Well I am a retired dude who lives in Michigan. Having spent my entire life with a weird interest in politics and becoming an active participant when George W. Bush was appointed to the presidency in 2000.
I decided to create this blog to post the profound thoughts that occupy my mind in the wee hours of the night. While politics may be the dominate thoughts posted, I do on occasion have weird thoughts about other things. Those will also be posted here. Hope you enjoy most of what is posted here.
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Recently met a young lady that was somewhat taken aback by my activities. Not really sure what shook her so much but she asked for more data on my about page.
She wanted to know what path I had followed that led me to be a political activist rather than an old white guy playing golf and making Obama jokes with my playing partners.
This led me to do some deep thinking. Thinking back to my childhood and the paths taken, I recall always being one that rooted for the underdog in any battle or game. Don’t know why, just know that I did so.
An early memory is of a quote that used to be frequently found in the local newspaper’s editorial page.
“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
― Stephen Grellet
Don’t know why, but I always liked this quote and try to live up to its goal.
It was only recently that I searched the author and found him to be a Quaker. One that would probably be derisively called a peacenik or something like that today.
I also recall a teacher in my 8th grade social studies class explained the difference between Capitalism and Communism. This is the best I can remember so bear with me.
“In capitalism it is to each according to their ability and from each according to their desire and in communism it is to each according to their needs and from each according to their ability.”
I thought about this for a bit and then asked the teacher. “To each according to their needs and from each according to their ability, that doesn’t sound so bad to me. What’s wrong with that?”
She replied “Well it does sound good on paper, but what do we do about the lazy guy?” This eased my mind but, I still thought it was a good idea, maybe just needed a little fine tuning.
As a young lad I recall expressing my dismay one time when it appeared someone got the nasty end of a deal. I mean the person, through no fault of their own, got the shaft if you know what I mean. I spoke up and said “That is not fair.” My mother said “Well he will get an extra jewel in his crown when he gets to heaven.” Again I was appeased, in the end everything would be ok.
Since that time my views and opinions have changed a bit. I no longer want to accept unjust suffering today for a supposed prize in the future and I don’t think anyone should have to wait for their prize. Damn if you do something good or are treated unfairly you should get that damn jewel right now!
As a young adult I considered myself to be a rugged individualist type and supported the Republican Party and their candidates. Even being a precinct delegate in our local party at one time. Like many blue collar workers I voted for Ronald Reagan for President. The first time he ran.
It was not long into his first term when I found that “Saint Ronnie’s” actions were leading to the elimination of the American middle class. It probably came after he fired the air traffic controllers.
I could see the slow, incremental destruction of worker’s rights and benefits crumbling before my very eyes. This is getting real long so I will cut it off here by saying “Saint Ronnie” was the last Republican I ever supported or voted for.