Double Standards

In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. – George Orwell

You don’t have to agree with me on anything I say in these blogs. In fact you can totally disagree with me and my philosophy if you so desire. I am not writing these blogs to change your mind on political matters but I am writing them to maybe change your way of thinking – the way you think about yourself.

No one ever, I mean ever puts the terms politics and self improvement together. For some reason they are considered opposite sides of the coin. Yet I contend they are the same coin, and share the same side of that coin. The basic fact is you and I are controlled by political forces whether we want to admit it or not. How can I say this? What proof do I have? One abbreviation: IRS.

Of all the government agencies the IRS is the one that controls people the most. Their rules and regulations dictate how you will live your life. If you abide and accept their conditions you stay unrestrained, but if you run afoul of their conditions you face tax audits, ruin, and/or imprisonment. So what gives this agency such wicked power? One word: Politicians.

You are not free; you are not even close to being free. You are a pawn living by the conditions imposed upon you by lawyers, activist, and politicians. You maintain the illusion you are free but that is all it is, an illusion. Consider the fact you cannot walk outside your own home without breaking the law. You can’t even live in your own home without breaking some law. In fact just breathing, the normal act of breathing is now a criminal activity thanks to the Supreme Court and their decision to enforce the ability to regulate carbon dioxide. But don’t worry, in some states if you die you can still vote.

Your life is controlled and manipulated by some bureaucrat sitting in some office somewhere. It can be local, state, or federal, it makes no difference but the effect is cumulative and oppressive. It is no wonder so many people have given up hope of ever having a normal life. Nor is it any wonder there are so many homeless wondering the streets. In all honesty it may be that the homeless among us are the ones who are truly free, but at what cost?

So how did we get here? More important what can we do about it? But an even more important question is: do we want to do anything about it?

You have the power within to speak your truth and create a legacy that will transcend your lifetime.

I contend the double standard is in play here. One part of us demands the government do certain tasks while another part of us tells the government “Don’t tread on me!”

With the double standard, we apparently do not know what we want or why we think about government the way we do. What do I mean? Let us examine some basics concerning our way of life, the way we live our lives.

A great majority of the population do not even think about politics. Some think of politics around election time while others never give the subject a second thought. Why? A variety of reasons really, but generally speaking politics is a boring subject and intrudes into my party time. Besides politicians, all politicians are crooks and don’t care about me so why should I care about them? Mostly true but not completely. There are some very good and decent people in Congress, the trouble is they are always demonized or you never hear about them. This leads to a main stream media double standard of its own.

That aside the perception is Congress is to blame for many of the country’s ills. And that perception is well deserved. Congress has done nothing to correct the problems they themselves created for us. I have come to the inescapable conclusion that Congress can easily destroy initiative and the economy but they have absolutely no idea how to fix the very problems they initially created. It’s a vicious circle and one that must be broken if this country is to recover.

There is however one small bright spot. Since 2010 Congress has been split which means they have the inability to do any more damage than they already have. Thus in my opinion this is a great double standard and win for the country.

I’m not negative towards this country. In fact we have the greatest nation on the face of the earth, with the greatest form of government ever devised by the mind of man. So it’s not negativity I have a concern with, it’s the current leadership that worries me.

Most of our current leaders are self-absorbed con-artists who are more concerned with themselves than they are about the country as a whole. Whatever is great for them, well the rest of the country can just go to hell. BUT they cannot admit that to anyone, not even to themselves, so they devise an excuse for their behavior and call it compassion. They claim to have compassion and tolerance for everything and everybody, but reality illustrates what they really feel and their actions dictate what their true beliefs are. Look no farther than Chick-fil-A.

Many people feel government should solve all their problems for them. A government program here, a handout there, government must be the salvation for the country. Little do people realize it is they themselves who control their own destiny and their own life. Government and bank policies may hinder an individual but it should never stop someone from being the best they can be.

Currently government policies are designed to control your actions and your life. Why do you permit this to happen? A simple answer really: fear. When you fear your own government you have already lost the battle and possibly the war. Thus you must be willing to fight for your rights and that starts with education. You must educate yourself and keep abreast of the latest political follies which will affect your life and all you hold dear.

Next you must vote. I mentioned in my last blog the power you have when you vote and how that power scares the con-artists. The vote is a mighty sword and you are the wieldier. It is up to you to use it wisely.

