Mark Twain was a cynical yet funny feller. I dig his way of communicating his satire and sarcasm. Today, the temperature didn’t break 50 degrees F until about 10:00 AM at my house, according to my weather station. From all reports I have heard, we won’t even break 60 degrees all day. So, it that is actually pretty cold for those of us here in Homestead. Here’s what Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain for those of you in Rio Linda) has to say about cold weather in an area that is notoriously hot all year.
In India, “cold weather” is merely a conventional phrase and has come into use through the necessity of having some way to distinguish between weather which will melt a brass door-knob and weather which will only make it mushy.
I am blessed to be part of a great family that loves me and is loved by me. Today’s quotable x2 is about family.
The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family.
In times of test, family is best.
Thank you Lord, for giving me such a great wife and home. Thank you for my brother, sister-in-law, nieces, nephew, mom, dad, and all the other wonderful blessings of family. Thank you for your provision!
Some hae meat and canna eat, –
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
Filed under family, quotable
Let me qualify the proceeding quote by saying that Paul said the things he struggled to do the things he wanted to do and did things he did not want to do. Truly, happiness and joy is being obedient to the will of the Lord. But we should all strive to accomplish the following while being obedient to God’s will.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
For the last 8 years, save a short period after 9/11, this nation has been in constant division and disunity. The nation has been torn by ideological divides on issues of foreign policy, social security, and economic/tax policy. The nation has spoken, and though I believe they have been misinformed by the mainstream media (who have done us a great disservice by investigating the lives of private citizens like “Joe the Plumber” more than the Democratic nominee for POTUS), their voice has been heard loud and clear. Abraham Lincoln quoted Matthew 12:25 in his call for unity and freedom in the Emancipation Proclamation. My new president (elect) Barack Obama will be faced with huge challenges. I will pray for God’s grace and wisdom as he leads our country through difficult times. If he fails to make good and wise decisions, I fail. If he succeeds in leading this nation in the right direction, I succeed. Therefore, now is the time to stand together in unity.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Benjamin Franklin was one of the great figures of American history. He was not a supporter of democracy in its purest form, but he did support a representative style of democracy. You elect leaders, they lead. This is the form of government we have today, though we are more democratic than he envisioned on many levels. His quotes on freedom and liberty still hold water today.
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.
Here is another great quote by Franklin:
This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.
You can very well see the following philosophy behind the words of Barack Obama when he talks about “trickle up” economics and spreading the wealth. For a two-play of Wednesday’s quotable, these are the words of none other than Karl Marx which laid the foundation for Marxist Communism:
From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.