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Keep Freedom and Integrity in America

Updated on April 6, 2015

No Political correctness

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The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.

--Chinese proverb

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.

--Lewis Carroll

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?

Benjamin Franklin

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Thomas Jefferson

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Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security.

--Benjamin Franklin

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

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.

--Benjamin Franklin

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

--Abraham Lincoln

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.

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Groucho Marx

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Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

--Mark Twain

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


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.

--Thomas Jefferson


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.

--Thomas Jefferson


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.

--Thomas Jefferson


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.

--Grouch Marx

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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    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      bradmaster! Thanks for your observations. I often wondered back in the anti-war demos of the 1960's if the student-protestors ever went to class. Still they are the ones teaching now.

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      Brad Masters 

      3 years ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      The PC has only gotten worse in the last four years.

      We have been subliminally brainwashed and censored by the people that want to get their way.

      It is like spraying a new paint job on a junk car.

      The PC prevents people from inspecting the car, as they may find out the truth.

      PC is a veneer over the truth. Marketing anything today uses new words to sell products that couldn't see with the original name.

      Good hub

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Yes, power does tend to corrupt.Recently I have noticed that even well intentioned politics often does harm in the long run. One problem is that as government gets larger, politicians become more isolated from the people.

      Thanks for your comments.

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      Peg Cole 

      3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Political correctness is stifling our free minds and freedom of expression. I remember laughing at the term "sanitation engineer" used instead of garbageman. Among your really great quotes I like this one the best, "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."

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      SidKemp, Yes, I see much of Orwell in today's world, Huxley too. I don't think the Tea Party is a party. I think they are just people organized to protest. However, I have not had any actual contact with them, living away from large cities as I do. What ever the case, I appreciate your stopping by and commenting.

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      Sid Kemp 

      5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      I agree with much of what you are saying. And you might take this even farther by looking at George Orwell's novel 1984, where the departmetn of war (which we now call the department of defense) is called the Department of Peace, and the ministry of propaganda is the ministry of truth. You can also find it in Stalin, who's technique was "the big lie." However, I find that the Tea Party is as much a part of the problem as any other party.

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Hi Wayne. Judging from the election results, there is need to educate a large part of the population on American values. The first job is to reach many who have never been told of such values and that means outreach to groups that need it. Thanks for commenting.

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      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Folks who are more worried about getting something free than they are what it cost them in terms of liberty and freedom love the current situation as they actually believe government is finally "bringing prosperity to them". Government has nothing to offer in terms of prosperity. In order to give one, it must take from another. When government creates the expectation on the part of one individual that he/she has something coming, it must then convince another individual that it is only fair that they pay the other person's way. This is redistribution of wealth....a sad flaw of the socialist state and a function of "collectivism", a neutral sound term meant to cover the intention. The whole process lives on the assumption that man works out his sheer nature as a human and is therefore productive whether he is paid for it or allowed to keep the receipts of toils. That is the real fly in the oinment and eventually the nation ends up a poor poverty stricken mass without will that is enslaved to a big government of the elite. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. A very write here, Don, very good. ~ WB

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I appreciate your agreement and comment.

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      Thomas@theone 

      7 years ago

      I agree with your stance absolutely, voted up, great hub!

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I remember my late brother in law saying if you didn't vote you don't have a right to complain. I agree. I was taught that voting was a civic duty. Looks and style have always been a factor in getting votes. How often do you hear that a candidate has good ideas. It is usually how presidential he looks, Slogans mean more than policy. This has always been true, I suppose.

      Thanks for contributing to the conversation. It probably does not matter if we all agree if we a civil and engaged in the process.

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      2patricias 

      7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      We may or may not agree with all of your opinions, but like the way you have chosen quotes to express them.

      One thing we both worry about is that so many people appear to give little thought to what politicians say, or mean. We both know people who complain a lot but can't be bothered to vote. We also know people who vote on the basis of who they 'like the look of' (not sure if that might be worse than not voting).

