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I have always identified myself as a Liberal.  The fact that America does need to do air-strikes in Syria to help our Allies and I support it, does not change my identity as a Liberal.

In my book, there are two kinds of Liberals.  Those who believe,” it is not our problem,” when it comes to war or air strikes, and call themselves a liberal even though the very definition of that statement itself, erases all doubts that they are not a Liberal; and The genuine Liberal, as I am, who sees any person or people on earth at an unfair disadvantage , and asks ,” If not me, then who?”

Is there no significance to those marchers on the street and those politicians in Washington these are our allies who are not just asking for our help, but they are begging for it?  Never mind upholding our own credibility and International law, do we only care when it is a matter of our oil or business interests  and otherwise lining up dead bodies of Syrian children “Is not our Problem?”

I am not very proud of the politicians in Washington or those who are making professional posters while they march in the Streets right now.  I don’t give a damn if it is Charlie Reagle who is against the strikes.  God knows Charlie, just because he is a Liberal Democrat is not always right and in this matter he is dead wrong! President Obama didn’t just get out of bed one morning and say “Let me See, who will we aim airstrikes at today.”  Anyone with a heart and vision can look at the Obama Team and see it in the faces of all of these men, they really wrestled over having to make their decision. A record of a mans’ past always tells the truth about him, today.  They all have records of getting out of wars, and are not planning for a war but a strike.

This is not Iraq, this is only to even out the playing field for our allies.  When I hear the politicians in Washington say, “Oh it is just gas and it’s against International law but no big deal,” my stomach flips and my mouth drops.  Do we no longer have the hearts of Americans who believe when duty or our Allies call, we come?”

To ask for diplomacy when the Obama Administration has tried doing just that for 2 years, and no one is listening because a tyrant is in charge of Syria and protected by Russia, while Putin struts, it then becomes time to, “step up and man up.” To attempt nothing else is the knee jerk response of cowards as brave men go where others fear to tread,  Will sarin gas still mean nothing if we delay to the point the only option we have is to send  our own men in masks and boots on the ground? Do we deny that the code and history of the United States is and has always been bravery, when others fail to show up? Do we just bury those brave men who preceded us in graves and forget the History of our Nation?

If we do not go in with air strikes and help our allies we leave the door open for every terrorists in the World to enter when our allies and friends like Jordan,Lebanon’s and Turkey’s resources are already stretched and they are vulnerable.

Where are our Conservative Congress members who less than just  a year ago backed Mitt Romney in his continual speeches of our need to do air strike in favor of our ally and friend Israel? Was that just another one of their many ruses to alienate the American public against President Obama’s call for diplomacy then, as we expected, and now they are proving it was nothing more than “Hot Air”? Do we not have to defend against the take over of our military, intelligence capabilities, and air strip facilities in the region? Opinions of what can happen and speculations in the face of disaster, are nothing more than the weapons of losers.  Calmer heads have and will plan for every eventuality.  To deny that reality is just another cop-out by those who refuse to accept that there are no reasons of value when we fail our allies.

Terrorists will go in to any Nation and feed their hungry and offer aid and when we leave our allies forced to take the help of terrorists because no one else came to help, then we really stand alone.   Since when did United States draw a line between ourselves and our allies?

There were many against our going into World War 2, and The older Kennedy who was the Democrat base, refused to talk to Democrat Roosevelt when he made the decision to join the war, so we have been here before.  How much different would our own world have looked like today if that generation had refused to go with  their allies to defeat a mad man like Hitler, do we even dare to try to imagine? They committed to a full fledge war. President Obama is only talking about a few missiles.

Do we cower in fear over speculation if it does go bad as many feel might happen or do we not do as we have always done throughout our proud history of the Oldest and most refined Democracy in the World? Can we not trust todays military to act while we support them as a Nation and hope for the best and plan for the worse?  To do nothing out of fear of what can happen is a serious malady of our Leadership in the halls of Washington, as well as a severe insult to all the brave people who preceded and died for Democracy so the World could free itself of tyrants. Are we as a Nation not willing anymore to stand up for what is right? Do we now say with the best and most powerful military in the World we cannot trust the military to act when called on or to do their job? I ask again, do we now replace bravery with fear and speculation and if we do how long do we believe our own freedom will last?

Reaching out with air strikes does not open up Syria for terrorists taking over as much as it levels the playing field so the Syrian people can eventually go back home, and help take the drain off our allies. Terrorists at heart, are cowards.  They will be the first to leave when confronted with our or any military air strikes.  They like all other bullies will run or stay and die.  There are only those two kinds of terrorist for the most part.

There is enough money in the defense budget to pay for this strike.  The funds for defense have already been allocated. The Arab Nations that include Saudi Arabia and the Turks have offered to pay for the Air strikes as well as any troops willing to volunteer on the ground. They are willing to foot the entire bill, yet we hear how President Obama has no Countries willing to help. Nations from Canada to Poland to France including a total of 24 Nations and Organizations have said if there is proof of sarin, which is now undeniable by everyone, they would help where needed. As far as Iran saber-rattling when wasn’t Iran and Korea saber-rattling?  Do we really believe they will do less of it if we fail to, Man Up,” and refuse to help our allies?

We are not trying to replace one bad actor with another or one bad dictator with another, but only leveling the field  in favor of our allies to fight on after we leave. It is and still will be a civil war where they decide who comes and who stays.  We are only trying to enforce International law, while going when called to assist our allies.

