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MilesTones-Way Back When People Were Polite

by Rev. Austin Miles

We have been through the Bronze Age, the Age of Faith, the Age of Reason, the Age of Enlightenment, the Age of Louis X1V,  and the Age of Voltaire.

Even with the subjects at hand for discussion, back then there was a dignity of the people and all talk was polite, even in disagreements.  Of course this was before the Age of Democrats. From there all respect for others went down the….swamp (more elegant than using toilet).

Today, all conversations seem to be powered by crudeness, insults,and disparagement bound up in the covers of vulgarity.  Today there seems to be an effort to belittle others.

Fortunately this writer lived in the days of respect where all conversations reflected that time in life. I can remember when we were visiting family members in Kentucky, one of the young men in the family brought his new girl friend to visit and get acquainted with us.

All went well until a bee buzzed that girl friend’s face, she jumped up and swatting at the bee, yelled…..“DAAAAAAMN!  We all gasped, shook our heads and thought loudly that this was NOT the girl for him. That was considered a curse word back then. And a girl using such language was unthinkable.

Going to school, when the teacher entered the room, all the young men automatically took of their hats and caps. We never called a teacher by a first name without putting a Miss or Mr. in front of that name.

As time went by the insult radio host came into being. Joe Pine was one of the first who insulted his guests. People were shocked at his first broadcast, but they kept tuning in. More hosts gained a microphone with the same format. When television became a staple, one would not only hear the insults but see the expressions on the faces.

Then the insult comedian came forward (night clubs, Vegas, theaters) and stupid people would pay money to be insulted. It was considered chic.

The crudeness and rudeness spilled over into society. And when someone insulted another, it carried with it a real sting, not the non-sting that brought out the loud, “DAMN” from the girlfriend who was never invited back, but a real painful sting.

But back in my youthful days, insults were actually funny, made their point but were never rude or cruel. Wanting to gather those classy insults I consulted a retired pastor friend who helped greatly in putting these together. Here they are.

When Insults Had Class

These glorious insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words.

�  A member of Parliament to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.”

�  “That depends, Sir,” said Disraeli, “whether I embrace your policies or your       mistress.”

�  “He had delusions of adequacy.” – Walter Kerr

�  “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” –       Winston Churchill

�  “I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great         pleasure.”  Clarence Darrow

�  “He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the      dictionary.” – William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

�  “Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.”          Moses Hadas

�  “I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.    –           Mark Twain

�  “He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends..” – Oscar Wilde

�  “I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if          you have one.” – George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

�  “Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second … if there is one.” –        Winston Churchill, in response.

�  “I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.” –       Stephen Bishop

�  “He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” – John Bright

�  “I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.” –
Irvin S. Cobb

�  “He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.” –
Samuel Johnson

�  “He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.” – Paul Keating

�  “In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.” –
Charles, Count Talleyrand

�  “He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.” – Forrest Tucker

�  “Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?” –       Mark Twain

�  “His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.” – Mae West

�  “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” –
Oscar Wilde

�  “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… for support rather       than illumination.” – Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

�  “He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.” – Billy Wilder

�  “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening.  But this wasn’t it.” – Groucho Marx

Yes, I do miss the old days. They were classier.


Trickle-Down Trump

By Jim O’Neill

A friend recently sent me an article concerning a couple of British city councils that will be handing out “gender pronoun badges” in celebration of “Trans Day of Visibility,” March 31.

Council and voluntary sector staff…will be “encouraged” to wear the badges, which include messages such as “My pronouns are she/her/hers” and “My pronouns are they/their/theirs” “…Some prefer to use other gender-neutral pronouns such as ‘xe’, ‘ze’, or ‘sie’”

Virginia Hale “Breitbart London

I thought to myself “Yeah, well my ‘pronoun badge’ would read ‘F–K OFF, LIBERAL WANKERS!’” – but in polite sedate letters so as not to offend anyone (we are talking England after all).

Be that as it may – please excuse the sharp segue, but this article is not about gender badges, but the impact of President Trump on American culture as a whole.  So, let me get started on that theme without any further ado.

It is commonly accepted that the demeanor, the personality, the aura, of America’s president trickles down to permeate their entire administration, and ultimately the rest of the country, to a greater or lesser extent.  If that is indeed the case (and I believe it is) then how will “Trickle-down Trump” affect America – how is it already affecting America (and the world)?

Perhaps the most important thing that President Trump has done so far is to reinvigorate America’s sense of pride, power, and hope.  That, coupled with his unflagging positive attitude, has trickled down, or radiated out, to permeate all of America – excepting those dark benighted corners where the MSM, academia, Never Trumpers, and the radical Left hang out.

We the People have long known that President Trump could find a cure for cancer, eradicate poverty, walk barefoot across the Potomac River, and the MSM and their brain-washed followers would find fault without fail – goes without saying.  If you are so dim as to fall for their non-stop anti-Trump propaganda then more fool you.

Another aspect of President Trump’s personality that will have far-reaching effects on America’s culture, its zeitgeist, is his unapologetic masculinity.  To the unmitigated horror of radical feminists and their ilk he is revitalizing, revamping, and reintroducing the concept of the manly man — the man of confidence, power, integrity, and action; leavened with humor and compassion.

Donald J. Trump is the greatest big-game player in American political history.  Period.  There is no second.  None.  Not in modern times.  No one is even close.  If you disagree, show us someone who has never run for office before, and watch him become the leader of the free world in spite of the media, some of the Republican establishment, and the Democratic Party all being against him.

Lewandowski, Bossie “Let Trump Be Trump” p. 203

“Old fashioned,” passe virtues such as honesty, decency, honor, courage, hard work, and commitment will seep back into America’s everyday vocabulary as our culture becomes reacquainted with their importance.  Being of service to others will also reacquire its long-lost allure.  The “secret” that wisely doing good is a shortcut to feeling good (wholesomely good) will be parlayed into personal and national improvement.

And President Trump is a spiritual man, a man of God.  Which is all to the good in a country whose motto is “In God We Trust.”  Granted, he is only human and has feet of clay, but who does not?  A show of hands from those of you who are saintly and pure as the driven-snow?  That’s what I thought.  So, let’s not be so quick to throw stones at another’s lack of perfection.

Trump says what he means and means what he says.  That, in and of itself, makes Trump a political oddity on a par with a total solar eclipse.  Oh wait, he’s not a professional political parasite, is he?  Well that explains that.  With a bit of God’s grace, straight-shooting talk and minimal bulls—t will again become the coin of the realm in America.

I could go on in this vein for some time, but you get the idea.  “Trickle-down Trump” will have far reaching positive effects throughout the United States, and eventually the world.  Why I wouldn’t be surprised if such insidious nonsense as “gender badges” were soon relegated to the dustbin of history where they belong.