Thursday, December 31, 2015

Mothers Eyes

When you look into the face of our children we see the changes that occur over the years, the growth and potential, the hope and promise.  When we look do we wonder if our parents did the same?  They say that our future lies within those little faces and in some respects I guess that’s true.  How we mold them and care for them, how we prepare them for the uncertainties of life, those are the preparations we can do for them.  At the same time they look back at us and see only hope and love and the unspoken promise of life and safety.

Each of our leaders had a mother, or I think they all did and each of those mothers had at least one incident of hope deep in her heart over the future of that innocent little child;  that hope that they could grow to be happy and healthy.  Success, only as a passing thought, very few mothers want more than health and happiness, for in that moment when a child’s eyes meets his mothers the connection of the spirit is indescribably tender and innocent.  

I wonder too how often our leaders think of their mothers and think of the hardships endured in raising them, nurturing them and cuddling them to keep them warm and safe.  Do they ever entertain the notion of their responsibility to those initial feelings of hope and trust or have they simply forgotten the depths of love that once permeated though their own mother’s optimistic eyes? 

In a few short months I send my a son on a journey that will inevitably help him to become a MAN, not just a male but a responsible, caring individual who shares his skills and serves others while learning to be responsible, learning the value of work to eventually pay his own way and earn a living, raising his own children in hope and love.  I will send him off with tears in my eyes and the remembrance of his tiny face as he looked back at me, his small, grasping fingers holding on to mine as if to say, “don’t let go, I’m too small to do this on my own but as long as I have you to hold onto I’ll be ok”  His eyes staring intently into mine, memorizing my face so that one day if he needs to remember who he is, my face will help to bring him home.  Even on the morning when he turns to leave I will see his eyes look into mine, but now with courage, as if to say, “Now I’m ready, I think, thanks for not letting go, thanks for holding my hand, thank you dad, I love you mom.”

Our leaders have forgotten that connection and not just with their loving mothers but with the constituents who gave birth to their service.  They have forsaken the very notion of service and duty and replaced that sacred trust with greed and corruption, never blinking at the cost of their deceit and the untold waste of their treachery.

I’m sure there are a few politicians who are honest, who truly try toward trust and dignity but that old adage of “with great power comes great responsibility” and its evil cousin, "Absolute power corrupts absolutely", rings ever so true.  By the way the origin of that saying is attributed to John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902) or simply knows as Lord Acton who originally stated:  "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."

The assumption of great men being almost always bad has some merit and historically we can see plenty of examples of good men turning evil when confronted with too much power. What did their mothers think? What did there mothers hope for those great men as they floundered spiritually but excelled politically?  What did their fathers think as they saw their sons and daughters wallow in the quagmire of deceit and political pretense, knowing that in their eyes once lived the innocent and loving child, filled with hope and trust and a child love? 

When you listen to the politicians, do they really believe what their saying? Do they believe that we believe in what their saying? They must because they continue to get elected, year after year they spout the same rhetorical slop and we as a people gobble it up, like starved pigs at an empty trough.   We should be ashamed at the depravity of our own selfish desires as we continue to follow those who exhibit such obviously degenerate and decadent attitudes toward those they serve.

The average wealth of a senator is around 12 to 14 million, for a congressman it’s around the 3.4 million mark, making those who serve among the wealthiest in the country as reported by  Politics has become this countries number one source for wealth and those we elect will be swallowed whole into the pit of its depravity or will be almost immediately regurgitated and rejected, sent packing with the stain and brand of failure emblazoned on their foreheads, never able to return.  The honest will be swallowed and brainwashed, the descent dirtied and sullied, tortured until they too fall within lockstep of the horrendous pressures within the evil political midfield. And if you think this is unique to American politics, think again.  Look at the systems of virtually every country and the same hideous and insanely greedy leaders fill the ranks of the politicians.

Their mother’s hope of happiness was forfeit for power and position, the gleam of faith that brightly shined from mother to son is dulled and faded.  Our country is almost lost, almost without hope, but there are those babes in mothers arms still to come, those honest and true who will not fail, will not fall prey, that might come forth and take that stand that will revive our future, restore our greatness while maintaining their own precious integrity. 

There may be leaders that stand against the political machinery, impervious to the ravenous and insatiable desire for wealth and power, who in the end will show the light of reason to the others and in so doing create a restoration of the beauty and simplicity of our constitution.   And so I pray….As we all must pray for those who are to come and for those fighting the fight against the evils within.  Let us make 2016 a new kind of year.  Let us make a year of the bounty of honesty and integrity.  Let set the example for others to follow.  Let us start with our children and when they see us acting honestly and with integrity maybe we can turn things around and in time we can look back to 2016 and know that’s when it all started…to get better.  

Monday, December 28, 2015

Trying Trump.

For all the negatives portrayed about Trump I want to look at the reality of what Donald Trump can offer the country in a constructive and somewhat unbiased manner.  I hear the news about Trump and 90% of it is negative.  Despite those negative reports and opinions he continues to soar in the polls.

Trump has reached a cord of soothing (albeit harsh at times and controversial it is welcoming to millions of Americans) rhetoric with many, albeit mostly white and male, some female but all strong Americans with a strong following among many who work hard, believe in something and consider themselves to be honest and true Americans.

I want to state emphatically that I have not made up my mind.  I am seriously looking at Carson and Cruz, with an outside glance at Carly Fiorina and I want to keep my mind open to whatever comes my way.  It’s way too early to take a side, but I am troubled by the harsh, unfair media that Donald Trump is getting just because he is white and successful.