For those who say and actually believe we haven’t support, “we can’t go it alone,” then I ask, “When did America refuse to stand alone if need be, for Humanitarian reasons and our allies?” We have had more offers of help than we can use so I am hearing every single argument against air strikes, and not one of them to date holds any water as far as our not standing with our allies in time of need or for humanitarian reasons, or because it will really be a mess if we wait into we are forced to act later, and we will be. I am not just picking up a poster to demand we  stay out of Syria like too many other of my fellow Liberals, but instead asking why not Syria ?  What I am finding  are all the arguments to stay out are based on nothing of solid value or reasoning that represents the America that we and our allies could always before count on, “to do the right thing.”

If our not helping is our pay back for those who failed to come to our aid after 9/11,  are we now going to stoop to their level?  Do two wrongs make a right?  Are Americans now saying we are not going to stand up with and for our allies? The very definition of allies means we are not going in alone, we have their backs and they have ours  Do we still need Mother Britain or else we won’t do the right thing? Do none of the other offers of help and more who have promised help, not matter if Britain does not enter with us or is it just more excuses?

It is our place, our responsibility , and our credibility to stand along side of our allies in time of need and against tyranny.  The United States needs to honor their commitment.  We are not some rogue Nation who rattles  swords and talks tough, we act when it is the right thing to do and when Nations start lining up dead children.

We are a proud Nation dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.  We have met on the battle field throughout our History to prove that no man stands alone to dictatorships who destroys their own people. When the American people along with our elected officials fail to understand what our responsibilities are when we are in possession of the largest and the best military in the World, and no ally will call and we will fail to come; then it is time that our elected officials swallow their fear and develop a spine and a back bone and stand up to protect our allies from tyranny and infamy. After all it is part of the oath of office, they all take when sworn in. “The only thing to fear is fear itself!”

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No position on earth is lonelier than the position of Head of a Nation such as our own; we are not only the largest economic Country in the World but also the most powerful militarily and the oldest Democracy.  The person on top of the mountain is almost always the most resented and hated of all by those who think they have the right to make those decisions which we ask our Presidents to make and set the Agenda that we elect our Presidents to do.  Regardless of the decisions made by our Presidents throughout History there are those who will be offended far more often than they will  praise the man of power over them.

This is true in a Corporation or any position of power even if it is just a matter of people who have more wealth and power than we do.  It is the nature of people around the World to hate and segregate the person or people who have power over us.  We do not  want the burden or necessarily the money that goes along with the power, as the majority of us want to earn a fair day’s pay or win the money for ourselves through a lottery.  Just as the Nations who do not have a military powerful enough to defend against terrorists, themselves, need to rely on our military to protect them, many of them also resent us for their own feelings of inadequacy to defend their own needs.

The same is true of all of us  who are dependent on the bosses we work for in the workplace.  We often think they do nothing while we do all the work because our work shows where theirs’ does not.  We are dependent on their mercy to provide for our families and when they are less than understanding or merciful to  our own needs we resent them for the power they have over us and hate them for their inability to understand our needs.  Other times even when they do attempt to please us it will be impossible to please everyone. That is not to say that there are tyrants that do hire us to work for them and that comes with a different set of rules.

The majority of us, however, are not very introspective as people when it comes to our own incompetency on the job, in foreign affairs, or military operations, nor are those around the world who resent  Americans for their power.  We often need to be evaluated as a World power, boss, and Head of Nation, and military.  President Obama has turned to both us and the World for that evaluation, which is very rare indeed.

Sure we all Love Bill and Hillary Clinton now but the hatred over both Clintons when they were in the White House, was fodder for discussion pressed forward by News Agencies such as Fox News and the right of politics, nightly, when they were in power of the White House.  If Hillary decides to run as President and wins we can bet on the fact it will start and begin again, and as a woman in Power, the criticism will be that much greater, from the right. There were those whose hatred was so palpable  against Bill Clinton when he was in office that their faces turned red every time the name Bill Clinton was mentioned. The worst of them now claims He and Bill together solved the problems, as though he never hated Clinton.

When I remember the hatred in the Conservative held power across America, then and now I remember a growing hatred that took root and has grown even larger now, to the point it divides our Nation today.  We have not seen such growing hatred since the hatred by  Democrats over the crimes of the Nixon Administration and the Forgiveness of his crimes by President Ford. Some claim that it was the outrage against President Gerald Ford that started the grassroots of Conservatism.

None of that hatred, however, approached the level of hatred we have seen against, President Barack Obama, continually displayed by men like Ted Cruz, Senator Issis, Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul, John McCain, Mitch McConnell and others along with the majority of those Conservatives and Libertarians who have been paid for and bought by the Tea Party and by the Conservative movement and media as a whole, today.

In this atmosphere of hate in the Senate and Congress pressed on by men like Carl Rove and Grover Norquist, we ask our President to lead and in other cases demand that he does while he is continually criticized both by the Conservative right and Tea Party libertarians who pat themselves on the back for being gatekeepers of family values.  Is it any wonder the majority of free thinking adults in America see so much hypocrisy in the Conservative movement?

Those who have not paid attention for the last two and a half years as the crises in Syria has grown are now asking our President for the use of diplomacy.  It is not just those here at home but also those who blocked any attempts or efforts by the Obama Administrations doing just that with the World community through the UN. Both Russia and China have blocked any and all efforts to even place the crises taking place in Syria on the table for discussion.

