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HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 1

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 2

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 3

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PENSACOLA’S FIVE-FLAGS DISPLAYS

CONTENDING, AND FALLING, IN A RIGHTEOUS QUARREL

“He loved the truth; he served God and country.  Let us go and do likewise.”

Dr. Charles Minnigerode, speaking of Jefferson Davis

December 11, 1889

 

“It is only the atheist who adopts success as a criterion of right.  It is not a new thing in the history of men that God appoints to the brave and true the stern task of contending, and falling, in a righteous quarrel.”

Rev. Robert L. Dabney

December, 1868

ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS

Does getting religion make your life easier?

Well, does getting married make your life easier?

No, it makes it better.

And does having a child make your life easier?

No, it makes it better.

So does getting religion make your life easier?

No, it makes it better.

Now, the only religion that requires you to have certain ancestry is Judaism.

Judaism is simply the religion of the Jews—there is nothing else that makes it unique.

So you can only become Jewish by faith if you are Jewish by birth.

Yet if you are Jewish by birth, becoming Jewish by faith will not make your life easier—just better.

Any other religion is open to you, regardless of your ancestry.

Yet no other religion will make your life easier—just better.

Christianity will not make your life easier—just better.

Islam will not make your life easier—just better.

Buddhism will not make your life easier—just better.

Hinduism will not make your life easier—just better.

Taoism will not make your life easier—just better.

Wicca will not make your life easier—just better.

And on, and on, and on—no religion will make your life easier, it will just make it better.

No religion will be a refuge for you—no religion will offer you an escape from reality.

No religion will make your life easier, because no religion is supposed to do that.

Every religion is supposed to make your life better—that’s all.

But religion is like marriage—it is a very serious commitment.

Religion is like conceiving and giving birth to a child—it is a very serious commitment.

When someone tells you that all you need is Jesus, and everything will be alright—he is lying to you.

Jesus himself never told anyone that—he made it quite clear that following him was not easy.

If you take up the Cross, and follow Jesus—your life will get harder, not easier.

Yet your life will probably get better too.

Same for Moses—if you’re of Jewish ancestry.

Same for Buddha—whatever your ancestry.

Same for Muhammad—whatever your ancestry.

Your spirituality is something you already have—you were born with that.

So if you choose a religion at all, choose it very wisely—and take your time in choosing it, letting your spirituality sustain you along the way.

It’s better not to marry at all if you are not ready for total commitment.

It’s better not to have a child at all (not to conceive one—once a child is conceived, you cannot kill your child) if you are not ready for total commitment.

And it’s better not to convert to any religion at all (this includes “getting saved” by “giving your life to Jesus”) if you are not ready for total commitment.

Your spirituality is something you already have—you were born with that.

If you choose a religion at all, choose it very wisely—and take your time in choosing it, letting your spirituality sustain you along the way.

Religion is not supposed to make your life easier—only better.

Always remember this.

“BY STUDYING HISTORY, ONE CAN TEST THEORIES WITHOUT EXERCISING THE THEORIES”

“By ignoring history, one can make the same historical mistakes.  By studying history, one can test theories without exercising the theories. The elimination of free speech leads to tyranny of thought and promotes extremism.  One of the first steps toward totalitarianism is the elimination of free speech.  This has happened in Germany, Russia, China and many other countries.  The radical left is imposing limits on free speech at our colleges and through the press.  This will lead to a destructive future and must be countered.

“History has demonstrated the fallacy of war and government controlled by a singular religion.  By studying and experiencing history, our founders insured that no state sponsored religion would exist and individuals would have the freedom to worship God freely. …”

Larry Sessions

Gulf Breeze, Florida

WHY I’M CRAZY

I’m crazy because I choose not to have a cellphone or smartphone.

I’m crazy because I choose not to have a Facebook or Twitter account.

I’m crazy because I literally use Digital-Age technology to condemn the Digital Age.

I’m crazy because I believe this Digital Age is the end of the world.

I’m crazy because I wear T-shirts with images and statements that bring awareness to timely and important issues and subjects.

I’m crazy because I care about the world outside my own, little life.

I’m crazy because I become more interested in the lives of others, as others become less interested in my life.

I’m crazy because I care what is right, not who is right.

I’m crazy because I care about anything at all.

I’m crazy because I bring politicians to task when they infringe on my rights or the rights of others.

I’m crazy because I bring corporations to task when they infringe on my rights or the rights of others.

I’m crazy because I bring private citizens to task when they infringe on my rights or the rights of others.

I’m crazy because I really do fight a never-ending battle for truth, justice—and what should be the American way.

I’m crazy because I choose to remain human, as my fellow human beings choose to become more and more inhuman.

I’m crazy because I choose not to be ignorant.

I’m crazy because I choose not to be apathetic.

I’m crazy because I choose not to be complacent.

I’m crazy because I choose not to be shallow.

I’m crazy because I hate self-righteousness more than anything else.

