Constitution

Constitution.

MY PATH

“It seems I am running out of words these days. I feel as if I am on a linguistic treadmill that has gradually but unmistakably increased its speed, so that no word I use to positively describe myself or my scholarly projects lasts for more that five seconds. I can no longer justify my presence in academia, for example, with words that exist in the English language. The moment I find some symbol of my presence in the rarefied halls of elite institutions, it gets stolen, co-opted, filled with negative meaning.”

~ Patricia Williams 1995

I came across this quote today as I was reading my book, Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins.  This best describes how I feel. I’m stuck at the fork in the road, this road is called Life Road(LOL). I’m trying to figure which path will be best for me but its hard to choose because I don’t know what lies down each path.  I tried following the path that people said is best for you but you know what I realize I hated that path.  Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with where I ended up at following the safe path. This just isn’t me. I look back at all the choices I had made in my young 34 yrs and see that I played it safe because of that path of what is best for you. Now I can think of all the things I could have done or been if I just went with my first mind.

Now that I am older and a little more experienced with life I have come to see how blindly I was living. Now that I can see  clearly I can make better choices for myself. The country is quick to sell you a dream or more like a nightmare. Now I know that the right path for me is the one that I will be making which will lead to a better me, a happier me.

 

DESIRABLE TRAITS OF A LEADER

integrity

integrity (Photo credit: glsims99)

I work as a public servant and deal with many people with a lot of different personalities.  Believe me when I say that I look at some of these people and wonder how they got a job let alone this one. This journey that some call “WORK” but I call “THE THING THAT INTERRUPTS MY PERSONAL TIME“, I have been at for almost thirteen years. During those years I learned a lot from many people, good and bad. I say all the time “Thanks, for letting me know what not to do as a ____________.”(fill in the blank)  I just had the opportunity to work with someone who I appreciated and left me with these words of wisdom to help me become a better person.  I believe she said the military go by these traits. I read them everyday that I come into work and want to share them those who never heard of them or remind those that forgot about them.

Justice

Justice (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

  1. BEARING – creating a favorable impression in carriage, appearance, and personal conduct at all times
  2. COURAGE(PHYSICAL & MORAL) – a moral quality which recognizes fear of danger or criticism but the individual is able to meet danger or opposition with calmness and firmness
  3. DECISIVENESS – ability to make decisions promptly and then express them in a clear and forceful manner
  4. ENDURANCE – mental and physical stamina measured by the ability to stand pain, fatigue, distress and hardship
  5. ENTHUSIASM – the display of sincere interest and exuberance in the performance of duties
  6. INITIATIVE – a quality of seeing what has to be done and commencing a course of action
  7. INTEGRITY – uprightness of character and soundness or moral principle: the quality of absolute truthfulness and honesty
  8. JUDGEMENT – weighing facts and possible solutions on which to base sound decisions
  9. JUSTICE – being impartial and consistent in exercising command
  10. KNOWLEDGE – acquired information including professional knowledge and in understanding your subordinates
  11. LOYALTY – faithfulness to country, then your unit, your senior and subordinate
  12. TACT – the ability to deal with others without creating offense
  13. UNSELFISHNESS – the avoidance of providing for one’s own comfort and personal advancement at the expense of other

Thomas Jefferson on American Banks and Government

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than outstanding armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the People of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conqueredv. ”

“To preserve [the] Independence [of the People] we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between Economy and Liberty or Profusion and Servitude. If we run into such DEBT as that we must be taxed in our meats and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our creeds, as the People of England are, our People, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four,p give the earnings of fifteen of those to the Government for their debts and daily expenses and the sixteen being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account, but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow suffers” ~ Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kerchevel 1861

This is personal opinion of one individual and I’m positive more felt as he did. Why is it so hard for Americans today to see issues when one of the founding fathers basically predicted it. Politicians in the creating of this oh so freakin’ free nation were so much more outspoken and had heart to speak out. Nowadays you can’t even trust a politician to state their real names. Jefferson saw true vision of the United States of America.

