Even the Smallest …

What if I told you that even the smallest person can change the course of the world? A person’s physical stature doesn’t matter. A person’s age doesn’t matter. A person’s financial status doesn’t matter. It is their heart and their will. We can make changes in our world but it takes that first step. That first step will lead to who knows where due to

We have seen this theory in books like “The Lord of the Rings” and others where the person who seems to be the underdog is able to change the way the story goes. We see it in books like the “Dune” series. Where one person goes against the expected and changes the course of the world, sounds good.

Why is it that we don’t put these theories into action? Why not say that we aren’t going to put up with the ‘status quo’ and make changes for the good? Most often it is fear and isolation. Those we can overcome if we try. I am going to be using quotes from different books and movies to prove this (to the best of my ability).

First off fear is something that we all carry in us. Some are deep rooted, almost inherited from times long ago. To be able to deal with the fears we have we need to face them. This is one that I remember very well.

This is the ‘Litany Against Fear’ from Frank Herbert’s Dune series. This is one that I have used to deal with some of the fears that I have and by doing so I am able to do things like this blog site and accept what people say whether good or bad.

Have you ever wanted to be able to set your mind in motion, be able to focus on something and figure the answer before anyone else has realized the question? While I have no idea what the ‘juice of sapho’ is but we can see that we are able to do that through focus or through determination. There are those who may drink coffee to bring their minds to the next stage and that is fine, to them it might be the caffeine that speeds up their mind. However, they do it, the fact is that they can ‘see’ things better and in a new way.

When you look at something, what do you see? {This is something that you can try with friends.} Take a room, say a living room in a friend’s house that you are visiting and look at it. There are more than just the walls and carpet. Look deeper, the walls have texture, the carpet may have a stain that you missed.

Soon you will find that there is more going on than you realize. Things that you thought were so precious may not be. Then you will see that and when you do that your life will be happier. When you go for a walk be careful where your feet take you.

We may wander wondering what is important to do and where to go but remember this

Mission Accomplished?

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Remember when, shortly after the American military invasion of Iraq had succeeded in using “Shock and Awe” to depose Saddam Hussein and his government, then-President George W. Bush had made a dramatic landing in a combat aircraft on an aircraft carrier which had participated in the operation? He spoke eloquently of the heroic exploits of the American forces which had freed the Iraqi people from the clutches of the evil tyrant beneath a huge banner which proclaimed “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED”. That was over a decade ago and battles are still raging in that nation, leading many both here and there wondering what that mission was, exactly, and how such a premature victory celebration ever came about at that time.

Now, early in the administration of another Republican President, signs are emerging that newer “victories” are being celebrated by many of our elected officials – accomplishments of dubious distinction and certainly unworthy…

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Health Care: Seriously, GOP?

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Recently, a battle raged in the US House Of Representatives on a bill designed to begin the process of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (known to its detractors as Obamacare). Republicans had been campaigning for this from the moment it was passed in the House and Senate and signed into law by President Obama. President Trump had likewise made this a priority in the campaign leading up to his victory in last November’s election.

While President Trump had backed the House bill, its provisions did not exactly meet the standards he had set forth in his campaign rhetoric. Trump was following GOP orthodoxy in saying that Obamacare was going to implode or explode soon, leaving the country bankrupt while failing to provide the health care the American people need and desire. He claimed it would be simple to eliminate the defective law and replace it with one which…

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Allowing Greed To Trump Need

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Welcome to Trumplandia! Where truth is irrelevant and facts matter not. The CBO score on the Senate’s version of the AHCA has been released – showing that 22 million more people would be without health insurance in ten years than would be the case if the ACA remained law of the land. Fifteen million would be tossed leading up to the 2018 midterm elections. What impeccable timing. But one should never underestimate the lengths to which the guardians of the oligarchy will go to enhance the bank accounts and overall wealth of those already so rich they don’t know what to do with it all.

This blatant attempt by the Congressional GOP and their President to feed the greed of the 1% and the corporations which have come to exert ever more political power in this country, especially since the advent of the Citizens United case and the demise of…

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W.W.E … Why We Endure … Mistakes

Why do we endure the mistakes that others make? When it is a political person why do put up with it? What is it about human nature that makes us ignore the truth?

We as people have a unique thing called ‘selective’ memories. Everyone has it. Some more than other. When a person makes an honest mistake, we feel a second chance is needed and therefore are willing to give them a ‘second’ chance. But how many second chances does a person need before they learn the lesson?

When a person has been proven to not tell the truth {an example} and decides to run for political office, would you vote for them? I wouldn’t and the reason is simple … people in a position of power need to be able to tell the truth. If they can’t or chose not to, then they lose the integrity of the job that they hold.

