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You've Got to Stand for Something

Politics aside, there is much more to me. I am passionate about many things and those are the things which sustain me.

My Dad - Proponent of Principle

My Dad - Proponent of Principle

Just Let it Lie

"Why bother?"

"It's not your fight!"

"What do you expect to gain by this?"

"Just let it be."

Some of the comments I've heard or received and.....dismissed on various subjects, because I just can't let it lie!

I would hope that every single person would fight against injustices and fight for those wronged at all times, because it is always the right thing to do.

This Country is worth taking the time to defend, when it is constantly subjected to nasty and false accusations, (even by former Presidents and wannabe Presidents) America is always worth defending!

I know that I am not the only one that goes to bed at night wondering what is happening in our Nation today, when Precious Life is devalued from one coast to the other (not by everyone) but, by enough to cause great angst and concern.

If Life is not worth defending, what is?

When attempts are made to tune out, (sometimes you must) you still hear about it; at the workplace, from your friends, at a function, through social media...

  • "Did you hear there was another shooting yesterday?"
  • "Have you heard the latest abortion news, did you ever think it could go this far?"
  • "Did you see what was allowed on television, before 9:00 p.m.?"
  • "Can you believe who in American History has been targeted for elimination now?"

Why are some better at tuning out than others?

Why can't I tune out and just let it lie?

It's in the message of this song.....




You've Got To Stand For Something

Justification Nation

Oh, these times that we are living in....anything can be justified!

If you question anything, it becomes about you and there are so many names waiting for you, if you dare to question. You definitely need thick skin!

There seems to be an invention of a brand new word, brand new term, brand new phrase, with each new day.

Not for the things in question, but for you/for me....for daring to question!

Now, I could choose to focus on that.

If I broach this subject matter, I will be seen as..... (check the new word, new phrase of the day and fill in the blank)

Better to just not go there, I can certainly justify, not going there!

Justification and "Falling for Anything" are basically, the same thing!

Standing for something used to mean something.

Standing on principle...used to mean something!

~~~

I remember situations from my childhood and one in particlar stands out...

There was a big bully (big, as in she was built like a linebacker, it was 5th grade, but I think she had been held back...for like 10 years)

I digress.

Anyway, she targeted many of us (me included!)

She would threaten kids for their lunch money every single school day.

She would give the stink eye and kids would willingly give up their lunch money, their left finger (nah, slight exaggeration) and anything else in their pockets or on their person.

She was mean, no doubt about it!

She never got my lunch money; I'd get punched, she would get punched back and we would both end up in the Principal's office.

That was our relationship!

~~ Principle got me the Principal, you could say!

My Dad was well aware of my ongoing 'issues' with this person and he had my back, each and every time he'd be called in for 'the talk'.

So Dad had my back and as a bonus, each time I'd accompany 'big bully girl' to the Principal's office, she wasn't harrassing anyone! I see that now, as a Win-Win!

~~~~~

Our Parents taught us, as their Parents taught them, as we taught our children; never start trouble/don't pick fights, if trouble finds you, back off, but don't back down, stand your ground. They also said, they'd always have our back.

If we were shorted change at a restaurant or a store, we'd let the cashier know, just as we'd let them know when we were given back too much money.

Whenever a person in the Public Service/Customer Service industry seemed to have issues with 'the public'/with people, Dad would always point it out to them, in as nice a way as possible.

We learned to do the same.

Otherwise, they'd never seek to do better the next time, with the next customer.

We'd run ahead and get the door for the elderly, a Mom with a baby or small children or just because.....

It is called Principle, it is character-building and we were raised on it!

Our children were raised on it.


Political Correctness

We hear that term all the time...lately.

I never heard it, as a kid or even as a young adult, there was no such thing.

What does it mean exactly?

Well, I am not going to find the definition in the dusty dictionary and encyclopedia that I have lying around. I'll have to turn to the modern day version of the 1828 Merriam-Webster (I'll 'google' it) and see what they have to say about it:

: conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated

I have many interpretations of that definition:

  • All things great and small, just let it lie, due to ultra-sensitivities of those around you
  • Don't stand for anything, because someone will inevitably plant themselves beneath your feet
  • Avoid principle and Voila`... you'll avoid confrontation

And there we have it; a root cause, a root problem....a.k.a. - 'Falling for Anything'.

While the P.C. Crowd has many names for me and for God-fearing, hard-working, honest, family-oriented, driven by principle...men, like my Dad....

