You Would Die For
and Live For It
it's mourning in America.
Or maybe, this feeling that seems to overshadow everything I do or say, is just me, little g, still reliving the loss of my baby boo...the best Boston Terrier that ever lived (of course...aside from that day in all of his senility mixed with canine chops caused him to take a chunk out of my cheek).
We rescued him about nine years ago -- but really, it comes down to one of those occasions when asking the question of who rescued who seems quite apropos.
For he was the constant -- that one, brilliant, adorable, playful... sensitive to every whim and fancy of the keepers of his life... brown-nosing, suck up, little thing. He was the first thing my eyes awoke to, laying sweetly at my feet -- and the last thing my eyes would see before falling fast asleep. And so here I am, merely a week later -- and my heart has not stopped crying.
Seems like everything reminds me of him; my days begin innocent enough -- and totally unsuspecting, naive even, of the coming moments that trip me up laying in wait. And thus begins a viscous, conniving cycle of pounce, attack and recovery all the day long.
But oh thank God there is a time for everything under heaven, right.
For without the ebb and flow of real life and being integrally in touch with the very things that truly matter -- whether those things are perceived as being negative or positive -- the value, the lessons, the wisdom, would become this elusive creature that would somehow always find it's way to escape our grasp. And what a loss on top of a loss that would be,
There is a time to be born and a time to die for each one of us.
There is a time to weep and a time to laugh.
There is a time to mourn and a time to dance.
There is a time to be silent and a time to speak.
Above all -- there IS always, in all ways, a reason for the season! And what an error of our ways it would be to miss it!
And there is something to be said for that, today, this mourning -- in America.
Here we are, smack dab in the middle of "a time to tear down and a time to build"
that looks an awful lot like a divided country. Upon one side, we have countrymen intent on tearing apart the American culture bit by bit, and on the other, countrymen intent on rebuilding from the foundation put in place over two hundred years ago, from every cornerstone, complete with Columbus Days, Christmas vacations, guns in our holsters, and, in a manner of speaking, Bibles on our desk at work (if we so choose to exercise that Constitutional right!).
It's simple things really.
And we are at a cross roads, plain and simple.
We could all just sit back and pretend America isn't falling apart at the seams and drink whisky till the cows come home all on their own, OR,
we can pull up our bootstraps and get down and dirty and do something. Maybe even be so bold as to SAY something. To say something kinda like a certain presidential candidate Ben Carson might say...
Because you know -- there was nothing wrong with his response. NOTHING.
For more details, allow me to send you to one of my favorite places in the whole wide world -- The Patriot Post.
For in there, Paul Albaugh also sends us to a post by Andrew McCarthy for National Review, where McCarthy makes merry of many a fine points, including this:
Why is that important to grasp? Because in the West, we recognize a division between the spiritual realm and political life – a division reflected in our Constitution. Mainstream Islam recognizes no such separation. While Islam unquestionably has tenets that we would recognize as religious in nature (e.g., the oneness of Allah), it is also teeming with rules that control law, governance, the economy, military affairs, social life, hygiene – virtually everything we see as the realm of politics and self-determination.
I wonder if Chuck Todd would have the guts to ask the president of Iran -- Hassan Rouhani -- if perhaps, the next time he is running for re-election -- his thoughts on whether a president's faith matters? Would Iran welcome a Christian to run their country? Is that something they would be open to, with or without the chant "death to America" as a campaign slogan? Moreover, does Chuck Todd have a clue as to how incompatible and dangerous just one fundamentalist Muslim at the helm of the United States might just be? (I say that laughing in my head hysterically.)
Sharia Law, and all that it's cracked up to be, and the American way -- fully protected by our Constitution, Declaration of Independence, our Federal Laws and trickling down even further into our local and state laws and regulations, are NOT aligned. It's as if we are talking apples and oranges....weeping and laughing, planting and uprooting, mourning and dancing....you get my drift.
“It depends on what that faith is. If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter.” He added that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.”
The entire Middle East is basically on fire -- is there anyone who really believes putting a Muslim in charge of America is just what the doctor ordered? Look how they run countries! Look at how the little people of those countries live! Look at the Christian refugees running for their lives! Look at the disparity between rich and poor, the powerful and the powerless! "Death to America" -- who says that? The Middle East, Iran in particular, and the Middle Ages, seem to have just so much in common. Dust to dust, it's all crazy.
I have had an "I'm With Ben" sticker on my back windshield since about May. And it's staying right where it is.
You see -- we are lucky in America.
America grew organically from Natural Law, the natural order of things endowed by something far greater than any president, mullah, king, emperor or any other government authority. Men are endowed with CERTAIN unalienable rights by their Creator. And the founders were clear with what that meant: "those rights, they believed, came directly and exclusively from God." [The 5000 Year Leap]
...Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws [for the protection of them] in the first place, (Frederic Bastiat, The Law...The Foundation for Economic Education, and quoted in The 5000 Year Leap)
America chose not to have a NATIONAL RELIGION for precisely this reason. For who are we, as a nation, to tell someone what to believe, or how to practice one's faith, or force someone to pray a certain way, or what have you. It is an individual freedom to have and to hold -- or not.
God's Natural Law covered it all, so to speak. It clarified our duty and delight to follow a path, individually and with every intent and high hopes, collectively, that could not be surpassed and based almost entirely, and with great certain, innumerable and timeless, golden rules; certainly something our founders, given the cultural climate, felt no need to articulate in words. For the Natural Law of things revealed itself in the every day; and more than that, people tried their Sunday best to follow them, while we designed our government around IT (again, not the other way around).
Things like our duty to be honest in our transactions; for children to honor their mother and father; the duty to become economically self-sufficient; the duty to maintain integrity of the family structure; the duty to be humble -- temperate -- and keeping to a high moral standard, both privately and publicly. And so on. One could only hope....
Who'd a thought we would actually have to write some of this stuff down for the pending doom and gloom of a quiz later, right (i.e. the ignorant and uninformed to come). Maybe the expectations have been set just a wee bit too high...
This morning, and in my mourning of all things mounting in my little world, I embrace a time, a season, not to tear down but to BUILD. To build upon the character God put inside me and go forth.
I'm not only with Ben, I am with great confidence trusting in the Divine Providence that started it all.
Seasons come and go; but faith lives on forever. (And this one's for you baby boo xoxo miss you, darling)
Make it a Good Day, G