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Enforce The Laws? It’s About Time!

Those of you who know me well are aware I’m pretty much apolitical, sometimes anti-political. I believe strongly in freedom and the right of the American people to be themselves without government interference.

I do recognize that there are lowlifes in every sector of a society, those who will take any advantage they can, even if it hurts someone else. This is why we have laws. To have laws, we must have lawmakers, which, unfortunately, means politicians.

One of my biggest exasperations over the years has been lawmakers who see something going on they consider wrong, and so rush to pass yet another law to prevent everyone from doing that wrong thing … regardless of any other law that might already exist. My position is usually, “Let’s enforce the laws we have before we pass any new ones. Let’s enforce the laws we have or get rid of them.” Many years ago, when the Equal Rights Amendment was making a big splash, I thought that was one of the stupidest things ever – simply because we already have laws in place to guarantee what these amendment proponents wanted.

By the way, this stupid thing has been around since 1923; in 1972 it passed both houses of congress. 35 states of the 39 required actually ratified the amendment, but five states later rescinded their ratification. My opinion: we don’t need it – we only need to enforce laws we already have on the books. 

All this is a lead-in to the following YouTube video, in which a Representative from South Carolina says pretty much the same thing, although much more powerfully. I expect some among you will condemn him and what he says because of party affiliation, or because he attacks a sitting president that you like. But listen closely, and you’ll hear he’s calling for an omni-partisan enforcement of existing laws, regardless of party affiliation. I applaud his position.

I hereby stick my neck out to make this statement: if you don’t agree that all laws should be enforced (and not selectively), then you might want to take a closer look at whether you would rather live in freedom, or under a totalitarian or communist regime.

That’s all. Stepping down from my rare political soap box now. And yes, I’m open to discussion about this.

Dealing With Motormouths

In my previous post, Learning To Listen, I talked about how important it is to listen, yet how few people truly know how to do that.

This brought up the question in my mind, “What do we do when confronted with a person who won’t stop talking?”

We’ve all had instances in which someone latches on to us and tries to unload everything they know. The details of their latest operation. The latest happenings with their kids or grandkids. Complaints about their job, their coworkers, or the food.

We realize it’s important to listen, but where’s the limit? Continue reading Dealing With Motormouths

Learning To Listen

One of Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits…” is “Seek first to understand, then be understood.” As you know, by this he means you should first listen completely to someone else, without interrupting, then when it’s your turn, you can make your point.

He goes on to explain that if while the other person is speaking, you’re dancing from foot to foot, impatient to make your point, then you’re not listening to the other person.

When I first read that, I remembered with some guilt the many times I was in that exact situation, and since then, have seen others frequently do the same thing. Continue reading Learning To Listen

Independent Thinker? Or Worker Bee?

In a recent newsletter, I read an essay by Richard Maybury, entitled “Why Are They So Ruthless?” In this article, Maybury provides compelling evidence that socialism is alive and thriving – not economically, but in our education system today.

He presents the case that for thousands of years before the industrial revolution, young parents were so involved in scrabbling for a living that it was left up to the grandparents to raise the kids. This was a good thing, because as we all know, young parents are naive and inexperienced, while grandparents have a broader perspective on life and the world.

However, with the dawn of the 20th century, mostly as a result of government monetary policy, the extended family faded as parents chased jobs all over the landscape,  leaving only the nuclear family within visiting distance. Extended family was too remote to be of influence or help. Continue reading Independent Thinker? Or Worker Bee?