Governance vs. Social Engineering

“The Democratic Party is the party of the poor and the working class.”

Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

Flag We The PeopleDefinitions classify us but if they are true then we must live with the consequences.

You cannot turn on the radio or television during an election year without hearing a candidate of the Democratic Party telling you that if you are poor or working you should agree, accept, and endorse their policies, agendas, and ideologies.  As with many things, I don’t like to have anyone that I do not trust telling me what I should or shouldn’t believe.  It was the above quote that caused me to reflect on this mindset since my working status clumps me into their demographically aligned pool. Continue reading “Governance vs. Social Engineering”

Un-Common Sense

TruthRecently, our Department of Justice, gave us another wild example of un-common sense in action. They decided to file suit against one of the States because the State legislature passed a law contradicting a Federal mandate that addressed who should be allowed to use which restroom in a public place.  Now, as much as I travel and use public restrooms, I am amazed that I didn’t know that this was such a pressing matter.  Since public restrooms have existed for some time and from the beginning we have used the only two biological sexes known to the human species in order to determine which room we should use for our most private of needs; I thought that system was working rather well.  Then again, “What were our ancestors thinking?”  Continue reading “Un-Common Sense”

Is Legal Theft a Requirement To Do Business?

Theft WordsAmerica is and has remained for over 200 years the “Land of Opportunity”.  Thanks in large part to the three cornerstones of our society; our capitalistic economy, our republic form of government, and our religious acceptance.  Even with this moniker and our systems being firmly in place to benefit all citizens, we still have people who work tirelessly to disrupt the bedrock of our existence, in most cases not out of spite or malice; instead out of unrealistic compassion or ignorant authority.  Add into this mix a very small percentage of people who spend their days in occupations or activities viewed as illegal and you begin to form the basis of this discussion.   Continue reading “Is Legal Theft a Requirement To Do Business?”

Funny Joke or Cruel Reality

A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.”  The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, “Which do you want, son?” The boy takes the quarters and leaves.  “What did I tell you?” said the barber. “That kid never learns!”  Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. “Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?”  The boy licked his cone and replied, “Because the day I take the dollar, the game is over!”

bad financialThe “joke” above is funny and cute but it also vividly represents how our entitlement programs hooks people into continuing to “play the game”.  Instead of the barber, picture Uncle Sam holding the dollar in one hand and the quarters in the other; the child in the “joke” could be viewed as those who wrongly seek entitlements from the corrupt and broken system we continue to support. Continue reading “Funny Joke or Cruel Reality”

The Unspoken Fix

Wisdom of Sophocles

I enjoy watching the Sunday morning shows like “Meet the Press”. It usually gives me an opportunity to relax with a cup of coffee while hearing the opinions on issues that are in the news.  Though normally heavily political; I enjoy staying on top of how our country’s leadership is dealing with topics that affect the entire world.  It is more a study of leadership that draws me in, not the rambling of people whom I do not know and so cannot trust.  This morning it was like Sophocles was sitting right beside me. Continue reading “The Unspoken Fix”

Cicero was proven right…but was it too late?

4490394_origAs a student of history, I was drawn by current events to the words of a famous Roman orator and philosopher Marcus Tulluis Cicero. I would like to share some of my thoughts on a couple of mistakes highlighted below and pose questions for your consideration. In one of his many papers on the decline of the Roman Empire, Cicero wrote:

Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:

  • Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others.
  • Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected.
  • Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it.
  • Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.
  • Neglecting development and refinement of mind.
  • Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

Marcus Tullius Cicero; 63 BC
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