Saturday, October 9, 2021

Build The Wall...?


 I was told that I had just made a potentially racist remark, by someone who is close to me.  


Here is how it happened.  We were driving through an In N Out Burger and I asked the window attendant how to pronounce their name.  She told me and I said, “that’s a pretty name, where is it from?”  


She told me she didn’t know but her family was from the Philippines and I said, “you don’t sound Filipino.”  


This is where she offered that her father has no accent at all either and that she was born here.  I smiled at her and thanked her and  I paid the bill and drove to the next window.


The others in the car suggested to me that my statement could be racist.  I don’t see how, but in this day in age, I guess almost anything could be racist…


The above incident got me thinking about why the statement could be construed as racist when to me it was not, nor was it intended to be bigoted or racist in anyway.  


Let me ask you a couple of questions:  

  1.  When someone says they love their country, what does that mean?

  2.  Can you love your country when you're not living in your country, or can you love the   country that is not your birth country?

  3.  What makes a country a country?  


Stay with me,,,


As we try to determine what makes a country a country and understand the importance of loving or not loving a country, I want to make some assumptions based on what I think regarding the United States and how our current political leadership (the past 20 years current) has affected our ability to love our country of origin and how those who have immigrated have the changed way we feel.


First of all, I want to dispel any insinuation of racism by stating emphatically that I believe that everyone who comes here (legally or not) should begin to love America for what it is and what it can provide.  I do not want to exclude anyone but understand that immigration law has always prevented individuals from immigrating for a variety of reasons.


As far as I know, The United States of America has one of the most liberal immigration policies in the world, not including the wholesale crossing occurring across our southern borders.  We allow more, more often and with less conditions than almost every other country.  But at the same time we have fewer expectations placed on those who come than virtually every other country in the world.


When someone migrates to Mexico, Mexico does not offer them ballots in English, or welfare for those in need, nor does Japan, Russia, Chad, or most countries of the world.  There are some exceptions but specific examples are hard to find.


The point being, that if you want to migrate to another country, most other countries expect you to know the language, understand the laws and be able to be self-sufficient.   Most countries are defined by borders, language and customs, But the US has taken a different tack by removing borders (the southern border at least), language (English) and customs from the list and instead encouraging immigrants to not speak English, disregard our borders and flaunt our customs, while paying them to get settled and supporting their ways of life over the standards of life previously created.


I know things change but generally things change slowly, so that new arrivals want to learn the language, like the young Filipino woman who thought of herself as an American, and rightly so; she is an American, her family supported her to learn the language, get involved and become integrated.


   What other countries besides America, forsake it’s borders, it’s language and its culture to openly accept any and all who wish to come?  As a result, I love this country less because this country favors those who are not American over the Americans who were born here, who immigrated here legally and have chosen to follow our laws, our language and our culture. 


Where do you stand on this issue?


Monday, September 20, 2021

Ignorance is not Stupid


There is a reason why we don’t agree.  There are actually multiple reasons why some believe and others do not, regarding a multitude of subjects, ideas, politics and to be honest, most of us form our opinions based on incorrect or insufficient information.

Man is ignorant.  Women are ignorant, we are all ignorant of most things, but does that make us stupid?  Stupid is defines as:  having or showing a great lack of intelligence or common sense. That is a question you need to determine on your own.  Keep in mind that our minds are not designed to store huge amounts of information.  A psychologist named Thomas Landouer did an experiment to determine how much information the average mind can sustain.  His findings determined that we have about 1 Gigabyte of storage capacity, that is not very much, but that does support the premise that Man is Ignorant.  Ignorance is not necessarily bad.


“False belief is our birthright”  Said Phillip Fernbach, Cognitive Scientist, Boulder Colorado. He postulates that regardless of our inability to “be smart” we are intelligent by virtue of our social collectivism.  When I say “most people are wrong about most things, most of the time”  It coincides with the idea that we are all ignorant of most things, most of the time.

 

If we are all ignorant then developing false beliefs is a common and expected outcome of being human.  That is why so many believe so many things in so many different ways. Democrats, believe one way and Republicans another, is either right or wrong?  I believe in God, others do not,  who is right?  Can you explain in detail why one is right and one is wrong about anything?