There are other Nations in the United Nation whose trade and or debt is held by China or who have oil distribution or interests as well as trade interests in Iran or Russia who are just as guilty of not voting in favor of  any efforts made by the United States, when it came to diplomacy in Syria.  Because of these Nations in the UN’s refusal to do so Putin walks around with a strut that allows Syria to go on with impunity, even while these Nations of the United Nation depend on our military  for their Defense. These same Nations signed the International agreement of law that bans the list of weapons of mass destruction and are members of NATO.

The great majority of us who follow the votes or lack of votes of support for the United States and the “right thing to do,” have found the U.N irrelevant for years and especially on Syria.  There seems to be a complete absent of understanding not just here but elsewhere in the World, that when elected President Obama not only demanded but pressed for diplomacy, not with just our allies and friends, but also with our enemies and was met with out-rage and criticism on both the World Stage and by the Conservatives, here at home. Therefore it is almost amusing, if not so maddening, that Russia, Members of the UN, Iran, and the Conservative following  are now saying more can be done towards diplomacy.

Any efforts to convince us or any other Nation that negotiations or anything for that matter is as it appears or is always black and white and we believe that,  those who do are all bound to lose.  There are those who simply do not want to hear the truth or believe that negotiations with tyrants such as Assad is even a possibility while others believe that negotiations always are possible even after they have been attempted repeatedly while 100,000 Syrians have died.

In a World where we deal with rational leaders or those who refuse to hide in the shadows, once negotiations are repeatedly tried and exhausted, it does require military intervention. When any tyrant feels that their position of power is being protected or threatened they do not negotiate but instead dig in deeper. It is no different to get this kind of a tyrant to reason or to even talk to us about possibilities, than it is to get a person in a coma to.  It is not until they see for themselves that their regime will be demolished by the power and technology of a military so great as to destroy their entire hold of power in 5 minutes ,will a tyrant consider coming to the table to negotiate. Then and only then will they come to the table if they understand that they can be left in power as long as they give up weapons of mass destruction and follow international law in regards to the same. This is what is being offered to Assad of Syria.

Some tyrants are so deranged as was Saddam Hussein and Hitler that negotiations could not even be considered as an option so they fought to their deaths rather than give up their power. We ,however, are not asking Assad to do that but instead to sign agreement to stop the use of banned weapons. Assad has been notified and attempts made for him to come to the table for two and half years by the  Obama Administration and the requests have been ignored by him.

We are at the point that we need military strikes to get the Assad Regimes attention in order to let him know that outside of his cozy neighborhood of Iran and China and Russia, we are serious.  Will the saber-rattling lead to more?  It very well could but if it does our allies in the Region will take on the battle, after we weaken the Assad Regime’s ability to use weapons of mass destruction against our friends and allies.  If atomic weapons, which we still believe are not developed in the region, are used by Iran then the whole World will get involved and take action. We cannot hide in the shadows against the threat of tyranny and expect to maintain the credibility and right of power necessary to prevent tyrants from taking over the World as well as our Nation.

Do we the American people, want America as a Nation that cowers and says “NO” when innocent children are being killed, raped, and tortured?  Is that the Nation that “We the People”, the Senate and Congress want America to become? In a Democracy we all have a voice to decide that question  through the people we elect.

Are we going to lose all credibility on the World Stage, because we refuse to stand up to those who break International law and commit war crimes so grievous as to destroy innocent children? You bet we are and we should lose credibility because as the Nation with the most powerful and the latest technological military in the World, we have already decided that we will finance a military not only to keep us safe but to safe guard our allies around the World as well. This is not just President Obama’s credibility and responsibility but ours and our elected officials as well.  What freedoms we gain as a Nation we are also many times called on to pay back for that freedom, no differently from those who depend on us for that military capability.

When we elect a government,” of the people, for the people. and by the people,” we ask those we elect to government to make those decisions that give them special powers to view information protected from the rest of us through intelligence and for reasons of safeguarding our own Security as well as our allies.  They need to hear us but they also sometimes need to over-ride us because of the classified information they receive.  I find it ironic that a Congress who has refused to hear a thing we have said for over 5 years is now ducking their own responsibility once again, and instead holding the war protestors responsible for the decisions they make, by again blaming the Obama Administration.  What else is new, huh?

It is a heavy decision for all of us, but most especially for those we elect, as what ever vote they cast there will always be those who are suspect by the nature that our Nation has been divided.  “We the People” are the only ones who can change that by uniting together behind our President or deciding to remain divided on the Strike that our President says needs to happen.

Unlike popular opinion, by too many politicians, and other paid lobbyists and voices, it is not the main job of our elected officials to gain our votes through election and re-election by lies, threats or intimidation but to protect our Nation and that of our Allies against Tyranny. It is our job to seek out information on the candidates, to listen to the candidate who most represents our own views, to check their voting records, to understand the platforms of the Parties they represent, and to determine their credibility without influence from outside sources, and then to vote in a convenient location and time provided equally to all of our convenience, regardless of race, nationality or Creed.

Didn’t President Barack Obama win the majority of our votes on trust?  I know that is why I stand beside, behind, and with Him. Each of us are given that right to decide for ourselves, however none of us, have a right to demand our President, Secretary of State or Nation, or Commander-in-Chief of military operations to broadcast to us point by point what their military plans are  or what they plan to do.

