Death By Text

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Today a judge found Michelle Carter guilty of manslaughter in the death by suicide of her ex-boyfriend. She had multiple text messages that supported the courts claim that she should have known better and should have intervened or at last not gotten involved with the active role of encouraging Mr. Roy to take his life.
There is no denying the tragedy of this case nor the serious implications associated with the spoken word and the influences it can have. The court’s inferences will now be judged as worthy or not as Miss Carter and her team appeal this ruling.
Who is responsible for the actions of another? Influences aside for the moment, who is ultimately responsible for the death of Mr. Roy? When influences are factored in how far back or with whom do we blame for the lack of positive efforts that eventually led to the act in question?
The line of influence of someone screaming fire in a crowded theater may have some context here but only if that person screamed with malicious intent. A fearful patron noticing the same fire can scream and probably should scream “FIRE” as a warning to others to leave the building. The malicious intent of the perpetrator was to cause panic. The patron’s motivation was fear, not malicious or malevolent.
The interesting aspect of the differences between the patron and the perpetrator is wholly within the motivations of the individual. The results may be similar and similarly tragic but for one there is no blame while in the other there is all the blame.
The question of Miss Carter culpability can be seen as cruel, uncaring and motivating toward the exact end that she was voicing to her boyfriend just before he decided to take his life. The issue perhaps not discussed was in relation to an unknown outcome and the personal responsibility of an individual to act for his or her best interest, regardless of the motivating factors that are externally placed.
This is not even a question of mental readiness or stability for it is abundantly clear that both were unstable. This is a question of personal responsibility, who is ultimately responsible for our lives, our choices and the consequences of those actions.
When a slope is slippery the chances of slipping are higher than when the foundation is firm and stable. Ruling to convict Miss Carter for manslaughter, regardless of how mean she was or how manipulative she turned out to be creates a slope of intense sliminess, slipping is inevitable.
I am in no way condoning her seemingly abysmal actions but like a prospective jumper atop a building, the crowd below is screaming and encouraging him or her (we must provide an equal opportunity for all here) to jump. When he does jump, who is to blame? Perhaps it was one voice, maybe it was many voices but the blame is his and his alone. He jumped, he fell, he died.
There is plenty of culpability to go around, and the crowd may have prompted him to jump but that fateful decision is his and his alone to make. Of course there are mental issues involved and of course we should all be more sensitive to those around us, and yes, we live in a society that does neither but the definition of responsibility has been rewritten through the allocation of continuous praise for all children, ribbons for all who participate and even those who do not.
It’s OK to be wrong they say, it’s OK to be last, no one should have to suffer the indignation of failure in any degree or circumstance, and no one should have to hear, listen too or speak to those who designate success with the innate worth of a person based on achievement. Therein lies the issue and the obvious reasons for the state we’re in.
Our entitled society is on the brink of total implosion. When a judge is unable to distinguish between bad character and malicious intent and decides to convict based on how an individual should have acted we leave the realm of justice and morph into some science fiction, thought based scenario that convicts on feelings rather than actions. Remember the movie Minority Report?
Just to be clear, Michelle Carter acted like a spoiled and rotten child, totally oblivions to the possible consequences that could occur. She used words and phrases to put an obviously mentally unstable young man over the brink to commit to performing his own death, and that is the key, it was his own decision, his hands moved, his legs decided, his brain was motivated to end his life.
Her words were obviously a large part of his decision but in the end, it was his decision, not hers, his actions, not hers that took his life.
Perhaps this event will create a new sense of responsibility and a new understanding of how our negative actions effect those around us, not in a legal sense but in a moral and earnest endeavor to find the good in those around us. She could have attempted to save his life. She could have tried to push him toward the help he needed. But, she acted more like the world is becoming, immoral and shamefully degenerate, forsaking the respect and kindness so badly needed for the troubled young man, and instead made sacrificed to the god of making everyone feel good about anything and everything they do…
Our entitled society is on the brink of total implosion. When a judge is unable to distinguish between bad character and malicious intent and decides to convict based on how an individual should have acted we leave the realm of justice and morph into some science fiction, thought based scenario that convicts on feelings rather than actions. Remember the movie Minority Report?
Just to be clear, Michelle Carter acted like a spoiled and rotten child, totally oblivions to the possible consequences that could occur. She used words and phrases to put an obviously mentally unstable young man over the brink to commit to performing his own death, and that is the key, it was his own decision, his hands moved, his legs decided, his brain was motivated to end his life.
Her words were obviously a large part of his decision but in the end, it was his decision, not hers, his actions, not hers that took his life.
Perhaps this event will create a new sense of responsibility and a new understanding of how our negative actions effect those around us, not in a legal sense but in a moral and earnest endeavor to find the good in those around us. She could have attempted to save his life. She could have tried to push him toward the help he needed. But, she acted more like the world is becoming, immoral and shamefully degenerate, forsaking the respect and kindness so badly needed for the troubled young man, and instead made sacrificed to the god of making everyone feel good about anything and everything they do…

Being a Father, Understanding your Father

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Fathers day is about fathers. You may think that is a bit simplistic but think about what it takes to be a father. Fathers are more than just a guy who spends his life in or out of your life.

My father, for example is a complicated individual Related imagewith his own dreams, goals, ambitions and issues, as are all fathers. The spectrum of fatherhood has widened over the years and has allowed for a more diverse set of principles. In some ways that widening has been good but for the most part an increase in the definition of what makes a father a father has been diluted and ultimately weakened.

Like most children I have had issues with my father and his method of parenting. It has taken me years to understand that my myopic view of my father was a result of my shortsightedness and inability to see the man for what he was, what he wanted and what he sacrificed, to be a father. I still have issues but those issues are now all mine; they will continue to plague me and cause me problems but they are not longer a singular result of what he did, did not do or could not do for me.

In my view I have seen great fathers, not so great dads and some that should have had their father cards

revoked long before being put into those positions. But that view was only my perspective, a perspective that was clouded by my inability to perceive the nature of the man and his relationship with his family, his dreams and sacrifices and his view of what life meant to him.

For years I pinned for that perfect father, especially in my youth. I had friends who I thought had better fathers than mine but from my perspective now, they were only different. They had different children, different challenges and different issues of their own to content with. They had different houses and different food to eat. At the time I was incapable of discerning those differences nor understanding the complicated relationships that make up a family, so like many youth I wanted what I did not think I had.

