My Thoughts

Ran into an intriguing thought, yesterday, “If you don’t fight for what you want, don’t cry for what you lost.” Funny thing, when I ran across it, I was asking myself something similar, “What are you fighting for?”

Every single day, everysingleday for more days than I can now recall, my inbox is flooded with “desperate” pleas from some politician, PAC, political party, or activist. The message is always, always, always the same, the same two points: this politician, this committee, that party, the squad, those radicals, ideologues, mobs, cults, globalists, Marxists, Socialists, Communists, Fascists, name your poison, every last one of them are out to destroy the country, the flag, America, our rights, the Constitution, the 1st Amendment, the 2nd Amendment, the list is endless and grows longer with every passing email, snail mail, or robocall. None of which I would disagree if I had the time to slog through them all. The second point that inevitably follows: “send money”, $25, $35, $45, $100, $200, $500, whatever you can afford and do it now before it is too late! You would think everyone a billionaire named Soros, Zuckerburg, Dorsey, Gates, or Bezos!

Now, I am fully and keenly aware that politics takes money—both yours and everyone else’s—to run campaigns in order to get elected, but honestly, this has got to stop and stop now, immediately, no more, no mas, not another dime, nickel or one red cent. I don’t know about anyone else, but every email or text message I get from the chicken little politicos goes unread, unopened, directly into the bit bucket and shredded into a thousand-gazillion unrecoverable pieces. And I encourage everyone who is not doing the same to start yesterday or the day before. Now I am sure there are worthy causes somewhere among the recycled flotsam but if they ask for money, I’m not interested. I used to be, kind of, sort of, but not anymore.

What is missing is with precisely where I began: What are you fighting for? Not, I remind you, what are you fighting against, but what are you fighting for, what are the principles upon which you will not bend, fold, or mutilate. What promises will you swear upon a stack of Bibles to keep, what solemn oath would you rather die for than break, what truth will you never deny to either foe or favor. Have you read the party platform? Does anyone even know what is on it or where to find it? Are you willing to unequivocally commit to everything in it? If you cannot answer those questions, then don’t waste my time asking for my depressingly thin, rapidly overinflated dime.

It doesn’t take a genius to notice why the left has been so successful in gaining so much power. They are professional promisers, promising free stuff, debt forgiveness, basic minimum income, free money and lots of it, and there is always more where that was printed. They are dealers to addicts needing their fix of OPM (Other People’s Money.) People like free stuff, free stuff buys votes for those who make empty promises, promises they know they cannot nor will not ever keep or deliver. The right promises nothing. They rail against the left, they shout “Danger, danger, Will Robinson, now, please enclose a check and put a stamp on it.” So, how is that working out for you? Round file #13, after the shredder, anyone?

Right now, the right is looking ahead to the 2022 mid-term elections, sitting back a grinning, smugly believing the left is self-imploding with all its radical nonsense like HR1/SR1 election reform, Critical Racist Theory, revisionist history like the New York Times 1619 project, Social Justice school indoctrination, etc., etc. Citizens of every color and stripe are justifiably upset, and more are speaking out. Yet, ultimately, it may well be all be to no avail. Why? Because for the most part, the right still simply does not get it; they fail to see that while they may be on the right side of history, they are quite literally on the wrong side of the argument. We know what the left is for, they have told us often enough, by word and vile, vicious deed. We know what we are up against with the radical left and their socialist agenda. What we don’t know is what our politicians are for; it is high time we wake up and begin to figure it out.

So, when any politician, elected or wannabe, stands up and bloviates on what he or she is fighting against but not what he or she is fighting for, not what promises he or she will not break, not what red line he or she will not cross, then should it not be the better part of prudence to politely say “thank you, but no thank you, have a nice day,” and look for someone who is unafraid to stick to principles, keep their promises no matter the consequences, and who refuse to cross that red line drawn in the sand. President Trump did that, got elected, kept his promises, and told the truth against the swamp, the media, and the hate-America mob. It is time to hold those who wish to represent the will of the people to a higher standard. It is time to say to politicians and their handlers that principles, honesty and truth are far more important than politics as usual. It is time to quit electing politicians who speak out of both sides of their mouth in order to get elected or reelected. It is time to tell the politicians we elect to represent we the people that they are not our leaders; they are servants, we are the masters, they are there to do our will not theirs be done. If they cannot say what they are for, then they need to shut up, sit down and leave us the hell alone.

Just my thoughts for a Monday for what it is worth.

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About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

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