Migrain Migration…

Image result for immigration cartoonThere is a statistic that is undeniable:  As reported from the Migrations policy institute the percent of immigrants now residing in the US has stayed consistent.  Even though the numbers of immigrants have risen sharply in recent years the percent of the immigrant population in the US has remained around 12%.

 

Regardless of your personal opinion regarding immigration the United States has been able to sustain a fairly consistent balance of those immigrating and those naturally born.  From a high in 1890 of 14.8% to the low in 1970 of 4.7 the range of immigrants allowed overall has never exceeded 15%.   Even today with all the demonstrations and all the arguments, the controversy over a “ban” or “pause” the total numbers of immigrants still fall within the National norm of past performance.  


The politics surrounding these demonstrations and the rhetoric of abuse is simply untrue and uncalled for.  Past Presidents have done similar and more extensive and exclusive bans brought on by past political pressures, societal concerns and economic needs:


  • May 6th, 1882, Chester A Arthur banned the Chinese to protect American workers.


  • WWII, 1939, Franklin Roosevelt bans Jewish immigration from Germany and reduces the total immigration of German Jews to 26,000 a year.  This ban resulted in approximately 200 Jews being put to death as a result of their forced return.
  • March 3, 1903, The Anarchist Exclusion Act banned anarchists and others deemed to be political extremists from entering the US.  This act was set into motion by the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901.
  • August 23, 1950, The communist ban.
  • April 7, 1980, President Jimmy Carter bans all Iranians from immigrating to the US.
  • 1987, Ronald Reagan, through the Senator Jesse Helms amendment, ban’s AIDS victims from immigrating to the US.

There are more examples of immigration bans instituted by virtually every president including Obama, both Bushes, and Clinton but for some reason when Trump does what others did he is a racist, a bigot and the worst human rights violator since Mao Zedong who killed more people than Hitler and Stalin combined.  


I can understand the need for hyperbole when trying to make a salient point but when there is no basis in fact then that hyperbole is simply a biased exaggeration and a complete lie in all regards.  What troubles me the most is the lengths the left will go to demean and discredit without regard to the obvious facts in evidence.  


The recent arguments regarding “fake news”  have to some been an eye-opening revelation about the nature of our “free and open press”, helping millions find their voice in the muddy river of lies and untruths.  These forgotten voters rose up and voted, giving Trump the nod of acceptance.  But now that same press that vilifies and marginalizes instead of simple reporting is fighting back, attempting to regain their position as the singular purveyors of this information age.


Similar in some regards to the quote by Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto regarding the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” Those forgotten Americans have risen to the challenge of their own Pearl Harbor and cannot be silenced, diverted nor marginalized by those who refuse to listen to reason, accept the truth and forsake their attempts to reshape America into something un-American.
Since when is it alright to resort to hateful demonstrations to further a cause of peace?  The answer is never if peace is the goal.  Those that hate will utilize hate and anger in their actions, their speech, and their writings, they’re easy to spot.  Gandhi proved that peaceful demonstrations could cripple an empire.  Demonstrate peacefully, keep your rhetoric civil, stop rioting and maybe someone will start to listen.

A rule of law, not lawless rule.

Image result for constitution cartoonI hate to be the one to wail on a dead horse (keeping in mind that I love horses and would never really beat a dead horse, or a live one for that matter) but the subject of this idiom is particularly germane to the topic of the current childish but disruptive antics of the democrats.  Like a child who was told “No”, with the result of a childish tantrum of screaming, kicking and endless crying and tears.

 

It must be acknowledged that in the past, the democrat’s stubborn antics did result in some changes but it must also be understood that the fictional parents of that child were weak and ill prepared for the tantrum that ensued.  Today there is a guy named Trump who really doesn’t care what others think and who is more than willing to let the child scream, kick and cry to its heart’s content.


This country has gone from one extreme to the other.  For eight years conservatives have had to deal with Obama who was bent on fundamentally transforming the United States of America”.  The conservatives did not demonstrate, en mass did not speak of bombing or killing or in any other inappropriate manner to suggest anything close to what the democrats are doing now with President Donald Trump.  The democrats were upset after eight years of Bush, in some ways so was I, but the tale of how we deal with the opposition tells more about us, it does about them and in this case, their story is well known and disturbing.  


The demonstrations and the sit-ins, the airport blockages and the freeway stoppages nothing will effect what Trump is planning and nothing it seems will sway his mind away from what he believes is right.  I get the distinct impression that Donald Trump doesn’t care if he is electable in four years or not, he knows he is president now.   His agenda is set, his plans are made and his process is decided.  So the bottom line is no matter what the democrats do Trump knows he has the power now to do what he has to do.


No one knows how long the republicans will continue to toe the line and allow him carte blanche, but for now (it has only been a week for heaven’s sake) he has the reigns and he will continue to do what he wants to do.  There will most likely be a time in the near future that causes Trump some concern, a time when the republicans lose their resolve and buckle under the constant media pressure and call for change, but I doubt Trump will be swayed.  If anything it will be the general republican house and senate that will shy away and blink, more afraid of what those mealy-mouthed media monsters will say or do than remembering what is important for America.  


Case in point:  When Trump nominated Judge Neil M. Gorsuch he chose a sitting federal appeals court justice to take the vacated seat of Antonin Scalia.  When Judge Gorsuch was originally confirmed it was done so unanimously.  This time around the flying excrement is already in the air.  The special interest groups have already poised themselves to defy the nomination on grounds Judge Gorsuch is unqualified and I’m sure there will be much more, and more extreme allegations that come to light from the depth of depravity that is the current democratic party machine.  Judge Gorsuch is eminently qualified, but qualifications are not the point.  It’s getting their way and crying and screaming, complaining and whining until they do.


This nomination was supposed to belong to Hillary, or at least to Obama but the republicans were able to stall the process, as is their right and privilege, the democrats would and have done the exact same thing, remember it’s politics and whatever a party can do to advance their party, they will do.  This process now falls squarely on the shoulders of Donald Trump and it is his privilege and right to do so.


The issue, however, is not when the nomination should have happened but to what lengths the other party will go to derail the process.  Hence the demonstrations, the near riots, and the speeches from famous but ill-informed starlets like Madonna and others.  


