After 25 years of writing this post five times per week I have learned a thing or two about expressing my opinion about politics. Through the years I have done my share of speaking out against abortion, homosexuality, unchecked violence, trafficking, stupid wars, burgeoning crime, immigrants here illegally, welfare, pedophiles immorality, lack of civility, and so on; savagely ravaging the likes of the Clintons, Obama, Both father and son of the Bush family, Biden, and yes Trump. My posts are always met by rabid fans with some death threats, foul language, and idiotic ranting. It is my right to express what I feel is wrong based upon the Bible and I am not ashamed of proclaiming the Gospel and commands of God and will not be stopping anytime soon.
Isn’t it odd that many conservatives see no wrong in their own candidates but revile the liberal elite candidates and call them every disparaging name in the book. Of course, the liberals do likewise. Who is right and who is wrong?
I view myself as a dyed in the wool conservative, but I don’ go goose stepping for any candidate regardless of who they are or what ideology they are peddling. I am very well read and choose the candidates and my ideology based upon a complete analysis of whatever truth I can derive. I get lambasted from both sides, so I don’t get overly excited about it.
We have freedom of speech in this country, and it applies to everyone. Liberals need to understand that concept and so do conservatives. You might not like what others espouse but patriots have died for their right to say it and it is in the Bill of Rights.
So how do we get our point across civilly? Try to meet in the middle somehow.
I used to receive significant amounts of mail from a wide range of firms offering everything from consulting services to headhunters wanting me to use their services, to those who wanted to buy our company, to those who wanted me to buy some product, invest in theirs or those who wanted me to attend some conference somewhere.
My daily routine is to go through nuisance e-mails trying to get to the legitimate ones and deleting the junk. One day I got an e-mail and a quick scan revealed that it was inviting me to a conference where Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker. I am a conservative Republican for the most part and not a Bill Clinton fan. I was already in a surly mood anyway, so instead of just deleting it like I normally would do, I sent a terse e-mail as follows: “Bill Clinton makes me gag!”
Then something went off in my brain, “Did he say he was the CEO of Inc. magazine?” I read it again and yes it seemed legit. The original letter he sent was informing me that our company had made their prestigious Inc. 500/5000 list, and this was a personal invitation from their CEO inviting me to attend their gala event in Chicago. (Uh . . . As I thought about it just maybe the email saying “Bill Clinton made me want to gag” was just a trifle harsh.)
I got on the phone with our media consultant and asked for sure if this was legitimate. She excitedly replied yes and told me that we needed to get a press release out about making the list and we needed to put it on our website. She told me that she routinely worked with their editorial staff in the hopes of getting an article about me or the company in Inc. magazine. “Congratulations!” She excitedly exclaimed, they are doing a feature article about you, and you are the keynote speaker for the awards ceremony in Washington D.C. Hmmm . . .
The next thing I knew the CEO called me and tried to get me to go to the gala and meet Bill Clinton. I did apologize to him for my terse email, and he was the perfect gentleman about it and accepted my apology. My views of Bill Clinton and his wife’s political agenda did not change however. I should not have been mean spirited about it and just respectively declined that event. The CEO was probably relieved that some redneck like me decided not to attend his “Black tie” dinner at the Chicago House of Blues for their private viewing of the B-52 band for fear of what I might say
Lesson learned from this fiasco There is no reason ever to treat someone with disrespect. The Clinton’s moral compass was spinning like the woman’s head in the movie The Exorcist, but I could have been civil instead of being a jerk and mean-spirited about it.
The problem with working together today is that people are mean and uncivil. People just say whatever pops into their mind, no matter if it is demeaning or hurtful to others. Like it or not, yes, Trump is like that.
I feel it is my responsibility to stay true to the Word of God. A lady wrote me and said we all sin and God used immoral pagan people like Cyrus to accomplish His goals. By her standards one could worship idols, have sex with reckless abandon and multiple partners simultaneously, kill those who disagree with us, ignore God and His laws and still be fit to assume the highest office in the land.
There are roughly 350 million people in this country. Are we to assume we cannot find one person that is not facing an old folk’s home or prison or both to choose to lead us?
I am sick of hearing that the only person that can get us out of the mess in which we find ourselves is Donald Trump. No, I don’t know who that person might be, but I am confident that someone in our country could rise to that fight. If not, we might as well just hang it up, because this country is divided almost exactly down the middle, and someone will be needed to bring it together that is a moral person who is willing to peacefully work with others where they can. Without that it will likely come to civil war and be settled with a blood bath. It begins with civility and no candidate is being civil right now, left, or right.
Please save your letters, I’m not reading more of them on this subject. End of thread!
If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.