Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Democracy for the masses

Related imageThe trade deal with Mexico is just another promise made and kept by President Donald Trump.  If that sounds like an apologetic stance, it is, to some extent.  The need to apologize is not the issue, nor do I believe that an apology is needed in relation to Trump acting like Trump. Being an apologist denotes the need to speak in defense of what many consider to be unpopular, and for the most part, the Left has made anything and everything about Donald Trump, unpopular, but unpopular to who?

Our Founding Fathers understood the need to swim against the flow, to make decisions that are unpopular, realizing that the voice of the majority is often not the best path and it is that reason why we live in a Republic rather than a Democracy. 

A Republic: a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch.

A Democracy: government by the people; especially: rule of the majority.

The differences can be subtle, especially when viewing the differences from either a liberal or conservative perspective.  The major difference between the two forms of government is in process of who makes the rules and how those rules are applied.

When we view current political trends, we can easily surmise the differences in relation to the majority rule or a representative model.    The majority is very rarely effective in creating a workable consensus.  History has hundreds of examples of the majority following the voices of a few that inevitably leads that majority toward some unthinkable end. 

A good example is the vigilante process of the old west.  “Hang um”.  No trial, no debate, no consideration other than one poor soul was caught and hung.  Guilt or innocence was never a factor, only the hot-blooded desire toward an unknown level of justice.

The difference between the U.S. revolutionary war and the French revolution was primarily the form of government.  The U.S. had at its heart a government that supported the freedoms and liberties of the individual, while the French focused on a government that supported the individual but only within a group or collective, irrevocably dependent on the many.

We are connected, and no individual can completely extricate himself from surrounding society. "No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main…” but the difference is that within a Republic the individual is the primary focus and the motivation for the liberties that we currently enjoy.  When we secure the rights of the one, we secure the rights of the many. 

If you disenfranchise the individual those fundamental rights of the many are subject to change based on the needs of the majority.  The individual rights must be held to a higher standard for the rights of the many to be achieved.  There can be no group rights without individuals’ rights.  Group rights are unattainable and are, open to interpretation and change based on the groups involved.  It is impossible to secure rights and privileges for groups without those groups gaining privilege over individuals or other groups.

Trump is unpopular with many, but is he wrong?  Were our Founding Fathers popular during their time?  That depends on who was asked and the political ideology of who was asking.  To the British, George Washington was a traitor, Thomas Jefferson a renegade and the other “Freedom Fighters” betrayers of the Imperial court of King George. 

 In the colonies our rights as individuals and as British Citizens were being ignored, the colonist were being taxed without representation, but at the time only a few were courageous enough to stand against the abuses of the British Government.

Martin Luther stood against the Catholic Church and started a revolution in religious freedom.

The Unknown Rebel at the 1989 Tiananmen Square Protest, he stood in front of the advancing Tank Guard in China. he was hidden by the crowd, his identity is still unknown.

Gandhi’s Salt March to Dandi.  His non-violent march opened the way toward India’s independence against the greatest world power at the time.

Rosa Parks, she simply but profoundly sat in the front of the bus, helping to further the cause of equality for all.

Galileo Galilei was willing to challenge the orthodoxy of the church through his own scientific discoveries.

Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery but returned on many dangerous missions to Maryland where she helped lead slaves to freedom.

Jesus Christ, Despite the opposition from the Roman Army and legal system and his own people he never deviated from his message of hope and faith.  His example was the impetus for global change.

Donald Trump is not in the same category as those mentioned above, but neither were those, mentioned above perceived positively by those in power or by the masses, during their lives.  Most of society was ignorant of the changes that were coming as a direct result of the actions taken.  It is very rare for the “general public” to perceive the events occurring within the same context prior to history defining the events as historical or heroic.  It is also rare for the hero of an event to predict the outcomes of what they intend to do, leaving the entire process of heroism squarely as an afterthought of what was done.

A hero is then nothing more than a person who acts in a constructive, logical and positive way, many times against the norm of society.  Many of us are heroes, most are forgotten.  It is only through the perception of history that an individual becomes heroic and the deeds or actions taken in defiance of the norm becomes clear.

You may not like Trump, you may despise him and what he does.  When Trump was elected he made promises.  He has worked toward those promises and has delivered on those promises despite the overwhelming media castigation's and the Democrats ever-changing onslaught and varied tactics to undermine not only his policies but his life, his career, his family and everything and everyone connected to him.   

