I take no pleasure in telling a friend a harsh truth. We humans often feel the need to gain the acceptance of our peers to an unhealthy extent which leads us into a dangerous overload of tolerance. What have recent events taught us? Well, to those willing to accept responsibility we have learned that many of us are willing to invest a large amount of faith and trust into someone that we know very little about. In all fairness, the pace of our techno-info society has all of our heads spinning at any given moment. Intelligent people should know better though. We should be willing to invest the time to peel away the mask of celebrity. And so it is with heavy heart my friends and neighbors that I must impale you with the truth. Stealing a phrase from Grandpa Rodebush, God rest his soul, we have a lot of learnin's but we don't have the sense to pour pee out of boot. (He wasn't quite that delicate) This nation has a destructive habit of putting people on a pedestal who are liars, cheats and truly despicable human beings with no honor or character whatsoever.
In the last day or so, John Edwards admitted that he was indeed the last man in America to know that he had a child out of wedlock. Seriously, this man was running for President of the United States and at one time had quite a following within his party. Here is an individual who is willing to cheat on his wife while she fights cancer. This man, and I use that term loosely, is williing to deny his own flesh and blood for his personal gain. Think on that please for just a moment. 'Daddy! "I'm not your daddy. I don't know you."' All to protect his own image. A man with no honor or decency is not a man, he is but an animal feeding on the carcass of humanity in the dark of night.
I have stated before and I reaffirm here now; I am not a perfect man. I have made many mistakes in my life. I believe in redemption for I am redeemed. But when your mistakes come home to roost and everyone knows it, a real man owns up to it, is contrite in his demeanor and hoping for blessed forgiveness he sets about righting his life. The first step is being honest, first and foremost with those you love and more importantly who love you. To pathologically deny your sin is to show your true character; or lack thereof.
Recently, Mark McGuire, also found to his amazement that he was the last man in America to realize that the needles he was sticking into his arse had steroids in them which had been banned from his sport. After years of denial after denial. Standing up in front of the whole world and lying through his teeth. How does a man get away with that for so long? Because of us. Because, we set aside our instincts and we WANT to believe that he really is the American hero we wanted him to be. We starve for someone we can point to and say, "See there son, if you work hard..." We ignore the quick weight gain, the almost inhuman muscle definition, the large head. No, not Mark, he wouldn't do that. He's my hero.
America ponders the rationale behind giving the Nobel Peace Prize to a man who has no real accomplishment in his life other than slick campaigns and down in the gutter political savvy. And yet, we elect that same man, with the same resume, to be President of the United States of America. Again, please toss that around in your head a second. Sharing history with Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and (insert your favorite here). And what exactly did he do to qualify for that position? But we were hungry for a hero. We wanted 'The One' to save us from...what? Prosperity and Security? What exactly were we saving ourselves from? We live in the most prosperous nation in the world. We enjoy the fullest extent of liberty known to a nation of this size in the history of the world. WE did that. It is irresponsible and unhealthy to blame him or his cohorts or the media or that other guy. It is OUR fault. WE did that. We ignored Bill Ayers, a known terrorist. We ignored Reverend Wright, a known racist. We ignored the lack of thoughtful legal writing. We ignored the old speeches on the Constitution as a bill of 'negative' rights. We ignored all of the 'present' votes in Congress. But there wasn't a real good option. Why? We voted for that guy too! A great soldier, but a terrible senator; willing to sell out his constituency for media favor he hoped to cash in for personal gain. WE did that. WE re-elected him again and again.
And here we are my friends. It is election season. And here they come. They have great looks. They give great speeches. They can turn a phrase and are quick on their feet with the 15 second sound bite. But they know nothing of enumerated powers. They dismiss the Constitution as an outdated document no longer relevant to a 'progressive' nation. They know next to nothing of the extent of genius, suffering, blood and sacrifice that it took to develop this constitutional republic for the sole purpose of preserving the liberty of mankind. Their only goal is to gain personally from a bloated government that incrementally steals the peoples treasure and freedom. I'm sick and tired of it. It is time for us to do our homework, study these people. We must send people to Washington who will repeal laws, not write them. Take down government programs not increase their funding. Delete bloated regulation that strangles the free market. Refuse to bail out greedy pseudo-capitalist who have not the honor to accept the punishment for their foolish business practices. It is time to send Patriots to Washington D.C. to tear down this oppresive federal bureaucracy. All of the leadership of both parties must go. Most of the incumbants must go. I don't care if you send the dog catcher to Washington. If he/she doesn't vote right, we'll vote them out next time too.
This is OUR country. We get the representation we deserve. Let us show our children and grandchildren that we believe that they deserve better than we. Let us put an end to this century long folly of liberal/marxist philosophy of government as the answer to all that ails us. Let us preserve this constitutional republic for future generations. It is our duty. It is our charge. History will judge us on our choices. This is, in fact, a government of the people. The people haven't been very wise lately on every level. Let us be more prudent in the future. May God bless this great nation and give us the wisdom to keep it.
by: Keith D. Rodebush