The choice to look down on others is a public health crisis. It is far more deadly than most would even consider as it robs us of the ability to respect and serve. As we destroy social links, relationships fail, dependency soars, and the elect elite emerge as morality police enforcing their world view on those without power.
Opportunity and elevation arise from a helping hand and sometimes a shove at just the right time. In individual achievement and liberty the spark of inspiration is fanned into a flame. Virtue and respect flow from results not signals. It is a choice and a profound signal to include but the virtue lies in the acceptance and love not the signaling and public affirmation.
The public choice to demean and demagogue, with its associated escalating division, destroys by planting and then nourishing insidious pride above all.
When a “friend” says that you are not needed in their life because of your world views on liberty and life... listen to them and move on. Don’t stop loving them. You may even grieve their loss but do not allow their choices power over yours. Each of us will be held to account for our choices. In this world, tyranny of thought and idea divides, excludes, and destroys. The liberty way is the only way to include.
I’ve lost many friends recently and I grieve their loss but principles are more important than principals.
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” —C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics (1970)
Rigging, manipulation, and influence are not the same thing as a global illegal conspiracy. It seems to me that we the people have bowed in fear and outsourced our intellectual and physical freedom. It is indeed time to circle up and plan legal protests with local civil disobedience coupled with disciplined planning for the next elections. The media and big tech will NOT play fair. 72 million Americans is a strong start. We, conservatives, must align and look to the future.
I’m disappointed that my fellow Americans have embraced this systemic threat to individualism and liberty in favor of corporate communism back by force and fire of government. Cest la vie. When these policies fail in coming years, I and many like me will be far less tolerant, likely less civil, and follow the protest playbook we have seen as a roadmap. Times ahead could be pretty vicious. It seems we are at war for the souls of our states and thus our republic.
Biden’s DARK WINTER is indeed coming and will extend well into 2021 and beyond. Consequences will be far reaching beyond just surviving Covid. We have >99.8% chance of surviving that threat. The societal threats could be far more deadly as families churches and businesses are literally blown up. The blame game is done. We must look to the future. Let’s roll.
Lowest common denominator?
Localized self reliance is the key to surviving and thriving in times of great stress. Neighbors, church, and family can sustain. They are focused on YOUR good by choice rather than law. Rugged individualism provides security in every sense. God’s relationship to you in HIS world is individual and personal. Trust and obey. Be. Love. Serve. Repeat. - local local local.
The government and the “system” is always focused on the “collective greater” good. This commune based approach is not enough if the system comes under great stress. (eg. pandemics, recessions) it relies on rationing and central one size fits all planning in place of innovation and localized reward. A collective governing system is a necessary evil. This socialist approach ALWAYS fails over extended duration and scale.
#Principles matter. Choose the former not the latter.
Our collective path forward must be built on individual choices health and liberty. The reality is that most if not all of the population will be exposed to Covid19 and future versions. Our individual immune systems and behaviors are our best and most effective tools.
Medicine is already developing acute mitigation strategies through drugs and behavioral recommendations but they are only reactive. Until we have prophylactic measures available we cannot be promised or provided safety. We must interact physically moving into the future. As with all disease some will perish. That is a hard reality even if unpopular to “snowflakes” of all flavors.
Our current pervasive attitude of fear and isolation is not sustainable and the true efficacy of “social distancing” is unknown. We as a society have helped our healthcare system and now it is time to remember that life is about living. It is not about cowering in our homes under house arrest. Our individual immune systems in collective perspective will provide herd immunity over time. Until then, all we can do is play for time and protect/cherish our liberty.
Reopen the USA’s minds NOW!!!
I am very concerned. The US government “gives” its citizenry money in a multi phased bailout strategy. This cannot continue unchecked.
The funds represent an exchange value. This means that products and services are the ACTUAL value. Opening the economy means opening the ability of a free society to trade and exchange value.
The US GOVT has virtually NO inherent value. It can only facilitate commerce and control. It is redistributing both NOW. #WakeUpAmerica this fear response, and knee jerk to look for help from the government is NOT American in principle. We must stand up and be counted. We must build and trade actual value.
Tax and spend ideology is bipartisan and it is TOXIC.
Volatile and tragic times are nothing new. Perhaps our collective response to them is, perhaps not. I’m not sure we are even special.
We change nothing by assassinating the character of others. Hysterical claims and emotional appeals are engaging in media but only influential when connected to reasonable and logical proposals for change. Debate and dialogue enables education and progress at every level.
"This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it." - Thomas Jefferson to William Roscoe, December 27, 1820
Being proud to be an American does not make you a bad person. It doesn't even mean that you agree with everything that "America" is doing. What I do is what matters. If you don't know what I do... you don't know me and you certainly aren't in a position to judge me.
I had an excellent conversation at my church last night re: politics.. yes it can happen...
I said: We have plenty of mechanisms to actually manage disagreement but discussion and debate is critical to get to a decision/management point. Cutting one another off at the knees.. making so much commentary personal... invoking identity and emotion is mean spirited and dangerous. It destroys the relationships... which is a BAD THING.
Division and Demagoguery are Destructive and Devastating.
It is possible to disagree without those things.
HOW 2 DISAGREE 101: VOTING
My opinion is clear -- Telling your friends how evil they are and judging their hearts and intentions is pretty shaky ground for ALL SIDES.
Intersection of principles and practices...