TRUTH IS…..

GOOD MORNING WORLD

This morning is a cold foggy bleak day. It is a Monday and I like rainy days and Mondays so will take this day and enjoy it!  I have been up for awhile.  The surprise of the morning was the doorbell ringing at 7:20.  I discovered the USPS was delivering packages early.  Glad I was not still in bed!  Neither rain nor slow nor early morning evidently will stop the mail.

I checked emails and facebook looking for a topic for this morning.  While I fully intend to explore the traditions of the season further it seemed a little redundant to do the same today.  I came across a ‘plague’ on a friend’s wall.  It said,

“The only people who are mad at you for speaking the truth are those people who are living a lie.  Keep speaking the truth.”

Well that has tantalized my brain as being a fully loaded statement.  What is truth?  I am certain philosophers have been and will continue debating this for eternities.

I went to the web of course.  I found the definition:

truth  /tro͞oTH/ Noun

The quality or state of being true: “the truth of her accusation”.

That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality: “tell me the truth

Synonyms

sooth – verity – reality – fact – veracity – fidelity

I found quotes from the Bible to Johnny Cash song ‘What is truth?’

John 18:38  –  “What is truth?” Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.

Johnny Cash singing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0KQWTBljjg

As I looked through the notations it came to me to wonder is there a definitive truth anymore?  There is black and there is white and there is gray.  It seems to me that these days we are living in a lot of grey and calling it truth.  Even in the color there is no definitive spelling.  Did you note I used both?  Both gray and grey are acceptable as spelling of the color!  Trivia of the day.

Back to truth.  For me truth is that abortion kills a baby.  I do not understand how anyone can see it any other way.  When a sperm enters an egg, the egg is altered to become something different – a baby.  Argue as you will this is scientific the sperm and egg joining create a baby.  Now perhaps you do not believe there is life there which is your truth.  I am not so smart so will accept that the meeting of the sperm and egg create life in the baby, the name for the new organism that was created by the joining.  If we can accept all the other processes of the body as truth why not the process of reproduction?  Cancer for instance creates tumors in the body, new organisms and not good of course, and still they are living organisms inside of us.  For me life at conception is truth.  An abortion kills a baby.

Truth is you cannot spend more than you take into your accounts.  Does anyone remember taking basic accounting in high school?  It was part of our math courses.  The out column had to be justified by the in column.  Both balances at the end had to agree.  What about this does our government not understand?  Yet here we are trying to make a deal to spend more than we take in once again.  The President and his promises have been depicted by Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown.  In my life I do not believe she has EVER not taken it away.  What makes anyone think that the President will keep his promise to cut spending after he gets what he wants.  He has kept few promises.  He is in his office less than any other President has been so how is any of this getting done?   Even Democrat Erskine Bowles of the commission says we have to cut spending. Truth is you cannot spend more money than you have or have coming into your budget.

Truth is if we tax the rich they are going to move someplace else.  Check out the migration of California to Texas and Maryland to Pennsylvania when taxes were passed in those states that taxed the wealthy at an extreme rate.

Truth is if we do not get our act together as a nation we will quickly look like Europe.  Millionaires in France are being taxed at 75% and what is happening.  They are leaving the country.  Who will pay the bills now?

Truth is we cannot sustain our entitlement mentality and be a successful Republic.  You cannot spend more than is coming in as I said above.  If we have people in need of entitlements then we have a need to support them.  When entitlements cost more than we can tax then we need to re-look at how we are giving our money away and to whom.  Including countries.  We cannot give and give and remain fiscally responsible.  I am not talking about Social Security or Military – they are earned sums.  I am not also talking about people who are really in need.  I am talking about abuse.  Truth is if the programs were audited and abuse removed solvency might be quick behind.

Truth is you cannot lie and think it will not ever come back.  Obama said “Osama is dead and Al Quada is on the run.”  Half truth.  As it is coming out now Al Quada is growing in many areas of North Africa.  Truth will come out now that the election is over.

Truth is a funny thing.  I worked very hard in 1964 for Civil Rights and racial equality.  Now the truth is that we may have reached a reverse spot.  Black people are part of our country and our families.  As a nation we finally acknowledge their wonderfulness and contributions to our world.  I had the sense that we were blending and equality is a reality.  Now I am hearing Al Sharpton, Samuel L Jackson and other wealthy prominent black people speaking against whites.  Slavery was wrong and I believed we had faced that truth and rectified it to unity.  What is going on now?  Truth is I do not understand.

I used to sell cosmetics.  I discovered that black women had as much trouble finding the best match for their skin color as we white women did.  The colors of foundation I carried were a whole array of beauty – from an alabaster to a dark rich deep black.  I knew and was affirmed by this experience that color is only skin deep.  Martin Luther King said it best when he spoke of character.  He said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  Isn’t that a truth we can all live by today?

Abortion, politics, race – think I have covered all the untouchables in the discussion of the politically incorrect truth.  Fairly heavy topics.  Think I’ll stop the infusion of energy coffee and relax and go wrap some Christmas gifts!

…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…

 

 

 

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DECLARATION

GOOD MORNING WORLD

Disclaimer:  I have taken a turn in my post this morning.  It was not what I intended at all.  The post on soap will wait for another day.  Read the following 1608 words if you want or delete if you want.

On facebook occasionally there are notices from friends that they are cleaning out their facebook friends and to hit like if you want to stay.   I am giving you this choice today.  I am not cleaning out.  I am inviting you to do that.

Yesterday I was involved in a thread on another wall.  The wall owner posted a clip saying that Canada had banned Fox News for lying.  I have been cautioned over and over again (thank you Dale) to check out things on Snopes or Fact Check before forwarding them.  This habit has made me aware that there is a lot of misinformation out there and did not want this person to be perceived as passing such along.  I commented on the owners wall with a post suggesting that the facts be checked.  I shared that Fox News was involved in a licensing issue and distributed in Canada over private channels just like the cable channels in the USA.   

