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Politics and General Reality

Updated on October 21, 2016

Our fruited plains need you to advocate.

Speak your mind but listen to another's.
Speak your mind but listen to another's. | Source

Politics is not a game it is our lifeblood

First let me apologize this is promptly written. I have just returned from DC and I learned more than I can fairly process. We are not moribund but dynamic. Our social wars are to be fought. Can you imagine reading an original Declaration of Independence? You cannot imagine the glorification of Harriet Tubman and Dan George and MLK. They are not left out of our heritage they are made a conspicuous and glorified part of who we are. From Irish immigrants to the Vietnam Wall memorial. Our heritage springs forth from a love of country and the individual. We tried to stop it, from suffrage to Japanese to Civil Rights, but conflict prevails and leads us.

If you read this and find it silly, I get it. I get that the masses sometimes flow like a herd of cattle. That is OK.

But we have great leaders who see us and lead us through conflict. LGBT versus evangilical fundamentalist Christian is right and natural. It is good.

When someone censors my words it is good and right. I must stand up and protect my rights even if they are new rights. Our conflicts bring growth and have for nearly 250 years.

Did you know that Mexico's and Vietnam's declaration of Independence are fashion completely from out own? This battle between ideologies and politics is what is our right..The others fall into place if we keep the debate alive.

I really could give a rat's tush who you vote for. But I need you to see this unfettered wonderful process for what it is.

I do not know what "His" truth is. But I know that if we continue the conflict we will find it.

So we hike 12 miles fighting fatigue and flash flood and venomous creatures. Our conflict with nature makes us well

All we have is our willingness to do battle to make things better.
All we have is our willingness to do battle to make things better. | Source

The physical

My country - oh I mean the land, has nearly kilt me many a time. (I hope you get the reference to Kilt- I hope you get the ref. to Dan Boione) And yet I love it so much I go back for more with a 50 pound pack and a destination. I am tied to this country both the institutions and the land. My half and more century has taught me well that the battle of progress may even be bloody but God bless those who fight the battles. They are heroes.

This year two amazing competitors fight hard to keep the American dream alive. Damn it but I just cannot do anything but appreciate both of them. The conflict is real and divisive. Thank our founders that we have this. Perhaps in this time of civil unrest but peace we find our place. Our nation is under siege as it was in 1776. It will always be for we stand for such lofty goals that there are those who oppose them. And God bless those who promote change and those who hold onto the past.

How can a man like me oppose anyone to pledges allegiance to our flag. I must be open and accepting of their opposing view but I must fight against those I oppose. My wife who is an immigrant from a communist country and I have a half breed child. And we have this posted on our refrigerator: "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." And we say it together often. Since our hero Lincoln fought to keep the nation one, we must always keep the nation competitive. We cannot sully the names of our millions who have died to prevent tyranny, we must activate our rights by being in conflict with honor. Americans are not bound by conformity we are born of conflicting rights.

We must live under the same moon but we must not view it the same.

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No person in this great nation is alone for we are a nation that corrects it's wrongs.

We do not deserve justice, must fight for it.

I had a wonderful experience the other night. We gathered with folk who are not aids in the Capitol but Chiefs of staff and CEO's. My daughter's bacon wrapped stuffed jalapenos were to die for and the cous cous had a sauce that made me eat too much. These people were committed to a party line, more like cheering fans for their home team than ideological. I suspect my mensa mind was beaten down with younger more filled with vigor and smarter folk than I could ever hope to be.

We watched the debate - the reason for the get together. It was amazing how these young people dissected the issues and performance. Maybe 35 is not young. I learned so much I was bummed out it was time to go. The debate was far too short for me with this crew. Did I mention that the hostess produced cookies that lightened any mood with sweat and happy.

I feel so bad that I cannot cuss out one party or the other. Wow they are so brilliant and lead my nation so well.

Of course being a former Lay Eucharistic Minister in the Episcopal Church I visited the National Cathedral. I was moved to tears and understood "under God". Please to not tell me that Geronimo and FDR did not know God. A view miles apart but together in understanding that there is something guiding and watching over my land and yours.

I understand that I am a bastard illegitimate son of immigrants, one Irish. But in my land of birth I am a full citizen.

Liberating strife is so important

Most of my readers are writers. Wow, how great is that?! We do judge and we do pass judgment. And we make our point in our creativity in life. Men like Ray below make me so proud. He takes words and turns them into a majesty of emotion. He fights for my freedom through his artistic translations of words my nation aspires to.

Eisenhower and Theodore Roosevelt raised themselves up to the presidency with basically nothing than their war record. Brutal war records. They are revered and did nothing but good in civilian political life. Men born and raised of the fight that is American. Let conflict reign.

