Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Color of Character

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”
Abraham Lincoln

We have become a nation blinded to, or ignorant of the color of character. I use that analogy simply to help showcase my argument. Back when our nation was young and developing, the leaders and writers of our foundation were people whom the common citizen recognized as individuals that drove for individual liberty, freedom and common good because they could see the color of character in the ones serving them.

This ability was nurtured by common values founded in the struggle for freedom from an overbearing government and society that stole the common man’s property, liberty and religious independence so as to control the masses for the purpose of wealth and power at their expense. The color of character was learned and appreciated because the individual needed it to fight and keep the truth that all men are created equal and deserve the right to pursue happiness by guaranteeing the opportunity to strive to be the best person he considered was good, right, and truthful to the advantage of all.

So you’re asking, what is the color of character? Character is something needing discernment and not obvious by mere physical observation. It can only be evaluated through values and standards of the one making the appraisal by observing someone’s choices, reactions and consistency that forms their integrity. This is not always easy and requires knowledge and personal discipline found only in one’s own developing integrity, which can be shallow or growing.

The “color” depends on the values and philosophies someone uses to determine the integrity of people and the measure used for that “color”.  Again, this is not always easy and people will readily make their opinions based on someone else’s work without questioning the color. Definitely different from telling if someone’s skin is red, black, white, yellow or brown and any various in between. This takes little to no effort to determine, but has been used to label people as privileged, rich, poor, ignorant, intelligent, bad, good, et. No one would argue this is wrong.

But it seems today we the people have become blind to the color of character. That our last president was elected more based on the color of his skin rather the color of his character is a sad commentary to where we have gone. Don’t get me wrong, I can think of a dozen other people that share our current president’s skin color but have a complete opposite color of character that I would have been proud to support whether they are a man or a woman. I find it ironic that the president who fought so hard to free people from the prejudice of their skin color and quoted by this president as a role model for his presidency has a character color in complete opposition to Lincoln’s for America.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln 

Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.

Abraham Lincoln 

Friday, February 8, 2013

An American Revival

"But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever."
John Adams, Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 7 July 1775

Revival is needed if the United States of America is to keep what the founding fathers gave us. All people, all parties; Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green, ET, need an American revival. It is needed to reveal the heart and intentions of our founding fathers’ vision, originated in our federal republic. We want freedom and liberty without understanding where the virtues needed to support them come from.  

Revival starts with understanding the current direction leads towards less liberty and more government dependency, which makes us reflect upon the contrary reformist ideas that eat away our foundations. Revival can be seen in organization like The HeritageFoundation and the Tea Party movement but each person needs to determine the path that teaches them what is needed and how to get there. Another might be the philosophy of Ayn Rand and the role of capitalism, which she eloquently portrayed in her novel Atlas Shrugged.

Benjamin Franklin’s answer to Mrs. Powel’s question, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” is just relevant today. His reply, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

The challenge before us is realizing we have wandered off the path that fuels our desire for honor and virtues, which touch the inner sense of self-worth, personal strength and empathy that drives us to be the best we can for our family, friends, neighbors and countrymen. Study our history and these things can be found in the strength of our roots and though not all pervasive, the larger share which lifted and propelled us to be the greatest nation in a millennium.

This is the time for an American revival.

"America ever is what she thinks herself to be. Governed by sentiment, and acting her own mind, she becomes, as she pleases, the victor or the victim."
Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Choice: A Republic or Democratic Socialism

“The Utopian schemes of leveling (re-distribution of the wealth) and a community of goods (government controlled/central ownership of the means of production and distribution), are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the Crown.  [These ideas] are arbitrary (choices and actions which are done not by means of any underlying principle or logic), despotic (ruling with absolute political power), and, in our government, unconstitutional.” (Italics added for emphasis)
Samuel Adams

Our founding fathers understood that any form of socialism was antagonistic to the republic they wanted to establish.  Over the last eighty plus years we have been playing with the philosophies of it through Democratic and/or Fabian Socialism and now President Obama is not hiding but embracing the policies of it. I truly respect Charles Krauthammer. He understands and gives credit to brilliant political maneuvering, even when it’s anti-capitalistic and anti-American. Evil men have been in places of power, though many would not discern the modifier “evil” because of their blind spot amplified with their anti-Christian philosophical ignorance. I only hope Americans learn to understand Obama has an agenda that reflects nothing that supports the values this country was found upon.

God has slowly been removed from most public institutions leaving a vacuum. When principals of our republic, founded on ideas based on Christian-Judea values are not applied the alternative is the socialism of re-distribution of the wealth. Freedom and liberty are not easy and sometime very difficult to achieve but far superior to the option of allowing any government to replace the work needed to maintain them. We need to continue the hard work of teaching all Americans what it takes to make the government work for us and not us bowing to the government.

"A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?"
                                                                                                                        George Washington