Category Archives: Wake up!

Food for Thought: Evolving Democracy

Well, I’ve spent some time placing together a few well-intentioned ideas that I had into a digestible document.  This is the product and below is a sample paragraph from the introduction:

Democracy, similar to evolution, is an inherently flawed system.  The subscription to the idea that a government of the people is, in theory, the most rational and most candid system of government to operate is more than reasonable; particularly in comparison to other forms of government.  However, without carefully reasoned, well-intentioned and periodically modernized mechanisms in place, a democracy can begin to work against the very people that the system aims to protect.  Subsequently, while most modern democracies have long implemented legal affirmations of popular liberties like: freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom to peacefully assemble, the right to participate in fair and free elections and freedom from government abuses, there are still many matters that need to be addressed.  Democracy likely cannot be perfected, but that should not be the goal.  Democracy can be made fairer, egalitarian, and better equipped to stand the test time. And also, like evolution, there should be room for adaptation.

It’s completely free, so run over to Smashwords and download it.

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Gun Control Solution, Part 3: Mo’ People, Mo’ Problems

Normally, I’d get up here on my soap box and talk down to those so small minded that they blindly accept labels and positions without considering that they could be a better way to look at things (See: Liberals and Conservatives). Normally, I single out one group to berate.  Normally, at least one group has the right idea.  But when it comes to guns in the United States, each side is so wound up that they can’t see the forest for the trees.

However, both liberals and conservatives need too understand that America cannot get the genie back in the bottle.  Ending gun violence is currently said to be accomplished either by taking away every gun in the country or having guns everywhere in the country.  So, short of trying to wrestle Uncle Johnny’s gun away or having a standing army of 300+ million, there needs to be an even handed and realistic approach taken.

This is this last in a three part series toward creating a sensible gun control solution.  Now, let’s take on Part 3: Mo’ People, Mo’ Problems. Continue reading

Gun Control Solution, Part 2: Checks and Balances

Normally, I’d get up here on my soap box and talk down to those so small minded that they blindly accept labels and positions without considering that they could be a better way to look at things (See: Liberals and Conservatives). Normally, I single out one group to berate.  Normally, at least one group has the right idea.  But when it comes to guns in the United States, each side is so wound up that they can’t see the forest for the trees.

However, both liberals and conservatives need too understand that America cannot get the genie back in the bottle.  Ending gun violence is currently said to be accomplished either by taking away every gun in the country or having guns everywhere in the country.  So, short of trying to wrestle Uncle Johnny’s gun away or having a standing army of 300+ million, there needs to be an even handed and realistic approach taken.

This is the second in a three part series toward creating a sensible gun control solution.  Now, let’s take on Part 2: Checks and Balances. Continue reading

Gun Control Solution, Part 1: It’s the (Drug) Economy, Stupid!

Normally, I’d get up here on my soap box and talk down to those so small minded that they blindly accept labels and positions without considering that they could be a better way to look at things (See: Liberals and Conservatives). Normally, I single out one group to berate.  Normally, at least one group has the right idea.  But when it comes to guns in the United States, each side is so wound up that they can’t see the forest for the trees.

The NRA and other gun right’s lobbyists constantly drive home these basic ideas for why we need more guns:

  1. We need more guns to defend ourselves from criminals that would do us harm.  This means protecting oneself in public and while at home.
  2. We need to protect our civil liberty and constitutional right as law-abiding American citizens to own and use guns to hunt and other recreational activities.
  3. We are preserving the right of every American citizen to choose to own or not own guns, and are not promoting a political agenda or protecting the gun industry.

And I dare to say that if it were this straight forward, then I absolutely agree with these assertions.  However, it’s not as black and white as they make it seem and every self-respecting Liberal will mention the hypocrisy of their stances.  Let’s assume for a second that these lobbying organizations truly thought that more guns would make us infinitely safer.  Would they be willing to use these the most effective methods to achieve their 3 goals? For example:

  1. Support a system that creates less criminals and therefore less fear of criminal activity.  So that we have more law-abiding citizens that can legally own guns to protect oneself in public and at home.
  2. Support a system that works to ensure that guns do not fall into the dangerous hands of criminals and the mentally unstable.  So that every gun owner is qualified and held accountable for their possessions.
  3. Support a system that will work to protect each American citizen’s right to live with or without guns, regardless of the political climate and despite what the gun industry wants.

I’ll go out on a limb and say that they might, and every self-respecting Conservative will say that it depending on the details.

However, both liberals and conservatives need too understand that America cannot get the genie back in the bottle.  Ending gun violence is currently said to be accomplished either by taking away every gun in the country or having guns everywhere in the country.  So, short of trying to wrestle Uncle Johnny’s gun away or having a standing army of 300+ million, there needs to be an even handed and realistic approach taken.

This is the first in a three part series toward creating a sensible gun control solution.  Now, let’s take on Part 1: It’s the (Drug) Economy, Stupid!

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Fear and Loathing in Leaving Iraq

Before you jump to any conclusions about this little rant, I should first say a few things:

1. Going into Iraq was probably one of the worst foreign policy decisions the U.S. could have made.

2. Staying in Iraq too long will not help foreign policy objectives in the future.

3. Leaving too early will only help to destabilize an all ready unstable area.

4. America’s domestic safety is not directly linked to leaving Iraq. Continue reading

Did We Forget About Africa?

A little while back, I wrote about “the Things America has Forgotten”. While that list very truncated, it provided a good foundation upon which I will again complain about the things America has lost sight of.

Only the oblivious could miss the direction I will be moving toward but I’ll ask again, did we forget about Africa? First, to all of you that’s first reaction is, “who cares about Africa?”, you are the imbeciles this is written for. Second, to all of you that said, “man, you are so right!”, thanks for returning to soak up some of my outrage. Continue reading

The things America has forgotten

Naturally, this list can be as long as my arm but for now, here are the first three that come to mind.

The first: What ever happened to the “beacon on a hill” ideal that the country was founded on? Where did that “lead by example” approach that was intended to separate the American life from that of the rest of the world (especially Europe) go? Increasingly we are looking like hypocrites that have abandoned our morals to chase down that all-mighty dollar. I shan’t go into details here, but ask yourself, if we are truly attempting to lead by example, what example are we setting for the rest of the world? Arrogance? Belligerence? Egotism? Continue reading