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I appreciate you comments. I'm glad if you found it informative.

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      RunAbstract 

      7 years ago from USA

      This is a very well written piece. I enjoyed the quotes very much. And the way you brought your message together made me stop and think. Thanks.

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I'm glad you liked the quotes. Reagan had a number of good ones. Thanks for commenting and being a fan.

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      Jason R. Manning 

      7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I love your quotes and couldn’t agree more. Good old Ronnie is still one of my favorites.

      “Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

      Another much missed and beloved man. You have a new fan.

      Good Day

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Thanks for commenting. I'll check it out.

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      Rod Marsden 

      7 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

      Some good points here.

      Better check out your correctness as in Non political correctness...a misspelling easily corrected.

      Australia has been on the political correctness road a bit longer than the USA and it promises to ruin my country. It certainly could ruin the USA. Nothing like plain talk if you want to get things done.

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Peggy W

      I do think the country is heading in the wrong direction and maybe for longer than we realized. It disturbers me that the politicians can be so cavalier about what is our national interests. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I can't wait to get to the polls and change direction before it is too late. When congressmen and women are forced/cajoled into voting bills into law so that "then we can find out what is in the bill" something is radically wrong! Voted up and useful. Excellent quotes!

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I respect your opinion and thank you for commenting.

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      indigored 

      7 years ago from The Emerald City

      I disagree with just about everything you said! That is very interesting to me. Well, it places me in time, doesn't it. I suppose you will be happy with this year's outcome and I will not. Whatever. Life is more than politics. Cheers!

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Jeremey 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      sweet and to the point!

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Ken

      Thanks for the encouraging comment. These are quotes that I liked related to the present political situation.

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Bill,

      I think I would need to know how you came to those conclusions because I consider myself conservative, patriotic and not prone to oppression.Liberals are not political?

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Deerwhisperer

      That is a very pertinent quote. As far as teams are concerned it does get to be a matter of group dynamics.There are some people who tend to be more assertive than others. Best I can recommend is to try to exert yourself and make your points.

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      Ken R. Abell 

      7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Great Hub. I really enjoyed the way you wove the quotes in with your observations/commentary. Really well done.

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      KINGHORN 

      7 years ago

      CONSERVATIVE VALUES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN POLITICAL AND OPPRESSIVE, BUT NOW THEY'RE TRANSPARENTLY UNPATRIOTIC AS WELL.

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      Brenda K Krupnow 

      7 years ago from Ravenden, AR

      --Thomas Jefferson

      "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."

      I am going through a similar situation (only on a much smaller scale) in my classroom, where much of our work is done in teams. Sounds good in theory, but not when it turns into a dictatorship where one dictates the performance of others in the name of helping. The sad part is that I seem to be the only one (including our teacher) who sees it happening, and is fighting against such actions. Keep up the good work.

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I think that they have taken freedom for granted and don't realize it is in peril. Thanks for commenting.

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      Rob 

      7 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      What's scary is that the public doesn't seem to care about freedom. Safety and money come first. And integrity is dying quickly.

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Thanks for commenting.

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      American Romance 

      7 years ago from America

      Great job! thanks for the quotes! Time for the spade to leave office! .........no pun intended

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      eovery

      Thanks for commenting. I just pick the quotes that appeal to me.

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Coolmon2009

      Thanks for visiting again and commenting. I am just being more bothered by the headlong rush in directions I don't think we want to go.

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      eovery 

      7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      There are a lot of great quotes here. Now I know who said these things.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      Coolmon2009 

      7 years ago from Texas, USA

      I enjoyed reading this thought provoking article on freedom and Integrity. I will tweet this one.

    • dahoglund profile imageAUTHOR

      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Tom

      We just ned reminders, maybe every generation.Thanks for commenting.

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      Tom Whitworth 

      7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      dahoglund,

      I agree with your position. We need good common sense plain spoken people in positions of leadership to help keep the United States of America in a position of preeminence in this world!!!!!!!!!!

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