Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Global Conditioning

Image result for Global warming trump cartoonThere is an Ice Shelf in frigid Antarctic, ready to slip away from the pack ice.  At Roughly 70 miles long and as wide as a football field and one third of a mile deep this is a massive example of glacial calving.   “Should Larsen C, the name of the ice shelf, throw off a Delaware-sized iceberg, it wouldn’t be terribly unusual in and of itself. Ice shelves naturally shed large chunks as part of their natural life cycles.  That’s just part of life for an ice shelf, says Ala Khazendar of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. That’s how they behave.”
Knowing that something is occurring and understanding why softens the inevitability of the consequences of that occurrence.  But when an ice shelf the size of the State of Delaware is about to fall into the ocean the speculation that follows will inevitably create its own firestorm of controversy.  As stated above, “That’s just part of the life cycle of an ice shelf”, but when taken from the contextual position of human interference the implications are nothing less than life threatening.  
Even though the scientist proclaim “that’s how they behave” the event has triggered a new round of hysteria with claims of rising sea levels and global warming with new calls to intervene and manage our affairs more judiciously, with the unspoken conclusion that had we done more in the past we could have prevented this tragedy from ever happening.  That may or may not be true.   The problem is there is not definitive process of understanding the why and what of global events only the conjecture of what might have happened in relation to what was known at the time.
The question that needs to be asked is in relation to what we believe the status quo of the earth is or should be and when we’ve made that determination how do we curb the natural course of life to fit within our myopic and static view?  In other words, when was the climate of the earth balanced with the needs of humanity and how do we sustain that hope?
As I have stated in the past, I do not discount man’s role in altering our earth’s climate patterns, nor do I discount our efforts nor our desire to effect change that would normalize what many consider to be abnormal patterns.  But again the questions that need to be asked are in many cases ignored.  When we have a massive ice shelf ready to float free of its icy surroundings the common response is “OMG, its Global Warming”, or more specifically “Do I need to use less water or lower my thermostat…?” With the end result always pointing to a selfish corporate policy of waste and corruption and the only way to solve the global disaster is to raise taxes, take away our rights and force us all to live with less.
There is an argument that might have some merit in relation to attempting to stem the tide of these massive global incursions but again a question needs to be asked, what is considered normal behavior for nature and who is to say what is normal or abnormal?  Has there ever been a “normal” in relation to human interaction with the weather?  Have we actually advanced enough to understand both man’s significance to all things Earthly and our impact negatively?
Anything is possible I guess and with enough information and know-how man can accomplish great things.  The science fiction writers have for years touted man’s ability to control nature rather than being controlled by it and that would have to include all facets of the natural realm including massive ice shelf’s, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and may even include the occasional rogue asteroid careening toward earth.
Is our time the perfect time to set as a standard or is there a better time period to use as that global weather pattern needing to emulate and duplicate?  Are we only concerned with populated areas or areas of economic importance while disregarding the rest of the globe to fend for themselves?  Who will lead the way in the decision to decide what our weather should be and should always be?  It seems to me that the Global Warming believers would love to have a hard core process toward “normal”.  A new level of regularity could be the harbinger of all things governmental, with the overall process of standardization the responsibility of all, with the associated taxes, fees and regulations that are required in order to sustain that new level of “normal”.  
It may be normal for this ice shelf to crumble into the sea but when taken as a part of the whole this one instance may need much more scrutiny and inspection prior to the global determination of a forced Marshal Law pushed onto the world's governments and a true One World Order to establish and maintain the world as it should be.  If we are truly in a disastrous turn and we are all going to die then perhaps it is prudent to enslave the world’s population with the intent of forced compliance in relation to saving the world from ourselves.
Too much?  Crazy, impossible?  What is the end result for the Global Warming crowd?  Do they know when and where this will end?  The over simplified promises of the past Kyoto and Copenhagen accords allow us some incite but the process of determining an end game can only come when a specific target is acquired.  My entire premise depends on understanding where we want to be and why?  But first we need to decide on when.  When was our weather stable enough to duplicate and preserve for the benefit of man in general?
For thousands of years man has had to deal with the weather. It has always been a bit too cold, too hot, too windy, or too whatever and those variables change with almost every person making any definitive move toward standardization a very difficult process.  Who is to say what is too cold or too hot, too much rain or not enough?  When you finally decide, the political pressure needed to sustain the will of those who made the decision will be monumental.
As an example, In California we have been in a drought for many years and as a result we have been told and mandated to reduce our water use.  Politically you would think that when water shortages are in play the number of housing starts would be reduced to balance the current resources with the water availability but in this case the amount of water is never mentioned as a criteria for housing starts leaving me to wonder if the water shortages are a real concern or just a political ploy for inclusionary mandates to grab power and control.
If our levels of water availability are critical and require political interventions than why not reduce the greatest source of water usage within the residential community.  Greater still is the agricultural use of water, 40% of all water used in the state is used by agriculture.  It is very hard to make a final determination of who uses what, there are numerous statistical figures that claim agriculture uses up to 85% of the available water helping me to understand that this is ultimately not about the water but about amassing control and power.  This is not about global patterns of weather or climate, this is about power and the ability to create a system of control.  More taxes, more controls and less freedoms for all concerned.
I do not discount entirely the premise of Global Climate Change, man does have some negative effects on that process.  There are differing reports that claim increased global heating of the world with others that claim for a coming ice age (Weekly World News By Hideaki Tailor on January 30, 2012) but I do discount the political avenues used in the past in order to manipulate the population to acquiesce its rights and freedoms to the spurious political causes toward control and manipulation.    
Regardless of what you believe let me suggest that we never cow to the political pressure to give up our rights or freedoms for the spurious positions of the largely unknown effects of Climate Change nor to those political leaders who use fear to motivate us in those directions.  We should all be better stewards over our environment.  We should all take personal responsibility to manage our own resources with a global presence of mind to unify our efforts with those of others but we should fight against those who would suggest we return to a more “simple” time. We should fight against those who tell us to minimize our lives so they can continue to spend, pollute and preach.  
They would have us return to the horse and buggy days while they continue to fly and ride with impunity.  They are in power because we allow them to stay.  It’s time we realized our power and time to exercise that power for the good of all men everywhere.  Just ask Trump, look what we did for him!
  

