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Shame is no longer a deterrent

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“Shameless” used to be a serious insult.

If you said, “Have you no shame!?” That was a major put-down. The recipient of the comment was isolated from others by “Shame on you!” And we were taught to “never bring shame upon our (family, school, church, team, etc.)”

People have committed suicide over the shame they felt for misbehavior. People in many cultures, especially Asian, consider the worst sin one could commit would be to bring shame upon their family or country.

Pregnancy outside of wedlock was once a source of shame and Planned Parenthood found its mission in preventing that guilt. In fact, their main purpose even today is to prevent pregnancy or births. Their name should more accurately be “Prevent Parenthood.” As I have stated in other works, the right to choose life has always existed. What Prevent Parenthood insists upon is “a woman’s right to choose” to kill her fetus. Most of the hundreds of thousands of babies put to death annually in the USA are to avoid the embarrassment or inconvenience of a pregnancy, not for health or incest/rape reasons.

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There has also been shame in committing a crime, being hateful toward others, committing vandalism, abandoning your family or other responsibilites, taking the Lord’s name in vain, cheating on your spouse, embezzling funds from a trusted partner, disrespecting your teachers, clergy, police, or parents. Even in wasting a great opportunity that others have given you has carried a shame consequence. Deserting your post in the military or committing Treason was a source of shame.

That was then.

Sadly, the current culture has removed that stain. Our Vice President of the United States has openly lied and then laughed it off. She promoted a bail fund for felons and vandals. She openly encouraged those who were committing violent crimes in protests. And then she laughed and brushed aside any blame. Well, let’s revisit what Treason is.

U.S. Code Provision:  Penalties for TREASON

18 U.S. Code § 2381 – Treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

Our children are being taught to feel shame for being born white, but somehow they are absolved from shame if they destroy a statue, burn a police precinct, cause a death or betray our country.

It is time for Outrage to come home!

We need to say, “We’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore!” (Credit to the movie Network.) Seriously folks, isn’t it time we drew a line and stood up to yell if needed that this cannot go on?

Across America parents are confronting woke school boards and city councils but mainstream media brushes them off. Conservative media voices outrage on our behalf, but more voices are needed.

What is the product of a society where outrage isn’t expressed and shameless behavior is accepted?

The product is a people with no morals. An immoral society is capable of anything. Evil things. When nothing is truly good then nothing is truly evil and therefore it is permitted.

All of this is rooted in belief in God.

All of it comes back to our basic life assumptions or worldview. If we believe there is a Creator who is the source of life and the essence of love, then we are led to be more loving and life affirming. If we don’t believe there is a Creator then we are free to do whatever feels good and doesn’t bring about pain or payback. That’s where America is today, at that crossroad.

Our adversaries are among us. As the cartoon character Pogo is famous for saying, “We have met the enemy and he is us!” Yes, our neighbors and colleagues who promote racism against whites while condemning it against blacks, they are an enemy to a free democratic society. Those who demand religious freedom for atheists and Satanists while persecuting Christianity, are an enemy to our peaceful culture. Those who claim to champion compassion for transgender while criticizing heterosexuality are enemies to a healthy society. Those who insist on restricting language, banning books (Dr. Seuss, et al), cancelling people they disagree with, censoring and banning people online including the President of the United States, those are our enemies.

As Gandalf said, “This will not stand!”

We cannot allow this to persist. The moment of outrage is here. We need to be mad as hell and commit to not taking it anymore.

It is time to purge our leadership rolls of woke weakeners of society. We need a season of conservative leadership. The school boards, city councils, neighborhood committees, home owners associations, civic clubs, government agencies, mayors, legislators, congress, governors, and certainly our US Senate, Presidency, Supreme Court and Military leaders need to be pro-America. They need to believe in the goodness of a society rooted in Faith in God, the Brotherhood of Mankind, the value of learning our native language American English, the importance of obeying laws, earning citizenship, nurturing learning and encouraging open debate of conflicting and unpleasant ideas, and Serving Others.

