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An American Apology to the Queen of England

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Your Royal Highness,
 
Though I’m no monarchist, on behalf of an American majority, I want to offer my apology for the shoddy treatment inflicted upon you by one of our own. I’m truly sorry you must endure the slings and arrows of a fellow American who, like many of her generation, chooses victimhood over responsibility.
 
I’m also sorry that your seemingly weak and inordinately facile grandson has hitched his wagon to an apparent opportunist. Truly, I pity him as he’s missed his opportunity to marry someone like Princess Kate and has repeated the mistake made by your uncle so long ago. Like Wallace, Meghan has proven to be a royal wrecker, but unlike Wallace, she did her worst in front of cameras and gal pal and faux journalist Oprah—and the entire world.
 
Your Royal Highness, please know that Meghan represents a vocal minority (not alluding to race in any way) of selfish and silly wokesters who do not represent the silent yet seething American majority. We’re on your side—and on the side of propriety and wisdom. And though we may not fully appreciate the value of your venerable monarchy, we support you as a shining example of virtually everything a sovereign should be.
 
May God give you the strength to endure the pettiness and plots of a former princess as your heart and mind is occupied by your dear husband in his time of need.
 
With respect,
An apologetic American

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Patrick is a journalist and writer with degrees in English and journalism. He served six years in the Navy where his life was changed forever by the Lord Jesus Christ. He lives in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California with his wife, dog and two cats. He enjoys hiking and cycling, taking pictures and blogging at https://luscri.com/



 
 
 

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Pink Pussy Hats Deliver a Strong, Wrong Message

If the D.C. pink pussy hat wearers had had a unified message, then donning such hats did not help

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Donald Trump received numerous awards from the NAACP and other such groups, years before he ran for president. At one point, he had a black girlfriend for two years. Yet, the nanosecond that he circulated his MAGA hats, standing for “Make America Great Again,” those on the left called him a racist.

Automatically, The Worst Interpretation

Congress representatives such as AOC said that America was never great. Making America great again was attacked by the Left as referring to when white people ruled, and black people were subservient. MAGA suddenly meant ‘make the white majority supreme and keep minorities down.’ Do everything you can to return to the days of Jim Crow, redlining, and prejudice!

Donald Trump had no inkling that anyone would stumble over the phrase, “Make America Great Again.” It was his vision that every citizen who wanted to participate could be part of a glorious future. Leftists would have none of that.

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From inauguration day on January 20, 2017, and then beyond, women on the Left protested the Trump administration and G.O.P. policy by wearing what some have called pink “pussy” hats. Perhaps the protesters who wore these hats, in the shape of female genitalia, thought that somehow they brought appropriate attention to their cause.

Undesirable Attention

Where is the gravitas in wearing a pink pussy hat? Whatever attention it does bring, is not the sort that they necessarily seek. Can you take someone seriously who dons a hat that symbolizes the middle part of the female body?

For moment, suppose that men were marching to generate greater attention on, say, prostate cancer. Would they gain advocates by wearing hats that appeared to be symbolic of male genitalia? Would people regard them in earnest? Would their message have a strong impact? Or would their hats be a distraction?

We know that people at rallies wear hats intended to invoke a particular reaction. If one accepts that symbology has impact, then any fool with any kind of hat only needs to wear it. If the D.C. pink pussy hat wearers thought that they were making an impact, they had only to look to history to see that the hats were both inappropriate and unnecessary.

Many of the most effective messages in our history occurred in Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1963 didn’t resort to props as he appealed to the nation. His words were powerful, his logic was simple, and his emotional impact was strong.

Unified and On Target

Other than Madonna dreaming about blowing up the White House, can anyone recall their words? If the D.C. pink pussy hat wearers had had a unified, coherent message, then donning such hats did not help. Their hats spoke louder than their words.

Were any messages of eloquence included in any editions of Vital Speeches or in other speech compilations? Did any speech make it into textbooks? Can anyone recite any selected verses uttered that day? Did anything said get taught in classrooms? Will speech coaches employ the words spoken that day to demonstrate rhetoric skills? Do students in debate clubs reflect on such words?

The answer: ‘no,’ five consecutive times.

Pretend that a speaker is coming to your group to deliver a message. You’re not sure of the content, but you know it will be political. You’re eager to attend. The speaker shows up and as she’s introduced and delivers her message she’s wearing a pink pussy hat. Honestly, can you say that her impact is as great as it would have been without the ridiculous adornment?

Hats Off

The vital difference between MAGA hats and pussy hats is that MAGA hats are baseball caps with lettering which makes a statement. Both men and women wear them. There are no sexual organs or innuendos involved. The same is true for those wearing baseball caps with other messages.

“Let’s Go Brandon,” which is meant to mock Joe Biden, offers a message on the front of the cap. If you remove the lettering, or cover it, you have an everyday baseball cap. The only message that lasts from the protest on January 20, 2017, is that a large gathering of women who sought to make an impact beclowned themselves.

What symbology will they employ for the 2024 election?

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Bite-Sized Motivation

The insights or wisdom we need to get us going often don’t have to be more than a few words

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I’ve spoken to 1075 audiences at conventions, conferences, and meetings, and have had the opportunity to hear probably 800 other speakers as well.

The insights, perspectives, or wisdom we need, to get us going often don’t have to be more than a few words. Here are 52 of my own six word “speeches,” drawn from my keynotes and breakout session on the topic of work-life balance. Some of these likely will resonate with you:

Choose from what you already have.
Everyone needs breathing space, especially you.
Information overload obscures meaning and relevance.
Deep breathes are essential for well-being.

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Make every day an organized day.
Allow your natural rhythms to rule.
Stay confident and in control daily.
Manage your time, manage your life.

Slow down to plot your course.
Look for the best in others.
Make yourself indispensable on the job.
Compete with yourself, not with others.

Learn to take control of today.
Manage your time to make time.
Take control of your desk clutter.
You’re the best when you’re fresh.

Do something to take control now.
Major projects often require a jumpstart.
Methodically pare down your paper piles.
Don’t attempt too much at once.

Evaluate your situation and what’s important.
Narrow your priorities to stay focused.
Avoid making promises you can’t keep.
Learn to embrace your many talents.

Take the time to become organized.
Become aware of how you react.
Arrange your space; help isn’t coming.
Manage the flat surfaces in life.

Periodically challenge yourself to perform better.
Take long, deep breaths as needed.
Reclaim your places, spaces, and graces.
Start big projects well in advance.

Don’t rush the truly important things.
Make the best use of today.
Schedule accordingly: plan for your future.
Be kind, cut yourself some slack.

Opportunity knocks, but are you answering?
Conventional wisdom has diminishing value.
When practical, substitute time for money.
The market for top talent lives.

The self-reliant survive and thrive.
Leadership requires forethought and super-vision.
Learn from and capitalize on mistakes.
Firmly face the future with confidence.

“Now” holds a lot of opportunity.
Control but don’t curb your enthusiasm.
Treading water won’t propel you forward.
Have you ever really tested yourself?

Life goes on; do your best.
Continually seek out the higher ground.
Luck is distributed evenly, but disguised.
You must be doing something right.

 


 

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