The Solution to a Republic in Disarray

The Solution to a Republic in Disarray

Spoiler – the solution is:

Family time!

Urgency requires that we sit around the dinner table every night and talk. Yes, talk. No phones; no televisions; no books.

In his farewell address to the nation after serving eight years in the Oval Office, President Ronald Reagan stated emphatically (video below), “And let me offer lesson number one about America: All great change begins at the dinner table.”

To suggest our beloved United States of America sits in a state of disarray would be a grand understatement.

President Biden compulsively signs executive orders, completely bypassing Congress in making national law and policy. He talks of unity and equity, but in reality foments with ever stroke of his pen disunity and impedes the exact equality and equity he promises.

Sitting in his new, comfortable digs, throwing logs on the fire, he lives a very comfortable life while those who voted for him face illness, death, hunger and unemployment. Oh, and children everywhere have missed out on regular, effective educational instruction for nearly a year.

Congress is no better.

Both the House and the Senate continue to allow the executive branch to legislate and govern (as has been the case for the last few administrations), while they stand by and doing little more than formulating better and different ways to get themselves reelected in the next election.

So far, during this 117th Congress, what has been accomplished? Nothing. There has been no relief bill, promised by every politician campaigning last year, to help struggling and suffering families affected by COVID-19 and its devastating effect on our economy, our families and our education system. COVID-19 continues to headline the news and social media posts, with the scare of new variants arriving daily.

If you ask, however, members of Congress in both houses will gleefully tell you they have been quite busy impeaching an individual who no longer holds public office. This, they are doing, not just to keep the last president from ever running from office, but to slander anyone who claims conservative and Republican beliefs.

Yes, many of your elected representatives use their public offices illegally for partisan campaigning, all while claiming to be conducting the people’s business.

News and social media giants may be the worst.

They take what is written above and spin it so it sounds as though the Democrats in Washington are doing everything they can to make our lives better, easier, safer and healthier. It matters not whether the news is good or bad, they tell you the Democrats are the reason for the good and the solution to the bad.  Together they are forging a leftist, progressive and even socialist agenda, all while earning billions of dollars selling information about you! And anyone who dares question or contradict their agenda is labeled as a purveyor of fiction, or just deplatformed and banned from social media.

These organizations do not really want open communication and discussion in what they now call the new public forum, but rather, they seek to indoctrinate and force their positions on the rest of the world.

Do not think we the people escape blame either.

We elect the politicians, most of whom spend their entire term in office planning for their next election, rather than engaging in the business they were sent to conduct. Perhaps you did not vote for those who sit in office right now, but collectively, we elected all 537 of those so-called representatives supposedly governing and safeguarding our freedoms and liberties. In fact, we keep electing them. Over and over and over. We complain about Congress, and then reelect our representatives, because “it’s the other people” who are doing harm.

Seriously, we put these people in office and look what they are doing to us.

Further, social media posts shared by so many of us are unkind and uncaring, pitting conservatives against liberals, blacks against whites, citizens against non-citizens, children against parents, parents against teachers, even Christians against Christians.

So, yes, our nation sits in disarray. Perhaps better said, our constitutional republic, the greatest and freest nation to have ever existed, is on the verge of collapse.

Yes, collapse.

The U.S. Constitution is the glue that has held together our miraculous union of different states since it was ratified in 1788. That glue has been chipped away and today the government neither functions as set forth in the Constitution nor affords the protections guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.

Our representatives cannot get along, and no longer even try. They lie daily. They enrich themselves while in office and many earn obscene paychecks once they leave office, and often while still in office. They spend money that does not exist. The beg, borrow, steal and print $$$ and then spend it on everyone and everything except what is necessary, all the while proclaiming the only answer to the nation’s ills is more spending.

Our national debt stands at $28 trillion. That is $28,000,000,000,000. And that is before all the additional spending promised this year by the current president and congress.

What is the answer? Must we continue to live in subjugation by the same people we elected to preserve our liberty?

NO!

In fact, we cannot live this way much longer without falling and failing.

In order to protect our families from the destructive actions of those we have elected and those who enter our homes through fiber, radio and soundwaves and other media, we need to teach our children the basics of the Constitution, the foundations of free government and the principals of liberty outlined in the Declaration of Independence.

Urgency requires that we sit around the dinner table every night and talk. Yes, talk. No phones; no televisions; no books.

In his farewell address to the nation after serving eight years in the Oval Office, President Ronald Reagan stated emphatically, “And let me offer lesson number one about America: All great change begins at the dinner table.”

No truer words about how to effect change in society have ever been spoken.

The world is full of amazing teachers, but no teacher is so great as a parent teaching his or her children right from wrong.

Do it. Do it now, before it is too late. We cannot afford to lose another generation of citizens to the lies and false truths promulgated by dishonest politicians, greedy corporations and immoral media conglomerates.

The family is the most basic, yet most important, unit of society. As such, the solution to the surrounding disarray is not top-down, but bottom-up.

If we all stop seeking solutions and answers from politicians, corporations and social media giants, and start teaching and discussing problems with our children and families, the natural result will be an educated, knowledgeable citizenry, capable of seeing through the lies, immorality and deceit lambasting us on a daily basis. Then, with that greater enlightenment, provided through discussion and interaction in families, we will all be better equipped to effect the change we seek.

It all starts at the dinner table!

Bon appetit!

IMPEACHED! AGAIN.

IMPEACHED! AGAIN.

Today I watched members of the U.S. House of Representatives as they debated yet another impeachment of President Trump.

Spoiler Alert –

The ultimate conclusion of this article is that the House of Representatives, currently controlled by Democrats, is a circus. These so-called representatives do not represent anything other than their vicious, vile desire to destroy a man. Yes, a man who has been vicious and vile in his own right, but that man is the President of the United States, at least for another week.

Now, to the article:

Impeached! Again.

Impeached because a group of agitators and chaos-seekers stormed the Capitol, violating the principals of freedom and independence, creating an atmosphere of death and injury.

And, as with all troubles these days – Blame Trump!

Every single person involved in breaking in and entering of the U.S. Capitol last week should be ashamed. Each and every individual who committed crimes at the Capitol should be charged with whatever crime they committed, no matter where they live or what their intent was when they entered that historic building.

And, finally, anyone involved in the death of the U.S. Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick should be arrested, tried for and convicted of murder.

