Sunday, April 24, 2016

The poor in Mind

When Bernie complained that he would be winning if the poor would simply vote, says more about him then most of us realize.  I’m not sure even he understands the gravity of that simple grumble.  If the poor were to vote in mass what would be the result? 

When we think of voting, those who vote take great pride in casting their choice toward their chosen candidate, but the poor have never really voted.  There are some who may be poor financially but have the wherewithal to ascertain the pros and cons of a candidate without the singularity of one issue over all others. 

Bernie was right in hoping that the poor would rise to the occasion and support his socialist agenda and if they knew of that agenda they should flock toward Sanders and fill the polling places so that their choices could be made into a reality of social programs that might directly affect their lives.  But the thing is they don’t understand.  They do not follow the news.  The poor are generally, at least in this country, ignorant of the realities of a democracy and the need for intelligent participation.

That same statement might also be true of most of our voting blocks who continue to support the issues based on a singular attitude rather than looking for the best leader.  The fractured process of voting fails to funnel the capable into the final process of an election it rather forces those who may like to run, running away, not wanting to subject their lives to the scrutiny of the ever present public.

Being poor is not the issue, it’s what happens to the mind when poverty is a choice rather than a temporary condition.  I’ve been poor, many times but I fail to let my mind become slovenly, resentful, hateful or lazy.  These are not natural attributes of poverty.  They are however the choices brought on by a generational process of destruction, one that has been perpetrated by their government and the political parties that want to subjugate them and their posterity.

There are a few facts that should be understood. 

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

In other words if the poor were to vote for Bernie then we would all be poor.  The blessings of work are universal and undeniable.  Take away the incentive to work and you take away the souls of the men and women who refuse to improve.
There is a lot we can all do to improve ourselves and help those around us.  Life is difficult enough but when our government chooses to redistribute the efforts of those who work for those who do not then our nation will cease to exist. 

The old wives tale says that “idle hands are the devils plaything” teaches all of us to stay busy, work hard, and be productive.   I know there are times and reasons to be poor, to be depressed and be in a situation that seems impossible but doing nothing is never the answer and voting for Bernie would be almost as bad as voting for Hillary, at least he seems genuinely concerned for the plight of man.  The only problem with his outlook is his desire to turn our country into a socialistic hothouse of dead and dying desires, with only the hope of someone else working hard to fund their ignorant and helpless lifestyle. 

In South Korea they have a simple saying that seems to go along with their all they do….”Work Hard…” simple yes, but profound and impossible to argue.  I rest my case, at least until my alarm goes off at 4:30 and I have to get up and go to work.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sore Looser or Sour Politics?

Whatever you may think of Trump or his campaign the way the Republicans are treating his candidacy will create a black hole of confidence that may not be able to be recoverable and will assuredly cause the Democrats to win the election.

We supposedly live in a democratic society where anyone can run for office as long as they meet the minimum requirements.  Trump calls himself a republican and under that broad umbrella lives the diversity that has for so long been the hope of the Republican Party.  With one fell swoop and a wave of some unseen hand that hope will be dashed and replaced with the already perceived ideals that make up the current republican leadership.

They, the leaders are hoping for a brokered convention that will allow them to disregard Trumps prominence within the party and replace him with a candidate of their choosing.  We are then allowed to vote for their choice, not much of a choice if what you want does not fall within the strict conventions of “what a republican should be”. 

Trump in my opinion is not the best candidate but he is the current leader in that campaign.  He has shown an ability to gather followers and to win elections.  Has it always been this way with in the Republican Party and is it this way as well within the Democratic Party?  Are we simple pawns to their battle of political supremacy? 

Like so many other instances where the people chose and then the choice is negated through the courts reminding all of us that the spell of democracy is now broken and replaced with a tyrannical process of outlawing free choice and forcing the public into accepting their choices as the only ones that matter.  If Trump is removed from his place as current leader of the Republican Party the choices that Trump has will inevitably lead to a third party run and a fractured republican ticket that will leave the path wide open for Hillary to win.  (See my article “A Trump in Sheep’s Clothing”…Aug 2015)

I had hoped I was wrong but it seems so much more likely when the party of the candidate has turned their backs on that candidate and are openly moving toward marginalizing that candidate.  This is and will be an unprecedented action of power over democracy and the republicans will suffer as a result.

