In keeping with the times – a takeout of an old Waylon, Willie song

“Mama, don’t let your babies grow up ‘in a society of self-fulfillment, autonomy, and privacy as ideals”.

Instead, instill them with ideals like “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”   

Practice the guidelines to protect against the corona-virus – stay at home and keep your distance from others.

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Buck up America! We will get through this epidemic despite TRUMP!

Just listen to and follow the health expert directives.  Believe that the science and health professionals and workers will get us through this.

I guess I will have to take my share of blame for what we have become such a society  —  We have become a society of self-fulfillment, autonomy, and privacy as ideals.  While I was born pre boomer era, I was raised during it and probably spoiled my kids as well.

And these habits do not bode well for the present situation. The cases of the virus grow everyday.  And what does the Trump administration do?  Make promises.  If Trump would have listened to his intelligence department warnings of the virus in January and February and acted then as he is now since March 1, we would be much better off.

Thanks to Chip Bok Copyright 2020 Creators Syndicate for an accurate report card.

And please keep this in the back of your mind – it could still happen here!

“People may think of authoritarian nations in cold war terms, as states with bombastic leaders who grant themselves extravagant titles and weigh their chests with meaningless medals. These are nations without legistures, without courts, with populations cowed by armies of secret police. This is not how many authoritarian nations work today. Most have elections, legislatures, courts; they possess all the trappings of democracy. But the democratic institutions that authoritarian nations retain have little power to check the executive, either because they are under regime control or because they are cowed or co-opted into submission.”  — Adam Serwer

Have a nice day – at home and alone.

ARRGH! The present administration just took a couple more steps towards that road less taken!

America, let’s turn this vehicle around and get back on the road to greatness! We need more loyal Americans working there and we need more free press not less.

Yes, we were great for about 299 years and we are now veering off onto a different path.

In 1787 we established a democratic republic. Our constitution established a three pillared government – the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial branches – and laws pretty well guaranteed that one branch should not infringe upon the other branches.  Well, it appears one branch is spreading out to control the others.

There have been no significant gains towards greatness in this administrations action, but many backward steps.  They have alienated many of our allies, their EPA actions are worsening our environment, loyal Americans can’t work for them and they now are taking legal actions to suppress the free press.  If we lose the free press, we may as well give up.

On that note I urge each of you to get the facts and then vote accordingly.  Don’t rely on social media for your news. Myself, I fact check any news through factcheck.org or Snopes, etc. and always check with many news sources, except Fox, for verification of any news put out.  And remember one’s opinion is not necessarily news.

I guess I’m just advising you to get facts, not hearsay and VOTE accordingly, But by all means VOTE.

 See: Steven “How Democracies Die.” , by Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

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PRAY WE ARE NOT LED DOWN ROAD LEAST TAKEN

        PRAY WE ARE NOT LED DOWN THE ROAD LESS TAKEN.

My fellow patriotic Americans.  I suggest reading “Washington’s Farewell Address”, “1984”, “Farenhiet 451” – in that order – to better understand my reasoning for this piece.

 While a disillusioned thirty to fifty percent of the population go around in their garish MAGA garb rah-rahing the narcissist in the White House, who has repeatedly stated that he is President and can do whatever he wants, and about half of the other seventy to fifty percent sit by in their ‘Que Sera Sera’ life, while he and a party of politicians, whether intended or not, are letting our constitutional republic devolve into an authoritarian state.  

 This excerpt from Washington’s address intimates why we should be alerted

.     “…Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party, generally.” “…

  There is an opinion, that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the Government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of Liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in Governments of a Monarchical cast, Patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in Governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And, there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.

   It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution, in those intrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart, is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position. The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositories, and constituting each the Guardian of the Public Weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern; some of them in our country and under our own eyes. To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them. If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way, which the constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for, though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed. The precedent must always greatly overbalance in permanent evil any partial or transient benefit, which the use can at any time yield.”

 I fear we have taken a step down the road far less taken.  We have allowed a party with a narcissistic leader that has been basically given the idea that he can do anything he desires – of course anyone who pays attention to the news knows that he has always thought this in his mind. And if you don’t think he is a narcissist, look it up in the dictionary and then peruse his tweets, and vitriolic speeches like the on of February 6, 2020.  And together they are rapidly stacking the higher courts with their people even people whose peers have denounced – and thus by controlling the justice system they will be actively to gerrymandering districts, intimidating and suppressing voters to their benefit. They have alienated many of our allies. They are continually reversing policies that promote cleaner air.  We were warned by Washington to be on the alert for this to happen.

Ladies and gentlemen, really all I ask is that you educate yourself to what is happening in Washington and vote to keep us on a solid footing as a Constitutional Republic, and keep us from going down that road towards a Banana Republic.

“I don’t think anything will change until Americans revolt and get it into their heads that they need to be informed voters instead of just listening to the paid political ads.”  – DEBORAH PRYCE

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