February 8, 2019
Per the dictionary:
Socialism: "a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole."
Capitalism: "an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.".
Per the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness….”
The vast majority of citizens oppose a purely socialist form of government, while recognizing that society had, and may still have, an obligation to atone for past wrongdoings such as slavery. Further most citizens, having a judeo/christian background, believe in helping the truly needy and misfortuned among us.
The argument today is about whether we have done enough, even though all the problems are not reconciled. In answering that question it seems fair to me ask whether we truly provided sufficient tools and resources in order to overcome are past wrongdoings. There is no real answer but is worthwhile looking at how are government is organized. Herein lies the problem.
We have a government that allocates and disburses resources to address issues and problems. However, unlike the private sector, we have no system in place to monitor and implement changes, as deemed necessary, when we ascertain what was implemented is not working.
Those on the left want to keep spending without making any adjustments. Those on the right say stop the spending it is not working. In the private sector the organization is continuously monitoring results and making adjustments where necessary to bring about the change desired. If a solution cannot be found the program is stopped and reevaluated.
Citizens United and gerrymandering has exasperated the problem. The big money donors have their own agenda that is not necessarily aligned with what is best for the country and its voting citizens. Citizens United needs to be repealed. We are no longer a country where "one man, one vote" matters.
This needs changing.
December 16, 2018
Is our democracy at risk of being destroyed? I woke up this morning thinking about this issue and It seems to be in danger more than at anytime in memory. A good indicator is the election and support of Donald Trump as President. He seems to be guided more by his need to own and control rather than by some set of values extending beyond his personal wealth, needs and ego.
Our President has lived a life that 99% of us have never seen and will never see in terms of wealth. His morals, or lack thereof put him in a class by himself. He seems not to have any. He also seems to attract the same kind of people to make up his staff and personal acquaintances This is only natural as we all do the same.
December 15, 2018
Picture yourself as Trump. All of your life has been privileged. You got everything you desired. You got away with every nasty thing you did. Your Dad trained you in unscrupulous ways. You are one of the wealthiest men in the world and one of the most vile.
Today you are being investigated by the FBI facing the possibility you will be removed from office and spend time in prison. The person overseeing your investigation, Robert Mueller, is relentless. You do not intimidate him. You don’t dare offer him a bribe. His supporters are not backing off. Your previous employees are turning state's evidence. You recognize there is a likelihood impeachment hearings will be brought against you.
Trump prides himself as a deal maker, but who does he make a deal with? Who can he trust? He knows he cannot trust Putin. He realizes Putin has “out trumped” him. Trump knows he will be fortunate to leave the presidency without being in a prison jumpsuit.