In our society we tend to only view our fathers from a singular perspective. We view them from the eyes as children and consequently form our major opinions of what kind of father they were only from those limited perimeters. Those perspectives are great when the life of the child is ideal and in line with the dynamics of the family and the limited perspectives of that child but when it is not, as is often the case , the issues that blossom from those relationships become difficult, strained and can have lasting negative effects on the child and the parent.

For those who are not religious, you may want to move to a different blog.

I believe we have a Father in Heaven. Call Him what you will but my belief is that he is literally the father of our spirits. A spirit is our personality, our essence, it is what makes me, me and you different than me, thank goodness for that, right? I recognize that I have a Father that is not my earthly father and by that recognition I take on the responsibility to know Him and understand His motives for me, His designs for me as me Father, a Father that truly does love me and care for me, as He does for all of us equally.

The dilemma is that if you believe, like I do, that we have a perfect example of what a father should be it is incumbent on us to follow that example. Also that dilemma encompasses the issues of following that example while being a mere mortal within an imperfect sphere of existence, grasping the enormity of our own imperfections and having the responsibility of raising children.

My father, the man who is my dad might understand this and he might have some thought about this dilemma but in reality it really doesn’t matter if he does or not because it’s not his responsibility, it is mine. It is my perspective, my thoughts that have coalesced toward this conclusion. It is up to me to bridge the gap between what I know, what I believe and how to put it all into practice.

In other words, the continuum that is this life and the life beyond is one eternal round with God, our Father in Heaven at its core. All things revolve around Him and his glorified plan of happiness. Central to that plan is the success of the family, with the idea that a family is made from two loving parents who raise their children with a desire to respect their parents, both sets of parents., heavenly and earthly alike.

That respect must be learned and understood at an individual level. Parents and children must learn the concept that respect can only truly exist when it is equally applied. Fatherhood is not just a sociological necessity based on biological needs for existence. Being a father is a mandatory step toward learning the lessons laid out by our Father in Heaven so that we may learn how to become like Him.

Like most fathers, we dream about the success of our children and structure our lives around what they need to accomplish greater things, more important things than what we accomplished. Regardless of our inadequacies, our mistakes and our own personal problems those dreams never really fade.

I have learned that despite who my father is, that despite what I might think, feel or perceive, he did try. He did sacrifice and did provide for me and for that I am eternally grateful. Not all fathers, in fact very few of all fathers are prepared to be fathers when fathering is needed. Being a father is by definition a time to learn, a time to experience and a time to teach, love, support and cherish those sacrifices, those inconveniences and those life changing challenges that inherently infuse those Godlike attributes that are needed to become more like our Father, who just happens to be in Heaven.

Thank you Father, thank you Dad, thank you for your patients and love and devotion, thank you for learning and accepting,thank you for your lessons and challenges and thank you for being in my life in such a way that I have started to understand what being a father really means, maybe now I can be a better father myself.

Gender Gyrations

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Image result for gender identity cartoonThe youth or the Ute’s, as colloquolized by Vinnie in the movie, My cousin Vinnie, have always had issues with identity. And in like manner I have issues with using words that are not real words but in some regard continue to get my point across. (I doubt colloquolized is a word but it sounded great and refers to the use of a word or phrase that is not within the standard vernacular but is understood.) I should be a word, I currently identify with that word. Are we all understanding and accepting?
Grasping the concept of identity is a profound exercise that requires reliance on a number of factors that ebb end flow throughout one’s life. And lest you think that identity issues are only for the youth, let me remind you of the term “mid-life-crisis” meaning a time of life when one starts to doubt the validity of what has been and concern over when will be.
The questions that are asked during this difficult time might include: What have I accomplished ? What will the future hold? Who am I and what am I worth? These may seem trite and out of context, especially from those who are successful, are financially stable, many who are driven to succeed and achieve but those psychological issues of identity are real and serious, not just for the older, balding, overweight, 50’s something man who just bought a new Porsche, but also for the untested teenager, the skinny, pimply faced girl or boy who is grappling with the idea of not only what they want in life but who they should be and who they are now.
Determining one’s gender is not the issue. Most can identify as either male or female but prefer to choose thinking that a choice can actually be made and a determination changing the preset sexual identity of an individual. Gender is assigned within the womb and is considered by science to be factor of genetics. Despite what you think of yourself, how you think of yourself or even dream about what you think you should be, the genetic markers that determine male or female are so ensconced that the debate should only be considered for those who are truly gender disphoric, about .003% with many of those cases being resolved without distress prior to adolescence.
Gender is not the only issue and the question of how we develop our thought processes is poignant and germane to the issue of identity, not gender but our individual identity. For example, if you wanted to dress like a woman or a man and even go through “gender reassignment surgery” you have that choice but you don’t have the choice to alter your genetic foundation. You couldn’t if you tried.
Just because you grow your hair long or cut it off, (multiple meanings, just in case you didn’t get the subtlety) or make yourself beautiful or handsome, or do whatever you want to enhance the way you’re perceived to be, it must be understood that it is only a mask, a costume (albeit in some cases very elaborate and extensive, see Bruce Jenner for example) but a costume non-the-less. Your genetic foundation is still intact and can never be altered or changed. Your either a female or a male, your x and y chromosomes will not change just because you think they aught too.
Understanding this basic concept is extremely important toward the development of self. As we attempt to alter the self into something other that what we are foundationally, we in essence destroy the self and any connection to what makes us, US. Hence a suicide rate of 41%, nearly half of all who identify as Trans-gender will attempt to take their lives as compared to 4.6% for the general population. www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/08/16/transgender-individuals-face-high-rates–suicide-attempts/31626633
The delusion of hope that by simply identifying with something will make it happen is psychologically unstable and should give us a clear path to understanding the conflicts within and the trials of living though these impossible scenarios that drive many to pursue those impossible options of unrealistic hopes and dreams that ultimately turn to nightmares and suicide.
Perhaps I simply don’t understand the depth of need to be something else without first having a realization of what currently exists. In addition to my ignorance is the profound curiosity of delving into a life, a life style or an existence without that same level of curiosity about the present life within.
In the book The man who mistook his wife for a Hat “tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; patients no longer able to recognize people and common objects; patients stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; patients whose limbs have become alien; patients who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.” Amazon synopsis.
We can scarcely comprehend the power of the mind to do amazing, often miraculous things but should we not also consider the terrible and scary aspect as well? I am overtly suggesting that those with a desire to become what cannot be should be categorized with at least a level of sympathy rather than a wholesale acceptance and agreement to a condition that only exacerbates the already tenuous issues of self identity. In addition, would our compassion toward delusional require us to accept his delusion as fact and support him in his delusion? What of his dear wife and her reality, does not that aspect of his life need to be considered in relation to the reality he fails to understand?
Gender identity has only been a known psychological condition since the early 1980’s and in its inception was found to exist within two distinct area, gender identity disorder of childhood (GIDC), and transsexualism (for adolescents and adults), both were considered abnormal at the time.
tused for political concerns, funding issues and educational misappropriations causing extreme misunderstanding , grandstanding and theatrics associated with the real issues that afflict those who struggle and fight to balance the realities of life with the psychological whirlwind within their minds. Not to mention the current fad of coming out and donning the clothing in support of this growing delusion.
The man who sees his wife as a hat is clearly delusional, he needs help. Those with Autism also need help in coping with the trials of normal life in order to have a normal life to some degree. Gender dysphoria involves a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify. www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/gender-dysphoria/what-is-gender-dysphoria
Identity may be the psychological approach to quantifying the underlying issue but that identity approach only enhances the already serious issues of foundational identity. Furthering the delusion is societies need to support that delusion by acceptance of the patients delusion as real. You want to be a woman, so be it, you want to be a man, accepted and done. You want your wife to be a hat, fine that too and on and on we go with a delusional mindset that never reaches the heart of the matter only demands that we continue telling the emperor how nice his new clothes fit while never saying, Dude, your naked, put some clothes on!
This conflict exist because there is no substantiation regarding self. The self is undefined and the role of the self is mostly non-existent or subject to interpretation. It is this interpretation where the delusional mind creates alternatives, alternatives that have been provided by a liberal mindset that allows for any interpretation, any reality to be a true reality, regardless of the evidence or logical facts associated. When there are no standards to regulate the advancement of humanity, humanity fails to progress.
Moral relativism exists today in such a profound way as to extinguish the very notion of morality. Moral people know who they are, understand their divinity and relationship to God and promote the goodness required to advance our human condition so that we as individuals may know, in a real sense who and what we are.      Please share, comment and like.

