State Of The Union Address
America and the hope a new day brings.
This is not partisan no matter how much somebody wants to make it that way.
I have generally liberal college educated young people around me. I did not say democrats. What I mean is that we do not speak of names of folks in our federal government. We now just call it the government. And let it be known I speak equally of California as it is the 7th largest economy in the world. So we are agreeing that the government is not fixing things. Even the things we wanted them to fix, and certainly not things we all agree they should not even try to fix.
Health care and insurance and energy matters and wars and paying our bills are not getting fixed. We are even looking sideways at each other about civil rights and the environment. And nobody is smiling about the lack of real jobs.
I am sorry but somebody induced these young people to take our federal loans to go to school so they could get a good job. And that was a complete lie. And they are kind of mad. And what I like is that it is an educated mad and a directed mad at an institution. Nobody in 1770's cried death to the King and Queen but yes they did chant death to taxes.
What would they think?
We are not blaming anyone. We want fixes and not from a broken system.
Sometimes things are just messed up enough to where blaming someone does not help. Someone murders someone we want blame. Someone steals something then we want blame. Our favorite team loses, we want someone to blame and pay.
But sometimes things are just plain broke and need fixing and blame will not help one bit in fixing it. Yes sometimes you want to know what caused it to be broke and so you can prevent it from recurring but even then it is no good until we get it back up and running again, then we can study and prevent.
Now is a time of looking and seeing broken. It can be fixed but right now it is broken.
If you were treading water in the ocean after a shipwreck and someone in a leaky boat came along to offer help you would take it. But even if your boat is leaky and doing badly, you do not want another leaky ship to jump to. If you are sick and at the doctor you do not want a sneezing feverish nurse to come help you. And if your parents cannot get along you do not invite them to an evening with friends even if they will pay the bill.
I do not see these young liberals as wanting our broken government to come to their rescue any more. They cannot run their own lives or the jobs they were given and so we want them to stay home and out of the way so as not to harm or embarrass any further.
Does it matter who is in the picture? Do they change.
Which party began the escalation of our presence in Vietnam or Afghanistan?
I am not sure on that, for either war. You see it does not matter one bit. They rotate with or without stars on their jackets.
We just tried to fix a very bad health care financial system by using a government that cannot balance their books. That is insanity. We are trying to put people to work by a government program that had to lay off over million because they could not fix the budget. And we are fighting wars through a government that cannot even protect and embassy. This is crazy.
Is someone really to blame?
Do you believe that the blame lies on us citizens' shoulders.
What can we do to fix it?
Most of you would say nothing of or at an individual level can help to fix this mess. Well you would be wrong and there is awesome precedent.
Once upon a time the interests of those of us who live in America were not being represented by anyone in our colonial parent country England. The first thing they did was stop paying for that lack of representation. Oh sure they through a symbolic tea party and that was radical and even so frowned upon that they faked it and pretended to be Native Americans. We just had a group called that and it did not work either by itself and was basically frowned upon.
But what most people do not know is that at the risk of penalties and imprisonment, most Americans just plain and simple stopped paying taxes to the Monarchy of England. It was devastating to England and with the saved revenues the Americans could stand on their financially.
It sounds just crazy. People just stopped paying for the government to provide anything including security and even tea and even financing.
Out West we tell the revenuers to come get us.
Here is a funny part!
Liberal recent grads from college are not paying back their student "loans" and they are not buying the health insurance and they are working "off the books". The same Tea Party they rallied against is exactly what they are doing quietly. Almost passive aggressively. Near like Ghandi and Plato and Christ and Buddha and George Washington and Chang Ki Check and Martin Luther King Jr.
I do not know what tomorrow will be like and my family in my home pay all our taxes and do not even slide thereon.
But I am afraid my young radical once liberals will soon persuade me to stop paying our monarchy and that will only happen when it makes me more proud to stand against than for.
But it is my right as long as I am prepared to pay the consequence of my civil disobedience. I think when I get much older I look back and be glad I paid my share, but if it ever hits me that I think I will look back and be ashamed that I did, then I will stop.
Meanwhile I will head over to the County to pay them money to permit me to begin an organic farm operation. One that will bring healthy food and jobs to the county. If it is too much we will not move forward with the project.