Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Difference Between Make Believe and Reality



You wake up one day and notice you have a painful rash on your leg. It is so bad you go to see your doctor. The doctor gives you a cream to put on it, and sends you home. After a week the rash has not gotten any better, so you head to the doctor again.

This time he gives you some pills and a new cream for the rash. You take the pills and use the cream exactly like he says you should. After a week the rash has not only not gotten better, but you now have it on both legs and your butt. So, off to the doctor you go.

This time the doctor decides to give you a shot, stronger pills, and some more cream. Everyday you take the pills, put on cream, and visit the doctor for a shot. Gradually the rash goes away and the doctor with a smug look of victory declares you cured.

What neither of you knew..is that very week your wife had changed back to her old detergent.

Just the other day on Twitter a famous actor (not really super famous..but well known) said that FDR's New Deal was the best thing to happen to this country...his followers added that it was responsible not only for ending the Great Depression, but also winning World War II, and making the United States a superpower. I was so stunned that anyone would believe that...that I was almost speechless...almost. I was expecting one of them to claim that the New Deal was responsible for Cracker Jacks and Pop Rocks. Apparently even they have boundaries.

Here is an interesting fact about the Great Depression...Scholars do not agree on what caused it. In fact, their political belief often drives their conclusions about the cause of the Great Depression. Just like the rash...if you can't define the cause...you can not call it cured.

What I do know about the New Deal is this...It was a full on assault on the U.S. Constitution. From FDR's attempt at stacking the Supreme Court, to his Alphabet Administration (that was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court).

Again Scholars will argue that the New Deal did/did not end the Great Depression. Some will argue that FDR didn't spend enough money...other will argue that he spent too much. Some argue that Government did too much...and others that it didn't do enough.

This is not to say that FDR's attempts to stay the hand of the Great Depression was a total loss...lots of communities got Civic Centers, and Libraries. Vegas got the Hoover Dam...which would later give mobsters and gamblers a place to hang out. Of course a capitalist by the name of Andrew Carnegie built more Libraries...and they are prettier.

In 1939 Europe entered into the darkness of World War II. Japan was continuing its march across Asia. The US began its lend program to provide materials to both sides prior to war, and after war was declared it began providing supplies to what would become the Allied Powers. If anything takes credit for pulling the nation out of the Great Depression, WWII is that thing. In 1941, unemployment was unheard of..America was at war and full production war at that. The New Deal had nothing to do with the winning of WWII. The US had 3 years from 1939-1941 to build its production facilities. In fact, the Great Depression had more to do with positioning the US for war. There were plenty of workers available, and farmers now had a consumer to buy their goods right here at home..and abroad armies were needing our surplus.

One freaktard suggested that the boom of the 1950's was due to the New Deal...staggering stupidity is amazing. The Marshal Plan, had more to do with the American Economy of the late 1940's and all of the 1950's. Not to mention the growing Cold War. Americans realized that to keep themselves safe a strong standing Army was the wave of the future...of course...we can't forget Nukes.

The final claim was that The New Deal made the United States a Superpower. Nothing could be so incredibly false as this. The US had been a Sleeping Giant. All of the resources, brains, and pure balls of stone rested within her borders. World War II woke that giant and sent it reeling across this planet in an unrelenting flood of military might, humanitarian love, and a creativity never known on this planet. Thoughout the rest of the 20th Century America dominated in Science, Culture, Military power, and Agricultural strength. Inspite of our own governments attempt to stop her. We also make a dang good rum.

I replied to the semi-famous Actor that “The New Deal was not such a good deal.” He called me insane...he might be right...but I am not wrong...or silly enough to believe everything a politician tells me...just because I identify with his/her party.

I dedicate this to the political naivety of Mister John Cusack, and the difference between Make Believe and Reality.




Saturday, January 14, 2012

What's it Gonna be Boy...Yes...Or...No.


Politics reminds me of the classic Meatloaf song.."Paradise by the Dashboard Light"...its all about hitting a home run.


Who I will be supporting in 2012 Presidential Election.


It is easy to lose perspective when discussing the situation that the United States finds itself in. Discussion of the most pressing issues normally devolve into a worthless finger pointing exercise. Almost any attempt I make at discussing these issues someone always says “Well the [insert your party here] is/is not [insert complaint here]”.

Let there be no doubt, no point of contention, no mystified misdirection, my goal is to see that Barrack Obama is not elected President of the United States...again. With that in mind I have looked at the political landscape, and have finally decided who I believe the best person to accomplish that goal is.

Before I make the announcement I am sure you have all been waiting for, it is important that I lay the background of this decision.

