Saturday, January 25, 2020

Rotten Fruit

Image result for choose the constitution cartoonThere is one thing I am certain of after watching hours of the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

After listening to and attempting to have an open mind to the process instigated by the Democratic leadership and doing the same with the Republican side, it is obvious to me that the Left of this country has and is mounting a vigorous and spirited attempt to overthrow not only this President but to dismantle and disregard the founding principles of this Country.

What bothers me the most is the percent of listeners or followers that not only agree with their designs but are willing to pursue actions despite the overwhelming evidence in support of Donald Trump and the loss of those freedoms that he represents.

Their hatred, their animosity, and hostility toward what is good has infected their hearts to the point of allowing their leaders to demolish and disassemble the Constitution itself without regard to the effects on our way of life, our freedoms, our inalienable rights and the very fabric of our nation.  These mind numb followers, you know who you are, are more than willing to allow blood to flow in our streets just so they can have your moment of power,  Adam Schiff, to name one of the many.

Let us think about this in real terms.  If the Democrats, the Left, the Socialists, etc… get their way the United States of America is finished.  We may remain under the same name but those guiding principles that have sustained us for over 200 years will be forsaken and with it, our very essence, our spirit, and our future will be forever lost.

Beware the man who promises the world for a penny, as those who speak of righteous indignation currently do from the Halls of Congress.  With flowery words they profess nothing, with enraged sentiment they share no emotion, only feigned rhetoric spews from their lips toward those with unhearing ears, from jaws that only move but say nothing.

Desperate, they are in their evil intent to destroy all that is good, defame all those that stand in their way toward total domination and into the cesspool of misery and distrust. 

We are at that crossroads; we are atop the fence that separates good from evil and it is our decision that will affect the generations to come.  We need to step away from that thin barrier leaving behind the temptations that confront us every day through the proximity of closeness and association. 
Salvation for us mandates that we save ourselves first then and only then think about ways of saving those who have fallen.  There can be no compromise, no conciliation, no arbitration.  We are on the fence; one wrong move and we are theirs.

These proceedings should enlighten our view and help us all to understand the motives and intentions of those on the left.

Step away from the fence, before our blind actions find us deep within the confines of those that are selling us the rotting fruit of destruction.  That fruit may look good in the bag but beware of the smell and rancid rottenness within.  

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Civil War 2

Image result for civil war 2020 cartoonWe are in a Civil War and have been for quite some time.  Even though we are not currently in an armed conflict within our borders, a civil war is raging, and the outcome is unknown.  What makes this conflict different is that we are living it now and perhaps like the pre-Civil War of the 1860s our perception of war has not been elevated to the point of concern to understand the predicament of our present and ongoing war.

Our country is divided.  We may walk the same streets and eat in the same establishments, but those divisions are growing more tenuous with increasing instances of polarized groups confronting the opposition in open conflict.  Throughout the country, there are protests and disagreements, some with violence between those of the Right and those on the Left, with those on the Left adamant about their positions and those on the Right equally adamant.

We are in a Civil War because there is no opportunity to mitigate the differences without one side, either side, relenting to the demands of the other.  Those on the Right are convinced of their positions and moralities while those on the Left hold to their position, neither willing to negotiate away or give up what they believe to be true.

As a person on the Right, I cannot mitigate my beliefs nor marginalize my standards to reduce the risks of conflict, nor are those on the Left willing to do similarly.  We are at a standstill and have been for some time.

The question of compromise seems to have taken center stage with both sides yelling for the other to compromise but that has only heightened the fervor and galvanized each side against the other.  The question of compromise was also a question during the 1860s Civil War.  The North was willing to make concessions that would have allowed the South the time to restructure their current economies around slavery but they would not budge from their position, leaving the North without options and the South on the path towards opening the war with an attack at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. 

Like today the options of compromise have been tried or suggested but like the first Civil War both sides understand that when there is compromise there is a fundamental loss of belief, power or position and as we see today neither side is willing to entertain the idea.

