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This post will be about something that has been sticking in my craw for a long time —— the war against men. Maybe I should amend that to the war against white men. For the last thirty years or so there has been a lot of public comment on racial and gender prejudice against women, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians, all directed at the ruling class which in the western world has been composed of caucasian males. The dissidents have had a valid argument in some cases, at least on the surface of things, so I am going to play devil’s advocate as it were and show some support for the other side.

An awareness has been raised on some valid issues and I respect that. On the other hand, some crucial facts about the basis of the “white mans’ burden” mentality have been overlooked in the immediacy of hurt feelings. If you are going to discuss this issue with me you will have had to do at least some superficial reading on western history. If you got through high school you should be all set, none of this stuff is going to be PhD. level.

Two points are particularly salient (that is, they stick out) when studying the last two thousand years of history. I will explain.

First point. The verbal grandstanding about democracy, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States has been ubiquitous(everywhere) in the media, in our jurisprudence, and our legislative bodies. They are traced back to Magna Charta in merry old England. ‘They are the basis for all our freedoms’   is what we were taught in school and what they are still teaching. This is not true. These three world shaking documents are pieces of paper. (or more probably, pieces of parchment, which was more widely used at least in the time of the Magna Charta) Pieces of paper I say, nothing more. We do not owe our modern liberties to pieces of paper. We owe them to the men of both the “ruling” and the yeoman class that went into the field of battle and put their lives on the line in defense or what they thought was right. It is a matter of public record that these men were all of  the caucasian race.

Second point. If you study the history of Africa and the Orient during this same time slot you will not find any such collective efforts in the name of freedom for the average joe, male or female. I have found no such notions as justice for the common people in my general reading of the histories involved. The internecine conflicts of both these areas are about one king/chieftain/warlord trying to oust the other. With very few exceptions, both Oriental and African histories show a universal contempt for their women. Because they were not as physically strong as men they were regarded as cattle and field hands and used to provide their master with a useful slave population.  In China especially, women were regarded as slaves, even the well-born. Both geographical areas also evinced a casual acceptance of the institution of slavery.

The slave trade from Africa so deplored by the American civil war activists was generated and sustained by individual ruling black men in Africa. The Arabs were famous slave hunters during this time. During the time of the civil war between the states there were a few black men(whose names escape me at the moment–do your own research here)  the white activists towed around to their meetings to speak on the subject of slavery and it’s evils. I have not been able to discover that any of these black males covered the historical precedent for slavery established by their own past treatment of their women and prisoners of war in their public addresses. As their black male descendents in the hood say today —– what goes around, comes around.  Any one with more precise information, feel free to comment here.

The break up of the African slave trade was not accomplished by the black men in Africa uniting in a common cause of freedom as was the case with the caucasian Magna Charta effort. White men in the western world(women were not allowed the vote at this time) passed legislation that smothered the blacks foreign market. Again, anyone with information that refutes this please leave a  comment. Also, I note here that although women in the western societies could not vote, they were instrumental in bringing anti-slavery legislation to the public awareness. Kudos to them all.

All this stuff is a matter of public record which I have not found reason to disbelieve. Always remembering that the winner writes the histories, it is still reasonable of belief. All this modern-day howling by the so-called “minorities” was enabled by the sole efforts of the white men they cavil about so much in their speeches. This is not just. And if you desire justice and equity to be given you, you must first practise some of it.

As regards women’s liberation, there were plenty of women in England during the time of the Magna Charta. There is no record of them congregating in an armed militia to aid their men in the field of battle. They could have. Don’t whine at me that the times did not allow women to do such things, the times did not allow the average yeoman any rights either. The men got sick of it and went anyway. I am not going to tolerate any crap about women in combat today either.  They are not as individuals, physically strong enough to defend our country en mass. And our men are tender-hearted where we are concerned. In a combat situation, they will not be able to focus on the enemy for worrying about the girl next to them. This is race memory with white men and it cannot, and should not be changed. I digress a little here but I can’t help it. Combat is hard enough for our soldiers without adding this.

In conclusion, I am proud of my white men. In spite of some behaviors, they are the group that has spear-headed the move for the recognition of the worth of the individual. For this I support them and I respect them. No, they do not have a flawless track record this is true, but I will back it against the record of any other male racial group. Do I despise blacks, Hispanics, and Asians? Don’t be a fool. If someone is worthless it is a private choice not a genetic defect. The question of collective genetic choices must be left for a different blog.

The word of the devil’s advocate —– let’s give the devil his due, in this case.  I am just recommending a little quid pro quo.

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Happy Independence Day everyone! In celebration of the holiday this post will be very short and sweet.

