“The election is over, the talking is done…”

I know, I know, the election is over; and to paraphrase something I read on Facebook™  ”The election is over, the talking is done. My party lost, your party won. So let us be friends, let arguments pass. I’ll hug my elephant, you kiss your  a****!  Most people are trying to do the ‘lets be friends’ part; not the ‘you kiss you  a****’ part. There are a few folks who still feel that it is their duty to convince the ‘other’ guy that he was so wrong to vote the way he did, even though the election was nearly 2 weeks ago. Americans should stop talking about politics and affairs of state, right? Wrong.

Because all Americans know that our finances, jobs, debt and economy and anything remotely tied to these things, are headed for the proverbial terlit (and some say it is already there), it is up to Americans to decide what role the government has, if any, in solving these problems. Part of the problem was caused by too much government involvement, and part of the problem was caused by too little government involvement in operations of this country. After all, if government is PART of the problem, asking/demanding/allowing that SAME GOVERNMENT be part of the SOLUTION; seems to me a bit like allowing the government to be judge, jury and executioner at its own trial. This is hardly an impartial way to solve a problem. Don’t you think it is the role of the GOVERNED/WE THE PEOPLE to determine what the role of government is in finding a solution?

Another thing that the American people ought to be doing (and not just because I say so), is deciding if they want to return to strict interpretation of our founding documents, do they want to mold them into their lifestyle  now (after all  the documents have withstood the test of 230+ years for a reason).

The following article appears long and in some ways is a bit over-the-top for me, but when read with an open mind, there are some solid truths to it. As tempted as we may be to spend the next 4 years squabbling, let spend the next 4 years TALKING  and finding solutions so that the next generation and enjoying life.

http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/11/what-is-not-the-job-of-the-us-government/

 

Chicago Teachers Strike-why?

Chicago teachers make a good $71,000 and they ask for more? To pay for their health bennies? I thought they were in this for the students, just like I was in nursing for my patients WHO NEEDED, WHO RELIED UPON AND NEEDED ME.There is a fine line between complete narcissism and altruism with necessary narcissism.

, former White House Chief of Staff

I also wonder how our President feels about this. He has no choice but to back the NEA; but his former Chief of Staff and a close ally, Rahm Emmanuel is now mayor of Chicago. Is that why we haven’t heard much from President Obama about this? Poor Rahm, he doesn’t have the budget to meet the teachers; financial demands, unless he’s willing to increase the taxes on the parents of schoolchildren. Then again, Increasing Johnnies’ parents taxes will make them much less able and desirous to help Johnny with his homework and the Chicago School System will go further in that dark hole.

Yes, the rent has to get paid, but I also know that $71,000 is more than enough to pay Chicago rent. Heck, I lived nicely on $45,000 as a nurse in Chicago. And when I retire, there’s no such thing as a big fat pension waiting for me. But, how could I forget the plastic pen for National Nurse’s Week!

Quality of  education of Chicago’s student’s should be priority #1. No, teacher’s shouldn’t work for nothing, but when fewer than 60% of students graduate from high school, there’s something ‘rotten in Denmark.’

“This is My Country”

At 7 minutes, this is a tad longer than most videos, but worth it? It gives me pride in our country and makes me proud to be an American, one who will fight and die for my country. When I watched this gal speak at the Republican National Convention a few days ago, I was mesmerized by the well-chosen words that came straight from her heart. Yes, she has a political agenda (running for Congress from Utah), but she doesn’t seem to be grinding axes here and talking in sound bites, talking points and campaign slogans. Personally, I think we need young blood, young ideas and people who don’t see that a life in Washington is the ‘be all and end all’ to their lives.

Mia Love is that same kind of person we need more of in Washington, but that’s just my opinion. We all need to take responsibility, do our own research, and talking to friends and learning about issues of the day and the candidate’s proposal to deal with some of the problems we face. That way, we’ll all make a determination based on some pretty solid facts about the people we’d like to send to Washington.

“When In the Course of Human Events…”

What school child hasn’t heard or read/studied the history behind the Declaration of Independence? July 4, 2012 is the 236th anniversary of the day we declared out independence from Great Britain’s sovereignty, although we didn’t sign our Constitution for some years. I was just reading an account of the 56 men who were appointed to represent their states interests. They”… determined that the only logical course of action by which they could throw off the yoke of tyranny was to declare the independence and sovereignty of the individual colonies.”

And they did this by signing the Declaration of Independence July 4 1776.  But what became of these men? We always hear of the Framers of the Constitution, but the people who wrote the Declaration? Several signers were branded by the British as traitors and were tortured before they died. Others were captured and jailed. Still others had their livelihoods ruined; many were wealthy and the British ruined their wealth and they died poor; yet many continued to serve, they so believed in liberty.

Many were men of means who signed the Declaration of Independence, knowing that they would face certain death if they were caught, Sometimes I wonder if the citizens of the America of today would have the strength of their convictions or would they fall short. This country has lived through some bad times, but I haven’t seen things as bad (maybe I just haven’t been ‘around’ as long), but I do see the signs of the same restlessness.

Americans have begun to wake up and realize that they have a duty to protest if there is something with which they disagree. They may not always be heard, but they protest what they see as an inequity. Although personally I see the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests as misplaced and energies misdirected, yet the the protestors PROTESTED. Peaceful protests were held by the The Tea Party members protested.

The signers of the Declaration of Independence suffered, they were hunted down by the British, tortured, lost their fortunes and their recognition remains somewhat paltry. Other than John Hancock (with his huge signature), Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, John Adams, josiah Bartlett, Cesar Rodney, and Thomas Jefferson, I remember little of the remaining signers.

