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THE POLITICAL EPIPHANY OF #WalkAway

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 19, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– The Democrats start to worry as their members #WalkAway .

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I recently discovered there is only one thing Democrats hate worse than Republicans, specifically Democrats who have become fed up with the party and decided to #WalkAway. This is a movement consisting of former liberal Democrats who have deserted their party as they feel betrayed and lied to. How big is the movement? Nobody knows for sure, it’s too soon to tell as it is still in its embryonic stage, but the fact it even exists speaks volumes about how some Democrats are changing. Basically, #WalkAway is a hashtag campaign where former Dems post videos explaining why they left the party.

The movement appears to have been started by Brandon Straka who, in May 2018, produced the first VIDEO explaining why he left the Democrats, which has since gone viral. Here is the group’s main WEB PAGE.

While the movement is certainly welcomed by Republicans, it has drawn the ire of Democrats. For example, after visiting a camera shop, Mr. Straka posted a message expressing the anger he faced; “I’m shaking right now. I just went into a camera store to buy a camera and a light and mic, etc. and they recognized me from tv. I was refused service because they said it was for ‘alt right’ purposes. That literally just happened.”

In addition to Brandon’s contribution, several videos have surfaced recently where former liberals express their rational for leaving the Democrats. Here is a small sampling:

Brandon Tatum – Democrats Hate Black People

Bree – Classic Liberal

Candidate Roxanne Beckford (CA)

There are many more available ON-LINE. Such videos though present a problem to Youtube! who appears to have liberal inclinations. As such, they have been closely monitoring the postings. In one, a woman told a story of how Eric Trump, the President’s son, made a generous donation to help her own son at a St. Jude hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. When she tweeted a message thanking him for his support, she was bombarded by several hate messages. So much so, she made a video explaining what happened along with her shock and disbelief by the reaction of the Democrats. I happened to watch the video in its entirety in the morning, but by the afternoon Youtube! had removed it claiming, “This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s policy on nudity or sexual content.” This is simply not true.

The Washington Post is skeptical about the popularity of the #WalkAway movement (naturally). Whether it is in the hundreds, thousands or millions is immaterial. The fact it exists at all reflects a growing dissatisfaction with the Democrats internally and compounds the party’s problems.

Minority groups, such as Hispanics, blacks, even gays, who are lawful citizens and believe in the rule of law are leaving. They claim to be tired of the violence, the nasty rhetoric, and the labeling of victimization, calling it a lie. Frankly, they are tired of being manipulated by fear, and the incessant programming. To illustrate, here are some typical comments found in #WalkAway:

Fluttergirl
@luckslastmatch
I decided to break down and say this. Violence is not what I signed up for. Seeing others attacked with bricks, bats, locks.. etc, for thinking “different”. I did my research I won’t be manipulated and lied to anymore. I’m not a victim because of my color or gender. #WalkAway

Dr. Carol M. Swain
@carolmswain
I left the Democratic Party because It no longer shared my values & principles. Its leaders used fear tactics to frighten & manipulate the electorate. It promised a lot & only delivered for the elites. It is now the party of Saul Alinsky. #WalkAway

CJ Pearson
@thecjpearson
Sorta wild that one party can simultaneously be the party of slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, and internment camps – all at once! The entire history of the Democratic Party is riddle with hate. If you’re a person of color and you think they care about us, think again!

Many of the writers and speakers have done their homework and are re-examining history and the merits of socialism versus capitalism. They have suddenly come to the realization of the untruthfulness of the main stream media, and the weaknesses of our education system which does a poor job in teaching government and history.

This may not be a massive movement, at least not yet, but it does suggest Democrats are growing dissatisfied with the message and tactics of the party. We began to see a movement away from the Democrats in the 2016 election. I personally met several people who transferred out simply because they felt like the party abandoned them. Now, with the #WalkAway program, it appears people have grown tired of the manipulation.

All of this means, the Democrats are on shaky ground going into the midterm elections. It’s bad enough the party is fighting internally for control, but if they now lose the bedrock foundation of their members, their story grows much worse other than losing in November. It may even mean the breakup of an old party that has either lost its way or was torn apart internally. Either way, the times are changing for the Democrats as we know them today. People are simply not buying it anymore.

Keep the Faith!

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HELSINKI HYSTERIA

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 18, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– What is really behind this panic created by the press?

