Idealism Verses Experience

There are those who get into government with real business or military experience.  Then there are those who bring nothing but their idealism into government and try to use the government to run the nations businesses.  Do I really need to explain which party is which?

By the way, I might mention, most of these idealists never worked a day in their life outsied of politics or volunteer projects.  They don’t really have the slightest idea what makes things work.

Progress or Regress

It was late evening.  My wife drove me to the emergency room.  While she parked the car, I went up to the admissions desk.  I showed my hand to the clerk and asked, do you need to explain why I’m here.  Even though she smiled, she also displayed the proper empathy.

My wife had warned me a few times about walking at night.  I had even been stopped by the police and warned, that is, after they asked what I was doing.  There are thieves out there.  Some have knives and some even have guns.  However, you must understand, it is cooler at night and I need my exercise.

So, generally I walked about two miles a night.  The nice thing about walking is that it exercises some of the largest muscles in the body.  More that that, walking helps to pump blood through the body.  This helps to distribute the nutrition and flush out the poisons.

On this particular night, it was neither thief nor even a gunman that assaulted me.  My problem was a pine-cone.  After I stepped on it, I was on the pavement before I knew it.

At this point, I started to wonder if a knife might have been less painful.

I mean; I really hurt, pretty much all over.  It was as if someone picked me up and slammed me to the ground.  In a way, it was worse.  I never saw it coming.

I started taking account of everything when I realized that one of my fingers was pointing the wrong way.  As I held my hand in front of me, it was pointing to the right, not up as the others.  Immediately, I realized that was not so good.

In spite of my best efforts, I couldn’t get up.  It reminded me of the commercial where the person calls out, “Help.  I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”  I lay there in street a short distance from the curb.  I wondered if I should have carried a flare with me.  I mean, it was dark.  I did have some fear that someone might run over me before they saw me.

Fortunately, I did have my cell phone with me and, like ET, I phoned home.  It did not take long for my wife to reach me.  I was right in front of my house when that lethal pinecone attacked me.

Well, most of the rest, you already know.  She helped me to my feet and drove me to the hospital.  There, they determined that I had one shattered one knuckle and dislocated another on my right ring finger.

I knew about dislocations.  I had seen enough TV to know that it is painful to fix them.  Well, I just had it confirmed.  When that PA took my finger and straightened it, I jumped straight up off that gurney.  I don’t know how I did that, but I was literally two inches above it.  Thinking I was going to hit her, she jumped back about four feet and she was ready to retreat even more.

Unbelievably, I thanked her.  Now, when is the last time you ever thanked someone for causing incredible pain.  Besides that, I assured her that I knew what was coming and I would have never hurt her.  I did mention that I preferred that it might have been better had she not snuck up on me like that.

I got another one of those smiles, you know, one that was accompanied with empathy.

Believe it or not, I was referred to a hand specialist.  I did not even know that there was such a thing.  He put wires in my finger.  They kept my finger from bending sideways while allowing it to bend properly.  Then he told me to bend it a lot… to keep it from freezing in one position.

Then after a few weeks, he decided to cause me more pain.  The wires had to come out and he decided the best way was to use a big pair of wire cutters.  He cut the wire four times.  (I suppose I should mention that the wire was stainless steel, very strong, very difficult to cut.)

I know it does seem strange, but sometimes, those that want to help us cause us pain, sometimes a lot.  Conversely, some folks who help us mean us harm.

In one of my books, “Stormy,” I try to illustrate this.  I consider the book my best.  I don’t guess my readers agree with me.  I have sold but one.  Also, it is the only one that was commercially edited.  It cost me $8500.  I don’t think I’ll make it back at this rate.

Getting back to my main point, the Bible tells us that work is a blessing from God.  Though the Bible doesn’t say as much, I believe it is a proper conclusion that when a nation deprives a person of work, he is robbed of a blessing, though many will emphatically deny it.

Many times I have been approached by beggars.  I am not talking about people who have disabilities.  I am speaking of healthy able-bodied people who use deceit to get a person to give them money.  I might mention that the deceit is thinly veiled.  They beg for money to buy food.  I offer to buy them a meal, and they go to their next mark.

The fact is that if I give them the money, I teach them that they can survive by begging.  If we all deny them, they just might go out and get a job.  Therefore, by giving him money, I do him a disservice.  You deprive him of one of God’s richest blessings.

All of us come to hard times from time to time.  When I first got out of the Marines, I did accept some help for a few weeks.  Those were hard times.  Looking back on it, I don’t know how I made it, but I did.  I won’t go through the explanations, but I took no money from the government, just a small loan from my wife’s grandmother.

