Clearing the Spindle: Values, the Big Slide

[June 3, 2022]  Want to be the “adult in the room?”  Well, that’s darn easy these days.  Just speak the truth.  Easy, huh?  Nope.  Our society turns its collective head away from the most commonsensical, essential truths that made us who we are.   This is not about the mental sewer you find on Twitter or the fake friendships on Facebook, but about everyday folks ignoring the importance of family, friends, community, and country.  One day you think that our nation has peaked on the wokism train, and the next day you think you’re still in the Twilight Zone.  When good people choose to turn away from workable solutions to common problems and decide they are sufficiently superior to the rest of us, bad things will happen.  This is a form of depravity, and the results will be very ugly and long-lasting.  Today, I have a few articles that demonstrate my claim.  I call it the big slide, the big slide of core values into chaos.

The U.S. Marine Corps goes full woke.  General David H. Berger is the current Commandant of the U.S. Marines, and he is a pussy!  When will Marines start wearing rainbow underwear and kissing their fellow Marines?  Hummmm, a good question with Berger in charge.  Case in point: the U.S. Marines Corps marked the start of Pride month with an image of a combat helmet adorned with rainbow-colored bullets this past Wednesday, sparking a predictable outrage over the mixing of warfare and wokeness.  At first, I thought this was satire.  Jason Buttrill, whose profile says he’s a former Marine and Defense Department analyst, wrote, “F–k out of here with this.  We don’t take political sides, and we don’t engage in social commentary.  We kill the enemy… period.”  The most highly decorated Marine, Chesty Puller, is rolling in his grave.  Just another example of a great institution sliding downhill toward uselessness.

U.S. President Joe Biden tells Naval Academy graduates he turned down an appointment to the academy.  On its face, this is another blatant lie by the president; easily fact-checked.  How do you lie about receiving an appointment with Navy graduates?  The truth is that Joe Biden got five student deferments in the 1960s while he was in college.  In 1968 he was judged physically “unfit” for service (during the height of the draft during the Vietnam War).  Fortunately, several media outlets like the New York Post, RedState, and the American Military News have taken up the question.  The new White House press secretary couldn’t comment on the lie because she “didn’t hear that part of the speech.”  I guess it’s not important to tell the truth any longer when a U.S. President tells tall tales.

The link between fatherless families and mass shootings.  Highly publicized mass shootings draw considerable attention from low-intelligence politicians who need to “do something” to stop this evil.  What do you do?  Find out why these mass shootings occur and work with local communities by encouraging good behavior and supporting intact families.  No.  The kneejerk reaction is to “ban guns”; thus, we are again being subjected to an attack on an inanimate object rather than on the slide of social values.  A contributing factor is fatherless families.  A child’s most important parental figure is the same-sex parent because children model themselves after them.  For young men, having a father in their lives provides a roadmap for manhood and a source of protection from the outside world.  Today in America, boys are being forgotten and treated as something likened to toxic.  And that attitude will end badly for us all.

Speak the truth.  That’s a good start.


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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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25 thoughts on “Clearing the Spindle: Values, the Big Slide

  1. Dennis Mathes

    Gen. Satterfield, this is a valuable service you are providing us. As you know, probably know, I’m a long time reader and make comments occasionally but only when I really like what’s being written. This article is one of them because it points to many specifics why our culture is in decline.

    1. Wendy Holmes

      Dennis, you’re absolutely right about that. And, just one more reason to read this leadership blog.

  2. Mr. T.J. Asper

    Gen. Satterfield, once again you’ve nailed it with your mini-series here. Thanks! As a current High School teacher, I have to put up with the latest progressive, whacko social trends coming down from the Administration (not from the kids – they just want to learn). Stay the course. Thank you.

    1. Bobby Joe

      Excellent, I agree completely. Stand against the craziness. 👀

    2. MrJohn22

      Great website and on-target with this article. Gen. Satterfield surely is taking a lot of flak with his writings. Plenty of snowflakes that have nothing else to do. Thanks Mr. Asper for being the first-line of defense against wokism in the classroom.

      1. Roger Yellowmule

        The snowflakes are EVERYWHERE. No surprise we cuddle them in safe spaces and give them teddy bears (in COLLEGE). Want to make someone weak? The way colleges handle students is a case study.

  3. The Kid 1945

    Keep this series going. What not make it a regular feature on one of your tabs?

  4. Mikka Solarno

    Gen. Satterfield is building a harvest of massive proportions with his website. No strings attached, no charging your money, no hidden agendas for what he is giving us with his blog. So, partake in his ideas and follow him on social media, argue with him, and try to stump him. He is accepting of all positions. Convince him that he is wrong. He loves it every single bit.

    1. Bernie

      Right Mikka. Several of us are all in on this blog and just can’t seem to give it up, like I can’t give up coffee. So, here i sit with my Hound Dog at my feet, my cup of hot coffee, and iPad in my had reading the news. This leadership website by Gen. Satterfield is the highlight of my day.

  5. Janna Faulkner

    The US Marines, Pres Biden, and Fatherless families. What a group of concepts to show that the decline in our fundamental value system spins off a number of bad bad bad things that occur. Never could we predict such stupidity. That’s what happens when perverts are in control, and Joe Biden is a pervert.

    1. Tracey Brockman

      Pow! Got that right Jerome. What’s up with that? Don’t be terrified of the attacks from the ideologically controlled robots of the political left. That is the feature of a good man. Do good in your family, community, and for your nation. Thanks for your service, Jerome.

  6. Karl J.

    Folks, go over the Gen. Satterfield’s DAILY FAVORITES and watch the trailer for “what is a woman?” And they discuss what the video is about. Hilarious.

    1. Willie Strumburger

      Right, the video shows Ben Shapiro talking about these are nutty ideas. I like Ben Shapiro.

      1. Winston

        Right, be at odds with reality. Join the trans movement and get the media to think you are brave and courageous. Ignore the soldiers of WW2, they are just white privileged men.

      2. Cow Blue

        Shapiro is great in his videos. Watch him there. See Ben Shapiro on the Daily Wire here:
        You will not regret hearing what he has to say. Lots of facts and logic, little in the way of emotion. “Follow the science,” ha ha ha, the liberal, progressives ignore it.

        1. Army Captain

          “A sign of stupidity!” – Ben Shapiro when talking about the LGBTQI ideology.

  7. Erleldech

    What’s the difference between sex and gender? Actually there is no difference. Good question that the snowflakes can never answer. Just ask them. They’ll blather on and on about nothing whatsoever. ✔

  8. Bryan Z. Lee

    Hey, great “Clearing the Spindle” blog post. Loved it. Sad how crazy our world is now. What is the common thread in all of this stupidity? The Democrat Party is at the core of the destruction of our America, the place that put the world on notice that we are free but that it takes courage to make it work.

    1. Maureen S. Sullivan

      Yeah, lots of crazy ideologies out there and now we have a free for all. These new ideologies will collapse under the weight of their own ignorance and internal contradictions. It requires lying to yourself to hold any of them for long.

      1. Max Foster

        I wouldn’t “wait” for their internal stupidity to eventually kill off their ignorance and craziness… got to attack them with logic all the time and appeal to their emotions because their thinking is ALL emotion and logic is thrown out the window.


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