Obama Will Triumph — So Will America By Frank Schaeffer

Hello everyone, I just wanted to share an email I received and definitely wanted to pass it on to whomever would like to have a very good article about President Obama.  With all the craziness going on in politics I know I get sick and tired of the BS! Obama supporters lets stick together because he does deserve a second term. Also thank you for taking the time out to read my blog. Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment, follow, or join me, SUNLEO0778 <ONELOVE>

Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times best selling author.

We have to keep the faith and continue to support our President!

Before he’d served even one year President Obama lost the support of the easily distracted left and engendered the white hot rage of the hate-filled right. But some of us, from all walks of life and ideological backgrounds — including this white, straight, 57-year- old, former religious right wing agitator, now progressive writer and (given my background as the son of a famous evangelical leader) this unlikely Obama supporter — are sticking with our President.

Why?– because he is succeeding.

We faithful Obama supporters still trust our initial impression of him as a great, good and uniquely qualified man to lead us. Obama’s steady supporters will be proved right. Obama’s critics will be remembered as easily panicked and prematurely discouraged at best and shriveled hate mongers at worst.

The Context of the Obama Presidency

Not since the days of the rise of fascism in Europe , the Second World War and the Depression has any president faced more adversity. Not since the Civil War has any president led a more bitterly divided country. Not since the introduction of racial integration has any president faced a more consistently short-sighted and willfully ignorant opposition – from both the right and left.

As the President’s poll numbers have fallen so has his support from some on the left that were hailing him as a Messiah not long ago; all those lefty websites and commentators that were falling all over themselves on behalf of our first black president during the 2008 election.

The left’s lack of faith has become a self-fulfilling “prophecy”– snipe at the President and then watch the poll numbers fall and then pretend you didn’t have anything to do with it!

Here is what Obama faced when he took office– none of which was his fault:

*An ideologically divided country to the point that America was really two countries

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* Two wars; one that was mishandled from the start, the other that was unnecessary and immoral

* The worst economic crisis since the depression

* America ‘s standing in the world at the lowest point in history

* A country that had been misled into accepting the use of torture of prisoners of war

* A health care system in free fall

* An educational system in free fall

* A global environmental crisis of history-altering proportions (about which the Bush administration and the Republicans had done nothing)

* An impasse between culture warriors from the right and left

* A huge financial deficit inherited from the terminally irresponsible Bush administration.

And those were only some of the problems sitting on the President’s desk!

“Help” from the Right?

What did the Republicans and the religious right, libertarians and half-baked conspiracy theorists — that is what the Republicans were reduced to by the time Obama took office — do to “help” our new president (and our country) succeed?

They claimed that he wasn’t a real American, didn’t have an American birth certificate, wasn’t born here, was secretly a Muslim, was white-hating “racist”, was secretly a communist, was actually the Anti-Christ, (!) and was a reincarnation of Hitler and wanted “death panels” to kill the elderly!

They not-so-subtly called for his assassination through the not-so-subtle use of vile signs held at their rallies and even a bumper sticker quoting Psalm 109:8.

They organized “tea parties” to sound off against imagined insults and all government in general and gathered to howl at the moon.

They were led by insurance industry lobbyists and deranged (but well financed) “commentators” from Glenn Beck to Rush Limbaugh.

The utterly discredited Roman Catholic bishops teamed up with the utterly discredited evangelical leaders to denounce a president who was trying to actually do something about the poor, the environment, to diminish the number of abortions through compassionate programs to help women and to care for the sick! And in Congress the Republican leadership only knew one word: “No!”

In other words the reactionary white, rube, uneducated, crazy American far right, combined with the educated but obtuse neoconservative war mongers, religious right shills for big business, libertarian Fed Reserve-hating gold bug, gun-loving crazies, child-molesting acquiescent “bishops”, frontier loons and evangelical gay-hating flakes found one thing to briefly unite them: their desire to stop an uppity black man from succeeding at all costs!

“Help” from the Left?

