CAN’T WE ALL JUST EMBRACE MEDIOCRITY?


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           Before you blow a gasket I am not advancing that as a desirable state or quality but a question based on where the politicians, the academics and many activist seem to desire for America to descend.   The dictionary defines mediocre:  of only moderate quality; not very good; barely adequate.  Mediocrity is defined as:  the quality or state of being mediocre.  The ideological left and some on the so-called right see no exceptionalism anywhere.  They are constantly pushing for the playing field to be leveled and everyone brought to sameness. That in their view is being fair.

If my understanding of history is remotely accurate this nation was established by people who refused to accept mediocrity.  The men and women of pioneer America were brave souls who sought excellence.  The founding fathers of this nation produced documents echoing that sentiment and sought to provide a platform from which we could individually rise to excellence and achieve exceptionalism, which America did and the world owes a debt of gratitude for.  Freedom would be almost non-existent were it not for the American drive to rise above mediocrity and to achieve exceptionalism and excellence.  Do we have flaws and have we failed?  OF COURSE but that should never be an invitation or reason to throw the baby out with the bath water.  It should encourage us to address those problems not reject our pursuit of excellence.

The current administration, many in Congress and the Courts seem to feel that America and Americans are anything but exceptional.  There seems to be a prevailing ideology that to pay for our past sins we must be rendered mediocre as a nation and people.  We have systematically dumbed down our education system in so many ways there is not adequate time or space to enumerate them all.   There was a time when America, the smelting pot of the world, was a place that people sought to immigrate to become an American because of exceptionalism and the opportunities afforded here.  Today we are told that expecting someone to assimilate into our society and become an American is racist, bigoted and intolerant.  They do not have to learn our language, our laws, or become loyal to America because we have no right to national sovereignty after all we are citizens of the world and America belongs to the world.  This push can only produce mediocrity rather than exceptionalism.

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There is no stigma for a person being unwilling to work, learn or achieve.  We are producing generations of people that are wards of the state and in so doing we are generating generations of mediocrity.  My parents would have never accepted me wallowing in mediocrity and I thank God they didn’t.  I believe that there can be and are times in one’s life when they need assistance from others but to make that a permanent place of residence is to embrace mediocrity and is a death knell for our society.  It produces an attitude of entitlement and generates a mind-set embracing mediocrity as a norm.   Andrew Carnegie said, “People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”  Napoleon Bonaparte said, “When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end up reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.”  Both are profound statements.

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We are being led by people today who either completely fail to grasp the foundations upon which America was built and preserved or their ideological views despise our foundations.  Whether it is ignorance or malice the end result is largely the same, a society that embraces mediocrity as normal and acceptable.  That is not a society I brought my children up to become a part of and they are not teaching their children to adopt.  It seems that the goal of the ideological left is summed up in the words of Robert Louis Stevenson, “Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity.”  Howard Schultz said, “My biggest concern is that America is drifting towards mediocrity and that people don’t recognize it – and by people I’m meaning Washington – don’t recognize the sense of urgency and the fact that I don’t think this is a crisis anymore.  I think it’s an emergency.”

God help us to see a restoration in the desire and drive for excellence in all aspects of life.  God help us to reject accepting mediocrity as normal or acceptable.  God help us to seek to inspire everyone to become the best and most successful they can be never being satisfied with the mediocre or mediocrity.    God bless you and God bless America!

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THE LOGIC OF THE ILLOGICAL…


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The recent terrorist slayings in Paris brought another round of the illogical logic of the leftist.  Instead of condemning the Islamic jihadist who carried out a military style slaughter they used it to launch another ‘gun control’ rant.  Yep, gun control was the problem not blind hatred and devotion to a bloody religious fervor.  Somehow that makes sense to them and for the life of me I cannot figure out how.

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What part of terrorist and criminal do these people understand?  Banning guns or passing stricter gun control legislation will not prevent these people for obtaining and using guns.  How is placing the law-abiding in more danger by limiting their ability to defend themselves a good thing?  Gun control will not work as a means of preventing violence it will only make it worse.  Does anybody recall the history of that little experiment called ‘prohibition’?  Did it prevent alcohol from being consumed?  Nope, it made people law-breakers because many if not most did not quit drinking.  It caused an escalation in violence throughout the land rather than diminishing the consumption of alcohol.

Have our laws regarding drugs prevented the distribution and use of drugs?  Hardly!  If the gun control advocates somehow got their way and no private citizen could own or possess a fire arm what would be the result?  Instead of ridding society of guns and violence it would make many law-abiding citizens law-breakers because many would find a way to obtain a firearm.  We know the criminal and terrorist are not going to voluntarily give up their weapons.  If private citizens have no means of self-defense they become even greater targets.  It is the illogical logic of the leftist that promotes this craziness.

But, what is the real motivation of those in power wanting to disarm as many citizens as possible?  Since they know as well as we that banning guns or restricting them more severely will not prevent the criminal and terrorist from having and using them, why do they push this?  I suggest that those in power, not necessarily the Kool-Aide drinkers, push this to insure that we would be limited in our resistance as was the case in Nazi Germany.  A major move in despotic regimes is to disarm as many citizens as possible. 

