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Veterans should be a thing of the past.

Imperial Presidency – Nepotism

I was reading through the comments on Curts last post and when I read the last one, by Coop, there was an idea brought up about limiting the terms of elected officials even more – to two, three years or so.

I really don’t think that’s the idea we should be focusing on. The problem with having the same people in office for generations, which is why we have term limits, is multifaceted. One, a major reason, is that we as Americans realize that corruption can slip underneath our radar and we want to be able to evict an elected official if he/she is uncovered to be Satan or a minion of Hades. Another big reason is that we want to keep new faces and new ideas rolling through our offices of representatives – we’re a progressive country and should be progressively getting new and inspiring leadership.

Something I don’t think we’re talking about in this country enough is that, if Hilary were to be elected, we’d have an American Presidency that looks a little like this:

  • George Bush
  • Bill Clinton
  • George W. Bush
  • Hilary Clinton

From 1989, the year George Sr. took office, potentially until 2012 when Hilary’s first term would be up we, as an American people, would have said there is no better representative for this country than a member of either the Bush or Clinton family.

Bull$hit. This is America. The home of the best and brightest. Why are we continually electing Presidents, Senators and other representatives of our nation from a small pool of individuals from a small network of families.

I realize that Nepotism is a major driving force in the economy here, but this is a little ridiculous. That the American Presidency should be dominated, stolen, hoarded and plundered by two families for over 20 years is folly.

We don’t need shorter term limits.

We need to, all of us, have the common decency and foresight to

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VOTE OUT INCUMBENTS!

(its a little late, but this is a guy who’s got it…

check out this video and you’ll see what I mean)

 

 

 

8 February, 2007 9:38 PM Posted by | Angry rant, I lack creativity and/or attention to detail, Just a thought.., Plan for global domination, Politics and other hazardous materials, We don't need no educations, Will Recommends: | 8 Comments

Common ground?

Since the Democrats took control of Congress, all I hear is about “finding common ground” and “working together”. All of a sudden the kids on the playground want to play nice because they are outnumbered. The problem is the Democrats will fall for it and give in to the Republicans and concede in order to look like they are being productive. The President can and will veto bills in order to propagate the Republican agenda. He already has threatened to veto several bills if passed through both houses, such as federal funding for stemcell research. Now the Democrats are threatening to use their power to stop funding for the troop increase. Both sides have ways to check each other and in the end there is no balance. They talk common ground but they are diametrically opposed sides who fight with the fury of a sibling rivalry. I believe most “regular folk” in this country are moderate and fall on both sides depending on the subject. A lot of people usually only care about one big subject, especially if it effects them directly. Americans don’t care about HIV/AIDS in Africa, because it is in Africa! Someone in Iowa might not have a big opinion on immigration.
While Americans are generally moderate, they are constantly being pushed one way or the other by people such as Rush Limbaugh. You can get another view by listening to Air America and Al Frankin. Rush was interviewed on NPR

One of his quotes “I always say my real purpose is to attract the largest audience I can, and hold it for as long as I can, so I can charge confiscatory advertising rates,” the talk show host says.

Americans who listen to this guy and Sean Hannity are fired up by their extreme rhetoric and end up using “liberal” in a derogatory way. Yet these same people say they fight for “liberty” and reference our gun toting, slave owning, wealthy founding fathers who created the most successful “liberal” society and country ever!

In 2008 I wonder if we will see a woman president with a black vice president or will the bipartisanship and common ground disappear from the political rhetoric in order to drive their constituents to the polls?

25 January, 2007 11:07 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | 6 Comments

State of the Union….

Good evening my fellow Americans. Our economy is strong, we are shrinking the middle class and we have increased our total minimum wage jobs to a record high. We are making alternative fuel sources out of Kryton pieces from Superman’s home planet. We are working on a very confusing semi-universal healthcare system that will allow tax breaks to people who make $15,000 and we will tax the employers who provide health benefits so they will eventually stop providing it and we will watch the health system spiral downward. We are not winning in Iraq but we are not losing. We are going to send more troops to Iraq so we can follow the footsteps of the politicians who ran the Vietnam War. The war on terrorism continues, so be afraid. We have CTU and Jack Bauer on the case so don’t worry. We want to find a common ground with the Democrats and work together to get some work done, because when we had control of Congress we didn’t give a shit what they had to say. So I say to you tonight, live long and prosper, and by the way, get ready for a draft and a civilian reserve corps…good night!