Childish? Of course, effective? Wait and see.  We have had demonstrations about women’s rights, abortion included, immigration and now we will have demonstrations about the new Justice nominee.  What’s interesting though is the rancor and incivility of these demonstrators, the rancor of their words (Madonna threatened to blow up the white house.  She stated it was a metaphorical statement but it was a threat at some level directed at Donald Trump) to their riotous actions, they are acting like spoiled children, finally being told to be quiet, sit still and behave, let the grown up talk a while.  


I personally applaud Trump for his actions, his resolve, and his message and look forward to more of the same.  As for the rioters, the demonstrators, the instigators the hate speakers, let them vent, let them scream, let them show the nation who they really are.  We may be headed to a stark divide and the results of that divide may shear our nation in two but for me, I would rather be divided than to have to be ruled by them, and by their policies and rules.


What ever happened to civil discussions and friendly disagreements?  Both sides are at fault but the majority of unrest is squarely in the camp of the liberals.  It is obvious that the conservatives and the liberals will never really agree but what happened to agree to not agree and still being able to sit down and have a friendly conversation?  Have we really digressed to the point of civil unrest?  Have we forsaken the common ground that brings us together?  Is one opinion really that much different that there is no common ground and the only way to solve the issues is through physicality, are we not better than the animals who vie for territory, knowing no other way than to fight for what they think is theirs?  


If we are to be divided, we are already divided philosophically, then let us prepare for that eventuality by upholding the law, the constitution, and our own morality.  We know what’s right, we live by what’s right and good.  The liberals only pretend and facilitate, never really settling on a morality, never accepting the truth.  The truth is a variable construct of a situational criteria that is ever changing and ever evolving.  Theirs is a life of relativism and constant change, a change that is suited to how they feel in relation to what they need and want, never considering the standards that brought this great land it’s freedoms and inalienable rights.   


In order to survive as a nation, we need to work together, not just demand that others be what we want them to be.  The problem with this vaulted sense of existence is the demands that a specific set of beliefs has on those who do not share those beliefs.
We are god loving, family proud. We are a Nation that believes in our goodness and charity and we are willing to die for those blessing.  If that is not what you believe then this Constitution is not for you, this land is not for you because it is ruled by a consistent, pre-set rule of law.  Our founders understood the importance of continuity and may not have included all eventualities but the foundation for most of those disagreements are covered and the process for resolving those conflicts and are enumerated in the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution.  It’s time we all got back to following those inspired men and the government for the people, and by the people.

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Draining the Swamp

Drain the swamp

Image result for bureaucracy cartoonWhen we transition from one president to another, year after year, with little or no significant change in the overall processes of government one has to conclude that the issues of that government are so entrenched and substantial that no change will be forthcoming.  As it is with most governments, the ability to effect change is primarily in the hands of those that fight against change and progress, making any moves toward reform virtually impossible without a clear understanding of the bureaucracy that controls the inner workings of government.

 

“Bureaucracy was borrowed from the French bureaucratie, which itself was formed by combining bureau (“desk”) and –cratie (a suffix denoting a kind of government). The English word can refer to an entire body of unelected government officials or to the problematic system that may result from administration by bureaucrats. From its earliest appearances, bureaucracy has carried a distinctly negative connotation. An 1815 London Times Article, for example, declares: “. . . it is in this bureaucracy, Gentlemen, that you will find the invisible and mischievous power which thwarts the most noble views, and prevents or weakens the effect of all the salutary reforms which France is incessantly calling for.”  Webster’s online dictionary.


Our government is embedded and entrenched with personnel committed to nothing but their own employment longevity.  These bureaucrats may have a substantial political agenda but even more important is their inability to act judiciously and for the good of those they serve.  One good example is the growth of supporting the government and the effects that growth has had on the surrounding counties, elevating those counties to some of the most affluent in the country.


As in almost every case and in almost every government the areas of power are more affluent than the rest of the country suggesting that those who are in power take some advantage of that power for self-indulgent behavior and profit, forsaking their fiduciary responsibilities for their own personal gain and influence.  Even with this level of corruption, the real cost to governments is not with those elected nor their profiteering but with the thousands and thousands of employees that manipulate the system for their own benefit.  


Each government employee, however, mindful of their position and responsibility has the potential of creating a long-term debt for those who pay their salaries.  The redundancy of government is astounding and that duplication of effort is perhaps the culprit for the massive debt shouldered by the unsuspecting citizens of that government.


We all know that we need people to do the work required by a government, just like we all know we need to be taxed to some extent to support the basic needs that governments promise to provide.  To the more liberal, a government is the answer to all things and a more centralized system brings them a sense of security.  They, however, fail to see the long-term effects of those decisions and the overall effect of the higher taxes required to sustain their employment.  


Through increased regulation, enhanced oversight, more paperwork bureaucracy is “A system of administration distinguished by its (1) clear hierarchy of authority, (2) rigid division of labor, (3) written and inflexible rules, regulations, and procedures, and (4) impersonal relationships. Once instituted, bureaucracies are difficult to dislodge or change.”  www.businessdictionary.com


The larger a government gets the more bureaucracy is implanted.  Those that are elected have forsaken the value of work in general, moving instead toward the process of hiring others to do what they could easily do, increasing the level of bureaucracy and their dependence on those that work for them.  The problem with not working and having others do what should be done contributes to the level of convolution in regards to those who want to keep their jobs long after any elected leader is long gone.  Bureaucracy is, in essence, the process undertaken to create those policies and rules that only serve those who are not elected, for the express purpose of job security.  


When Trump says to “drain the swamp” he is in part referring to the cesspool that is entrenched and ever present around the halls of our government.  I have to think that he understands the need to limit the bureaucratic influences, including the lobbyist, influence peddlers and other like-minded persuaders bent on swaying others toward their way of thinking, usually motivated by monetary gain.  


Curbing bureaucratic influences and lobbying efforts (as presently constituted and allowed) will take an enormous amount of effort and cooperation with those who have bought into the illicit and damaging process of bureaucracy.  The transition away from a bureaucratic process will be a monumental task that will not only require patients but a resolve bordering on the fanatical in order to overcome the deep entrenchment that is always the case with established and non-elected personnel.  
Trump may want to drain the swamp but when you do the resulting smell and stench will revolt the majority and motivate them toward refilling the area with the same brackish water with no progress, no benefits and no way to resolve the ongoing issues.  If Trump fails or fails to try so goes his presidency and any hope of THAT GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE …for it SHALL …. PERISH FROM THE EARTH.  Abraham Lincoln

we transition from one president to another, year after year, with little or no significant change in the overall processes of government one has to conclude that the issues of that government are so entrenched and substantial that no change will be forthcoming.  As it is with most governments, the ability to effect change is primarily in the hands of those that fight against change and progress, making any moves toward reform virtually impossible without a clear understanding of the bureaucracy that controls the inner workings of government.

