Can You Relate?
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!