Seperation for the betterment of society

You know when forming any group it is difficult to do what is best for all.  It is even harder to do what is right for all when your own belief get in the way of what is “Right”.  Since our great country’s conception there have always been problems with government.  Even the Father of our country did what was best for him and not necessarily ALL the people.

We still live in a time when our government cannot separate themselves from their personal beliefs and do what is right for the country and ALL that live here.  Our country has the largest prison and jail population in the world.  Do you really believe that we have the largest population of horrible people in the world?  Or do you believe that our laws need to be revisited?  The latter is probably the truest.  But our biggest problem in this country when in regards to government is that most of our government either didn’t read the constitution or just don’t care what it says and just want to do their own thing.

We have a set of basic beliefs in our constitution in regards to our country.  The most disregarded is the “Separation between church and state”.  For one reason or another the people making up our government cannot seem to do so and in my opinion should not be dictating laws.  You cannot truly make laws for everyone if you disregard other people’s beliefs or lives.  When elected to office every Representative should have to take a lie detector test to see if they can truly set aside their personal beliefs for the betterment of all.  But that will NEVER happen since that would leave them open to other questions regarding “Money”.  According to some “The root of all evil”.

Believe it or not “Money” was in part the cause of what happened on 9/11 and it would be difficult to deny it.

But back to what makes a great Representative.  A great Representative looks out for all the people, even when it is not convenient for them.  They make decisions based on the betterment of society not just the pocketbook.  But of course, in today’s society you have to prove what is better for the pocketbook instead of what is better for society.

For instance, Marijuana is a multi-billion dollar business here in the United States and that is while it is illegal.  Most of the people in prison are there for Marijuana related offenses.  So while this multi-billion dollar business is alive and well the taxpayers are not only paying for all the people in prison but paying for law enforcement to take it off the street.  Yet it still remains California’s number one “Cash crop”.  For every dealer that is taken off the street there are a few thousand ready to take their place.

Gay Marriage, while it goes directly against some peoples religious beliefs it is not against all.  This is where that “Freedom of Religion” comes into play and doing what is right for society and not what is right for you.  When New York legalized Gay Marriage they introduced over $800 million dollars into their economy the first year according to studies.  And while your religion may say that Gay Marriage is wrong, mine does not.  So by denying Gay Marriage are we really doing what is best for society?  Are we just trying to be true to our own religion?  Or are we just trying to get re-elected?  Whatever the cause, the reality is it will infuse more money into the economy.  The State of Nevada has changed their constitution to only recognize marriage between a man and a woman.  They have slit their own wrist and have now recognized it because there is a bill on the floor right now to change their constitution to allow Gay Marriage.  Their pocketbooks have seen the light.  Nevada is the marriage capital of the United States and is slowly seeing it slip away.  After seeing what has happened in New York they realize just how much money is slipping away every day.

I guess what I am trying to say is just this, when you are elected into office as a REPRESENTATIVE of a group of people.  You need to reflect what is best for the ENTIRE group of people you are representing.  Sometimes the hard decisions are to be made by putting your personal baggage behind you and do what it right for all, not just some.  Since the majority of our Representatives are millionaires they really need to see things as, not what you are putting into your pocket but the pockets of the people.  Corruption is alive and well in our government as it was when this country was first founded.  After a few hundred years, wouldn’t it have been nice to see it rooted out?

Gun Control

Today I watched President Obama’s press conference on Gun Control.  He outlined a sensible way to handle Gun Control.  Renew the law preventing the sales of military weapons.  Only allow the sales of automatic weapons that have a maximum 10 round clip.  Increase background checks to ensure that the person buying weapons does not have a felony background.  Allow mental health workers to report information concerning clients that threaten to go on shooting sprees.

These things are not taking away anyone’s right to the second amendments right to bear arms.  With the exception of those with extreme mental health problems or felons.  This is not unrealistic nor is this extreme.  If you are worried about your right to bear arms of a military nature, or your plans to take out a grade school, or even you plans to sell guns to felons, then you have every right to be worried.  I have seen on Face Book many, many, times that people are worried about their right to bear arms.  For those of you putting this on your status, which of the above are you worried about.  Are you planning on a massacre?  Do you intend to buy and sell guns to felons?  Do you suffer from mental health problems that will lead to a massacre?  Please people, watch the press conference, listen, comprehend, then think about which of your 2nd amendment rights are being intruded on!

I prefer to think that background checks on EVERYONE that purchases a gun should be mandatory.  I think it is time to take the guns out of the hands of criminals and felons and keep them in the hands of RESPONSIBLE gun owners.  We are a society of gun owners.  Hunters don’t use automatic weapons to hunt.  The only people that require automatic weapons are criminals.  If you cannot hit your target within 10 rounds then you shouldn’t have a gun.  You should be able to hit the target with one round maybe two.  If you aren’t able to do so then you need to go to the gun range and practice, practice, practice!  I am fortunate, I was in the military and they tought us to hit the target with one round.  They teach, don’t waste you rounds and make every shot count.  If you own a gun you should be able to do the same thing.