Fascist Cognition

i want to be a man andor i want a man but cant have either so im gonna hate men psychology has a term for this cognitive dissonance Bill Nye, the Science Guy, was a pseudo hero of mine, especially when I was raising my kids and during the early years of teaching.  It was amazing to me how some nerdy guy could capture the attention by being odd and weird, but he did and for that I am grateful.
He saved me hours of trying to figure out what to do and how to fill precious minutes with my school students and my own kids, so thank you, Bill Nye.

He’s not my hero now.  He has adopted the position similar to a religious zealot with his belief in science and his faith in global warming.  His position is clear and concise, you either believe like he does or you’re a denier, a heretic, a Global Warming Sinner.

Science attempts to understand the natural and the physical world through observation and experimentation, a process that has no practical end unless you can prove, without question that all of your questions, future questions, past and present have been answered.  There will no longer be a debate because there is no reason to question what is now the truth.

The position taken by Bill Nye is that Global Warming is a foregone conclusion and any further descent from the issue is akin to sacrilege or as he put it “cognitive dissonance” or in other words,  a conflict between cognitions or conflicting beliefs.  It should be mentioned here that this psychological issue does not claim to conflict with the truth but with belief.  I would also like to mention that the belief in science often has conflicting scenarios that cause scientist great concern, especially when their hypothesis has been threatened with extinction due to faulty, manufactured or just wrong information.

When there is insufficient reward there is dissonance…there is a tendency to avoid information that would create cognitive dissonance because it is incompatible with their current beliefs. Inconsistencies between our beliefs and the facts that surround us create a cognitive discord. In order to balance that discord one of four things needs to occur:
1.  Change one of the conflicting thoughts to restore your consistency.
2.  Change a behavior to restore balance.
3.  Add new thoughts, justifications or excuses to reduce the cognitive dissonance or to more effectively rationalize the behaviors and or justify the decisions to maintain the dissonance.
4.  Trivialize the inconsistencies.

Peace within is the ultimate cure for cognitive dissonance.  Psychology suggests that the 4 points above are attempts toward restoring balance or peace.  When science encounters cognitive dissonance they simply change the parameters of their experiments or alter their theory but when the common man deals with conflicts of cognition they must come back into balance through one of the four prescribed methods.  There really isn’t that much difference between the common man and the sciences when it comes to creating a balanced view of our world but add a little Global Climate Change and all the rules are thrown out the window.

Bill Nye is emphatic about the “settled science”.  Have you ever heard of a science that is settled? Mammograms was a settled science until they found that in a study of 90,000 women Mammograms did not affect the number of breast cancer incidents.  Settled to unsettled in just over 25 years.  If climate science is settled, why do its predictions keep changing?  Settled or unsettling?

Leeches were used universally years ago and are still used today for very specific cases.   But the settled science of bloodletting was considered a standard practice and was considered the order of the day, a day that lasted for over 2000 years.  If anything was considered settled one would have to include bloodletting.  That practice is almost completely abandoned now and has no place within our present day system of medicine.  Who knows what will change in the future.

Science that is settled is no longer science since science is the process of discovery through experimentation and observation.  Settled science is then an unmitigated fact with no need to experiment or observe for the purpose of discovery.  As it pertains to Global Climate change, settled science implies no need for argument or discussion, especially for those who don’t agree.  (A Pew study done in October of 2016 showed a stark contrast between what has been reported and what was recently observed.  Three-quarters of Americans have doubts about the effects of climate change due to human behavior.)

To me, that is not science but a form of fascism that would severely curtail the free speech of those who dissent from the governmental position.  The use of force to limit those voices is encouraged as is violence and abuse of those who disagree.  “Settled science” has taken up those fascist ideals and they claim they should be the only voices, the only solutions and theirs should be the only means to their ends, leaving the rest of the country to accept, willing or not.