Without the ability to compromise the notions of who is right and who is wrong takes hold, furthering the divide with both sides vying for position, both sides establishing areas of power, taking the high ground so to speak.  There are battle lines being drawn and like the Civil War 1, there are divided families, split communities and work areas where it’s safer and easier not to engage at all, in order to keep your job. 

I could go on and list other similarities, there are many, but the point is our country is in the midst of separation, a split from what was to what is to come.  For now, the separation is political with the division in how to represent our collective Constitution.  We both see a moral obligation toward our willingness to follow the intent of our Founding Fathers but in that obligation comes the greatest division.  It is this divide that encompasses our foundational principles of life, our laws and our definitions of freedom and how we wish to see our future.  It is that future that is at the crux of every issue presently before us as individuals and as a country.

My position is clear and to me logical.  We have had over 200 years of success as a Constitutional Republic.  Our laws our standards and our ability to adapt to outside influences have succeeded and surpassed the expectations of our Founding Fathers.  Deviation from those principles will destroy the United States of America and in its place will emerge a weakened, socialistic like democracy that will sway and bend to every wind of change.  No longer will the Constitution be the guiding light of our Republic and with it our inalienable rights, our freedoms, and our Nation.

You know my choice, what is yours?

Thursday, January 9, 2020

I'm thinking of thinking

Image result for i think i'm thinking cartoonWhen I let you know what I think, I’m thinking that you will think we can start thinking together, but that very seldom works, I think.  I will still let you know how your thinking is “WRONG”, Don’t you think?

As I have postulated in the past, logic has nothing to do with politics, but it is within the political arena where logic is set aside for the more powerful ability to regulate the attitudes of those who think about others naturally, trying to convince the masses toward their way of thinking.  We all know that selfishness in politics is very rare.  Can you name any Politian that thinks about themselves?
This sounds cruel and divisive and to some extent it is, I will be the first to admit that what I say often separates those who think a certain way from those who think another way, am I being too vague?  Let me lay it out more clearly: 
The left, the democrats, the socialist, the communist’s white supremacist ETC… and yes, some republicans tend to think about themselves more than they think about the individuals within their party or group.  This is one of the singular definitions that separate those that are conservative from those that are not.

I think that even within the terms conservative and liberal we need to be careful of the designation due the crossover and connection to how individuals within each group think about themselves. Rather than how they view others.

I prescribe to the adage of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, meaning that it is imperative to focus your efforts towards another and not only unto yourself.  This entire argument is counterintuitive, it requires a different mindset than the one preached and taught under the premise “you need to take care of yourself first… Then and only if….” scenario.

We are all selfish and we all act selfishly but it is within the how and when that helps us to gauge the true intentions of another.  Are all conservatives selfless?  No.  Are all liberals selfish?  No again.  It is important to recognize the good in all peoples and then gauge that good by the motivation of the individual.

A good example is the Chicago Gangster, Al Capone.  Too many, he was considered an angel of mercy as he donated to hospitals, schools, etc.… So from this perspective he was a good man, if you only consider what he gave away or to those he helped.  He liked the attention, and he liked the power, but his reign of terror was demonstrated by one of the bloodiest gang reprisals in history, the Valentine’s Day Massacre.

History has shown that even though he said, “I am just a businessman, giving the people what they want.” He may have had delusions about his inner self but what he did to others was a culmination of his attempts to gain power and control within the system that was trying to control his illegal distribution of alcohol to market.  Sounds a bit like the Cartels of today, are the modern-day Robin Hood, giving back to society what the local and federal governments have taken away?

Selfishness controls the actions of those who commit a crime.  Selfishness is not a respecter of persons or position; it infects equally the minds of all who succumb to its influences.  Politicians it seems are more vulnerable and those on the left of the political spectrum seem more willing to partake.  They shroud their ideology in grand gestures, charitable chicanery, and social manipulation but in the end, it is that basic need for power that motivates them.

