Touch the Earth

The Earth is an omnipresent touchstone of reality for our people. We spend much time examining “data” and entertaining “opinions,” but little time touching reality. Touch the Earth to know what is real. 

Speak to the Earth. When you speak to anything, you give tribute. You pay attention, and that is the first requirement of learning. You must pay attention for more than a moment, though. 

Listen and watch. Give your attention to simple realities. Hear the wind, the breath of the Earth, rustle through the leaves of a tree. Watch as it brings the clouds of refreshing rain. Behold the brightness of the lightning bolt, the crack of its strike and lingering growl. Feel the warmth of the Sun and the solid foundation beneath your feet. Learn the nature of the Earth and you will understand how to walk upon it. 

The many voices of our kind easily distracts and overwhelms our attention. The power and glamour of technology augments the assault on our senses. There are many stories told to entertain and mesmerize, but the intention of most are to sell a product, service or idea. This can be dangerous when we struggle to differentiate between fiction and non-fiction. A touchstone is invaluable. 

People hold many opinions, so it is difficult to get people to agree on anything. When all but three nations agree that this world faces a serious climate problem, that consensus is tantamount to a miracle. How can this extraordinary historical event be explained? 

Touch the Earth. Feel your feet firmly planted in its reality. Speak to the Earth, then listen and watch. What is the most sensible explanation for such unprecedented human agreement? 

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Common Sense 2.0

oldgloryShould the health-care industry be known as the medical industry? Would we become more aware that this industry is a business first and foremost? Martin Shkreli is the poster child of this business, and EpiPens are a smoking gun. The goal of any business is to be profitable, and illness is obviously profitable.

The Hippocratic Oath is taken by physicians. Physicians are a relatively small part of this industry. Nevertheless, which version of this oath have physicians taken, and how do they interpret their oaths? How many medical records reveal a professional climbing a corporate ladder? They are only human, after all!

The American health-care system needs an overhaul, but American leaders are only talking about how to pay the bill presented to the American people by this unethical industry. This is because the campaign costs of American leaders are paid by contributions from big business, and because American leaders lack wisdom.

Government cannot be operated like a business. Profit is the only driving force behind business, but the American government has many more purposes driving it (see US Constitution, Preamble), and profit is not one of them. Thoughts that operating the American government would be easier than running a corporate business is evidence of ignorance… and nothing less.

There is a recorded consensus in our world that we face an environmental crises. The top American leader does not believe scientific evidence, though. However, I am tired of hearing about the top American leader. American government was designed with a separation of powers; a system of checks and balances. Is it not time we turn our attention toward Congress in search of reason?

The top American leader is a demonstrated, ignorant businessman lacking ethics. He told voters he would release his tax returns if elected; he lied. He has failed to fill numerous government positions. American allies are not sure America can be trusted to honor it’s agreements, and American citizens are uncertain if their government will honor agreements with “We, the People.” Additionally, his staff is being investigated for collusion with a foreign power with potential election tampering. Don’t you agree that the 2.8 million more votes his opponent received should be investigated? Nevertheless, the top American leader is clearly beyond reason.

While investigations press on, Republicans want to implement health insurance that targets those most likely to use it for higher premiums when retired. Does this “promote the general Welfare” (Preamble) of the People? Will we ever be able to afford retirement, or will we be enslaved by industry? Will Congress provide balance while a fool occupies the White House?

The legitimacy of the United States is based on the principle that government’s are instituted among people to meet the purposes outlined in the Declaration of Independence; purposes further defined by the US Constitution. It is the right and duty of the People of the United States of America to assess how well their government is meeting the goals for which it was established, and determine if that government deserves Their consent. Some debate if America faces a Constitutional crises, while we are deeply mired in just such a crises: Do American elections need to be monitored by an outside party? Do American leaders represent the People, the wealthy “one percent” who profit most from their legislation and fund their election campaigns, or foreign powers?

Americans cannot realistically overhaul health-care without first giving Their government a thorough examination. Let us turn our attention to Congress now. I, for one, have grown weary of Trump and suspicious of Congress… with more than ample cause.

Do These Colors Run?

oldgloryShortly after 11 September 2001, many Americans declared, “These colors don’t run.” This was in reference to the colors of the flag of this nation that was now under attack. It was a statement declaring that Americans would not run in fear from terrorists. Does this still hold true?

A decade and a half later, Americans have elected Humpty Dumpty to build a great wall. He coddled their fears and told them that they could hide behind this great wall because he would keep the bad people out. Has America become a nation of cowards ruled by a fear-monger?