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Christmas Raisin

The Christmas Raisin: a true short story.


I don’t recall ever being told how the tradition got started but I do remember eating the special rice pudding every year of my young life and enjoying the sticky goodness of the overly white, sweet goodness, never getting enough to satisfy my craving.
The year was 1962, I was six years old and I do remember having to practice the duck and cover while crawling under my desk at school.  Our teacher told us that we had to be prepared for a nuclear attack, I didn’t know what nuclear meant but it was fun to get out of my seat and squirm under my desk.

“The Nevada bombing a few days ago should remind all of us that we need to be prepared” the fear in my teacher’s voice told us more than her words as we scrambled to beat the clock and shield our small bodies.

A few days after that Christmas vacation started and we were free for two wondrous weeks, two weeks of exploring the orange groves that surrounded our home and down to the creek where we hunted for crawdads and kept a sharp eye for the elusive wild pig that sounded its warning but was only occasionally seen.  Two weeks of playing with my friends, Brent Moore, Charles Drysdale, Brad Zitsh and my little brother Wayne, no school, no homework, no problems and only a few days before Christmas what a glorious time.  

Christmas meant family, lots of family, parties and food, the food was everywhere.  We would start by visiting my cousins or they would come to us; going to grandmas and grandpas house, both sides and again the food, always the food.  Everyone had their favorites, my little brother loved the divinity and would take handfuls putting them in his pockets and stuffing his little face, every one smiled as they saw him try to sneak the sugary treat and not caring that he took too much or would get sick as he did almost every year.  

My favorite was the rice pudding.  I loved the texture, the lumpy look of ricey clumps, but mostly l liked the surprises hidden within and the contest of being the lucky one to find the magic treasures.  I had never won before but I knew this was my year.

A Danish tradition and a Hansen family favorite we always made rice pudding for Christmas Eve dinner and within the pudding one penny, one almond and one raisin.  Each had an important meaning but I didn’t really understand except the idea of simply being the one to earn the acceptance of the rest of the family for finding the treasures within.

I have since learned that each hidden gem had its own clairvoyant meaning and promise of future events but at the time all I wanted was the lovely, sweet rice and the chance of being the victor.  If you were the lucky one to find the penny you were promised wealth for the coming year.  The almond meant luck and who ever found the coveted almond would be the recipient of a lucky year.  It was great to get the penny or the almond but everyone wanted the raisin for the raisin meant long life and with long life came happiness and joy.

I really don’t like raisins but I knew the raisin was the most desirable and most wanted of the three.  If you were lucky enough to get the raisin the entire family would encircle you with praise, hugs and kisses all around and for that short time you would be the center star and for me at six years old that was the center of everything.

On Christmas Eve the entire family came together at my grandparents’ home in Montebello California.  Their home was small but it had a large room off the kitchen where we could all sit and talk, eat and enjoy the festivities of that special day.  After a dinner of turkey and ham with all the fixings we would clean the room, move the chairs and tables and I would rush to the pink chair and sink deep into the feathery pillows and feel the secure comfort of grandpas’ favorite recliner, until he emerged from the kitchen drying his hands, he would give me a happy frown, reach down with his arms and pick me up placing me on his lap, not as comfortable as the pillows but much more satisfying.

The adults would be given their small bowls filled with the yule pudding and then the kids.  I looked at mine and I knew something was missing.  I couldn’t see into the white goodness, but I knew that there was no penny, no almond nor a small wrinkly raisin; I would not be winning tonight.  My eyes, that a second ago were filled with hope and wonder lost that sparkle of anticipation, my mouth turned into a small frown, I could still enjoy the rice pudding I tried to tell myself but even that wonderful whiteness would not make up for the impending loss of not winning the penny, the almond nor the raisin.

As my grandma raised her bowl of rice pudding in the air and announced the rules of the contest, a speech repeated each year like the preamble of the constitution or a reverent prayer, my grandpa quickly pulled my bowl from my tiny hands and replaced my kiddy bowl with his adult bowl, giving to me his portion and his chance for winning.

“Start eating everyone” my grandma announced stoically.  

With spoon in hand and ready to dig in my heart stopped a beat as I noticed my grandpa not eating, waiting, watching me with his tired but loving eyes.  I looked at him, his smile bright and knowing, encouraging, he nodded his head and I took a tentative spoon full, tasting the enchanted creamy delight as it melted in my mouth, forgetting for that moment the penny the almond and the raisin.

His arms encircled my small body as he hugged me and held me tight, his own bowl of rice pudding gently set aside, watching me, encouraging me, loving me.  It was at this moment in my life that I understood love, I could feel it as I sat on his lap, his eyes wanting me to win, knowing perhaps that I would win and me not really caring if I won or not, all I wanted was for this moment, these feelings to stay forever.


Near the end of my bowl of yule pudding I did find the raisin and with the dried grape the adoration of everyone in the room.  It was a grand experience, the hugs, the kisses, the warm eyes of all, but most of all the realization that I loved my grandpa and he loved me, a feeling I would never lose, a relationship that would endure throughout his life and still endures in mine 40 years after his death as he sat by his typewriter writing a letter to me.  He died loving me, writing me and enjoying the benefits of giving me an insignificant gift of a little piece of dried fruit. The raisin may have been mine on that event filled Christmas Eve but the promise of a long and fulfilling life was his and is mine as I remember that special gift from a very special man.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Trump government

Image result for good government and Trump cartoonHave you ever tried to write with the purpose of being profound?  I have tried and for the most part failed in my attempt toward creating anything insightful, especially when that was my initial intent.  The process of profundity requires a level of understanding that most do not possess and may never possess, at least in this life.  That is why we rely upon others when wisdom is needed.

