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Saturday, November 19, 2005

re·spect: v. - To avoid violation of or interference with.

When I see people like former CIA chief, Stansfield Turner, lashing out at the current Administration (link) on foreign soil, it makes me furious. Besides the obvious results this can have on our troops and our already soiled reputation, it makes no earthly common sense to me that after September 11th, any red-blooded American would be opposed to the protection of this great nation.

When I was a child, my parents instilled in me a healthy fear of things that could hurt me. While many of today’s psychologists would label my parents’ unconventional ways of teaching these lessons as “abuse”, one thing is certain – I grew to respect, without hating, the things that could hurt me.

For instance, when we lived near a busy road, my parents allowed us to see the gruesome remains of an animal that had been run over by a car and told us, “If you go into the road, this will happen to you and you will never see mommy or daddy again”. In fact, many of the admonishments were followed by, “….and you’ll never see mommy and daddy again”. Did they scare us into submission? I guess so, but I’m positive I didn’t carry any emotional scars into adulthood.

I’m a firm believer that common sense is both a natural and a learned trait. Some things are instinctive, at least for most of us, and some things have to be embedded through life lessons. When you meet a person who presents with no apparent common sense, you’ll most likely find they have parents who have little or no common sense. There are a few exceptions, of course. Some people are just flakes by their very nature.

I also had a healthy fear of my parents themselves. They never had to brutalize me for me to believe that they might if I did not tow the line. Threats like, “I’ll knock you into next week” made me think twice before I did something foolish. My parents didn’t physically abuse me by the standards of that era. Today my mother might get arrested for giving me a “whooping” with a wooden spoon, regardless of whether I had it coming. At that time, however, I wasn’t being disciplined in any way that set me apart from the other children of the 70’s. I have no emotional scars or life long hang-ups as a result of the healthy fears my parents instilled in me. I believe, beyond a doubt, that some fears are necessary to keep us safe and to create order.

Imagine the ocean and all it’s grandeur. Every time I visit the ocean I feel like I’ve had a spiritual cleansing. There is nothing in my life that can take the place of what the ocean does for my mind and my spirit. I absolutely adore the ocean, as do my children. However, without a respect (a healthy fear) for the command of the tide, a person could find his/herself at the mercy of a fierce torrent that could take their life. Most people would not disagree that a healthy fear of the strength of the ocean’s waters is necessary if you want to be safe.

A few years back while chaperoning a school dance, I found myself breaking up a small scuffle between two teenaged boys. When one of them got a little mouthy, I made the statement, “don’t push your luck with me, pal”. I will never forget the boy’s response. He looked me square in the eyes and said, “Why? You can’t do ANYTHING to me. If you do, you’ll be arrested. The school can’t do anything and neither can you!” And he was right. I couldn’t do anything to the boy. The school couldn’t do anything to the boy.

We’ve coddled our youth and called it freedom. We’ve masked bad behavior and called it freedom of expression. We’ve ignored a lack of human decency and called it tolerance. We’ve cast out morality and accepted immoral behavior as the norm. We’ve given up our own right to protect ourselves in the name of protecting others’ “rights”. We’ve branded servitude as a bad thing and embraced “if it feels good, do it” as an ideal. We’ve done all of these things in the name of freedom and as a result, not only do our own up and coming generations have no respect for authority or a healthy sense of fear that keeps them in check, but our enemies abroad have learned that there is a rising up within this nation that will ultimately tie the hands of this government from protecting our own people.

There are a number of reasons why I have a real problem with those who have gone on a campaign to show the rest of the world that we will embrace any and all behavior and we will call it the American way.

First, there will never…and let’s be honest with ourselves….N.E.V.E.R. be world peace. We may be at peace with some, but we will never be at peace with the entire world.

Second, implying that the way to peace is to leave people alone and let them live as they choose, is like saying the way to help a drug addict is to let them continue to use – OR – imagine being mugged by a man with a gun…if you said, “Hey buddy! No need to point the gun at me – I’ll give you anything you want! Here’s my wallet, would you like to go to the bank? Because I could withdraw some extra cash for you! How about taking my wife! She’s a great cook!”…how long do you think it would take before he was back to mug you again?

Now, take those same COMMON SENSE principals as they relate to dealing with terrorists. Do you think tolerating a violent, blood-thirsty religious group whose primary objective is to cleanse the world of American filth (you and I) is going to bring peace to the world? Is a healthy fear of the greatest nation on earth such a bad thing if it keeps us safe and restores order?

For the record, putting underwear on a terrorist’s head is not torture. I’ve seen worse pranks pulled off by high school boys after a football game. And as for their Koran…I’ll worry about what happens to it when Muslims start caring about my Bible. Meanwhile, what will deter a terrorist who has no healthy fear that, if captured, the enemy may “torture” him/her until they get the information they need to protect their country? There isn’t much that deters them as it is, but at the very least, if we get our hands on them, tying our hands to prevent hurt feelings only puts our nation at more risk. It’s like the boy at the high school dance. “You can’t do anything to me!”

