November 21st – No Politics On Facebook Day!

vaca 2014 zuma panoramaI was thinking; maybe we should have a no political discussion day on Facebook.
It would be nice to log on, even if for just one day, and just read about how people are doing and what is going on in their lives without polluting timelines with political bullshit.

Let’s have just one day of virtual tranquility.

I nominate November 21st as no politics on Facebook day.

If you think this is a good idea, spread the word!

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The Right To Not Vote!

I have voted in every general election and most primaries since I was 18 years old.

I served my country and was willing to give my life to protect your rights.

To try and make a difference, I fool-heartedly ran for Congress in 2006.

I am not voting this year; I will probably never vote again.
I recently changed my voter registration, not to Republican, which I was for the bulk of my voting life; not to Democrat, which I was for a couple of years; not even to independent — I changed it to simply no affiliation.

I used to be one of those people who believed everyone should vote.

I was so naive.

I have come to the realization that voting is a complete and utter waste of time, and that our votes really don’t matter.

The Republican presidential primary was a joke, and the Democrats had frozen out any one not named Hilary.

Elections aren’t about issues, they aren’t about ideals and they definitely aren’t about people — they are about hate and fear mongering.  These emotional techniques are used to disguise the fact that there is no difference between elected officials, because none of these officials matter.  The machinery of government is so large, and so out of control, that it has become a self-perpetuating Goliath which no one person can hope to guide, let alone effect any real change.

So, as of today, I am no longer going to vote. I am going to avoid all political news, talk and advertising.  I am going to exercise my right to not vote.

Oh, and before you tell me about the people who sacrificed, or were willing to scarified their lives for my right to vote — I was one of those people and I’m willing to bet most of you were not.  Unlike most loud mouth cowards, I didn’t sit on my ass while someone else went to defend my rights.

I can’t think of one talk show host, or supposed journalist, who ever had the guts to enlist and serve their county, not a single person running for president has ever worn the uniform of the United States, and I’m sure there are few in The House or Senate who were members of the Armed Forces.

You don’t like my decision? That’s fine.

If you don’t like my decision and didn’t have the courage to serve — well I’ll be civil, but  use your imagination.

Political Vitriol

There is so much vitriol in this upcoming presidential election that many are losing sight of what makes us great.

It isn’t the man or woman who wins a popularity contest to become president, it is, us — individuals who make a difference.

It is us, individuals, that change the world. It is not some random person sitting in an oval room in DC that creates greatness — it is the individual who stares back at us from a mirror that creates a better life.

It will not be the impact of a man or woman elected to the presidency that will impact our daily lives. Your life will not be made better or worse based upon the election of a millionaire or billionaire who has no real interest in you, or your daily struggles.

None of us knows exactly what the future will bring. However, we do know that some time after November 8th the election results will be tabulated and  finalized. We know that on Jan 20th, we will swear in a new president. On the 21st, we will wake up, go to work, or school, or take care of our children, and the world will be much the same as it had been the preceding days.

We also know with a reasonable amount of certainty, that four years later, life will not be as dystopic as one group feared, nor will it be as utopic as the other promised — the republic will be changed, in some ways for the better, in some ways for the worse, but it will survive, and each of us will go on with our daily lives and activities…

Let us not put our faith in an individual who panders by spewing rhetoric over reason. Let us not worry about the someone who will supposedly lead us; let us lead.

Let us not place trust in others, let us find our own enlightenment, happiness and joy by placing trust in ourselves.

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Pundits, Politicos and Voters

I wrote this as a comment over on my friend Yonki’s blog The Lulac Political Letter. It was in response to Dave calling Trump treasonous, and using the word intent in absolving Clinton.

**The below posting contains adult language and imagery, reader discretion is advised**

“There is such a thing as intent and Trump exhibited criminal and treasonous intent.” Dave Yonki.

Come on Dave, criminal and treasonous INTENT, are you fucking kidding me?

