Monday, September 20, 2021

Ignorance is not Stupid


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

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


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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

  


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Evil or Stupid?



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Shopping blind...

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Prescribed Lawlessness

 


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

What is the truth?

 

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

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

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

Even leftists know that answer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 7, 2021

Hitler the Socialist vs Russian Totalitarianism

 


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Evil flourishes because good men do nothing.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Inevitable Crash of Bureaucracy and the end of America.


 

While visiting England in 1976 I was sitting on a bus, on the lower deck, and an old man sat down in the spot next to mine. He looked at me for a long 30 seconds, his eyes unblinking, red, and tired-looking. I tried to hold his gaze, but I had to blink, and then with a wry smile his eyes blinked and with feeling in his voice he said, “There is nothing so great as a well-conceived folly”


 I gave him a quizzical look and stammered out a polite thank you, but he was already on the move to his next objective. For years I have kept that statement in my mind, often wondering, why he sat next to me to impart those words just to leave. It was only the ramblings of an old, an addled man, but, thinking back he was clear of thought and prophetic. I not only remembered the words but now I am understanding their meaning.


Perhaps it’s because I am getting older, but the meaning of this phrase has coalesced in my mind. As we age, we see life in the frame of what was, rather than what it will be. It is the ability to look back that expands our perspective of what was while integrating our lives to sharpen the thoughts of the past. We reach a level of clarity and focus our attention on what aspects of our lives matter and separate the dreams of our youth with the wisdom and blessings of our experiences.


"... A well-conceived folly" is the same as purposeful foolishness. The examples of government spending trillions on foolish ideas, foolish programs are apparent and mind-boggling. The amount of planning required is often well-conceived and purposeful, intending to create a burden or obligation that promotes the idea of a bureaucracy so that it lives to sustain itself, at our expense.


Our current administration has doubled down its efforts to ensure that bureaucracy has a sustainable future in all that we do. It is obvious to even the most ardent of Liberals that President Biden has serious cognitive issues, related to his age and the pressures of his office, but the "government" continues to steamroll the ideas of socialism and our dependence on the State bureaucratic machine.


This is the foundation of Socialism and global Tyranny (a cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary use of power or control.) The problem with me saying that is that the socialist believer actually believes their perspective. They think they are reasonable. What we need is a fresh way to measure the outcome of differing social-political movements. The problem with gauging one form of power over another comes down to the perception and ideology of the believer, so the only way to quantify one over the other has to be outcome-based, or through the study of the result of the entire economy, the people, their freedoms, free will and a score of other criteria that measures individual opportunity against governmental regulation.   


There are specific reasons for promoting personal liberty and understanding its effects on society that occur when those individual liberties are replaced with societal needs, void of individual liberties. Ask yourself what good are freedoms if they are not available to you personally? Also, the overall precepts of freedom mandate that if freedom is the goal, then everyone must be equally available to access those freedoms, or by logical sequence the freedoms not given to some will eventually be taken from everyone.


There are serious concerns and problems with allowing everyone to exercise their rights of freedom, especially with those who only want to use those liberties to enhance their power over another. Can you say political exceptionalism?


The folly of our current state of politics is in the power imbalance between those that govern and those who do not. I am not suggesting that we convert to a purely democratic electorate, that would be a disaster. Our Founding Fathers understood the need for representation and hoped that the Republic would continue to flourish through the process of elections based not on popularity but principle and ability. We are a representative democracy that ensures that a less volatile electorate measures and tempers the ebbs and flows of popularity.


This folly continues in the rampant abuses of those in power with a stark difference between those in politics and those who are not. The politicians learned from Bill Clinton to hold their line, never admit or never give in, even if the accusations are true. At least Richard Nixon had the consciousness to resign when he was caught.  


Morality, honor, integrity? Who cares, as long as you can keep your position of power. Since Clinton, the state of Morality has morphed into a relativistic notion of political expediency. If it keeps a politician in power, it is therefore moral... for them.


The well-conceived folly is the support for those behaviors and the silent acquiescence that allow those activities to continue and in many cases, expand. “There is nothing so great as the well-conceived folly” but only when it is surrounded by those who profit or benefit from it, and there are many who turn a blind eye for their piece of the pie.


I feel for the old man who sat next to me years ago. He saw a despicable time. He had the courage to speak out, but no one would listen, no one understood. Are we understanding now? Let’s hope it’s not too late…


Sunday, May 23, 2021

Many are called but few are able

 

When I think seriously about those who are Democrats and those who are Republicans, I am truly stymied by the similarities of both, especially with those who serve us in Congress.