We do not have the right to know anymore than do the Senate or Congress, outside of the Security and Intelligence committees. The rest of or the main body of the Senate and Congress do get briefings of a greater significance than we do, but not equivalent to those who serve on the Special Security and intelligence Committees, nor are they entitled to the same. This raises the hackles of both the Libertarians and Conservatives when Diane Feinstein says trust me more so than when one of their own does.

Most of the posturing that is going on by the Liberals, Conservatives and Libertarians in Washington, is just white noise to make “we the People” believe that the main body of Senate and Congress are being denied their just due, and to make us believe they have no obligation beyond voting for the people rather than for the oath of office they are sworn to uphold.

They are not obligated to vote with or according to the voice of the people who elect them in matters of National or World Security. Kind of ironic that Congress is even trying to suggest that they have acted in the best interests of the people in the past 5 years, isn’t it? Will the Libertarians and Conservatives in the Democratic and Republican Parties then follow through on their responsibility under the oath of office they swore to uphold against tyranny or will they justify their way out of that obligation out of allegiance to Grover Norquist?  Will the liberals also be swayed by the powers that be?  Who knows from this bunch?

If we all knew what the Special committees knew, and there being no love lost between Parties, it would only give the enemy incentive to buy information or knowledge so that any attack by us would only render our operations weaker and put our own people in harm’s way.  Just like the banter being bandied about over Snowdon’s lack of loyalty to maintain the allegiance of secrecy to an oath taken by all who are hired in the Department he was employed in, there will always be those who can justify wrong over right or right over wrong depending on our own perspectives. The American mind just like the World’s mind  is often persuadable  by a little money or lack of conscious sworn under oath to uphold the clearance of secrecy granted. Intelligence is supposed to be kept secret and is not intended to be reality television. If it was it would not be intelligence.

We have already heard more than what most of us have heard in the past about the plans and the reasoning behind the strike. Those retired officers in the military are not privileged to any classified information on the current strike nor are  men like Rumsfeld or any one else in the Pentagon, who are not directly involved with the immediate operation, nor are the media, entitled to anymore information than we are.  What we read and hear from most of them on the plans of the strike are nothing more than their opinions or speculation. Much of what we read through Social media is the opinion of those who have little to no knowledge beyond what they read on Social media and that which is written by those paid on social media to spread lies. By the same token much of what we watch on television  or read in print through the media is to spread conjecture or to sway opinions slanted usually by the owners who sign their pay checks.

There is an old saying in America, and I will attempt to clean it up but it says,  “Opinions are like rectums, we all have one but nobody wants to see it.”  We do well to remember that when we listen to excuses of elected officials who take an oath of office to defend against tyranny and  then  abdicate from their responsibility to do so; just as we should those who do not have our best interests at heart or dictators.  If we take the opinions of Russian television, or people like Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh, seriously, we are really listening to flawed opinions.  That also includes all news agencies, as well as, those who report less than the news.  Any information gained in conversation when it is not on the level of reporting news, on the Social networks, as talk News networks, talk shows, or printed as opinion,  are simply that, their opinions.

Because we are not use to having information on strikes shared with us, we don’t know what to do with it as most Presidents in the lives of most of us, have never given that choice to “We the People” or the World to hear to the degree as President Obama has. Because our President, Barack Obama, has always given, “We the People,” the right to speak our own opinions as well as shown the United Nations its due respect, we have taken it for granted that this has been the nature of all other Presidents when it has been far from the nature of the White House to do so. The great majority of Presidents have shared limited information with us and the U.N. after attacks. America has never bent from its right to defend our Constitution or against tyranny aimed at either us or our allies, and as such there are enemies who do hate us. When President Bush said we would hunt down Osama Ben Laden following 9/11  very few in the U.N. backed us up then  and including when the Obama Administration took him down.

If we, or the Congress, or Senate ,or the World, refuse to take this strike against Syria as seriously as they should or refuse to accept our or their own responsibility to trust those in charge of this operation, as it being the only action left to us as a Nation, and the right thing to do, then those in charge of this operation have every responsibility and duty, according to our Constitution and the Geneva Convention, to follow their own conscious as it is their duty as elected officials to limit tyranny in the World along with every other Nation of NATO, since the announced strikes are neither a Declaration of War or an announcement of war.

When others refuse to defend against tyranny and 198 Nations have signed on to do just that, we are left defenseless except with the support of a few of our own allies, to act alone.  As the only Nation powerful and committed enough to stand up against tyranny in the World, since this is neither a declaration or announcement of war, we will set the example to the whole World that terrorists, tyrants, and infamy can not reign as long as we The United States of America are willing to show the courage required of us. We all wish for peace and hope for the day that the Middle East decides as we do, but until then it is the duty of good people to defend against Nations who allow for and promote tyrants.

It then becomes our responsibility as a Nation and the World’s duty to support those who do decide if the strike is the only available option they have, to make the Assad Regime, follow the laws that are supported by 198 other Nations. That law refuses to allow any head of any Nation to destroy its own people and has been  a matter of International Law since 1925.  We elect officials so when in time of criminal activity and torture, they will make their decisions matter to humanity. That is what Democracies do. God Bless all of us and God Bless the United States of America.