Men and Women, and especially teenage boys attempt to show their knowledge through arguments and disagreements and in most cases one party or another will have some permanence by virtue of more experience, more knowledge or more power, but is that the way we should be motivated toward understanding?


I often get into discussions with others who do not agree with me, and very seldom do our disagreements get resolved with a meeting of the minds and a mutual understanding that enhances both our lives.   I am starting to understand that regardless of our shared ignorance of most things, neither of us understands the depth of that ignorance, and that prevents us from moving forward from a common understanding of our shared innocence.  


The process of being smart is rarely seen as a collective achievement, but the evidence seems to support the premise that we are all specialist in something and to some extent we can contribute to the intelligence of humanity by cooperating individually so that we share in the cycle of wisdom that comes from accepting that we are insignificant but together amazing things can transpire.


I am not suggesting in the least that we move toward socialistic style cooperation, those two words do not exist in this context.  We are all individuals with individual rights, privileges and responsibilities, but when we decide as individuals to cooperate then our options for advanced  achievements are multiplied and expanded, exponentially.    


There is a religious component to this argument.  My belief in God mandates that I pursue that belief individually, but that individual desire to have a personal relationship with His Son Jesus Christ facilitates my desire to help my neighbor, support those around me, assist them so that we can together obtain His promised blessing.  


It is the same process of overcoming my own ignorance by relying on the individual efforts of others and their unique skills and thoughts.  We do have very intelligent individuals throughout history, some who stand out beyond the billions and billions  who have lived, but even those were assisted to some extent by the conversations, the discussion and the opinions of others.


Our only way out of these contentious times is to realize that we are all IGNORANT of most things, and to understand that our lifeline to intelligence is through cooperative listening, thinking and acting.  Only then will we be able to solve the issues that face this Nation and only then will we come to the understanding that regardless of our own intellectual shortcomings, we can all be intelligent and wise together.

  


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Evil or Stupid?



Someone once said, “We have two political parties, the Evil and the Stupid.”


Depending on your ideology or lack of, that statement can probably apply to both the Democrats and the Republicans.  


Within the State of California, I hope you're aware of the effort to recall Gaven Newsom, he is the Democratic Governor of California and the attempt is being made to remove him from office, that is what a recall is.  


I am trying to be deliberate in my explanation for the simple reason that I don’t think the Democrats are the “stupid” party.  That moniker goes to the Republicans.  You may ask yourself, what is the difference between Evil and Stupid? Not much when you consider those who act and do Evil are really not much worse than those who are Stupid and allow Evil to flourish.


I was going to let you extrapolate, by yourself the logical conclusion from the revelation that the Republicans are the “STUPID” party but I think I should continue to be deliberate in my observations and explanations.


When you have two choices and one of those choices is made known, the other choice becomes evident.  If the Republican Party is the Stupid Party then what does that make the Democrat Party, given that you have two choices, Evil and Stupid and Stupid is already taken?


The above conclusions obviously come from my perspective, and just to let you know, my perspective is always correct...Anyway, I like to think it is.  The reality is in how we form a perspective, how do we draw conclusions and quantify in our minds a resolution to the choices that are presented?


Am I moving too fast?  The answer to the question of how is in how we process the information we receive.   When we fail to seek out the best information our conclusions are tainted and perception of what is right or wrong is also mitigated by our lack of information.


Information is not the only measure of truth however.  Truth is imperative to understanding the information and being able to synthesize the often overwhelming amounts of information at our disposal.   Truth is the same, always.  Truth is the same yesterday, today and forever.  It does not remain the same then it is not “TRUTH”.


The often heard statement of “my truth is different than your truth” defies logic and destroys the very essence of truth and our search for those elusive principles. 


The point I am trying to make is that even though we have to opposing parties vying for our support the above statement that one is evil and the other stupid has to be defined based on the act, the policies and the practices of those parties, not solely on how the MEDIA presents the information you receive. 


I accept that the Republicans are monumentally STUPID.  They have proved that moronic stupidity over and over again and continue to exhibit those tendencies, with no evidence of learning.


