Ronald Reagan - The Actor In The White House

President Ronald Reagan.

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Ronald Reagan

Now that the United States of America is economically less powerful than it once was - many of our citizens look back to a time when the US was thought to be more strong with longing and far away eyes. Some put forth the notion that America was strongest during the years when Ronald Reagan sat in the White House up in Washington, DC - and wish for yesteryear. Some even say that Ronald Reagan was the greatest of all American Presidents. I couldn't disagree more with THAT notion, but surely Ronald Reagan meant a lot to America, and possibly even more to the rest of the world.

Emotions such as fear play a powerful role in human behaviours, and fear goes a long ways towards colouring our memories. As a child during the years of Ronald Reagan's reign in the White House, I recall the fear of nuclear holocaust that was a very real fear. I recall our never ending fear that the Soviet Union would overtake us, destroy us, and all that was sacred. Ronald Reagan, an imperfect man as the rest, led us through a lot of those kinds of years, and should be commended, I think, for getting us all to the other side.

A Young And Athletic Ronald Reagan

Young Ronald Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in a second floor apartment building in Tampico, Illinois, on February the sixth day, in 1911. John F. Kennedy was the first Irish American Catholic to become a United States President, but Ronald Reagan's family was also Irish and Catholic when they'd arrived on these shores. His father was a bit of a storyteller - and Ronald, of course, would also become an entertainer. His father would assign him the nickname Dutch early on in life, and the nickname would stick.

Early on in life Ronald Reagan developed a keen sense of optimism for the human race - he truly believed that persons one and all had goodness within them, and also, Ronald as a boy stood out for his dislike of racism towards black Americans. The Inn in the town of Dixon, where the Reagan family had moved would not allow blacks to stay in there, and so young Ronald would sometimes invite travelling families of the "wrong" skin colour to his home for the night, and his mother would also make them breakfast in the mornings.

Ronald Reagan attended the public schools in Dixon, and after graduation got his first job as a lifeguard, where legend has it her saved seventy seven individuals from drowning in the Rock River. I can't help but imagine that there have been very few US Presidents with those sorts of accolades and heroics at such a young age. Ronald would attend Eureka College, and there he would excel at virtually any and everything, especially, he was very socially adept, and a natural leader. Big and strong, athletic and daring, good looking and charming - Ronald Reagan was destined for greatness!

Ronald Reagan - Radio and Film Star!

Ronald Reagan In Kings Row.

Ronald Reagan - A Young Star!

Radio and film were the mediums of entertainment that the wise were seeking to use toward's their art, and that is what Ronald Reagan did, and after graduating from Eureka College, he was hired by the University of Iowa to broadcast football games. Please do note that most persons doing that kind of job are rather a lot older than a fresh college graduate. Ronald was paid ten dollars per game, and his play by play accounts of the goings on within football games was his speciality.

Athletic, intelligent, and photogenic - Ronald Reagan was too much to be kept in radio, and soon he'd break into the B movie films in Hollywood, California. Soon Ronald would acquire his second major nickname, the Gipper, from the film Knute Rockne, All American; Ronald would always consider the film Kings Row as the film that made him a star, but he'd never bring his acting to where he'd have then wished, he was called in for military service for the second world war. Near-sighted, Ronald Reagan didn't serve overseas in the real danger zones, but he did the best that he could have done, and would have done all that was asked of him had his sight have been that of the rest of us.

Following the second world war, Ronald Reagan moved up the ranks within the Screen Actor's Guild, he was forever liked, and a natural leader through and through. I do believe, however, that in time history will vilify the actions of Ronald Reagan in regards to his decisions to turn over the names to the FBI, of actors he "believed to be communist." Of course this might not be fair - as the threat of war with Soviet Russia was a very frightening thing, and a very real possibility. Certainly, Ronald Reagan was an anti communist from the start.

Ronald And Nancy Reagan

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Ronald And Nancy Reagan - Eternal Love

Nancy Reagan, born Nancy Davis, was not the first woman that Ronald Reagan would marry - first he was married to Jane Wyman - and he and Jane would have two children. Jane was rather averse to political aspirations in her mate, and so they divorced. Ronald met Nancy in a rather strange way - she'd contacted him due to his position in the Screen Actor's Guild, and the issue was that Nancy, future First Lady of the United States of America - was listed as a communist in the guild.