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If you read my previous post entitled “Emotions Denied” then you know that I have stressed the importance of knowing and releasing ourselves from our past emotional baggage.  I love people who give of themselves without question or suspicion but I do not love it when these same people regret their doing so and they either end up bitter for life or they complain obsessively about it, and then turn around and repeat it again and again.

It is our job to understand the difference between real need as versus those who go through every member of the group or family pulling a fast one, while they play a victim with their hands out. If we do not learn this lesson fairly quickly then we will get burned by those who deceive. We do not owe con people or those who have such little respect for us, that they would lie to us, anything so we need to stop them from their own bad habits by having the courage to say,”No.”

We should never feel an obligation to support those who have a better lifestyle than we do. Intellectually, we all know this so why do we allow these destructive people to ruin even a  moment of our day much less,years and years? If we can’t stop our obsessions over the same shouldn’t we question our own emotional development instead of their’s? People who can deceive us will always deceive us, if we do not have the power to be honest with them as well as ourselves.

We will all have at least one or two extreme or real hurts in our life time that makes each of us obsessive until we heal. We often think the first time we are betrayed by a friend is the worst hurt of all until we do mature enough to understand the real priorities in life.  Many will be tested much further than the rest of us and still remain in charge of their own emotional well-being, because they do recognize they cannot do it alone and they need help. When it comes to the lost of a child perhaps we will never recover.  This is not the kind of pain that I am writing about today.  What I am talking about is when people make sacrifices to give of their time or money and then complain because they get “screwed” and it leads to a lifetime of grudge matches or hate to the point they remain bitter and take it out on those closest to them for life.

My biggest complaints about joining charitable groups in the past and what led me to get out of all of them, was not my enjoyment of doing so but the complaining I heard from the individuals working in them.  Some one was always complaining that they worked harder than the next person or “so and so” felt they needed to point out what “butter paddies” were over just butter”,or the person in charge had no life beyond making their own image look good and it meant the rest of us should ignore our families and fall in line as well. I decided the best way I could give of real charity was to go anonymous and form my own.  The type of groups I was in had nothing to do with being charitable.

True charity is giving when we know we have nothing to gain ourselves, in return.  I have gone into a number of relationships in my lifetime knowing full-well that I would be betrayed,used, or rejected afterwards. I was aware of the fact that it was their behavior that was at fault, not my own, but my conscience told me that if I ignored their needs, it would make me less of a person than the one I wanted to be because I did have the ability,money, and time to help them.  In saying yes I  also knew I risked the fact of being mistreated because as does happen, some of them would feel, if I helped them once, they were entitled to my help again and again. I did not take on these challenges in my life until I had learned that once burnt twice learned.  It did not give me the excuse to never again show charity to others but instead to understand that losing people who would betray me is not the worse thing in life to lose.

It is when we take on extreme views in life that never bend or because John Doe hurt us we can never trust men again or if Jane Doe behaves in such a way then we will never speak to her again, that we take on the views of a person who would rather dwell on our extreme views over that of a person who would learn humility and charity.  I certainly do not advocate spending time with people who have a past history of being untrustworthy but if we can instead learn from the mistakes of our own roles in life we can also let go of the judgements we place against others.

Most obsessions come from our own lack of understanding that our extreme views led to judging another’s person’s right to operate as a free agent or we assumed to much about them, when we have no right to judge the behavior of anyone other than our own behavior.  When we spend time understanding why we respond the way we do, we make it more difficult for others to burn us.  The mere fact that we refer to it as being burned often means we are not looking at the full picture as it presents itself as others can not burn us if we do not give them permission to do so. Obsessions that continue are only a cover for the fact that we are human and have been hurt more sometimes from our own assumptions than by the person or people we have misjudged.

Having been disabled by pain, all my adult life, I have come to appreciate that we all have limits and if we do not say “NO” but instead resent people by saying “Yes”, then we do both of us a disservice. When we are at peace with our own emotions it is neither foolish or stupid to do so but it is the act of true empathy for someone whose need is greater than our own, when we can make a difference.  It is called Charity. It is also charity to say “NO” when we mean “No” because we set our own ground rules by knowing our own as well as our loved ones limitations to give, as well.

Giving because we expect something in return, because it is our cultural belief,we are doing it for our own image, we are told to by superiors or a court,or we obligate another person so they feel guilt if they do not do us a favor when we need a favor, is neither charity or an act of kindness.  There is no place for the word me in charity or empathy if we do wish to help and can without hurting ourselves or our loved ones, in the process.

When charity is done at the expense of the future of our own children, then it can be as destructive as doing nothing. It is through charity that we can best teach right from wrong to our children, when we keep it in balance with the rest of our life.When I see members of the Tea Party such as Ron Paul say,”Why should I have to pay because they lost their Beach house in a storm,” I can relate to what he is saying but I do know that if we ever reach the point in America that all Americans develop,” that me first and only attitude,” we will fail to exist as a Democracy or we will become a Country without a conscious.

The point I am making today is if we give with our compassion,time or money and have expectations in return every time we do, then we should not spend the rest of our lives obsessing over the fact that we got nothing back in return when we keep giving to the same person or people who never will return their own compassion,time,or money, but instead will mistreat us or betray us.

