Logic? Who needs logic when you have an assault rifle pointed at everyone’s head? I just don’t see why there can’t be more research done on violence, especially with guns. The NRA released a video calling Obama a hypocrite for having Secret Service guard his daughters at school. Why shouldn’t the PRESIDENT of the United States have Secret Service guarding his daughters? Just because the President has gun toting Secret Service protection then everyone else should too because that would be fair? I’m not sure that you can fight ignorant behavior with more ignorance or fight gun violence with more guns. Only in America can you drive down to Wal-Mart in your over-sized pick-up and park in a sea of asphalt to buy an 18 pack of beer, a semi-automatic rifle, and a set of plastic NASCAR mugs made in China. Where is the logic in that?
There certainly are reasons to be concerned that Washington is taking more and more steps to limit freedom. The debate needs to framed logically and not with the tough guy act of prying weapons from someone’s cold dead hands. Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill Peopleby shooting them with a gun. Some people think the Government should register guns. Probably not going to happen anytime soon. Some people think the Government should register “stupid people.” The Government has already done that and they have given them a number. I think it is called a Social Security number. One way or another and at one time or another we would all make that list. Just because a person has something to make them feel more in control than they really are doesn’t make it so. A wise man can admit there is much that he does not know and does not need to fear death so much that he forgets to live. That is the only thing that is certain in this world. SQUAREROOTOFZERO
Good vs. Evil. The last Presidential debate is over. What have we learned? Both candidates are willing to suspend reality in favor of techno-narcissistic-hyper-corporate-self-esteem building fairy tales in order to take the reins of the Ineffectual, um I mean, Executive branch of Government. Our system of finance is so completely rigged that one good look under the rug will show more dry-rot than a one-hundred year old farm house in a ghost town. Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney would prescribe cigarettes to a cancer patient instead of face the difficult task of coming to grips with the root of the problems. Their “cures” are worse than the disease. Any coming energy crisis will have nothing to do with “domestic oil production,” “energy independence,” or who will be, or not be, “Mr. Oil.” These are mere distractions for the masses of hypochondriac Americans who are hungry for another quick fix. I could probably see more thoughtfulness to the gravity of our situation out of a pack of wild dogs. They have good hearts, but they will bite you the first chance they get. Even “good” people are showing their claws and teeth when it comes time to blaming the “other party.” I strongly believe that the coming crises will be a result of failure in the entire system and not because of one political party or the other. This will be a result of the fact that BOTH parties want to increase their own power and diminish their own responsibility – it has become the American way. It has become a quest for power for the sake of power and a fight of “Good vs. Evil.” If one considers themselves “good” then one must find or create “evil” to justify their own goodness. Justification is like a straight jacket when you are trying to swim. Justification means you have a need to limit your own faults and increase the blame on others, which is SURE sign of failing leadership and distorted thinking because you only see what you want to see. When you are wearing your justification jacket you not only need people to cause problems, you NEED problems.
As much virtue there is, so much appears; as much goodness as there is, so much reverence it commands. All the devils respect virtue. The high, the generous, the self-devoted sect will always instruct and command mankind. Never was a sincere word utterly lost. Never a magnanimity fell to the ground, but there is some heart to greet and accept it unexpectedly. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Change. The solution to these problems is not to just use your “vote” to command justice, but to hold each individual personally accountable. AS A PERSON. Not as a political party and create fictitious “evil” monsters like Purple People Eaters. Then and only then will we see real change. The choice is yours because, “Freedom is only part of the story and half of the truth.” SQUAREROOTOFZERO
Band-aids. The fight over taxes is really full of ABSURD arguments. However, it seems that we just like to fight about entitlements, redistribution, and lack of fairness which all seem to be symptoms of a larger disease. Let’s not attempt to treat the disease, but put band-aids with Cartoon characters on the symptoms, like we are all still nine. Let’s ignore that people pay towards all that God-Forsaken concrete and asphalt out there with gas taxes and that the young pay social security taxes for the old. Let’s ignore our reliance on energy companies and utilities to provide gas, water, heat, and electricity – and those taxes. Let’s ignore that a single mother might be raising two children on a teacher’s salary of less than 50k a year and has to pay for ALL of these things on top of her mortgage or rent. Let’s forget about the taxes she pays when buying necessities – like backpacks, books, and clothes – for her children. Let’s also ignore the fact that no one is doing anything to address the schemes and rackets going on within the financial system and inflationary taxes. Certainly, let’s play pretend the steering system is NOT broken and hand out boxes of band-aids.
Responsibility? Any politician who lays out specific goals and then will pledge to give all the money he or she made back to the Government or a Charity and then only accepts minimum wage for their services – if they fail to accomplish those goals – would deserve my vote. You can call it leadership, “individual” responsibility, or just plain patriotic. There is NO POSSIBLE WAY that blaming failure on “The other side of the aisle” is going to solve anything. SQUAREROOTOFZERO