Category Archives: Hope

Don’t Wish – Do!

2019 is almost at an end and the next year will come soon enough. Many of us may take the time to reflect on what happened to us, and others we know over the past year. We may also make plans for the new year.

Frequently, we may come up with resolutions. For some odd reason we have picked a date on a calendar to mark a point where we decide to change our life. A sort of a wish list of things we want to change or do over the next year. Quickly, those often get lost in the upcoming days of our lives.

May I make a suggestion? Forget resolutions or big plans, unless you know that this actually works for you. I’ve begun to think about life in ever so brief days. Rather than saying to yourself, I’ll get around to doing that, or seeing that person, place, or experiencing that for the first time. Just think, what would you do if you only had this month, week, or maybe only this day to do whatever you wanted?

How many of us look back over the last year and remember a family member or friend that died? Certainly it’s happened to many. Do you stop and ask yourself, I wish he or she and I had gotten together over this last year? Did you have conversations where you were going to go for a ride or a walk, but never got around to it? Is there someone you wished you had told them you loved them, or you forgive them, asked for their forgiveness, visited them, did something for them, but they’re gone now?

What if today is the last time you get to do something, or see someone? We usually rely on there being a tomorrow, but at some unpredictable point there won’t be another day to do or see what we want. Perhaps our constant resolution should be to stop worrying, stop procrastinating, stop wishing and hoping, and just begin each day with an idea to do what we keep saying we’re going to do, someday. Make that some day, this day.

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Give Peace a Chance?

This tweet started an uproar, as well as the picture. Ellen_DeGeneres_tweetThere’s millions of reasons to bicker amongst ourselves and far fewer to not. Everyone can find fault in others, but not so easily in ourselves. Why is that?

Well, I support the ideas Ellen DeGeneres espoused. We need more kindness, more respect, and love in this world. Excuses are bountiful, but I side with trying peace.

The brouhaha started when Ellen DeGeneres sent out a tweet showing she was sitting with George & Laura Bush at a game. There were some angry criticism over her being a lesbian, who claimed he was an oppressor of the LGBTQ+ community and even went so far as to refer to him as a war criminal.

Furthermore, everyone believes they’re an expert on when it’s appropriate to use the military. At that time, 9/11 occurred. People wanted to get Bin Laden, and go after perceived threats. The government of Iraq appeared to be the next regime to start an international conflict through either biological or nuclear methods.

Most people in Congress, voted to go into Iraq. That included Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Charles Schumer, John Kerry and others who tried to say, we are real smart people, but we think we were duped. Well, if that’s what they believe, that’s what they can try to make as their own cover story. George Bush did his best in time of crisis.

After George Bush left office, President Obama continued with the war in Iraq, and some say he let the Iraqi people down by withdrawing most (not all) troops. During his time he increased commitment to the Afghanistan war. Then through clandestine operations, used off the books money to fund and support rebels in Libya. They toppled Muammar Gaddafi. That ended up a total fiasco when members of the Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia, continued to spread hate & discontent and destroyed the Benghazi embassy, killing the ambassador & other personnel.

In truth, there continues to be blood on the hands of both political parties, and even now, President Trump is catching flak for his desire to withdraw our military involvement in Syria. People were questioning our military involvement authorized by President Obama, and now the press, some military leaders, and many critics are saying we shouldn’t withdraw. This is the nature of politics and people who castigate one person for doing something they were raking another over for doing just the opposite.

You see, Mark Ruffalo, and others like him, have the distinction of knowing exactly what’s right while everyone else are confused. I guess the best thing for any of us, is to know what’s right, but not have any responsibility for the consequences. It’s perfect. It’s like we were watching a football game and there are hundreds, maybe thousands of fans that would have called a different play, than the one they saw executed on the field.

Meanwhile, people like Ellen are saying, give peace a chance. Let’s practice peace and understanding in our own domain. Once we figure how to get along with people locally who have different opinions, maybe we can roll that out internationally?

I guess what I find so disingenuous are those who most often say, don’t judge me, or don’t be so judgemental, typically fail to recognize their own behavior.