Being a politician is a person who is professionally involved in politics, especially as a holder of or a candidate for an elected office.


When you consider yourself a “professional politician” then the idea of service to others, specifically your constituents, becomes problematic. Those in office often disregard the idea of service in order to maintain one’s professionalism.  Elections become vastly more important than doing what’s right. The singular idea of “staying in office” trump’s (no pun intended) the very notion of being a Statesman, defined as a wise, skillful, and respected political leader.


I am naturally dubious at those who spend their lives in political leadership. Regardless of their ideology, the long-term and “professional” status only leads to corruption and incompetence and reminds me of the following.  


The Peter Principle states that a person who is competent at their job will earn a promotion to a position that requires different skills. If the promoted person lacks the skills required for the new role, they will be incompetent at the new level, and will not be promoted again.[1] If the person is competent in the new role, they will be promoted again and will continue to be promoted until reaching a level at which they are incompetent. Being incompetent, the individual will not qualify for promotion again, and so will remain stuck at this "Final Placement" or "Peter's Plateau."


This principle applies equally to all sides of the political spectrum and most areas of life, but in politics, the effects can be devastatingly destructive. For many, political office, especially National Politics is the zenith of achievement, but very few consider the reality of their inability to serve effectively and are solely focused on getting elected and then remaining in office to stay in office, regardless of their effectiveness. 


There is a reason politicians have a 33% approval rating. That rating is an across-the-board average of all politicians in all parties.  I think it's safe to say that the reason for their disapproval is their obvious inability to perform their duties as outlined in the Constitution and expected by the people who vote them into office.  


The above is obvious. The problem is, and again this is obvious, we the people cannot elect competent people to serve our country's needs. Therein lies the ideological issue. Regardless of the obviousness of the above, it is only salient if we pursue the truths written in our government's charter, the Constitution.  


Most do not understand the Constitution, most have never read it and many profess, ignorantly, to demand alterations or addition to it. Many want to expunge it from existence, replacing the constitution with open-ended and morally relativistic doctrine that allows anything for anyone. 


In order to alter the above, we would have to alter the inevitable ignorance of those who are allowed to vote. That by the way includes almost everyone who can breathe and some that do not. If any of you have any suggestions on how to accomplish that monumental task, I’m listening….


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Debt = Slavery

 


In the space of just 14 months, the economy has plunged into a serious financial quagmire.  I guess to some extent; it depends on how you look at things, but the undeniable truth is as follows:  

  1.  Interest rates are still low but that is a function of the Fed forcing the issue and maintaining low-interest rates, despite the decreases in real money supply. Reliable money must be based on proven and reliable assets, and not the trillions of easily printed dollars flooding the market.  


In order to maintain a stable monetary system, it is imperative to balance the need to print money in relation to the reliable assets available. Our government has printed, and continued printing regardless of the long-term effects it will have on future inflation and monetary stability.


  1. The engines that drive this country are the fuels we depend on to feed our factories, our homes, and our transportation. Supply and Demand dictate that when you tighten a supply of a product, you increase the demand for that product and that increased demand increases the cost of the available supply.  


Oil is an essential product of not only our economy but virtually every economy of the world. Without oil, the world stops, and despite what you think you know oil is also the foundational resource that builds our windmills, our solar panels, produces our electricity, and gives us the choice to seek for alternative power sources. Without oil, our economy is forced to step away from progress and expansion and instead move downward toward stagnation.


  1.  Infrastructure allows all of us to freely move about.  It ensures safe travel, rapid movement for easier decision making and lets the people of that economy choose more freely where they want to live, work and play.  


The current cost of upgrading our infrastructure is in the trillions of dollars and will take years to complete, but when mixed with 1 and 2 above the prospect of completion is beyond reason. Especially with the current administration's movements away from carbon, rapid movements to curtail oil and increase electric use, without the use of oil, or so they say, the idea of infrastructure improvements that actually work for most Americans is simply a pipe dream.


Our government is moving toward paying mortgages for people who are or have not worked because of the CoronaVirus Pandemic. This will cost trillions of dollars. We expect them to approve student loan forgiveness, which will cost billions upon billions with the unknown effects moving toward cheapening education and destroying the educated process in general. 


These economic moves of the Left are nothing more than an attempt to herd the masses with promises of free stuff, masked as a move toward freedom. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Give away free stuff and you create a subservient class, a group of non-thinkers and people who are unmotivated, slothful, and dangerous.  