Moreover, let me say this, when you take welfare from the government government, then you become a slave to those who run the government.

 

Speaking specifically about the democrats, it is their hope to arrange giveaway programs.  That way, they can enslave the population, or at least a large part of it.  To some degree, they have succeeded already.  Those on the dole are afraid that they will lose their freebees.  Therefore, they already control your vote.  If ever they achieve complete control of the government, then they control of everyone.  We will all lose our freedom.

By the way, those on the dole now will work.  The government will make sure of it.  It is the way of socialists.  They use giveaways to gain control.  Then, once they have control, they remove the giveaways.

It is the pattern.  It is the one they have used since the early 1900’s.  It is how they took over Russia, China, Cuba and many others.  They promise Utopia.  Over and over, they have succeeded in their deceit.  Yet, wherever they rule, it is far from Utopia.  For those who like to hug trees, the socialistic countries have the worst records for the environment.  Their only interest is themselves.  I assure you, those in the leadership of Venezuela don’t go hungry.  They live in their nice big air conditioned houses with their servants while those who were promised Utopia go through garbage cans trying to find a morsel that might last the day.  If they don’t succeed, they go to sleep hungry.  If they do succeed, who knows what kind of disease they might pick up?

Even more, they have been robbed of their blessing, work.  Now they beg, not by choice, but of necessity.

I would encourage one and all to vote republican.  More than that, avoid relying on the government for your survival.  If you do rely on Uncle Sam, you will be a slave and the elite will live like royalty.  The socialists call themselves progressives.  Yet, if they succeed at taking control, it will be a regression back to the dark ages.

New York Getting Bluer

More and more, New York is getting more socialist

More and more, conservatives are leaving the state.

More and more, New York is getting bluer,

Which in turn makes it more socialist.

I figure, in a decade or two there won’t be a conservative in the whole state.  Then we get to see what happens when socialists run things.

Then again, we are getting something of a preview already.  A good look at California will give us a good hint.  Then of course, a good look at almost every major city will give us a clue.  Every time those characters in Memphis think about raising taxes, it drives my property value up a dollar or three.  When people start looking for property just outside Memphis, it makes my little house worth just a little more, and the property they left behind a little less.

Those libs running Chicago have demonstrated how quickly they can take a bad situation and make it worse.

I simply do not understand how the African-Americans can look at what all the dems have not accomplished for them and yet they stand steadfast behind them at every election.

Let me state this as clearly as I can.  Socialists are not for the poor.  Their methods insure the poor remain poor.  America is the only nation where a poor man can become a multi-billionaire, if he puts his mind to it.  The reason is because of the capitalist system and the freedom to do what you want.  The socialists do not tax the rich, only those who are trying to get rich.

Consider, if I have ten million dollars, I can lock it up and take a few dollars out every now and then.  I’d not pay a dollar on income taxes.  On the other hand, if I make a million dollars a year and it is taxed at 60%, It will likely take me thirty years to save the ten million.  Hence, it is the man who works the hardest who is penalized by paying the higher taxes.  On the other hand, if I don’t work at all and rely on the welfare state, I neither work nor pay taxes.

Therefore, the only people penalized are the ones who work.  It is why every time New York raises their taxes, their revenues go down.  It is also why the rich leave town.  …and, it stands to reason, if the only people paying taxes are poor or indigent, the tax revenues will be greatly be reduced eventually to practically nothing.

I don’t know why I should have to explain this.  It has been demonstrated time and again.  Yet, when those socialists start talking free this and free that, it seems all past memories are instantly destroyed.  Everyone likes those handouts.

Just remember.  If you want to see what a future socialist US will look like, look to New York and California.  You don’t need a crystal ball to see our future.

The Problems with Tyrants

“From each according to his ability, to each according to each according to his need.”  Many attribute the above quote to the Bible.  It shows how little they know about the Bible.  It also shows that they don’t have much knowledge of history.  The quote is from Karl Marx in 1875.  It is part of his concept of communism.  It was part of his plan for world wide paradise.

Since then, it has been tried many times without success.  In the USSR it was tried, failed and then modified. The government that the Soviet Union lived under was not communism.  Quickly, they realized that true communism won’t work.

To fix the problem, they came up with a leader, a tyrant.  Then China tried communism and, again, they modified it.  They appointed a leader who was, believe it or not, a tyrant.  Cuba tried communism.  Again, their leader was a tyrant.

