There is no answer.

December 20, 2012 on 2:14 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

This past week I keep hearing everyone talk about their ideas to stop the gun violence in America. I am here to say that there is no answer to this problem. It cannot be solved, at best it can only be reduced. The reason that stopping the problem is impossible is that there are so many pieces to the puzzle and too many variables.

Life is a numbers game and when the numbers are put into an equation we can get our answers. The problem is that the formula changes in every shooting. The reasons for selecting the target, the mindset of the perpetrator, the access to the crime scene, the weapons used and the way the weapons were obtained are all parts to the equation and it changes every time. We will always leave a hole in our plans to stop the next person and someone will always either find it intentionally or just fall assbackwards into it.

In a perfect world getting rid of all guns would be the best thing to do. This is not a perfect world and that will not work. Arming all citizens is equally unworkable but for a completely different set of reasons. Neither of these two options is truly worth our time discussing so we shall move on.

We do need gun control laws in this country that make sense. We need to be patient as the actual impact might not be felt for several years. Patience is a virtue and America seems to have lost its virtue. We also need to keep in mind that we will never end the violence but we can still try to reduce it every chance we get.

Driving while intoxicated still happens but we have written and passed laws that have reduced this problem. We still have car accidents in this country but we have reduced accidents by making both cars and roads safer. People still die every day in auto accidents but seat belts and air bags have reduced the deaths and injuries.

Cars are an important part of the American lifestyle just like guns but not every American is allowed to drive a car and we also have regulations on what types of vehicles are allowed to be driven on our roads. If a person can lose their right to drive a car because they have proven to be irresponsible then we can take away the right to own a firearm for the same reason. Some cars are not safe to be driven on our roads and it is illegal to do so. Not every gun is safe to be in the hands of ordinary citizens and it should be illegal to own some of these weapons and ammunition.

The latest gun incident that has gotten us all in a stir happened at a school and killed our most precious of resources, our children. In the days since I keep hearing about arming teachers. Let me just say, no. Allow me to repeat that for the slow of reading, NO! Teachers chose their profession because they wanted to be educators, not police officers. Teacher’s training does not include firearms safety nor how to disarm a suspect. We do not have the right to ask teachers to put themselves in a position where they might have to take another human’s life. If we are going to be putting guns in schools it better be highly trained police officers.

I truly believe that any person who would willingly kill another person, when they are not defending their own life or the life of another person, has to be mentally unstable. It amazes me when a mass shooting occurs the friends and family of the shooter always say there were no warning signs. As the weeks go on and we hear more about the situation the list of warning signs can get rather long. Perhaps we all need to do a better job of paying attention. There is something to be said for minding our own business but helping others should be our business. Communication is the key. Take interest in other people’s lives and listen to what they are saying. Know your friends, family and neighbors and let them know you. If the slogan to stop drunk driving can be “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk”, then the slogan for ending the violence can be friends don’t let friends shoot at innocent people.

There is no way to make every place in America safe so a certain amount of safety does fall on us as individuals. Does carrying a gun in public really make a person safer? I would imagine sometimes it does, however, in other instances it might just make us less safe. What weapon can be carried at all times that is going to be adequate protection against a person wearing full body armor and wielding a rapid fire rifle with a large capacity magazine? Keep in mind that even the best shooter at the gun range is going to lose accuracy when someone is shooting back. Police officers and soldiers train long and hard so that they can be ready for these situations and they are not 100% perfect. The people I worry about the most are the people that are just too anxious to find their self in a situation where they get to use their weapon. The people that usually wind up being the hero are the people that are reluctant to be in a situation where they have to be a hero.

In the coming weeks we are going to be bombarded with ideas of how to solve America’s violence problem. I am sure there will be some really good ideas just as there will be some truly lousy ideas. The people on both sides will argue and fight about the best solution and in the end what will we accomplish? I am willing to bet we will not accomplish much. We better take what we can get but keep in mind that it is not perfect and we can do more. It is unfortunate that it will take another national outrage to make the next little dent.

How can this be?

December 15, 2012 on 10:52 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

How can a young person walk into a classroom and shoot children? Half of the people I know say it is because we have too many guns. The other half say it is because we do not have enough guns. This leads me to believe that it is not the guns.