Giving to the needy is essential, as we help others we help ourselves but giving to those who can work but choose not to is not helpful. Giving away education, paying for student loans also destroys the very process of learning. Free does not mean right.


When the time comes that the policies of giving can no longer be sustained, the receivers of those gifts learn quickly that they have been enslaved and at the same time are too content to understand the consequences of that form of slavery. They no longer think for themselves, they can no longer appreciate the values of work, self-reliance, and liberty and instead, meekly bow their heads and do as they are told.  


When gas lines are too long, most will eventually accept the new reality and do less, move less, think less, and perform less, learning quickly that it is better to keep your head down and do as you're told.  


We all need to take action now. Hold our leader's feet to the fire, help them understand how their actions, how their spending will destroy our lives. Open your eyes and see the actual truth behind what’s happening to our Country.  


We can hope it gets better, or we can act to make it better. We can dream or we can wake up and see what’s happening before our eyes. It is up to us.


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The Reality of Race Relations


 

Reality, it seems, is not that real, at least not for a percentage of the population.  So many are out of touch with reality that they claim that they have their own, distinctive form that overshadows and has precedents over the scientific data and statistical measures that are not only quantifiable but verifiable as well.


We all know that the media can manipulate statistics, but when asked if blacks were more likely to die from a police encounter or from a traffic accident, most respondents, both black and white believed that they were more at risk of dying when stopped by police.  

 

241 African Americans were shot by the police and killed in 2020.  That number included all age groups and all incidents, including individuals killed during criminal behavior.  https://www.statista.com


5,432 traffic deaths occurred within the black community in 2002,  I could not find more relevant information but the patterns are similar over the years.


In an article entitled, “The Myth of Systemic Police Racism” WSJ, by Heather Mac Donald, she looks at the statistics and shows the relationship of public opinion in relation to statistics, they don’t match. The incidents of racial animus are far less than reported in the Media.  


The incidence of systemic racism is RARE and has been Rare, for years. The issue is in how singular events are reported as widespread.  Statistically and sociologically race relations have never been better.  If you doubt what I report, I challenge you to look at the statistics, look at the numbers, look at the patterns of how we generally interact with each other and you should see, I say “should” because there are some who will refuse to see the reality even with the overwhelming evidence provided.


There is a pattern that should be considered.  When the media latches onto a story or an event the rise of irrational behaviors can cause a change in society's illogical and groundless opinions.  These usually occur around elections and are almost always promoted by the Left and their believers.


I use the word believers because their actions are no less fervent than those who believe in a religious cause or purpose.  


Let me be clear about a few things.  There is racism, there is hate and there is discord in all societies.  But when you take the totality of our advances away from slavery, when you include the intent and actual words of our founding documents, and when you include the relative rapidity of our abandoning slavery of blacks, as a whole, then you can start to see the overwhelming progress of this Country toward the idea that all men are created equal.


In general, most Americans are good, honest, hard-working individuals who eschew the thought of mistreating another, regardless of skin color.  We used to value our families and our rights and we looked at our flag with a sense of honor.  We were kind to each other and went out of our way to help others, regardless of skin color, religious belief, or political ideology.


We used to...That is changing.  The Media, Social Media is changing us.  It is infecting us with its lies, its hyperbolic ideas, and notions.  I don’t understand why or who really gains but our current level of race relations is not systemic; it is media-driven to sell time, papers, viewers.  They understand that good news is not as profitable as bad news, and we are awash in bad news.


It’s your choice, but if you listen to the bad news and fail to do your own research, it will adversely affect you. 




 


Saturday, May 1, 2021

Trapped

 Trapped in a man's body



When you think about the statement above, you must have sympathy for the individual who expresses those words.  What they are going through is a horrendous ordeal to manage and process.  The above also applies to women trapped in the body of a man.


The feelings of being trapped, not being able to escape, enslaved or forced to remain creates psychological fatigue and raises the body's stress levels to unhealthy levels.

 

I can fully understand the anxiety and the frustration of thinking as they do about being trapped and do not want to minimize their inner struggle towards “freedom”.


I once saw a rabbit caught in a snare of thorny sticks.  The rabbit was helpless and would have died had I not helped it to escape.  That feeling is overwhelming and beyond frustration and I can understand why their thoughts turn to suicide.  


I released the rabbit from its horror but to those who believe they are trapped and process the situation with human emotions and intelligence, the issues only get worse.  


The term “being trapped” is an interesting way of expressing their frustration and in a genuine sense, I think they are trapped.  


