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If at first you don’t succeed . . .

Persistence. That’s the lesson of an animal rescue shown in a video of unknown provenance, most likely recorded in Southeast Asia, that appeared on the Internet toward the end of 2014.

As the video opens, we see that a small tawny-haired, yelping dog had somehow fallen into a well. Rescuers are lowering a rope into the water. The pooch has only one way to escape — by grabbing the rope with her teeth. Which she does.

Nine out of ten times, though, she can’t hold on long enough for a rescuer to grab her and pull her out. She keeps dropping back into the water.


But the tenth time proves the charm. Some combination of dog-learning and human-learning results at last in a successful retrieval. The dog has done the only thing it could do to save itself, and kept doing it until it worked.

The advice to “keep trying” is regularly balanced with the advice to know when to “cut your losses.” But, often, it’s neither possible nor advisable to cut our losses no matter how tough things get. Switch strategies, maybe. But not give up.

We can’t conclude, for example, that “this U.S. government thing is not working out, let’s cut our losses.” We just have to keep working to reform its institutions and policies no matter how often we get flung back into the well. It’s the only way we win.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

By: Redactor


  1. Common sense dictates America should have cut her losses long ago:

    Libertarian attorney Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) wrote that the Constitution “has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it.”

    Biblical sense demands that America cut her losses at the earliest opportunity:

    “…3. Every problem America faces today can be traced back to the fact that the framers failed to expressly establish a government upon Yahweh’s immutable morality as codified in His commandments, statutes, and judgments. (Would infanticide and sodomy be tolerated, let alone financed by the government, if Yahweh’s perfect law and altogether righteous judgments were the law of the land? Would Islam be a looming threat to our peace and security if the First Amendment had been replaced with the First Commandment? Would Americans be in nearly as much debt if usury had been outlawed as a form of theft? Would crime be as rampant if “cruel and unusual punishment” had not been outlawed and criminals were instead punished with Yahweh’s altogether righteous judgments? Would we be on the fiscal cliff if we were taxed with a flat increase tax rather than a graduated income tax?)….”

    For more, see blog article “5 Reasons the Constitution is Our Cutting-Edge Issue” at

  2. Bob says:

    Reform Politics – well politics is religion in action and what we have which has failed was built on the foundation of humanistic reason opposed to Gods structure – you wanna get back to what works – take lessons from the American founders from the Colonial days.

  3. Chris says:

    Common Sense – Don’t Flip Him The Bird:

    Common sense dictates that you don’t walk into a bar, find the biggest, toughest, strongest, type of guy that can turn real mean once you push him too far, then sit down across from him, taunt him all night, tell him he’s insignificant and has no business being here, that this is my place now ’cause I’m taking over, call him every name in the book and that he has to leave, then through your beer in his face and give him the finger.

    How do you think that might turn out ?

    Well, hasn’t this nation, in essence, been doing something like that to The Almighty Creator of the universe ??

    Hasn’t this nation as a whole blatantly told The Almighty to vacate every public forum, from the public fool system to EVERY “Capitol Hill”, fed, state, etc. (but it might be allowed for Him to come to visit us in homes, with the proper permit of course) ??

    “Will you put forth the branch to My nose (equivalent to giving the finger) ??!!”

    Where and when did it begin ?   Late 1700s with the signing of the constitution itself.

    This has has been and it continues to be the real problem:

    For the most part, this nation has turned it’s back on and, in essence, “flipped the bird” to The Great I Am that became flesh and dwelt among us.   

    The Almighty told you in His Word that His Laws, Statutes and Judgments are perfect and “Thou shalt not add or subtract therefrom.” Yet, you have continually “voted” for legislative and presidential offices to do just that, i.e., “add or subtract therefrom.” The making of Law is a power that belongs to Him and Him alone!

    Result ?  Your Constitutional Republic died (common sense as well) and has become a Communist Republic.   

    What is very difficult for most to realize is that the corrupt system we live in today was inevitable over time.

    Knowingly or unknowingly, that’s what was established by the Founding Fathers, which most people claim were “Christian”.

    The process was allowed to begin when they decided “We The People” should be god (sovereign) and determine what is to be the supreme law of the land.