This hedging words crap is beneath all of us. Are we back to Bill claiming having his penis sucked to a dress splattering orgasm wasn’t sex?

SO, with INTENT, the same could be said of Trump. His INTENT could have been to make the point that the Russians can hack private email servers. His INTENT could have been to use an absurd statement to demonstrate the absurdity of using a private server for governmental affairs. Or, his INTENT could have been to again demonstrate he is just a loud mouth.

Hilary’s INTENT could have been to keep public information hidden. Her INTENT could have been to subvert right to know laws. Her INTENT could have been driven by paranoia. Or, her INTENT could of been as she claimed.

These arguments will never end.

Boisterous election rhetoric on both sides is the norm. Outrageous statements are made time and time again over the course of an election season. The day after the election, most candidates go back to being buddies, yet, the asinine populace continues to hate those for whom they were opposed.

The supporters of each, see their candidate with only rose colored glasses and the opponent through a fog of fear and hatred. Pundits, politicos and voters have not matured one bit in the last two hundred plus years — it truly is pathetic.

It is unbelievable that Trump some how managed to secure the nomination, and it is just sad that Obama (influencing Biden not to run), Hillary and the DNC prevented Democratic party members to have a voice and choice, in an open, fair, impartial primary.

These may in fact be the two most flawed candidates in our lifetimes. Does that mean either one may not do a better than, or worse than, expect job?

We don’t know exactly what the future will bring. However, we do know that on Jan 20th, we will swear in a new president. On the 21st, we will wake up, go to work, or school, or take care of our children, and the world will be much the same as it had been the preceding days.

We also know, that four years later, it will not be as dystopic as one group feared, nor will it be as utopic as the other promised — the republic will be changed, in some ways for the better, in some ways for the worse, but it will survive, and each of us will go on with our daily lives and activities…

Of course, we also know, that  as a new Messiah and a new Lucifer will be running for president, the same pathetic, bullshit will have started anew. 

 

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Voter Intimidation Comes In Many Forms

The following is a response to one Facebook poster, however, it can apply to many supporters of both Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. In an attempt to quash the rights of those of  us who choose not to vote, or vote for a third party candidate, – guilt, fear and, in some cases, intimation are being used to pressure people to vote their way.

I am not voting for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Because I don’t desire to vote for either candidate, the term hater is often thrown around. I have my reasons, but among those, hate is not one. I don’t know either person to hate them. My decision is based on what that candidates have done, what they say they will do, their own public personas, and how they present their positions.

One thing has to be clear, not voting, or voting for any other candidate, is not a vote against yours. Perhaps, simply, you do not have the capability to understand passion and conviction that is not aligned with your own. We shall not be coerced or bullied or guilted into supporting your candidate. Perhaps, if your party wants registered independents, they should have nominated another candidate. It is your party’s responsibility to nominate a candidate for whom all could potentially vote — it is not our job to leap upon your bandwagon. We are independents because we do not goosestep to a sole ideology. We are not as religious zealots, beholden to your “infallible” party leader.

So I ask:

Should we collapse from our convictions because you are trying to cause us to feel guilt?

Should we collapse from our convictions because, for some reason, you presume to be all knowing?

Should we collapse from our convictions because you have told us to?

If your words to illicit guilt and your attempts to coerce do not sway us, what is next – threats of intimidation? Acts of violence? The slope can quickly become slippery.

Just how desperate are you to suppress our freedom of choice?

We will not cower to bullies such as you.
We will not cower to those who attempt to steal our freedom.
We will not cower to the closed minded who tell us theirs is the only way.

Your words and actions are those of the oppressors, “Do it my way or no way. If not, you will be singled out for ridicule and scorn. “

Yet, I would have gladly laid down my life in service for your freedom. Even if you use that freedom to be so closed and bigoted in thoughts and actions.

Those of us who served, didn’t do it for a pat on the back, we did so, so others may have the freedoms to act and vote as they wish. We did so, so others would be free from tyranny, free from oppression and free from being shamed into taking a particular stance. Freedom from the fear tactics of those who suffer from myopia is what we must strive to overcome.

