LIFE IS TOUGH – IT’S NOT FAIR

LIFE IS TOUGH – IT’S NOT FAIR

On a day when the kids were still quite young, I was hit with the “It’s not fair!”  line.  All parents have heard it numerous times. On that one day, I responded, “That’s right!  Life’s NOT fair! Life’s tough, then you die. The sooner you accept that fact, the better off you’ll be.” It was gratifying a couple of decades later when at least a couple of my kids told me that those words had stuck with them and helped them get through some rough spots. On this Memorial Day, I reflect on what many men and women did in making the ultimate sacrifice. Was it “fair” that they gave their life? Was it a noble cause to secure liberty, or was it some ill-conceived political notion? I frequently quote the late Paul Harvey. He often reminded his audience that “with increased liberty comes increased responsibility on our part.” In reality, that is much the same sentiment Benjamin Franklin shared when he suggested that those who give up liberty for security would find they have neither. If we are not willing to accept the responsibility, then someone else will, and you will have forfeited your ability to choose. RELATED: MEMORIAL-DAY-CELEBRATION-A-VETERANS-PERSPECTIVE At present, I don’t recognize my country anymore. I never thought the hit by Shania Twain, “Man, I Feel Like a Woman” would be put to use by men. I never thought that calling someone “him” or “her” would be a problem. LGBTQIA: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, and Allies. Really? Everyone gets a trophy; everyone passes as long as they try. I could go on and on, but I’m sure you get...
Memorial Day Celebration–  a Veteran’s Perspective

Memorial Day Celebration– a Veteran’s Perspective

Happy Memorial Day.   As a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and a Veteran of the Gulf War,  Memorial Day is a somber event in a sense, but it is also as a day of celebration. Since the inception of our great nation, we have been uniquely blessed by Almighty God and served by brave and determined men and woman who were willing to give the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of Liberty and its protection to this day.   I am blessed to be part of a family who has been in America since the late 1600s with a military tradition to go with it. I understand the feeling that the meaning of Memorial Day has been lost, but has it really? The men and woman who have both volunteered and been drafted in the service of this great nation understood what was at stake. The Founding Fathers and all who left family and fortune to fight tyranny and provide for a freer and more secure nation did so, not so we should mourn their loss, but that we should enjoy and be grateful for our liberty and security. Those who gave up life and limb in the Civil War paved the way for us to live up to our proclamation that “All men are created equal.”  This is an ideal rooted in the Christian faith and is the greatest measure of men and women in how we treat our brothers and sisters.  Whether fighting Muslim pirates in Tripoli or defending friends and allies in WW I, defeating the Nazis and Imperial Japan or fighting the oppressive idealism of the communist American men...
This Day in History – May 29

This Day in History – May 29

May 29 1453 – Constantinople falls to Muhammad II, ending the Byzantine Empire 1630 – King of England, Charles II, is born 1660 – Charles II is restored to the English throne 1721 – South Carolina is formally incorporated as a royal colony of England 1736 – American Revolutionary and governor of Virginia, Patrick Henry, is born 1780 – The phrase is coined, “Tarleton’s Quarter,” defining British brutality for the remainder of the American Revolution due to the treatment of Patriot prisoners by British Colonel Banastre Tarleton and his Loyalist troops 1790 – Rhode Island becomes the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the Constitution 1829 – English physicist and chemist Humphry Davy dies 1843 – John C. Fremont departs once again from St. Louis on an expedition to explore the West 1848 – Wisconsin becomes the thirtieth state 1849 – A patent for lifting vessels is granted to Abraham Lincoln 1862 – Confederate General PGT Beauregard retreats to Tupelo, Mississippi 1864 – Union troops reach Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia 1874 – English writer GK Chesterton is born 1880 – German philosopher and author Oswald Spengler is born 1892 – Persian spiritual leader, Bahaullah, dies 1894 – Comic actress Bea Lillie is born 1894 – Film director Josef von Sternberg is born 1903 – Comedian and actor Bob Hope is born 1906 – British writer TH White is born 1911 – The Indianapolis 500 is run for the first time 1913 – The premier of the ballet Le Sacre du Printemps in Paris causes rioting in the theater 1914 – Nepalese mountaineer Tenzing Norgay is born 1914 –...
Merkel urges EU to control their own destiny, after Trump visit, climate change decision

Merkel urges EU to control their own destiny, after Trump visit, climate change decision

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that “the past few days” have shown her that European Union nations must maintain friendships with the United States and Great Britain, but also put “our destiny into their own hands.” Merkel did not mention President Trump by name, but her comments have been widely interpreted as a response to the president declining to join six other countries in reaffirming their commitment to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement at the G-7 summit in Sicily that ended Sunday. “The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days,” Merkel said Sunday at a campaign event in Bavaria. “And that is why I can only say: We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands.” Merkel and other foreign leaders tried to persuade Trump to join the pact that calls for reduced emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants that are thought to contribute to climate change. Trump, who has previously called climate change a “hoax,” said he would announce his decision on joining the accord sometime this week. The White House has argued that U.S. emissions standards are tougher than those set by China, India and others, and therefore have put American businesses at a disadvantage. His stance had led Merkel to describe the climate talks as “very difficult, if not to say, very unsatisfactory.” Despite the divergence over climate policy and despite the Trump administration’s talk of an “America first” policy and ongoing criticism of Germany for its massive trade surplus, the G-7 leaders did vow to fight protectionism, reiterating “a...
Trump reportedly mulling major overhaul to White House staff

Trump reportedly mulling major overhaul to White House staff

President Trump is reportedly considering a major shakeup to his White House staff and bringing back top campaign strategists over his frustrations by what he sees as his team’s inability to contain the crisis involving alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Lawyers and public relations experts are being recruited, the Associated Press reported Sunday, as new revelations surface about Moscow’s interference and possible improper dealings with the Trump campaign and associates. The disclosures dogged Trump during his first trip abroad since taking office and threaten to overwhelm and stall the agenda for his young presidency. The latest reports have taken aim at Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner. Kushner is alleged to have spoken with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. about setting up a back-channel communications network with Moscow during the presidential transition. Trump did not come out directly and defend Kushner, but decried what he called the “fake news media” in a series of tweets earlier Sunday. He focused heavily on leaks — both those coming out of the White House and an intelligence leak blamed on Americans about this week’s deadly bombing at a concert in England. The back channel was meant to connect Michael Flynn, who later became Trump’s first national security adviser, with Russian military leaders, the AP reported. Flynn was fired in February, officials saying he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia in a phone call. While overseas, Trump’s longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, joined a still-forming legal team to help the president shoulder the intensifying investigations into alleged Russian interference...