September 01, 2004
things you just do
Some people, especially Democrats, don't look at life the same way I do. I've lived 52 years and I believe that I've gathered a modicum of wisdom in that time. I've seen fire and rain. I've seen life as it really is. Here are the lessons I've learned, the hard way.
* Nothing in this world is free.
* People you trust, and even LOVE, are capable of stabbing you in the back.
* The only thing in life that never goes away is a sense of family, if you have one.
* Hard work pays off.
* You're a victim ONLY if you allow yourself to be one.
* Government is NOT my friend.
* Money isn't everything.
* But being broke sucks.
* Everybody makes mistakes. A wise man learns from his mistakes and a fool repeats them.
* It's wonderful to be loved.
* It hurts like hell to be betrayed by someone you love.
* I get along with kids so well because I still remember what it was like to be one. That's a magical time in life.
* Santa Claus doesn't exist, but he should.
* Never stop dreaming. That's where great ideas come from.
Okay, that's it. My brain is full.
* Nothing in this world is free
love has no price tag.
Children are created without money. ... But that changes quickly.
I would give up everything for my children.
I'm a democrat.
Does that mean that I think that everything IS free? That everyone you know and love will WATCH your back? That nothing in life GOES away? That being LAZY pays off? (I don't know what to do with the victims one.) That the government IS my friend? That money IS everything? That I've NEVER known that being broke sucks? etc etc.
I grew up poor with a drug addict for a father. I lived in a car for long periods of time and my dad told me we were camping. My mother died in a car crash when I was young (along with four other people) after which I was separated from my sister for 14 years. I watched my grandfather die of lung cancer.
Believe me that's just a small glimpse of what I've lived through....I've see fire and I've seen rain.
Despite all that I never got into dr*gs or alcohol. I joined the Marine Corps and served in Desert Shield/Storm. I put myself through college and then law school. I have a great wife and a beautiiful daughter both of whom I'd kill to protect.
Nothing in this world is free -- I know.
People you trust and LOVE can stab you in the back - it's happened to me too many times.
Sometimes, even the sense of FAMILY can go away if you let it.
Hard work pays - I've worked hard.
I've lived 34 years and have gathered a bit'o wisdom too....
Democrats don't all live the same lives....
Whether you are a Dem or Rep, remember first we are all still human beings!
C'mon Rob! I've been reading your blog for a while now and get a charge out of it, but what's with the Democrat/Republican thing??? You're an intelligent guy, so how could you think that anyone who votes Democratic would not agree with some or even all of the points you've made and that humans can be categorized so easily?
I have basic conservative values, but cannot in good conscience call myself a Republican anymore because the thought of being identified with the current administration sickens me.
OK, enough of that.
As I started to say, I enjoy your blog and wish you good luck in all you do.
My opnion for what it is worth ( not a damn thing) is that if your a democrat or a repulbican your might be an idiot. If you buy the fact that one party is right and the other is wrong, you might be a moron. If you believe a politician will do what he promises you are both a moron and an idiot.
Zell Miller, also a Democrat would certainly agree with all of these points -- but look at what the Democratic Party thinks of him.
Friends, if you're a Democrat and agree with Rob's points, what Terry McAuliffe says about Zell Miller is also what he thinks of you.
Just because someone identifies with one party or the other doesn't mean that they agree with everything the "party" believes. This is obvious, look at Mr. Miller.
We identify with one party or the other becuase that is where we find people who TEND to see the issues we find important in a similar light.
Of course, there ARE a bunch of idiots out there who buy the "party line" and will agree with and support anything that is thrown their way. I don't see any of them here cause most of you are thinkers...not sheep.