On this day Americans celebrate their hard-won independence from ‘tyranny and oppression’.  These were the catch phrases used during our war for independence from Britain. I am still hearing these phrases today. So for this post I am asking if todays’ definition of ‘tyranny and oppression’ is real or imagined.  Has it evolved from the original of 220 years ago?  The war for independence lasted about seven years and it was in the process of fomenting for at least fifteen years before that so we are talking a history of about 220 years. Quite a life span for a political catch phrase.

I have been monitoring the media for over forty years now and I have noticed that the people who yell the loudest about tyranny and oppression do so from a most superficial level. These people are the politically thin-skinned. Anyone who disagrees with them about the slightest thing in the slightest degree is an oppressive tyrant. If you are going to contribute on a public level this behavior is unacceptable. On a public level you can expect to be disagreed with quite frequently and if  this notion devastates your ego, you need to step out of the public arena. You are not grown up enough to be a player.

On a personal level, I expect to be disagreed with. I also expect to have the dissenter back up their view-point with logic and comprehensive, factual data, not selective facts, or rhetoric designed to inflame the ignorant and play on their emotional immaturity. I am neither ignorant nor immature and when these tactics are used on me and don’t work  I am called a—-

1.) tyrant

2.) dictator

3.) judgemental bigot

These are only the more polite names. I will leave out the others.

And yes, this does relate to the American Dream that we have been examining here. Evidently we have two distinct types of dreamers in this country, the adult, and the adolescent. When adolescents are confronted with the notion that their personal feelings have now to be integrated with those of the rest of society, they are very apt to whine— ‘but you don’t understand!’ (for this read–‘oppression’) For most in this age group, tough love tactics are the only effective ones. “Suck it up!” is the only answer to this whining and only time will provide the experience needed to ameliorate the sting of their newly  awakened sensibilities.

Adolescents are extremely sensitive about independence yet they still expect the authority figures in their immediate spheres to provide for all their physical, financial needs and as individual children with parents, this is acceptable expectation. Politically and publicly, we can no longer afford to baby these “teenagers.” It is not up to “The Government” to assure them that they will run no risks in life, that they will suffer no financial setbacks and that some one else will provide for all their medical needs as well as their old age retirement. As adults, these things are our very own personal responsibility.

As an adult, my American Dream is that I will be able to do all these things by my own honest efforts without government interference.

For the annual crop of political adolescents we are currently raising in America, the “UncleSamisobligedtoprovideformeDream” is the one we need a wake up call from. The adult American Dream is the one we seem to have started out with. What we need to examine now is how this has changed over time into the adolescent version currently causing us so much financial and social disharmony.

So for my next post, we will still be roaming in the American Dream world.

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Let’s discuss dreams a little more. The American Dream is, generally, a good thing but it needs a bit of tweaking to fit into todays’ phraseology. So let’s expand it a bit so that it will resonate with the rest of today’s global village residents.

In the first place, we as Americans need to acknowledge a most prominent fact. I will bold this for greater emphasis. WE DID NOT INVENT THE DESIRE FOR A BETTER LIFE! “The American Dream” is an exclusive phrase which blots out the entire rest of civilization and it needs to be expanded. Everyone else on planet Earth has been dealing with issues of injustice and/or political oppression for several millenia at least and America has an obligation to recognize these efforts. The North American continent was resettled a very short time ago in relation to the history of the rest of the world. We ‘huddled masses yearning to breathe free’ have now had more than two centuries to readjust our thinking processes and it is time to show it in our communications with the rest of the world. Doesn’t matter if you are Democrat or Republican, Independent or Green party.   We must make a point of acknowledging the history of others in our political pronouncements.

I am old enough to remember the protests and signs of the sixties in Europe that said “Yankees Go Home” and the resentment this generated in the american public. “We saved their butts in WWII and this is how they thank us'” was the prevailing attitude at that time. I remember thinking—“I really don’t blame them.”

America’s political verbiage after WWII showed not even the slightest recognition of any other country on this earth. We perceived ourselves as the saviour of the entire free world and had no hesitation in proclaiming it. Now I have had my issues with this country but I have never hated her. On the other hand neither have I swallowed her political infantilism whole and without chewing. We need to address this particular issue because the repercussions of this post-war self-centered arrogance remains a stumbling block in our foreign policy. America, for better or worse, is now a world leader and if we are to fulfill this position with any degree of competency We Must Change Our Political Syntax To Recognize The Historical Efforts Of Other Countries. If the British, French, Italians, Czech, Polish, Phillipino, Norwegian, and even German people had not made a concerted resistance effort the outcome of WWII would have been much different, America or no America. After all, we have been militarily immune from attack not because of our superior righteousness but because of the two or three thousand miles of ocean that guards both of our continental coastlines. It was only the advent of modern missile technology that made us seriously fear any sort of enemy attack and we, ourselves, invented and implemented that technology. The only nation on earth who has ever used nuclear weapons in an armed conflict is America. And according to the media we are the one people on earth who screech the loudest about WMD‘s. This gives the impression that America is a nation of certifiable cretins. It would behoove America to yell less about WMD’s since we are the ones that came up with the workable version and are the only ones who have ever used one on a perceived enemy. If we are to maintain credibility with our traditional allies and establish healthy relations with new ones we must publicly acknowledge these factors. Or at least stop soiling our political pants about them. The rest of the civilized world remembers very well who dropped the bombs on Japan. The bathroom humor of passing a loud fart and looking at the guy next to you and saying “Well!!!!” in a loud affronted voice is not going to deceive anyone here.

