R.I.P. America

Our country has gone down the toilet.  While the last remnants were swirling at the bottom, we went about our daily lives.  It wasn’t our problem that our neighbors were struggling with unemployment and foreclosure.  It wasn’t our problem that our state was cutting school funding to make payroll.  It wasn’t our problem that our government was heading toward anarchy and total chaos.  The thing is, it is our problem.

No one takes notice of a situation until it hits our pocketbooks.  Ever wonder why gas prices are so high?  Is it because of the crisis in the Middle East?  Partially.  Ever wonder if 10 or 100 or even a 1000 new oil wells will help alleviate the prices at the pump?  The answer would be a big, fat NO.  The reason, refineries.  We can drill and pump all the oil we want, but without the refineries to process it, it doesn’t matter.  The last refinery in this country was build in 1976 (http://www.gasandoil.com/goc/news/ntn12966.htm).  1976 folks.  Why don’t we build more refineries?  Two reasons.  First, environmental concerns.  Remember, everyone wants cheap gas; but no one wants a refinery in their backyard.  Second and most important, the bottom line.  Refineries cost money; lots of money.  However, most of the oil companies could afford it.  But with more refineries, comes more petrol products on the market, which means cheaper price.  The oil big wigs like their fat paychecks, even if it kills the American family.

I like what is currently going on in Wisconsin.  Not because people are facing losing their jobs.  I like it because so many people are voicing their opinions.  Problem: large budget crisis.  Solution: cut benefits.  Sounds simple, but it is a far cry from what needs to be done.  We, as American citizens, have come to live with excess so long, it has become an unwritten right for all.  The issue here is that budget cuts need to be made.  The hard truth is that the “excess” needs to be cut in order for the state to survive.  However, it is a cut that needs to come from everyone.  It is time for the governor faces the reality that in order to make things work, he needs to cut “excess” too.  This holds true for all facets of government.  Our leaders need to cut personal “excess” in order to make things work.  Ever wonder why prices in D.C. are so high?  Partially because of the salaries of the government workers.  Higher salaries lead to higher cost of living lead to higher salaries lead to . . . you get the picture.

What has happened in this country is tragic.  The leaders of our nation (government and private) stepped on the backs of the “little people” in order to fulfill their dreams.  The cost in some cases have been billions of dollars and millions of jobs lost to atone for the sins of the few.  The unfortunate thing, is the atonement comes on the very backs that were trampled to begin with.  Our country has fallen away from the ideals of our forefathers.  Self-interest and greed were never part of the founding documents.  This country was founded on the principal of the common-good and justice for all.  There is no good in over $2 billion dollars of household credit card debt.  There is no justice for the people having to bailout the companies foreclosing on their house.  There is no justice for the people unemployed from companies taking taxpayer bailouts.  There is no good or justice for our children when we wash our hands of $11 trillion in debt.  This country is a far cry from the vision of the founders and we are paying dearly for it.  Stand up with your brothers and sisters in Wisconsin and start a movement in your area.  It’s time to tell our leaders, “enough is enough”.




“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  Many of us know the words, but what do the words mean to you?  Here is what I think . . .

To pledge allegiance means that you are taking an oath of loyalty.  An oath of loyalty to the flag of the United States of America.  The flag of the United States of America being the representation of the ideals that the forefathers of this nation sacrificed so much for.  So by pledging allegiance, you are taken an oath of loyalty to the ideals upon which this great nation was founded.

Republic means a country in which the power resides within the people.

One nation under God symbolizes the very reason that the first settlers came to the North America to begin with.  To escape religious persecution.  It is not in fact stating that you yourself believe in God.  It is simply stating that you give an oath of loyalty to the ideal that people of this country are giving the right to choose their religious preference.

Indivisible simply means means a whole which cannot be separated.

With liberty simply means that the people of this country are free from rule from outside governments.

and justice for all simply means that all people are treated fairly and equally.

So the Pledge of Allegiance is an oath the each person will uphold the ideals upon which this nation was founded.  Special interests groups would have us believe that schools that recite the Pledge of Allegiance are forcing religious views upon students and violating the very principle of freedom of religion.  But remember, it is an oath of loyalty to upholding the values in which this country were founded, not forced prayer to a deity they may or may not believe in.

These special interest groups have separated this one word and have perverted the very meaning of what it symbolizes.  Doing this has in fact destroyed what the Pledge is meant to protect.  Individuals who believe in the oath and wish to say it in a public setting are not allowed to.  Meaning that our country is being separated by a single word taken out of context.  We are no longer a country were rule resides with the people.  The rule of the land resides with a minority of individuals represented by enemies of this country’s ideals.  And justice for all, not hardly.  Less than 3% of the population not allowing the other 97% to say this oath in a public domain because they focus on one word that they take out of context.  That isn’t justice for anyone.

I know there are people out there that don’t agree with my position.  I think that is fantastic.  We are a nation that is built on the fact that we can express our ideas freely without fear of backlash from our government.  If you have a differing viewpoint, please feel free to share.  It is your right.  Remember, it is a freedom of, not a freedom from.


Do the right thing

Think slavery is a thing of the past?  Think again.  Today, right now, there is an employer in California that thinks that it is acceptable to not pay his employees.  That’s right folks. This individual has people working for him and he is not paying them.  The unfortunate problem with this situation is that the employees are afraid to turn this guy in because they may not get paid for the work they have already done or worse.  To add to the stress, most of them can’t find other work because of the state of the California economy.  For the safety of the employees, I will not post the name of the employer here.  However, if you or someone you know can help, please let me know.  This has to end and the employer needs to pay the piper.