Is the Constitution “Trash”, or are those who are trashing it TRASH?

It’s unfortunate that so many who know so little get the opportunity to say it so loud! Trust me when I tell you, I am in no way a proponent of silencing those of differing mindsets & opinions, (like this guest on ‘The View’ admittedly is), but I just want people to see this for what it is. Never in the history of our country has the Perpetual Victim Mentality been so heavily promoted, and painful ignorance taken as fact. ‘The View’ has long been known for promoting those who hate America, and the nonsense spewed here by Elie Mystal is no exception. My question for you after watching this video clip is this, Is the Constitution “trash”, or are those who are trashing the Constitution TRASH?

Another consequence of media’s obsession with Covid Panic Porn…

Many of us warned and have been sounding the alarm since the beginning of this pandemic boondoggle that there were going to be massive consequences to these lock-downs and the media’s constant cycle of panic porn. This NPR story displays just one of so many deleterious consequences of media malfeasance and government ineptitude… You can be absolutely certain there is much more to come.

“It’s a stark contrast to where this emergency department — and thousands others — were at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Except for initial hot spots like New York City, many ERs across the U.S. were often eerily empty in the spring of 2020. Terrified of contracting COVID-19, people who were sick with other things did their best to stay away from hospitals. Visits to emergency departments dropped to half their normal levels, according to the Epic Health Research Network, and didn’t fully rebound until the summer of 2021.”

To read this complete article from, click the link below…

ERs are now swamped with seriously ill patients — but many don’t even have COVID

Unity through Synergy, not Conformity

Do you ever just sit back and think, the government spends more time and money trying to fix problems the government itself created, and often attempts to do so with more government, and you just want to scream? I know I do, well actually I don’t do much screaming anymore these days, but there are definitely days. Here’s another example of something that makes me want to scream…  now, all of a sudden we have some calling for unity, when they all they have been doing for the past several years is pushing hate and division. You can’t in one breath call for unity and in the next call everyone with whom you disagree a white nationalist, racist, misogynist, etc., etc… Let’s face it, the left does not, and never has wanted UNITY, THEY WANT CONFORMITY, and if they don’t get conformity, they will vilify, demonize and destroy anyone who they deem to be a non-conformist, all in the name of UNITY…

What is synergy and why does it matter? Synergy, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is: a mutually advantageous conjunction or compatibility of distinct business participants or elements (such as resources or efforts). Dr. Stephen Covey talks about Synergy in his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and I also go in to depth on the topic in Episode 15 of the Derate the Hate podcast. To synergize is not simply to compromise, but to come up with a solution that is better than the sum of its parts. In a compromise, both parties or all parties involved, generally have to give up something, whereas with synergy, the parties come together in a combined action or operation, truly listen to one another until they understand the other’s position fully, and the parties either work for a win/win or no deal.

Our government is so unbelievably broken that there is almost NEVER a win/win or no deal strategy anymore. The only people that win in our 2 party system at this point are the politicians and their crooked cronies, and the people always get the shaft. The government no longer really works for the people, but politicians work for themselves and their re-elections at the expense of the people. In doing so, they talk past each other, demonize one another for political theater, and cause more problems for government to fix, with of course, more government.

We now have an administration that has become emboldened because they know now they can get away with anything with nearly no retribution or consequences. Make no mistake, that when they call for unity, they are looking for no such thing, they are looking for conformity or division, period. The powers that be know that those who they are constantly demonizing are not truly racist, misogynistic white nationalists, but they know that fires up the hate in their base and keeps us all divided, which in turn keeps them in power. And they can do it all with the full backing of the corrupt media and unfettered by their leftist big tech cronies…

What we need now more than ever is synergy, and the shot callers to synergize on our behalf or we have no hope of ever surviving as a nation. Our government needs a lot more of win/win or no deal. Because often times, when government goes for NO DEAL, it’s you and I, the people that win. We need to either go for UNITY THROUGH SYNERGY, OR NO DEAL…

#unity #conform #synergy #hate #division

Brother vs. Brother

As a child I remember reading and hearing stories about the civil war, and was both confused and terrified as to how something like that could happen in what I was raised to believe was the greatest country on God’s green earth. I, like so many from my generation, watched movies like “Roots” and “North and the South” and could not imagine something so horrific could have been true, knowing the stories were fiction but the premise was true.

