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March 15, 2011

 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!

Live Free!



27 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2011 11:39 am

    Holy macaroni, a little biased maybe?

    Most people living in “flood zones” are too pour to move. Most living in million dollar estates on the coast aren’t very poor and can afford all kinds of insurance (aside from rebuilding).

    What she would all those poor people do, Gman, adhere to your policies? Would that then make them right? Those born into poverty should just become rich? How easy a solution. How convenient.

    Madonna mia … a little too oversimplied for me, my brother. The world is crumbling because of the liberal/progessive mindset. Man, oh man … you see nothing wrong with this formula? Not even a little bit?

    Would you maybe admit that a lot of wealth that has trickled down from generation to generation was perhaps ill-gotten gains (feel free to pick on the Kennedy family here if your allegiance to the right precludes you from looking at the Bush family). Advantages gained either through illegal activities and/or blatant exploitation of workers and/or political connections are okay with you but the poor slobs born into poverty (some alongside some of those flood zone areas) are just takers.

    I don’t know, brother. Something suggests to me you’re viewing life through blinders, my friend.

    • gmanfortruth permalink*
      March 15, 2011 11:57 am

      Holy Cow Charlie, You misread big time. Having cities and populations in areas where natural disasters can occur has nothing to do with poor people. It’s the point that people build there, knowing the dangers. At some point, that danger will come, cause major destruction, and they will rebuild and wait for the next disaster. Makes no sense.

      As far as the rich, I don’t care about them much. I won’t just assume that they are criminals. I think we see the world and our country very differently. There is nothing you or I can do to the wealthy, so why complain about them. They own the government, so crying to them is useless. We all are going to lose!

  2. Cyndi P permalink
    March 15, 2011 12:05 pm

    ….and the Kenyan borb marxist is STILL permitted to remain in power. Talk about very bad consequences. Ah, the sheep wanted change. I enjoy seeimg the more obnoxious ones getting it.

  3. plainlyspoken permalink*
    March 15, 2011 1:16 pm

    Political life in America is tied to either Democrats, who have sold their black souls to unions, and to Republicans, who have sold their black souls to corporations.

    While I believe man needs some amount of government, the smallest and most lean government – should we get it – will still have to be actively watched to prevent feature creep expansion.

    Charlie, your happy to have government controlling people and society, which is why you love your greater good-spread the wealth stuff. Yet government is inherently evil (as BF says) and must be actively controlled to prevent its oppression on people.

    • March 15, 2011 2:48 pm

      Plainly: I love nothing about the people in power in this gov’t at all … especially, as you all “seem” to agree (when it’s convenient for your argument, I might add) that they are owned by the rich.

      I don’t think socialism would solve all the problems either. I just know that money concentrated in the hands of the few is nothing short of tyranny; especially, ESPECIALLY, when it was never acquired (not earned) without having trampled on the backs of others.

      Cyndi calling Obama a Kenyan Marxist is what will have him re-elected in 2012 … if you all dislike the guy so much, yous should really remind her of that …

      • March 15, 2011 2:56 pm


        You are just as afraid of the ideals I have for what this nation should look like politically because it would maximize individual freedom.

        Your ideals NEED as much government as you can to define freedom, and it is only a “governmental” freedom at that. Your plan takes freedom from individuals to implement your greater good idea.

        As I said before, that’s not for me and I’ll never submit to it.

        • March 15, 2011 4:42 pm

          Maximizing individual freedom is fine with me, brother. The problem becomes (and I can’t imagine why you don’t see this in your idealistic state), what happens when the big dog in the crowd decides he/she wants what you have? The big dog in a totally free society isn’t going to be restrained by anyone but yourself, correct? Good luck with that …

  4. March 15, 2011 4:47 pm

    Charlie, in your society – just like now – the “big dog” does want what I have. That big dog is government in either one.

    In my society I can fight to keep from the big dog stealing what is mine. I may lose but at least I can fight for what is mine. That doesn’t happen in today’s or in your ideal societies. Those big dogs continue to steal that to which they aren’t entitled.

    • March 15, 2011 5:19 pm

      This isn’t my society, Plainly. It’s way more yours than mine.

      By the way, how’d that free society work out for the native American Indian?

      • March 15, 2011 5:34 pm

        Then I am unclear of exactly how your society would operate. Would you mind elaborating beyond generalities? You talk about everyone getting a say but have never said how many need to agree for something to be “agreed” upon?

        Those Native Americans had their butts handed to them in the end, but they fought hard to prevent it. I doubt seriously you can compare then to an American populous standing against an oppressive government (we know how that worked out for the Brits when they oppressed us, now don’t we?).

        • March 15, 2011 6:33 pm

          Those Native Americans had their butts handed to them in the end, but they fought hard to prevent it.

          What’s your point, Plainly? Your capitalists (originally from the Europe you’re so proud of defeating AFTER raping the American Indian of the east cost–you went on to do it for another two hundred years) are the ones who took their land/culture.

          Some here called it Manifest Destiny.
          Hitler called it Lebensraum for Germany.

          We successfully defeated a King to organize a series of Kings. Didn’t that work out fine in the end … but it still doesn’t answer my question you’re avoiding … how did all that new established freedom work out for native American Indians?

