As an only child, I grew up being used to entertaining myself and doing things alone. As I got older and began to read, I gravitated to the stories of people who were themselves, loners. Hunters and trappers of the early days of our frontier always intrigued me, and I often thought if I’d been born in that time, I could have been quite happy living off the land, exploring, scouting, and guiding.
Those of you who follow my writing know I am passionate about our Republic. Most of my efforts are to educate or sound an alarm. However, I fear the alarm is falling on deaf ears. The vitriol on both sides of the aisle disgusts me-- both the people and the politicians. I find myself wishing I was on a claim or homestead in the early 19th century where all my concerns were wrapped up in daily physical survival.
For example, I find Donald Trump to be a mixed bag, and in reality, that is how nearly everyone hits me. There are things I like, and things I don’t. That’s life. However, as our president, he needs to be examined closely. His good points and actions should be applauded, and his lesser or extra-constitutional actions should be pointed out and criticized.
However, if I give President Trump an “Atta boy,” the Never Trump crowd throws a fit and can never concede he has done the right thing. On the other hand, if I criticize him, his ardent supporters tear into me and can never admit he could be wrong.
I do not mind criticism. I know I am not right 100% of the time, but it needs to be fact based and point to my error. I need to be educated in that point if needed, not just told I’m a moron. Ignorance is not bliss; it is dangerous, but being willfully ignorant can be deadly. We have all heard the saying, “My mind's made up, don’t confuse me with the facts.” I have seen a lot of that these past few years.
Lately, a few posts on Facebook have come across my feed indicating that the world is upside down and backward, and I have to agree. Certainly, we are in a political sense. People who historically seemed very principled in the past are now more interested in putting a win in the column than WHAT the win is. The recent healthcare debacle put forth is an excellent example.
It is said that integrity and character are what you do when no one is watching, but in today’s world of social media, it seems someone is always watching. It also seems most people want to be seen. Google recently revealed there are 93 million selfies taken EACH DAY! Phones are checked 100 billion times EACH DAY!
In my opinion, this has only encouraged our natural selfish tendencies toward self-absorption and self-importance. The world is all about “me,” whatever happens, has to benefit “me,” or it should not happen. These tendencies know no political affiliation. While we fight among ourselves over who did what, and whether they should have or not, the bedrock principles of our republic are ignored.
Jesus spoke of the hypocrisy of the Pharisees-- how they brought attention to themselves in their prayers, giving, and self-centered existence. He said they were “whitewashed tombs full of dead men’s bones.” They did not hold a monopoly on hypocrisy.
We have much to learn. Biblically, we have been given many historical examples of how God deals with His people, the rewards and consequences of righteousness, and sin. Our republic was founded on these principles, and in many ways, the lessons are the same. God gives us freedom to make choices and allows us to reap the reward or punishment for those choices. Our republic was formed on these principles, that we are free and are to use self-restraint rather than be tied down by an oppressive government. Benjamin Franklin said, "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
The Republic was designed so that WE are the masters of the government, not the other way around. However, as we have demanded government do certain things FOR us, we have allowed government to do things TO us. We have exchanged our liberty for security, and in the end, neither have nor deserve either.
I can’t take it anymore.
I can write things that work up both sides, but to what end? Get more clicks? I have no heart for it anymore because it does no good. I feel compelled to do what I can to educate and motivate those who are willing to be involved beyond social media.
My book, Spare Time, was written to motivate people to change their hearts and lives in a way to touch their own little corner of the world. (BTW, Amazon has a special on the hardcover right now, $3.61 shipping included for Prime members)
We can vote for whomever we want, but no Congressman, Senator, or President can return our liberties and the Republic given to us by the framers. To do so would require them to give up their power and hand it to us and that is not in their makeup. In the end, the only way for us to make a difference it to change us. If we are to secure the blessings of liberty and posterity, we have no choice. I will no longer play the game we have been playing.
Some may have noticed the tagline, “The Voice of Reason,” I added awhile back. Reason is: Rational ground or motive, a logical defense, something that supports a conclusion or explains a fact.
I love history and the lessons gleaned from its stories. In the future, I intend to share history, and apply it to today. In some cases it may be Biblical, in others, it may be from our history, and I will likely include personal stories and lessons from my life.
Lanterns.buzz is giving me the opportunity to resume my radio show, so I will do less writing and more talking. I plan to add some video to the mix. I hope you will listen and share what I have to offer in the coming weeks and months. I am nothing special, only someone who loves this nation and mourns the depths to which she has sunk. There are hundreds of writers and talk shows discussing the news of the day and what everybody thinks about it. Rather than be another fish in that large pool, I plan to form my own pool. Come on in with me; the water’s fine.