It’s All About Perspective *Open Thread*


Ah, perspective – something that seems to be sorely lacking in the country these days, it seems. People freak out over the least little slight, real or perceived, and even our presidential candidates – well, one of them, anyway – is a freakin’ poster boy in that regard.

Yep, sometimes we just need to have an attitude adjustment, a little perspective, on the situation at hand.

For a non-political example (for which you may thank me in this insane political season in which we find ourselves) allow me to offer one from personal experience. I mentioned recently that things were going along swimmingly with the building of our new house. Well, that was then. Shortly after I wrote that, it turned out that there had been a major miscommunication between our Project Manager and the surveyor. The builder had just changed surveying companies, and the Manager was working with a whole new company. The timeline the Manager had with the old company he assumed he had with the new one.

Well, you know what they say about “assume,” right? Well, in this case, that is exactly what happened.

The Manager thought the surveyor had shot the Flood Elevation and had already applied the bond beam and built the joists for the floor. Turns out that NOPE, that elevation was not shot, and the foundation was 1 1/2 feet short to accommodate the extra 2 feet the County of Charleston added to the flood elevation levels after our “Thousand Year Flood” last year.

Bear in mind we live in both a hurricane and earthquale prone area, which means hurricane “straps” (metal) and brackets have to be applied throughout the foundation, attached to the joists, and more. All that was done.


All we could do was sing a line from the movie, “Monty Python’s The Life Of Brian“: “Always look on the bright side of life…” (If you don’t know it, you can click HERE.)

As it turns out, after the structural engineer got done working his magic, the foundation will be even stronger than before. They figured out how to anchor the additional three courses of cinder blocks to the existing foundation and are getting on it.Whew.

So yeah, it set us back a few days, and while we have to pay for the additional courses of blocks, we would have had to do that anyway. The BONUS of being up a couple feet higher is the new “perspective.” That is to say, we will be up higher which will allow us to have an even better view of the marsh and creek. So while it was a difficult thing to hear initially, especially in terms of time lines, as it turns out, it will be a good thing in terms of capturing more of the view. Bonus!

Oh, and another bonus is that our dock builder informed us yesterday that instead of us having to wait until next week for the dock to be started (after almost 4 months of waiting), they were going to be able to start it yesterday instead. Woohoo – talk about a change in perspective.

So, that’s my personal change and attitude adjustment, but I am not the only one focusing on perspective. And yeah, I am talking about politics again (surely you knew my NOT talking about politics wasn’t going to last long, am I right?).

donald-trump-jerry-falwell-jr-640x429But for once, this is a welcome change in perspective when it comes to this election. And it comes via students at Liberty University. As you may recall, their President, Jerry Falwell, Jr., doubled down on his support of Sexual Predator Donald Trump even after it was revealed that Trump was unrepentant in that criminal, immoral, unethical, sinful proclivity. Wow.

Often we have lamented where young people are these days in terms of their “snowflakiness” refusal to hear anything that might offend their delicate sensibilities, their focus on emotionality over intellectuality, and their movement away from religion toward dangerous political ideologies like Socialism. We have voiced concerns about how that will affect the future of the nation.

Well, it seems not all is lost as these young folks from Liberty University demonstrate in this piece from the Washington Post on their President, Donald Trump, and the election:


Yet we feel that too many in the church have been bitten by election-year hysteria. Since the birth of Christ, Christians have withstood far more serious trials and tribulations than we face today. First-century Christians faced coliseums filled with lions; today, American Christians face the possibility of a liberal Supreme Court. The Christian message of salvation through faith in Christ has prevailed despite actual threats, from actual tyrants, and it will continue to thrive no matter who is elected president in 2016.

