The day after a Presidential election. Today is the day that all the bitching and complaining comes out of the woodwork from all the sore losers. These are your friends, family, co-workers, strangers and celebrities. After a couple of years of being bombarded with ads and polls and special interest groups filling every waking minute with dribble about whatever agenda that they are promoting, it finally comes to a screeching halt. Everyone wipes their tears and heads back to the meeting room to figure out where they went wrong and strategize for a run at office in the next 4 years. The campaigns are filled with a zillion ways that we can twist the truth to make it believable for the robot-like minions that follow a particular political party. Like zombies, they enter the poll booth and vote right down the party lines regardless of the agenda. Republican and Democratic sides were drawn long ago in the family structure. “My Great, Great Grandfather was a (Republican/Democrat) so that is how I will vote.” It’s like no one really pays attention to the issues or the state of the country or the financial turmoil or foreign policies anymore. If your rich, than some rich Republican will protect your money and if your poor a Democrat will give you handouts. On top of it all, people think we are electing a leader for the morality police. We, as individuals, are supposed to have our life in a dictatorship where we are to be told what we can do and cannot do with our own lives?
Religion, in ALL FORMS, needs to be taken out of politics. I am not Catholic or Jewish or Muslim, therefore, I do not need input from this section of the population telling me how I should run my life. Christianity has their own set of issues that they need to sort out before they can start putting their two cents into other people’s lives. Imagine that you’re in your cushy little suburban neighborhood either retired or not, but your neighbor comes over twice a week to play cribbage or some other old person card game. Somehow in the middle of the conversation, you come to realize that this neighbor of yours, this friend for the past 20 years; reveals to you that she had an abortion when she was 17 years old. This would have probably taken place in the mid 1960′s. Would you stand up from the game, point to the door and tell her to “Get Out!” and never be friends with this person again? I very strongly doubt that it would be something MOST people would do. I am pretty sure that, because we are Americans that thrive on gossip and rumor, as soon as this neighbor who had an abortion at 17 years old left the house; there would be phone calls around the neighborhood to spread the story. This is how we, as Americans do things. We can’t face things head on, we need to do things in secret and shun individuals that do not fit into the mold of morality that certain people want. This is the year 2012, not 1908…things have changed so drastically that there is no possible way that we can ever go back to the “old days.” We can’t send our children to school and expect that a ruler be smacked across the backs of their hands for misbehaving. The morality police of this generation won’t even tolerate a child being sent out of the classroom and being told to stand facing the wall for 10 minutes for misbehaving. This type of punishment happened just back in the 1980′s…a fact, because I was one of those kids sent to the hallway many times. I keep hearing the phrase: “The morality in this country is at its lowest.” Your right, it is and it is because of the people who feel the need to butt into every situation and preach that we can’t do this and we can’t do that are the same people complaining about the morality. You can not have things both ways. You can not interrupt justice because it doesn’t fit your moral code then at the same time complain that everyone is out of control. But it’s too late to change back, the damage is done. The separation of church and state is vital to having a productive government that is working for the people of America.
I paused after the last paragraph to pick up my child from school. As a second grader, they are studying “colonial america” as part of her studies. Today in her class was “colonial school days.” I asked her how the day was with having a teacher playing the part of a teacher in colonial times. She told me that she had to ear a sign around her neck with “nail biter” because she got caught biting her nails. She also had to stand in the corner for putting her elbows on the table. One child, the teacher’s own son, had to wear a “dunce hat” because he did something wrong. I asked her how she liked having a class like that and she said she didn’t like it because her teacher was being too mean. She did understand that she was being taught in a manner of long ago and was “pretend” for the day. She could not wait to go back to the normal class tomorrow. She did learn how important it is to behave while in school though and could appreciate todays class structure compared to how it once was. My personal opinion is that every school should enforce a school uniform policy and allow a little discipline in the classrooms. Obviously within certain limits.
It seems that with each election, there are a few states that are adding the “same sex marriage” question to the ballots. Why is this even an issue. Who cares what goes on behind peoples doors as long as it is not affecting your way of life. This goes back to the religious morality police and how it is not in the bible. The bible was written 2000 years ago and if you think that there were no girl/girl or guy/guy activities going on, then your sadly mistaken. Does the sexual act of male on male sex interests me? Not in the least, but who the hell am I to say who can fall in love with who. There is an age of consent for a reason, for people to consent to whoever they love or whoever they plan on being intimate with. Regardless of your moral agenda, the gay community is here and I am pretty sure that it is not going anywhere any time soon. You don’t have to like it or approve of it, but get over it and get used to it. I find the Catholic Church and it’s pedophiles far more offensive than any same-sex intimacy that is going on behind closed doors between consenting adults.
Now that we remove the religious influence from government officials, we need to do away with the political parties. No more, Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green, Tea Parties. The government then is cut into separate sectors like, Justice, Finance, Foreign Policy and so on. Have individuals run in an election for heads of their respective expertise. We need to elect a person who has studied and excelled in each sector of the government and not leave the appointment of individuals in the hands of one elected individual. Show me a handful of people with a background check, a resume and their accomplishments within the area of which they are ‘applying” for. America is not a business or a company and cannot be run as such. We can’t have one person running it and then he hires all his unqualified buddies to take on positions that they have no inclination as to what to do. Why is it important to bail out General Motors just because they make a shitty product that no one wants to buy? If the government can bail them out, then why can’t the little mom and pop corner store get the same help? GM started in the same fashion in 1908 as a small company producing cars and it took them 100 years to be the giant that they are. Maybe in 100 years that mom and pop corner store will contribute some sort of revolutionary idea/product to the world.
