Dogwood Ramblings

Lately I’ve been inundated with e-mails containing essays and “reports” about the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions, as well as the general election in November. Unfortunately, the majority of these indicate these events being targeted for violence, violence perpetrated by those who are of a liberal/socialist or racist bent (are these the same?).  There are historical reports of such and we can only hope this will not happen and that the citizens of this nation will use logic and argument rather than lies and violence.  We are hearing all sorts of accusations against candidates, allegations that cannot be proven but that inspire people to act out and to doubt the qualifications of candidates.  If a candidate is a conservative the attacks are horrendous with much twisting of fact.  Don’t fall for these ads permeating our media.  Look at facts, not fallacy.

Some interesting quotes for you:  “Islam is as dangerous in a man as rabies in a dog!” – Sir Winston Churchill.  “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power” – Abraham Lincoln.  “To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.”  – Adolph Hitler 1933.  “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!” – Pericles 430 BC.  “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.” American journalist – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956). Guard with jealous attention the public liberty.  Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel.  Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force.  Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” – Patrick Henry.  To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.  – Richard Henry Lee 1788 (signer of Declaration of Independence

The reason politicians try so hard to get re-elected is that they would hate to have to make a living under the laws they have passed!

Regina and Justin left last Tuesday to return to Oregon.  Justin is unhappy about this and wants to live here.  He loves school in Ava, loves the countryside in spite of storms and bugs, and he loves being around family here, getting to see his Godmother Tina, and attending church.  Justin especially loved his visit to Independence to the Truman Museum as this last school year he did an excellent essay on Harry Truman.

Randy’s driveway is now asphalt, so is mine.  There are so many people using my circle drive to turn around and go back to wherever, and most of them act as though it is a county/highway turnaround and a speedway, and they badly damaged the chip and seal.  I don’t expect these thoughtless people to change their ways but perhaps they can do less damage now.  Putting up private property and no trespassing signs has not deterred but very few drivers.  Perhaps these individuals have not been taught to respect themselves or others, or the property of others.

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

I visit by phone with my sister each Sunday.  She does sound stronger.  As of Monday she has 6 radiation treatments remaining and I pray this destroys all the cancer.  Then, of course, there will be more tests to determine if these treatments are successful.  I did get to see her in March but it is an expensive drive to California and flying these days is out of the question.  Besides, every time I fly (not often) it seems I am the one selected for the “complete” search.  Guess I should wear a Burqua or in some way appear like a mid-eastern person….then the “complete” search would make more sense, or not be given to me.  Am I not allowed to daydream?

We truly appreciate every drop of rain, giving thanks to God.  Yes, we definitely need more, at least in this area.  Until next week God bless, be well.