Archive | September 2012

STORIES FILL A VOID NOT SHINE A LIGHT

I love a good story. A good story can give hope. It can lead to action. It can unite. And it can provide a brief respite and escape; but it can also lead to hopelessness, chaos and division.  A story can provide a perspective on the true state of things.  The last few days have been significant in that a story has provoked offense, outrage, violence, and even the attack and murder of fellow countrymen and others within various other countries.  A leader can use a story to weave a perspective of what a country is capable of or to lay blame. A leader can use a story to compliment a plan or to show effectiveness of leadership. A story cannot lead.  A story fills a void or a longing but does not shine a light or lead a nation.

What we need are not more stories and acceptance of stories of moral relativism justifying chaos but clear truths about the values that once embodied a great nation. We need a statement that the United States is made up of individuals with God given rights, one of which is free speech. Because we value the right of speech, we are willing to allow the offensive to uphold the principle of freedom.   Free Speech is a principle that the nation upholds to the highest standard of protection and limits only due to direct tangible consequences.   We need a statement that intangible, the immeasurable, the moral relative of offense while significant cannot be used as justification for tangible and measurable reciprocity.  We need a statement not only of condemnation for the attack but of the significance of embassies being sovereign soil. We need not retributive violence, not a storyteller filling a void but a leader shining a light and leading on principles. That’s my story.

Hello World

Have you every had one of those days. Not that day. The day where you sleep late, spill your coffee, step in the dog droppings on the way out ,but a day. THAT day. Where there’s a niggle in the back of brain that you dismiss in the morning and by the end of the day its a forest fire of recriminations, flippant comebacks, and overwhelming desires to say “are you nuts ” burning a straight line to your tongue. Well I’m not there yet…..
+ In an effort not to get there, I plan to use this blog. I would value responses as long as you can laugh with me for my spelling, punctuation, and grammatical license. Understand that I can read something I’ve typed and translate  spelling even when looking for an error. My written punctuation and grammar seems to be just like my speech. Laugh, bear with me, or like me – just get over it. Do not though, mistake it for a lack of effort, understanding, or reasoning.
+ My brain and my approach to life runs simultaneously on multiple tracks so when reading think algorithmically. There’s always what I think, what I know, what I want or need to know to form a better opinion, what I think will happen,   then there’s what you know, what I think you think you know, why  I think you think the way you do… well you get it. Welcome to my world and my future blog posts.