Growing up in the south on a farm, with grandparents, lots of aunts, uncles and cousins, I listened to a lot of discussions and arguments about politics. In an era when FDR was president and Herman Talmadge was governor, and Ralph McGill was editor of the Atlanta newspaper, The Constitution. Everyone read the newspaper every day, and listened to news over the radio.
Herman Talmadge was a beloved politician and FDR and the newspaper editorials were quite despised. My paternal grandfather was the most informed and opininated about current events in general and politics in particular. And he probably had more influence on the way I perceive things today than anyone else.
I periodically receive comments asking where I get my ideas to write about on my website. They come from a number of sources, my family of origin, newspapers, books I’ve read, my education in general, my travels, my experiences, my neighbors, and even listening to very young children. I have an inordinate curiosity about so many different things.
I was only 8 or 9 years old, when my father’s brother was attending medical school to be a doctor, when he had some sort of seizure and passed suddenly. My father inherited all his college level medical books, I was quite fascinated by, and around 8 years old, read all those books. As far back as I remember, I have been a voracious reader. And today have a storage building with over 500 books.
Much later, when I began my discovery of the Philosophy of Freedom, I traveled across the States seeking teachers to teach me about Freedom.
I’m neither a Democrat nor Republican, nor conservative or liberal. I’m an independent thinker. For me education is simply an acquisition of knowledge, no matter where it comes from. Much of what I know comes from others, and partly from my own discoveries. Early on in life, I wanted to know where I came from, why I’m here and where I’m going.
I have been fascinated by political hearings, and during the Watergate hearings, I recall Senator Baker saying, “I’m consumed with curiosity.” I’m sorta like that, curious about a lot of things.
There is very little pre-planning on any subject I write about. Usually I get up early and whatever pops into my mind I write about. I sometimes feel as though ideas do not come from me but through me.
Growing up, I listened to a lot of ideas expressed in my family, frequently telling jokes. This morning one popped into my thoughts, I had not remembered recently. A story about the scorpion and the turtle. A scorpion sitting on the banks of a pond, wanted to go to the other side, and saw a turtle in the water. He asked the turtle if he would piggy-back him to the other side. The turtle said no, because youre apt to sting me. They argued and the scorpion finally convinced the turtle, he would not sting him, and he crawled upon the turtle’s back. Reaching the other bank, just before jumping off, the scorpion stung him. The sinking dying turtle asked the scorpion why he did it and the scorpion replied, “I just had to sting you one more time.”
An old story, having a resounding analogy to current events, for me. Specifically, in view of all the so-called recent “scandals” reported coming out of centralized political government. Seems to me those in positions of power are saying to the American people, “Just gotta sting you one more time.” As they ride the backs of producers, demanding more and more for themselves, living the life of the rich and famous, producing nothing, but chaos, and indebtedness, anger, resentment and confusion. Riding on the backs of the American people, destroying Freedom and the principles upon which this nation was founded, and replacing with an entirely different system. Sinking this nation further and further into the depths of Socialism.
American author Vaughn Ellsworth defended himself against the IRS in 1977 saying; “Pity the poor, wretched soul, too faint hearted to resist his oppressors. He sings the songs of the damned, ‘I cannot resist, I have too much to lose, they might take my property, and confiscate my earnings. What would my family do, how would they survive?’ He hides behind pretended family responsibility, failing to see that the most glorious legacy that we can bequeath to our posterity is Liberty.”
Let Freedom Ring
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