I simply describe him as... the "Salt of the Earth."



© 2018 A B Williams

Comments

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on April 07, 2018:

Maybe Greensboro's Mr. Robinson will run for Office. He is a celebrity now...simply for standing on principle! :-)

I love it. He would get my vote!

Thanks for sharing some history on Greensboro with us Tim!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on April 07, 2018:

Yes, Abwilliams, I saw that video. It's odd how far our education has fallen. You are right "fight" without fists is what I mean when I speak, and do it "legally," unfortunately, we have to add that. We are a nation of laws first and foremost.

Greensboro is an interesting city. It has a great history and those people there are always fighting for their rights in some way or another. My wife is from there; she's a true fighter.

I've watched several ACC tournaments there, too.

At the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, during the American Revolution, the Carolina folk held back the British, helping Washington win in the North. They take pride in that in Greensboro. A few brilliant folk have come from that area, people who stood up for nation, God, and honor. I'm glad to be a part of that. I'm glad your followers/friends who read your article can also take pride in any part of history that their area contributed to this nation.

Sincerely,

Tim

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on April 07, 2018:

......and I just had another birthday and don't want to talk about it. Funny how we go from wanting to be older to not wanting to talk about it....lol!

Enjoy your weekend shanmarie!

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Shannon Henry from Texas on April 07, 2018:

Haha, well, speaking of poor math.... My daughter had a birthday the very end of JANUARY. She'd kill me for calling her 10 still. LOL. Can't let my babies grow up.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on April 07, 2018:

Yes, I know my buddies here, don't think that way, but best to clarify these days!

My husband and I are repeatedly dumbfounded, when we witness these kids trying to figure out correct change, (especially when you attempt to simplify the process, by helping out with the change portion of the transaction) it does seem to complicate matters.

Yikes!

Give them pay raises...not! ;)

Shannon Henry from Texas on April 07, 2018:

Never assumed you meant a call to arms, but it's funny you mention that because I am beginning to wonder if anything in school sticks these days. I've never been very good at math, but what I witnessed the other day (with my 10 year old daughter, who by the way, understood what was happening) left me literally shaking my head.

This woman tried to buy a pizza for $5.48 and gave the kid cashier a $20. He hastily keyed it 8nto his machine, but she tried to give him the change. He looked stupefied so she said it's exact change. He still couldn't seem to get it so she explained the process. "I give you $20.48. You give me $15 back. " He still mumbled something about his manager and why he couldn't do it, pointed out the manager but didn't get her even after the woman told him to get her if he needed to. She finally just handed him the change, hoping it would sink in. He took her change then still counted out the $14.52 and handed it to her along with her change back. She said, "Are you serious? "

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on April 07, 2018:

Have ya'll seen the video of Mark Robinson of Greensboro, N.C. 'standing and speaking on principle' in front of the City Council?

At one point he mentions "fighting" and then explains what he means by that. He doesn't mean using guns or throwing fists, he does mean getting in their faces and not backing down, when it comes to his Constitutional rights.

I too use the word "fight" a lot and to those with ultra-sensitivities, I mean nothing more than Mr. Robinson does.

For the record!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on April 06, 2018:

Thanks my friend, you make me smile!

Have a fabulous, music-filled weekend.

Write On! A.B.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on April 06, 2018:

Hi, Abwilliams,

Don't put yourself down that way. You probably have heard some of these pop stars, good grief! Willy Nelson, James Brown, Ray Charles - legendary, but some people would argue they can't sing a lick. But you can hear their hearts in their music. Each had to fight for respect. True Americans, indeed.

Give singing a try in private, then with family. Try it with your husband, your favorite fan. Listen, my wife didn't think she could sing - now, we hop in the car, throw in Alabama, Willy, Zack Brown, or whoever, and sing to our hearts' content.

Sincerely,

Tim

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on April 06, 2018:

I agree Tim, I will never give up on this amazing Country! I like the blues too, but not singing them.(you wouldn't want to hear my singing...lol)

I am with you, love me some bluegrass and love when country music includes; a steel guitar, a harmonica, a fiddle and a banjo. Keep it real!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on April 05, 2018:

You are right, Abwilliams. We are all old-schooled in that we want to pass on good values and teach the young.

By the way, nothing quite like blue grass music. I love it, too. (They use real instruments, no Auto Tunes! That's dreadful.) They have lost their sense of principles in that regard in "pop" music.

