Stand Like a Rock

Stand Like a Rock

 I know, I know.  I’m not supposed to judge others.  But I do. Sue me.  I’m human (please don’t sue me).  I’m no lawyer, but I understand in law judgments are supposed to be concrete.  The law says you are not supposed to do “X” and if you did “X,” the punishment is “Y.”  Pretty easy concept.  Judging other peoples opinions is A LOT different –not concrete at all.  It’s more like Jell-o. To judge where people stand, it really depends on where you sit.  So it’s not even Jell-o, it’s a sliding scale.

An example:

I am a perfect driver.  I drive the EXACT speed that is necessary for any situation.  (This is, of course, contrary to the state law in which I reside, which would use the stack of speeding tickets I have incurred throughout the sojourn of my life, as an example of this falsehood).  Anyone who drives slower than me is stupid, and anyone who drives faster is an idiot.  Please permit me to tell a short side story.  Years ago I was driving with my son, who was about 3 at the time.  We were getting on the freeway when a guy, in a louder car, sped past us.  I heard this sweet little voice in the backseat say, “what a jackass.”  I asked him why he said that.  His reply, “he passed us”.  I learned a valuable lesson about “little ears” that day.

So, I hear you ask, what’s my point?

This election year I have heard a lot of labels being tossed around, where I honestly don’t know what they mean, but people accept them.  The four I hear most often are Liberal Democrat, Democrat, Moderate Republican/Conservative, and Republican.  Obviously I understand the words Democrat and Republican.  The one I find most intriguing and really don’t really understand is “Moderate Conservative.”  My question is, “Moderate according to whom?”  I’m a Right leaning guy.  Am I a Moderate?  Probably not.  I’m kind of critical of Moderates.  I’ll tell you why.

In my humble opinion, a Moderate is someone who has bought into the propaganda that you have the fundamental right to never be offended.   Well guess what Nancy?  You don’t have the right to never be offended.  I’ve been offended before and I’m right 91% of the time.

GUESS WHAT!?!?!?  My wife just told me I have sexdaily!  WOO-HOO!!!  After all these years of my begging and pleading we are finally going to…Excuse me, hold on.  What honey?  I have what?  Are you kidding me?!?! Oh crap.  Well, apparently I don’t have sexdaily, I have dyslexia.  So I’m only right 19% of the time.  That sucks TWICE for me.  That was a really lose/lose situation.  Pfffff…This is me now.  (._.)

Winston Churchill once said, “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”  Of course you don’t want to be a jerk.  But if you believe in something stand up for it.

“But Danny,” I hear you whine, “what about compromise?”

Ayn Rand once said, “In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.” Another time she said, “The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles.”

So, can you be a “Statesman” and still be a conservative?  Of course you can.  Thomas Jefferson said, “In matters of style swim with the current.  In matters of principle stand like a rock.”

It doesn’t matter what they are.  Find five, or so, true principles you won’t budge on.  Then hold on to them.  People may disagree with you, but they will always respect you.

 

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2 responses to “Stand Like a Rock

  1. Great post Dan!

    Is it ok if I stand like a lichen instead? They are small, nearly indestructible, and eventually destroy everything around them, like rocks. And the best part is people almost never notice them (I’m such a recluse). And that’s OK with me. Or do I have to be a rock and go rolling down the hill to make a stand?

    Joking aside, it’s a question I’ve often asked. Is making a stand = simply not giving in? Or, is making a stand = not giving in and doing your damnedest to make sure others don’t have the right to try to force you to. Sometimes I think, especially in politics, it’s hard to find the right balance between the two. Sometimes it’s simply enough to say: “I’m not going to watch porn, but I support your right to”. But, other times you need to stand up and say: “Porn destroys human minds, especially young minds, and I am going to try to help pass legislation that disrupts the porn industry and protects minors from exposure.”

    Where and when do we decide that simply not participating isn’t enough?

    Josh

  2. Uh-hum…What about paradigm shift(s)? Ie:Poligamy is the only way to the Celestial kingdom of Heaven… wait a minute… now we condem & shun those who continue to practice it. (Talk about compromise: 1847 statehood for Utah became more important than standing firm in one’s own Celestial matrimony beliefs & practices instructed by a Prophet of God.) By the way, It’s interesting that you brought up Thomas Jefferson. Oxymoron anyone? His party affiliation @ the time was known as DEMOCRATIC-REPUBLICAN. He too also stood “FIRM” in his beliefs… own lots & lots of slaves (hundreds) & father a few with the house help of Miss Sally Heming.

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