Sadly, many who entered the Capitol probably did not do so with criminal intent, but were sheep, weak-minded, following those who sought nothing but chaos and destruction. They are guilty, at a very minimum, of stupidity. If there were a criminal charge for stupidity, perhaps they’d be guilty, but there is not. But those who committed criminal acts should be held accountable.

As stated in this article last week, normal, everyday people like you and me were not a part of last week’s attack on the Capitol, just as normal, everyday people were not responsible for the violent riots of last summer.

But. But. But, to impeach a president for allegedly inciting violence and insurrection is just wrong, without actual proof and evidence, no matter how reckless and inflammatory his words. There were no hearings. There was no evidence proffered. There were no witnesses. There was no chance for defense.

Just talk. Talk, talk, talk.

The Democrats are no strangers to impeachment without evidence, of course. Remember 2019? They did it then, claiming President Trump attempted to bribe Ukraine into forking over information about Joe and Hunter Biden, without any legitimate evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors, not to mention any legal wrongdoing at all.

And they did it today.

But Democrats don’t care about truth and will do anything to further damage the presidency and the man, Donald Trump.

Yes, Trump is loud-mouthed, unkind, rude, selfish, arrogant – I could add many more adjectives but you get the picture.

And perhaps his words were, as stated above, reckless and inflammatory.

But, did he incite insurrection? Let’s look at what Trump said in his 70 minute speech at a “Save America” rally on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, which created the basis of the Democrats’ one article of impeachment. Click here to read the entire transcript. Or read below for just a few passages:

“I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard. Today, we will see whether Republicans stand strong for integrity of our elections. But whether or not they stand strong for our country, our country. Our country has been under siege for a long time. Far longer than this four year period.”

“Our brightest days are before us. Our greatest achievements still wait. I think one of our great achievements will be election security because nobody until I came along had any idea how corrupt our elections were, and again most people would stand there at 9 o’clock in the evening and say I want to thank you very much, and they go off to some other life, but I said something is wrong here, something is really wrong, can’t have happened and we fight, we fight like hell, and if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.”

“So we are going to–we are going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, I love Pennsylvania Avenue, and we are going to the Capitol, and we are going to try and give–the Democrats are hopeless, they are never voting for anything, not even one vote but we are going to try–give our Republicans, the weak ones because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, we’re try–going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country. So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I want to thank you all. God bless you and God bless America. Thank you all for being here. This is incredible. Thank you very much. Thank you.”

You decide. Reckless? Inciteful of violence? High crime? Misdemeanor?

Did he incite insurrection? No evidence was presented other than his words. Perhaps he did; perhaps he did not. But a one-day photo op of as many members of Congress as they could drum up was not sufficient to actually make the case.

In other words, Congress is a circus, acting the part and entertaining the masses.

I would not support a Trump run for presidency in 2024 and honestly would fight to keep him out of office again. We do not need another four years of rude, belligerent behavior from the individual elected to stand as the figurehead of our nation.

That said, this ill-conceived impeachment wreaks of a political witch hunt. The first impeachment proceedings were nothing but lies. In today’s hearings, the Democrats spoke nothing but opinions, mixed with lies, claiming over and over that Trump incited the violence wreaked on the Capitol.

Impeachment in this instance is not just wrong, it is unconstitutional. Congress neither demonstrated nor proved that Donald Trump incited any wrongdoing. Perhaps he is guilty of animated delusion, or vociferous defense of his election, which he has the right to do, but committed no wrongdoing, at least pursuant to what Congress presented as evidence.

Opinion does not equal evidence.

The circus continues its long run in Washington and the Democrat clowns proved today that their show continues without intermission. And Congress charges you an arm and a leg to watch their shenanigans.

If you do not feel the urgency to rethink everything, you need to sit down and just watch what your representatives are doing to us and our nation.

Rethink. Change.

Get to it!

IT IS TIME TO RETHINK EVERYTHING!

IT IS TIME TO RETHINK EVERYTHING!

Spoiler alert – the end of this article says this:

Focus on your families and your children. Nothing is more important. NOTHING! Teach them to live the Golden Rule – Do unto others as you would have other do unto you. Teach them what Thumper’s mom taught in the Disney classic, Bambi – “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.”

Now, to the actual article –

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth . . .

When is the last time you heard the truth from our nation’s so-called leaders? When was the last time you fully believed what you watched on the nightly news? When was the last time you believed the “statistics” and “quotes” you scroll through daily on social media?

Frankly, when was the last time you believed anything?

Who is right and who is wrong? Who is telling the truth today? The Republicans or the Democrats? CNN or FoxNews? Donald Trump or Joe Biden? Nancy Pelosi or Mitch McConnell? Texas or Pennsylvania?

Donald Trump has been called a liar and a bully for years. It’s true, he is both. Joe Biden has been called dishonest and deceitful. It’s true, he is both. Even Kamala Harris can’t stop telling tall tales about her childhood in order to gain votes and supporters.

The lies emanate from both parties in Washington and from all media providers, whether in New York, Hollywood or the Silicon Valley. Whatever story sells is the “truth” of the day, even when it conveys a mistruth.

The dearth of truth and the broad acceptance of lies everywhere makes for a very scary world. Doesn’t it? What should you believe? What should you teach your children? How should you live?

“The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth” has become a phrase that is nothing more than a platitude we see on legal television shows yet seems to mean nothing in the real world.

It is time to rethink everything. EVERYTHING!

The violent, albeit temporary, intrusion into the U.S. Capitol earlier this week was blamed on “Trump Supporters” and the violent riots over the summer were blamed on “peaceful protestors” gone bad.

The real facts are the chaos and violence we see all over the United States are effected by extreme agitators seeking chaos and discord, without regard for which political position they pretend to support. It is not the regular Republicans knocking down the doors of the U.S. Capitol and it not the real peaceful protestors seeking recognition and redress of their grievances who have been burning buildings since last May.

The real facts are that neither the Republicans nor the Democrats in Washington are looking out for anyone but themselves and their own power.

It is time to rethink everything. EVERYTHING!

Let’s follow a different path forward.

Let’s follow a different path forward!

We need to stop looking at each other as enemies. I believe 80% of all of us share common ideals, ideas, dreams, goals and beliefs. Seriously, think about it, what most of us want is to feed our families, educate our children and live our lives full of happiness and prosperity. Most of us never would consider breaking windows of the Capitol and would run from anyone breaking down the front doors of a Target or setting fire to a police precinct.

Our reliance on those 537 elected individuals we continue to send to Washington, Republican and Democrat alike, has created a major governance problem, massive and unmanageable debt, and division and derision, the likes of which we have never seen in the history of our republic.