(I love jazz and classical, too. Anywhere where the instruments are not programmed and the singers sound like Transformers.)

Perhaps, that's the problem; we have made it too easy to forget that everything we have, we had to fight for in America.

I talked with a musician from Europe once. I was surprised at what he told me. He said the reason much of American music took over the airwaves is because the emotion of the struggles of the nation could be heard in every chord, note, rhythm, melody, and harmony. (Of course, it helps that we have a dynamic marketing prowess and powerful influential companies.) Country, jazz, rock 'n roll, blue grass, rap, and the blues - all started in the U.S.

I will not sing the blues for our nation yet. We just need to adjust the lyrics in politics and our culture. We have done this number before.

Sincerely,

Tim

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on April 05, 2018:

Hey Tim, there is a Country music song for every topic under the sun :) America's music...love it!

Paula, there are definitely some fights/battles that require saving our strength for...no doubt about that!

What your Parents passed on to you, you passed on to your sons, they'll pass on to their children, is what this is all about!

We can rest better knowing that family values still exist in all parts of this Country, we just don't hear about it. Only the crazies make the news!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on April 05, 2018:

Agreed, Paula, often the best solution is the law; we are a nation of laws. As long as a person prefers to keep their hands to themselves - words don't bother me much. However, I will defend the honor of my friends, nation, family, with my life. No one's body is another's property - we fought that war already.

In many ways, my dad was like yours, Abwilliams. He taught us strong principles, a man who served in our military, dying loving God and this nation, and people.

One principle he taught us: knowledge has its limits, but ignorance can fill the universe. There is much of that certainly.

Great article about principles, Abwilliams.

We must know when to fight,

"Know when to hold'em . . know when to fold 'em...know when to walk away, know when to run." (Kenny Rogers.) Americans? Cowards of the county we are not.

I use a PC - Don't care to much for those letters being appropriated otherwise.

Sincerely,

Tim

Suzie from Carson City on April 05, 2018:

a.b.....Your Dad sounds very much like my parents and we were obviously raised in very much the same way with similar principles. How I wish things had stayed that way for the sake of all of us. I made damned sure my sons followed suit and so far, they have reaped the benefits of the "good life," simply by being good men, wonderful sons, (according to my daughters-in-law, fabulous husbands) and best of all, incredibly stellar Dads. Blessings galore!

There is no doubt I stand firmly in my beliefs, opinions and principles and do not hesitate to defend myself, loved ones, the oppressed and when necessary the underdog & underprivileged. I will however choose my battles wisely. There are times & circumstances and those specific, hopelessly ignorant, who just aren't worth our time or efforts. Sometimes, ya just gotta breathe deep, shake your head and save your strength for what really matters.

We can only do what we can do and keep the faith. Win a few, lose a few but never give up the fight when we know what's right!

As for PC? That's an entire issue and discussion all it's very own. I think I'll reserve my personal, "heavy duty" opinion of PC for a day when I'm well-rested!! Peace my friend, Paula

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on April 05, 2018:

That's odd, I will check it out.

Thanks for commenting Pop.

Yes, it is not in my DNA to tune out either, but I will tune in...to a smooth jazz station now and then, for sanity's sake!

It is almost impossible to find good customer service...your friend's servers are probably getting texted to hit the streets and demand more money for their pathetic performances. ( but, I really don't have an opinion on that ;))

breakfastpop on April 05, 2018:

Things are very trying now. I spoke to a friend of of mine who owns a restaurant. He can't find waiters or waitresses who care about his customers or his restaurant. Whenever he looks at them they are on their phones, and when they are told to shape up, they walk out. I see this kind of thing all the time. It doesn't bode well for the future of our nation.

PC is another name for stupidity and mind control. I was raised to fight for what I believe in, and I believe that I do. There are times that I wish I could tune out, but it just isn't in my DNA. Let's hope for the best and prepare ourselves for an uncertain future. If you have time check out my last hub. TSAD believes that I should take on billy, because he is a liberal. In essence, he is saying that billy is playing me. That is not my take on the situation, and I'll stick to my guns on this issue. The Dems and the libs drive me up a pole, but I will fight the good fight on my own terms.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on April 04, 2018:

"P.C. is still out there. It's just so institutionalized that many have become numb to its presence."

Truth!

