Ok kiddies, 2011 the year the gloves come off & I’m swinging for the fences with just about everything I’m going to put here this year. Some of it is going to be well-received, some of it is going to hit some of you like brick walls, some will feel like you just got smacked with a full-sized tuna upside the head, and some of it is just going to be vastly different than some of the things you’ve probably seen me write here before.
Larry “The King” is gone, Carlson is Tuckered out, and the Rush for more Limbaugh cheese is no longer all that tantalizing but still really smelly. So, I am going to offer up something new to feast on and enjoy for y’all out there.
I may only pen one article per week at first, depending on the news and inspiration I get, but again, I’m swinging for the fences this year; getting my Ryan Howard on, so to speak. I’m tired of sitting on my hands, mincing my words, worrying about what impact I have to say or write will have. As I see it right now, as a person, I’ve got relatively little ability to impact much through traditional political channels, because of how awfully podunk and backwards the politics are done around here. I still can’t really stand either major party, that didn’t change for 2011 folks. So, I’m going to play from my own deck and I’m dealing from this one right here.
So, here’s something to chew on while you’re choking down the pork and sauerkraut or whatever other meal, besides alcohol makes it to you this New Year’s Day 2011.
Ten things that need to change in America starting this year (in no particular order):
1) Every person who can, needs to step up in their community and begin to really ask themselves what it is that they do for their community, what they can do for their community ,given where they’re at in life, and how much you can have an impact.
2) After completing #1, dare to actually start to find out how to become more involved and when you hit a brick wall, don’t stop, don’t just give up, find out how to remove that wall and press on.
3) People of America who would rather wait around to see if they can get disability benefits when they know they can actually work, need to get off their duffs and keep looking for work, or better yet, find out how to make your own work, aka get into business for yourself, legally of course. We have many folks who really need disability and are truly disabled, but you are NOT doing anything positive for those who truly disabled by simply waiting around to go through appeal after appeal until someone says uncle at Social Security. In the meantime, you get evicted, you beg for help, but you don’t even consider getting a job and after a while you really believe you can’t work. Knock that crap off, and get back to work!
4) Elected officials in every town and city in this nation need to be held accountable to the fullest by each of us and not just when the ballot box comes calling. We need to clearly let our selected leaders know what matters most and when they are wasting time and money on things that don’t really matter. Of course there’s one caveat to this, if we let every whim and latest fad be our guide as to what we think we need or want from our leaders, then we are NOT doing ourselves any good there either. It cuts both ways folks.
5) Religious factions of all walks need to work more on realizing their common grounds and look beyond the polarizing differences that do not serve to spread the overriding message of Love and honoring one’s particular spirit, god, deity(ies). There’s no way you can truly be honoring something so awesome and grand as that while being so petty or harmful with your fellow human beings. It just can’t comport with each other.
6) We need to turn to the market and our own financial planners and let them know that the continued frenzy of profits is not helping anyone but the relatively select few in our society and that if they continue to act in such a manner, we will pull our retirement savings out, no matter the penalty, en masse. It may be the only way to return sharp sanity and reality to Wall Street, when Main Street and the working stiffs who fund their incomes pull the proverbial plug on more cash flowing into their ivory towers.
7) Education in America needs a huge overhaul, because having a federal effort that is then parsed out in 50 states, with separate state education laws and regs and then local subdivisions of that policy is more than wasteful, it is an exercise in extreme insanity. I don’t care how much you want to hang on to your precious local control of education because you all think you’re school board members as parents and what not. If you want to be that good at it, home school your kids and be done with it and shut the hell up about it. Otherwise, stop being a hinder to your own children and future generations and let the unification of educational administration go forward. If you’re really tired of outrageous property taxes and outrageous salaries for teachers and administrators, then having a more centralized and uniform way of dealing with these issues should solve those problems a good bit better than continuing to elect and choose people who eventually have to raise taxes or cut your favorite programs because you don’t want to pay more or can’t.
8) Policing agencies should become more regionalized as well, from a state or local perspective. This goes back to what I said in #7 and it is ridiculous to have such separations in our policing efforts these days. Criminals don’t operate with such restrictions, why should our police departments? Because someone feels it’s their turn to be chief or because of some other prideful thing? are you serious?! If you want to get a handle on crime, then you need to do some things that might be unfavorable to some, but if you don’t, then crime will continue to soar in some areas as solutions and ability for solutions lie idle.
9) People need to get the hell away from some of the media circus out there. It is not news much anymore, but flat out political theater and really it is sad to watch so many of you just hawk at it and then parrot it back in arguments and fail to think beyond what you were told or to even give a damn to realize that you’re spewing out some of the most crazy talk that is so far removed from what matters. The media and its hold on peoples’ views has become quite dangerous and yet, many still hold onto what their favorite media talking head told them to believe about something, even when the facts and reality of the situation doesn’t match that at all.
10) America needs to get over the whole problem with gay people. We saw some of this loosen up in recent times, but the view still persists as shown by many angry and hateful outbursts in the public eye by officials and others caught on camera or in print. These people are our fellow Americans like it or not and they are our children, relatives, loved ones, and parents, and like it or not, they aren’t going anywhere and they shouldn’t have to hide who they are, anymore than any of us should. It is ridiculous and it is time that this crazy way of viewing people who openly declare themselves to be who they are, suddenly turns them into someone to revile or dislike, when 2 minutes before you liked them or thought well of them. If your mind changes when you hear of a friend, loved one, or someone else openly declaring themselves as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or trans-gendered, then you are the one with the issue that needs to be resolved not the person who is being who they are. Challenge your misconceptions about this and let them pop like the balloon phantom that it is.
So, there’s my first big offering of swinging for the fences. I hope you chew it over and over and get ready for more to come.
Happy New Year!