Monday, July 25, 2016

Voting Your Conscience

The problem with voting your conscience for a candidate that cannot pull more than 3 to 10% (this includes Johnson and Stein) of the vote is the idea that you don't really care who is elected and that either of those two losers (in their minds) who represent the major parties is fine with you. Sure, you'll feel great that you didn't have to hold your nose but many of you people were staunch supporters of Senator Sanders during the primaries but are now turning your backs on him when he has made it clear that now is the time to unify behind Secretary Clinton. He made it perfectly clear that that was his stance on the subject of support from the very beginning if he were to lose the nomination to Secretary Clinton. If your support for Senator Sanders was real concerning his position during the primaries, it shouldn't be changing now.

Any vote for an non-electable third party candidate tells this guy, you really don't care what the direction this country moves.   

Saturday, July 23, 2016

White Privilege

I've never had monetary wealth and probably never will. I've never been give a position above entry level in any of my career (job) choices. I've never been promoted over others more deserving nor reached the level of others just because I am Caucasian. But I am allowed what is termed 'white privilege'. You see, being Caucasian I get to enjoy the benefit of the doubt. The powers that be will attempt to talk to me rather than assume because of my 'race' I must be guilty of something and do not deserve to be treated with respect. 'White privilege' has very little to do with wealth or position and everything to do with how whites are treated with much more respect than other 'races'. We are all humans and deserve the same level of respect when approached by one another. We are all individuals and deserve the same level of respect for who we are rather than what we look like physically. We are all members of the same race, the human race.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

When Will Black Lives Matter

Idiots, the lot of them. They suffer from blindness of the mind. Their thinking that “black lives matter” is saying that other lives don't. When black men, women and children are approached by an officer with his or her weapon drawn in the same situation a white person is with a conversation, they are already being considered a threat and worthy of death on the street rather than that their life is worth anything. The folks in the movement realize that all lives do matter and they only want to be considered as part of that “all”. They wish for inclusion as people, as other humans and not the 3/5th of a person of the slavery days.

Equality is more than having the same rights. Equality is being treated with the same respect according to those rights. Bigotry of the past taught prejudice that has gotten in the way of “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness.”

I saw a cartoon that showed the body of a dead black man next to the body of a dead police officer. Their blood running together. The same red color. The blood of the same specie. Blood that could have been shared to save each others lives. Both were of the human race. Who matters? We all do. When are we going to treat each other in that matter?  

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Guardians

Gibran wrote of the two guardian angels. You can find the actual writing here . What a fight they had. They fought tooth and nail over whose posting was more difficult. The one was guardian of a sinner while the other had the job of watching the saint. They got so far out of hand that their assignments became ignored and the archangel had to come and break up the fight. He asked what had caused this rift between the two and found that the only solution to the problem was to have them swap assignments seeing that they had both believed the other had it so easy. It seems as though the whole thing went to show us that there are times that the guardians need to receive a little waking up to the reality of the situation.

Why even mention this writing? Why look at two stubborn individuals who for the life of them cannot get along enough to really even consider each others position in their need to be the one who is correct. I seems to me that we have that same situation right here in the good ole US of A in or political system. Two parties that no matter what the other side has to present, the other side tends to cover their ears and begin chanting la-la-la-la-la to drown out what they don't wish to listen to. Our representatives and senators, what a sad lot. These elected men are supposed to be the guardians of this country with the express purpose of taking care of the people. Their priorities have strayed away from the people unto the corporations and rich benefactors that are bribing, legally bribing the officials who are sworn to represent the people.

Time for the people to find an arch-angel that can set these guardians straight.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Song No Longer Rings True

The sky still blue and spacious
our fields grow golden grains
snow capped mountains
are still viewed in placid reflecting pools
fruits and nuts are upon our trees
but as for brotherhood between the seas
the good has become harder to find
our light has dimmed

They came seeking relief from religious oppression
only to convert and pervert what they found
their freedom meant
the abolishment of the ways of
the new world they had come to
with violence and death
taking more land
there was no self control
no liberty
no real law other than
might made right
for the new people did not honor their god
and were deserving of death

These were not heroes
they did not liberate the peoples of this new land
they showed no mercy
there was nothing noble or divine in their treatment
not of the peoples
nor of the lands that they found

They had a dream
of great alabaster cities
built them
but today
these are filled with empty dilapidated buildings
the homeless
and the violence that built them
tears run down the cheeks
of mothers and fathers losing their sons and daughters
tears are shed by the victims
of the religious extremism that was seeded in those early times

How can we continue to sing America The Beautiful?

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Second Amendment

The second amendment

“A well regulated Militia,
being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms,
shall not be infringed.”

The champions of the second amendment, as they see themselves demand their rights. Nothing wrong with that. They tell us concealed carry should be their choice and not the governments. They claim the second amendment gives them that right. They go on to claim that any interference by the government
violates that right and the constitution. What they seem to forget though is the purpose of the amendment which is stated in the text. The amendment was put into the constitution in order to insure that a “well regulated Militia” could be called upon when the security of the State is being threatened.

So, what is a militia? Basically and for common understanding, it is a group of people who are not part of the armed forces of a country but are trained like soldiers. From Merriam-Webster it is officially defined as;

1 a : a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency
b : a body o citizens organized for military service
:the whole body of able-bodied male citizens declared by law as being subject to call to military service

Now, for regulated
1 a : to govern or direct according to rule
b : to bring under the control of law or constituted authority
So, what the amendment covers is a trained group, a regulated group, an organized militia and not a bunch of individuals who want to play army at Walmart with weapons designed for the express purpose of fighting a war with the capability of killing other humans in mass quantities.
There is nothing wrong with responsible gun ownership but when we, as we have, come to the point where these deadly weapons are as easily obtainable as they are and they fall into the hands of mad men, extremists and terrorists, we have gone to a place far beyond the purpose of the second amendment to our constitution. We now have a congress bought by the weapons industry who are insuring that suspected terrorists whose aim is to maim and kill easy access to these weapons.

But yet according to them it is still not time to talk about this problem.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Political Promise

I am going to pick on one statement that just about every politician makes.

They tell the public what they are 'going to do' in hopes of garnering their vote. The statement has absolutely nothing to do with reality as without the help of the other members and branches of our government, they can do nothing by themselves. Campaign promises need to be looked at, not as something that is going to take place but as something that is going to be attempted and worked toward. I really do wish that those seeking for the offices of the presidency and congress would turn their statements to the I will work towards rather than promising something that they all by themselves cannot deliver.

Like I said, they just about all make these statements but the larger problem is that the public seems to not understand that these promises are more pandering for votes than even the politician him or her self realizes. What's dangerous is that some of them actually believe their own rhetorical promises and thoroughly mislead the public at large.