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Philosophy at its best
Posted:Aug 1, 2020 9:33 am
Last Updated:Aug 2, 2020 4:55 am

Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State!
Sail on, O Union, strong and great!
Humanity with all its fears
With all the hopes of future ,
Is hanging breathless on the fate!
We know what Master laid the keel,
What Workmen wrought thy ribs of steel,
Who made each mast, and sail, and rope,
What anvils rang, what hammers beat,
In what forge and what a heat
Were shaped the anchors of thy hope!
Fear not each sudden sound and shock,
'Tis of the wave and not the rock;
'Tis but the flapping of the sail,
And not a rent made by the gale!
In spite of rock and tempest's roar,
In spite of false lights on the shore,
Sail on, nor fear breast the sea!
Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee,
Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,
Our faith triumphant o'er our fears,
Are all with thee, - are all with thee!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This poem is titled "The Republic" because the phrase "ship of state" comes from The Republic" by Plato. Longfellow wrote this having been inspired by the philosophy and ethics exhibited by Plato in his wor "Ship of State" refers the dearth of people qualified become the captain of the ship of state and is amply demonstrated by our current president, making this a timely and important concept.
Looking for answers
Posted:Jul 23, 2020 8:31 am
Last Updated:Jul 25, 2020 5:15 am

I have agreed with and opposed both Republican and Democratic presidents since I became aware of the importance of good leadership in the United States. Never, in the decades I have followed the workings of my nation, have I witnessed such blatant and unexplainable lack of leadership, moral decay and just plain stupidity from the Oval Office. No person with even an inkling of intellect would inject disinfectant into their blood stream. No person with even a scintilla of brain power would deliberately reject the recommendations of medical experts during a pandemic when even they admit to a severe lack of knowledge about a mutation of an existing virus. However, the miscreant who sneaked in the back door of the White House has advocated not only the injections but removes the leading medical experts from discussions which might make him look stupid.

If that weren't sufficient evidence of governmental malpractice, there exists about 30% of the population who agree with him. Astounding !!!!!! Here's but one example. Part of the justification used by law abiding citizens for the need for 100 round magazines which are used in weapons designed for military use is the possibility out government might overreach its authority in sort of a junta. Yet, the military, fully armed but totally unidentified, raided Portland Oregon to the applause and well wishes of those same people. The mentality exhibited by this glaring inconsistency barely reaches third grade levels.

I implore those with at least half a brain in their head to look carefully at the responses here from those lacking even an iota of cogitation ability for proof of what I say. Instead these recalcitrants would rather worship a man whose government loses a million jobs a month, struggles with a failing economy and can't, for the life of them, figure out what in the hell is going wrong. One of the reasons is, of course, the cartoon character we call our president has been telling them all is right with the world. A rousing accolade from a highly questionable source.

I write this out of nearly pure frustration. I have struggled with trying to understand the criteria for President Trump's support, but have been sorely disappointed in my failure to do so. I apologize, in advance, to those Trump supporters who will take offense at my words, but despite my continual pleading no one has ever given me a logical and cogent reason for the undying loyalty shown to the epitome of failure.
A Nation of Laws
Posted:Jul 20, 2020 2:32 pm
Last Updated:Jul 21, 2020 1:36 pm

Section 1385 of Title 18, United States Code (USC), states:

“Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than , or both.”

The United States Congress has enacted a number of exceptions these general prohibitions that allow the military, in certain situations, assist civilian law enforcement agencies in enforcing the laws of the U.S. The most common examples are the support activities authorized under Chapter 15 of Title ( USC Sections 271-284), such as the provision of information collected during military operations, the use of military equipment and facilities, and the maintenance and operation of equipment. Other examples include:

Counterdrug and counter-transnational organized crime assistance ( USC Section 284). This statute authorizes the Department of Defense provide certain expanded, non-reimbursable support the counterdrug or counter-transnational organized crime activities of law enforcement agencies.

The Insurrection Act, Chapter 13 of Title ( USC Sections 251-255). This act allows the President use U.S. military personnel at the request of a state legislature or governor suppress insurrections. It also allows the president use federal troops enforce federal laws when rebellion against the authority of the U.S. makes it impracticable enforce the laws of the U.S. by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings.

Assistance in the case of crimes involving nuclear materials (18 USC Section 831). This statute permits Department of Defense personnel assist the Justice Department in enforcing prohibitions regarding nuclear materials, when the Attorney General and the Secretary of Defense jointly determine that an “emergency situation” exists that poses a serious threat to U.S. interests and is beyond the capability of civilian law enforcement agencies.