Our focus on millionaire actors and athletes as the highest pillars of society creates an improper idea of how we should live our lives and what standards we should teach our children.

Our addiction to following people and movements on social media has created a dependency on others for our social and emotional well-being.

Finally, our neglect of the most basic and important unit of society, our families, has created a broken culture and dim, scary future.

It is time to rethink everything.  EVERYTHING!

Turn it around.  Focus on your families and your children. Nothing is more important. NOTHING! Teach them to live the Golden Rule – Do unto others as you would have other do unto you. Teach them what Thumper’s mom taught in the Disney classic, Bambi – “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.”

We cannot continue to allow our elected representatives, the media, social agitators or anyone else to dictate how we feel about and treat others.

It does not matter that we look different from each other, that we speak different languages or that we have different political ideologies, we need to stop treating each other as enemies, but as friends and neighbors.

Only then will we feel the peace and safety we seek for our families.

It is time to rethink everything.  EVERYTHING!

Armed FBI Raid Terrorizes Innocent Catholic Family of Nine

Armed FBI Raid Terrorizes Innocent Catholic Family of Nine

Have you heard the latest in government tyranny, excess, and overreach, using a heavily-armed FBI SWAT team to effectuate a simple arrest of a conservative, religious, family man?

Read this article.

Or this one.

Mark Houck, a devout Catholic, conservative writer, sidewalk preacher (someone who preaches the word of God on a sidewalk in front of a place such as an abortion clinic) and founder of a men’s anti-pornography ministry called The King’s Men was arrested last Friday at his rural Pennsylvania home. In front of his children. By more than 25 armed FBI agents. For a made-up crime.

Mark’s crime? LifeSiteNews describes them as follows:

On several occasions when Mark went to sidewalk counsel last year, he took his eldest son, who was only 12 at the time, she explained. For “weeks and weeks,” a “pro-abortion protester” would speak to the boy saying “crude … inappropriate and disgusting things,” such as “you’re (sic) dad’s a fag,” and other statements that were too vulgar for her to convey.

Repeatedly, Mark would tell this pro-abortion man that he did not have permission to speak to his son and please refrain from doing so. And “he kept doing it and kind of came into [the son’s] personal space” obscenely ridiculing his father. At this point, “Mark shoved him away from his child, and the guy fell back.”

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/fbi-raids-home-of-catholic-pro-life-speaker-author-with-guns-drawn-as-his-terrified-kids-watch/

The FBI’s warrant and subsequent indictment claimed that a Planned Parenthood escort was injured when he fell to the ground, but the family says the only injury the man suffered was very minor and required only “a Band-Aid on his finger.” Following the incident, both the Philadelphia police department and the district attorney declined to press any charges, as Mark’s act was deemed self-defense.

The escort even sued Houck by filing a private criminal complaint in Philadelphia Municipal Court, but the case was dismissed after the escort failed multiple times to even attend a court hearing.

The incident in question occurred on October 13, 2021, nearly one year before the FBI’s intrusion in to the Houck home. Apparently Joe Biden’s Department of Justice disapproved of the decisions of a major police department, a district attorney and a municipal court and felt that Mark Houck belongs in jail.

So they acted, with around 25 armed FBI agents against a humble family man, in his home on a Friday morning. Mark’s wife, Ryan-Marie, shared the following about the arrest:

Ryan-Marie, who is a homeschooling mother, described how the SWAT team of 25 to 30 FBI agents swarmed their property with around 15 vehicles at 7:05 a.m. this morning. Having quickly surrounded the house with rifles in firing position, “they started pounding on the door and yelling for us to open it.”

Before opening the door, she explained, her husband tried to calm them, saying, “‘Please, I’m going to open the door, but, please, my children are in the home. I have seven babies in the house.’ But they just kept pounding and screaming,” she said.

When he opened the door, “they had big, huge rifles pointed at Mark and pointed at me and kind of pointed throughout the house,” Ryan-Marie described.

When they came in, they ordered the kids to stay upstairs. “Our staircase is open, so [the kids] were all at the top of the stairs which faces the front door, and I was on the stairs as well, coming down.”

“The kids were all just screaming. It was all just very scary and traumatic,” she explained.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/fbi-raids-home-of-catholic-pro-life-speaker-author-with-guns-drawn-as-his-terrified-kids-watch/

The Justice Department has charged Mark with a violation of what is called the Freedom to Access to Clinic Entrances Act (or “FACE Act”), “which makes it a federal crime to use force with the intent to injure, intimidate, and interfere with anyone because that person is a provider of reproductive health care.” See Press Release by United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Court documents claim that Mark twice assaulted this escort because he was a volunteer reproductive health care clinic escort. No mention was made of the fact that this escort was verbally abusing Mark’s son and encroaching on his personal space. Neither was any statement made that both the police department and district refused to press charges against Mark for his very legitimate actions.

No, Biden’s Justice Department decided to arrest Mark Houck, at gunpoint, in front of his wife and children, nearly a year later, for what they claim is a simple assault.

Preposterous! Tyrannical! Wrong!

Even if there were merit to the government’s claim that Mark violated this FACE Act (which there does not appear to be), or even if you disagree with how Mark chooses to make his point in front of abortion clinics, you cannot look at the government’s actions and think they are okay.

Our federal government has armed so many of its departments with high-end weaponry that no one is safe anywhere. The FBI has long used firearms in pursuit of bad guys, as it should, but has moved on to doing the same for any arrest, even of non-violent offenders or those who have never made any sort of physical threat against others. The USDA, the Post Office, the IRS and nearly every other federal agency has its own armed police force used to enforce civil violations.

This problem is not new, but the way the Biden Administration is acting is new. It seems that in Biden’s America, the federal government is stepping up its tyrannical efforts to ensure that citizens of the United States comply with whatever the feds say, want or determine to be in the best interest of the government.

Fear. That is what Biden wants you to feel.

These actions must stop. Mark Houck and his family are only the latest in examples of the federal government’s overreaching and illegal intrusion on our liberty.

Take a stand. Call your Senators and Congressional representatives to demand a stop to these government actions that terrorize our children and families!

The Constitution – a Document for the Ages

The Constitution – a Document for the Ages

Today, September 17, is Constitution Day, the day that commemorates the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787. This author reveres the Constitution as a God-inspired document that has protected the nation’s citizens, abolished slavery and freed the slaves (although it took quite a few decades to get Democrats to understand just how terrible slavery really was), allowed for freedom of thought and belief, and provided a path for every single citizen to pursue life, liberty and happiness.