I’m crazy because I hate hypocrisy more than anything but self-righteousness.

I’m crazy because I hate shallowness more than anything but self-righteousness and hypocrisy.

I’m crazy because I’m determined to be fair, no matter what.

I’m crazy because I’m determined to be truthful, no matter what.

I’m crazy because I want to make America greater than ever—not just great again.

I’m crazy because I realize that a nation’s greatness lies in all of its capabilities—not just its military and economic ones.

I’m crazy because I realize that this posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America is the greatest threat the United States of America has ever faced.

I’m crazy because I realize that my country’s support of the modern state of Israel is hurting the American people, not just the Palestinian people—and that in standing up for the rights of the Palestinian people, we stand up for the rights of the American people.

I’m crazy because the only political office in which I am the least bit interested is the presidency—not because I want to be president, but because I realize how urgently our country needs another independent president (we’ve had one before—his name was George Washington).

I’m crazy because I’m a proud independent voter who is trying his best to persuade as many Democratic voters as possible to abandon the Democratic Party—and as many Republican voters as possible to abandon the Republican Party.

I’m crazy because I’m a proud descendant of Confederate veterans who fought for neither slavery nor states’ rights—but simply to protect their homes and families from an overwhelmingly powerful, invading army.

I’m crazy because I realize that the only Americans who have the right to be here, simply because they were born here, are the Native Americans—that everyone else should prove their worthiness to remain here (they can stop taking their constitutional rights for granted, and stop taking their prosperity for granted).

I’m crazy because I know that the majority of federal land in the United States is being used for nothing but protection of native animals, after the native people have been removed from it—and that the only way our federal government can begin to set things right with the Native Americans is to return all that federal wildlife refuge land to the Native Americans of all tribes.

I’m crazy because I know that historical flags and monuments need to stay up—and that the only things that need to come down in this country are cell towers.

I’m crazy because I want my fellow human beings to get rid of their cellphones and smartphones—and be human again.

I’m crazy because I want my fellow human beings to close their Facebook and Twitter accounts—and be human again.

I’m crazy because I know that the more I lose, the less I have to lose.

I’m crazy because the more shit happens, the more I am willing to do to prevent more shit from happening.

I’m crazy because I know that I will eventually have a heart attack, a stroke, or a very bad accident—and all I ask of my Creator is that I don’t survive it.

I’m crazy because I would rather die an honest-to-God martyr than a patient in a nursing home who doesn’t even know who he is.

I’m crazy because there is nothing in this world I hate more (not even self-righteousness, hypocrisy, or shallowness) than this time—this Goddamned Digital Age.

I’m crazy because I realize the only way to escape a time is to die—and I so look forward to my death, for this reason.

I’m crazy because I choose not to go along with the mindless, Digital-Age herd.

I’m crazy because I choose to become more and more mindful, as those around me become more and more mindless.

I’m crazy because I don’t support censorship—I oppose censorship.

I’m crazy because I don’t oppose freedom of speech—I support freedom of speech.

I’m crazy because I know that my message is more important than I.

I’m crazy because I know that my message is more important than my life.

I’m crazy because I choose not to be stupid.

And I’d rather be crazy than stupid.

MONEY IS A MEANS TO AN END—NOT AN END

I have a bachelor of arts degree, and a year of graduate studies, from the University of South Alabama, in the field of English and creative writing.

No, I can’t get a job with this degree.

No, I can’t earn money with this degree.

But I do use it—I use it constantly.

I’m somewhat concerned about the financial prospects of young people who are earning degrees in non-lucrative fields, such as mine.

Yet I’m especially concerned about the intellectual and spiritual prospects of young people who are earning degrees in highly lucrative fields, such as medicine and Internet technology.

Because young people who are earning degrees in non-lucrative fields, such as mine, are almost always earning these degrees for all the right reasons.

And young people who are earning degrees in highly lucrative fields, such as medicine and Internet technology, are almost never earning these degrees for all the right reasons.

And besides, I am not desperately poor because I have a degree in English and creative writing—I am desperately poor for reasons that have nothing to do with my degree.

Yet I apply my degree constantly, tirelessly, and very purposefully.

Money is a means to an end—not an end.

NO TRUTH, NO JUSTICE

Truth and justice are both important.

But though we can have truth without justice, we cannot have justice without truth.

Because all injustice is a product of falsehood–misinformation, misunderstanding, misrepresentation, lies, half-truths, unsubstantiated rumors, deception, deceit, dishonesty, rash assumptions, rash conclusions, rash judgments, manipulation of facts, disguising opinions as facts, interpolation, censorship, ignorance.

So as important as justice is, truth is arguably more important.

Because we cannot have justice without truth.

Truth.

Truth, no matter how much it hurts.

Truth, no matter whom it hurts–even ourselves.

Truth, no matter what.

Truth at all costs.

NO TRUTH, NO JUSTICE.


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