Does any of the following apply to you and yours…Posted: August 5, 2013
“Tough times never last…but tough people do”…of course this outstanding quote was left for us by none other than Abraham Lincoln. There are times when we think about those seven words and with critical thinking the quote gets far more meaningful and strident.
First let’s examine what it means to be tough. Here are some suggestions brought to you by The Oxford New English Dictionary; as we put the words forth we ask that you apply them to what may have been facing President Lincoln at any time during his presidency. Is it odd that the very first attempt to define or describe being tough is the word difficult: meaning of course physically or mentally challenging?
Please do not misunderstand us – we do not mean the politically correct version of “challenging.” How about: “That’s a tough question; or, “It’s a tough climb to reach the peak?” Then again further definitions of the word tough are very strong and possessing great endurance.
The following definitions are the ones we like to think our government representatives, as well as ourselves possess; Being resolute, the ability to practice the true resolve we have on various issues. Durable, is one’s ability to be able to withstand much use, strain, or of the qualification of not breaking. Furthermore, being tough can also mean threatening.
Other less mentioned words for describing tough are: Severe, unfortunate, great, and aggressively as in conviction – aggressively defining what is right, the truth, and socially acceptable without losing one’s common sense.
What has happened in America that the words being based on one, seem to completely lose their bravado and as a result it has therefore become a cultural norm to do the opposite rather than what had been established in our nation since day one?
I knew there was a reason I would never forget Dr. Shockley at university! What I learned from Dr. Shockley is as big as anything can ever be – she taught our class that not communicating was in fact communicating! Think of it – that the exercise of non-communication was in reality one of the most effective ways to get whatever is desired – to truly become a reality.
Lately in the USA we have been pummeled, polarized, and weakened in getting the answers to questions one: we shouldn’t have to ask; and two, it is the ploy of those in office to non-communicate. Goodness already who is this person referred to as the President’s Spokesperson, Jay Carney. He is a go-to man when no one else wants to answer.
In addition, there are matters that we are entitled to know, however, at the bad reputation of the USA around the world – not its people or rule of law mind you, but the excessive abuse of not telling the truth about matters — or even worse – willfully avoiding the remedy with non-communication.
How relative to “tough” is the explanation about what the IRS has been doing? Please think of the meaning of the word tough, and tell us if Benghazi has been fairly investigated. What would Abraham Lincoln have done with the likes of Fast & Furious?
To think in terms of re-election a daunting logic that alleges racial profiling because a person should knowingly and quite willfully show who they are and where they come from – there is nothing ‘racial profiling’ about this when the Voter ID Act was passed into law in 2006.
Yep, it is odd that many excuses have been made up and attempted; everything from video tapes to forcing people to sign non-disclosure agreements. And remember it is the notion of what is not being said that is creating the problem. Anyone register the bells ringing in cases of Greg Roseman, a Deputy IRS Director, or certainly his cohort, Lois Lerner.