Words from the founding fathers 4.08.10
Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 12:48 pm
By: Nathan Castleman, Guest Columnist
What is the truth about all the issues that concern us as Americans? It’s hard to distinguish between what is true and what is false, what is hope and what is discouragement.
Do I watch Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, or CNN? Who’s got it right? They can’t all be right or is that all left?
I admit it is difficult to put aside influences that tickle your ears. Most people want to help others. Americans are very charitable and caring. We are concerned about others’ health and their need for health care.
No one wishes for anyone to lose their job. Aren’t we all concerned about our environment, national security and our children’s future? We even care about small fish like the delta smelt, until it means letting farms dry up and farmers loosing their livelihood.
The only way to know for sure if what’s happening around us is truly in our best interest is to find someway to measure each issue. What measure should we use? I think some good common sense would take us a long way.
How about things like:
• If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Nothing in this life is free.
• Is it constitutional?
• Can we afford it?
• What will this mean to my children and grandchildren?
• Decide whether it is a want or a need.
• How accurate are governmental numbers?
• Could I trust this person with my cat or dog, much less my future?
• What happened to, “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps” not by having your hand in somone’s pocket?
• And don’t forget your mom’s famous words, “Be sure you put on clean underwear.”
Patrick Henry seemed to have much of the same questions when he spoke these words at the Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775. “It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth — and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.”
So the next time you hear a politician that’s breathing, use your own common sense. We all have to do this in our personal lives. At times, we don’t make good choices and then we have to (as we used to tell our oldest son) suffer the consequences.
Or is it as we overheard our son tell his cousin as young children, “You’ll have to sit in the consequences.” There’s a lot of truth in the words of a child.
If we don’t start governing ourselves (and electing trustworthy governmental officials) by using common sense, we are going to wind up sitting in the consequences.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to wake up one of these days sitting in the consequences, especially if you didn’t follow your mother’s advice, of “illusions of hope” by shutting my eyes to reality and being allured by eloquent words or empty promises.
Are you willing to suffer some “anguish of spirit” to “know the WHOLE truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it?” If so, you must be active. You must do some research. You must ask questions. You must be informed. You must get involved.
We have eyes, so don’t close them to what’s going on around you. We have ears, so start listening to what you know in your heart is the truth. We are not the idiots that many of our leaders think we are.They are the ones out of touch with America and the truth.
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