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I Want This – Not That

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I want to wake up in a world that recognizes there are a lot more important things in life than huddled around our electronic devices, and looks forward:

  • More to life than 100+ Video & Audio Entertainment channels
  • Quits complaining about politics and is willing to select candidates based on proven accomplishments not public relations sound bites.
  • Understands in order to demand integrity of their leaders must also find integrity within themselves.
  • Chooses to vote for people as individuals, not because they belong to a specific party.
  • There’s a lot more to life than a 24/7 news cycle and that the sky isn’t falling because for the most part, there are a lot more good people just doing their jobs, taking care of kids, the infirm and protecting us, than all the bad stuff you see and hear on the news.
  • More to life than being popular on social media.
  • Stops living in constant fear of objects owned by millions but used wrongly by a very small percentage of people.
  • Stops blaming religions, ethnic groups, age groups, genders, for problems, and start to examine what’s going on in your life, group, religion, political party, that’s not working toward self-improvement.
  • Learns there’s nothing free in this world and anyone that tries to convince you otherwise is selling something, and in the long run that something always ends up costing more than you bargained.
  • Demands people of both political party’s stop blaming each other and working toward common solutions.
  • Learns that vows of life long commitment mean just that, and if you aren’t prepared to take the bad with the good, then don’t choose that one, find someone else, or no one at all.
  • Finds ways to be thankful for what we have, not what we don’t have.

—  Have a mutually beneficial, and kind day — 

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The Devolution of American Politics

I vacillate between disgust, laughter, and moments of, you are all a bunch of juveniles. I’m talking about the Presidential runoffs, otherwise known as primaries.

I don’t recall a time in politics (at least the last 50 years), where the debates and the commentary have become so facile.

Mitt Romney’s recent comments on Trump along with other key members of the Republican party, have assailed Trump whenever they have the media spotlight. And of course the media enjoy this thrashing. So too, will the Democrats, as they hope Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination. Half their campaign against the Republicans will have been done for them. As a matter of fact, all they have to do is edit and splice together the various comments made about him for their own ad campaign.

Demonstrating the continued downward spiral of the exchange between Republican candidates, here’s some of the latest ridiculous moments? 

This is the level of discourse politics has devolved? I don’t understand how we’ve gotten this far down the path with such immature candidates? The Democrats appear to be Ivy league in comparison to this nonsense. At least they’re focusing on the issues and not the quality of someone’s spray tan.

So, who is voting for Donald Trump? So far, it appears to be quite a cross section of people. Polling numbers suggest the Republicans are voting in numbers far in excess of the Democrats. I’m not endorsing Republicans or Democrats, I’m simply pointing to what is reported.

BBC Taxi with Trump & Sanders Supporters

Dr. Phil comments on Donald Trump

Senator Lindsey Graham talks about Trump

In spite of the constant poking fun or hurled insults at Trump, here are his defined positions found on his web site. [CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ->] Donald Trump Public Position Statement

  • Completely repeal Obamacare. Our elected representatives must eliminate the individual mandate. No person should be required to buy insurance unless he or she wants to.
  • Modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines. As long as the plan purchased complies with state requirements, any vendor ought to be able to offer insurance in any state. By allowing full competition in this market, insurance costs will go down and consumer satisfaction will go up.
  • Allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns under the current tax system. Businesses are allowed to take these deductions so why wouldn’t Congress allow individuals the same exemptions? As we allow the free market to provide insurance coverage opportunities to companies and individuals, we must also make sure that no one slips through the cracks simply because they cannot afford insurance. We must review basic options for Medicaid and work with states to ensure that those who want healthcare coverage can have it.
  • Allow individuals to use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Contributions into HSAs should be tax-free and should be allowed to accumulate. These accounts would become part of the estate of the individual and could be passed on to heirs without fear of any death penalty. These plans should be particularly attractive to young people who are healthy and can afford high-deductible insurance plans. These funds can be used by any member of a family without penalty. The flexibility and security provided by HSAs will be of great benefit to all who participate.
  • Require price transparency from all healthcare providers, especially doctors and healthcare organizations like clinics and hospitals. Individuals should be able to shop to find the best prices for procedures, exams or any other medical-related procedure.
  • Block-grant Medicaid to the states. Nearly every state already offers benefits beyond what is required in the current Medicaid structure. The state governments know their people best and can manage the administration of Medicaid far better without federal overhead. States will have the incentives to seek out and eliminate fraud, waste and abuse to preserve our precious resources.
  • Remove barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable and cheaper products. Congress will need the courage to step away from the special interests and do what is right for America. Though the pharmaceutical industry is in the private sector, drug companies provide a public service. Allowing consumers access to imported, safe and dependable drugs from overseas will bring more options to consumers.
  • Ensure veterans get the care they need wherever and whenever they need it.
  • Increase funding for job training and placement services.
  • Tax relief for middle class Americans: In order to achieve the American dream, let people keep more money in their pockets and increase after-tax wages.
  • Simplify the tax code to reduce the headaches Americans face in preparing their taxes and let everyone keep more of their money.
  • Grow the American economy by discouraging corporate inversions, adding a huge number of new jobs, and making America globally competitive again.
  • Not add to our debt and deficit, which are already too large.

