Lisa De Pasquale

The Left and their cohorts in the media love a personal story to illustrate the need for a government-centered society. Here’s one they wish they could manipulate.

It’s the story of a single mother who sacrificed a lot to raise her only son in Puerto Rico. Rather than teach him that he’s a victim of his circumstances in life, his mother taught him that with hard work and good character, he could achieve anything. She taught him that the success of others should be emulated, not envied.

Eventually, the woman took her now-teenage son to Las Vegas, where she worked long hours in the hospitality industry. She also enrolled at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. She took one class per semester until she earned her degree in education and became a teacher.

Meanwhile, the boy learned from his mother's work ethic and determination. They were deeply involved in their church, which provided him with a foundation of faith and guidance from adult leaders who helped him reach his full potential. The young man went on to earn a degree from Brigham Young University and then a law degree from University of Washington School of Law.

The media loves a compelling story, but few have heard about the journey of Ana and her son, Representative Raúl Labrador of Idaho. After practicing law for several years, he ran and won a seat in the Idaho state legislature in 2006. Then in 2010, he won his congressional seat. In his first term he has received accolades from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Club for Growth. Even more impressive, he was named one of the “Ten Scariest Republicans Heading to Congress” by the left-wing People for the American Way.

Rep. Labrador has been leading the charge for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign because of Operation Fast and Furious. During a heated hearing exchange, Holder said to him, “That was among the worst things I think I’ve ever seen in Congress. And maybe this is the way you do things in Idaho or wherever you’re from.”

Anyone that raises the ire of Eric Holder and People for the American Way certainly deserves our support.

1. If there were a television channel that showed only one movie over and over, what movie should it be?

Depends on the mood. If I want to laugh, “The Wedding Singer." It has great 80s music and great cultural references from my high school days. On the other hand, if I want a serious movie, I would watch "The Shawshank Redemption."

2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?

Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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