The Democratic party has shown that they are the party of EVIL.  They have proved it through their policies that drive the individual into definable and controllable groups.  Their constant hypocritical actions show us their intent to shelter themselves from the laws they impose on the rest of us.  Their debauchery and callous disregard for the individual overshadows their rhetoric of racial Justice and individual rights. They are Evil in their intent, in their programs and in their designs to circumvent JUSTICE…


Today we VOTE and even now those votes have been marginalized.  Your Vote is essential, Every vote is needed and every person needs to VOTE, but before you vote, Really think to yourself, which of the two parties is EVIL or STUPID and which would you rather have leading your life?  


When trying to decide which way to vote, think not about the party but the man, who is the best able to give you the freedoms and liberties promised by our Constitution….I should have left that last part out...What’s the Constitution have to do with it?


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Shopping blind...

There is always some risk when you shop and that risk rises in relation to what you’re shopping for.  Last Friday my wife and I were looking for a set of drawers.  That in itself does not sound too complicated but as we looked and looked we realized the quality of the pieces, and the style of the options made our decision to buy, anything a very complicated endeavor indeed.


After a few hours we decided to move into the antique arena and fairly quickly found a five stack set of drawers that we were excited about.  We paid for it and we were told we could pick it up on Monday, that was yesterday.


Today I retrieved the drawers, they were probably made around 1910-1930.   They were made of oak and seemed solid, but therein lies the problem.  When we inspected them originally, they were behind a few things and so we were unable to pull the drawers out, check on the stability...and yes I know, I should not have bought them if I didn't know, but we were assured of their quality and decided to buy them anyway.  They looked really nice.


Helpers from the store put them in my van and off I went.  


When I got home and started to remove the drawers to unload the dresser drawers, I started to find out about the “quality”, and it was not good as promised, it wasn’t even fair, it was in poor condition.  


The owner of the shop was very reasonable and helpful, all is well in relation to that purchase, but the real issue is in the purposeful ignorance, or the  dishonest attempt, knowing full well the true condition, to sell a product.


It was probably a little of both.  Of course the buyer should beware, but the buyer should also be assured of some basic principles in relationship to everyday commerce.  


This incident turned out to be a positive experience, because the owner was reasonable and helpful.  


When we take this type of experience and move it into a national level we can clearly see what graft and corruption can do and how it affects all we do.  Look at the last few weeks and what has occurred, who is lying and why?  Who is affected by those lies?  Do our leaders lie to us routinely, or just when they have to, to “protect us”?  Do they try to sell us substandard goods at inflated prices?  Do they tax us too much for what we receive in return?


My issue today was solved because I had the support of an honest businessman who valued his customers.  Do our politicians value us?  If you think yes, tell me how?  I am tired of getting screwed by a government that has lost sight of their initial and foremost mandate, to protect, help and service those in our country.  


Now our Government leaves our people behind, as they did with thousands of stranded Americans in Afghanistan, this is WRONG, this is EVIL and those who allow it should be jailed and tried for TREASON. 


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Prescribed Lawlessness

 


Under the Title, Temporary Protection from Eviction, the CDC has made the following order:


CDC is issuing a new order temporarily halting evictions in counties with heightened levels of community transmission in order to respond to recent, unexpected developments in the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the rise of the Delta variant. It is intended to target specific areas of the country where cases are rapidly increasing, which likely would be exacerbated by mass evictions.


In response to the above the Biden Administration has agreed with the CDC Order despite the increasingly vigorous stance against this unconstitutional by the CDC.   


Administrations of the past have attempted, in a variety of ways to circumvent Constitutional law but in this case the Supreme court has already ruled that a new moratorium can only be given if and when the Congress passes a new law regarding these issues, and so far it is unlikely that they have the votes to do so.


Regardless of the spurious Constitutionality of the CDC order, Biden is in full support, as is Nancy Pelosi and many of the administrators of our current Government.  


You may be in favor of such an order, and it may have some value to you, especially if you’re not paying any rent, regardless of the circumstances or reasons why.  But, the landlords are entitled to protect their assets and land ownership and that dichotomy of purpose has promoted a rift in the very essence of our Constitutional Republic.