There is nothing negative about being white or successful but you wouldn’t know it by the media bias that is promoting the negatives of trump in almost every instance.  He is portrayed as bombastic, pompous and ignorant, with a few splashes of racism just to keep it interesting.

Let’s look at the man Donald Trump and then judge for ourselves the value of such a man and let’s look at him as a potential leader who may have the ability to forge new relationships with difficult countries and perhaps marginalize their even more dangerous leaders. First let’s look at what he is able to do and what he’s done:

Failures, he’s had a lot.  From trying to break into selling Trump vodka to selling toys (board games) he’s lost millions.  Then there was Trump University a dismal failure and he was sued over it.   Trump stakes were a meaty failure while trump mortgage had a dismal and was a fiery failure…He has had some spectacular failures.  But failure like all other ventures in life can bring a greater understanding of the realities of life as opposed to those who live only from success to success.  For those few who seldom fail the outlook of reality is skewed by the very successes.  They lack the basic understanding of humanity and humility (yes I said humility, meaning teachable or the ability to change in face of failure).  I therefore postulate that Trumps failures have in fact created a potentially more balanced and effective leader

His successes have shown us that he is very good at what he does, but only within a set and specific model, he is very good at real estate and very good at negotiations with a majority of his successes coming from real estate and his TV show the Apprentice.  But when you look at his successes and failures you start to understand the leader that America needs.  He has an uncanny ability to see the risks of a situation.  His real estate success is who Donald Trump is.  He is not a huckster or pitchman and every time he’s tried to move outside his strength he has failed.  But even those attempts the demonstration of his character shines through; he continually wants to improve and change and develop, never giving up.  

Donald Trump may have failed but in those failures he has still amassed a 10 billion fortune and all that from an initial 1 million investment.  Before you start saying what you would do with a millions dollars, let me remind you that making ten billion from one million is the same as making 1,000,000 from an investment of 100.  When looked at it in these terms Donald Trump is a virtual genius and very skilled at making money. 

Further evidence of his abilities is derived from his failures.  When we look at Abraham Lincoln we are impressed by how often he failed in his elections and applaud his tenacity.  Why do we not do the same with Donald Trump?  I am only making the comparison between the two to show how failures are nothing more than a veiled view of success where tenacity is the binding factor.  Both Lincoln and a score of others have failed miserably prior to success and most have stated the need for failure in order to understand the value of those future successes. 

For me it is those failures that have made the measure of a man that I can associate with.  Why would I want to vote for a person who has no idea what failure is or what loosing is and who has never had to deal with the consequences of actions?  One candidate comes to mind, Jeb Bush.  Sure he was a fairly successful Governor of Florida but what else has he done and honestly his poles show how the people feel about him and his lack of personality and depth.  He is probably a nice guy but what we need is a leader who has experienced life in all its varieties and has consistently risen above the challenges.

I also like the way Trump talks.  I like the way he never backs down and attacks the press and other naysayers, he does not capitulate nor surrender and perhaps like Winston Churchill, Trump has learned to “never, never, never surrender”  isn’t it time we had a strong leader, a leader with a real personality and not a prompted speech to indicate breathing and inflection?  Isn’t it time that we had a man who speaks his mind?

What are we afraid of, insulting Mexico, or saying something not quite right to some other country or despotic leader when we all know what they want and there willingness  to say and do anything to get the billions that we dole out around the world.  I want a leader who will say something, and be rude if need be, be strong and bombastic with an air of superiority, because Damn it,  we are superior, we are great and we are the harbinger of 90% of the worlds charity and good works, the world needs to know how good we are.  Stop apologizing, and stop taking the blame for whom and what we are.  We are great, we are charitable, we are successful and we are good.

The USA needs a spokesman that will not apologize, bow down or kowtow to the despots of the world and we need a leader who actually creates fear in the hearts of those who do not like us.  I hate to say it this way but we need a Putin and as far as I can see the only leader who has Putin like traits just so happens to be Donald Trump.  But as I said in the beginning I will not discount Cruz or Carson, or even Carly Fiorina or even Bush for that matter.  They can do what they will to garner my vote but I’m looking for a leader, not just a puppet to spout the party line or a marginalized politician who thinks more about their pole numbers than they do about my future.
What I really think is Trumps biggest advantage is in the fact that he does not speak through the filter of political correctness.  He doesn’t really care what others think about what he says. In the very real measure of successes and failures Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson and to some extant Ted Cruz have all been successful outside of politics and that at least puts them on my radar.  Political success is meaningless.  We have enough bureaucrats running and meddling around, what we need are statesman, political to some degree but realizing the true strength of this country is not in the government but in the hearts and minds and muscle of those they represent.

The final question is, do we want another whitewashed (no reference to the color white was intended) political hack, a man or woman (not Hillary) that is self assured in their abilities; standing for the right without the help of a focus group or teleprompter.   Do we want a leader or a committee as our President?  I want a leader, we’ve already had the committees and we all know that outcome.  

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Joy to the World

There is an economic indicator that has gone unreported and will have devastating consequences if left unchecked.  How this one marker of our countries recovery has gone unreported is perhaps another indicator of the depth of the damage that families have had to endure over the last 8 years.

Many say the economy has gotten better and that families are more secure than in the past.  Many postulate that the recovery was a success and that the country is on the road to economic recovery once again.  But the reality of any economy has to be measured by the strength of its individual members and in this case the measure for success is simply not there.