The response was from the wall owner was that the Canadians were afraid the Prime Minister was ‘trying to push American style hate-media onto our airwaves and make us all pay for it’.  This had a credit of another website.  I commented something about our President not liking Fox News as well and as I reread it think I missed that point.

The response from the wall owner to another poster participating in this thread was that ‘…Tea Party aren’t fiscal conservatives but rather simple-minded, fearful, bigots…’.  I shared then that I believed in the Tea Party so that would in fact be me.  In the same post I said I prefer to see and hear things from people in their own words, referring to the other poster and quoting Obama’s own words in his book about his drug use and being at a madrassa as it had come up in another post.  I was then told I was narrow-minded

Let me add here that I know this wall owner very well.  We have chatted occasioanlly about politics this wall owner freely shared that they were a bleeding heart liberal who wanted everyone to have everything.  The clincher was the following post.

The wall owner said, “I’ve never wanted to talk to you about politics and as to my real feelings about the Tea Party, I was holding back. Discussing family, books, and hobbies with you is lovely, but your politics fly in the face of nearly everything I believe in and I am happy that you will no longer be spewing it on my wall.” 

I was then invited not to ever post on this page again which I found questionably open-minded.  I will of course desist as it is not my wall. I would never enter where I was not welcomed. Got it! 

This brings me to the point of this post.  It is my understanding that in order to further a blog and get advertisers a blogger needs to be widespread.  I am not sure how my facebook people got on my blog.   I believe there was a thing in publish that automatically added when I was looking for further publication.

I discovered this when a friend was visiting and we were chatting about my blogging.  She is a liberal union gal and she told me that she gets my blog.  I said I did not know she was a subscriber.  I was afraid I had offended her since it seemed my posts were automatically added to her wall.  I still am not sure what pops up on peoples walls from my blog as I get nothing on my wall.  She put it ever so nicely.  She said if it looked interesting she would read it if not she deleted me.  I was so glad to hear this.  We ended up having an interesting political discussion.  I have other very dear liberal friends, as she,  and I discuss politics with them.  We remain close despite our differing views and opinions.

THE POINT!  I cannot figure out how I got to facebook and when I have time will try to fix it.  Until then if what I say offends you then please delete me.  If you do not want to hear anything of a differing opinion then please delete me from your wall.  I will miss your posts as I like my facebook friends.  I will understand your desire not to have my ramblings show up on your wall.  It is going to be a year of this as I want to complete my challenge.

FULL DISCLOSURE.  I am not sure it needs to be said and as sure that I want to be clear.  So here it is – I am a conservative.  Maybe even a Libertarian and definitely a work in progress.  I think the Tea Party people believe in limited government and small business.  I rarely call anyone names on my wall and invite comments from right or left.  I ask that there be no foul language, swear on your own walls (thank you David!).

I work daily at my Christian faith and am thankful that God does not leave me when I fail.  I respect all faiths.  I may not agree with their rules, such as jihad, and I would do nothing to harm another except speak out.  My faith calls me not to harm and the Constitution gives me the right to speak openly.

I do not believe in abortion.  It seems odd to me that we can be charged $250,000 for destroying an eagles egg and babies are freely killed.  I accept that abortion is the law of the land and pray daily that one day we will realize that we are the only country in the free world regularly legally killing our own.  I would not ever do anything to a woman who has had an abortion except love her and pray for her wiser decision one day.  I would not go to a Doctor if I knew they did abortions.

I believe in marriage as a union between a husband and wife.  I love all my gay friends and respect their choices in life.  I am preparing a post on this for later.   I believe we need understanding here not legislation.   

I believe in loving my neighbor.  I help my fellow man when and where I can freely with gifts of money or time or goods if that is what is needed.  I do not like the welfare system we have in this country.  I believe it can create people that do not and ultimately will not as they do not know how to provide for themselves.  Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.  Teach a man to fish and he will be sustained for life. Not exact yet the point is there.  I believe many need help and the system we have can be fixed to help not encourage staying there as a way of life.  Let us freely give to our neighbors not be taxed to help.  Perhaps the answer here is that all legislators be required to tithe 10% of their money as well as 10% of their time to others before they can legislate or tax?

I believe we need to stop name calling and divisivness and talk together.  Our founders argued vehemently over the Declaration and the Constitution all with a “Good Sir” or “the Gentleman from” in their conversations as formality was required.  Perhaps we need to bring that and the powdered wigs back to get our country working again.

I do not believe that global warming is man made.  A volcano – nature made – spews out more pollution than factories.  I believe we need to be very conscious about our planet and not destroy it.  I have been driving a car since 1982 that is good on gas.  We recycle and give away our ‘stuff’.

I am a feminist in that I believe all women can have a choice in all things.  If they do not want a baby choose to use birth control first to nip this argument in the bud.  If a woman wants a creer she should have it.  If a woman wants to saty home as her career she should have it.  If a woman wants all of it – go for it.  Feminism was about equal rights not about my female rights being better and more important than yours.  Again I do not believe in legislating it.  I think there was a study done years ago that said if test legal cases had been brought about and won in each state that the ERA amendment would never have been necessary.  Equal rights would be in existence.  NOTE here is that since my ‘career’ was at home the feminist do not consider me one of them.

I hate guns and would not ever deny anyone’s right to have them.  In fact I may yet learn how to use them as a new challenge.

I love to discuss issues and share information and opinions.  I may not agree with yours as you may not agree with mine.  I am interested in what you have to say and sharing points of view.

So there you have it!  As Walter Mitty said – this is my world and welcome to it!  OR Not if you hit the delete button.

…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…