WE ARE WITNESSING AN AMAZING EVENT

WE ARE WITNESSING AN AMAZING EVENT

“What event is that?” you ask.   Honestly, I’m not sure yet.  All I know is that what we have happening every day is not conducive to repairing the Republic.  I figure it is one of two things:  either we will experience a great awakening and return to the principles that established the Republic, or things will continue the long slog that has dismantled it, and we will witness the demise of the world’s greatest experiment in liberty. I believe we are at a tipping point–  things cannot continue as they are.  Progressivism has been slowly entrenching itself in every segment of society and government for over 100 years.  I’m sure we have all heard of cases where someone learns they have cancer, but it is too late to do anything about it.  The tumor has tentacles attached to all the vital organs and to try and take it out will certainly kill the patient.  Progressivism is that cancer. Progressives began in law schools during the 19th century where their influence began to present itself in the courts, and soon after that, in the universities teaching the future teachers.  Progressivism hit its peak in the Wilson administration, but they had overplayed their hand and were viewed as a scourge.  If you ever wondered why “Liberals” were not actually liberal, but very restrictive in what is acceptable, it is because they adopted the term for progressives when that name was no longer viewed in a positive way. Historically, the classic liberal is much like the libertarian of today.  They simply believed in maximum liberty, minimum restriction, and personal responsibility rather...
ESCAPE FROM CONSEQUENCES

ESCAPE FROM CONSEQUENCES

When I picked that title, the movie “Escape From Alcatraz” came to mind, and that’s appropriate. Many people view consequences as a prison.  While not all consequences are bad, we tend to try to avoid the ones that are. If you were to rob a bank, the consequence would and should be prison – but you would hire a lawyer to try to keep you from that consequence. However, just like Alcatraz, there is no escaping from consequences. We used to hear parents discuss “natural consequences” with their children. It was a part of growing up and teaching children about risk, reward, danger, sorrow, and joy. These lessons served us well, and they were often not taught with words but by actions, through the lives of our parents and grandparents. Thomas Edison’s attempt at designing the light bulb was successful on the 1000th attempt. Certainly, he was taught perseverance as a young child!  A consequence of perseverance is often a reward. As a writer who spends much of my time researching history, especially our nation’s history, clearly, our Republic is a natural consequence of calculated risk, actions taken by people who understood the long slog for liberty to triumph over tyranny. The risk we now take is one of losing what was gained at great risk and cost. There is a consequence for every action, but also of every inaction. Let’s look at some examples and some of their natural and unintended consequences. Everyone gets a trophy! I suppose it is natural for parents to try and smooth out the rough spots in our kids’ lives, but do we consider that in trying to...
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...
CIGARETTES CAN KILL – OR GET YOU KILLED

CIGARETTES CAN KILL – OR GET YOU KILLED

The 1980s was a very memorable decade in my life, and, in fact, our family’s lives as well. We owned and operated the Fixed Base Operation (FBO) in Childress, TX as sort of service station for aircraft and pilots; I also served as Airport Manager. We sold fuel, rented aircraft, gave pilot instruction, charters and minor maintenance. We also had obtained a government contract to supply jet fuel to military and government aircraft, primarily helicopters. July 30, 1989 was a typical day for us. My father was staying with us and helping out. My wife Janis was at the airport with the kids while I was away most of the day on a charter. Janis had told me when I got back, “A lady called today asking if we were open late, like 11:30 or 12:00. I told her no, but that we could meet a plane for refueling if needed. She then asked if we lived on the airport and I told her no, but we had a radio at home and if they called we could be here by the time they landed.” We had supper there at the office and closed up at sunset like usual. Thinking we were going to have to go out late, we stayed up waiting for the radio call that never came. Not so unusual, as plans change and there had been no firm commitment, so we decided to go to bed about 12:30 that night. The phone rang about fifteen minutes later.  “Mr Murphy?”  “Yes.”  “This is the police dispatcher.  They caught a plane at the airport with a little dope on...
EDUCATION IN AMERICA – THEN AND NOW

EDUCATION IN AMERICA – THEN AND NOW

Our founders were big on education. They believed a nation that was educated was more likely to remain free. However, if education was so important, why didn’t they include it in the U.S. Constitution? I believe they did. There are seventeen enumerated powers given to the Federal Government in the Constitution, yet none of them concern education. “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”  The Tenth Amendment Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, physician, scientist, and founding father understood the importance of an education for the citizens to establish a secure and stable republic: “Contemplating merely the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them. We profess to be republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government; that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible; for this divine book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and all those sober and frugal virtues which constitute the soul of republicanism.” RELATED: THIS-DAY-IN-HISTORY–MAY-23 Notice Dr. rush spoke of the “principles of Christianity.”  He did not suggest the schools become places of forced conversion, only that the Biblical principles were the source of the principles necessary for self governance.  Also note that when he speaks of republicans and republicanism he speaks of terms...