Welcome to my blog on God and Country. My name is Diane Rufino and I am the Deputy Coordinator of the NC Tenth Amendment Center and the leader of the Eastern North Carolina Tea Party. I also volunteer with the National Center for Constitutional Studies (founded by Dr. Cleon Skousen) and with the Patriot Institute. I am proud to stand up for the values and principles that our Founders established in our founding documents and for this reason I am dedicated to the work of Michael Boldin’s Tenth Amendment Center and to the Tea Party movement. A subset of individuals will always stand up for Liberty, just as they did during the grand progression of human rights starting with the Magna Carta and ending with the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773. That simple and peaceful act of civil disobedience by the Sons of Liberty ultimately led to the American Revolution and the creation of an independent and free United States. The Sons of Liberty, our original “radicals,” give us inspiration that the quest for maximum human rights and proper constraints on a government that is already showing signs of tyranny are noble causes worth giving up some time and energy to promote.
I am a scientist, teacher, attorney, and a writer. I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and my Masters degree in Pathology from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. I graduated from Seton Hall Law School and had the last two of my four children while being a student. Judge Andrew Napolitano was my Constitutional Law professor. When the recession hit North Carolina in 2009, I lost my job and when it became clear that I would likely be unemployed for awhile, I decided to do a few things. The first was something I had wanted to do for awhile – get a Masters in Teaching. I also decided to do two things that I felt would make me a better citizen – study the Bible and study our founding history and founding documents. Every day I learn something new. As I get older, the proper perspective becomes clearer. The selfishness of youth wears off and you begin to see what’s truly most important in life. Studying history, I’ve come to love and appreciate this country more. That is, I’ve come to appreciate the “idea” of this country. This country has been blessed in so many ways, with the gifts of so many extraordinary people, and we have been squandering, ignoring, and trying to villanize those gifts for too long. The new America that people are trying to re-create is certainly nothing to be proud of. If they succeed, then the “shot heard around the world” will be nothing more than a faded dream.
I understand the challenge to my generation. Our nation’s ‘greatest generation’ gave birth to people of my era – our nation’s ‘worst generation.’ I am committed to helping to reverse that trend and to educate the next generations of Americans on our founding history and principles so that they will be capable and equipped to help preserve liberty for themselves and future generations.
I apologize that most of the articles I write are long and sometimes detailed, but I like to explain my positions and provide the background for them. I try to connect dots.
I can be reached at crazy_for_the_80s@Reagan.com.