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Ever since the Helsinki Summit last Monday (July 16th), people on-line, in person, and on the radio, have been asking me about the meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin. Specifically, what I thought about Mr. Trump’s comments at the press conference afterwards, and was Mr. Trump a puppet of Mr. Putin. In a nutshell, it was all a huge media spectacle designed to distract the American public.

First, I do not consider Russia our friend or enemy, someone we are about to engage in war. I believe Mr. Trump was correct in labeling them our “competitors.” He also noted how the relations between the two countries have soured to the lowest point in several years, which is why calling for a summit made a lot of sense at this point in our history. It’s like two large dogs meeting each other for the first time to determine who will be the Alpha male; they have two choices, either attack each other viciously or sit side-by-side tending to their own territory. We obviously do not know the specifics of what was said in the summit itself, but it appears the two dogs are willing to sit side-by-side.

Prior to the meeting, the Democrats didn’t want Mr. Trump to meet with Mr. Putin, claiming he wasn’t qualified to negotiate with someone as intimidating as the Russian President. Of course, they also said this about the Singapore Summit, the G7 in Canada, and the NATO meeting in Brussels. Plain and simple, the talking heads of the main stream media do not like Mr. Trump and it is not in their vernacular to say something complimentary about him. In other words, they were all prepared to attack Mr. Trump regardless of what he said at the press conference.

I listened carefully to the questions asked and the one in particular that touched off the firestorm regarded who Mr. Trump believed was telling the truth about Russia’s involvement with our 2016 presidential election, U.S. intelligence or Mr. Putin. After going through hours of in-depth discussions in forging a new relationship with the other big dog, the last thing Mr. Trump wanted to do was to provoke a fight in front of the cameras, which is why he answered the way he did.

This, of course, did not satisfy the press, the Democrats and the RINOS in Congress who accused him of being unpatriotic, a dupe, even “treasonous.” One talking head even compared this to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, something I do not believe the speaker actually lived through. Interestingly, I do not remember the same outrage in 2012 when a hot microphone picked up President Obama telling Russian President Dmitri Medvedev he would have more flexibility to negotiate on issues like missile defense after the election.

The outrage by the liberals today was Pavlovian in nature, causing their supporters to drool and cast doubt with voters. Is this nothing more than an example of the Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS)? Maybe, but I tend to believe it is more insidious than this. The real intent here is to create a much needed smokescreen to divert attention away from America’s booming economy as created by Mr. Trump. This is the Achilles Heel of the Democrats. To cover it up, the media is using the Helsinki Hysteria to cloud the issue so the American public is deliberately kept in the dark about the economy.

Think about it, the Gross Domestic Product is up, unemployment is down, wages are up, even Mr. Trump’s tariffs appear to be working on countries like China, where their stock market has dropped 23%. The President’s insistence on fair trade, and for NATO partners to pay their fair share, may seem callous at the time, but is beginning to work to America’s benefit. Unfortunately, because of the poor press coverage, most Americans are unaware of the progress we have made, which is how the Left wants it.

This frontal attack on Mr. Trump by the media, the Democrats, and RINO’s is intended to create fear thereby inhibiting how Mr. Trump conducts himself. This will continue unabated until the midterm election in November and probably beyond until he has been hounded out of office. So, the question becomes, should Mr. Trump change his style of management and curtail all other meetings until the election? Absolutely not; that would be worse than worrying what the opposition personally thinks of him. The nation must move forward, whether the opposition likes it or not.

This diversionary tactic reminds me of the scene towards the end of “The Wizard of Oz” where Toto pulls back the curtain revealing the true wizard. Dorothy and her companions are admonished to, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” Today, the desperate Left admonishes us to, “Pay no attention to the economy!”

The hysteria was not unexpected. In fact, it was all rather predictable.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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TAKING PUBLIC EDUCATION FOR GRANTED

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 17, 2018

BRYCE ON EDUCATION

– People today do not appreciate the value of a high school diploma.

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I want to talk a little on education. Some things have been bothering me. Today, we hear a lot of young people demanding a right to free higher education, or at the very least paying off their college debt. As I’ve said before, higher education should be treated as a privilege in this country, certainly not a right. So much is the push for college education, I believe the institution of America’s public education system is under-appreciated. As I would remind everyone, we should be proud of our public education system. Could it stand improvement? Certainly, but that is only natural. You have to remember this institution ultimately represents our national personality and is the key to our future. As such, it should be prized and definitely not taken for granted.

