Comments by Mike Childers
Apr. 7, 2021
I was reading some threads on Facebook from people who literally hate our President. Here are some terms used in recent history to describe President Trump supporters:
Deplorable, xenophobe, homophobe, racist, low IQ, misogynist, bigot, ugly, dope, chump, lying dog faced pony soldier, hater, Trumpster, stupid, Trumpnista, clown, idiot. I intentionally left many off the list as they are obscene.
What is interesting is the response to these interjections. If you were to use any of these endearing terms toward a Democrat or a leftist in general, there would be an explosive response. However, when used against a Trump supporter you will see an entirely different reaction. Usually a smile and an "okay."
Why is that? Trump supporters have done their homework. Anti-Trumpers rely on the mainstream media for their information. Anti-Trumpers are filled with intolerance for opposing opinions. Trump supporters believe in the Constitution...including the First Amendment. Anti-trumpers are filled with hatred. Trump supporters realize hatred is like drinking poison in order to do in your adversary. You are only killing yourself.
We will either cast our vote or sit at home and complain about the results of an election in which we did not participate. The people choose their leaders in America by voting. If we like them, we reelect them. If not, we vote them out.
There has been much pontificating about how hateful the discourse is. Yet, they always like to include the phrase "from both sides" in their summation. Rarely have I heard anything like the above list from Trump supporters. If it happens at all, then I suppose you can count it as true to include "both sides" in your analysis. However, to say it is equal on both sides is being less than honest.
Election day is Tuesday. If you haven't voted yet, go vote. This is the method as a free and fair country resolves their political
disputes. Choose wisely, not emotionally. Let the chips fall where they may.
God Bless you, and God Bless America!
Feb. 10, 2021
"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." (1 Corinthians 13:11)
Any parent who knows this verse has quoted it to their offspring. However, in the context he is using the illustration to make the point that the Holy Scriptures were still being written. Another way of putting it is that the rulebook is still being written. If a Christian is disobediant to these "rules" are they no longer a Christian?
Which brings me to my point. Just as we attend Sunday School to learn the Bible and the history thereof, in America we attend school not only to learn the rules of our nation, but also the needed skills to survive within Her borders.
History should be objective, however during these times of contemporary history, it seems to have become subjective. This is a horrible way to convey history. What remains? What is deleted? Who makes those decisions?
When I was in school we learned American history. Period. There was no concentrated focus on any race, religion, gender or political party. We were just taught history, the good, the bad, the ugly. We were taught about the heroes in our history as well as the tyrants. Let the chips fall where they may. I learned about heroes such as George Washington Carver, Booker T Washington and John Brown. We learned about the tyranny of ownership of fellow Americans and our climb out of that blight in our history.
Our Constitution was written to correct the ills that could fall upon the Nation. Our forefathers had the foresight to know all ills were not covered, but gave us the tools to correct them. The Constitution has the ability to be amended.
Just as a child, America has had to learn to crawl, toddle, walk and run. We learn the rules, yet with freedom comes choice. We choose to obey or disobey. We all have the ability to choose to do right, or do wrong. We also learn that choices have consequences, some bad some good. America is obviously still growing to maturity. Even an adult will stumble on occasion, does that mean they are no longer and adult. When an American stumbles does that make them unamerican? Not at all.
If an American was obedient to the Constitution before the 14th and 15th Amendments were added, does that make them UNAMERICAN? What about after those Amendments were added? No, they are still American, however they are being UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
When you start looking at history subjectively, be it through the prisms of race, religion, gender or politics, you are viewing a distorted image. Distorted history is what I stand against. If I view history through the prism of politics, I am a political hack. If I view history through the prism of gender, I am being misogynistic. If I view history through the prism of religion, i am a zealot or cultist. If I view history through the prism of race, I am being a racist.
The last verse of 1 Corinthians 13 puts it in a nutshell:
"But now faith, hope, and love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
It's time to put the prisms on the shelf and get back to loving one another.
Jan. 26, 2021
It is no secret that this writer hates, loathes, and despises brussel sprouts. The very thought of them causes a gag reflex. To put it in a nutshell, for someone to mention, let alone consume them in my presence offends me.
Do I have a right to be offended? Think about that before you answer. Being offended is 100% subjective, so is being offensive subjective as well? Not really. You can be offensive and have absolutely no intention of being so. Therefore you have a right to be offensive just as I have a right to be offended.
If someone invited me to their home for supper with their family and had no knowledge of my disdain for brussel sprouts, can they be held accountable for serving them? Of course not. If they did have prior knowledge and served them, I would only question their motives. One motive would be to intentionally offend me. However, another motive would be as a joke to see my reaction. One motive is evil in its intent, the other is not.
It seems to me that in today's PC environment, people are being "offended" by things that shouldn't be offensive at all...even worse than brussel sprouts. How can someone be offended by The Star Spangled Banner? How can someone be offended by The Pledge of Allegiance? How can someone be offended by gender specific locker rooms? How can someone be offended by a red baseball cap?
Do you think that maybe, just maybe, being offended by any of these things might be feigned? Why so? In order to take away your right to be offensive.
It is virtually impossible to NOT be offensive to somebody. It is equally impossible to know exactly what offends anybody.
So what is the answer to this dilemma? This may surprise you with my obvious answer:
GROW THE HELL UP! The universe does not revolve around you.