"I don't know if it was exactly love at first sight, but it was pretty close." Nancy Reagan

For certain, there will never come the day when it is said that Ronald and Nancy Reagan were not deeply in love with one another - until their separation at the death of the late President. They were devoted to each other, and despite Ronald having been previously married, the man couldn't be questioned in politics regarding his devotion to his second wife, and their family. Ronald Reagan didn't just talk old fashioned values, he walked it.

Oh we will certainly criticize Ronald Reagan - Ron was a great man, and he was a powerful man, and he presided over much evil, but one thing I'll not go for is degrading what was clearly a timeless love affair - not some transient thing. Nancy Reagan was a great woman too, also very flawed, but a wife that cared for her husband long after he was able to care for himself. Women are naturals at nurturing, and how fitting it is that they should live longer than most men - sad is he who is old and alone without a woman to look after him.

Ronald Reagan Governor Of California

Ronald Reagan Goes Into Politics.

Despite some early on in childhood proof that Ronald Reagan was, indeed, against racism, the opposite of the truth is often what is called "truth." Ronald Reagan, man of principle believed in freedom of choice. Let us face some hard facts, people - no one can force another person into NOT being a racist. No one can force another person into doing what another person or the majority of persons think of as "the right thing to do."

So folks sometimes recall Reagan as a racist - those persons, whatever their race - are very small minds, and likely - idiots tied to the Democratic party line - willing to believe always what the charade of the two party paradigm tells them is the truth. Ronald Reagan, damned near a prophet, had the following to say about socialism - little did he know what kind of America there would be today in 2012:

"we will awake to find that we have so­cialism. And if you don't do this, and if I don't do it, one of these days, you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children's children, what it once was like in America when men were free."

,,,and...

"You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream – the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order – or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism."

...and most notably...

"if an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or renting his house, it is his right to do so."

Only a fool could read the above and see racism - what is evident is the very sound and logical notion proved throughout history millions of times - a person can not be forced into doing the right thing, and neither does legislating morality work...EVER. Ronald Reagan, however was hypocritical in his political philosophy - he did indeed seek to legislate persons into his own version of morality, and of course the stupidest era of the war on drugs to date, was entirely a result of Ronald Reagan legislation.

In 1967 Ronald would become the Governor of California - one of the most powerful, prosperous, and populated states in the union, and he'd remain Governor of California until 1975. As Governor of California, Ronald Reagan was more than a bit insensitive in a number of regards - perhaps high office and long term fame had insulated him, and made him feel like an elite human being - tall and good looking, talented and successful, Ronald Reagan probably never was able to have empathy for the poor, and why should he?

As an American celebrity, it was never encouraged that one should care about morality or ethics in any way. Attempts to recall Reagan as Governor failed in 1968, he was re-elected in 1970. A supporter of the Death Penalty, Ronald Reagan clearly showed how he could empathize with persons that he'd shared experiences with. Screw anyone charged with murder, - let them die! Ronald Reagan signed a decent bit of legislation, the Family Law Act which was the first no fault divorce legislation in the United States - times constantly change, but persons that frivolously marry in their youth, Reagan could empathize with those.

Ronald Reagan Sworn In As President Of The United States Of America.

President Ronald Reagan

Though Ronald Reagan would run for president in 1976, he failed. In 1980 - he succeeded in winning not only the Republican nomination for presidency, but also the job, the White House, the big seat in the charade of American Politics. Another bitch for David Rockefeller, as all US Presidents have been following the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Reagan did provide a figurehead, a bit of a symbol for Americans lost in the television sets in their living rooms to look towards for leadership.

Though he'd lead America in figure through the cold war, and out of it - he'd also perpetuate the hideous notion of trickle down economics, the single most Orwellian notion that an idiot ever believed was true. Even worse, and probably not by choice, he perpetuated the Bush family of satanic theosophist into the following administration,and by virtue of George H.W. Bush's son, George W. Bush, the worst United States presidential administration in history. Worse still, the continuing Bush dynamic that Reagan brought to the world, put Dick Cheney, the most evil, perhaps, of them all into a position of greater profit and power.

