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The Patriot’s Editorial:  Distasteful Behavior: What’s in a Word or Words?

In this ‘It’s All About Me’ world we live in, people believe they have the right to say whatever comes to mind. That includes: saying/writing anything to hurt, impugn or punish someone they disagree with. After listening to it in ‘ad nauseam’ for the paste couple of years, I thought I would try to make some sense of it.

The first thing that may have come to mind when you began reading this was politics, and rightfully so. But, it goes far beyond politics. In the context of this editorial, the words I’m referring to are those intended to inflict harm and misery to the person(s) being spoken to. The days of sensibility and sensitivity, of guarding words carefully, have long past. We are left with anger, hatred and rage. A projection most of us have been subjected to.

With the introduction of Political Correctness 10-15 years ago, came the self-conceived belief we have the right to lash out at anyone we disagree with. As time moved forward, that need manifested itself to the point, people began to analyze every word and phrase spoken/written in an effort to find something to criticize or find fault with. Always looking for a fight!

Then came Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook and other Social networking sites (such as Twitter). That opened up an entirely new arena for endless hatefulness. A hatefulness unparalleled in history. People spend hours trolling through posts looking at comments, hoping to find one they disagree with, so they can pounce on the person that wrote it like a three ton elephant. They make mean, hateful, often profane comments intended to inflict maximum harm to that person. We’ve all seen it and/or been the recipient of it in the past. They lash out regarding any topic, from music, to entertainers, clothing styles…………..the list is endless. In many cases, they appear to be very unhappy people.

One of the most despicable of them all: School Indoctrination. Children are being taught this behavior from pre-school all the way through college. They are being told what to believe and not to accept anything else. If they disagree, they are seriously chastised and often ostracized by their fellow students and teachers. They are taught not to listen to opposing views, thus they do not learn alternative points of view, shouting down anyone who believes differently. When exposed to it, they insist on counseling, emotional support animals, ‘safe spaces’, etc.

The most volatile category, I blame largely on the news media. Politics! We are clearly a nation divided, both politically and socially. Unfortunately, they have been very cleverly bundled into one neat little package. The ‘talking heads’ on TV, go on day after day, night after night, spewing their ideological rhetoric with both hate and venom. They are setting the example and as a result, people who would never have been rudely outspoken in the past are doing so now with great fervor and zeal. It’s one thing to have a political or social position, but it is totally unnecessary to viciously attack those that do not share their position, whether it be the media or individuals. The polarization of this country is being exacerbated by the media and it will not end anytime soon. Therefore, the vicious attacks (media/individuals) will continue, unabated.

Then there are the politicians. They more often than not, distort the truth, lie to support their ideology or view, talk down to us and generally act in a manner unbecoming of anyone in public life. They hatefully put down anyone who disagrees with them, even their voters at Town Hall meetings. They too, are waving the banner of verbal abuse and disgust! In fairness, this does not apply to all of them.

When I was growing up, I remember my mom and dad stressing over and again, ‘if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.’ To ‘bite your tongue’ instead. It seems many parents are failing to lead their children by example or teach that basic rule of human decency. This adverse behavior will not go away, if anything, it will accelerate in the years to come. The world is full of evil, why unnecessarily inflict more on ourselves?

(The views expressed above are my own. They represent a cross-section of each category, but are not intended to include 100% of the population).


 

January 31, 2018

A Rogues Gallery of Right-Hegelians – Foundation for Economic Education – Working for a free and prosperous world

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major project of mine for the last three years has been to trace the origin and development of the ideas that led to today’s alt-right activists. They have emerged on the political scene suddenly and with impressive ferocity. Some people just assume that they represent nothing but a melange of hate and racism.

This is too simple. Even the most dumbed-down political movement is built by slaves of defunct philosophers. But which ones? And does the worldview cohere to the point that we can anticipate the patterns and policies of this group?

September 19, 2017

A young lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water while leading a seminar and explaining stress management to her audience. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘Half empty or half full?’ She fooled them all. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”
“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Pick them up again tomorrow if you must.
1 * Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!
2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
4 * Drive carefully… It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
5 * If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
8 * Never buy a car you can’t push.
9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.
10 * Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
11 * Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.
13 * When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY
20 *Save the earth….. It’s the only planet with chocolate!*

December 30, 2016

Lessons from John Quincy Adams

The election has taken place and, regardless of the outcome, there will be many who did not feel as if it went their way.  In fact, you may be experiencing deep discouragement and despair. You may even wonder if it is over for America.  I would like to offer a beacon of hope with a little story of John Quincy Adams, U.S. president from 1825-1829.  He was the only president who served in Congress after his presidency and he did so for 17 years.  Adams was a representative from Massachusetts in a congress that was 80 percent pro slavery.  He worked tirelessly to end that evil institution.

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December 22, 2016

The Raping of America: Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism

The Raping of America: Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

There’s an ill will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people are directionless, and politics providesno answer. And like former regimes, the militarized police have stepped up to provide a façade of law and order manifested by an overt violence against the citizenry.

Despite the revelations of the past several years, nothing has changed to push back against the American police state. Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—continue to be choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.

