Archive for March, 2008

November Headlines: A Democratic Liberal Loses the Presidential Election Again!

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Like McGovern, Dukakas, Mondale & Kerry, Obama will lose the national Presidential Election if nominated!. Liberals Democrats have repeatedly been unable to win the Presidency. This is unlike Moderate Democats like Clinton and Gore (Gore did win the election; the Supreme Court just stole it).

Conservative Republicans and Liberal Democrats cannot win national Presidential elections. Instead they must select more moderate members of their parties if they are to have a chance. The Republicans have settled on a Moderate Right candidate John McCain who will easily trounce a Liberal Democrat like Obama. A Moderate Left candidate like Clinton would likely beat a Moderate Right Republication.

Connecticut is the precedent. Liberal Democrats defeated as sitting Moderate Senator Lieberman in the Democratic Senatorial primary. Their Liberal Democratic candidate lost the state election to the Moderate Lieberman running as an Independent! This will play out nationally as a Moderate Republican beating out a Liberal Democrat in November.

The Democratic Super-Delegates who owe their existence to McGovern’s co-opting of the Democratic Presidential Nomination by political novices should rise up and prevent the current Black McGovern, i.e., Obama from doing it again.

Save the Democratic Party from its Liberal minority hegemony. And, stop Moderate Democrats from having to vote Republican AGAIN!

Darfur…Would a Christian….?

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Would a Christian sit by and not fully fund the Humanitarian and Peace-keeping efforts in Darfur?

Would a Christian not rail against the genocide in Darfur?

Would a Christian not lobby their governments to immediately take action in Darfur?

Would a Christian not see Jesus Christ’s heart breaking from Dafur?

Would a Christian not be embarrassed to worship at a service and no work during the week for Dafur’s relief?

Where are the Christians when it comes to the atroscities in Darfur?

Maybe they are just ‘half baked’ Christian and no real Christians in the USA?

There Is Only One Way to Stay Young! Images of Aging.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Many have a dual image of aging that borders on psychosis. In their fantasy image of aging, their bodies and minds stay eternally youthful and supple like that of a young person regardless of passing time. Their reality image of aging scares and distresses many (especially women). In this image, their bodies and minds change with time, i.e., they age. And, these changes are associated with no longer being young. Yet, the only way to stay young is to die young! Not a very appealing option. Otherwise, aging in body and mind are inevitable and unavoidable.

Apparently, maturity in both body and mind once revered is now to be avoided. Or people want both maturity and youthfulness at the same time–an oxymoron? Or maturity in mind and youthfulness in body. I would think nobody would want the angst of being a teenager eternally. Or, the innocence and trauma of being inexperienced. So, the wisdom that usually comes with the experience of aging makes our lives better. Aging is Good. Not aging means one is dead.

So, why the duality of aging images? Why the billions of dollars being spent on cosmetics/plastic surgery, medicines and dietary supplements and exercise facilities and equipment? Basically, it is fear. Fear of no longer being the young person who attracted their significant other. Fear of losing ones significant other to a young you. Fear of no longer turning heads. Fear of gossip about ones aging looks. Fear of not being able to perform. Fear of not recognizing and loving the person one sees in the mirror every morning. Fear of getting old and not having accomplished life’s goals. Fear of approaching ones inevitable death.

Fear is a terrible way to live ones life. Denying the inevitable is unwise and maybe even foolish. This is not to say one should not mitigate the effects of aging. Taking care of oneself to maintain optimal health in body and mind is wise. But denying that aging is occurring is not wise.

We are as young as we feel no matter how old we are in body or mind. So, we should concentrate on feeling young and maintaing optimal health. And otherwise just accept the effects of aging without fear. Then, we will be able to enjoy the longevity rarely experienced by our ancestors.

‘Half-Baked’ Christians? Its Mysticism AND Ethics

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Christianity, like most religions, consists of a code of moral behavior (ethics) and mysticism. Religions usually have a Prophet or God that reveals moral values by which followers should behave. Religions evolved into teaching this moral behavior and also to the mystical worship of its Prophet/God.

In Christianity, Jesus Christ is this Prophet/God who preached desired moral behaviors and eventually died (and resurrected). The New Testament of the Bible and other writings document Jesus’ ethics teachings. Jesus’ teachings are an ethic that he and subsequent Christian leaders expect believers to follow.