First, a little history. In planning for the future, when additional states would inevitably join the union, the first Congress devised the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 which, among other things, included Article 3 stating, “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”

This led to the public school system which was provided to all citizens. For the first time, parents were required to send their children to school, which was enforced by town magistrates. This was based on the premise education would lead to a spirit of community, national patriotism, and prosperity. It was founded on the belief education would develop better citizens and make them more productive.

In 1835, noted historian and political commentator Alexis de Tocqueville, a Frenchman, published his famous book, “Democracy in America,” which was an analysis of our young country as compared to those in Europe. This was based on his travels through America in 1831 and 1832. The book, which is frequently referenced even to this day, contains his observations on the young country, everything from its geographical layout, to its culture, and particularly its new political system as a democratically elected republic, as opposed to a monarchy.

Tocqueville was particularly taken by the American public education system. He was amazed to see children as young as second grade be completely literate, something normally reserved for the aristocracy in Europe. He was also taken by how knowledgeable children were in the workings of the government as defined by the U.S. Constitution. He wrote, “It cannot be doubted that, in the United States, the instruction of the people powerfully contributes to the support of a democratic republic;”

Tocqueville was so impressed, he wrote the following, “But it is in mandates relating to public education that, from the outset, the original character of American civilization is revealed in the clearest light.”

I believe we have forgotten the purpose of public education, which is to learn lessons, not just memorization for the purpose of testing. One key component missing is to teach young people to “learn to learn,” which leads to a lifetime of inquiry. Instead, we have developed a generation who do nothing more than “learn to test.” This is one reason why I am not a proponent of Common Core. It is more important to teach the student to think and endeavor to find an answer as opposed to simply programming the person.

There was a time when we used to prize a high school diploma, that it meant something important. During the Great Depression of the 20th century many people had to drop out of school to go to work to help support the family. To them, a high school diploma was a prized possession, as was a junior high school diploma. The idea of attending college was simply out of the question.

Today, college has been sold to us as the natural next step in our development, that we cannot succeed without it. This explains why young people believe they have a right to it and should be free. However, I believe high school guidance counselors have put too much emphasis on attending college. For example, trade schools are sorely needed today to teach fundamental skills such as plumbing, electrical work, manufacturing, tool and die, automotive, programming, etc. Not only are these skills very much in demand, they pay well too. However, counselors tend to pooh-pooh them, as well as a hitch in the military. Due to declining socialization skills, as well as morality and the family unit, the military provides the structure and sense of purpose many young people need, as well as basic skills. They also open the door to higher education at a later date.

Something else, I’m told a lot of teachers today hold a degree in education, and not a specific field of study, such as history, English, or a branch of science or math, etc. As such they rely on videos to explain a lesson, followed by a quiz. It seems to me, without give-and-take between the teacher and the students, this is watering down the learning process.

One last note, as I believe our children are not properly learning American government anymore, I would like to see the Constitution taught in the classroom again, not as a quiz but as a dialog in order to engage the students. Sounds like a suitable question to ask politicians in the upcoming elections, doesn’t it?

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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DEALING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 12, 2018

BRYCE ON COPS

– Should you be adversarial or respectful?

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I recently found myself embroiled in a passionate argument about law enforcement. Someone had posted a video on social media showing a man in his car eluding police allegedly after a road rage incident. He refused to stop until he pulled into his driveway at home. The fact he failed to acknowledge police commands and argued loudly when he was caught agitated the police who forced him to the ground and put him in handcuffs. A few of the viewers commented how outrageous the police acted and they would have done likewise in resisting arrest. In contrast, I made the remark the suspect only had himself to blame; had he done as he was instructed, I doubt it would have turned into an ugly episode.

This resulted in a firestorm of comments against me for taking the side of the police. Frankly, I was surprised by the push back. In my defense, I described how I was taught to drive years ago by my father, who said if the police pulled me over, to keep my hands on the steering wheel, do not argue, and treat the officer with respect saying, “Yes Sir” and “No sir.” As the police see a lot of people during the day, they know nothing about me and will naturally approach cautiously. As such, it wouldn’t pay for me to pose a threat to them by being a smart ass.

I found this advice to be invaluable over the years. By acting this way, I was able to talk my way out of a ticket on more than one occasion. Each time, as the officer saw I wasn’t a threat and was heeding his instructions respectfully, I was let go with a simple warning.