Along the same theme, the debate about jobs being sent overseas. Companies that have their product made in foreign land and the people here in America complain about losing their jobs. The reality is that unions, while in some aspects have a use and purpose, they also promote laziness and work hard to fight against things that are basic common sense. Unions are the poster child for being bullies. When a business is breaking ground for construction, they request bids for the construction jobs. Then the big bad union steps in and says “This is our territory. Only union workers are allowed to do construction in this area.” When a company decides to not go with a union contractor, these bullies spend their days picketing the construction sites, destroying and stealing non-union workers tools and strong arming people. So, this is the American way, to bully people into overpaying for a bunch of lazy workers to perform shoddy work. Maybe the working conditions in foreign countries are not ideal to the American lifestyle, but it the way that these countries operate. Japan seems to be the technological capital of the world, they must be doing something right. I love to listen to my friends have the Ford/Chevy debate as to which truck is better. I have owned a Ford and it was garbage, I thoroughly loved my foreign Toyota truck.
There is one small tidbit of this past presidential election that has always struck me as humorous, the whole Obama birth certificate mess. Apparently, because Obama’s father is from Kenya then there is some big secret that Obama must not be an American born Citizen. The great and might Oz, Donald Trump decides that he is no longer a businessman but has become the rich and powerful and thinks that he has some sort of political stature and continues to push the whole birth certificate issue. This is all based on the fact that the president’s father is from Kenya. Well, let’s take a peek at the other side of the ballot for a second. Mitt Romney’s father was not born in America, he was actually born in Mexico. “So what” you say? Well, Mitt’s dad was born in Mexico after his great grandparents fled America to Mexico because they were polygamous Mormons. Those who live in glass houses…blah, blah.
I’m not hear to bash one side over the other. I think that the Democrat side are a bunch of wimps. Every little mouth that cries, then they try to feed. I, as are most of the hard-working population, are tired of the free handouts to people. Everyone thinks that things need to be spoon fed to them. A little complaining about some aches and pains and the disability checks come rolling out. A little crying that your depressed, another disability check. Don’t want to get a job and you have 5 kids? Here is an EBT card for food, tattoos, booze and strip clubs. I work my 40 hours a week and so does my wife. We pay taxes. We bust our asses to avoid sending our child to public schools because it is just that terrible. The government should give us bonus checks just for doing our part in supporting the degenerates of society. Instead of just writing disability checks like a madman, why not invest in retraining people. Can’t work construction because of a bad back? Then get retrained in some other skill that you can do. If you don’t want to be retrained, then sorry, cut off the government disability. Imagine how much money the government could save by just doing that. I know that in my line of work that people will always be either too sick or injured to drive themselves to the hospital or too lazy. It is usually the guy that you can tell is having the biggest heart attack that doesn’t want to go by ambulance. He wants to drive himself.
Which is a good time to jump to the next problem with America. Why is it that a hospital can charge anywhere from 65 cents up to $18.02 for a SINGLE BABY ASPIRIN? If you book your trip to Disney and put up your family of four in a hotel room with double queen size beds and a spectacular view of giraffes for an over-estimate of $500 per night. For $933 per night you can stay in the W Paris Opera Hotel in Paris France which is a 15 minute walk away from The Louvre Museum. Both places are beautiful locations and most anyone would pay that price for a night in either location. Then why the hell does it cost up to $5000 a day for a hospital room? You get an ugly room that you share with some stranger, with a bitchy nurse who could care less about your health and unsanitary conditions. You leave the hospital poor and most likely with MRSA. The US spends the most in the world on healthcare and it is ranked 37th. I’m not much of a math expert, but that doesn’t seem right at all. With all due respect to my nurse friends, but you can be replaced easily by a paramedic who has more skills and more affordable cost to the hospital. I’m not saying that as a paramedic, because the last thing that I want is to spend an 8 hour shift with a patient. I am saying that because it is fact. The other side of the medical costs issue is the insurance companies. If I told the electric company that I only pay 50% of any incoming bills, they would tell me to stick it in my hat and shut off my power. The hospital costs need to be cut down and the insurance companies can’t decide what they feel like paying.
Foreign policies…we are not the world police. It is not our job to jump into every little battle or moral injustice in the world. Did we not learn anything from Mogadishu? I do have absolute respect and throw my full support behind anyone who serves in the military. I, however, do not feel that are people need to be sent all over the globe to beat up the bullies. I am by no means an expert in foreign policies, but American needs to elect the right individual with the right qualifications to be able to handle the American foreign policies. Someone who is not a coward, but also someone who will not ship our military off to every corner of the world so fight the battles of others.
In closing, until American learns from all these mistakes and take in account what the American people want as a majority, the current system with continue to fail and things will never be solved. We cannot continue to be divided along party lines and still think that we will accomplish something. Hurry up and fix this, if not in my lifetime then maybe for my kids life.