Sadly, not everyone believes this.

In a recent article published in the New York Times, “The Constitution is Broken and Should Not Be Reclaimed,” two ivy league law professors argue that the U.S. Constitution should be overthrown through court packing, legislation and just plain ignoring the founding document of our nation. If you are interested in their drivel, read the article here.

Ryan D. Doerfler of Harvard Law and Samuel Moyn of Yale Law stated that:

“When liberals lose in the Supreme Court — as they increasingly have over the past half-century — they usually say that the justices got the Constitution wrong. But struggling over the Constitution has proved a dead end. The real need is not to reclaim the Constitution, as many would have it, but instead to reclaim America from constitutionalism.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/19/opinion/liberals-constitution.html, August 19, 2022

Reclaim America from constitutionalism? The Constitution has preserved and protected our nation for 235 years and was written to protect America from any other form of government. What’s to reclaim, if you truly have the best interests of the United States and its citizens at heart.

These authors are law professors, charged by what are considered the pinnacle of higher education institutions, with educating and preparing their students to go forth and protect the Constitution and the Rule of Law. (Even though many, if not most, of the law professors in the nation believe the same progressive poppycock, I’d recommend anyone considering law school to find somewhere other than Harvard or Yale to attend!)

Another gem from their article:

“It’s difficult to find a constitutional basis for abortion or labor unions in a document written by largely affluent men more than two centuries ago. It would be far better if liberal legislators could simply make a case for abortion and labor rights on their own merits without having to bother with the Constitution.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/19/opinion/liberals-constitution.html, August 19, 2022

Back to the Constitution.

The Constitution was not only the founding, organizing document of the fledgling United States of America, but was intended to endure as the supreme law of the land, limiting forever the power and authority of a federal government.

Far too many citizens believe the Constitution to be ancient, outdated, and unnecessary. They could not be more mistaken, whether intentionally and deceitfully like the authors of the article referenced above or ignorantly like so many others who just do not understand the realities of the value and importance of the Constitution.

Many of our nation’s leaders, media commentators, reporters, and even teachers speak of the United States as a democracy, claiming “our democracy” must be protected at all costs. In reality, the framers of the Constitution very intentionally and carefully drafted a document that created anything but a democracy.

The Constitution formed a republic, a constitutional, democratic republic. A union of states who needed a federal government for a limited and delineated purpose. Those who call this nation a democracy seek a strong, overpowering, controlling national government with weak states, and seek the destruction of both the Constitution and the United States of America as we have known it all our lives.

On the final day of the Constitutional Convention, it is said that a woman asked Benjamin Franklin (who presided over the convention) whether they had created a republic or a monarchy. Mr. Franklin replied that they had created “a republic, if you can keep it.”

Beware when a wolf in sheep’s clothing tries to tell you otherwise.

In the coming weeks, we will discuss the United States Constitution in depth on this page and hopefully help clarify and remind everyone that adherence to its principles is just as necessary today as it was on September 17, 1787.

As you read and ponder the importance of the Constitution, which you can do here, thank God that He allowed such a document to be written and enacted for the founding and preservation of the freest nation on earth. Reeducate yourself on its core provisions, on the powers of the federal government and on the guarantees and protections set forth in the Bill of Rights, which you can read here.

Let’s begin a national discussion and reclaim our Constitution from those seeking to destroy it.

Dobbs – The Supreme Court’s Constitutional Decision

Dobbs – The Supreme Court’s Constitutional Decision

With the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision a few days behind us, lets talk about some very apparent truths.

The Supreme Court did not abolish or ban abortion.

Anyone who says otherwise is mistaken or lying – do not believe them. The SCOTUS decision was about constitutional law, not abortion, health care, or women’s rights. Neither was it about some long-held constitutional right to abortion that SCOTUS decided to take away from women. It was about the Constitution, plain and simple. Nothing more; nothing less. Yes, the subject matter that brought about the case was a Mississippi law related to abortion, but the case did not address the overall legality of abortion. The Court held that the Constitution says nothing about abortion, privacy or anything else conjured up by the previous court in Roe v. Wade. The Roe Court was just plain wrong; they made it up. The Court further said it takes no position on the legality or illegality of abortion as regulated by the individual states.

SCOTUS did say this:

Roe, however, was remarkably loose in its treatment of the constitutional text. It held that the abortion right, which is not mentioned in the Constitution, is part of a right to privacy, which is also not mentioned. And that privacy right, Roe observed, had been found to spring from no fewer than five different constitutional provisions—the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments.” 

Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, 9

And this:

Roe was also egregiously wrong and deeply damaging. For reasons already explained, Roe’s constitutional analysis was far outside the bounds of any reasonable interpretation of the various constitutional provisions to which it vaguely pointed. Roe was on a collision course with the Constitution from the day it was decided, Casey perpetuated its errors, and those errors do not concern some arcane corner of the law of little importance to the American people. Rather, wielding nothing but “raw judicial power,” the Court usurped the power to address a question of profound moral and social importance that the Constitution unequivocally leaves for the people. Casey described itself as calling both sides of the national controversy to resolve their debate, but in doing so, Casey necessarily declared a winning side. Those on the losing side—those who sought to advance the State’s interest in fetal life—could no longer seek to persuade their elected representatives to adopt policies consistent with their views. The Court short-circuited the democratic process by closing it to the large number of Americans who dissented in any respect from Roe. “Roe fanned into life an issue that has inflamed our national politics in general, and has obscured with its smoke the selection of Justices to this Court in particular, ever since.” Together, Roe and Casey represent an error that cannot be allowed to stand.”

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, 44

As such, SCOTUS overturned both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey purely and simply on the fact that the previous courts had no constitutional grounds to mandate the legality of abortion throughout individual states.

Read the Dobbs ruling here. It just makes sense. Both the Roe and the Casey were not just wrong, but made up with no basis in constitutional law.

Dobbs was not about abortion.

The result of this decision is that the subject of abortion reverts to the states, where it rightfully and constitutionally stood until the Roe decision in 1973.

Isn’t it interesting that liberals and progressives who go so far as to wrongfully call the United States a democracy now do not trust that same democratic process, or the scales of justice when they do not tilt their way? Their trust and reliance go only so far as “democracy” supports their ideals.