Yet, Christianity as currently practiced by many has come to mean only the worship of Jesus as God (i.e, mysticism). They routinely ignore Jesus’ moral teachings as not essential to being a Christian. Thus, they are in a way ‘half-baked’ Christians.

Through the practice of mysticism only, these Christians practice their Christianity in worship services only. The rest of the time they frequently behave in any way they want including many unChristian ways since adherence to Jesus’ teachings is not necessary to their beliefs.

Christians that practice only mysticism and the Christian Leaders that condone and even encourage this practice are (according to Aldous Huxley’s The Perennial Philosphy) “turning to God without turing from themselves.” They use the “name of God to justify what they do in pursuit of place, power and wealth.”

Christianity is more than just calling oneself a Christian. It involves the worship of Jesus Christ (mysticism) and adhering to his moral behavior teachings (ethics). If Jesus were to decide on just one of the two–mysticism or ethics, I suspect he would select his believers follow his ethics and forgo the mysticism. In fact, Thomas Jefferson in The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth deletes the mystical aspects of Jesus’ life from the New Testament and focuses on Jesus’ ethics that he believed everyone should live by.

There are No Evil People–Just Evil Doers

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

The 5th Century book The Divine Names,; and the Mystical Theology written by someone using Dionysius of Areopagite’s name (translated by C. E. Rolt ISBN 0-922802-97-1) explores Evil in the world and how God allows it.

Basically, it writes that God made every living being Good. So, how is there Evil? It claims Evil exists because people are ignorant of Good or they are too lazy or weak to do Good. This rationale explains Evil in the world (i.e., Evil Doers) and stills allows for Evil Doers to change their ways and do Good. And, it puts the responsibility of doing Good and doing Evil on each person.

Those who are too lazy or weak to do Good may be more responsible for Evil Doings because they do know what is Good. Those who are are ignorant of Good have their leaders to blame since they have, at a minimum, allowed such a system of ignorance to exist and continue.

It is the responsibility of everyone to do Good and not be too lazy or weak to do it. It is the responsibility of everyone to be enlightened (see below) and not ignorant of Good that allows Evil Doing. In the end, each person is responsible for the Good that is their being. And, if everyone does Good which is their making, the Evil Doing will be no more.

[Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s understanding without guidance from another. This immaturity is self-imposed when its cause lies not in lack of understanding, but in lack of resolve and courage to use it without guidance from another. Sapere Aude! [dare to know] “Have courage to use your own understanding!”–that is the motto of enlightenment. –Immanuel Kant]

Super-Delegates needed because Obama is a Black George McGovern

Friday, March 21st, 2008

There a several parallels between Obama’s current campaign and George McMcGovern’s engineered 1972 Democratic fiasco.

First, McGovern used his opportunity as Democratic Party Chairman before 1972 to reorganize the local caucus selection processes to favor first time novices attending. Obama has used his single national speech at the Democratic National Convention to propel himself to prominence.

Second, like McGovern Obama has used first time caucus attendees to overwhelm established attendees to his advantage. Like McGovern supporters , Obama supporters have alienated established local political participants. McGovern’s efforts lead to the wholesale exodus of conservative Democrats to the Republication Party and turned the Democratic South into a Republican South. Obama’s process will lead to an exodus of moderate Democrats to a moderate Republication candidate. This may not be all bad since it would mean a moderation of the Republican Party; yet, it would mean a further liberalization of the Democratic Party. And as has been proven over and over again, Liberal Democrats can win national elections.

Third, Super-Delegates were developed to prevent a recurrence of McGovern’s railroading of the Democratic Presidential selection processes by political novices like Obama is trying to replicate. Obama is trying to nullify Super-Delegate independence that was put in place just for his type of campaign. He wants to nullify the judgments of experienced politicians and delegates and let his inexperienced novice delegates select the party nominee.

Next, Obama has yet to win an election in a major state. Therefore, he does NOT want redo primaries in Michigan or Florida even though he uses the claim that the voters should have the final choice to try to nullify Super-Delegates. This is because he does not have enough support and he does not have enough political novices to win major state elections like he does for local caucuses. Obama doesn’t want voters to select the Democratic Presidential Nominee. He was his novice caucus attendees to do it just like McGovern.

