Keep Freedom and Integrity in America
No Political correctness
The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
I first heard this quote from Eugene McCarthy during the 1968 presidential campaign.
The political, education and other institutions in this country are so full of politicaly correct rules and euphemisms that it is hard to know what is what.
An old joke was that in government instead of calling a spade a spade, it is an agricultural instrument.
- Why is the War on Terror being called “overseas contingency operations?”
- Why is a used car called a “pre-owned” car?
- Why are taxes referred to a “revenue enhancement?”
I think euphemisms are often used to hide real meaning, therefore a lie. Sometimes it may be just an attempt not to face reality. Whatever the case, we cannot make good decisions without good information. Attempts to mislead should be discouraged.
If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.
This relates to the above proverb.. We have to know what we want to accomplish if we want to find ways to accomplish it. Vague slogans like” hope and change” are meaningless unless we know what should be changed and how it should be changed.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, “it means what I choose ti to mean-neither more not less”
- -Lewis Carroll
In life and the public square we have to be careful of what we think we hear people say. During the last Presidential campaign many things were said but the meanings did not register on the voters. One is Obama telling Joe the plumber that he wanted to spread the wealth around. How many people saw this as an endorsement of socialistic policies?
Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security.
With the mad rush to establish a Brave New World of hedonism and welfare state the implications of Franklin’s statement should be obvious.
Half a truth is often a great lie.
This is a warning to all of us to listen closely to politicians, journalist, polls etc. News articles are sometimes slanted by the adjectives used in a supposedly objective report. Polls sometimes contradict the headlines and commentary that goes with the statistics.
Words may show a man’s wit, but actions his meaning.
I see this to be true in politicians who claim to be compassionate, but give very little of their own wealth to charity.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedom, it will be because we destroy ourselves
I think I see that this self destruction has been going on for some time but in the present it has become a real danger. I am thankful for things like the Tea Party Movement which is determined to fight for our traditional values.
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
By withholding support to parties and persons who are not working for the good of the country they may be forced to work to deserve support of be replaced with those who will.
People thought “Alice’s Restaurant” was an anti-war song, it wasn’t. It was an anti-idiot song.
Arlo Guthrie has a superb sense of humor and managed to poke fun at all sorts of things. The Movie based on the song was funny even if you did not always agree with his point of view.
If the people become inattentive to public affairs, you and I, and Congress and assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, is spite of individual exceptions.
I’m afraid for a long time the people have not paid attention and the wolves have taken over. Let us pay attention and keep the leaders straight in their obligations.
Experience hathe shown that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
With umpteen Czars, unpopular laws and regulations being passed, attempts to degrade our country rather than improve our status, I think it is time for us to beware of that tyranny.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
I imagine Jefferson shaking his head now and saying “I told you so.” The headlong rush to a welfare state is wasting our recourses.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosis it, and the misapplying the wrong remedies.
I think this sums up pretty much what has been happening in recent years. I hope whatever politicians we vote for soon will take notice and stick the course.
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