I Met A Great Man Today....even if he was Pro-Campton

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As the Campton dust settles and the businesses try to stay open and the people worry about the economy and Wall Street seems more like Dirt Street, I have been fielding other dissapating comments at to this who Campton issue.  Frankly, I hate it. I've always hated it.  No one can tell me that more government is better, but alas, I digress. 

I lost.  I lost my rights, my freedoms and ultimately the election on November 4th.  In consolation, I have told all that I would move on an seek for the healing of our community.  I'll never understand why any human being would vote for more government, but they did and I have to live with it or move. 

There were pro-Campton people who I'm told have said to boycott my business to shut him down because of my viewpoints.  I find it strange that they want Campton to thrive, but that they want to hurt a honest business b/c it's leader has a different viewpoint.  I wrote a post in concession and said that I'd be all of the healing after the election was over.  I fought like heck to win, but frankly it is over and it's time to move on.  Congrats to the Pro Village Camptonites.

Needless to say, I have been contacted by a few of the Village People, and as far as I'm concerned, none greater than Lt. Larry Franco.  He and I had a couple of spirited exchanges during this election and the campaigns.  While I'll never understand what he sees in Campton, we found a commonality in our faith, our familes and our core values. 

Graciously, especially since I didn't invite him personally, he unexpectedly stopped by my office to introduce himself.  I was nervously excited.  I wasn't going to waver in my beliefs, but maybe it wouldn't be an issue on the table.  I met him and he just said he wanted to reach out to meet me.  We talked about the military, God and our Country.  We both had the same vote for the national election so that was a common bridge that we both had to work on. 

At the end of the day we exchanged contact information and wished each other well.  I will say this.  While we didn't discuss Campton, I know that I'll never understand why he's for it.  He probably feels the same way about me.  I do know that he was a huge conduit to healing my wounds.  I'm not a sore loser and I hate sore winners.  I've been slammed by some pro-campton sore winners, again anonymously.  What Mr. Franco did was a sincere act of reaching out.  Healing was done for me in that meeting.

I ask for you all to pray for the protection of our country.  Knowing that Mr. Franco is a great face of our country makes me feel better.  I'm not encouraged as to our direction for so many reasons that I won't get into here.  Having said that, I think that I was blessed today by meeting a great man.

Hats off to you Mr. Franco.... I'm blessed to have gotten to know you.

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Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

I am blessed to know THIS GREAT MAN...YOU! I mean it. GBU, my friend!

Nov 19, 2008 02:13 PM #1
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Thanks Eliz....we need to get working on our post, but I'm trying to think of something worthy of your time.  This guy is a cool dude.

Nov 19, 2008 02:32 PM #2
Larry Franco


I truly enjoyed meeting you, and count you a friend.  You too are a good man, and your faith shines brightly.  Remember, it was you who demonstrated grace first.  I found that very impressive.  Consequently,  I had to meet you.  You are even more gracious in person. 

Also, thanks for the note, and your prayers.  Scriptures are clear, "the earnest prayer of a righteous man are very effective", so I thank you for them.  Keep up the good work, and let's have lunch together soon, okay?

Your friend,

Larry Franco

Nov 21, 2008 07:18 AM #3
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I don't see how anyone living in the United States of America could possibly say that they lost their rights and freedoms on November 4. That doesn't make any sense at all. Perhaps you'd rather live in Iraq or Afghanistan, or any other country where you get your hand cut off if you don't vote the right way? Or you simply don't get to vote at all? Maybe any of the other religious theocracies where their version of God tells them how to vote, how to treat women, etc. The American way is the greatest system in the world; it even goes out of its way to protect the rights of the minorities from the tyranny of the majority, although sometimes it takes a little while, like a couple of hundred years in the case of blacks voting, women voting, etc.

Nov 21, 2008 09:36 PM #4
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Jim...you're not aware....this isn't about the national election, it's aobut the local.

Nov 22, 2008 01:26 AM #5
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