"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Some thoughts

On the farm we have mesquite. The mesquite have horrible thorns and out of the blue you will step on one and be momentarily incapacitated. If you note the photo some are pretty large. On average the thorns are about 1/2inch to an 1 inch long. Now we know that the thorns are out there and yet we still have times we step on them. You see the thorns come with living in the desert southwest. It comes with the territory. We would not have them if other options were available but we have mesquite because it does hold down the topsoil, and if you remember anything about history you will recall the Dust Bowl of the 1930's, you know how important this is. We have learned to live with the mesquite. The most important thing to share about our learning to live with the Mesquite is this: we never forget its thorns and what the thorns can do.

I find that this is an important lesson today in America as well as the world. We have become so politically correct, so tolerant that we have forgotten that thorns are real and when stepped on will hurt.

As I have been thinking about politics, our schools, and the security of our nation I wonder does anyone else think about the thorns among us? Please remember I live on the southern border...and am aware of how porous it is.

photo credit my Fox Boston
Well trained government agents securing 'some' of the passengers at our airports.

Our nation does not care about securing the borders, therefore they are not secure. Our nation does care about conditioning our citizens therefore the pat downs at the airports exist. These are very real thorns among us. If TSA was serious about security they would pat everyone down. Yet only a portion of folks are patted down. Please remember that if anyone put their hands down a child's pants outside an airport they would be most likely convicted as a sexual offender for LIFE. As a parent if you respond you face being separated from your child and possibly arrested or fined. Talk about serious conditioning. Perhaps we as citizens should take back a few of our rights stolen from us.

Could we unite and force the airlines to act in our behalf? Only if we all decided to stop flying, even if only for one day. But we won't. We have been dutifully told that this is for the greater good.

Suppose the next step after Americans have dutifully agreed to having our children patted down at the airports, we agree to having monitors placed on our children? How would we react? Would we react? Or would we accept because it is for the greater good?

Perhaps we should turn off the football games, the Wii's, and cancel our next cruise and truly work to rekindle the nation that so many fought to defend.


Dani said...

And our government has the same attitude. Guess it's up to us "normal" people to keep our country's on the right track :)

Reckon that we believe that simplicity is the path to follow - and with simplicity comes contentment. All the mod cons do nowt but leave us wanting more. Taking a step back cannot do any harm - and just may be what this planet needs to get itself back on an even, sustainable keel :)

debbieo said...

I have missed opportunities to go places because I now refuse to fly. I would never allow my child to be molested by a TSA agent no matter their reasoning. I dont care if they dont call the pat downs molesting, I do.

musemater said...

Thorns illustration apropos.

Well said. I can't really believe (but yes, it's true) folks can watch this and say nothing.

I pray for people to love people again instead of mindlessly fearing & accepting any invasive treatment in the name of security from a small boy or a 90 year old granny in a wheelchair?

Loopy Land!

Anyone in the airport would have slapped those agents silly back in 1960, and had them fired and arrested before they left the building!

Susan said...

AMEN Jen. Pure truth. Mickey & I were talking the other day that in years to come people will wonder why "WE" didn't do something. Just like we talk and say that today about the Germans just prior to Hitlers uprising. God help us.

Humble wife said...

Dani-yes it seems like it is time. I pray we have the strength to stand.

Debbie-you see what I call the pat downs. Enough already...either we stand or well I guess we see what is happening.

Muse-Seems like we have become immune to loopy land...and for that we are truly in trouble.

Susan-you hit the nail on the head...we are witnessing how it happened in Germany...slowly and effectively in plain sight/.

Mystic Mud said...

Great post! Especially having just finished re-reading Animal Farm - there are too many pigs in this world, and not enough farm animals willing to 'see' the truth. Prayers for us all.

Humble wife said...

Oh Mystic-prayers are so important. Thanks for swinging by.

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