Archive for July, 2013

a heavy heart

This video made me want to cry –

Repeal the Bill of Rights

My jaw literally dropped as I watched person after person signing the petition. I know there are stupid people in this world, but how can you have almost a whole page of signatures supporting the destruction of the Bill of Rights before you finally get one person who objects?

It is so disheartening to know that these people are voting in the same elections as I. Talk about cancelling votes. And yet, what choice do we have? If we don’t get out and vote then there is absolutely nothing standing in the way of the ruin of our country. Yes, you begin to feel like that lone guy standing in front of the tank in Tienanmen Square, but someone has to do it.

If I could, I would ship every one of those people signing that petition to a country that has absolutely no Bill of Rights protections. I wonder how long they would want to live there. Then again, maybe they would fit right in.

after i am dead moments

I was having a conversation with my son today and I thought, “I’m really going to miss this when I’m dead.” It’s not the first time that has happened to me. I’ll be standing outside in a breeze, smelling the fresh air, or working in my garden, or standing under a clear, cold starry sky and I will suddenly think the same thing. Then I gently slap myself upside the head with the rejoinder, “You’re not going to miss anything when you’re dead, you idiot.” Ah, the disappointments of not believing in life after death.

Of course, there is another side to this story. If I find myself having one of those “I’m going to miss this when I’m dead” moments, it’s a sign that I should pay attention to that moment and really appreciate it. Additionally, I should be working to put more of those moments into my life. Or how about this idea – every moment we have in this life is precious and should be appreciated, because we will never see that moment again, and we sure as hell aren’t going to remember them after we are dead.

I have to admit there have been moments, and lengths of moments, that I would gladly have done without in my life, but on the whole I haven’t really had much to complain about. Not that I can’t work up a good old bitch session if I try, but I think that I would really rather live for those moments that I will miss when I’m dead.

The Founding Fathers Reconsidered – R.B. Bernstein

This was not only a look at the life and times of the “founding fathers” but an overall treatise on the history of the idea of the “founding fathers.” It covers a lot; everything from determining the origin of the phrase “founding fathers” to the lasting legacy they left the American people. Included is an analysis of when and why different founding fathers rose and fell in popular American culture. It added to my knowledge of American history.

A good part of the book discusses the U.S. Constitution and the difference between those who would interpret the Constitution strictly in terms of the original intent of the founding fathers and those who believe that it is more of a living document that must be adjusted to the demands of our modern culture. From the discussion I got the definite feeling that this author is not an original intent advocate. While I recognize that culture and technology change over the centuries, I am more aligned with those who would go for the original intent of the founding fathers. Specifically, I think that the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution should not only be preserved indefinitely, but they should be expanded upon. Unfortunately, things seem to be going in the other direction at this time.

In any event, this was an interesting book worth reading and even the discussion about original intent and a more liberal interpretation of the Constitution helped me see things in a broader perspective than I did before.

(Finished 7/7/13)

consistent inconsistencies

There is a series of Geico commercials on the radio right now that describes how your wallet, vacation savings jar, bank account, etc., would like to congratulate you on your insurance savings. According to Geico, they would like to do this with a chest bump, a high five, a hand shake, or some such action, but they can’t. As they say, it’s a vacation savings jar, it doesn’t have a hand. But they say it would still like to congratulate you on your insurance savings.

I have news, Geico – IT CAN”T – IT’S A FREAKIN’ VACATION SAVINGS JAR! IT DOESN’T HAVE A BRAIN TO THINK WITH!

Now, I may have some of the exact items or methods of congratulations mixed up in the first paragraph, but it adequately describes the commercials. It is just bugs the piss out of me that they say that the inanimate object can’t give you a physical sign of its approval, but somehow the inanimate object can actually think. I mean, come on – let’s go for a little (and I mean very little) logical consistency here.

I know, I’m way too easily distracted by stupidity. It’s like I expect more from advertisers. Sorry, my bad.