25 02 2012

I don’t know if anyone else pays much attention to the details of politics.  But I do.  Guess it was handed down to me by my father as he was always very interested in politics.

But to get to my point for the day, do you remember the debates between President George H.W. Bush and Clinton?  I do.  Prior to this time, the Democrats had mastered the issue of Gridlock.  They had locked up the Congress so that President Bush could not get any of his agenda through to the people.  No matter what the issue was, Bush was stopped.  He could not manage to get any of his ideas nor his bills nor his programs through Congress.  So he spent the last years in office trying to get some of his ideas passed through Congress and was stopped on every front.  The only thing that went through was an increase in taxes.  And that made him look stupid because he had said – No New Taxes.  But he couldn’t get any cuts through, so he was stuck with the taxes. Then the media set out to make him look like an idiot. No matter what he said or did, they slanted the stories to make him look stupid.

And then, those wonderful debates. I remember watching one of them for sure.  The stage hands brought out a high stool for George Bush to sit on and one for Clinton.  Both men are tall and the stools were going to work fine for them.  Then Clinton sat down and everything was just fine with his stool.  But when President Bush sat down on his stool, it wobbled quite a lot.  The stage hands came out again and tried to fix the wobble.  But you know what?  Couldn’t be done.  Wonder why. And so once again, he was made to look like a fool while he tried to balance himself on that wobbly stool and answer the questions he was asked.  Try that for yourself sometime.  But again, no one in the country seemed to even notice that.  And the media never even mentioned it.  Isn’t that strange though.  I was sitting in my living room watching the debate and I saw it all.  But I must have been the only person to notice that small issue.

Also, did you know why the election was called and over before California ever got to vote?  It was because Clinton  and his colleagues figured out that if they got the right number of electoral votes from the states that voted first, he would win before the other states even got to the polls.  So they set out to do just that.  No one could really understand why Clinton spent so much time campaigning in the northeast, speaking to the factory workers and generally making himself known over and over again.  The media never mentioned the reason for this.   It was almost like the western part of the United States wasn’t even important – and you know what?  It wasn’t.  Because Clinton  and his friends had figured out how to do this legally but just a little  bit shady.  That was their usual format anyway.  And they did a good job of it.  But they were the first ones over all these many years since the foundation of the United States of America to take that road and be masters of a shady election.   Isn’t that a real shame, though.  But it happened and we all watched while it  happened.

Again, for some reason, none of the shady, slight of hand things were ever reported by the media.  But the Democrats knew what they were doing.  And they won again and again with their shady deals.  Watch out this year.  There will be even more of those shady deals.  Be careful with your vote and make sure it counts to elect people who are not shady nor underhanded in their dealings whether it be on the local, state or national level.

God has shown us the way to walk in order to follow Him.  Be careful when you walk this year.  Make sure you stay on that Right Path.



22 02 2012

Our time does move on, but not nearly quick enough.  Next President after awful Johnson was Richard Nixon who finally won.  Nixon was a very good President at first.  He had promised to stop this terrible war in Vietnam and he did just that.  He dealt with the enemy and managed to not only stop the war but to bring all our men who were prisoners home, too.  In my mind’s eye, I can still see those poor men being carried across that line and into freedom once again.  Thank You, Dear God!

But Nixon got tangled up in that Watergate deal and that is all that people remember about him now.  It was a terrible shame, but it happened anyway.  Next we had Gerald Ford who became President after Nixon resigned in disgrace.  Ford was a very good President, too.  However, the media tried to make him look like a dunce most of the time. Then the next guy, Jimmy Carter, campaigned on the need for change.  Have you heard that one before?

So, we changed alright.  We still had the agenda of no work, lots of pay for everyone though.  And some people took full advantage of all that.  Still do.  He also created the Dept. of Education which is a disaster to this day.  If the government would butt out of education, we might be able to teach our children some actual academics.  Teaching really is not that hard.  Most children are eager to learn.  It only needs to be presented so they can learn effectively and then it is a done deal. But with the government monitoring all the textbooks and planning all the presentations, that is not likely to happen.  So, we now have an educational system that does not work for anyone.  But we have lots and lots of extra teachers and lots of expenses and of course that Dept. of Education to tell us all how to live.   Carter also introduced us to lots of inflation and high prices. And he even sent some of our men to a foreign country where they were captured and paraded for all the world to see with blindfolds on.

Then, Dear God, you sent us Ronald Reagan, a Republican who could read and count and make us proud of our country once again.  And boy, we really needed it at that time. Reagan actually cut taxes where we could see it and in doing so, he stimulated the economy so we could all live a decent life once again. He cut back on government expenditures and this was a real breath of fresh air.  He had made George H.W. Bush his Vice President and when Reagan did not run again, Bush ran on the promise to make this a kinder and gentler nation and said, ‘No New Taxes!’ and meant it.  But then, he was forced to raise taxes and that caused him to lose the election  when he ran against Bill Clinton.

Next, Bill Clinton was elected President after serving  as Governor of Arkansas.  On his last election as Governor, he promised the people that he would not run for President and then did just that.  Again, he ran on the need for change.  Here we go again.  We got change alright.  A complete publicly discussed moral change in this country.