    The legislative process provided by the various federal and state constitutions was the vehicle used by the enemy to corrupt over time (via gradual increments) and finally take over.

    This nation wanted to determine what was “good and evil” (remember the garden?), instead of enforcing His Perfect Moral Laws.

    Malim in se (evil in and of itself as defined by The Great I Am, the ONLY lawgiver) vs. malim prohibitum (evil because someone determines, or legislates, it to be evil).

    The result: “The Communist Manifesto” and The Ten Planks contained therein is the system our enemy was allowed to slowly ensnare us with. Here’s just a few examples, but they’re all in full force and effect in the U.S.S.A

    1st. Plank:  Property tax  (Abolition of the right to property – land rent)
    2nd.: Graduated Income tax.
    3rd.: Inheritance tax. (Abolition of the right to inheritance)
    5th.: Central Bank in control of credit & currency (Federal Reserve Bank)
    10th. Free compulsory education (indoctrination via the public fool system)

    We now have evil, rotten, Marxist, Edomite Tares and the “Twice The Sons of Hell” they proselytized (Matt. 23: 15) corrupting the nation, with no semblance of “justice”. 

    We now find “The Communist Manifesto” and The Ten Planks contained therein (written and promoted by the Edomite, son of a Rabbi, Karl Marx) is the system our enemy was allowed to slowly ensnare us with. 

    All 10 Planks of The Communist Manifesto in Full Force In AmeriKa:

    And now it’s morphed into Corporate Fascism.

    Those are just a few examples of the results of this nation’s being deceived by the enemy to think we know better than The Almighty and should usurp His Law making power, which is to be EXCLUSIVE TO HIM.

    The sooner this reality is recognized and repentance for usurping the power of lawmaking from Whom it rightfully belongs, the sooner we can get to solutions and things will turn around for the better, not to mention the return of common sense.

    Anything short of turning back to The Great I Am that became flesh and dwelt among us and promoting His Kingdom/Will On Earth will be just that, short.  In fact it will merely bring His Righteous Judgments upon us quicker and more severe.

    “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, And I will give you rest. Take My yoke (i.e., His Law 1 John 5: 2 & 3, as well as His tithe [tax] sytem) upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and ‘YOU SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.’ (Jer. 6: 16). My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” Matthew 11: 28 – 30.

    He instructed that if we ” … shall humble themselves (e.g., quit thinking we’re the sovereign, take our proper place and quit usurping His), and pray, and seek my face (e.g., He’s to be the ONLY law giver), and turn from their wicked ways (e.g., enforce His Laws, Statutes and Judgments); THEN will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

    The only way to save this nation is to turn back to Him, His Perfect Moral Laws, Statutes and Judgments, i.e., His Kingdom/Will On Earth.

    Seek Him while He may yet be found. Look around, the judgments are happening before your eyes.

  4. Drik says:

    That mean SOB in the various is our current government, and a multitude whose personal interest is now vested in perpetuating the status quo. Peaceful separation has already failed miserably back in 1860. Most people don’t realize that the southern states were paying the bulk of the taxes, excises, and duties that paid for the costs of running the government, there being no income tax at that time. It is not realistic to expect the government in its current form to allow the productive citizens, motivated by their religion or spiritual beliefs or political philosophy to likewise band together and peacefully leave with any of the current real estate.
    And should a mass migration start, you’d best believe that they would do more than the current 50% tax on everything you own in order to be allowed to leave. They would do the same thing that governments everywhere have done: ie walls, imprisonment, and massive campaigns to propagandize against those who try to leave.
    There is no way that even a motivated minority disatisfied with the government will be able to vote enough people in against the system to succeed. It now protects itself against that. The same built in protections that were instilled to protect our liberty now allow a Manchurian carte blanche.
    The only avenue available that is likely to effect realistic control is the one that the founders built in to the Constitution, that allows the people under it the ability to modify it to further control and curtail the federal branch. The Article 5 Convention.
    Not that the federal branch will go quietly. And the Cloward-Piven crowd will work even harder to try to spend and obligate enough to bring about collapse before they are routed. But I trust people to govern themselves way more than any self-perpetuating central control, especially one that is working so hard on economic collapse but that NEVER divulges what comes after.

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