With No Malice ©2012
A General Interest Opinion Column by an opinionated person.
Vic Topmiller Jr.
"We may take Fancy for a companion, but must follow Reason for a guide." Samuel Johnson.
This is the time for revelry and making merry. And I think I will. Oh, and for being thankful.
First, some of you think that I or most others would be left of sane to be excited about the time and circumstances. But just think, I, and I hope you, come from a different point of view. In all of the anticipated chaos that there is out there to anticipate in the near future, we know one thing that will not be stripped from us – we know that the Battle is already won. Won – Won – Won!!!!
That said, I'm no hero. I don't like the idea of being a martyr, nor do I look forward to the process of dying. But I know that after the last breath is gulped, the last word is rendered and the last pain endured the battle will be won. No, I didn't win it; I just get to participate in the victory.
That said, our country is in big trouble. There are two morals afloat out there, and they are universal: good and right produce positive results while bad and wrong produce negative results.
Our country has so much embraced the idea that those who embrace all the things in life that carry the mark of cultural permissiveness should receive the hand of moral acceptance because the "Land of the Free" somehow is interpreted as meaning that there is no higher power, no morals or values that hold a community in order and equilibrium. It is amazing how offended people become when you insinuate that just maybe our rules of life are designed and created by a higher power and are the foundation for a homogeneous community and a fellowship of brothers and sisters.
Of course that seems too simple. It was designed to be simple. The creator of the rules knew beforehand that if not simple I'd never get it. And that's why the analysis of the moral–value thing becomes simple as it relates to country or community. Well, about anything. To begin, when one person determines that he or she is above and not measured by the morals and values set down by the rule maker, that person has, and probably believes that he or she IS the rule maker. Isn't our current president one of those?
And then we go back and review the Democrat/Republican thing. Surely, by now, the folks can see that there is no real difference between the two. The only difference I can see is that one tries to capitalize on people of one value set while the other does the other.
I get amused at the media rhetoric from the Republican analyst this year. "OK, the Repubs have lost the election, now how are they going to remold themselves so as to garner a majority in the 2014 and the 2016 elections?" As if to say, "The majority of the voters did not like what we proposed we stand for, so now, we must check with the majority to see what values they want us to have." As if to say, "We, the Republican Party are a two-faced (multi-faced) group of wimps whose motto is 'winning is everything,' and the party values are for sale to the highest bidder.
It seems to me that any fool would understand that morals and values are where we start and should be inflexible.
But all that aside, the new year and the years to come are going to be interesting and those who possess the willingness, interest and intellect to track and foresee the events of the coming year and years based on what God has warned us of and tendencies of the country's majority and the world for that matter, will be somewhat grieved yet excited that they were aware of the future and amazed by the accuracy of the warnings.
So, get busy and prepare for the coming events.
Read - warnings of the Old Testament prophets. Books about history of other nations. Read the thoughts and acclaims of the national founders. Read the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Change – your lifestyle. Save a little for the future. Plant a garden. Learn to store food. Be a helper and a teacher.
Care – care a little more about your neighbor. Never quit caring for your country.
"We do not mind our not arriving anywhere nearly so much as our not having any company on the way." Frank Moore Colby.
That's My Opinion.