“What the hell is wrong with people?”
There’s somethin’ wrong with the world today
I don’t know what it is
Something’s wrong with our eyes
We’re seein’ things in a different way
And God knows it ain’t his ~ Steven Tyler, Livin’ On The Edge
Have you ever been in a room filled with people, yet felt completely out of place, as if you didn’t belong there? If you have, then you’ll at least have somewhat of an understanding how I feel whenever I leave my home and have to interact with the people of modern day America. It’s bad enough dealing with people from my own generation who have allowed emotions and political party allegiance to overrule their ability to think critically and analyze facts; but the youth of this country are something else altogether, and make me fear for the future of this once great country.
When I look around me and see the younger generation that is growing up to assume its place in the world I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of doom and despair. However, that sense of doom is also accompanied by the comforting assurance that I’ll probably be dead within a decade and won’t have to witness what happens to this country when they finally take over. I have to wonder though, from whatever eternal resting place my soul goes to will I suffer as I watch the country I love go down the toilet? If that truly is the case, I can only imagine the anguish the souls of our Founding Fathers must be suffering as they watch all their hard work and sacrifices being taken for naught, and the freedoms they fought to secure for us being thrown aside as if they were garbage. Continue reading
They are coming…
I just watched a video on Facebook that left me almost speechless … almost! This guy was interviewing stricter gun control protesters to describe to him what an assault rifle was and they couldn’t do it. I heard the phrase ‘military grade weapon’ and I heard someone else yell AR-15. Then there was this one woman who could not answer, but she did keep asking the guy if he was stupid.
No bitch, he’s not stupid…YOU ARE! If you had any brains in your head you would realize he is trying to get you to think, trying to get you to explain what characteristics elevate a rifle from being a home defense or hunting rifle to the hated and despised category of ‘assault rifle.’ Continue reading
“If this be treason, make the most of it.” ~ Patrick Henry
In 1765 the King of England decided that the Colonies needed to help pay a portion of the debt that the Crown had incurred defending them in the French and Indian war, so Parliament instituted a tax on printed goods; The Stamp Act. It was his right to tax them for this, and any other reason. After all, they were HIS Colonies, they were HIS subjects, and he could tax them for whatever reason tickled his fancy.
On the other side, the Colonists felt these taxes were unjust, and they reacted, sometimes violently in opposition to them. One of the things they did do, which proved quite effective, was to boycott all English goods sold in the Colonies. This caused British merchants to put pressure on Parliament to repeal the Stamp Act so that the Colonists would once again begin purchasing their goods. So, in 1766 an act was passed in Parliament repealing the Stamp Act, and it was given the royal approval on March 18 where it became official; the Stamp Act was no more. Continue reading
There is this saying that I see from time to time which says, “You can’t fix stupid; not even with duct tape and a hammer.” It’s meant to be humorous, but if you want my honest opinion, there is a lot of truth to that statement. A couple nights ago someone at work asked me why I waste so much time studying and discussing history and politics. I think it was due to their belief that it is a ‘waste’ of time to study these subjects that led me to reply with, “To compensate for your ignorance.” Continue reading
Walter Crane, “Pandora,” 1885. Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images
I don’t know how many of you have ever read any Greek Mythology, but when I was a kid my parents bought me a book of some of the more famous myths from the ancient Greeks. Among them was the story of Pandora’s Box. Prometheus and Epimetheus were Titans who had sworn loyalty to Zeus, king of the gods. When Prometheus stole fire from the heavens Zeus took his vengeance on him by creating Pandora and sending her to his brother. Pandora was of exquisite beauty and Epimetheus was stricken and soon married her. As a wedding gift, Zeus gave Pandora a box but warned never to open it. However, Zeus had created Pandora to be naturally inquisitive, and eventually her nature overtook her, and she opened the box; from which all evil and bad things were released into the world. In modern times the myth of Pandora’s Box has taken the meaning of, ‘to start something that has unintended consequences‘, or to use the analogy, ‘open a can of worms.’ Continue reading
Warning: Contains language which may be found offensive. ~ Neal
I was born in this State in 1958, and aside from the 13 yrs I spent serving my country in the Air Force I have lived here all of my life. I want to tell you something: If I didn’t own a home I would pack up everything that was of any value to me, load it in my truck, and leave this State forever; for it has gone to hell. As it is half the time I’m torn between doing that and setting my home ablaze as I leave; that’s how much I despise living in the place anymore.
