I prefer the gently assertive, formal, exchange of thoughtful information that doesn’t seem possible anymore. What is with that? Why is everyone yelling? All this yelling and no one is listening.
There is also the fear of the unknown that is driven into our minds by the media, which is paid by speculators and gamblers. I won’t even get in to the religious zealots that feed their line of garbage that plays on faith. They are yelling, because if they yell loud enough people can’t hear the truth.
Meantime, 19 year olds are aiming bullets at each others heads in some sandy venue in the name of religious zealots, media hype, speculators, gamblers and that coveted Kardashian lifestyle.
Step away from the yellers and reflect in silence. Listen to your heart and mind and seek truth.
I knew we weren’t going to get much out of him re: the environment, it wasn’t high on his agenda. I didn’t like his plan to expand oil drilling but I liked him getting our troops out of Iraq and providing health care. I didn’t think he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize, but, I do like that the rest of the world seems to have a better view of us, because of him. I guess when you get placed too high on a pedestal you fall hard and fast. What has he done, or not done to make you so angry?
People who support our cool, private and formal President are up against a loud unified “tea-party” Conservatives vs Liberals — one accusing the other of not staying on top of the facts. I’m glad our Liberal forefathers fought for our National Parks System, Medicare, Federal Highways, banning nuclear testing, clean air and water, public schools, religious freedom, and being able to sit anywhere on the bus we want regardless of our skin color. I am very grateful they stood up and fought the hard fight to provide these wonderful American ways of life for us.
Who were they fighting? Who didn’t want these things? Most people simply hate and fear the unknown. There is no evil motivation. If you show them a plan for a better way they fight it, dealing with what they know is easier then figuring out a better way. That thinking was manipulated by the powerful money handlers who were profiting from the unregulated timber industry or cheap child labor in factories. Factory owners lobbied against mandatory education and the timber industry didn’t want National Parks.
Just like now, Corporate interests don’t want public healthcare available to all Americans and have convinced many Americans that the government is going to kill grandma and infiltrate their personal lives with this crazy healthcare for all scheme. If healthcare was to become available to all Americans then some innovative Americans would go out and open a small business not needing corporate insurance benefits anymore. They don’t want that.
What did out conservative forefathers achieve for us?
Ronald Reagan played a big part in the USSR breaking apart and losing it’s power. George HW Bush had a short successful war. Nixon brought our troops home from Vietnam and re-opened trade with China — some may say China trade wasn’t such a good thing, because before that we made our own toasters and jeans. Conservatives are pro-life and Christian. They don’t like government intervention, they prefer corporate rule. They refer to Liberals as elitists, I’m not sure where that came from.
As for me, I was raised in a Republican, military, Methodist, household. My father hated “All in the Family” and he loved Nixon. I remember sadness and tears in my household when Nixon resigned. He said the presidency always involves covert happenings that the public has no business knowing. In my mind, that, is big government and from that time on I silently went my own direction to find truths. Nixon was big government and I think we should be much more afraid of his kind than of Obama.
Conservatives don’t like “Obamanomics” stimulus and infrastructure and all Americans having health insurance; too costly. I say we need to work together to get jobs back in America. Small business needs to prosper. Corporate growth needs to stop being the impetus. “Improving stockholder profits” needs to stop being our battle cry. Americans need to move back into main street and open their hardware stores and butcher shops and make glassware in their small factories on the edge of town. Stop hating and start coming up with solutions. Yelling, table pounding, hate-filled accusations are just counter productive exchanges of air
Stuff made in China is cheaper than American made stuff (for the most part) because the Chinese have little kids making it. They don’t have rules. No 40 hour work week with overtime. No clean air and water rules, their factories pollute at will. They don’t have a strong liberal front fighting for them.
We need to change our buying habits away from Target and Wal-Mart (unless they start stocking the shelves with American made products) and go back to main street. Obama didn’t create this mess, I’m not sure he is doing everything right to fix it, but, I am sure it can’t be fixed without our participation.
I asked many of my co-workers and friends what they know about the Federal Reserve. Some never heard of it and others just “stay out of politics”. Congress either understands the Federal Reserve about as well as me and the people I work with or they understand it very well and use it for their own purposes. My guess is there is a little of both.
Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act into law in 1913 with hopes of keeping the American economy stable. The great depression happened after the stock market crashed in 1929 so apparently it didn’t work. Conspiracy theories portray that It worked out nicely for the guys funding the Federal Reserve.
By the way did you know Woodrow Wilson’s second wifeEdith was a descendant of Pocahontas and he was instrumental in women gaining the right to vote as well as creating the IRS and involving us in WWI.
