Posted by JIMBO (+2082) 11 years ago
This was stolen from a friend who stole it from a get the picture...

First off, I'd like to apologize if I offend the person I stole this from and the person she stole it from by sharing this. These words are too good not to share with everyone.

These are, easily, the wisest, most thought out and inspirational words I've read all day (if not all decade).

If you don't have anything positive to comment with, then please don't leave anything.

Below is copied from Karen Hines' page:

I'm not nearly as good as expressing my thoughts as Lance Fleming so I'll just share his comment!

From Lance Flemings Facebook page:
I want to say this as delicately as possible so as not to alienate any of my friends. First, though, a disclaimer: I voted for Romney.

However, to all my friends who are calling for Texas to secede, who are saying they're going to leave the country, who believe President Obama's re-election to be the worst moment in American history, who believe that America has lost its way and never can get back to what it once was, and who believe that President Obama will destroy this country or turn it fully to socialism over the next four years, let me just say this: calm down.

America has survived the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Pearl Harbor, Gettysburg, 9/11, the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, and numerous natural disasters. This country gave the world flight, electricity, the telephone, the cotton gin, the automobile, and numerous other items we use on a daily basis.

If you believe that the re-election of President Obama is the worst thing that's happened to our country, fine. But tell me that you feel worse right now than that Tuesday morning in 2001 when you saw two planes slam into the Twin Towers. Tell a WWII veteran that tonight's results are worse than that Sunday morning in 1941 when Japanese planes descended on Pearl Harbor and killed 3,000 sailors and see what kind of look you get in return. Tell your parents or grandparents that tonight's results are worse than that "Black Tuesday" morning in October 1929 when the wealth of this country disintegrated overnight and sent the country into a decade-long tailspin of soup lines, homelessness and suicides and see if they don't call you crazy.

Do we have problems? No question. But the idea of America still rings true throughout the world. That's why young people all over the world still dream of coming to this country to get a college education. It's why parents in third-world countries dream of sending their children to live in America so that they might have a better life than what they've ever had.

I truly hope I haven't offended anyone with this little rant. But I believe the way some of the people around the country have reacted to this election -- on both sides of the political spectrum -- is a little bit embarrassing. We are still a great nation. We are still the land of the free and the home of the brave. And no matter who the resident in the Oval Office might be, or what the country's credit rating might be, or what the country's health care plan is, or what the national debt might be, I would bet you right now that you would quickly remember this country's greatness if you were to actually leave it.

As the great author James Michener wrote, "America is a nation with many flaws, but hopes so vast that only the cowardly would refuse to acknowledge them."

Our biggest problem is that no one wants to work together on the problems we're facing. And that goes for both parties, the president, Congress, etc. If we're ever going to get serious about fixing what's wrong, we've got to put aside the petty bickering, name-calling and other junk that goes along with modern politics and get down to business. Let's not be cowardly, but instead resolve to be part of the solution and not continue to be part of the divisive problem.

If you choose to unfriend me or block my posts because of this, that's fine, and that's your right. It's called the First Amendment, and it's one of the founding principles of this country. And if you do so, I'm not going to get mad at you and rant and rave. I'll get up in the morning, go to work and keep plowing ahead.

In the meantime, pray for our president. Pray for our leaders. Pray for our country. Pray for each other. But, mostly, thank God that we all have the privilege to live in America.

Stepping off soapbox."
Posted by Joe Whalen (+612) 11 years ago
You're forgiven for etching that REO Speedwagon lyric in my brain for the rest of the bloody afternoon (and no longer, if I'm lucky).

[This message has been edited by Joe Whalen (11/8/2012)]
Posted by Larry W. Dann (+52) 11 years ago
Thanks for passing along those inspirational words JIMBO. I agree they are some of the best words I have read all week if not month.
As I said on another post today:
Back in the mid 60`s when I volunteered to join the military and got to basic training, there were 60 of us from all races and every part of the country that had never met each other before.
They lined us up and taught us all how to march together:
Forward march together, to the left march together, to the right march together, to the rear march together...never once did they try to teach us how to march backwards.
Posted by SD (+1525) 11 years ago
I like the part where he compares obama`s return to office with all of those disasters in US history.
Posted by David Schott (+19040) 11 years ago
For Joe:

Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+18757) 11 years ago
Heard it from a friend, who...
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Heard it from another that Romney had lost