Dennis Miller (who used to disgust me before he left the dark side) said it well when he said, “Just as necessary as compassion for the weak, is measured respect for the strong.” I’m not talking about being the “Big Bad West”, but suggesting we don’t have the right to command a measure of respect that is in keeping with our right to protect ourselves is just foolish.

I’ve said it in previous posts and I’ll say it again – the day is coming when this nation will once again be brought to her knees and this time, those to blame will not be responsible because they fell asleep at the wheel. They’ll be responsible because they left the door to the henhouse open and sprinkled a trail of Scooby snacks from the outside – in.

God bless this beautiful nation.

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  • At 11:50 PM, November 20, 2005, Blogger Alabama said…

    WOW. Did you notice you got a nod from A.M. Siriano himself regarding this very brilliant entry of yours? Good job!!!!

  • At 6:46 AM, November 21, 2005, Blogger P.I. Mom said…

    Thank you. Yes, I did see that. Quite a compliment coming from him!

  • At 9:03 AM, November 21, 2005, Blogger Neo-Con Tastic said…

    Thanks for coming back to work. It seems you had alot to get off your chest. Whew!

  • At 9:07 AM, November 21, 2005, Blogger Pat in NC said…

    Well said. We are defeating ourselves if we continue on the current path.

  • At 6:21 PM, November 21, 2005, Anonymous MS teacher said…

    Read A.M.Siriano's excerpt from your blog.
    My father used to say, "What this world needs is a good dose of common sense!" I'm sure he, as I, would agree with you! Thanks!

  • At 6:27 PM, November 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I read A.M.Siriano and was intrigued by the excerpt from your blog. My dad used to say, "What this world needs is a good dose of common sense!" I sure he
    as I, would thank you for
    your insight.

  • At 6:32 PM, November 21, 2005, Blogger P.I. Mom said…

    Thanks for the support, guys.
    Neo - That's what happens when I work 14 hour days...a LOT to get off my chest! hehe

  • At 8:33 AM, November 27, 2005, Anonymous Lysander said…

    1] The only answer is a return to the Constitution as "the supreme law of the land".
    2] Our troops can only be fighting abroad, if congress officially declares war (passing the buck back to the president doesn't count).
    3] Admit we're in the Middle east because of OIL; not peace, not vengeance, OIL!
    4] It is not America's God-given task to fight the world's battles against tyrannical regiemes on behalf of the downtrodden masses.
    5] We must stop meddling into every sovereign nation's business, as if we have some moral right.

    Don't dismiss me as some anti-war lightweight. I believe in defense (national and personal). I have a concealed weapon permit and pack 24/7. Military preparedness is essential, but not to be recklessly spent on securing mineral concessions in foreign lands, so that we can buy gasoline for $1 a gal in America.

  • At 10:48 AM, November 27, 2005, Blogger P.I. Mom said…

    I've said it before on this site and it's worth repeating, although it would appear it's a mute point with you...
    Cheap gasoline, affordable healthcare and whether or not there will be social security when I turn 65 is secondary to the safety of my family. If you really still believe the "Blood for Oil" nonsense, you are deceived. I suggest you educate yourself on who Al Qaeda really is and the man Saddam really is.
    If we pull out of this battle before it's time, you'll be glad you own a gun - you may have to use it against a terrorist some day to protect your family.
    I believe we DO have a responsibility to protect those who can not protect themselves, but even that is secondary to our own defense. You say you believe in national defense - if that's true, you should know that freedom isn't free and without an offensive plan, WE will be the downtrodden masses.

    And God.....bless the idiots too.

  • At 4:13 PM, November 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Go P.I. Mamma. Lysander...just google it.

  • At 5:06 PM, November 27, 2005, Anonymous Michael adams said…

    Oil Concessions!? When Saddam invaded Kuwait, we had no troops in Arabia, maybe none on the Arabian penninsula. I'm not sure when we started having refueling bases and such in the Emirates.Saddam assured US Amb. April Glasbie that he would continue to sell us all the oil we needed. Most Iraqi oil goes to Europe and China, while we get ours in the Western hemisphere. Oil conmpanies make as much money from expensive oil as from cheap oil, as we've been hearing again, for the past three months. It's true that bin Laden would like to raise the price of oil, by fiat, to $144 a barrel, but that is just socialist non-thinking, since everything made with oil would then rise in price, until the $144 would buy what thirty to forty buys now. Augghh!

  • At 11:24 AM, December 03, 2005, Blogger Gina E. said…

    Still here, PI Mom, reading your blog and agreeing with everything 100%. Common Sense got rolled by Political Correctness - such a tragedy. Will it ever be righted? Probably not in my lifetime (I'm close to 60).


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