Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Laugh out loud!

I haven’t laughed out loud like I did this morning in a while. I read this article and couldn’t stop laughing. It started off with “Liberal revisionist historians and biased media types continue to do what they can to strip Americans of the truth of our heritage”; sounds like a whine about the liberal media again. Talk about parroting, word for word, Glenn Beck’s statements. As one commenter once said, this writer is the best cut and paste man in the business. I wonder what this “writer” has to say about Conservapedia re-writing the Bible? This GB supporter really loves his work and lays out his argument based on others’ opinions and NOT the facts. Subsequently, not a very good analysis. As Alistair Cooke once said, “A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it” applies. Since this writer continually manipulates the facts with opinions, professionalism is NOT a word that should be used in reference to his writings. Talk about right wing Republican rhetoric! What is exactly behind this rhetoric? It is attitudes and subsequent behaviors that come from a mindset that the way they look at things, their evangelical Christian view, is right. But most of the time their view is NOT based on the teachings of Christ. It is based on the Christian leaderships’ “interpretations” of the Word. Fools fooling themselves because they don’t THINK their way through an argument to a logical conclusion.

Articles like the one referenced amaze me. They take bits and pieces of the truth and concatenate a plausible argument because the facts are colored by the perspectives and opinions of those with manipulative agendas. If you choose to believe something, it is human nature to seek out those in agreement with you to reinforce what you believe. If your belief is valid, why do you need someone else to validate it? Could it be that your position is so weak that you know you have made a leap to a conclusion and are too lazy to investigate it? Or is it that you just feel that your conclusions and suppositions are valid because you have made them? Either way, the ego is involved. Anytime one’s ego is involved in determining beliefs it is skewed. Why? Because the ego is our survival mechanism. It is the device that oversteps any character that we have in order to protect ourselves. Character comes from making good choices based on facts and not opinions. It is the moral and ethical qualities of honesty, courage and integrity. Margaret Jensen once said, “Character is the sum total of all our everyday choices.” Ego was once said to mean Edging God Out. When YOUR needs are greater than others, your EGO has taken over. Embrace what God is telling you and go to Him for guidance. It will make you survive even more so than your ego. Don’t listen to the Beck’s, Hannity’s, O’Reilly’s and Limbaugh's of the world who preach FEAR! Rudyard Kipling once said, “Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.” Stop listening to the liars of the world who prey on your fear and listen to the still small voice of God.

The Republican rhetoric of late has been to say “No” to everything. Just watch Fixed Noise every night and see what I mean. Fox News is the promotional vehicle for the Right Wing Agenda. It is NOT a news organization. They promote the simplistic and juvenile opinion that Nancy Reagan adopted when she said, “Just say “no” to drugs.” Just say no? She obviously didn’t have a clue what kids in school were going through because she used her frame of reference to evaluate a situation without all of the facts. The Republican representatives are just saying no because they think they know all the facts, but they don’t. Just show me one Republican (or even some Democrats) that are really in touch with the people! Their theories and suppositions are based on who is lining their pockets, not on what YOUR needs, wants, desires and expectations are. Wake up people and listen to what God tells you and not what manipulators are filling your heads with; their results will be frustration and depression. Make the time to go within and ask God for guidance.

There are times when saying no is good. Saying no to things that don’t contribute to life are wise. War, disease, poverty and ignorance are just a few examples of things to say NO to. Have you ever noticed that when you have said YES to things you haven’t thoroughly investigated that it came back to bite you? It is always a good policy to make the time to check your facts. Don’t give your opinion out until you have checked out what you have heard or read. If you don’t, you will be inclined to make big mistakes. Moss Hart once said, “All the mistakes I ever made in my life where when I wanted to say No, and said Yes.” Are you saying yes to the right things and saying no to the wrong things? Are you saying no to the right things and saying yes to the wrong things? It is simple. If opinions don’t contribute to life and the support of all concerned, then saying no is probably OK. If opinions contribute to life and the support of all concerned, then saying yes is probably OK. It is your choice. Make the smart decision. If someone spits rhetoric and B.S., turn your cheek and laugh out loud. They don’t have a clue, but you do!

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