Absence of Character

Absence of Character

In the wise words of Abraham Lincoln, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

I am struck by the blatant absence of character displayed by some political leaders today. Their insatiable desire for power causes them to engage in whatever tactics they deem necessary to advance their party and position.  They misrepresent facts and shamefully smear their opponents in order to manipulate the American people.  These politicians do not want to solve problems.  Rather they want to use problems as a weapon against their political enemies.

Our founders fought a revolution in order to take power from the government and give it to the people.  America was never intended to be a nation led by self-serving politicians.   Our founders understood that they were entrusted to speak for the people.  They possessed integrity which is  a quality now scarcely found in our nation’s capital. Continue reading

The Music Inside You

The Music Inside You

One of my favorite quotes is by the late author and motivational speaker, Dr. Wayne Dyer, who said, “Don’t die with your music still in you”.

The first time I heard that quote, I was in the midst  of a divorce.  I was searching for the next steps in my life.  I realized it was a moment in time when I could actually regroup and get on the road I was meant to travel.

I have always known that there was “something” I was supposed to do with my life.  I felt it in my bones.  I just could not figure out how to go about finding my true calling.  I spoke to many people and read many books.  Oddly enough, there were numerous people in my life who actually tried to convince me that most of us are essentially worker bees who are never really meant to make a difference in any meaningful way.  I suppose for the worker bees, it is comforting to believe that is true.  It makes them feel better about the drudgery that is their life.

I never once believed it.

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Be Merry!

Be Merry!

The holiday season is my favorite time of year.  As soon as Halloween is over, I begin my gift shopping and tune into the Hallmark Channel.  While everyone else is complaining that the stores are rushing through the holidays too fast, I am reveling in Christmas music.  If it were possible, I would climb into a Currier and Ives print and stay there until I was forced to return to reality in January.

As corny as it sounds, there really is something about the holiday season that seems to bring out the best in people.  It reminds us of simpler times and conjures up storybook images of friends and family gathered in front of the fireplace drinking hot cocoa.  Who doesn’t love that?

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Hate is not a Solution

Politics of HatePoliticians are using fear and hate as a means to gain power for their respective parties.  Hate is not a solution to any of America’s problems, so perhaps our leaders should devise a better  plan to address serious issues plaguing our country.

America deserves leaders who possess the talent to govern and achieve results without being divisive.  We cannot move forward to address important issues when every proposal is met by politicians running to the podium to twist the truth and spin the facts.  Solutions are not judged on their own merit but rather by the party who proposed them.  The welfare of  the American people has taken a back seat to partisan politics.

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Shame on You!

Shame StickLady

This post is for all those who never miss an opportunity to politicize a tragedy, no matter how inappropriate.

It is also for those who use the words racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. to slander good people and shut down free speech.

Is there no line you will not cross?

Shame on you!

 

 

 

Are we still Patriots?

Patriots StickLady

When President Trump spoke to the UN General Assembly in September of 2017, he asked the question, “Are we still patriots?”  He directed that question not only to members of the international community but also to the American people.  For me it was a very somber moment.  I never imagined a day when an American President would have to ask that question.  It is both sad and alarming.  What is more discouraging is that I do not know if all Americans would answer that question with a resounding yes.

The founders of this great country were willing to die for the very idea of America.  They never wavered in their allegiance to their new home and their dream of living in freedom.  They were willing to pay with their lives to defend their new country.

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Attention Celebrity Court Jesters!

Attention all you celebrity activists who feel the need to lecture Americans on political and social issues.

You may think we look up to you and hang on your every word. This is probably a result of your egotistical nature and juvenile need to be the center of attention.   Let me clarify what we really think of you.

You are the world’s Court Jesters.

You exist only because we, your audience, grant you our attention. Your purpose is to entertain us.  We do not need your guidance to live our lives appropriately.  If we need guidance, we will consult smart people who are qualified to offer it.

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Day of Tolerance

Day of Tolerance StickLady

I am merely a StickLady with a blog.  I do not have influence on a national scale.  I am not a celebrity or a news anchor.  I am not a mover or a shaker.  Still, I am proposing that America observe a Day of Tolerance.  I am hoping that my blog will allow me to reach a small audience  who may consider my suggestion.  I challenge you to observe one day of  open-mindedness.

For one day, make a concerted effort to listen to a new perspective.  You can choose the day, the time, and the method, as long as you vow to listen to an opinion that does not align with your own.   Perhaps you can change the news channel to one that does not represent your point of view. Buy a newspaper or read an online news feed that represents the opposing viewpoint.   Better yet, go online and google search a topic that is a hot-button issue for you.  Research that topic until you have a coherent, non-biased list of the differences that ignite debate.  I believe, if you can look at the facts without the emotion, you might find the differences are not quite so polarizing.

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1967 vs. 2017 – For What It’s Worth

Hit play and enjoy!

I started out searching for a song that sums up my feelings on the current state of affairs in our great country.  I googled  the term, “songs about free speech”.  I was surprised to find that the vast majority of songs that came up in my search were written in the 1960s.  The song that I chose to post, “For What It’s Worth”,  was written and recorded by Buffalo Springfield’s Stephen Stills at the end of  1966 and released in 1967.  It could have been written yesterday. Continue reading

Yeesh!!! Let other people speak!

Exactly when did we “lose” our right to free speech? The people who founded this great country paid for that right with their own blood and the blood of their families and friends.

When did we willingly “give up” our right to free speech? Are we so complacent that nothing is worth fighting for anymore?

We do not have to agree with each other.  We do, however, owe other people respect in allowing them to express their opinions.  We are a country of over 300 million people.  Why is it so appalling to some that there are those who do not agree with them?  Listen to others and you may learn something.  Listen and you may better understand the position of your opponents.  Listen and you may find a more compelling  argument for your own position. Continue reading