It was not until recently, in the past 4 years or so, that I became keenly aware of how such horrific things could come to be. I never paid any mind to politics up until the early 2000s, 9/11/2001 to be exact. At that time I still wanted nothing to do with politics and felt like those who paid attention to such things were wasting their time on something they could do nothing about. Even serving in the Navy in the late 90’s and saluting a picture of Bill Clinton neither impressed nor intrigued me, no matter what the headlines were in any paper. He was the boss and I paid no mind to anything that was said or what he was doing, because “it didn’t effect me either way”.

After 9/11, I began to pay more attention to the news, and the more I paid attention, the more I began to realize the lack of objectivity in what was being reported. As the years progressed, so grew the hatred and hostility toward the president of the time, George W. Bush. I remember thinking to myself at the time, how could people be so hateful to someone working so hard to protect us from those that brought evil to our shores? The attacks were not all, or even mostly policy based, but so many were personal and then they became more emboldened and went after his supporters. It was then and only then that I began to realize there was no way I could ever identify with those who claimed to be “liberal” and “progressive”. To me they were just hateful.

Then came the Obama years. I was disturbed by the growth of government under the Bush administration but the breakneck pace at which Obama began placing new restrictions on everything was just plain painful. His constant straw-man arguments and the “this is not who we are”, & condescending speeches were near suicide inducing blather. His war on cops strategy and world apology tour nearly drove me to the brink of madness, but I knew his reign of pain upon our great country would only last so long. Under Obama, we saw the inception of occupy wall street anarchists that are now “ANTIFA”, Black Lives Matter, a war on cops that is now solidly embedded within local government officials, increased illegal immigration, increased regulations upon businesses, increased terrorism abroad, more expensive and less accessible healthcare for so many as well as the slowest economic recovery in American history. And we waited, a long and painful 8 years but we waited.

In the last 24 hours I have heard some of inadequate intelligence refer to what happened yesterday as an attempted “coup”. I will first say this before I say my piece about that. Every group of people, and I don’t care what group or demographic you are referring to, has their bad apples. To say otherwise is either being willfully ignorant or just plain stupid. The same people who are saying that those demonstrating in the capitol yesterday, when the reality is that an unbelievably small percentage are responsible for the mayhem, are the same ones who said nothing of mass carnage caused by the multiple riots over the summer and the private property and livelihoods destroyed as a result. They are also the same ones who claim a virus with a 99.98% survival rate is worth sacrificing everyone’s liberty so math isn’t exactly on their side.

I will be the first to tell you that in the beginning I was not a Donald Trump fan, and as for the way he’s conducted himself in many respects I still am not. As a president, and what he was able to accomplish despite the outright hostile media and all out assault on his presidency by the establishment politicians, mostly Democrat but bipartisan in many ways, was nothing short of impressive. To those of inadequate intelligence calling what happened yesterday an attempted “coup”, the attempted “coup” began 4 years ago and those with any intellectual honesty would acknowledge that. The thing is, it’s no longer attempted, it’s now come to fruition. It is my opinion and my prediction that the next 4 years will mark the greatest infringement upon individual liberty and destruction of personal prosperity that the vast majority of living Americans have ever seen.