There are numerous issues, not scientific in nature but controversial areas of belief that have galvanized this country.  Abortion, immigration, gun control, minimum wage, gender Identity, the death penalty and many others.  These issues are far from settled and still hold the country apart. Who is to say what is right or wrong? I would vote for myself to be the arbiter of what is right or wrong but that might cause even more issues than we already have.
In order to solve these issues we need to solve the most basic problem of how we feel about each other, we need to love more, care more and serve more, then and only then can we be in a position to want to help those around us despite their political views, and only then will we be able to discuss those divisive topics without the overwhelming need to end the discussion with violence…You go first and I’ll see how you do…

 

Parenting Fopaux’s

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As a responsible parent, I am prepared to do what it takes to make sure my children can do what it takes to raise their children.  And then I look at my grandchildren and wonder where I went wrong.  My kids are not parenting like I did, some are not even close, making me wonder what I did wrong.

 

My first realization came when I learned that my ability to parent is contingent on my experiences, my perceptions and my personality, all now under review by my kids who are parenting.  In other words, they will have to learn for themselves how to parent and how not to parent, just like I did.

 

There are some common grounds that should be considered, to be considered a good parent, keeping in mind that a good parent is one who… GOOD PARENTING – A DEFINITION. Good parenting happens when a person creates for a child a stable, nurturing home environment, is a positive role model, and plays a positive and active part in a child’s life. Good parents provide moral and spiritual guidance, set limits, and provide consequences for a child’s behavior.

 

Having had 10 children I am either a master at parenting or a complete and utter fool for attempting to raise 10 totally different personalities, I tend to lean toward the “fool” part but I have learned a few things along the way.

 

  1. We do too much for our kids.  They need to learn to be self-sufficient and as we can see in our society today most of us have failed miserably in this regard.  We get them up in the morning, we make their breakfast, we do their homework or make excuses for why it’s not done.  We coddle them, support them and tie them up in knots so securely that they never have any room to really grow and develop.
  2. Treating them like friends.  If you want to be friends with your kids then perhaps you need to get out more among those of your age.  We can be friendly but I fail to see the need to be friends with our kids.  Being friends implies forsaking the parenting role and replacing it with something less structured, less educational and less loving, but go ahead be friends with your kids.
  3. Not demanding that they adhere to specific behaviors while in our home.  We must remember who’s home it is.  It is not their home, it is our home, even if we are only paying rent.  Our kids are not simply visiting but they need to understand that if they want to live there they have rules to live by.  You determine the rules and the consequences, not the kids.  

 

There are many more specific areas that could be mentioned but the three above seem to encapsulate the generalities of where our generation has failed our kids.  The issue with failing is the lack of foundational learning that has in the past ensured, to some extent, the furthering of those basic, foundational skills needed to promote from one generation to the next.

 

My perspective as a teacher and a parent is that those skills have been forgotten or set aside resulting in children and adults (all our children) who do not currently possess the ability to look beyond their self-interests.  Our children (not mine, yours, mine are perfect by the way, just in case you were wondering) are selfish, disconnected, entitled, lazy and worst of all liberal in their ideals and outlook.

 

In several polls, the trend of our youth is decidedly conservative at least it is when those youth start to grow and develop.  The trend toward political acceptance is almost always more liberal until our children start to have to live on their own.  When I say on their own I don’t mean their rent is subsidized by mom or dad, they hold a job, pay their bills and in essence start to act like an adult or in other words “responsible”.

 

Look at the last election, those who voted for the democrats were between 18-39.  A dramatic shift occurs at age 40 and virtually every age group above 40 voted for Donald Trump and a more conservative model of government.  The issues, however, are not primarily about age and responsibility.  When you view the news and the disquiet of our country you soon realize that a preponderance of those who are demonstrating are also within the 18-39 age group.

 

It is also not just those who demonstrate but in how they demonstrate and tolerate that sheds light on the need for good parenting.  Unlike any time in this countries history, those who demonstrate are not doing so simply to advertise their dislike, they are actively demonstrating to quiet the opposition and stop their ability to govern.  They are acting like petulant children who have not been given that candy that they could not reach on their own and are now screaming and kicking in the store to get their way.

 

Prior “good” parenting could have resulted in a better outcome.  Establishing patterns are essential and that includes helping your kids (remember my kids are perfect) understand the consequences and the benefits of life, that means you need to impose those consequences and provide the benefits as far as you can that is.  
The bottom line is, we have to decide what kind of adults we want to have when we’re done raising our children.  We can see the results of what we’ve done, so we all know that doesn’t work.  We may have committed our society to a downward spiral of social suicide with our only hope being that age will have the effect it has always had in creating positive and responsible adults.  But with the mistakes of liberalism and the associated idea of moral relativism, our children may never grow up.

Presidents Day

Today, this morning and this afternoon into the evening is Presidents Day, or formally WashingtoImage result for presidents day cartoonsn’s Birthday.  The day was changed officially in 1971 by Richard Nixon and became Presidents Day in an attempt to create more three-day weekends corresponding with federal holidays.

 

I have mixed emotions about those changes.  In 1971 I was a sophomore in high school, not a particularly great student, I loved to ditch and go to the beach or mountains with friends.  The beach in Southern California during the winter months generally meant fewer crowds, more beach, choppy surf and most important it was a time to, just get away.  

 

The problem with the set holiday on the third Monday of February was that everyone else also had the same ideas of getting away as I did, and now had an extra day to do just that, get away.  The beaches were more crowded, the local ski resorts were packed and the amusement parks were inundated with families and friends just “getting away”.  

 

The other issues were in how this particular holiday seemed to minimize the previous holidays of President Washington and Lincoln.  Lincoln’s Birthday used to be celebrated on his birthday, February 12th. Washington is officially recognized by the holiday we refer to as Presidents day, but there is no official Presidents day within in the United States.  February 20th is officially called “Washington’s Birthday”, It’s just not celebrated on his actual birthday February 22nd.  Lincoln’s birthday has never really been an official Federal Holiday and was only celebrated at the state level with 1940 being the highest year for observance with over 20 states recognizing Lincoln’s birthday.   

 

I love my three day weekends and as I teacher I am ecstatic about the prospect of not going to school during those Uniform Monday Holiday Act days, but it does bother me that we change the past by rewriting the present.  We change our important days into days we might enjoy but it looses its meaning.  