Since my August article, I have had hopes of a Maverick coming on the scene and really changing Washington in such a manner that level heads can prevail and common sense becomes common again.  But with this move by the republicans the notion of “politics as Usual” will once again be the power play of the day.

I like what Trump says, and I like what Trump represents and for the most part I can understand his allure but let the democratic system chose, let my vote count.  Regardless of the democratic republic that has the tendency to over regulate our choices, I don’t want someone else making these decisions for me, not this time.  Let the democratic process run its course.  Let those who vote matter and let their candidates swing it out in the general election. 

If the leaders don’t like it, make changes for the next election and prepare for the eventuality of this happening again, but don’t change the rules mid stream, which is dishonest, manipulative and smacks of self preservation over the needs of many. 

It’s not that I want Trump but I want the idea of a Trump taking charge, being a leader, speaking his mind and having the ability to run and get elected as a result of an open and free election.  The Republicans are wrong to censure Donald Trump and when the eventually do the wrath of the public will hand the republicans a defeat that they may never recover from. 

Call your congressman, call your senators, your local leaders as well and put them on the spot to support Democracy over the tyrannical machinations of this republican forced 2016 election.  

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Muted Trump

I would like to make a simple and straight forward statement about the “Panama Papers”. If you haven’t heard about these breaches in security they are from the law firm Mossack Fonseca, A Panamanian firm who specialized in creating off shore accounts.

If you’re already getting a little antsy from the term “off shore” I think you have every right to be.  Off shore does not mean illegal and many off shore accounts are completely legitimate, but when the list of names was revealed the high and mighty of the world were prominently displayed. 

I do not want to spend my time naming names, I really don’t have the time nor the space… but the quick and short of it is this:    When corruption is the rule, democracy and freedom cannot exist.

With some of our candidates listed in the Panama Papers we really need to worry about our basic tenets of freedom.  Nothing will probably come of the association with Mossack Fonseca and any major political figure but the inferences toward corruption are as plain as a bright summer day. 

I have always been a staunch conservative with a passionate ideal of what it means to be a caring and rational person (Not implying that if you’re not conservative you would logically fall within the non-caring and irrational spectrum of life).  My ideal of conservatism is a based on service and gratitude with the bonus attributes of discovery and profit requiring a balance of commerce and charity in order to stifle the natural man’s tendency to exploit. 

Honesty is an integral attribute of conservatism, or it should be.  Honesty has morphed into a personal view or perspective based on the needs and wants of that specific time.  When billions and billions of dollars are hidden by our leaders, regardless of their initial intent (which I wish to state is probably nefarious) the idea of shuffling money from this account to another in order to hide those funds is dishonest to say the least and criminal as it concerns Putin and few others that squandered billions.

Maybe the Panama Papers are nothing to worry about, perhaps there only the beginning of the craft of graft and deep seeded corruption that will be revealed in the months and years to come.  Perhaps these papers are nothing more than a weak warning of the disastrous events that will be revealed forcing us to make a choice.  Go along and hope that you can open your own off shore account, being satisfied with the corrupt and money hungry leadership, or take a stand against the self appointed hierarchy, vote for the most honest and capable among the candidates, regardless of the party. 

If you don’t vote accordingly then you will be the one to suffer as all of us suffer from your neglect.  I’m thinking that the best at this point is John Kasich of Ohio.  He has led Ohio in a profound manner.  He is a party favorite and will therefore be given the support of that party.  He is, as far as I can see an honest and capable leader.

The problem with starting to vote responsibly is the deficit of responsible voters on the others side.  If we vote responsibly and they do not, we loose. 

Democrats should vote for Sanders.  I am not sure how capable he is but between the two democratic candidates he is more honest than Hillary.  This is indeed a difficult election.  Not only are we voting for a leader but for the voice of the future Supreme Court and the moral direction of our country.

