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Douglas Feavel

AUTHOR OF : "Uncommon Character: Stories Of Ordinary Men And Women Who Did The Extraordinary" (Previously titled: "A Storyteller's Anthology: 26 Inspiring Character Portraits For Our Time")

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In Praise of Politically Incorrect Speech

Politically correct language pretends an empathy with freedom of speech while really denying it, thus practicing censorship equating to totalitarianism or deliberate obfuscation through the use of double-speak or Orwellian newspeak euphemisms. The primary intentions and outcomes of such speech are indoctrination and subjugation.

Political correctness should be relabeled cultural Marxism, because many of its adherents deliberately erode fundamental American and Christian values in favor of the communist values like those of the Frankfurt school of ideology. Politically correct speech is not practiced by, nor characteristic of, those holding traditional or conservative views, since they are known to continue endorsing what’s already proven by time and experience. Rather, it is widely and frequently employed by those advocating ultra-liberal, deconstructionist, elite progressive, and communist-leaning views. Proponents of P.C. speech use it to facilitate change, and subsequently intend to permanently secure the resulting change by acting as though it were, indeed, always the superior and natural order of life. Hypotheses and untruths are promoted as facts until they erroneously become accepted as facts. Existing and alternative ideas and speech are labeled with mean-spirited expressions such as ignorant, regressive, uneducated, curmudgeonly, and provincial in order to dismiss them as without credibility and thus deny them any further opportunity for expression or consideration. Free thinking and open dialog, continued research, dissent, and discussion are thereafter repressed and eliminated. Two sure signs of a weak concept or program are: first, if its existence or acceptance cannot withstand any competition; and second, if it’s dependent on the protection mustered by a rigid P.C. code encircling it like a thick fortress wall guaranteeing the restrictive presence of a “safe zone” with freedom from any vague “micro-aggressions”.

Politically correct concepts are aggressively enforced dogmatically on university campuses, and from their classrooms they filter into books, texts, journalism, newspapers, theses, literature, and K-12 education, and even into our laws, regulations, and courts. Politically correct methodology is frequently leveraged against proponents of, and topics pertaining to, creationism, pro-life, school vouchers, welfare alternatives, freedom of religious expression, traditional marriage, sexual morality, educational choice, natural gender differentiation, strict Constitutional construction, support for the State of Israel, absolute values, environmental issues, abstinence education, the Second Amendment, and anything relating to a Supreme Being.

Politically correct concepts are riddled with dogmatic contradictions, the only consistency being their lack of logic. Examples of their contradictions are: the rejection of Christianity as too religious, while embracing neo-paganism, atheism, humanism, Satanism, magic, and witchcraft – all of which are religious in nature and practice; rejection of the obvious proofs offered by a wondrous and complex universe or biological cell while embracing far-fetched and just-plain-silly alternative hypotheses as fact; and rejection of innocent, unborn human life while attempting to prolong the lives of convicted serial killers and protect endangered insects.

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Mobocracy in Madison

In my home state of Wisconsin during 2013-2014, unionized teachers and other unionized state employees binged for months in and around the capital building at Madison. They indulged in uncouth, lawless, selfish, obscene, and destructive mobocracy during their prolonged attempt to literally take down the legitimately elected government and discredit its majority-passed legislation. Their bullying was thought justified because they felt entitled to a continuation of ever-increasing benefits without any associated productivity standards, personal contributions, or merit-based performance measurements. They entered into acts of violent resistance and attitudes of mindless insistence, despite the fact that the state government was drowning in red ink because of their past history of receiving special privileges. Many of the paid thugs were shipped in from all around the country and were not even direct stakeholders; they represented the larger global agenda of the moldy, old dictatorship of the proletariat. The private sector had already peacefully accepted and successfully adapted to fiscal responsibility, belt-tightening, productivity demands, performance-based incentives, and spending cuts two decades earlier. Greater detail about the related, shameful circumstances are in Governor Scott Walker’s book Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge. Twenty years earlier, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani suffered an unjustified fate similar to Governor Walker’s as he also undertook effective measures to reduce out-of-control entitlement spending and bloated debt in the nation’s largest city.

Capitalism & Christianity

The true Christian way is, indeed, to care for the poor and needy, both spiritually and physically, by letting God work His purposes through us as we agree with Him and yield to Him – including our purses and wallets. To accomplish these ends, Jesus promoted charitably giving out of our own blessings, time, and production; not forcibly taking from our neighbor and then giving or keeping what is not ours. That isn’t godly no matter what label it’s been accorded; and it certainly isn’t noble or wise. Such methods are neither self-sustaining nor effective. Taking from others without their approval is theft, not charity. Capitalism is a better approach, but it is not Christianity; it is, however, built upon the biblical principles of labor, production, investment, research, initiative, and creativity. These are God’s ways, as He demonstrated throughout Genesis, where we see the dignity and value of work. Capitalism does best in a nation adhering to Christian principles. It’s why America is the greatest land of opportunity and affluence in all history, why peoples the world over are still coming here century after century, and why they rarely go back with their earnings after succeeding here. Capitalism also does best when the means of production are fully in private hands. When government controls and/or owns the means, it is not true capitalism. It’s been labeled corporate fascism because inefficient, greedy, regulation-prone, controlling, reactionary, prejudiced, and unseasoned bureaucrats operate the economy from a myopic fair-share agenda. Ayn Rand exposes this concept effectively in her classic Atlas Shrugged.