It has been reported that in this latest case this man was mentally unstable. Do these things happen because Americans are either ignorant to the symptoms of mental problems or is it that we are insensitive to the needs of people that want help? Maybe it is because we take shortcuts to mental health. Today it seems that when we have troubles we go to a doctor and they give us a pill.

I would imagine that it would take a psychiatrist years to help some people overcome certain problems. However, heavy medication can make a person stop feeling the pain of being trapped within their own mind. One of the problems with this is that it stops the person from feeling. When they can no longer deal with their vacant soul they stop taking the medication. Maybe they get talked back into taking it but soon enough they are sure to stop. The roller coaster goes on and every time they stop and start they make the problem worse.

The more opinions that I read online the more I come to understand who is to blame for the violent attacks. If you are in a room with a group of people, look around. All of you are to blame. Go outside and look down the street. Everyone that lives in all of those homes is to blame. When you go to the store everyone in that store is to blame as are every person you see in every car on the way there and on the way home. That is right, you guessed it, we are all to blame.

The apathy of Americans is killing America. Each of us is guilty of watching something and saying to ourselves, this is none of my business, I will not get involved. We should stay out of the affairs of other people and let them live their lives. These are the things we are taught from a young age and we then teach these things to our children.

I do believe in live and let live. I also believe that we should allow all people to be who they want to be. There is no reason we cannot mind our own business and try to help others and keep an eye out for problems. I am sure I am not the first person to get caught up in one of these stories and the first reports are that there were no warning signs of a potential problem. In the coming weeks all we hear about is the warning signs that went on ignored by all.

It is not what we say to another person that is the problem, it is how we say it. If I see that another person needs help I offer them help instead of criticism. Even is all I can do is offer advice I am careful that my words are not misunderstood as judgement. When I am in a situation where I can say something to another person I think of how I can shape my message so that it is positive. Believe it or not, I have made myself a happier person by trying to help others to be happy.

Now let us move on to those pesky guns. If this were a perfect world I would ask that everyone take their guns and we would melt them down and make some thin useful of the steel. This is not a perfect world and we would never get all of the guns so I am going to rule out gun confiscation as a way to solve our problem.

If we passed laws forcing every person to carry a weapon at all times I would not carry a gun. Many of the people I know would not carry guns. We cannot make a problem better by making it worse. More guns would only escalate the violence. I am not going to quote statistics but I urge everyone to look into the chances of getting killed in a house with a gun as opposed to getting killed in a house without a gun. Guns do not kill people. People with guns kill people. The guns just make it more convenient, easier and more likely.

The middle ground on controlling gun violence is in enacting gun laws that make sense. Laws that punish people for not only gun violence but irresponsible gun ownership. I hate government regulation but I understand why we need it. We need it because we have people in this world that refuse to be responsible for their actions.

A person that leaves their gun in a car to get stolen and used in a crime should be punished for careless storage of a weapon. A person that allows their gun to be found in their house by a child and an innocent person is accidentally shot should be punished for the same thing as well as child abuse for leaving a loaded weapon where a child can get it.

If I am in a car accident and a person is injured or killed, I will be punished. How and why that accident happened will determine the severity of my punishment. The same should go for guns. Responsible gun owners should have no problem with these laws as they surely keep their guns in places that cannot be stolen or found to be used in a crime or accidentally kill.

Now for the toughest part of all. We need to examine the culture of violence we have in this country. We have people that collect guns as though they were harmless toys. We play games were we win by killing as many people as we can. We insist that there are culture wars and we have this need to fight a war on drugs. Our athletes equate themselves to soldiers doing battle and our politicians put bulls eyes on their opponents. If this is not enough then we look for every opportunity to go to war with another country to inflict our will upon their citizens.

We have tried to combat hate and violence with hate and violence since the beginning of humankind. For those not paying attention, it has not worked and it will not work. If we choose to live in a civilization we need to become civilized. When a person demonstrates a negative attitude it is common to fight back and defend with a stronger attitude. This will usually result in an escalation until one person backs down or they come to violence.

