My happiness is not dependent on who wins elections

Happy Wednesday!

Well, it is the day after the election, and the sun did come up, although its view is currently hidden by clouds. To paraphrase Rush Limbaugh from his 1992 book, “The Way Things Ought To Be,”

My happiness comes from many things not related to elections, most importantly, a God who loves me, peace of mind knowing my future is secure, a family who loves me most of the time, good relationships with my extended family and friends, good health, and a job that helps me support my family. Less importantly in the grand scheme of things but things that I still enjoy include seeing Last Man Standing again on Friday nights, new episodes of Seal Team and Criminal Minds are on tonight, and Alabama plays football again Saturday, and they are playing pretty well.

Would I have liked more Republicans to win last night? Of course but that was out of my control. All those I voted for in Alabama did win this time I think, but that is rare too. Historically speaking it was a good night for the current administration. Republicans have proven over and over they cannot lead and get things done even when in power.

The next two years will be interesting and possibly exciting.

President Trump is a deal maker so I expect he will make some offers not all on either side will like to get those deals done.

Nancy Pelosi says she wants to work together to get things done. I would like to give her the benefit of the doubt, but I have been around long enough to know that her definition of “working together” or bipartisanship is you agree with everything she wants to do, or you are not working together. I don’t expect anything new there.

For the Establishment, they will have a replacement for John McCain and Jeff Flake in the Senate in Senator Mitt Romney from Utah.

So there was something most everyone can be happy about from yesterday’s elections but, as normal, no one got everything they wanted.

Elections do not change me

I will still support the same people, ideas and issues as I did yesterday. My principles have not changed.

I will continue to Remember Everyone Deployed and support our military. I will Back the Thin Blue Line and First Responders. I will never forget Benghazi as it reminds me to what extent politicians will go to hold on to power. I oppose illegal immigration and support legal immigration and enforcing our borders and our sovereignty as a nation. I support our Constitution and a Supreme Court and judiciary system that will interpret the Constitution and not legislate from the bench. I enthusiastically support the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness our Declaration of Independence delineates when it says,

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness…”

Elections never end

It’s a new day America, and now the next election cycle begins. Sadly, most actions taken in the next two years by all those just elected or re-elected will be about that next election instead of what is best for the people they were elected to serve. My prayer each day is God will give them the discernment and the motivation to make decisions in the best interest of those they serve instead of their self-interests.

Happy Wednesday!

God Bless these United States of America!

Originally posted on Peculiar Perspective on 11/07/2018

Flag Football

Anthem Observations

We kicked off our football season with two games last weekend, one high school and one college game. You can see more about those in m previous post Kickoff #34 if you are interested. We love football for its competitive and entertainment value but not for its politics. Regarding all the national anthem “protests” started last year in the NFL Continue reading Flag Football

Red and Yellow, Black and White

Divided

There is no doubt there are racial tensions in these United States.

Ben Carson recently posted this on his Facebook page

Those who are trying to divide our nation on the basis of race, income, religion, age, gender, etc. do not have the best interest of our nation at heart. Continue reading Red and Yellow, Black and White

Standing for Last Man Standing

This ain’t Walt Disney’s company any more. It really hasn’t been for some time. I don’t think that is news to anyone who has been paying attention. The recent examples of Disney CEO Bob Iger choosing to put political correctness and possibly his own political aspirations ahead of the interests of maximizing stockholders’ value and carrying forward the legacy of Walt Disney prompted me to compose this post.

Walt Disney

I have tremendous respect and admiration Walt Disney and all he accomplished and created for the company that now bears his name. His influence on entertainment and technology in the 20th century and beyond is second to none. That has not changed. Continue reading Standing for Last Man Standing

Time for choosing…again

On November 8th the United States of America will once again choose its next President. Some have made this decision more complex than it really needs to be. I cannot and will not try to tell anyone who to vote for. I wouldn’t expect you to listen or keep reading if I did. I can, however, share some of my thoughts on the election and try to simplify the choice we will be making on Election Day.

Since I published this post I have read and seen a few more articles from others that shared the same theme but expressed it much better or more detailed than I did so I have included links to those at the end of this post. Continue reading Time for choosing…again

Well Done Enterprise! Don’t stop now!

we-are-enterprise-logoYou know how you see athletes interviewed after an important victory and they are asked how they feel? Their answer is often something like, “It hasn’t sunk in yet“. That is exactly how I felt last month when we learned the election results from the city elections in Enterprise and it lasted a good week at least for me. Continue reading Well Done Enterprise! Don’t stop now!