If we are not willing to learn through our own feelings of making a mistake  but instead assume or insist they pay us back in kind, we are only hurting ourself through denial or assumption of their being the people we think they should be rather than the person or people they are. When we do an act of kindness we should understand that it is its own reward instead of having a view of injustice when it is we who are acting irrational. There is a reason that the cliché’ exists and it is,”No good Deed shall go left unpunished.”  It is the quickest way there is to teach each of us two things and those are:  How secure are we in giving and do we have an ulterior motive when we give? Clearly if we are going to obsess about how we got burned from 3 to 30 years, then we pretty much have our answer, don’t we?

The whole point of giving is the comfort we gain when we look ourselves in the mirror or lay our heads on our pillow at night and know our joy of living is complete.  It should never have either a price or expectation on it, beyond the fact that we are comfortable enough in the act of giving and in our own emotional health that we are made complete as a result of doing so. If we are giving when we don’t wish to give then whose fault is it if no one is there to give us a hand up when we fall? We need to determine our own limitations as well as the past history of others who we do deal with and if we are emotionally strong enough to continue dealing with those we are obsessing over.  If not it is way past time we acknowledge that we no longer have a role to play in their lives and if the cost is walking away then we do so.  Ask yourself,”If this person’s need had led to starvation,suicide, or accident would that had made you feel bitter because you got nothing back from them?

If  all of us had expectations of what we would gain in return for our compassion or when we gave, then none of us would ever enjoy life.  Trust me when I say,” if I am speaking about you, then would you please keep your time,money,or charitable work, before obligating others,establishing an image for yourself, or following through out of guilt, or you tell yourself you have an obligation to do so.” We all need to understand that giving isn’t done to gain personally and if it is, it will gain you nothing when it comes to peace of mind. It will instead only add to your own denial and inadequacies of just how out of keel with your emotional health you are or will become.  It will also drive all the rest of us right up a wall if we ever hear you obsess over it one more time!

The truth is those of us who care, which is the majority of us, are going to get burned by people like yourself, if we look at life as you do and ask to what can you do for me or how entitled am I, especially if you plan on giving nothing in return, unless you have strings attached to your generosity. A Nation that legislates by taking advantage of those who jeopardize their life for our freedoms,the sick or elderly who paid in,the poor and the hungry who teach us what real humanity is,or the disabled and disadvantaged who refuse to quit, while we pay for the wealthy tax breaks, is a legislature out of touch with the needs of the people who they take an oath of office to protect.

Those who give back to all of us, through their inspirations and constant struggles and those who teach us unselfish dedication along with giving us the hope through their own strengths,are the people we need to help and certainly over the greed of the people who wouldn’t waste their time trying to understand what real struggle or charity is unless they stood to gain. If we are going to call ourselves civilized or a Democracy, we cannot continue to reward bad behavior in favor of good behavior.

Our giving to those in need, as a Nation and through our tax base, is what should give all of us peace of mind. Knowing they have been there for us in the lessons we should have learned from them and the struggles they made for us or the hope they offer us, needs to be paid for by a grateful Country. To hate or obsess over doing so only indicates to the rest of us, you fail to appreciate those of us who will care for you, even when you have expectations in return. So can we quit obsessing and get back to compassion? Please stop the hurt and hate in you that feeds into driving your obsessions of feeling like you got burned, so those who do care about you, want to spend time with you.

I hope this brings a smile to the face of those of us who can remember a time in our life when we were to wrapped up with the negative side of life and to you who understand about which I write.  It would be equally as wonderful if it offers sage advice to those who don’t.  Remember the advice given by someone much wiser than I and it goes like this,”I asked you how you were, not how your ailments are?”Make life work for you in the best manner you can and then add others when you are strong enough to understand your own strengths and weaknesses.  Life takes a lifetime to get it right for a reason, with peace of mind following when we do.

Enjoy the empathy and compassion granted us through out our life as to destroy it is a real waste! Life really is too short to waste it in upset and hate, while obsessing over those who we make assumptions about according to our own extreme beliefs! Loving those who cannot love others because they cannot love themselves makes it even more difficult for those of us who try.   Understanding that as individuals we have a right to choose just as you do, goes a long way towards healing our Nation, and is the goal of all of us without your hate in it, hopefully with that  lesson learned in our election. Despite that hope the hate will continue if we do not put a stop to it in our Churches, legislatures,media, and lives.

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Senators and Congressmen like to speak about how their salaries have been frozen at $174,000.00 a year for four years. When they tell the public that they do not tell us that they are amongst the fastest growing people in America when it comes to wealth accumulation.

When they mention their base pay they do not speak of the amounts they get in healthcare,pensions,compensation for travel expenses, housing allowances,their food allowances or entertainment costs.

They do not speak of the income they derive from insider trading on the stock market or what they gain in gifts from lobbyist. The Republicans voted not once but twice during the Bush years to allow for and to extend the gifts given to them by lobbyists.

While the middle class wages have remained stagnant or have flat lined over the past 20 years or so, the income of the Congress and Senate has grown at 150 times greater the rate of the normal American middle class citizen. The government that they are fighting to do away with has made them all wealthy.

The typical Congressman who comes into Congress with modest means, and stays for 10 to 15 years will be making on the average of $850,000.00 a year by the time they leave, once all their compensations, gifts,investments gained through the insider trading, and benefits are added up. They are amongst the largest group of those who receive entitlements in our Nation. They will leave with 5 to 6 million dollars on the average.