 

Especially in schools, where we have become very adept at speaking in a politically correct manner.  We changed Christmas to Winter Break.  Easter is now Spring Break with some schools changing the dates to accommodate some other criteria rather than the Christian holiday it used to represent.  

 

We never had a Lincoln’s birthday federally, we did in California but now even that is gone.  We really don’t have a president’s day, that’s only its unofficial name.  Washington’s Birthday is still observed but only rarely does it correspond with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.  The effects of these changes have been negative, for the most part, and especially in relation to our memories of why we celebrate and to who we are celebrating.  
Youtube interviews show happy students having fun but totally unaware of what they were celebrating.  It is because of the changes in the status of these holidays or some other reason but the bottom line is, if we don’t remember why we celebrate, then there really is no reason to celebrate.  

The Logger Blogger

Image result for logging cartoonBlogging, like other forms of communication, not related to face to face exchanges, has a tendency to wither your sense of perspective.  The blogger, and in this case me, could be swayed by the very dribble I pronounce, not that, that would ever happen, but it is a possibility.  Blogging like logging requires a singleness in motivation.

Loggers see trees.   They see big trees and little trees, diseased and healthy trees. They see trees of all kinds.  But primarily they see trees that are on their list to be cut and hewn down, processed and shipped to homeowners like me, a simple blogger.

If I were a logger and not a blogger, I would enjoy the outdoors, the smell of the great pines and various hardwoods that are grown to be cut down.  I would enjoy driving and bouncing on the rudimentary logging roads that snake through the backwoods and rural areas of America.  My life would be fairly simple in that my goal each day would be to check my saw, make sure it was filled with oil, check my chain to make sure it was up to the task and start cutting.  I’m sure there is more to it than that but I am not a logger, I’m a blogger.

As a blogger, I also enjoy the outdoors but while I’m blogging I am mostly indoors, wishing I could roam the great outdoors and smell the pines and various hardwoods, but alas, there are only a few trees in my neck of the woods, actually no woods at all really only urban sprawl.  I also enjoy snaking through the back roads of Wine country (yes we have a place called Wine country) but we have no logging roads only rabbit trails and their much too small to safely drive my Mercedes.

The real differences between a blogger and a logger are,  they have the ability to thin the forest by actually cutting down those trees that need to be cut.  As a blogger I can only hope that my words cut deep into the souls of men, helping them see the errors of their ways.  Loggers are able to see the results of their work at the end of each day.  Bloggers have to judge their effectiveness by the number of comments and readers generated, with no real discernable gauge of success.

One of the past issues with logging was their willingness to clear an entire mountainside, leaving nothing behind but forgotten stumps where the trees used to be.  This process of clear cutting has been mostly replaced with select cutting, where the loggers chose select trees to cut leaving about a third of the crop (yes it is a crop) alone to continue growing.  This process takes longer, is more costly and requires more time, raising the cost of lumber but environmentally it is preferable.  It also required more thought and more planning, with less waste and better wood supposedly.  But the last time I was was at large Box store all I noticed was marginal quality for a high price.

It’s too bad we cannot select cut our politicians.  Even better perhaps would be an ability to select cut the thousands upon thousands of bureaucrats that have been in place since the Clinton years.  These career politicians are not elected but because of their ideology, they create difficulties for the politicians, who are elected and accountable.

Some would quantify these bureaucratic employees as working within a shadow government, still keenly devoted to past leaders, with no real intent to follow the admonitions of the new leader.   “President Donald Trump dismissed acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday night after she ordered government lawyers not to defend his executive order on refugees.” http://www.infowars.com/

An order that I wish to mention was 100% constitutional and legal.

Whether you agree or not, is not a consideration.  Yates was Trumps acting Attorney General and had the obligation to perform her duties or to quit, not to countermand the orders given by the President.  You may say that what she did was right and courageous but that was not a choice she should have made.  Her only choice was to quit or obey.  After quitting she could have held a press conference or done a number of things to show her displeasure but she was obligated, by virtue of her role in the government to do as she was instructed.

It would be like a logger choosing not to cut down the selected trees because he or she (don’t want to offend those that are easily offended by sexual innuendo) had recently decided to become an environmentalist and activist.  Sure he/she could easily not do as he/she was told but he/she would be fired, as Yates was because she had told her employees not to follow the rules set by her boss, the President, that is anarchy.

Merriam-Webster defines Anarchy as a:  absence of government b:  a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority c:  a utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government. (good luck on that last one)

What kind of government would we have if all our shadow leaders did as Yates did?  The impending chaos would literally destroy the rule of law.  Good or bad laws are designed for our benefit.  I am the first to admit that many of our laws are counterproductive with some that are downright destructive to economic growth, health, and free enterprise, I will also admit that there needs to be a balance between the many voices that proclaim whatever they want to proclaim.

In the old days, there used to be individual loggers, there were no bloggers, except for the tavern storytellers, spinning a yarn or two for a free drink or food.  These loggers were on their own, quietly moving into the forest and cutting a tree or two to build a house or a fence.  Logging was, mostly an individual endeavor.  As society grew so did the demand for wood and wood products and so did the need for laws for those loggers.

We need laws, not all of them, however.  We need rules and we need people who define those rules.  We need government, not all of it, however.  We need people who define that government and who can be trusted to do as they are told to do.

Whether you’re a logger or a blogger, we all live together and togetherness demands that we accept and live by certain laws.  If you don’t like the rules, you’re welcome to change them but only within the rules that have been outlined to do so.

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The Politics of War

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Politics is really nothing more than war with words.  
Carl von Clausewitz wrote a book, On War, where he said, War is the continuation of politics by other means.“  I would recommend this book but be prepared to read over 700 pages.  I have yet to finish the book, and often misplace it, on purpose.  That may be a subconscious choice to assist in my true measure of avoidance.  The topic, however, is of great interest to me, having read The Book of the Five Rings, by Miyamoto Musashi and the before mentioned The Art of War, by Sun Tzu, as well as the Prince by Machiavelli.

 

The topic of war and it’s less violent cousin, politics, has always intrigued me.  War to some can be summed up as individual duals, all taking place at the same time.  Those thoughts were from Clausewitz, helping all of us to understand the progression toward war and hopefully giving us the means to scale back our political battles, that left unchecked would result in all out war.

