Calling all Leaders!

     Calling all leaders!  Our country is a state of emergency due to a severe leadership deficiency.  Our Congress is made up of two groups of people, lawyers and business people.  Is it any wonder that all of our laws are written in “lawyerese” with loopholes that benefit business people  These two groups of people are not representative of who we are as a nation.  We need to fill Congress with teachers, engineers, scientists, farmers, truck drivers and anyone else of high moral character willing to sacrifice an easy life in the wealthiest free nation in the world, for the sake of our Country. What we don’t need are more career politicians.

     If you feel like your politicians are deaf to the problems we are facing as a nation, then I implore you to run for office.  Check out what’s going on in your city council, see what congressional seats are going to be open in the 2018  and 2020 elections.  Many of these politicians run unopposed.  We must give them opposition.  

     Democracy only works if the government is afraid of the people, afraid that if they don’t legislate in ways that reflect the ideals of this nation, then we will toss them aside for folks who will.  We must take our country back from the political machine and its agenda.  If we still believe in “The Great American Experiment”, that the people can run a country without the need of a king, then we,The People, must take our country back from the politicians.  It’s up to us to show the politicians how to lead since they seem unwilling or ignorant on how to do so.

If you feel that you can’t take a leadership role, for whatever reason, you can still an integral part of this movement.  VOTE!  Educate yourself on the people seeking office Question their motives.  Go to rally’s and debates where you can hear them with your own ears and look them in the eye face to face.  Find a leader that represents you.  Then… fucking VOTE!

 

     “We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”

Thomas Jefferson

 

     Just to make this clear, I don’t care whether you consider yourself a conservative or a liberal, we need inspirational leaders willing to work for this country and not a political party.  Leaders, like J.F.K., who INSPIRED us to reach the moon.  Leaders, like M.L.K. Jr., who showed us that peaceful protest DOES work if you are persistent.  Hell, leaders, like John Lennon, who suggested that we just give peace a CHANCE.  Then we, the people, need to elect these leaders (instead of assassinating them) and then, and this is important, we need to hold them accountable.  “All politicians lie.” is not a statement with which we should be okay.  Politicians who willingly lie to the country need to be publicly shamed.  We can not accept this “new normal” and expect for our country to survive.  

 

     S.O.S.

 Please send help.

 

P.S.

     Now for the elephant in the room.  I think Trump’s “win” shows that folks are already picking up what I’m laying down.  While Trump isn’t a career politician he most certainly is a businessman, maybe an extremely inept businessman, which for some reason, folks don’t seem to care about nearly as much as they do the perception that he is a good businessman, that is just his branding.  That’s the one business that has consistently made him money, selling his name to other construction developers to use.  He bankrupted three casinos! How do you do that?  I personally doubt that he is even a billionaire. I think that’s the real reason he won’t release his taxes, we will see him for he really is.

     He is a snake oil salesman who ran the election like a reality show and we watched.  He intentionally lied at every corner, about every opponent and we continued to listen. He encouraged people to fear…other countries, other religions, other people, other Americans and all of the media… and we did. He literally promised  “everything you want” , and said that he was the only man who could do it but when pressed for how he was going to “do it”, he offered us only magic beans….and we bought them. We as voters need to take responsibility for educating ourselves on the candidates and we need to vote with our moral values not just economics and party affiliation.

     Who we elect as our leaders says who we are as a nation, not to just us, but they are a reflection of who we are to the world. If we, as Americans, can’t trust what our President says because of his blatant disregard for the truth then how can we expect any other nation to trust us. The President is our peoples representative to the rest of the world and I do not believe that Trump represents anyone but himself. He certainly doesn’t represent the America I grew up in, nor the America I see around me now, nor the one I want to leave behind.  We need to elect leaders that not only reflect who we are but who we aspire to be.

We need leaders that inspire us to have courage in the face of fear, not leaders who tell us that our problems are because of “insert racial group of choice” and that we should fear and hate them. This is how demagogues come to power (the bad type)

Trump’s claims that only he can “save” our country, that he knows more than the Generals and that he is his only advisor are more concerning.  Those are the words of a Tyrant.  This “new breed” of leaders I‘m calling for must also be willing to learn, specifically because they will be new to politics.  They must be willing to learn about all the issues so they can have an informed voice at the table.  They must surround themselves with experts on as many fields as they can and listen to what those experts have to say.  But most importantly they need to be able to work with people.  They must be able to throw dogmatism to the wind, be able listen to folks who disagree with their stance, find common ground and forge a path forward.  They must inspire the elected officials already in office to give up the “game” of partition politics and do something truly courageous,… work on behalf of the people of this country.

