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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Are We Facing an Election Apocalypse 2016?

 “…normalizing the abnormal causes the spirit,
which would normally leap to correct the situation,
to instead sink into ennui, complacency, and eventually…blindness.”
-- Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés in Women Who Run With the Wolves

I'm really not a very politically focused person.  Politics tend to sadden and upset me because I see so much corruption and abuse in that system; therefore, I try to avoid the topic as much as possible.  However, the impending election less than a month away and the responses of our general populace have me doing a whole lot of soul searching and hard thinking.  

Last Friday morning, I woke up with more election thoughts running rampant through my head.  The thoughts were of the insane phenomenon I am witnessing and the wish that others would also take notice and rise up against it.  At the same time, I was reminded we are all so very unique with different ways of viewing things and understood my perception of the current state of affairs can greatly differ from someone else's.  Yet, I have this blog and will continue to write about important topics and offer different ideas and viewpoints that may bring people to rethink before blindly following the masses in any area of life.  While I share this point of view reluctantly, I also feel an extremely urgent leading to do so.  

The American people are being cleverly manipulated, duped, and bullied by the two major political parties and by the media.  

Ouch!  That hits me like a ton of bricks.  

The American people are responding to all the pre-election insanity by behaving like Democratic or Republican political party and media zombies.  I am so very saddened by the resignation of the people to forgo taking a hard look at and considering *ALL* the presidential candidates in order to elect the best one for the country's well-being as a whole (regardless of their party affiliation).  Instead, the general populace is choosing to vote for one of the two most publicized candidates simply because it is what the masses do.  The masses do this for any number of reasons:

1) To support a political party line because that's what they or their family have always done, and they hate the other party
2) Unwillingness to take the time to do extensive research about all the candidates and all the issues at stake in order to vote most wisely and for the best candidate
3) Feeling forced or resigned to vote for one of two major party candidates they deem least evil so the other candidate does not win
4) Erroneously convinced their one vote is not meaningful enough to bring the real change that is so desperately needed
5) Deceived thinking the government is in charge of solving all our problems and should provide everything for us as handouts or entitlements
6) Considering only their personal comfort (how the policies will affect them personally) without regard to the country's well-being as a whole

7) Distraction from what really matters by the actions of the media circus and the ridiculous character attacks between the two major candidates
8) FEAR of what *may* happen (Facing Elections And Resigning to vote with the masses)
9) Being swayed by any or all of the above

Sometimes there’s strength in numbers…and sometimes, there’s a 
great weakness in numbers which ultimately leads to a destructive mob mentality.

you have done personal research on all the candidates,

* you know everything there can be known about all of them: their stand on *all* the issues, their track record in actions and behavior, and their overall character, and

you are at complete peace with all of the factors regarding your preferred candidate and truly believe in him/her to lead this country…

THEN, by all means, vote for your candidate!  

But if any of the nine points I listed earlier are possibly driving how you cast your vote, then you owe it to yourself, your children and grandchildren, and to your fellow Americans to reconsider.

Strength and greatness are brought about one bold and courageous person at a time and they cannot come about if no one is willing to take a risk for bringing them to fruition.  There is an expansive canyon between expressing the desire for something and actually taking the necessary steps to achieve it.  The most stunning and meaningful events which have made history in any country, especially our own, began with just a handful of people who refused to continue to be intimidated by corrupt and excessive power and declared "No more!".   Those people and their brave actions were the driving force that took down abusive power, made the history books, and left legacies.  Most of us read of these stories and applaud those who bravely and sacrificially stood up and fought for change, while at the same time we refuse to acknowledge our own weakness and unwillingness to do the same.  We are quick to complain about the sad state of affairs in our country and in our government and how "We're Screwed 2016" forgetting that if we are screwed, it is because we are allowing ourselves to be screwed.  The two major political candidates did not get to where they are on their own.  Everyone, along with the two major political parties, has had a responsibility in the course of events.

How can the American people stand by and be strategically bullied and manipulated into choosing one of the two major party candidates and neglect altogether the possibility of a better choice?  

Surely as a self-proclaimed free nation, we have more free thinkers who will boldly step forward and are willing to vote most wisely and intelligently?  

Or have we resigned ourselves to walk to the election booths like catatonic zombie masses in an Election Apocalypse 2016 and vote as well-behaved Democrat or Republican children should?   

Are we resigned to behaving like zombie voters and voting for a candidate we can hardly believe in?  

Corrupt and abusive people in power and government deviously exercise control over the people by:

Ø  Promising big government actions that may sound great for you personally but will ultimately bring a greater demise to the country and its people as a whole, for these people are considering their self-interest and self-promotion more than the welfare of you and the country.  

Ø  Belittling the necessary requirement that, for this nation to be led successfully and continue to be great, it is of the utmost importance we choose a person of moral, honorable, and reputable character who truly cares for the people.

