We all saw the violence on the Capitol yesterday and I have been listening to the news about it and the question seems to be “Now What?”.
I’ve read some great comments from my friends on Facebook but none better than the one from David Blanton.
“Given everything that has happened today as well as everything that has happened over the last calendar year, I sincerely hope that politicians see that pitting Americans against each other and stoking paranoia and gas-lighting the country for their own interests has negative consequences. I sincerely hope that this is the final straw that teaches the two parties that they have to work together and quit villainizing the other side of the aisle.“
I’d agree that it appears to be the goal of the politicians to divide us into Us and Them for their own gain and they are willing to say whatever it takes to get and stay in power. We’ve all seen that in the political ads and the news reports regardless of the side you favor.
I for one am sick of it.
One of my mentors is Andy Andrews (although he is unaware he’s my mentor) wrote a book about why the truth matters.
The title is shocking to even think about.
Why would you even ask that?
I’d love for you to read it so you can find out. It will take about 15 minutes and will cost about $9 on Kindle. You can read it online or on the app for your phone if you don’t have a Kindle.
If you want a bit more before you commit to the cost, here are a few quotes.
“Frankly, I believe candidates from both parties have lied to the American people. Furthermore, I believe that many are slipping dangerously close to creating a habit of lying and rationalizing that their purpose in doing so is “for our own good.”
“It has become standard operating procedure for many politicians to say whatever is needed in order to get elected. This must stop. History’s list is deep and wide and filled with the names of tragic governments whose citizens did not stop it.”
“It might be shocking for many of us to realize that what we know as “history” can actually be a total fabrication, created from the imagination of someone with an ax to grind.”
On the occasion of our nation’s one-hundredth birthday, in his centennial address to Congress in 1876, President James A. Garfield issued a warning widely reported in the press at that time. He said, “Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.” Then, he added, “If [one hundred years from now] the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . . it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”
This book will share more thoughts I’ve carried since I first read it in 2012. This is not a new book although it’s been updated recently. The events yesterday show how desperately we need the truth that exists in this book.
It talks about Truth and why it matters and it ends with a question. “How loudly are you singing?”.
I know. That makes no sense but it will if you read the book.
Thanks for listening,
PS – One last thing. If you can’t afford the cost of this book, I’ll buy it for you. Text me, email me or call me and let me know because I don’t want money to be the barrier to you reading this.
- A word, please
- We are here, now.