Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Why do many immigrants escape tyrannical governments, appreciate our quality of life, and our freedoms? But, people born in this country often seem to not appreciate the vast opportunities and appreciate our freedoms and are striving so hard to leap into the democratic/socialist idealist/utopian and over-controlled big government engineered by others. Do we really believe that those in Washington know more about what's best for the country than we do? They're supposed to represent us, not engineer a massive government to oversee our every action. Unless that's the government we want.
Monday, January 28, 2019
Isn't that sad that in order to get an honest perspective on what options there are regarding anything, we have to seek news from outside the U.S. Or, at least, put together the truth by watching various sources from this country. How many people have the time or the inclination to do that? That's why many (most?) people form their opinions based on a) the opinions of their friends and families b) the slanted commentary of whatever news or pseudo-news they and their peers watch. I would urge everyone to not allow themselves to be brainwashed. Seek the truth and cultivate an opinion based on the truth.
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Many young people believe that socialism is a good thing. Case-in-point: Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, a new member of congress. She believes there should caps on how wealthy a person can be and there should be taxes as high as 70%.
While Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is seemingly well-intentioned, there are no reasonable examples of socialism or communism ever working to the extent capitalism has worked in order to help the most people succeed and live peacefully. We're a rich country and can afford some safety nets and other programs to help people achieve the American Dream. But, to have unrestricted immigration with caps on rising up the ladder with massive taxation, excess legislation, and unlimited free stuff for everyone regardless of the effort they expend is simply the road to ruin. Not only is it not practical from a longterm financial perspective, but giving away free stuff often zaps people's motivation to do better. I like the system we have. With some slight adjustments, we can help the underserved. But, please, none of this fundamentally transforming this nation rhetoric.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
I pray, for the sake of common decency, that we will collectively try more to treat others with the same patience and respect we desire for ourselves and our loved ones. No matter how much our country has become course and uncivilized, we should not rush to judgment merely based on whatever video clips (taken out of context) we are fed. There are those who are eager to condemn others merely based on their appearance or attire. How would we like it if we were the ones that wore a hat that someone disliked and our families then faced death threats. We shouldn't be suckered into condemning others, especially minors, merely because their skin color and hat triggers a sense that they are sub-human and not worthy of finding out what the facts are. We live in a hyper-connected world in which those with an agenda and those who create click bait are seemingly holding all the cards. But, they do only if we let them. I know we're all busy people. But, remember "Innocent until proven guilty." The next time we hear some news that causes us to be outraged, please take a deep breath and seek out various sources of news before any more of this nonsense ensues. And, please, no more rushing to judgment, no more telling people to punch or kill people. It makes you look like a fool. We're better than that!
Read this great article by New York Times opinion columnist David Brooks: https://nyti.ms/2Hq7wTS