As I watched the horror as the events in Japan unfolded, I can’t help but to once again feel true sorrow over the loss of life and destruction. In just minutes, an estimated 10,000 people may have perished. Entire cities were leveled, roads crumbled and cars, trucks and boats were tossed with ease. This was, like the Indonesia tsunami in 1995, just heartbreaking. But the problems continue to mount as Japanese nuclear plants are in big trouble. This could be catastrophic for the Japanese people, and may cause problems in other countries as well. As I’m writing this, nobody outside of Japan is in danger, but getting some knowledge now may help later. Better to be safe than sorry. In retrospect, it made me think of my personal situation. I live in an area that may have a tornado or damaging winds, and a slight possibility of a wildfire. Both events are very rare, but we are prepared for what ever Mother Nature can bring our way. If either of these events would occur, it would be devastating. But our decisions have consequences, as what you decide in life does as well.
I’ve often wondered why people tend to live in areas that are prone to devastating natural events. We as Americans have major cities on fault lines much like Japan, yet we continue to have population growth and or very near our coastlines. We build million dollar homes in areas prone to disastrous wildfires, in tornado alley and near active volcanos. With these decisions there can be very bad consequences. Life is filled with decisions and consequences, often, the outcome is a good one and we live happily as a result of that good decision. What we have been witnessing, and witnessed in the past, is that building cities right next to the ocean has consequences, whether it’s a tsunami, hurricane or other natural event, it’s just not a good decision to do in a place where danger lurks. We have seen this play out over and over, yet we just rebuild in the same areas. How smart is that?
As I watch the continued events unfold, I know that is wrong to lay blame on people for building cities and nuclear reactors on the ocean front. There are many jobs afforded from the worlds waterways and oceans, and it’s convenient to live close to the worksite. There is much suffering happening in Japan, please keep them in your hearts and prayers.
There are other decisions that we as Americans make each day. Most are simple, some are more complicated. When it comes to political beliefs, the difference is striking. On the right, we have the Conservative majority, mostly quiet people who want our government to be much smaller and more fiscally responsible. On the left, we have the Liberal/Progressives who have a different outlook, bigger government, more taxes and regulation. Two opposites on a collision course with destiny. In recent events, Wisconsin had the public unions and Democrats versus the conservative Republicans battle it out over union collective bargaining issues. The Democrat Senators ran to Illinois, while the unions protested relentlessly in the States capital. In the end, economics won, and the unions and Democrats lost.
The Liberal/Progressive mindset is difficult to understand. Some think this way because of some fantasy called the greater good, or prosperity for everyone. Although getting there would require taking from the rich and passing it down, which is unsustainable in any economy, yet they still push for “fairness”. This is the same mindset with the unions all over the country where these battles are being waged. Essentially, the unions want their cookies, at taxpayers expense. Raise the taxes on the rich they say. Yet they can’t see their own hand in front of their faces because they are blind to the consequences. If they get their demands, the rich, along with their businesses, would simply leave the state for greener grasses. Then what? Simple, mass layoffs, and possibly, legislation to ban unions altogether. They don’t see this, they just see their cookies. Befuddling!
The mindset of the Liberal/Progressives were on the big stage when filmmaker Michael Moore spoke in Wisconsin, stating that wealth is a national resource. Interesting enough, Moore is worth around 100 million and has avoided making movies in unionized states. Sound hypocritical to me. He then went on MSNBC with a pair of handcuffs, stating they were for the Wall Street thieves. All the while, his investments has increased his wealth, thanks to those very thieves. Michael Moore is bloated (pun intended) with contradictions. Despite this, Moore has been the face of the Liberal/Progressives, and a great example of how confused those that follow the Liberal/Progressive mindset think. They want what is not theirs, and will use force to get it.
More people now are on some form of government aid than at any time in history. This, combined with government incompetency, is racing toward a cliff. It was many years ago when the Liberal/Progressive mindset of welfare began, taking from the producers and giving it to the non-producers. Now, they are screaming for more theft, this time from the wealthy in the form of higher taxes. These are the very people who choose to build and populate cities where a high rate of devastating disasters occur. If they prevail, there will be consequences!