By now, those disrespectful children of that earlier time were about through with their demonstrations.  Most of them had aged and could no longer sleep on the sidewalk nor walk the miles they had in the past.  So some opted to re-enter mainstream America and raise families like the rest of us had done for centuries. However, they forgot to hand down those little niceties to their children that had been taught for generations.  Most of them were never taught how to say, please or thank you and even to respect another man enough to say Sir.  During those years of demonstrations, it had been the norm to refer to others as ‘Man’ which does not sit very well with most people. Everyone has a name.  And everyone expects to be treated with respect and dignity.

Somehow, all that got lost in the shuffle.  Of course most of these younger children had been raised in the day cares or the after school cares or the pre-schools.  Very few of them had any actual training from their parents.  This was the way of the world now.  This was our resulting ‘change’.  Father must work, mother must work and in the two income family, monetary things are not any better than they were when only father worked and mother stayed home and took care of the family.  But then,  they were in charge.


17 01 2012

I have been hearing the objections to Voter Identification at the polls.  This is probably the most ridiculous of them all so far.  People are complaining that this is discriminatory.  How can Voter Identification possibly be discriminatory.  Everyone is asked to do the exact same thing.  In my area, we have to show our Driver’s License and the picture on the Driver’s License should be the same person who is showing the Identification.    Now, this makes perfect sense to me.  I cannot possibly see where any of that would be discriminatory.  I never even thought twice about showing my Driver’s License.

In a children’s Sunday School song,  all the children are described as ‘Red, Yellow, Black and White’.   Same with the Voter Identification.

The red person is expected to show identification, the yellow person is supposed to show identification, the black person is supposed to show identification and the white person is supposed to show identification.  Why, I bet even the purple people eater at the back of the line is supposed to show his identification.

So what could possibly be discriminatory about any of this.  No reason to complain that I can see.  Unless someone was planning to vote illegally, there is nothing  to worry about at all.

Pay attention this year.  We need to make some drastic changes.   In a hurry.  Hooray!


7 12 2011

There is so much talk against our wonderful Country these days.  Seems some people think this Country owes them a living.  The only thing anyone is entitled to is an opportunity.   Sure, you have to open the door to opportunity and in some cases, kick it open, but the opportunities are there for everyone.  You just have to find them for yourself.  That is the whole point in living in this free Country.  You can become whatever you choose to become.  Up to you.

But getting to Social Security – there is so much yak yak yak about how it got to the point of having problems and how to correct those problems.  No one seems to think much about how it got started and how it was set up.  According to the politicians, they are always going to fix it.  Only they never do. They just talk about fixing the problems.  And in so doing, they never face the real problem.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the President who devised and set it all up.  Remember, he was the one who fixed almost everything by putting a lot of people on welfare during the Great Depression years.  And then took credit for solving the Depression when it was actually World War II that solved the Depression.

I remember when Mr. Roosevelt set up the Social Security system and I remember my father fussing and fuming about all of it because he said – ‘When people live longer than 65, it won’t work.’  And he was right.  Can’t work.  Not enough money in to take care of all the money going out.

At the time Social Security was set up, most people were dead long before 65.  Almost no one lived long enough to retire.  So what they ‘contributed’ to Social Security stayed in the fund and built up over the years.  And then people started living longer.   Only the system did not change to accommodate this.  And so now we have people living to 100 and over and drawing on what they contributed many years before.

I don’t have the solution to the problem.  I just think it would be nice if we heard the truth now and then from the politicians instead of them acting like they can solve this problem that they didn’t cause to begin with.

Social Security will survive.  If and when someone looks at it honestly and comes up with a solution that will be fair to everyone.

9/11 AND GOD

11 09 2011

I noticed this past week that all the news  carried the story that the New York Remembrance of 9/11 would not allow clergy to pray during the service.  I, like many others in this country, was appalled at that.  But then, there was really nothing we could do about it anyway.

And we can all say all those remarks that we have heard a million times about how this country was founded on Christian principles and how we all should pray at a time like this.  But then, like I said, we couldn’t do anything about this anyway.  But we still have our own thoughts.

But then, this morning I was watching the service in New York and I, like many others, was very impressed with the marching Scottish band, and the sound of the drum.  And then, the young choir that sang the Star Spangled Banner the way it should be sung.  That was wonderful!  And then, the unfurling of the flag that had been at the World Trade Center.  All of that was just marvelous.  I was very impressed with the whole service.  And that young man who talked about his father not being there when he graduated from high school and how he had helped his younger brother to learn all those things his father would have taught him.  That was a truly grand speech.

But then former President George  Bush stepped up to the microphone.  And he read from a letter by President Abraham Lincoln that told of a death in the Civil War and how he was writing to comfort the survivors of the lost one.  In that letter, President George Bush quoted that Abraham Lincoln PRAYED TO GOD  that the survivor would indeed be comforted.     Thank you, George Bush.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  By doing this, George Bush injected GOD right where he should have been all along, right in the middle of that service honoring all the dead from the 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial.  What a marvelous thing he did for all of us since we couldn’t  do anything about it anyway.

And Thank You, Dear God, for all the things you have done for all those survivors.