In office Ronald and Nancy Reagan made permanent enemies of common sense, and human decency - they made war on the American people, and increased the efforts of idiotic and unscrupulous Richard Nixon, towards locking up the poor in the "war on drugs." Ronald Reagan saw nothing wrong with his actions, he'd no ability to imagine other person's lives or struggles, and wasn't intelligent enough a man to see that by increasing prohibition efforts, he increased also the desire for drugs, the market for drugs, and the profit made from selling drugs. Reagan wasn't an intelligent man, or perhaps he was - and did all these things for more devious and evil reasons.

Unable to empathize with humanity, and with no concept of human decency - Ronald Reagan thought the idiotic notion that should an individual be born within the US borders, that he was then a superior individual - an individual that should be granted more rights, more respect, and more wealth than an individual that crossed the Mexican border in order to find work, and feed his or her children. Ronald Reagan never had to worry about such things - so his small mind, and weak intellect honoured the human construct of the USA, and the stupid notion that US Citizens deserved more for ...being born in the right place.

From 1980 to 1989 Ronald Reagan presided over the USA, and then he, a very old figurehead of the charade of American politics, retired from it all. In August 1994, at the age of 83, Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, his equally flawed but very human and dignified wife cared for him until the end, and for some, he'll always be remembered as the "greatest" US President - some are always ignorant, and some are always stuck in their inherent notions embedded into their minds from youth, and they are unable to outgrow them. Forgive them, and forgive Ronald Reagan - he was a great man.

Ronald Reagan February 6, 1911 - June 5, 2004 Rest In Peace.

Ronald Reagan And Fellow Elitist - Laughing At The Poor.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Wes....I'll never understand the big HOOPLA over Reagan....In fact, I've never hailed a politician in my life and I doubt I ever will.

By it's very nature, Politics is an evil entity...through and through, at any level, in every corner of our world.

I don't believe a single one of them, & surely do not trust them for crap!

Government is way out of control, too big, CROOKED and criminal.

They are OUR civil servants. SHOW me how, where, when and WHO ...they have SERVED the American people anything but a mountain of _____________(fill-in your own word!)

It's BEDTIME FOR BONZO (old Reagan Movie)


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againsttheodds 4 years ago

That is a pretty hilarious image about the "trickle down" effect. I always wonder why the entire GOP wants to compare themselves to Ronald Reagan this election cycle, but I guess it is a longing for the feel good era of yesteryear. These same Republicans who sign pledges to never raise taxes to appease a lobbyist Grover Norquist, seem to not know that Reagan presided over the largest peacetime increase that America has ever saw. The Democrats are no better, and Ron Paul is just an illusion, whether it be for educational or sheep herding purposes, so where does that leave us but to accept things beyond our control and hope for the best.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

WTS,

You need to clarify on your feelings with GW Bush....I am not sure if you like him or not...

lol,

Hey, I won't even try to say that I was not a 100% Reagan Fan....I adored him as my POTUS.

I am going to say you have written some tremendous hubs, and you have a real knack for laying it all out there with your firm beliefs.

I enjoyed this one, much like I have others, that I may not have agreed with...there are still very interesting.

Chris


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

EFFER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yup - going into politics seems to be nothing if not a moral compromise at best, a total indication of amorality, more likely in the most cases.

Bedtime for BOZO - more likely!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

againsttheodds - I totally love that image!!!!!!!!

I've used that one more than once here on Hubpages...its just that good!

You are sure right - things are beyond our control. I tend to identify with the scripture about how we do not wrestle with flesh and blood - but powers, principalities, and spiritual forces in "high places."

My notion is that things are "written in the stars," if you will.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

CMerritt - THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Truth is...I've nothing much else to do with my life at present...and I really love the IDEA of making a living by writing...

...I get paid every month from this website - but after the internet bill and the never ending computer repairs, etc, are saw to - there's Ramen Noodles for dinner!

Wrote this one for my Dad - Reaganomics ruined the Shaw Services family business. Dad won't agree to the half the shit I said though either.


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MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

It's a wonderful hub. I must say you deserve credit for dissecting Reagon with a touch of humor. Great post


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

MG Singh - Thanks So much for your very kind words!!!!!