In 2008 I did not support John McCain for president...at least not willingly. I watched a man I did not like to begin with act like a total moron. In fact, I wondered then if he was intentionally losing the election. I still wonder that to this day. Because of this train wreck of an election, I feel that not only should I make my choices known...but I need to be loud about it and educate as many people as possible as to why I have decided to support my choice this time.

Who does not get my support and why is an important part of the process. I put every candidate up against four criteria.

Criteria #1: Fiscal Responsibility. At present our Government is running on stupid. Social philosophy and experimentation has taken the place of responsible fiscal decisions based on known fact. Of course Fiscal Responsibility is not easy. There must be a balance between revenue, and expenditures. Reality is...there will not be a chicken in every pot.

Criteria #2: Adherence to the Constitution. Sounds really easy. Its not. There are candidates who throw the word constitution around like they are discussing their favorite beer. There is one candidate in particular that when they mention the Constitution I get a sick feeling. I am sure this is a topic I will discuss frequently in the coming months.

Criteria #3: Free Markets. American companies must be free to compete. This has not been true for a very long time. Over regulation based on theoretical climate guess work, environmental lies, and financial chicanery has so hampered American Capitalism that it is making Americans into consumers, not producers.

Criteria #4: Electability. The candidate that I support must be electable. That is they must have the best chance at removing Barrack Obama from office. This holds true in any election in which the opposition does not positively impact the first three criteria.

Before I go into the who I support part of this diatribe, it is important to note that the candidate I want to run, isn't. So, I am left with those that are. So now I present the people I will not be supporting.

Ron Paul. Congressman Paul has some good ideas...very limited..very narrowly defined good ideas. But he is not what he wants you to think he is. Congressman Paul is a very good politician. He helped craft legislation that brought a good amount of ear marks to his constituency, and when he was sure the bill would pass...he would vote against it. Pretty damn clever if you ask me. His ideas on Americas role in the world is like that of a child....when we were protected by oceans his ideas make sense...that world is gone. Not being involved in world events and problems is like fighting with a bag over your head. Every time he says “Constitution” I seriously want to barf. He reminds me of that crazy uncle you try to avoid at family gatherings. His electability rating is Zero.

Rick Perry. There is no doubt that Rick Perry is certainly a fiscal and social conservative, but he falls short in the electability category. Americans are not ready for his type of conservatism. He has failed to educate the public on his vision. Too bad really, he could have been a contender.

Jon Huntsman. Poor Jon reminds me of the guy who went to a formal party dressed as a clown. The bright spot in this is his daughters may be able to wrangle some sort of media gig.

Newt Gingrich. There is no doubt when it comes to policy, fiscal responsibility, knowledge of the Constitution, and support of Free Markets there is no one as smart as Newt. For a time I was on the cusp with Newt, but does he have what it takes to get elected? Sadly I don't think so. Newt is fighting a game in which he is his own worst enemy. Forget his marital issues, his ethical issues...he loses his temper a bit to fast when under pressure. His method of educating the public is a bit...annoying. Even with the baggage Obama brings to the race, Newt is just not electable.

By now you may have figured out who I will be supporting, but I think it may be worth mentioning.

Mitt Romney. He is not the perfect candidate, however, he does meet the first three criteria. Not perfectly, but good enough. His demeanor (with a few exceptions) lends him as the perfect (relatively that is) candidate for educating the electorate. He will grab those independents, and I believe enough of those to the left of center, to defeat Obama. That is my primary goal.

I could stand at the helm of my ship and maintain a rigid course toward port and run straight and true into the rocks...but with a little course adjustment I can begin to gently steer the nation back to the fundamentals that have served it well. On this part of the journey Mitt Romney will serve his purpose.

I enjoy comments on this subject and would love to know who you support and why. It is what makes the political season fun.

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Bang a Gong...Get it On

The Race

The Iowa Caucus is over and we now know..well..nothing.  Statistically it was a three way tie...Romney, Santorum and Paul. Newt placed a distant (statistically) fourth.  What we do know is that Bachman is out...and that other guy is not looking too well.  But not all is lost...we now present you with New Hampshire.

New Hampshire shares similarities with Iowa...it is a small state in relation to some of the primaries that follow. This allows candidates on a budget to compete with the big guys.  It also allows amateur and professional statisticians to practice their art.  Yes it is an art.

If I had to predict this next race I would stack them up as being statistically the same as Iowa, unless...and the unless is the thing that will screw up statistics, there is a story we have not yet heard.

There is a story I want to focus on...what does the other side think?  Keep in mind the Republican Primaries are not just Republicans trading punches, but an opportunity for the other side to get involved.  Debbie Wasserman Schultz has certainly gotten involved. As the head of the Democratic National Committee she is part of the Democrats plan to influence the Republican nomination process.  Conspiracy?  Of course it is...it is the game of politics.

