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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Dogs, Running and Beer - Philly Burbs

There’s a guy in our neighborhood who can expertly turn any topic whatsoever into a conclusion that all Republicans want to do is tell us who we can marry, what we can do in our bedroom and how we can practice our religion. I know I’m sounding hysterical, but I’m not exaggerating. You may know someone like him and, sadly, he defines our politics today which is all about division, distraction from real issues and inaction towards needed solutions. The rules of basic economics and common decency don’t apply and we all suffer as a result when these people are in charge of anything.
The confusing thing about all of this is my optimism of human nature. There’s a disconnect somewhere that I can’t quite put my finger on. There’s like this force of evil that’s running unchecked that no one can identify.
But I don’t necessarily blame my “friend”. This is the politics of today using those like him as the useful idiots they are to further a political agenda that sucks us dry for the benefit of those doing the sucking. Public money is for the taking by those figuring out ways to take it. The examples are endless with the chief enabler being your current President who’s taken everything that’s wrong and put it on steroids.
This all started for me when many of our “esteemed leaders” put their politics over even our national security rather than work together for common goals. Our nation really came together following 9/11. Maybe you remember. I’m on the road a lot and run into a lot of people. A kid with tattoos and pants down to his knees even held the door open for me at a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. Everyone was a lot friendlier joined by a common bond of the challenges ahead all quickly flushed down the crapper for the sole purpose of their twisted politics. And many of us fell for it and continue to do so.
What can we do, then, to recapture that common American bond that we all possess that’s been suppressed? We must reject all attempts by others to define who we are. We can’t just sit back and allow the diabolical among us to fill the void of their life’s emptiness with their oppressive politics. Immediately confront them for who they are and why they are someone who feels it necessary to constantly judge others. They are, quite literally, the modern day Kapo who are complicit in the corruption and submission that follow a path of a compulsive lust for power. It is this greed, organized crime and special interest that’s trying to tear down everything that’s decent, but only if we continue to allow it.
Hence the nature of limited government regardless of what you label it. Some might call it Conservatism while others might call it Liberalism. It makes no difference as most of us share similar goals. It’s safe to say that almost all of us would approve of helping those who can’t help themselves, but I just don’t know why some are so duty-bound to ineffective government programs that are more about buying votes than helping much of anyone. I could go on and on, but it might be more important to seek that common bond which brings me to the title of this piece.
I started embracing running about 3 years ago and it’s the only venue where an Obama bumper sticker doesn’t bother me. The positive energy of a few hundred (or several thousand people) all in one place pursuing good health, achieving new goals, fundraising for great causes (like my own at www.eortho.com/MCM.html , for example) or just enjoying each other’s company far surpass even my own ridiculous politics.
And who doesn’t break out in smiles from a nice dog frantically sniffing around while out on a fun walk? Yet another common bond of goodness.
Beer is another one of those things that tends to yield togetherness (as long as no one overdoes it). And if you’ve never had that raspberry flavored Belgian beer you must run over with your dog and you’ll be stunned in gleeful disbelief how great it is.
If you don’t mind, please add to my list of dogs, running and beer to see what you come up with. Spread the positive vibes or our true defining qualities and leave the rest behind where it belongs. Every day’s an opportunity to do better and we’re at that critical crossroad where we need to start going down the correct path and get back on track when we stray.
Very well said by Eric Hoffer:

“Those who see their lives as spoiled and wasted crave equality and fraternity more than they do for freedom. If they clamor for freedom, it is but freedom to establish equality and uniformity. The passion for equality is partly a passion for anonymity: to be one thread of the many which make up a tunic; one thread not distinguishable from the others. No one can then point us out, measure us against others and expose our inferiority.”

Continued by an unknown author:

“Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there; no constitution, no law, no court can save it.

Good luck. I have enormous confidence in you.

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