The problem with wisdom is in knowing when something is wise or profound.  Many proclaim to have the ability to espouse or council but in the end, most who pontificate do so from a level of ignorance based on a desire to “look the part” rather than knowing and living by example.  This creates a significant void and upgraded confusion in relation to what is considered wise, further convoluting those few who truly do know. 

Most rely upon the open opinions of others, a close circle of friends or web generated search that pits a position or problem with the statistical criteria wanted rather than the wisdom needed.  This process only exacerbates the search for the wise and opens new avenues to the labyrinth that is life rather than the hoped for singularity of desire that often is the result of a wise and thoughtful answer.  In other words, it is the hope toward the wise that our problems be minimized not expanded.

We all recognize the need for wisdom but very few are willing to pursue the course needed to obtain that wisdom for ourselves.  We are more than willing to take the advice of those who agree with our desires and opinions but fail to see the need to change our lives in order to grow in wisdom.  It is precisely this avenue of growth that needs to be undertaken in order to grow as individuals.  The alternative is what causes the wholesale adherence and acceptance of “bad advice” and the consequential effects of listening to that “bad advice”, or a society of sheep that simply follow the edicts from above because of an unwilling populous to think for themselves.

There are many, about half the country that believe we have made a serious choice in electing Donald Trump for President.  The problem with this scenario is not specifically against Donald Trump but in the process of losing and not being able to conform to the long held electoral process.  The same result would most likely be apparent with any similar candidate.  The rush toward a judgement based not on any form of wisdom or thought is by definition irrational and is the process of this current unsubstantiated angst against Trump and all things conservative or Republican.  Will Trump be a good President, no one really knows but the possibility that he will is the same as almost every president since Washington (the first President, in case you don’t remember your grade school lessons).

How an individual rises to the occasion of his predicament will only be visible after he succeeds or fails and no amount of selfish predetermination or prognostication will change that yet written future.  

There is a point of interest that comes into play when negativity is infused too early and to vociferously.  Any chance of Trump being an effective President may be damaged by the very negativity permeated, creating a self-fulfilling prophesy that no one except for the very elect and capable could overcome.

If their motivation is to destroy the electoral process and destroy the chances of Trump rising to the occasion of the Presidency then the negativity instilled will most likely have the desired effect.  But if they want a “good President” then perhaps it would be wise to follow the admonition of positiveness while differing those opinions until he has had a chance to govern. 

Like most the option of differing the gratification of personal gain should take a front seat to the needs of this great country and to the principles of selflessness and service.  Failure to do so will only create a short term scenario, a moment in time that will outline a failure of one individual, but will also outline a national failure for all those involved in the insidious plan of destruction. 

What are the risks of supporting the process of creating a “good President”?  What will they lose by allowing President Elect Trump from becoming an effective leader?  The issues at stake are more fundamental than most understand and requires a serious self-reflection of our motivations and incentives.  This goes well beyond being a Republican or Democrat and goes beyond the liberal or conservative labels, we need a cohesive and functional government that at least tries to govern effectively and that means that the infrastructure of this country is sound and safe, the money supply is stable and the armies are ready and able to defend our liberties. 

The Constitution's Preamble says the federal government was established (and the Constitution was adopted) to “form a more perfect union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.

These are not liberal or conservative they are constitutional mandates of what are government should do.  These are the fundamental laws of this country and those laws for too long have been forsaken and ignored.  The least we can do as Americans is to give Donald Trump the support he needs so that he can either succeed or fail on his own. 

Nothing is more egregious than forcing the failure prior to the effort.  As a teacher it pains me deeply when I hear the negative words, actions and demeanor forced upon children by their parents as they wrongly intervene in the positive growth of their children.  Parents are far from perfect but for the most part they try to provide a positive environment but for those cretins who abuse and exploit the tender minds there is little forgiveness in my heart. 

The acts of negativity are exactly the same and are born of selfishness and egotism.  For those who want Trump to fail just because he’s Trump show no regard for anything other than self-interest and only want to proclaim success over the failure of those they hate.  Hate is not a laudable or commendable trait in any forum and should be excised from our vernacular and our actions. 


For those who truly hate Trump, perhaps it’s time to turn that hate into something  more positive and helpful and then and perhaps only then will we have a unified country…Hate is no way to run a government nor our lives.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Ready for Trump