 

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May 30, 2016

The Bible Does Tell Us Who to Vote for

The Bible Does Tell Us Who to Vote for

My good friend Robert Jeffress was a guest on my program on Monday, and we had a frank talk about his enthusiastic public support for Donald Trump.   In the course of our conversation, he said that the Bible doesn’t tell us how to vote, since there were no such things as elections in the Old Testament.  I have a gentlemen’s disagreement on this score with Dr. Jeffress, a friendly disagreement rooted in a straightforward understanding of Exodus 18.   read

May 29, 2016

Jim DeMint: Why I Met With Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

Jim DeMint: Why I Met With Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

This election season has made many Americans even more cynical about our democratic system of government. There is clearly political upheaval underway in America and around the world. This massive disturbance of the status quo has been fueled in large part by more people getting better, faster information from many sources on the internet.  Previously, news on political debates was controlled by a few powerful newspapers or broadcast television. The New York Times, which used to set the daily agenda for national media coverage, had the motto “all the news that’s fit to print.”  But who decided what was “fit” for the public to know?  read

May 21, 2016

“She hath done what she could.” Mark 14:8a

“She hath done what she could.” Mark 14:8a

This is the web site of Georgia Insight newsletter, produced and distributed for over 25 years by Sue Ella Deadwyler, who has been called by God to be a “watchman on the wall.” As a long-time member of national Eagle Forum, Sue Ella served as Coordinator of Eagle Forum of Georgia for 2 years and served several years as Chairman of Georgia Women’s Forum, which is also affiliated with national Eagle Forum. She is recent past President of Eagle Forum of Georgia and is now serving as Capital Correspondent for both Georgia Insight and Eagle Forum of Georgia.  Sue Ella has also produced and recorded daily and weekly commentaries for over 20 years. Her commentaries have been aired regularly through the years on various radio stations in the Atlanta area. You can hear current commentaries on WMVV New Life Radio, 90.7 FM, Griffin.  In conferences, workshops and at the State Capitol, Sue Ella trains volunteer lobbyists on the legislative process. As a public speaker and Bible teacher, she addresses a variety of important topics, and she is available to speak to your group.    read

May 20, 2016

Cows and Government
Socialism: You have two cows. The government takes one and give one to your neighbor.
Communism: You have two cows. The government takes them both and promises you milk but you starve.
Fascism: You have two cows. The government takes them and sells you the milk.
Bureaucracy: You have two cows. The government takes them both, shoots one, milks the other, pays you for the milk, and then pours it down the drain.
Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.
Bain Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell one, force the other to produce the milk of four cows and then act surprised when it drops dead.
Redistributionism: You have two cows. The government taxes you to the point that you must sell them both in order to support someone else who already got a free cow from the government.
A CHRISTIAN: You have two cows. You keep one and give one to your neighbor.
A SOCIALIST: You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
A REPUBLICAN: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. So what? (My note: This is by someone who does not know what a Republican really is. A Republican would teach them how to do something so they could buy their own cow!)
A DEMOCRAT: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. You feel guilty for being successful. You vote people into office who tax your cows, forcing you to sell one to raise money to pay the tax. The people you voted for then take the tax money and buy a cow and give it to your neighbor. You feel righteous.
A FASCIST: You have two cows. The government seizes both and sells you the milk. You join the underground and start a campaign of sabotage.
A CAPITALIST: You have two cows. You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.

May 14, 2016

WOW: Dana Loesch Obliterates CNN Trumpkin Kayleigh McEnany (VIDEO)

WOW: Dana Loesch Obliterates CNN Trumpkin Kayleigh McEnany (VIDEO)

This may be difficult to watch if you’ve never witnessed a curb-stomping before. I was on Reliable Sources yesterday and was somewhat blindside by contributor Kayleigh McEnany who declared I and others who would not support Trump were not conservative. She even went on to question where I had been in previous fights, a question she might want to answer herself first.  read

May 10, 2016

Limbaugh Heard The Warning Obama Admin Just Issued, Immediately Exposes What It’s REALLY About

Limbaugh Heard The Warning Obama Admin Just Issued, Immediately Exposes What It’s REALLY About

A new edict from the Obama administration has its roots in race-based thinking and a purpose that lurks below the surface, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday.

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued guidelines saying that because there is “widespread racial and ethnic disparities” in the U.S. criminal justice system, landlords who refuse to rent to convicted criminals could “lack a legally sufficient justification” in doing so. The current Fair Housing Act does not make it illegal to refuse to rent to criminals.  Read full article here

May 2, 2016

Decency For President

Decency For President

As the father of three daughters, I reserved the right to interview their dates. Seemed only fair to me. After all, my wife and I’d spent 16 or 17 years feeding them, dressing them, funding braces, and driving them to volleyball tournaments and piano recitals. A five-minute face-to-face with the guy was a fair expectation. I was entrusting the love of my life to him. For the next few hours, she would be dependent upon his ability to drive a car, avoid the bad crowds, and stay sober. I wanted to know if he could do it. I wanted to know if he was decent.  Read Full Article Here

May 2, 2016

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