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

The Father Effect Will Affect You

If you are a father or still have a father or had a father and read this book or watch this movie and it does not touch your heart in some way, you need to check to make sure you still have a heartbeat. I challenge you to read The Father Effect or watch the movie by the same name. If you do so and are not affected,  please let me know.

I have been a father over 30 years. Our youngest graduates from college next year. Although my child rearing responsibilities are done I will always be a father and can always try to improve in that role. What I expected from the book was to learn some things I had done well, some not so well, what I had done right and what I had done wrong and what I can do going forward to be the best father I can be. The Father Effect exceeded my expectations. As I mentioned in my last post we all want to know we have lived a good life. If you are a father you want to know you have been a good father.

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Remembering Nine Eleven

It is that time of year again, that one day every year where I can be expected to be mad in an angry sort of way. Those that know me might think I am mad in the crazy, insane sort of way so I thought it best to clarify.

It is also the one day each year I can regularly be expected to be sad as I grieve for the loved ones of those murdered on this day.

Those that know me also know I don’t wear my emotions on my sleeve so they probably see this as out of character for me. However, this was a day unlike any other Continue reading Remembering Nine Eleven

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

Letters to the School Board

Several concerned Enterprise parents and a former teacher have recently written the school board about the renewal of Dr. Wright’s contract and some of these have been shared on Facebook by Dr. Lyn Diefenderfer, including her own letter. For those of you who did not see them there or wanted to re-read them all together in one place I am sharing them here.

UPDATE: Since the original post this story and these letters were shared in a news story on WDHN on 9/28/16. You can see that story here Enterprise school superintendent’s contract set to end; concerned residents call for non-renewal

Regardless of what decision the board makes this time regarding the superintendent’s contract, not seeing people at board meetings and not knowing how the people feel will not be a valid excuse. I don’t think it was a valid excuse in 2013 when we were told that debacle was our fault but that is another story, documented in A City Divided if you are interested.

I hope this encourages and motivates others to share your experiences and input to the board as well. They need to hear from you. If you need the contact information you can find that here in School Board Meetings. Continue reading Letters to the School Board

School Board Meetings

Having attended many school board meetings over the past 3+ years I have learned not much is normally deliberated and decided during a school board meeting. Recently, there has been more substantive discussion and questions asked but the board members have their packet of information ahead of time and have likely made their decision on how they will vote on issues before they get there. At least that is how it appears to me. Continue reading School Board Meetings

Unexpected Reply to “Who is Sean Thomas?”

If you read my last post Who is Sean Thomas? I ended it with the statement,

“I don’t really expect a response from this one either.”

I really didn’t but an unexpected reply was received last night. Since so many of you have read that post I assumed you would want to see this too. His response as well as mine, written this morning, are shown below. I don’t think any additional comments are needed.

UPDATE: Since the original post this story and blog was mentioned in a news story on WDHN on 9/28/16. You can see that story here Enterprise school superintendent’s contract set to end; concerned residents call for non-renewal Continue reading Unexpected Reply to “Who is Sean Thomas?”