Had the rabbit understood its dilemma it would have understood how it got trapped and even though it couldn’t do anything about it, it would have understood and with that understanding would have been able to process the event.  With that understanding, the rabbit could have learned to avoid the circumstances that would have prevented that disaster.


There are however a few questions I would like to ask in order to more fully understand this psychological imprisonment.  I use the term psychological because it’s the only term I know that makes any sense.  Please correct me if I am wrong.


  1.  When you refer to yourself “as trapped…” in a woman's or man's body, who trapped you?  


  1. Is that entrapment malicious or random, or is it the act of something else that I do not understand?


  1. As has often been stated, “I knew when I was a child that I was a...Man or Woman, I have always known.” Is it knowing or is it a feeling.? Is there a difference between knowing that you were different than you are, then feeling that you knew? I understand that this is splitting hairs but there is a great difference between the two, with the consequences between the two, being the difference between a happy and fulfilled life and a life of misery, pain, and eventual suicide.


  1. Is it easier to accept who you are, rather than who you want to be? Let me explain. Humanity has learned that in order to be “happy” we must be willing to accept. Accept our circumstances, our “lot” in life, ourselves as who we are. If we are not accepting of the face in the mirror is it the mirror’s fault?


The point I am trying to make is that who we are is much more important than what we are. I suggest that who we are is the key. Are we honest? Are we kind? Do we like ourselves, regardless of what we are?  


What we are, can change and often does throughout our lives. When I was a child, I wanted to be an artist or an Architect.  My father had other ideas, so those options were not available to me.  When those opportunities presented themselves, I could not pursue that desire in my life.  


I still try to think as an artist, I dabble in artistic things, I draw, I paint but I am not an artist in relation to my view of myself when I was young. Has that influenced my life?  To some extent, yes.  Has it defined my life? No. I have a happy and fulfilling life despite not becoming an Artist.  


This philosophy applies to everyone.  It applies to the rich and the not-so-rich. It applies to all races and genders, including the Trans community.  The question of being trapped can affect us all, but each of us has the God-given ability to look beyond what we want and focus instead on who we are.  We are all children of our Heavenly Father and with that understanding, we can pursue a life filled with joy and happiness and if we do that, that reflection that we see in the mirror will be what God sees in us, not what we wish we could see.


Monday, April 5, 2021

Chaos or Truth? You decide.

 


Without relying on your opinion or any speculation based on hearsay or a limited view of events, can you find out the truth about any given event?  


When I use the word TRUTH I am referring to the unchanging facts of all sides of any given issue. The statement “your truth may differ from my truth” does not in any way mitigate the undeniable truths, regardless if we recognize them or not.


Too often we infuse our opinions, rationalize our actions, and in short create a “truth” to fit into our narrative, and do so in order to deny the reality of the lives we are living.  Some of these pseudo truths are meaningless and harm only ourselves, but when we institute our follies and supplant the TRUTH by either denying the facts, creating facts, or rationalizing our actions or the actions of another then we as a people and as a Nation, soon find that the TRUTHS we once knew and understood are out of our cognitive reach, as it is now in many areas of our lives.


One good example is the Minneapolis trial regarding George Floyd and Derek Chauvin. The facts may seem apparent and clearly defined, especially from Media that has pushed a specific outcome, even before all the facts were in.  


Let me be clear, I do not know the facts of this case. I do not pretend to understand the motivations of the Officer, nor do I understand the condition or motivation of George Floyd, that is why we have a legal system.  However, the pressure put upon that legal system has grown into a category 5 hurricane, with the Media pushing for a guilty verdict prior to the selection of the jury.  


The Judge, Peter Cahill, has asked the city of Minneapolis to stop commenting on the case, especially in relation to the $27 Million, Civil Lawsuit paid by the city prior to the jury or the court hearing the case.


Derek Chauvin may be guilty, but when we excoriate him as guilty prior to sentencing then the Legal foundations of our Country are no longer foundational. “Guilty until proven innocent” is more of the modern mantra for this case and many others when the motivation is not justice but solely based on revenge.  


If we want to re-institute “innocent until proven guilty” then we as a nation, our politicians, our Media, and both you and I need to be respectful of our rule of law.  


A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the protocols for flying a flag at half staff.  That is a fairly unknown process, but the protocols were unmistakenly clear, but regardless of the rules and protocols the Biden administration ignored those protocols.  


We were a country of laws and mostly law-abiding citizens, but now we disregard the rules, change the laws at will, and disregard the foundational principles demanded by civil society and instead are rapidly moving toward a chaotic time that protects the powerful and disregards the rights of the less powerful, like you and me.