This knowledge is encouraging, considering the main options on the ballot. If Clinton has proved to be dishonest, Trump has given dishonesty new meaning. Evangelical conservatives who vote for Trump to get a favorable Supreme Court must realize that doing so requires trusting the words of the most unabashedly untruthful presidential candidate in modern history. Trump has changed his position on nearly every issue of importance at least once, sometimes mid-speech. There is little reason to believe that he is worried about the same issues we are. It makes more sense to believe that Trump is happy many Christians are worried because it allows him to do what all demagogues do: offer strength in a time of fear.

Trump is the antithesis of our values; there is no reason to revisit his vices here. Most non-Christians recognize Trump as amoral and self-centered. If we ignore this fact and buy in to his promise of strength, what will it tell the world about how seriously we Christians esteem our values? […] (Click here to read the rest.)

How’s THAT for a little perspective?? True that about what it will show the world if Christians, and other people of faith, support a man like Trump or a woman like Clinton As the students pointed out – correctly – there are other choices on the ballot for whom one can vote and NOT tread on one’s conscience.

pp-earlypersecutionofchristians_js_0027It seems President Falwell could learn a thing or two from these young people. I reckon we all could. I mean, really – if early day Christians could survive the lions’ den, surely we can survive these vipers. Who knows – maybe we will come out stronger for having gone through this trial. One can hope and pray that is the case.

It’s all about perspective…

This is an Open Thread.




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44 Responses to “It’s All About Perspective *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    So glad that your “new” non-political perspective worked out so well for you. Sometimes it happens and often when you least expect it. Then, serendipity!

    The other perspective, the political kind, is a different animal entirely. Falwell and others of his ilk are giving religion a bad name. All those that think religion is hokum and religious leaders have only to look and him and the likes of crazy old Pat Robertson or scam artists like Paula White to prove their point. Why oh why do we make it so easy for them?

    Great piece Rev. Lots of ideas and issues to sink our teeth into.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL, thanks, Marge – I appreciate it! And you are too kind – thank you!

      You aren’t only kidding. People like Falwell, Jr. give Christians a bad name, no doubt abt it, and he proves how easily people in his position will sell their souls.

      I am just glad the students at liberty are speaking up. They seem to have a LOT more integrity than their President, that’s for sure…

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    How about this perspective?

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    BLM Fail: Public Support For Police At Highest Level in Decades

    Despite attempts by the Black Lives Matter movement to demonize police as heavy-handed racists, public support for law enforcement is at its highest level in decades, according to a new Gallup poll.

    The survey released this week shows that 76 percent of Americans have “a great deal” of respect for their local police, which is 12 percent higher than in 2015. Another 17 percent said they had some respect for police in their area, while only 7 percent say they have “hardly any” respect.

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Speaking of students, check out the latest idiocy from the snowflakes at UC-Berkeley. Apparently, they have never heard of the Civil Rights Movement, or learned that people literally gave their lives, including MLK, to NOT have separate entrances. Their lack of education or historical perspective is truly troubling:

  5. helenk3 Says:

    looks like someone else is beginning to think like me on trump

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  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Speaking of perspective, Amanda Carpenter, former speechwriter for Sen. DeMint and Cruz’s Communications Director, had this excellent piece in WaPo abt the Republicans’ choice of Trump and the impact on women (h/t Facebook friend):

    • helenk3 Says:

      a really good and concise article.
      Women have long memories and will not forget, that the republican party thought is was just great that a loud mouth flim flam man trashed them. It is going to take a lot of years if ever for the republican party to come back from this fiasco

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Great article by Amanda Carpenter. I believe she speaks for many conservative women. I certainly agree with everything she said.

      She doesn’t seem real thrilled with her old boss either. I applaud and concur with that.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Amen to that – women DO have long memories. We will not forget this, nor all the folks who are trying to convince us it really is better for us to vote for a sexual predator than any of the other alternatives. Yep, we’ll remember this, alright…

        Marge – you are so right. She does not. I am sure that was a crushing blow to Carpenter to watch Cruz throw all of his credibility out to endorse someone like Trump. Why any of these people felt COMPELLED to endorse him is beyond me. Just keep your damn mouth shut! In Cruz’s case, he had already left it the way he wanted it – leave it be! But no – he sold his soul just like the rest of them.

