media hysteria. You would almost have thought that her very gracious and semi-apologetic answer that night had instead been a vehement diatribe ascribing all gay people as perverts and aberrant, twisted fruits. No, she indicated nothing of the sort. She was a lady. She apologized in advance if anyone was offended; and then simply stated her own personal view - a view shared by none other than our newly elected President, one Barack Hussein Obama. Miss Prejean will retain her beauty contest title. But more importantly, she will retain her image as role model to millions of impressionable young girls. She speaks of honor, strength, faith, respect, civility. You know - all the things the Left hates. Carrie thanked everyone for being there, the pageant, Mr. Trump, and in an emotional moment, her parents...and lastly...God. Oh yeah - she thanked God. Now the Left will reeaally let her have it. Here is an excerpt from Miss Prejean statements today: "Three weeks ago I was given a politically-charged question with a hidden personal agenda. I answered my question honestly and sincerely from my heart. I was very careful to articulate in saying that I did not want to offend anybody, and that this is how I was raised and that this is what I believe a marriage should be; between one man and one woman. I was given a question, asking for my opinion and I stated my honest belief. Not only do I hold this belief, but as Mr. Trump said, the President of the United States, the Secretary of State and many Americans agree with me in this belief. Immediately after the pageant, Judge #8 [Perez Hilton] began a cultural firestorm in the media. It went national as he was trying to be self-promoting and hateful. "While I have remained silent since, I am honored to be here today to finally let my voice be heard and address the hateful attacks, despicable rumors and false allegations I have had [leveled at me] within the last three weeks. To be standing here today on behalf of the great state of California and the greatest country in the world, is by the grace of God. Being in the middle of a media firestorm is not something that I had planned or signed up for. But the days since have taught me to stand up for what you believe in, regardless of the consequences, personal attacks or disagreements. "I am a strong woman. And because of that I am able to move forward and be the best Miss California, USA, that I can be. I am excited to fulfill my duties and continue serving the great state of California. Let me be clear: I am not an activist or anything, nor do I have a personal agenda. I was thrown into this firestorm from the time I was first asked the question onstage. I have become an advocate for the importance of not redefining marriage, based upon my own upbringing and beliefs. While I am not the most vocal proponent of traditional marriage, it appears from my singular response, I am the most visible. I am proud to be an American. I am proud of the freedoms we enjoy because of the brave men and women serving this great country and who have served. My grandfather served under General Patton during WWII and is someone I admire greatly. He never spoke about the Battle of the Bulge that he participated in as a rifleman, or the honorary medals he earned because of his bravery. But he did speak about the freedoms he fought for and he taught me to never back down and to never let anyone take those freedoms away from you. On April 19th, on that stage, I exercised my freedom of speech. And I was punished for doing so. This should not happen in America. It undermines the Constitutional rights for which my grandfather fought for." [sic] Miss Prejean then went on to recount how a photographer whom she had formerly trusted had released candid shots taken at a photo shoot, that were not meant for publication, and taken unbeknownst to her, when the wind was whipping around her clothes. WHAT??!! A photographer sells gotcha photos to the tabloids for profit! In L.A.?? That is unheard of!! (I know - young, beautiful, just starting out...and taken advantage of. Almost never happens, right?) The lovely, if naïve, Miss Prejean continued: "I am excited to continue my duty as Miss California, USA. All I want to be able to do is to tell my story, which no one can take away from me. Not everyone may like me or agree with me...but I hope at the end of the day, everyone can respect my rights, as I respect theirs; and together we can bring back civility in our social and cultural discussions. I am convinced, now more than ever, of the importance for standing up for your beliefs and convictions. For everyone out there listening - do not be silenced. Take this story of mine and apply it to your own life. I hope I've inspired others to maintain compassion, civility, respect, and tolerance - while staying true to your convictions...and to never, ever, compromise your beliefs in the pursuit [of your] goals, regardless of the consequences. "I want to share this message. I am a representative of my generation. Young adults and teenagers are greatly impacted by both media and culture. And I want to encourage them to maintain their integrity and not concede their values because of what they see or hear going on around them. It is this message that I will incorporate to my Miss California, USA duties. As the pageant has embraced my message of recognizing and respecting diversity, think about how much better our society would be if we would just agree to disagree, and show respect." Wow. I don't think I was the only one dazzled by how sincere, honest, credible and absolutely beautiful this young woman is. The noteworthy thing about Carrie Prejean is that her beauty has great depth to it -- because it emanates from her convictions. Carrie Prejean then graciously wrapped up, and both she and Trump fielded questions, and I think, did very well, the both of them. (And I gotta say - I had prepared, in anticipation of Ms. Prejean getting dumped from the sheer gravitational pull of political correctness, an essay entitled "NO BALLS TRUMP". But I had prejudged the man (to my shame) and completely misjudged him. Cynically expecting him to bend to the PC wind of the times, I was proud to see that he stood strong against the loonies screaming for her head on a platter; and, though he danced the diplomatic two-step once or twice, still emerged as a man of honor. Props to you, Mr. Trump.) But what was Carrie Prejean's sin in the first place? This young woman dared to voice her heart on national TV. For this she was excoriated in the press, in leftist special interest groups, i.e., lefty gays, and her reputation was dragged through the mud. She was ‘PALINed'. Now, to believe in God and not be Mother Theresa is to be the poster girl for hypocrisy. The ACLU rings the bell and the liberal trolls crawl out from under the bridge to light the fires of hatred and join hands with their fellow miscreants to dance their tribal celebration of everything nasty and debasing and hateful. You don't have to be on drugs to be a Lefty...but it helps. Miss Prejean should be extremely proud of her convictions and values, her parental upbringing, and for giving this nation a well-needed moral shot in the arm. I've got a 16-year-old daughter, and I wince at the daily barrage of debasing media and counter-culture influences. Teenage girls are woefully in need of good role models. It's nice to see an All-American Girl emerge through the silt and smoke and pollution that is our pop culture today. Carrie Prejean is a breath of fresh air.