A phrase that one occasionally hears tossed about is that citizens get the government they deserve. Whatever metric we choose to measure it by this would seem to be apt in so many ways. A vocal segment of the population is responsible for putting people into power and re-electing them. This segment is a minority of our country’s citizens. They get the government they want, and those of us that are apathetic to the whole process get the government we deserve because we refuse to engage in the future of our country and our children. We care about our children on the local level but fail to effect lasting change that will affect the lives of our children and their children long after we are gone. Continue reading “Do we get the Government we deserve?”
We live in a time when technology allows us the ability to communicate instantaneously and order items straight to our home without ever leaving the house. The satisfaction this creates is one of almost instant gratification. People have lost whatever modicum of patience they have remaining. We expect immediate results and presume to know the whole story about an event that takes place. However, in a rush to satisfy this indulgence of the opulence of expectation we are often given false information. This leads to entire movements whether they be political or societal that are based on incorrect assumptions about the nature of truth. Continue reading “The Society of Now”
We as Americans have not done a great job as a society in managing money and staying out of debt. It should hardly be a surprise then at the national level our government is the most significant debtor of us all. The National Debt doubled under President Obama. Conservatives railed against this unrestrained approach to spending the futures of generations to come. They promised a return to fiscal conservatism and to balancing the books of our nation. Continue reading “Fiscal Responsibility”
Day to day living is fraught with a whirlwind of decisions that are made on the fly. Scheduling the daily regimen of workouts, meals, and family decisions and then meeting those obligations on the best of days is a tedious monotony. On the worst of days, it can seem as if nothing will go as planned. When we add more people to our decisions and into our lives, this necessarily complicates all facets of them. Many people though greet each day as a physical presence, but emotionally they are but a shadow of their true selves. It begs the question, in a world that depends almost entirely on logic and rational thinking how can so many exist that hide their true nature? Continue reading “Meeting with the man that wasn’t there.”
Correctional facilities in the United States house more than two million inmates. Despite the name, they have failed to correct some sixty-seven percent of the individuals incarcerated there. They go on to re-offend within three years of being released. (Recidivism of Prisoners Released in 30 States in 2005: Patterns from 2005 to 2010. (n.d.). Retrieved February 09, 2018, from https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=4986) This creates a cycle of catch and release that only produces more hardened criminals that further endangers our society. Continue reading “My Ideas for Prison Reform”
The greatest teacher one will ever have in life is one’s own experiences. Unfortunately, the negative ones have the most power to instruct us in the coarseness of reality. When we are young, the majority of us follow our hearts, and we imagine a world in which everyone views the world in the same way. The world, however, is the great teacher and it will teach us many hard lessons that guide the person we become. The animal kingdom is an excellent example of what life is actually like as an adult. Adults compete for resources with one another and look out only for themselves and their families. It isn’t like this in every respect as there are still groups of people that understand the value of friendship and working together for the betterment of the community. As you grow, you become more isolated in the sharing of your real emotions, and this is a universal defense mechanism against the pain inflicted by those that wish to use your desires for manipulation. This molds us the into various incarnations of the modern human being, and not all of them are good. Continue reading “No Substitute for Experience”
We share the earth with one another, each society drawing upon its core beliefs to adopt ethical and social standards for behavior among its citizens. While I can’t be sure if every nation on earth has the same issues, it does seem apparent that these rules are stringently applied to one group while simultaneously allowing another group a tremendous amount of leeway. The dominance of pc-culture has further stretched the limits of cogency to once widely accepted standards of behavior. Many dare not speak their minds for fear of alienating a segment of society that has only just been manifested from the imaginations of neurotic individuals. Thus these standards that were so poorly applied systematically before these new manifestations of delusional identity disorder have further deteriorated. Continue reading “The Dichotomy of Social Standards”
