Remembering “A Time for Choosing” by Ronald Reagan

Considering the chaos of the nasty political quagmire we find ourselves schlepping through every time the news comes on these days, I thought we might want to take a look back and perhaps, remember just who the heck we are as a nation.

There was a man once who said “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Some of us remember that day with tears in our eyes.

And you know what?

The wall DID come down, opening a whole world up to millions of people who had dreamed of freedom for a lifetime, yearning for that gleaming ideal. It isn’t perfect but the people get to CHOOSE.

As we seethe and boil in our skins from the infighting in our own government I hope we can step away from it for a moment to look back and remember a time when we saw things a bit more clearly.

This video is about half an hour so I hope you can find the time to make yourself something to drink and watch this for your own edification. I was awestruck at the raw truth in this mans words.

That’s it for today. I hope we can all find it in our hearts to remember that our neighbor is our neighbor. Treat each other like the brothers and sisters we are. Do something kind for someone today and you’ll feel better about your own self. Teach your kids to do the same.

Comments are welcome. Keep the faith yall!



Time for introspection and truth

So I came across the following in my reading and it seemed profound to me.

“Putting the evidence together, it seems clear that polarization is a real, and serious phenomenon. Americans may or may not be further apart on the issues than they used to be. But clearly what divides them politically is increasingly personal, and this in many ways may be worse. We don’t just disagree politely about what is the best way to reform the health care system. We believe that those on the other side are trying to destroy America, and that we should spare nothing in trying to stop them” 1

Polarization does not just happen. It’s not the way the world works. As a population we are generally whipped up by outside forces or events into a frenzy. Hell, folks have been stirred up by influencers and steered into to rioting and burning down the countryside for a long time. For instance, in 44 BC there was a riot in Rome during the cremation of Julius Cesar that resulted in several deaths from firebrand wielding citizens. (Brutus and Cassius were killed.)

My point is this. The anger and outrage felt over the murder of George Floyd by dirty police officers is justified. The call for examination of our systems is a just and democratic one. We all believe our government should answer to the people. They are MANDATED to do so. And they must be held accountable.

Now that I’ve stated the obvious, we must remember we are a nation under the rule of law. Believe me when I say that’s a good thing. It’s why so many want to come here. We have a system that was placed to protect the rights of our citizens.  Remember the reason we broke away from the mother country was because they were grinding our god given rights into dust under the bootheels of British Regulars stationed here.

Don’t give in to the screaming voices that accuse. And accuse. And accuse.  I personally am sick of being told how terrible I am on almost all media outlets. As a matter of fact if you are a grown man and step up to me and call me a racist you should expect what comes next. I don’t mistreat others and I’ll not allow anyone to bully me. I think most of us feel the same and that’s how we raise our kids.

Bully’s are bad be they that mean kid in school or a bunch of looters. Period.

Why have we forgotten as a nation to look for the things we all have in common rather than the things that divide us? I have a strong suspicion that the narrative is being driven for others who are not friends of out nation. Have we allowed the screaming to drown out the voice of one of the greatest leaders we ever had. The voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

My hope is that no more lives are needlessly lost as we rant and rave. Our political machine is horribly to blame for a lot of this wreckage. Don’t walk on the backs of the American people to get elected. This is sound advice and if you’re a politician looking to play the optics I would simply say to you, don’t be surprised when you find yourself being required to relocate to a little country somewhere south of the equator.

Peace, Be well.

Time for a little reality.

So yesterday someone I know to be a sweet dear person was flamed on the internet. This person whom I know loves people of all colors and creeds was told how she never escaped the racist privileged upbringing she had as a child.

These words were delivered to a woman who worked for every single cent she ever had. She raised children and always tried to do the right thing for those around her whether anyone was looking or not. This was always, without regard for the color of the others skin.

She received these false and daresay I, evil, accusations from several supposed friends on a certain social media platform I won’t grace with a name.

I have a few things I’d like to get off my chest.

First, I grew up in a back area in the mountains and my earliest memories are of the smell of carbide in a miners lamp and having to use an outhouse at night in the winter. I don’t want to hear about being privileged.

Second, At the age of 18 I joined the United States Navy, whereupon I took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I retook that same oath periodically for the next twenty years.

It made me almost weep whenever I saw someone burn my flag. The Ensign I saluted every time I came aboard my ship or unit. The one that flew over me and my young shipmates whenever we sailed into harms way to defend the right to burn that same flag. We grew to manhood, all of us, with the understanding there would always be many who wished to take the right to burn that flag. We would stand firm to defend those rights.

That oath never expired. I still have the same expectations for my behavior as I did the first time I took that oath.

I believe you judge another based upon the content of character. Period. I don’t expect anyone to look like, or be, like me and that’s OK. I still love people even if they don’t look like me.

Third, and I mean this sincerely from the bottom of my heart. Rest assured I will give my last breath believing in the actions I take to live this in my life. I will defend my country when necessary. I will live my life as a free citizen and I will ensure that I follow the orders of those appointed over me. I will adhere to the Constitution of the Unites States and the Uniform Code of Military justice, by which I am still bound by oath.

Fourth, Plato said “The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness… This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.”

To all my friends who may not have the same worldview as I, please take a moment to consider the following.

Remember the names, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Pol Pot.
Let us not forget Hirohito, The Emperor of Japan. (In his name the Japanese military raped, tortured, and murdered tens of millions of Asian civilians.) This is fact, although, there have been efforts to revise the history.

These are the names of men who were ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED they were doing what the moral high ground required of them.

If you are reading this you should know there is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, trying to destroy this country, the constitution that governs us, and the rule of law by which we have a true civilization.

You want to be woke? Seek wisdom.

Read Thomas Sowell. Hell, If you don’t read, watch a couple of his videos on youtube. He’s a brilliant man. A man of character. A man of honor. A learned man.

Learn how the elite liberal left is enslaving millions and is striving with all their might to keep millions in inner cities enslaved. The true narrative will horrify you.

You want to be woke? Go ahead. I dare you. Don’t allow yourself to be made to spout what the elite want you to repeat as told. Two plus two is five.

And remember, even though I love you and will give you food and care as my brother or sister, even though I will edify you and your issue that you might be greater than your fathers before you, I too am a free man. If you think to take my God given rights from me, or my brothers and sisters, remember always this, Don’t tread on me.

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