60% of all Americans have less than a thousand dollars in saving.  Before you gloss over that staggering number, think about what you have in savings?  How hard were you hit by the continuing recession?  I say continuing because a recession should not just be measured by the technical indicator of two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth as measured by a country's gross domestic product (GDP).  A recession is both a national measure and an individual measure.  But when the individual measure of risk involves a significant number of the population the GDP measure should be discounted, while the national measures of grouped individuals should be promoted.

That’s what we have now and that’s why we are still in a recession.  What does it matter if the country is going strong if the citizens of that country continue to suffer and struggle? 

When 60% of Americans have less than a $1,000 dollars the risk of emergency fallout is critical.  In addition to the above number 21% of those surveyed (5,000) had no saving at all.  What happens when a car breaks down, or a hospital stay occurs, or a broken bone or even a loss of a job?  The risks to life become dire when 60% of all Americans run the risk of total failure from life’s common events.  This is not economic recovery; this is the reality of our economic policies and the absolute disregard for the people of this country.

I must mention that there is a trend afoot that might have some measure of influence over the above numbers and that is the lack of desire toward accumulating saving’s.  Many simply refuse to save and willingly live paycheck to paycheck.  They buy too much, they want too much and they are unhappy with the prospect of driving a used car as opposed to a used car.  They have forsaken frugality and the joys of security for the pleasures of now.

The trend not to save may have some influence over the 60% discussed but there is no measure to indicate what percentage of people succumbs to the pressures of selfishness over savings.  The indicator of past economics however does put a clear picture of personal responsibility with the understanding that prior to the past recession the number of those who had significant savings was far higher and those without at least a $1,000 was significantly lower.

Is it the entire governments fault?  Do the people have a role to play in this looming disaster?  From a political view, I am the Political Dad, so speaking politically should not be a surprise, but from that political view the democrats blame big business and the
Republicans blame the Democrats.  Only a handful of candidates are placing blame on the government. 

Trump wants to lower taxes significantly and that will have a serious impact on the government’s ability to collect revenues.  Ted Cruze also wants to lower taxes and even Jeb bush, yes he is still in the race, wants to lower taxes.  But the question arises, is it simply the ability to save that is the question of personal economic health?  Will lower taxes help the individual to save more or will they simply spend more?

The real question is not about money at all in fact the real issue is in understanding the difference between pleasure and joy.  In short and apart from the economics that have affected all of us is that basic understanding that pleasure always comes from something outside of you, while joy is realized from within.

We may get great pleasure from that new car or a new house or new clothes etc…but the fleeting and temporary condition that is pleasure never lasts and must be supplanted with other external stimulus in order to be sustained. 

We get great joy from delving deep into our selves, loving who we are and what we have, being appreciative of the blessings that surround us.  Joy cannot be taken away nor diminished by age or use.  Joy builds like a bank account, growing stronger as we deposit positive thoughts and memories. 

The problem with so many perhaps is that while pleasure costs money and is easy to obtain the long term effects quickly fade away.  Joy requires time and attention; it requires love and devotion, thoughts and thoughtfulness toward others and ourselves.  

 With the current recession raging unchecked in most of our lives and with a government and leaders who fail to understand the significance of their policies we are not powerless to create that significant change that will lift our spirits and our lives out of the selfish pool of despair. 

Don’t get me wrong we cannot pay our bills with an increase of joy but we can learn to live more fully and do so with less expenditure, creating a healthy, positive life style that will allow us to save more and be more balanced economically and spiritually.

Especially now, during this Christmas Season (noticed I did not use the irreverent xmas) when our minds are more in tune with the selfless and more prone to service.  We are a great and resilient people but we should never forget from whence we came.  As I proclaim to all who read I am a child of God and acknowledge his parentage to me.  I am of royal birth and understand my duties to live by the royal creed of “men are that they might have joy” (2Nephi 25, the Book of Mormon)

Merry Christmas to one and all….

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Trouble with Trump

The trouble with Trump is that the mainstream will never get behind his rhetoric and his maverick like manner.  They who profess to know it all will simply take a blind mans view of what he has accomplished and refuse him the chance to do what he knows how to do.  Trump may have to settle for the rest of the voting population if he wants to get elected.

Maybe not a bad tactic but very few candidates ever get to the top without the old guard having a major say in the end result.  Most of the money is with the power brokers and the died in the wool party people who claim to have our best interests at heart but very rarely allow any outsiders to the party, regardless of the party.

Obama was said to be an outsider but it is easy to see how the political protectors latched onto his candidacy and helped to launch his takeover of Hillary’s alleged coronation of 2008.  They could tell by the winds of change that he was the man to follow and even when Romney ran in 2012 the machinery was well oiled to follow the first Black President back to the Whitehouse, Democrats and Republicans together to ensure that their candidate was elected.

We have a different scenario this time around.  There is the play toward the first woman president and some say it is finally Hillary’s turn urn toward an office that should have been hers, leaving many to believe in an another coronation scenario with only the process of a supposed election to complete the process.  But this time there is Trump.  With current numbers running in the high 40’s percentile and a growing following of followers the steamroller that is the Trump campaign may serve too much for even the party bosses to deal with.

Elections are often like the weather with too many variables to judge clearly any future outcomes but in this case the idea of a strong leader with strong opinions and a strong personality is playing very positively with the conservative crowd and the independents.  These two factions can sway an election and could, under the right circumstances prove too much for the power brokers to stop.