 

“Bureaucracy was borrowed from the French bureaucratie, which itself was formed by combining bureau (“desk”) and –cratie (a suffix denoting a kind of government). The English word can refer to an entire body of unelected government officials or to the problematic system that may result from administration by bureaucrats. From its earliest appearances, bureaucracy has carried a distinctly negative connotation. An 1815 London Times Article, for example, declares: “. . . it is in this bureaucracy, Gentlemen, that you will find the invisible and mischievous power which thwarts the most noble views, and prevents or weakens the effect of all the salutary reforms which France is incessantly calling for.”  Webster’s online dictionary.


Our government is embedded and entrenched with personnel committed to nothing but their own employment longevity.  These bureaucrats may have a substantial political agenda but even more important is their inability to act judiciously and for the good of those they serve.  One good example is the growth of supporting the government and the effects that growth has had on the surrounding counties, elevating those counties to some of the most affluent in the country.


As in almost every case and in almost every government the areas of power are more affluent than the rest of the country suggesting that those who are in power take some advantage of that power for self-indulgent behavior and profit, forsaking their fiduciary responsibilities for their own personal gain and influence.  Even with this level of corruption, the real cost to governments is not with those elected nor their profiteering but with the thousands and thousands of employees that manipulate the system for their own benefit.  


Each government employee, however, mindful of their position and responsibility has the potential of creating a long-term debt for those who pay their salaries.  The redundancy of government is astounding and that duplication of effort is perhaps the culprit for the massive debt shouldered by the unsuspecting citizens of that government.


We all know that we need people to do the work required by a government, just like we all know we need to be taxed to some extent to support the basic needs that governments promise to provide.  To the more liberal, a government is the answer to all things and a more centralized system brings them a sense of security.  They, however, fail to see the long-term effects of those decisions and the overall effect of the higher taxes required to sustain their employment.  


Through increased regulation, enhanced oversight, more paperwork bureaucracy is “A system of administration distinguished by its (1) clear hierarchy of authority, (2) rigid division of labor, (3) written and inflexible rules, regulations, and procedures, and (4) impersonal relationships. Once instituted, bureaucracies are difficult to dislodge or change.”  www.businessdictionary.com


The larger a government gets the more bureaucracy is implanted.  Those that are elected have forsaken the value of work in general, moving instead toward the process of hiring others to do what they could easily do, increasing the level of bureaucracy and their dependence on those that work for them.  The problem with not working and having others do what should be done contributes to the level of convolution in regards to those who want to keep their jobs long after any elected leader is long gone.  Bureaucracy is, in essence, the process undertaken to create those policies and rules that only serve those who are not elected, for the express purpose of job security.  


When Trump says to “drain the swamp” he is in part referring to the cesspool that is entrenched and ever present around the halls of our government.  I have to think that he understands the need to limit the bureaucratic influences, including the lobbyist, influence peddlers and other like-minded persuaders bent on swaying others toward their way of thinking, usually motivated by monetary gain.  


Curbing bureaucratic influences and lobbying efforts (as presently constituted and allowed) will take an enormous amount of effort and cooperation with those who have bought into the illicit and damaging process of bureaucracy.  The transition away from a bureaucratic process will be a monumental task that will not only require patients but a resolve bordering on the fanatical in order to overcome the deep entrenchment that is always the case with established and non-elected personnel.  
Trump may want to drain the swamp but when you do the resulting smell and stench will revolt the majority and motivate them toward refilling the area with the same brackish water with no progress, no benefits and no way to resolve the ongoing issues.  If Trump fails or fails to try so goes his presidency and any hope of THAT GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE …for it SHALL …. PERISH FROM THE EARTH.  Abraham Lincoln

When we transition from one president to another, year after year, with little or no significant change in the overall processes of government one has to conclude that the issues of that government are so entrenched and substantial that no change will be forthcoming.  As it is with most governments, the ability to effect change is primarily in the hands of those that fight against change and progress, making any moves toward reform virtually impossible without a clear understanding of the bureaucracy that controls the inner workings of government.

 

“Bureaucracy was borrowed from the French bureaucratie, which itself was formed by combining bureau (“desk”) and –cratie (a suffix denoting a kind of government). The English word can refer to an entire body of unelected government officials or to the problematic system that may result from administration by bureaucrats. From its earliest appearances, bureaucracy has carried a distinctly negative connotation. An 1815 London Times Article, for example, declares: “. . . it is in this bureaucracy, Gentlemen, that you will find the invisible and mischievous power which thwarts the most noble views, and prevents or weakens the effect of all the salutary reforms which France is incessantly calling for.”  Webster’s online dictionary.


Our government is embedded and entrenched with personnel committed to nothing but their own employment longevity.  These bureaucrats may have a substantial political agenda but even more important is their inability to act judiciously and for the good of those they serve.  One good example is the growth of supporting the government and the effects that growth has had on the surrounding counties, elevating those counties to some of the most affluent in the country.


As in almost every case and in almost every government the areas of power are more affluent than the rest of the country suggesting that those who are in power take some advantage of that power for self-indulgent behavior and profit, forsaking their fiduciary responsibilities for their own personal gain and influence.  Even with this level of corruption, the real cost to governments is not with those elected nor their profiteering but with the thousands and thousands of employees that manipulate the system for their own benefit.  


Each government employee, however, mindful of their position and responsibility has the potential of creating a long-term debt for those who pay their salaries.  The redundancy of government is astounding and that duplication of effort is perhaps the culprit for the massive debt shouldered by the unsuspecting citizens of that government.


We all know that we need people to do the work required by a government, just like we all know we need to be taxed to some extent to support the basic needs that governments promise to provide.  To the more liberal, a government is the answer to all things and a more centralized system brings them a sense of security.  They, however, fail to see the long-term effects of those decisions and the overall effect of the higher taxes required to sustain their employment.  