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If the current laws were enforced uniformly and fully it would be more a deterrent than disarming law-abiding citizens.  In cities and nations where the strictest gun controls are in place we find the most gun violence.  In cities and states where citizens have the right to concealed carry gun violence has gone down.  Let me also state that the 2nd Amendment was not addressing ‘deer hunting’ it was addressing the citizens as comprising the militia and was focused on our ability to protect and defend our lives and property.  That defense included defense against a rogue government.  So please give the deer hunting argument a rest that dog won’t hunt.

You may hate or fear guns and have a core belief that guns are evil but are axes, knives, hammers, automobiles, and any other item that has been used in killing or harming others also evil?  I know it is an old cliché but the problem is not the gun it is the human holding it.  Would it help if people were better trained to handle and respect firearms?  Would it help if people were more careful with loaded firearms?  Absolutely!  Everyone who owns a gun is not a rabid radical dangerously close to going off the deep end and committing mass murder.  I have a healthy respect for guns and tried to instill that respect into my children.

I would hate to be faced with the need to use my gun on another human being but if a criminal or terrorist comes with the intent to harm me or my family I want to be able to exercise that choice.  Having studied our founding documents and the writings of the founders and citizens of that era I find no justification for any assault on our right to ‘keep and bear arms’. 

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 Keep your powder dry and your eyes open.  May we find a way to elect more people to high office who will support, protect and defend the Constitution of these United States against all enemies both foreign and domestic!  May God bless you and may God bless America. 

AMERICA – EVERY GENERATION IS RESPONSIBLE…


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It is the responsibility of every generation to refresh the tree of liberty!  That is especially true today for those of us who love liberty and a Constitutional Republic in America in contrast to the voices, forces and ideologies seeking to destroy it.  I am convinced that our founders based the Constitution, our system of government and judicial system on the presumption that those in leadership would work toward preserving the principles of Freedom.  I am not so naïve as to think they did not foresee the of potential tyrannical despotism.  I believe they attempted to place safeguards and sound warnings loudly enough that centuries later we would still hear them.

Our founders faced some serious problems in forming a new government for our fledgling nation and I believe did a remarkable job addressing those issues attempting to insert adequate safeguards against despotism.  Like most systems of government theory is not always practice and thus we have the problems our nation faces today.  Although some wanted to make the office of President a Monarchy the majority recognized the problem of placing too much power in the hands of one individual.  They also wanted a court system that was strong but not one that legislated from the bench so they sought to develop a system that gave the court strength but not extreme power.

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 At the time of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 many were predisposed to developing a government that would provide ‘separation of powers’ where three branches were ‘co-equal’ in responsibility and power.  This was certainly not a new idea but one that had never successfully been established as it would be in America.  Its roots can be traced to the 4th Century with Aristotle, championed by John Locke, refined and expanded by Baron de Montesquieu.  The writings of those and others influenced many of our founders greatly as did the desire to safeguard against the monarchical system.  They wanted a strong executive held in check by a defined legislature balanced by a judiciary that reviewed matters from a constitutional basis.  That worked splendidly for decades but has been incredibly eroded over the past few decades and especially in the past few years. 

In our present condition we have an administration pushing the limits of presidential authority, a congress abdicating responsibility and a court where nine black robed persons virtually decide what is legal and what is not.  Instead of having a ‘balance of power’ where three branches are ‘co-equal’ providing checks and balances we have blurred lines and distortion.  Our founders warned us of the dangers of any of the three branches becoming too strong or weak and laid the ultimate responsibility at the feet of WE THE PEOPLE.  If every generation does not ‘refresh the tree of liberty’ we will find that we are truly ‘one generation’ away from losing our liberty.

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When the president, attorney general and other major political figures encourage the disregard for our justice system from a purely racial perspective we invite disruption of the peace.  When they encourage people to disturb the Peace in violence and lawlessness rather than attempting to educate as to the process, the facts and maintain civil decorum it is an invitation to lawlessness.  When a president exercises power outside the constitutional scope of that office, ignores congress and disobeys the courts it is rightly called tyrannyWhen congress abdicates its responsibility to exercise the power of the purse, pass legislation and give oversight to the lawful exercise and observance of those laws we can rightly call them impotent.  When the courts render decisions that can only be understood as rewriting laws we can rightly accuse them of abuse of power.  We have each of those happening to greater or lesser degree in present day America.  I do not wonder what our founders would say for I believe they demonstrated that in the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence and Constitutional Convention.

The president, attorney general and other major political figures have been calling for those of a particular ethnicity to create havoc because they perceive a wrong has transpired.  The flames of hatred and racism are being fanned by those in leadership and will result in incredible chaos if WE THE PEOPLE fail to unitedly make our voice heard.  We must all realize that while our system is not perfect the constitution must be respected.  I am not calling for watering the tree of liberty with the blood of patriots as did Jefferson but I am calling for watering the tree of liberty with our unified voice demanding a return to Constitutional Republicanism and lawfulness.

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America needs, no requires, our UNITED VOICE of support for liberty in contrast to the voices of hate.  America needs leaders who protect and defend the constitution even if it is not what they would prefer.  America needs leaders who will follow the law, working to change any and all bad laws and serve as representatives of the people not purveyors of power and position.

            My heart breaks for my America and I plead, God bless America and God bless you!