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I had a dream last night

Last night I was very tired, tired of watching the news, tired of knowing it was the 4th of July and seeing hope in the eyes of those who still know what hope means. I was tired of listening to all the neigh thinkers, all with reason why we will lose in 2016. I am so very tired as my eyelids got heavier and heavier, my mind filling with the fog of a growing number of presidential candidates who promise to save us from the progressive left. I go on forever telling those who take the time to read what I write of all the things I am tired of as the last of the fireworks fill the dark sky with bright flashes of light, reminding us that yesterday was the day we became “America”, land of the free.

As my eyes closed at day’s end, with the last of the fireworks still an image in my ageing brain, I fought back the pain from all my ailments and broken body and drifted off to sleep. Sleep would be short lived as sometime a little past midnight I would wake up, wondering what had happened to me that I would become like so many and come so close to giving up. I was ready to join the passive group ready to throw in the towel and just accept the possibility that my America, this great land God blessed us with, would soon be an afterthought and the “Left” had won! This wonderful experiment in democracy would fail, and all those who died, lost limbs, and so many their minds, would all be for nothing! Could that really be the reality of today’s truth? Are we going to just lie down and give up, forget all those who never gave up? Did I wake up, or is the nightmare about to begin? Yes, I am tired, but as this morning’s daylight filled my old tired eyes, I have come to the conclusion that this old soldier, as tired as I might be, will never be too tired to just lay down and cry “Uncle”, you (The Liberal Progressives) win! As photographs display one by one of my days in Vietnam on my computer, I am reminded that my whole life has been that of a soldier, and like those I served with, I do not now, nor will I ever know how “give up the good fight”! I am only one, but then each of my friends are only one, when alone, but together we are many, and we all have one thing in common, we don’t know how to surrender to those who would change our great America from being the conservative “Republic” our forefathers envisioned, to the “Socialist” “Progressive” land that the Liberal Left would have us accept on Election day, November, 2016!

So, my brothers and sisters, as one, we stand alone, but together, we are the many who will, tired or not, remember the last seven, soon to be eight, years, and make sure that every living conservative old enough to vote will have the means to get to a polling booth and cast their ballot! It will take every one of us to get it done, so let us not turn our back on our great country and together we will do what those on the Left think impossible, win the next General Election, putting a strong conservative in the “White House”! It not only can be done, it must and will be done! I know that today, and in the days to follow, many candidates will be doing what they must to be the next Republican candidate. And when we, all of us on the “Right”, make a choice out of the many, select one to run against any Progressive on the Left, no matter who that choice will be, “we the people” must be one, and not fight against each other, but pull together as one making sure the next President, will come from us! If we fail to come together, we will fail in November, 2016. Should that happen, America will have been lost, not only as a nation, but as free thinking Americans who care about the Stars and Stripes and what she stands for. I am asking that we do not lose sight of what is at stake, and what will happen should we fail to come together as a conservative republic, losing to the progressive left. Losing is not an option, so let’s talk of wining rather than failing.

I almost forgot who I was, and what I stood for, along with so many for so long. I promise I’ll not be so tired that I allow my broken body to get in the way of one of you! Together we will prevail, so let us talk in positive terms, never allowing negatives to enter our brains. It is going to be a tough road ahead, but one we will walk down together as one, never allowing those who will try to divide us with lies and promises of hope and change (you saw where that got us the last two elections!). As my Vietnam slide show allows another picture of a young Sergeant to fill my apple computer screen, I am reminded of that “Can Do” spirit I once had, and will soon have again! I may be a little tired, a little broken, in plenty of pain, but last night, as the last fireworks exploded in the dark skies, my heart lit up and glowed as I was reminded of who I am, where I came from, what I believe, and beautiful young wife from England, who believed in me, and still believes in me, even after fifty years married to me. I have been so blessed, and continue to have the faith in God’s blessings that I have had since I can remember as a young child, who followed in his father’s footsteps. I remember taking his body to be placed with my mother and brother at Arlington Cemetery. It will be in their memory that I continue to fight the good fight, bringing Conservatism back to the White House, and Congress, in an effort to, the “Donald” says; “Make our country great again”! I think that’s what we all want deep down, is it not?

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Ten Commandments of Human Relations

The fundamental issue in human ethical behavior is summarized by Jesus in what we have come to call "The Golden Rule." Jesus put it this way:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12 TNIV).

It asks us to test our treatment of others by putting ourselves in their place. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you in the same or similar circumstance.

Somebody took that principle and translated it into Ten Commandments of Human Relations. You may have seen this anonymous piece, for it circulates in a variety of settings. In case you have missed it, I am reproducing it here.

Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.

Call people by name. It is music to anyone’s ears to hear the sound of his or her name.

Be friendly and helpful.

Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure. If it isn’t, learn to make it so.

Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anyone, if you try.

Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.

Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy — yours, the other fellow’s, and the correct one.

Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what you do for others.

Live with a good sense of humor, a generous dose of patience, and a dash of humility appropriate to being human.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued!

The great challenge in human experience is not work skills, but people skills. That is, research has shown that the majority of people who fail in their vocation do so because they cannot get along with people.

You might think through the meaning of these ten common-sense ideas for your own workplace and personal activity. But what about the larger setting for your daily life? These principles work everywhere you go, for they are about showing respect to the people you meet in all those places.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued, affirmed, and acknowledged by others. But let it begin with us to acknowledge it in them. As the cycle of giving and receiving enlarges, the human community comes alive.

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