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.
One thing we can do is take back the minds of the people. It’s not ‘capitalism’ it is ‘free enterprise’. Leftists are not ‘progressives’ they are ‘socialists’. People on the right are not ‘conservatives’ they are ‘constitutionalists’. By allowing the left to put labels on things we allow them to label themselves as ‘good’ and every one else as ‘evil’.
Get involved with your children’s education, correct the misconceptions fed them by their teachers and the media. Go to school meetings and protest the brainwashing of our children. Educate people around you. When one of the leftist zombies spews the same old party line respond with facts, ask where he gets his information and how he knows it’s true. If he responds with “they told me it’s true” you have to get him to investigate and find the facts that “they” overlooked or blatantly lied about.
My father came to this country legally. He was drafted and served 2 years in the army. He could have refused to serve since he wasn’t a citizen but he didn’t. He raised us as Americans, never thought of himself as an immigrant., and knew more about US history and the constitution than most members of congress do today. He taught me to think for myself and question things that don’t add up.
I am saddened to see a generation of zombies who accept what they are told on blind faith and march in the streets for causes they don’t understand,inspired by people they don’t know.
I completely agree. It seems that everything obama is doing is for personal gain or another power grab. I do think there are quality alternatives out there, and I’m not talking about Romney. You have to do your research. Watch their interviews and speeches other than debates. You can’t just rely on the major media, they have their own agandas, clearly. Politicians work to divide us for their own gain, but if you examine how we as Americans live, a large majority of us live by the same ethics of hard work, taking care of our family and bettering our place on our own, as you mentioned the recent immigrants have done. This country is the greatest because we allow all to come, legally, and work hard in any way they can.
Thanks for your blog posts, I always learn something
I was reading from Pope John Paul II recently who, as I remember, used the term “free market” in instead of “capitalism.” I think his argument was that we capitalism sounds as though we are after capital, which isn’t the sole motive in a free market.
You are correct that the term “capitalism” is misleading, and I am going to use the term “free market” from now on.
I too am going to continue to use “free market.” I feel kind of dumb now that I have mande the distinction between the two.
Great post, and worthy rant.
It is messed up. Everything. Even here in NJ where we recently had the chance to make some big changes with the last election — nothing changes. Its almost like the state/country deserves what it gets sometimes. We’re our own worst enemies.
You should run for office. I’d help!
BTW, I like the new look!
Thanks for the props on the look… ST, one of the contributing authors here posted this and the previous post around death and taxes… He makes some excellent points! I enjoy having him write.