Thursday, July 19, 2018

Do As I Say or Else.

Image result for do as I say not as I do cartoonWhen we hear “do as I do not as I say.” some of us think what a crock, of course, to some extent we have to do what we hear and in some instances, we are supposed to  “do as we are told”.

Others look at that simple statement and reflect, thinking about how they can improve their lives based on the actions and example of others.  

What we say has implications to be considered and demonstrates what we want others to believe, but “actions speak louder than words”, what we do has a lasting effect on who we are and what we truly believe.

Trump spoke or misspoke or purposely included words regarding the Russians that the media has latched onto to further defame the President.  Right or wrong, purposeful or a huge gaffe, President Trump may have sent mixed messages regarding his opinion on the topic of voter collusion with the Russians, this would certainly not be his first time, nor I suspect his last.

Why Trump says what he says and why he speaks the way he does is not really the issue. Some want to believe that, but it is the press and media that have demonstrated this of late. They have promoted the idea that what you say is more important than what you do, especially in diplomatic circles.  

The minutiae of words required to be a diplomat are extensive with each phrase being carefully considered to elicit the proper response or understanding, with each word balanced against the possible effects that might be, should be or might possibly be understood, considered or realized when spoken, written or conveyed.

The entire diplomatic corps has spent millions teaching its diplomats how to speak, how to stand, interact and respond to a variety of instances in order to forestall any misunderstanding, curtail any cultural differences and prevent the diplomat from causing a “diplomatic crisis”.

That’s all well and good, but in Trump's case he is not a Diplomat, in fact, he’s not even a politician, all good things from my perspective.  What he is and what has been shown that he is, is a man that does what he says he is going to do. Case in point. Why would Trump favor Russia when he is attempting to negotiate a better oil deal with the Germans based on the premise that Germany would be beholden to the Russians and dependent on the Russians if they choose to move in that direction.

This is not a complicated thesis by any means.  The nuts and bolts of living by example, yours and others is a foundational principle of society.  If on the other hand, we lived by what was said, we could literally choose to do whatever we pleased and have a license to do so simply by finding the words spoken by whoever fits their specific needs at the time.  I guess the same can be true of actions and example, but when we actually put the two together, words and actions, we start to see the long-term effects of what was said and what was actually done.

We have all heard the example of a Parent who tells his kids not to smoke while lighting up in front of his kids.  That is understood as a bad role model. Of course, it would be better to have parents who actually lived by what they believed rather than the insincere approach of “do as I say and not as I do”

When the Media salivates over a misspoken phrase, as has been the norm of late, the idea of actions vs promises becomes moot.  All their interests and reporting has been focused on what was said and no mention of what was done is ever considered.

It is so easy to parse the spoken word for a variety of meanings and intentions but when we forsake the actual deeds performed and their associative intentions the short-term criticism always takes center stage for those who intend to alter the truth.

You may not like what Trump is doing, you may not like what he says or how he says it but your words mean nothing, your rhetoric is worthless and only your example, only your actions demonstrate who you really are.  When you watch the news, when you read the papers you start to realize the intense motivations and political fervor of those who talk of Democracy, of those who espouse Liberty but act to undermine all that is good, all that is right with America. Even if as an American you do not like what America stands for you may want to rethink your membership as an American. Why would you want to belong to an ideology that you so vehemently oppose? To change it for the better? To help right a wrong or is it to alter the present so you don't have to change?

We are at a crossroad, we are straddling a tight wire above the depths of despair brought on by the inculcated, anti-moralistic left, pulling, yelling, fighting and destroying the very foundation of what made America, America.  You may not agree, you may be one of those screamers who shout without thinking that you're able to shout out because of America, you're able to disagree, you're able to congregate freely. This concept of self-governess and individual liberty was unique to America, unique to the World and still is.

It is a constitutional right to disagree but change the constitution, change our foundational principles and you change your rights to disagree.

Trump is doing what he said he was going to do and he is attempting to Make America Great Again.  His actions speak much louder than his words, I only wish others could do the same.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Civil War, all over again...

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There is no logic on the left.  There is no compassion, no empathy and no charity.  The left is devoid of all things good and rely instead on the chaos that they create by following the winds of public change and insecurity.  This is not a treatise against the Democratic party but for those who call themselves Democrats in name only. 

Democrats used to be for the working man.  Well sort of...If you really care about the history, you can look it up, it’s not really that hard to do and when you do you will realize, if you have an ounce of rationality, that the left has always been the party of confusion, of separation and discord.  Their montra of helping the working man, or the party of the people has never born the fruits that their rhetoric has espoused, again, look at the past and compare the events of what they said and what they did. 

Within our current situations of difference between the two major parties, and perhaps that is the issue, but even more specific are the leaders of each party that pontificate and preach but fail to live as they would have us do.  Both parties are culpable and both parties consider what they do to survive rather than govern for the benefits of the people they govern.  Change the people and you change the government?  Not as easy as it sounds.  But change the rules for those who govern and you could change the process of how we are governed. 

Both parties pass laws for the rest of us but find exemptions for themselves.  Both parties demand healthcare to some degree but refuse that option for themselves. This universal refusal to “do as I do, not as I say” philosophy is what is destroying our once great country.   Leaders who expect more for themselves over the needs of those they lead are not leaders, they are dictators in utero and both parties are filled with megalomaniacs who thrive on control, are devoid of empathy and follow the premise of “me first”, that is not how to lead. 

A leader is with his men, fighting with his soldiers, in the trenches, eating with them and sacrificing with them and for them.  (women too for those who have an issue with my singular reference to men only...GET OVER IT)

Both Republicans and Democrats are filled with selfish, self serving, media clowns who would literally sell out this country for their chance to shine above the rest.    Warren Buffett said, “Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.”  That statement was one of 7 points to end the deficit, by making our leaders responsible and accountable, like all other leaders in the corporate world and in virtually every other facet of life, except for those that are political in nature.

This country is headed for a civil war.  The differences of opinion and of priority between one half the population and the other is becoming insurmountable.  The level of vitriol on the Left is palatable, the Right sees the need to fight back over the violence of  the left's exclusionary tactics on their ability to speak freely, congregate and associate.  Case in point:  The Press Secretary being told to leave and refused service as she and her family went out for dinner.  Or when Maxine Waters publicly announced to all who would listen her desire for more of the
same, basically stating to “get in their faces, surround them …”, as other leaders have called for violence and supporters suggesting that the Trump family be caged and accosted simply for a differing belief and a support of a leader the left does not like.

On this Fourth of July of 2018, I fear the United States is fast becoming ununited and fractured based only on the opinions of a few who revel in the confusion.  We are at a pivotal point, two sides thinking that their way is the only way and never understanding that only through service to others can we begin to see our similarities and develop compassion and empathy. 

We are a country of exceptional character, its people magnanimous and caring, ready to fight for the world, sacrifice our lives for the morality that is our Constitution.  I pray this day that we start to see, not through the eyes of others but through the eyes of our God.  That our perceptions are made clear through the process of service and charity for others and that we forsake ourselves for the greater good of becoming a Nation of like minded, kind and a chartibly motivated people.

Regardless of what another believes, thinks or practices, we all need help.  Go out today and perform a simple act of kindness, that is how we start to heal our fractured soul.