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Friday, August 05, 2011

God Is Watching Us - Philly Burbs

After lots of thought I’ve decided to replace my “Stop Global Whining” bumper sticker with one that says “Wag More, Bark Less”. My dog seems to have everything in proper perspective so I’ll be following her example from here on out.
In my perception, there’s 3 levels of consciousness:
1. Unconscious
2. Viewing everything through the distorted prism of politics
3. Reality
This all began 10 years ago soon after witnessing the 9/11 attacks in New York in person. The nation came together in a remarkably profound manner only to be divided by politics within a few weeks.
My confusion led to getting involved with the local Republican Party in Cherry Hill, NJ at the exact time that they needed a Candidate for Mayor. I was as clueless as one could be, but took it seriously. Someone had to and that 6 month period was equivalent to earning a PhD in political science.
I didn’t like what I learned during that 6 month “cavalcade of behavior disorders” as I found that politics will breed the worst in people. Why some pursue leadership positions under the backdrop of a total lack of leadership escapes me to this day, but I continue to search for answers. Maybe it’s the best argument possible for limited government; the cornerstone of Conservatism.
Two things really bothered me during that time. One woman ran up to me honoring my bravery. I honestly didn’t know what she was talking about - now just trying to do what’s right is being brave. I would say that it’s just being a normal functioning human being. Not brave at all and I found her glee to be disturbing. Another, a very prominent physician, secretly told my wife that she’s voting for me, but to please not tell anyone. Huh?
Even today the threat from Obama to withhold Social Security payments and military salaries should be a red flag to counting on government for much of anything, but we keep viewing our world through the distorted prism of politics to our own detriment. What is it that brought us all together immediately following 9/11 and how can that be replicated in a positive way? That is the challenge, I believe, for our future.
There are other things that bother me about politics; some specific and some more general. One is the notion of “tolerance”. “Tolerance” would suggest that there’s something inferior that needs to be tolerated. My belief that we’re all fundamentally equal would conclude that there’s nothing at all that would ever need to be tolerated and that here we have yet another politically charged theme that serves no purpose other than to divide us for the self-serving goals of leadership without leadership.
Another is the great abortion debate. There are times when people have to address a tragic situation and an answer won’t be uncovered from a political candidate pandering to one side or the other. And there’s certainly no political solution for those who think it’s OK to violently mutilate unborn children. Those who do think it’s OK probably shouldn’t have children anyway which might make me pro-choice. Quite a quandary, I would say, but just stop it. This one’s really getting old.
Should we get into education? Playing politics on the backs of our children creates an actual chemical imbalance for me at School Board Meetings. My friends get a kick out of it, but sometimes I even scare myself. I won’t bore you with details, but state and federal mandates need to be replaced with parents and teachers empowered to run their districts however it will best serve their own children and communities.
One last current affair that I find repulsive is the gays-in-the-military non-issue. It’s a non-issue since most gays in the military are there to serve their nation. They’re not there to express their sexuality. It’s even a non-issue for them, but now we have the military as a venue for gay activism. Just why?
I guess what I’m getting at is that we’re becoming a nation that promotes conformity, suppression and obedience which leads to indifference, dependence on government and a dead spirit. We can stop this right now by not getting overly excited by politics, politicians and candidates, but by getting excited about ourselves. We need to, as a nation, rise to a higher level of consciousness where we spend our time developing the win/win solutions that we’re capable of. This rises way above anything labeled Democrat, Republican, Liberal or Conservative.
The only thing I’m sure about is that anyone who isn’t confused probably doesn’t really know what’s going on. I don’t even know if the above makes sense or follows a rational train of thought. Either way, I thank you for entertaining my idealism and will try to do better next time. God is Watching Us so you can count on it.

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