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Top three casualties of terrorism

When asked to define pornography Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “I don’t know what it is, but I’ll know it when I see it”. The same principle applies to terrorism, you may not know how to define it but you can and should know it when you see it. It is not always something as dramatic as planes flying into buildings; often the threat of violence is just as effective as the violence itself.

I have a very broad view of terrorism. I don’t limit terrorist acts to Islamic Jihadists. Governments, religious groups or political organizations, almost every group has used terrorism in one form or another, sometimes unknowingly. It is up to us identify and resist the use of terror by any one at any time.

Recently the health care debate has driven the war on terror off the front page but that does not mean terrorism has gone away. Quite the opposite, it is increasing and becoming much more sophisticated. But this blog is not meant to frighten anyone, the more we worry about terrorism the more likely we are to be affected by it, I want to make you aware of what terrorism is so you can arm yourself against it – not with guns but with intelligence and courage. Remember, the first casualty of a terrorist campaign is common sense; the second trust, the third – freedom.

Turn off your TV

In his 1995 book Abandoned In The Wasteland, former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Newton Minow had this to say about television:

“In the 1930s and 1940s, television’s creators expressed their hope that the new medium would be the greatest instrument of enlightenment ever invented, a blessing to future generations. They were wrong. . . . No other major democratic nation in the world has so willingly turned its children over to mercenary strangers this way. No other democratic nation has so willingly converted its children into markets for commercial gain and ignored their moral, intellectual, and social development.”

With cellphones, email and the internet the dumbing down of humanity is getting even worse. Did you know email destroys the mind faster than marijuana?  Watch the video. I will have more to say about the internet as soon as I get done checking my email.

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Politics and the 80/20 Principle

We all know by now that the 80/20 principle states that 80% of our business comes from 20% of our customers and 80% of our complaints come from 20% of them as well.

So what do I mean when I refer to an 80/20 principle in politics? If seems to me, and this is just my opinion based on decades of observation – that maybe 10% of the people are on the far left. And 10% are on the far right. That leaves the vast majority – 80% in between.

The 20% get the majority of the media attention, their respective political parties act as if everyone agrees with “their” 10% and hated the other party’s 10% passionately.

The founding fathers, recognizing that our country was too big – even then, for everybody to sit around a big table in Philadelphia, established a representative democracy. We, the people, elect folks to represent us.

These representatives go to our state houses and to Washington as our representatives. They are there to do our bidding. They work for us. They represent us.

How to Achieve 'Liberty' – The Freedom to Choose the Path Our Lives Take

Cage birds accept each other but flight is what they long for.

–Tennessee Williams, Camino Real, 1953

The power to choose how to act and react to the world around us creates our reality, because we have the freedom to control our own lives. It is the choice to turn left or right, to be happy or sad, and it is always with us even at those times when we do not feel free. Its power is enormous. It can be our greatest ally or it can become our greatest enemy. By making the right choices, we can open the doors to lead a balanced life.

Many of us like to think that we are the spokesperson for the universe, that we know all the answers to all the questions of the universe. In our more humble moments, we generally understand that each of us only can be our own spokesperson. However, when we accept the gift of freedom of choice, we must take responsibility and become accountable for everything in our lives.

Quest for Freedom–A Story Of Pure Courage

The Nazis stormed into the house of Stanislavsky Lech, who was Jewish, herded the entire family out at gunpoint, packed them into an overcrowded train, filled with the stench of death and despair, and sent them to Krakow.

Then, before his eyes, Lech saw his entire family shot. Somehow, he managed to live from one day to the next, in a numb, oblivious, zombie-like state. Impatiently, he awaited his own death. But one day, he realized, that his own death was not an unavoidable truth. He could, in fact, do something about it: he could make an attempt to escape.

Once he had made his decision, he didn’t know how to execute it. He only knew one simple thing: his decision was irrevocable, and, somehow, he had to find a way to act on it.

As the weeks passed into months, he interrogated his fellow prisoners. “How can we escape?” he would ask. He became a nuisance, an irritation. “It’s hopeless,” they would echo. “Stop hurting yourself,” they would plead. Some would abuse him openly; others would turn away in silence.

Fast Food Politics

We are still in a stuggle for our freedoms. Most people look at the day and see the weather, its good, its bad. For me, I still see the day for what is is, an opportunity to make change. I find myself getting into C-Span and watching congress debate. The more I watch, the more I find myself realizing that I may be like them. I care about what affects me and my values. For me to make any change I must get involved. This is what we should all do. If you really care about government, you may need to change your career. Its easy being a polititian from behind the counter at the fast food restarant.

We are slaves

It appears as if more people are waking up to the lies that have been told to us, the lies that our past leaders were warning us of. They knew what this country stood for, and they where willing to give their lives for it. I am sad to say that we as a nation do not deserve the freedom or dreams our elders gave us.

We are not willing to think for ourselves, to stand up and give our live for freedom. We want someone else to tell us what to fight for, and it usually is for their gain and our loss. Isn’t it time to fight for your freedom and your children. This country, like so many others, has been taken over by those that would do harm to the great masses of people living in the country they are positioned to lead. They are greedy liers that stand for all that is corrupt in the world.

If now is not the time to stand up and demand better leaders, tommorrow dreams and hopes will fade into a world full of darkness.

Can there be true freedom under any form of government?

It depends upon how you define freedom. If you believe freedom to be the ability to do anything at all then government by it’s very definition must limit freedom. To govern, which is the essential function of a government, restrictions must be imposed upon the choices and will of the people. How and when these limits are placed help determine the type of government. In oppressive forms of government value is placed upon the state at the expense of the individual.

 

As Thomas Paine wrote, “That government is best which governs least.” Which Thoreau expanded upon in ‘Civil Disobedience’ – “I heartily accept the motto, ‘That government is best which governs least’; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which I also believe–‘that government is best which governs not at all’; and when men are prepared for it, that is the kind of government which they will have.”.