 

I remember a fight I had with my older brother.  It’s hard now to remember what the fight was over but I do recall it had something to do with a Frisbee.  Either I was inept at my attempts to throw the toy or my brother was totally impatient with having to move to retrieve my errant throws.  Regardless of the reasons for the war, we were fully engaged in hand to hand combat.  

 

It started with words, politics, and soon exploded into war, me the younger and more agile and my brother, stronger and the more experienced fighter.  I somehow encircled his neck with my arm and put him in a vise-like headlock.  The vise-like comment is my attempt to make me look good.  But that’s how it ended, with me squeezing his neck, not choking, I understood the difference from a few years in Judo and really did not want to “choke him out”, I wanted to subdue him and take away his desire for war.

 

Just like politics, we started with words and those words turned to violence.  Our mutual goals were to subdue the other and I just happened to be able to prevent him from subduing me, a very good thing for me.  

 

Politics is not always an individual endeavor and its consequences are often just as disruptive as war, but without the physical destruction.   War, in like measure is not always a battle among armies and does not have to be destructive.  The great, ancient Captain Sun Tzu said,  The Supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting”.  This is all well and good but the objective of war is “The ultimate military purpose of war is the destruction of the enemy’s ability to fight and will to fight”  As quoted from the United States objective on war.

 

When combined with other objectives, and I must point out that no one  agrees on what those objectives of war should be, but on reflection of why we go to war and why we send our men and women to die, that objective should be to minimize our enemies efforts to wage war against us and remove their ability to make war and sustain a war, not simply be subject to another’s desire for power and control

 

As a country, you either protect your citizens or you do not.   Many countries sidestep this decision through the treaty process, relying upon larger, more influential countries to shoulder the burden of defense.  The United States is a perfect example of providing those services to smaller, less able countries like Japan, or South Korea and many others who are dependent on the resources of the US and its military might.  

 

What would happen in the world if the US decided to not offer protection?  What would those countries enemies be able to do without the United States standing by their side?  The smaller, more vulnerable countries would be swallowed up and lost to the stronger and less scrupulous nations.  Remember the USSR? There is some controversy in how and who we protect and support and in the past poor decisions have resulted in disastrous results but the premise of protecting those who cannot is still a good one, despite those past issues.

 

There are those who maintain a view that all war is bad and all war should be avoided at all cost, never really considering the alternatives to being attacked or the need for someone to fill the role of protector for those who cannot protect themselves.  Often asked, “If not us, then who?”  Should we allow Russia or China to take its turn as the world’s police, and If we were so naive, what results would be forthcoming?

 

Then there are those who espouse a life of lawlessness, the anarchist who seem to despise all laws, only willing to live by self-imposed rules.  They fail to understand the basic principle that freedom is a result of obeying specific laws.  The absence of law and order does not equate to freedom only a society devoid of laws, subjecting all to its tyranny and subjugation, with exception of those very few who through power, intimidation and terror control all the others….NO freedom, NO choices and NO justice.

 

Society should be balanced to support the rights and privileges of all, not just those who scream the loudest or cause the most damage.  When laws are devoid of equal justice they are without justice entirely, leaving those who are not deemed equal without the protection of those laws.

 

From politics to war and from injustice to anarchy, we, our society, is at the mercy of our unwillingness to establish societal standards that demand compliance.  Not unlike managing a classroom, when a teacher fails to demand respect the class becomes unmanageable and unruly.  Lessons prepared are ineffective, students are disruptive and the consequences of poor behavior are not enforced, further supporting that poor behavior.  Learning is lost.  

 

School districts are more concerned about how everyone feels, forsaking the needed role of educators and the need to teach proper behaviors and respect to the rule of law.  Students are allowed to rule the roost, destroying the academic opportunities within many of this country’s schools.  School classes are at war with their teachers and teachers are at war with the districts.

 

As another example, President Trump has been forced to rethink his immigration ban, not because it was unconstitutional but because of the petulant outcry against that executive order, an order that was done in the past by multiple presidents to balance and protect this country.  Those demonstrators, those voices are nothing more than ill-mannered children looking to force their way, regardless of the rule of law, and in spite of the needs of the many.  For too long, like the example of the classroom, the government has failed to manage its affairs equitably and the result is inequitable behavior by large sections of our society.  

 

Who’s to blame?  Government to some degree.  Parents are also to blame,  But mostly the blame falls on the permissive society where everything is considered valid.  There are no truths, no standards, and no winners or losers.  War may be the result if politics continues to fail and the words of our politicians, most of them, continue to be nothing but self-serving, air filled fluff.  

 

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Be True….That’s all you can do.

I think it’s my age that makes me feel the way I do.  I’m not talking hormonally changed, but a deep and disturbing realization of what we are becoming and the helplessness that sits deep within my gut, telling me to beImage result for be yourself cartoon prepared.  It’s a feeling like the hand of death, as it brushes by leaving a scar of remembrance so profound and ugly that you are disfigured for life;  still alive, but burdened with a never ending memory of what is to come.

 

For just a few minutes this morning, I watched the opening scenes of the 1993 movie, Class of 61.  It is not the best movie on the civil war but it did have an impact on me as it outlined the terrible division that separated this country for what seemed like a purely selfish endeavor.  But after deeper consideration and an attempt at empathy, on my part, I realized that the struggles of the South were just as real, just as important and just as emotional as those of the North.  

 

This is not a judgment of what was right or what was wrong.  At the time and for those involved there was only right and each side, both the North and the South knew without a doubt that they were right.  You can argue, you can disagree but the Southerners who seceded did so because they believed in their cause.  Belief is perhaps the most powerful emotion, it drives men and women to live beyond their senses, it motivates armies to fight and die, it drives humanity toward lives of purity and selflessness and the opposite as well, it drove the Southern states to war.

 

There is no fact, no supposed truth, nor argument to sway those who truly believe in a particular cause, even if that cause is to disrupt the beliefs of others, there is, however, a belief in action and that belief is their conscious choice.  It motivates, it drives, it inspires and it controls the very soul and persona into action and into the Hell or Heaven of each individual mindset, leaving logic and truth eating the dust of its advances or retreat.  