The outright hatred I have seen for Donald J. Trump is unlike anything I have ever seen in my life. Trump Derangement Syndrome is very real and I believe very dangerous. I began this post by talking about the horror I perceived as a child reading and hearing stories about the civil war. The idea that brothers would battle brothers and fellow countrymen would fight to the death because of opposing ideals is terrifying. We are not far off from this nightmare my friends. The hatred I see displayed daily by people I once thought were either intelligent or at least somewhat rational is appalling. The media and big tech are complicit in the biggest con job and hate scheme in human history and so many are flat out falling for this deception. Hate and fear will keep us apart and those with a vested interest in keeping us divided will continue to perpetuate it as long as we allow it. I pray for our country and I pray that those who are falling for this wake up before it’s too late.

If you think this could make a difference, please share. If you think I’m wrong, tell me why and maybe you’ll change my mind. Unlike some, I’m willing to listen to opposing views…

Close is Best, Just Keep Your Distance

Welcome back my friends and thank you for taking the time to read this edition of Wilksopinion! You might be asking yourself, what the hell is this title that contradicts itself? Soon, you will understand what I mean.  At least some of you will, and others will chose to remain vigilant in their current mindset, and that is fine, because we have to be tolerant of differing opinions. What we cannot be is militant and belligerent in our attempts to shame others for their opinions and beliefs. For a little more on tolerating other people’s beliefs and opinions, check out the latest Podcast “Perpetually Offended” or search for Derate The Hate wherever you get your podcasts.

Our country was founded by geniuses and fought for by warriors who knew that liberty, above all things, was the most important thing that an individual must strive for in this world. Those geniuses pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor for the cause of individual liberty knowing if they did not succeed, not only would they be killed, but the lives of countless numbers of their fellow countrymen would be lost as well. In the forming of this great nation, after the initial dust had settled, those geniuses developed a constitutional republic based on the tenants of Federalism. Explaining that in depth is beyond the scope of this writing, but to sum it up in a few words, our founders understood that the government the governs closest, governs best, and local governments, instead of an all powerful centralized “Federal” government, was the best way to ensure the individual could maintain as much individual liberty as possible.

Fast forward to today. We are no longer governed by geniuses, but in many cases around our country, we are being ruled by power hungry career politicians &/or ideological idiots. I keep hearing people call these bureaucrats “our leaders”, but people seem to have forgotten that these people work for us. They are not to lead us or rule over us. We are not subjects that are beholden to a king or aristocracy, we are supposed to be free individuals that take pride in the liberty that so many have fought and died for. I never thought I’d live to see the day when so many of my fellow countrymen would so willingly surrender their individual liberties.

I know, there is a very scary virus that is killing people. The main stream media is doing their best 24/7 to scare the holy hell out of everyone and shame anyone who dares question their authority. They are doing what they do best and trying to pit Americans against one another instead of working toward any viable solution. Social media is an absolute dumpster fire of misinformation doing the same, when they are not inhibiting opinions and beliefs with which they do not agree and infringing upon the rights of their political adversaries. The virus is very real, and I do not think that is up for debate, and it is scary for the very small percentage of the most vulnerable among us that are in grave danger of dying because of it. What I do believe though is that reasonable people can disagree on the way it is being handled.

I, for one, am a die hard believer in individual liberty. Patrick Henry said it best in his address to the Second Virginia Convention in March of 1775, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”. I believe it is an absolute travesty, and a slap in the face to our founders, what has happened with the state’s responses to this virus, and the willingness of so many to so freely give up their individual liberty. For the first time in our nations history, do we have full statewide lock-downs and quarantines of healthy people. There are, without question areas that needed to be locked down and quarantined, but we are not only a country of diverse people, but a country of diverse states, and within the states there are geographic regions that vary to large degrees in how they are made up. The state in which I live, Minnesota, is hugely diverse, not only in population, but in the geographical differences. Our dimwit governor, who himself is a leftist ideologue, talks a good game in many respects, but acts as if this whole state is one big neighborhood drinking from the same trough. Nothing could be further from the truth! The people in Sabeka, MN have little more in common with the folks in Minneapolis or St Paul than the letters after the comma on the bills they have to pay. Our neighbors to the west in the great state of South Dakota have not had to endure nearly the intrusions upon their liberties as the great people in Minnesota, and they are not nearly as worse for the wear.

