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Measure Twice, Cut Once

Posted Thursday, September 27, 2012, at 11:44 PM

Chloe, I want her to enjoy her future.
A good carpenter has one iron-clad rule for keeping things square when they build. "Measure Twice, Cut Once." They rarely have to do something over if they live by that rule.

I have been feeling inspired to write about people who have made a difference in the world. It is always good to be reminded about those individuals who faced adversity and go on to become major innovators in music, journalism, science, builders, and other worthwhile pursuits.

George Washington Carver was born into slavery. Ironically enough, his owner purchased him again after his entire family was kidnapped by slave traders. He went by the name Carver's George until he started school and a teacher changed his name.

Now the slave owner and his wife raised George as one on their own. They taught him to read and encouraged him to do well. This was exceedingly rare in the South at that time.

Here are three of the eight Cardinal Rules that George lived by:


I watched a speech that Reagan gave to the American people where he admitted a deception regarding the Iran-Contra Affair. While he might have been more complicit than he admitted to, he still came out and told the American people that he was wrong. He might not have been perfect as a human being, but his integrity to the American People was above reproach.


The encroaching disease of this world is not a physical one, but a spiritual one. Greed has run rampant like noxious weeds in every aspect of our lives. Less than 50 years ago, you could walk into bank or do any kind of business with a mere handshake. It was your bond. No other collateral was needed. Greed has infiltrated our society from the top down and the bottom up. It makes us fearful, selfish and deceptive.


This rule is not only about what you possess in the world. But how you view your neighbors, friends and family. We cannot make everything even so that everyone is happy. What we can do, is be at peace with our own lives.

Not only did George rise up from adversity, he inspired countless black children to pursue educational opportunities and attend college. He was a humble man who never stopped pursuing ideas to provide the world with much needed alternatives for farming and food.

Because of his dedication to farming alternatives, many poor sharecroppers learned to rotate food crops instead of cotton. By rotating crops, farmers were able to replenish their fields with much needed nutrients.

Being a man of science wasn't his only virtue. He believed in God and acknowledged Him in his profession and private life.

On George's tombstone, the following words are inscribed:

"He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor being helpful to the world."

The measure of George's character is not based upon his countless inventions and ideas, but how he implemented them to give a hand-up to his fellow man.

I am purposefully presenting to you examples of people whose character inspired individuals of their time. Use it as a measuring tool to seek out those who will be elected to serve our country in November.

We have all talked until we are blue in the face about a few present individuals. So I decided that present a different side of the argument. How do they measure up to the likes of George Washington Carver, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington or Ronald Reagan?

Each time we see a deception in the news that affects our safety and security, or our pocketbook, it cuts away at the very fabric of Nation.

Nowadays they are CUTTING TWICE AND MEASURING ONCE. The lie is that the average person's money and hard work is never enough to keep the boat afloat. Yet, there seems to be a great reluctance to throw overboard the heaviest things that will cause us to sink.

And what is causing us to take on water is redundant programs, catering to violent and ungrateful nations, poor job performances from our elected officials and greed.

Washington has become a huge mountain with individuals who stand at the gate to deny us liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Their rules are so far from the original constitution that our forefathers are spinning in their graves.

The good news is that there are still people out there like George Washington Carver. They want to be helpful to the world. And I sincerely hope that they will have that opportunity to do so.

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-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 8:03 AM


I don't think it is meant as being owed something, but striking out on your own and using your abilities. And not begrudging others for theirs.

George Washington Carver was a very humble man. He never expected a handout in his life and he taught his students to be as independent as they possibly could. Remember, this was in an era of deep prejudice. Especially for an educated black man. He also caught flak from other black individuals because he had managed to get a college education.

Thank you everyone. This is almost a record for me in one week, but there are times when I feel impressed to write something that needs to be shared.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 10:37 AM


I agree with you totally about our own responsibility for this mess that we are in.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 10:39 AM

When you pull up a clump of crabgrass, you can't get all the root out. Any bit of root that's left behind will produce another undesirable plant with its own roots and seeds.

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 11:35 AM

You have to control it early every season. It takes alot of time and effort.

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 11:38 AM

You have a good point Mr. Thompson.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 11:51 AM

Right on about measuring twice and cut once. Laughing I remember what I use to say, "measure once and cut twice and the darn board still came out to short", and I did measure twice and at times still got it wrong and ended up with the item to short. Its easy to take it off but hard to try and put it back on.

-- Posted by Eagle_eye on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 5:14 PM

I am the same about scissors. I usually end up with nothing if I am not careful.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 8:26 PM

We were paying for the uninsured before PPACA.

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Sat, Sep 29, 2012, at 8:21 AM

"Many of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens."

Posted by Buckshot61 on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 10:30 PM

It appears that statement is not entirely factual.

"Illegal immigrants are specifically excluded from the individual mandate, are barred from purchasing insurance through state exchanges, and are not eligible for any ACA supports. (For a useful summary, see the Congressional Research Service, Treatment of Noncitizens under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, http://www.ciab.com/WorkArea/DownloadAss...


-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Sat, Sep 29, 2012, at 5:03 PM

But HR3200 died and didn't make it to the President for a signature.

A House Resolution is not Public Law.

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Mon, Oct 1, 2012, at 7:27 AM

Someone needs to review their "Schoolhouse Rock"


-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Mon, Oct 1, 2012, at 7:31 AM

Regardless of what has been passed or not, they are up to no good with our tax dollars.

Again I will say, how do these people measure up to the likes of our leaders and innovators in the past?

-- Posted by KH Gal on Mon, Oct 1, 2012, at 7:31 AM

KHGal, I don't believe we can fairly compare present and past. Those "leaders and innovators " of the past faced the challenges of their time and were successful in overcoming some challenges that they faced, while failing in other areas.

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Mon, Oct 1, 2012, at 7:55 AM

This is interesting, but off topic, so I'll just post the link.


-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Mon, Oct 1, 2012, at 9:19 AM

They may have failed in some areas, but the moral fortitude that they lived by is something that we lack today in our society.

Every era has a set of challenges. But what has not changed since the beginning of man is their nature. You will always find good and bad, same behavior and moral failures. But the people of the past stood for something and I don't think that it is too much to expect anyone of this era to expect that too from our elected officials.

We are entitled to what our founding fathers fought for in forming this nation. The fact that we have frittered these liberties away is a sad thing.

They were not perfect men, but for a period of time, they came together and created timeless documents in which to set our nation apart from everyone else.

That has not changed. We are not "enlightened" when you look at all the clamoring for "special" favors to justify behavior or entitlements.

The gist of the matter is everyone wants to be the head cook and as a consequence, no one is getting a decent soup on the front burner. And trying to add all the ingredients that everyone wants to put in, makes the soup bitter instead of hearty and nourishing.

Leading by example is the most powerful persuader in the world. But when you have a certain few who think that everyone else has to toe the line but them, it all goes wrong.

Evidence of those who are enjoying themselves on our dime is maddening to say the least. And I don't mean welfare recipients either.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Mon, Oct 1, 2012, at 9:58 AM

Pardon my butchered sentences in my previous response.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Mon, Oct 1, 2012, at 9:59 AM

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