Our current path is disturbingly similar to the German Republic in the 1930s when Hitler rose to power and ultimately murdered millions. This pattern must stop and you and I are the ones to stop it. Stand up, speak out, write to your leaders, gather with others who love America. Vote Conservative even if you don’t like the person’s personality. Assert your outrage and eliminate the shameful image our country is projecting to the world today. Be a proud American, a Patriot, a good person, a responsible neighbor, a loving family member, a loyal friend, a good student, a willing teacher and helper of those in need. Compassion is not enabling bad behavior with silence, it is guiding toward the light with a firm hand. No more violence, no more hatred, no more racism toward any color of skin.

Make America Good Again!

 

 

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 21 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his Advisory/Mentor work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



 
 
 

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A Nation of Unsung Heroes

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The movie, Unsung Hero, is not only a great movie. It’s a movie that captures the struggle and hard-earned survival and eventual success of millions of Americans who have had to overcome struggles to earn their own American Dream. For two centuries, Americans have been known for their resourcefulness and resilience, and we are not done yet!

We are again living in difficult and challenging times. Surveys suggest that nearly 60% of American families are living paycheck to paycheck. Their solutions to their plight won’t be coming from politicians in Washington. Their success, as always, depends on their will and resourcefulness in overcoming daily obstacles, their ability to survive on limited resources, their scrounging for work that allows them to survive another day, and help from those who care.

That common but heart-rending struggle is conveyed in an inspiring way in Unsung Hero. The film focuses on the early struggles of the Smallbone family in the early 90’s. We watch as David Smallbone’s once-thriving music business as a concert promoter in Australia falls apart. They lose their home, their car, and their life’s savings. With no opportunities in Australia, David moves the family halfway around the world to Nashville to secure the only job he could secure. After missed flights and a long and tiring journey to Tennessee, David learns that his promised job had been given to someone else.

As their dreams fall apart, you watch as the steady faith and creativity of Helen Smallbone, played by Australian actress and mother Daisy Betts, pulls the family through one setback and challenge after another to find a way through. With six children and another on the way, every member of the family is challenged to do their part to keep them afloat. They do yard work, any work that would fill their jar of savings. They couldn’t let it be empty, and they didn’t. They kept finding a way.

They were Australians with no friends, no family, no car, sleeping on beds made out of clothes. To nurture their faith, they began attending a local church. Aware of their needs, church members found ways to help in any way they could. In a foreign country living in a city with over half-a million people, it took finding a loving faith community who cared enough to help. Watch the movie, to find out the rest of the story. Bring plenty of tissue and be ready for a few tears along the way.

America needs this movie right now. Why? Too many people are feeling hopeless in the face of growing inflation and lost jobs. They face frustrating obstacles and enormous challenges, and the answer is summed up by a quotation of Mother Teresa shared in the movie, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” Luke Smallbone, the producer of the film, acknowledged the importance of that truth, “That is really the heartbeat behind the film.” It is also the local solution that has always helped Americans find their way through-the power of family and the presence and support of their local “family of God.”

Washington may send you money, but they can’t provide the flexible and persistent support needed. It’s one’s local family, friends, and faith communities who can encourage resilience and help shape a needed recovery. Solutions come from a local community’s caring and support. It used to always be that way, and it needs to be that way again.

Our nation is full of unsung heroes who are helping their family and friends, and they are more needed than ever. If you don’t have anyone helping you, stop looking to Washinton for the help that will never come no matter who is elected President. Get involved again in your family and your community. Call your family and let them know you need help. Get back involved in your church or synagogue and let God work through them to help you get back on your feet. Investing in community is an adventure that allows you to help and be helped to the glory of God and country.

