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It’s Hot! It’s Summer! It’s Politics!

25 Jul

The heavy, warm air sits on my body like a heavy blanket. A fog of heat surrounds us no matter what we are doing. Even in the shade the suffocating temperatures feel as if someone just opened a hot oven in our faces. The trees seem to sag, their heavy leaves still in the thick air. Oxygen seems limited and even the birds are still. Swimming pools warm us rather than cooling the body. How did the water heat up to this extent?

Sitting under a spreading walnut tree in my yard, my fingers feel sticky on the keyboard. Perhaps it will ruin my laptop to be out here typing away in the humid afternoon. That makes it important to finish soon.

It is important to see the world as it is. “We have nothing to fear but fear itself” is a wonderful saying but it leaves out a lot of facts. While being grateful is probably the most important antidote to fear, the importance of a realistic approach cannot be ignored. Our country is under attack. The question is “by whom”? Many fear the unknown and “outsiders”. However it may be that the real danger is internal. Unless we are willing to stand up for what we believe we may find ourselves prisoners of a system we never intended to rule us.

The present election presents the perfect example. Both of the main contenders are widely disparaged and disliked. On the other hand many who feel their particular candidate is the ONLY answer turn a blind eye to the faults of these people. No one is perfect. Everyone must make concessions, of course. However, remaining closed minded could result in chaos later.

Donald J. Trump is bombastic and loud in his condemnation of all of his rivals. Those who hate him say he is a liar. But those who like him feel he is telling people what they need to know. His words are twisted constantly by the media and he seems angry (fearful) as a result. But he may be striking a chord that resonates with mainstream values we call American. He is a Patriot. This is no longer politically correct. So his views are denigrated and despised by the opposite party. We are all one, they say. It is wrong to disparage any one group or race or religion. However, some people really want to destroy us. It is not folly to say so. It is demonstrably true. He made money over his whole life and yet the press talks constantly about his 4 bankruptcies. Out of his hundreds of companies it seems rather tame to have only experienced the failure of 4 of them. He is very rich by his own admission, but in many ways he fits in with blue collar workers and legal aliens in ways his opponent does not.

Hilary R. Clinton is unlikable and arguably dishonest. Her detractors find her indefensible. She comes with a huge load of baggage from over the years as a politician and the wife of a politician. Her admirers find her tough and experienced. They ignore the whispers of intrigue and malfeasance. Women often like her simply because she is a woman. They will NOT hear a word against her. They will follow her anywhere. Even when evidence is available to prove her duplicity, they ignore it. She is protected by the left leaning media and castigated constantly by Fox News. She is rarely asked the hard questions. She says she cares about “the people” but she is elitist and basically in the clutches of Wall Street. Not to mention her ties with Saudi Arabia and other countries who fund her Clinton Foundation and her speaking engagements. She is not really “of the common” people. She wants to be with the very rich. She has made millions in politics. How does this make her trustworthy?

We live in interesting times. People are polarized and many are either scared or angry. Anger really is simply a manifestation of fear. And there seems to be a lot of it everywhere. A dark underbelly of corruption and malice appears to have been exposed recently. Many refuse to believe that evil exists and stick their heads back in the sand (or the TV) and lose themselves in “entertainment” whether watching the news or a paid program of fiction or fact.

Stay awake, and express your true opinions when asked. There is nothing to be ashamed of in speaking your own truth.

What Really Died at Auschwitz?

8 Oct

The bulk of what you will read here today is from an email that was sent to me recently. The actual article was written by Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez in 2011, but it is even more relevant today. Printing this is meant to be controversial, but not intended to be mean-spirited to any whose religion is mentioned here. Just think about what it says. Are we better off if women are denied education? I am working with a young woman from Afghanistan and helping her while she creates a project. It is a multi-faceted dissertation about the fear of going to school that many young girls from her country feel because of the Taliban. There have been instances of acid thrown into the face of young girls going to school. In one place over 100 girls were poisoned by a contaminated well. This is not civilization. This is not progress. I don’t care who you are, or what your reasons, keeping women in ignorance is not acceptable. The desire to suppress knowledge is not acceptable

“What really died at Auschwitz?

by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez and published in a Spanish newspaper on Jan. 15 2011.

By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez

“I walked down the street in Barcelona and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz … We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.

The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world.
These are the people we burned.

And under the pretence of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.

And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition. We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe.

A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves. Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to it.

It is now more than sixty years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, twenty million Russians, ten million Christians, and nineteen-hundred Catholic priests who were ‘murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated.’ Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be ‘a myth,’ it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.”

So, Now that you have read the article, do you think you would like to pass this on?

How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center ‘NEVER HAPPENED’ because it offends some Muslim in the United States? When are we going to stop being so politically correct that we can no longer be ourselves? This really must stop. People who do not like our ways need not move here. I never have understood the principle of people who move to an area from some different type of place and then spend all their energies trying to modify their new home to be like the old one. Why not just stay in the old one? Or if you wish to move on to bigger and better things, don’t be afraid of change that is required by gaining knowledge. Knowledge is power. Don’t let anyone limit yours.