A new TV Show for Donald.. Let’s Play Concentration..


At some point the contestant will be given a chance of guess at the meaning of either a picture, or symbols that make up a message..

In this case the final solution is:

Work will set you free.
Work will set you free.

Maybe Donald Trump is trying to send a different message when he says we should put people in camps.  We put criminals in prisons.  We put people who illegally cross our borders, if the administration obeys the law, in detention until we can deport them.  This is all assuming that President Obama is not making up laws as he goes along.

After Pearl Harbor, when people realized how many Japanese there were in this country, we rounded up what would seem to be most of those on the Pacific coast and put them in camps for the duration.  Now just think how they thought about it.  Many of them had served in the U. S. military in WWI.  A number of them had American families, owned property, which a lot of them lost through confiscation, but for most of them their only crime was having been born to Japanese parents.

Going back in history from there, and over to Europe, we find the Germans setting up camps for those people they did not want to muddy up the Uber Race.  At first it might have just been the Jews but, the Jews weren’t the only ones.  There were, besides the Jews, communist, gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, social democrats, habitual offenders, and other people who were considered lesser beings.

I am not saying that Donald Trump wants to exterminate anyone but, I will point out that while Hitler had an antisemitic point of view this view did not materialize into the “Final Solution” until about 1941, at about the time they attacked their former allies the Russians.

I will say this : the old adage about those who forget history being doomed to repeat it has some bearing.

The Untied States has never been a perfect nation.  It has done some things that were terrible..  Just ask Native Americans about the “Trail of Tears” along which the United States government forced several tribes of Native Americans, including the Cherokees, Seminoles, Chickasaws, Choctaws, and Creeks, to migrate to reservations west of the Mississippi River in the 1820s, 1830s, and 1840s. (Part of the above is a direct quote from Dictionary.com)

Think of Col. Custer from Little Big Horn who was killed, along with the 7th Cavalry when they began and attack on what they believe was small Indian village..  How the battle of Little Big Horn was won.  This is the story told from the perspective of the Native Americans who fought it.

Yes, this country, as it grew, did terrible things to the Native American but, we have grown since then.  While it is history we have learned the lessons and should not repeat them.

As a nation we like to believe that we stand with the oppressed.  We have defended Europe for years against the expansion of the soviets.  We have moved against terror, and we are in a war with terrorist..

We have principles that should not be considered as matters of convenience.

Our laws must be held firm, and not ignored.  The way we deal with people who violate us, or our laws, shows what kind of people we are.  When President Bush decided that the War on Terror meant they could implement torture his rational was that United States law did not apply out of the country.  I submit that the Uniform Code of Military Justice, a law passed by congress and signed by a president, which is a code of conduct for all Armed Forces, applies to our troops worldwide.

We might be at war with terrorist but, that does not mean we have to be terrorist ourselves, so Mr. Donald Trump..  The road to the gate pictured above has been traveled before, and we DO NOT want to go there.  Let us treat others by the way they act, and not because of who they are.

Radicals of any stripe can say stupid things.  That includes people like the Westboro Baptist Church, the Ku Klux Klan, and any other lunatic fringe group that preaches hate… and YOU, Donald Trump.  This is not the kind of conduct we want the leader of our nation to espouse.

In closing I would have to say “Here Mr. Trump is you sign”.

 

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

 

 

 

 

Party Platform? Is that anyway to vote?


Official photo of Florida Governor Charlie Crist
Official photo of Florida Governor Charlie Crist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I remember the old voting booths where there were a series of lever that you flipped over to denote who you wanted to vote for..  I also remember that there was, in the general election, a lever that you could use to vote for a strict party vote..

A candidates party affiliation is good for getting an idea of what the candidates views are.  If you agree with that candidate you should vote for them.  I just happen to believe that when you vote, your vote should be for the person you believe will be the best fit for that job.

So, what am I trying to say here?  Let me put it to you this way.

