Archive | November, 2013

Who Doesn’t Want to be a Liberal?

29 Nov

What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label “Liberal?”…If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal,” then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”

– John F. Kennedy, September 14, 1960

It’s been 53 years since President Kennedy spoke those words and I still wonder why we still continue to argue over these policies. Why wouldn’t anyone want to espouse these very same liberal ideals today and all days? In my mind it is the difference between having the choice between Neanderthal and Cro Magnon….

It’s been 5 decades and it seems that all we’ve done is replace the unlimited fear of cold war and communist mass destruction with the age old and equally limitless fear of terror at the hands of primitive religious zealots, while poverty, housing, education, employment, liberty and civil rights are all in worse condition now then they were only a few short years ago and plummeting back to the levels where they had fallen when JFK first made that speech.

“…Our responsibility is not discharged by announcement of virtuous ends. Our responsibility is to achieve these objectives with social invention, with political skill, and executive vigor. I believe for these reasons that liberalism is our best and only hope in the world today.”  -JFK

Where is the morality in choosing to go backwards…or in being proud of not being well informed…or in advocating divisiveness and name calling over discussion and problem solving?

Where have we gone since 1960 but to the moon…and back again…

Are we right where we started… or worse for the wear?

And Where are we going from here?

A Walton’s Family Thanksgiving?

27 Nov

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in the United States as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well…and this year in America…well, this year will mark a very special beginning to the celebration.

For this Thanksgiving we can honor the celebration of our previous harvest and begin the celebration of a new harvest all on the same day because this year department stores will be open for shopping!

Huzzah! Who wants to wait for Black Friday to begin our holiday shopping frenzy when we can blacken Thanksgiving too and begin our greedy holiday grab while the turkey is still hot and steaming in our own gullets of avarice and parsimonious desire?

Yes, Kmart, Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl’s, BestBuy, Toys R Us, Sears, J.C. Penney and even Macy’s! will all open on Thanksgiving day so that those among us who can’t stand 24 straight hours of giving thanks for what we have, without being able to fight through a crowd, stand in a line and pay for more things that we have to have, lest we explode from the shear weight of the wealth oozing from our over stuffed pockets…will have something to do besides watching parades and football, relaxing in the warmth of our extended family’s embrace and conversing with our “loved” ones.

I only place the word love within quotation marks because for those of you who will actually go out and shop at these stores on Thanksgiving day, love is probably a word that you prefer to place alongside your money rather than along side the people in your life because this stuff that you’ll be buying won’t be selling itself. There are going to have to be people in those stores selling all of that crap to those of you who just couldn’t wait until Friday.

And it seems to me that those folks who will be “celebrating” by voluntarily doing the buying will represent the “Haves” among our society while those who will be forced to give up their holiday to do the selling will represent the “Have-Nots” of our society…and really, isn’t that what Thanksgiving is supposed to be all about?

Let’s give thanks to God that I’m not one of them! Right? After all, are there no workhouses? Are there no orphanages?

Sadly, no…but we do have department stores!

So HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all…and to all…PLEASE stay home.

#10: The Top Ten Rules That Children Learn in School That May Handicap Their Future: #10

25 Nov

If you’re a parent or adult or teacher or perhaps all three. then you have probably already realized what it is that will wear kids out, and their chance for a bright and happy future,  faster than just simply growing older, just like it has most probably worn you out. The rules! And the fact that in adulthood where kids are going and where you’ve been, there are no rules.

The 10th rule that children learn in school that may handicap their future…

10.     Equality is for everyone. In the adult world there is no such word. There is always something that puts you ahead or sets you behind someone else. Equality is like the Unicorn. Have you ever seen it?

What the older adult realizes that children are just not yet aware of is that entering the adult world is like taking a journey into schizophrenia. There is no way that one can, or will ever be prepared for it.

Today, if a child were to draw target symbols over the faces of students in his or her yearbook that he did not like or wanted to see eliminated, that child would be recommended for the child study team and evaluated and possibly suspended from school and at the very least receive anger management training or counseling of one form or another. Once an adult, that same child has a potential career waiting for him or her in politics (Sarah Palin does this on her website). Guns are without a doubt a certain ticket to expulsion in schools but in the adult world at least half of the country will vehemently defend your right to own and even conceal that same weapon while you go about your daily business. And it is usually those same mandatory gun rights enthusiasts who are most likely to be against mandatory healthcare for everyone. In the adult world they are called conservatives but in the child’s world any teacher who would be in favor of letting you fight without sending you to the nurse afterwards would be considered a very liberal teacher indeed. Many adults love to remind children that freedom isn’t free and I would agree with those adults. Freedom is very expensive especially since war costs and defense budgets have grown to astronomical proportions yet many of those same adults who espouse increased defense spending are also the ones who are most likely to despise taxes and other government programs that promote and support and maintain freedom…like our public schools!

