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

The Rio Norte Line

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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Are we no longer a sovereign republic free from outside intervention?

English: Woman standing, as America, facing sl...

English: Woman standing, as America, facing slightly right; holding U.S. flag and flag pole. Illustration in: Draperies in Action. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Desperation among the democratic party has risen to new levels as Foreign Observers are invited to “monitor” 2012 Presidential election results for democrats

International Monitors at polling places

I actually thought this was a joke the first time I was told about it.  Too ridiculous to be true, right?  Turns out that it may be ridiculous, but it isn’t just a rumor.

I think it ironic that America, the most successful, longest living democracy in recorded history may potentially have international monitors.  I would find it less offensive if this were perhaps an instructional exercise – an opportunity for the observers to see how a free election should be held.  However, it is not.

This is arguably the most important election in generations; perhaps in our history.   Nothing less than the continued existence of a free, democratic, free market society and the devolution to a socialist, managed society hangs in the balance.  A few things I find interesting about the situation:

  • The countries involved are Socialist democracies at best, pure socialism or totalitarian at worst.  Kazakhstan?  Really?
  • The proposed monitors are from countries with overwhelming socialist support for Obama, or a vested interest in Obama’s re-election.  How neutral do you think these observers will be?
  • These international observers are challenging the rights of individual states within the republic.  Talk about outside interference.

Ironically, the very same parties who are dead set against laws to restrict voter fraud or voter identification are the ones asking for this “international monitoring”!  What are they looking for?  We know they are not interested in ensuring that only registered voters submit their vote in a legal manner.  So what is it?  The fact that your candidate is dropping in the polls is not an indication of voting fraud.  If your candidate is not elected – that also is not an indication of fraud.  Manipulating results, subjecting United States Citizens to the laws of other countries, or interference from other nation in our internal election certainly is.  Remember, this is the party that took a vote on a change to the Democratic Platform on television for the world to see.  Three times they took a vote.  Three times they didn’t get the answer they wanted.  So finally, they simply did what they wanted anyway.  These are the people worried about a fair election?  You have to wonder what fair looks like to them.

If we have to submit to outside monitoring for fraud, here are a few of suggestions:

  • Make sure the voters are actually legal, registered voters
  • Make sure the voters are voting on their own free will, not bussed in and told who to vote for
  • Make sure there are no quid pro quo’s – you vote, we will give you a ____ (Fill in the blank)
  • Make sure that the voter only votes once
  • Look into the error that delayed absentee ballots to our military serving overseas.  A group that just coincidentally is disenfranchised with the current Administration.

I personally hope every legal registered voter participates in this election.  I hope every single citizen takes this duty seriously and shows up to vote.  However, as with almost every single moderate or conservative voter I know, I do want them to vote legally – I am not sure why this is such a problem?

What does it tell you when a party is so concerned with ensuring ineligible or illegal voters have a chance to cast a vote that they are willing to sacrifice our nation’s sovereignty?   I am a little concerned that a political party is dependent on illegal or unregistered voters – aren’t you?  Shouldn’t this election be determined by American Citizens?  This would seem to be a serious issue to me.

Please take the time to vote on November the 6th.

“It is error alone which needs the support of government.  Truth can stand by itself”

–          Thomas Jefferson

Here’s Really the Biggest Problem in the American Economy – What nobody wants to say Part #2

A continuation of our earlier discussion in response to yet another attack on a free market economy.  In the first discussion, Here’s Really The Biggest Problem in the American Economy – What Nobody Wants to Say Part #1 we tackled the notion of redistribution.  In today’s post we will continue by discussing the impacts of globalization.

“One reason corporations are so profitable is that they don’t employ as many Americans as they used to”
-Henry Blodget, Business Insider

global map test

global map test (Photo credit: aleutia)

Demographics are changing.

I would estimate close to 25% of the people on my floor at work are “immigrants” representing almost every continent in the world.  Some might be first generation; many are work visa or green card holders.  A decade ago, there was a growing concern that all the science and engineering jobs were going to recent graduates from other countries who were getting degrees in sciences and math.  Well, here is a wakeup call – it is not just the science and engineering jobs anymore.  Or medical jobs.  My colleagues are all in “business administration” – marketing, accounting, finance, procurement, supply chain, and sales. Most of these positions are entry level; new hires.

I applaud these colleagues; it is inspiring actually and makes for a more robust, interesting workplace.  However, let me point out that all these are jobs that did not go overseas.  And they aren’t getting “underpaid” either.  These are all jobs that could be had here by any of us.  The inconvenient truth behind this is that the demographics of employment are changing.  High wages or job growth for unskilled labor is a thing of the past.  The global workplace is also a knowledge based workplace.  We need to stop blaming the laborer snapping a widget together in some overseas sweatshop for unemployment here.  Let’s stop spending time railing against the terrible white collar employees and managers, or college kids that earn technical, science, math or other challenging degrees and encourage children to choose a path of knowledge.  Stop the demonization of professional positions.  Slamming on “college kids” and education comes across as sour grapes – and the impact is more than just you.  The children are listening.

“Globalization” has opened up a vast pool of billions of workers who work for much less than Americans.  This, in turn, has resulted in companies shifting formerly middle-wage-paying jobs overseas.

-Henry Blodget, Business Insider

While more products are being made overseas and certainly there are jobs that have gone overseas as well, let be fair – globalization has brought much production and jobs here to the US as well.  Companies like Toyota, BASF, Nestle, BAE, Bayer and many others all have operations here in the US employing our citizens.  Let’s not try to blame globalization for the loss of “good” paying jobs.   And if we continue to vote for the candidate who simply tells us what we want to hear, we will still be sitting on our collective sofas lamenting the “loss” of employment and opportunities while the good jobs both here and overseas are populated by…well, everyone else.  Some of our politicians are trying to create an economy of a select few political overlords who know what is best for 300+ million dependent serfs with a victim mentality.

In the coming days I will continue to discuss:

  • Globalization
  • Technology
  • Stagnant wages
  • Business Profits

Let me know your thoughts.

The original post from Henry Blodgett of the Business Insider can be found by clicking here

What Politicians Don’t Want To Say About The Middle East

This is perhaps the best written discussion I have come across to date regarding the middle east, the issues there and the value of middle east exports to the world at large.  Succinct and brilliantly written

A Brilliant Discussion On The Neurotic Middle East

Take the time to read it and pass this on to everyone you can think of.

It really is a must read.