Have you noticed the pattern?  To make communism work, it takes a leader.  Invariably, the leader must be a tyrant.  Even then, it doesn’t work.  Central government doesn’t work.  It is horribly inefficient.  People make decisions who are inept.  (as an example, people in one location is oversupplied [resulting in spoiled food] while in other locations people starve.)  People who are lazy don’t work without taskmasters.  Why should they?  They don’t receive any reward for their efforts.  If they do nothing, they still get their share.  Finally, the tyrants ride in limos and private jets while the rest of the population walk or ride in horse carts.  The tyrants eat caviar while the public has a meager diet of beans and, if they are lucky, a little bread.

It is exactly what the dems complain about in the US. Yet most of us have healthy diets, a roof over our heads and even air-conditioning.  Then again, I guess there isn’t much need for air-conditioning in Moscow.

I guess that the communism might stand halfway succeed as capitalism if the leader were a good person.  The problem is that tyrants are tyrants.  The only people they think about are themselves and a small circle of those around them.  If you have any doubts about what I am writing about, ask those in North Korea.

Oh.  Yest that’s right.  You can’t.  The tyrant running the country won’t let you.

If someone tells you how wonderful socialism works, you might want to consider the above.  You might want to think about how well it is working in Venezuela (also ruled by a tyrant).  You might want to ask them to name one country where socialism works.

You might also think about how well Obama Care has worked here.  I’m not sure this country will ever recover from that one.  I know I won’t.

Words of Deception

Over the years, I have noticed there are a few terms that are frequently used in deceptions.  I figured that I might include them below for you.

The children.  Usually, when a politician uses this term, the children benefit the least.  If money is involved, it usually goes to some other purpose and often into someone’s pocket.

Comprehensive.  The first time I heard this word was “Comprehensive immigration bill.”  It was supposed to solve all the woes of immigration.  However, after studying the bill, it became obvious that it solved everything but illegal immigration.  Actually, it encouraged it.  Then they were upset because the people all got in an uproar and made them vote it down.  Ever since then, they complain about it.  Now and then, they bring it up again, in hopes that maybe they will catch us napping, or maybe we’ll tire of fighting it.  Needless to say, comprehensive or a similar term is used from time to make other expressions:  Healthcare, crime bill, education, mass transit, etc.  Unless you don’t mind getting deceived, keep your eyes open.

Environment.  It is the new home for the communists.  Those  that like to use the word want to make sure we all ride around on bicycles while they go around in limos and jets.  it is the same concept the communists have.  A few people in control telling the rest of us what to do, where to go, and of course, what to think.

Prejudice.  This word and a few synonyms are used whenever a person with common sense gets in the way of the powers to be.  Naturally, it is a term that has been used frequently to disparage President Trump.  It has caused the the controllers no end of grief that it hasn’t worked.  Maybe one reason it fails to work on him is that the term has been abused and overused so much that the public has become immune to it.  In a sense, we have been inoculated to it.  The bad thing is that the people who truly suffer prejudice are ignored.  I heard a story about that one time.  Let me see.  Oh yes.  It’s the story about the boy who called wolf.  Most of us know the disaster the befell the boy that made that mistake.

Lobbying.  Also known as bribery.  The problem with a government or its representatives accepting bribes is that it usually benefits the one doing the bribing.  To be sure, bribes are illegal in federal, state and local governments.  However they are still common place.  More than that, lobbyists bribe representatives all the time and it is legal, as long as the money goes to a campaign.  However, offers in kind are often collected after the politician retires and goes back into private life.  It makes it next to impossible to enforce.  Besides, its an acceptable practice.  Its a retirement plan.  Certainly, much of the bribery comes in from unions, especially the National Education Association (NEA).  (The National Endowment for the Arts (also NEA) also makes bribes, though they are greatly financed by the federal government.  I don’t know about you, but that sounds improper.  They are using government money to bribe government officials.)  I don’t know anything that can be done about lobbyists.  Corporations and unions do have an ethical right to representation.  However, I do believe all such money should be published.  Nowadays, with the Internet, that shouldn’t be a problem.  The government official and the those lobbying the officials should post the financial info on web pages and kept there for a reasonable time.  That way, when I get ready to vote for someone, I will know where they get most of their contributions.  Also, it will let me keep an eye on those doing the lobbying.  As for the art outfit: that’s just wrong.  It ought to be illegal, though I don’t think that will happen.  Those receiving the funds are not likely going to vote against it.  It’s sort of like expecting our representatives to vote for term limits.  It’s just not going to happen.

I’m sure there are many words I’ve left out that you can think of.  If you like, I welcome your suggestions.  Let’s just keep it clean and reasonable.  Invariably, the terms are easy to see, provided you take a minute to think about it.  Mostly it is a matter of making sure you understand any law involved and determine who would benefit the most.  This is usually the person who uses the euphemism.