Through increased regulation, enhanced oversight, more paperwork bureaucracy is “A system of administration distinguished by its (1) clear hierarchy of authority, (2) rigid division of labor, (3) written and inflexible rules, regulations, and procedures, and (4) impersonal relationships. Once instituted, bureaucracies are difficult to dislodge or change.”  www.businessdictionary.com


The larger a government gets the more bureaucracy is implanted.  Those that are elected have forsaken the value of work in general, moving instead toward the process of hiring others to do what they could easily do, increasing the level of bureaucracy and their dependence on those that work for them.  The problem with not working and having others do what should be done contributes to the level of convolution in regards to those who want to keep their jobs long after any elected leader is long gone.  Bureaucracy is, in essence, the process undertaken to create those policies and rules that only serve those who are not elected, for the express purpose of job security.  


When Trump says to “drain the swamp” he is in part referring to the cesspool that is entrenched and ever present around the halls of our government.  I have to think that he understands the need to limit the bureaucratic influences, including the lobbyist, influence peddlers and other like-minded persuaders bent on swaying others toward their way of thinking, usually motivated by monetary gain.  


Curbing bureaucratic influences and lobbying efforts (as presently constituted and allowed) will take an enormous amount of effort and cooperation with those who have bought into the illicit and damaging process of bureaucracy.  The transition away from a bureaucratic process will be a monumental task that will not only require patients but a resolve bordering on the fanatical in order to overcome the deep entrenchment that is always the case with established and non-elected personnel.  
Trump may want to drain the swamp but when you do the resulting smell and stench will revolt the majority and motivate them toward refilling the area with the same brackish water with no progress, no benefits and no way to resolve the ongoing issues.  If Trump fails or fails to try so goes his presidency and any hope of THAT GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE …for it SHALL …. PERISH FROM THE EARTH.  Abraham Lincoln

Taking my ball and going home

Take your ball and go home.

I don’t reImage result for take the ball home cartoonmember how old, or in this case how young I was but I know I was in grade school, probably 4th or 5th grade.  It was summer and a group of us were playing football on my front lawn. Full exclosure here ….I grew up wealthy…far from it now,  my front lawn covered about a ¼ acre, plenty of room to play a football scrimmage between good friends with plenty of room for the hail mary passes that we enjoyed but very seldom caught. Continue reading

Leadership Wars

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Regardless how I might feel about what the democrats are attempting to do to Donald Trump it is my opinion that they have every right to act as poorly as they seem to desire.  The oneness of this presidency and the last election is squarely on the shoulders of those who won and any suggestion that the other parties need to capitulate are incorrect and irresponsible.

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Despite the hard one battle, winning requires a continued process of leadership in order to sustain the past victory.  Just because the Republicans won the election does not give them the privilege of owning the hearts and minds of those they defeated, that process takes a different kind of battle, a different kind of strategy in order to garner the support of all the voters.

Trump it seems has made moves toward inclusion but the hateful and spiteful rhetoric of the losing side makes any simple acts of contrition an almost impossible scenario.  The hate that exists and the associated discord that separates the republicans and the democrats is palatable.  The energy spent over advancing the opinions of one side or the other is far beyond the norm of any past elections cycle.  But the rights of those who do not agree are still viable and important to acknowledge.

Perhaps it would be helpful if both sides agreed to a certain level of decorum to allow the new guy to at least get his feet wet and have the time to adjust to the new environment but that would have to be an agreement between the parties of the two opposing sides.  It has been that way but it is not that way any longer, making the leadership of everyone that much harder to accomplish but not impossible.

Donald Trump can either decide to govern only those who wished him well like Obama did, or he can lead the entire country.  Making this statement is only that, a statement of what might be but it can never determine the process of the events that will be needed to establish his leadership for those who do not like him, that will require serious leadership skills and the ability to negotiate without compromising his base of support.  Obama had the same opportunity toward total reconciliation but failed to lead in such a manner that those who did not like his policies wanted to accept him as their leader.

Because of his separation from politics, Donald Trump may, in fact, be the best guy for the job.  His unique position, being the only person to be elected president without having held a political office, makes him eminently qualified to step into the shoes that so many desperately want in an effective leader.  He is in the right place at the right time but will he be able to lead in such a manner as to change the minds of those who despise and constantly vilify him?

In order for Donald Trump to accomplish the extraordinary, he will most likely have to create a “public need” when recognized will demonstrate to the people the need for some unification.  Similar to 9/11 Bush was able to bridge the massive gap of political discord against the obvious threat to America.  For a short time the country was unified and for a short time, Americans worked together.

Change has to come, whether from without or from within. Trump, if he is concerned with the unity of America will have to develop those feelings through marketing, accomplishments or rely upon the outside influences like 9/11 with the understanding that whatever he does will be short lived and risky.  There is a societal benefit to a country when they have to collectively face a threat.  But as we have seen those benefits are often too short and volatile to count on as a means of unification.

This country needs a new voice and purpose, it needs an identity that will encompass the inner desires of its citizens, words that we speak in common and actions that cement those actions into a national pride, feelings and devotions so deep that all can follow, all can understand.  This country needs this healing.

As we are, we are fractured and ripe for destruction.  Like all societies there comes a time of discord that emanates deep within and slowly but inexorably destroys that society, tearing apart the very fabric and moral fiber that before was the cement that kept it together.  We have reached that point of discord and we can either face the inevitable challenges and decide to work together to mend our issues for the purpose of establishing a new paradigm of cooperation or we can continue to fight each other and die in the process.  The issue, however, is who is willing to give that the whole can survive?

I can see the day when this country has no choice but to engage in a civil war for the purpose of resetting the moral standards that we will all have to live by, my hope, beyond not having a civil war is that the clear and wise thinkers prevail of which I am one, at least I think I am.

The intolerable nature of a civil war is the result of two parties so disagreeable that all attempts at reconciliation have failed and have failed to such a degree that both parties have no alternative but that of war.  If left unchecked are political relations will bring us to war.  Our societal gaps have already caused some to fight back and our moral issues have made the morality of some inconsequential and meaningless.  How far will you go to rectify your own moral standards?  Civil War?

These current events may not cause a war anytime soon but the markers are there and the course we’re on makes war an inevitability unless something changes we are on that path.  That change, at least for now is Donald Trump and at least for those who support him.  For the other side, I can see their position as well.  Donald Trump to them is nothing more than the anti-Christ, even for those who have no stated beliefs, Donald Trump is their antithesis, their monster and their reason to fight.

