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.
This article should be required reading for anyone considering giving Barack Obama 4 more years. Many liberals have already made up their minds, so don’t confuse me with the facts, but no amount of sitting around the table talking economic patriotism and begging for 4 more years (despite a hugely unpopular 4 previous years) will change the minds of some voters. I’d like to be given a solid, fact-based reason that this country should have 4 more years AND this man deserves the 4 years.
But, heck; does your plumber get a SECOND chance if he messes up your brand new bathroom, or the electrician deserve another chance when he messes up the wiring to your house and you have to pay thousands to have it redone? I think the answer is a resounding ‘NO!’
But Barack Obama feels that we should give him another chance-based on what-ah, white, straight teeth and smooth talking. Snake oil salesmen fit that bill, too!.
Its clear to this voter that the choice is just as clear. Mitt Romney is no natural born politician, but he is a patriot and cares not if he’s given a second term; where Mr. Obama’s sun rises and sets on whether he and his cronies get another term-for what, I shudder to think.
“It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again!” All of us had ancestors or were slaves at one time, so I think we can ‘identify’ with the words of this song from “Les Miserables” about the French Revolution.
A revolutionary I’m not, but I can’t help but notice that American emotions border on the brink of hysteria at times. People differ in their ideas about the direction in which this country should go. Should it follow the Constitution or progress and ‘get with the times?’ For years, Americans who thought this way were in the minority; now Americans must think and act quickly, so as not to have their voices heard.
Americans used to boast that they were free and lived “In the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave…” American freedoms erode and our country used to be the #1 ‘FREEST and now the USA is closer to #10.
Respect for the US abroad has eroded, our allies aren’t sure if they can count on us, but I’d like to hope when push came to shove, America would step up to the plate…One person didn’t start this trend, and one person can’t stop it, either; but, whomever we chose next may determine if we hear the “beating of your hearts or the beating of a drum..”
Chicagoteachers 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.
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.’
Each branch of the military has its own special forces. These are groups of men and women who have undergone rigorous training in extremely difficult circumstances to be the ‘BEST OF THE BEST’ and usually perform under duress or conditions that are tougher than tough. In Vietnam, one of these groups emerged : United States Army Special Forces, the Green Berets.
Not long ago, the Navy SEALs (where SEALs stands for members who excel in special operations on the sea, air and land) brought Osama bin-Laden to justice.
Some members (and retired members) of these Special Ops Groups have joined together and formed an organization, SPECIAL OPERATIONS SPEAKS. Please check them out their website at http://specialoperationsspeaks.com and donate to the cause of liberty and freedom. It is important to note in this time when liberty and freedom are eroding, that people have the opportunity to make his/her own political statements; and also donate if possible.
This is a very interesting website which reveals how the Special Ops forces have changed the courses of wars or the direction of war. No one likes war, but Special Ops (the name given to all these elite groups of our military) has been able to shorten the duration or decrease the intensity.This list is far from inclusive; rather it is only a start of the current listings.
Special ops forces that you may have heard of are:
Air Force Pararescue
Army Special Forces-Green Berets-
US Army Rangers
SARC-Special Amphious Reconaissance Corpsman
Air Force Pararescut
US Coast hard Rescue Swimmers
These are just a few of the highly trained and secretive special forces.
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.
There you have it: Obama, bankruptcy, and an unpleasant, forced end to entitlements as we know them, or Romney-Ryan and the preservation of entitlements that protect the elderly and disadvantaged, and that are sustainable for generations to come. Like Walter Matthau, Barack Obama is out of money, and has no plan to cut spending or to raise more without throwing us into another recession or worse. Unless he plans to find the equivalent of a rich widow, he should leash his attack dogs and offer some positive alternative to what Romney and Ryan are offering, rather than more of the policies that have brought us so close to financial disaster. Negative ads and squabbles over details are diversions from a debate over how to enable entitlements to accommodate our changing demographics and straitened finances, and a discussion of who would take the nation in the right direction. That is our real entitlement: to a debate on the relative merits of Obama’s “plan” to do nothing and Paul Ryan’s plan for reform.