Every child in school has learned that freedom’s cost isn’t just in the fighting and in the dieing. It’s in the planning and the building and the maintaining and the schooling and the nurturing too. And it is very expensive. What’s wrong with paying for what you want and need? That’s another rule that children are taught by adults in schools. Be responsible. Take responsibility for your deeds and actions and own up to your mistakes. Pay your debts.

When children become adults they’re going to be expecting rules.  How they deal with their disappointments, and at what age they will have to, when they find a grown-up world without rules will be the measure by which their own happiness will be determined.

If we want to fix the problems that we are facing in our public schools and within our communities we adults are going to have to start (and remain) living by the rules that we teach our children. We need to start listening to our own lectures with the attention and seriousness that we demand from our children when we tell them to sit still and listen to us. We need to plan the lessons that we are teaching to our children in our homes every day and we need to stick to those plans and follow them through to completion with patience and diligence, kindness and love.

 I’m hopeful that we can be successful and I am positive that one sure way to start making these necessary and important changes in our lives is by remembering to make contact with our loved ones each and every day, look one another square in the eyes, adult and child alike, then reach out and together support and modernize and improve our public schools…and then continue the lessons into and throughout adulthood!

#9: The Top Ten Rules That Children Learn in School That May Handicap Their Future: #9

24 Nov

If you’re a parent or adult or teacher or perhaps all three. then you have probably already realized what it is that will wear kids out, and their chance for a bright and happy future,  faster than just simply growing older, just like it has most probably worn you out. The rules! And the fact that in adulthood where kids are going and where you’ve been, there are no rules.

The 9th rule that children learn in school that may handicap their future…

9.     Judge not. In the adult world everything and everyone is judged. Trust me on this one. And for many, pre-judging is just a faster way to get there!  

Rule #10?…and the finale, To be continued…

#8: The Top Ten Rules That Children Learn in School That May Handicap Their Future: #8

23 Nov

If you’re a parent or adult or teacher or perhaps all three. then you have probably already realized what it is that will wear kids out, and their chance for a bright and happy future,  faster than just simply growing older, just like it has most probably worn you out. The rules! And the fact that in adulthood where kids are going and where you’ve been, there are no rules.

The 8th rule that children learn in school that may handicap their future…

8.      Winning isn’t everything. It’s how you play the game. If you have ever watched children play then you know that the idea of cheating in order to win is something that occurs to them almost faster than you can say, “Play ball!” and so children will hear this phrase from adults on an almost non stop basis but in the adult world winning means you are a winner, period. If you are going to worry about how you play the game, then see rules # 5 and #7.

Rule #9?…To be continued…

#7: The Top Ten Rules That Children Learn in School That May Handicap Their Future: #7

22 Nov

If you’re a parent or adult or teacher or perhaps all three. then you have probably already realized what it is that will wear kids out, and their chance for a bright and happy future,  faster than just simply growing older, just like it has most probably worn you out. The rules! And the fact that in adulthood where kids are going and where you’ve been, there are no rules.

The 7th rule that children learn in school that may handicap their future…

7.  Don’t cheat. Cheating in the adult world goes hand in hand with lying and almost everyone who has everything has cheated in some way to get it. (or had someone do it for them) Cheating in the adult world is not half as bad as getting caught at cheating is. Getting caught is the sin that makes an adult a loser… not the cheating.

Rule #8?…To be continued…

#6: The Top Ten Rules That Children Learn in School That May Handicap Their Future: #6

21 Nov

If you’re a parent or adult or teacher or perhaps all three. then you have probably already realized what it is that will wear kids out, and their chance for a bright and happy future,  faster than just simply growing older, just like it has most probably worn you out. The rules! And the fact that in adulthood where kids are going and where you’ve been, there are no rules.

The 6th rule that children learn in school that may handicap their future…

6.  Don’t be wasteful. Waste is a business in the adult world. In fact it’s several businesses, but most importantly waste is where the money is and how much you waste will demonstrate your measure of wealth and success to others. Throwing things out, including people is also a way for adults to demonstrate how much power they have.

Rule #7?…To be continued…

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