Hoarder-590CI: There is a grand disparity in how we judge political prowess and ability.  The process of developing a like or dislike of any particular candidate has less to do with who they are and more about the internal processes of who the voter is and their individual expectations in relation to what they want from any particular candidate.  As we all know voters are fickle, their demands capricious and erratic at best making me think that the process of how we judge our politicians needs to be upgraded.  
The physical aspects of electioneering may be substandard as well but the act of voting is still, for the most part, a process of counting each and every individual vote is still a fairly good method of judging who wins and losses.  Added to the basic process of counting votes are the issues of voter fraud, like counting dead people, made up people, dogs and cats, mice and rats but that is a different problem  altogether.  That is why we still count on the Electoral College to make some assurances that the vote of the people has not been infringed upon or subject to fraud or corruption.   I am not suggesting that there is no fraud within the chosen delegates of the Electoral college but the incidents of misgivings are far less than within the general public.
Once we have a vote the process of determination is long past; it’s the process before the vote that needs to be changed.  At present we judge our future leaders by what we think they said and what the media has reported to us about what they’ve done.  At the same time we often forsake certain comments and actions from those that we are expected to like and support and fail to critique what was said or what was done because it fails to fit our previously defined positions.  So we are hit with a barrage of disconnected sound and video bites that only show what the media and the particular candidate wants us to see.
Being a Republican of less report, running against a highly favorable Democrat will invariably create a negative balance due primarily to the established protocols and patterns of the incumbent.  The same is true with a Democrat running against a favorable Republican.  There is a small difference between the devotion of democrats and republicans with the Democrats exhibiting a greater sense of devotion toward their candidate and an unwillingness to accept the propositions or rhetoric of another just because of their party affiliation.  
Of even greater concern is our inability to discern between the rhetoric of the now and the totality of a person’s life.  This is not an easy process and the ability of the citizenry to uncover the truth is often hampered by the established political machinery that has been put into place to protect our leaders from their own foot in mouth discretions but only works for those the media favors.  Even within our technological advances the machinery often misplaces the errant words with the excuses and justifications of “what was really said”.
Words do matter, but they matter a lot less now than they used to.  What was said yesterday may be enough to destroy a candidacy, or if the “machinery” works well we may never hear the words that were spoken or be privy to the “reasons” for the words.  So often the words can be manipulated and balanced to such a degree that whatever was said has no relationship with the voter or the voter simply doesn’t care enough to quibble over the consequences.  
Let’s take Hillary and Trump.  Two perfect examples of taking sides regardless of what was said or done.  Their constituency is adamant and is often dogmatic to the point of denial.  There is some truth to the process of choosing the best from the two that are available but in that process we forsake our own moral issues with what we believe and those expectations we have regarding the candidate of our choice.  But when we only have two choices the morality of choosing despite the moral questions have to be made leaving most with the uncomfortable taste of choosing without really wanting or caring about that choice.
The problem is in how we make the decisions on how we vote and how we establish a relationship with the person of our choice.  Words are not enough.  We need to consider much more than the short words and sound bites that inundate us.  We need to consider the totality of the candidate rather than the insincere aspects of developing a sounding board just so they don’t have to delve deep into their own psyche or beliefs. It’s amazing the influences of a well-placed word or phrase and the impact on our beliefs.  
Madison Avenue has also learned the relationship between the jingle and the phrase with every commercial vying for our support of this or that product or service.  Politicians have morphed into high paid account reps working for any advertising firm.  Their words are moderated, planned, organized and totally meaningless in relation to who the candidate really is.  
If we are to believe the press, Trump is nothing more than a pandering dunce, a ridiculous example of prosperity and function.  Hillary’s position with the press is slightly better do in part to their propensity toward liberalism but to most she is nothing more than a practiced politician who knows what to say and when but when she is off track her persona is reported to be quite different.
Understanding who a candidate is cannot be derived from the words alone.  Man is often the victim of their words and very few have the ability (like our politicians) to have control over what was said.  Trump has not developed that skill nor does he have the machinery to whir into motion when words have been misspoken or spoken when they shouldn’t have been said at all.  
Trump choses in many instances to speak without filtering his words, unlike a politician.  But unlike a politician he does not understand the effectiveness of the machinery to downplay or soften what was said after the fact.  Does this inability make him a poor candidate?  And before you answer that question remove yourself from the political framework that automatically designates your beliefs as a republican or democrat.  Move away from politics and look only at the candidates.  What have they done?  What are they really saying?  What will happen if they are able to implement their goals for the country?  
Look at both candidates and balance what you believe, truly believe with what you suspect they believe.  Look critically at those differences and balance those differences with your own moral standards making a conscious effort to understand how those differences will affect you and your standards.  Never, just vote.  Vote from a point of knowledge and understanding. Functionally the day of the election should take place in such a manner to ensure that all votes matter, with the process ensuring that all states have the same voice and perhaps the same time frame to vote.  
We all know that Trump is the President Elect and will be leading the United States as its next President.  How he won will be a debated topic for years to come but the bottom line is he transformed the electoral process by undermining the established political machinery that was so entrenched that no one understood the realities of the steaming angst and discord of the population.
Perhaps in this monumental upset the politics of this country has learned to some degree that the people come first , that this is a government of the people, by the people, for the people, and despite the best efforts of those at the top the voice of the people rang true and forced a scenario of change so far away from the norm that no one knew what was coming.
No one really knows what will come or the effects of a Trump administration but the message was clear, the people wanted something different and Trump was their answer.  They knew what they had, they understood Obama and HIllary, they understood the massive bureaucracy, the constant efforts by the government to impinge upon the free thought and motivations and wanted a change of direction.  
My hope is that Trump is able to rise above the vitriolic rhetoric and forge a new path  of opportunity based on those fundamental freedoms that are outlined in our Constitution and be able to sustain the promised growth and prosperity promised during the election.
Perhaps I am grasping at floating straws strewn about from the winds of a terrible storm but based on my perspective, and you know I am always right, those thin and almost invisible straws are all we had left to reach for.  Those straws represent hope for a new future and a new responsible government that Truly is a Government of the People, by the People and for the People.
God Bless America.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Truth as we think we know it....

Image result for finding the truth cartoonThere is and has always been a differentiation in what we believe, what we think and in what we strive to accomplish.  What you believed when you were young may be pivotally different than when you’re old.  Those differences are the product of a variety of concerns that affect some but not all at different levels depending on the conditions that surround the circumstances of those changes.  How we change can have an effect on what we ultimately become, so much so that the process of changing has taken on a life of its own and been given a singular position that transcends the initial process of change.


The question of change is fundamental in our understanding of how those changes affect our lives, our beliefs and our morals. In determining the effects of those changes on ourselves it is essential to have a clear understanding of why.  Why do we believe what we believe?  Why do we accept certain strains of understanding while disregarding others?  Why is that person a Republican or a Democrat?  Why do they believe what they believe? What causes some to pursue a life of crime or a life of service?  The answers to these questions may not be answerable directly or within a preset time frame but the pursuit of those answers can often help in determining a level of understanding that can shed some light into the deeper confines of the more esoteric and mysterious reason for change.


We all have a unique perspective, and the deeper we delve into the individual psyche the more unique attributes are revealed and the more opportunities there are for discovery; there are innumerable and inexhaustible forays into those variations making the discoveries of belief and life, a series of self-discovery rather than the more accepted belief in an individual growth or advancement.  If our goal is to grow or advance some aspect of our individual psyche then and only then can we claim to have advanced.
Advancing into some realm of understanding is often a process that requires a substantial focus on that specific task with no guarantee of success.  How are we to know if the path we have chosen to pursue will yield positive results?  The very attempt is lauded as a move in the right direction but when compared to the overall results of one’s life the conclusion of validity can only be judged at the moment of our demise making the entire process suspect and risky.


