We self-inflict ourselves constantly with moaning and groaning about how awful we are in terms of immigration, human rights and internationalism. Yet, why do people from all over the world want to come here and yes, why do millions continue to come here? Because, for all our blemishes, which the story first, truth second, media, seems to concerned only with what that say or write that we do wrong. We are like the good looking guy or girl, who are very attractive, yet are the ones working at night in drug or alcohol abuse facilities to help those in need. This is not a blog commentary about why it is good to be good looking and acceptable because all folks are good looking and acceptable to me no matter what they look like or live, but my point is that our country does accept all people of all races and all religions…we just don’t want that tiny group of young people floundering for their purpose in life who fall into the trap of older zealots who claim the Profit Muhammad desires them to kill innocents in their name.
We, the United States, have people from all over the world and we must, as a Nation, be proud of who we are and what we have stood for centuries. We make human mistakes but we also make human efforts to protect and comfort those from all backgrounds. History is just that; today and tomorrow we, as always will improve.
Here we are in the early years of the what we call the 21st. Century on an earth billions of years old, the remaining specimen of humanity from an original six and we think we are in the highest state of advancement for what we call a race. In reality we are no different than the other five specimens of humanity that fell by the wayside hundreds of thousands of years ago because we to will disappear in the progression of this universe on this unimportant particle we call Earth. We will be replaced in five hundred to a thousand years by a by-product of our evolution to a single colored, single specimen brain wave connected frantically trying to hold on to a bit of a flooded circular star dying from humanities degenenerative affect. Who is left in the thousand years from now will not even think back to what we think we have accomplished in these times, but will generate energetic connections to each other and to some outer species who have escaped this decaying and crumbled sphere to spheres decades away in the Universe. This is not negative but reality. We scoff today at those that lived thousands of years ago as will the few remaining specimens of what is man in a thousand years who will scoff at our being the last of the Neanderthal’s. So don’t look back; don’t look ahead, just know we are just a spec in the universe. Nothing in the news of this day really matters in the cosmos; each of us is our own universe, so maximize this unique sensual activity as long as each of us orbit.
This is one of those historic times in our nations history when division is threatening our very foundations of freedom and liberty for all. We are both the envy of the world and the punching bag of the world. We have more religions represented than any country in the world; we have the most representative of Earth’s peoples in the world; and we have saved Europe and Asia after defeating the fascist regimes in Germany, Japan and Italy. Historically we are unique and now we face a division caused by completely opposite views as to how we should proceed as a country. Should we be the provider of the world or our people? Should we do both? Should we only think of our people first? Should the government dole out livelihoods for most of our population? Should the government allow free enterprise provide the work that people can exist on their own? It is a fundamental dispute between people in control of their destinies or government as the control factor. People favoring the government, especially our current younger generation who have been coddled from the realities of life by both parents and educators are simply unable to grasp the reality that they are responsible for their lives not some bureaucrat. Young people are amazing as they grasp technology but not responsibility. Why should they when they are not expected to be responsible. As an optimist and as a historian, I realize, as in genetics, all these cellular changes will produce a new generation responsible for the 21st Century. But only in America, can all this short term turmoil be adjudicated by a majority of people, adults, young people, Democrats, Republicans and Independents, realizing that they must grab on to each other a bit and not dismiss each other as we see so much of now. But only in America, blog sites, fake news and all, we can wallow our way along into the upcoming years by giving up a little to get a lot……a vibrant, ever changing American blessed by freedom for all.
I don’t post often because everything seems to repeat itself via the media. Day in and day out, the same stories with different characters. It is like watching the same play every day except the director inserts new actors and outcomes to make the audience, our general public, take nauseating notice. Killing, killing and more killing. Social media incitement of everything to produce and actually make Andy Warhol’s “15 minutes of fame” come true, day in and day out. We, our society, are self-absorbed. Many wonderful things are done by wonderful people for those suffering. Much money is raised for those in need, but that is overwhelmed by the selfie society that permeates. What happened to people and families, quietly living their lives without self-promotion? Shut it down, folks!!! We must concentrate on our universal life which is one small cell in the Universe itself. We all are made up of cosmic dust in such a unique formulation. that possibly was processed by a grand scheme to create what we call humans. Humanity is to be positive, not destructive of each other or to be only focused on our image to others but our understanding of ourselves, first. Love, appreciate, and respect oneself first (not take pictures) and all those we come in contact with each day; children, loved ones, or strangers, will sense these feelings from you. But, you don’t need to promote yourself, just respect yourself and that power will transmit to all those you come in contact with each day. Lets exchange selfie’s with pictures of all those you see each day of your life. Those are images you and they will never forget.
