“Words have meanings,” a more senior Marine officer would tell me when I was a Lieutenant. Every day after that, I learned more and more what he meant by it. You can say something but is that really what you wanted to say? Perhaps not because words do have meanings. Your word is your bond. If a man gives away his word what is he? If you tell someone you’re going to do something, you have to do it.
If you have been reading OMV you know that we launched our t-shirts. I wanted to keep the shirts under $20 and no, I don’t make 1 cent off of them. After looking at them and you added the shipping, we forgot to change the amounts and the price was over $20. One of OMV readers sent me this:
“Ah: words, words. "We wanted to keep them under $20 and we did including shipping to you." $4.50 isn't an issue. Knowing what is said and what reality is have become issues, not with you, but with politicians and People of Influence. Too often words don't match reality. I'm happy to pay the $21.90, and I'd rather you make something on it. I just hope you see that words should match reality. I hope it's not the Marines who muddy those waters. I try not to get on my soapbox with you, but I think that matching words with reality is an important issue. Have a Cgar on these thoughts! C.”
Man, she nailed it and I threw a frag grenade in the t-shirt section and fixed it. Besides the shirts, what is said throughout America that isn’t reality? Words should match reality as she pointed out above.
So help me God….
I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God
The above is the oath that every officer in the military repeats. It’s not optional to repeat it nor is it optional to violate it. Here words are reality. I happen to take oaths and by the good Lord himself abide by them “So help me God” even when it’s not popular or easy.
Too many people today, especially in positions of influence, don’t abide by the “words have meanings” or “words should match reality”. Why? One reason is because they have lost focus and the only way they can reach back to what is right and clear is to blur it through different levels (lie) so that it turns the wrong way somehow and benefits them. You and I have to hold these people, especially ones in politics, accountable for their words and their actions. Man does that ever apply to situations in today’s events.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
When this was written, words had meanings as well and they lived by them as well.
Do not fret though America. Good guys always win. We will win because we do have Americans that believe and follow through on what they say. They know words have meanings and those meanings mean something to you and me. Something we can believe in and support.
Time for a Cgar!