Alright now. Cuss your neighbor. Disagree. Fight for your cause. And be proud that you are what America is all about. I love you. I made the mistake, of visiting our national archives. In in the morning and out when they kicked me out. I visited the Capitol building with a private tour, my daughter is a big wig, and I insisted that a docent explain the actual physical battles that happened in our early legislature up to the Civil War. Wow! What passion and caring and compassion these people had for our establishment and continuation as a true democracy.

Please do not abhor our conflict within. Embrace it and know that women like Eleanor and Nancy and men like MLK and Grant did their best to preserve our rights to be a member of the finest nation on earth.

My pappy help pay for some art places in a tiny little town named Sedona. I figure this guy must have been 90 when I was 5. My dad wanted it to make an impact.

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      Eric Dierker 11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is a very concept I think I can see where they are coming from.

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      Lawrence Hebb 11 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      A few days ago I read an article online (not HP but on Bloomberg) that said you can blame the outcome of the Presidential election squarely on the British and their Empire!

      The argument was that the electoral 'college' was brought about by the thirteen original colonies to ensure everyone regardless of size had an equal voice!

      I enjoyed the article, (and this hub) smiled and patted myself on the back (metaphorically) for being British!

      Really enjoyed this, and to some degree I agree conflict can be beneficial.

      Blessings

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Patricia, I am with you. This protected by law tradition we have of speaking our mind is such a blessing. My wife has this idea that anything that comes out of your mouth is itself a reality. So she likes to say - don't say that! Interestingly she comes from a communist country where in fact what you say can get you in prison real fast.

      Today I will find extra joy in hearing the opinions of others.

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      Patricia Scott 12 months ago from sunny Florida

      Love this...one of the things I LOVE the most about our country is that we can voice our opinions loudly and clearly about any topic with no fear pretty much.

      What a gift that is. This is a time that is unlike any that I have been fortunate enough to live through. More questions are being asked and answers sought. Because of our instant contact with almost anywhere in the world things that we may not have heard about for months or even years, we hear about within seconds . And because of that sometimes we do not get the whole story and confusion and dissension reigns. But that is our new reality so we embrace it and find ways to keep the essence of this amazing country living and breathing.

      Thanks for taking the time to dash this off to us....Angels are once again headed your way. ps

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora I just can not get over the brother and sisterhood we have. A nation built on commonality not uniformity. So much wrong, set straight by so much good. God bless us all.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 12 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, thanks for sharing your experience and for the encouragement to appreciate some good despite so many presentations of all that's not good. You keep us grounded!

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Faith I am a big cry baby. To turn a corner and read a letter from a first lady to her husband or sister is just amazing. A real actual draft and final of the Declaration of Independence just took my breath away. Sitting at the feet of Abraham and touching the monument to George was heart pounding. Native American and African American preservation and display make one feel deeply connected to our brothers and sisters. Sorry about that "too much" but this kind of thing makes me all fired up.

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      Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

      Dearest Eric, thank you for this passionate post here! I have not been to DC yet and do hope I will one day to read with my own eyes and be reminded of all that we as a country have endured. We should never become apathetic when it comes to our beliefs and be mindful to freely express them.

      God bless America

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you John. Sometimes I wish I could come up for a label for me. But when I try new issues come along and there I go again.

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      Faith-Hope-Love 12 months ago

      Another well written piece my Friend and a piece for all to learn from. I also don't buy or follow any party line. Have lost count of people I have sent lunacy. Keep it up. I enjoy them all. I bet that there are many Looking Forward to your next piece. John W

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sometimes buddy you just think for me and I kick back and relax. We should do a barbecue, just light a fire and sit back and order pizza.

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      Mel Carriere 12 months ago from San Diego California

      You can go rise from the ashes in Phoenix if you want to. Been there, done that. I think I'll stay here. I'm fairly literal, I don't think in metaphors, by the way.

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby, my oldest gal is a party liner. So far up the food chain it scares me. She creates attitudes and perspectives nation wide for her party's congress. Jeesh her budget boggles my mind. The thousands she directs are a smidgen of the volunteers and party workers and fund raising by the gazillions.

      Oh for sure I am a philosopher and not tied to convictions of party lines and it drives my daughter crazy. Good. Boy do we love each other.

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My holy Phoenix rising from the ashes. Mel, when you visit it cools the air enough to where my hummingbirds forget they are just on their way through like most in Sprung up Valley.

      You said it so well and your children no doubt reflect your patriotic wisdom.

      Don't give me a fancy house and a two car garage filled. Give the hope of one. Ideals must stay one inch away from our grasp lest we ever feel satisfied and complacent. If I do well then I must turn my attention to my brother who does not. That is America.