If you have a religious bent to your personal philosophy then your process for change takes on a more ethereal time frame and puts off the judgement of success or failure at least until after your death.  The end results are exactly the same for both the living and the dead but it’s our perception of what is required during life that changes, a perception that encourages a stronger formation of responsibility for those who believe in a greater good overall.  The truth of this perspective will come to play at some point making this discussion moot to some extent but the process of consideration is important as we struggle with the realities of the unknown.


What we think we are as opposed to what actually is, is the gap between the two and may reveal how we ask those pivotal questions and the perception of our understanding of those questions asked.  From the basic premise of a political preference to the more complex reasoning surrounding that premise we weave and dodge, we embrace and dislodge preferring to grab onto some beliefs while discouraging others.  There may be a reason for what we do and there may be a logical component to those decisions made but for every logical affirmation there are just as many uncontrolled and spurious decisions made continuing the eternal imbalance that exists in all of us.


What influences an individual?  What truths need to be ignored for some other truths to be evident?  Or are you of the belief that all truth is needed in concert in order to quantify complete understanding? From the stand of a political preference can we encourage positive change around the premise of one party over the other?  Are we really that desperate in our beliefs that it is imperative to disregard the “truth” of the Republicans to foster the truth of Democrats?


If truth is the ultimate goal then are not all truths important?  It must be decided, what is the truth or more succinctly what truths should be standardized and accepted as truth?  The subject of what is true is a difficult process when our finite perception is based on a mortal existence, where all truths are subject to elucidation and interpretation making the very prospect of discovery a life long process of experimentation and discovery.


Is a person closer to the truth by becoming a Democrat or a Republican?  Are the truths around Trump more salient than those around Hillary?  How do we truly know what the truth about anything is when our ability to discern is based on our human condition, a condition that is by nature temporary and fleeting?  By definition, truth is constant, unchanging and the same for everyone, despite their view from any perspective; truth cannot be subject to interpretation or analysis, it must have a clear and concise meaning, a meaning that does not change nor is open to discussion or manipulation.


I would hope that when we change we change toward the truths that are supposed to exist all around us.  It matters little if we know the truth for the truth to be true.   What we need to understand is the process of obtaining truth and holding on to those principles that will inevitably guide us and motivate us toward more truths.


A beginning guide to the Truth.


Answer the following:
  1. Are there truths or is there only perception?
  2. Can a truth be true for you and not for someone else?
  3. Is it possible to pursue a partial truth?
  4. How do you know if something is true?


When considering the Truth, it is important to recognize the difference between a truth and the mirriad speculations around the truth that we are faced with each and every day.  When we can make the subtle determinations of truth based on the understanding that truth does not change then we can admit to ourselves that our time on earth is a time for learning, a separation of truth from those facts that fail to cross over from the speculative to the unchanging.  If you accept the tenor of TRUTH, that it exists then you must also accept the reality that truths are here for us to find.   

The Truth as we think we know it....

Image result for finding the truth cartoonThere is and has always been a differentiation in what we believe, what we think and in what we strive to accomplish.  What you believed when you were young may be pivotally different than when you’re old.  Those differences are the product of a variety of concerns that affect some but not all at different levels depending on the conditions that surround the circumstances of those changes.  How we change can have an effect on what we ultimately become, so much so that the process of changing has taken on a life of its own and been given a singular position that transcends the initial process of change.


The question of change is fundamental in our understanding of how those changes affect our lives, our beliefs and our morals. In determining the effects of those changes on ourselves it is essential to have a clear understanding of why.  Why do we believe what we believe?  Why do we accept certain strains of understanding while disregarding others?  Why is that person a Republican or a Democrat?  Why do they believe what they believe? What causes some to pursue a life of crime or a life of service?  The answers to these questions may not be answerable directly or within a preset time frame but the pursuit of those answers can often help in determining a level of understanding that can shed some light into the deeper confines of the more esoteric and mysterious reason for change.


We all have a unique perspective, and the deeper we delve into the individual psyche the more unique attributes are revealed and the more opportunities there are for discovery; there are innumerable and inexhaustible forays into those variations making the discoveries of belief and life, a series of self-discovery rather than the more accepted belief in an individual growth or advancement.  If our goal is to grow or advance some aspect of our individual psyche then and only then can we claim to have advanced.
Advancing into some realm of understanding is often a process that requires a substantial focus on that specific task with no guarantee of success.  How are we to know if the path we have chosen to pursue will yield positive results?  The very attempt is lauded as a move in the right direction but when compared to the overall results of one’s life the conclusion of validity can only be judged at the moment of our demise making the entire process suspect and risky.


If you have a religious bent to your personal philosophy then your process for change takes on a more ethereal time frame and puts off the judgement of success or failure at least until after your death.  The end results are exactly the same for both the living and the dead but it’s our perception of what is required during life that changes, a perception that encourages a stronger formation of responsibility for those who believe in a greater good overall.  The truth of this perspective will come to play at some point making this discussion moot to some extent but the process of consideration is important as we struggle with the realities of the unknown.


What we think we are as opposed to what actually is, is the gap between the two and may reveal how we ask those pivotal questions and the perception of our understanding of those questions asked.  From the basic premise of a political preference to the more complex reasoning surrounding that premise we weave and dodge, we embrace and dislodge preferring to grab onto some beliefs while discouraging others.  There may be a reason for what we do and there may be a logical component to those decisions made but for every logical affirmation there are just as many uncontrolled and spurious decisions made continuing the eternal imbalance that exists in all of us.


What influences an individual?  What truths need to be ignored for some other truths to be evident?  Or are you of the belief that all truth is needed in concert in order to quantify complete understanding? From the stand of a political preference can we encourage positive change around the premise of one party over the other?  Are we really that desperate in our beliefs that it is imperative to disregard the “truth” of the Republicans to foster the truth of Democrats?


