"To thine own self be true...". A snippet of Polonius' final advice to his son, Laertes, who was in the process of leaving for Paris to get away from his father's lengthy discourses.
- From Shakespeare's Hamlet
Those who read my blogs routinely might be wondering why I picked this quote and what I am trying to accomplish today, so let me just say that it is an attempt to explain why I write as I do and offer my opinions, which are drawn from my belief system. And in particular this commentary is in response to a reader's suggestion that I was being negative and should focus on positive things. The reader is an acquaintance I value as a smart and thoughtful person, yet someone who disagrees with me on much in politics but with whom I have worked successfully in the past on issues where we do share a common view. And I am writing this on my blog rather than in person since I think it might explain to others who have questioned my thoughts in different specific cases but for whom the same response is, I think, appropriate.
For those who read the blog it was about the Women's March in Washington last Saturday. I specifically addressed the Washington March only since it is the one that I witnessed through video and contact from people who I know and trust and had first hand experience. I certainly did not, and don't, object to peaceful protest as it is a freedom we should all have, but I did criticize it because of some of the happenings that took place. This was my opinion and my opinion only and I received plenty of positive feedback as well. I do, however, reserve my right to tell the truth based upon what my eyes and ears tell me and for that reason I was appalled by the way things were conducted. In this regard, I am principally placing the blame on planners and organizers for letting a program get out of hand but, again, it's what I believe and you are entitled to your own view.
Being a man of faith, I will start with the two women in the march laughing and joking with their sign which read: "If Mary had had an abortion we wouldn't be in this mess". I quoted it just exactly as it appeared on the sign and it is readily available on Facebook. It played a particular part in my deciding to write this piece today since it was not included in the original post. And it exemplifies how so many who are constantly screaming that they are offended are often much more offensive in their own behavior.
When an organized protest march supports statements of what I consider filth they lose much potential for support and social media has shown plenty of examples other than the one cited above to back my claim and they were cited previously as well as witnessed in person by persons I know to be truthful and totally honest, plus they are also clearly available on Facebook and utube. Particular examples mentioned were Ashley Judd and Madonna, two women who in my eyes disgraced themselves. Madonna could be in potential trouble with the law over her comments about bombing the White House. Should that be determined to be a threat against the President, it would be a felony. She also threw that wonderful "F"bomb around as did Judd, who also stated for the world to hear that the President had "dreams" about incest with his oldest daughter. And then there were the women who chose to dress in attire which highlight intimate women's body parts, some of whom were even bringing young children with them carrying sings (again some with that famous "F"bomb included). I can just visualize in my own mind what life must be like in that household; no, on second thought I'd rather not.
So, I'll just leave it at that. As mentioned above, all of the above were both seen and heard and are available at many social media sights. Of course, the mainstream media avoided them, focusing on what they wanted to show to push their agenda which just took a beating at the polls, both at the national level and in states across the country. My purpose was not to be negative, in fact, I look at it in an entirely different way. The only way we can be positive is to face the truth and act accordingly unless you find it tasteful and appropriate to push the envelope of absurd behavior or merely condone it by silence. That's not something that I am willing to do but you may do as you wish.
In closing, let me say I hold no hate and won't try to shut down opposition voices, but I will voice the truth about what I see as part of my writing on my own blog and in some of my published works. I hate no one and wish no one harm, but if you support such behavior, I pray for the Holy Spirit to enter your heart and open it if only to understand from where I come. America is much better than this and most of us know it. God bless you all.