Each of Us Makes a Difference

We need to progress to the business of building our character around the absolute truths of self-responsibility and everyday common virtue (statement paraphrased from A Nation of Victims by Charles J. Sykes). The positive societal contributions of good character, and the negative consequences of its alarming decline in America today – especially as it relates to the public education system and to public/government service – are two sides of a single critical issue. These contributions and consequences may generate a cause-and-effect nature that continues beyond and outside of our own singular life. This is comparable to the familiar ripples-in-the-pond analogy.  In other words, each one of us does make a difference in the world around us. An unforgettable story illustrating this aspect was researched and presented by Bill Gothard of the Institute in Basic Life Principles. He speaks of two specific Englishmen who founded families in the eighteenth century. One man led a selfless life, and generation after generation of his posterity was documented as being heavily populated by doctors, lawyers, and ministers. The other led a life of depravity and crime, and generation after generation of his posterity was documented as being heavily populated by rapists, murderers, and thieves.

Writing the Story of Your Life

Toward a Happy and Productive New Year:

Although some may never write a book, we’re all composing a personal, nonfiction story. It’s the story of our life. Others read our story when they witness how we live. When that occurs, we are all teachers or storytellers, knowingly and willingly or not. As our story unfolds, it’s merged into the larger story, God’s story.  You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; you are manifestly an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, on the heart.  Corinthians II 3:2-3 NKJV

The promotional description for Scott McClellan’s book, Tell Me a Story: Finding God (and Ourselves) Through Narrative, states the following: “Jesus called His followers witnesses. We are, in fact, witnesses to His unfolding story. This story is not only our calling; it’s the next generation’s best chance of identifying with the Church and changing the world. As we become storytellers, we learn to see the world in terms of stories being lived and told. We discover deeper insights into God, ourselves, and others.”

I am not referring to actually committing our stories to writing (that is, composing our autobiographies), but professional storywriter Donald Miller does recommend something closely approaching that outcome in his essay “How to Tell a Story.” He justifies writing it as a worthwhile exercise for everyone: “We are all on a journey, of course. We all want things for ourselves and our families and those desires launch us into stories. And stories are filled with risk and fear and joy and pain. In each of our stories, friends and guides have passed through and those friends have taught us things.” Miller continues this line of thought by adding personal reflection: “The point of any story is always character transformation. I am so grateful to have studied story if for no other reason than it’s helped me realize how much I’ve changed over the years as a human being. Story has given beauty and meaning to my life because it’s no longer passing by without me reflecting on it and noting its positive and negative turns and what those turns have done to me to make me a better person. I believe it’s true every person should write their memoir if for no other reason than it helps them understand who they are, what’s happened to them and who it is their lives have caused them to become. A person who understands themselves is easier to connect with, more settled and, most importantly, can see how their story interconnects with the stories of others.”

Writing for the grammarly.com blog, Allison VanNest expresses a similar sentiment to Miller’s. Stated more succinctly, she says: “The most valuable thing you have to offer is the story only you can tell.” By this, she seems to be expressing two convictions: that each life is a story possessing unique meaning and purpose, and thus it is worthwhile sharing; and that those who are creative storytellers with tales of fiction or nonfiction inside should seek either verbal or written expression.

Intentionally or not, personal character traits – good and bad – are woven intricately throughout our stories. Regarding this dichotomy, John Steinbeck offers a thought-provoking commentary that illustrates how society observes character. In his mini-novel Cannery Row, his protagonist, Doc (based on his close friend Ed Ricketts), states: “It has always seemed strange to me … The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first, they love the produce of the second.” Applying this on an individual level illustrates the continuous battle within everyone’s heart as we make the many character-defining decisions and choices that cumulatively create the essence and legacy of our lives.

During the lengthy experience of researching, sharing, and writing these stories, the following opportune definition emerged for uncommon character: exercising personal responsibility when no one is watching, when it costs or hurts us to do so, when we may have to act entirely alone, and when it benefits others – even our enemies – more than self.  Therein is outlined a most worthy goal for every individual; a goal which has been met by the heroes comprising Stories of Uncommon Character.

Upon examining their progression from ordinary to extraordinary, the people in this book emerge as role models and mentors; and although our lives may not yet compare to theirs, the long-term plan is to embrace the Apostle Paul’s admonishment: “…Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). The end of the journey – the conclusion of our life story – is of more exemplary and eternal consequence than how we started or about the ups and downs along the way.  Strive to finish well!

The official website for Douglas Feavel’s book,

“Uncommon Character: 26 Stories of Ordinary Men and Women Who Did the Extraordinary”

(Previously titled: “A Storyteller’s Anthology: 26 Inspiring Character Portraits For Our Time”)

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