This time they lost. They lost because there should be no place in constitutional law for issues not included or addressed in the Constitution. The progressive courts have been wrong for far too long. True trust in the democratic process should motivate supporters of any cause to advocate with their state legislatures for passage of laws allowing, protecting, or preventing what they seek.

Did you see a meme over the weekend that looked something like this?

There is no merit to this statement. Any rational thinker cannot possibly believe “guns have more rights than women in America.”

The Dobbs decision found absolutely nothing in the Constitution that would allow require abortion on a national level and thus said the issue belongs to the states, as required by the 10th Amendment (“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”)

Really, it is a very clear holding. If you did not click above, you can read it here.

The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association case, found here, decided just a few days prior to Dobbs, appears to contrast very distinctly, but really is rooted in the same principal. SCOTUS held that states cannot withhold concealed carry permits from individuals who otherwise qualify under the law, using some unnamed exceptional need standard. The 2nd Amendment protects citizens’ rights of self-defense, holding that individuals possess rights to protect themselves and others in places other than just their homes. This holding does not grant a gun any protection, but the individual. This right is specifically set forth in the Constitution.

Thus, comparing these two decisions, they are very similar in that they support the specific and original intent of the Constitution – one because the specific right is set forth in the 2nd Amendment  (“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”) and the other because nowhere in the Constitution is there an explicit or even implicit right to an abortion.

Both are constitutional decisions and do not conflict with each other at all.

This is why you must beware of most memes you see, both for or against your position, because quite often they are created by individuals who have no idea what they are saying, or who are intentionally seeking to deceive.

In sum, the Dobbs case is rooted in constitutional issues, not issues related whatsoever to abortion. You cannot believe otherwise if you truly revere and honor the Constitution. An honest constitutionalist (whether pro-choice or pro-life) would accept the ruling as a true, strict interpretation of the Constitution and head directly to her or his state representative and advocate for whatever relief they seek.

Let’s stop the bickering about the Supreme Court. They did their job and they did it well.

Another Win for the Constitution

Another Win for the Constitution

The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not “a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees.” We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need. That is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion. It is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant’s right to confront the witnesses against him. And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self-defense.

New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc. v. Bruen, 597 U. S. __ (2022)

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision, New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc. v. Bruen, provides yet another “win” for the Constitution. You can read it here, in all its 135 pages.

Short Summary:

The state of New York requires the showing of extraordinary cause, more than those required by most common situations before it will issue a concealed carry permit to carry a pistol or revolver for self-defense or other reasons. Consequently, New York rarely grants such permits to any of its residents, even in cases of vital need. In stark contrast to most states, who maintain “shall issue” or “constitutional carry” (no permit required) policies, the constitutional rights of New Yorkers are strongly and blatantly curtailed. Other similar states affected by this ruling include California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the District of Columbia.

Why Does this Matter:

As we stated here yesterday concerning funding of private, sectarian schools by a state, even if you do not care about the subject matter (private, religious schools, free speech, concealed carry of pistols), you cannot help but applaud the fact that the Supreme Court is recognizing and honoring the Constitution in a way that says – this document matters.

In his opinion, Justice Thomas thoroughly outlines the history of concealed carry laws and restrictions as they relate to the Constitution and it is worth the read if you like reading legal opinions.

But, if you’d rather read the summary, this is it:

The Second Amendment is no less important than the other amendments found in the Constitution. The rights it protects merit just as much respect and dignity as those protected the other amendments in the Bill of Rights.

Plain and simple.

The Constitution matters. The Bill of Rights matters. Our rights matter. A state cannot legally take or infringe on those rights willy-nilly without a compelling governmental interest, and then only after strictly scrutinizing the reasons and the rights being infringed upon.

Justice Thomas’ opinion ended on this very true statement:

New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment in that it prevents law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and bear arms.

New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc. v. Bruen, 597 U. S. __ (2022)

Dobbs – The Supreme Court’s Constitutional Decision

Religious Liberty – Let’s Talk This Out

Introduction:

“This Court continues to dismantle the wall of separation between church and state that the Framers fought to build.”

Associate Justice Sotomayor, dissent in Carson v. Makin, U.S. Supreme Court, June 21, 2022.  

No, Justice Sotomayor, the current court, as well as the decision handed down this week do no such thing. Rather, this decision tells governments everywhere they can no longer discriminate against religion and religious believers, hiding behind and misrepresenting the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Summary:

Here’s the short story –

Due to the very rural nature of the state of Maine, apparently not all counties in the state provide education/schools for children otherwise required to attend school under state law. Rather, Maine’s law provides for the payment of school tuition and fees to private schools anywhere (even outside the state) for families who either do not have access to public schools or who choose a private education for their children. Private schools must receive certain accreditations and teach certain courses, but other than this, tuition assistance is available to most private schools Maine students desire to attend.

Most private schools, that is, except sectarian schools who teach religion as part of their education.

Discrimination, pure and simple.

Maine justifies its discrimination as its attempt to avoid the establishment of religion through direct funding of religious schools, completely ignoring both the rights of its residents to freely exercise their religion and the churches themselves to provide religious and doctrinal instruction.

Yeah, right!

Two families, who could not afford to educate their children in private schools, but who had no access to public education, filed suit and ultimately ended up appealing their cases to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In short (very short), earlier this week, the Supreme Court held that if the state pays for some private schools, it cannot withhold the same benefits to people of faith seeking a faith-based education for their children, thus reiterating and reaffirming the vital protections afforded by the First Amendment.

Read the opinion here.

Why this matters to you:

“So, what, I do not live in Maine.”

“Who cares, my kids attend public schools.”

The Constitution was created and drafted to severely and strictly limit the actions of the federal government, and later (through adoption the Fourteenth Amendment) of the states, but NEVER was it intended to restrict the rights and freedoms of U.S. citizens.

Furthermore, the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the Constitution) ensures protection of our God-given liberties, including free exercise of religion.

So, this case matters to you because it reiterates exactly that the Constitution protects the citizen, not the government. These two families were prohibited from educating their children in the manner they saw fit because Maine discriminated against them based on their religious beliefs.

Further, this matters to you in more ways than education. This ruling demands recognition that if the government provides a service to one group, it cannot withhold that same service from another group. If certain organizations provide certain services allowed by law, the government cannot prohibit a religion or church from doing the same. The government cannot attempt to mandate a church to close or limit its services if it does not do the same for all other organizations.

In other words, this ruling upholds the free exercise of religion for all (legal) religious acts that are allowed to others.

It is not about just religion. It is not about just school. It is about the Constitution!

