Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Electoral College

The recent election results have brought out many cries for the elimination of the Electoral College. Many of these people calling for a purely popular vote claim it thwarts our Democracy from best representing the will of the people. Now these are generally college educated people sometimes even professors and Phds. It makes me wonder what we are teaching in our schools. We are not now nor have we ever been a democracy, the U.S.A. is a republic.

There can be grave consequences to pure democracy without a complete restructuring of our government and society. Many of the more populous states are teetering on the edge of bankruptcy California, Illinois, and New York have state pension plans in worse shape than social security. Will of the people is just a sure way of making sure those of us in fiscally more stable states will have to bail out the free spending states.

Pure democracy is a recipe for Bread and Circuses and collapse.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Who to vote for

This is the strangest presidential election season that I have ever witnessed. We've become so polarized as a country that the front runners Trump and Clinton both have no business near the white house. One being a bigoted fool and the other being a lying incompetent. The second candidates up from either party are equally odious. Cruz is so pigheaded that he would run the country over a cliff rather than allow for the slightest compromise. Sanders promises the masses bread and circus with absolutely no idea how to pay for his largess at the expense of somebody elses pocketbook.

After eight years of nearly total incompetence the best choice should be obvious. A man with vast legislative experience and working Ohio second term as governor of Ohio John Kasich. I don't agree with everything Kasich has done as governor but he is an honorable man who stands up for what he believes no matter the opposition. He also has shown that he doesn't believe he is above the law or constitution, when he tried to push a referendum through limiting public employee unions the voters narrowly defeated his referendum and he graciously accepted the result. No end runs no executive orders just the vote is the vote.

Sometimes flashy isn't the best choice choose the steady competent hand John Kasich.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Climate change pact

Many people are celebrating the agreement to reduce carbon emissions that was reached in Paris. The people that reached the accord generally are saying that the pact won't stop global warming. So basically people are celebrating an agreement that does nothing but siphon money out of wealthier economies. Now even taking the global warming alarmists at face value this celebrating seems absurd.

The truth is a funny thing enough people claim there is a disaster looming and pretty soon something that is hotly debated becomes consensus.

Climate science may be a real scientific discipline but I remember how many of these climatologist claimed throughout the 1970's that we were heading into a new ice age.

They say scientist I say charlatans who have found a cash cow in a grant process that reward those supposedly protecting us from certain doom but a truly only protecting us from having too much extra cash.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Racism

The murders in Charleston last week have fueled many accusations of America's racism. From lawmakers to pundits we have heard that these 9 lives lost point to our countries continued racist reality. Some seem to claim that this is proof of a need to do much more to combat racism. While other people almost completely dismiss race as having any part in this tragedy.

I don't think that we can see the direction of our country from the acts of one foolish racist. Racist is a singular noun where racism is a collective verb. When I look at the people I know there are several that I might label racist but the promising thing is how shocking it is to hear them utter racist comments. Another hopeful sign is the fact that almost no one younger than myself expresses racist ideas.

Let's try not to use the actions of one fool to label our whole country.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Haiku

Walk the path with me
The grave can not hold our Lord
Happy Easter morn

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Book review, The LaNague Chronicals by F.Paul Wilson

After the recession of 2007-2009 many people pointed to Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged as a book that depicted the situation we found ourselves living. Outside of the space aliens and travel I think the  LaNague Chonicles deals with an oppressive government in a more realistic fashion. Peter Lanague pushes the government to the limits and let's them fall over the tipping point.


The LaNague Chronicles Is actually a series of novella length stories written very early in Wilson's career, late 60's early 70's. The political intrigue while intertwined through the whole saga is really only a major part of one story.


While I found the Chronicles to be an enjoyable read be fore warned it does have an unsatisfying ending