Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day


I believe that the cost of war is outrageous.  But I also believe that humans constantly make war and prepare for war because they refuse to behave differently enough to avoid war.

While war is horrible in cost of materials and lives, it is glorious in exploit and vanity.  Humans seem to me to love it, to desire it, to set themselves up to expect it, despite the knowledge that it is a horrible thing.

I cannot explain this in short time and detail.  I do believe, however, that in human history we've learned to avoid and stop many bad things, like slavery and other bad things.  Strangely, although some have tried, we have not found a way to stop making war.  When people refuse to not make a path to avoid different choices and decisions I believe it is for a reason, that they wish it to continue.

Perhaps I am wrong.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Pooch has been Screwed.


I believe in democracy, I believe in the dignity of the individual human right to express.   I am very frustrated that in this election cycle I've been threatened by people, who wrongly assume I support a candidate they despise, and try to have my work, comments, posts and such, removed.  The American left is the culprit, and for me, this is an enormous betrayal.  The idea of free speech is one that includes the concept that anything limiting it makes it unfree.  To me when the supporters of Bernie have attacked me, tried having my posts deleted, my blog censored, my ideas banned, they made their goals clear.  They are saying if they are being honest, that even if they are wrong they want no one able to speak in any way differently.  I refuse this idea.  I've endured and accepted numerous attacks, due to the idea that, I have a way to respond.  This is, in fact, my response.


And despite all this, I am not a Trump supporter.  I disagree with many of his ideas, comments, promises for the future.  I believe that immigrants are a resource, not a problem.  I believe that illegal entry to the country is an issue, but the concept of people entering the country to work and participate in the country is a good thing.   The idea of a wall is not wrong, a country has a right to build such a thing and there are countries who are great who have done similar things.  It is wrong, however, to say it is the fault of the other country that immigrants come in illegally.  This is my thought, if you put up a wall, and the immigrant flood stops, then watch how soon the signs for help wanted go up on businesses.  We've removed over 50 million possible entrants into the past two generations' work force, through abortion, and the concept that the non aborted of those generations will do the labor that immigrants do is almost certainly a tragic comedy.

I am not suggesting anything here.  I believe a wall is reasonable, a country has a right to build a barrier on its border.  I just believe that if the flood stops, other events will happen.

People say Trump hates women.   I think this is possibly false.  It is possibly false because it isn't the whole picture.  I believe he hates humanity.  He wishes it to be sanitized for his protection.  Some would argue that his debate performances wherein he took issue with the Fox News woman anchor was proof of his hatred.  I saw it as his refusal to be interrogated by a woman, for a news channel that had what he would think was an agenda to keep him from winning.  I cannot say anything positive about Trump and his view of women, but really, I am not a Trump supporter or apologist.

As a person who has lived a conservative existence, I am often told that people ASSUME that I am a card carrying Republican.  I am not.  I am also, for the record, not a Libertarian.  I won't go into detail, but who I am politically is a person who votes for who I consider to be the most moral leader.  And thus in 2016 I am completely screwed. 

I have heard that Clinton's Email issues are just mild mistakes, from Democrats.  I've heard that what she has done is treason, from Republicans.   Sanders wishes to do many things with money drawn from many new taxes, almost all upon the wealthy.  Having seen the charts and graphs of who pays how much of the taxes in America, I can understand those who say that what Sanders wants is both implausible for the modern world, and would likely shitcan the economy for a long time.  I am not, however, an economist.  I believe he is a moral person however, and between Clinton and Sanders, I would unabashedly vote for Sanders, if that was allowed to be my choice.  (It isn't a choice here, just saying, between the two...)

Trump stands alone on the right, and I cannot, will not vote for him.  Therefore I am compelled to vote 3rd party and throw my vote away.  People say I am not throwing it away, but in a two party system voting anything but the two majority parties is spitting into the wind.

I hope this clarifies why I am screwed in 2016. 


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

UNCHAINED



I am not going to bow before the cultural guardians and stop being honest in order to save someone's sensitive feelings, nor do I intend to be an asshole and hurt feelings intentionally, simply because I am able.  If that is going to mean I am punished, so be it.

I happen to be white, that doesn't mean I am anti-Black.
I happen to be straight, I happen to be completely ok with GLBTI people.
I am male, it doesn't mean I think women are my playthings or beneath me.

I refuse the labels of society, as should everyone.

All I know is, I am a Christian, husband, writer, father, son, brother, poet, writer & romantic. All else negotiable.



Sunday, May 1, 2016

Why not?

Should I vote for a person I despise (Trump) or a person I don't like or trust (Clinton)?  The choice is not a true choice.  Because I can vote for any single person eligible for the office of president.  But by voting for anyone outside of the two major parties I am essentially throwing away my vote.  It is true, unless you are willing to cast the vote as a message to the center of culture. 

I have, however, voted third party more than I have main party.  Why I write this is to say, we have had 20 years of governance that has been a confluence of selfish petty personality politics that smell of masturbation as well as concentration of power in hands where use has been closer to criminal than ethical.  So why keep the train on the same track?

I do not believe in the offerings of Bernie Sanders, but at least he offered something different.  I do not believe that the promise of standing his ground would lead Ted Cruz to a great presidency.  I believe he would end up achieving enormous amounts of protests, and revolt by those standing against him.  Donald Trump offers America fear and loathing.  Hilary Clinton offers America more lip service to change and status quo world power. 

Is the path America is on one that we wish it to be?  I do not think so.  So one candidate offers us to turn back the clock, to stop the motion of societal change.  Another offers to assist in a stable forward motion.  But neither seems to me to understand some very simple things.  There is a considerable hate of America that is growing across the globe.  Some of it is founded upon envy, some is founded upon the belief that the US is a hypocrite.  It makes global pronouncements of Human rights against others but has a horrible history of such within its own past.  And of course, it is true, America did slaughter many Native peoples.  The British, by the way, watched as the people of India starved while subjects of the crown.  Some scholars of Indian history suggest that the British oversaw a passive slaughter of people of India to the number of hundreds of millions over time. And other colonial powers were worse, and many former subject people were also irresponsible in their own days of freedom after the colonial power had left.  No one is perfect.

But rather than count the costs of events from the past,  acknowledge that horrible events happened in the past and move on?  Address it and move forward?  How can it be done?  I don't know.  But, we confuse ourselves by thinking our elections don't affect others, and that we have no connection to the global world.  I think the world has false beliefs of right and wrong, and I am not about to explain my view why that is, but even if that is so, the US has to stop assuming it is alone in the world.

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