Monday, July 08, 2019

A Senior Citizen's Reflection on Being Progressive

The following is copied from the Internet where it can be found in numerous versions.  It has been around since 2012 yet is becoming more and more meaningful. Not sure who the content can be credited to .


Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we have done and do not try to blame others.
HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT senior citizens who took:
The melody out of music,
The pride out of appearance,
The courtesy out of driving,
The romance out of love,
The commitment out of marriage,
The responsibility out of parenthood,
The togetherness out of the family,
The learning out of education,
The service out of patriotism,
The Golden Rule from rulers,
The nativity scene out of cities,
The civility out of behavior,
The refinement out of language,
The dedication out of employment,
The prudence out of spending,
The ambition out of achievement

And we certainly are NOT the ones who
eliminated patience and tolerance from
personal relationships and interactions with
others!
And, we DO understand the meaning of
patriotism, and remember those who have
fought and died for our country.

Just look at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts, as they stand at attention with their hand over their hearts, as the American Flag passes by in a parade!

YES, I’M A SENIOR CITIZEN!
I’m the life of the party…..Even if it lasts until 8 p.m.I’m very good at opening childproof caps…..With a hammer.I’m awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.
I’m smiling all the time,because I can’t hear a thing you’re saying.I’m sure everything I can’t find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.I’m wrinkled, saggy, lumpy,and that’s just my left leg.I’m beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.
Yes, I’m a SENIOR CITIZENand I think I am having the time of my life!Now if I could only remember who sent this to me, I wouldn’t send it back to them.Or, maybe I should send it to all my friends anyway.They won’t remember, even if they did send it
.
Spread the laughter 
Share the cheer 
Let’s be happy 
While we’re here.


Tuesday, July 02, 2019

To Love and Preserve















In November of 1965, at the age of 19, I set foot on American soil.  The journey that began in the Netherlands saw me land in the United States via Canada where I had spent my high school years. While Canada was a step up from post war Holland, the ultimate goal of mom and dad was to become Americans and live in the prosperous United States, the land of milk and honey, the land of opportunity.

My dad had been promised a job as a bookkeeper for an American firm, but several weeks after arrival he suffered a major stroke from which he never totally recovered and incapacitating him from the job that would provide for our family.

I found a job in the stock room of a nearby manufacturing plant but despite being a Dutch citizen was drafted within a year and spent the next two years in the United States Army, including a year in Vietnam. Upon my return from Vietnam I was hoping to gain American citizenship but was denied because Vietnam was not considered a war, it was a "conflict". Thus I had to wait two more years before I could apply.

By 1975 along with my parents, I was proud to swear allegiance to the United States of America, land that I love.  The journey to 2019 has been a wonderful one,  allowing me to support my family while living a life that I choose, not one  dictated to me.

As the USA is celebrating its 242nd of Independence we are still the land of milk and honey.  I don't know what the future holds in store.  We are a better country then we were in 1776, yet morally we seem more corrupt.  Despite seeing socialist countries self destruct, we are closer to socialism than ever before.  The less government interferes with our lives, the more prosperous we will become.  I believe in the sovereignty of nations.  There is nothing wrong with protecting our way of life.  There is nothing wrong with Americans putting America first.

 The threat of socialism is a real one.  Not only will it destroy our country economically but it will mobilize those who oppose it.  Being compassionate is a virtue, but not at the expense of the people of the United States of America. No one can criticize the head of a household for protecting his/her family  over others. A family adopts children that best adapt to its values, not children that they know will disrupt or destroy the family structure. And so our government has the responsibility to preserve and protect  our country.

Happy 4th of July every one, and many happy returns!








Thursday, May 09, 2019

Political Correctness

Cato Institute

Sadly we can no longer say what we think.  Every word we speak or write has to be sugar coated to make sure no one is offended.  And no matter how few object to your point of view, if anyone objects, you are likely to make headlines and are labelled.

 Check the headlines in the press. It's "he said", "she said".  Then the story is embellished by so called journalists who think they are editors.  The slant is in, no matter who reports a story.

It is the press that is making us cautious of what we say.  It's almost like freedom of the press vs freedom of speech. Not only that but it hides what we truly believe.  I love it when someone rattles off their extreme views on things, because I know exactly where he or she stands. Right or wrong, allow people to say what they want without having to fear retribution.  If what someone says can be considered a crime, such as threatening someone with harm, that's a different story. 

Divisiveness makes great headlines. It creates unnecessary hatred.  Being tolerant of someone else's view is a sign of maturity.  Chances are the person whose opinion you reject is as sincere as you are.

Let us become more open minded and seek solutions before we become even more divisive.  There was a time when catholics and protestants hated each other so much that it caused civil war.  Today, it is no longer a leading factor of divisiveness.  That barricade has been removed.  We need to do the same regarding political opinions and grow up. And that should begin with our leadership.  And the press.

Nothing has divided us more than Wrong versus Right. (Leo Diaz)






Wednesday, April 03, 2019

A THREAT TO A DEMOCRATIC WAY OF LIFE

After 27 months into the presidency, our duly elected President continues to be badgered by the democrats in the House and Senate.  Most if not all are obstructionists, more interested in the failure of this administration than considering what is best for our country.

I for one voted for President Trump and the more I see what Democrats offer, the more I support our current administration.

Yes I admit that our President does not come from the same mold as his predecessors.  Yes I challenge his leadership style as he makes demands from his staff until they are burned out.  Yes I shiver every time he tweets, wondering who he is going to insult next. Yes I don't like his brash personality and his egotistical and narcissistic personality.  Still I want him to succeed as president and we would do our country a big favor if we supported him.

What is mostly at stake here is the way we elect our leadership.  Our president is duly elected by the people by a formula that keeps all of us from being ruled by the votes of one or more heavily populated states or cities.

Let me ask you this:  Is everything this  administration proposes  evil, reckless, and to the detriment of the country? Is it responsible to fight something not based on its merit but based on our disdain for the person who offers it?

Take the focus away from the president.  We all know what type of person he is. He won't change because you despise him.  Instead, focus on what is best for our country, we face plenty of challenges.



Monday, February 18, 2019

Secure Our Future, Secure Our Southern Borders!

As compassionate as we may want to be, it is critical that we have a fair and  enforceable immigration policy that includes requiring citizens and non- citizens alike to cross our borders legally at points of entry.

The threat of an invasion of people via our southern border should be a concern. The worse economic and living conditions become in neighboring countries, the larger the occurrence of illegal border crossings.

It's not that we don't want others to enjoy our quality of life.  It is a matter of preserving the quality of life we currently enjoy.  Mass unregulated growth from foreign countries will drag all of us down to a lower level, and instead of some being able to improve the quality of their lives, it will assist in lowering the quality of life for our children and grandchildren.

I'm not sure if building a wall is the right solution.  At home we should lock our doors and windows.  It is a deterrent.  It's not going to keep everybody out, but it makes it a lot harder and takes more time.  Many of us live in crime free communities but still we lock our homes and vehicles just in case crime visits. 

President Trump made a campaign promise and many of his supporters expect him to keep that promise.  Former Presidents including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama encouraged the building of walls along our southern borders. What changed?  It can't be the caravans of citizens from Central American countries.


If we don't put up physical barriers, we need to come up with better border control technology soon.  Keep America great!