After explaining this on the posting, I was accused of being a wimp and should have stood my ground and taken the officers to task. One gentleman claimed it is necessary to resist the police, simply because they are looking for an excuse to impound your vehicle. I have never heard of this before, so I have no way of knowing if this is true or not.

The way I see it, law enforcement has a difficult job, and they meet a lot of strange people in their daily routine, some not exactly playing with a full deck of cards. My philosophy in dealing with the law is to demonstrate that I am not some kook who poses a threat to them. When this is established, I find it is relatively easy to have a rational conversation with them where I can explain my side of the story. Regardless of how I tried to rationalize it, others in the group thought I had behaved cowardly. The only thing I know, I probably get fewer tickets than they do.

In a way, I am reminded of the classic comedy routine by Chris Rock titled, “How To Not Get Your Ass Kicked By The Police.”

What bothered me about this little incident was the total disregard for law enforcement, portraying them as disreputable ogres who are to be fought with, not respected. I recognize not all law enforcement officers are perfect, but to have people openly provoke a confrontation doesn’t make sense to me. Frankly, this adversarial relationship is disturbing as I believe law enforcement serves a vital function for the community and should be appreciated for their efforts. Then again, maybe this is just another sign of our changing times. I grew up in an era when we were taught the police were our friends, but I have a feeling this is a lesson no longer taught. It disturbs me when I hear 29 officers were killed in the line of duty thus far this year (compared to 44 for all of 2017). Frankly, I’m surprised how patient and professional most officers conduct themselves in light of the animosity against them.

Next time you are stopped by law enforcement, keep your cool and act respectful, they are only trying to do their job and not get killed in the process.

P.S. – Perhaps the most imaginative way I’ve heard of someone talking their way out of a traffic ticket was the father of a friend of mine in Chicago years ago. The father, named Al, was a baker and typically worked the late shift. One night, as he was driving home in the wee hours of the morning, he was tired and anxious to get to bed. Consequently, he was driving a bit too fast.

As he passed a billboard, he spied a patrol car hidden behind it, undoubtedly running radar. Seeing the car pull out from behind the billboard, he knew he was going to be ticketed. Thinking fast, he pulled his car over to the side of the road, popped his hood open, jumped out and began jiggling his carburetor (Yes, this was before electronic ignitions). As expected, the patrol car pulled up behind Al’s car and the officer stepped out. Al looked up at him and said, “Oh, thank God you’re here. Something’s wrong with the carburetor and the car was running away on me. Boy, did it scare the heck out of me.”

The officer looked at Al, then the carburetor, and gave him a warning to get the car fixed before he got into an accident. Yes, he let him go. Brilliant, just brilliant, and a great story he told for many years thereafter.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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WHY ARE THE DEMOCRATS TURNING TO SOCIALISM?

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 10, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Most people do not understand the differences between Capitalism and Socialism.

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The news lately is filled with expressions of anger from leftist Democrats. They are angry about the country’s immigration policies, believing our borders should be open to anyone wanting to enter regardless if they have a criminal background or not; they try to portray President Trump as a lying and immoral tyrant; they are demanding the elimination of ICE, as well as the general suppression of law enforcement, and; they are particularly angry the president will replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy with a conservative jurist, someone who will adhere to a strict interpretation of the Constitution rather than enacting law from the bench.

The Left has taken to the streets in protest and adopted a policy of harassment towards Republicans. This will only increase as we approach the 2018 midterm elections, and it goes well beyond the protests of 1968 as it is more akin to the visceral rhetoric preceding the Civil War. In particular, young people have become willing pawns of the Left in advocating anarchy and socialism.

It is disturbing young people do not truly grasp the nature of socialism or capitalism, probably because they were never taught these concepts in school, other than teachers and professors advocating the socialist agenda. As such, students are being brainwashed into believing socialism is good and capitalism is evil. While capitalism is commonly portrayed as another form of greed by the “10%” controlling the wealth, socialism is sold as a more “fair and equitable” solution.

In reality, capitalism is a celebration of the individual’s right to try and succeed, requiring a sense of risk. In contrast, socialism concentrates on the rights of the group overall, controlled by government, thereby suppressing individual ambition and risk. Unlike capitalism which allows for failure, there is no such sense of loss in socialism, nor sense of victory. Essentially, everyone receives a trophy, win or lose. The two socioeconomic programs are as different as night and day, and are simply incompatible.