In conclusion, “The American Dream” is going to have to be revised to “The Planet Earth Dream”. And if we survive the next few decades this may even have to expand itself into  “The Interplanetary Dream”. That’s the wonderful thing about dreaming, it has practically no limits. And it frequently happens that the dreams of today turn out to be the realities of tomorrow. So go ahead and dream a little. I guess we can all stand it.

Next post—we will continue to explore the dream world.

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So.  Let’s talk about “The American Dream”. Ours is a land where all men are created equal, a land with a government of, by, and for the people. A land of opportunity where everyone will have the freedom to dissent in their opinions openly and without fear of reprisal. The only land where just anyone at all can become PRESIDENT!  Just think of it!  No matter who they are (or even where they were born?) the electorate of America can put them in charge. How’s that for freedom for the huddled masses, eh?

Of course this also means that just anyone at all will automatically have the specialized knowledge of such highly complex issues as international finance, foreign policy, military intelligence, corporate and civil law, ecology, medicine, agriculture, national and local banking etc., etc. to make informed decisions. Whew! Not only that but they will have an entire four years to cure every perceived ill not only in this country but in the rest of the world as well. We certainly are the ‘land of opportunity!’

And of course all the rest of our elected law makers are voted into office using the same strict criteria for fitness for public office that we apply to all our presidents, that is–just anyone at all can do this.

The basic tenets of the American Dream I have in bold letters above were actually taught to me in grade and high school. Taught me by teachers, if you can believe it, people who went to college for at least four years. And they were so proud to do it. And what is more, it is continuing to be so taught to this very day. Even as a very young American I had enough native good sense to be amazed at the obtuseness of my teachers on these particular subjects and I was by no means alone. Every last bit of the anti-establishment mentality that came into its flower power heyday in the sixties was seeded by the type of injudicious  rantings you see above.

When you tell a group of growing youngsters that just any old body can be a senator, or a congressman, or best of all–The President!,  this will not be perceived by them as a great freedom of opportunity. Children have no such life experience as to make this association. What they will think is — ‘can’t be much of a job if just any one can do it.’  I know this was the impression my class mates and I were given. We had some lively discussions when the teacher wasn’t around. And I still see this reaction in a good portion of students today. As I said in my first blog, I don’t think young people are stupid.  They do not suffer this type of thing gladly. It brands the most important of our public offices with a minimum wage job mentality and all american school children are taught to despise minimum wage jobs and the substandard shmucks who perform them.  ‘Anyone can grow up to be president’ is equal to ‘do you want to flip burgers the rest of your life?’ This is the attitude we convey to our young people by not choosing our words more carefully. The American Dream is being slowly poisoned by uninspired semantics.

We have heard a lot of rhetoric about the declining quality of education these past few years. And just as much about resuscitating the American family and its’ values in order to keep the American Dream alive and healthy. Education and the American Dream are solidly linked together in our minds. Most of this rhetoric has come from the conservative right in our political system. These are the same people who for several generations now have regurgitated the kind of kant that produced much of our malaise in the first place. So now it is time not for dreams, but for a reality check. Our current crop of young people are providing us with one by dropping out of our schools because dreaming is an adult pass time. Growing children are not interested in dreams, they want to know what is real and useful in the world around them.  It is our job as a society to teach them these things. They will form their own dreams when they’re ready to do so. The American Dream is being systematically poisoned by succeeding generations of conservative but self-centered adults.

It is not true that just any one can be president. Or a senator. Or a representative. We need to stop selling this fallacy to our future voting population— it makes them bilious when they grow up. Being elected a leader by your peers is a great honor and only certain personality types will be able to lead well and with grace. It also requires more than just an average type of education and better than average brains. Not just anyone can do this. We need to start teaching this in our school systems. It will provide some backbone to the American Dream if our children are taught to recognize and honor real leadership qualities. It will be a valid litmus test for our “values” as a whole if they as individuals have enough self-respect and self-confidence to do so.