When you get involved, you most likely will not make any headlines. That is left for terrorists, violent demonstrators, and other disasters and threats out of your control. But America is strong because of millions of unsung heroes who make it all work and seldom get acknowledged. This column is dedicated to you. You deserve to be honored and applauded for all you have done and will do to keep America the country it has been and must remain. May it continue to be so in your adventure!
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Let’s Reclaim America’s Optimism Advantage

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On this New Year’s Day, America needs more than a parade and great football games; our people need renewed optimism in living our American Dream. Instead of looking for government fixes or some magical new president who will make things right, we need a kick in the pants to get busy making America work no matter what obstacles we face.

At the 1992 Republican Convention, Ronald Reagan shared what he considered the secret of his success as our President: “I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears, to your confidence, rather than your doubts.”

Oh, how we need leadership like that in America today. As we start this year, too many people feel powerless. Inflation may be coming down, but high fuel and food prices have taken their toll on far too many Americans. Watching the invasion on our Southern border means too many of our cities are being overwhelmed with no end in sight. We wonder if there is anything we can do but watch. The sense of despair and helplessness is contagious, but so is optimism. What attitude do you spread?

There is more than you think within your control. Every day, you make choices to make your situation better or worse. Studies of optimism find that optimism comes from a track record of overcoming obstacles. If you have had obstacles the last few years and are still making it work, pat yourself on the back. Be a proud survivor, not a victim so many seem to take pride in claiming to be.

Make each day count by starting your day doing one thing to make your situation better. Find one way to cut expenses. Find a way to increase your resources. Make a call or visit to nurture your network of colleagues and friends. Learn from your mistakes and celebrate your successes, both big and small. Nurture your faith realizing that God gave you gifts and give thanks every day for the blessings you have. Lest you forget, you’re blessed to live in America. People risk everything to come here, and few want to leave.

Yes, this is an election year, and it would sure be a gift to have a leader who would nurture the hope and optimism of all our citizens. So as the campaigns progresses and you listen to potential leaders vying for your support, ask yourself a few key questions:

Do they want to control your choices or ensure your freedoms?

Do they want to make you more or less dependent on government?

Do they want to increase the size of government and entitlements and the taxes needed to fund them or decrease them?

Do they want to force your children to go to public schools that don’t’ get the results your children deserve, or are they willing to give you the freedom to pick the schools your children need?

Do they disagree with their opponents and state why, or do they demean them and call them names?

Do they want to grow the size of government and its debt, or do they want to decrease both?

Do they believe in the citizens they represent, or do they convey that they are the answer to America’s future?

Do they take responsibility for their mistakes and actions or quickly deny responsibility and blame others?

No President is perfect. It’s easy to promise and a lot harder to deliver. Reagan focused on three things: an optimism based on free-enterprise innovation, smaller government, and lower taxes. He delivered on all but smaller government. As Reagan advisor Arnold Laffer confessed, “When it came to cutting welfare payments and school lunch,…it was very hard. Someone would come over and say, ‘How can you cut school lunches?’ Reagan would reply, ‘I guess you’re right; I’ll tell them not to cut that one.’”

The pressure to keep growing government is tempting and easy to understand, but it is not what America was created for. America’s form of government was designed to protect citizens from an over-controlling, over-taxing government. We need to reclaim that passion for freedom and self-reliance. Our founding citizens wanted the opportunity to pursue happiness, not happiness given to them at the expense of other taxpayers.

The election is months away. So I’m going to borrow on the optimism of Ronald Reagan to inspire us all on this first day of 2024: “I’m not taking your time…to ask you to trust me. Instead, I ask you to trust yourself. That is what America is all about… It’s the power of millions of people like you who will determine what will make America great again.”

Reagan wouldn’t want us to wait for the next election. We’ve had enough of eloquent politicians who think they have all the answers. We need to believe in ourselves and get busy living our own dreams. Then, in November, let’s elect a leader who will stay out of our way and give “We the People” freedom again—freedom to fail, succeed, and thrive in our own American Dream!
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