Hon­est­ly, I have not been moti­vat­ed to write recent­ly.  I feel like work is con­sum­ing my life over the past sev­er­al months.  Being in sales I am not sur­prised, but I feel like I am work­ing hard­er longer hours for small­er rewards.  The ques­tion I ask myself, “am I work­ing hard enough?”  I am won­der­ing if this just seems to be the state of things in the world as well?  I know oth­ers that feel the same (not in sales).  Maybe I am just feel­ing neg­a­tive because of every­thing I have been read­ing, watch­ing, and lis­ten­ing to.  Recent­ly, as it seems, I sort of feel like there is not much that can be done, and that the econ­o­my and our coun­try is just on a down­ward spi­ral.  The pass­ing of the 2012 Nation­al Defense Autho­riza­tion Act was sort of the last straw for me, I think.

It was a demor­al­iz­ing moment for me when life seems to mim­ic fan­ta­sy.  Or is that vice ver­sa.  Fan­ta­sy (the movies) mim­ic­k­ing real­i­ty?  Either way, it was a sur­re­al moment that depressed me to know that in dis­guise was a law that can imprison Amer­i­cans with­out due process.  Per­son­al­ly uncon­sti­tu­tion­al.  I know you can’t have it all.  You want pro­tec­tion from domes­tic ter­ror­ism, you got­ta give up some­thing, how­ev­er, the lan­guage is SO DAMN BROAD.

As for the state of the econ­o­my, the Pres­i­dent wants to increase the debt ceil­ing anoth­er 1.2 tril­lion dol­lars?  What?  What?  What?  It makes me think about how my vote real­ly has an impact? Doest it real­ly have an impact today?  Seri­ous­ly.  I did not vote for this Pres­i­dent, but I am not sure that any­one would be doing any good, and the GOP can­di­dates today, I am not sure I can even get behind.  Per­son­al­ly, any alter­na­tive is a bet­ter alter­na­tive; but is the alter­na­tive real­ly bet­ter.  I have to keep a clos­er look on the GOP can­di­dates.  Where is our Super­man?  Into con­text, where is our Ronald Rea­gan?

Our Coun­try’s polit­i­cal sys­tem is deeply flawed.  I feel like deci­sions that are being made in the white house are out of con­text and way out of touch with what the aver­age Amer­i­can is look­ing for.  I no longer believe that the cit­i­zen’s rights are being looked out for.

I’m not a mil­i­tant man, just angry, upset, con­cerned, and won­der­ing why Amer­i­can patri­o­tism, and love for one’s coun­try has fall­en to the way­side.  Has the next gen­er­a­tion and seg­ments of this gen­er­a­tion become so jad­ed and enti­tled in their men­tal­i­ty that they do not believe in suc­cess?  My whole life has been watch­ing peo­ple become suc­cess­ful or fall from suc­cess, and learn­ing what I want and don’t want out of life.  A mun­dane life is not what any­one wants.  I always assumed the aver­age per­son want­ed some lev­el of suc­cess, based on a hard work­ing, hon­est, life.  Is this no longer the case?  Can some­one please prove me wrong?  Laugh if you want, but I watched a spe­cial on TV sev­er­al months ago about immi­grant Amer­i­cans who came here, legal­ly, and achieved cit­i­zen­ship.  It was a doc­u­men­tary by Nan­cy Pelosi’s daugh­ter Alexan­dra Pelosi.  I was blown away.  These peo­ple come here with and with­out their fam­i­lies, bust their ass­es to become cit­i­zens, legal­ly, and say this is the best coun­try in the world because of the oppor­tu­ni­ty.  There is even a book called Cit­i­zen USA by Alexan­dra Pelosi that I bought.  The sto­ries are amaz­ing.  These peo­ple love the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca?

Why do our cit­i­zens hate our free enter­prise sys­tem?  Notice I did­n’t say Democ­ra­cy or Cap­i­tal­ism.  I am learn­ing the dif­fer­ences… We live in a Repub­lic and free enter­prise sys­tem…  Did you know the word Cap­i­tal­ism was invent­ed by Karl Marx to demo­nize the free enter­prise sys­tem…  I may actu­al­ly stop using the word alto­geth­er.  These are hard work­ing peo­ple that want to be and are work­ing towards being suc­cess­ful in their own ways.  I’m just sick of watch­ing the aver­age per­son get stomped on by their elect­ed offi­cials.  “Hope and Change” was the cam­paign slo­gan.  Many years ago, I learned that if you seri­ous­ly have to “hope” some­thing “changes” and if all you have left is “hope,” then it is already too late…  The peo­ple are no longer rep­re­sent­ed the way intend­ed by the Bill of Rights or our Con­sti­tu­tion. Deci­sions are made for polit­i­cal gain only… Sad.  Very sad.

And don’t even get me start­ed about our inter­na­tion­al busi­ness prac­tices…  Some­thing has got to give?

So I ask, what or where is the answer?  What needs to change?  I’m sor­ry for the rant, and know it has been a while since there has been a con­sis­tant post, but life some­times gets in the way of life, I have recent­ly learned…

Please let me know what you think.  I would love to hear your views.

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