When the right questions are asked and the logical answers are provided the bombastic and pretentious leaders of both parties may give sway to the inevitability of a Trump Whitehouse.  For example, when one looks at Trump as a leader of a very successful real estate empire and not the screaming and ranting candidate perhaps the perception may change a little toward the positive. 

It is very unlikely that a person of his wealth and position could have been realized without some level of self control and measure of compromise.  It is also unlikely that he could have achieved what he has achieved without the ability to look rationally at the process of negotiations and the skill of reading and understanding the situations of any particular moment.  We need to ask ourselves, would Trump risk a business venture that is worth millions by acting in an inappropriate manner or spouting off some rude comment about some leader of a rival corporation?  Probably not.

When we look at Trump as an astute businessman who has earned the title of success in almost every measure, then why is it so difficult to believe that he would act rationally when confronted by an international issue or difficult counties like North Korea or Iran, or leaders like Putin or the Saudi Royalty?  The opposition would like us to think that Trump is radical and way out in right field with outlandish comments that smack of extremism but in his business life when has he really been extreme?   When has his outlandish mannerism cost him money?  When has his evasive and rude nature ever gotten in the way of his nature as a keen businessman?

I am not the expert on all things Trump but when we look at the history of the man and his success as a businessman perhaps it’s only fair to give him the credit due for his accomplishments and how those same skills may help this country become great again, as he is so fond of saying?

There are risks with any leader that rises to the status of President of the United States.  They have the power that no other man in the world has and it is important to understand the person behind that power.  At the same time it’s only fair to look at the person as that person really is, good and bad and what they can do for this country.

Will Trump be a good president? Will the weather be warmer or colder in a week from now?  Will Hillary be a strong and positive force for good?  Maybe it is a crap shoot that costs billions for those who want to play but in the end does it really matter who is our next president?  I think it does. 

The last president has done wonders for weakening our countries powerful position and our economy.  The next president may be just as bad but really can we really do any worse?  I can’t wait to hear the rational….please at least write something interesting. 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Half full

Yesterday my wife comes home and has this look on her face ….It’s at this point that I start to get worried.  My mind starts to reel and the process of fabrication brings to mind every possible scenario of mishap or misstep with each compounding on its self until I am ready to divulge the hidden body of Jimmy Hoffa.

 The questions of what did I do and how much trouble am I in starts to take over with the realization that it doesn’t really matter what I did, the look alone is enough to insinuate and prosecute all the guilt I have done, and will do for years to come, especially if I don’t know what it is I’ve done.  Aren’t I supposed to know what I’ve done, even if I don’t have a clue?  Like most males my mind starts racing for those patterns and excuses that most of us have tucked away deep inside for such an occasion….Even for those positive “I didn’t do anything” moments the fear that we will get caught is a constant fear.

I think she could see the look of impending doom and despair on my face as I struggled to grasp the severity of a situation I had no clue about  (this is a good point to explain that even if we don’t know what we did wrong, or even if we think we did nothing wrong that primeval gene within the male mind lingers in our brains forcing us to think we’re in trouble, even when we’re not)  so she softens her voice and proceeds to tell me that… the window on the driver side of the car won’t roll up….The Neanderthal like processing of my mind keep me staring in disbelief even when the “look” was no longer dangerous to me I had trouble wrapping my mind around the reality of the situation.  And then it hit…. 

Oh my gosh, it was like the world being lifted form Atlas’s shoulders; and for those of you who don’t know who Atlas was, he’s the guy holding up the world, just barely, as he struggles to maintain not only his balance but the balance of the world, trying his best to keep it from wobbling and crumbling to the ground.  I have to point out in this scenario of Greek Mythology that even though Atlas and others were considered Titans and they were God like, even as gods, didn’t he have to be standing on something while holding up the earth? I mean how could he be holding up the earth while not standing on something?

So, from impending doom to a broken window the two do not compare in severity, but how often do we project our own level of distress on minor mishaps of our lives creating apocalyptic feelings of anguish and related self imposed suffering and guilt.  We are, it seems a negative people with a propensity toward the surrealistic and irrational with a tendency toward the most impossible and most improbable; “we’re all going to die” mindset brought on by the lack of milk in the fridge.

That proverbial cup may indeed be half full but in our pessimistic and enthusiastically negative demeanor we see only that which is not there, instead we focus our eyes on what has passed, what has lapsed and what might happen, letting our minds wander while the reality of opportunity slips through our vision and our failing grasp.  

Politically we are a broken and downhearted people that look toward others to solve our issues.  We place hope and faith in many who are more messed up that we and pray that they will solve our futures, fix our present and in some cases erase our past. 

Politics invariably brings out the worst in most while those left standing are shells of what used to be.  The infighting and the overall battles may equal the war to come but the battle weary fighters have little left over when the smoke and muck clear from the battlefield that is politics.

Trump has in some ways, and so has Carson, been able to stand aloof from the rest.  Their letting others stand shoulder to shoulder, away from the blows and shots that leave lasting scars, while trump and Carson maintain a clear path to a hopeful victory.   We need that hope again, a hope that Reagan portrayed.

Over a few short decades we have transformed a positive outlook into the worst of everything.  We have the worst economy since the first caveman traded furs with a neighboring tribe.  We have the hottest weather, the ice is melting faster than ever, the ozone layer is thinning like never before, our rain forests will be gone in a week and bovine flatulence will kill us all if we don’t stop drinking milk.  The gloom and doom of our everyday lives have become a habit of convenience; it’s easier to sell darkness and confusion rather than clarity and light.  Bad news sells, it always has.  Who really cares about the good stuff anyway?

