Inspiration For You
by Randy Mitchell
Our Freedom of speech is one of the biggest rights we enjoy as American citizens. However, it pains me to see how mere accusations can ruin another persons reputation, either professionally or personally, destroying a lifetime of work and effort in the blink of an eye. If the recent charges against Herman Cain are proven true, then he should suffer the consequences. If not, it will go down as one of the worst character assassinations in recent memory. Unfortunately, much damage has already been done regardless of the outcome, and many good people will be paying the price.
In our ultra-techno society filled with 24-hour cable news, the internet, and those with selfish agendas filling their minds, mere accusations seem to be enough these days to either destroy, or damage another persons hard work and reputation. Like I stated above, it saddens me seeing this happening to so many, who I believe, don’t deserve it. Do I think Mr. Cain is guilty of the improper behavior leveled against him? I really don’t know. However, if I had to guess: I smell some dark alley deals being made to stop his Presidential bid in its tracks. But who knows, tomorrow could bring us a whirlwind of new information, true or not. Nowadays, it’s very difficult to decipher the difference between reality and fantasy until some factual evidence begins coming forth, or even more, an admittance of guilt. People have become very good at lying, a scary thing, especially when it involves those with significant power placed at their fingertips.
When Bill Clinton famously pointed his finger at the cameras many years ago in the middle of the Monica Lewinsky scandal and sternly stated, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky…” many believed him. After all, he looked determined, passionate, almost raging with denial at the accusations leveled against him. You could almost feel his anger and see the smoke billowing from his ears. But when the undeniable proof finally reared its ugly head…WOW, were Americans ever thrown for a loop, or were they?
Like many, I watch the news channels. I’m not a cable news junkie, but once a day for an hour or so I like to see what’s happening. The hyped-up opinions fly, the infighting over political issues never stop. After a while, everything seems repetitive; the only difference is the characters and scenery periodically changes. So, when the stories started coming out about Mr. Cain, I found myself shrugging it off and chalked it up to just another scandal. My point to all of this is like most, I’ve become somewhat immune to these types of headlines. They’re no longer jaw-dropping and watched with disbelief like they once were. We’ve become a nation, and world, filled with deaf ears and a lack of surprise over almost anything we see placed in the media. And what’s crazy about celebrities and politicians is we’ve practically come to expect their crazy behavior. The list goes on: Clinton, Edwards, Kennedy, Frank, Hart, Spitzer, Wiener, and almost all of Hollywood just to name a few. Do we care anymore about what these people do? Have we gotten to the point of no return, thinking there could be something wrong with them if they aren’t involved in some form of improper conduct? And where are the Christian morals that so many of these people claim to believe in?
To go back to the beginning, I hate seeing those who are innocent being caught in the middle (i.e. campaign volunteers). Which leads me to my next point: Can a good, decent, moral person stand a chance at holding one of the highest offices in the land, including the Presidency? My gut tells me “yes,” but my heart is whispering “no.” Why? The temptations that come with power are just too great and the skeletons in the closets always jolt back to life. Now, does that mean we haven't had political leaders who are moral? Of course not, but they've seem to become fewer and farther in between. Just my opinion.
How about us who put ourselves out there as authors, bloggers, activists, and anything else which places our efforts in front of others? Sooner or later, someone’s going to take a shot at your reputation, criticize your work, make fun of your efforts, or even worse, selfishly try to demoralize your character. The best thing to do is shrug it off and keep on moving. After all, doing something creative is always subjected to judgment, and learning to deal with criticism is just part of what makes us human. But no matter whom you are or what you do, eventually, negativity always comes forth, testing your spirit, patience, and Christian beliefs.
A persons name and reputation is really all they have. It’s the one thing that makes us unique and original. I hope Mr. Cain doesn’t go the way of so many politicians before him. But if he does, it’s highly unlikely he’ll be the last.
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Inspirational Writer and Author of
"Sons In The Clouds"
As a writer and avid movie fan, I love the powerful energy behind words. Words capture and cling to people in a dramatic, poignant way - and live deep inside us all. It doesn't matter if those words are written or spoken; all of us have tales yearning to be shared with each other.
A few years ago, I drove past my childhood home in Texas: a nostalgic place where tender childhood memories still reside deep inside me. I remember those hot Texas summer nights hanging out with my sister, friends, spirited pets and my girlfriend who lived across the street. This happy snapshot transported me back in time to endless, steamy nights as we watched July 4th fireworks, ate homemade ice cream on the front porch, and cooled off at the local lake.
My childhood feels like it happened just yesterday -- innocent moments taken from my carefree youth. These memories comforted me and carried me to a place where I longed to stay – a peaceful haven where I could escape my hectic ‘adult’ life. These idyllic, cherished memories were the inspiration for my first novel, "Sons In The Clouds". My long-time career as a pilot and love of aviation are seen through my main characters, Andy and Wade, who serve as Navy pilots in the Vietnam War.
"Sons In The Clouds" exposes emotional drama that showcases the vulnerable fragility of human nature. The belief in God serves as the problem-solver -- a pathway to the truth -- a light to be used when the problems of man cannot be solved, and becomes a way to expose weaknesses in those appearing to be strong. I breathe life into my characters in believable, exceptionally REAL ways. A strong theme interwoven throughout the pages is that “love conquers all” – as seen through the unfaltering, devoted commitment between my male characters and the women they leave behind.
My female characters show courage and strength in the face of adversity. Despite the fact that she doesn’t know whether her husband is alive or dead behind enemy lines, Rebecca (Andy’s wife) remains strong and never falters in her devotion to Andy.
Rebecca’s character represents war-time brides (both past and present). I wanted to show the strength, love and courage of these brave women whose loved ones were sent off to the Vietnam War. They faced harrowing fear on a daily basis, and relied on their faith and love to get them through their darkest days–- hoping and praying that their husbands returned home safely.
Most inspirational fiction readers today aren’t interested in G-rated books. "Sons In The Clouds" is a modern inspirational story that encompass spiritual themes where faith and love triumph over the brutal ugliness of war. My characters instill a hope-filled message to my readers long after the last page is read.
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