 

No one really knows if we’re heading into a new civil war or what the impetus will be for that conflict, nor the severity if any such conflict materializes but we can be assured that if we do nothing to stem the tide of this growing discontent than we will be subject to the consequences of our inaction.  The North of Lincoln’s day tried and failed, but they tried and finagled, legislated, negotiated and finally determined that war was inevitable.  When the shots at Fort Sumter rang out the options for diplomacy was in the past.  The first major Battle of Bull Run was the beginning and on July 21, 1861, our nation was at war with itself.

 

The forces of today are different but their beliefs, although different than the past, still constitutes a serious threat to our national union.  This may be a war simply over rhetoric and semantics, resolving without the serious loss of life but the consequences to one side over the other will still demand a sacrifice of those beliefs.

 

I am not trying to marginalize my beliefs, my standards, nor the constitutional framework that has served us so well.  I am trying to help us all to understand that these differences are similar to the differences fought during our Civil War, with the associated risks, damage and loss of life.  When we view our beliefs, our standards and our presumptions we must also accept the reality of the other side doing the same.   

 

I may believe I am right, with the desire to fight for those beliefs but it has also been shown that the other side, whoever that is and whatever their beliefs are, they have shown a willingness to do the same.  Like all war, the perception of evil against the enemy is absolute with very little common ground.  They view us the same as we view them.

 

This does not mean we forsake our beliefs, nor acquiesce to their demands but like Sun Tzu preached  we need to understand that Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”

 

Our enemies understand this principle and attack our resolve every day, knowing that breaking that resolve is nothing more than inundating us with their words, their ideas and their threats, with a constant, never ending barrage of violence, protests, and accusations.  They understand that most of us will fall and will succumb to those negative actions, also knowing that when we fall we need not join them.  All they need from us is our unwillingness to fight, to stand our strong and simply go home.  

 

Sun Tzu also said, “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”.  Have we decided what we believe?  Do we know what we believe?  What are we fighting for and for whom are we fighting?  Another great leader, Captain Moroni, did the following:  he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole…And he called it the Title of Liberty.”

 

“This above all: to thine own self-be true

And it must follow, as the night the day

Thou canst not then be false to any man/Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!”

I think it’s my age that makes me feel the way I do.  I’m not talking hormonally changed, but a deep and disturbing realization of what we are becoming and the helplessness that sits deep within my gut, telling me to be prepared.  It’s a feeling like the hand of death, as it brushes by leaving a scar of remembrance so profound and ugly that you are disfigured for life;  still alive, but burdened with a never ending memory of what is to come.

 

For just a few minutes this morning, I watched the opening scenes of the 1993 movie, Class of 61.  It is not the best movie on the civil war but it did have an impact on me as it outlined the terrible division that separated this country for what seemed like a purely selfish endeavor.  But after deeper consideration and an attempt at empathy, on my part, I realized that the struggles of the South were just as real, just as important and just as emotional as those of the North.  

 

This is not a judgment of what was right or what was wrong.  At the time and for those involved there was only right and each side, both the North and the South knew without a doubt that they were right.  You can argue, you can disagree but the Southerners who seceded did so because they believed in their cause.  Belief is perhaps the most powerful emotion, it drives men and women to live beyond their senses, it motivates armies to fight and die, it drives humanity toward lives of purity and selflessness and the opposite as well, it drove the Southern states to war.

 

There is no fact, no supposed truth, nor argument to sway those who truly believe in a particular cause, even if that cause is to disrupt the beliefs of others, there is, however, a belief in action and that belief is their conscious choice.  It motivates, it drives, it inspires and it controls the very soul and persona into action and into the Hell or Heaven of each individual mindset, leaving logic and truth eating the dust of its advances or retreat.  

 

No one really knows if we’re heading into a new civil war or what the impetus will be for that conflict, nor the severity if any such conflict materializes but we can be assured that if we do nothing to stem the tide of this growing discontent than we will be subject to the consequences of our inaction.  The North of Lincoln’s day tried and failed, but they tried and finagled, legislated, negotiated and finally determined that war was inevitable.  When the shots at Fort Sumter rang out the options for diplomacy was in the past.  The first major Battle of Bull Run was the beginning and on July 21, 1861, our nation was at war with itself.

 

The forces of today are different but their beliefs, although different than the past, still constitutes a serious threat to our national union.  This may be a war simply over rhetoric and semantics, resolving without the serious loss of life but the consequences to one side over the other will still demand a sacrifice of those beliefs.

 

I am not trying to marginalize my beliefs, my standards, nor the constitutional framework that has served us so well.  I am trying to help us all to understand that these differences are similar to the differences fought during our Civil War, with the associated risks, damage and loss of life.  When we view our beliefs, our standards and our presumptions we must also accept the reality of the other side doing the same.   

 

I may believe I am right, with the desire to fight for those beliefs but it has also been shown that the other side, whoever that is and whatever their beliefs are, they have shown a willingness to do the same.  Like all war, the perception of evil against the enemy is absolute with very little common ground.  They view us the same as we view them.

 

This does not mean we forsake our beliefs, nor acquiesce to their demands but like Sun Tzu preached  we need to understand that Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”

 

Our enemies understand this principle and attack our resolve every day, knowing that breaking that resolve is nothing more than inundating us with their words, their ideas and their threats, with a constant, never ending barrage of violence, protests, and accusations.  They understand that most of us will fall and will succumb to those negative actions, also knowing that when we fall we need not join them.  All they need from us is our unwillingness to fight, to stand our strong and simply go home.  

 

Sun Tzu also said, “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”.  Have we decided what we believe?  Do we know what we believe?  What are we fighting for and for whom are we fighting?  Another great leader, Captain Moroni, did the following:  he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole…And he called it the Title of Liberty.”

 

“This above all: to thine own self-be true

And it must follow, as the night the day

Thou canst not then be false to any man/Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!”I think it’s my age that makes me feel the way I do.  I’m not talking hormonally changed, but a deep and disturbing realization of what we are becoming and the helplessness that sits deep within my gut, telling me to be prepared.  It’s a feeling like the hand of death, as it brushes by leaving a scar of remembrance so profound and ugly that you are disfigured for life;  still alive, but burdened with a never ending memory of what is to come.

 

For just a few minutes this morning, I watched the opening scenes of the 1993 movie, Class of 61.  It is not the best movie on the civil war but it did have an impact on me as it outlined the terrible division that separated this country for what seemed like a purely selfish endeavor.  But after deeper consideration and an attempt at empathy, on my part, I realized that the struggles of the South were just as real, just as important and just as emotional as those of the North.  

