Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Perception of Courageous Conviction

Through the years of this millennium I've heard off and on the question of when? then why? The question of "when" first was raised in response to the locking down of American freedom with the Patriot Act. When will the people rise up and revolt? But that didn't happen, the sides of the aisles all switched and the blame game escalated. Yet the entire group that hated the loss of personal freedom with the Patriot Act, said nothing when the current President signed the continuation of it. And they've said nothing when this current President signed an Executive Order that is just a breath away from Martial Law. I've actually seen anti-Patriot Act Democrats defend President Obama's Executive Order regarding agriculture and food supply to be enforced under "emergency" circumstances, yet to be defined . . . Now, we are at the point of no return and I don't hear "when" any more, just "why." Why do the people just accept this? Bernanke says the consumers are slowing the economic recovery. Rather than fire all the politicians this November, the people are still arguing party. Remember the uproar about virtual strip searching at the air port? Remember the offense taken regarding "pat downs" by TSA? I remember a number of things I heard that the people would never tolerate. I remember how emphatically I heard, we the people just wouldn't put up with such invasiveness, or a number of infringements . . . Well, here we are farther down that road and the ones leaving mainstream are only the minority. For the most part, all the things the people of America would never put up with from their government is exactly what they are putting up with and no one is rebelling or revolting. Frankly, I find that fact, revolting!
We'll sit down, shut up, cave-in, and take it; but just hear our lip-service conviction!
. . . clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit . . . Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. - Jude

Monday, July 30, 2012

Let's Give Credit Where Credit is Due

Many times and many venues, I've addressed the concerns I have for the next generations, and today I must give credit where credit is due to the previous generations. My generation has been given a great deal of credit for changing the country and raising up against the establishment, but that credit does not belong to the Baby Boomers. We really didn't do all that much except protest a war that wasn't a war and wasn't winnable. There was a specific generation that came before us that forever changed this nation and they are called the Greatest Generation. Many of them are still alive today while enjoying almost as many years in "retirement," as they actually worked. And many are enjoying survivor's benefits without having to have been in the work force for 40 years. Since we are just now entering the 45th year of Medicare, the persons that turn 65 this year and become eligible for Medicare are truly the first group to have actually paid into that entitlement, their entire working career. So, the Boomers will of course receive the credit/blame for bankrupting social security and medicare, but we really are the first generation to have funded both from the beginning and the Boomers just began to retire, but it's already running in the deficit, so mathematically speaking, something is amiss. Now, back to credit where credit is due. The Greatest Generation was the first to leave agriculture and self-employment. The greatest generation chose a paycheck and that basically translates to having chosen money above all else. And it's odd that this generation that so valued money, is the last to receive inheritances of any size. They really have obtained and control the majority of the wealth in this country. Oh, there are still inheritances for some, but for the most part, it was the Greatest Generation that made Life Insurance the legacy to their descendants, if the Company is still in business by the time the policy is payable. In summation, it was not the Baby Boomers, but the Greatest Generation that changed our nation, never to be the same. It's the Baby Boomers who now realize we have to keep paying into FICA and Medicare because our aging parents and grandparents are collecting in vast amounts over many, many years, and have already "cashed in" the inheritances. I think it will be the Baby Boomers that do rise up against the "establishment" and stop stealing from our grandchildren and actually return to the agrarian society the Greatest Generation left for "the love of money." I plan to leave my grandchildren, not only land, but the knowledge of G-d's provision from the land.
. . . for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. words of the Apostle Paul

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Generation Has Grown Up

watching their parents "hold the family together" at all costs. What did it teach the kids? For centuries, it taught the children the importance of commitment and vows, but then something changed. Rather than seeing a good example of responsibility, many saw their moms work and attempt to hold the family together while the dads were "doing their own thing" which often involved alcohol and little income. Sadly the members of the generation that watched that have become leeches on society and the women they seduce.
These guys are rather snake-like in that they frequently indirectly coil and slither around the truth. They seem to have to have a great deal of control or at least manage to skirt the consequences of their choices. They appear to believe they deserve authority, while the reality remains they are self serving young men that expect a woman in his life that will support herself and make him look good. Watching these men in their natural habitat, many things become clear. First and foremost they will contribute very little financially, except when it's something big that shows. For instance. These men earn little or share little and will expect their woman to put the food on the table and keep the rent paid, but these guys will buy $100 gifts, for everyone to see . . . These are also the same guys, when the woman finally leaves; will spend thousands on attorney fees to get out of paying child support. It's not an entire generation, but it is a sizable portion of young men that truly don't expect to provide for or support a woman, but will be very needy, yet controlling. This is happening, not only because they were shown this example, but many in their generation also believe in their own authority and self-centeredness. These are the folks that went to college, had the drive to want a big income, and they have to have enough income to live the "style" and pay back the the student loans for law school.
People in power that pander to this sort of anti-social behavior are only kowtowing to the bullies. In this age of tolerance and bullying laws, it seems the first thing we need to do is clean up a judicial system that panders to bullies and the bullies who represent them.
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart. a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Everybody Knows

Dear Statisticians of the Government and Investigative Journalists, there are a few "facts" that keep getting put before "we the people" that simply do not actually represent the truth, and everybody knows it!
Let's talk about the unemployment figures. Did you know that everybody knows the numbers are skewed based on the fact that many people have been unemployed so long they are no longer eligible for unemployment? Did you know the stats only reveal the percentage of people collecting unemployment checks? Everyone reading the reports knows that! Everybody knows . . .
How about median incomes and house sizes? We've been being prepared and conditioned, actually programmed, for the decline of "Middle Class" for years now. The television shows of the 80's reflected serious divisions coming among the people. Ownership has always been status, but when credit and rent replaced tangible assets with "appearances," the slippery slope gained momentum. As everyone attempts to want the same American dream, the divisions amidst society have become more aggressive and relentless. And now with the burst of the housing bubble, it seems the people lost their homes, while their tax dollars aided their own evictions. Everyone knows eventually the piper has to be paid. Everybody knows . . .
While we are living the Great Repression, it continues to be reported that we are in economic recovery. Because Wall Street doesn't need another bail out? Those on Main Street are still struggling and those that lost their jobs and homes aren't economically recovering. Everyone is well aware of the cost of groceries and the out of touch politicians that are promising all of us big futures and bigger debt. But then, the politicians haven't lost their jobs or houses and they don't have to worry about mandated health care premiums. Kind of looks like things have been going into place for a long time between banking and insurance. Everyone knows the term, "slowed recovery," is propaganda. Everyone knows . . .
How about weather of Biblical proportion? Third world countries know when the weather is bad, they've angered their god . . . We've had three horrible corn harvests since ethanol became a regular ingredient in our gasoline, and the price of chicken feed has more than doubled. Not to mention the fact that gasoline really didn't get any cheaper, either! Could ethanol greed and Monsanto arrogance be a contributing factor to weather of Biblical proportion resulting in the corn crop failure?
It would seem the one thing everybody doesn't know, is how much worse it will get.
Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.

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