Ø  Counting on getting the votes of uninformed and uninterested mass voters who are easily swayed by deception and propaganda.

Ø  Convincing you that you are in total control of choosing who is elected into office, when actually you are far from it!  The two major parties and their media are quite strategically guiding the thinking of the masses and doing a damn good job convincing them that there is no other better choice.  They are making a joke and a mockery out of our election process and of the people of the United States of America.  

What an immense and devastating loss for the people of this nation to continue to allow this travesty to carry on!  

How can true and great change ever come about if none of us are willing to step forward, declare “Enough is enough!”, and refuse to be manipulated like this any longer?!

I totally understand being part of the zombie mass voter mentality because I have been there in the past.  I confess my own guilt casting my vote based on many of the nine reasons I listed earlier.  However, the time has come when I have had more than enough of the current madness and decided to break away from following the majority. 

I am following my research, conscience, intelligence, and earnest desire for this nation to be led by someone who truly cares for it and its people.  For the first time, I will be voting outside of the two major party lines, and this will be the most educated and most free vote I will cast thus far in any presidential election.  

Our Democratic Republic system of government was not created for the elevation and domination of any political party.  The founding fathers designed an election process to give voice to the common people in order that the United States of America has a government that is BY the people and FOR the people.  That type of government is a mirage and does not truly exist if we are uneducated voters, our votes lie with allegiance to a political party, or because we are fearful of doing what is right and instead choose to follow the masses.  I am afraid that due to deception, manipulation, and lack of education what we have going on now is a government dictated BY the major parties and their media and FOR those who have the best tricks up their sleeves.

I have been reading about and watching interviews of Evan McMullin (Independent candidate).  What a reasonable, intelligent, and respectable presidential candidate he makes!  What a breath of fresh air and of true hope to find in him a candidate who does not appear to have a personal agenda of power and control but instead sincerely has this country's best interest at heart.  I see Evan McMullin as a person who is not only willing to take a huge risk for the greater good but also as a presidential candidate who is for this country and all of its people.  As of today, Evan's name is on many state ballots or can be written in.  Yes, you can write his name in!  If you would like to get to know him better before casting your final vote, please visit his site or check out some of his interviews on YouTube. 

If you are thinking there is no possible way Evan could win this election, would you please take a moment to read the article: You’ll Never Win.  Evan could become president by robbing Hillary and Trump of the mandatory electoral votes to win the presidency and sending the decision to the House of Representatives.  This type of scenario occurred in the election of 1824 when John Quincy Adams was elected president.  

To learn more about all the current presidential candidates and how your beliefs align with each one of them, check out the very helpful site

It is still not too late learn all the facts about every candidate, make your voice heard, and make a difference in the outcome of this election until after the polls have closed on Tuesday, November 9th.

God help us all.

Do not fail to do what is right in order to benefit only yourself.  Too often our decisions are tied into self-preservation relating to our own emotional or physical comfort or our reputation. Do not make a choice merely based on what's right to save yourself. Choose to do what is right. Period. It's difficult to do, but carries a much more powerful long-term value.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Eeny Meeny Miny Moe...Who is Going to Get Our Vote?

As this presidential election looms before the people of the United States of America, we find ourselves eyes wide open, staring like a deer in the headlights.  The choice set before us is certainly a difficult one to make.  Our nation has strayed from the long ago established ideal that the presidential office should be held by a person of integrity, honesty, and respect and who is by the people and for the people. 

Where is the candidate who has sincere regard for the well-being of our nation as a whole and for the people as a whole? 

Where is the presidential candidate with the character worthy of leading our Democratic Republic into the future? 

Regrettably, election into the office of the US presidency has turned into a ridiculous charade of who has the most money, cronies, influence, media, and power to be elected. All without regard to any highly questionable acts this person has done in the past against the people or the nation.  The founding fathers did not have this absurdity in mind when they worked tirelessly to set up an intricate system which would prevent corrupt power from overtaking and destroying our nation.

We the people have the responsibility to ensure that this charade does not carry on.  Through the power of our votes, we have been given an opportunity and a voice to speak out against such abuses of our government and election process. 

Voting for our elected officials must be a matter of conscience and wisdom.  It cannot be a matter of emotion and self-service.  If we truly want our nation to be great, we must vote on the principle of our nation’s well-being as a whole instead of purely on the weakness of our personal interest and comfort. 

We cannot vote for a candidate based on hearsay, or the type of media coverage they have received, or because one of the many issues they stand for may not be of our preference. 

It is imperative we make a wise voting decision stemming from our educated cognizance and intelligence! It is our responsibility to take our vote with immense seriousness if we desire this country to be great and to continue to be the land of opportunity, of the free and the brave.

We cannot allow ourselves to be tossed and shaken by the media and the bickering and slandering between the candidates.

