The change we bring about |

The change we bring about

Out on a Limb
Ross L. Talbott
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Our recently elected president is quoted as saying, “My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you’ll join with me as we try to change it.”

Granted, that since that historic election, change has accelerated at a dizzying pace. We have incredible, unfathomable debt, rapidly increasing fees and taxes and stunning government interference in private business.

The president obviously does not need us to “join with” him to initiate “change.”

In actuality, forces for change in the wrong direction have been at work for several years. The national television networks have been eroding the morals of our culture. We have allowed and even financed the national media to come into our homes to destroy family values. They have denigrated Christianity and portrayed an immoral, dishonest and destructive picture of our culture to other nations through movies and so-called news. Even the news is borderline pornographic.

We wonder why we have a large prison population and a high crime rate. Could it just possibly be because we have dysfunctional families, children born out of wedlock and kids being raised by the public schools, day care and television? Even the comics denigrate fatherhood. I call it the Dagwood/Blondie syndrome. Blondie is pretty, talented and even has her own business. On the other hand, Dagwood is goofy looking, unmotivated, minimally talented and works for a belligerent, demanding and rude boss (also a man).

Other strip cartoons such as Home and Away convey the same message.

We seem to have a shortage of real men. Today’s men seem to be self-centered, football watching, four wheeler riding, irresponsible dudes.

The boys run around with baggy pants, tattoos, piercings and their hats on backwards. Their ultimate goals seem to be recreation and sex without responsibility.

Real men are the ones who become the protectors of our country, those who take responsibility for the children they father. Real men provide a safe secure home for their wives (not shack ups) and children and provide for them even at great sacrifice.

Real men are not night roaming predators but are the ones who make their community a safe, prosperous and beautiful place to live. They are the ones who make it possible for mothers to be there for their children to nurture and train them. Real men take a serious view of life and eternity and really care whether their family is hell bound or heaven bound. They take pride in rejecting welfare and government aid except when in dire circumstances.

Real men take pride in their job and/or profession. They work with integrity, diligence and skill. Their word is their bond, and they can be trusted.

Real men are not devious and deceptive but are straight forward and frank. You don’t need to guess where they stand because it’s obvious.

Everyone should seriously examine themselves. The first question should be, “Who would I die for?” If the answer is no one then you’re trash.

The second question is, “What would I die for?” Is there anyone or anything you would give your life for?

A third question might be “What is worth living for?”

Are there any overarching values in life that justify your existence? Is the world or community any better for your having passed? Are you an asset or a self-serving liability?

Unless we reverse the process in our culture and return to Godly principles and righteousness, we are on a downhill slide to destruction.

This has been the greatest nation in history.

What change are you helping to bring about?

Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle.

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