As a reminder, we do not live solely in a Democracy, we live in a Democratic Republic, and what that means is:  Alexander Hamilton and James Madison made this clear in The Federalist Papers, where they make it clear that the federal government will be made up of elected officials who represent the will of the people. In fact, many of the United States' founders believed that a direct democracy would result in nothing more than "...instability, injustice, and confusion." 


We are a Democracy, which is a belief that all persons of this country (not those who break our laws or claim to be citizens of the world) share in the governance.  We are also a Republic that allows those who are elected to represent the will of the people.  In other words, the U.S. runs its government like a republic, but it bases its government on democratic ideals.


The CDC was and is not an elected representative.  They have no power to regulate our lives, mandate what we do or how we do it.  Albeit, they are a powerful organization with Agency powers but their power is irrevocably connected to the “Will of the People”  as it has been organized by our Republic.


This overstepping by the CDC and Biden's attempts to overshadow the Legislators is a direct attempt towards Totalitarianism and must be stopped.  If we let the CDC rule our lives then we lose both our Republic form of Government and our Democratic ideal. 


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

What is the truth?

 

If America is systemically racist, why have millions of blacks from Africa and the Caribbean come to this country over the past 50 years? Why would they and many millions more want to move from all-black societies to a white-dominated, racist one?

This is a question every black and white leftist should be asked. After all, no Jews moved to Germany in the 1930s. And why didn’t any? After all, many Jews were suffering terrible persecution and poverty in Russia and in Eastern Europe. Why didn’t any of them move to Germany after 1933?

We all know the answer: Because Germany was systemically antisemitic.

Even leftists know that answer.

So, one can only conclude that, in the view of America’s leftists, non-German Jews of the 1930s had the wisdom not to move to Germany, but present-day non-American blacks have no wisdom. In the view of America’s leftists, then, the millions of blacks who have moved here and the many millions who want to move here must be fools.

How else could leftists regard blacks who willingly move to America? Any black person who decides to leave a black country for America — a place the left claims was founded by racists to perpetuate racism, built and sustained by racism, to this day composed largely of whites, every one of whom is racist and many of whom are white supremacists, and therefore remains systemically racist — must be either be a fool, an ignoramus or both.

If so-called black “leaders” and other blacks on the left and white progressives believe what they say about America, why aren’t they doing everything they can to dissuade blacks in Africa and the Caribbean from coming to America? Why aren’t they regularly visiting African and Caribbean countries to warn Africans away from the black-hating country they are thinking of emigrating to?

To this question there is only one possible answer: They do not believe what they say about America.

Whether leftists believe their lies is a question I have pondered for years. And I have concluded that in general, they do. Most leftists believe that Russia colluded with the Trump campaign; that men menstruate and give birth; that Shakespeare and Beethoven are revered not because they are great but because they are white; that global warming is an “existential” threat; that the events of Jan. 6 were an “insurrection”; that voter IDs are a form of voter suppression; and that people who had COVID-19 need to be vaccinated.

But with regard to their believing America is systemically racist and so persecutes blacks — LeBron James tweets that, like all blacks, “We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes!” and Oprah Winfrey likens present-day America to “the days of Jim Crow when black men would be lynched and dragged through the town as an example for other people to see” — their not making any attempt to dissuade blacks from coming to America makes no sense. It only makes sense if they don’t believe what they say about America.

Truth has never been a left-wing value. Truth is a liberal value and it is a conservative value. But it has never been a left-wing value. Truth is nothing more than whatever the left says it is at any given moment. That is why Lenin, the father of modern leftism, named the Soviet Communist Party newspaper “Pravda,” the Russian word for “truth” — truth was what the Soviet Communist Party said it was. For Lenin, then, as for Rep. Adam Schiff, The New York Times, Yale University and CNN today, truth is what they say it is.

Their pravda is that America is a systemically racist country. Their pravda is that all whites are racist. Their pravda is that Donald Trump is a white supremacist and that everyone who voted for any Republican is a racist.