There is no way to know if history will favor what he is doing and into what category of leader he will be remembered.  But we do know that those in power are extremely volatile and capricious as evidenced in how they treated John McCain.  He was a hero, then he ran for President and he was crucified and castigated and now he is the hero once again. 

Can we really trust those who fail to show any consistency and change their ideology like the shifting sands of the ocean?  Both Republicans and Democrats fall prey to the politics of power.  Trump is hated by both and despised by those in power.  Perhaps that’s all we need to know about the man who is obviously kicking up a storm.  

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Road to No where

Image result for americanism cartoonIt’s fun to set out on a trip with no direction or destination in mind.  The possibilities are endless, as is the excitement of driving into the unknown.

For years I had passed the same road, a road literally in the middle of nowhere.  The nearest town is Baker California, gateway to Death Valley about 7 miles North but in the Mohave Desert, 7 miles can be an eternity.  The closest metropolitan area is Las Vegas, about 100 miles East of the old Soda Springs, changed in 1944 to Zzyzx, and the road of the same name.  Part of the road is paved and from 1944 Zzyzx was a semi-popular destination.  All I knew was that the strangely named road led off the freeway and took me off my planned goal of covering the 700 or so miles to Provo Utah. 

Just recently I found out that the budding Mineral Springs and Health Spa off Zzyzx Rd. was an active destination until 1974 when it was reclaimed by the government, the BLM, and managed by California State University.  Had I made that journey earlier I could have seen Zzyzx as it was intended. Now it’s just a small group of buildings at the end of marketing ploy.

Very few take that excursion and less wonder about the area, satisfied with simply driving past on their way to another destination.

But wondering and wandering aimlessly take us in different directions.  You can wander and wonder at the same time but in most cases wandering around without a destination serves only the wanderer.  Think about a society that wonders without direction or a vagabond who moves by the least effort toward some unknown, other place.

I at least had a purpose of my wondering off the 215 freeway, I wanted to know where Zzyzx took me.  I had a goal and I had a purpose.  In contrast, our political system is filled with uncertainty and the dialogue and rules of our society is rapidly devolving, devoid of form or purpose. 

Without purpose and design businesses can’t plan or prepare.  Without certainty our money systems fluctuate, our financial institutions become weary and the money is pulled from the market, further damaging the opportunities of business, especially the small business.

The left has learned and utilized this confusion by inserting discord and distrust into the political arena.  Right or wrong left or right the uncertainty creates a void of trust leaving huge gaps in all areas of society.  Americans and the world over need to know and be assured that our laws are stable, our politicians, although ideologically different, share in the foundational standards of our Constitution.  We need to know and be assured of the direction or at least the fundamental premises of who we are.

We have turned off the road to America and have been forced to drive without headlights into the foggy mist of the unknown.  

Some are happy not knowing and have moved headlong into oncoming traffic with no seatbelts, no speed limits and no lanes in the road.  They have forced others to detour as well, placing roadblocks and caution tape in areas that were once considered safe, telling everyone that the road they’re on is the “wrong” road but failing to tell us why it’s wrong or where it went wrong or even how to make it right again. 

The old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” tells us that if it’s working let it be, but the Left has decided that if it ain’t broke, they need to break it, forcing all to decide to fight for what we believe or give in to the demands of those without a plan.  They have shown their colors through fascist actions with violence and hatred, with no regard toward how others feel, pushing their brand of socialism on the Republic that has stood rock solid for over 200 years.

Our entire government is in the throughs of discord, miscommunication, lies, and uncertainty.  Be it on the right or on the left, be it liberal or conservative the discord is killing America, slowly destroying our stability.  Our rules and our laws, our politicians are ever changing, creating a level of uncertainty from one quarter to the next. 

Socialism, capitalism, a mixture of the two…. Anti-fa, conservative, liberal, the right wing and the far left all play into the discord that is America today. The culprit of this division is the Left and those who follow their brand of disruption.  They understand that the America that we know must be dismantled, has to “fundamentally change” in order for their ideas to have room to grow. 

Plant allelopathy is the understanding of the interactions that plants have on other plants.  If you’re a serious gardener than you know that certain plants should not be planted next to others.  Tomatoes and bush beans for example.  The Tomatoes will overshadow the bush beans causing them to die from the lack of direct sun. 