Emergency situations involving weapons of mass destruction ( USC Section 282). When the Attorney General and the Secretary of Defense jointly determine that an “emergency situation” exists that poses a serious threat to U.S. interests and is beyond the capability of civilian law enforcement agencies, Department of Defense personnel may assist the Justice Department in enforcing prohibitions regarding weapons of mass destruction.
Military support to civilian law enforcement is carried out in strict compliance with the Constitution and U.S. laws and under the direction of the President and Secretary of Defense.

I'm in the process of doing some research on this issue, but at the moment, it looks like it could be a bit of a problem for President Trump.. I post this now to give the far right legal tram a chance to look at it and pick out the parts they like the most as their interpretation.
Always wanting the best of both worlds
Posted:Jul 2, 2020 10:14 am
Last Updated:Jul 3, 2020 9:15 am

The pro- Confederate cadre seeks the best of both worlds. The South seceded from the Union, thus becoming a separate nation which was no longer part of the United States. Then there was the Civil War where the South fought the North for supremacy on the issue of slavery. When you fight a war with another nation, that nation becomes the enemy of the United States. So it was with the Confederate States of America.

Having lost the war, the South re-joined the United States and began erecting memorials our nation's enemy, the Confederate States of America. This act is tantamount the United States erecting memorials Hitler, Hess and the other Nazi leaders who were our enemy during WWII. I see no such memorials Naziism. This seems be a scenario very difficult for those southern states comprehend. Now, when the United States begins remove these memorials our enemy, southern sympathizers dredge those same feelings which resulted in secession and a civil war. They simply fail understand, but that has become a mantra for dedicated secessionists because now that they have re-joined the United States they see the construction and ,maintenance of these memorials our enemy as right, regardless of the embarrassment they cause our nation. It seems one should be a citizen of the United States or a citizen of the Confederacy. I don't see the logic in loyalty both.
Riots and guns-a marriage made in Heaven
Posted:Jun 23, 2020 4:36 am
Last Updated:Jun 24, 2020 11:39 am

I do not condone any of the violence we've seen recently, in fact, I oppose it vehemently. Those participating in such behavior should be dealt with by the laws currently in force. Invariably these confrontations result in serious injury or death when guns are involved. The right wing, pro gun lobby has predictably failed to recognize this situation, or condemn it. Instead they stand firm with their AR-47s in their hands and their erections in full bloom.

The failure to recognize this marriage represents the very basis of the fallacy of the pro gun position. Guns are safe and protective when they remain unused. Once guns appear on the scene the dangers of increased injury and death rise geometrically. Arguments turn into homicides far more frequently when guns enter the fray.
A Couple of Points
Posted:May 30, 2020 1:56 pm
Last Updated:May 31, 2020 4:07 pm

1. We are but a few months from the end of the first term of President Donald Trump. The unity he promised in his campaign has never materialized. The fortunes of was being what they are manifested themselves recently in the form of a pandemic virus. Over 100,000 Americans have died from this calamity. POTUS had had the benefit of the very best medical experts in the world, the very best manufacturing, marketing and distribution systems in the world, yet despite these advantages we are more divided than ever. POTUS has relinquished the responsibility for a national disaster to the various states because of what I can only see as cowardice. He has failed miserably in national unification even in light of a perfect opportunity to do so. The most obvious reason for this is his concern for himself far outweigh his concern for the nation.

An opportunity presented itself for the POTUS to display the leadership his braggadocio has proffered for over three years, but his overwhelming limitations prevented him from making use of it. Had the POTUS stepped up to the plate and made a hit his re-election would have been assured. Instead, it is more likely his re-election has fallen into the realm of impossibility. He's a loser.

2. Vocabulary is important. We tend to use words for effect rather than meaning. Most recently we incessantly hear the need for "justice". In reality, I believe the call is for revenge. Justice is an action of law, without prejudice and based on the facts not feelings. Revenge is an action of feelings or beliefs with the hope the law assures the action. I say this without taking any sides in the current controversies, simply as an observation and a message to those operating under the confusion.
Must be fake news
Posted:Apr 21, 2020 4:25 pm
Last Updated:Apr 25, 2020 6:48 am

"About 430,000 people have flown on direct flights from China to the United States since Chinese officials first disclosed the outbreak of what is now the novel coronavirus to world health officials on New Year’s Eve, according to a new report published Saturday." From an article by Danielle Wallace, Fox News.
More of the same
Posted:Apr 16, 2020 1:35 pm
Last Updated:Apr 19, 2020 10:01 am