I guess it starts by stopping. We need to stop teaching children that violence solves problems. Simply telling them this will not make a difference, we need to show them. Mothers and Fathers need to stop arguing and fighting when they disagree. Parents need to stop beating up coaches and officials at their children’s athletic competitions. Maybe if we stop watching violent movies and listening to violent music in the presence of our children. We could also adhere to the violence warnings on video games and not let young children play them until they are old enough. Of course it would be better to just stop watching and listening to violence and quit pretending that it is just a game to be played.

The most important thing we need to teach our children is respect. It begins with respecting their self. A person with self respect is less likely to disrespect others. Being as we are going to live in a world filled with guns we better teach a healthy respect for these guns. Guns are not toys to be played with, they are a tool to be used for a specific purpose. Most important we need to learn respect for others. Respect the people around us enough to know them and understand them and want to help them when they hurt. Maybe they will turn around and help us when we hurt.

There is nothing we can do that will keep us completely safe but we can certainly reduce our risk of being attacked. Go through life being observant and aware and mix that with a little bit of nice. Stop with the un-approving glares and judgmental comments. When met by others with these things respond with a smile on your lips, a twinkle in your eye and love in your heart. The other person might not be affected by your actions but I guarantee you will.

Why Are We Thankful?

November 25, 2012 on 4:29 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Thanksgiving just passed and we spent the day thinking of why we are thankful. I am not crazy about creating a list of things I am thankful for. No matter how hard or long I think about it my list will be incomplete. When Thanksgiving Day comes I just say that I am thankful. I really am but sometimes I wonder why.

Life is a difficult struggle for everyone even for those that seem to have everything. Life is precious and just being alive is reason enough to give thanks every day of the year, not just on a holiday. Other than being alive why are we thankful?

I frequently see people that seemingly have terrible lives. They might be poor, or under-educated and possibly even substance abusers but when I talk with them they leave me to believe they are happy. I am sure we all can think of a stories about people that appear to have everything. They are intelligent, wealthy and attractive and for some reason they are miserable.

Obviously there is more to life than money, brains and looks. Health, family, friends, ability, the list of things to be thankful for can go on just as long as I want to keep adding to the list. My original question still stands, why are we thankful for them? Something that makes one person happy can make another person unhappy. A blessing to one of us can be a curse to another. Is it the situation, the circumstance or is it us?

I am led to believe that being thankful has nothing to do with the lives we live. Perhaps it comes from living our lives. I do not have a particularly great life. I am not wealthy, neither am I poor. I am certainly not the smartest person alive but I do not think I am the dumbest (of course I could be so dumb I just do not know). Some people might think I am good looking more would likely disagree with that. Maybe because I am content with the things I do have and do not envy the things that I do not, I see plenty of reason to be thankful.

I remember the days in my life that I was not particularly happy with my lot in life. I was trying to live a life that I thought would make me happy. Years later looking back I should have been happy living the life I had. I spend a lot of time preaching accepting others for who they are. Has anyone else figured out that I have forgotten to mention accepting ourselves first?

How can I ask another person to accept me if I have not learned to do so first? Once I learned to accept me I started to truly understand why I am thankful for the life I live.

October 8, 2012 on 12:57 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

So long as a person measures their success by the amount of money they accumulate, success shall allude that person regardless of the amount of money they have. Money is a commodity that I have come to lose my respect for. It is often easily made and even easier lost. It can make one person happy and another person miserable for the exact same reason.

Do not get me wrong, I am not against money. I understand our society’s need for it and I work hard to earn my money. The thing of it is that I do not determine the value of people based upon the amount of money they have. Some of the best people I know have never had very much money and I have known some miserable people that had more money than they knew what to do with.

There are many ways to get money. We can inherit it or earn it and now we can win a lottery and be swimming in it. In today’s world a person can come up with the most ridiculous of ideas and with a little hard work mixed with some dumb luck wind up a millionaire. There are people with no ability to do much in life other than sing a song or do something special with a ball. People not trained to handle money or deal with the realities of having large sums of money can fall backasswards into a pile of it and it can screw up their lives.