My dilemma:

My morals are unsaleable, my practices of those morals need some help but the foundational principles of what I believe is good and wholesome and I am benefited by living by those moral principles.

The morals of others seem to be ever changing and fluid, letting them do as they please when they please and for how long they please creating a vacuum of morality.  Either they have to change or I do and I can say that I will never change my morality, I have morality.

Milton Freeman outlined the three basic functions of government:

“Government has three primary functions. It should provide for military defense of the nation. It should enforce contracts between individuals. It should protect citizens from crimes against themselves or their property. When government– in pursuit of good intentions tries to rearrange the economy, legislate morality, or help special interests, the cost come in inefficiency, lack of motivation, and loss of freedom. Government should be a referee, not an active player.”  

If we consider the constitution our foundational principles of government than perhaps we should rely on its words to solve the issues of discord that currently infest this country.  The constitution is our morality and our freedom and we should stand with those written words as we attempt to salvage what we had and could have again.  In the meantime, the fight will get bloody and our friends may die but the end result is our continued freedom and right to choose….That is worth fighting for.

The Need for good leaders

Leadership skills….

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Regardless how I might feel about what the democrats are attempting to do to Donald Trump it is my opinion that they have every right to act as poorly as they seem to desire.  The oneness of this presidency and the last election is squarely on the shoulders of those who won and any suggestion that the other parties need to capitulate are incorrect and irresponsible.

Despite the hard one battle, winning requires a continued process of leadership in order to sustain the past victory.  Just because the Republicans won the election does not give them the privilege of owning the hearts and minds of those they defeated, that process takes a different kind of battle, a different kind of strategy in order to garner the support of all the voters.

Trump it seems has made moves toward inclusion but the hateful and spiteful rhetoric of the losing side makes any simple acts of contrition an almost impossible scenario.  The hate that exists and the associated discord that separates the republicans and the democrats is palatable.  The energy spent over advancing the opinions of one side or the other is far beyond the norm of any past elections cycle.  But the rights of those who do not agree are still viable and important to acknowledge.

Perhaps it would be helpful if both sides agreed to a certain level of decorum to allow the new guy to at least get his feet wet and have the time to adjust to the new environment but that would have to be an agreement between the parties of the two opposing sides.  It has been that way but it is not that way any longer, making the leadership of everyone that much harder to accomplish but not impossible.

Donald Trump can either decide to govern only those who wished him well like Obama did, or he can lead the entire country.  Making this statement is only that, a statement of what might be but it can never determine the process of the events that will be needed to establish his leadership for those who do not like him, that will require serious leadership skills and the ability to negotiate without compromising his base of support.  Obama had the same opportunity toward total reconciliation but failed to lead in such a manner that those who did not like his policies wanted to accept him as their leader.

Because of his separation from politics, Donald Trump may, in fact, be the best guy for the job.  His unique position, being the only person to be elected president without having held a political office, makes him eminently qualified to step into the shoes that so many desperately want in an effective leader.  He is in the right place at the right time but will he be able to lead in such a manner as to change the minds of those who despise and constantly vilify him?

In order for Donald Trump to accomplish the extraordinary, he will most likely have to create a “public need” when recognized will demonstrate to the people the need for some unification.  Similar to 9/11 Bush was able to bridge the massive gap of political discord against the obvious threat to America.  For a short time the country was unified and for a short time, Americans worked together.

Change has to come, whether from without or from within. Trump, if he is concerned with the unity of America will have to develop those feelings through marketing, accomplishments or rely upon the outside influences like 9/11 with the understanding that whatever he does will be short lived and risky.  There is a societal benefit to a country when they have to collectively face a threat.  But as we have seen those benefits are often too short and volatile to count on as a means of unification.

This country needs a new voice and purpose, it needs an identity that will encompass the inner desires of its citizens, words that we speak in common and actions that cement those actions into a national pride, feelings and devotions so deep that all can follow, all can understand.  This country needs this healing.

As we are, we are fractured and ripe for destruction.  Like all societies there comes a time of discord that emanates deep within and slowly but inexorably destroys that society, tearing apart the very fabric and moral fiber that before was the cement that kept it together.  We have reached that point of discord and we can either face the inevitable challenges and decide to work together to mend our issues for the purpose of establishing a new paradigm of cooperation or we can continue to fight each other and die in the process.  The issue, however, is who is willing to give that the whole can survive?

I can see the day when this country has no choice but to engage in a civil war for the purpose of resetting the moral standards that we will all have to live by, my hope, beyond not having a civil war is that the clear and wise thinkers prevail of which I am one, at least I think I am.

The intolerable nature of a civil war is the result of two parties so disagreeable that all attempts at reconciliation have failed and have failed to such a degree that both parties have no alternative but that of war.  If left unchecked are political relations will bring us to war.  Our societal gaps have already caused some to fight back and our moral issues have made the morality of some inconsequential and meaningless.  How far will you go to rectify your own moral standards?  Civil War?

These current events may not cause a war anytime soon but the markers are there and the course we’re on makes war an inevitability unless something changes we are on that path.  That change, at least for now is Donald Trump and at least for those who support him.  For the other side, I can see their position as well.  Donald Trump to them is nothing more than the anti-Christ, even for those who have no stated beliefs, Donald Trump is their antithesis, their monster and their reason to fight.

My dilemma:

My morals are unsaleable, my practices of those morals need some help but the foundational principles of what I believe is good and wholesome and I am benefited by living by those moral principles.

The morals of others seem to be ever changing and fluid, letting them do as they please when they please and for how long they please creating a vacuum of morality.  Either they have to change or I do and I can say that I will never change my morality, I have morality.

Milton Freeman outlined the three basic functions of government:

“Government has three primary functions. It should provide for military defense of the nation. It should enforce contracts between individuals. It should protect citizens from crimes against themselves or their property. When government– in pursuit of good intentions tries to rearrange the economy, legislate morality, or help special interests, the cost come in inefficiency, lack of motivation, and loss of freedom. Government should be a referee, not an active player.”  

If we consider the constitution our foundational principles of government than perhaps we should rely on its words to solve the issues of discord that currently infest this country.  The constitution is our morality and our freedom and we should stand with those written words as we attempt to salvage what we had and could have again.  In the meantime, the fight will get bloody and our friends may die but the end result is our continued freedom and right to choose….That is worth fighting for.