What can I do about this:

It’s been said that we should never discuss certain issues at the dinner table, including politics and religion. Do you wonder why your children are straying from your religious and political ideals? One primary reason is that far too many parents do not talk about these vital topics, especially at the dinner table.

Have dinner tonight with your family. During your time together, mention this case (other very important cases will be handed down this week, so plan lots of dinners) and talk about why it is important that the government stop infringing on our constitutional rights. If you are not religious, talk about free speech, peaceable assembly, the bearing of arms, equal rights, etc.

It is the same – infringement is infringement.

Teach your children the importance of the Constitution and talk about what makes their lives better because our natural, God-granted freedoms and liberties are protected.

Read the Constitution. Find it here.

Then talk about what happens when those same freedoms and liberties are taken. Use the case we just discussed as the basis for your discussion. Regardless their religion, these families were blocked from educating their children because the state of Maine refused to treat them equally and fairly under the law.

Also, do not be afraid to voice your opinion to friends and neighbors when the topic arises.

Let’s talk this out!

Happy Birthday George Washington!

Happy Birthday George Washington!

2-22-32

Yes, 2-22-32.

Certainly today’s date has been fun – February 22, 2022.

22222. Tonight, if you have your watch set to the right setting, you might just see at 10:22 p.m. that it is 22:22:22 on 2.22.22. And in some places, it might just be 2 degrees. Fun, indeed.

While today likely will be talked about for, well, a day or so, it will soon be forgotten and normal, numerical life will resume.

Today, however, marks another, significantly more important day. On February 22, 1732, George Washington was born. Once upon a time, before Presidents Day was adopted, Washington’s birthday was celebrated as a national and state holiday. Earlier generations grew up learning about and remembering annually the great man, President George Washington.

Why does someone born nearly 300 years ago matter to us today?

Washington was not a perfect man. He was not the most seasoned soldier who could have been appointed to lead a ragtag volunteer army fighting the world’s strongest nation. Nor was he the most experienced politician who could have been elected to lead the executive branch of a fledgling nation.

He neither signed the Declaration of Independence nor drafted the U.S. Constitution (although he did preside over the Constitutional Convention) and he voluntarily left office after two terms.

In spite of this, George Washington is considered the father of the United States. Why? There are myriad answers, but the primary reason is this –

Whenever called upon, George Washington stood and served with all his might. Whether as a young lieutenant colonel in the French and Indian War, as commander in chief of a new army of non-professional militiamen and soldiers, as president of the Constitutional Convention, or as first president of the United States of America, and no matter how reluctantly, Washington recognized the importance of service for a higher purpose. That higher purpose was his faith in God and desire to do His will, regardless the personal cost.

We all would do well to better incorporate service and faith into our lives. Today our nation, our states, our communities and, most importantly, our families need us. Stand up, rise up, serve and exercise your faith to do good to everyone around you. Look for and ponder what is needed and then act.

We need more George Washingtons! What a world this would be if we all would seek to emulate that great man.

The Overthrow of the Constitution

The Overthrow of the Constitution

Forget COVID-19. Just for a moment.

Last weekend the United States commemorated the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, written to form an unbreakable union and a common bond between new states seeking to come together in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War and the weak Articles of Confederation. Its unique purpose promised to “form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty.”

Most intelligent and knowing people recognize the Constitution has fulfilled its promised and predicted purposes for more than two centuries.

Unsurprisingly, many detractors, including President Joe Biden, consider the Constitution to be antiquated and outdated. In order to further this misconception (and perhaps, lie) President Biden and his administration labor tirelessly to dismantle and destroy the Constitution. Using pretenses such as vaccines, masks, infrastructure, climate change, terrorism, immigration, race relations, and taxation, Biden, et al seek to undercut our nation’s founding document and stir discord between the states and citizens that created it.

Please remember the Constitution was written to govern and restrain the federal government and protect the God-given and natural rights and freedoms of states and citizens forever, not the reverse.

In his recent COVID-19 address to the nation, President Biden outlined various steps his administration intends to take to “fight” COVID-19 through sweeping mandates and measures directed solely at forcing obedience and acquiescence to the all-powerful executive branch of the federal government. Employing various federal agencies like OSHA, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, and even the Department of Defense, Biden made clear he seeks to be the nation’s premier ruler (completely bypassing Congress) and enforce his edicts through legal channels and fines.

Joe Biden believes he knows best what you and I need. Does he really, though?

In his speech, the president made statements so outrageous and preposterous, one would think he was narrating a dystopian novel about complete government control of society.

Setting aside the pretenses for his speech, consider the following statements and whether any president, or anyone from any branch of government should make such demands and threats. Imagine the national outrage had President Trump uttered the same words.

This is not about freedom or personal choice. It’s about protecting yourself and those around you — the people you work with, the people you care about, the people you love.

Not about freedom or personal choice? Everything in this nation is about freedom and personal choice. Or at least it used to be.

Benjamin Franklin famously declared, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

These words apply directly to our situation today and President Biden recklessly throws them to the wind, promising neither safety nor liberty but, rather, forced compliance with unproven methods and treatments.

Let me be blunt. My plan also takes on elected officials in states that are undermining you and these lifesaving actions.”

If they will not help, if those governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way. The Department of Education has already begun to take legal action against states undermining protection that local school officials have ordered.

Who is Biden to claim that state governments are undermining anything when Washington has no idea what is up and how to control the current viral spread, the fragile economic conditions and even the tenuous state of our nation in general?

The Constitution (remember, the document and governing law Biden refuses to respect) states very firmly that the powers not delegated to the federal government remain with the states and the people. Nothing therein, anywhere found, grants the federal government power to assume control of anything just because it thinks “father knows best.”

The 10th Amendment, in its complete and full protective entirety:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Who does Biden think he is, demanding more power than allowed? His actions are truly and completely unconstitutional, although even Congress and the judiciary refuse to acknowledge this unprecedented and illegal assumption of control.

Governors are allowed to run their own states without interference by outside influences and influencers. Who is to say that governors who are not marching lock step with the president are not trying to beat the pandemic in their own, educated way?

A full and complete destruction of the Constitution is what Biden and his cronies seek, supported by the Democrats and many Republicans in Congress as well as some on even the Supreme Court.

The creature has become greater than the creator.

Oh, and as an aside, since when has the Department of Education become an enforcer of medical mandates? It has absolutely no foundational purpose related to enforcing health measures whatsoever, especially unproven health measures.

We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin.

