In order to understand what it means to be an American you have to actually study American history. The following is from the Introduction my 3rd Book in My 12-Book Series. As I stated below, this wasn’t my intention, but we do follow the path that God sets for us.
“How do we confront our past without destroying our own selves in the process? Just like the next person, we want to deny what we’ve done and move on without ever thinking about it again. But do we really come to terms with it? It is the year 2017. I’m sitting in yet another apartment. Apartment 714. It is strange. That number adds up to 12. That number can mean a lot of things like the 12 tribes in the Bible. The 12 months of the year. The 360. The chance to start fresh. A new year’s beginning.
A lot has happened in my life since this book was written. A lot has changed. Then, again, a lot remains the same.
It is Tuesday. The Tuesday before the Friday that the United States of America swears in its 45th President. It seems right on the mark that I’d be writing this introduction at this particular time in history. God does have His way of doing things. And I can’t argue with that because this writing wasn’t planned. I woke up with my regular routine but I couldn’t do my normal writing, instead, this came to mind.
During this election, there’s been a lot of talk. What’s new? There’s been a lot of anger, hate, indifference. What’s new? There’s nothing really new except that this particular election was the first American election to be seen by every single person on the planet! by way of Facebook, Twitter, on-line newspapers and magazines. Everyone had their say. Everyone had the Freedom of Speech…and it was up to the individual to decipher fact from fiction. It was an interesting turn of events.
This election is not in this book. That is for another book. But it does offer its hand to the introduction of a book about the history that came before it.
In ‘Times Special Edition Donald Trump 45th President of the United States,’ Gil Troy writes: Dear Mr. Trump:
As the 45th person to hold America’s highest office, there is a lot you might learn from those who came before you. First, ignore the insults that you’re an amateurish intruder—you fulfilled the Founders’ vision. They feared permanent parties and a self-perpetuating political class. Their ideal leader was a citizen-politician with real-world experience. They trusted amateurs to avoid the corruption that afflicted Rome’s insiders….
As President-Elect Trump has no political experience in the sense of holding any political office before this one, I’m am not a history professor, nor a history teacher. I am an amateur. A self-study in the subject of history and politics. An outside eye. As President-Elect Trump who experienced the political side of life from the eyes of a businessman, we all see things differently. We are all given a chance to step-up to the plate in areas of life we weren’t planning on entering. Sometimes that’s what it takes to make a difference.
When I began writing the poetry pieces in this book, I was reading The American Presidents by David C. Whitney. As I was reading this book, other books came my way and I was reading them as well. Such books as Going Rogue: An American Life by former Alaska Governor and former Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Leadership and Crisis by for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and Decision Points by former President George W. Bush. The bulk of these pieces came from these books. Still, at the same time, I had a list of magazine subscriptions like ‘The American Conservative,’ ‘National Review,’ ‘Newsmax,’ and many others. I was watching Fox news and CNN, and reading newspaper articles. I was being busy.
This wasn’t my chosen path but it was all put before me like a fine dish and I devoured it. It was my escape!
Denial and Isolation. There’s a lot you do to hide self from reality. Things you don’t even realize you are doing. At the same time I was writing all of this, I was home schooling my children. Their school books became another sources for me. I never intended on writing about all this political stuff, nor history, but things have a way of shaping themselves. Busy.
That’s the key. My father said to keep a marriage healthy, you have to have projects going at all times. Boy, did I have projects. At the same time all this writing was taking place and home schooling, we expanded our home practically doubling its size, gardening, canning…whatever it took to stay busy!….”
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Additional Readings On Politics and Education
(Each page has loads of additional books (in every format), videos, instruction materials, and inspiration gift ideas.):
1984 by George Orwell
American By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag by Sarah Palin
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Culture Warrior by Bill O’Reilly
Decision Points by George W. Bush
Executive Orders by Tom Clancy
Godless: The Church of Liberalism by Ann Coulter
Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai
Leadership and Crisis by for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
The American Presidents by David C. Whitney