Those whose mind only see one way, can not accept, nor tolerate, those who do not blindly follow their beliefs, perhaps it is because their freedom to believe has obviously come too easily.

Freedom to vote, or not to vote, is a great freedom, and it is also a great  responsibility. With that freedom, one should exercise what they deem best for the country as a whole. If the candidate of their choosing has no chance in an election, so be it. But still cast that vote!

Change does not occur in leaps and bounds, it occurs in a series of small steps. This small step to vote for whom we deem to be the best, should not be torn asunder by those who shout the loudest in an attempt to beat and bully our voices into submission.

We will battle the oppressors of freedom, not only because we can, but because we must!

We Have A Right To NOT Vote

I have voted in every general election and most primaries since I was 18 years old.

I served my country and was willing to give my life to protect your rights.

To try and make a difference, I fool-heartedly ran for Congress in 2006.

I am not voting this year; I will probably never vote again.
I recently changed my voter registration, not to Republican, which I was for the bulk of my voting life; not to Democrat, which I was for a couple of years; not even to independent — I changed it to simply no affiliation.

I used to be one of those people who believed everyone should vote.

I was so naive.

I have come to the realization that voting is a complete and utter waste of time, and that our votes really don’t matter.

The Republican presidential primary was a joke, and the Democrats had frozen out any one not named Hilary, or colluded to defeat another candidate. And, Sanders has completely sold out. The man does not possess the courage or conviction he fooled  many into believing were part of his campaign. 

The voters, especially in the Democratic primary,  simply did not matter.

Elections aren’t about issues, they aren’t about ideals and they definitely aren’t about people — they are about hate and fear mongering.  These emotional techniques are used to disguise the fact that there is no difference between elected officials, because none of these officials matter.  The machinery of government is so large, and so out of control, that it has become a self-perpetuating Goliath which no one person can hope to guide, let alone effect any real change.

So, as of today, I am no longer going to vote. I am going to try avoid all political news, talk and advertising.  I am going to exercise my right to not vote.

Oh, and before you tell me about the people who sacrificed, or were willing to scarified their lives for my right to vote — I was one of those people and I’m willing to bet most of you were not.  Unlike most loud mouth cowards, I didn’t sit on my ass while someone else went to defend my rights.

I can’t think of one talk show host, or supposed journalist, who ever had the guts to enlist and serve their county. Not a single person running for president has ever worn the uniform of the United States, and I’m sure there are but a few in The Houdownloadse or Senate who were members of the Armed Forces.

You don’t like my decision? That’s fine.

If you don’t like my decision and didn’t have the courage to serve —
kiss my ass!

Inherent Violence

 

BANG!

A gunshot rings out, and many feel fear.

BANG, BANG!

Gunshots ring out, and many drop for cover.

BANG, BANG, BANG!

Gunshots ring out, and many run away.

BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG!

Gunshots ring out, and a few run toward.

BANG!

A gunshot finds the mark, and someone is hurt.

BANG, BANG!

Gunshots find their mark, and some have fallen.

BANG, BANG, BANG!

Gunshots find their mark, and many are dead.

The gun is the instrument, the tool, the device to accomplish the act, but the gun is not the cause, the gun is not the concern, the gun is not the fault.

Man threatens man.

We often don’t understand why.

Man harms man.

We often don’t understand why.

Man kills man.

We often don’t understand why.

Man has done harm to his fellow man since there was man.  The mechanism to harm has changed, but the intent remains the same.

This is the history of mankind.

The roots of violence are pre-historic.

The displays of viciousness are chronicled even in the word of God.

To understand, we seek to lay blame at the apparatus of violence and hence, absolve man.

We don’t want to grasp that the machinery of violence, of harm, of destruction and death, is itself that which is most difficult to understand.  It is not the arsenal that is in the hand, it is that which is contained within the being — it is the mind of man.