24 January, 2007 11:12 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | Leave a comment

Bush is a little slow…

I watched Saturday Night Live this weekend and there was a parody of Bush’s speech to increase the troop levels in Iraq. Even though the character was totally outrageous, I couldn’t help to think of how true it was. The skit went on to say that they were going to increase the troop levels from 21,500 to ALL uniformed people and so on. This is how I believe he really is. He doesn’t think for himself. He just listens to the people around him who are afraid to say how they feel and tell him things that they think he wants to hear. These people are intimidated by George W. I guess anyone should be a bit intimidated by the POTUS, but by doing so people are dying. Bush seems behind on every decision. We went in without the right amount of troops to secure and maintain security in Baghdad, even though there were advisors who claimed to have advised to go in with as many as 500,000 troops. There was an argument that we did not want to appear to be taking over the country, but so what as long as the job gets finished and we get the hell out of there. Now GW calls for more troops and this might be the time when more troops just means an escalation of violence and more dead Americans coming home in secret flag draped coffins. I wish I had a better solution, but I am not surrounded by “top notch” politcal analysts. Bush will ride out his presidency and, just like Vietnam and LBJ, he will hand off a mess for another President to clean up or end their career.

14 January, 2007 6:49 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | 1 Comment

Racism in the Workplace

In a time when racism seems to be in the headlines I have recently heard some overt racism in my office.  The ironic twist is that it came from an African American Female.  She categorically is one of the most disenfranchised persons in America.  A co-worker in the office mentioned that we were delivering gifts to people in a town called “Whitelake”.  The woman replied by stating that she wouldn’t go anywhere that had the word “white” in the title and if she did “she might get lynched”.  I couldn’t help but be offended, but I kept my mouth shut.  I couldn’t believe that she had prejudged the people in this town to be racists and a lynch mob!  I went home very angry and thought about it deeply.  What I realized is that every race is racist and that everyone see’s colors and has stereotypes.  Michael Richards and this woman have a lot in common.  Their true feelings happened to come out at the wrong place at the wrong time.  I took the experience and learned from it.  I know how people might feel when they hear jokes about their race, but deep down it might really hurt them.  The reality is, racism has not gone away from our society and those who think it is gone are gravely mistaken.  It has been suppressed and people covertly practice racism.  I never really think that racism will ever leave the world.  The only thing I can do about it is not perpetuate it. 

21 December, 2006 11:38 PM Posted by | Angry rant | 3 Comments

Illegal Immigrants and thier children.

Its been a while since I’ve written an entry. I really would like to keep going with the Immigration topic. Even though there were numerous topics I want to write about concerning voting, president bush, the Americas, Middle-Eastern policy, the U.S. Armed forces and its future and many more, I think that those are best suited for my friends Fernando and Clay. The three writers for this blog lead busy lives. We need to focus…right?

Anyways. I’d like to talk for a bit about the children of Illegal Immigrants and a little bit about thier spouses.

There is a camp of thought, a very powerful and persuasive one, that thinks all current immigration laws should be enforced to the fullest extent of the Law. There are more paradigms which could result in mass-deportation, punitive punishments, imprisonment, and other like-genre/counterproductive measures. During the midterm elections, my state’s (MN) candidates for governor were throwing around many ideas about immigration: how it affects our economy, health system, tax system, charitable organizations, roads, schools, etc.

Senators, Presidents, Congressmen, Governors, City Councilmembers, Judges, Police Commissioners: What about the children of these Illegal Immigrants? Is it Constitutionally sound to deport minors? Is it humane?

Some of these children are born in the U.S.

Some of them came here with thier parents before they turned 18 years old.

Is it o.k. to take away thier parents? Is it o.k. to take away the children from thier parents? What crimes, other than obeying thier parents orders to follow them across the border have they committed?

Believe it or not, there are cases of the U.S. Government doing these things. Deporting the parents of Legal U.S. Citizens with Social Security Numbers and everything.

I think its a load of crap. To me, its not even a matter of how dispicable the system is for allowing this to happen. Its a matter of how our laws can be interpreted in such a way to allow for it to happen. Is there no qualifying remark in any State’s or our Federal Constitution that would make the seperation of a family unit not o.k.? This is some bullllllshit.

