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Dreams


Growing up I never had any really outlandish dreams. When I was asked who my role models were I would respond with some kind of armed service people, most often people in the navy or police officers.  If  asked what I wanted to be when I grew up my responses were lackluster and not because I said I wanted to be a trash man but because I knew exactly what I wanted to do, graduate  from college become a lieutenant in the navy stay in the service for about ten to fifteen years get out, become a police officer, retire from that then become a High School English teacher. The teachers were always proud of my responses but my class mates thought I was a dull boy. I just thought I was being realistic.

To this day I tend to only deal in things are or could be realistic. Even when I watch Science Fiction shows there has to be some level of realism there or I will just write off the entire series and laugh through the episodes. While my need for realism isn’t a good thing it is most certainly not a bad thing. In fact I’ll say it is better to deal in realism more often than fantasy, even though imagination and a realm of fantasy are very important. See right now in America we have a lot imagining going on. We keep saying if we do this or that the economy will get better but nobody wants to run the numbers. Nobody wants to put their feet to the fire and see if their plans will really work. People are throwing out hypotheses but are afraid to run the experiment and get the solutes and precipitates.

So as of right now we’re in a Whovian universe where the Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, and the Silence are all in one episode and The Doctor is waving his sonic screwdriver around but not using it do figure anything out about the predicament he’s gotten himself and his companions into. Yep, I just compared The Doctor to the President Of the United States and The Doctors companions to the American people. But back to the main point. We have a lot of people trying to play the main hero when really they are just the companions or characters that belong in the subplot of an episode when we all know that at the end of the day the problems will be solved The Doctor, The POTUS, with the help of his companions, The American People. So people let’s be the companions to the Doctor and get the economy fixed.


TOO OLD, TOO YOUNG


I am too old to be governed by the fear of dumb people, good thing I live in a country governed by a representative democracy. That being said, I am also too young to to be governed by old peoples fears, fortunately for me I live in a country where there are more old people than young people. However, I am also lucky enough to understand that people change as well other things. Such as beliefs, religions, and ideologies. I believe that statement so much I’ll even call it a fact, especially the one about ideologies. I mean we can look through several decades and eras and you can see how the ideologies of the nation change.

In the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s you saw a shift to conservatism with a counter culture of secret liberalism, that lasted for the most part until 1933. Then in 1933 we saw a strongly democratic president take office for twelve years and he was followed by an equally strong democratic president. Then in mid 1940’s we saw a shift to the middle which lasted for a short while and in 1950 we saw a shift so far to the right, that people were being blacklisted for simply being accused of being a communist. Then in the 1960’s we saw the birth of modern liberalism we the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. Then after Johnson’s stint in office we saw a president take office who was slightly right of center but a counter culture that was far left of center. Finally we saw the birth of  what was known as modern conservatism with Ronald Reagan taking office. Reagan’s predecessor was a man who held the same beliefs as he but he couldn’t hold the office for eight years. His predecessor was Bill Clinton who was for the most part a left of center president. He led the nation to a prosperous era. He was then followed by George W. Bush who had a hard time keeping the nations economy afloat while dealing with two wars. While the second Bush was in office you saw people go farther to their respective ideologies.

Now we have a president who is having a hard time getting things done for a number of reasons. Obstructionism, a full plate, growing daughters, and other things. Under his control we have seen the two main ideologies split so far apart we haven’t seen the country divided like this since the Civil War. With as much divisiveness as we’re seeing one can say we are absolutely left for dry, unless we figure out a way to fix our differences. The way I see it, everyone is stupid even the most brilliant people. You know why? Because we all believe we have the answers. When in reality all we have is our mouths open trying to drown every body else because we believe we know what’s best and every body else is an idiot. The sooner we stop thinking we’re geniuses and every one else less than us the sooner can get back to being a united nation that disagrees on a few things instead of a divided nation that doesn’t agree on diddly squat.