        A friend had this “Tweetstorm” up, too – wow is Glenn on FIRE:

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          The Right has always had a problem with left leaning women and Independents. Many felt the social issues on the right were too rigid.

          Now add in the hypocrisy of endorsing a man who is the poster child for all they said they were against and you have misogynist hypocrites. Not a good sign.

          The right will never win without at least a good part of the women’s vote. Now they are driving away the Conservative women to embrace a loud-mouthed disgusting pervert. Dumb, dumb and dumb.

          These are the Republicans that led impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton:

          Bob Livingston – Adulterer

          Dennis Hastert – Child Molester

          Newt Gingrich – Adulterer

          Can you say hypocrite? I think Bill Clinton is a scumbag. But these hypocrites are disgusting.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Isn’t that incredible? And if you heard how self-righteous, antagonistic Gingrich was with Megyn Kelly, all in service to a despicable charlatan like Trump, it highlights how hypocritical these men are.

            I am so disgusted by these people. Honestly, I think I am going to case one vote and one vote only – for McMullin. I had wanted to vote for Sen. Scott, but then he came out and endorsed Trump after Rubio dropped out despite the crazy, racist crap Trump spewed. My Rep., Mark Sanford, has flip flopped on Trump, but he did endorse him and as far as I know, has not recounted that. Ugh.

            I am just disgusted.

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    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That sounds just abt right – nicely summer up!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        That’s not to say we don’t see the same kind of hypocrisy coming from the right. Trump and the women’s vote is a perfect example.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh, no doubt, Marge. Yes, both sides are no stranger to hypocrisy, that is for sure. The issue with women is a perfect case in point.

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    No room up by your remarks about Gingrich and Megyn Kelly – thought this cartoon went well with that.

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    The Awesome Power of Ignorance

    The massive power of the Red Army could not conquer America, nor could the Soviet Union’s nuclear arsenal. Ignorance, however, is a more potent force:

    More than a quarter of Americans (26 percent) and almost a full third of millennials (32 percent) said that more people were killed under George W. Bush than Joseph Stalin.

    In terms of tyrant body count, Joseph Stalin is second only to his fellow communist Mao Zedong.

    Under Stalin, the Soviet Union suffered an estimated 56 to 62 million “unnatural deaths,” with 34 to 49 million directly linked to the dictator. Under Bush, 6,648 U.S. service members died, and the number of Iraqis who died has been variously estimated at 112,114, 122,644, 151,000, and even 655,000. Even the highest number for Bush is roughly 700,000, while the lowest for Stalin would be 34 million.

    Deaths in the Soviet Union were a price paid to secure Stalin’s grip on absolute power. Deaths in Iraq were a price paid in an attempt to forestall terror attacks, and to depose a genocidal dictator who had killed as many as half a million.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Isn’t that just unbelievable?? How have we reared a generation of such IGNORANT young people? It is just incredible that our educators have done such a poor job of educating and such a great job of indoctrinating kids…

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  13. helenk3 Says:

    interesting graph.
    when I was growing up Yale was a college to be admired. look at it now

    • helenk3 Says:

      you could send a kid to Russia for less money and get the same indoctrination

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        “Mixed”? Wow, that is an understatement!

        You said it, Helen – it used to be a place worthy of admiration. So right abt the indoctrination…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Love the graph Helen. I’m a very visual person so they pound home reality into my brain better than words.

  14. helenk3 Says:

    the beginning and end of my time as a democrat

  15. helenk3 Says:

    Reports: Vice President Joe Biden is under consideration for Secretary of State if Hillary Clinton wins, source says – Politico, NBC News

    you got to be kidding

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Good Lord in heaven, please, no. Seriously? Biden as SoS?? That would be an unmitigated disaster…

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  17. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Breaking News: Pence campaign plane skids off runway in NY – no injuries:

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