America, what promise?

I think I should end this day, early though it is, on a positive and inspiring note.

What is America?

I think this post captures it beautifully. I hope you find it as thought provoking as I did. May we awaken tomorrow to the promise of a better America

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AMERICA’S FLAG OF 1812

WHAT IS AMERICA?

America is MORE THAN a COUNTRY, a PEOPLE, a CIVILIZATION, or a GOVERNMENT.

When one studies the history of America’s founding, America SHOULD NOT EXIST.

WHY is America here?  Why are INDIVIDUALS still GIVING UP EVERYTHING THEY HAVE, FRIENDS, FAMILY, HOMES, risking LIFE and DEATH to get here?

WHY ?          DREAMS

DREAMS of a FUTURE; a FUTURE, where ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.  For ALL time, For ALL FUTURE generations.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people   ……     to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that…

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Vote, Because They Can’t

 

 

Ironically, the current administration is more concerned about getting undocumented voters to the polls than getting ballots to our men and women in the military. Could it be because two thirds (2/3) of the military opposes Obama?

Vote today.

Much ado about nothing – Military Support for Obama?

Formal and informal group photographs of the J...

Formal and informal group photographs of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: GEN Colin Powell (USA), GEN Carl E. Vuono (USA), GEN Larry D. Welch (USAF), GEN Robert T. Herres (USAF), Admiral Carlisle A. H. Trost (USN), GEN Alfred M. Gray (USMC). Also other staff members. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Colin Powell, along with four (4) other retired military officers recently announced his support for Barak Obama to great fanfare.

Contrast that level of support with the list  at the link below. How about this list?

500 Generals and Admirals support Romney

500 retired Generals and Admirals thought it was important enough to pay for the ad supporting Governor Romney. 66% of our active military members support Romney.

500 retired top military brass. 66% of active Military.

I know whose opinion I am giving more weight to.

Please make sure you vote tomorrow.

You might be a liberal….

An entertaining, light-hearted read on the night before an intense election day. Worth the read!

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Today I passed on some links to a girlfriend of mine, and she turned them into a very funny post which I thought I would share. (Sorry, G., no Hillary lesbo jokes….) Here we go then:

  • If you think Fox News is indoctrinating people but virtually every other mainstream news media is informing them, you might be a liberal.
  • If you think that hypothetical consequences of nonrenewable energy are dangerous, but care not at all for verified consequences of the current unsustainable debt, you might be a liberal.
  • If you are more concerned with the backlash against all Muslims for the violent acts committed by some Muslims than you are for the victims of that violence and the philosophy behind it, you might be a liberal.
  • If you make excuses for the outright lies of Obama, but refuse to tolerate the lies from anyone remotely connected to the GOP, you…

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The Most Damning Critique of Liberalism and Best Advocacy for Conservatism I’ve Seen in a Long Time

Well done video, the message is well worth the time to watch it. Conservatism is a belief, not a political party.

Make sure you get out and VOTE

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If I could have one wish today, it would be that everyone in this nation would take 8 minutes and watch this video…

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Obama’s lesson on success…

Success Symposium

Success Symposium (Photo credit: BetterBizIdeas)

He makes too much money and doesn’t pay enough taxes.

He paid all the taxes he is obligated by law to pay. Just like you

He is a greedy businessman

He donates a significant amount to charity

Yes, but it mostly goes to his church. There might be others that need it more

Why shouldn’t a person get to donate to the charity they choose? So the charitable giving only counts when the money goes to the charities you want?

He doesn’t like women

He had more women on his cabinet and they did better financially than women have done under Obama.

He only cares about himself

He has worked for a charitable cause (his church), been a public servant (Governor) and helped a international cause (The Olympics). And in each case he did not take a salary, or donated the salary to charity

Yes, well he should have. Easy to do when you have money

So you make a protest, then it turns out he has done what any civil person would hope, and that isn’t good enough? What exactly do you want from him?

Do you know what the Mormon religion stands for?

Really? You are going to use that as an argument? No, I guess not. I know what they don’t stand for. They don’t want to kill people who don’t believe as they do. I haven’t seen them involved in any fiery highly divisive speeches like, say, Trinity United or Jeremiah Wright. Oops. Didn’t want to discuss that?

Well, what it comes down to …. He could fail once in a while. He is hardworking, successful, charitable and civil.

Why is this such an offense?

Well, it is awfully difficult to divide a population with fear, resentment and jealousy when you have a candidate the earned his success through hard work and determination.

Our son recently asked, “So being successful means people will hate you one way or another? It doesn’t really matter how you get there?” From the mouths of babes…

Thanks President Obama.  That is a heck of lesson and quite a legacy.

Equal Opportunity – Access or Outcomes

Say No More

Say No More (Photo credit: Feggy Art)

“This crap has got to stop.”

“Ok, Avi, fill me in. What has to stop?”

Avi slid in the opposite side of the picnic table, obstructing Bevin’s view of the band busy performing a decent rendition of Ventura Highway.