Time for Choosing in Enterprise

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The choices in front of you are:

  1.  Re-elect the status quo with the same people who have been running Enterprise for years, some out front and others behind the scenes, the way they see fit. This includes a mayor who warns citizens when they simply ask for information that is public and owned by the people he works for, a city council who says they are “as transparent as they need to be” and an environment where speaking freely about city issues is squelched.
  2. Elect new faces, perspectives, ideas and leadership that will work to provide a more transparent and open city government that will make all financial and other information conveniently available, address the issues facing Enterprise honestly, will welcome and listen to input from citizens and will create an environment where speaking freely is encouraged.

The decision looks pretty straightforward to me but it is up to you, the citizens of Enterprise.

If you need to refresh your memory

I expect most of you have already made up your mind as to who you are going to vote for. However, if you do want to review any of the information I have shared here in the last 3+ years beginning with A City Divided on 7/5/2013 there are a couple of ways you can do that on my website. There is a Search Peculiar Perspective box just below Recent Comments where you can enter any word or name you want to find. This will show the blog posts where that search term is mentioned and does work pretty well. Underneath this there is a Category drop-down list where if you select the Local category that should provide most of the blogs related to all things Enterprise.

If you are viewing this on a computer you should see these options in the sidebar to the left. If you are viewing this on your mobile device you just need to keep scrolling down below the current post to find these options.

It will take action to make change happen

It will take action on your part if any change is to be realized. Sitting at home and expecting “someone else” to do it rarely works in your favor. Going to the Rec Center Tuesday and voting for the candidates of your choice is your opportunity to individually and collectively stand up and make changes in Enterprise if that is what you desire.

2012 Elections

In the last city election in 2012 three councilmen and the mayor ran unopposed and in the two council seats that were contested the margin of victory in District 2 was 155 votes and in District 3 was 106 votes. You can refresh your memory here Enterprise Incumbent Council Remains if you are interested.

The numbers needed for new leadership to be elected in Enterprise are well within reach for you, the Silenced Majority in Enterprise, if you decide to act.

Don’t miss this opportunity

I hope you never neglect your privilege and your responsibility to VOTE whenever you have that opportunity! Many have died so you can exercise this privilege. Until that day arrives, don’t neglect your opportunity to get involved and help bring about the change you seek. The next city election is Tuesday.

Take the action Tuesday that will allow you to say on Wednesday “I am glad I did” instead of “I wish I had.”

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Until next time…

Originally posted on Peculiar Perspective on 08/22/2016

Enterprise Works

350px-boll_weevil_monumentLadies and gentlemen I will tell you, contrary to what the mayor says at the top of his ad in the Southeast Sun Wednesday, Enterprise works because the people of Enterprise work, not the mayor.

I was surprised at the arrogance and utter disregard for the people of Enterprise conveyed in his ad. I have been told this arrogance exists and witnessed it on occasion (You Can’t Please Everyone and Loud and Clear are two examples) but seeing it displayed in an ad that is trying to get people to vote for him was unexpected.

Enterprise WORKS. Because Mayor Kenneth Boswell WORKS.

I disagree. Continue reading Enterprise Works

Huge Contrast in District 3

350px-boll_weevil_monumentI was reading the Southeast Sun online today and noticed all of the campaign ads, which is to be expected. Next Tuesday, August 23rd, is the day Enterprise will choose who will be serving as mayor and city council for the next 4 years. Anyone who reads what I write here should not be confused as to what I would do if I had a vote.

However, just in case any of you are confused and I don’t get to mention it again before next Tuesday here is the executive summary, I would not vote for anyone running for RE-election and for Mayor, since there are 3 candidates, I would vote for Milton Shipman. Continue reading Huge Contrast in District 3

Drive-by bail bondsman

350px-boll_weevil_monumentDrive-by media “journalism” is nothing more than sensationalizing a story, sometimes news, sometimes not, for the purpose of playing on the emotions of the audience to advance an agenda. After the initial story has achieved the intended effect they move on, ignoring facts discovered later that often completely contradict or prove the original story false. The damage has been done and the intended effect achieved. If they ever do post a follow-up story providing the factual information it is often buried and never has the same prominence as the original false story. Then they keep moving or drive by on to their next “story”.

A recent example of this was brought to my attention this week with the source being an area bail bondman who also has a website. Continue reading Drive-by bail bondsman