Socialism, Islamism (the radical version), fascism, and others are not compatible with the Constitution and Americanism.  Teddy Roosevelt stated, In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

It is not out of hate nor is it a sense of superiority that as Americans we demand that those who enter our country do so with the ideals to become American.  In the same token, those who are here but challenge their citizenship by demanding radical changes to our constitution, our rules, our rights and our privileges should be challenges, not supported.  They should be forced to live by the laws that govern all of us, including free speech, free assembly and the freedom to disagree but within the confines of the laws that have been established and are constituted within our Constitution. 

It’s not that difficult of a concept to understand.  Our laws should remain our laws.  We need the consistency and assurance that what we have will remain so that we can plan and prepare, make goals and have dreams.  Take that away and you have a madman driving without light, on the freeway, in the wrong direction.  Our Constitution is the best the world has ever known, let it stand.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Suffering with the insufferable

Image result for positive suffering cartoonWe all need to suffer, some more than others.  Questioning whether suffering is a positive and helpful exercise is important, but only when the sufferer realizes the benefits of those challenges. 

There are only a few among us who have not endured the pain and sorrow of either self-inflicted grief or those thrust upon us by some external means.  Both can be beneficial and helpful as we strive to live our lives with a positive and optimistic outlook. 

Some excruciating events in life force us to chose and reevaluate our thoughts about suffering and ask, “why me?”  When the answer to that question is only rarely voiced as “thank you”, the overall premise of suffering can be viewed as a life-changing test, an exam that is offered without notice and without warning.  It is then and only then that we start to understand how our past has prepared us or ensured our failure.  It is apparent that what we did yesterday can have a profound effect on how we deal with the now or even events not yet lived.

Life is a process of learning and it seems evident to me that some lessons need to be taught to all of us to progress from what we were to who we should be.  None of us are static beings, most of us need to eat and therefore must engage with life in order to sustain our ability to breath and function, even if that level of life is lower than the norm.  

All suffering is not equal, but all suffering provides the means toward greater understanding, but to the majority, suffering is viewed as an awful, debilitating and life-destroying event.  It is true that the miseries, the pain and the anguish of life breeds discontent and negativity, often destroying the lives of those most affected.  But when we look at those most affected there are some who rise above and become transformed, changed in some way that alters their perception of the very act that thrust them down to hell. 

Why do some survive and others falter?  Why is it that some find within them the means to fly when others who have had similar trauma or heartache falter and become enslaved to the event?  In a similar vein, why are some people happy and others are not?  Happiness is state of mind we’re told and it’s just as easy to be happy as sad.  Is it that easy?  And do those same principles apply to those who are suffering? 

I consider myself to be a realist with a slight advantage of thinking I know some of the answers, some of the time.  With that knowledge, I can think beyond an event and focus on the benefits of what I had to endure.  Trust me, it is much harder than it looks, and even with my vaulted since of self the depression, the anxiety and the formulation of positive thoughts are monumentally difficult but, in the end,, whatever that is supposed to mean, we can be stronger, abler and better for enduring what we suffered through.

 The deciding factor in all this always comes down to personal choice.  The sufferer needs to decide not to be the victim of those events, regardless if their self-imposed, like drugs, use, alcohol, depression, pornography etc.…or those events caused by no fault of their own, rape, injury, violence, accident or the variety of life's unexpected diversity, that person has to decide for themselves how they are going to react, respond or counter those events that will come to us all.

None of us are immune from suffering, we all share in that process.  We have a society now that thrives on victimhood and they wear it like a badge of honor but instead of honoring the process they delve into the darkness and force others to accept their plight and their twisted perception of themselves, never realizing the beauty of learning from that which was given or endured.   
The history of our world is filled with examples of everyday men and women suffering and enduring the tragedy-filled life that we have.  Some believe like I do that those trials are given for our good and the balance of what we endure should be compared to what we have in store. 

Call it faith, call it life but we all have a choice.  I understand the depths of mental illness and how trauma affects our mentality and our ability to chose but cognitively and for most of humanity we can choose to live and thrive during and after the endurance of survival.  It is within us to rise above, it is part of our nature to seek for the brightness of opportunity, to move toward the light of freedom of thought and action rather than the blackness of servitude and slavery, both physically or mentally, we can choose.