It seems that Wilson’s purpose, which was passed by congress, was to establish a system of banking that would remain independent but overseen by congress to protect the American economy. My smart friend Fred says… ‘ There is evidence that no one in government or banking has been properly taught recently. At least they don’t seem to be interested in financial stability as much as in how to flip securities and create new “products” to flim-flam investors, other banks and foreign governments. ”
Oversight of the Federal Reserve is quite obviously an important issue that we need to understand and pay attention to. As Fred stated “Money is a debt of the government with no interest rate. When you have a hundred dollar bill it means the government owes you a hundred dollars. You can take it to any bank and exchange it for another or a combination of smaller currency or coin equal to $100. You used to be able to get gold or silver but that was eliminated in 1933. Can you imagine trying to keep track of a $5 gold fleck?”
So, we can’t run around with little gold flecks in our pockets or chickens or buckets of oil or items of value so money is printed. A loan from the government covered by the value of the US treasury which is manipulated by the individuals at the Federal Reserve. We vote for congressmen to keep an eye on the Fed, AKA oversight.
In 1895, the Federal Treasury was nearly out of gold. President Grover Cleveland arranged for J.P. Morgan to create a private syndicate on Wall Street to supply the U.S. Treasury with $65 million in gold. JP Morgan pretty much owned the US treasury, as a consequence Cleveland, a democrat, angered his democratic constituents, and lost the presidency to Republican William McKinley. Mckinleyestablished gold as the only standard for redeeming paper money with the Gold Standard Act in 1900. He was assassinated in 1901.
Another panic in 1907 was a financial crisis that almost crippled the American economy, yet again. Major New York banks were on the verge of bankruptcy and there was no mechanism to rescue them until Morgan stepped in, yet again and personally took charge, resolving the crisis.
Morgan organized a team of bank and trust executives which redirected money between banks. A delicate political issue arose regarding the brokerage firm of Moore and Schley, which was deeply involved in a speculative pool in the stock of the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company. Moore and Schley had pledged over six million of the Tennessee Coal and Iron (TCI) stock for loans among the Wall Street banks. The banks had called the loans, and the firm could not pay. If Moore and Schley should fail, a hundred more failures would follow and then all Wall Street might go to pieces. Too big to fail was going on back in 1907. Morgan decided they had to save Moore and Schley.
Vowing to never let it happen again, and realizing that in a future crisis there was not likely to be another Morgan, banking and political leaders, led by Senator Nelson Aldrich devised a plan that became the Federal Reserve System in 1913. The crisis underscored the need for a powerful mechanism, and Morgan supported the move to create the Federal Reserve System. Yay!! it’ll never happen again and we don’t have to pay attention. Then you may ask “Why did the great depression happen if the Federal Reserve System was established to protect the American economy”? Well, either something evil was going on or just plain stupidity (on our part) and greed.
President Lincoln didn’t like the idea of a Central Bank and stated…
“The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. The banking powers are more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. They denounce as public enemies all who question their methods or throw light upon their crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe. Corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow. The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few, and the Republic is destroyed.”
Shortly after he said this, he was assassinated.
Banks store our money for us so we don’t have to walk around with our wad in our boots. It isn’t sitting in a vault waiting for us to come and get it. The bank has devised ways to turn our little wad into a bigger wad for themselves through speculation and manipulation of fractional reserves (watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYZM58dulPE to understand it better).They also extend credit to us based on our wad and make money off the interest.
We all need to treat our credit cards like a 30 day note, you borrow to get things you want in the immediate sense rather than having to wait for your next paycheck. If you pay it back before the 30 days is up, you don’t have to pay interest, you just pay back what you borrowed. So we can live happily ever after surrounded by the ones we love. Isn’t that the ultimate goal? for our money to buy our happiness? Like a patient said to me once “you never see a hearse pulling a U-haul”.
The Swiss bankers and the Roman Catholic Church were complicit in the Nazi regime. These were not terrible people. They were normal people. They closed their eyes to evil or justified it, for the sake of peace or gain or national loyalty. I sometimes wonder (and fear) whether I would have done the same if I had been in that society at that time. It is so easy not to see, not to hear, not to understand, when one’s own peace or prosperity is involved. There have been times, after all, when I have allowed blatantly racist statements to pass unchallenged in the name of good manners, or of just keeping the peace. For so little of one’s soul, or at least a little piece of it, is on the auction block.”
The Reverend Kathleen Damewood Korb
Certain persons in the media have made mephistophelian bargains for power and fame using fear and greed as their catalyst. A few of them have marketed themselves as chosen. Chosen to teach us what God wants us to do. People blindly believe their utterances and it is becoming impossible to sit idly by or “close my eyes for the sake of peace”.