Socialism’s group dynamics may sound appealing to the uneducated, but it has a horrible track record over the years. Whenever it has been tried, and failed, life eventually returns to capitalism which is more natural to the human spirit. Whereas socialism is revolutionary, capitalism is more evolutionary as described by Darwin’s Natural Selection. Under capitalism, the strongest company survives, and if a company fails, another will replace it learning from its failures, thereby promoting innovation, invention, and strength. In other words, capitalism naturally lends itself to higher production, not so under Socialism.

Under capitalism, the individual is entitled to enjoy the fruits of his/her labor, such as financial rewards. This is an important benefit derived from risk. Under socialism, there is no such concept, and instead of the individual benefiting, the wealth is evenly distributed to the work force, regardless if they earned it or not. In other words, a weak worker benefits at the same rate as a strong worker.

Today’s American socialists believe in free entitlements for everyone, such as college education, food and housing, transportation, and jobs. This may sound enticing, but they have no clue as to how to pay for all of this.

John Stossel provides a fine video further describing the differences between “Capitalism vs Socialism.”

To encourage entrepreneurship, our founding fathers took steps to safeguard the intellectual property of the individual. This specifically includes Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution, wherein the powers of Congress are defined. It states, in part, “The Congress shall have Power…To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;”. This led to such institutions as the Patent and Copyright offices which were specifically designed to safeguard an individual’s intellectual property. As early as 1790, the first patent and copyright were approved. At the time, safeguarding intellectual property in this manner was rare to the rest of the world. By promoting the entrepreneurial rights of the individual, our forefathers were embracing capitalism.

Interestingly, to clarify the ideological differences in this country, while the Democrats have embraced socialism, the Republicans have embraced capitalism. This also explains why Democrats want to do away with the Constitution, and why the Republicans embrace it. Taking it a step further, this provides the rationale as to why patriotism has hit a new low in the United States, according to GALLUP. Whereas Republicans are still proud of their country, there was a “sharp declines since 2017 among liberals, Democrats.”

Another area of confusion is the fundamental nature of our government, is it a Democracy or a Republic? Under a Democracy, the people vote on everything which is unworkable to just about any size country. Instead, we elect people to represent our interests, specifically Congress and the White House. These are people whose job it is to study our problems, debate issues, and formulate policies and courses of action. Make no mistake, America is a Republic. As another key ideological difference in this country, whereas Democrats refer to America as a Democracy, Republicans refer to it as a Republic. This also explains why Democrats revile the Electoral College as prescribed by the Constitution, believing a popular vote should be the sole criteria for electing a president, not a representative based solution.

So, why are the Democrats so loud in their protests? First, as they have lost control over the Congress and Presidency they have become more desperate to regain control. More importantly, they do not want a country as defined by the Constitution as it interferes with socialism. This is why they want open borders, suppress the power of law enforcement, and do not want a Constitutional jurist as appointed by Mr. Trump. All of this gets in the way of their agenda.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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WHY THE ESCALATION IN SUICIDES?

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 5, 2018

BRYCE ON LIFE

– Is there a connection to the decline of religion?

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A couple of months ago, I produced a presentation titled, “The PRIDE Renewal Tour,” which noted the changes in our culture and what can be done about them. Among the subjects discussed, I reviewed a recent report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding how youth suicides have skyrocketed 70% over the last decade. “According to the CDC, nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide in 2016, making it the 10th leading cause of death.” It is also the 2nd leading cause of death among young people, ages 15-24.

According to Tom Simon, one of the authors of the CDC report, the increase in suicides is not limited to just our youth, “We know that overall in the US, we’re seeing increases in suicide rates across all age groups.”

This was amplified by the recent suicides of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. Although it is unclear as to precisely why they decided to take their own lives, it was reported they suffered from depression. Despite their success, they simply couldn’t find happiness and contentment.

From their deaths, the public is slowly becoming aware of the growing trend in suicide, particularly among our youth. So what is causing this, failure? This certainly was not the case with Spade and Bourdain. Perhaps it was triggered by the influx of drugs and technology. Maybe it is simple depression, which has also been growing over the years. A recent REPORT claims “15 percent of the adult population will experience depression at some point in their lifetime.” Of that, “nearly 50 percent of all people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.”

Again, we can look at the influences of drug and technology addiction, but I believe it goes deeper than this, specifically a loss of meaning in life which particularly affects our youth. To this end, let us consider the slow erosion of our MORAL VALUES as reported annually by the Gallup organization.