This whole thing will be Monday-morning quarterbacked for decades, maybe even generations to come, but I do believe it will go down as one of the biggest overreactions in American history, maybe even human history. I believe in social distancing, and I believe if given guidance and good information that most people will try to do the right thing without having their individual liberties stripped and trampled upon. I remember several weeks ago they were saying “give us 2 weeks to flatten the curve so we can better prepare our healthcare facilities. Thousands will die, (they were saying 22,000 at the time for Minnesota alone), but give us 2 weeks to slow the spread.” That was nearly 8 weeks ago and nothing close to that has come to fruition, (thank God), but the rights of everyone and the livelihoods of so, so many have been completely destroyed. Many power-hungry politicians throughout the country have gotten a taste for extreme control & they have loved it, devoured it and are excited for more.

There is no question heavily populated areas like New York City, Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis/St Paul have been hit hard, but there is no logical reason on God’s green earth that the people and businesses in out state New York, Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota should have been treated the way they have been for the past couple months. This is not the way the government that governs closest, governs best.  These governors should be ashamed, but they are not. They are drunk on power and they are digging it. People, as free individuals, demand your governor open up the outer parts of your state, coordinate with your counties and local municipalities, have faith that the people of your state can handle themselves and they should not be treated like subjects.

There you have it folks, as I said in the title, Close is Best, Just Keep your Distance!

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Lives, Money, Liberty

I had made a comment on a local news feed article in social media the other day that sparked a little outrage from someone who’s obviously of a different mindset than I am. In a way, based on the stuff he was saying, I believe our mindsets couldn’t be further apart if we were on different planets.  You see, at a time when our country is faced with the virus pandemic that we are, it should be a coming together moment, but in many ways, it is driving people further apart, and needlessly so.

The news, partially local, but mostly national, have been working hard as they always do to instill fear in the masses.  The old saying, “if it bleeds it leads” has never been more strongly in play, and instead of focusing on the dozens upon dozens of thousands of people who have recovered from the virus, many with little or no symptoms, every headline reads “XXX more dead from Covid-19” or something of the like.  Social media is a virus in and of itself in that everyone with a mobile device that can access the internet is posting things and theories of all sorts whether they are fact checked, verified for any kind of accuracy or not, and it becomes a vicious cycle of misinformation.  There are many among us who still believe that if you get this virus it’s a death sentence, which is nowhere close to the truth for the vast majority of those who will become infected.

In addition to the misinformation spread far and wide, with what we’re facing being what should be a coming together moment as stated earlier, peoples’ political ideologies are weaponized in a way that is just shameful.  If it comes from someone from this side or that, it’s obviously a lie because “he” said it, or the intentions are bad because “she is trying to do this”, blah, blah, blah… Seriously, WTF is wrong with some of these people?  Anyone who has read any of the things that I have written, probably understands which side of the isle I come from politically, but this virus should not be treated in any way as political. I want to be very clear on one thing, as I try to be in all matters, I am firmly on the side of individual liberty, period.  This leads back to the back and forth I referred to at the beginning of this writing.

I had made a comment something to the effect that “when the final numbers come in, don’t forget to thank your favorite politician for saving your life when they are patting themselves on the back later because the numbers will be far, far less than any of the so called models or experts predicted”  The statement was made because, while any deaths for any reason are tragic, it is very obvious to me, and as more information about this virus comes to light, I believe most people will see as well, that the government’s reaction to this will have been the biggest overreaction to anything in human history, and the number of lives and businesses destroyed, both here and abroad, will be far greater, and have much more deleterious consequences than the virus itself.  While that may sound a bit presumptive, and to some maybe even harsh, my greater concern is the overbearing infringement upon the individual civil liberties that many state and local governments are engaged in.