Well stated Leland.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on April 04, 2018:

another home run, AB. I still see plenty of political correctness in our society. For one the media fully supports this madness of gender confusion celebrating all the various and sundry options available. Male, female, trans, fluid, etc- and if anyone disagrees they are labeled "hater" or bigot. Saying Obama was a poor president will get a person saddled with the accusation of being racist. PC is still out there. It's just so institutionalized that many have become numb to its presence.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on April 04, 2018:

Hi Tim, I'd like to have seen their faces when you and your friend unleashed on them!

Of course I would have missed their facial expressions, because I would have had your back and would have been too busy mixing it up with the bullies.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on April 04, 2018:

Hi, Abwilliams,

Wonderful article.

I love that song, too. It was one of our practice songs when I played piano in a country band.

Reading your article reminds me of an experience I had when I lived in a small southern college town. My friend and I were walking home after a night of celebration and these three guys jumped up and attacked us, for no reason. I don't think they knew we had just returned from our martial arts competition where we both placed first in our divisions.

She and I gave them a lesson they will remember, I'm sure of it.

We found out from the cops that these guys were active in a local racist hate group and I guess it got them - seeing a man of color walking with a blond haired blue eye lady arm in arm singing and laughing. The last time I checked, the sidewalk was built by my taxes, too.

They also didn't know that my friend, Jennifer, had grandparents who were part of Hitler's stormtroopers. They didn't know my parents were active in the sit-in movement in our state, as well. They made the mistake of running into Americans who stood for something.

Yes, Jennifer was born and grew up in America, and served with honor in our military and hates fascism and racism.

Today, principles are fastened to the dollar bill. On the anniversary of Dr. King's assassination, we must wonder are there any like that still left who will not bend to the power of the cash.

And because I am a Christian, I prayed for those guys who had un-American principles; may they find peace; may they find love.

But if that fails,yes, , "we'll put a boot up their a**, it's the American way." (Toby Keith).

Sincerely,

Tim

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on April 04, 2018:

Thanks shanmarie, very cool that you got to interview Aaron. Great song!

LOL Eric the bully basher.

The 'bully girl' gave me the evil eye through Junior High and on into High School, she never seemed to move on. (I do hope that she lost the giant chip and has had a good life)

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 04, 2018:

Thank you for reminding me of my child hood. I liked to fight and got swats for it. I got in trouble at home for it. And then one day a little kid I liked was being both physically and emotionally bullied. I gave that bully a whoopin some Facebook friends still remind me of.

But I did not get in trouble and I did not get swats because beating up someone bullying was PC in those days. So I went around trying to find bullies to fight so I could fight and not get in trouble.

Just maybe that taught me some principles. Probably not.

Shannon Henry from Texas on April 04, 2018:

I love your subtle humor. You are certainly right that principle causes confrontation, though. Not just in the political world. Been there and done that. I don't even like confrontation, but there's a side of me that comes out when acting on principle and when I'm feeling defensive.

On a side note, I interviewed Aaron Tipping a few years ago for my website. I miss doing interviews, actually, and need to get back to that again.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on April 04, 2018:

Thanks for commenting Vladimir.

This hub is dedicated to my Dad, because he is a Proponent of Principle and he instilled that in us. I am so grateful for that, otherwise (I may have ended up) as one of the sheep, blindly following the one before, right off the cliff. That is how I see this silly P.C. movement...blind followers. They exist (seemingly) without anything of value at their core. Like puppets, they are used, as if they do not have a voice. They are paraded here and there, whatever/wherever the latest liberal cause and they are given their script. It's a sad display.

They so easily give up their lunch money!

Val Karas from Canada on April 04, 2018:

AB Williams---I think there is no lack of "standing up for a principle" in the American political arena---but quite on the contrary, there is a whole circus of clashing principles going on.

That conflict is actually a part of the very definition of politics, and the question is not about people feeling strongly about defending their principles, but about a lack of an effort to find a common ground.

If you had a family in which everyone was constantly exercising their right to stand behind their principles, you would have a "political anarchy" under your roof.

It's that "human factor" which can't be ignored in the equation, which will always mean that our individual differences are bound to generate different convictions.

Maybe your article was more about those principles which would make some sense amid that garden variety of smart asses displaying their arrogant and perverted sense of freedom where anything goes.

In that case, I totally agree with you.

But no, there is nothing like political "correctness" going on in this political mess where hardly anything looks correct anymore.