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I am sometimes accused of being anti-American. Nothing can be farther from the truth. I love this country, and I love it enough to read, study, reflect, and meditate on it and the issues facing it and the American People. I am nobody special, just a prole, but as a citizen it is my job to put time into being a good citizen.

Being a patriot is more than a flag sticker on your car, or playing Toby Keith songs, and a hell of a lot more than yelling at people who point out some of the areas we as a nation are not doing so well. Sticking your head in the sand isn’t patriotism. True patriotism is like true love, it isn’t that you don’t see the flaws in the people you love, it is that you do see them, and you love them anyway. If you can, you help them attempt to improve on their flaws, but you love them unconditionally.

A group of people whose patriotism I admire very much are the Brazilians. I have lived for short periods of time in Brazil on two occasions. That first time was during a horrible economic crisis, with inflation of 971% that year. Brazilians are patriotic, not because they have the biggest military in the world, or the most economic power, but because they are Brazilians. They know where their country has problems, but they still love it. Brazilians use to tell me, “My country is third world, but it is mine.”

One of the great examples of this is in sports. It doesn’t matter what sport, or where it is, if a Brazilian is competing, you will find other Brazilians supporting him. It can be any sport, Judo, volleyball, even sailing. If they held a snow-cone making contest in Antarctica, you would find a group of screaming, dancing Brazilians, painted yellow and green, cheering on their guy. When you go and support your countrymen, win, lose, or draw, that is true patriotism.

Another great patriot was Socrates. He went about, exposing hypocrisy, and trying to get people to think. He was as he called himself, “a gadfly”, stirring the people to try to improve themselves, their people, and their city. He got himself the death sentence for that. I admire and in a small way, try to emulate the example of Socrates, that is part of the reason I write this blog. I will try to avoid the death sentence though.

The situation of this country is stark. Corporations have laid waste to our economy and our system of government, and along the way have convinced many people and politicians that the only way to fix it, is to give them even more power and free rein to do it again. The American people who still have jobs, are working longer, and getting less. They are yelling for more prisons, and more guns, to calm the fears put in their heads by a “free media” owned by corporations, that banks on ratings from fear-mongering and misinformation. The Americans that don’t have jobs anymore, are finding out that the chickens have come home to roost. Jobs, and manufacturing have all been sent overseas to China, so that the CEO’s can show a profit and get their bonuses. Many jobs are gone, and aren’t coming back, and we, the richest country in the world, have one of the worst support and unemployment systems of any first world country.

The glimmer of hope is this: we, the people of the United States of America, have the power to change it. The rights in our Bill of Rights, give us the power to speak, to assemble, and to make our representatives fix the problem, the way we want, and to do it now. We have those rights, and we still have time to use them, but the clock is ticking….


I keep seeing and hearing about the sanctity of the Constitution and how it must be protected and upheld. The problem as I see it is that the drive and fervor is not really to protect it as a whole, but only the parts that are of interest to whichever group is shedding alligator tears over its supposed demise.

Every time a Democrat is in the White House, the NRA rolls up into a fetal position, clutching its Glock, and catatonically mumbles, “From my cold, dead hand,” for four years.  Obama hasn’t done anything to take any guns.

What happened in this country to make perception more important than fact, myth more believed than reality, lies emailed and repeated more than truth? If you are reading an email about Obama taking “IN God We Trust” off the coins, you are already on the internet, go ahead and fact check it before you remail it to everybody in you contact list, for god’s sake. Why is this country so anti-intellectual? Why are people so willing to repeat to everybody they know, stuff they won’t take 3 minutes to google or check on To borrow a great line from “Animal House”, “Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”

The next time a Republican takes the White House, I am going to buy every gun I can, and then I will just wait until a Democrat takes office again, and then I will sell the hell out of those guns. I will display one gun at a time with a sign that says “Last One Before the New Law”, I won’t say which law, because their won’t be any that have to do with guns, but I will print out one of those crazy emails you get that has an email address send list on it the size of the New York City phone book, about how whatever Democrat that took office plans on world domination, and when he was asked how he thought he could get away with it, he said it was because “you don’t have a gun to stop me, and that is why I am taking all the guns.” I will sell them the secret, extended, limited time only gazzilion round clip, and then sell the guy 2 gazzlion rounds to go with it.

I don’t have any idea when Wall Street is going to sky-rocket or plunge, but I will bet the house on the price of guns, just tell me who is in the White House.

I don’t really have a problem with guns. If you want some, then ok. It is your right to have some.  Where I have a problem is in all of the areas the Constitution is being carved into pieces.

Nobody ever talks about the seizure of property by the police. You are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but you must prove your property wasn’t involved in a crime to get it back. The police get to keep most of what they take. That was one of the issues that caused the American Revolution in the first place, and is why the Constitution says that you can’t do that. Amendment 4 says there should be no unreasonable searches and seizures, and Amendment 5 says that private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation. I would imagine that would also mean that public servants can’t take stuff without compensation either.  You never hear any politician standing up for the public on that one.

The Constitution says that only Congress has the power to declare war, but that is a power that has been allowed to go to the President. It is the people of the United States that are supposed to decide when we go to war, through the Congress. If we were to take the Constitution at face value, every President that has sent us to war since Truman has been guilty of violating the Oath of Office, and thereby committing perjury, and failing to uphold the law. If Clinton could be impeached for lying about a BJ, how is not an impeachable offense to send people to their death unlawfully and in violation of the Constitution?

The Supreme Court has been in fine form lately in tearing up the Constitution as well. They recently ruled that people who have been convicted of sex related crimes, can be left in prison after they have served their sentence, if it is thought that they are likely to reoffend, and that they can be left in prison indefinitely. Sex crimes are heinous, but no matter how you feel about the perpetrator, if you value the Constitution, then when he has served his time, he should be set free. You can require counseling, monitoring, whatever you want, but you have to set that person free. It is the same principle as with free speech, you can’t say you believe in it, unless you defend the right of people you abhor, to say things that disgust you. A good example is that church group that stands outside soldiers funerals, spewing hate about homosexuals. That is free speech, and it is never more free than when you would really like to sock that crazy preacher in the suck hole.

The most ludicrous rulings have been pronounced and affirmed regarding corporations. The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations have the same rights as you, a living, breathing, human being have. Not only is this absurd, but corporations have more rights than you do. You are not allowed to do many of the things that they are legally allowed to do. The corporation then, has become the quintessential citizen of this country. It is the paragon of political progress while you are merely a wretched human being.

Corporations are really a Frankenstein, a living dead entity.  It is a card trick done with legal filings and legal mumbo jumbo. It is making a solid out of thin air.

How can a corporation express an opinion? It is comprised of many individuals. It does not have the same goals, or methods of attaining them as you do, nor does it have the same needs to continue to exist. Maybe universities, and elementary schools should incorporate so they can have their voice heard, and church congregations and softball teams as well.

Maybe the corporation is the ultimate expression of human development. A human version of a hive of bees, with all of us workers serving the queen and a couple of drones.  How base and pointless if all our knowledge and capacity to reason leads us to the same organization as bees and ants. If God or evolution can’t do any better than this, I hope the Sun goes supernova soon.

Lastly, how can the Supreme Court rule that money is equal to free speech? We all have one voice to speak with, but some have a lot heavier wallets. This perverts and destroys the democracy those that buy elections so callously pretend to love.

I don’t have a problem with Bill Gates giving a million dollars to a candidate he supports, I have a serious problem with Microsoft giving one damn dime to any politician.