Small Minded Politics

“What this country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds.” ~ Will Rogers
What if our modern day politicians subscribed to this way of thinking and lead our country in such a manner? It seems as though society has gotten to the point where everybody has a right but nobody has a responsibility. Now, I like discussing politics about as much as I like scrubbing a toilet, (and maybe the two are kindred spirits), but I’ve never been too shy when it came to speaking my mind; I don’t suppose this topic is a whole lot different.  I figure if I shared more of what I’m for, there would be less of a need to state what I am against. So, here goes nothin’….
I believe hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, and some turn up their noses, and some just don’t turn up at all. Hard work never did kill anyone.  I believe in giving a hand up to those that need it most, not for giving a hand out to those that waste their talents and strengths.
 I’m for kids that learn to respect their elders and for adults that respect the voice of a child.  I’m for kindness and respect to animals; they’re a true reflection of ourselves.  I’m for boys that keep their pants pulled up, and girls that show a little less skin and a little more self-respect.  I’m for men that open doors for ladies even though I’m capable of opening my own. 
I’m all for waving at a stranger on a back country road; it’s called being friendly and more people should try it. I’m for more dirt road and less pavement.  I’m for hot coffee in the morning, cold beer on a Friday night, and Sunday supper on the table shared with family and friends.
 I’m all for made in America, but America has to prove she wants to do it.  I’m for a little less Hollywood photo-shopping and a little more all naturel.  I’m for a touch more steel guitar and fiddle in my music, and a lot less disrespectful lyric set to the tone of rap. I’m for balanced use of land and natural resources, because there is both room and need for all. I’m for being less plugged in and being a little more tuned out.
I’m for small town Friday night lights and football games, and showing your community support. I’m for minding your own darn business; if you don’t see or hear it with your own eyes and ears, then don’t make it up with your small mind and open your big mouth.  I’m for a little less judgment of others, and little more for walking a mile in their boots. I’m for a good laugh at something funny, but not at the expense of someone else.
Politics are politics, and I doubt my thoughts or words will ever change that fact.  People will always disagree with one another, but at the end of the day, life is short, and one should live it as such. Success comes with failure, but you have to be willing to try, and the only constant thing in this life is change.  One has to be willing to grow, to work hard, and to change.  The most important things in life haven’t changed in this country. It’s still best to be honest, truthful, and work hard for a living; to make the most of what you’ve been given, respect your parents, love your family, and be gracious for all God’s given you. And when things go wrong, you sleep on it, and wake up the next day ready to once again give it your all. That’s strength, and that’s faith. God bless America.

~Happy Trails
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