And The Last Shall Be First

Every thing ends

Has a last

Everything begins

Has a first

Experience teaches

That it’s not what happens first or last

But what happens in between

That is the true test.

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Bad does not equal Evil

There is a difference between bad and evil. Bad is a matter of opinion, evil is as evil does. Both can be fact checked, but only after the fact not based on words that have been said.

I have found it to be true that in order to get respect you must give respect, even to your apparent enemy.

If you poison the atmosphere before you begin to breath it  and you too must breathe that same  atmosphere then you will get what you deserve.

Are you making your  pre-judgement based on conjecture, second hand “knowledge”  and words or on actions.  ” aye, there’s the rub.”

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You Can’t Yell Fire in a Crowded Theater

But apparently under freedom of the press you can pour gasoline on it even if you conspired in its ignition and you know it could become a conflagration.

Speaking of gasoline does anyone know where I can get pumpkin spice gasoline…. I’m thinking it would move the whole pipeline thing to a more pleasant conversation. I mean who could vote against pumpkin spice.

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Why do we have the Electoral College?

The map shown below shows  by county where 50% of the votes cast for president in 2016 elections   were entered. Do people who live in big cities and southern California have the same needs as you?

Do they have  your best interests at heart when they vote  or their own?county-comparison-980 Hence the electoral college is a necessary evil.

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2016 Elections In a Nutshell

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The End

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Scary is as Scary Does

 

One of the most scary things  for me about his election, judging by the protests and the comments by young people,  is that we have raised a whole generation of children who do not know how to lose. Possibly having  never even experienced it.
 
That sinking feeling after you lose the big one should be what motivates you not frightens you. I have seen the words terrified and horrified used so loosely in the last few days  that I have to wonder if the users have truly ever really experienced those emotions. 
 
You know there is more than a grain of truth in the old Knute Rockne  slogan.. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” which is rather appropriately defined, giving he content of this post, by Wikipedia on the internet as, ” “Those who act tough and proud will vacate a situation when it becomes difficult lest they be proven not as tough as they appear to be.”  God Help Us, the perfect illustration of how words have replace action and everything’s  OK.
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Arguments cannot be answered by personal abuse; there is no logic in slander, and falsehood, in the long run, it defeats itself.”

The above quote by Ingersol is a capsule view of what happened in this election.

This 2016  United States election  is not the Apocalypse although I will concede that the hyperbolic press, a youthful electorate that never studied history,  and vitriolic campaigning may have made it seem so, for those who have not seen it before. Take heart as nearly all  Presidents move towards the center after election as I would have expected Clinton to do as well had she won . We need to hope for some good advisors surrounding the president  and a less contentious senate and house.

Trump was elected, in my opinion, on the back of concealed anger. Trump was not voted in,  rather Washington was voted out.   The polls were consistently  wrong because the Democratic machine in making Trump as  non-PC as possible caused  much  anger to be concealed from the pollsters and in fact what happened in the  voting booths this time was the very reason why we have secret ballots and dont just take a poll. 

And I should note here that not a single person for whom I voted was elected at the state, county or federal level… first time I have been 100% wrong based on public opinion ( others may believe that is not the first)  but probably not the last.

Both campaigns were in fact  campaigns of verbal visceral voter intimidation. Whole classes of people were denigrated and put down as insignificant by both sides while factual cherry picking and  selective hearing ran rampant, gleefully  supported by a increasingly untrustworthy press.

The country will heal, not much will change, Federal momentum is both an awful and positive thing.    Some of us or old enough to understand that.

I almost always look back at what the past teaches us for some insight into what the future may hold.  In doing so I   found some quotes that  may apply.   Read as you may, some may comfort some may anger.

The Sun will come up tomorrow.”      Annie

“Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.     JFK

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”     Anon

“I will remember this, thought Ender, when I am defeated. To keep dignity, and give honor where it’s due, so that defeat is not disgrace.      Ender’s Game

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.      Mark Twain.

Nature teaches us that when things change we have three choices, Move, evolve or die” Anon

And the most important

“I never thought of losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life. ”
― Muhammad Ali

 

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