The bottom line is politics be damned, for it is you and you alone who becomes responsible for your future, and your destiny. The only thing you, or any of us have any control over is our death, and even that we have some control over.

The other day I had to work on my garage door as it was out of adjustment and causing me all sorts of problems. In the process I had to remove a bracket. Thinking the spring tension was taken off the bracket I removed it only to have it sling up and hit me in the face. Needless to say, as I wiped the blood from my face, I was not happy. My stupidity could have gotten me killed and it was only by the grace of my Guardian Angel the accident didn’t cause any more damage than it did. I will heal but I will also have some minor scars in the process.

I was totally responsible for what happened to me. I should have been standing to one side of the bracket but instead I was leaning directly over it. I have always taught the importance of safety to my students and here I go ignoring my own teachings. That is a double standard, and a very powerful and painful reminder of not paying attention.

Death aside we control what happened to us in most cases. We cannot control what others do to us but our own actions we can control. Thus we can control how we respond to events, that is respond not react. There is a difference in that if we respond we control the situation, but we react we have no control over anything.

This is a “success manual” that gives readers a step by step plan for taking control of their lives and unleashing their incredible potential. The book consists of 12 Lessons: Your Attitude is Your Window to the World; You’re A Human Magnet; Picture Your Way to Success; Make a Commitment and You’ll Move Mountains;

In the element of daily living we can choose our actions. We can also choose our attitude towards the events we find ourselves in. We can rise above the pettiness or slink into the slime of despair. We can surrender to the forces who want to control us or we can resist and walk our own path. We can go along to get along or we can rebel and stand up for what is right and noble. We can accept the status quo or stand alone and resist the proverbial beating by the masses. We can give up and give in or we can persist until we win the day. The choice is entirely up to us.

We live in a double standard society but that does not mean we must accept it. We can change our circumstances if we do the following:

We have the courage to believe in ourselves and our abilities.

We have the courage to believe in a Higher power.

We separate right from wrong and always practice right.

We don’t lie to ourselves.

We believe in others and their abilities.

We believe and accept the premise that the universe has unlimited abundance for everyone.

We believe in what we work for and have the faith to follow through.

We know we deserve a great life and work to achieve it.

We know others deserve a great life and work to help them obtain it.

We control our own destiny to the best of our ability and never doubt that ability.

We practice love to one another but will not allow the minions of evil to control or manipulate us.

We forgive others and ourselves, especially ourselves.

We believe in the foundations of our country, and hold our leaders responsible for their actions to destroy our lives.

We acknowledge and then confront our fears.

We strive to be happy and to give happiness.

We believe in ethics and morality and reject those elements which would force us to accept less.

At the end of this life we must ask ourselves some basic questions: Did I do my best or did I flip-flop? Can I hold my head high and proudly admit “I BUILT THAT!” or hang my head in shame knowing I went along just to get along? On your death bed how will you answer? Where do you now stand with yourself? Are you doing your best or do you make excuses for your own behavior? These are questions you and only you can answer and must answer at some point.

We live our lives with a double standard. We know we are good, very good at our job but feel we are too inferior to live a great and abundant life. We acknowledge we are intelligent but believe others when they tell us we are mediocre at best. We wish for a great life but we are not willing to do the job necessary to obtain it. We are unique but act commonplace. We want to do what is right but often shirk and hide when faced with conflict. And we wonder why our life is not getting any better.

I challenge you to examine the concept you have about yourself. Then I challenge you to change it for the better. As an American you are by default unique because you live in the most unique country on this planet. There is no reason for you to settle for just average when you have it within you to expand your boundaries and live a full and prosperous life. Can you live such a life? The answer is YES. The real question is, do you want to?

I recommend you stop listening to those who tell you government is your only solution. For once you do and begin to listen to your heart, then and only then will you be able to take the first step towards a great and marvelous life. A life you deserve.


About GP McClure

I am a technical writer with over 30 years of writing experience in a variety of subjects and topics, covering a wide range of industries, but specializing in aviation. I have lived in the San Diego California area since 1972 for the most part but spent some years in Japan and Alaska, thanks to the United States Navy. I retired from the Navy in 1992, having served 20 years of active duty in the aviation field.
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