What is your interest my friend ?

A Response to a Request by mubarak_h

January 12, 2010

Thank you for your request, although while I am not sure exactly what your are looking for in terms of a response I will give this my best shot.

The simple answer to this request is that my main interest, passion if you will, is my family. My wonderful wife and four children are what give the greatest joy to my life. If I can borrow and paraphrase the late Sir Winston Churchill's comment concerning his feeling toward his wife, I can honestly say that I met and married my beautiful Bella and lived happily ever after! That about sums up my feelings for my better half.

As to other interests, my choices are broad and eclectic as can be seen from the range of topics that I write on for HubPages.

Having dinner with my Bella
Having dinner with my Bella
A Boat Ride on the Panama Canal
A Boat Ride on the Panama Canal

I Have Always Enjoyed Traveling

I have always enjoyed traveling and the experience of seeing new places and meeting new people. In fact I finally found time to write this response to your request while vacationing, during the break in teaching between semesters, on a Caribbean cruise with my wife.

We are enjoying ourselves on a beautiful ship, actually a seagoing resort, carrying over 2,000 passengers from North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia, and run by a captain and crew consisting of close to 1,000 of the nicest people in the world and recruited from practically every nation in the world.

The passengers are just as nice and we have met and enjoyed the company of a number of different people.


Castillo de San Marcos - The Old Spanish Fort overlooking bay in St Augustine, Florida
Castillo de San Marcos - The Old Spanish Fort overlooking bay in St Augustine, Florida

History is Always a Fascinating Subject

History is another favorite of mine. I was first introduced to history by my Father who was of the opinion that history is, at its heart, a story to be told and enjoyed. I have read and enjoyed history since my Father first fired my interest when I was a young child.

It is easy to tie history to travel because travel not only gives one a chance visit historic places they have read about but also exposes one to new places and a desire to learn its past.

With ATM Machines everywhere, one doesn't need to carry a lot of money when traveling.
With ATM Machines everywhere, one doesn't need to carry a lot of money when traveling.

Then there is Finance

Finance is not only a useful skill for managing and using money but can be a fascinating subject as well.

Of course it didn't hurt that my Father was a banker his whole career and he and my Mother had met while both were working at the same bank. One of my grandmothers had also worked in banking as had my grandfather (her husband) who had died shortly after my Mother was born. My other grandfather, who had also died before I was born, had been an investment and insurance salesman.

Of course, having all of these financial people in my family didn't mean we were rich – they handled other people's money but, like me, focused their passion and energy on their families rather than the acquisition of wealth which meant that I have had to work for a living as well.

Adam Smith the Father of Modern Economics (public domain image courtesy of WikiPedia.org  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AdamSmith.jpg  )
Adam Smith the Father of Modern Economics (public domain image courtesy of WikiPedia.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AdamSmith.jpg )

I Discovered Economics in College

In college I discovered economics and enjoyed it so much that I decided to major in it as well as in history.

Economic history, which I have learned to enjoy, is a bridge between the two but the real appeal of economics while in college, in addition to enjoying it, was that it offered better career prospects than history

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, third President of the United States and staunch defender of individual liberty. (public domain photo courtesy of WikiPedia.org   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:T_Jefferson_by_Charles_Wi
Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, third President of the United States and staunch defender of individual liberty. (public domain photo courtesy of WikiPedia.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:T_Jefferson_by_Charles_Wi
TEA Party Movement - "Taxed Enough Already"
TEA Party Movement - "Taxed Enough Already"
President Ronald Reagan (Public domain photo courtesy of WikiPedia.org  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Official_Portrait_of_President_Reagan_1981.jpg )
President Ronald Reagan (Public domain photo courtesy of WikiPedia.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Official_Portrait_of_President_Reagan_1981.jpg )

Politics and Freedom

Politics is another area of interest as can be seen in some of my Hubs.  Being closely related to both history and economics as well something that was frequently discussed and debated around the dinner table when I was growing up. 

Of course, while I have very strong political views, I have always tried to follow my Father's advice to never discuss politics or religion unless I am sure that the other person either shares my views or is like me and tolerant enough to allow others to hold different views even if those views are incorrect.

While I am a registered Republican, I no longer call myself a Republican, preferring instead to refer to my views as libertarian or conservative.  My passion, second only to my family, is freedom and, like Thomas Jefferson, I tend to view government as a necessary evil  which, while needed, is best kept as small and weak as possible.

I am opposed to big government because the excessive rules, most of which are designed to guaranty special privileges for special interest groups at the expense of the rest of us, and the high taxes which limit our ability to make our own decisions and provide for ourselves.

One cannot exercise political freedom without economic freedom.  This has been amply demonstrated in totalitarian states where the press retains the right to publish what they want but, with the government controlling the economy, newspapers that print stories unfavorable to the government soon find that they cannot buy newsprint.  The same is true for other things so that people soon learn that, in order to survive, they have to bend to the will of those in power.  Thus, without the freedoms provided by the free market, political freedom often exists in theory only.

As I have pointed out in some of my economic articles, removing the dead hand of government from the economy of a nation always results in economic progress and rising prosperity for all.

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Below are links to some of my Hubs which, if you haven't read them, should give you more insight into my interests.

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Sun360 5 years ago

Funny but very interesting article which i so much enjoyed reading from, thanks for sharing.


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Chuck 6 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

shareitt - I don't know if I have a specific favorite place. Santa Fe is a beautiful place and near Tucson where I live. The Italian Alps are nice as is Bermuda. There are a number of places I enjoy and would like to return to.

