Monday, July 28, 2008

Changes I can believe in ...


I'm going to skip the preambles. I've been gone far too many weeks (or maybe not long enough...) to make this yet another blowhard moment. I'm not gonna lie and tell you my absence has been for anything noble or even justifiable. No. I have been feeling blue in many ways,... not depressed, not negative, not down.... just a soft shade of blue. Change is in the air, and of the type that not only affects me internally, but outwardly towards my daily life as well. In that spirit I would like to enumerate the changes that would (permanently) put a smile on my otherwise dour facade.

Changing the idea, of HOME: I don't know what that is. Period. I was born in New York, grew up in New Jersey, Florida and Puerto Rico..., moved to California to serve in the military; and while living in this state, I've relocated no less than 10 times in my 27 years here. Why the nomadic spirit?... I've never found home. My idea of home is a land that mimics my ideal of what my country means. Corny, huh? So sue me. Some of my new-found dearest online friends can attest to this. I have been hunting far and wide for a place that just smells and taste like Americana. I've not been searching for utopia,... I want the skeletons and all, ... I am still looking for a place that I can call home to settle-in for the rest of my healthy and happy days. When i find it, -and maybe i am closer than i realize-, i will post on it right here. I have a much larger posting about this theme, but I'm too darn lazy to even fathom writing the sucker. In the meantime, this little town will have to host my antsy ass until further notice...

Changing the idea of Elections: Memo to Barrack. You want change we can all believe? let's change the game not just the players. No more professional politicians in Washington. Everybody gets a single 6-year term then they get to get a real job requiring it to be farther than 1500 miles from the beltway. While we're at it, abolish the Senate. That 100-King pompous-ass body has nothing to do but ratify treaties and affirm laws? Screw 'em. Let there be a single uni-cameral system in Congress. Why have every freaking piece of legislation be vetted twice and go to "conference" when it does not mimic the other? What was the reason for the Senate anyway? Did John Adams long too much for the Roman model of a Republic?... please. Lets move on and streamline our Government. One term means no more running for re-election 15 minutes after the swearing-in. And speaking of swearing-in, let there be an electoral season that starts in August and ends in November...... of the same f***ing year! The Israelis and Britts can dissolve their parliaments and have a government installed in half an hour. Why is ours so bloated?...

Change of the word WAR: It occurred to me that the term war is applied liberally when we want to tackle something. The war on this, the war on that,... but the funny thing is the same rules don't apply to all wars, do they? For example we all know about the war in Iraq and Af-crap-astan, right?... but why is nobody commenting on the wars on drug and poverty? I mean surely we've spent untold trillions on those wars and nobody is threatening to cut-off funding for those wars, right? Why is it that although not one tangible and positive element has been gathered in those wars, no fat-assed senator has stood up and demanded on "exit" strategy on them? Did we not we go in too soon on the war on drugs? Where was the plan for the "occupation" once we had conquered poverty? Where was our exit strategy on that stupidity? its been 24 years or so,... should we not move on to something else to nuke or carpet-bomb or IED?.... I guess not.

Ok, enough for now,... time to take a day or two to catch up on my blog-reading... 


5 comments:

Robert (Conservative Commentary) said...

As always, glad to see you back. I will save you about 12 seconds of your catchup time and tell you not to visit my house. This summer has been one of fun for me with my kids, my wife, and actually living for a change. I have been childish and irresponsible in my spending and have even engaged in copious amounts of adult beverages.

Americana - I think that we all seek something familiar that we can assume ownership of and call our own. I know from my own experience that home is not necessarily where we were born and raised. That place for me is about 75 miles away, but the place where I live has become true home. It is a place that I find solace and comfort, even in the inperfections of my home and in the people who surround me. My honey-do list has grown because of my "sabbatical from responsibility" this summer, but I will return to it when school resumes. I wish you all the best in your search, and hope that you are closer than you realize to finding what you seek.

You are singing my song regarding "wars" and how the inconsistencies of our government priorities and rhetoric are disgusting. I would love to see an exit strategy on the war on poverty. Hell, I would love to see soe bomb damage assessments from that war. My belief is that there is no success rate anywhere near even the BDAs of WWII iron bombs.

WomanHonorThyself said...

welcome back TP..maybe you'll turn a milder shade of pink..heh...lots of issues...Take one day at a time and hey..think of all you've gained along the journey dude!:)

Obob said...

look at the spending and budgets in DC. If most of those running our country ran a business, they would be broke or in jail for fraud. The heartbreaking mantra is the least business savy are the most influential. No one who gave money away could maintain a business. No one would pay someone to give someone money they themselves have earned outright. But we do when we pay taxes and allow the government to piss it away.
good to see you back

AI said...

Loved that first paragraph! You are so damned human .... Enjoyed...thanks for sharing...

~Otto
American Interests

benning said...

Welcome back! I missed your return. But here I is!

Had I the moolah to move, and I can't see that happening soon, I'd move to the mountains of NC. Specifically to Boone. Visit it and see what you think of the area!

We need the Senate, but as originally fashioned. The Senators were chosen by the Congresses of the states, not by the electorate. That way they were beholden to the State rather than the voters, which is what made them different from the House of Representatives.

War is a word like Crisis. Used for anything the speaker/writer wishes. The War is in Crisis! We're running out of Tostitos!

Glad you're back!