It’s not that the land itself does not still have its charms, it does. Rather, it is the extreme liberal idiocy that I encounter almost everywhere I go, and the idiotic policies coming out of Sacramento that I hate so much. Excuse me for the crude language, but what the fuck happened to you people; when did you stop representing America and American citizens and start representing the citizens of countries who have come to America illegally? Continue reading
When our Founders finished drafting the Constitution they then had the difficult task of convincing the States to accept this new form of government they had created. Of great concern to the States was the fear that this new form of government was to replace the confederacy established by the Articles of Confederation and replace it with a consolidation of the States into a single Union under a nationalist form of government. Their fears were well founded.
Although Madison and his cohorts had attempted to maintain a veil of secrecy over the proceedings in Philadelphia, when John Yates and Robert Lansing left the convention in July word began to leak out and opposition to the Constitution began before the finished document was even presented for the States consideration. Continue reading
“A nation that is ignorant of its past, is a nation that is ripe for deception and manipulation. Therefore, it is not what happened, but rather what people believe happened which determines the present actions of a nation.” (From the DVD Warriors of Honor)
I know I’ve repeated this quote before, but I’m going to keep repeating it until people take it to heart. In 1822 James Madison wrote the following in a letter to W.T. Barry, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” However, knowledge alone is not enough if it is not put to use. Is it enough to know that fire is hot if you do not utilize that knowledge by not putting your hand into a fire? As von Goethe said, “Knowing is not enough, we must apply.” Continue reading
It doesn’t matter who you are, when you registered to vote you were asked to choose which political party you wished to be recognized as supporting. The Pew Research Center keeps tabs on a great many things, but one of them is the percentage of registered voters and what political party they affiliate with. According to statistics gathered, from the years 1992-2016, roughly 48% of the voters were registered as Democrats, while 44% were registered as Republicans, with the other 8% spread out amongst the other parties. Continue reading
Once upon a time there was a land where the people understood what liberty was, and they stood ready to defend it from all those who would seek to deprive them of it. They understood that government existed because they had created it; and that government had limits which, when overstepped, amounted to treason against the people who had created government.
These people understood that the responsibility for their success or failure in life rested solely upon their shoulders; it was not the burden of society or government to care for their every needs. Continue reading
In life there are certain things that are known as constants; things that never change. It takes the Earth 365 days to complete one orbit around the sun; that is a constant. In mathematics there are constants as well; one will always equal one is but one example. All things being equal, Newton’s Laws of Physics are also constants. But these are not the constants I would like to talk about; there is one other that I have yet to mention–the truth. Continue reading
In 1773 Benjamin Franklin published an essay in The Public Advertiser; a local newspaper run by Henry Sampson Woodfall. Franklin’s essay was a work of satire and a companion piece to another he had written; An Edict by the King of Prussia. Taken together, the two works were designed to show the fallacy of the Crowns views towards the English Colonies in America.
Three years after Ben Franklin published the piece I speak of, America declared its independence from Great Britain. Seven years later a treaty of peace was signed, relinquishing all claims to the Colonies held by the Crown; recognizing each of them as free and independent States. That was 1783 and the America of 2017 would be unrecognizable to those who fought for and obtained their independence in 1776. Continue reading
…just a small portion thereof
According to rumors circulating on the internet, on November 4 the radical group Antifa is planning nationwide protests in most of the major cities in the U.S. Among the cities that are supposedly going to be hit by these protests are: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and of course, New York City.
I’ve never met a supporter of the Antifa movement, or at least I’ve never met someone who has openly admitted to supporting what they stand for. Since that is the case I cannot truly state what it is they stand for, and what it is that they want.
Now I can only speak from my own perspective, but up until the Primaries which led to Donald Trump obtaining the Republican nomination for President, I’d never even heard of Antifa. I’m not saying they haven’t been around; only that I’d never heard of them until then. Continue reading
People tend to think of themselves as individuals, but are they; really? I think the only time we are truly individuals is the moment we take our first breath of air outside the womb; from that point forward we begin being susceptible to the influences of others who shape and mold us into what we will become as adults. But what sets us apart from all the other creatures of the Earth is our brain; our ability to think, to reason, and come to conclusions based upon a careful examination of facts. We may be a part of the great teeming mass of society, but we don’t have to have a herd mentality to survive; we can still strive to be individuals. Continue reading
And now, the end is here
And so we face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
We’ve lived a life that’s full
We’ve traveled each and ev’ry highway
And more, much more than this, we did it our way
Regrets, you will soon have many… (with apologies to Paul Anka)
America is/was more than just a stretch of land populated by people who one day chose the name Americans for themselves. America was an ideal that all men are created equal; that they are bestowed with certain rights; that government was instituted to protect those rights; that government derives its authority from the people; and that when government ceases to serve the purpose for which it was established the people can alter it, or tear it down.