I have been following this since 2012 and in just the past six years alone, there has been a noticeable decline; when asked, “HOW WOULD YOU RATE THE OVERALL STATE OF MORAL VALUES IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY?”

2012 2018  
20% 14% EXCELLENT/GOOD
36% 37% ONLY FAIR
43% 49% POOR

We can blame this erosion on the media’s distorted views of morality, the failure of the family unit to properly teach their youth, and the decline of organized religion. As to the latter, both Gallup and Harris have produced polls showing the belief in a Supreme Being is slowly declining. Further, attendance at religious institutions is also dwindling; “65 percent of churches are declining or plateaued.”

Even more disturbing is fewer younger people are going to church which, of course, affects membership. Consequently, “for every new church that opens, four close.” For many years, churches and temples preached the lessons of right and wrong, but with fewer attendees, these lessons now go unheeded. It has become glaringly obvious to churches they must change in order to survive, be it the venue or how to disseminate their message.

More importantly, STUDIES make a direct connection between the rise of youth suicides on a loss of sense of purpose as derived from the decline of religion. In other words, as religion declines, youth suicides skyrocket. It is not a coincidence.

We would like to believe money, fame, and success leads to happiness. As evidenced by celebrities such as Spade and Bourdain, this is not the case. It’s a matter of how we see ourselves, our role in society, and learning to live a meaningful life, which are all lessons we should learn from our family, our schools, and our places of worship. However, if we do not support such institutions, we are doomed to watch our suicide rate continue to escalate unabated.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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HOW ABOUT A LITTLE PATRIOTISM FOR THE 4TH?

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 3, 2018

BRYCE ON INDEPENDENCE DAY

– The virtues of a home town parade.

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I have always enjoyed the charm of a local Independence Day parade. In my old hometown of Wyoming, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, the streets would come alive in the morning with the sounds of fire truck sirens, the High School marching band, and numerous neighborhoods dressed in red, white and blue and marching in the parade. Local politicians would ride in the parade and wave to the crowd. A friend of mine used to live at the start of the parade route and would have coffee and donuts available for the fire and police departments as well as parade organizers. People lined the streets, waved flags, and had a great time. Some of the neighbors along the parade route would roast hot dogs. It wasn’t about politics, it was simply a great way for the community to pull together in honor of the country. I am pleased to say they continue this tradition to this day.

Unfortunately, it is not the same in my current hometown of Palm Harbor, Florida who has yet to discover the benefits of this community event. I would have thought the American Legion, the VFW, the Masons, or the local Chamber of Commerce would have pushed for such an event, but not yet. Maybe they think it is too hot for such a parade or that not enough people would show any interest. I hate to say it, but Cincinnati gets every bit as hot as Florida during the summer, perhaps more so. And there should be sufficient interest as neighboring Safety Harbor hosts such a parade. I wonder what they know that we don’t? It would be nice to see the local community pull together and demonstrate a little unity on America’s birthday.

No, this is not about taking a knee and protesting. It’s about community spirit, pride, and teaching patriotism to our youth, plus having a little fun while we’re at it. Are we so polarized that we cannot simply enjoy our community and country? I’m not there to represent a political party or ideology as that is not the point. Instead, I attend such functions as a proud American.

As we all know, the Declaration of Independence was signed on Thursday, July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia. A copy was then taken by courier to General Washington who was currently stationed in New York City with his troops preparing to engage the British. It took some time for the document to reach Washington as it was delivered by horse rider, not by text messaging, e-mail, or Morse code for that matter. Consequently, Washington received it two days later on Saturday, July 6th, along with a letter from John Hancock as president of the Continental Congress.

After studying the DOCUMENT, Washington ordered his troops to assemble in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday, July 9th at 6:00pm, where Washington’s officers read the Declaration to all of his troops. Local citizens were allowed to attend as well. For the general, the document was very timely as it provided the rationale for breaking away from Britain and creating a new nation, thereby motivating his troops.

The words in the Declaration were so inspirational, New Yorkers raced down Broadway where they toppled and decapitated a statue of King George III. This was later melted down and used for ammunition against the British. It must have been quite a sight.

Since then, America has celebrated the 4th of July as an important event in our history. I do not believe the founding fathers would be overly impressed by some of today’s home town parades, but I am sure they would appreciate the love and affection we still hold for our country.

Happy Independence Day!

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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