I would imagine that every person has dreams of what they would do with money if they had it. I wonder if most people are like me in that our fantasies have changed over the years? When I was young I thought of expensive cars and big houses and taking exotic trips with beautiful women. I do not know that I would change any of those fantasies today. I am sure that I would add other ways to spending a fortune if I had one.

There are so many worthy causes and people in need. If I had enough I would help them all. In my current state of financial mediocrity I pick and choose when and where I help. Lat week I found a great way to help a worthy cause. A group of soldiers from the area were being deployed to Afghanistan and were in need of some help. They were going to an area where they would not have access to a PX or any of the modern conveniences most of us enjoy.

I, like most everyone else, am often bombarded with people soliciting for donations to the troops. I hate it when I am asked if I would like to support the troops. The answer is always yes, I want to support the troops. My problem is two fold. One how do I know the money I put in the bowl or jar is going to the troops? Second, I believe the best way to support our brave men and women fighting abroad is to bring them home where they are safe.

This particular group of soldiers asking for direct aid gave me the perfect opportunity to put my money where my mouth is. They were asking for simple things such as toiletries, personal grooming supplies and snack foods. I went to the store bought a few items and took it to the collection box that was put out for them. It was good to know that so many other people also brought them items that the boxes were over flowing.

For the first time I actually feel connected to someone fighting for our country. I did not actually have the honor of getting to meet these soldiers but from now on I will think of them and hope they are doing well. Having never been in the armed forces myself I cannot possibly imagine what they are getting ready to do. From what I understand they do not get paid a lot of money and their living conditions do not sound like they will be very comfortable for the next few months. I do hope that everyone of them finds a great deal of success, not only while they are over there but once they come home as well.

An eventful week.

September 16, 2012 on 12:13 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

This past week we have seen protests in foreign lands that led to the murder of Americans and we have teachers going on strike in Chicago. Similar responses from people that a desperation so deep they must riot in the streets but two completely different causes.

In my opinion the teachers are American heroes. They are standing up for something the believe in so strongly they put their jobs and welfare of their own families at risk. They use the power they have, their voices, to demand something be done for the betterment of the system. This strike is not about more money it is about not having to teach to a test that ruins education.

Should teachers be held responsible for the education of our teachers? Absolutely. Of course there are others that should be held equally accountable. Parents for one. How can a teacher teach a child when the parents have not instilled respect within that child? Politicians continue to cut funding for education. How can a teacher teach a child when there are no books and the classroom is too hot or too cold? Let us not forget taxpayers. We as tax payers have an obligation to fund education. Good schools mean a strong community, higher home values. less crime, etc., etc..

If these teachers are successful and their demands are met we all win. The fact that they have chosen to strike makes it easier for the next group that needs to take to the streets for their grievances to be heard. Again America wins.

As for the protests in the Middle East, this is another story involving several plot twists. These people are protesting a movie about their religion. A movie is no more than a person’s exercise of the right to free speech in this country. In other countries they might not understand this. In a country that has no free speech the people assume anything produced for public view was approved by the state. I guess it is reasonable to expect these protestors to think that the American government approves of this film.

America is a truly wonderful yet complex country to live in. We do have the right to free speech but we also have the right to remain silent. It is a shame people do not always use the correct right. The man that made this movie made it as it is his Constitutional right to do so but should he have made it? This is a movie about one religion based upon the feelings of a competing religion. I have not seen, nor will I see, this film but from what I have heard about it I would call it hate speech.

This man has the right to hate any person or group of persons he chooses. The problem is that this can cause a great deal of problems, and it has. If one chooses to use their rights it is important to remember that we must be diligent and responsible in the process. The higher regard one holds their rights the more responsible they must be. The reckless use of our rights by one person can cause the loss of our rights for all of us.

Protesting is the voice of those with no power. I have friends that are on the radio and are heard by large audiences. They have access to bully pulpit that allows them to create discussions and change policies. From time to time I call in to these radio shows and to a lesser point my voice is heard and my opinions respected. Not everyone has these luxuries. There are millions and millions of people that reach a point of desperation so great that they have no other choice. They take to the streets in numbers and they make as much noise as they can. There is no sin in this, this is what makes this country special. The only thing that I would ask is that these voices are used in a peaceful manner. Frustration makes people act out in violence but it is the patient protest that will succeed.

