In the last week I have been reading speeches by our 34th President, Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Don’t ask, I just do stuff like that) Eisenhower was a General, a family man, a soldier, and as a politician; a Republican. (Although, in the 21st Century, I feel he would have been labeled a RINO) Scholars regularly list him as one of our greatest and most popular Presidents.
As we enter the Christmas Season and speak platitudes of “loving our fellow man”, “peace on earth” and “goodwill towards men”, I find the words of Eisenhower in his Spring of 1953 speech, later titled a Chance for Peace, to provide pause and hope to our situation in today’s world. Eisenhower was weighing the choices he faced as he stared down the face of spreading communism; along with his own factions of radical right-wing extremists. He carefully weighed his choices and set down his principles for peace that guided him through the rest of his presidency. He could not halt the tide of social programs being swept away to fund the military complex, but his ideals remain a part of our fabric. A goal to attain; maybe through later Presidential and Congressional administrations that we choose to elect.
Here is today’s “Sunday Thoughts”
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”
—President Dwight D. Eisenhower; April 16th, 1953
It’s December and Christmas is on the way. As of this writing, only 23 Days, 5 hours and 49 minutes until the big day in my time zone. For the first time in EVER; I hung Christmas lights on the Robison estate. I admit, it doesn’t compare to Clark W. Griswold’s Christmas Vacation spectacle, but it is pretty. I’ve always wanted to do it, and this year, I decided to override the laziness and climb that ladder. This weekend,
we’ll trudge through the snow ride up the street to the Christmas tree lot and pick up the season’s greenery for the inside of the house.
On top of decorating the house, I am switching to a Linux-based server here at the blog this weekend, which should speed up some things and reduce some errors that the old server was having trouble correcting. I’ve “decked the wall” of the blog with a nice Christmas background that should change as we go through the month and I have added some Christmas-themed banners to give the place a festive look. You may experience some “down-time” during the transition to the new server, but it should be minimal.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that today is Antarctica Day 2017 and you should remember the folks at the bottom of the globe carrying out their work under extreme conditions, studying our planet and it’s environment and ways to move us forward under the guidelines of one of the longest treaties in existence. The link above will allow you to catch up from my blog entry last year.
So, continue on with your “decking the halls”; “hanging the lights”; and “rocking around the Christmas tree” and Welcome December!. It’s gonna be a great month.
And speaking of Clark and The Family, here’s what 25,000 Imported Italian Twinkle Lights look like…
Tuesday, November 28th is #GivingTuesday. As we finish our Thanksgiving Weekend and move into the Christmas Season of Peace on Earth and Goodwill Towards our Fellow Man, we have a chance to give back to our communities with financial help or a gift of our time. We have so much to be thankful for, and we should not just count our blessings, but provide blessings to our brothers and sisters of humanity. It will be a gift to them, as well as to ourselves.
Today’s “Sunday Thoughts” is all about volunteerism. We begin with this uncredited advice, “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”
“Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.”
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.”
“We celebrate the selfless individuals around our country who channel their civic virtues through volunteerism… devoted to a cause bigger than themselves…. Volunteers help drive our country’s progress, and day in and day out, they make extraordinary sacrifices to expand promise and possibility.”
–Barack Obama; April 8th, 2016