I try to crack a few jokes and throw a few zingers into everything....it helps me to stay out of the hideous Hubpages forums!


DoItForHer 4 years ago

Carter put up solar panels on the White House, but Reagan tore them down! That was messed up.

Trickle-down economics is alive & well with the failed Buffet Bill. That is really sad.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Willie - HA! Great story!!!!!!!!! I gotta find out more about that!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Jason R. Manning 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

Very nicely done Wes, of course I do not agree with most of what you wrote, but you did a damn fine job of writing it. God bless our differences, cheers mate.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

JASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HALF WROTE THIS HOPING FOR THAT EXACT SAME COMMENT FROM YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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PJ Jones 4 years ago

Regan caused the first rash of homeless people. He eliminated the middle class. He did raise taxes on the rich..which they forgot! During Regan's reign of terror unemployment was high. He closed down the VA Hosp. that housed the mentally insane..just put them out on the streets. Regan was a terrible Pres.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

PJ Jones - I agree with you that those are all heartless and horrific things.

My Dad has always sort of hated Reagan for his economic bullshit. I was a child, but our family was pretty damned prosperous until Reagan's idiotic "trickle down" economics killed the new construction of houses....and so my Dad's Shaw Services Electrical - died, and he took a massive cut in income to become an air conditioning contractor, and a supervisor in maintenance at the Dallas Public Schools.

All I knew was that we didn't go on vacations as much any more, and that I no longer could get all the toys and crap that I'd wanted.


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pramodgokhale 4 years ago from Pune( India)

Yes ,Regan was great American and strongest president of that period. He was advocate free enterprise or staunch capitalist. In his tenure he was capable to counter his Star War system to tame USSR and President Gorbachev has no choice but made truce with President Ronald Regan.

To my knowledge Americans like militant image and Regan was perfectly fit into that mould.

During his regime American economic policy and economy witnessed some daring and practical declensions and

it was claimed as Reaganomics which America very powerful.

As per my knowledge Republican party of US is racial or defends affluent class and dominance.Iran Air incident took place when civilian aircraft was shot down by American Navy and Regan declared issue is closed and no more discussion and apology over that incident.

The people called him cowboy and his cowboy diplomacy

He was great actor in American history, had heroic image made him two terms in high office.

I am an Indian,our prime minister Indira Gandhi had cordial relations at the time, no clashes or serious differences with Regan


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

pramodgokhale - Thanks very much!!!!!!!

I think you are absolutely right about the American Republican Party...they are typically rich white slobs that don't give a damn about the poor of any colour.

Reaganomics was a failure, as it made the middle class poorer, but perhaps that is exactly what was intended by Ronald Reagan.


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alancaster149 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

I think he became prez because somebody told him he could wear his white hat on Red Square. The disappointment must have been bitter!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

alancaster149 - HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In the USA now - all presidents are truly nothing but actors!


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pramodgokhale 4 years ago from Pune( India)

Dear Sir,

I wish to write about Indo-American relations cooperation and high and low ,if you allow? i can write special deals in agriculture and nuclear deal which benefits India.

I have open mind to admire where USA helped India.

forget sensitive matters and look to some bright spot of friendship


Evelyn Anne 4 years ago

I believe Nancy Reagan published some of their letters after his death. If you identify that book, I think you should list it amongst the books in your ads here. Great writing, as always. Don't ever stop!!!


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alancaster149 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

It might be better to have a slice of 'ham' in the White House than a number-cruncher at No.10 such as we had with Gordon Brown or the 'Bag-lady from Grantham'.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

alancaster149 - LOOKING FOR LOGIC IN POLITICS GETS US NOWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! comedy, however....I'll take that!


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY

Good point about self serving hypocrisy of Democrats to use the charge of racism as a cudgel to silence those they oppose. It is true that lowering taxes often increases revenue into government coffers, although not always. I don't see this notion of trickle down economics as entirely bad. The term itself implies a reality I don't believe exists or exists for the vast majority of high wage earners.


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Kathryn L Hill 4 years ago from LA

It was supply side economics...what is the option? Regan was a populist. He was not a politician. I saw him speak at Devonshire Downs in California.