An account of the events leading to the Declaration can be found in the mini-series, “1776.”  Not a historian to speak ti its factual accuracy, I would highly recommend this mini-series. So, tomorrow when I gather with neighbors and family, it will be to honor the sacrifices mad by the signers, the people who supported them, their families. They suffered, many died, so that I could have the independence, the liberty I have now and would like to keep. Since then, the numbers of people who have fought, sacrified and died for our country increases. Noone likes to fight, no one wants war, but Americans love freedom. We honor these signers for the sacrifices they made!

http://www.barefootsworld.net/doi1776.html

Freedom & Forgiveness Are Never Free! (footsoldiers4christ.wordpress.com)

Coming to You Soon!

“Watch Your Mailbox!
I just wanted to let you know that today I received my 2012 Social Security Stimulus Package…….
It contained:

  • two tomato seeds,
  • cornbread mix,
  • a prayer rug,
  • a machine to blow smoke up my ass,
  • 2 discount coupons to KFC,
  • an “Obama Hope & Change” bumper sticker,
  • and a “Blame it on Bush” poster for the front yard.

The directions were in Spanish. Yours should be coming around the pike real soon!!”

I would have put this in the joke section because it is funny, but funny often provides a lot of grist for the mill. Sure, we should be more self-reliant by growing our own tomatoes. But do self-reliance and  making cornbread from a box-mix? Doing for ourselves AT THE SAME TIME AS having someone do for us by making CORNBREAD FROM A BOX? This needs to have sparked a national dialog 50 years ago, though my mind is pretty well made-up. I know, what a cliché to hang my hat onto,  “my mind is made up, don’t confuse me with the facts!”

Then we have the prayer rug which says to me that SOMEONE doesn’t think that we all tolerate people of other religions well; OR DOES IT? Other religions were ‘around’ well-before Christianity, which is one of the newest religions on the earth.  I know for myself, that I want others to tolerate my faith just like I tolerate theirs, that religion is a very personal thing. Government has no business in the religious preferences business; just as it has no business in the sexual preference ‘market.’   They only reason the government has ANY reason in these ‘arenas’ is when freedoms granted to us by the Constitution are at stake.

We fell for the ‘hope and change’ stuff 3 1/2 years ago and found out the hard way that it really meant ‘MORE OF POLITICS AS USUAL.’ Actually, it meant worsening of politics as usual as the pols we often deal with are Chicago-style politicians who for the most part, know one loyalty: MONEY.

Discount tickets for KFC. Deep-fried, the more calories, the better? But, what about Michelle Obama‘s war on obesity. Has this been trumped by ‘the-more-people-who-keel-over-of-a-heart-attack, the-fewer-people-have-to-be-covered-by-Obamacare-or-a-single-payer-system?’

The ‘BLAME IT ON BUSH poster for the front yard seeks to remind us of EVERYTHING  that we’ve heard of in the last 3 1/2 years; ‘INHERIT’ is another ‘catch-all!’ What about a increasing a 10 trillion dollar debt to $15 dollars is palatable by ANYONE’S standards. That same $5 trillion dollar debt was unpatriotic in the past; but why is it acceptable now?

“How’s That 2012 Election Working for Ya?”

Dear America,

Republicans:

How’s life treating you? No, really … How is life treating you? Boy, that Republican primary was really something wasn’t it? They called it what? A vetting process? I guess that’s one way of describing it. From where I sat, it looked more like a demolition derby. The winner has three flat tires, his rear end smashed up to the back window, and has steam and smoke billowing out from underneath the hood. But the Mittmobile is gassed up and ready to run the Indy 500.

Yes, by definition, I am a conservative, so let me be the first to commend you on a job well done Republican Party. That was quite a spectacle. That fabulous vetting process netted us one of the best looking mannequins that I’ve ever seen. His suit fits absolutely perfect, and talk about exciting! He really lights up a room doesn’t he? Boy, if we can just take back the White House with this guy, our problems should be all over!

Democrats:

How’s life treating you ? If your boy can just get four more years, he should have this country running like a finely tuned sewing machine, right? He was just learning how to put on the skates during that first term right? You’re not going to like hearing this, but your boy has a couple of fatal flaws. One, he doesn’t understand math. Two, if his testosterone level was half that of his wife, he’d be twice the man that he is. People who love this man have been blinded by his oratory skills, and have mistaken progressive thinking and intellectual soundness for acute weakness. His inability to solve problems is a result of his inability to lead or accept responsibility.

Read More Here:  “How’s That Election Working for You?”

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World War ELEVEN

This morning, after standard news fare, we kept the television on; but perused to the History Channel. The edict of the hour was live footage and narrative of the atomic bombing plans in World War II by pilots of the Enola Gay and Bockscar.

My husband and I commented on how the History Channel should be required in study hall or detention in high schools across the land. There was commentary that many high school graduates thought that the atomic bombs were dropped in World War ELEVEN:(

While a saddening fact and testimonial to the state of our education system, what can we do? Pour more money into the school system? We have a very finite amount of cash, yet America’s teachers have impressionable minds in their charge and a good teacher is worth his/her weight in gold. Some schools have precious few resources to meet the VERY basics.

So, to prove a point, an analysis/opinion show
(and the name of the channel is insignificant, here) sent out a cameraman to ask the average Joe-on-the-street various questions. The answers astounded me, but shocked me more. Few knew-or cared-about the name of our country’s first president.