by Andy Weddington
Saturday, 21 November 2015
"You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else." Winston Churchill
With current events, namely Americans being murdered at home and abroad and citizenry polarization over Syrian "refugees" being settled here, a basic question came to mind...
What is an American?
For that matter, any decent human being?
Trustworthy - in thought, word, and deed.
Loyal - to that which is right for to wrong is abetting.
Helpful - when opportunity presents; hand and cent, if you can.
Friendly - civility with warmth and smile.
Courteous - as expecting others to treat your loved ones.
Kind - others before self.
Obedient - to lawful authority.
Cheerful - seeing light despite dark.
Thrifty - live below means.
Brave - moral and physical fight.
Clean - morally, spiritually, and physically.
Reverent - keep the faith.
Scout. Marine. Citizen.
Self-portrait - 20 x 16 in. acrylic on linen board
Honor - to do what is right; always.
Courage - not absence of but wherewithal to face and defeat fear.
Commitment - to that which is right.
Add love of country, defense of Constitution, patriotism, speaking truth, and common sense.
Many Americans, many people, have lost their way - for first trying everything else.
Braille is an anagram of liberal. Which raises the obvious question, "Whom is blind - to truth, to reality?"
Yes, Mr. Churchill. So past time it is to reteach, demand, practice, and hold accountable society for doing the right thing - first. For a country and way of life is at stake. Second chances unlikely. And that's conservative perspective - truth and reality.
The first 12 traits learned as Boy Scout and closing three (core values) as Marine - not just complementary they are subsets of each other.