The truth is he loved the people and had faith in their potential to be independent: Not DEPENDANT ON THE GOVERNMENT. He wanted the Government to be kept small. He understood more than any of us (with our huge gigantic intellects) will EVER understand. Please cut him some slack! We could use his wisdom today...believe it or not. (But why do I bother on THIS hub site?)


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Not sure what your complaint is, but I went all out to be kind to Reagan here.


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Kathryn L Hill 4 years ago from LA

I am quite sure he had apathy for the poor. He wanted all people to elevate themselves. He tried to establish conditions to enable ALL people to thrive.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Well you seem to believe that - but trickle down doesn't happen, and does quite the opposite of what you say Reagan's intentions were.


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Kathryn L Hill 4 years ago from LA

That is what I keep hearing these days. BUT what IS the option?


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

My personal thoughts are that all human systems are very flawed - and that nothing much in economics ever shows love as per the golden rule.

Literally, Reagan's economic policy wrecked my family's economic situation and hurt my parents and siblings very much.


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Kathryn L Hill 4 years ago from LA

What has happened is Greed. And no check on the powerful corporations. This is not one person's fault. It is the fault of the human tendency to want more and more power and wealth. The rich and powerful have to keep focused on the highest good which is that which is for the sake of itself AND something else. The founding fathers worked for a nation in which all people could prosper. Not just themselves. Can you really blame President Reagan's policies for what happened to your family's economic situation?


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Well if you think the global oligarchy gives a flip about common persons, I feel you are going to be very disappointed, and you should be already.

With all due respect - we allowed our Constitution and Bill Of Rights to be destroyed completely with the last and current administrations. It's over - anything good about American domestic or foreign policy is just history now.


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Kathryn L Hill 4 years ago from LA

I am just trying to stand up for what Reagan was TRYING to do. He had a heart. He was for the people. I know most politicians in today's world are not. The founding fathers did not foresee air travel, global economies, and the unchecked capacity that wealthy corporations have. It is too bad that values and morals have a diminished place in their practices, goals and ambitions. This is really the only check in a democracy: values and morals. We all better get some if this experiment in freedom is going to survive. And Reagan was very concerned about the survival of this democratic republic. I am too.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Well I don't have your confidence in Reagan's intentions - I was very much a child then, perhaps you're right.

I also don't think Reagun had much choice - he'd have been killed like Kennedy had he bucked the federal reserve international banker murder cartel had he tried to truly stand up for people, that is what I believe.


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Kathryn L Hill 4 years ago from LA

And I do know what the Council of Foreign Relations is up to. Can we stop them? Is the world really so small that a One World Government can take control of it ? Destroying the borders of Mexico and Canada is what they are already proceeding with... under our very noses! Unless we acknowledge the truth of this nothing will be done. And Yeah, Bush and Kissinger are part of the CFR.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Well no, I actually don't think it can be stopped at all. Call me weird or a pessimist, but I think these things were meant to be - as the nwo will be the end of the era of mankind's ego.

Kissinger will be in hell soon - is my opinion, but I'm pretty opinionated.


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Kathryn L Hill 4 years ago from LA

I totally agree with your last comment.


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Kathryn L Hill 4 years ago from LA

I mean about why Kennedy was killed, and that there is no stopping the World Order. I also don't think we will be alive when all this takes place. It might be in a hundred years.

I just read your profile.

I am glad that you are actually a musician.. Did Katy Perry ever play a lead guitar? and if not how come? It might help her image if she really wants to be cool. Which it doesn't seem like she does.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Hey Kathryn, I'm actually expecting big changes in the world this year, but I can hope to be wrong about all of that!!!

I really don't follow new musicians that much - I prefer music from the 90's back most often.

I can't even really type correctly at present though - I pinched a nerve really badly in my left hand, but it's healing :)


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Kathryn L Hill 4 years ago from LA

Uh oh... do you play left handed guitar? Or do you not play. well. if you do...No more keyboarding .. save your hand for playing :)


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Well I pinched my left index finger working on the house..I'm glad to not have the Carpel Tunnel thing!!!


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Kathryn L Hill 4 years ago from LA

y e p !

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