Edward Gibbon (27 April 1737 – 16 January 1794) was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. (that’s a long time ago 😉
One quote of his on ancient Athens I really appreciate is the following:
“In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”
I am truly afraid history is repeating itself. I hope I am wrong. The coming election will be a watershed moment in U.S. history.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
As most of my close friends know, I’m not very religious … spiritual, yes. So I’m no saint, that’s for sure. But I heard another person bashing Tebow for his outward expressions of faith today. Seriously? Get a life you Tebow-bashing buttheads. I believe Tebow, or anyone in this country for that matter, has the right for “free exercise thereof” (see above law … the Constitution, no less) …. so just get over it, you dumbnuts. With so many “gangsta” types and “Bollywood” types out there setting bad examples for people (especially kids), I have to say I’ll take a Tebow example any day of the week over many others hogging the limelight these days. So all you Tebow’ers out there, keep on Tebow’ing. If it pisses the other side off, all the better. As far as I’m concerned, you’re standing up for the law of the land … and that’s a good thing!
President B is about to start making a bunch of speeches again on how he is going to get the economy going and create jobs. But I suspect we’ll hear the same ol’, same ol’ out of the community organizer’s mouth.
We’ll hear about how he inherited all of these problems. How events like the Japan earthquake and sunami and other natural disasters have hampered his plans. It was a big “mess” when he was elected and he’s doing the best he can under the circumstances. Whatever B.
I’m sorry B. CEOs and Presidents of major American corporations inherit “messes” every day … and they deal with it. That’s why the company Boards hire CEOs and Presidents … to fix messes. They all “inherit” messes all the time and because they are leaders, they fix them. Otherwise, they don’t keep their high positions very long. If I remember correctly B, you asked for the job and said you could and would fix it. Now all I hear from your mouth is the blame game.
Imagine a high-paid, corporate CEO lasting as long as you have B after not fixing the mess he/she was hired to do. Do you really think any major corporation Board would have listened to your excuses for this long? Not no, but hell no. CEOs, that’s what you are, the CEO of America, inherit messes all the time and they fix them. I’m afraid your current job is above your skill level.
So quit your whining and blame game and act like a CEO and fix the mess. Lead … or step out of the way and let someone who will get the job done. Actually, do us all a favor and just don’t run again. You’re not qualified.
Life ain’t brain surgery.
Until next time,
From Richard’s World