If anything, America was a grand experiment in self-governance. Our system of government was not like some mechanical device that you install and then forget about; it requires our constant attention to ensure that it is functioning according to the plan which established it. the philosopher Plato once said, “The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”
But there is something just as bad, if not worse than simple apathy, that being participating in what you like to call the democratic process; the choosing of people to represent you in government, based upon a misunderstanding of the purpose for which government was established and the relationship between its authority and ours. Continue reading
I think one of the most misunderstood words is the word equality. If you type equality into Google and hit enter, the very first definition you’ll find is: the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities. While I agree wholeheartedly with the last two, I’m divided on the idea of equality of status. Some are born into abject poverty while others are born into wealth and affluence; but at the same time we are all human beings and should be treated equally based not upon our status on the social ladder, rather, we should be treated equally by how we live our lives; by our actions and deeds.
When each of us makes our entrance into this world we are unaware of whether we are born into a life of poverty or wealth; so in that we are all equal. Also, unless we are born with some form of birth defect, we all come into this world with two arms, two legs, two eyes, a nose, two ears, and most importantly, a brain; so in that we are equal as well. Continue reading
Americans will tell you that they have a deep abiding love for justice, for law and order, so why is it that they refuse to accept that most of the people they elect to office are guilty of violating the law? Why is it that so many people in this country stand ready to condemn injustice in other countries, but close their eyes to it in their own?
I remember when Saddam Hussein was captured and then hung, and when Gaddafi was deposed, beaten, sodomized, and then shot; the reaction of some in this country almost bordered on orgasmic. Yet were someone to even hint that any member of our government be hung, let alone beaten, sodomized and then shot, the outrage would be instantaneous and cause for condemnation; and this is doubly true where that to apply to a sitting president.
While I’m certainly not suggesting we form up a few lynch mobs and begin dragging elected officials out of office to be hung, I am wondering why people refuse to see that most elected representatives are guilty of violating the law. Continue reading
(I’m A Stickler For Facts)
The year was 1770 and for the last two years British Regulars had been sent to maintain order and enforce the Kings law upon the unruly Colonists in Boston. In early March a single sentry was guarding his post when an angry crowd assembled and began verbally and physically harassing him.
Eight other soldiers came to his aid and they too were subjected to the same treatment; being verbally assaulted and hit with clubs, rocks and snowballs. Whether they were justified or not, shots were fired and when the musket smoke cleared 3 people laid dead in the streets with others injured.
The Bostonians, particularly Samuel Adams and John Hancock, used this ‘massacre’ to further fan the flames of discord between the Colonists and the Crown. A trial was to be held and 8 soldiers, 1 officer, and 4 civilians faced charges of murder in what had quickly become known as the Boston Massacre. Continue reading
(Yes, But I Doubt That We Will)
Liberty and freedom sat on a wall
Liberty and freedom had a great fall
And all the people’s hopes and all of their desires
Couldn’t restore Liberty to the wall once again
(Remake of Humpty Dumpty)
Although there is always the possibility that America could once again become a true Constitutional Republic as our Founders intended; it is a very remote possibility. Even if there were to be a revolution and the corrupt government we have now was overturned and ousted from power, it is my honest belief that within a very short time the people of this country would soon be clamoring for things to return to the way they are now. It saddens me to say it, but I think American’s are going to have to hit rock bottom; suffer the full blown effects of their negligence and ignorance, before there is any hope that they will realize the errors of their ways and fight for a truly constitutionally limited government which also respects their rights. Continue reading
Respect is something everyone believes themselves to be entitled to, but something which many people refuse to show for others. Some people believe that respect is something they are owed, while others believe it to be something that is earned. Respect is also kind of funny in that you can respect a person’s skill or abilities, but not respect the person.
My beliefs on respect are that people deserve a certain degree of it in the daily interactions between individuals; you don’t need to be rude or purposefully offensive from the get go; but true, deep abiding respect is something which can only come after you begin to know a person and the traits they exhibit. For instance, you can be respectful of someone you just meet, but then if you find out they are a thief or a habitual liar, then you are entitled to lose respect for them; at least that’s how I see it. Continue reading