Sunday, November 17, 2013

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

If you are reading this, pay particular attention to this, from the Declaration of Independence: "...that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among those are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  ...that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it and to institute new government...".  So, take a moment and think about that.  Is the government treating us right?  Is the government looking out for our best interests?  Is the government sworn to protect us, and will they carry out that oath?      The man who occupies the White House, is he acting in the best interests of the United States?  Is he following the oath of his office, to defend this country against enemies foreign and domestic?  Have his actions strengthened, or weakened, the country? 
            My own opinions are that he is foreign-born, that he is working through an agenda, and being manipulated to bring about the downfall of this country, both economically and militarily.  The American people should strongly consider changing the government when election days roll around.  That's just one of the people's choices, and we should exercise it.  Career politicians, or ANY politician that puts party before country, should be ousted from his or her office.  Don't give me the story that every OTHER member of Congress is corrupt, but MINE is wonderful...that doesn't fly  anymore.  The voting record of any politician, especially members of the US Congress, should be available to any citizen, and THAT is when you find out where that person's loyalties lie.  There is a Latin phrase that some label as the unofficial motto of the US Navy and this is it; NON SIBI SED PATRIAE, and it means NOT SELF BUT COUNTRY.
            If you are honest with yourself, you know that Americans will never give up their guns.  You know that part-time work doesn't pay what full-time work paid, and that more and more Americans are HAVING to go part-time because of actions taken by the government.  You know that our armed forces are facing deep cuts, in personnel and equipment...both of which are having disasterous effects.  You know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that if we don't turn the country around, we are going the way of France and England...once major players in world politics, now something much less.  You know that the dollar is in trouble around the world because our government does not know how to handle money...they didn't learn that lesson as children because they were not brought up in a time of want.  People in congress today, for the most part, grew up in an America that was strong and they are not prepared for what has been dropped on them.
            So, if you can't change America by yourself, find another person that thinks like you do...and tell them to find one.  One by one, and when you get to be a crowd, you CAN change things.  No, not a mob...a crowd, such as showed up in Washington during the shut-down.  One last thing; if you're honest with yourself, you know what has to be done...just do it.
Larry Usoff, U.S. Navy, Ret.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Some more random thoughts

   Some more random occurs to me that very few people get teary-eyed when the flag is carried by, or when a good rendition
of the National Anthem is sung.  Are we losing our heroes?  Being an emotional sort of person, it gets to me when it becomes necessary to talk about patriotic things.  There's no shame in having moist eyes on Veteran's Day, or Memorial Day, or if you visit a monument that holds some meaning for you.  Losing someone, anyone, is a crushing blow, and it is that much more horrific if it is a relative, and especially if it's a young relative.  Someone, and I don't know who, once said that it's young men that fight the wars that old men start.  Yeah, that's generally the case but perhaps with the advent of technology, it might turn out to be robots and drones.
            My father, who was a pretty smart guy even though he never got past third grade in formal school, used to say that you had to stand for something, or you would fall for anything.   That portion of this country that elected the president, twice, illustrate that perfectly.  They didn't stand for honesty, dignity, or patriotism...they fell for smooth talk, a cool-looking dude, and outrageous promises.  We were told that America was to be fundamentally changed, and that was about the only true thing the president ever said.  He told us exactly what he was going to do, and the electorate that fell for it is now not sure that they like the change that took place.
            One of the "freedoms" we enjoy, at least for the moment, is freedom of speech...but that is coming under fire...but I digress.  Everybody says you can't yell Fire in a crowded theatre, but that's not exactly true.  You may shout fire in a crowded theatre, but you better damn sure be ready for whatever happens after that.  So, in other words, you can say anything, but be responsible for the consequences.  As an example of how we might be losing that particular freedom, it seems that this president has an extremely thin skin and when detrimental things are said about him, no matter by who, he goes after them.   The so-called mainstream media is quick to label dissenters as racists, right-wing wackos, and the like.  You've heard me say this before...if the president's lips are moving, he's lying.  Period.
            A quick note about Obamacare.  The way it is set up, it's like the government are cowboys and they are herding the cattle(that's us) into a corral, and that corral is socialized medicine.  Once in the corral, you know what's going to happen...they'll be split up into smaller herds so they can be handled more easily.  Eventually, that cattle will probably be branded...but we'll call that as registering as a Democrat.   You should know that you can also consider that herd as illegal aliens and that they are destined to be given amnesty by a government that expects them to vote Democrat.   Simply put, Obamacare makes you pay more, for something you don't want, and you get less.  Period.
            I heard the other day that a couple more electric cars burned up.  I'm sure that sooner or later, and I believe it will be much later, electric cars will be perfected and they'll be able to charge up by plugging into an electric socket.  Ok, now let's go behind that plate on the wall and see where that electric power comes from.  In my estimation a large chunk of power plants are fueled by coal.  Kill the coal industry and you may be putting that electric car, and it's charging station, further down the road.  Nobody wants to get out from under the middle-east oil gangsters more than I why would we be killing off a power source that we have a lot of, in this country?  Why are we not opening up the pipeline from Canada, which is a friendly country, the last time I checked.
            One voice, even one as irritating as mine, doesn’t make a lot of difference overall, but, if you read this and agree with it, why don’t you get at least one other person to read it?  It’s a really simple plan, but eventually that voice will get louder and maybe, just maybe, we can put this country back on the right track.
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Larry Usoff USN, Ret