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      Mel Carriere 12 months ago from San Diego California

      When my sons, God bless 'em, get down about America I tell them it's not the reality we love, it's the ideal. It's the beacon of hope that lady rising from the waters outside of Manhattan offers. We have to cherish that ideal and fight to achieve it, either through the democratic process or, that failing, civil disobedience.

      You skipped town at a good time. Our hopefully last gust of hot air, besides my own hubs of course, rolled through and dried us to the bone. The Sprung Valley completely blew away. If you feel lost, that's why. Great work, preach.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 12 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I visited the memorial in DC in 1997 and was moved by the wall, so many names, so many wars. I am proud to be an American. I am proud to live in the USA. We all vote our belief's and hope we get it right. God bless America and God bless you and your family.

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Whonu I was so spell bound by watching our debates. Neither one can do everything just right. But between the two I have great hope. I think we maybe are turning a corner here. And it is good to look up the cross street.

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita, I wish I could say that the battle within must be one first. But mistreated children of God cannot wait for me to find enlightenment. Today we in my home have given so that tomorrow others do not suffer so much. Just one foot in front of the other bringing food for our beggars. First we must provide for their bellies then we may provide for their love.

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      whonunuwho 12 months ago from United States

      Eric I may not approve of everything this time in the big race, but at leas it has brought things out in the open that are now exposed and whoever is the winner this time will be condemned if they do not address them obediently. Thank you for youyr honesty, and as always, a well written work. whonu

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      manatita44 12 months ago from london

      Yes... it does seem that way. You only need some responses or read a few articles to know that some sentiments of 'love' expressed, are probably flowing up-stream for a while. Yet, from a profound standpoint, all is ultimately Light and will come good in the end.

      We will cross that bridge or 'win the good fight.' Glory be!

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Buddy I stood in front of one of the five original Magna Carta writngs. I put on glasses and read it five times, 3 crying. We are so endowed with freedom that like love we must share it at every turn and opportunity. We are writers we help set issues free and into the hands of that which is almighty.

      Let you and I keep pushing it hard. Let us not rest until we move higher and higher in thought and knowing. Let those who grow weary rest while we carry the lantern.

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      manatita44 12 months ago from london

      Another passionate one and worthy of America. Such a vast and promising country! The ideals of the Magna Carta; of the Declaration of Independence will hold ... of the United Nations. These ideals started long ago and will take time.

      The Celestial Potter is still shaping and moulding us, Nations included, and I see the brilliant impending results of nothing but beautiful vases.

      Meanwhile we wait, and to a large extent, probably get what's in keeping with our expectations ... just.

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Brian. It is so important that you oppose views you believe are harmful. I thank you for it. I have been scoffed at much for talking issues rather than personalities. However if one acts in a manner opposed to your belief of what is right, weird as it sounds you should attack that person.

      I am not always sure what good is yet it strikes me as right that bad things happen when good men do nothing (sorry I should attribute that)

      You are a writer and from what I know of my nation -- writers are the most important citizens.

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      Brian Leekley 12 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Well said, Eric. I honor the American flag and take off my cap when it passes by in a parade because it is the flag not only of those who committed the My Lai massacre but also of those who stopped it; not only of those who misuse our troops in unjust and unconscionable wars but also of those who resist such imperialism [international-level bullying]; not only of Congressperson Fred Upton, who sides with corporations causing climate chaos for private profit, but also of candidate for Congress Paul Clements, who sides with humanity and nature; not only. . . .

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill you and I write. How wonderful to be given that nearly unfettered right. I reckon we owe our country a whole lot.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I was in D.C. in 1997. It's the only time I've seen that city but it had a lasting effect on me. Visiting all the museums and monuments, I was overwhelmed by a sense of pride and patriotism, and I'm sure you understand that. It is a must-see for any citizen of this country. Anyway, thanks for the reminder.

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Ed, I worried that I wrote this too poorly and would have to unpublish this morning. That is the first time in years I wrote it straight on Hubpages.

      I just love this country. Boyo Boyo we have not done things perfectly. From slavery to genocide to the Buffalo we have not done everything just right. We have often forgot that our rights are individual rights and not groups of people's rights.

      But it strikes me that we are learning and growing. And that is good.

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      ahorseback 12 months ago

      Holy Moly ! Eric , I knew it all along my friend , you ARE a loving patriot , how interesting it would be to sit and ask you the path of this future over a campfire in Oak Creek Canyon . For once in my long life I fear for the future of our freedoms , liberties and long ago sacrifices, most people don't seem to understand the extremely delicate existence of our small liberty or the fragile formation of true respect for others .There is only one America , Awesome writing as usual !................Pray for us all !