“Never talk politics or religion at the dinner table.” Adhering to that rule makes for a peaceful dinner especially among friends and family with differing political values. Once the plates are cleared and the wine and chocolates or coffee and cheesecake starts a few fists have pounded the table. There are times when we need to discuss and debate, to provide the other side of a point. Informing ourselves, sharing what we’ve learned removes animosity and hatred and misunderstanding. Not talking at all, not sharing likes and dislikes is only useful for augmenting paranoia.
It is always important to challenge hate; challenge it’s source and find it’s solution. When you don’t like the way things are, there is always a chance for a different outcome. Our conversations need to look at all sides and possible outcomes. Are we better off doing nothing vs doing things differently?
When fists are pounding or all capital letters are being typed, chances are a point is being made. Hopefully the point is to liberate us from hate
this point needs to be made one more time…
It is so easy not to see, not to hear, not to understand, when one’s own peace or prosperity is involved.
We deserve to escape the stress, being dumb sometimes works. I remember one particularly stressful afternoon in an ICU a nurse started singing “High Hopes”. You know the song ->- “Just what makes that little ole ant think he’ll move that rubber tree plant? Everyone knows an ant can’t move a rubber tree plant.” It was ok for this brilliant nurse to stop and be silly it made us all chuckle and carry on with a smile and a lighter heart.
Some young man is losing his life in a war, and some dolphin is gasping in a sea full of oil, and some evilness is being plotted for financial advantage by our very own American Goldman Sachs et al. Other evils are plotted and I don’t understand the advantage, maybe just some kind of revenge, like the smoking SUV. We can be really glad that guy blew (pun intended) at his assignment to blow up Times Square.
Soldiers going off to wars to die for some cause. What a strange world we have created. We get feelings of pride and gratification or at least a feeling of safety from their sacrifices. I wish we had a world where, no one ever has to endure the impending doom soldiers in war face everyday. I hate the idea of someone dying for my safety. I wish extremists of every form would just bring it down a notch. Go hug a baby or something. Back off the medication or take more — or something.
Being good is insurance for when you’re dumb — Alexis Ohanian
There is evidence that a student of Aristotle noticed and documented how human activities disrupted the climate back in 300 BC. Now, I’m not sure how anyone is sure about what was said in 300 BC, but, I am sure that my fifth grade teacher taught us (many years ago) how human activity disrupts the climate.
I wasn’t a student as long ago as Aristotle, but, science has recognized and studied the problem for long enough. My weekly reader explained the effects burning coal and petroleum has on the atmosphere. I was apparently dismayed by this information because I remember it vividly. I remember feeling worried.
In 1965 U.S. President Lyndon Johnson told Congress: “This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through…a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.”
We know that this planet is pretty small as far as planets go and extremely unique as far as being inhabitable. Since we know good planets are hard to find, you would think the world would find that taking care of this one is much more important than pretty much anything else. Why then would senators boycott a meeting designed to protect the climate of our planet.
We heeded the advice of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher after she explained to the United Nations:“The problem of global climate change is one that affects us all and action will only be effective if it is taken at the international level. It is no good squabbling over who is responsible or who should pay;” The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was created in 1995. They concluded that humans are causing global warming, saying: “the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global climate.”
The world is finally deciding we need to do something and our senators are boycotting meetings. Why!!
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee tried to overcome a Republican boycott of a major climate bill. Only one Republican senator even showed up for the meeting, and he stayed just long enough to ask for a five-week delay and more study. (I won’t go as far back as Aristotle, but, it’s been studied) Senator Bernie Sanders lamented the obstruction tactics by what he called “the party of no.” The stalling strategy has so far blocked action on critical issues ranging from health care to global warming. The country, Sanders added, has gone from electing a new president one year ago whose uplifting promise was “yes we can” to the spectacle of a small but stubborn rump group of senators whose motto is “no we won’t.”
So in 2009 our President, along with the other – Group of Eight leaders agreed industrialized nations should cut emissions on average by 80 percent by 2050 and limit warming to a maximum of 2 Celsius above pre-industrial times. The 8 leaders went home to their various congresses and parliaments so we could get it together for our unique planet.
Our senators are so busy disliking our President that they are forgetting what their job is. I guess the citizens who vote for these senators are so busy disliking our President that they are ignoring scientific facts. I just want to jab my eyes out when I read about crap like this! What would happen to you or me if we didn’t go to work because we didn’t like our boss. Come to think of it the American public is their boss and we should be outraged.
If you go to this website and read the comments on President Obama’s planned speech to the kids of America you might laugh. I did. You can also read the President’s planned speech. These are some of my favorite parts…
…at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life – what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home – that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That’s no excuse for not trying.
Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.
Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures. JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, “I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
…you can’t let your failures define you – you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time.