The half empty glass may truly be half empty and yet at the same time it is half full telling anyone who will listen that you still have half of whatever it was that you were drinking and you now have the unique opportunity to fill the rest of the glass with whatever you like.  Please be careful what you mix with what you’ve got however, because some chemical compositions can be very volatile, as can some ideas when mixed with other ideas.

Thinking of the world in negative terms has become an industry of unparalleled success and not just in the form of dollars and cents, or pounds and pennies or whatever currency you’re currently using but the idea that selling negativity over glorified enthusiasm and hope not only makes lots and lots of money it has transformed out psyche and changed our moral outlook, replacing it with the all too familiar “eat, drink and be Merry for tomorrow we die” mantra.  At some level I can understand the relationship between getting what you can out of life, especially if you believe there is only a limited space of life in order to obtain those pleasures.  But on the other side of that sullied coin is the hope of things to come, the faith that all will be taken care of and that like the lilies in the field, we need not worry about the tragedies of life.  Ours is but a speck of time, do not waste it on frivolity and favors.  We have an eternity to seek and learn of ourselves but must pass through this small test first in order to prove that we can handle the reality that is life.

If we truly believe that life now is all we have then I do understand those who want to “get what they can” but from a logical perspective perhaps we should be thinking a bit differently.  Even if this life is all there is, is pleasure all that life has to offer?  Is selfishness the only way to temporal happiness?  And is gorging on life the only way to ensure that you at least had your part of the pie?

There is so much more.  The love we have for our children is never paralleled by the pleasures of a night on the town.  The feelings of joy from a loving wife or from a mother’s touch, a fathers approval can never be matched by those insignificant and fleeting, temporal pleasures.  Even if this is all we have and death brings nothing but that final darkness our time here can have meaning and purpose and can have a significant effect on those who we touch and caress, those we love and favor and for those who witness our kindness and service.

If your cup is half full or half empty, perhaps the way to rethink the gloom and doom is to look toward what we actually have, a glass that has something in it, something that is drinkable and sustainable, refreshing and satisfying.  If we look at our country and what we have rather then what we have not then life seems brighter, more clear and positive.  We truly do have a great country, especially when it’s compared to some of the others in this world.

Democrat, Republican, Liberal or conservative, the Green Party or the Socialists, we all have the same opportunity to look at what we have and make the final determination of what is important and what is not. 
Trump, Sanders, Carson or Clinton, there is a difference in their outlook and perspective and this election really does matter but what matters most is what we have now and what we do with that understanding.

That is after all what life is all about, is it not?

Saturday, November 28, 2015

An inconvenient truth

Human consensus is very rarely right.  When you ask a large group what they think, most think and say what they have been told to say.  How they learn what to say is mostly a process of propaganda spewed from the hierarchy through planned mechanistic methods to promote an underlying belief so that those at the top can make money or control the masses for the purpose of profit.  A well placed lie does more to alter the minds of man than most truths every will.

The earth was flat, Mars had water filled canals, the blank slate theory, phrenology, kings were endowed from God and even Einstein’s static universe theory, and a host of other incredulous but scientifically flawed premises that in their day held great promise with most of the population.   Just because a position is universal does not make it right.  Belief in something just because everyone else believes that same thing does not make that belief any more plausible or credible.

We are in such a state today.  Man is gullible, man is naive and for the most part immature and too trusting of what others say to find credence in the overall platitudes of “global conditions” as a direct result of mans existence.  Global warming or cooling does happen and will happen for thousands of millions of years with or without mans intervention or lack of.  The theories are so erratic and unpredictable that any substantive discussion about the weather or global condition is nothing more than superstition based on the glorified words and misinformation promoted by the less informed and lemming like loafers that do nothing but spew the rhetorical mantra as presented from above. 

Using fear, using calamity and using panic to sell is almost as powerful as sex.  The panic of a world gone wild because we drive our cars or eat meat has taken hold of the masses to such a great extent that it is now not accepted to even have an opinion that differs from that of the masses.  Global warming is now a truth, a truth without foundation and to many a belief so strong that even evidence in the contrary is lambasted and denied as heretical and  even sacrilegious creating a religious like fervor. 

“Most people are wrong about most things most of the time” Richard Taylor.  We have very seldom been right about anything to such a degree that future study and future theories negate our once held beliefs but at the same time the masses continue to believe and follow, even when it’s not even close to the truth, just because they, the masses need and want something to believe in. 

When a belief becomes too ardent that alternate discussions are dissuaded and prevented reminds me of the problems we have with Islamic Terrorist and their inability to see any other course of action that the annihilation of all those who do not believe as they do, or as the crusades did years ago…both are equally wrong.

Name something that we have a perfect understanding in?  Now go into the future and speculate in 500 years how many of our “truths” are still true.  There has been a consistent reformulation of ideas and beliefs since the advent of human language and perhaps even before that.  Look what the Greeks believed.  Look at the held beliefs in any science or concern and tell me what has not changed in any dramatic way and then put that same logic to work in how we might believe in the future.

Our children’s children will be laughing at us, not just because of our weird styles but because we fell for such a monumental hoax.  “There is nothing so grand as the well conceived folly…”unknown.  And the folly of our generation is the well conceived and grand process of creating a belief in man made climate change.  I for one think Greenland might be a great place if it was actually green. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Death of a Nation

Every Halloween should have a bit of true terror installed within each door for those trick-or treater's that innocently pander for free candy.  But the real horror started in 1923 in a smoke filled room on the campus of Frankfort University a Think Tank was established.  There was nothing spectacular about this think tank nor revolutionary, in fact it stayed quit and nondescript for many years.  The founder of this Think Tank was very wealthy young son of a millionaire German trader by the name of Felix Weil. A short time before the Think Tank was established Felix had become a Marxist but as a result of the variations banded about he became disillusioned with the diverse Marxist ideals and had the idea to bring those alternative Marxist dreams into one cohesive thought.  It was at this meeting that Political Correctness had its ignominious birth.