There are poor and downtrodden people being oppressed in foreign lands by the same antagonists who have attacked Americans. These people are in desperate need of humanitarian relief. They are in dire need of the same refuge Americans apparently desire, but Americans do not suffer like those asylum seeking refugees. However, Americans are even afraid of the refugees?

A majority of Americans profess to be Christian. However, reports indicate that a majority of those alleged Christians elected Humpty Dumpty, also. Apparently, perfect love does not cast out fear (see John 4:18-20) and these people do not know the compassion of Christ. How can anyone claim to be “Christian” and turn their back on people in such desperate need? Has America become a nation of hypocrites, as well as cowards?

A liar cannot be trusted, and Humpty Dumpty has lied to the American people. He told Americans that he would open his tax returns to public scrutiny if elected, but still refuses to do so. He told Americans that Mexico would pay for his great wall, but Mexico said, “No!” Apparently, Mexicans are not as gullible as Americans. Nevertheless, Humpty Dumpty plans to build his great wall anyway. Guess who is going to pay for it. Has America become a nation of gullible hypocrites and cowards?

Humpty Dumpty took an oath to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States.” As the highest official representing this nation, Humpty Dumpty has other nations wondering if this nation will honor the agreements it has made or will make with them. Humpty Dumpty’s lack of personal honor now tarnishes the honor of the United States. It is uncertain if he knows about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the associated covenants that have been ratified by the United States. Has he abandon those treaties, too? Will he even honor the promises this government made to its own people?

Humpty Dumpty has already demonstrated that he either disregards, or is ignorant of his own nation’s practices and standards, particularly those concerning freedom of speech and the press. Although his oath also included preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States, it is uncertain if he knows that the Constitution limits his authority. Some of his actions already constitute an abuse of that authority. However, none of this truly epitomizes his incompetence in fulfilling his duties as President.

Humpty Dumpty ignores factual information established by extensive research and intelligence when formulating solutions for this nation’s problems and making plans for our collective future. How he would justify a nuclear response… he was feeling “bigly?” He acts irresponsibly and without reason. This single character trait clearly establishes that he is not fit for the office of the President of the United States. So why are other American leaders so willing to play patty-cakes with Humpty Dumpty? Is Congress filled with hypocrites and cowards, too?

The corrupt politicians kissing up to Humpty Dumpty need to realize how exposed their characters are to public discernment now. Osama bin Laden laughs at them from his grave. Yes, Congress is filled with hypocrites and cowards who fear losing prestige and power, but their honor is deteriorating rapidly.

I do not believe true Americans are cowards. I do not even believe that all who voted for Humpty Dumpty are cowards. The 2016 election did not provide Americans with a good choice for president; the American constituency were the guaranteed losers of this election, regardless of who won the contest. However, this election did expose the many worms who “came out of the [proverbial] woodwork” to feed off the carcass of a corrupt government. These worms need to understand that the only way they will ever feel truly safe is to dig a deep hole, climb in and pull the earth in over themselves. Of course, some of the hypocrites may discover a scripture that says even that will not save them. Regardless, it is time to recognize the superhero without a cape they thought they were getting is really just a clown without makeup.

True Americans remember the Day of Infamy and its lesson; isolationism does not work. Real Americans also know that the legitimacy and purpose of this government was established in a historic document before the Constitution was written, and that equality is the cornerstone of this nation:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” (The Declaration of Independence).

Real Americans know that Equality was not perfected when this nation was established, but rather that it is a work-in-progress. Many Americans have sacrificed their lives for this work, and their sacrifices are not forgotten by the true Americans who carry this work forward. Any attempt to “restore” this nation to an earlier state is an attempt to diminish the Equality that has not yet been perfected. The only people against equality are those who fear difference and work to establish their own kind as an elite class… a “master race.” Real Americans recognize the danger of inequality, as do other citizens of this world.

Humpty Dumpty lacks the competence, integrity, or temperament to occupy the Office of the President of the United States. He has quickly revealed himself to be an American disgrace and embarrassment. The security of the United States of America and the stature of this nation in the world community requires that this disgrace be removed from office.

Are there any true leaders left in Congress? Will they do what is right, or what is easy? Do any remain that are capable of rational thought? Do they think my assessment of real Americans is accurate? Who will control the houses of Congress in two years… if this does not blow up in their faces before then? The post-election protests have been unprecedented and they are unlikely to stop… unless Humpty Dumpty falls. This government clearly lacks the consent of many of the governed, and the ones who do consent are afraid. These colors do not run from enemies… foreign or domestic.

I am an American, and I am not running.