Tall order, I know, but look what’s at stake.  If we don’t take control of our government our government will continue to control us.

October 18th, National Hug a Republican Day

Hey everybody,  I decided that I’m going to make up a holiday, well two actually, because …..why not! From hence forth October the 18th will be know as “National Hug a Republican Day“.   They need to be reminded that you care about them as much as you do spotted owls.  Now Democrats, be real here, don’t be a smug ass. Find a Republican you have had some heated discussions with, but are still friends (or family) and think of something you can agree upon beforehand (NASA, the Opioid epidemic, how much cancer sucks, you get the idea), give them a hug, then tell them that even though you don’t always agree on every little silly detail about how to best run our country you know that he/she is fighting for what they believe is in Americas best interest, just like you and it kicks ass that we live in a country where we can do that.  Then discuss that issue agree about for a bit, and leave with a smile.

Don’t worry Republicans i’m not leaving you out! Tomorrow, October 19th, is “National High Five a Democrat Day”!  It’s a lot like Hug a Republican Day but less mushy…..maybe talk about cars or something.  I’ll brainstorm tonight.

Death Rattle

As a member of Generation X  I grew up in a “post civil rights movement” America.   The idea of government instituted racism is almost unbelievable and the only reason I say “almost unbelievable” instead of “unbelievable” is that there’s just too much photographic evidence.    It honestly has always seemed to me like an Orwellian ghost story that parents tell their children to teach them about the evils of racism.  I couldn’t, and still can’t, wrap my mind around the concept that adults, supposedly smart adults, in America, the land of the free, had made laws that one group of people were to be treated as a sub-species.

The Civil War ended in 1865 and the Civil Rights Act was signed in 1964, 99 years later.  It took 99 years after our country promised “freedom for all ” for the government to actually make it a law.   I’m sure there’s a joke in there about how we should all be happy that it doesn’t take politicians 100 years to pass laws any more but my heart’s just not into it, this subject depresses me.  20 years before I was born not all Americans could eat at the same table of a restaurant…by law.

It depresses me because I’ve always thought that the Civil War was literally our countries defining moment.  It defined us as “The Good Guys”.  It defined us as a nation of free men.  Free men that were willing to die for the freedom of all men.  It defined our role in the world  as a shining bastion of hope, a land where any man could come and be judged on the merits of his actions and not by his lineage.  It is why we feel compelled to fight for the freedom of people in other nations, not because we want to conquer but because we are the good guys.*  (* Disclaimer: I’m speaking about the thoughts and feeling of the citizens, not modern elected officials who may or may not have their own agenda and may or may not use this shared feeling of purpose to gain support said agenda)  In short I think it proved that we would not give up on what our forefathers thought this country could be, even if it was going to be hard.

America’s Founders sought to define a national good that transcended local interests and prejudices. The national good included the common benefits of self-defense and prosperity that all Americans would realize by participating in a large, commercial nation able to hold its own in an often hostile world. But it was only with the constitutional rule of law that the higher purpose, or true national interest, of America could be realized. That purpose was to demonstrate to all mankind the feasibility of self-government and the suitability of justice as the proper and sustainable ground for relations among nations and peoples. The honor of striving for domestic and international justice would give moral purpose to the American character. The United States would support, defend, and advance the cause of freedom everywhere. It would be a refuge for the sober, industrious, and virtuous of the world, as well as for victims of persecution. By sympathy and appropriate action, Americans would show themselves to be true friends of humanity.  * 

Here we are now, 53 years after the Civil Rights Act, being tested again.   With an egomaniac for a President, who has been frustratingly inept at providing any sort of leadership and groups of hate mongering elitists indoctrinating naive, angry youths with their antiquated ideas of violence, our backs are against the wall.  It doesn’t look promising.

But we’re the good guys.  While my generation has never had to face this particular evil in such a physical way, if these traitors think that they can intimidate us then they aren’t  very well versed in American history.  The good guys always win.  This is nothing but a death rattle.