If truth is the ultimate goal then are not all truths important?  It must be decided, what is the truth or more succinctly what truths should be standardized and accepted as truth?  The subject of what is true is a difficult process when our finite perception is based on a mortal existence, where all truths are subject to elucidation and interpretation making the very prospect of discovery a life long process of experimentation and discovery.


Is a person closer to the truth by becoming a Democrat or a Republican?  Are the truths around Trump more salient than those around Hillary?  How do we truly know what the truth about anything is when our ability to discern is based on our human condition, a condition that is by nature temporary and fleeting?  By definition, truth is constant, unchanging and the same for everyone, despite their view from any perspective; truth cannot be subject to interpretation or analysis, it must have a clear and concise meaning, a meaning that does not change nor is open to discussion or manipulation.


I would hope that when we change we change toward the truths that are supposed to exist all around us.  It matters little if we know the truth for the truth to be true.   What we need to understand is the process of obtaining truth and holding on to those principles that will inevitably guide us and motivate us toward more truths.


A beginning guide to the Truth.


Answer the following:
  1. Are there truths or is there only perception?
  2. Can a truth be true for you and not for someone else?
  3. Is it possible to pursue a partial truth?
  4. How do you know if something is true?


When considering the Truth, it is important to recognize the difference between a truth and the mirriad speculations around the truth that we are faced with each and every day.  When we can make the subtle determinations of truth based on the understanding that truth does not change then we can admit to ourselves that our time on earth is a time for learning, a separation of truth from those facts that fail to cross over from the speculative to the unchanging.  If you accept the tenor of TRUTH, that it exists then you must also accept the reality that truths are here for us to find.   

Monday, August 8, 2016

Trump vs Republicans

Only with the Republicans does the problem exist where a sitting governor  refuses to endorse the Republican Presidential nominee, in his own state.   When you think about the issues that brought about this convergence of distaste you start to realize how messed up the Republicans are.

It all starts with the premise that a principle is more important than the election and the reality of throwing an election or in this case giving the election to the opposing party occurred just because the principle of the matter has gotten in the way of the “bigger Picture”.

When John Kasich refused to endorse Donald Trump in Ohio the pettiness of the entire affair is beyond petty and falls within the arena of self destructive.  Principles are a good thing.  Principles create a meaningful level of morality and in some ways determine how we should act and react to influences around us, but when those same principles create a myopic view and contract our sight the need to reevaluate those principles becomes an essential process of introspection.  

A few questions need to be asked about the current situation and the reasons why Kasich has withheld his endorsement.  1.  What does John Kasich get out of the process?  2.  How does withholding his endorsement help his own future within Politics?  3.  Does his relationship with Trump really mean that much to the American people, and will his refusal to endorse have an effect on the outcome of the election?

Not really knowing the answers to the above questions I can only speculate, but that’s what I do best….

  1. What does the governor of Ohio get out of this process?  From the outside looking in the obvious answer to this question is he will get the approval of the more liberal factions of his state and therefore gain some “respect” for standing against the Machine that is Trump.  

  1. By withholding his endorsement Kasich will achieve some semblance of respect but only for the short term and only within the ranks of the Democratic Party and a few powerful republicans like Romney who has been a vocal opponent as well.   The long term effects will most assuredly be dependent on whether or not Trump wins or losses.  If Trump wins Kasich will have gained nothing but the admiration of those who share his selfish endeavor to stick to his principles.  Even if Trump loses the overall tenor of the country will cause the entire affair to be forgotten and any moral ground that Kasich professes will be moved aside for the politics of the day.

  1. The distribution of the ideology of Trump versus the rest of the world will continue to fractionalize the country and with it  the health of the Republican Party.  By opposing Trump so vehemently the party itself will more than likely implode due to the growing needs and discontent of those who claim conservative rather than republican and that difference with the American people will not be so easily forgotten nor forgiven making what Kasich is doing a very risky proposition at least.

There is much more to this story than the governor of Ohio.  Those who are vocally against Trump include the top shakers of the Republican establishment.  Another question must be asked.  Are the leaders of the Republicans so fearful of Trump because of his popularity or are they afraid because of his divergence away from those who are in control?  If the answer is control than we need to ask what does the party offer us if all they're interested in is control?  And what’s the difference between the current Republican Hierarchy and the Democratic hierarchy?  

When Trump won the nomination the response should have been a wholesale support of his candidacy and not a piecemeal endorsement based on conditions of like-ability.  For the first time in many years we have a true alternative to the political machine within both parties.  For the first time in years we have a candidate that has surpassed our expectations for a non-political alternative and what do we do, we complain, we demand he changes, we criticize and vent over his personality or his lack of empathy and demand he change.  But change into what?  Another oily mouthed politician?  Another lying and deceiving bureaucrat?  Why are we so entrenched in the belief that only our way matters and that if Trump refuses to change to “our” will than we will refuse to vote for him.  

Donald Trump, if history has anything to say about the outcome, will be successful in his bid to be our next president.  He has overcome every roadblock and has risen to become the “party's” nominee.  He is currently within the margin of error with Hillary and despite the continual negativity of his detractors Trump has proven that he is a politician, just not the kind of politician most of us are used to.

Regardless of what John Kasich decides to do and despite the efforts of the Republican Party the vote will determine the outcome and the vote, if it’s not hijacked, will give us a new kind of leader.  He is a leader, he is successful. He is bombastic and loud.  He is opinionated and proud but he is also a loyal employer,  a good friend, a artful negotiator and an avid American who may have some differences in how he approaches problems, but isn’t that what we’ve been looking for?

Drop the pretense, Drop the selfish personal endeavor to please the Democrats.  It’s time to for the Republican party to support, whole heartedly support Donald Trump, he earned it and deserves our support.
Only with the Republicans does the problem exist where a sitting governor  refuses to endorse the Republican Presidential nominee, in his own state.   When you think about the issues that brought about this convergence of distaste you start to realize how messed up the Republicans are.

