“If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.”
My wife and I were talking about just how divided our country has become on many issues especially after the recent election. I told her I think we are all seeing and hearing the byproduct of communication being perfected. For the first time in human history we are really able to see and hear what people are thinking in real time. It’s alarming and shocking to now know what your friends and family truly believe in and just how different and varied their opinions are from yours and the world. It’s as though we have been eating from the forbidden fruit of knowledge since the internet came along and the veil has been slowly lifting from our eyes to the point we can now see each other’s opinions in print, videos, movies, photos, and memes in real time and know what our brother-in-law is really thinking and feeling on any number of subjects. We are able to know what’s going on around the world now in an instant; and are being daily bombarded with opinions about it. We are beginning to know all of it; the good, the bad, the ugly, and the issues that truly divide us as a community, a nation and a society.
More of us each day around the world are using the internet more and more for work, play and education. We are willing and feel more comfortable sharing everything about our intimate selves from something as benign as what our favorite color is to sharing the results of personality and emotional intelligence quizzes, our political preferences, sexual preferences and habits, pictures and videos of ourselves, even our present state of mind and health. We communicate now so candidly that people feel no aversion to talking about their colonoscopy or hysterectomy results with their friends on their cell phone while sitting in a restaurant or in a bathroom stall in ear shot of total strangers. People say it’s no big deal. However is there a point where blunt honesty, candidness and truth stop being a good thing? In short, most everything that was purposely hidden or withheld by us in years past is slowing being shared and revealed in the public domain and sadly the prying eyes of government. We hear, think and feel instantly what others hear, think and feel by way of modern communication.
My personal feeling is the divisions that we read about today between us all have always existed but we as a society had not reached a point where we felt comfortable sharing what we truly believed out of fear of what others might think of us or out of necessity to keep the peace around the holiday dinner table. The old adage around the holidays was “we don’t talk about religion or politics or we risk arguments”. However now as a society we have become empowered to voice our thoughts, beliefs and opinions like never before. We readily share our true intimate-selves via the Internet where in years past we could not or would not feel comfortable. In years past we might have arguments about issues or people with our friends, neighbors, or relatives but we never really shared too much out of fear of alienation and future arguments. The peace was kept by not talking about politics and religion or any controversial subject. Today that is unavoidable. The internet and social media has enabled us to reveal our deeper selves without direct confrontation. It has opened the lines of communication but with it revealed the deep divisions, biases, and flaws in our characters.
The question then becomes were we better off learning of our differences slowly over time while simultaneously learning to work out those differences, or is knowing everything there is to know and recognizing readily just how different we are a good thing? It remains to be seen.
For now I will share a piece of advice, agree to disagree with your friends, relatives and neighbors at the holiday dinner table.
The bible has this to say about it, “Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.” Proverbs 17:1
Last night once again I watched the movie “The Patriot” starring Mel Gibson. It’s one of my favorites. I’m not a movie critic so I will not debate the historical accuracies or inaccuracies of the film. The character Gibson plays Benjamin Martin is loosely based upon the lives of some very real Americans like Francis Marion known as the Swamp Fox who fought a guerrilla war against the British in South Carolina and is regarded as one of the heroes of the American Revolution.
Say what you want about Mel Gibson the actor, he might have issues with alcohol and bigotry but the characters he plays in his movies are emotionally visceral, and stir the passions of most audiences. That’s something a good movie should do in my opinion. When I first watched this movie back in 2000, when it came out, it provoked an interest for me in a…
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Imagine if someone you don’t know breaks inside your home uninvited and brings with them friends or takes a liking to your daughters. This stranger begins to eat your food, have sex on your couch and gets their friend pregnant or your daughters. This intruder sleeps in your spare bedroom, refuses to work, but if they do they send their tax free money to their homeland. They pretend their one of your family and when they get sick you have to pay for it.
Then after you’ve had enough and you finally call them out on this home invasion they act as if they are entitled to live under your roof and protection, and demand you speak to them in their native language. To make matters worse your dumb retarded brother-in-law thinks they should stay and believes they have the same rights as invited guests.
Yeah illegal immigration is just like this in America today. You wouldn’t put up with it in your house why should America as a nation!
Clinton is as corrupt as they come. The overwhelmingly damning information coming from Wikileaks and the FBI’s agents proves this and could not be any clearer. She will do anything to gain power and the masses who support her are every bit as corrupted in my mind.