There perhaps are many reasons, not a few being their own wallets, as to why the Republicans refuse to lift the Bush Tax cuts that are draining our treasury and building our deficit to the point that it is bankrupting our government, of the people, for the people, and by the people. Both Parties are guilty of getting wealthy off of the middle class but only the Democrats, are fighting to save the middle class as we know it. Our government and “We the People” pay them very well.

Mitt Romney said.”He does not care about the poor who are protected by a safety net just those who fall between the holes.” How many of us think that Mitt even knows that the safety net is so pathetic that a child dies in the United States every 5 minutes due to starvation related diseases?

This is Republican speak for the constant words spoken in regards to the “haves” supporting the “have nots.” They either truly believe that the poor do not work and are dependent on the wealthy for welfare or it is politically popular to show disdain towards the poor in the current climate of “me first and only,” as represented by the Tea Party mentality. Could he be so out of touch that he truly believes the food on their table is so well provided for by the wealthy, that the safety net includes a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs,and that food stamps pay for the needs of the poor?

We can only hope that the man who believes he can represent the middle class is not that out of touch but instead, it was said to please the Tea Party as it has become so popular this year, because it plays well with the Tea Party who also believes this garbage.

If not, then it only reiterates what we all know about Mitt, and that is he does not have a clue that many of the middle class that he professes to want to help are these same poor that he says he is not concerned about.

It is not the truth and has never been the truth that the tax dollars of the “haves” pay for the “have nots” and provide them with a safety net. The truth is when the middle class and the poor do fall on hard times, because their wages keep getting cut by Corporations or they get laid off, it is the government in government subsidies that help feed the poor while the Churches or the schools, in most of the cases, distribute it free.

This has been paid for by the working poor and middle class from their taxes, while they were employed ,and it continues being paid for by the working poor and the middle class, who pay for the large percentage of the government subsidies and certainly not the wealthy. It simply is more of the bigotry that we are hearing in the Republican Party.

The wealthy do not support anyone, as they have lawyers and lobbyist that make certain that they do not pay their fair share in taxes. They have loopholes given to them by the Bush tax cuts and found for them by their lawyers, that gets them out of paying taxes that do not exist for the rest of us.

The average middle class and working poor Americans, who have raised their families, and own their home can deduct their house mortgage, a small percentage for charity,and that is all, providing they do not travel for a living. Those who do have children can deduct their children and day care. If we rent we have even less tax cuts. The wealthy have pages after pages of tax loop holes that do not exist for the rest of us, because they were not granted in the Bush tax cuts. In some cases, they pay no taxes at all. It is so common that none of us should be surprised to find that would be true if Mitt Romney was made to release his taxes back the 12 years that President Barack OBama has.

It is the working poor and the middle class who support the wealthys’ entitlements, with their loop holes and tax breaks and Corporate welfare, and yet they refuse to let go of the bigotry that they spread against the poor. Newt Gingrich is in an uproar over Mitt’s statement even though, Newt said, “The children of the poor should be taken away from their parents and placed into orphanages,” when he served in the House.

The fact that Mitt Romney has placed his wealth over seas in the Cayman Islands, and in the past in Swiss banks, and speaks in such a callous regard about the poor, who he really thinks that the wealthy are supporting, is the best indicator we all have that he will do nothing towards lifting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and it will be business as usual in the Republican Party, if he is elected.

Although the Republican candidates made their multi-millions outside of government, with the exception of Santorum and Newt, we can bet they will add to it and protect it over their claimed desire to find jobs for the middle class and working poor if elected. It is amazing just how many free entitlements the wealthy politicians feel they deserve for free, while they call the Social Security and Medicare that we paid for since the 1950’s out of each pay check we earned,at a much higher rate, than we are today, entitlements.

We can no longer afford to make politicians wealthy when they are looking out for their own best interests over our own and while bankrupting the government that employs them. It is time to throw them out and let them live a comfortable life, as Mitt has been doing for 10 years, off the interests their multi-millions make.

In passing, do we think Rick Santorum will show his taxes for 12 years? When people find out that he gained his millions off of government employ and as a lobbyist won’t that fly in the face of the idea he likes to project, and that is, he is just a regular “Joe”? Seems to me, if he does his own taxes and they are on his computer, all he has to do is load the printing carrier with paper, and press the print button.

Have a good day all and if it sucks instead, then take out time to smile at someone who has had a worse day than you have, or hug your kids, pet, or loved ones. It’s amazing the difference a smile and/ or a hug can make towards lifting our spirits. If that doesn’t work then have a dish of ice cream. It is o.k. as long as we do not make a continued habit of it.

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When confronted about his past record as House Speaker Newt boldly lied and told the people: of the 84 grievances filed against him that none of them were ever substantiated except a communication with a lawyer he had overlooked. That is not the truth and a matter of public record.

Government funds intended for the people were found to have been used in his own private organization call Go Pac to buy and furnish those offices with computers amongst one of the few charges. In 1995 his own lieutenants called for his resignation. He was found guilty and fined $300,000. The Republican House majority along with the Democrats voted 395 to 28 to have him removed from office and Newt would later refer to the Republicans as cannibals. He is lying to the people, along with Rush Limbaugh, when it comes to what he has accomplished and what his association to Freddie Mack and Fannie May has been.