It was in this group that Marxism was translated from an economic ideal into the more poignant cultural process, a process that included the devastating concept of Political Correctness.  Its current definition is:   the avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.

For decades the Marxist and Communist leaders have chipped away at our “freedom of expression” and made political correctness a tool of control.  We are bombarded with the overshadowing editors of not only what we say, but what we think, why we think it and even more profound the control over our desires to achieve and believe.

They couch political correctness in the soft blanket of understanding with a feather pillow of disgust over any attempt to rationalize the differences that are innate throughout humanity, forcing everyone to speak the same, think the same and marginalize our freedoms toward the unspeakable servitude of mindless followers. 

One way to tell if you live in a “controlled” country is to see those at the top and witness their lives in comparison to our own.  When they live beyond the means of the majority, the minority is in control.  It’s not about white or black, gay or straight, men or women, it’s about controlling our speech in such a manner as to lower the standards of everyone, forcing everyone to live without those God given rights that protect the citizens from the tyranny of its leaders.  And our leaders have fallen for the rhetoric of Political Correctness hook, line and sinker.

The best way to win a war is to do so culturally.  The Marxists among us have never stopped waging war.  They continue to mold our ways through our thoughts and actions by introducing political speech that redefines the word “offensive”.  What the Frankfurt School essentially did under the direction of Felix Weil and a new upstart Max Horkheimer was draw on both Marx and Freud in the 1930s to create a premise called Critical Theory. The term is ingenious because you’re tempted to ask, “What is the theory?” The theory is to criticize, criticize everything, creating a level of chaos that no one truly understands.  It marginalizes everything and at the same time brings to light the controversial aspects of any society. 

From Women’s studies, black studies, gay rights, global warming and cooling to the simple differences of present political parties, Critical Theory only has one agenda, to obfuscate, manipulate and control the thoughts by introducing the inability to criticize by establishing a critical thought basis of all things.

It starts benignly labeling and defining, labeling cultures and subcultures, defining the differences and the negatives of those who defy the practice of labels.   We have all been taught not to label or distinguish in hopes of seeing everyone as the same.  Then individuals are labeled with men and women and gay and straight, the cross dresser, the white supremacist and the man who believes he’s a woman or the woman who doesn’t know what she.  As the labels get more defined and more disruptive the seemingly innocent idea of division introduces minorities and specializations within the culture making everyone think that every one needs protection from everyone else. 

Many believe that this level of understanding is the course we should take, to show mercy and sympathy but fail to understand that after the labeling has finished the numbering begins.  Labels are dropped and numbers are assigned, classes of people are designated and servitude is assured.

It sounds like a scene from 1984 but in reality it is an ongoing process, that if not stopped will destroy the freedoms we think we have.   At least now, we can believe and think that we live in a free country but very soon, I suspect, even our simple belief will be forsaken for the reality of complete and un-repentable servitude. 

I’ve never liked being politically correct, I like to be political and abrasive and judgmental.  I think it’s OK to be rude at times, saying what we mean and meaning what we say, if you don’t like it …..Move to Russia, or North Korea, Iran or any number of places that saying what you think will land you in prison or worse.   For now I think we need more people to simply tell the truth, do what they say without fear of disrupting the thin skinned and irrational drones that seem to crave the labels created for them and invariably live only within the labels assigned.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Political Racism

Are we really ready for another Black President?  Not just partially black or half black but all black.  Ben Carson is running neck and neck with the gun carrying Donald Trump and is slated to continue his rise in the poles while many believe that Trump has hit his peak.

This election is not just about being black or white, although some would want you to believe that.   Being black seems to have some advantages these days where being white may not provide the same level of interest or opportunity.  Maybe we should try to get a black woman to run for president, someone like Condo Lisa Rice.  Perhaps Carly Fiorina should do some genealogical digging and find some hidden ancestor that was a slave, or she could simply proclaim herself “black” like Rachel Dolezal.  She even went so far as to say “I consider myself black”. 

I guess if you say it, and believe it enough it will be true.  Let’s give it a try.  Everyone, please repeat after me.  “I am the king of America, I am the king of America….” Ok, I think that went well and now that I am the king of this great land, we no longer need an election and the entire issue of being black or a woman or Donald Trump has no meaning.

Believing something, however passionate you are is obviously not always enough to make it true.  Despite Napoleon Hill’s promise of “think and grow rich” the reality is that we are often subject to the harsh reality of what really is. 

What we have is a very interesting race for President, with a few candidates that are starting to edge away from the pack.  On the Republican side it looks like cool heads will prevail and the chances of having a Maverick outsider like Trump may not pan out, despite how interesting he is and how much fun it is to watch him debate, talk, pander and simply be “the Donald.”

There are still some hangers on that might surprise and create a new chasm of opportunity but the chances of another Obama is slim, not unheard of but still unlikely.  The Obama’s and the Carters are generally not the norm; at least they’ve not been in the past 50 years. 