As I read the columns in the various dailies, the op-ed’s, and various blog sites, it is obvious that there is a disturbing and, I think, catastrophic decline looming for quote, “the freedom of the press” and the First Amendment that has been the bulwark of our society. There is much hatred in our society; so much violence acted out and written out; presented in our media; and by the killers of the world in most of our uncivilized world. This total venue of hatred and violence manifests itself in movies like the “The Departed”, seen as the best movie by so many, but is one of the worst movies I have ever seen, not withstanding the phenomenal portrait by Leonard di Caprio. It is pushed down our throats by the media elite, that small group of people who feel that they can espouse liberalism of government while being silent on the hatred and vilification of women or religion by that great social and wonderful world outside of the United States. Why do men in black symbolize all those men who walk into an auditorium and murder? Why is medication and pain killing now a part of ones healing process like an occasional aspirin was thirty years ago? Why do we accept a small part of a religion as no threat when that small percentage has killed thousands of innocents in the past thirty years? Why is positive religion blasted by those that know what is best for humanity; media liberals who trash the language and our society? This is the secular, vacant media oriented liberals who want to snuff out individual incentive to improve oneself and absolutely eliminate one’s need to take responsibility for anything. Responsibility mean to accept blame or credit for yourself or others where you have influence. In my observation the great majority of blog sites; media columnists; media presentors; and a growing number of people in general, ignore or hide from solutions being solved by one taking responsibility for their actions. It is not a governments responsibility, it is the individual. If you are overweight by a hundred pounds, unless you have a medical malfunction, you must lose weight to reduce your medical bills. If you have auto insurance; two cell phones; and monthly communications expenses with TV and phones, but no health insurance, where in the hell is your priority. Oh yeh, blame the government. But the drumbeat and hatred and disregard for responsibility is the slow pounding of the nail in the coffin of this, the greatest experiement in human history, the United States of America, founded and built on individuals excelling and taking responsibility.
First Posted on August 30, 2007 – Still true to this day in 2017, 10 years later.
This posting is quick and to the point…the bottom line. Who oversee’s the financial accounting of the government agencies? I wrote to the GAO who works on behalf of the American people and Congress, as if they were one. My question to them is simply, who monitors the spending of government agencies, ie: is there a line by line listing of all expenditures and to whom exactly the monies go and secondly, who monitors the spending of the Government watchdog, Congress. The latter, of course, is a joke, but the aforementioned body, Congress, now in the hands of the Democrats, is concerned about programs not having enough money to spend. Well, the logical question, as per my or anyone else’s household, is how much do we have to spend each this week, how much do we need to save, and how much can we put aside to help us in our retirement. We don’t just spend it because it’s there, we don’t, anyway, and we also don’t spend more than we have, which many have to do. The “many” are, unfortunately, victims our media/spending culture. But our government is always clamoring for more to spend. They all sound like worthy causes: eliminate poverty; give health care to all those that don’t have it; and provide funds for every natural disaster that occurs. For all of these, we have more than enough now to cover every aspect of poverty; health care; and natural disasters, if only the Federal Government found all the revenues it takes in from the almost (50%-updated) that pay all the taxes in the first place.
Let’s audit the Federal Government. That’s my call. Let’s take four years, from 2008 to 2012, to completely audit every dime that the Federal Government has or will have, and lets find out how much revenue is available and how much is lost, misplaced, or actually not spent. There is enough now to pay for everything; let the next President have enough courage to make that his or her determination. (Update: the above awaits Pres. Donald Trump)
This is a preview of my newest book. It is a novella featuring Willie Robinson, a 21 year black boy/man and Henry Davies, a 85 year old white man. It is a story of initial conflict of a sort between them in a coffee shop, frequented by Henry every day as he ponders whats left of his life and Willie who just wanders in off the street with a winter storm blowing outside. They jostle a bit as Willie can’t figure this old white dude and Henry is initially taken aback by this young black dude. Over the time elapsed in this initial novella of Henry Davies life as he nears death, the two gradually break down their universal barriers of race, age and experience to develop a story that will encourage those who read this novella that if people interact sincerely and helpfully, there is no boundary to how far and how strong their relationship can develop. In the meantime, each of them learns a valuable life lesson that will carry forward in the respective lives. A story so much needed in these volatile years of distrust between people of different race, nationalities and lately, political persuasions. A helping hand can overcome so much distrust. Watch for Two Dudes soon on Amazon!
All the controversy about the Golden Globes was about the trashing given Donald Trump by the West and East Coast elite “stars” of the entertainment world when no media attention was made of the fact the movie that won all the awards was without nudity, sex, guns and foul language. My God, I assume none of those gathered realized that their mantra over the past thirty years had been eclipsed by a phenomenal plot, acting, dancing, and a joyful sentimentality, plus a reality ending, that was a joy to watch. This was a Trump style movie, full of old time joy and respect for the past in a modern, boy and girl romance that is a bit out of fashion these days. All people; gay, straight, in between or switch overs, should enjoy this story of struggling and succeeding, yet understanding that reality is just that; real. So Hollywood, New York, suck it up. Right in front of your eyes your jaded social mantra’s were destroyed by yourselves, both in your not understanding the impact “La La Land” the movie overwhelmed the La La Land you all live and prosper in. Hat’s off to Hollywood and middle finger up to Hollywood.