When Republicans were asked in 1995 if they would vote for Newt for President only 9% said they would. 49% called him scary. He was replaced by Robert Livingston as House Speaker and Livingston would also be removed in weeks on a morals charge and the two of them remained in contact and became buddies while Newt worked privately and Livingston became a lobbyist. Newt was making public speeches touting his own horn much like Donald Trump does, and accumulated 7 and 1/2 million dollars.Even his so-called $60,000 speeches, do not add up that quickly. He acknowledges that he has made $100 million since being kicked out of Congress and claims a documentary on Pope John was well received as was his wife’s children books. Do we really believe either could make that much in 12 years and he did not use his influence to gain his wealth?

Newt in alignment with Donald Trump should prove to all of us that the previous Baptist then Lutheran who is now a Catholic has not changed his spots due to Religious convictions but refuses to let go of the ego that feeds him and takes him wherever he finds he can benefit, personally. He has always discounted the needs of everyone other than Newt.He was a Rockefeller supporter in his youth and has worked tirelessly against the poor, despite his now pretending concern for the black youth.

If none of what I have written so far does not convince you of the danger of the man, then please understand, that he is rising in the polls due to the support of the Conservative right wing and the Tea Party and the money they are spending along with the phone soliciting they are doing for him. It has reached almost harassment levels in some parts of the Heartland and South.

Both the Conservatives and Tea Party hate the minorities, and blame them for the rise in cost of food stamps when many more of the unemployed middle class are receiving food stamps due to the increasing wealth of the 1% and the lack of jobs, due to massive lay offs of teachers throughout the Nation by the Tea Party electorate, and the behavior of laying off or hiring part time to avoid benefits, coming from the Corporations. They especially hate OBama so bad that they will support anyone who can show passion when campaigning against OBama in order to protect the 1%. Morals or the character of a person is not important to these hypocrits as long as they win. Newt has been resurrected by them to defeat OBama and to feed their hate.

Just as the Republican voters called Newt, “scary,” in 1995 we should all agree that the word still applies to Newt, and be alert to the danger of this man becoming President in 2012. We owe it to ourselves and to American Democracy, to join both Parties of voters together, to make certain Newt is defeated in 2012. We cannot afford another circus.

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At a time in our Country, when the polls show that only 9% of the population are pleased with the Congress we currently have, I wonder, how many of us ever ask what makes a Congressman a Congressman? Of course the answer is we do. Although it maybe questionable in States like Texas as well as when Al Gore won the popular vote against George “Dubya” Bush, the truth is, it is “we the people” who keep electing these Republicans who have made it clear they do not represent us but the 1%.

Nothing should upset us more than the people who complain and do not vote unless it is the brainwashed or those who vote while professing ignorance or vote the way their fathers or their mates do. Just as Christ spit out the luke warm so should we Americans be upset with the people who either do not vote but complain or those who vote without knowledge or conviction or worse yet the way they are told to vote. Nothing will cost the rest of us our freedom, lifestyle, or Democracy faster than those who vote with blinders over their eyes or out of indifference or ignorance.

If only 9% of us are pleased with the Congress and the other 91% are not then whose fault is it that the majority keeps electing these Republican Turkeys, if not ourselves? Help me help the 99% Occupy movement,help the AARP, or any community active in educating the voters to understand that when we elect politicians into the Congress, Senate or Presidency, they do not get to dismiss the majority of “we the people”, nor will they ever remain a politician unless we are heard.

They are elected to improve and to work for the Federal government in Washington D.C. who writes their checks and to help improve the lives of the people who elect them and are not elected to improve their own livelyhood or to work only for Party interests or those who contribute to their campaign funds. To deliberately destroy government for the sake of free enterprise or the 1% is not the purpose of a politician who is elected by “We the People.”

The mainstream media who is owned by Corporate and Murdoch, as well as the Republicans, would convince us that OBama has not been working for the people by the people since taking office and instead it is as much the Democrats refusal to give into the demands as the Republicans and vice versa, even though that is far from the truth. The Republicans are working for Corporate greed while the majority of Democrats fight for the middle class and that is the reason they do not agree.

The Democrats were able to prevent a Depression that was feared to be greater than the Great Depression and began with healthcare for everyone, even though OBama risked not being re-elected, as a result of starting there.Obama and the majority of Democrats minus the 33 Democrats who consistently vote against them, have been commited to the people from day one and that is not to say that mistakes have not been made but no one has ever had quite the mess they have had with a “Say NO” Republican base to deal with in the past. More than likely, history will treat OBama kinder than some of us have. Throughout other times in history both parties have wanted to go home to talk about what they accomplished when working together for the people during an election year. This bunch of Republicans only want to find fault and tell half truths.

When they lose sight of what their job is, it is time for we the people to lay them off.We not only bring them there, we keep them there, and have no one but ourselves to blame when people like Newt Gingrich goes into the Congress with a teacher’s wages and comes out a multi-millionaire and we then elect him to the Presidency even though his own party had to get rid of him on 44 grievances of misconduct that led to unethetical practice and a fine of $300,000 while in the Congress as House Speaker.

The best barometer of future behavior is past behavior even though he is now with his third wife and has joined the Catholic Church. He divorced his first wife when she developed cancer and his second when she developed MS and yet says God has destined him to be President. We certainly have seen enough egotistical and verbose politicians who think nothing of lying to make their own gains, when religion rarely if ever, changes the character of the man. If Newt is our next president then we truly can only blame ourselves for not stopping the travesty of injustice and the weakening of Democracy.

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