Patient? Really? No further words are necessary – just ponder this statement on your own.

President Ronald Reagan famously said:

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

https://www.reaganfoundation.org/ronald-reagan/reagan-quotes-speeches/news-conference-1/

We have reached that point friends. The government needs to step aside and let us alone and stop offering help. We (with the exception of most progressives and liberals) are most capable of making informed, proper decisions. We do not need the government to help.

This “help” is destroying the Constitution and our nation.

Get out of the way!

It is time to tame the creature.

Read the Constitution and get to work.

Boys, Girls and “Other”

Boys, Girls and “Other”

What? Read this, reported Wednesday by the AP

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California could soon force large department stores to display some child products in gender neutral ways after the state Legislature passed a bill on Wednesday aimed at getting rid of traditional pink and blue marketing schemes for items like toys and toothbrushes. The bill would not outlaw traditional boys and girls sections in department stores, but it would require retailers to have a gender neutral section to display “a reasonable selection” of items “regardless of whether they have been traditionally marketed for either girls or for boys.”

Beam, A. (2021, September 1). California seeks gender neutral displays in large stores. AP. https://apnews.com/article/business-california-3270657e85f4b7c4bee79138ba056a28.

What? Yes, certainly not all little boys love the color blue and many little girls do not fawn over pink. It’s a fact of life that all children have different tastes, and so it should be. We do not live in a one-size-fits-all world.

Parents get to know their children; children get to know their likes and dislikes; and stores know just how to market to each.

So, why, oh why, would the State of California decide to impose a requirement that department stores create gender neutral displays in addition to and alongside their traditional displays? Does the state legislature know better than company MBAs and marketing execs how to sell goods and products?

No! The state does not know better and it should stay out of commerce.

If the consumer market demands gender neutral products, displays and sections, retailers will respond accordingly. It is the simple law of supply and demand. Short of illegal or deceptive practices, no government should mandate or legislate how a business can or should market its own wares inside its own walls.

This is insane! California continues to seek and exercise control over its residents and businesses.

The world is going crazy and California is leading the way!

Wake up; rise up; open your mouths; share your opinions; demand that your government represents you and not special interests. Let’s require our elected representatives to actually represent, not resent us.

Now is the time. Stop the madness!

You’re a Grand Old Flag!

You’re a Grand Old Flag!

Warning – today’s article contains some colorful language some may find offensive!

Red, White, Blue! Old Glory! The Stars and Stripes! The Star-Spangled Banner!

What we call it matters not so much as what it means – the great banner of the United States represents freedom, liberty, truth and justice. Yes, regardless what some suggest, our flag was intended to and still does stand as an ensign to the nations of the world that the United States is the land of the free and the home of the brave.

“You’re a grand old flag, you’re a high-flying flag, and forever in peace may you wave. You’re the emblem of the land I love, the home of the free and the brave. Ev’ry heart beats true under red, white and blue, where there’s never a boast or brag. But should old acquaintance be forgot, keep your eye on the grand old flag!”

The stars, white in a field of blue, signify a new constellation for the world to look toward and follow. Of course, the number of stars has changed over time, representing the number of states comprising the union of states. Starting with 13, the flag today proudly waves with 50 stars. The red and white stripes demonstrate the separation of the new nation (white) from the old mother country (red). The flag’s three colors also denote virtues often lost or overlooked today – white signifies purity and innocence; red, hardiness and valor; blue, vigilance, perseverance and justice.

Nothing about the Star-Spangled Banner does not represent traditional, honorable virtues and values.

Old Glory has taken some hits lately. Some kneel rather than salute and perhaps refuse to even acknowledge its significance; others claim it signifies oppression and pain; many have just plain forgotten its importance; while a few take joy even in stomping on and burning it.

Truth be told, some bad actors from many different backgrounds, ideologies and even religions, have stood behind, and continue to stand behind, our flag in order to justify their hatred and bigotry. These people should be condemned in no uncertain terms. Joverity condemns any and all oppression inflicted in the name of freedom or under the banner of Old Glory.

But, those people are few and far between and we should give them no credence other than to shun them and speak out about how they do not represent the majority of freedom lovers. The majority of citizens of the United States see and love the Stars and Stripes for what it was intended – a reminder of liberty and justice for all.

Because today is Flag Day, let’s celebrate our flag. If you have a flag, fly it high and proud today, and perhaps every day from now until Independence Day, and beyond. Black and white, native and immigrant, straight and gay, Democrat and Republican, rural and urban, we all should love and honor our flag because it reminds us of the amazing nation in which we reside and of which we are citizens.

As long as the Stars and Stripes flies high, we have hope.

Today, let’s help hope fly proudly. Rather than fight, argue, dispute, whine, complain, [insert your favorite verb here] about each other, let’s celebrate that we live in a land of freedom, represented by the beautiful colors of red, white and blue.

Red, White, Blue! Old Glory! The Stars and Stripes! The Star-Spangled Banner!

You are, indeed, a Grand Old Flag!

Not All That Different

Not All That Different

Between you and me, we are not all that different. We are the United States of America.

Established to become a light on a hill that cannot be hid, our great republic, the United States of America, has prospered through good times and bad, difficult times and relative ease, wars and peace, economic turmoil and prosperity, terrorist attacks and attacks on terror, close elections and routs. Through all, the United States has emerged tall and proud, shining forth its light as an inspiration to all the world.

Not all has been rosy and peachy, to be certain. The stain of slavery and subsequent racial intolerance cannot and never should be forgotten. We must continue to fight to rid ourselves of any remaining seeds of hatred and oppression, laboring incessantly to create change and forgiveness in the hearts of all.

Another persistent stain in our republic is the plague of perpetual poverty, propagated by progressive politics and propaganda. It’s high time we end the costly and failed war against poverty and put an end to poverty by raising the standard of living of every citizen of this nation and allowing everyone the opportunity to prosper as promised by the American Dream.

Through all, the United States of America stands far and above higher than any other nation in its protection of our rights, freedoms and liberties, offering the freedom to fight to better ourselves year after year.

Let’s not lose what we have fought so hard and for so long to accomplish.

Today we find ourselves at a crossroads. We can continue to shine our light throughout world or we can douse that light which has illuminated our republic for more than 200 years.

The election is over, with no clear mandate on what our citizens seek in a national leader. Half the country voted for one candidate and the other half voted for the other, each with completely different philosophies and ideologies.

COVID-19 rages on and continues to disrupt, distract and divide.