On the democratic side we have an interesting race between two flaming liberals.  And now that vice President Bidden has bowed out the race between Clinton and Sanders will begin to define itself with one most likely taking a substantial lead.  What the Democrats need is another Black candidate, not too WASP like old school white people and when I say old I mean old.  At least the Republicans have some youth mixed in the race.

I find it ironic that the party that is accused of racism and bigotry would be the closet (in this instance at least) institution to supplying the candidates of the people, for the people and most representative of the people.  Sure a woman would be a change and a first but there are now two running with an almost equal chance of winning and the black man is a conservative Republican who represents America’s interests in the format of a real leader, not just another politician.  In fact the top ranking republicans are not politicians at all, that is a nice change of pace.

Can you imagine a President who has never served office, never run for office before and actually has the mindset of being able to “serve” the people?   It’s almost unheard of, but it would be a nice change and I think a nice opportunity for all of America to see the reality of what a Democratic Republic really is.  I hope it happens.  I like Ben Carson, I like Donald Trump and I like Carly Fiorina….I just hope that one of them gets the chance to serve. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Israel vrs the World

Israel has once again had to ward off the savage and unprovoked attacks upon its citizens by a multitude of murderous Muslims.  The preemptive claims of the world needs to change in support of Israel instead of the fall back position of blame due to industry, land acquisition and religious differences.

There is no clandestine model of the Jew to rule the world.  There is no overriding principle of power that drives the Jew toward control but there is a motivation toward survival and excellence.  That obligation toward excellence perhaps is the most damning; they are surrounded by third world attitudes and poverty that are steeped in the non- democratically run kingdoms or principalities that rule their people from the shade of the 12th century. 

Progress and innovation are absent.  Superstition and hatred rule the day and the night as these flimsy societies fuel their hatred and freely pass it on to their children and their children’s children, with a generational model of evil that has not only seeped into the souls of them that listen but into the very core of what makes a people unique. 

Whether Palestinian, Syrian, Iranian or just Muslim, the hate is so pervasive that entire countries have donated substantial rhetoric to the destruction of their neighbor, Israel.  Can you imagine the lost resources of time and ingenuity of an entire culture when it is fraught with thoughts of destruction and revenge?  The waste of the mind toward revenge, at any level is criminal and even made more so when the leaders dedicate their citizens resources to that level of detestation. 

Israel, Israel, God is calling, calling men from lands of woe…. be strong and patient especially with this growing foe.  All around your nation bright the ugly men and absent light will forever grind their teeth and look for ways to ply their fight.  Look toward God who sees the truth and in that truth continue… to do what’s right.

The world needs the example of Israel; America needs that example as well.  With restraint and power those who would do them harm were quickly put down, police and citizens alike joined in the cause to stop the slaughter of innocent people.  It is time for the world to stand up against the ugly eyes and slanderer.   It is time for the world and America to stand beside a righteous people, not perfect but democratic and free, letting their citizens chose rather than forcing though propaganda the hate filled thoughts of a thousand year old grudge. 

It may have started over a bowl of porridge but all Muslims need to decide what is right and what is wrong.  It was wrong of those killers to do what they did and it is wrong to hold them up as martyrs and heroes.  It is wrong to call for the wholesale slaughter of an entire people and it is wrong to stay quiet and do nothing as others act in the name of your religion, putting Allah in the same voice with Hitler and Pol Pot and other crazed leaders who believed in a “cleansing” to clear the land of all unrighteous, all those who are different or all those who just get in the way. 

Murder is murder, killing is killing, and for Israel defense is justified. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Warming or cooling just give me something to buy

Miami and New Orleans will be underwater in 200 years.  At first glance from the predictive intelligence of the global warming constabulary the issue is a dire one indeed with over 20 million people affected.  Please correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t New Orleans mostly below sea level already?  The last time I was in Miami, the ocean is only a few inches, at best, below most of the city so any great revelation about these places being at risk from global warming is a bit on the hyperbolistic side of caution.

I am one who truly believes we have a fiduciary responsibility to manage our resources humanely and efficiently.  We need to be more concerned about the trash we create, the waste we expunge and the land we use, with an aesthetic eye toward overall, beauty and functionality.  We should not let our rivers get polluted nor our lakes and on that same tone we should protect the marshes and wetlands and even try to save as many species as we can…BUT…

When we fall for the pessimistic view of globalization through impending disaster I tend to want all the facts prior to falling for the crazed opinions and funding demented scientist who fall into lock step just to earn a new grant. 

Is the world warming, probably?  Can we do anything about it?  Not according to some who suggest that Miami and New Orleans have already reached the point of no return with even New York being slated as a victim by 2085 promising that “most of the city will be unlivable” said author Ben Straus, the article did not mention where he was from or what his credentials were but it was on the internet so it was probably true.

My issue is not whether the world is warming, like I said it probably is.  My problem is what “they” are doing about it.  They are screaming and ranting about carbon emissions and how we have to drastically change our output in order to salvage a few inches of sea rise.  And that isn’t the real problem either.  The real problem is the level of socialism that is tied directly to the methods of control that are being proposed, a world level of socialism, a global organization that must oversee everything in order to save the planet.

I’ve said this before and will probably say it again in the near future, if I don’t find myself underwater somewhere that is.  The world is warming, it’s been warm before, in fact it was extremely hot and humid with many parts of the planet underwater, Holland and New Orleans exempted of course.  It took human ingenuity to populate those areas. 

I am simply proposing that instead of spending the billions and promoting the lies of disaster based on spurious data, when our weather men (sorry persons) can’t even tell me what the weather will be like in December of this year, so I can plan for my daughters wedding, we should be using our brains to develop plans to move when moving is needed. 