In that back and forth, I was then accused of putting “money over lives”, to which I replied that I did not place “money” over life, but I did in fact place “liberty” over life.  Patrick Henry said it best in 1775 when he said “give me liberty, or give me death”.  You see our founders understood it better than anyone, that there is inherent risk in individual liberty, but without liberty, everything else is irrelevant. Our governments of our individual states have taken unprecedented actions to infringe upon the liberties of the individual, actions that stand in complete contrast to the founding of this nation.  Nowhere within the constitution can the words be found, “all this individual liberty stuff goes out the window if some scary virus starts endangering people”.  And just to be clear, the constitution was written to restrict the powers of the government, not grant rights to the people so we do have that.  Our rights, as understood by our founders are natural and given by God, and are not to be infringed upon by government.

While everyone is bickering about the best way to open our economy back up, what the best way to do this or that, or when we can let people get back to living as normal, please remember this:  just because we may not agree on the best way to do it, does not mean we have to tear each other apart because our ideas differ from one another’s.  Neither I, nor the majority of the rest of the people who want to see government get out of the way of things going back to normal are trying to place money over lives.  Reasonable people can disagree on what should be done, but ultimately, it has to be liberty that wins the day, because without individual liberty, the United States of America ceases to exist as founded, and as the greatest nation that was ever created.

Lives, Money and Liberty are not mutually exclusive.  Working toward preserving one should not lead to accusations of lack of concern for the others.  There must be a balanced approach, understanding that there are inherent risks with everything in life, and the risks associated with liberty may be somewhat greater, but I would never choose the alternative!

May God bless our nation in these troubled times, may he give those making decisions that affect so many the guidance they need to do their jobs well.

Please, treat others with kindness, even if they don’t believe or do things as you would.  And lastly, please remember, it is ultimately up to you to make each day what you want it to be, because you cannot control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to it.

Surrender your Liberty, because well, it’s for your own good??


Unless you just came out of a coma in the last couple days, you’ve probably noticed our country is facing something unlike anything it’s ever faced before.  You might think I’m talking about the Covid-19 Coronavirus, and yes, that is partially what I’m writing about today, but what is truly unprecedented is the action taken by our government in this extraordinary time of crisis.  This is truly unlike anything that has taken place since the founding of our country and more specifically since our constitution was written.  We now find ourselves at what I believe may be a turning point, and one that is most likely not for the good, no matter how good the intentions behind what is currently taking place in our country.

A phrase that most people have heard a time or plenty, and a principle that I can vouch for personally through several personal life experiences, is “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”.  This is the primary reason that I subscribe to the political philosophy that I do, and also live by the motto, “I make decisions based on logic and common sense vs. feelings and emotions”.  Peoples’ emotions, rather than logic and proven results for certain actions, often drive their decision making process and as such, with the purest of intentions, bad and often harmful results are the product of said actions.  I believe we are now faced, as a country, with the most crucial and critical of circumstances, and I’m afraid that what is happening may result in a precedent that will forever be to our detriment, though at this very moment it seems like it is the right thing to do, because it “feels” right.

What am I talking about you might ask?  Well, setting aside what I already stated individuals should have done preceding this global crisis, (see Government is Not Your Daddy) , we are now faced with a situation where our individual liberties, that are supposed to be protected by the constitution, are being “temporarily” suspended by the government that is supposed to uphold that constitution.  Thankfully, up to this point, our President has not federalized a stay in place order, or overstepped the bounds of the federal government, but has backed up the state governments in their requests in every way possible.  This concept of federalism is lost on far too many these days, but is exactly the way it’s supposed to be by design.  Ironically, many of this president’s biggest critics, who are constantly making baseless claims that this president is a fascist dictator like figure, are the same ones calling for the president to use the force and power of the federal government in a way that it was never intended, to dictate the actions of, and restrict the liberties of the individual.  We are not a country, and were never designed nor intended to have an all-powerful, top down federal government.

