You’ve Got To Stand For Something


You’ve Got To Stand For Something

Now Daddy didn’t like trouble, but if it came along
Everyone that knew him knew which side that he’d be on
He never was a hero, or this county’s shinin’ light
But you could always find him standing up
For what he thought was rightHe’d say you’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to be your own man not a puppet on a string
Never compromise what’s right and uphold your family name
You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything

Now we might have been better off or owned a bigger house
If Daddy had done more givin’ in or a little more backing down

But we always had plenty just living his advice
Whatever you do today you’ll have to sleep with tonight

He’d say you’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to be your own man not a puppet on a string
Never compromise what’s right and uphold your family name
You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything

Now I know that things are different than they were in Daddy’s days
But I still believe what makes a man really hasn’t changed

You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to be your own man not a puppet on a string
Never compromise what’s right and uphold your family name
You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything

You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anythin

Aaron Tippin

I loved this song the first time I heard it! I heard it again yesterday and loved it just as much. The words are especially meaningful to me today. You see I was taught these same values. I have tried to teach them to my two kids. Many kids today are not taught values. If you have none, how do you teach them to your kids?

I would never allow my daughter to have a young man stay over night or go into her bedroom. Nor did I allow my son to do the same. They also were not allowed to do such a thing at someone else’s house. I made sure parents were responsible before either slept over elsewhere! I never allowed them to use drugs or drink underage. I made it plain to them both the consequences they would face if they were caught using either. I also taught them the same about lying and stealing. Many of the parents of other kids did not teach these same values. While I know that they were not perfect angels, they at least had a set of rules that played on their conscience when they were broken!

I had my kids in my late thirties. So the generation of kids I am referring to are almost a generation behind the kids of most people of my generation. That brings into a time frame another type of values and issues kids raising kids. It is hard to teach values when your own aren’t even refined yet. The issues of “patriotism” and the “responsibility and privilege” of service to one’s country were of even less importance to many of the kids of my kids’ generation.

Vietnam was that much further in the background of their history. The social upheaval and changes of the sixties and early seventies were also are also nearly another generation behind these kids. What they see now is the fruits of the change of that era and in some cases the fruit was rotten.

Prayer is removed from the schools. This is the generation of the “welfare state and affirmative action.” The rewards of working for what you get are not even entered into the equation. Retribution, however, is high on the list of priorities. We must save the world, all its creatures, while making sure we are contrite enough outwardly to convince others we are full of guilt for the rewards of our past labors!

In our government we have Socialism rampart in the House of Representatives. The Progressive Caucus has grown to about sixty members. Organizations that in my era were pivotal in fighting for the rights of women and minorities are now strongly influenced by Socialism. NOW, the NAACP, the Rainbow Coalition, and others were very instrumental in bringing about these social changes. The socialist influence that jumped on the band wagon of the Civil Rights Movement and the Women’s Movement began to lose their momentum after they forced our withdrawal from Vietnam.

However, many of these organizations are now very much influenced by those Socialist elements that began to fill their ranks in the sixties. Many of the leaders of these groups are Socialists. Organizations are now organized under A.N.S.W.E.R., U.F.P.J., N.I.O.N., Code Pink, MoveOn.Org and others, in an all out attack on anything and everything American.

They want to stop the war any way they can. Since they can’t get the funds for the troops cut off, can’t get troops pulled out of Iraq, can’t control their dwindling support in the streets in the face of the counter protest movement, they are now on another, very dangerous path that will have repercussions even their pea sized brains ought to foresee, passing a bill to classify events from World War ! as “genocide.”

If you can’t legislate American failure, then legislate American isolation by driving away its allies. Shift the focus of blame for our loss outwardly from themselves to our allies. Now, here’s a way to really ensure our troops cannot fight in Iraq to a successful victory. What I see coming is “genocide of our American troops and our nation as a free people. Again, the cowards are content to let someone else do their dirty work.

God save us all from the Pelosi’s and other small minded politicians who seem hell bent on destroying our nation! Armenian Genocide in WWI, while a very important issue, certainly is not an appropriate topic right now much less passing legislation. The deaths of more of our troops will be on their hands.

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~ by devildog6771 on October 15, 2007.

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