Regardless how I might feel about what the democrats are attempting to do to Donald Trump it is my opinion that they have every right to act as poorly as they seem to desire.  The oneness of this presidency and the last election is squarely on the shoulders of those who won and any suggestion that the other parties need to capitulate are incorrect and irresponsible.

Despite the hard one battle, winning requires a continued process of leadership in order to sustain the past victory.  Just because the Republicans won the election does not give them the privilege of owning the hearts and minds of those they defeated, that process takes a different kind of battle, a different kind of strategy in order to garner the support of all the voters.

Trump it seems has made moves toward inclusion but the hateful and spiteful rhetoric of the losing side makes any simple acts of contrition an almost impossible scenario.  The hate that exists and the associated discord that separates the republicans and the democrats is palatable.  The energy spent over advancing the opinions of one side or the other is far beyond the norm of any past elections cycle.  But the rights of those who do not agree are still viable and important to acknowledge.

Perhaps it would be helpful if both sides agreed to a certain level of decorum to allow the new guy to at least get his feet wet and have the time to adjust to the new environment but that would have to be an agreement between the parties of the two opposing sides.  It has been that way but it is not that way any longer, making the leadership of everyone that much harder to accomplish but not impossible.

Donald Trump can either decide to govern only those who wished him well like Obama did, or he can lead the entire country.  Making this statement is only that, a statement of what might be but it can never determine the process of the events that will be needed to establish his leadership for those who do not like him, that will require serious leadership skills and the ability to negotiate without compromising his base of support.  Obama had the same opportunity toward total reconciliation but failed to lead in such a manner that those who did not like his policies wanted to accept him as their leader.

Because of his separation from politics, Donald Trump may, in fact, be the best guy for the job.  His unique position, being the only person to be elected president without having held a political office, makes him eminently qualified to step into the shoes that so many desperately want in an effective leader.  He is in the right place at the right time but will he be able to lead in such a manner as to change the minds of those who despise and constantly vilify him?

In order for Donald Trump to accomplish the extraordinary, he will most likely have to create a “public need” when recognized will demonstrate to the people the need for some unification.  Similar to 9/11 Bush was able to bridge the massive gap of political discord against the obvious threat to America.  For a short time the country was unified and for a short time, Americans worked together.

Change has to come, whether from without or from within. Trump, if he is concerned with the unity of America will have to develop those feelings through marketing, accomplishments or rely upon the outside influences like 9/11 with the understanding that whatever he does will be short lived and risky.  There is a societal benefit to a country when they have to collectively face a threat.  But as we have seen those benefits are often too short and volatile to count on as a means of unification.

This country needs a new voice and purpose, it needs an identity that will encompass the inner desires of its citizens, words that we speak in common and actions that cement those actions into a national pride, feelings and devotions so deep that all can follow, all can understand.  This country needs this healing.

As we are, we are fractured and ripe for destruction.  Like all societies there comes a time of discord that emanates deep within and slowly but inexorably destroys that society, tearing apart the very fabric and moral fiber that before was the cement that kept it together.  We have reached that point of discord and we can either face the inevitable challenges and decide to work together to mend our issues for the purpose of establishing a new paradigm of cooperation or we can continue to fight each other and die in the process.  The issue, however, is who is willing to give that the whole can survive?

I can see the day when this country has no choice but to engage in a civil war for the purpose of resetting the moral standards that we will all have to live by, my hope, beyond not having a civil war is that the clear and wise thinkers prevail of which I am one, at least I think I am.

The intolerable nature of a civil war is the result of two parties so disagreeable that all attempts at reconciliation have failed and have failed to such a degree that both parties have no alternative but that of war.  If left unchecked are political relations will bring us to war.  Our societal gaps have already caused some to fight back and our moral issues have made the morality of some inconsequential and meaningless.  How far will you go to rectify your own moral standards?  Civil War?

These current events may not cause a war anytime soon but the markers are there and the course we’re on makes war an inevitability unless something changes we are on that path.  That change, at least for now is Donald Trump and at least for those who support him.  For the other side, I can see their position as well.  Donald Trump to them is nothing more than the anti-Christ, even for those who have no stated beliefs, Donald Trump is their antithesis, their monster and their reason to fight.

My dilemma:

My morals are unsaleable, my practices of those morals need some help but the foundational principles of what I believe is good and wholesome and I am benefited by living by those moral principles.

The morals of others seem to be ever changing and fluid, letting them do as they please when they please and for how long they please creating a vacuum of morality.  Either they have to change or I do and I can say that I will never change my morality, I have morality.

Milton Freeman outlined the three basic functions of government:

“Government has three primary functions. It should provide for military defense of the nation. It should enforce contracts between individuals. It should protect citizens from crimes against themselves or their property. When government– in pursuit of good intentions tries to rearrange the economy, legislate morality, or help special interests, the cost come in inefficiency, lack of motivation, and loss of freedom. Government should be a referee, not an active player.”  

If we consider the constitution our foundational principles of government than perhaps we should rely on its words to solve the issues of discord that currently infest this country.  The constitution is our morality and our freedom and we should stand with those written words as we attempt to salvage what we had and could have again.  In the meantime, the fight will get bloody and our friends may die but the end result is our continued freedom and right to choose….That is worth fighting for.

