Join Date:Jul 2008
As I sit here waiting for our national election results, I hark back to lessons learned---some not as well as others. Y'all know I am probably the oldest fart in this community, and at times, I am bristly, arrogant, and truly believe, I know "better than you". Maybe I do, in some cases, and maybe I don't in many cases, but before the results are in, no matter which of the candidates is elected President, I have a recommendation for alla'yall.
I was born during the Coolidge to Hoover transition. We came thru the great depression OK, because my grandfather, father, and uncles worked their butts off and persevered. I got to see the first real signs of what it was to be a "REAL AMERICAN", watching my grandmother and mother make sandwiches and coffee for hungry, down and out fellow citizens, who came to our back door, EVERY day. I was a child and could not understand what was happening, until much later. I listened to political arguments among the men in the family--still not understanding, until much later, why there was so much vehemence and even anger. My grandfather built a business from a pedler's pack on his back, and that became one of the largest retail stores in the area. It was the "American Dream", and he employed about 40 people, each of whom were like an extended family. I learned to call each "Mr." or "Mrs." or "Miss", until they asked me to call them by name. None of them, ever left, our employ, other than by old age, and one early death of the fiance of our maid. That couple was like a surrogate mother and father to me--complete with spanking privileges! It was my first experience with death, and I learned the meaning of the worth of loved ones, as I grieved.
So we went through the FDR years, and WW II, and the Truman years, and I began to appreciate the differences between "conservatives" and "liberals", when we got to "Ike" Eisenhower. I saw my young uncles come back from the war, and their politics had changed a lot. They had become young business men, and much more conservative, and when I took my first course in Political Science, I began to realize WHY. I was pretty slow, but it did begin to dawn on me, as I worked part time at "the stores".
I hope I have not bored you. I do have a recomendation. I consider allay'all constitution loving patriots. But if you will forgive me, I just demonstrated to myself HOW LITTLE I really have understood about the development of political thought, from the Constitutionalists to the post 1965 Progressive/liberals.
I want YOU to study, and be knowledgable about what has taken place in this wonderful country, and what might continue to take place.
To that end, I comend to you a learning experience second to none. If you have never heard of Hillsdale College--it is a bastion of Conservatism, among a sea of liberal-oriented colleges and universities, in the USA. Larry Arnn, is the President of Hillsdale; I believe him to be one of our foremost conservative thinkers, and he puts his money where his teaching is. Hillsdale offers two courses, free of charge, and you can take the lessons/lectures at your own speed, on your computer. I HIGHLY recommend their 201 course on the Constitution. Go to www.constitution.hillsdale.edu, and get started NOW!! By taking this course,you will have a different view of the usefulness of history, to your understanding of what our future COULD be.
"Laugh so hard, that even 'Sorrow' smiles at you. Live life so well, that even 'Death' loves to see you alive". (author unknown)
"....would someone please show this poor asshole the way out of town?"....Avram Belinsky, the "Frisco Kid".