So, in the end, Obama is a Black McGovern trying to usurp established Democratic Party processes using political novices. I don’t see much chance of a different outcome if he makes it to the November Election.

Support our Troops. Take Them Out of Harm’s Way!

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

It is specious how easily anti-war views are reframed as anti-troop stances. Nothing could be further from the truth. The best way to support our troops is to take them out of harm’s way. Who supports having them harmed needlessly!

Yes–our military are trained to be in harm’s way and complete military initiatives. But they are not trained to support political initiatives. Viet Nam became a political endeavor and Iraq was always a misguided Bush regime political whimsy.

So, support our troop and take them out of an untenable political endeavor and harm’s way. One cannot correct a mistake by making more mistakes.

It’s about Tribes NOT Race!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Tribes (i.e., socio-political groups) make up the world’s arena. Clarence Thomas is Black and African-American and is a member of the American White Law & Order Tribe. Obama is Black and Kenyan-American and is a member of the African-American Tribe. Thus, when discussing social-political issues, the color of one’s skin doesn’t matter. With which tribes one identifies does!

Ironically, the American African-American tribe has backed Obama, a Kenyan-American even when Clinton has done more for their tribe. The reason is that the African-American remains a Primeval Tribe in a Modern Tribe coalition in order to survive and get political clout. Obama meets the ideas of a Primeval Tribal leader while Clinton is more a Modern Tribal leader.

The issue is that the Primeval Tribal Leader’s obligations are to their Primeval Tribe at the expense of others. The Modern Tribes Leaders are obliged to all tribes.

Victims and Non-Victims in Sexual Philandering. Spitzer is a victim too.

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

First, every person is responsible for her or his own happiness. It is impossible for anyone to be responsible for another person’s happiness. One person cannot know another well enough for this responsibility. Many do not even know themselves well enough to make themselves happy!

Second, being responsible for one’s own happiness does not mean making another person unhappy. Most men would be very happy getting from their wives what Spitzer got from his prostitutes. Many wives would be unhappy being so engaged with their husbands. And their is the conundrum: Can both be happy? Until he was caught, were Spitzer and his wife both happy? Did discovery result in any positive outcomes? Is there anyway for them to both be happy without his activities?

Third, this is NOT to blame a philanderer’s spouse! That person is a victim but so is the philanderer. The complexity of each victim’s unique situations make righteousness wrong under all circumstances. Fast to judge politicians and media pundents are always wrong in these circumstances. Still, they prostitute themselves and it sells media; so they really don’t care.

Fourthly, the prostitutes participated in a business deals and were paid very handsomely. They knew what they were doing, did it voluntarily and were not coerced in any way. One has even benefited significantly both financially and professionally from Spitzer’s exposure. If she is a victim it is minimal if at all. Those calling her a victim just because she is a prostitute should call all those MBAs who sell themselves bodies AND souls (e.g., Enron executives) victims too.

Finally, flawlessness is an impossible ideal especially when power is involved. Power, sex and humor come from the dark side of the personality; so, they are difficult if not impossible to control. Republicans demand flawlessness of their leaders and when flaws are exposed, these leaders are pushed off their pedestals. Democrats are more pragmatic and forgiving. Unfortunately, the actions of a few railroad Spitzer into a hasty resignation. He might have weathered the storm but it was probably not worth it to him and his family.

Is is always Good vs. Good in conflicts?

Friday, March 14th, 2008

People always try to do their Good but this may be seen as Evil by other tribes and opposed. This opposition to their Good is seen as Evil by the first tribe. And conflict results. Are all conflicts one person’s or tribe’s Good vs. another person’s or tribe’s Good?

This pattern is seen in Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice, Republican vs. Democrat Shiite vs. Sunni and many other similar dichotomies. So, is their no Evil in the world and just other’s people’s or their tribe’s Good? The answer is a qualified yes. It is qualified because certain basic human rights are considered inalienable and therefore, their violation is not considered legal regardless of the fact that it was considered Good.

I read that God made everyone Good and no one Evil. The assertion was that Evil occurs because Good people are ignorant of their Good or to lazy or weak to do their Good. This makes sense.