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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

What Happened to Critical Thinking?

There are words used every day in the political lexicon to hide reality.

Refugee and illegal are two of those words.

Did you know it’s illegal to enter this country, as well as others without a passport? A Visa is required if your stay is longer than 6 months or you want to work in that country. You must check with the country you want to enter to understand and obtain the necessary permits before you enter. Detain and deport are exercised by each country as they desire, not as you wish.
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It doesn’t matter the reason, if someone comes into the USA or any country, they need to gain access through immigration.

What we seem to want to do is come up with different exceptions to suit our emotional context.

That’s when a nation of laws becomes a nation of whatever feels good, do it. This was the motto that emerged from the 60’s hippy movement. It’s not a sensible way to live.

I suggest everyone that wants to allow people to enter this country illegally, begin a personal family foster program. Just let them into your home. Why not, they have it much worse than you? While you’re at it take in a homeless person or two.

The critical problems we have get worse because people refuse to act like responsible adults. We want to be considered compassionate, but we forget that sometimes, no, is the correct response.

We don’t know who we let in without proper border screening. They may carry diseases, such as small pox or tuberculosis. In our confusion of emotion over intelligence, we block out any questions of what do we do, how do we properly provide, and what do we do with our homeless and “refugees“? Do we just set up sanctuary cities then sue the federal government for not picking up the tab? I grow weary hearing speeches designed for TV consumers and a short attention span audience.

Build the walls, barriers necessary to block all entry. Screen all those who wish to come in. Fix what’s broke first, before adding to our already overloaded local areas. First consider taking care of our veterans who served, sacrificed, then through the ravages of war, came back home unable to fit back in to a civilian world, and to a people who pretend the government is finding solutions.

There’s no options that have been discussed, other than providing proper border security. I would like our elected officials hold to their oath of office and protect this country from threats foreign and domestic.

Here’s what a person is required to swear in order to gain citizenship in the USA.
The current Oath of Allegiance of the United States is as follows:

I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform non-combatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.

According to U.S. regulations, the phrase “so help me God” is optional and that the words ‘on oath’ can be substituted with ‘and solemnly affirm’.