Life is one big lesson divvied up into smaller, teachable moments called experiences.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. For some, it will be the headlamp of an oncoming train or semi. For others, it will be the freedom that only enlightenment can bring. With my luck, it’ll be the former and not the latter.
Context is king because it helps put things into proper perspective.
Time and distance tend to better enhance our perspective on events.
There are a bunch of folks out there who can’t see the forest through the trees. That’s why they keep running into them. Once you start seeing the forest through the trees, everything else begins to make sense.
Our ignorance does two things to us. It gets the best of us and brings out the worst in us. The same can be said for apathy and arrogance.
Stupidity is an equal opportunity destroyer.
Someone suffering from delirium has obviously lost whatever tenuous grip on reality that they though they may have had.
Common sense vs fear. One tends to keep the other on the run.
Where there is fear and confusion, there is opportunity to make a profit and take advantage of others. (An extension of the Emmanuel Doctrine)
Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one, but it’s the ones that create the biggest stink that tend to garner the most attention.
First rule of civil discourse: never say anything that you’re going to regret later on.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, not because of what we know, but because of what we don’t know.
If arrogance is stupidity taken to new heights, and hubris is arrogance run wild, then what does that tell us about hubris?
Dealing with the continual intrusions of reality upon one’s reverie normally signals the beginnings of maturity.
The problem with conventional wisdom is that when it comes to the real world, it is neither.
Perception is not reality, it only colors reality.
Oh how the truth damns those who would deny it.
The truth is a wild and strange creature, incapable of loyalty or subservience and uncontrollable in its fury.
Sometimes we make fools of ourselves by believing things that aren’t necessarily true, while denying the very things that are.
The things we ignore at our own peril are just that.
Politics and Government:
Cronyism, demagoguery, and identity politics have been the root causes of the stunted development of many societies/nations and the downfall of others.
In crony capitalism, it takes two to tango, and Washington has been Wall Street’s longtime dance partner.
The one ultimatum evil doers around the world need to hear at some point in their miserable lives: cease and desist or cease to exist.
A few choice words about moral hazards:
- The untenable positions we put ourselves in are the ones that tend to create the most difficulty for others.
- Suddenly finding oneself in the deep end of the pool is one heck of a time to start learning how to swim.
- Government is by far the biggest underwriter of moral hazards.
We live in a selfish, materialistic society. Government, instead of trying to curb or discourage us from such attitudes (which it has no business doing in the first place), at times seeks to take advantage of these vices for its own selfish purposes.
The politics of divisiveness, the divisiveness of politics.
Ya gotta love government mandates and edicts. You’re either being spoon fed or force fed.
When there is no infrastructure, there is no inertia. When there is no inertia, there is no resistance. When there is no resistance, you can make a clean break with the past and start over.
The liberal/progressive model for an ideal society can be summed up in two words:
I prefer to view politics through the unfiltered lens of history rather than view history through the prism of politics.
Dogmatic individuals tend to suffer under the myopia of their convictions.
Moral Relativism: changing the world, one gullible mind at a time.
Multiculturalism is nothing more than identity politics wrapped in the cloak of diversity.
Risk Taking courtesy of John Paul Jones and William Shakespeare:
- He who will not risk cannot win.
- Discretion is the better part of valor.
- When a conflict arises between the two previous rules, refer to rule number 2.
The Rules of 2.
2 many people were promised 2 much, worse yet, it was all 2 good 2 be true.
2 many people with 2 many friends in high places have been screwing us over for far 2 long.
Time for Americans to hit the Road
Moderate liberalism, compassionate conservatism, military intelligence, the work of government, conventional wisdom, an honest snake oil salesman, old bold pilots.
For some of our elected or appointed officials and celebrities, peccadilloes are more like peckerdilloes.
I suffer from a reptile dysfunction. My trouser snake ain’t working right.
Nikita Khrushchev Says (courtesy of The Glasnost Tapes)
Foreign troops on any country’s soil are not a gift from God, but a necessity of war.
Who ever has any extra money to spend on defense? I say, no one, that’s who. It’s something you are forced into.
James A Michener 1995
War is war, and if you are unlucky enough to become engaged in one, you better not lose it.
From the saintly and single minded idealist to the fanatic is often but a step.
Rule of Law vs Arbitrary Gov’t. By giving government unlimited powers, the most arbitrary rule can be made legal, and in this way a democracy may set up the most complete despotism imaginable.
When government grows, liberty suffers. This happens no matter what justification is given for the government programs financed.
As the iron fist grows in size….we will see a transformation of America that spells the end of a grand experiment in human liberty.
We have become a culture where earning money doesn’t entitle you to it, but wanting it does. That is the essence of redistribution.
“Our problem in our country is not money and rich people. Our problem in our country is greed and loss of perspective…. each man has to police himself and each man or woman makes the decision for themselves.”
Samuel Langdon (1788)
"On the people, therefore, of these United States, it depends whether wise men, or fools, good or bad men, shall govern them. Whether they shall have righteous laws, a faithful administration of government, and permanent good order, peace, and liberty, or on the contrary, feel insupportable burdens and see all their affairs run into confusion and ruin.”
Frank J Fleming 2012
Having politicians fix problems is like having a three-year-old fix your computer with a hammer.
From Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy by David O. Stewart
Carl Shurz 1865:
Nothing renders society more restless than…..a revolution but half accomplished.
Congressman Thaddeus Stevens 1868:
If you and your compeers can fling away ambition and realize that every human being, however lowly-born or degraded by fortune, is your equal, that every inalienable right which belongs to you belongs to him, truth and righteousness will spread over the land…
The unmaking of Americans: how multiculturalism has undermined the assimilation ethic by John J. Miller
Woodrow Wilson on Immigration and Assimilation:
You cannot dedicate yourself to America unless you become in every respect and with every purpose of your will, thorough Americans. You cannot become thorough Americans if you think of yourselves in groups. A man who thinks of himself as belonging to a particular national group in America has not yet become an American, and the man who goes among you to trade upon your nationality is no worthy son to live under the Stars and Stripes.
RADM Charles A. Rainey 2012
It’s the organization, not the individual or the personality, that is enduring.
Sen Daniel P. Moynihan
You are entitled to your own opinion. You are not entitled to your own facts.
Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.