  5. March 15, 2011 6:45 pm

    Well Charlie, I guess that we both profited from the taking of this land then didn’t we? We profited from all those murders too huh?

    As long as you live in this society Charlie and accuse us of wrong – you too would then be guilty since you exist and profit from what occurred then.

    What are you giving back to those Native Americans Charlie? Chances are they “owned” the land your dwelling is on – are you going to return it now?

    I, like you, am not responsible for what occurred before my lifetime, nor am I responsible for being my brother’s keeper either. I have no responsibility for the slavery that happened in this country either. Had I lived in the time periods then I would be responsible ONLY for how I interacted or treated each particular group – or any other person or group.

    While what was done in many, many, many cases was wrong – I, nor you, can change history. I refuse to accept some historical collective guilt you may want to try pushing on society.

    • March 15, 2011 6:51 pm

      Oh and I did answer how it worked out for the Native Americans. Try reading it again.

    • March 16, 2011 8:24 am

      NO need to try; the guilt exists. It pervades itself by the way capitalists continue to reap the benefits of their illegally obtained capital. That is the point, my friend. You or anybody else cannot earn what you claim is yours alone. I am all for redistributiong of wealth (especially ill gotten wealth). You can live with fine with it obviously. Like I said, we called it Manifest Destiny; Hitler called it Lebensraum.

      • March 16, 2011 3:18 pm

        A very non-answer answer Charlie. Well done, take a bow. You answer none of the questions – just went off on your usual rhetoric on wealth.

        I will admit it gets rather tiring listening to you – so I intend not to in future. The failure is you Charlie. Failed thinking, failed beliefs, failed philosophy. That about sums you up perfectly.

        • March 16, 2011 3:50 pm

          Ooops, you’re not responsible. How could I ever have missed that?

          I’ll try not to kill myself, Plainly.

  6. charlie miles permalink
    March 15, 2011 7:01 pm

    so what your saying charlie is that a husband and wife who went to school and worked all there lives sent there kids to school built a nice nestegg are supposed to feel guilty about that to the point that they have to share with those less fortunate. after you win the lottery give us a call and we will all meet you down in the hood and help you hand it out to those poor s.u.v. driving welfare collecting lazy asses who dont try to do the right thing.gimme a brake

  7. Greg Fessler permalink
    March 15, 2011 9:15 pm

    while i like this article and i like some of the ideas in it, i cannot condone the destruction of unions, were it not for their greedy little asses none of us would make a decent wage, ive always felt that. do they want to much? absolutely, do i agree with that, no, but if not for their greed the american worker would be paid like this is china, and where would that lead, if in our own economy we cant afford to purchase the goods we provide then the economy wouldnt remain stable, thats that, i hate our govt. and every dirtly little bastard that is in it, dont believe there is an honest politician in it, and i wish they would all just drop off the face of the planet. thats not gonna happen either. i am against all this welfare and ssi giving our social security to some kid claiming bi polar disorder because he chooses not to do what society demands to afford himself. if we keep taking care of those kinds of people we will never have a strong dollar. u cant take from the rich without reprocussions. they simply take something back and it draws the line. let them be rich i care not. but do not exploit workers to get there. the dishonesty of money is neverending, that u cant erase. money = power and power + corruption, and so it goes. good article as always g

  8. Greg Fessler permalink
    March 15, 2011 10:08 pm

    i would further like to add to this ,, unions are not govt. the unions that represent all these state and federal workers have made a farce of the whole shebang. at what point did any normal human being decide that it was ok to pay a govt worker, working for u basically more than they make themselves, they have benifits to die for, when is the last time u heard someone say they regretted getting a govt. job of any kind, its the stuff everyone wants. we should all be so damned lucky, so i agree to an extent with the whole collective bargaining thing tho ive not really tried to fully understnd whats happened, i just know that the govt. needs to curtail its spending and controll. and if it takes making the govt. worker make recessions ” LIKE THE REST OF US HAVE TO IN HARD TIMES ” then im all for it. im sick of paying taxes so that everyone else can have better benefits than i ( which by the way is none” i work for myself and i cant possibly afford health insurance right now especially not the great benefits govt. workers have. its bull crap that we’ve allowed this… and it needs to be stopped, im not saying take their bennies im sayin make them pay some of it like most of modern america has to,,, whats good for the citizen is good for the govt. and especially senators n such, congressmen, benifits til they die, c’mon …………WHY?

    • gmanfortruth permalink*
      March 15, 2011 10:12 pm

      Glad to see you get it Greg! If only the Liberals could understand the destruction that their ideals cause…..that will never happen. Good post!

      • March 16, 2011 8:28 am

        Greg is so close to red through and through I can see the sun shine this fine morning. He’s right about politicians getting lifetime benefits for one term; he’s right about the exploitation of workers …. but he’s here in the Gman land of dishonest essays … Greg, run for the hills, my brother!

        Run before some no good lazy ass SUV driving city slicker runs you over …

  9. March 16, 2011 2:30 pm

    The problem with this thinking is that is is collective groupthink. Just as some Blacks tend to let the NAACP and their leaders do their thinking for them, the liberals and progressive do the same damn thing.

    People need to begin thinking for themselves. If yoour thoughts are liberal or progressive, OK. Just make sure it’s what YOU think and not what some Hollywood and DC lunatic TELLS you to think.

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