Politics As Usual

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Filnerism, Filnerist: to be of such a mind thaImaget any and all fallacious, factious or fornicatious activities are falsely and forever forgotten despite the overwhelming facts that may be fortuitously favored by others but not by the perpetrator.
A stretch toward an alliterative beginning but so is the efforts of San Diego’s Mayor who insists on staying in office after multiple woman have come forth accusing Bob Filner of sexual herassment (a Democrat and the first one since Maureen O’Conner who by the way was convicted of money laundering and had a horrific gambling problem that is estimated to exceed 1 billion dollars).  Mr. Filner is apparently in very good company. 
To be fair I don’t think the Republicans who ran the city were much better but with the exception of Roger Hedgecock none were accused of wrong doing while in office and even Mr. Hedgecock was vindicated after his trial and probably should have retained his office.   It’s too bad that he did not have the foresight to pull a Filner and completely ignore the calls for resignation.
Regardless of the allegations there seems to be a pattern developing in our country that exhibits a strong trend toward extreme self-interest within politics, perhaps it’s always been there but recent developments have stigmatized public service and turned it into a circus of philandering Faux pas of past and present officers grandstanding for forgiveness just so they can bask in the ever so present limelight ,a process of illumination no longer used, perhaps those who strive to be so illuminated should think twice before exposing all of us to their wicked underbelly.
Anthony Weiner (I’m not making that name up) a past congressman who actually exposed his “Weiner” by sexting now wants back in as New York’s Mayor.  And let’s not forget Elliot Spitzer who served as New York’s Governor but resigned due to a prostitution scandal, he is also running for Mayor of New York.  Spitzer and Weiner, they can’t find anyone else to run? Or is it there is no one with enough chutzpah to subject themselves to the process of an elected offices.  Maybe only those with little or no conscience are able to endure an election?
Therein lays the problem.  There are obviously more talented and more capable individuals that would be willing to serve, true service but in order to get there they literally have to sell their souls to the Master of the underworld, leaving all morality aside, compassion and sanity should also be discarded if one really wants to win.  But once those small details are out of the way running for office is easy, just look at Filner and Weiner and Spitzer.  I’m sure there are hundreds of others that fit this mold but these three seem mall adjusted enough for my point.
We wonder why we have issues with our leaders, be they liberal or be they conservative or anywhere in between the pool of those willing to bare it all has gotten very small and only those who have already exposed it all seem to be willing to run, leaving the public with the sour taste of previously chewed gum taken from under some random stool in some seedy “c” rated eatery.
My question is why do we allow it?  Why do we put up and accept these cretin’s that continuously exhibit Neanderthal (I apologize to those hapless creatures for any association with current politicians) like behaviors and then expect, no demand our support?  Are we really that tainted and soiled that we truly cannot see the dirt through the dust in our eyes?  Not voting doesn’t help and in fact gives them (the cretins) the advantage so we have to vote but when there is only the proverbial “lesser of two evils” that motivation to participate is often far below a visit to the dentist and root canal without pain medication. 
For a few moments of reading I thought perhaps it was just New York and San Diego politics but the entire country is infected with a similar disgusting and oozing malady.  Some believe its terminal and it may be but I for one sure would like to find a cure or at least a sharp enough knife to cut out the infected areas so that future infections do not continue to spread.
It’s obvious that American Politics has always been a very fractious and divisive game but in the past at least a majority believed that “their guy” was working for them.  Now it seems more like a third world coop every time it’s time to vote.  My apologies to those third world countries that change dictators like I change my socks, at least they get fresh leadership every so often.   All we get is recycled sex fiends and dysfunctional power hungry egotist.  Hmm maybe those third world countries know something we don’t?

It’s Time…

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JustImage for fun, I took a picture of a clock hanging on a nondescript wall.  There was nothing fancy or unusual about the clock or its setting, in fact, the room that houses the clock was devoid of any pictures or posters and the only other accouterment was 8’ wide white board, cleaned and also absent of any markings.
I really don’t know what drew me to the clock, except maybe I was bored and had nothing to do and nothing to look at.  My cell phone was acting up so I couldn’t check my email or even get on Facebook or check my blog status, but when I turned around and saw the clock it was as if time stood still.  It was only for a moment but for that moment the concept of time took on a new meaning.

A few days ago the family watched the old movie (not old like gone with the wind or Metropolis) “the Gods must be crazy” the interesting part about the movie was the way the Bushman looked at time and their perception of time as a continuous, non- linear event that stretched not by minutes or hours or even days but spanned the life of an individual and beyond.

That clock that hung solitarily on the wall was a reminder of our constraints and our opportunities but the truth about time I believe is quite different.  Time is a tool that is often overused or underused, misused and abused.  It’s used as an excuse when we’re late or early and it’s used to mitigate poor performance or even to advance the abilities of other, but what is time?  It has to be more than a simple clicking of the clock, the movement of the hands from one number to the next; time has to be something quantifiable beyond the simplistic ticking off each second.

For some time goes slow while for others time moves more rapidly.  Einstein suggests that time passage depends on the position and juxtaposition of events and perception making time a relative issue and nowhere near consistent.  Even with our atomic clocks that keep “time” to the millisecond the value of time differs based on individual perception and motivation, even the positioning of the clocks.

Time is not the same for everyone and those differences in perception alter our individual awareness of time.  Think of two people at a party, one is having fun the other not so much, the perception of time for each can be very different, especially for the one who is having to endure the party, waiting and waiting for it to end.

It’s not just our perception of time however that intrigues me but the concept of understanding the nature of time, some call it the arrow of time or in other words how does time work? We know from past theories that time can be measured and used, we can see the effects of time especially on old bodies and buildings but there is a process that explains that it’s called entropy, in short, a measure of disorder.  Life is filled with examples of entropy or things going from order to disorder, why?  Why is it that life cannot move in an enthalpic manner in a way toward organization, not chaos?

My theory is very simple:  Man is a created being and with that creation comes the constraints of time.  Time is a tool that is used to measure, gauge and compare and in general track our progress.  Time designates our existence and tempers our efforts throughout our existence but does so in a very curious manner.  As we age, as time takes its toll and as entropy mitigates our ordered existence into a chaotic mass of energy diffusion there is definable enthalpy taking place.  It’s almost like the omelet being converted back to the egg;  in its comparison as a man ages his level of knowledge increases, his charity grows, his compassion toward others improves and in almost every case his own humanity intensifies, even in the face of a certain and inexorable mortal demise.

When all around us entropy converts energy back to its basic and fundamental parts the human soul, the mind of man, the spirit within continues to improve and progress toward perfection.  This level of enthalpy is a derivative of our eternal nature and our innate desire to return to that level of perfection from whence we came.

Without the entropy, enthalpy would be impossible.  Without cold, the wonders of warmth could not be enjoyed.  Pain and pleasure, sickness and health, love and hate, all the opposites of mortality impose on man and assist with that eternal growth toward perfection.

Time is a gift perhaps, a gift we cannot fully comprehend but a skill that can be improved, utilized and used to our advantage toward that ultimate goal of spiritual perfection.  It is the only real thing over which we have control.  Use your time wisely…

The Life of Pie and Naked German Women

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The Life of Pie and Naked German Women

 

A few years ago my kids and I went on a trip to Zion National Park; we love to walk the narrows.  For those of you who’ve been you know what I’m talking about but for those who have never experienced this wonder of the world it’s worth the trip from almost anywhere in the world.   Walking the narrows is really nothing more than strolling in a very cold river when the outside temperature reaches into the low one hundreds; the contrast between the frigid, snow melt of mountains miles and miles away and the scorching heat is exhilarating. 
 
