"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." F. Scott FitzgeraldMuch has been made these days of the way people, organizations, or affiliates are being blamed for the actions, inactions, attitudes, and opinions of its members, employees, or relatives. So I decided to create a small list of disclaimers.
First, the opinions expressed here do NOT represent those of my employer, friends or family. I do NOT consult them before posting my opinions, indeed, I do well to consult myself at times!
Second, although I have my CTFA and 19 years experience as a trust administrator, I am NOT an attorney, nor a CPA, and am NOT qualified to give tax and/or legal advice.
Third, my musical tastes are quite eclectic. I listen most often to contemporary Christian music, but I love 80's music, and some of my favorite songs represent everything from The Cathedrals, Styx, Conway Twitty, Third Day, Journey, MercyMe, Alabama, Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynrd, and a smattering of Whitesnake, Skid Row, Miranda Lambert, and Rush. If any of these offend you or do not conform to your standards, I'm sorry, but I choose music I like, you choose music you like.
Fourth, I am a committed, Bible-believing Christian. My views are normally based on a careful consideration of the relevant facts, admonitions, and encouragements found in the Scriptures. I enjoy science within its inherent limitations, and did not check my brain at the door when I entered the House of God. I recognize the limitations of faith, as well. With due apologies to Mr. Fitzgerald, I would modify his observation slightly: Intelligence is the ability to understand opposing views. It is NOT the same as affirming those opposing views. Two opposite statements cannot both be true.
Lastly, I am a conservative Republican. I never liked the term "compassionate conservative." I consider myself more of a "common sense conservative." I have my concealed carry permit, but pray to God I'll never need it. I support helping people with disabilities, like my son, Tim, who is 18 but will never have the capacity to live an independent life. I support helping people who, because of a medical condition, can no longer work. Those people paid into Social Security for their working years as insurance against this very situation. What they receive is not a gift, it is the benefits from a lifetime of working and having those big deductions taken from their pay. I support diplomatic efforts as far as they'll go, but I recognize the undeniable fact that there are people in this world who do not want peace, will not accept peace, who enjoy war in the name of a fanatical belief system, whose avowed intention is simply to kill as many people as possible and to wipe a sovereign nation from the face of the map.
If you've made it this far and you're not furious at me, I must have left something out. But if you disagree, that's fine. You have every right to be wrong if you so choose.
Have a nice day.