It is that time of the year again! The grass will become green, flowers will bloom, and mother nature will embrace us with its warmth. This is my favorite time of the year because everything that was once devoid of vibrancy will blossom into radiant beauty. It is also the time for all of us to take stock of our lives and renew our sense of purpose. This time of the year has no room for negativity and only a positive outlook on the future. I am infused with a purpose and strength that I never feel at any other time of the year and am looking forward to the challenges ahead. Continue reading “The Season of Renewal”
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”
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”
As the new year dawns many of us look forward to starting over, and some look toward the new year with abhorrence or apathy that rivals that of a wax figure facing an approaching inferno. It is neither the beginning or the end, but an opportunity to expand one’s knowledge and learn from the experience of our years and apply it in new and more cunning ways. One shouldn’t tally up their list of failures as the year closes out, but instead, make ready to meet the new year as the last with a determination to succeed. Failures are unimportant, never giving up is all that matters when it comes to goals and life. Continue reading “The New Year”
It has been an immense time of change in the world. You find out so much information every day about technologies on the horizon; dangerous, violent developments and their possible impact on the United States. The world is constantly changing and it’s difficult to predict what direction it will go next. It is difficult to hear good news now days that is meaningful for the country as a whole. Sure, people are all caught up in their favorite sports team and for them that is a meaningful part of their lives. I think much of it relates to cognitive dissonance, but also people tend to lean on a normalcy bias that won’t allow them to perceive reality.
These two factors are but two examples of why we continue to elect politicians that disregard the will of the people. They take liberties with their position that isn’t theirs to take, and take liberties away from the citizenry that they have no right to take. Generally, the people continue to operate oblivious to their own predicament or they feel powerless to do anything about. Unity among principles, such as honesty, integrity, and common sense approaches should be enough to unite the people to proactively make changes to our government. The government may appear divided when you watch the evening news, but it’s a dog and pony show for you. They believe the American public will always be in the dark, that we aren’t knowledgeable enough to govern ourselves. (Lasky, 2014)
Each of should decide whether we want to morally responsible for future generations, or join with the politicians and professional bribers that wish to sell out our children’s futures. We should stand for fiscal responsibility, our government debt is well over 17 trillion dollars. Unfunded liabilities are over 121 trillion dollars. Out total national assets equal 111 trillion dollars.(Usdebtclock.org, 2014) Its quite clear that we have much more that just the 17 trillion, we have a slowed growth and what unfortunately drives our economy as much as actual growth are projections of it. As you can imagine, when we fail to live up to expectations, this causes the economy even more stress. We have to tighten the government’s wallet and stop our country from continuing on a path we can’t hope to successfully maintain.
Bibliography: Lasky, E. (2014). Articles: Obama Thinks You’re Stupid, that’s Why. Americanthinker.com. Retrieved 15 July 2014, from http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/06/obama_thinks_youre_stupid_thats_why.html
Bibliography: Usdebtclock.org,. (2014). U.S. National Debt Clock : Real Time. Retrieved 15 July 2014, from http://www.usdebtclock.org/