Note: Introduced in the House by Dennis Hastert on Oct. 2, 2002
Became Public Law No. 107-243
Committee consideration by the House Committee on International Relations
Passed the House on Oct. 10, 2002 (296 – 133)
Passed the Senate on Oct. 11, 2002 (77 – 23)
Signed into law by President George W. Bush on Oct. 16, 2002

Can We Be This Blind?

How Trump Turned Liberal Comedians Conservative
By JOANNA WEISS – June 15, 2019

I find this writing an example of “liberal irony”. It’s OK to be liberal or conservative, but there are extremes. What I have witnessed since Donald Trump took office, the nature of criticism and outright hatred against him, has been magnified to a level well beyond any previous administration.

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· President Trump signs the Hurricane Harvey relief bill 2017

The expression, “Trump Derangement Syndrome” seems like an accurate label, as people have become unhinged, to the point that anything can be justified because of Trump.

This article in Politico, which I’m referencing is an example of the irony, and the mislabeling of characteristics which are the domain of the modern liberal. The author is suggesting that vile comments, the hatred, are the domain of conservatism. It’s as though one can say, I’m a liberal, hatred spews from my mouth, but that’s a conservative trait. Folks, this is the epitome of a lack of self-awareness.

A week after the 2016 elections, many left wing activists took to the streets to express their angst with some causing riots all across the nation.

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· Protestors who covered their faces – some of whom decided to damage property

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There’s no greater threat to the liberal establishment than Donald Trump.

“If Trump has changed the tone of the presidency, he’s done the same for TV humor, creating a kind of insult comedy for the Resistance: less subtle, less civil—and, strangely, more conservative.

… “liberals and conservatives are (on average) wired differently, with social and cultural conservatives personally more attuned to danger, worried about intruders, primed to protect an establishment under threat.

*NOTE* see first sentence of the quotes from the article. This is irony or self-deception.

“As outrage, however, it does contain something that satire lacks, University of Delaware communications professor Dannagal Young says: a consistent call to action. That feels like the purpose of this brand of late night comedy—not to wryly observe the world and encourage us all to do better, but to harness people’s anger, make them ready to revolt.

*NOTE 2: Harness anger? Ready to revolt? Not to encourage people to do better? Where’s all this angst & hatred coming from?
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There is a growing, war being waged against the Trump administration and conservatives in general. Most of that war is being orchestrated and funded by the massively-financed elite who want to change the system in order to benefit themselves. Although they’ve prospered enormously through capitalism, they see socialism as a vehicle to further their collective agenda. Socialism, or as it’s often relabeled, “democratic socialism”, is a shift in power for those elites to hold all the power.

Whenever you read or hear the claims for a new world order, improved society, basic human rights, the role of government is to provide __X__, then look further into those promises, they come at a horrific cost.

Someone, some government agency, must decide what’s fair, divides who gets what in this social order, and has the power to enforce. What do you think happens to any human contrived organization with this kind of power? Power corrupts – absolute power corrupts absolutely. It’s been repeated throughout history, from monarchs, oligarchs, patriarchs, national committees, or single national party’s.

Capitalism and freedom are under constant attack.

“Capitalism does a number of things very well: it helps create an entrepreneurial spirit; it gets people motivated to come up with new ideas, and that’s a good thing.”” ~ Bernie Sanders

“Capitalism has not always existed in the world and will not always exist in the world.” ~ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Death to freedom, liberty, the needs of state over the individual, evolve through promises and platitudes. The false promise of everyone benefits, and no one is left without, is a lie. History points to the corrupt and diseased status of the state which operates under the thumb of socialism. We can already see the paucity of their claims in cities under decades of “Democrat” control. Flint Michigan, Chicago Illinois, San Francisco California, Los Angeles California, Seattle Washington, and so forth.
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When the state or committee take over, nothing opposing their rules, all real prosperity, advancement & hope are lost. Capitalism may have it’s faults, however Socialism is controlled by the elite few along with their cronies. Their goal is to have total control over assets, medical care, manufacturing, utilities, transportation, agriculture and even public speech.

Socialism states that you owe me something simply because I exist. Capitalism, by contrast, results in a sort of reality-forced altruism: I may not want to help you, I may dislike you, but if I don’t give you a product or service you want, I will starve. Voluntary exchange is more moral than forced redistribution.” ~ Ben Shapiro

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R. Buckminster Fuller – we still haven’t caught up to his vision.