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Growing Up In The Kronenberger House. (an analysis of the whole conservative vs. liberal thingy)

March 4, 2010

I was raised in what I consider to be, one of the best homes a person could possibly grow up in, period… I grew up in a large, old house in Belleville, IL on a street that had a great deal of history, fantastic stories on it’s architecture, and most importantly? Other kids.

It was cool as heck to grow up in the “kool-aid” house of our neighborhood where we never locked our doors, slept most nights with the windows open allowing a cool midwestern breeze to blow through the house from the attic fan.

My parents were youngsters when they started their journey as a family, giving birth to four children, fostering many and adopting several others. Upon completion of after school chores and when summer hit on our street, it was an all out free fall of activity as all of us boys picked teams for street football, or we would run to one of the two school yards down the street to facilitate the larger games.

We would run until after dark, playing, using our imaginations, catching fireflies, building snowmen, swimming, building clubhouses, go-carts and stuff, exploring and building friendships that, even though we would have periodic disagreements, would most certainly stand the test of time.

As parents go, God put together two of the most incredible, loving and wise parents, EVER! when he blessed the union between my mom and my dad. In spite of their youth, they were gentle & kind, yet strong in the areas of teaching and discipline. They were, and still are faithful to God, their church and their family, they lived what they taught, they loved without condition, sacrificed much and worked themselves to the point of exhaustion so that they could provide more for their kids, than they had when growing up. Words cannot express how deeply I Love them.

Their values reinforced the importance of patriotism, they taught us to fear God, that all men are created equal, to respect our elders, to Love, value friendships, pray, stay in school, be fair, enjoy our family, study the Bible, love our country, follow instruction, practice a strong work ethic, respect the ministry, they taught us that we could achieve anything that we set our minds to and of high importance? They taught us to know that there are consequences for every action.

This, was a small part of Growing Up In The Kronenberger House and as you can see, most of the reasons why America was such a great country were being practiced, in my home! With all of the Godly, moral and ethical principles in place, Growing up in the Kronenberger House, was incredible in many ways. Can any person say that they would have a reason to Hate life as a person growing up in the Kronenberger House? No.

This is is the point in the story where we see the ignorance of youth, come to life. In spite of how incredible it was to grow up in the Kronenberger House, I went through a phase where I had to go out and experience many of the harsh realities of life,,, for myself.

I ended up in a 4&1/2 yr stupor induced by narcotics and alcohol, and even though most of that is now a blur, I remember very well, hating who I had become at that point in my life.

I realized all too sadly after killing a billion brain cells, burning up bridges and damaging several friendships, that I was running from the kind of person that I had been raised and that I knew I was supposed to be. But in this state of denial I began spouting off bitter diatribes towards the Fanatic Religious Right, that had imposed their oppressive teachings on me and caused me to walk in guilt. I became critical of  their hypocrisy and the embarrassment that I had grown up with having been labeled as “one of those” people.

I was in serious denial of the truth and after 4&1/2 years, I ended up in deep personal reflection. Soon, I woke up to the realization that the anger I had been feeling, was my reaction to conviction and to guilt! I’ll break it down:

  1. I did not want to do what I knew was right, (narcotics, alcohol, lying and much more)
  2. I knew the difference between right and wrong, but
  3. I did not want anyone, or anything to tell me that I was wrong
  4. My conscience would never leave me alone
  5. When I was around people who strove to live right, I was convicted
  6. Instinctively, I would take a defensive posture around those people
  7. The longer I defended the more bitter and angry I became

I am of the opinion that the relationship between Liberals and Conservatives? It’s much the same.

As an outspoken conservative, I will be in the presence of people who despise conservatives for whatever reason, i.e; old school, stuck in the mud, not progressive, big family, etc., and it usually is spiritual, i.e; represent old fashioned values, morals, ethics, etc.

But the bottom line is, they know what is right, they know that conservatives represent sound, moral and spiritual values! They know that, as a whole, conservatives represent the very ideas the greatest nation in the history of mankind, was founded upon! Is this cause for anger? No.

But since they know that liberal values are generally attached to a host of ethical and morally questionable values, since they know that the movement as a whole is typically representative of non-traditional agendas, they will instinctively assume a defensive posture when in the same room and if they are an immoral, unGodly person,,, that posture and the anger that goes with it are compounded.

Whether you are a liberal, or a conservative, whether you are angry, or just annoyed, it does not matter. What does matter is that we have a responsibility to our children, their children and beyond, to do what is right.

The foundation that was built by our forefathers, it was built upon sound, moral and Godly wisdom, it has been a beacon of hope, a shining example of prosperity that was blessed of God, a place of refuge, liberty & freedom and we must protect it with all our might. Even though we may have disagreements now and then, let’s agree to get along, to remember that we are all citizens of America and do what we can to keep America sovereign.

I think we should treat it just like The Kronenberger House.