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Can You Relate?

Now What?

The old rancher said, ‘When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a ‘post turtle‘.   You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, and he doesn’t know what to do while he’s up there, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put him up there to begin with’.

I know you have all probably heard this analogy applied to the current resident in the White House.  Today I am applying it to myself.  I feel like the turtle must feel and wonder how I allowed myself to be put in this precarious place.   My world has been turned upside down.  I was going along minding my own business and taking care of business and all of a sudden I am being compared to terrorists, Nazis, the KKK, and being described as all kinds of evil, bad things.

The values I grew up with and were once considered admirable have all of a sudden become the wrong values.  Things like earning what I have, taking care of my family, sharing with others, keeping the ‘golden rule’, telling the truth, obeying laws, respecting authority, imitating and implementing the strategies of the successful, worshiping God, being patriotic and the list goes on and on.

Today if you talk trash about America, desecrate the flag, walk around in a state of undress protesting the successful, play the victim, covet what you have not earned, make your appearance as shocking as possible with tattoos and piercings, join the Communist party, quote Che or Mao you are considered some kind of genius or hero.

I don’t like what I see and am sure that it will take more than one man in four years to fix all that is wrong.  It makes me angry that generations of good people before me and even me during my lifetime have lived inside our own little shell and allowed good to become evil, black become white, right become wrong, and moral become immoral.

We have generations of young people who do not know America’s true history, have not been taught respect of property and elders, haven’t learned the value of competition, have embraced mediocrity and abandoned excellence.   The attitude that they are owed the things and privileges earned by their ancestors without putting forth any effort and willing to give up liberty for security.

Like the post turtle we find ourselves out of our comfort zone and we had better figure out a way to use it to our advantage lest the buzzards dine on our carcases!




  1. FOH,

    Sure can relate and do. The country is upside down right now. In my entire life I’ve never seen anything so convoluted and reversed as it is now.

    I never joined any “protests” when I was a student. I was in college studying Nursing. I had no time at all. I had classed all day long, working on the hospital floor, then more classes until dinner time. After dinner at 6pm, I hit the books as we all did. We wrote up our nightly case histories on the patients in our care. I don’t think any of us ever even saw TV for years. I have to admit in some embarrassment that I knew nothing of what was going on in the outside world. I simply had no time for it.

    Now I see so called “students” protesting this and that. We are no good, none of us with values that we grew up on such as truth, honesty, work ethnic, never asking anyone for a dime, integrity, flying our flag, celebrating July 4th. Now I don’t have any clue as to what we are anymore.

    I have to stop. I get too angry.

  2. thedrpete

    Monday July 7, 1986 The Lansing (Michigan) State Journal (the newspaper of Michigan’s Capitol City) published on its page 1, above the fold, with banner headline across six columns a story on my findings and conclusions vis-a-vis Americans’ fundamental values. What I concluded was that who each of is as an adult is product of where we were when we were about age ten.

    At the time i divided our adult population into four values types: Traditionalists (born prior to 1937), In-Betweens (born 1937-1947), Rejectionists (born 1948-1961), and Synthesizers (born after1961). Without boring anyone, let me just suggest that today’s leaders are the Rejectionists. And as they pass into the sunset of life, then assume room temperature and go tango uniform or T.O. or toes up, America will have an opportunity to restore some semblance of honor and integrity and common sense.

    • Impressive dr pete. I was born in 1949 so guess I fell backward instead of forward, thank goodness. Today’s leaders especially on the left but even some on the right are surely rejectionists. I think the environment I was raised in makes me a traditionalist and had more effect on my ideology than did the time period I was born in. Then there is my Mom, born in 1929 who falls more in the rejectionist category, although I don’t think she was when she was younger. In my opinion the government interference into education has blessed us with several generations of, the synthesizers. I am not sure they won’t be worse than the rejectionists. I do think that a lot of people, say between the ages of 30 and 45, who are raising children now are returning to a much more traditional stance and raising children, many of them home schooled who will, I hope, re-establish Constitutional governance.

  3. thedrpete

    I do, FOH, have a problem with your counting us as turtles-atop-the-fencepost because we are out of our comfort zone. The turtle, who is atop the fencepost, is only responsible for being there to the extent that he didn’t run fast enough. Maybe he should have trained harder.

    We, on the other hand, ARE responsible for our circumstances . . . by definition.

    • hhmmm dr pete, guess we each got something different from my analogy this time. That’s what makes life interesting sometimes!

  4. I’m with drpete, too.

    I am never out of my comfort zone as long as I stand up for my country, and everything I hold dear. The leftards may try to make me feel like I’m wrong, but I have the comfort of knowing they fear us for being right 😉

    • well now I know I didn’t make myself clear….I am out of my comfort zone and feel a little like a post turtle because earlier generations were willing to ignore what they considered to be idiots while the idiots implemented so much of what has made it possible for Obama to do so much damage in so little time. Guess that might mean that if I had lived in earlier generations I might have just written the idiots off as idiots and thought they would never sell that idiocy here in America too.

  5. I, for one, identify with the turtle analogy, foh. Fortunately, or unfortunately, I have been in this position with my peers for some time now. I have actually gotten kind of used to being perceived as “out of touch” by many of my contemporaries. After awhile, this reality became my new “norm.”

    As for DrPete’s birth year tags, according to him both me and my husband person are Rejectionists (born 1948-1961). Hmmm .. I don’t like that word or its implication. Wait, we both Reject leftist/liberal/progressivism and the resulting socialist/communist crap. Yea. Found a way not to be offended — haha.

    • I am writing a clarification to my turtle analogy. Glad you can relate! Grace and Peace for a wonderful day!


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