22 November, 2006 4:05 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | Leave a comment

My obsession with Musico de Argentina.

Yes its true. I love Tango music. I think it is absolutely enthralling. Though I can barely walk, much less dance to something as wonderful as Tango, I love the music regardless.

I have been on a quest to find a Minneapolis band that captures what I feel when I listen to Astor Piazzola standards.

My search is over.

The Mandragora Tango Orchestra is a Minneapolis-based band of talented individuals that give me that motion sickness I feel when listening to my favorite Tango. They write thier own songs, cover standards and even cover a Nirvana song…absolutely amazing!

I highly recommend checking them out. They have a bunch of thier music available on thier website for free listening. There’s also a CD available on CDBaby.Com.

I can’t stress enough how great they are!

27 September, 2006 12:24 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | 1 Comment

I had mentioned…

…that Carlos Mencia is my personal savior and I view him to be a real American Hero.

I’ve embedded the following clip from his Live in San Jose, CA DVD special that I found on YouTube.Com. It’s amazing. Hilarious. Not for the easily offended. He is an immigrant who really gets it.

18 September, 2006 4:19 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | Leave a comment

Empathy Good – Generalizations Bad

It has been brought to my attention that there is an employee at my restaraunt that is:

  1. An illegal immigrant from Mexico.
  2. Over 60 years of age.
  3. Has two full-time jobs.
  4. A former employee of 25 years for General Electric.

Yesterday at my job I was working in the carry-out window. The carry-out window can be very boring if there’s not alot of people who want to pay our prices but don’t want sit inside the restaraunt – so I usually do homework when I’m there.

Well, yesterday, one of our bussers (we’ll call him Juan) came to the window to say hi and see what I was up to. He saw my Physics book and gave me some praise for being in school. I told him that I was studying to be and Electrical Engineer and his eyes lit up and he started telling me about his job as an engineer with General Electric some years ago. It was a real eye-opening conversation. I mean, I’ve always had respect for them, but to learn that he was and engineer who helped design and build washing and drying machines astounded me! How could it be that a skilled worker like Juan illegally immigrated to this country? I thought that there was high demand in Mexico for skilled laborers.

I guess the demand for unskilled laborers in this country is greater.

I titled this entry “Empathy Good – Generalization Bad” because I think these are the two intellectual tools that get misused most often when dealing with Latin-American immigrants. Most often I think American who, by and large, are NOT bilingual, tend to generalize when dealing with Mexican immigrants. We all know the generalizations – they work for peanuts, or they are involved in crime, or they don’t speak english, or they’re stupid. This is dangerous, ignorant and, largely, untrue.

Its dangerous because these people are here to stay. We need to treat our neighbors like neighbors. These people contribute to our society and yet we classify them as a nuisance or as unwanted invaders. I think we have had enough problems in this country between races/ethnicities/nationalities. I think the Age of Intolerance needs to cease.

Its ignorant because not all of them are illiterate, criminals, monolingual, lazy…I think that half of the problem is not that Latin-Americans are unwilling to learn English, and its not that Americans are unwilling to learn Spanish, its because no one has the time! Who’s got time to learn another language? I, personally, have wanted to learn every language I’ve come into contact with – especially Spanish. But I can barely find time to file my fingernails, much less take another class and read about verb conjugation. The same can be said for many immigrants. The one promise we can make with eachother is that we will teach thier children and they will send thier children to school. Polish immigrants from the early 1900’s didn’t learn to speak english fluently within their lifetimes, it was their children who mastered the language. It will be the same with our Latin-American neighbors.

The communication gap is freaky. When you see a Mexican immigrant walking along a sidewalk, you’d probably love you ask him some questions about his situation or thoughts on family, religion, politics, etc. The amazing part is that he probably would love to ask you about those same things. When we can’t communicate with eachother, we should resist our first reaction to resent, hate, discriminate, fear…

Remember what Master Yoda says “Fear leads to hate, and hate leads to the Dark Side”.

18 September, 2006 12:11 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | 1 Comment

It’s time to fess up…

Alright Jason, how many of these, per day, are from you. Now fess up. Come on…

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13 September, 2006 3:00 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | 1 Comment