For the last several years it seem that the American budget talks are getting held hostage by party interest.  At one point they formed a 12 person committee that met with the President to decide what to do…  The committee came up with a number of suggestion and put a bill together that, with the agreement of President Obama, sailed through the House and died in the Senate when Harry Reid refused to bring it up for a vote…  He said the Republicans were to blame for him not even bringing it up for consideration, even though a Democrat President Obama had helped in its formation.

There are times like this when you can see that our politicians, who are supposed to Represent our interest, care less about the people than they do their party..

A couple of years ago, during the Florida Governor debates, Bill McCollum pretty much called Rick Scott a crook.  Then, once Scott had won the primary McCollum, cam out and endorsed him….  Did McCollum not believe Scott was a crook, or was he more interested in putting PARTY FIRST.

When the politicians are more interested in their parties agenda we have to remember that WE, the American People, are the ones that get screwed…..  If these people were more interested in doing what was right for the country, and not just their party, we would have a budget done EVERY year.

What WE need to do is get leaders into office and NOT PARTY FLUNKIES.

We are a Democracy because we elect our own crooks.  We are a Republic because we elect people who are supposed to represent OUR interest…  What we have been doing for a number of years seem to be putting the Party Flunkies into power.

We had a governor who was not afraid to side with the Democrats when he thought they were right.  The Republicans said he was not Republican enough, as he did not vote along strict party lines, and so he became an independent, and then a Democrat.  By some accounts Charlie Crist was an even more popular Governor than Jeb Bush.  As a Presently Registered Republican I would vote for Charlie Crist if he runs again.

What we need to do is find and nurture the kind of people who are willing to put the interest of the American people over the interest of their Party, and get rid of the PARTY FLUNKIES who have not been doing a good job of representing US.

Just an observation…


Official photographic portrait of US President...
Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I see that there is a new flap over who President Obama had picked for the presidential inauguration… It seems that his first choice, the Rev. Louie Giglio, has withdraw, very soon after he was picked..  Why you might ask?  Well it seems that, for some odd reason that may have something to do with the Bible, he thinks, or thought, that homosexuality was a SIN.

Is homosexuality a SIN?  It might be..  there have been more knowledgeable people than I who have said yes, or no.  Each groups seems to find some portion of the scriptures that seems to support their theory…

So I am going to look at this in another light..  People get their values from the Bible.  I have always been told that these values were personal values and that tolerance means that I should not try to force them onto others.

Our government, the United States of America, is set up so that our laws are, yes, based on what the personal values of the majority are.  They were not setup as supplemental material to the 10 commandments, or an enforcement of Biblical views.  If that were true we would still be closing stores on Sunday, would know what days to not eat certain meats, or still be stoning people for heresy.

What we do have is need to pass laws for the common good, for the protection of the weak, and yes, to codify certain standards that society has accepted through the ages, and yes, through the ages Marriage has been accepted as the union of one woman and one man.  Utah was told this when they wanted to become a state, which turned out to be convenient for Utah as, it was about this time that the leader of the Later Day Saints go a new message from on high that polygamy was indeed wrong, and so Utah was allowed to join the Union.

There are laws pass against thing like, murder, rape, theft, and others, that have less to do with the Bible then a need for a stable society.  Some law, based strictly on Biblical views have either been struck down, or just left unused.  Take the laws on sodomy.  When was the last time you hear of anyone getting charged with sodomy, or bring up the idea that homosexual couple would be in violation of these laws.  Some years ago, you might remember the T.V. show “West Wing” about the White House.  A couple of the junior staffer were to meet with military representatives to discus gays in the military.  When the military people pointed out that the president wasn’t really serious about this, as he had sent junior staffers, the staffers replied that as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces if the President said it was alright for Gays to be in the military then it was the way it was.  The Military people pointed out that the Uniformed Code of Military Justice outlawed Sodomy, and that since the UCMJ was in fact a law passed by congress THAT is what would have to be changed before gays would be allowed in the military.

So, where are we then…  Some of the rules laid down in the Bible, now we are talking about the Christian Bible, have fallen by the wayside as Society changes.  One of the few consistent views had been the make up of the family being headed by one man and one woman.  If that is to change, then maybe we should take another look at where society gets it’s values..  Maybe, once homosexual marriages are widely accepted and the taboo against that is broken we might want to look and see if the taboo against incest still stands.  For some people the idea of a brother and sister getting married might not be as extreme as two men, or two women.