Make your vote count, make it mean something and if we consider honesty as a guiding principle perhaps we can make a difference, you will have to spread the word though, I don’t have that many readers…..  

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Political Honesty

During these trying and most difficult days of the 2016 election cycle I wish to admit to some degree of imposition and the utter lack of surprise when it comes to political news.  In my defense of this imposition and due in part to my age and experience I have been somewhat put off by the entire political process and the level of insincerity when it comes to providing me with real and substantive information.

I really don’t care that much about what you think or feel at this point, I want the information for me.  I suspect there are a few others like me but the vast majority of political purveyors pursue only the prostrated and plain particulars of political pungency.   In other words they only want the fire and are no longer interested in the essential elements that create those flames.

If you still don’t understand then I rest my case and forego any further postulations pursuant to the popular brand of purgatory.  “Hell is what we make it, while we live on earth” and those who fail to see the urgency behind picking a qualified political leader are destined to live in the shadow of their own hell when they chose to vote out of social exigency rather than the overall and positive qualities of any given candidate.

Many voted for Obama for the simple reason of race.  Many will vote for Hillary simply because she is a woman.  Will businessman/woman vote for Trump simply because he is a businessperson….? Will you vote based on one topic or another?  Abortion, race, poverty or economics, will you vote using one issue as your foundation for potential leader?  Voting is a sacred responsibility that I take seriously.  I will never condone the practice of voting within a static singularity and further denounce those who do.

This election, perhaps unlike any before will be the paradigm of our country in the future.  Will we continue to honor the Constitution or will we fall prey to the singular devotees who garner favor based on the superficial aspects of one quality and only one, discounting the negative or the positive qualities that are mostly in abundant in all candidates.

It’s inevitably the substance of a candidate in its entirety that creates the foundation of our ability to judge their motivations and aptitude to lead.  Beyond their individual capacity and availability are the destructive nature of simplicity and the effortless attitude of the electorate.  Decrying the search for truth over a game of chance the voters continue to seek the easy way, the entertaining way and the (sorry for being blunt…NO I AM NOT) most risky way of electing our President. 

Most it seems are willingly ready to put their vote into an app that would tabulate their vote based on nothing substantive but on a social media example of what society should be if every one was on facebook and that kind of thinking was the reality.

A popular President is a good thing but voting based only on popularity is not.   I know that my words will not garner any ground swell of change but I also know that for me this election is important and I at least will think deeply about the three basic principles of being a public servant. 

  1. Are they Honest
  2. Are they Capable
  3. Are they Electable

If they are not honest they will not lead they will push.  Honesty should be a mandatory principle of leadership.  Honesty is the foundation of good character….

If they are not capable then their decisions are guesses.  Experience is an essential part of leadership.  How can one effectively lead when they don’t know where to go or how to get there?

If they are not electable then why bother? In politics the overriding principle has to be if they are electable.  This is not an easy concept to understand, especially in light of the all too often scenario of having to choose between the lesser of two evils.  But no matter the honesty or capability if there is not chance of being elected, don’t waste my time or my vote.

The bottom line to all this is actually quite easy to see.  Look closely at your candidate and do so as you would a business you hope to buy or a used car.  Take your time.  Look at the details.  Try to imagine his or her leadership and those consequences, both good and bad to the country and more specifically to yourself, if they are indeed elected.

Move away from singular voting reasons.  Would you buy a car simply because you liked the color?  If you answered yes, please remove yourself from the voting public and if at all possible move to Mexico…(this is not a slur against my Mexican brothers and sisters, or cousins as it is in my case, but only a quick alternative to living in the USA.)…Canada.

The depth of a candidate is often glossed over by the media and in large measure because of the media the candidates themselves glosses over the essential and important aspects of leadership and the 3 principles of leadership.

Look at life in all its complexity and only then will you be able to see the simple truths of creation.  Candidates are the same and should be viewed with those 3 principles in mind.  And lest we forget, fighting for something inconsequential only leaves you bruised, broken and depressed.  Fight for what is right and no matter how many trials are placed before you, you will always know that the path chosen is the right one.