I understand the depth of trauma, depression, addiction and dependency and I understand the beauty of fighting to overcome, choosing to see the beauty of life rather than the horrific underbelly that often blinds us through its blackness and the single-minded perception that obscures all good, all hope and all life. 

According to me, our purpose in life is to rise above the Natural Man, leaving the trappings of greed, lust and lies to pursue a life filled with promise, love and truth.  We can all do it, but the changes have to start with you…


Friday, August 10, 2018

Misinformation

Image result for misinformation cartoonWhen through the raging machinations of contrived history, we are forced to reveal our discontent, but only when our view of those unseen maneuverings comes to light.  After years of Strife and sacrifice caused by the disinformation campaigns, our ability to even know of their existence is limited to the inconsistencies of life around us.   

Perhaps its time to start to fight against the blatant attempt to rewrite the events of the past.    Those in power cannot continue to enslave us physically or mentally, imprison us by limiting our ideas and choices or by altering our past, distorting our memories and controlling our future.  This is our common enemy.

An enemy unseen, in part from the confusion they disseminate, by what they speak and teach and in a large measure their reliance on our own desire not to see, they remain undaunted and unshaken in their attempts to alter our past, control our present and decide our future.

Call it the Media, call it government or big business but throughout human history, there has always been those who see our history and balance the truth with their needs toward deception.  I understand the desire to cover up, alter or shelve certain events, due to the effects those truths have on the general public, but what I don’t understand is how the masses allow it happen year after year?

We are the lemmings.  We follow blindly the advice of others, never considering if it’s true.  We are told the news and believe what we are told, while those who do the telling follow the advice of Machiavelli, “Men are so simple and yield so readily to the desires of the moment that he who will trick will always find another who will suffer to be tricked."

PT Barnum agreed with Machiavelli when he said, “there is a sucker born every minute."  But we learn from Abraham Lincoln “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

Perhaps it is our time.  We have been fooled for too long and too many of us have fallen prey to the lies and distortions fed to us because of our blind acceptance of what was said.  A good example is the political shift of the African Americans from their roots as Republican to their conversion into Democrats.  

Most believe this change occurred in the early 60’s with Lyndon Johnsons “Great Society”, convincing the blacks to shift from their Republican roots to the Democratic party because of the push toward Racial Equality, but the change occurred in the late 30s with Franklin D. Roosevelt and the “new Deal”. 

A massive shift occurred when FDR successfully convinced the blacks to follow the money and the promised social programs.  Most did and to that day blacks were enslaved by those who had enslaved them from the beginning.  The Democrats are the party of the KKK, this is undeniable but not taught, as they are the party of Antifa an openly fascist group that forces their opinion while disrupting the opinion of others through violence and intimidation.  Have you ever heard of the Brown Shirts?

Blacks are only now starting to realize this lie and are shifting back to the party that Lincoln represented, the Republicans. 

Why is this not taught and why is this basic truth not known or understood?  “There is nothing so great as the well-conceived folly” As told to me by a strange man sitting next to me on a bus while in England in 1977.  His words are still true.

The folly of what we believe is often founded on the desire to believe rather than the reality of the information.  For years we have decided that something is true, or something is false based entirely on our desire to want to believe rather than on the supporting evidence. 

Belief in the truth is profound and warranted but knowing the truth is often difficult to determine.  Believing in a folly is often easy to pursue and follow but the risks are great and destructive.  Case in point:  When Bernie Madoff was caught in December of 2008, his Ponzi scheme had defrauded 4,800 clients for a grand total of 64.8 billion dollars.  Many of his victims were highly educated and some were in the financial world, but the folly of what he was doing was so well conceived, the profits so large that their eyes could not see, would not see the truth of the simple statement, “if it’s too good to be true, it usually is.”

We are a divided country simply because some believe in things that are untrue.  The situation is made worse when those who profess to believe (both sides) fail to allow others to believe as they choose, making one side intolerant of the other. 

Neither party is without its faults the question is which party, or which leaders are pandering more to their constituency using misinformation?  I already know the answer and that answer is determined by what you believe.  So, we are back to that fundamental question of belief vs undeniable truth.  

And we are forced then to look back in time at the history of ideologies and their final outcomes. 
We cannot discount the history that we see, even if some of that history is falsified or manipulated for in that history the truths of the future are evident.  What is the history of Capitalism vs Socialism?  