Final thought..  if an anti-gay preacher is unacceptable, then maybe we might look at having another type of priest do the benediction..  Maybe a Native American Sharman, or a Taoist Monk, or even a, wait for this…

VooDoo Priest.

Thanks,

That Joe Guy.

 

 

Is there Truth in Politics?


 

In all fairness I will  have to admit, again, that I am a registered Republican but, I would also have to say that I am not real happy with either party.

In an earlier post I quoted a man who said that Florida was one of the most corrupt states in the Union.  He wasn’t talking about the people he was referring to out Politicians….Check out my article titled Florida is #1 in corrupt Government?

As we head into the vote for out next President, President Obama or Gov. Romney, I tend to not trust any of what they say.  To give you an example, in the second presidential debate Romney points out that Obama’s administration could not claim credit for increases in oil production as most if the increase took place on private land and that the production on public lands actually decreased due to Obama wiping out a percentage of the permits to drill..  He said this resulted in a %14 drop in production…  There was an argument over this as Romney tried to get Obama to admit he cut the number of permits, and therefor decreased the production.  Obama replied that what they did was take away the leases from companies who had the leases for public lands but, were not using them.  This brings me to my question : if you only cut out the companies that were NOT producing, then where does the %14 drop come from?

The Democratic Party of Florida recently sent us a political mailer that announced Vern Buchanan to be the “most corrupt politician in America“.  Really?  They point out the number of investigations that had targeted him, though none have, so far, found anything.

Now that is interesting. Are they saying that an investigation, no matter how unprovable, is more damning than a actually conviction, and that he is more corrupt, even though they can’t show corruption, then those people who have been convicted?  Does the “innocent until proven guilty” only apply to Democrats?

Sure Vern in a public figure and they can report that he is under investigations by some agency but, with no charges made, or likely to be made since most of the people who investigated him said they could NOT find any proof, wouldn’t an accusation such this be considered as libelous?

As a voter I get tired of these accusation that led nowhere about incidents that happen sometime in the past and suddenly become important just before an election.  Politics is not only annoying but it is getting downright mean..

When Bill McCollum debated Rick Scott in Miami he did everything but call him a crook, then he went on to support him for Governor.  This, to me, is proof that in politics today their support for the party is more important than their duty to the voters, and I don’t see that as a problem with just the Republicans.  If Bill McCullom really thought that Rick Scott was that much of a crook, and so should NOT be our Governor, then why didn’t he either refuse to support him, or support the best person even from the other party?

I don’t think that truth can be found in politics, or politicians, and it is up to us to weed through the abundant lies to find the REAL truth.

I always remember a quote from an economics professor who said “figures don’t lie but, liars figure”.  The other saying I always liked what in the form of a question.  How can you tell when a politician is lying?  His lips are moving…

The people you vote for will not only have an effect, in some way, on you but, they will represent you, so the next time you look in the mirror see if you can see him there.

Thank you,

That Joe Guy.

 

So What?


Originally I was planning to make a post about Connie Mack IV, and the Democratic ads about his possible history of bar fights and road rage…  These incidents were to have taken place something like 20 years ago, and people do change so, maybe there is nothing to worry about.  Not that I was planning to lose any sleep over it.

I just bring it up so we can look at this supposed history, there are two sides to every conflict, to diced if this is the kind of person we want to give power to…  any power.

 

No, today I just wanted to put in a short word about the Republican National Conference’s reaction, which was to put out a counter ad that pointed out that Bill Nelson’s son had an arrest record…  So what?

My question is : if we are expected to be so sensitive about Bill Nelson’s son’s history then , why would the ever expect us to vote for Connie Mack IV who has a history himself?

Are they trying to convince us that the son’s actions reflect how Bill Nelson raised him, or that, maybe, the son’s actions will effect the father?

I just don’t happen to see the relevance.

Thank you,

That Joe Guy.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, of Florida.
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, of Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)