Derision and division reign supreme in many areas of our republic.

Racial and religious discrimination persist, despite laws and regulations that promise to put and end to such intolerances. When will we learn that thoughts and beliefs cannot be legislated?

In spite of these roadblocks and speedbumps, we can and must rise above our differences; we must stop living below our rights and privileges.

Today is a new day. Tomorrow will bring yet another new day. Each new day is an opportunity to stand up, dust off our chaps and square our shoulders to move ahead on the road to recovery.

Will we in this great nation look backward at the bad times and wear them as anchors, preventing us from moving forward or will we shed the weights that once bound us and trudge forward, paving the way for a greater, better world?

Will we continue to look at our neighbors with suspicion and mistrust, wondering whether they support a candidate we disapprove of or whether they will make us sick if we stand too closely to them?

Today is the day to begin our march forward, one step at a time. Every tomorrow becomes a new today. Every today ends up a distant yesterday.

Let us forget our disagreements for long enough to learn what we have in common.

Let us set aside our petty differences and embrace that which makes us one – our common heritage as humans on earth, children of God.

Let us pledge to lift one another rather than knock each other down.

Let us feed those in need rather than our own egos.

Let us share our tables with people we do not understand and consider our common similarities rather than sow seeds of discord.

Let us unite, one nation, under God, indivisible and seek liberty and justice for all.

Let us stand together as individuals, families, communities and states.

Finally, let us stop relying on Washington and the media to dictate, control and minimize our lives.

We are not all that different from each other.

We are the United States of America!

Contagion Confusion

Contagion Confusion

Do you feel like navigating today’s world is akin to walking into a dark maze?

What is going on in the world today? Are you as confused as so many seem to be? Whom do you believe about how dangerous COVID-19 is? Whom do you believe about how vital wearing a mask in public is, or even how dangerous being in public is?

When is it safe to go outside? What happens if I find myself closer than six feet from someone? What exactly is the Safety Stance?

What is severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 or SARS-CoV-2?

What is the difference between COVID-19 and the flu?

Why does CNN say one thing while Fox News says another?

Does Anthony Fauci really know what he is talking about?

Did President Trump directly cause or contribute to deaths of 60,000+ people, due to his inaction, or improper action?

Where can you find answers to your questions? Honestly, everyone tells the story differently and everyone hears the story as they want to.

What is the truth? Where is the truth?

Here at Joverity, we seek to provide ideas and opinions based on truth as lightheartedly as possible. Sometimes we must be direct, and not so lighthearted, but we try to keep it light.

We’re as confused as everyone else because no one seems to know the answers to the questions we all have. The basic, regurgitated answer is – stay indoors, wear masks in public only if you have to buy necessary food and personal items, obey the government without question and heed the media because they pay their professional consultants and talking heads millions of dollars a year to confuse you so much you have to watch again just to know what they said the day before.

Answers exist. To everything there is an underlying truth and solution. But where do those truths and solutions lie? Right now, we do not know and no one else does either. This week, let’s explore your these questions and see where our expedition leads.

Leave a question in the comments and we will do our best to find real, honest answers.

In the meantime, this very peaceful song by Beethoven is one for the books. Listen and enjoy.

Of Pianos and Chainsaws

Of Pianos and Chainsaws

When I was but a lad, my mother taught me to play piano. She taught me the ins and outs of music and technique. She insisted I practice scales and other finger exercises as often, specifically, and focused as I did the music I would learn and eventually perform. I often practiced with coins on my hands that were not supposed to slide off. She taught me that little things mattered – smooth, precise playing, with as little hand movement as possible, would set me apart from others every single time I performed. She also required that my practice time not ever be missed due to outside interests including school, baseball, dances and even work.

Also when I was young, my father taught me to use a chainsaw. He taught me how to cut trees both down and up. He insisted I learn to use, respect, oil, and clean a chainsaw so it would serve as a tool and extension of my body and not something I should fear. I remember one heavy spring snow when I climbed a tree to remove a large broken branch, I did so without worry of falling or maiming myself. He taught me that little things mattered – careful, concise movements would keep me from being injured or even killed, even when standing on a steep mountain slope or hanging from a snowy tree above this driveway.

I have always considered the ability to transition my thoughts and feelings through my fingers onto a keyboard or musical instrument as “my art.” I have never been one to draw, paint, mold, carve or build anything that provokes gasps of wonder and amazement. I enjoy observing others, especially my family members, create their own art but have never done much to participate. (Although, with practice and desire, one could develop any of these talents. I firmly believe it can be done.)

Yesterday I had the great opportunity to get out of the isolation of “house arrest” and fire up the chainsaw to cut down a tree that died over the winter. After completing the job with my sons, I decided it was finally time to practice a new art, using a stump that remained from a tree we cut last year. I determined to carve the letter N (representing the last name, of course, and not any local university) into the stump. I do not proclaim my artwork as world class, but do announce that creating my first, and possibly last, work of chainsaw art left me with a wondrous sense of accomplishment!

NOTICE – DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF CHAINSAW MISUSE AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU DO NOT ATTEMPT THE SAME. EVER. YOU SHOULD ALSO NEVER BLOW DRY YOUR HAIR WHILE SITTING IN A BATHTUB OR STICK YOUR FINGER INTO AN ELECTRICAL OUTLET!

I am grateful for a mother who taught me the art of music and who insisted I practice that art over and over and over. I am further thankful for a father who taught me to practice the work of cutting trees over and over and over. Who knew I would one day create art as a result of both these lessons?

Thanks to both my parents, yesterday I cut down a tree, carved the first letter of my last name into a stump and later practiced the piano.

I have said this before – Dr. Wayne Dyer said,

“Don’t die with your music still in you.”

As we continue to reevaluate our lives and our priorities through isolation and quarantine and as we watch loved ones and friends fall ill and perhaps even succumb to mortal infirmities, let us not “die” with our music still in us. Take time to develop your art, whatever it may be. Take time to develop a new talent.

Teach your children it is never too late to work on and develop a skill, whether old or new. Have them do it over and over and over.

Encourage your children to explore, learn and not be afraid to fail. (I had to cut the first three inches off my initial attempt at carving the stump yesterday because it was a great, big fail!)

Yes, we are living in crazy, uncertain times. What better time than now to work on self-mastery, talent development and relationship building with our family members?

Don’t die with your music still in you and don’t leave isolation wishing you had done more to become better.

Teach your children the same.

We’ll all be better for it.

Our future world will benefit by what you and your family do today!

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