Food for Thought

The following has been making the rounds in Facebook, and it’s just too good not to pass along as there is a lesson to be learned.

A young man went to seek an important position at a large printing company. He passed the initial interview and was going to meet the director for the final interview. The director saw his resume, it was excellent.  And then asked, “Have you received a scholarship for school?”

The boy replied, “No.”

“It was your father who paid for your studies?”

“Yes,” he replied.

“Where does your father work?”

“My father is a Blacksmith.”

The Director asked the young man to show him his hands.  The young man showed a pair of hands soft and perfect.

“Have you ever helped your parents at their job?”

“Never – my parents always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, he can do the job better than me.”

The director said, “I have got a request: When you go home today, go and wash the hands of your father and then come see me tomorrow morning.”

The young man felt that his chance to get the job was high.

When he returned to his house he asked his father if he would allow him to wash his hands. His father felt strange, happy, but with mixed feelings and showed his hands to his son. The young man washed his hands, little by little. It was the first time that he noticed his father’s hands were wrinkled and they had so many scars. Some bruises were so painful that his skin shuddered when he touched them.

This was the first time that the young man recognized what it meant for this pair of hands to work every day to be able to pay for his study. The bruises on the hands were the price that he paid for their education, his school activities and his future.

After cleaning his father’s hands, the young man stood in silence, and then began to tidy and clean up the workshop. That night, father and son talked for a long time.

The next morning, the young man went to the office of the director.  The Director noticed the tears in the eyes of the young man when he asked him, “Can you tell me what you did and what you learned yesterday at your house?”

The boy replied, “I washed my father’s hands and when I finished I stayed and cleaned his workshop.  Now I know what it is to appreciate and recognize that without my parents , I would not be who I am today. By helping my father I now realize how difficult and hard it is to do something on my own. I have come to appreciate the importance and the value in helping the family.”

The director said, “This is what I look for in my people. I want to hire someone who can appreciate the help of others , a person who knows the hardship of others to do things, and a person who does not put money as his only goal in life.  You are hired.”

A child that has been coddled, protected and usually given him what he wants, develops a mentality of  “I have the right” and will always put himself first, ignoring the efforts of their parents. If we are this type of protective parent are we really showing love or are we destroying our children?  You can give your child a big house , good food , computer classes , watch on a big screen TV . But when you’re washing the floor or painting a wall , please let them experience that too.

After eating, have them wash the dishes with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you have no money to hire someone to do this – it’s because you want to love them the right way . No matter how rich you are, you want them to understand. One day your hair will have gray hair, like the father of this young man.

The most important thing is that your child learns to appreciate the effort and to experience the difficulties and learn the ability to work with others to get things done.

In this time of the Christmas Season, it’s not about the gifts that one receives from family, but what one receives from their family in support and love.  There are some who do not have a family to love and love back, and it is these people that deserve compassion and understanding for they may never know the joy of a loving, supporting family.

I was fortunate to have learned a lot from my parents. I appreciated the hard work they did so I could have what I have, not to feel I was entitled, but that I had to do things for myself, to be independent, not dependent on others or to expect others to take care of me, to work hard and be responsible, to respect others, to encourage and help others, but not to enable them.

Perhaps this was the greatest gift they could have ever given me.

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Is She Nuts?

In a recent speech at Georgetown University, Hillary Rodham Clinton stated,

“Showing respect even for one’s enemies. Trying to understand, in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view.”

After her stint in the State Department and the disaster at Benghazi, I have to ask -

Is she nuts?

This is what I stated in an earlier post part about the enemies of America – those who have stated that their intent is to bring down this country of ours and to cause harm to its people:

…And yet, we blunder on down a path that leads to self-destruction. Our media and politicians make excuses for Islamic terrorists, thinking that they are misunderstood and that we, as a country, need to understand why they hate us. That way, we can change so that they will “like us,” and will stop the killing.

…They will plot, plan, and execute attacks that will cause large numbers of casualties. And the elites idiots among us will wring their hands crying, “We don’t understand! We were talking!” Understand this, you Brie-eaters – there are people in the world that want to kill you just for the reason that you exist!! And we still seem to pursue the idiotic mantra of appeasement to those who wish nothing more than to destroy our country and subjugate us to their religion.

I sincerely hope that people are listening to what the Hildebeast is saying, and seriously evaluating what her “qualifications” are.  I will tell you that they are thin if non-existent if not negative.

Pearl Harbor

Seventy-three years ago, Japan attacked the United States Navy at Pearl Harbor, and plunged the United States into World War Two.  The people of the United States responded in droves awakened by the attack on the country.  They fought and died in defense of this country, our freedoms, and the principles that make this country one of the most unique in history.

Let us all now pause and thank these soldier / citizens, both living and deceased, those that came home and those that did not, for their service to their country and countrymen.

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Why I Blog

Recently, a comment at Wise Conservatism caught my eye:

You write a nice blog, but do you care about your family as much as you do about expressing your opinions?

Now I think that the person writing this comment is nothing more than a troll trying to stir up trouble, but there is a post somewhere in there.  Thus, the question begs to be answered:

Why do I Blog?

There are many reasons that I blog.  My original blog started out on Blogger, and was targeted toward the declining business situations in Michigan.  The further I dug into the reasons that businesses were having such a hard time lead me to the governmental influence had on businesses, and thus, the various agendas of the politicians and their special interests.  And that influence extends into the personal lives of the average American in ways that we can only imagine and are starting to become more aware of.  Here is one example of this influence.

When my son was going through school, I was appalled at both the curriculum and the priorities of the school district.  For instance:

  • World History was several semesters of study where the history of the United States only merited approximately a month.  Furthermore, United States history was reduced to show all the problems with the United States instead of the strengths.
  • Reading was the “sight” method, where a student was taught to recognize words, instead of “phonics’, where the student was taught to sound the words out.
  • Math was more of the current “Common Core” crap and reliance upon calculators, instead of learning basic mathematical principles of adding, subtracting, multiplication, and division.  Along with that was the total omission of multiplication tables.
  • Civics classes were totally omitted – I had to teach my son how the government is supposed to work under the Constitution (which was also omitted in the United States history class).

The public school system, when I was growing up, were taught by veterans and people who grew up and went through World War II and Korea.  They fought for this country and understood the principles that this country was founded upon.  However, the current school administrators only remember the failure of Vietnam, or worse, nothing at all.  They have learned nothing about the values or history of this country’s founding, and teach exactly that – nothing.

Now I have teachers in my extended family, and we have had discussions on the above.  Their defense is always, “This is what we are being forced to teach” and continue on to state that the government sets the curriculum and the standards.

Back to the comment – yes, I care about my family.  I care about the country that my son and any grandchildren he has that will live in after I’m gone.  Perhaps that is why I am passionate about expressing an opinion about the governmental overreach sponsored by politicians whom willingly ignore the history of this country, the guidance of the Founders as expressed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and even the laws & will of the People of this country. 

This last is demonstrated by the current Administration’s actions across a variety of subjects.  Perhaps this is best expressed by the President’s speech on his Executive Action on immigration in which he stated:

“What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law, so that’s point No. 1.  Point No. 2, the way the change in the law works is that we’re reprioritizing how we enforce our immigration laws generally.”

Is this the direction that I want this country to go in?  No, because this means that my family will not have the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution if a politician can arbitrarily change the laws without the consent of the People or their duly elected Representatives.  This is a dangerous precedent, and does not bode well for our children.

There are limits placed upon government.  Perhaps we should remember and teach this to our children:

The purpose of the Constitution is to limit what the Government can do to the People, not what the People can do to the Government.