The role of a leader means different things to different people. It used to be someone that made difficult and sometimes agonizing choices to benefit their charges. Increasingly, in this modern caricature of all things honorable we call life it has become less obligatory for a leader to represent their constituents with any sense of honor or loyalty. Machiavelli had an incredible insight into human nature, but he was only out for what benefitted him. He might suggest doing the right thing but only in circumstances that were beneficial to the leader in question. He would have been just as happy ordering the executions of the leader he was advising’s entire family if it would have advanced his political agenda. While this man had an almost omnipotent understanding of our fellow man, he often used this to justify acts of evil. He did not see the world in terms of good and evil, though he recognized the need to appear righteous as a form of assuagement for the folks that were not in his political circle. If any of this sounds familiar to you, it should; this is the playbook by which our elected leaders and many of those appointed ones in the FBI and DOJ use to plan their stratagems for controlling and mitigating the population they play at leading. Continue reading “The Corruption of Reliable Leadership”
Each year we are either treated or are horrified by what we call the State of the Union address. The state of it, however, is never something we can quantify in an impassioned speech. For the many that watched their eyes told them a much more convincing narrative of the status of our nation than any mere statement could have done. Every presidency has its detractors and supporters, but in this increasingly polarized environment, the battle lines are drawn. Continue reading “The SOTU Address: My Reaction”
We are told life is about choice and to some degree that is true. It’s when you drill down into the minutiae of life that you begin to see how few options we as individuals have. Through advertising, we are told what is acceptable and on what we should spend our money. The government tells us how we must conduct our lives, where we can live, and what we can do on property that is supposed to be ours. I speak of property not just concerning assets but as each person owning one’s self. We are taxed for every moment we exist. This seems to be the antithesis of self-determination and forging one’s path. Continue reading “The Felonious Nature of Choice”
Sensory overload is a problem in modern times. Often, you will see groups of friends sitting together all staring at their phones in silence. We make little time for social interactions. We prefer talking through messaging and find it difficult to connect with new people in any meaningful way. A significant portion of us fawn over celebrities and hang on their every word as if they are more informed than us ordinary folk. We often live our lives waiting for the next movie or the next professional sports game to take place. We call it entertainment, but for many, it appears to have the detrimental effect of producing a sedentary lifestyle. A lot of people seem to live vicariously through these public figures while forgetting to stand up and write their own story of life. Continue reading “Living or Imitating?”
Life can be tricky. We do not choose our families, but through life, if we are fortunate we get to select a few close friends with which to face the struggle. If our luck is even better, we find someone whom we can share our dreams and desires for the future. We’ve all heard the stories of couples that have been together for up to sixty years. I can’t help but marvel at the beauty of such a journey with a partner as loyal as one that would remain for such a time. Stories such as this have been decreasing in number though, as my age increases exponentially. Continue reading “Neglection of Fidelity in Modern Society”
An illusion is a key to escaping the harsh realities one faces each day. We dive into television programming or video games knowing that we are willfully participating in deception designed to entertain and distract us from life. This is debatably mostly harmless behavior as if serves as a form of stress relief. It stands to reason that with a vast customer base seeking to be deceived, that many would spring forth willing to oblige. This has given rise to a seedy underbelly of both men and women that wish to use our predilection for buying into falsehoods to prey on the downtrodden and elderly citizenry. This is primarily relegated to late night television but has also expanded in the form of electronic communication over the internet. Continue reading “The Confidence Man”
History is filled with empires that have risen and then fallen, usually through a gradual decline. These entities grew larger until governing them became a perilous endeavor. There are countless theories as to why such empires collapsed, but I believe it is due to a culture clash among the radically different populations intermingling and attempting to find common ground on which to agree. Some cultures are capable of assimilating rather well, but some are so wholly different from one another that it makes assimilation near impossible. Today, the clarion call of pop culture seems to be diversity. I submit this diversity is a term of little meaning. Diversity is great as long as everyone thinks similarly to those extolling its virtues from the hilltops. In fact, this term is merely masking the autocrats among us that wish to instill one government among all nations, abolish religion, and to instruct the people’s of this earth on what to believe. Real diversity is in keeping our unique cultures and control over the destiny of our countries. Continue reading “A Case for the Sovereign State”
Many of us at one time or another feel as if we lack something essential in our lives. Sadly, many spend their entire lives looking to fill a void that they perceive exists within themselves. They do this in a variety of ways, some seeking solace in illicit substances and others looking for someone to rescue them from themselves. We have the solution to this desolation within ourselves, but it often seems more comfortable to go looking outside ourselves. Continue reading “Spiritu in Desertum”
