Linda Turley-Hansen: Motherhood didn't come naturally for me. But once in awhile I would come up with something workable as I raised my four children here in the East Valley. There are certain truths which apply no matter where you live - Gilbert, Mesa or Timbuktu.
Motherhood didn't come naturally for me. But once in awhile I would come up with something workable as I raised my four children here in the East Valley. There are certain truths which apply no matter where you live - Gilbert, Mesa or Timbuktu.
One of my favorites is, "Pay attention to the person with the gun."
The ABCs of the concept is there is always someone in your life who has more power and can easily wreck your day, if not your life. Consider them the person with "the gun." The goal is to become self-empowered as early as possible and to stay that way.
Of course, I was basically thinking of my own power to make my children's day miserable if need be. I always cleverly pointed to the cops on the street, their football coach or the teachers who graded them, and when applicable, their boss at work. Then, I'd remind them their mom and dad also had the gun: "We pay for your life support, including food, housing and, oh yes, the car keys. You mess with us; your day can turn really bad."
But, the major point my children learned was about the money. Persons who funnel you money control you. Some of my children got the point right off. They did well.
As the wily, liberal Congress hands out goodies across the nation, or confiscates them, take note of those who won't take the money. They know about the gun. They're not willing to put themselves under dominion. They prefer autonomy, earned through self-management of their own problems, because they want to remain keepers of the gun.
Too bad AIG didn't think about that before taking a handout. Those dunderheads have learned there's a huge price for being rescued from incompetence.
As "change" is being administered to America, don't forget the truth of the gun. President Barack Obama has had a lot to say about "spreading the wealth around," now referred to by many as "redistributionary forces."
As we see, Obama is serious. He will use available mechanisms, crisis especially, to achieve what he deems to be social and political justice, endearing himself to the fragile and the impressionable; a perfect plan for the next election day. Sadly, the receivers will never understand exactly what they've sacrificed as they embrace the chains of social slavery.
We know by now what's on the horizon, but we've yet to see the biggest gun. I remember well Obama's complaint that in ruling on civil right's issues, in the last century, the Supreme Court did not address the "redistribution of wealth."
Stand by for shifts unimaginable. The gun is turning on dedicated, hard-working Americans at every socioeconomic level. Expect to see court rulings that draw a bead on our proven capitalistic market system.
Those who receive will defer, and that's the plan. Those who choose not to receive will do better - but even then, there is evidence that government can and will take even more of a citizen's increase to feed its cannibalistic programs; incentive and the market be damned.
Some suspect that it's about dummying down far more than it is about compassion. It's not about lifting the poor; it's about making us all dependant, crippling us, limiting our ingenuity and passion as we've already learned from the failed "war on poverty."
In our hysteria to be rescued, at an amazing speed we are being morphed into a Soviet-style, government-owned system that will put a stake in the heart of the USA. If you doubt it, you remain ignorant of the truth about the gun.