Correction: In trying for brevity, I made the third paragraph of the blog post below misleading, as Dave pointed out and as is clear from some of the many reader comments. Dave is NOT de-emphasizing politics in the magazine or on the website in general.
What he actually said was that the overabundance of politics on our Facebook page does not reflect what the content of BHM is about and that it made BHM look like a political magazine, which we are not. As a result, he wanted to stop posting politically-oriented blog updates on Facebook. Clearly, I should have said, “de-emphasize politics on Facebook.”
Further, his decision was in no way responsible for my ending this blog. It was merely something I chose to interpret as a coincidental message that reinforced what I was already thinking.
My apologies to Dave and to any readers who were misled.
It’s strange how things happen.
For a few weeks now, I’ve been thinking that the hour or two I devote each day to reading for and writing my blog post could really be better spent on other things.
Then yesterday, Dave called and said he’s decided to de-emphasize politics and since politics and current events are what I most enjoy writing about, it seemed like the universe, through Dave, was telling me to listen to myself and call it quits, so that’s what I’m going to do.
I think I’ll use those hours to do a bit of non-political writing, get things done around the house, and to spend time with my new grandson. After all, someone has to teach him the really important English words like liberty, freedom, rights, libertarian, honor, justice, commitment, character, and responsibility and what they really mean.
Thank you to everyone who has stopped by to read my various scribblings, especially those of you who visited daily. I very much appreciate the time you gave me and the many comments you left, even the ones that disagreed with me or took me to task.
Some final thoughts, or rather, quotes I hope you’ll think about:
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. ~Thomas Jefferson
The first duty of a man is to think for himself. ~José Martí
When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty. ~Thomas Jefferson
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. ~Oscar Wilde
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ~Thomas A. Edison
Revolution is just another word for “nothing left to lose.” ~Me
It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~George Eliot
And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love, you make. ~Paul McCartney