It all starts with the premise that a principle is more important than the election and the reality of throwing an election or in this case giving the election to the opposing party occurred just because the principle of the matter has gotten in the way of the “bigger Picture”.

When John Kasich refused to endorse Donald Trump in Ohio the pettiness of the entire affair is beyond petty and falls within the arena of self destructive.  Principles are a good thing.  Principles create a meaningful level of morality and in some ways determine how we should act and react to influences around us, but when those same principles create a myopic view and contract our sight the need to reevaluate those principles becomes an essential process of introspection.  

A few questions need to be asked about the current situation and the reasons why Kasich has withheld his endorsement.  1.  What does John Kasich get out of the process?  2.  How does withholding his endorsement help his own future within Politics?  3.  Does his relationship with Trump really mean that much to the American people, and will his refusal to endorse have an effect on the outcome of the election?

Not really knowing the answers to the above questions I can only speculate, but that’s what I do best….

  1. What does the governor of Ohio get out of this process?  From the outside looking in the obvious answer to this question is he will get the approval of the more liberal factions of his state and therefore gain some “respect” for standing against the Machine that is Trump.  

  1. By withholding his endorsement Kasich will achieve some semblance of respect but only for the short term and only within the ranks of the Democratic Party and a few powerful republicans like Romney who has been a vocal opponent as well.   The long term effects will most assuredly be dependent on whether or not Trump wins or losses.  If Trump wins Kasich will have gained nothing but the admiration of those who share his selfish endeavor to stick to his principles.  Even if Trump loses the overall tenor of the country will cause the entire affair to be forgotten and any moral ground that Kasich professes will be moved aside for the politics of the day.

  1. The distribution of the ideology of Trump versus the rest of the world will continue to fractionalize the country and with it  the health of the Republican Party.  By opposing Trump so vehemently the party itself will more than likely implode due to the growing needs and discontent of those who claim conservative rather than republican and that difference with the American people will not be so easily forgotten nor forgiven making what Kasich is doing a very risky proposition at least.

There is much more to this story than the governor of Ohio.  Those who are vocally against Trump include the top shakers of the Republican establishment.  Another question must be asked.  Are the leaders of the Republicans so fearful of Trump because of his popularity or are they afraid because of his divergence away from those who are in control?  If the answer is control than we need to ask what does the party offer us if all they're interested in is control?  And what’s the difference between the current Republican Hierarchy and the Democratic hierarchy?  

When Trump won the nomination the response should have been a wholesale support of his candidacy and not a piecemeal endorsement based on conditions of likeability.  For the first time in many years we have a true alternative to the political machine within both parties.  For the first time in years we have a candidate that has surpassed our expectations for a non-political alternative and what do we do, we complain, we demand he changes, we criticize and vent over his personality or his lack of empathy and demand he change.  But change into what?  Another oily mouthed politician?  Another lying and deceiving bureaucrat?  Why are we so entrenched in the belief that only our way matters and that if Trump refuses to change to “our” will than we will refuse to vote for him.  

Donald Trump, if history has anything to say about the outcome, will be successful in his bid to be our next president.  He has overcome every roadblock and has risen to become the “party's” nominee.  He is currently within the margin of error with Hillary and despite the continual negativity of his detractors Trump has proven that he is a politician, just not the kind of politician most of us are used to.

Regardless of what John Kasich decides to do and despite the efforts of the Republican Party the vote will determine the outcome and the vote, if it’s not hijacked, will give us a new kind of leader.  He is a leader, he is successful. He is bombastic and loud.  He is opinionated and proud but he is also a loyal employer,  a good friend, a artful negotiator and an avid American who may have some differences in how he approaches problems, but isn’t that what we’ve been looking for?

Drop the pretense, Drop the selfish personal endeavor to please the Democrats.  It’s time to for the Republican party to support, whole heartedly support Donald Trump, he earned it and deserves our support.

Only with the Republicans does the problem exist where a sitting governor  refuses to endorse the Republican Presidential nominee, in his own state.   When you think about the issues that brought about this convergence of distaste you start to realize how messed up the Republicans are.

It all starts with the premise that a principle is more important than the election and the reality of throwing an election or in this case giving the election to the opposing party occurred just because the principle of the matter has gotten in the way of the “bigger Picture”.

When John Kasich refused to endorse Donald Trump in Ohio the pettiness of the entire affair is beyond petty and falls within the arena of self destructive.  Principles are a good thing.  Principles create a meaningful level of morality and in some ways determine how we should act and react to influences around us, but when those same principles create a myopic view and contract our sight the need to reevaluate those principles becomes an essential process of introspection.  

A few questions need to be asked about the current situation and the reasons why Kasich has withheld his endorsement.  1.  What does John Kasich get out of the process?  2.  How does withholding his endorsement help his own future within Politics?  3.  Does his relationship with Trump really mean that much to the American people, and will his refusal to endorse have an effect on the outcome of the election?

Not really knowing the answers to the above questions I can only speculate, but that’s what I do best….

  1. What does the governor of Ohio get out of this process?  From the outside looking in the obvious answer to this question is he will get the approval of the more liberal factions of his state and therefore gain some “respect” for standing against the Machine that is Trump.  

  1. By withholding his endorsement Kasich will achieve some semblance of respect but only for the short term and only within the ranks of the Democratic Party and a few powerful republicans like Romney who has been a vocal opponent as well.   The long term effects will most assuredly be dependent on whether or not Trump wins or losses.  If Trump wins Kasich will have gained nothing but the admiration of those who share his selfish endeavor to stick to his principles.  Even if Trump loses the overall tenor of the country will cause the entire affair to be forgotten and any moral ground that Kasich professes will be moved aside for the politics of the day.

  1. The distribution of the ideology of Trump versus the rest of the world will continue to fractionalize the country and with it  the health of the Republican Party.  By opposing Trump so vehemently the party itself will more than likely implode due to the growing needs and discontent of those who claim conservative rather than republican and that difference with the American people will not be so easily forgotten nor forgiven making what Kasich is doing a very risky proposition at least.