Making a difference.

August 20, 2012 on 12:22 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

How many of us talk about making a difference? How many of us complain because no one we elect ever makes a difference? I have done both of these things in the past but I now know we can make a difference. We might not be able to do it alone but when we come together as a group we can and now I have proof.

My friend, Shannon, decided to run for county council where she lives and she made it through the primary and into the general election in November. Shannon has no political experience and she had limited funds. What Shannon did have was the determination to make a difference, the honest message that people want to hear and a group of friends that helped every chance they could. Even though Shannon was outspent by a ratio of 13 to 1 she won by 27 votes.

Shannon might not win in November as her opponent is very well financed and will have no problem getting his name out for voters to hear. The fact that she will be a part of this election makes us all winners. We now have a chance to change the discussion. No longer do we have to hear what politicians want to tell us. We now have the ability to force them to talk about topics we want to hear about.

I guess I have known Shannon for about a year now. I do not remember when I actually first met her but I do recall that I was not really impressed by any particular characteristic that she might posses. I am now. I now realize how brave this otherwise unassuming person is. I now realize how dedicated my friend is. I now realize how I need to do more to help her because she is so willing to help us. Like many of the people reading this, I also do not live in Shannon’s county. While I am going to be unaffected by decisions that the county council makes regardless if she is on it, I am going to be affected by her run for office.

We are all affected when one person stands up and lets the World know that we are here. Shannon is the one speaking out but it is all of us that will be heard. Now all we need to do is amplify the noise. For any person reading this that feels as though they have no voice, you do. Use it. If you cannot run for office, find someone that can. Form a group of friends and find one person that is willing to be over worked, ridiculed and laughed at and go out there and make the World listen. When it is over we might just make the difference we all want.

For any person that would like to learn more about my friend Shannon please take a look at her website: Shannon McLeish

Time To Speak Up

August 2, 2012 on 7:27 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

This past week has been filled with views and opinions of a fast food restaurant. I am sure everyone is familiar with what Mr. Cathy, the owner of Chick-fil-A has said. Well actually most are aware of part of what he said.

Everyone seems to be clear that he is an evangelical christian who has a need to inform the world of his beliefs. Apparently one of those beliefs is that Same-Gender Marriage should not be legal. Had he only given his views I would see no problem. However, this is his actual quote:“we’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage. And I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude that thinks we have the audacity to redefine what marriage is all about.”

This does not seem to be Earth shattering but what does he really mean? Westboro Baptist Church makes similar comments and uses this sentiment to justify the protesting funerals of fallen soldiers. Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell made comments like this when telling us that the 911 attacks were because of homosexuals causing god’s wrath. These are divisive, hurtful comments.

Mr. Cathy has the right to have these opinions and he has the right to tell us his feelings. I will fight for his right to say it but that does not mean I have to like what he says. Although, I would like to thank him.

Why would I thank him? Because he helps America to remember that we have certain lines that do not need to be crossed. Michael Jordan was often asked about Civil Rights issues and which candidates he supported. Mr. Jordan would always respond that Republicans bought sneakers too. Mr. Jordan knew he had a right to his opinion but by voicing it he would upset some people. Mr. Jordan wanted to sell sneakers and earn money not tell the World what to think.

Every business person will now think a little harder before they make comments that might cause some people to be upset. Before they cross the line they will have to decide if they want to stir the pot as Mr. Cathy has or do they want to sell sneakers like Mr. Jordan did?

Mr. Cathy is likely a very good business person. If he makes comments that he knows will be unpopular with a large portion of the population he knows that it can hurt sales at his company. If he knows these things why would he make these statements? Perhaps it is because his personal views are more important to him than bigger profits. I give him credit for having the courage of his convictions but I still do not agree with what he said or did. Why?

Quite simple. If he knew these statements would harm profits and he made them anyway that tells me he also has an agenda It also tells me that he is unwilling to take other people’s feelings into account as he tries to force his agenda on the rest of us. He knows this is an election year and his comments will stir the Republican base. He knows hate and fear mongering sells. He intentionally allowed his comments to hurt some people so that the GOP base will get out and vote against liberal, progressive Democrats.