Life is like a labyrinthine tunnel with twists and turns that seemingly have no end. One makes the best choices with the information available to navigate the elaborate intricacies of existence. Making sense of it is a constant struggle for us all. It becomes more complicated when others seek to exert their will upon our decisions. It would appear that there are those that aren’t happy with their own lives, so they wish to spread misery to their fellow man. Do unto others should be a motto by which we all live. I want to see a world where we live and let live, for suffering shall find us all, and we should always avoid visiting it upon our brethren. Continue reading “The Virtue of Self-determination”
I’m sure everyone that has surveyed their local paper has come across the court sentencing section if that is published in your area. What you see there might shock you. One will likely see people sentenced with mostly drug offenses and notice that the entire term is suspended. The police have nothing to do with choosing these punishments, but they are enablers just as a person that watches someone they know consumed by their demons. It is much more lucrative for our “justice” system to put offenders such as these back out on the street. They know they will create more addicts, and add more money to their country club fund. Continue reading “Sentence Suspended”
The past can seem like a fable. Many of us grow up hearing tales of honor and virtue. We understand early on the concepts of loyalty, friendship, and virtuous behavior. It appears that somewhere along the way many of us take a wrong turn and head into a form of existence antithetical to those concepts. The majority now either are too timid to embrace those virtues, or they have discarded them altogether. Continue reading “The Vacillating Multitude”
We are fortunate to be alive at a time when almost limitless knowledge is at our fingertips. There is little a person can’t discover if they put their mind to it. In what amounts to a paradox, it seems that people are more ill-informed than they were in previous decades. We have become a society that has machines to make our jobs easier, and we expect others that we deem more intellectually advanced than us to think about the more problematic subtleties of life. We have become intellectually lazy and in effect have allowed others to think for us. We seem all too content to think about this week’s sports contest as if it matters and enable our advancement forward to be thought out and implemented by others. Civilization as we have come to know it can’t exist as we now know it if we don’t teach future generations the importance of learning. Continue reading “Intellectual Apathy”
As a people, we get wrapped up in our everyday lives and sometimes forget to investigate the extraneous information to which we are exposed. It is easy just to watch the evening news and take their words as the honest truth, especially if it confirms our personal beliefs. Confirmation bias does play a vital role in the inherent ignorance that permeates from the pores of the social structure. Modern day humans have access to more information than at any other time in history, and yes, many of it is false. The truth, however, is hidden under layers of a fabricated existence, and it can be found. We should question everyone, and everything, no one is infallible or without an inherent bias. Continue reading “Question Everything”
We live in a polarized nation. Two political parties are supposed to represent all of the American people. They espouse seemingly divergent viewpoints with such vim and vigor that Americans feel compelled to choose sides. We often feel obligated to villainize those with different views than us. What the majority of Americans fail to ascertain is that these apparent political opponents are part of a team and that team contains both ‘divergent’ ideologies. That group consists of those that have power and wish to expand it and the rest of us. The viewpoints that they espouse are merely part of a plan to divide the people, so the people focus on each other and not what these puppets of insanely wealthy and extremely shy men are doing in the name of consolidating rule over a nation blinded by a hatred based on deception. I will discuss the strategies these secretive entities employ to control and fabricate the reality we live in and ways in which we can usurp their power and return it to the people. Continue reading “The Illusionary Paradigm of Political Ideologies”
Early in life one is instructed in the ways of the world, or so it seems. We are told that the right man/woman for the job will always be chosen by their specific qualifications. The instruction we receive also stresses the importance of a proper education so we can better compete in the fickle job market. So we slave away sure that all of our hard work will pay off in the end. Once we encounter the true nature of the world, we discover it is far less discerning than we’ve been told. In fact, that life is far less evolved and much more petty. Continue reading “An Absence of Merit”
The past is always relevant in that one can learn from the experiences garnered there. It is nice to sit and reminisce about our imagined glory. It can seem like yesterday, and eons ago simultaneously. Focusing on the positive can be rejuvenating for the mind and propel one to new challenges. The horrors of the past though are another story entirely.