Your neighbors, teachers, pastors, relatives, and friends and others who you have trusted for years are going to support a lying degenerate who has a PhD in BS, Graft and Corruption. What’s that say about them? What’s that say about you who associate with them?
There are two America’s within our borders and one of them is trying desperately to destroy the old culture and laws and replace it with their false god Leviathan. I am referring to the over oppressive Administrative State. Think about that the next time you see a I voted for Hillary sticker. We are a divided nation and will continue to be one until we are no longer a nation. No amount of cooperation and compromise will change the very different ideological thinking that exists today. It will only get worse. You cannot make peace with someone who seeks your destruction.
- If you are a person of faith count on being unmercifully persecuted because they hate you. Their god is Man.
- If you are a person of truth. They will ridicule you because truth is relative in their minds.
- If you are a person of laws they will shame you because they believe law to be ever changing and not immutable and always open to interpretation.
- If you accept responsibility for your own actions and your safety they will say you are kooky or a nut because they are weak minded, irresponsible and always seek others to provide for them. They seek others to take the blame when things go bad, and to protect them from every threat real and imagined.
- If you love liberty and the US Constitution they will despise you as they reject God and thus the natural rights of man bestowed upon us by him and referred to in our founding documents. Ironically the very rights defined in the document for which their own rhetoric is protected.
In short we are at the present time in a Cold War with ourselves that will turn hot if only a few things more take place.
The apathetic, ignorant or foolish will reject this but I think it is time to pray hard for peace and understanding, but prepare for war as I think its coming. These two forces cannot co-exist indefinitely. The enemy is in the room with us now not outside our door. We only need to pay attention to the trend towards government control of everything and the patterns of corruption from our leaders and ignorance of the followers to realize it.
I said it earlier today that I thought the federal government had reached the point where it has perfected the Charlie Foxtrot (Cluster Fu@k) to an exact science! I was responding to the sad state of affairs for people’s health care costs which have skyrocketed for many families thanks to the well meaning but terribly bad Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare. It should have been called the Unaffordable Care Act but this is just what we can come to expect if Hillary is elected.
These hopeful progressive ideas that Dems continue to promote year after year, decade after decade that say if we only tax the rich a little more; grow government a little more; and control people and property more efficiently, the world would be a better place free of want, hunger, greed, poverty, etc. etc.. is so much rubbish. It’s so far from how things work and how humans really behave that it really belongs in Science Fiction (ie Star Trek) and not politics.
In practice these policies like national healthcare and laws they push year after year have never worked efficiently if at all, and in most cases just cause more complicated problems in the present and for the future. However they all make for good sound bites to the masses of people who want to have someone fix all their personal problems for them. If it gets them reelected and allow them to remain in power who cares if they work. These phony hucksters like Clinton continue to appeal so long as people believe in the effectiveness of fairytale programs and blatant lies.
Wake up America and smell reality for a change! You are about to elect a decades long cheat and grifter. A woman who for years enriched her own purse through the public offices her and her husband held and were trusted to protect. No politician should get rich working in government. The Clintons are the poster kids for this type of infamy. Hillary Clinton is criminally negligent and dangerously reckless with national security matters. She is a habitual liar and I believe a narcissist in love with her public image. She wants you to look the other way while she steals this election as well as the White House china.
They were people were just like you and me. They got up each day and lived their lives as Americans. They went to the same schools, churches, grocery stories and ate at the same restaurants. They smiled and laughed at our jokes. They listened to the same music and watched the same movies we did. They comforted us when we were sad and we looked up to them and admired them. They sat across from us at our dinner tables and living rooms and shared with us their hopes, dreams, secrets and aspirations. We loved them and the world was a little brighter because of them. They were our ancestors, our grandfathers, our parents, our siblings, our children, cousins, or maybe just our best friend. They are now gone. They are all missed.
For the families of lost service men and women nothing can replace the heavy loss felt and the empty chair at the table. These brave few served each other, and their country paying with their lives. Some had no choice and were drafted into their country’s service; some willingly answered the call, but each ended up serving something far greater.
It has been said that only the dead have seen the end of war. The world as it is still requires vigilance against tyranny and evil and some men and women still end up paying the ultimate price to keep the peace, and preserve the nation. The good book tells us that “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” It is good and right then they we have a national holiday to remember them.
Memorial Day is not about the political correctness of the conflicts with which these men and women lost their lives; history is the final judge of that. Today on this day we put aside our correctness; our righteous indignation and protests against war and all its causes. Today we just celebrate our loved ones and their tragic, final sacrifices made… and remember them with heartfelt gratitude.
