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  • dannyboystories 6:20 PM on September 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Aesop’s The Four Oxen and the Lion… 

    “A lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to wone another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarrelling [sic] among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in the separate corner of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four.

    United we stand, divided we fall.” — Aesop Fable

    It seems to me the above fable can easily be applied to this moment in time in America. Substitute the following names for the four oxen in the above: Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, Liberals.

    If we do not cease choosing up sides, dividing ourselves into smaller groups and special interests, this nation is going to fail. — D. C. “Dan” Lee

    Falling off cliff 

     

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  • dannyboystories 10:26 AM on June 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Pressure points 

    Do you remember the psychology 101 experiment:  Starting with a pair of mice, allow them to multiply until the space is crowded with dozens of mice? The experiment is intended to demonstrate the eventual inability of mice to adapt to increasingly overcrowded conditions, and the resulting frustration, anger, and real violence created by the situation.

    With more and more adult children remaining in the home of their parents, for a multitude of reasons, I believe this has become a serious pressure point in our society. Think about it for a moment. Regardless our love for our children, most parents do, indeed, look forward to the day their obligations to others dwindle. Furthermore, mothers and fathers look forward to the time they may enjoy their days with one another absent the responsibilities of helping to solve the day-to-day problems of siblings, the “crowded” conditions become more comfortable and tolerable.

    Apparently, as doting parents for 20 or so years, parents have a great deal of difficulty letting go their ruling hand over the children. Mothers and fathers no longer have the freedom to participate in major life-changing decisions by their children, although one would hope the children seek the counsel of their parents before jumping into deep water. Parents even anger when not consulted. Simply getting over this major hurdle can create more than its share of discomfort and outbursts. Of course, there is also the age-old circumstance that “father knows best”. Experience in life is a wonderful teacher, and mom and dad have more of that.

    Most Christians believe “God never gives us more than we can handle. “Although not a quote from the Bible, there are several passages from which that arises. Example:

    ¨But God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, but along with the temptation he will also make the way out in order for you to be able to endure it.¨ – 1 Corinthians 10:13

    Day-to-day living is now, in my view, much more complicated than the “Golden Decade” of the 50’s when I reached adulthood. Life is not simple. It is difficult work. There are many challenges around every corner, certainly more difficulty simply sitting down to talk and work through differences with one another. Time, too, seems to move more quickly today, adding to our frustration level and those short fuses we all seem to obtain. Confrontations abound.

    Interpersonal relationship communication has become more difficult in this day of high-speed electronic device communications. Seemingly, we’ve forgotten how to listen first. Perhaps we are all much too interested in making our own point–however flawed it may be–so we can move on to other things and more serenity. Too, would it not be better to have a civilized discussion with the cellular phone, television, and computer games turned to the OFF position.

    There really seems to be no easy answer, other than to love one another and listen more than we speak. — D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee, http://www.dannyboystories.com

    Crowd 3

     

     
  • dannyboystories 5:25 PM on April 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Why don’t you ‘like’ me? 

    Why don’t you ‘like’ me?.

     
  • dannyboystories 10:10 AM on February 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Citizen by Accident 

    Citizen by Accident.

     
  • dannyboystories 10:47 AM on December 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    A Reflection 

    A Reflection.

     
  • dannyboystories 3:32 PM on November 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Thank you, America! 

    Thank you, America!.

     
  • dannyboystories 5:42 PM on November 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    It wasn’t failure! 

    It wasn’t failure!.

     
  • dannyboystories 5:40 PM on November 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    It wasn’t failure! 

    It seems to me too many tea party folks are sitting around angry over the result of the recent presidential election, brooding and looking for conspiracies, when it was not a failure on their part.

    Sure, the tea party needs to learn some things about basic public relations for their causes, but it is the GOP establishment that must shoulder the blame for losing what should have been a grand victory. Too, the Republican leadership relied on tired old methods at a time the demographics of America have dramatically changed. The targeted Obama get-out-the-vote machine made a mockery of Republicans.

    In my view, if the tea party faithful concentrate on their original five or six principal issues that gave rise to the grassroots movement in the first place, and stick to the larger governing issues rather than falling into the traps of social issues, they can win the big elections. It has to be said, though, novice candidates must be better prepared for the onslaught of a liberal press and vindictive opposition candidates lying their way into the headlines.

    I would like to see a return to concentration on 1) smaller government, 2) elimination of deficit spending, 3) less governmental regulation and intrusion into private lives, 4) liberties protected by true Constitutional government.

    While were at it, why not introduce term limits? I’m fed up with so many disinterested politicians spending the better part of their adulthood in Congress!

     

     
  • dannyboystories 11:04 AM on November 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Dilemma 

    Recently on this blog I suggested the tea party faithful need to re-think their approach and study good public relations techniques if they are to attract support from other than diehard conservatives, others without whom they cannot win the big elections. Reading Facebook and Twitter posts in recent days, I believe, reinforces that assertion.

    Judging from various election result maps, it would appear President Obama was elected by voters in major metropolitan areas. Glancing at these maps it is clear at least 80-percent of the United States land area supported Mitt Romney, but the voters are in the remaining heavily populated counties. It’s a striking revelation adding fodder to the pain felt by Romney supporters who still have difficulty coming to grips with their loss, perhaps with plenty of reason.

    Philip Guedalla, more than a century ago, said, “People who jump to conclusions rarely alight on them.” Folks angered by the election results, and rightfully fearing another four years of the Obama Administration, are doing a lot of jumping to conclusions these days as they search for relief. Take the petitions from people in 20 states (and counting) asking the White House to consider their states for secession from the union. Original headlines from various blogs said “States” were sending the petitions, rather than individual “citizens”. Folks jumped on that band wagon quickly, thinking there was a wide-spread move afoot by states. Not so.

    What the tea party faithful really need to do is take a step back, re-think their methodology, and determine if they want to win elections or merely be an election  footnote as are the Libertarians. Tea party members have something to say and have a solid base from which to work, but, in order to attract other voters in support must move center right in their dialogue. I believe TP leaders are really not very good at “selling” their ideas, and should likely limit themselves to those matters that are more palatable to other voters. Democrats have been doing that successfully for years, and it remains to be seen if the tea party movement damage is irreparable.

    Like it or not, American demographics have changed and a tea party “purist” path is likely not going to work to win major elections, however admirable the point of view may be…but, that’s just my opinion.

     
  • dannyboystories 4:33 PM on November 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Tea Party Purists? 

    Tea Party Purists?.

     
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