A few years ago, along the Mississippi flood plan a town decided not to rebuild after the latest flood, realizing that the levies that were built and failed repeatedly would never be enough for the next great storm that always seemed to come.  So instead they moved.  Good choice.

We are at the mercy to a very great extent to Mother Nature and whether or not we accept the future prediction of the weather we should be prepared for the worst case scenario.  In the mean time I want to keep driving to work.  I’ll gladly buy a car with great gas mileage or even an electric car if the range can get me out of my driveway and back without loosing its charge.  I am a consumer but in order for me to consume I want some assurances that what I’m buying is worth the money I pay for it. 

Global Warming is selling gloom and doom but never do they offer me practical alternatives.  It’s always do less, live less, have less, give this up or that up but they never give me the choice to buy something that is practical or even marginally affordable.  The bottom line for me and I would say for most is, if you want my business give me something to buy, something of value.  I can’t afford a Volt I drive too far to work. I can’t afford a Tesla or even a Toyota hybrid, I’m a teacher, I teach special ed, I’m not rich, so give me some choices, like Henry Ford did.  He changed the way we live. He gave the consumer what they needed and they flocked to Ford, that’s what you aught  learn from him.  Until then get out of my way and stop making my life miserable.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Taxed to Death? Weed don't Care

Image result for tax cartoonsA few miles down the street, albeit a rural street, is a ten acre parcel with hurricane fencing, razor wire on top and security cameras in measurable distances across the entire perimeter.  The strange thing is (beyond the fact that a prison like structure is in the middle of nowhere) is that within the gated community of nothing is exactly that, nothing.  There are acres and acres of dirt.  The dirt is weed free at least for now.

There is some speculation amongst the neighbors, a salty lot by any means, but they all agree that the vacant and sparton (spelling help would be appreciated) dirt will be the center of a buzzing and thriving community, populated entirely …. by weed.  When California decriminalized Marijuana this entrepreneurial farmer decided it would be a good idea to get ready for the day when California finished what was started and allow for the recreational use of the drug.  Is drug too harsh a word here, should I be more understanding of the “recreational” side of this so called entry medicine or perhaps I should move toward the word treatment and forgo any further missteps in relation to the promises of this “wonder” potion. 

Governor Brown recently outlined the rules that would apply for marketing, usage and taxing the wonder weed as it will soon be legal to not only use it, but grow it commercially.  It is already near the top of the most profitable crop in the state but now it will be a legally grown and monitored commodity that should make many in the state very happy indeed. 

Let’s get real here, just for a few moments of typed rhetoric at least.  This country is not that consistent with its policies in relation to harmful substances.  Alcohol has been mostly legal with exception of a few years of prohibition.  Tobacco has always been legal with new smokeless water based, nicotine filled inhalers flooding the market.  Over the counter drugs, under the counter drugs and drugs that you have to reach way over the counter to get can be easily gotten with a sympathetic doctor’s note. So why not weed?  

Let’s forget the fact that every single one of the so called drugs above are serial killers but the use of those substances are so ingrained that any thought of changing the American diet is fraught with political and economic  suicide for any politician who dares to intervene with the billions dollar drug train.  If he or she wasn’t taken down politically I can think of a few imaginative ways to remove that particular problem….so I also think the corporate politicos can imagine as well.

Politics and drugs have been a mainstay within the American mainstream since the Boston Tea Party attempted to dump the processed leaves into the harbor.  The tea tax had become too much for our early forefathers.  All they wanted was to escape for a few minutes in the warm liquid of forgetfulness, without the burdensome weight of excessive taxes, which amounted to about 25%.  By the way tea is addictive, if you don’t believe me try giving it up after sipping the fluids everyday, morning, noon and night.

Cigarettes are facing a similar dilemma.  If you’re a smoker and I’m not talking salmon, your paying federal taxes of about a $1 per pack and depending on the state your in, not mental state but that might apply as well, you could be paying as high as an additional $4 per pack.  The question then arises; if it’s legal why tax it so usuriously?  I am not a smoker, I don’t like to sit next to smokers, don’t like to be in breathing distance of a smoker but I think they are being wrongly targeted with the message that “we will let you smoke if you pay our way”  The same is true with almost everything it seems.  If we, the people really want to use it then they tax it, place fees on it or make it impossible for us to enjoy it… kind of like the roads and water.

Marijuana maybe legal but there will be a tax and the provisions of that tax may only help those of the upper class who figure out ways to fence their properties to protect their commodities and rake in the profits from what used to be an illicit practice. 

The politicians make the rules, they make the laws, but in the end they very rarely have to abide by them.  They make exceptions for themselves, creating a class of society no different than that of Royalty, they are a protected class and the rest of us are simple bondsman, eking out a living while our gas prices pretty much stay the same but the added tax makes buying difficult.  Our habits, good and bad are taxed so that the enjoyment of life is nothing but a struggle.  We are forced to live to work rather than working to live, having to procure a daily subsistence while our politicians create new ways to separate our money from our hands and into theirs.

To be honest I don’t care one way or another about the legalization of weed.  What I do care about is the unpredictability of our government and the conspiratorial means by which they are destroying our liberties by taxing us into slavery. 

My advise…get your guns, get your booze, get your reinforced doors, change your identities and put your holdings under your mattress, so that when you are busted for possession of any of the above “legal” intoxicants, while driving over a pot hole ridden road, guzzling your brew and rolling your joint, the MAN wont know who you are….