With that said, mark my words when I say, the unprecedented actions of our state governments in this extraordinary time of crisis, or God forbid if the federal government steps in and begins to do the same, may be a means to an end for this temporary nightmare we are all living in at this moment in time, but may unleash a monster the likes of which liberty loving individuals will pray they never met.

My whole adult life I’ve watched as power hungry politicians describe this event, or that crisis, or some made up boogey man as an “existential threat”.  This type of hyperbole is primarily one sided, but not completely exclusive to one party.  Examples of “existential threats” include, but are not by a long-shot limited to, ozone layer depletion, our dependence on fossil fuels, our dependence on foreign oil, our dependence on coal, greenhouse gas emissions, global cooling, global warming, Donald Trump, capitalism, socialism, etc., etc…  The list goes on and on, and politicians love to keep people in fear because it keeps them in power.  Rahm Emanuel once said “never let a good crisis go to waste”, and a sitting Democrat US Senator recently said something to the effect of “the covid-19 crisis is an opportunity for us to push things in the direction we want to govern” when discussing one of the covid-19 relief bills.  Very little, in fact almost nothing, scares me, but to quote Ronald Reagan, one of the scariest phrases any freedom loving American will ever here is, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

I can wrap up all I’ve said in this writing by making this point.  Today, over 200 million Americans are under mandatory stay-at-home orders to be enforced by some local or state government body, for your, mine and our own good.  Today it is a virus, and the merits of such an order can be debated until the cows come home, but if you believe that this is the last time our liberties as individuals will be inhibited in this way, for our own good, or the good of the collective, I’ve got some oceanfront property to sell you in southern Minnesota.  We just have to wait to go see it until the governor says it’s OK…


Attention Class of 2020, and Parents!! It’ll change your life, I can promise you that!


I’ve heard a lot of parents with high school seniors lately worried that this “lockdown” due to the Covid-19 coronavirus will ruin their kid’s senior year.  I know that things like hanging out with friends, dances, sports and the like will be severely hampered, but, is that really what high school is all about?  I mean, I definitely get the whole social aspect of those events, but what if we look at this from a different angle, what if we look at this as an opportunity to do something that many attending public high schools rarely do?  What if we were to think a little outside the box and take some of this social distancing time to actually gain some wisdom?

One must first acknowledge, and then understand, that knowledge is much different than wisdom.  To break it down to its most basic form, knowledge is knowing that water boils at 212 degrees, wisdom is knowing not to stick your hand in boiling water…  I’ve known plenty of very knowledgeable, (smart) people in my life that were dumb as a stump when it came to common sense, lacking any real wisdom.  Once one acknowledges that smart does not equal wise, one is on the way to wisdom.

What I am about to give you may be the most valuable advice you may ever obtain in your lifetime, but in order for it to be of value, you must not only take the information given, but absorb the information and implement it in your life knowing that your future depends on it.  Generally wisdom comes with time.  For some, it takes a lifetime of mistakes, many of which are made time and time again, but for others, there is a shortcut.  This does not mean you will not make, and hopefully learn from those mistakes, but you can fast-track some of the learning.  It really comes down to knowing what books to read.

I have often said that there are a handful of books that if made mandatory for high school curriculum, we could drastically change for the better the trajectory of the future for young adults everywhere.  I’m not going to get into full book reviews in this writing, that may come later, but in my opinion, if read and implemented, the principles within the following books will forever change your life for the better…

  1. “The Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey… Hopefully most in high school aren’t inundated with debt in their life, but the book provides some hugely valuable lessons on myths about debt, credit and money.
  2. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey.. A book that has for decades helped people of all age groups transform their ways of thinking and solving life’s problems by shifting the paradigm… available through Audible, Amazon & anywhere else books or audiobooks are sold.
  3. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie… Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. One of the most groundbreaking and timeless bestsellers of all time… Includes lessons in: Making people like you, winning others over to your way of thinking and changing others without building resentment… Again, available through Audible, Amazon & anywhere else books or audiobooks are sold.
  4. “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki… This book is the story of how Robert learned life lessons from his father, and the father of his best friend.  The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.  One of the best-selling financial literacy books of all time… Again, available through Audible,  Amazon & anywhere else books or audiobooks are sold.
  5. “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill… A must for anyone wanting to improve their lives and their positive thinking. There have been more millionaires and indeed, billionaires, who have made their fortunes as a result of reading this success classic than any other book every printed. Again, available through Audible, Amazon & anywhere else books or audiobooks are sold.