What did the left do to help their newly elected president? Some of them excoriated the President because they disagreed with the bad choices he was being forced to make regarding a war in Afghanistan that he’d inherited from the worst president in modern history!

Others stood up and bravely proclaimed that the President’s economic policies had “failed” before the President even instituted them! Others said that since all gay rights battles had not been fully won within virtually minutes of the President taking office, they’d been “betrayed”! (Never mind that Obama’s vocal support to the gay community is stronger than any other president’s has been. Never mind that he signed a new hate crimes law!)

Those that had stood in transfixed legions weeping with beatific emotion on election night turned into an angry mob saying how “disappointed” they were that they’d not all immediately been translated to heaven the moment Obama stepped into the White House! Where was the “change”? Contrary to their expectations they were still mere mortals!

And the legion of young new supporters was too busy texting to pay attention for longer than a nanosecond. “Governing”?! What the hell does that word, uh, like mean?”

The President’s critics left and right all had one thing in common: impatience laced with little-to-no sense of history (let alone reality) thrown in for good measure. Then of course there were the white, snide know-it- all commentators/talking heads who just couldn’t imagine that maybe, just maybe they weren’t as smart as they thought they were and certainly not as smart as their president. He hadn’t consulted them, had he? So he must be wrong!

The Obama critics’ ideological ideas defined their idea of reality rather than reality defining their ideas-say, about what is possible in one year in office after the hand that the President had been dealt by fate, or to be exact by the American idiot nation that voted Bush into office. Twice!

Meanwhile back in the reality-based community – in just 12 short months — President Obama:

*Continued to draw down the misbegotten war in Iraq

(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Thoughtfully and decisively picked the best of several bad choices regarding the war in Afghanistan
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Gave a major precedent-setting speech supporting gay rights
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Restored America ‘s image around the globe
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Banned torture of American prisoners
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Stopped the free fall of the American economy
(But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Put the USA squarely back in the bilateral international community
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Put the USA squarely into the middle of the international effort to halt global warming
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Stood up for educational reform
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Won a Nobel peace prize
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Moved the trial of terrorists back into the American judicial system of checks and balances
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Did what had to be done to start the slow, torturous and almost impossible process of health care reform that 7 presidents had failed to even begin
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Responded to hatred from the right and left with measured good humor and patience
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Stopped the free fall of job losses
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Showed immense personal courage in the face of an armed and dangerous far right opposition that included the sort of disgusting people that show up at public meetings carrying loaded weapons and carrying Timothy McVeigh-inspired signs about the “blood of tyrants” needing to “water the tree of liberty”.
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

*Showed that he could not only make the tough military choices but explain and defend them brilliantly
 (But that wasn’t good enough for his critics)

Other than those “disappointing” accomplishments — IN ONE YEAR — President Obama “failed”! Other than that he didn’t “live up to expectations”!

Who actually has failed… …are the Americans that can’t see the beginning of a miracle of national rebirth right under their jaded noses. Who failed are the smart ass ideologues of the left and right who began rooting for this President to fail so that they could be proved right in their dire and morbid predictions. Who failed are the movers and shakers behind our obscenely dumb news cycles that have turned “news” into just more stupid entertainment for an entertainment-besotted infantile country.

Here’s the good news: President Obama is succeeding without the help of his lefty “supporters” or hate-filled Republican detractors!

The Future Looks Good

After Obama has served two full terms, (and he will), after his wisdom in moving deliberately and cautiously with great subtlety on all fronts — with a canny and calculating eye to the possible succeeds, (it will), after the economy is booming and new industries are burgeoning, (they will be), after the doomsayers are all proved not just wrong but silly: let the record show that not all Americans were panicked into thinking the sky was falling.

Just because we didn’t get everything we wanted in the first short and fraught year Obama was in office not all of us gave up. Some of us stayed the course. And we will be proved right.

PS. if you agree that Obama is shaping up to be a great president, please pass this on and hang in there! Pass it on anyway to ensure that his “report card” gets the attention it deserves.