Conservatism is less prone to those influences but not entirely immune.  It is, after all, human nature to be selfish and the process of overcoming those tendencies is within the realization that one can never relent, that thought must be foremost in the minds of those who wish to overcome those natural tendencies.  We all understand that the natural man is an enemy to the selfless beings we can become.
The slippery slope of rationalization is often the precursor to a lifelong process of selfishness.  When we espouse a position, a belief or a standard and then allow ourselves to negotiate with others regarding those positions we are in effect diminishing our positions.  When we use the word belief, these negotiations become critical.  Think of it this way:  If you claim to believe something but are willing to negotiate those beliefs, how fervent were your beliefs in the first place?

Beliefs and selflessness go hand in hand or at least they should.  When you have a belief, that is a form of faith that has not been fully revealed, yet you believe!  If you rationalize those beliefs you're thinking inward, being selfish about how you think you should feel rather than exercising faith and continuing to believe. 
When you consider our religious beliefs these negotiations, these compromises become even more critical.  It is therefore imperative that we sustain our beliefs in order to uphold our selflessness and our desire to serve others as opposed to wanting to be served.

Politics, it seems has become a club for those who want to be served by obfuscating the rules, by rationalizing the behaviors and supporting those who cannot hold to their promises and oath of office.
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

What good is the Oath of Office if the Oath is not taken seriously and obeyed? 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Political Dad: Age vs Youth

The Political Dad: Age vs Youth: Why is it that when old age becomes a part of one’s life their perception seems to change and the realization of a life led comes under q...

Age vs Youth

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Why is it that when old age becomes a part of one’s life their perception seems to change and the realization of a life led comes under question and reflection?  This age-old question has plagued mankind from the very beginning with each subsequent generation falling prey to the same feelings and I suspect the same realizations as all the other previous generations.  What is it then that changes what causes men and women (mostly men) to reflect on the life they’ve had, the decisions they’ve made and the mistakes they’ve done? 

The very cycle of life may be the culprit and maybe the reason for the changes that occur as we age.  Not only growing old but the changes that occur because of age, or the experiences that have been endured and lived through.  It is this specifically that causes the minds of men to change, to more fully accept the inevitabilities that have surrounded us but are often ignored or even more tragically, never known until age or experiences clarifies life and solidifies our perspectives.

There seems to be a trend toward more understanding and acceptance of others as we age.  Growing older reduces the volatility of everyday life and tempers the drastic ups and downs that are so common in the young.  Another question that arises, is the decisions we make in youth less important than the ones we make as we cross over into old age?  And do the experiences we have in life, whether young or old temper our lives the same as simply growing old?  Does the aging process bring wisdom or is wisdom an earned process of experiences and trials?

To answer those questions, we need to quantify what is important and how to gauge the effectiveness of how those questions are not only received but ultimately answered.  When I was young, I filled my mind with the endless possibilities that life has to offer.  Any question offered when I was young was met with that endless perspective and the unending optimism that makes all things possible.  If I failed at one, there was an endless supply of other options to choose from, tempering the act of failure with the never-ending possibilities that surrounds the youth.

That perception of possibility is often born from the ignorance that failure really isn’t an option and that as long as I keep trying I will eventually succeed.  Even in this statement the difference between the youthful mind and the aged mind is strikingly different, raising the question of why ignorance is important when slogging through the perils of life.

Too much understanding, it seems, defeats the inquisitive mind and destroys the motivations toward inspiration and innovation, that is until you understand that knowledge and wisdom enhance our learning by tempering the rash and volatile motivations.  One example from my youth:  As a teen, I wanted to make a BBQ.  I did not want to buy a BBQ but looked at a steel barrel and knew that I could make one right then and there.  What I did not know was how, but the how had little barring and my desire to create and succeed.