This is not an all-inclusive list as to the best books to change the trajectory of your life, but I can promise you, without hesitation, that if you read these 5 books, and implement the wisdom and principles found within them, your future will be a much, much better place.  I only wish that someone had provided me with this list 20 years earlier.  Thank you for visiting, and hopefully this post has provided that fork in the road that leads you to a greater destination…

Government is not your Daddy

Imagine if you would, for just a second, a country where everyone took the initiative to have an emergency fund.  Not an extreme amount of money necessarily, like for a catastrophic illness or injury, that is what insurance is for, which everyone should have as well, but an emergency fund that you kept in an account, or under your mattress maybe, that could help you pay the bills for 3 to 6 months in the event of some unforeseen circumstance?  When I say unforeseen circumstance, I mean a layoff, your employer goes out of business, or maybe some wild virus from somewhere you’ve never been starts to sweep the whole planet and your representative government decides to crash the economy as a preventative measure for your own good?

I’m not writing this to debate the validity of the bill currently being debated by all the bureaucrats in congress, or all the people that are very much in need of the assistance that said funding bill would provide.  I am writing this in the hopes that it will possibly make people realize the importance, now more than ever, of a personal emergency fund to keep you whole in the event of a mess like the one we currently see ourselves in.  The tragedy our country is currently facing will be Monday morning quarterbacked for generations, but in reality, if each of you reading this had your financial house in order, can you imagine what a different narrative it would be amongst all the talking heads?  Instead of everyone fighting over how the deck chairs are organized as the Titanic is sinking, they may be contemplating punishing those who allowed it to happen instead of running cover for a communist regime or better yet, focusing on the important question of how to prevent such a tragedy in the first place?

Much of what I’m about to say may be unpopular with some, and I’m sure it will be offensive to those who tend to be offended by everything else anyway, but the fact of the matter is, you should not be depending on the government to send you a check to get you through the hard times, Government is not your Daddy!  As nationally syndicated talk show host, real estate investor and financial advisor Dave Ramsey always says (paraphrasing), you should live on less than you make, build an emergency fund of 3 to 6 months of your living expenses, and strive to live a debt free life.  Can you just imagine how much of a difference this global tragedy would be, and how differently it would be affecting our country currently if this was practiced by you, your neighbors, and the vast majority of your fellow Americans?  Instead, the vast majority of us live beyond our means, buying stuff we don’t need to impress people we don’t like (again, something I heard from Dave Ramsey).  With that said, so many of our fellow Americans are left incredibly unprepared for the most minor of tragedies, let alone a catastrophic national, or worse, global event.  This is not the fault of your neighbor, or your community, or your state or federal government, this starts with you and can be fixed by you, and must begin with you making a commitment.

I’m not trying to call anyone out, or say that living this way makes you a bad person, because it does not.  I lived most of my life this way, and I don’t see myself as a bad person.  I can tell you this though, I’m not looking for a check from the government right now to keep me whole though, and I’m thankful for that.  I chose not to live that way anymore.  If there has ever been a time for people to do some self-reflection, and think about how things could be different by making some different choices, maybe now is that time.  Maybe this tragedy can be used for some good, maybe it’s time for a little personal reset, a paradigm shift when it comes to your financial housekeeping?  Maybe next time, it won’t be a matter of hoping some far-away bureaucrat votes the right way to get you a check, because remember, THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT YOUR DADDY…