By indoctrinating our young people with political hyperbole, by devaluing the many in preference to the publicly chosen few, and by focusing all accolades on these few we have not created a population of stable, intelligent citizens. We have by our own lack of perception destroyed the self-esteem of the average children who will constitute the bulk of our working population. Until we moderate the ranting of imbeciles in pursuit of the Great Expectations of the American Dream, until we begin to give ample respect to the average citizen in our scholastic rhetoric, we will never do such simple things as balance our national budget or wipe out the deficit. It is vital that we stop giving our children the idea that life not lived on the mountain tops of personal wealth or public acclaim is not worth while. That a moderate income is something to be despised. That simple everyday things are to be continually passed over in the expectation that something more exalted lays in the future.

It is more than high time that we stop abusing our children with totally unrealistic Great Expectations that the greatest majority of them will never, never  realize. They will still be good people, good Americans, and good parents if they never do get to be president. Or a movie star, or a neurosurgeon, or a rock star. Or have a six figure or over yearly income. If we don’t start reversing this idiotic hyperbole in our public schools where it is taught, we will not survive for another two generations.

We have a great deal more ground to cover on the subject of
dreams so the next post will be entitled—–

Dream On.

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First, let’s get acquainted just a bit, so you will have some idea what to expect from this blog.

#1.) This is a forum for thinking adults, in which category I include anyone fifteen years or older. Yes, baby boomers, the young people of our world really do use their brains, perhaps more than the popular media will ever discover. Which leads me to point—-

#2.)It won’t have a mess of ‘teen screen’ graphics, videos, photos, slide shows, animations, in fact, none of the cheap visuals so popular with so many of all ages. These things stimulate the most superficial brain functions, not the core processor, if you will.  Which leads me to point—-

#3.) My experiment.  Which is this blog itself.

It is my personal belief that people generally, are not stupid. Especially young people. OK.  I’ll wait while you all have a good laugh here, but keep reading, and remember—you’re a people too. Done laughing now? So answer this–our history goes back more thousands of years than present academia will acknowledge. Some scholars are admitting that “modern” man has been around for at least thirty thousand years, probably much longer. Stupidity does not encourage that kind of survival. Especially on such a world as ours with its’ predators, diseases, poisonous life forms(plant, animal, insect, democrat), and natural disasters. Yet here we all are, alive and yelling. And no, I won’t apologize for the democrat crack. Who’s yelling the loudest about the sky falling these days, Chicken Little?

Now, there are many different factors that influence the ebb and flow of the interpersonal relationships collectively known as ‘society’, intimated in the above paragraph. See them?  We will be covering a few of them in the course of this blog.

So. The question of this installment. Did we go wrong? Well, let’s see.

1.) We’re still here.

2.)Most people, regardless of their culture or place of residence on planet earth, expect to arise in the morning. Literally. They expect to work, play, eat, and go peacefully to bed at night. More people will be doing this than not. Everywhere. For the majority of us, there is no immediate death threat of any kind hanging above our heads and we will go on in an everyday sort of way. Don’t believe me? Try this.

3.) Take one full hour out of your week. Shut off the TV, the cell phone, the pc, the land line, all the electronics. For one hour. If at all possible, spend this hour in the country. Or the park. Anywhere there is more green growth than black asphalt. Find a comfortable spot and sit quietly. You may take a friend if you wish but don’t talk. About anything. Just sit, watch and listen. For one hour.

We share this world with thousands of other creatures and if they are not panicking, you most probably don’t need to either. Animals live simpler lives than do humans with all their artificial standards and imaginary fears.  If there is a bad storm coming at sea the birds head inland and the fish head for deeper water. In floods or wild fires critters move toward safer ground. They know a real threat when they see one. Do you?

And just how is the above relevant to the question? Let’s apply this to the “HEALTHCARE CRISIS”. Probably perceived as one of the major threats to our society today. There is no such thing. Hill and Billy of Arkansas created this media monster to get into the White House. The term was invented during that particular presidential campaign. The Clinton’s were not doing so well until Hilary stage-managed the pitiful story of the one woman who ‘fell through the cracks’ of the medical establishment, which was very sad–really. I remember it quite well. So we are to never mind the hundreds of thousands or even millions of us who did not?

I want ya’ll to take a few moments to analyze any real threats you see and compare them to the media generated hysterics we are now living with.  Does this make any difference in your personal perception of  what is wrong with our society? Well,  did we “go wrong” or has our present social atmosphere been created by talking heads in order to garner a larger share of the news ratings?  It just seems to me that we really haven’t “gone wrong”—-we are just being told so relentlessly that we have, that no one is even questioning the process anymore.

And that, dear readers, leads me to the subject of the next post.

How shall we define “wrong?”

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