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“I think politics has made us crazy. Everybody in the country has lost their minds on politics. We have forgotten that America is not a government. America is not a president. America is not a Congress. America is your family, your faith, and your community. That is how we are going to rebuild this country.”  […]

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I went fishing a few times with my dad, but was never much good at it. He caught a few, and I learned to remove the scales and innards, but I hated all those annoying little bones, and didn’t like the smell of cooking. The fun thing was throwing out the line, seeing it fly […]

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How Have You Been Changed by 2020?

 

I realize that we are only halfway through 2020, but there has been so much disruption and confusion, it seems as if six years have passed. So, I think it’s worthwhile to see if and how we are in the process of reassessing our attitudes and beliefs following this chaotic time. First, I’m curious about the impact of the Leftist disruption and violence on you. Second, COVID-19 has had an impact with the demands made on citizens, from lockdowns to masks. I’ll share some of my own thinking and I hope it will inspire you to share yours.

Regarding the civil unrest, I am far less optimistic than I once was regarding the ability and even interest in this country to “set things right.” I once thought almost everyone believed in the rule of law; I don’t know if that’s true anymore. I also thought that in spite of the incursions of Marxist thought into our public schools, I could imagine that damage being turned around at some point; I don’t know if that’s possible anymore. I have also committed to concealed carry; a year ago, I would not have considered that possibility, and to some degree I resent feeling the need to do it now.

Regarding COVID-19, I have been bewildered and distressed at the level of fear and paranoia of people in this country; keep in mind I’m in the most vulnerable population at the age of 70. I’m also frustrated at the politicization of the virus; as a pretty optimistic person, I’m angry at how much more disillusioned I’ve become about the degree to which the media, politicians and medical experts have been busy meeting their own agendas, rather than seeking and promoting the truth. That we have become pawns in their insidious plans is so disheartening.

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The term “new normal” shows up in all the media, although it’s used to describe many different conditions. Some people use the term to describe the disturbing changes that have been made in the current environment. Government, industry, the culture and even individuals have been called to step up to mitigate and manage the corona […]

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How Smart *Are* Billionaires, Anyway?

 

Only in the Age of Foolishness (our current age) would you see a headline like the following: “Billionaires could leave Earth behind for space colony as climate collapses.”

This comically preposterous headline, which sounds like something from some stinkaroo sci-fi flick, begs a very serious question; and no, not one about the climate or the technological feasibility of a space colony. Those pale in comparison to the more trenchant question, which is: If an incredibly wealthy person really believes that the climate is in danger of “collapse,” and collapsing so bad that the only way to survive is by leaving the planet, how is it possible that such a person could ever have been smart enough to make a billion dollars in the first place?

Winter in Florida

 

Okay, so we don’t have much of a winter in Florida. Today the temperatures will rise into the 80s. The palm trees float in the breeze; many trees still have their leaves; the grass is a bright emerald green. Many people come to Florida because they are escaping the dreary, cold and snowy environs they live in the rest of the year.

But except for having to drive in snowy weather (like the blizzard I wrote about in another post), I search desperately for signs that the seasons are changing and that winter has arrived. Earlier in the fall of 2019, there was that first morning when the crisp morning air told me that change had arrived. Yes, it was subtle, but I insisted in honoring its message. Some of the trees here actually do change color and shed their leaves in an effort to rest and draw back for a few months. I find myself wanting to draw in just a bit myself, and to respect the passage of time.

Winter is also a time for memories when I recall being in the snow: sledding down mountains, skiing on my first bunny slope, tackling the ski lifts and landing in one piece at the end. It reminds me of shoveling snow, slipping on an icy path, holding our little dog in a towel to melt the ice balls clinging to her coat.

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“And a little child shall lead them.” What a lovely quote.  It’s from the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament, but don’t misinterpret.  It is in no way suggestive that children, who presumably are not yet jaded by the world, are somehow wiser than adults and should therefore be followed.  (See Isaiah for the […]

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When we hear so many stories about people who are isolated, lonely, abandoned and lost, I wonder at the same time how other folks somehow freed themselves from that life. Were they guided by a teacher, family member, friend or colleague who saw they were in trouble and helped them make better choices? Then I […]

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https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-49145664 I run into this over and over….now the “Duchess of Sussex” has chosen a world based gang of “activists” (that’s always positive, too) for featuring in a Vogue magazine issue (somehow AOC got left out). The main virtue to belong is to be shaking things up and some of what they are doing is […]

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When Leftist Worlds Collide

 

In a rapidly declining Western civilization gone mad with progressive ideology, one of the few pleasures available for people with traditional values is watching one fringe element of the left trash another fringe element of the left.  It doesn’t necessarily do much to slow down the civilizational destruction, but it provides sporadic moments of intense pleasure.

One case in point: Leonardo DiCaprio.  Did you know that the world-famous actor and climate activist is guilty of promoting white supremacy?  Neither did most people, but after all, he is white, rich and powerful, so it just stands to reason, right?

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Ironically, my copy of Bret Baier’s new book, Three Days in Moscow, just arrived in the mail on the eve of the Kim Summit with President Trump. The introduction quotes part of a Reagan speech as follows: ‘Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. It is the right […]

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Here is a headline that epitomizes the times in which we are living:  “The Ninth Circuit Just Allowed Children To Sue Trump Over Global Warming.” When you see a headline like that, all you can do is shake your head in exasperation and scream out into the ether, “Of course it did!”  Because it’s the […]

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Victor Davis Hanson talks about the just concluded 2016 presidential election and its implications for the future.

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This year has been a cacophony of agitated politics. Most of us agree that we’ve never seen anything like it. It’s the kind of change, chaotic and angry, that some of us might thrive in. I can’t speak for you, but I feel pretty tired and distracted, wishing it were all over. I even put […]

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[NOT FOR THE MAIN FEED] Impermanence is built into our lives, although we often fight it with all our being. Yet, change is inevitable. Sometimes we handle change with grace, other times we flounder in the depths of it. I used to teach workshops about change, and I realized this morning that I’d benefit from […]

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Most people understand that change, as such, is not a value. It’s a phenomenon, and it’s happening everywhere all the time whether we like it or not. William F. Buckley famously described a conservative as someone who stands athwart history shouting “Stop!” The merits of doing so can be debated, but at least the proposition makes […]

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That change can be good or bad was once so well understood as to be axiomatic. Previous generations, naturally, were no strangers to change. But the notion that change is good in and of itself is an entirely new idea. It’s also a very lucrative one. I once attended a workshop for speakers which confirmed […]

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