Who has helped more and who has accomplished more?  What is the result of systems that have utilized each and who was harmed?  Recent history and current history tell us who benefits and who does not.

“you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink”, The same goes with the truth, you can lead a person to the truth, exemplify truthful qualities and even teach those precepts but you cannot make them believe.  

I think I know the truth and I can back up my opinions with facts, with history and with evidence.  This is not an emotional exercise, this is a clear process of fact gathering and balancing the good and the bad of these opposing systems b but you have to want to know it, want to learn....So Have at it…

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

American Defined





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What is an American?  The simple answer is anyone born in America is an American, with the attached profile of those who have been granted citizenship, they are American as well.  But in context to what America is in relation to being able to define a person as an American, has taken on a multitude of definitions. 

In 1787 the constitution was drafted and after a long and difficult process, the Federalist and the Anti-Federalist were able to ratify this document that we call our Constitution.  The word constitution is: a body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is acknowledged to be governed. 

 The very words of our laws are held within the constitution of principles and are the fundamental framework that supports the people's rights and against the natural tyranny of government. It is the constitution that designates who is an American and who is not. Those principles, albeit universal in design are specific in function and are reserved for and by those who are American. 

It is not to say that others of the world have fewer rights but they are not Americans and therefore do not share in the entitled benefits of those who have earned or been endowed with or have adopted those fundamental precepts that outline the meaning of the word American. 
  
If you are an Australian you are not an American.  If you are from Peru you are endowed with those privileges but not those of America.  Every country has a constitution but only America has an American Constitution. That may sound simplistic and it really is but when taken in the context of others laws and other countries our constitution, our rights and our privileges are unique to US, Yes I made that mistake on purpose.   

Being an American is a privilege but only for those who truly believe in being American.  For many, the idea that forms the American philosophy is nothing more than a pathway to something different, a detour toward somewhere else.  These individuals and groups have forsaken the ideals that this Republic was founded on. Did you notice that I did not say Democracy?  

Democracy vsRepublic. ... In a republic, a constitution or charter of rights protects certain inalienable rights that cannot be taken away by the government, even if it has been elected by a majority of voters. In a "pure democracy," the majority is not restrained in this way and can impose its will on the minority. 

We live in a Republic and that difference is profound.   

 So often we are faced with the ever-changing definitions of so many things that nothing has any real value and so it has become with being an American.  We are not a pit stop, a detour or a roundabout where any and all ideas are welcome and allowed. America is the final destination. Being an American is the goal. 

 So, what is an American?  Let’s use another example to help focus your minds.  When you join a club or an organization, generally you abide by the adopted rules knowing that if you refuse to do so you will be asked to leave or worse will be excommunicated from that organization.  But what’s happening in our country is akin to joining a church and then telling the church that their wrong and need to change.  

 Why would you want to stay in a church you disagreed with?  Unless, and I only mention this is passing, your intentions were to gain entrance for the nefarious purpose of excoriation for selfish reasons.  Not unlike the way those who cross our borders illegally and then fight to have their illegality overturned, or those who fight for those who want to change our constitution for a different form of government.  If you want to be a socialist, move to a socialist regime, if you like the way Sweden runs their government but don’t like the United States, move, it really is that easy. You don’t like the country you live in, you don’t enjoy the rights you have or you truly don’t believe in the Constitution, MOVE. 

You have the right to believe, act, react, associate with anyone you want but why do you insist on forcing others to accept your altered views?  That’s un-American. 

Let’s recap.  An American is loyal and devoted to the fundamental tenets outlined in our Constitution.  There are those who are American in name only but who fail to support the constitutional framework, who strive to change the rules, alter the framework and change the Republic, these are not Americans, see above. 

An American supports the exceptionalism that is the United States.  An American honor and upholds those foundational principles, unlike many of our politicians.    Americans value the Republic, again see above reference to the differences between Democracy and a Republic, and values those inalienable rights and understand to some degree from whence they are derived.   

An American can be many things, think many differing thoughts and have a variety of beliefs, we are of different cultures, different languages, and religions but we all must agree that our constitution is the framework that outlines our individual rights are privileges and in so doing bridges the gaps of our differences under the commonality that is American, Also see above... 


Be proud, be American and be Free.