All the corporate mergers over many years have spawned an idea.*
Since our current lineup looks so lackluster, I suggest we merge with Canada.

Canadian-Prime-Minister-Justin-TrudeauTheir President behaves like a leader. We could save money by setting aside our President & Vice-president. If people say the new President is unresponsive, it would be consistent with our regular complaints.

Our neighbor to the north has a good economy, a better international reputation than the US, and manages control of their national aggression. They have fewer murders per capita, and they don’t seem to desire to be involved in international conflicts. Perhaps we could learn something through our closer association.

* That last part of the post is meant to be humorous. Someone will take it literally and complain.

Another Life Lesson to Be Learned

I recently finished reading a book which I found profound and insightful, “The Four Agreements” by don Miguel Ruiz.The Four Agreements
Of course there are innumerable books on human understanding, self-help and boisterous guides and DVD’s on becoming a better you. I’ve read several and there are good and wise words in many, however I find myself continually seeking practical solutions for everyday living which I either don’t get from these texts or unable to apply in my life.

Then along comes this book, which I must admit, the 4 topics of focus are things I’ve heard one way or another before. Perhaps this time, I get it because of the way he explains. Here are the topics he writes on and then explains in examples.

1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best.

These all seem simple enough until you try to apply them. I’m going to use this as a structure to examine a current event of which some people are familiar. For others not aware of Jeremy Clarkson as a presenter for the BBC program “Top Gear“, or are unaware of the use of political correctness in society, I suggest you skip the rest of my post and click on this link for an explanation of The Four Agreements.


Being offended is practically a national past time for a lot of people. I routinely read or hear how this person is a racist or homophobic because of what they said. It’s usually a charge pronounced against someone who has notoriety or to dismiss someone’s point of view that another disagrees. Of course it’s a special dividend when this verbal offense can be litigated for significant sums of money as in the case for Clarkson and the BBC.

Top Gear BBC presentersAfter all the years of being a presenter, Clarkson and his form of humor should be well understood by his employers and the public at large who view or listen to his public diatribes.

Clarkson may have grown out of short pants, but he still speaks as though a school boy, thinking everything he says is clever even if it sounds stupid. This is part of what attracts viewing audience to the Top Gear automotive review program as part of his normal prevarication. I can only imagine how far he may stray with his unfiltered mouth after intoxication.

Is Clarkson clever? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. He throws out lines of thought without considering who might be sensitive receptors. You can witness repeated topics or names are used because he has special disdain for anyone connected with said topic.

Here’s why he’s still around.
✔ – He’s a big lout that does have a sense of humor.
✔ – He’s not boring, clever enough to attract a large audience.
✔ – He’s a train wreck in motion and people seem to be attracted to this as much as their tabloid news.

The thing that prompts his lack of sensitivity is the reaction he gets when he pokes fun at people or their beliefs. Mel Brooks produced a movie called, “Blazing Saddles“, which probably couldn’t be made now, but expressly used almost every pejorative he knew to illustrate the stupidity of racism, bigotry and hatred for others. The society around Clarkson has changed into complainers who have managed to use the law and courts to censor people like him. It’s as if they can create a magical world of everyone holding hands and singing “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing . . “, while ignoring very serious societal problems of far greater magnitude.

I understand people want everyone to be treated fairly, but the truth is, people think whatever they want in spite of someone else and if we want to mature as a society we need to expect people will say things without our consideration. Perhaps its time we get on with our business and stop worrying what the Clarkson’s of the world say or think, because in the end it shouldn’t matter.

Miguel Ruiz states it better; There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.”

Example of his non-sensitive nature humor:
Jeremy Clarkson Twitter @JeremyClarkson
I’m not a racist. I am currently sitting in a bar with a man who lives quite near Wales.