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Candle in the Wind

March 12, 2013

As I have said in my last post, I am desirous of this blog to become like good journalism, and to draw several opinions and viewpoints together and reach a conclusion, as best as I can. But it is still, nonetheless, an opinion blog, and the truth must be told, but told in a loving and graceful way.

You have heard all the doom-and-gloom messages, maybe even some are lurking around on this blog. I can assure you right away that I tend to exaggerate. But there are those in this warped world who do not intend on exaggerating, and believe every word that comes out of their mouth when they say that the world is ending and everyone is going to hell in a hand basket; likewise, there are those that say this nation is going down, and that God hates it, and that God will destroy it because of homosexuality or the “liberal agenda,” not least Fox News and those affiliated with them. And there are others that spread the doom-and-gloom message not because of the fabled liberal agenda, but because of the economic collapse. And here are where things get murky.

Sequestration is the talk of the town in the right-wing neighborhood. MSNBC’s Washington’s Mall program continues to harp on the unemployment rates and the cutting of the budget, and how some people are employed but without work. This is a terrible situation, and it really should not be allowed to happen. And I will say right here that this blog is not interested in giving lip-service to either Obama or the GOP. This blog is only interested in the truth, and politicians tend to warp the truth, and this has been the case since Clytemnestra and Agamemnon. And that is what I meant by murky. The truth is entangled with lies or half-truths, especially with the data we have.

Back to the doom-and-gloom. The underlying problem with the Tea Party movement and the GOP is that they have no faith in humanity. The problem, perhaps, with liberals is that they have too much. What I am suggesting is that one inch closer to socialism, for the Republican Party and their affiliates, is a mile. This blog will not give lip service, however, I will say that truth, liberty, and justice for all is desired. No politicians can give that. Only we the people can. No government can give that. Why I am a liberal independent, however, is not because of Fox News or because I don’t want to work hard – it is because the very plan to create truth, liberty and justice for all, for Republicans, is only a plan that generates bastards. This is the Ian Rand mentality, and this is the drive behind Romney’s campaign. The strongest rise to the top, and the uninformed, the weak, the miserly, and the homeless are thrown to the bottom. How ironic it is, as I have said on this blog, that the Republicans tend to be the most outspoken Christians. Yes, working hard is meritorious for Jesus, but becoming a selfish asshole is not. America commands the former, and rewards the latter. The Democratic Party, however much their leader is screwing up in terms of making America a better place, does not have any business rewarding assholes, at least not corporate ones.

This is not new. In fact, what is relatively new is human beings treating each other as such. The next generation, I think, will do great things and will help the world be a better place to live through working hard, making new innovations, and helping people in a menagerie of situations. The grumpy old men in the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement can have their golden age, I want a world worth celebrating and living in. Money is a problem? Maybe in the future we will abolish money. Maybe that was the liberal agenda all along. And it really doesn’t sound so bad. We Americans tend to forget about other people in the world, too, who suffer horrid situations, and have much bigger problems than budget cuts and sequestration. The white man Republican high-horse of entitlement is high indeed.

If the apocalypse comes tomorrow, it would be less the liberal’s fault and more the conservative’s. I think that God, if he has any thoughts about humans, would want us to look to the future instead of dwelling on “how things used to work.” It’s always because of backward thinking that lives are lost, misunderstanding occurs, and wars are waged. Really, it seems that conservatives are just close-minded and afraid of change. Our futures are ahead of us. Let us grab hold of our lives and make the best of every situation.

So, as I said, it is the people’s responsibility to make this world better, and not the government. But then, I sound like the Republican Party, yes? Well, sort of. The government is people, too. Moreover, would it not be great if we could live out our lives doing the things we love, instead of simply working hard and forcing others to work hard, hating what we do? A life is a candle in the wind. This planet’s lifespan is a candle in the wind. Why waste a life doing nothing but work, never once having fun? If that is all we have, truly that is sad. Would it not be best to make every single life on this planet one that was meaningful, happy, and fulfilling? And if that means changing the way things are done, and not relying on the old tradition’s training wheels, well, so be it.

Back to the economy. It is not a happy place. In fact, the data does not allow for anything but the most frugal spending on the government’s part, and it looks like Obama will not let up on his spending, sequestration aside. But the world’s always changing. There is room for hope in the human race, and there is hope for this planet.

Wrapped up in the truth are lies and half-truths. For us to live lives worth living, we must work together, Republican or Democrat, Christian or Muslim, black or white. Those who would shut themselves off from their neighbor and create enmity just because of differing views, religions, or skin color, are the ones who are most likely to be the ones to throw the first stone. We are all in this together, and amidst all the lies and half-truths circling around in our heads, that is the truth.

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