Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Random Thought: Nations

Is anyone besides me tired of every team or group having a "Nation" of followers?  "Spartan Nation", "Bulldog Nation", this Nation and that Nation and the other Nation. 


Thus endeth the rant.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

State Senator Elbert Guillory's new anti-Landrieu ad: A Good Thing?

The headlines read "Democrat turned Republican lambastes Landrieu", or words to that effect.  Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory has produced an ad in support of Landrieu's Republican opponent in the U.S. Senate race in Louisiana, and it has gone viral on the internet. Republicans are all excited about it because, it seems, a black man has seen the light and come out from the evil empire of the Democrat party.

But as I listened to Guillory's ad, and to his subsequent interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox News, it seemed that Guillory had only changed his party and not his stripes.  I heard the same old class warfare cliches, victim-speak, and big-government rhetoric we hear all the time from the Dems, just repackaged and redirected toward a Dem.

Friends, the answers that the black community seeks are the same ones that the white community seeks, that the hispanic community seeks, that the asian community seeks, and thus are not specific to any community or other labeled group that seeks to elevate itself over others.  The answer will look different depending on the person, but it will be comprised of the same elements.  Among these are:
  • Responsibility - being responsible for yourself and those who depend on you, rather than expecting others to take care of you.  This includes things like self-control, self-discipline, self-respect, and respecting others. It also means not taking from others what you can provide for yourself.  The level also increases as your standing increases, that is, the better you do the more responsibility you are going to have to have.
  • Work Ethic - working hard at whatever you are doing, whether it's bagging groceries, sweeping floors, pouring concrete, or writing software.  Do your work and take pride in doing it right.  The reward is in the doing, but the other rewards will come too.
So, Sen. Guillory, I agree with you when you say Mary Landrieu is not representing her constituents well, but please understand - a Republican welfare state and a Republican class war is just as vile and despicable as the Democrat versions we have been force fed since the 1960's.  We must disband the welfare state and get past the class warfare in order to advance American society, not just putting a new wrapper on the old one and calling it good.