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You See Me as Mean-Spirited and a Right Winger, I See You as Loony and a Lefty. How Do We Get Past Our Differences?
Finding Offense in our History
I was watching the News the other night and an atheist was defending the removal of a bench in Pennsylvania.
The weathered bench is inscribed with the words; "Men Who Aren't Governed by God Will be Governed By Tyrants".
Though the words are as weathered as the bench itself, they were visible enough to grab the attention of a local resident and offend him!
Naturally, he then registered a complaint.
That is the story as told by his representative, an atheist group spokesperson.
The quote is by William Penn.
Not only is William Penn the Founder of one of our original Colonies, many of his ideas found their way into the writing of the United States Constitution.
I found the whole incident, Ironic!
The atheist spokesperson, in defending the removal of the bench, wasn't a complete and total mean girl though, she didn't seem to have a problem with a bench, in a Park, honoring Veterans, just not that bench!
She proposed replacing it with a new bench...a better bench, which would still come complete with its very own inscription:
~Donated by the Atheist Society~
(or something along these lines)
As long as God would be excluded.
She couldn't understand that the new and improved bench with the new and improved, (more modern day) inscription, at least as far as she was concerned, may be offensive to some.
As if only atheists are entitled to be offended!
As if only Loony Lefties have a voice!
That did not matter much to her, she was still far too busy finding offense, with the original inscription on the original bench, she couldn't possibly see far enough, to care about anyone else's feelings.
Maybe there was a resident that complained and maybe there wasn't, resident wishes to remain anonymous!
Political Correctness Gone Wild
Meanwhile, let us journey Down South a few States, where another hornet's nest has been stirred up and is just a buzzin!
Emory University intends to pay the tuition of some incoming Students...not for those born, raised and schooled in the State of Georgia or in the Atlanta area, not for International Students or Students that have entered into the U.S. through the Legal process.
Oh No....come Fall, they'll be paying 100% of the tuition for illegal 'students'; however, there is one stipulation, 'student' must have graduated from a U.S. high school.
What is wrong with this picture?
The most glaringly obvious to me...What kind of message is this sending to our kids?
What kind of message is this sending to any young person that has always:
- Played by and followed the rules
- Obeyed the law
- Waited their turn in line
- Waited their turn in the immigration line
Sorry Sucker, seems to be the message!
I guess the Good News for the 'Suckers' is that safe zones now exist for them in many Colleges, so after their school of choice kicks them in the gut and upside the head simultaneously, they can be guided to a 'special room', 'a safe space', provided just for them, where they can lick their wounds and be taught why this is all perfectly okay.
"Obama, can you hear us now?" "Dump the Trump, Dump the Trump...."
There is an ongoing battle between the Left and the Right, as to what our personal responsibilities are and as to what role the Government is to play, in our lives.
As time goes by, it seems as if Liberals are okay with more and more Government control over their lives, while Conservatives are rooted in self-reliance.
Libs may not come out and use those words, in fact, they'd probably argue their case, as being totally in control of all aspects of their life. All while relying on the Gov and allowing the Gov, to enter into all aspects of their life. All while expecting and at times, making demands of the Government, to do more and more for them, (although they're completely self-reliant!)
The Right is accused by the Left, of not caring and of being cold and uncaring, wanting children to starve and Grandma to die, all while wanting dirty water and a poisoned Earth, etc. and blah, blah, blah.
I've been hearing this Democratic strategy, for as long as I can remember.
As If...we do not share this planet too. As If...we do not have families too, AS IF...we do not love Grandma too...simply because we, (as our Founders) want Government's Role, as Limited as is possible, in our lives.
We are all children of God, we are connected in so many ways, but we've grown so very far apart!
Can we ever get back to just being proud Americans, without so much focus on Political Parties?
While I've accused Liberals of being Brats and of believing that the 1st Amendment only applies to them...of wanting handouts and of being spoiled followers...and crybabies...and loony (I'm just trying to get it out all out of my system)
I will make a conscious effort to do better and taper off on the name calling.
For the good of America?
A deficiency in core beliefs = Confusion!
Right Wingers, Loony Leftists, Independents and the Apolitical.....is it just me or have you noted a lot of confusion lately?
- We like him, but not really
- That dude should be fired or maybe not
- She's our gal, sometimes
- He's the bomb, what a dud
Seems to me that too many people don't seem to think for themselves any longer.
Am I Right? (that is a legitimate question, I know I'm Right, but am I right and who the heck is on 1st...;-)
Are they waiting on instructions/talking points; on how to react, who to like and how long to like them, before they stop liking them and what to think and when to think it?
Along with all of this confusion, we continue heading too far in unknown directions, before we consider, what if it's a disaster and will we be able to find our way back?
Just when you begin to think we can, we may, we might...another crazy turn!
© 2017 A B Williams