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I Could, But I Don't, And I Wouldn't...But I Will.

Updated on October 16, 2016

Once Upon A Lifetime


Millions die unborn.

The rest die in God's own time.

I'm a lucky one.

What is ahead of us?

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Life with all the trimmings....

The way I figure it, the world was here before I came, will be here after I leave, and I can cope in the interim. So why should a simple thing like one election rouse my juices?

If nothing else had happened, the current 2016 Election for the presidency and control of Congress and the Supreme Court would stir any American's juices!

Can you imagine the "absolute" power that would come from one political party having some control of all three branches of our government?

Then there is the question of what our White House would look like occupied by either Mr. & Mrs. Clinton, or Mr. & Mrs. Trump?

It seems as if two families are fighting over whose male parent is the worst example for our youth, and which candidates (probably both) should be spending time in prison for fraud and breaking the laws that all more ordinary people are held accountable for.

Oh, yes, there are other candidates who have put their own reputations up for severe scrutiny and now find themselves "guilty by association" with the two leading candidates for whom a majority of Americans share an "unacceptable" opinion.

At this point those of us who must decide the winner out of all this mess can find only one likely consolation. Come November 9, 2016 (barring more hanging chads and hacked voting rosters and machines) we can all settle in to watch the winner trying to unite what they had just been working for a year to further divide.

Then, as we try to be politically and socially correct in our Christmas season's greetings and wishes, we can contemplate an inauguration of the victor, the departure to even "greener" pastures of the incumbent, and changes to our taxes, health care, the still growing national debt, and the ongoing influx of not-always-legal immigrants drawn by promises of new "pathways to citizenship."

If 2016 was an "even" year, we can rest assured that 2017 will indeed be an "odd" year.

I for one intend to maintain my sanity by dedicating at least a small portion of each day of 2017 to reminiscing.







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      Demas W Jasper 12 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Amen!

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      Paula 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I can understand your concerns, Perspy. It may all be very hard, hard lessons they need to learn. Just as we made our way and learned what we had to learn.

      They may be soft. What will strengthen & toughen them is living in the real world as it is and seeing there are no easy "soft" ways to maintain our place in the world.

      Hope, faith, prayer & a lot of luck.

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      Demas W Jasper 12 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      fpherj48 - My shared concern is that Americans (with the exception of our military and broad law enforcement men and women) have by and large not learned by any experience what warfare might demand of them. Perhaps the next two generations are too soft when it comes to survival skills, mental and physical toughness, as well as the spiritual devotion they will likely need.

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      Paula 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hi Perspy....I certainly agree with your common sense thinking. I'd already decided these very same things a couple of weeks ago. I too have to realize that I'm in the final chapter of my Book of Life (hopefully a very long chapter) and whatever the results are, whether it's great or horrendous, we can muster the strength & courage to keep as much balance in our lives as possible. We can survive the storm.

      So many however, think long term for our kids & grandkids. Are they anything like us? What makes us think the generations coming up behind us won't be just fine with what frightens the hell out of us?

      Every aspect of their lives has been so very different than ours. Their upbringing, education, changes in the social arena....they're children of the Tech era....the "progressives." The "P.C" army!

      Frankly, just in terms of evolution, they're more intelligent. It may be time to hear the actual opinions and ideals our kids (& especially grandkids) embrace. There may be less to worry about where they're concerned than we suspect. Am I totally off base? Go ahead, tell me. It doesn't look to me like anyone around here is holding anything back.

      And they already know I bite back......hard. Peace Perspy! ..Paula

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      Dana Tate 12 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I know I cannot wait to see who will win. More importantly I'm anxious to see what the world will be like once either of these two get in office. It should be interesting to say the least. One thing I know for sure, regardless of the outcome, I'll learn to adapt the way I always have.

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      MizBejabbers 12 months ago

      Yup, life will go on, and there's no use keeping our hackles up over it, no matter who wins. But Demas, you know, when a person gets to be a senior citizen, we know that we aren't going to have to put up with politics too much longer. I just worry about my grandchildren and my new grandchild. It's their world now, and they will have to cope with it. Thanks for airing a good sane viewpoint.

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      Demas W Jasper 12 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Thanks for the update from down under.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Demas, there are usually some form of US military presence here in regard to practice maneuvers but if there is anything else it has been kept quiet. Our only defence problems centre on the culture of sexism and abuse within the forces. Our navy is used to turn back any boats of asylum seekers coming via Indonesia and no illegal immigrants are allowed to land being relocated to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea or Naru. I think there is a quota of 1600 immigrants from Syria being allowed by the Government over the next year, or something to that effect.

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      Demas W Jasper 12 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Jodah - What is the latest on U. S. military in Australia, and on your own problems there with defense and immigration?

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      You stated your case very well here, Demas. As long as no one party has control of all three branches of the Government, the outcome should make little difference, even though neither major party candidate is worthy of the title President of the USA. 2016 has been a crazy year in more ways than one and I hope 2017 is better.

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      Demas W Jasper 12 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MsDora - I'd like to leave it sane, and have it be sane when I leave it.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 12 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for sharing your idea of how to be least affected by the chaos we face. True, it will test our sanity, but I will try to remember like you do that "the world was here before I came, will be here after I leave." I'd like to leave sane.

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      Demas W Jasper 12 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Yup, the first 10 readers left no comments. No "agree", no "disagree", and (more thank likely) a "silent ditto" toward wishing November 9, 2016 was already here so they too can decide how to cope with the outcome of Election 2016.