President Trump has remained firm in his avoidance of the facts and data needed to cone to a rational and cogent decision vis a vis COVID-19. Rather than seek the safest and most prudent path to take in combating this catastrophe he has taken his standard approach of blaming someone other than himself. This approach seems to be the standard for his administration and his never ending quest for recognition.. Unfortunately, this approach is the very antithesis of the necessary approach for a solution to the problem. However, a solution to the pandemic is not, in the President's world, the primary goal here. He wants to re-establish an economy similar to the economy he inherited from President Obama which has turned out to be his sole contribution to life in the United States.

We see on FB and in these blogs words from supporters of President Trump bestowing upon him the accolades he so desperately seeks and needs. While in search of these accolades, the President and his staunch followers have cast aside the death of thousands of Americans in his quest for recognition and praise. This is not the America in which I was raised and, like so many of his supporters who blather on here in the blogs , it is a result of poor upbringing and an inherent inability to actually think.
Republicans should be proud
Posted:Apr 14, 2020 1:32 pm
Last Updated:Jun 4, 2020 12:29 am

Republicans should be proud;

1. They have voluntarily given their undying support to a man duly elected to the Presidency of the United States who is clueless about the Constitution which established our government and then proceeds to demonstrate this cluelessness on a daily basis. The President does not have "ultimate authority" on anything. The Constitution established a government which is comprised of three (3) branches designed specifically to deny any single branch from having "ultimate" or total authority. He simply doesn't understand this, and if he does then he is openly denying the authority of the Constitution and its well established meaning.

2. They have for time immemorial advocated states rights and reduced federal authority and then cast the aforementioned undying loyalty to a man whose so called leadership redirects power and authority to a federal government to the detriment of the state governments. The hypocritical change in direction is being perpetrated by a man totally unfamiliar with the tenets of a Constitution which has guided us for 230 years.

3. That 25,000 Americans have died from this pandemic and the President has placed the responsibility for fighting this deadly affliction in the hands of the governors because it's difficult to tell people to close their businesses and put millions of Americans out of work. As we see the embryonic beginnings of recovery, however, the President wants to intervene, disregard and disobey the Constitution because he has the opportunity to deliver the good news of re-opening businesses and putting people back to work. Not only is this illegal, but also a valid demonstration or cowardice.

The real tragedy here is the missed opportunity to rid ourselves of this psychotic ignoramus through the legal process of impeachment. Republicans brag about their victory over impeachment, but the failure of leadership and the promise of a constitutional crisis must have the GOP reconsidering their joyousness. Unfortunately, I fear such reconsideration is beyond their capability. Congratulations GOP, you've managed to reduce the value of a burgeoning nation to an eighteenth century has been. You're un-American.
Just a thought
Posted:Apr 4, 2020 2:14 pm
Last Updated:Apr 5, 2020 1:03 pm

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) is quoted as saying "People see only what they are prepared see". The loyal 30% were, and still are, prepared see President Trump as a strong leader and successful president. Therefore, that's what they see. They seem overlook the lies, insults, misdirection and failures which have been the earmarks of his administration. No administration is perfect. have made their mistakes and future administrations will make theirs as well. We are, after , human. The mistakes, malfeasance and misfeasance committed by this and other administrations will live on well past the life of the particular administration. The single hope Americans carry is the mistakes will not harm our nation and will, instead, carry it forward a better and more Utilitarian government.

Donald Trump has been the antithesis of this philosophy. We are at a time in our history when the United States needs a strong leader, well versed in diplomacy, the workings of government and leadership. President Trump has not managed to reach any of those goals and has, instead, sought goals of his own, at his own level, which will provide sufficient results from which he can claim some sort of victory or success. When compared to the actual needs of the nation, however, he has failed miserably, except, of course, in the eyes of those who were prepared to see him succeed. We currently need a leader, not a general contractor.

As long as the 30% continue their blind, unsubstantiated loyalty our beloved nation will continue its slide into the doldrums of mediocrity when we should, at this tenuous time in world history, be leading the world toward those humanistic and even Biblical goals of Peace on Earth. The hatred, misunderstanding and misdirection created by this blind and unsubstantiated loyalty will sink our Ship of State and keep us from the lofty, but attainable, goals we once had. We shouldn't be responding to what we want to hear and see, we should be responding to what we need to hear and see.

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