When I look at the current political situation that we are in now, I don’t see the people who hold extremely important positions being honest. This worries me all the time. When you have a President, who has been known to give alternative facts or lies to the media then that is a problem. When you have a person, who can’t tell the Senate of the United States the truth then there is a problem. When the person has a high position in the government and at the same time is working as a spy for another country … that is a conflict of interest.

So why don’t we do anything about it? How many times on social media have we heard that the current President needs to be impeached? Why doesn’t the government do as the people ask?

In a single word … money. People with money want power and they more power they have the more they want. So how long does this need to go on before we revolt?

History Lesson … 101

These are always hard to do but after reading a news article on the internet this morning I needed to do this post. Before I go any further I want to say this: To the families of survivors of the Holocaust: you have my up most respect and honor. This post is to teach those who need to know your pain.

When I read that the current President of the United States is saying that the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was ‘evil’ (http://ir.net/news/politics/125838/yes-trump-really-seem-side-hitler-poland/ ) I was able to verify that he said information that was very wrong on http://www.newsweek.com/trump-first-president-warsaw-ghetto-632916 so I am sickened with what was said.

Now I need to make something clear while I love history I hate and despise what failure to understand the past will cause for the future! The history of this behavior is clear. There are a lot of similarities between what the current President is saying and doing to what was happening in the early parts of the 1930’s. I don’t like having to do this but we need to remember it. The most recent thing is the ‘Voter Information Request’ that was sent to each state. The simple fact is that we have the right to have our feelings including who we voted for to be private. In the 1930’s when the Weimar Republic (yes that is the correct spelling) was still running Germany, the Nazi’s had people bulling people into voting for Hitler. We have had it here before after WWII when some parts of the country were corrupt and people were not allowed to vote in private.

When we look at things like healthcare, you can see where those who aren’t ‘normal’ are being singled out. This too happened before. It was done in the Spartan culture, in the 1930’s and 1940’s in Germany and now it is happening again. By saying that people with preexisting conditions will have to pay more is the first step in making things very hard. Being a disabled Army veteran, it is hard enough but to see this happening again is sickening.

We need to stop this before it goes further. Is this what we want instead of what we have now?

Healthcare for all … Myth or Reality?

Does healthcare for all really exist? Can it work in the United States? What is so hard to do? Where do lives matter over money?

This may sound like a strange one but please hear me through. When people talk about healthcare, there are very distinctive lines. There are the people who feel that everyone should have healthcare no matter what. There are those who feel that the healthcare should depend on the amount of money for the quality. There are those who feel that if a person has a preexisting condition then they shouldn’t get coverage or they should have to pay more for it.

Me? I feel that healthcare should be for all, there are no reasons that anyone should be denied healthcare. If a person has a preexisting condition then they should still be able to get healthcare. If they have little or no income then they should be able to get healthcare.

Why do I feel this way? I have ‘preexisting’ conditions. I have very little income, but I also have the understanding that for people to have the freedoms that are in the constitution that they need to be healthy and have access to medical.

When they say people with ‘preexisting’ conditions should have to pay more, I honestly wonder what they would do with me. I was a blue baby. When I was born the doctors used to rate newborns at three time intervals. 1 minute, 5 minutes, and 10 minutes. Doctors to this day do the 5 minutes and the 10 minutes score. This is called an Apgar Score. It checks the child’s appearance, pulse, grimace, activity and respiration to make sure that the child is going to be OK. This is also how they can tell if the child is in danger and needs emergency treatment.

When I say I was a blue baby that means that my umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck. From what I was told, mine was a super challenge because it was wrapped twice and in a knot. The doctors didn’t do my one minute score because they were trying to get my cord off my neck. So technically that meant for the first two minutes (that is how long it took) of my life I had no air getting in and no oxygen getting to my brain. {This is an image found on the net, not me} When people talk about preexisting conditions and they should have to pay more they are saying that a child like the one in the image should be forced to pay extra for health insurance due to the way they were born.

Why can’t we get healthcare for all here in this country? In one word, money. The people with the money that don’t feel that others are their responsibility put pressure on the government and try to force the issue. President Obama tried to set it up and there has been push back from the insurance companies, the people who make the medical supplies and other members of Congress because their money is in danger.

If you look at our neighbors to the north (Canada) they have a system of health insurance that is working. According to their site (http://www.canadian-healthcare.org/ ) everyone gets preventive care and medical treatments from their primary doctors as well as access to the hospitals, dental surgery and additional medical services. With a few exceptions, all citizens qualify for health coverage regardless of medical history, personal income, or standard of living.