Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Is This Topic Political or Moral?

For the last two months, the “Occupy” movement has been going on throughout the country, with the most prominent movement being in New York City. While I have had a niggling little voice in the back of my head telling me to speak up, I have so far avoided bringing it up. However, today’s events in New York with the protesters trying to tie up Wall Street, the bridges, the parks, and the police, I finally got sort of fed up with them

I could go on and on and on with criticism of the selfish little brats that try to pretend to be adults. However, being of a different generation, I am still trying to give them some benefit of doubt in hoping that they are just ignorant and not evil.

This “Occupy” movement from the very beginning has had the hallmarks of influence from the unions, the socialists, and some anarchists. The news today pointed out that Bill Ayers, that well known “friend” of Obama has been “teaching” the protesters about the proper way to demonstrate. In addition, another “friend” of Obama, that is a Pastor, is providing sanctuary for those involved with breaking the law.

If you don’t remember, Bill Ayers is that individual that was involved with the Weather Underground back in the ’60’s and planted a few bombs. While he has been a college professor in the Chicago area, I suspect that he, like many other college professors, has been filling young minds with false teachings.

As I mentioned, the protesters are of a way different generation than that which I was a part. In fact, most of them would be young enough to be grandchildren of those my age. As such, they have not had the initiative to consider the origins of all the blessings that they benefit from today. In their railing against the banks, the corporations, and the government, they are really showing their selfishness.

Previous generations, including our sons and ourselves, grew up with the knowledge that nothing is provided that one doesn’t work for themselves, whether that be a career or an education or both. However, going beyond the fact that they don’t want to “do for themselves”, they are a sign of terrible things that could happen. They could very well be contributing to the downfall of a nation.

To avoid saying what I would really like to say, I will instead provide a link to a commentary by a gentleman by the name of Bill Whittle. If you haven’t heard his commentary about “3 ½ Days” then this video clip will be something to really consider. It relates to both the cause of the fall of nations and a notion that, if implemented, could lead to a very harsh education for the younger generation as to just how blessed they are, and that their efforts of protesting are like Don Quixote’s battles with windmills.

Bill Whittle’s video commentary on “3 ½ Days” only runs for about 5 ½ minutes, but it is filled with insight and much to consider, especially if one finds oneself confronted with an “Occupy” protester. It clearly demonstrates the knowledge that is lacking among many of our young people today, knowledge that should have been provided both in high school and college. It is sad that the education system today is failing them so much.

It is no wonder that so many today are home-schooling their children. It is obvious with the falling education levels, test scores and lack of critical thinking that children have today that there needs to be a reversal for decades of horrible education policies. If our young people had even the ability to engage in critical thinking and reasonable deduction, they might figure these things out for themselves.

In truth, advances in technological products have helped to really harm our children as well. As an example, there is a young (15-years-old) man in the judicial system here in Oklahoma that will went to a court preliminary hearing within the last couple of days that is there because he killed his little sister. It seems that he was baby-sitting with her and she interrupted his game on his game console.  Perhaps if he had not been allowed to have that game console, his future would be brighter now.

Our young people have forgotten both social skills as well as moral skills. While there have been political leaders instrumental with helping to diminish the educations of our children, their parents should also be teaching moral principles.

So, to answer my own question, it is both a political and moral issue dealing with the “dumbing down” of our youth. I pray that we will soon have the courage to face those that like the path that our young are taking. I hope that we can reverse the direction that education has been going.

Even during this period of the “Occupy” protests, Maxine Waters, a Democratic Party House of Representatives member tried to gloss over the horrors that were occurring at the “Occupy” protests. When asked what she thought about the crime and assaults (sexual and otherwise) taking place, she tried to blame it on the homeless of the cities. She was trying to say that the homeless were “attracted” to the crowds of people because they were looking for companionship and food and that it was the homeless that were the lawbreakers.

While I would suggest that she also view this video by Bill Whittle, I suspect that she would deny that she and her philosophies would have played a roll. She has already stated that the “Occupy” protests are a “good” thing, unlike the Tea Parties that have gone on before. Sadly, she glosses over the fact that there were damn few, if any, arrests during the Tea Parties. In fact the Tea Party participants tended to leave the area where they gathered cleaner than it was when they arrived.

Now, let me shut up so you can hear Bill Whittle’s commentary on our youth and our civilizations.


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