History is cyclical, and as much as we might like to believe we have evolved and moved past our more barbarous selves, humans only change in infinitesimal ways. The same animal instincts that drove us millennia ago still fiercely inhabits us today. We still compete with each other for resources and mates. When we are not fighting real wars, we simulate combat in competitive sports, designed to prove superiority over another. While it’s probable that over the course of thousands of years we may adapt to a more civilized existence, we are primarily barbarians with new toys and a slightly improved wardrobe. Continue reading “Shadows of Yesterday”
Early on in life, a person looks at everything as if it’s new and unique to that individual.The person grows older and begins to notice the patterns of events and people they have met along the way. Things no longer appear new but have a slightly different hue and perhaps in the case of people character aberrations. It is not only the personalities of various characters in life that appear to be facsimiles of those we’ve interacted with before. You begin to notice that even the appearance of people doesn’t vary much from what seems maybe hundreds of templates. It makes sense then if personality and appearance only evolve to the point where one witnesses approximations of that they have viewed before that history would also exhibit this abnormality. Continue reading “Cycles”
Throughout the history of mankind people in positions of power have occasionally wielded that power like a club to bludgeon favors out of those that they perceive to be their inferiors. Using one’s ability in such a way is never honorable, and it’s a real cowardly use of a lofty position. With great power comes great responsibility. It is not a responsibility to better one’s self at the expense of others but if you can, better yourself while improving the lives of those around you. Continue reading “Prima Facie”
I am on what seems a never-ending search for truth in a world that has carefully and in some cases not so carefully constructed a countenance not consistent with palpability. I don’t approach life like other people, people that are all to content to believe in narratives that are consistent with their personal views. I abhor anything that isn’t genuine, and as a result, I seem to exist within the tiniest minority on this plane of existence. I don’t for a second believe I am somehow superior to these other ‘individuals’. However, I do use the term individual loosely. Continue reading “Authenticity”
Life is conceived in a brief moment. Like a flash of lightning, it is ignited, and in that same instantaneous flash, it can end. We begin life in our early years sure of our future and confident of the greatness we will achieve. Life is a wonder to behold, and the possibilities seem endless. It is impossible for the young not too long to be older, to go out and do all those great things that they imagined. Without even realizing it we begin to wish our time away so we can move on to what we consider a grand adventure. Continue reading “The Brevity of Existence”
All successful empires and nations throughout history all had a system of justice which enabled these entities to survive and thrive for an extended period of time. These societies all had a core set of morals that all citizens agreed with and that made sure that even the poorest amongst them could seek legal recourse when wronged even by the most powerful. Religion was important not a tool of control as many would have you believe but as a moral guideline an assistant to the moral compass that we should all possess. Laws were then created around this religion as it was known and accepted by the masses. Continue reading “Law and Justice”
Freedom means many different things to different people. A lot of people seem to think that freedom is the ability for people to do only the things that they agree with. Freedom means having the ability to make wrong choices as well as the right ones. It means you have the freedom to say what you want, without some government designated free speech zone. It means you can go where you want. It means if you want to do something that’s harmful only to you then you have that right. The false left-right paradigm’s idea of freedom is that you are free only as long as you agree with me.