There is much more to this story than the governor of Ohio.  Those who are vocally against Trump include the top shakers of the Republican establishment.  Another question must be asked.  Are the leaders of the Republicans so fearful of Trump because of his popularity or are they afraid because of his divergence away from those who are in control?  If the answer is control than we need to ask what does the party offer us if all they're interested in is control?  And what’s the difference between the current Republican Hierarchy and the Democratic hierarchy?  

When Trump won the nomination the response should have been a wholesale support of his candidacy and not a piecemeal endorsement based on conditions of likeability.  For the first time in many years we have a true alternative to the political machine within both parties.  For the first time in years we have a candidate that has surpassed our expectations for a non-political alternative and what do we do, we complain, we demand he changes, we criticize and vent over his personality or his lack of empathy and demand he change.  But change into what?  Another oily mouthed politician?  Another lying and deceiving bureaucrat?  Why are we so entrenched in the belief that only our way matters and that if Trump refuses to change to “our” will than we will refuse to vote for him.  

Donald Trump, if history has anything to say about the outcome, will be successful in his bid to be our next president.  He has overcome every roadblock and has risen to become the “party's” nominee.  He is currently within the margin of error with Hillary and despite the continual negativity of his detractors Trump has proven that he is a politician, just not the kind of politician most of us are used to.

Regardless of what John Kasich decides to do and despite the efforts of the Republican Party the vote will determine the outcome and the vote, if it’s not hijacked, will give us a new kind of leader.  He is a leader, he is successful. He is bombastic and loud.  He is opinionated and proud but he is also a loyal employer,  a good friend, a artful negotiator and an avid American who may have some differences in how he approaches problems, but isn’t that what we’ve been looking for?

Drop the pretense, Drop the selfish personal endeavor to please the Democrats.  It’s time to for the Republican party to support, whole heartedly support Donald Trump, he earned it and deserves our support.
Only with the Republicans does the problem exist where a sitting governor  refuses to endorse the Republican Presidential nominee, in his own state.   When you think about the issues that brought about this convergence of distaste you start to realize how messed up the Republicans are.

It all starts with the premise that a principle is more important than the election and the reality of throwing an election or in this case giving the election to the opposing party occurred just because the principle of the matter has gotten in the way of the “bigger Picture”.

When John Kasich refused to endorse Donald Trump in Ohio the pettiness of the entire affair is beyond petty and falls within the arena of self destructive.  Principles are a good thing.  Principles create a meaningful level of morality and in some ways determine how we should act and react to influences around us, but when those same principles create a myopic view and contract our sight the need to reevaluate those principles becomes an essential process of introspection.  

A few questions need to be asked about the current situation and the reasons why Kasich has withheld his endorsement.  1.  What does John Kasich get out of the process?  2.  How does withholding his endorsement help his own future within Politics?  3.  Does his relationship with Trump really mean that much to the American people, and will his refusal to endorse have an effect on the outcome of the election?

Not really knowing the answers to the above questions I can only speculate, but that’s what I do best….

  1. What does the governor of Ohio get out of this process?  From the outside looking in the obvious answer to this question is he will get the approval of the more liberal factions of his state and therefore gain some “respect” for standing against the Machine that is Trump.  

  1. By withholding his endorsement Kasich will achieve some semblance of respect but only for the short term and only within the ranks of the Democratic Party and a few powerful republicans like Romney who has been a vocal opponent as well.   The long term effects will most assuredly be dependent on whether or not Trump wins or losses.  If Trump wins Kasich will have gained nothing but the admiration of those who share his selfish endeavor to stick to his principles.  Even if Trump loses the overall tenor of the country will cause the entire affair to be forgotten and any moral ground that Kasich professes will be moved aside for the politics of the day.

  1. The distribution of the ideology of Trump versus the rest of the world will continue to fractionalize the country and with it  the health of the Republican Party.  By opposing Trump so vehemently the party itself will more than likely implode due to the growing needs and discontent of those who claim conservative rather than republican and that difference with the American people will not be so easily forgotten nor forgiven making what Kasich is doing a very risky proposition at least.

There is much more to this story than the governor of Ohio.  Those who are vocally against Trump include the top shakers of the Republican establishment.  Another question must be asked.  Are the leaders of the Republicans so fearful of Trump because of his popularity or are they afraid because of his divergence away from those who are in control?  If the answer is control than we need to ask what does the party offer us if all they're interested in is control?  And what’s the difference between the current Republican Hierarchy and the Democratic hierarchy?  

When Trump won the nomination the response should have been a wholesale support of his candidacy and not a piecemeal endorsement based on conditions of likeability.  For the first time in many years we have a true alternative to the political machine within both parties.  For the first time in years we have a candidate that has surpassed our expectations for a non-political alternative and what do we do, we complain, we demand he changes, we criticize and vent over his personality or his lack of empathy and demand he change.  But change into what?  Another oily mouthed politician?  Another lying and deceiving bureaucrat?  Why are we so entrenched in the belief that only our way matters and that if Trump refuses to change to “our” will than we will refuse to vote for him.  

Donald Trump, if history has anything to say about the outcome, will be successful in his bid to be our next president.  He has overcome every roadblock and has risen to become the “party's” nominee.  He is currently within the margin of error with Hillary and despite the continual negativity of his detractors Trump has proven that he is a politician, just not the kind of politician most of us are used to.

Regardless of what John Kasich decides to do and despite the efforts of the Republican Party the vote will determine the outcome and the vote, if it’s not hijacked, will give us a new kind of leader.  He is a leader, he is successful. He is bombastic and loud.  He is opinionated and proud but he is also a loyal employer,  a good friend, a artful negotiator and an avid American who may have some differences in how he approaches problems, but isn’t that what we’ve been looking for?

Drop the pretense, Drop the selfish personal endeavor to please the Democrats.  It’s time to for the Republican party to support, whole heartedly support Donald Trump, he earned it and deserves our support.