March 28, 2009
Have You Paid Your Freedom Bill Lately?
Posted by Cassandra at March 28, 2009 02:15 PM
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Yup. Even got a veteran's discount...
Posted by: BillT at March 28, 2009 02:52 PM
I am on a time payment plan. I took over the plan from my dad who paid for 34 years, and my wife's dad who paid for 32.
The payment can be hard, but the repossesion of the commodity - freedom - is absolutely unthinkable. It's for that reason that I pay willingly, and even pay for those so ignorant that they do not know what we pay for. All those things that the ignorant cherish - their "rights" - to protest, to partake of bad behavior and immoral lifestyles, to speak out when they disagree - are protected, bought and paid for by people who wear uniforms and sometimes die, but they, the protectors and guarantors of those rights - which are collectively known as "freedom", are often the first to draw the ire of the ignorant.
As I read once in a paper, when the wolves come, the sheep run for the safety that the sheepdog can provide. As a sheepdog, I understand. But I marvel that they (the ignorant) do not get smarter. They just bleat on....baaaaaaaaahhhhh.
Posted by: Kbob in Katy at March 28, 2009 05:03 PM
Sheep, sheepdogs, and wolves...
...and old, grey wolfhounds.
Posted by: BillT at March 28, 2009 05:23 PM
Posted by: Cassandra at March 28, 2009 05:26 PM
The grey hound! the great hound! the graceful of limb!
Rough fellow! tall fellow! swift fellow, and slim!
Let them sound through the earth, let them sail o’er the sea,
They will light on none other more ancient than thee!
The Eire-ish can make *anything* the subject of poetry...
Posted by: BillT at March 28, 2009 06:44 PM
Uhhhh -- okay, "swift fellow" might be a stretch these days...
Posted by: BillT at March 28, 2009 06:49 PM
Lately? I send money...and I pray. The latter daily...
Posted by: camojack at March 29, 2009 01:11 AM
yes BillT, even old grey wolfhounds.
We may move a little more slowly, but in our moves, we think and plan, remembering lessons learned and wisdom gained.
Most importantly, we always keep in mind that no plan survives first contact with the opposing force, and that we must be flexible.
Posted by: Kbob in Katy at March 29, 2009 09:57 AM
The Irish are great poets on the subject of dogs. Dogs deserve it, as Celtic culture correctly understands. Anyone who titles their greatest hero "The Hound of Culllen" will probably get this one right.
Posted by: Grim at March 29, 2009 11:53 AM
Good thing for the hero's sense of worth that Cullen's parents hadn't named him Cuculloch...
Posted by: BillT at March 29, 2009 12:18 PM
I do not consider myself as overly religious, but in my readings, I came across the line "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith", and knew where it came from, but not the preceding lines and following lines.
In context, it is the quote of a warrior and the quote of a patriot. I offer to you 2 Timothy 4:3 thru 8.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Teh One, Pbo, however he is characterized, is but a symptom of a society that cares more about money and comfort and "equality" for all, no matter how inherently unequal we are are, no matter the toll in human decency and morality.
Witness the "norming" of deviant behaviors, and the condemnation of morality as a very basic object lesson. Witness the lack of civility with which opposing positions are attacked - use the G20 as an example.
It greatly saddens me, but gives me the resolve I need to press on and do the right things in my life and to impress upon those who work for me that in doing right there is a reward that comes from within.
As my hero said: "The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is."
And: "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy."
And finally, the ones I keep on the wall behind my desk:
"If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
"You ask, What is our policy? I will say; “It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.” You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory — victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival."
Posted by: Kbob in Katy at March 29, 2009 12:39 PM