It grieves me to hear people complain about all the "crooked politicians" in our government. I have spent much of my adult life around the political arena and, popular though it may be, the perception that our public officials are generally a bad lot is incorrect.
Do you know this phrase? "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori." It's Latin for, "it is sweet and glorious to die for your country," and was written circa 23 BC by Roman poet Horace in his "Odes." British poet Wilfred Owen borrowed the line in 1917 as the title for this must-read poem:
We're told Ronald Reagan won the Cold War by driving the Soviet Union into bankruptcy. Now the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are pushing the U.S. in the same direction.
In all, I think I've been pretty lucky. Over the years, I've come across all sorts of people. Some were sweet, funny, endearing, brilliant, downright adorable. Some were rude, obnoxious, creepy and offensive. Only on a few occasions, though, have I come across someone who I felt was absolutely evil.
When I was young, I was often embarrassed because I didn't have material things, items other children and their parents could afford. After becoming a mature adult interacting with other adults about childhood, I learned the difference between a house and a home. The first instructions a child should be taught in the home are values, respect and compassion for others as well as themselves. Children need love, safety and nurturing from ...
"There was nobody there to tell", said an elderly victim of the abuse she received from her caregiver. "I really thought he was going to change this time", comments a victim of domestic violence.
When Republicans first took control of the Georgia House and Senate and the governor's office, I was concerned. Too buttoned-down and serious, I said. They will go to the Capitol, cut taxes, make government smaller and more responsive, jerk their Democrat colleagues around a little and then go home, get re-elected and start the whole thing over again. Not an ideal scenario for someone who makes a living poking fun at politics and those who ...
Bring back the guys in the smoke-filled rooms. They knew how to pick candidates who could win the White House.
Overheard shortly after Barack Obama's speech in Philadelphia: "He says he's a Christian, but he was born a Muslim. Once a Muslim, always a Muslim. There's only one thing you can do with a Muslim. Kill him."
On "60 Minutes" recently, Al Gore stated that those who doubt the reality of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming, "are in such a tiny, tiny minority now with their point of view. They're almost like the ones who still believe that the moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona and those who believe the earth is flat." In 1992 he said, "Only an insignificant fraction of scientists deny the global warming crisis. The ...
If there are any wood storks in China, they are in a heap of trouble. The XXIX Olympiad, as the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing are so grandly known, are just months away and I am willing to bet all the tea in -- well, you know -- that not one person there gives a flying honk about the wood stork.
Isn't it strange that disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer got away with his trysts as long as he did? Spitzer, a mean-spirited bully, resigned following revelations he had been saying one thing and doing another.
At this time of year, Christians celebrate Easter, or as I prefer, Resurrection Sunday. As one scans history, no other date put such a mark in time as when Jesus Christ shed His grave-clothes and departed the tomb.
Like a lot of kids, when I chose a college, I picked one far from home. In my case, it was the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
When I was in my late 20s, I thought I had my whole life figured out. I'd earned degrees in social work, counseling and criminal justice. I was working as counselor for the Department of Corrections. I'd be chief counselor by 35, assistant warden by 40, warden by 45, retire and then spend the rest of my working life teaching and writing.
The Irish author Oscar Wilde once wrote, "I can resist anything except temptation." Wilde could have been writing about Georgia politicians when he penned those words. The elected officials in this state have proved time and again that when it comes to temptation, especially the temptation of dollars, some of them just can't resist it.
I have said it before, but let me repeat: I have no problem with charter schools. I did have a big problem with the ham-handed way last November's charter school referendum was rammed through by proponents.
We see it time and again. Whether the problem is poverty, bad schools, gun violence, crime in general or even the spread of disease, the liberal answer is always the same: more government. The recent gun debate raging in America illustrates this well.
School is out, vacations have started, and visitors from across the country are driving to one of the state's great coastal attractions, Jekyll Island.
The first mistake was calling it Obamacare. Apparently that moniker was coined by Hillary Clinton back in 2008 when she ran against Barack Obama in the primaries. She called her own plan Clintoncare. We're talking about national health coverage. Why not call it that? Because the name is politically neutral -- neither a rallying cry for one side nor a cudgel for the other.
Well, boys and girls, I see by the old clock on the wall that it is June already. We know what that means. It is time for Answer Man to dig into the Question Box and see what is on your hearts and minds and assorted body parts.
My generation, the one that came of age shortly after dinosaurs stopped roaming the earth, was punished with paddlings. Both at school and at home, teachers and parents responded to serious misdeeds with swift swats. I only recall a couple of spankings and I can't say that's what molded me into a solid citizen. But I also can't say they led me to alcoholic ruin or incipient bed wetting.
If you're still a Democrat in Georgia, there are reasons to feel optimistic about the future.
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