Listen! Please!

Recently, I went into a Burger King.  The woman behind the counter asked me what I wanted.  I told her a Whopper… then, before I could get another word out of my mouth she asked if I wanted the meal.

The woman had asked me a question and then didn’t let me finish my answer.  That is impolite, not to mention, not very efficient.  Nonetheless, I know it is part of their training to push the meals, so I ignored her interruption and told her, loudly I might add, “A large onion ring and a large drink.”

Then, when I received my order, guess what, there was a fry.  If I had looked, it was on my receipt.  I ask you, how did she hear fry when I said onion ring?  Did I make a mistake?  Highly unlikely, being as I made it a point to say onion ring.

I have heard it said, if you really want to be a success in life, learn to listen.  In this case, the woman didn’t listen.  She was so disposed to give me a meal that she thought I said fry.  I suppose, to some degree, it was my fault.  It is not the first time it has happened.  Most of the time I correct it before I pay for it.  In this case, it was a real problem.  I don’t like Burger King French fries.

Well, maybe it is just as well.  On this particular day, I cut down on my fried food intake a little.  However, it is frustrating.  In this case, I didn’t get my onion rings.  On the other hand, in industry, or in the military, not listening can be costly or even tragic.  It can cost lives.

I know it is a little matter, but maybe those who run Burger King, or any fast food outfit for that matter, should teach their employees to listen.  It might save more than a customer’s anger.

I might add, sometimes customers don’t complain.  They just go away, and the manager or owner never knows why.  By the way, it wouldn’t hurt for our representatives to listen now and then too.  For over a decade, most of us have been saying, build a wall.  The only one who seems to have listened is President Trump.  The rest ignore him and us.  Same for Obama Care, but more so.

Fear

Fear can be a good thing, or not so good.  It can keep us from doing stupid things and it can cause us to do stupid things.  Sometimes when we face fear, we become heroes, sometimes cowards.

I don’t mind telling you, I faced my times of fear.  In 1968, I got off a bus in San Diego and put my feet on some yellow foot prints painted on the asphalt.  …and I was afraid.  I spent a year in Vietnam.  While there, I had my moments in fear, even before the plane landed in Da Nang.  I don’t guess I need to tell you, I was not alone in my fear.

Recently, we all saw what happens when two parents fear for the life of their child and a government fears for a revelation of a substandard health care.  It would appear to me that the English government had but one reason for not allowing a child to go outside the islands for possible care; Italy’s doctors might have succeeded where British doctors didn’t.  They feared that it would uncover that they might have done something wrong.

…and so it was that an innocent three-year-old child died at the hands of substandard health system that is being run by a substandard government.  Though the Prime Minister had nothing to do with the death, she must share the guilt.  There is no doubt in my mind that she could have done something, but, instead she ignored the situation, as if she never read or heard about it.

My guess is that she was acting, or perhaps more accurately, not acting out of fear.  After all, she might lose votes in Parliament if her government were to be exposed for their fear.  Certainly, the last thing Parliament wants is to have the world find out that their wonderful health care system isn’t all it is supposed to be.

I don’t know if anything could have been done for the child.  I do know that it shows a pattern.  It is not the first time it has happened and I am sure it won’t be the last.  To me, it sounds like a good reason to avoid going to London on holiday, especially if you have children.  If your 2 year-old gets sick while there, you just might not be able to get him out of the country.

More-than-that, we will never know what was wrong with the last child.  No one outside of the country will be able to look at the body.  No one will be able to tell the world that some mistake was made during his diagnosis or his treatment.

It is but one small reason that a nation’s government should never manage healthcare.  Just think, if we had national healthcare, that poor child might be yours one day.  He will lie at death’s door.  Even if you know a way to bring him back to good health, even if you know a doctor who can heal your child, there will not be one thing you will be able to do.  The healthcare system will be afraid that you just might prove them wrong and they can’t afford something like that.

If your child does die because of some blunder by a state doctor, who is there to find out?  Certainly not the state.  They have too much to fear to do something like that.

I once heard someone say, “If you think healthcare is bad now, just wait until it is free.”  It is one one of my greatest fears.  You see, I lived under single provider healthcare while I was in the Corps.  My oldest son almost died of tonsillitis though he was treated by Navy doctors for a week.

Finally, I went to a civilian doctor who said he was barely able to breath because his tonsils were so swollen.  I really hate to think of what might have happened if I didn’t have that option.  Just remembering how close I was to losing him makes me more afraid than I ever was in Vietnam.