 

This is not a judgment of what was right or what was wrong.  At the time and for those involved there was only right and each side, both the North and the South knew without a doubt that they were right.  You can argue, you can disagree but the Southerners who seceded did so because they believed in their cause.  Belief is perhaps the most powerful emotion, it drives men and women to live beyond their senses, it motivates armies to fight and die, it drives humanity toward lives of purity and selflessness and the opposite as well, it drove the Southern states to war.

 

There is no fact, no supposed truth, nor argument to sway those who truly believe in a particular cause, even if that cause is to disrupt the beliefs of others, there is, however, a belief in action and that belief is their conscious choice.  It motivates, it drives, it inspires and it controls the very soul and persona into action and into the Hell or Heaven of each individual mindset, leaving logic and truth eating the dust of its advances or retreat.  

 

No one really knows if we’re heading into a new civil war or what the impetus will be for that conflict, nor the severity if any such conflict materializes but we can be assured that if we do nothing to stem the tide of this growing discontent than we will be subject to the consequences of our inaction.  The North of Lincoln’s day tried and failed, but they tried and finagled, legislated, negotiated and finally determined that war was inevitable.  When the shots at Fort Sumter rang out the options for diplomacy was in the past.  The first major Battle of Bull Run was the beginning and on July 21, 1861, our nation was at war with itself.

 

The forces of today are different but their beliefs, although different than the past, still constitutes a serious threat to our national union.  This may be a war simply over rhetoric and semantics, resolving without the serious loss of life but the consequences to one side over the other will still demand a sacrifice of those beliefs.

 

I am not trying to marginalize my beliefs, my standards, nor the constitutional framework that has served us so well.  I am trying to help us all to understand that these differences are similar to the differences fought during our Civil War, with the associated risks, damage and loss of life.  When we view our beliefs, our standards and our presumptions we must also accept the reality of the other side doing the same.   

 

I may believe I am right, with the desire to fight for those beliefs but it has also been shown that the other side, whoever that is and whatever their beliefs are, they have shown a willingness to do the same.  Like all war, the perception of evil against the enemy is absolute with very little common ground.  They view us the same as we view them.

 

This does not mean we forsake our beliefs, nor acquiesce to their demands but like Sun Tzu preached  we need to understand that Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”

 

Our enemies understand this principle and attack our resolve every day, knowing that breaking that resolve is nothing more than inundating us with their words, their ideas and their threats, with a constant, never ending barrage of violence, protests, and accusations.  They understand that most of us will fall and will succumb to those negative actions, also knowing that when we fall we need not join them.  All they need from us is our unwillingness to fight, to stand our strong and simply go home.  

 

Sun Tzu also said, “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”.  Have we decided what we believe?  Do we know what we believe?  What are we fighting for and for whom are we fighting?  Another great leader, Captain Moroni, did the following:  he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole…And he called it the Title of Liberty.”

 

“This above all: to thine own self-be true

And it must follow, as the night the day

Thou canst not then be false to any man/Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!”

The Ride of a Lifetime

Image result for bike ride through life cartoonWe are at a crossroads.  We are at a serious divide in our Humanity.  We are at the precipice between goodness and hatred.  This separation is real and is not simply my imagination.  The entire world is splitting apart, with very little variation in between the fractured separation.  Light and dark, up or down, cold or hot, rich or poor, the good vs the evil.  

 

We have the anarchist, the progressives, the liberals, we have the conservatives, the law abiding and the constitutionalist all vying for power, and all vying for control, neither it seems able to reach the other sides with any sustainable progress or understanding. Based on current world demonstrations and similar events in the US one would think that the entire world has gone insane.


There is hope as I have recently discovered.  Yesterday morning I went with my family to the beach in Oceanside California.  It was a beautiful clear day.  The temperature hovered around a perfect 71 degrees with a slight breeze coming from the ocean.  


We rented four bikes to ride over the San Luis Rey Trail, for me and my age, it was a perfect outing.  As we slowly rode our beach cruisers over this picturesque trail we passed many others doing exactly the same.  I didn’t take the opportunity to talk to many, and most were more concerned with their individual fitness goals to even look our way but in the process of riding we passed others that were riding, never concerning ourselves with the politics of the day.  


I have no idea who was a Trump supporter or who was not, who among them were Democrats or Republicans.  There were many with high end, expensive bikes and many with marginal rides, like the ones we rented.  There were those who were obviously struggling financially, using the bike trail and their own bikes as their sole means of transportation, leading me to believe (without evidence) that our commonality was based on our desire to use that pathway.


Along the path we passed a small airport that was shuttling jumpers that were descended in horrifying speed to a final stalled and spectacular landing.  We road passed the flowing San Luis Rey River with it’s protected green area filled with trees and birds of all kinds.   But it wasn’t the beauty of the area, it was the people, we were all engaged, preoccupied and moving toward a destination.  Our goals were different, our purposes different and our outcomes were different but in the process we all agreed.


We may not have known that we agreed or even considered there was an issue but as we rode  our little bikes and enjoyed the area we were actually one; leading me to the conclusion that their is a way to work together, evan under the most extreme conditions.  


There were no riots, no altercations, even when there was cause.  My daughter had an accident while riding, she crossed the line into the path of oncoming bike traffic and collided with another rider.  I stopped, the other father stopped, I apologized, my daughter held back her tears, the young man she collided with was mostly unhurt and we all went our way.  NO riot, NO name calling, NO blame, just understanding and a bit of compassion over the incident.


I know this is a simplistic look at what life could be, but it is what life could be if we all realize our commonality and our desire for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Even though those words are ensconced in our Constitution’s Preamble they are a universal promise to all and a guide to all that when we work together we can truly accomplish great things.  


I also know that there are times when people must rise up to rebalance the imbalance imposed by governments and leaders but in that process, We the People should never forget, We Are the People and it is We who should work together by finding our commonality and strength.  It is ours to mold and either strengthen or destroy.  
Outside forces, manipulate our life’s journey and disrupt our ability to enjoy our ride, with our families. We the People should never be saddled with a pre-ponderous levels of external manipulation, nor an over abundance of internal emotions, like hate, or anger that disrupt our ability to see and think clearly.  We are the People, let’s act like it and regain our lives, our freedoms and our liberties.