If Mr. Cathy wants to be a politician he should go down to the Clerk of Court’s office and fill out the paperwork and run for an office of his choice. If Mr. Cathy wants to sell chicken to the masses then he should afford all people the respect we deserve.

Religion in Politics

May 21, 2012 on 12:52 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Let me ask, should there be religion in politics? I just read an article in USA Today about Mr. Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith. The writer of the article wants Mr. Romney to address his faith in such a way that The Evangelical Christian’s will accept him.

In my opinion this is just plain wrong. I do not follow Mr. Romney’s faith and from what I have heard about it, it is a little odd. In reality I do not care if he is a Mormon and I do not care what he believes, if he keeps it all to himself. America is one crazy country. The same people that are going to put Mr. Romney’s faith aside and vote for him will use Mr.Obama’s faith as a reason to vote against him. Of course these people are believers in Mr. Obama being a Muslim or an Atheist even though he is a Christian.

I want a moral person to be my President and I want some one that shares some of my core beliefs. I would imagine most people do. However, there is no way we as a nation should be electing people based upon the faith they claim to follow. The first reason we need to look past faith is that it is too easy for them to say they are a Christian and everyone just assumes that means the same to all of us. Mormons, Evangelicals, Catholics, Protestants, etc., they all have some common beliefs but they are all radically different from each other. Even the people within the same exact religion have a difference of opinion on how they are supposed to worship and what their beliefs are. Each individual derives their own beliefs within the confines of whatever religion they worship and all of their morals can be very different.

Another reason we should not just say, hey that person is a Christian they must be good, not all Christians are good. Our newspapers are full of stories about the most devout Christian person committing heinous crimes. There is no reason to begin a list, we all can think of more than we really want to remember. Please do not think I am picking on all Christians. My Mother goes to Church every Sunday.

I would like to dispel one of America’s greatest myths that our country was founded on Christian beliefs. Some of our Founding Fathers were Christians, of course. John Jay was a Founding Father that considered himself to be a Christian. Many were not and this includes the most notable of them. Deism was quite popular when our nation was young. Men such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and James Madison were considered Deists or Atheists. Had it been thought of at the time these men likely would have considered themselves to be Pantheists.

George Washington wrote very little if anything about his beliefs. Historian Barry Schwartz writes: “George Washington’s practice of Christianity was limited and superficial because he was not himself a Christian… He repeatedly declined the church’s sacraments. Never did he take communion, and when his wife, Martha, did, he waited for her outside the sanctuary… Even on his deathbed, Washington asked for no ritual, uttered no prayer to Christ, and expressed no wish to be attended by His representative.” [New York Press, 1987, pp. 174-175]

Paul F. Boller states in is anthology on Washington: “There is no mention of Jesus Christ anywhere in his extensive correspondence.” [Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1963, pp. 14-15]

“Christianity neither is, nor ever was, a part of the Common Law.” Thomas Jefferson

“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.” James Madison
Our Founding Fathers Were Not Chrisitans

We all need to understand that our beliefs are ours and ours alone. No matter what faith a person claims to believe in the only faith we really have is the unique way we live our own lives. My faith is unique to me based upon the things I have seen, heard and read that made sense to me. We all take the things we like from wherever we learned them and we drop those beliefs that we do not agree with, no matter where we learned them.

I cannot tell another person what to think or believe. I can list my beliefs and give my reasons for them. One of two things will happen; the person I am telling this to will either refuse to abandon their own beliefs for mine or they will accept my beliefs and replace their own. Either way that person should now have a stronger belief. This, of course, can also work in reverse. The other person, by making me explain my beliefs, can either get me to strengthen my belief or I might see the error of my ways and come to a different conclusion. My beliefs would then be stronger whichever the outcome. “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” George Bernard Shaw

We need to stop looking at a person’s religion when deciding who to vote for and begin to look at their true character. To me it takes character to be against a certain lifestyle personally but understand that other people should have the right to live that lifestyle, so long as it does no tangible harm to those of us not participating in it. Mr. Obama seems to have evolved to this way of thinking. Have you?

War Against Women?

