Monday, February 15, 2016

Jack’s Winning Words 2/15/16
“It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.”  (A. Lincoln)  Did you know that Lincoln was first elected President with only 39.8% of the popular vote?  Some really nasty things were said about him.  With the passing of time, the “accidental” President has become the most popular.  You can’t fool the people all of the time.      ;-)  Jack

FROM TARMART REV:  I remember flying to Cleveland, Ohio from Springfield, Missouri to candidate as a pastor of a small city and church in the outlying area . . . the vote came back one vote over the 2/3 needed for election . . . I figured I had 1/3, and most likely that represented the Church Board feelings as well, already not at all that happy with the candidate they had before them that Sunday . . . met with them for breakfast the following Monday morning . . . turned the offer down and can't remember any shed tears or attempts to talk me out of it . . . hind sight-- it was best I did. ====JACK:  The calling of a pastor is serious business.  The most important part of the process is to ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  In spite of the that, sometimes the call committee (and the candidate) can be fooled.  Nevertheless, I'm taking my chances with the Holy Spirit who has a way of working things out.====REV:  Looking back, confident I did just that.

FROM YOOPER BOB:  Amen!   Thanks for the reminder.====JACK:  The desire to be popular is one reason people try to fool others.  "The debates," for example.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I've seen this saying attributed to P.T. Barnum, the Circus promoter;  At any rate, it holds true, and this year being an election year, is more appropriate than ever! As Soren Kierkegaard  once observed, "Life has its own hidden forces which you can only  discover by living". Some of us have lived a long time...!====JACK:  After each of the political debates, there's a computer site, "Reality Check."  Whenever I've checked it, all of the candidates seem to have stretched the truth, or ignored it altogether.  "Lord, what fools these mortals be."  (Shakespeare) ====OAKS:  I  HADN'T HEARD OF THAT SITE, BUT IT WOULD BE A GOOD ONE TO ACCESS. HOW DO YOU FIND IT?  IT WOULD SURE BE NICE TO BE ABLE TO CAST A VOTE WITHOUT HOLDING YOUR NOSE!!!

FROM ST PAUL IN MESA:   I wonder if Abe would even get elected these days because he was not the exactly photogenic.  perhaps I am wrong.  but he was a great man.====JACK:  He was once accused of being two-faced.  He responded, "If I were two-faced, do you think I'd be wearing this one?"

FROM CHESTER THE GOOD:  You stole my stuff!====JACK:  It's time for you to ride a new pony.

FROM AW IN ILLINOIS:  Jack, even though Lincoln was  from Illinois, there was a very strong southern..anti-Lincoln  contingency around the Decatur area, and it has been said that the adjacent Long Creek Twnsp  hung their treasurer for being a Lincoln supporter.====JACK:  His was a very divisive presidency.  It was until after his assassination that his star began to shine.  The Civil War may be over, but the states rights battle continues.

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