The river isn’t a fast moving river but there are currents and small children should never be left to fend for themselves; besides the fact they may have too much fun it can be dangerous.  As you continue up the river the walls of the canyon continue to narrow and bend and turn until about a mile or so up you can literally touch both sides of the granite sentinels while standing  in waist deep water looking up to see a sliver of the sky high above.
 
We’ve been about five times and each time it’s just as spectacular as the first.  So many people from around the world come to visit and explore.  There are a few precautions that should be taken if you plan to partake of this beauty for in all beauty there must be a few flaws in order to appreciate the balance of its creation.
 
Because of the multitude of foreigners there are often language barriers but in most cases a simple smile and a few hand signals suffice.  Cultural differences may cause some concern as it did to my children on one visit to the park.
 
As we were traversing the Virgin River (that’s the name of the river that goes through the canyon) we rounded a bend, about the third or fourth bend in the river and anticipated swimming in a larger pool and laying out on a seasonal sandbar when to our dismay a group of German woman were frolicking in the coolness, their tops removed, their mammary glands freely moving in all directions at once, as is the European custom of bathing, and were also lying about as if nothing were out of the ordinary. 
 
My eyes were three times larger I’m sure and I quickly regrouped the kids and made our way to the next, not so deep pool, where we encountered a South African mother and father with their family who I believe had made the same discovery a few minutes earlier.  I could tell, the husband kept looking back like he was trying to forget or remember the awesome train wreck that he had recently witnessed.
 
The universal draw of the narrows is mostly protected by a National Park but outside of the park is a the bustling and profit generating village of Springdale Utah.  We decided to stay at an inexpensive motel situated downtown and close to restaurants and then cross into and out of the park each day of our visit.  After a day of swimming and hiking we were starving and saw a sign advertising a Bumbleberry pie; that sounded great.  
 
The food was ok so after ordering our various selections we opted to buy a whole pie and take it back our modest room and watch some TV while we gorged in the gorge (sorry couldn’t resist).  Prior to buying the Bumbleberrry pie I asked what a bumbleberry was and the cashier gave some secretive response that told me nothing, so I asked if it was anything like a blueberry, I don’t like blueberries.  “oh NO, it’s nothing like a blueberry it’s a bumbleberry”
 
I guess I was satisfied so I bought the pie, but when we got back to the room and cut open the crusty wonder I discovered that a Bumbleberry is made up of mostly blueberries, did I mention that I don’t like blueberries?
 
Perhaps I over reacted just a bit but I rushed out of the motel room pie in hand and returned the pie, minus one piece and demanded my money back.   They eventually gave in and returned my money, not because of the deception but mostly due to the scene I was creating and the negative advertisement I was providing and for the sanctity of their “family secret” I’m sure.  
 
All they had to do was tell me it had blueberries and I would have bought something else, never the wiser to their scam, but they had to lie about the humble, non-existent bumbleberry.   At least Knotts (of Knotts Berry Farm) had the integrity of creating his own berry (the boysenberry) before trying to hock something that didn’t exist.
 
The moral of this sad little tale is simply don’t believe all you’re told, in fact it’s probably a good idea not to believe most of what you’re told.  That is indeed a sad critique on today’s social advancements, but the reality is clear, there are many who would sell you a bumbleberry but very few that can deliver.  I like the boysenberry myself, now that’s a berry you can be proud of.

Big Fish or Little Fish

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That old saying of being a big fish in a little pond has new meaning in our superficially saturated society.  In the old days when one accused someone of being a big fish they were referring to their obvious desires toward grandeur within the very limited auspices of a small, mostly insignificant pool of participants.

Wanting to be important or even feel important is an essential aspect in relation to those hierarchies of need and the level of self-actualization as coined by Maslow. We all want to feel good about ourselves and our lives regardless of how insignificant they might really be.  No one wants to be forgotten or overlooked or even pushed aside by another in their grand rush toward their own desire for reputation or notoriety.  The very thought of being conscripted by another for their personal gain is abhorrent to most and leads many toward the support of the underdog, believing perhaps that they and most are well within the confines that designated them “small fish”.

As society grows and populations increase the logical conclusion of such changes would assume that more ponds would be created, allowing for more opportunities for small fish to become seemingly important but when we view the current state of available pools, they are not on the increase but on a surreptitious decline.

Like the family farm the corporate interests are devastating the small business farmer and destroying the past collective process and with it the basics of supply and demand, replacing it with high scale marketing and motivational media to create and enhance our individual needs to their designs.  Those big fish are truly working from a global pond and that pond is ever increasing, leaving any opportunity for the rest of us to participate, contribute and help in molding and shaping the society within which we reside, less likely.

Where I live there is a HOA (home owners association) and within that organization we currently have a big fish in a little pond scenario.  There are members of that board who want to expand their power base and start inspecting our backyards as well as mandating the level of maintenance required for the façade of our properties.  I can actually agree with wanting to keep the neighborhood at a certain level of repair and aesthetics but the ascetics sitting on the board would require so much more based on their ideals of what looks good or not, never considering the individual needs or abilities of the community.

 I am not a proponent of anachronistic options that allow anyone to do as he pleases, we are a land of laws and organization and I truly believe that logical and well thought out laws make man more free giving more opportunity to expand and express but laws that restrict unjustly, or oversee overtly will do nothing to better our lives, they will only serve to enhance the lives of those who rule.

Big fish or little fish, everyone wants to be important, everyone wants to be seen as accomplished and self-assured, but when the famous or infamous have the ear of the nation, when the only sounds to be heard are the irresponsible fog like words of power seekers and the options of the minions of minnows are minimized and mitigated the need for smaller ponds makes much more sense.

I would rather try to oust the evil machinations and maneuverings from a bloated carp like leader, floundering in an enclosed small pond than the powerful, megalomaniacs who inhabit Washington.  At least in my little corner of the world, my little muddy regime I have a chance of making a difference, slim perhaps but still a chance.

Local governments, cities and unincorporated areas, counties and even states need to start swimming away from that expansive pool of destruction and head for safe harbor among others of their kind.  It will only be through our collective efforts as millions of small ravenous fish overwhelm the powerful and dominate in order to regain possession of that cool, comfortable pool of reality.