I made a fatal mistake and did not listen to my grandfather who exhibited a level of patients that only bothered me because of his suggestions, albeit correct, was not within my vision of what I wanted.  The wood I used to hinge the top half and bottom half of the barrel lasted about 40 minutes and then burned to a crisp, leaving my BBQ a mass of disposable metal. 

All I had to do was listen but in a little truth comes the reality of human behavior and man’s inability, especially from youth to see the values of learning from another and displacing our creativity in the hands of another.  Had I listened I would not have learned.  I would have had a BBQ but it would never have been mine and perhaps it’s within this revelation that all things hinge. 

Creativity, vision, inspiration… etc.… etc.… is seen by many as the driving force of innovation.  Without that creativity, there is no progress so the fine line between learning from others and creating from motivation becomes a balancing act that is often mitigated by the reality of any given process and the maturity that is required when inspiration is not enough.

Life didn’t change but my perception and perspective changed, so it is with our youth.  As we grow older, our perception must change or we are enslaved to the past and the nonsense of our youth.  Youth is a marvelous gift but in that gift are the never-ending perils of our stupidity born from a natural gift of ignorance.

The problem with many youths is that they fail to know what they don’t know and as a result fail to know that the decisions they are making are born of that childhood ignorance.  Ignorance in our small children is cute but as they grow older, we, the adults, expect them to learn and develop.  It is only when they repeatedly fail, at the same things, that we see the often-devastating effects of those ignorant decisions.

There are extenuating circumstances of course but they can only go so far to excuse the behaviors that are often deadly and dangerous, regardless of the reasons and circumstances.  Case in point:  I had two brothers who were both intelligent and personable.  Both got into drugs and both died because of those behaviors.  My question has always been, why didn’t they see what they were doing?  Why could not they recognize the patterns of self-destruction and why couldn’t they see what they were doing to others? 

The answer is actually quite simple, they were addicted and when a person is addicted, those addictions take control of their life, nothing else really matters, not even life in some casesTheir peripheral vision is lost as a result of the poignant perspective toward that addiction.  They were unable to see or behave rationally.  No excuse perhaps but an explanation that provides a logical sequence to the lives of millions in similar situations.

The old statement,  “life is lost on the young” is fundamentally true.  It often takes a lifetime to realize what life was all about, and what was really important. 

The other issue that divides the old from the young is much more acute today than ever before.  Wisdom was for the most part related to those who were older or those who had gone through the experiences that are essential to gain wisdom.  In the past we generally think those with wisdom shared that knowledge and to some extent they conveyed it.  

But today wisdom is not the goal and any gains in understanding should come without risk or effort.  Wisdom is not a word that is bandied about, nor sought after.  Our youth believe that their youth is the ultimate goal and society has followed suit with entire industries that focus our attention on staying young and youthful but without the presence of experienced driven wisdom.

Phones and instant gratification supplant the need for patients and experience.  With all our knowledge at our fingertips and with the ability to “look it up” there is no perceived need for waiting, learning or even experiencing.  Wisdom is no longer desired nor expected.  What our youth desire most of all is the end result.  The problem is that they lack the understanding to know what the end looks like and will most likely never know, even if they get there.  Until then those of us who are older will just have to deal with it,  hmmm, kinda like what we have always had to do…

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Expectations Revealed.

Image result for expectations cartoonMost parents experience a mild to severe psychological break when it comes to watching their children navigate the pitfalls and opportunities of life.  Some parents are more adept, and some are taken completely by surprise, plunging their tenuous expectations into a free fall of disappointment. 

These events are almost always expected as the children learn to spread their wings, experiment with what they have been told, what they have learned and what they think they desire, that is life and for 1000 generations those changes to the parental expectation has very seldom transitioned without the rifts and challenges that inevitably change both the children and the parents.