Look, the right to bear arms is a two fold thing.  One to protect your home.  Two to protect the country.  Yes, protect the country.  Every country in the world knows that we have the right to bear arms.  That alone is a deterrent from any invasion. Because out of 315,155,461 people living in the United States, 43 – 55 million households have guns.  Most of them own 4 or more guns.  Could you imagine any other country wanting to deal with the fact that you have no idea who, what, when, and where all these gun owners are?  There is no country in the world that would want to take that chance nor deal with our civilian power not just our Military power.

In regards to the National Rifle Association (NRA), they are only against this because it will stop the gun makers from making military style weapons for sale to non-military people. Which is big business. Don’t be fooled. The NRA is not protecting your rights to bear arms. They are being funded by big business gun makers to keep their rights to keep selling guns. By joining the NRA you are only supporting big business gun makers, and the NRA is providing the illusion that they are supporting your rights while taking your money to support big business gun manufacturers.

So when you get informed, and realize that no one is trying to take away your second amendment right to bear arms, then put up your informed Face Book post. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are working with many different groups, including the NRA and others throughout the country to come up with ideas that will help prevent another Sandy Hooks Elementary shooting.  A recent poll of NRA members agree these are sensible, non intrusive laws, that will allow the average American to have and keep their guns.  By the way, no one is going to come to your house and take away any weapons you already have, this is for people wanting to buy guns.  All I ask is for you to become informed and know what is really being proposed.  Not what others that are talking out their ass are telling you!

Here is the link to the press conference.  It will not only inform you as to what is being proposed but as to why it is being proposed!  http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/01/16/president-obama-announces-new-measures-prevent-gun-violence

 

American Default

Currently, Congress is considering letting the country go into default which of course would cause a shut down of government.  Now you may ask “What does this mean to me?”.  The answer is simple.

When Congress considered such a thing last year, it caused America’s credit rating throughout the world to drop.  And that is just because they let things run too long and didn’t deal with the National Debt Ceiling in a timely manner.

Here is how it affects you personally.  If you know someone that is drawing Social Security, Disability, Veterans benefits, military retirement, or even in the military they will not be getting paid.  Not until government is up and running again.  This will cause all those that depend on this pay to not be able to pay their bill and will cause their credit score to drop for lack of payment.  It could potentially cause evictions, foreclosures, and repossessions.  Not to mention the non payment of bills by medicare or medicaid.

I recall one other time that government shut down for over a month.  I was in the Navy and we didn’t get paid.  There was a great deal of discord and most of the men on the ship were extremely reluctant to perform their duty.  Now don’t get me wrong, they did do their job but it was very reluctantly.  Most of them would say they are going to do what they are getting paid for and that was nothing.  As one of the Supervisors, I have to say that I sympathized with them.

Right now the Republicans are going to cause irreparable damage to the economy and the world.  The President has said that he is willing to work with Congress to fix the spending problem.  He just is not willing to work it out with a “gun held to his head.”  This is not unreasonable.  Fixing the problems with spending in our great Nation should not be done with a threat held over anyone’s head.  It should be done in a sane, rational manner.  Congress has caused this debt and now after having dinner it is time to pay the bill.  But they are threatening to “dine and dash” so to speak.

Who is to blame?  Anyone that voted a Republican Congressional Representative into office.  You asked for this and now you are going to get it.  Great job!!!

Living in Las Vegas

Life in Las Vegas is not as glamorous as depicted in “CSI”.  No bodies dropping out of the closet.  Nevada’s educational system is number 16 in the nation.  The schools drive students toward the service industry.  And while we need servers, hosts and the such we are in dire need of Doctors, Nurses, and many more in the medical profession.  I hear the bus every morning picking up high school students at 7:30 am and dropping them back off at 1:30 pm.  Not much time to learn anything.  Las Vegas as a whole is really no place for children.  All of the industries cater toward adults.  Even when you walk down the strip there are people standing on the sidewalk handing out cards advertising women to your room in less than an hour.  The cards have pictures of women naked with little stars covering their private parts.  Most of the casino’s have a no stroller policy.  And children are not allowed on the gaming floor.  So there is a straight and narrow path for them to stay on to get to the hotel portion of the casino.  There are only two casinos that have areas specifically designed for children and they are Circus Circus and the Excalibur.  There was a time that all the casinos were trying to make Las Vegas more a family atmosphere.  But those days are over.  They have realized that the real money is in catering to the adults and let them leave the children at home.  If you get off of the strip you will find that there are a few attractions for children but you really have to search to find them.  They tore down the water park to make more parking for the casinos.  So to sum up this rant “Leave the children at home in another state where they are safe.”