What can we learn from their activity?  First they are afraid...they know that they have not produced what they said they would, and this is a problem for them.  They need to make it look like they are the ones who are working to improve America.  This will not be easy for them. 

Second, they want to convince us to vote for the person they feel they can beat.  This will be made up of very complex statements intended to mislead us into picking a candidate they feel they can beat. 

To counter their attempts we just need to put aside petty differences in candidates and pick the person that will best counter Obama.  Even if that person does not exactly fit into what we think the perfect candidate would be.  Not that I want you to put aside your personal beliefs, but instead compare and contrast those individuals with Obama.  He is after all NOT a good choice.

Here is an exercise for you...select the historical President you most admire.  Decide why you admire that person.  Then select a contemporary person that best embodies those traits.  Finally compare and contrast that person to the candidates running for President.

My next blog will be how I am using that process to pick the candidate that I will support for President.

Good luck to all the candidates as we move to New Hampshire.



Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Year Gone by...The Year Ahead.



I am sitting here, smoking a dark Dominican cigar, not an expensive one...but decent. I am drinking instant coffee..no sugar...very strong. The lights in the room are dim, a TV is on somewhere in the house. My headphones are on..and I am listening to the Eagle's. This is the scene of my reflections on the Year Gone by, and the Year Ahead.

2011 was an instrumental year of a five year plan that began in 2008. 2008 is the year that I began to question many things in my life, chief among those was the direction my country had taken. The inspection of my country led to the introspection of my life in general. Inspections and introspection can be a dangerous thing...I do not suggest it unless you are prepared to see what was hidden...and act based on what you find.

What I found out about my life...was almost crippling. Someone else was dictating what I did, who I did it with. I was not my own man, but the pawn of someone else who took advantage of me...on an emotional level. Emotions are not something I express, or for that matter paid much attention to. I learned an important lesson about life...one that I will never forget. With the blinders off, I set about to recreate my life and its direction. A daunting task...and one that brought me to the brink of personal disaster. Luckily, the truest of people were there to help me...and my God was there to guide me. Which brings me to 2011. The year of the greatest changes, and a path to the peace that I hope everyone can enjoy one day.

On a professional level I have moved up a notch toward my final goal of professional peace. I enjoyed...yes enjoyed...some spectacular failures. Failure is something to praise, not be fearful of. Some people get all crazy when they fail, but to fail means you are still in the game. Giving up is not an option. At present I have a job that is well suited for where I am now. Because of the nature of the job, and the possible problems disclosing it could cause...I will just say..I am closer to where I want to be than I had planned on.

My personal life has been a very mind expanding experience. At the time I was living with the most incredible person I have ever met. I thought I knew what love was...but quickly realized I had no idea about it. That is where Gina has become my mentor, and an example of the complexity of love. We have had some incredible discussions on the subject...and though we disagree about some aspects of love...we do so in a loving way. My lifestyle as a result has taken a turn toward what I have always wanted it to be...simple pleasures..and simple love. I am free..in a way that I find hard to express...but I will try.

Gina...what you have done is nothing short of a miracle. I came into this relationship with my guard up. Nothing would ever own me again was my pledge. But you...somehow have managed to steal my heart...but that is OK with me. This time I feel that it is in good hands. Your strength is immeasurable, your love is not exactly patient, but it is relentless. I know when I get home I will see those eyes of love...and understanding...eyes I have never seen before.

Though your first husband left this world unexpectedly, I am touched by the way you honor his life, and know that I will be honored as well. I listen to your stories about him and your life with him, and it makes me proud to say that I am in the presence of such a person as you..and that I am now one of two that has known your boundless ability to love.

When we are out together I have heard others speak of your beauty...they are only seeing the outside, your true beauty lies within..and in this last year you have filled me with beauty. That is why I am happier than I can express that you are now my wife...we sail this sea of life together.

To the reader...this is a poor example of how I feel about my personal life over the last year...but it is as personal as I will probably ever be with someone I barely know.

My political life has been rather quiet...a post here and there...a phone call to representatives..or an email or two. That will be changing. I have taken a sabbatical of sorts in 2011, but I have been writing and will post those articles throughout 2012 as I press to change the destructive course our Government has set for us. It is not all Obama's fault...but he and his ilk are certainly to blame. So if you are a staunch Republican or Democrat...but fail to understand the problems or offer Constitutional solutions...you are in this Pirate's sights.

In closing I leave you with a military axiom...when surrounded or ambushed...Attack with extreme violence...you have nothing to lose in trying...but you will lose everything by hesitating.