Rise to the moment of truth Friday, January 27, 2023

Posts by Phil Williams

Vaccine
Phil Williams: It seemed like a good idea at the time

History is replete with ridiculously bad decisions that cost someone, or some company, countless opportunities and boundless riches. The COVID vaccine is shaping up to be one of them.

Fertilizer
Phil Williams: The dehumanization of turning Mawmaw into fertilizer

What we do with living, breathing, soul-filled humans—or their remains once they’ve passed—should never be based solely on questions of cultural convenience, finances, logistics or selfish emotion.

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy
Phil Williams: Debating the debate in Congress

It would be far more concerning if there had been no debate in Congress this past week. What we saw was healthy. It was truly democracy in action.

DEI blocks
Phil Williams: Where merit goes to die

DEI is where merit goes to die, where failure becomes an acceptable norm, and success becomes a crime. We must return to being a merit-based society.

Money, capitol, capital, donations
Phil Williams: Spend it like you've got it

We’ve all had times when we had to rob Peter to pay Paul. By that, I mean that I’m sure that most folks have had those days when paying one bill meant not paying another.

Bronze law scales on table. Symbol of justice. Twitter
Phil Williams: Twitter tips the scales

Twitter tipped the info scales and just like a pair of cheating fishermen the crowd has now seen them for what they are.

Eastland disaster
Phil Williams: Putting Alabama's top-heavy government back on an even keel

Ronald Reagan once said that “a government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.”

War memorial Washington
Phil Williams: Always remember to never forget

We preserve who we are as a people by putting all of our past sacrifices, victories, and achievements into perspective.

US Capitol
Phil Williams: It's all in the details

Some folks say, “the devil’s in the details." Not me. I believe that God is in the details. Details are what make the big picture come together. Details are what make bad get better and good become great. That sounds like a Godlier approach in my view. 

Push
Phil Williams: 'Sweetie and the Sergeant Major'

Have you ever witnessed one of those moments when someone gets pushed a little too far? Or maybe you have experienced that straw-breaking-the-camel's back scenario yourself.

mine field
Phil Williams: Chasing trash into a minefield

Let’s not forget that in some places in this world, there are folks who will chase a box of ladies' shoes out into a minefield. There are those who will be glad to have our trash. 

Side view portrait of smiling senior man voting in booth on election day and looking at camera, copy space
Phil Williams: Voters are heroes

There is much at stake, but there are heroes still among us — ordinary folks who vote, and indeed every vote counts.

Cemetery with Gravestones on a Autumn Day
Phil Williams: We must never, ever forget

If we don’t take the steps necessary to ensure that our nation's greatness and the sacrifices of our founders are accurately remembered, then we will one day be like the burning forgotten cemetery lost in the middle of the woods, and “nobody knew it was there."

graduation cap on money
Phil Williams: No such thing as a free lunch

Legally, ethically, mentally and morally, the Biden student loan bailout is a bad idea fraught with negative second and third-order effects. It cannot go forward, and all necessary action should be taken to stop it.

Alabama flag money
Phil Williams: Show me the money!

Is it possible that the elected leadership in Montgomery believes that we don’t have enough revenue? Not at all. The numbers don’t lie, and Alabama has more cash on hand than we’ve ever had.

Statue of Liberty, flag
Phil Williams: The American Dream still lives

Has America changed? Are we the same US of A that these two gentlemen grew up in and so capably served?

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Phil Williams: Saint Maurice proved 'doin' right ain't hard'

The Order of Saint Maurice medallion is an award given to honor those who are inducted into the Order for their roles contributing to or serving in the U.S. Army Infantry. 

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Phil Williams: America deserves the best of the best

You may have heard of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the famous explorer who launched a mission to explore Antarctica over a century ago. I have read that the outcome of his Antarctic mission was deemed both a great failure and one of the greatest human achievements ever. Legend has it that when Shackleton was looking for men, he didn't want any galavanters or dandies, so he ran a very blunt ad that said precisely what was needed.

AL State House Lon Worley
Phil Williams: You need to be involved in the legislative process — A 'How to' Guide

While it's crucial to remind citizens of their civic duty and to embolden individuals to contact their representatives and join other initiatives to enact change, it is also imperative to equip them to do so and to do it well. 

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Phil Williams: Stand up, speak up

There is a true movement afoot to stifle speech. If we cannot speak freely and are not allowed to stand in the midst of our moments and say those things that we believe then we really aren’t free at all.

Almond milk
Phil Williams: Be wary when government knows best

My wife and I have been married for almost 36 years! To this day she is still my best sounding board, and a lot of what happens on Rightside Radio comes from her input as well. We agree on most everything. Except one thing: she likes so-called Almond Milk and I just find that to be repulsive. 

President Joe Biden
Phil Williams: Biden and the war of the worlds

Last week’s speech by the sitting President of the United States was one of the worst examples of fear-mongering that I’ve seen.

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Phil Williams: Student loans, Skittles and delayed gratification

The other night Charlene and I had the joy of going to dinner with our adult son, who was in town on business. It's such an amazing and truly wonderful thing to see your kids grown up and living good lives. I have many memories from his time growing up, but the events of the past week brought one particular story to the forefront.

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Phil Williams: Plan the fight and fight the plan

Difficult times will show you what someone is made of. Difficult times will also show you whether or not someone has the ability to lead others. What will that person do when difficulties arise? If that person is a leader, or the head of a household, or the boss at the business, what will they say or do to show those whom they lead that there is a way forward and here’s how we get there together?

US Capitol by Harold Mendoza
Phil Williams: Lead, follow, or get out of the way

It’s a phrase you’ve probably heard before. The phrase has been attributed over time to Thomas Paine, General George Patton and even Lee Iacocca, but whoever it was that said it I would hazard the guess that it was someone with a strong personality, a sense of mission and the need to get something very important done. 

senate
Phil Williams: Just do the good

Too often one of the side effects of politics is that people expect their elected officials to “bring home the bacon."

Afghanistan map
Phil Williams: Why you should never settle for societal disruption and disorder

The people of any community do not have to just settle for disruption and disorder. They don’t. The people in the small mountain village prove that point.

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