The erosion of freedom starts at a snails pace, and gradually picks up steam until you are living in chains. When you finally realize this, if you even do it will be too late to turn back the clock. They want to condition you to the idea of always being watched, always being listened to, and always being guilty until proven innocent. This is not the liberty that our founding fathers sought. I have no doubt our founding fathers, if they were here today would be calling for radical change within this country. The only thing radical about liberty is it breaks free from the control freaks that wish to micromanage the lives of their subjects. They believe we are their subjects. They are in fact our servants, and it’s time they learn that.
Today, there are cameras everywhere. They tell you it is for your own safety. That’s always how tyranny starts, for the safety of the people. They can find ways to justify any intrusion into the lives of the masses, if they can make them constantly live in fear of an enemy of their own creation. Safety without freedom and the rights of the individual being protected, is not liberty, it is servitude. If people do not start standing up and speaking out, soon there will be no way to speak out because the state will control all speech. Dissension will not be tolerated. This is a Republic, where the rights of the individual are always protected from the will of a majority. They routinely call this country a democracy, and that’s a lie. In a democracy the mob rules, and should mob say let this group be in chains then it will be so. A republic protects the rights of each and every individual against unfair treatment from a voting majority. I just had to clear the difference up, so the next time you hear that word you understand the difference.
You hear the asinine argument that if you aren’t doing anything wrong then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about with the surveillance state. The government hides a lot of things and calls them classified, does that mean they are doing something wrong. If our government has the right to know everything about us, then shouldn’t the same right apply to us? The government wants to take away our guns, then we should take theirs away. The government needs to learn whose it’s master. It isn’t bankers, it is the people of this country. Without the people there would be no government.
It is time my dear friends to let your voices be heard, before you have no voice to speak with. We can not cower in fear because someone wishes us harm, or because the government says there is a boogeyman out there. There is no amount of danger that is worth giving up the liberties that our founding fathers fought so hard for. The constitution is not a living document as the new yuppie crowd would have you believe. The constitution is there to protect the citizens from their government. Those in power know this and that is why they try and sometimes succeed each and every day in perverting its meaning. We must stand as Americans against the erosion of our rights!! They are our rights, unalienable, they cannot be taken away except by death!
I remember growing up and learning in school about Republicans and Democrats. I also remember being explained the stark differences between the two parties. I grew older, joined the army and traveled the world. I smelled the stench of politics and political correctness on everything in the service. I got out of the Army and wanted to make a difference in my country. It is demoralizing to see the decay of a great country. This decay has been brought about by corruption and greed. The apathy of the general population is sickening. Far too many people believe everything they are spoon fed by pundits and reporters that are receiving their information from government disinformation agents. Oh does that sound too conspiratorial for you? It’s a fact a simple web search will reveal that propaganda has been legalized for use on the American people. This country was founded to escape tyranny! The criminals that run this country want power and money, they behave like full blown sociopaths. It is all about consolidating power with these people, if they can even be afforded such an honor of that title. This country seems to be heading for implosion. You might ask yourself why would our greedy, heartless leaders let this happen. They are on the top and with a collapse, they have less competition and more power to fuel their god complexes. You have plenty of people that won’t believe a word of this. Then you have the others that say, well there is nothing we can do about it; it has always been that way. This is a straight cop out. We the people are the power of this country. If we willingly continue to play along with the charade of freedom, we will forever be slaves. WE have the power to restore true liberty and freedom in this country!! This apathy is a reflection of the apathy these sociopaths have for us as American citizens. We are commodities to be traded on the stock market. The “Federal Reserve” isn’t a federal organization. It’s a collection of private bankers. They loan money to the government with interest that the government can never hope to pay back. This country was founded and was intended for the congress to have the power to print money. Politics and politicians have degenerated into money making schemes and over-paid prostitutes. A man or woman can’t get elected without the money powers backing them. We have Senators and Congressmen that spend most of their lives in Congress, and it’s not because they are loyal to the people. They are loyal to their pimps! We need term limits and we need those gangsters in their shiny suits to stop printing money for our country!!!!!!!