“I am tired of all the crap at work. I am underpaid, I work harder than everyone else and not only does it not get noticed; now they filled Billy’s position with a new woman. So I got passed over when everyone knows I should have gotten the job. Billy said I was next in line. And everyone knows the only reason this new lady got the job is she is Spanish.”

“Uh, I think you probably mean Hispanic,” Bevin replied.

“Whatever,” sighed Avi, waving a half empty mug.

“Look,” Bevin stated, “not to be a killjoy, because I love a good complaint as much as the next person, but why would you even say that? And what makes you say you are underpaid? I thought you said Billy gave you a little extra last review to bring you in line?”

“First of all, why else would they bring in someone from the outside unless they needed to fill a quota. You know that is how all the hiring at the clinic is now. And yes, Billy did give me more last year, but I still don’t make nearly enough to live on. And you know what? Now I am going to have to do double the work because my new boss is clueless. She not only doesn’t know how to do anything, including paperwork for cases, she doesn’t think it’s her job either.”

This would have been a good time to take a stroll around the festival and just let it drop. But Bevin didn’t. “Ok Avi. I am not going to touch the whole thing with whether your new boss is qualified or not. But please tell me we aren’t going back down the avenue of ‘social workers are all underpaid’ again? I thought we killed that horse already.”

“Easy for you to say,” retorted Avi, hackles rising. “You have a good paying job that you like. I work just as hard and for what? Do you know that coal miners can make $80,000 to $90,000 a year and they don’t even need a degree?! For crying out loud, I put in time to get the education that everyone talks about and tell me how that paid off?”

“Then go get a job as a coal miner,” Bevin shouted back! “Let me tell you they couldn’t pay me $180,000 to go down in a mine everyday. You like it so much, go get a job as a miner then!”
“That is not the point. The point,” Avi clarified, “ is that this is just the kind of wage inequality that we need to fix. We have to get the pay in this country evened out. And now people…”
“Wait a minute,” Bevin cut in, tone incredulous. “Wait. Are you telling me you want miners to make less money? Are you kidding me?”

“Noooo,” Avi replied condescendingly. “I don’t want miners to make less; I think everyone should be able to make more. Some pay is too high for sure, but they could take some of that and spread it around so that everyone gets to make a little more and people aren’t pigeonholed by their occupation and underpaid for doing just as much work as someone else. That is what equal opportunity is all about.”
“That is definitely not what equal opportunity is all about. Ari, what you are talking about is equal results!  That is completely different.  Equal opportunity is all about ensuring that everyone has the same chance, the same access to the opportunities. Not that we all get the same compensation in the end.”

“Well we all know that the access isn’t equal.  If you have the money you get into the right schools, and coming from certain schools gives you a better chance for the kind of job like what you have,” Avi concluded. “And now I am stuck with the degree I have, so I am stuck with the job I have.”

“What?  First of all, I paid my way through school.  I took out loans and worked the whole time I went to school, and yes my parents sent me a couple bucks when they could help, but you know my parents didn’t have two pennies to rub together.  And you could have chosen this same path, but you have never been even a little bit interested in business and you hate numbers.  You have said before that you would hate my job,” Bevin exclaimed in frustration. “And you could go back to school, or switch careers.  Just because you have a Psych degree, doesn’t mean you have to be a social worker.  That was your choice.  Heck, I had a CFO that had an education degree at one point!”

“This isn’t about you Bevin.  It doesn’t always have to be about you.  Yes, you did it ‘right’ and all.  But you keep avoiding the point.  Yes, you might have been able to make the system work for you, but it doesn’t work for everyone and that is what is important.  That is what we have to change to give everyone an equal starting point; an equal shot.”

“That is hogwash, Avi, and you know it!  This is the only country in the world where it doesn’t matter what race you are, what your last name is, where you are from – we all have a chance to make it.  Yes, there are advantages in coming from a wealthy family or attending different schools, but look at the people every year who come from different places around the world for their shot, their opportunity and that make it …”

“Oh come on and cut the crap”, retorted Avi! “You are starting to sound like one of ‘them’.  You know the system is broken and we are finally in a position to do something about it.  We have a President who wants to make it better and all he is asking that everyone have a fair shot and those of you that have more and can afford it, share a little more.  And you bet your sweet bottom, I am going to do something about it, too.”

“That’s really enough. You had the same chances I did.  If you want a job making $90,000 a year, then find out what it takes to get one and go do it, but don’t complain to me.  And if you think you are being treated unfairly at work then you have some choices to make – you can suck it up and deal with it, you can work to try to change it, or you can go somewhere else – this is a free country.  No one is stopping you. You have equal access to the opportunity. But don’t demand equal results – you have to do your part.”

I could continue as the conversation falls apart, but I think we all have a good idea how the conversation ends. Is Avi right or is Bevin right?  Should it be equal access to opportunity?  Or should it be equal outcomes for all?

So we have a good idea how the conversation ends, but not the story.  The names have been changed to protect the innocent here and the profanity removed from the conversation to enhance the civility. Click on “comment” and let me know your thoughts and let us know at the beginning of your comment – Equal Access or Equal Outcomes.