The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways ,but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…
Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.
Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.
Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
If you don’t share this with anyone….Who cares?
‘Twas the night before liberal Christmas, and in the White House
President Obama was gloating about which liberties to douse;
Fifty-four trees decked with all due colors and pomp,
While Americans suffer, the Obama’s do romp;
The White House is festive, peddling sin and in vice,
Everyone’s drunk on their power, yes, even the mice.
They dance and they dine, with important people and such,
While the rest of us suffer through an economy that sucks.
The Obamaphone Lady, nestled all snug in her bed,
Dreams of more handouts that will pay for her bread,
And Hillary in her ‘kerchief, is happy you see,
She won’t have to answer question about Benghazi –
Out on my lawn, I heard such a clatter,
I sprang out of bed, to behold what’s the matter.
A gang of Obama voters where stealing my car,
Because to them I am rich, and they’re more worthy by far.
So I ran to my cabinet, and grabbed my Mossberg,
I filled it with rounds, and fired, and heard;
Complaints and screams the hoodlums did shout,
Wondering why I was racist – of that they had no doubt.
Up in Michigan, the unions are floored,
Thinking Obama’s new term meant they would get more.
But when confronted with the now enshrined right to work,
They rioted and broke things, generally acting like jerks.
“Socialism forever! Now give us our stuff!
“How dare you defy us! How dare you rebuff!”
They attacked those who opposed them, the press got it too,
How dare they document the chaotic liberal zoo!
Meanwhile Michelle is decked in the fanciest of clothes,
She walks around proud, to the sky points her nose;
Eat veggies she orders with a maniacal grin,
To not do so? It is such a sin.
Once more a slaughter in “gun free” school zone,
The lessons of liberal failure always hit home;
As parents mourn, their dead daughters and sons,
Obama screams gleefully, about taking our guns!
Secretly he’s happy, oh he most certainly is,
Don’t let him fool you, he doesn’t grieve for those kids;
They were just more worries, a drain on the State,
Sucking dry the coffers at some future date.
In January looms the so-called cliff that is fiscal,
Liberals defy reality, their protests oh so primal.
“Give us more taxes!” That is always their plan,
They want their free lunch, and down the road kick the can.
Harry and Nancy and Obama do bitch,
Holding America hostage, because they hate the “rich”.
But what can be done? They’ve shut all the doors.
Our leaders are nothing but pompous asses and whores.
Yes whores! You heard me! Was I not plain?
They’ve sold themselves for fortune, for power, and fame!
They don’t care about you! They don’t care about me!
“To Hell with you all!” That’s their slogan, you see?
Our children’s money Obama wants to spend and not save,
Worst of all? John Boehner seems willing to cave.
So the President proclaims, as he drifts off to sleep,
“Merry Liberal Christmas to all! Now Get ready to leap!”
‘Twas the night before Christmas and Santa’s a wreck…
How to live in a world that’s politically correct?
His workers no longer would answer to “Elves”,
“Vertically Challenged” they were calling themselves.
And labor conditions at the north pole
Were alleged by the union to stifle the soul.
Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety,
Released to the wilds by the Humane Society.
And equal employment had made it quite clear
That Santa had better not use just reindeer.
So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid,
Were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!?
The runners had been removed from his sleigh;
The ruts were termed dangerous by the E.P.A.
And people had started to call for the cops
When they heard sled noises on their roof-tops.
Second-hand smoke from his pipe had his workers quite frightened.
His fur trimmed red suit was called “Unenlightened.”
And to show you the strangeness of life’s ebbs and flows:
Rudolf was suing over unauthorized use of his nose
And had gone on Geraldo, in front of the nation,
Demanding millions in over-due compensation.
So, half of the reindeer were gone; and his wife,
Who suddenly said she’d enough of this life,
Joined a self-help group, packed, and left in a whiz,
Demanding from now on her title was Ms.
And as for the gifts, why, he’d ne’er had a notion
That making a choice could cause so much commotion.
Nothing of leather, nothing of fur,
Which meant nothing for him. And nothing for her.
Nothing that might be construed to pollute.
Nothing to aim. Nothing to shoot.
Nothing that clamored or made lots of noise.
Nothing for just girls. Or just for the boys.
Nothing that claimed to be gender specific.
Nothing that’s warlike or non-pacific.
No candy or sweets…they were bad for the tooth.
Nothing that seemed to embellish a truth.
And fairy tales, while not yet forbidden,
Were like Ken and Barbie, better off hidden.
For they raised the hackles of those psychological
Who claimed the only good gift was one ecological.
No baseball, no football…someone could get hurt;
Besides, playing sports exposed kids to dirt.
Dolls were said to be sexist, and should be passe;
And Nintendo would rot your entire brain away.
So Santa just stood there, disheveled, perplexed;
He just could not figure out what to do next.
He tried to be merry, tried to be gay,
But you’ve got to be careful with that word today.
His sack was quite empty, limp to the ground;
Nothing fully acceptable was to be found.
Something special was needed, a gift that he might
Give to all without angering the left or the right.
A gift that would satisfy, with no indecision,
Each group of people, every religion;
Every ethnicity, every hue,
Everyone, everywhere…even you.
So here is that gift, it’s price beyond worth…
“May you and your loved ones enjoy peace on earth.”
This document is copyright (c) Harvey Ehrlich 1992.
The worst possible tragedy occurred in Connecticut today. A gunman killed 20 children and 6 adults in an elementary school, after killing his own mother in her bed, earlier this morning. This horrific event is unimaginable. My heart cries out for these families. Those sweet children… less than two weeks before Christmas.