When you look throughout the course of human history no law, code, regulation, or decree was ever enacted or imposed upon other human beings without the subtle or not so subtle, implied threat of coercion or actual use of coercion. There were always those willing and able to enforce their will upon others through the use of weapons, and they are the one’s who usually ended up ruling others.
In more modern times its been said that the one in the room with the gun is the one who is really in charge. Today’s debate about gun control really centers around a larger more fundamental issue. Who is to be in charge of it all, the government or we the people?
There can be no doubt the founders of the USA meant for the people to be in charge of the government and that its role was to protect the individual’s rights and property. However when you listen to today’s Democrats or big government progressives and their more crazy offshoots like Sanders and his following, you can easily see who they want in the room with all the weapons. Do they trust you to be armed and use discretion and take responsibility for your own safety and actions? The answer is a resounding emphatic “no” they don’t. Do they fear losing control of you? Every day!
They are however slowly convincing each succeeding generation of Americans that government knows best, and that you can trust government more than even yourself to make just laws that will govern every aspect of your life, to include your ability to defend yourself. Furthermore you should have no capability to oppose the will of Govt with rival force no matter how broken, corrupt, unjust, petty or tyrannical government becomes. They can’t possibly see a future where anyone would have the audacity to oppose the all powerful all seeing State and nothing to them is worth dying for or fighting for. Peace and order they argue, must be maintained at all cost and no person has the right to do commit violence to protect himself or another, that is the license of government only.
I would then argue that when you accept that premise and willingly surrender your arms you cease to have the ability to oppose government in any meaningful or forceful way and you cease to be a citizen in any real sense history has previously described Americans. Instead you become a subject, to be controlled, regulated and managed by the State not unlike chattel or livestock. You become a cog in a vast machine that is faceless, remorseless, and sees you as having no real individual identity, and certainly no inherent natural rights that would precede and/or supersede government’s authority. What real power is left to oppose them or prevent them from doing anything they want…their promises?
The second amendment and the Constituition as written then is an existential threat to the very premise that it is government’s mission to control its citizens and achieving the aim of being the only one left in the room with the gun.
There are hundreds of millions of firearms in this country in the hands of private citizens currently and I see no reason to change that for the overwhelmingly majority are law abiding and peaceful.
It really does boil down to just one central and very important idea; who is ultimately in charge of it all? Who is to be armed and in charge? We the people or the government?
Will surrendering to the government our arms ever make sense when this same government has used it power and authority to repeatedly disrespect our citizens, our individual rights, our property and circumvent our existing laws as written, all the while we are armed? How much greater the contempt or disregard for us as citizens can we then expect by giving up all hope and means of forcefully resisting government and surrendering all our arms?
Do you trust the same people who gave us Benghazi, Obamacare, IRS scandals, Corruption, NSA Spying, Assassination of US citizens abroad without trial, and the Iraq War with your lives, property and your natural God given right of self-defense? Can you honestly say the “citizens” will be safer and more secure unarmed?
As with most of the complaints about people’s incomes, in the end you have to ask yourself the question, how does taxing some rich person(what ever that is) more going to help me today? How does ” leveling” the playing field help me right now? The answer is really not that much at all, assuming you even could.
In this great country only you can really determine how wealthy you will become and how happy you will be. Not many places left can say this but in America you can still own a yacht and be a one percenter or a full-on marxist nut job protester with no job, living in your grandmother’s basement claiming to be a victim of some kind, and/or demanding a “living wage” or some such nonsense. The reality however is its up to each and every one of us to get the training, or education, or experience to be in demand, so we can get the job that pays us what we want, or help us to create/grow our business. No one else is responsible; we are responsible for ourselves. No one else is responsible to create a job for you or give one to you without effort, and/or grow your own business for you. They don’t have to give you anything except maybe their love as a human being.
So Donald Trump and people like him are born with a silver spoon in their mouths. So what. How does someone else being born wealthy hurt or help you? Not at all. Why try to drag people who are doing well down to everyone else’s level in the interest of “fairness”. There is no fair in life. It does not exist in nature and it does not exist in humankind. And besides, who gets to decide what’s fair and what’s isn’t? You? Is that fair? Get over it!
Pay attention to your “life” and be the captain of your own ship and your own destiny. Quit looking at and coveting your neighbor’s possessions. Quit your bitchin and just get busy!