As to my objective, other than occasional business travel, all of my travel is for vacation which is for relaxation but I enjoy seeing the sights, including but not exclusively, historical ones. Basically, when my wife and I travel it is to relax and enjoy the different attractions the area has to offer. If there are sites of historical interest in the area I usually manage to drag my wife to see them with me just as she drags me to the shops with her.


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stephensaldana 6 years ago from Chicago

The article can be regarded as one of the most intriguing article. I have got great love for economics. The comparative display of the subject is simply effortlessly-classic. I enjoyed the whole text, to my fullest. Thanks a lot for your Endeavour.


jishulkn78 6 years ago

nothing special.i thank to hub.


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shareitt 6 years ago

Chuck, I see you like a variety of things-enjoyed this hub, however I wondering if you could tell me, since you like travel, where is your favorite place to visit, and do you go there to relax or study the history? ;>


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PNEUMONIAexpert 6 years ago

Nice! Dudes!


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bobmnu 6 years ago from Cumberland

Another good hub. Keep up the good work. Family is very important and it sounds like Bella is your wife and best friend. That is great.


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jtstunner 6 years ago

Nice Hub


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

A very well put togetheer Hub! You seem to be blessed and know that you are blessed. I am on the same page with you politically. Thank you for a wonderful hub.


jameelslic 6 years ago

The greatest blessing after Emaan (Faith) is said to be a good wife .Its really so. I bet. A good wife makes your house a piece of heaven on the earth in deed. May God bless us all.Amen.


jadykhan 6 years ago

good morning hub owner...

thanks for making one of this sites...

i like making money with an effort and responsibility...coz i think money is not just falling from the sky, u have to work for it, drink with it, eat with it, sleep with it...

I'm a college student... a 2nd year year BS nursing student...

no matter it takes for me, i have put FAITH in everything i do...

i love to be a member in HUB PAGES!


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vannarith 6 years ago

Thz for this hub's owner. Honestly, in my free time i love surfing online especially, wallpaper blog same like this one http://www.3dwallpaperdownload.blogspot.com/


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

We all change so much as the years grow us up...I am so grown up, I think I am now starting to go the other way. I enjoyed your hub very much, and it is a pause of thought for each of us. Your family will always be there for you and that is the grounding we all need. The rest is just stuff we say and do, don't you agree.


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Chuck 6 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Paradise7 - Thank you for your kind remarks and for following my Hubs.

Chuck


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Chuck 6 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Mortgagestar1 - thanks for your comments.

I couldn't agree with you more about the Republicans and how they keep blowing their chances. They have become masters of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Thanks again,

Chuck


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Ah, good answer! I enjoyed reading a little more about you, personally, as I've been following your hubs for quite some time now. I liked the pics of you and your lovely wife on vac. Thank you!


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Mortgagestar1 6 years ago from Weirton,West Virginia

Interesting how the Independents are now the largest single national voting block. In my youth I was a liberal Democrat then became a conservative Republican under Reagan. After the Republicans became Democrats in the 2000 decade, I became an Independent Conservative in the spirit of Thomas Paine. I do not trust either major party as they are political prostitutes.

The McCain-Fiengold Bill destroyed a third party chance of ever being recognized and it solidified my belief of the Republicrat monolithic party of " in bed " corruption. I left the presidential ballot of 2008 blank.

The Reublicans blew thier chance and until they return to Reagan's vision, they will be THE minority party. People like Steve Schmidt is our modern day Nixonian John Dean and is damaging the party beyond recognition.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas

Very nice interesting hub. Thank you for sharing your life with us.


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ocbill 6 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

I agree. what a very nice hub and shows you how life can be enjoyable and happy which is the case mst of the time you travel.


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Chuck 6 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Springboard - thanks for visiting my Hub and for your comments.

I have been a lifelong Republican but, other than Ronald Reagan, I have usually voted for them as the lesser of two evils. While I have admired both former President George W. Bush as a decent and honorable man and think that he did a good job in responding to the 9/11 attack. However, his "compassionate conservatism" was just big government conservatism and the irresponsible spending by the last Republican Congress was a disgrace.

His father, former President George H.W. Bush was also a decent man whom I respected and voted for (as I did for his son) but his breaking his promise about not raising taxes was a great disappointment given that he showed himself just another politician at heart.

Ironically, the Democratic Party, which was started by Thomas Jefferson, was the original small government party and the Republicans began as the heirs to the Whigs and Federalists who were the big government opponents of the Democrats. It wasn't until the 20th century when the Progressives took over the Democratic Party and drove it to the left of the Republicans. And, except for Calvin Coolidge, until Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan the Republican party was not much different than the pre-Thatcher Conservative (Tory) party in Great Britain which was basically a low calorie version of the Labor Party.

Again, thanks for visiting and commenting.

Chuck


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

This was a lovely hub and it is nice you shared so much of your personal history. Your wife is lovely and I'm sure the cruise was wonderful. It is one of my favorite things to do. I agree with your views on the government. It is too big and still growing!


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

It's funny you mention you've sort of gone (maybe you didn't say sort of) libertarian. I've heard many conservatives make that claim. I am a registered, card carrying republican, and I DO call myself a republican, though I find myself at odds with the party of late. But it's not the platform that is my issue with the party these days, it's the breaking away from those ideals that made up the republican party by the current leadership, and those who call themselves republican. I mean, we had a liberal republican as our nominee for crying out loud.

Time to get back to the principles that made this party great throughout the ages or else we'll lose the foundations.

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