4 Questions That Keep Me Up At Night. . .

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Like my four footed friend above I, too, seem mystified, at times, by what goes on around me. 2017 appears to be the year that many of the questions that puzzle me the most will get much of my attention.

I’m not a proponent of making New Years promises to myself either. In my mind they are a waste of time and energy and if we have to govern ourselves by an arbitrary date on a calendar then we really aren’t motivated to pursue the type of change we may be seeking. I don’t know many who have made a ‘promise’ on December 31 or January 1 to change some obvious concerns about how they are living their lives and been successful.

Many people pledge to lose 10 or 20 pounds, to stop smoking or drinking, to spend more time with their kids or to treat their loved ones with more respect and consideration. These are all worthwhile goals to strive for but if these things are important why do people wait until New Years Eve to identify them? Things like this need to be dealt with immediately not down the road. In short-New Years Eve resolutions are pledged in order to give the person who is making the pledge a little breathing space and a chance at a guilt free last hurrah. Nothing more than that.

We can, however, use New Years Eve as a benchmark to gauge how much progress we have made over the year and to determine what needs to happen next in order to achieve our goal(s). It becomes a time for reflection and growth not a time to make silly promises that 95% of folks will never come close to attaining.

If I were to admit to anything close to making a resolution I guess it would be this: Starting right now I will focus on searching out and reconciling the answers to 4 basic questions that I have about the planet I live on and some of the people that inhabit it. The following are questions that really do provoke great thought and turmoil within me and I’d like to sort them out one way or the other.

1. Why is there no room for science and faith in our lives? Why is it so important for scientists to destroy or dispel the idea that there is an afterlife or that there is something beyond this plane of existence? I say prove there isn’t an afterlife and then you ‘ll have my attention. Until you do or can-Please shut the hell up. Let those of us who believe in something have our thoughts and our freedoms.    

2. When will the civilized world (those who truly value peace, acceptance and security) gather and agree to lay out a plan to completely remove any presence of ISIS from the planet? They have demonstrated they are not interested in peace and human rights. They are blood thirsty and truly vicious terrorists who are more interested in holding the planet hostage than they are at carving our their own place to do what it is they feel they are called to do. Enough damage has been done. Enough people have suffered. The death of the innocents will only increase. It is time. Really-it is past time.       

3. What will have to happen–what will it take for the dead heads who run the planet right now to understand that climate change is real and not some conspiracy theory? Do these people not understand that all the money in the world and all the power in the world can’t and won’t beat Mother Nature. They are simply prolonging the inevitable by disregarding the warning signs instead of trying to get ahead of what is coming.   

4. What was the real message that the American electorate was trying to send by voting Donald Trump into power? This isn’t sour grapes by me. I am truly interested in knowing that. Time will tell of course but they have rewarded a narcissistic, sociopathic, ego maniac the position of resident king maker. He has not drained the swamp as he promised but rather has added to its inhabitants. He has demonstrated how comfortable he is distorting the truth and has shown he is a pathological liar. Yup. All really good qualities for our kids to learn by and the qualities we should all be proud to see in our leaders.    

Anyways, that’s the way I see things.

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All the best, Jim  



We Are Not The Puppet Masters Anymore . . .

“We weep but never fear.” These are brave words. Onerous words. We would expect nothing other than this from France. They have been attacked on their own soil. In their own ‘back yard’. Their homes have been invaded. Their very way of life has been challenged as it was in the 40’s by a group not so different from this current threat to world peace.

There really isn’t much of a difference between Nazi Germany and all their atrocities and ISIS and all of theirs. The Nazis wanted to exterminate identified sectors of humanity. ISIS wants to rule the world thereby eradicating the planet of any and all those who not only oppose their tired and sociopathic belief systems but those who dare to even speak ill of what they stand for.  The Nazis gained prominence very quietly in the beginning. No one really considered them a threat. ISIS was all but seen as another radical fringe outfit who would not be able to sustain any strength let alone growth. The Nazis began by recruiting and uniting the disenfranchised, the unemployed and the disillusioned. ISIS has done the same. They are spreading their message to students, the disenchanted who fancy themselves enlightened and the disillusioned who have found another bell to ring. They appeal to those abused by the injustices and flagrancy demonstrated by the wealthy who can access two tier health care, differing legal standards for those who can afford them and tax breaks for those who really don’t need them. The entitlement capitalism produces is very evident as well. The ISIS recruitment officers then drive hopelessness and resentment into the souls of young men and women who live abroad. They use our own political, judicial and educational systems to divide us and separate us from our strengths and our base.

Our weak kneed governments fall all over themselves trying to please particular immigrant groups in exchange for their votes come election time by subtracting some of  our dearly fought for and won cultural values. I don’t buy the “it’s the right thing to do” crap either. The right thing to do is to open our doors and our hearts to those who demonstrate a desire to work within the same framework as the rest of us for the same collective goals and ideals. That would include those who want a better life for themselves and their families so that they, too, can thrive in a free society with the opportunity to be all they can be but NOT by giving up the keys to the city at the expense of those who want something different as well. The free world’s nations must concede that we are facing a formidable group of driven and fearless warriors who have no conscience and no fear of death–so they claim. Let us consider what had to happen in the 40’s when Hitler got so strong that he came so close to taking over the world? He made several tactical errors that cost him his glory AND the rest of the world basically set aside their differences long enough to unite and then to defeat him. He truly was the common enemy just as ISIS is today.    

Accordingly France has declared war on ISIS. But how does bombing villages move us closer to peace? Those on the ground being a friend or foe; young or old and innocent or guilty all get destroyed.  Such is war time I guess. ISIS has declared war on our freedom–our very way of life. There will be no diplomacy and there will be no negotiations to try to find a ‘peaceful solution’. ISIS has no appetite for negotiations or peace it seems. They have one single purpose in mind and they will not be placated in any way to deviate from that goal. Bombing them until our ‘gun’s melt’ is not going to do anything much except help them recruit more ‘soldiers’.  They cannot be threatened. They don’t care if we don’t like them.   

President Obama is right. Prime Minister Trudeau is right. Bombing them back to hell would not do much except satisfy our need for revenge and blood letting and soothe some misguided egos who still believe that we are the biggest and the toughest force in the world. How did we do in Vietnam and Afghanistan or Iraq for that matter. That was not because our brave men and women were not up to the task. Many gave their lives without question. It was not because of a lack of courage either. We used the best equipment money could produce. We still got our ‘asses’ kicked because our enemies were smarter than we were. The same thing is happening now. We are no longer the ones pulling the strings–we are not the puppet masters now. ISIS IS.   

If we want to live in a truly free world community we will have to resort to the same solution that was employed to terminate Hitler and his juggernaut. It is time for the world to unite as one, roll up its collective sleeves and get their hands dirty. The goal needs to be to isolate ISIS and terminate their effectiveness before it is too late to do so. Look how fast and how far they have come to get to where they are today. They will not stop until they are stopped. The options available to us as a free world community are very limited, unfortunately, and the clock is ticking.

We can’t keep using the same methods that were unsuccessful in previous conflicts unless we want to create the same outcomes.

Anyways, that’s how I see it, all the best–JIm

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