An elderly fella comes walking out on the stage, a big, grand stage set up for a surefire blister of a speech; meat for the lions in the crowd. Better put, bath salt for the zombies. You can see them clearly in camera shots taken from behind the podium. The white-haired actor, who is more libertarian than republican, casts his famous gaze and grin over a mass of mindless soldiers, dripping with the blood of socialism from their mouths, moaning of lost Founders and clawing through the patriotic air of elephant shit at a lost Constitution.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
“Bring it Back”
“What you get by achieving your goals is as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar.
Good evening everyone. Let me begin with congratulations! Above all else, today is your day, a day to share with your family and friends to celebrate the accomplishment of a tough goal. A sense of pride and a short reflection of your own efforts are well deserved. Take the time and soak this up because where you sit today is the result of your own efforts, your own drive, and your own ambitions. Everyone else that sits with you today has given freely of themselves to help you succeed on those terms. Today is different than your educational achievements of the past. This, you didn’t have to do. There is no expectation of this, no law requiring your struggle. This, is the realization of your work. Every bit of it is yours.
Monday, April 18, 2011
I’ve been watching, with a vested interest I must add, to the “collective bargaining” legislation that has worked its way through the State Houses of Wisconsin and Ohio and is now the law of both lands. My interest comes from my not-so-unusual circumstance of having a family full of educators and teachers. I myself took a turn at that role and found it both harder than I ever knew and more rewarding than I ever knew. To be fair, I know very few people who do not have a teacher or an educator very near them on their family tree. I am against these laws, specifically Senate Bill 5 which applies to me in Ohio. I am not opposed to the law because of my family, however. I am opposed to any law which decides it can unilaterally determine that a contract bargained for in good faith can be opened and cancelled by the State, in any fashion.
Monday, January 10, 2011
My son came home from school today and wanted to have a conversation with me about the events of this weekend in Tucson, AZ. Obviously, we both agreed that it was reprehensible. I said it has disturbed me a great deal. One of our leaders was shot, point blank, in the back of the head, while doing what we asked of her to do. It was an attempted assassination that caused (among others) a nine year-old girl to part forever from her parents. One of our leaders lost most of her God-given liberties because someone felt that his liberty to judge her mattered more. We hear of tragedy similar to this every day. And murders occur across this land frequently. Somehow, for me, the context of this event was one that transcended the norm. It made me feel uncomfortable – almost like I was waiting for something bad to happen or that I was somehow a part of why it could since I am a frequent participant in the national conversation.
Monday, November 8, 2010
It happened today, rather early this morning. From a computer terminal far, far, away someone logged into to their Facebook group and scanned the postings of its members. They found mine, a post left wondering if the vitriol spewed forth in my direction was the meaning or intent of the group. “Choose America First” finds itself with a great patriotic name, a great logo, and a good sounding board. Aimed at conservatives and Republicans, it is one of many now drowning the voices of reason into deep waters of hateful rhetoric. It is really too bad, a waste of this broad platform. “Choose” has 27,000 members, but is dominated by one or two loud voices. These few voices communicate only fear and hate in their written words; voices of venom rather than ideas. These are the voices that close doors and shut down the conversations of Americas’ future. When you hear the cries of ultra-right racism and hate speech, tone deaf orators…it isn’t a universally true accusation; but it is founded in the voices overwhelming debates in groups such as this. So, not as the yelling but as the yelled at, I was blocked; no longer allowed to participate in the rabid conversation of right-wing poli-speak. Blocked for what – panic and fear and name-calling? No. Removed from the conversation simply for disagreement; simply for providing another view. For nothing more than simply demanding that conservatives be conservatives, that Right doesn’t always mean right and that Red has a lot to make up for. Simply, because my speech isn’t free in this smaller world of radicalism and blind fear.