The problems occur in part based on the differing perception of duty and love.  From a parent’s view almost (if you are at least a marginal parent) everything they do is for the good of the family.  Mothers and fathers work, they sacrifice their time and dreams in order to sustain the family.  Mothers and fathers try to justify their actions and, in many cases, their essential duty to provide for the basic needs of the family take precedent over the children’s desire for improved or continued relationships, often times with the harsh unspoken or even conscious reality within the parents minds that what good is a relationship if we have no food or a place to live…But this is not a black and white, an either or scenario.  It is also no a given.  Parents and children vacillate, equivocate but in my opinion most parents perform their parental duties with the underlying goal to help their children, whatever the word help might mean.

This is not an economic situation but one of perceived expediency.  A parent’s perception of having to work or sacrifice is just as powerful as the child’s perceived need of increased relationships.  There is often a schism in understanding between the children and the adults. The adults fail to  understand the child’s need, and the children fail to understand the motivation of the parents and their duty to provide for the family.
Further complicating the issue is the problem with understanding those essential issues and how to balance what is not known or understood.  Children only know what they presently feel and want.  As they get older those basic emotions morph into a more cognitive level of reason, but the feelings and emotions felt during the times of development are often very difficult to dissuade or change staying with the child even into adulthood. 

Even with adults who have had years to compartmentalize, rationalize and overcome their childhood expectations, they are often plagued with the memories that are based on those expectations, at the time they were children, creating a lifelong and irrational pattern of memory.

Bridging this gap is the essential issue.  Most children cannot understand the concepts of sacrifice as it is demonstrated through the choices that the parents need to make to provide food, shelter and even the conceptual things that they (the parents) may not have had as children and therefore want to provide to their children.  Also, they may not have an understanding that their children mat not be able to conceptualize the differences forced upon their parents and the choices that are made as a direct result of supporting the family and doing what is “best” at the time.

The adult psyche can remember how it was as a child but for many and for a variety of reasons including abuse, neglect, poverty etc…the need to recall is overshadowed by the realities of life, the struggles, the disappointments and the pressures to live up to what they believe is their role as a parent or even more basic the need to survive.
The paradigm of perfection in relation to parent, child relationships are as wide as the universe.  There are thoughts and promises, guarantees and warnings but to date the decisions to stay connected generally require both parents and children to agree on how they want to be connected. Very seldom is this task verbally presented or agreed too.

For most, the decisions we make as adults are connected to our experiences as children.  If we had a “good” childhood, meaning our perception of our childhood was good as we expected it to be than our relationship with our parents is more likely to be positive.  However, if the perception of our childhood is less then good then our attitude toward our parents can be strained and difficult, regardless of the well meaning motivations of the parents.

Unfortunately, we are back to perception and in most cases our perception of what we expected is influenced more about how we feel now than with the actual memories of what happened in the past or in other words, how do we want to feel about our parents?  They can do nothing to alter the way we feel, that is entirely up to us. 
Since we live our lives based on the unwritten or even unspoken expectations of behavior then it seems to me that these secret wishes be verbalized and even recorded to some extent in order to more efficiently move toward uniformity. 

If your expectations were spoken and were then known to another, then the chances of those expectations being realized would be greater.  The problem with this scenario is in the verbalizing, the speaking out loud of those inner thoughts that are our expectations. 

"If I have to explain it too you then just forget about it" says the wife to the confused husband.  

How often do we think we are acting in accordance with what another wants only to be condemned for not knowing what was expected of us.

The mediation of balancing our expectations and the willingness of behavior from another is what follows.  There will always be some compromise in what you want and in what is provided. 

There are numerous areas of discord in any relationship with most the result of minimized communication of our expectations and the subsequent discussion of mediation until both parties agree and can be happy with the outcome. We must be happy with the agreement or there is no chance of truthful gain.

This process is very difficult to do with children but as they get older the parents and their children should sit down and be open about their expectations and plan together to provide solutions on both sides to ensure a more tranquil and positive relationship.

I know, easier said than done, but it’s never too late.