Yet, there is a reality that Schiff and these others cannot deny: Vast numbers of blacks yearn to come to America. They do so because they have not been influenced by the pravda of Schiff and his fellow Democrats, The New York Times and the rest of the left-wing media, or by Yale and the rest of America’s left-wing universities. They do so because they have been influenced not by pravda, but by actual truth: America is the least racist multi-ethnic, multi-racial country in world history, and any black who seeks to improve his life and that of his family has a better chance of doing so in America than anywhere else. In fact, within one generation of emigrating to America, Africans from sub-Saharan African countries attain higher levels of educational attainment than the U.S. population as a whole and are more likely to have earned a degree in a science, technology, engineering, and math (Pew Research).

That’s why it is not Africans who are foolish for wanting to come to America; it is America’s left for thinking they are fools.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Hitler the Socialist vs Russian Totalitarianism

 


A point of clarification to all those who proclaim to think logically.


When you take a logical look at the evil in the world there are certain commonalities. Regardless of your definition of the word EVIL, the understanding that bad things happen to good people by BAD people is a given. If we have an issue with the basic premise, then move along. 


There are three areas that need to be examined when attempting to designate good government styles with those that are not good. Please keep in mind that these suggestions are variable, but within the three areas you should be able to see the pattern that creates a negative despotic pattern vs a positive Democratic pattern of governance.  


1. The first is the loss of liberty and self-governess. One of the basic tenets of socialism is the desire to control and manage the lives of their communities and countries. 


2. Second is the willingness to use force to enforce those tenets. 


3. The third is the universal process of division toward control and power.    


There are other subcategories but the three stated above outline the fundamental socialist ideology. When comparing socialist regimes of the past and present, each of these is clearly in evidence.


Call it totalitarian, autocratic, dictatorial, Nazism, or Stalinist, the same rules apply and their means to the end are the same. Hitler used racial divisionist tactics to extinguish 6,000,000 Jews, Stalin purged nearly 2,000,000 while the Khmer Rouge killed another 2,000,000, all in the name of gaining control. 


This is not a left or right issue, but it is an issue of Conservative vs Liberal. Hitler enjoyed corresponding with Stalin and regardless of how he used the propaganda for his end-result was to limit liberties, divide his people and control them, just like all the other socialists that have attempted to kill our free will and choice. If you cannot see the similarities between Stalin and Hitler, or between Maduro and the current leftist Democrats in Congress, then you are indeed blinded by the same illogical and hateful motivations that led to the deaths of over 20,000,000 souls around the globe in the 20th century.  


As we look closely at the efforts of our own two-party system, it is clear that both are motivated by self-interest and greed. But as we look more closely at their rationale, we begin to see the similarities of earlier attempts toward domination and control.  Keep in mind, it was us that elected them and it is us who keeps them in office; it is therefore up to us to change who serves our interests.


This may be difficult for some, but when taken into context, including the history of both parties, which in your mind attempts to accept the constitutional mandates of our laws and freedoms and which of the two moves toward abandoning those precepts?


Which of the two parties (keep in mind that both are self-serving and selfish in their desire to stay in office) creates a greater risk of dividing the nation? This is the most difficult to ascertain, primarily because of the current rhetoric and hyperbole-infused media that continues to stoke the fires of fear, discord, and distrust. But not unlike what our Media does, Hitler started spreading lies about the Jews. They started to divide the country and reinforce the need for those divisions.  


Their Civil Rights were taken away and millions lost their lives as a result.  


Now, our Media and some leaders are dividing us along racial lines. The Right vs the Left, the Global Deniers vs the science. Race and Gender, White Privilege vs Black Pride, to name but a few.  


We are on the path toward chaos. Our good intentions will not save us from those who wish to enslave us. We need to rethink and reconsider the path we are on as a country. We are sliding inexorably toward Socialism and most it seems are more than willing to let it come. If you are a Democrat, please reconsider your views, your priorities and reexamine your motivations in relation to the inevitable path that I have outlined.


Feel free to call me an Alarmist, a scaremonger, or a fatalist, but I assure you that my motivations are purely optimistic. I believe in our system of Government, even if our Government has failed us. I believe in the Constitution, even if that Constitution has been marginalized. We are all Americans; Let’s start acting like it.   


Evil flourishes because good men do nothing.