April 30, 2012 on 2:10 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

The War Against Women has been in the news lately. I just wonder, is there one? If there is just exactly what is it? Who would have started one and why?

I tend to believe there is a war against women. I did not work last Saturday so that I could participate in a rally in support of women. It was held at 9:30 in the morning so there was not very many people that showed up. As a matter of fact I was severely disappointed in the turnout. I guess some people were still in bed after partying a little too hard the night before. I can see how some people might not be concerned about the loss of women’s rights. They just do not think that it affects them. They would be wrong.

Our rally was for women’s rights but it was about human rights. If the powers that be can successfully take a woman’s rights then they can come after a man’s rights too. The only way to make sure this stops is to stop it now. The longer we allow people that work for us to tell us how we can live our lives, the more power they have and the more rights they will take. Soon they just might be looking to take a right that you enjoy.

I am very protective of not only my personal rights but the rights of others. I do not take or sell illegal drugs. I am in favor of making drugs legal. I am a flaming heterosexual but I am in favor of Same Gender Marriage. I do not own a gun but I do believe people have the right to own guns. Obviously I am never going to have an abortion but if a woman needs one they should be able to get one safely. There are a few things that I do participate in that I want to remain legal. Clothing-optional beaches are always under attack as are gentleman’s clubs and adult entertainment.

Of course I understand how some people are morally opposed to certain things. Everyone should be allowed to live their life by their own moral code. We all need to remember that my right to have my own morals are just as important to me as another person’s are to them. It would not be right to for me to get laws enacted that force them to live by my morals. I would appreciate it if other people would be allow the rest of us to live our lives as we see fit.

What to think.

April 7, 2012 on 11:52 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

What should we think of the things that are happening in the World today? Unlike others I would never tell anyone what they should think, all I can do is tell others what I think. I hope that everyone else will look at what is going on and come to their own conclusions. Listen to what others have to say but decide for yourself.

I know I am a little upset by the constant battles between our elected officials. They claim they are trying to make America a better place but I wonder if this is true. They keep fighting and arguing but I see no results. If they really were attempting to change something I believe we would see some results by now. They just keep blaming the other party for blocking the actions that need to be taken.

Last weekend I set up a booth at a local home show to promote my painting business. On the day I set up my display I saw that The Tea Party set up a booth next to me. I knew it would be difficult listening to their rhetoric for three days. I was right about that. They were loud as they kept telling people the usual conservative propaganda.

Friday afternoon as the crowd died down one gentlemen from the Tea Party and I began our own discussion on various topics. We soon discovered that we disagreed on virtually everything. As we continued talking we also learned that we had common ground on almost everything. We both understood the problems our country faces, we simply wanted to take a different direction to solve the problems.

As we kept going we found more than common ground, we actually began to compromise with one another without selling out our individual beliefs. We only talked for about 45 minutes or so and we found a couple of great ways to come together to solve our problems.

This leaves me with one question. Why can’t they? Why is it impossible for the Republicans and the Democrats to come together with plausible solutions for the problems of this country? The only answer I can come up with is this, they do not want to solve our problems. For them the money is in keeping the problems alive so they can keep telling us how they will solve them.

Lobbyists keep paying lawmakers to write legislation or support legislation that would benefit their clients. Voters keep sending in campaign contributions to the candidate that promises to support certain ideas and ideals. Solving problems should make heroes out of politicians and we should want to keep voting for the people that effectively do the people’s work. Instead we keep voting for the candidate that makes the right promises but delivers nothing.

The last couple of months I have become more politically active. I have joined a small group of people that know we, as individuals, cannot change the World. We have learned that together we can change a small piece of our community. If enough groups get together and we all make a little difference, pretty soon it all adds up to major change.

I do not want to tell anyone what to think or how to act. I do want everyone to start to act on their thoughts. The only way to make a difference is to be one of the people talking about the problems and offering ideas to solve them. Not everyone is comfortable being an activist but everyone can support those of us that are. Stop letting other people make decisions for you and start telling others what you want. Make your feelings and needs known and demand to be heard. Keep telling your story and get as many people as you can to listen. Find friends that agree with you and your voices will be louder, then you will be heard. I will not tell you what to think but I do want you to tell others what you think.

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