It is even more horrifying when I hear people trying to politicize this with an agenda for Gun Control. These left-wing extremists don’t have a clue what they are doing to these families with this propaganda. They are not concerned with the victims. They are USING these poor children for their own advantage.
Instead of enjoying the holidays and watching the excitement in those young eyes as they prepare for Christmas Eve and Santa’s visit, these broken families must plan funerals. Do you really think they are ready to discuss gun control? Do you think it will help them to cope by hearing callous Piers Morgan spout off his personal agenda? Is it going to comfort them by knowing Leonard Nimoy said their children will not Live Long & Prosper? How about David Frum making jokes at their children’s expense? Do you think these families appreciated that?
How about the Media interviewing the children from Sandy Hook School? Is that really showing concern for the children, or just for their ratings?
If any of these left wing zealots have been in the position of dealing with a tragedy such as this, I want them to jump up and explain how this behavior helped them. Yes, I know from where I speak. My parents were murdered ten years ago. They were both shot while in their home, targeted by a killer. Gun control laws would not have changed that scenario either. They would still have died.
This was a gun-free zone. Guns were not allowed on the premises. Did this stop the gunman? Of course not. Laws do not stop anyone who is determined to break them. If guns are outlawed, only criminals will have them.
I want these Gun Control Freaks to check their facts. In areas where there is higher gun ownership, there is less crime. This is true. That is why I live in an area that has high gun ownership. I live in an area where hunting is not a sport, but a way of life. There is crime here, but very little. Children are actually taught gun safety as young as 9 years old, with parental permission. We allow people to protect their homes, families and livestock. We expect people to be carrying firearms, so we don’t provoke each other. It is basic common sense.
If Mayor Bloomberg wants to yell about Gun Control, let him do so without his armed defense force protecting him. And if Barack Obama wants to talk to me, he is welcome to come up here without the Secret Service. That would make the conversation a lot more honest.
The more I read about the entitlements that Democrat-Socialists are giving to the people in this country, legal or not, the more Ticked OFF I get!
I own my business. I work over 60 hours per week. I CANNOT spend as much as each welfare family receives! I can’t, because I don’t make that much! Based on this article: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/welfare-spending-equates-168-day-every-household-poverty_665160.html, entitlements are paying $168.00 per day.
We just had to stop our family health insurance because the rate hikes were too much for us. Even if we paid those prices, with our house payment, car payment, etc. there is no way we can meet that much money. And to top it off, we do NOT qualify for ANY benefits from the government. This includes free lunch from the schools.
Adding insult to injury, I know a family that just bought a very nice house, five bedrooms on nice waterfront acreage. He has not worked in YEARS, by choice, and she only works part time. Yet they qualified to buy this beautiful home. Yes, of course, they receive aid from the state.
I met a man a few nights ago in the grocery store. He had a cart full of groceries in front of me. The clerk used a coupon to reduce the cost of an item in his cart. He got VERY upset, because the use of that coupon cost him TWO PENNIES in cash. He was paying for the entire cartful with food stamps, and had to pay the tax on the coupon, the whopping two cents, in cash. He did not feel that was justified, especially since the SECOND food stamp card he showed me, from the neighboring state, did not charge him tax on coupons. Yep, he receives benefits from TWO different states, and claims it is perfectly legal!
I know a family that has been on Welfare for nearly 20 years! They live in subsidized housing; receive food stamps and any other aid handed to them by the state. They have NO plans to get off the system, after all, they are allowed.
There are many more stories of these abuses. Every state has them. THEY MUST STOP!
It is perfectly acceptable to assist someone when they are down and need a hand up. That is what good people do; they help each other when in need. Everyone will need a hand at sometime in their life. Everyone should help others, if they can, during their life. It is how I live my life, and how I raise my children.
However, I do NOT believe that anyone has the right to live on Welfare, or other assistance, for an INDEFINITE period of time. Help is there for you, in emergencies, to get you BACK on your feet. Not to take the place of you walking for yourself!
After hearing of new abuses nearly every day, I am ready to Stop ALL Entitlement programs permanently! Too bad, so sad… get a job!
Obama actually gets what he wants! He gets to cut 10% of the Military, and raise taxes across the board! This is actually what he wants to do. He can crow until next year about saving the middle class, but the truth is plain to see. He wants more money to spend, until America is forced to turn to the United Nations to save its sorry butt. The only way he will get the money he wants, is to tax everyone, including the middle class! The more people give to him, the more he can spend. That is also why he wants unlimited control over the Debt Ceiling.
BUT, Obama also gets what he DOESN’T want. 10% cuts across the board, also mean cuts to ObamaCare. It also means cuts to Welfare and Food Stamps. It means 10% cuts from EVERYTHING.
The problem is the Unlimited Power that Obama is demanding!
Obama has taken the first steps to becoming a dictator. He didn’t do it like Morsi, but he did it all the same. He will take control of the Debt Ceiling, thereby having NO ONE able to rein him in on his spending. He will spend and spend until America implodes!
Our system was set up for checks and balances, to keep any one man from doing what Obama is attempting to do. The problem is that there are so many in government that are trying to HELP him! Even our own GOP are trying to help him, just look at Boehner.
I do not think that increased taxes across the board are unfair. I think everyone should pay, not just one segment of our citizens. I also believe that major spending cuts are necessary. The government, and Obama, must STOP spending what we do not have! I believe that “going over the cliff” in, and of, itself is not such a bad thing.
If it were any other administration, yes we could have a problem. But, with this administration, we will NEVER get any other spending cuts without Cliff Diving! We need to stop the unlimited spending!
What I am worried about, is giving King Hussein all the unlimited power that he is dreaming of. He must be stopped!