We cannot continue to find ourselves wringing our hands with anxiety and frustration, feeling forced to vote for a candidate whose character we cannot stand simply to ensure the other candidate does not win.  This is not the way the power of our vote was intended to be used.  Our democratic process was not established in order for us to be doomed to choose a candidate we abhor simply to keep the one we abhor even more from gaining office.  This does not sound anything like a government which professes to be for the people and by the people.   

I have no reasonable explanation for the choice of candidates that stand before us.  Their characters are equally without blemish and lacking.  Frankly, I find myself at a loss as to how we have arrived at such a state of affairs. However, I still believe We the People of the United States can make a difference with our vote if we will have our entire nation’s best interest at heart and take the time to educate ourselves about the issues at hand. 

Before exercising the power of our vote, we must understand who the candidates are, what they believe in, the actions they plan to take, and if they truly intend to lead in a way that represents the people of this country instead of their personal agenda.  Did you know that there are *five* people running for the presidency?  If we have not done our homework and personal research, we cannot assume we already know everything we should in order to vote most wisely.  Our friends’ Facebook posts, the media, and campaign advertisements must not be our educational standard.  For if they are, we have cast our vote based on the ideals of others instead of making our own voice heard.  We cannot allow other people to influence us in how to cast our vote.

In all the political madness, how can we know who we should vote for and how do we sift out all the public’s bias to get a real understanding of where a candidate stands on the primary issues?

I recommend starting with making use of the website  This website has done a fairly decent job of taking you through a quiz asking you where you stand on the nation’s primary issues.  Upon completion of the quiz, your answers will be compared with the candidates.  It will list the candidates in the order in which you agree with them on the most issues.  The quiz results can also show how you and a candidate compare on each particular matter.  While this quiz may have its limitations, I find it is a very helpful place to get started in getting to know with which candidates you have the most ideas in common.

After taking the quiz, I recommend Googling “best ways to research the issues and positions of political candidates”.  Use the information from the non-profit and non-partisan websites listed.  Those websites offer tons of information on how to judge a candidate and the candidates’ current stand on important national issues.  Some of the sites even provide information on how the candidates have voted or spoken about the issues in the past.  It is important to not only listen to what a candidate is saying now while they are trying to gain public support and become elected but even more important to consider their overall character, political behavior, and ideas and actions of the past.  It is a candidate’s track record which will speak more truthfully than whatever they are stating now in order to gain our support and our vote.

May We the People of the United States always remember and never ever forget that our government is not our salvation or a magical solution to our difficulties.  We must take responsibility for our country, for ourselves, for our actions, and for the deeds we plant each and every day.  May We the People of the United States take to heart that each and every one of us has a very important role to play in making this country a great one.  It is not someone else’s job.  It is all of ours!  Let us not support those who promise us strength and greatness if they do not have the character or ability to make good on those promises.  Let us not grant our votes to those who have lies or animosity pouring out of their lips.  How can we possibly be a great nation if we are being led by those whose hearts are full of deceit and hatred and if our own hearts are filled with the same?  May our honorable actions speak louder than our words.

For our country’s sake, may the best candidate receive our most educated vote!  And may God help and bless America.

Please note that as of this writing, the five candidates running for president are:

Hillary Clinton (Democrat)
Gary Johnson (Libertarian)
Evan McMullin (Independent)
Donald Trump (Republican)
Jill Stein (Green Party)

Evan McMullin is a late runner (coming onto the presidential scene in August),  and may or may not be listed on a state ballot.  He can be voted on by writing his name in.  He is also not listed on any of the websites which compare the candidates.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Book Review - When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes AirWhen Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a treasure of a book! I'm so glad I read it and let it touch my heart.
The author, a neurosurgeon resident, wrote this book as he battled terminal illness with lung cancer. Paul Kalanithi shares some of his personal life experiences and his questions relating to the meaning of life and the human struggle with death. His wife's epilogue brought me the most tears.

My favorite excerpts:

pg. 98 - " taking up another's cross, one must sometimes get crushed by the weight."

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

What is Truth

What is truth?  

Is truth simply the opposite of a lie?  I don’t think so.  

I am not writing on the topic of truth to expound on how telling a truth versus telling a lie.  I think that would only cause us to go round and round with reaching the heart of the matter.  My goal is to delve deeper and address the differences between subjective and objective truth.  I have reached the conclusion that truth tends to be more subjective rather than objective, especially regarding the topics of God or religious belief, humanity, and the origin of all that exists.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Belief and Faith Propel Us Toward Success

I am currently reading the book The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.  Harold is a retired man whose life and marriage are lifeless.  On the day he receives a letter from an old friend who is dying of cancer, Harold finds himself unintentionally deciding to walk over 500 miles to visit her and give his regards in person.  He embarks on this journey unprepared in every way and without any necessary supplies.  As Harold walks miles and miles, he encounters all sorts of different people, and these encounters bring about a change in Harold’s character, beliefs, and ideas.