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Political Ravings without the Explosions...

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“UnNatural Born Killers” ©2011 Robert Redus

“Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!”

so here we sit…waiting for Tomahawk Cruise missiles to find their way to Syria…at the demand of another corporate figure we call Mr. President…this year I finally “got” all of the hoopla around politics…and never before has it been as clear as it is today…clear like that of the business end of a magnifying glass…..

in 1974 while a senior in high school…a mandatory class…was Government…a study of all of the workings and laborious structure our forefathers put together so I….Robert R…could walk freely about…pretty much do what I want…be who I wanted to be…and say what I want to say…within reason…unfortunately…I believed in the system of government….thought that my best interests were held in some locked vault…tucked nicely into a large manila envelope that read…”Freedom. Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness…ALWAYS”

All during my  preteen years and until I was 18 we were embroiled in a war with the Dirty Communist Bastards over in SE Asia…who were using the small country of Vietnam as a stepping stone for eventual world domination and if we didn’t continue the pursuit of these Red Devils…we soon would be calling each other Comrade Benjamin  and Comrade Marsha…so when Saigon fell, the iconic photograph of helicopters being pushed from the decks of  aircraft carriers and people boarding the last flight out from a rooftop…not to mention some 58,000+ US troops killed…we said so long…regrouped…revamped…replayed and have been repeating  the exact same thing since 1970 something….the cast of characters has changed…with the exception of ourselves…our fears have been ethnic cleansing, ruthless South American and Central American Dictators, people who believe in a prophet named Allah instead of Jesus (imagine that)…religious extremists…every country in the Middle East except Israel….Dictators who we funded, provided with weapons…money…various WMD’s…and probably paid for some really elaborate dinners too…so really nothing has changed…We have had politicians lie to us about everything we need/must do to protect us against something evil out there that is threatening our way…yet when we…the US want to threaten how other people live…we use democracy…fairness…freedom and liberty as the proof…then point to ourselves as the example….

Did you ever ask someone to go steady…but did it through a friend…it kind of went like this:

“Hi Suzy Cream Cheese, I’m Tad the Make Out Guy….my friend over there in the red shirt staring at us…well…he really likes you and wants to know if you like him”…SC responds…” he’s really cute…and Yes I do like him”….”Great, well his name is Shy Marvin and he wants to know if you’d like to go steady/out/hook up with him” She replies…”Yes….I’d like that, but I have to wait until tomorrow”….yet in the back of her mind she is still hoping that her advocate Jane Doe Smith is working her magic on a particular Luscious Rick….Tad the Make Out Guy then returns to where Shy Marvin is waiting with anticiiipaaation….Shares the terms and  maybe an introduction some ground looking and the tango begins…designed by the nature of age…experience…wisdom and the overwhelming weight of stupidity to fail miserably within a few days…a couple of weeks at best….with significant….collateal damage….

Well that is a round about definition of a “Proxy War”….we can be Tad the Make Out Guy…or Jane Doe Smith….and we can work our magic on anybody that needs magic…like fork bending at a restaurant for….free desserts….that always ends in a…”How’d you do that?”

so…my realization is really not that earth shattering…nor is it going to make things any different…except the way I see how our system works and just maybe…will help you stop yelling at the television or placing any blame on those “WE THE PEOPLE….Elected”…because it doesn’t matter….the people we elected just happen to be the CEO’s of the corporations…they answer to the Board of Directors…which happen to be companies like say…Monsanto…Boeing….Goldman Sachs….etc… and the responsibility of said CEO’s is 1. maximize profits and 2. maximize value for its shareholders.  If you like me happen to be neither of those….maximization doesn’t sound like an appealing avenue of pursuit…..

Political Parties are one thing…they are corporations:

The Democratic Party Inc. -VS- The Republican Party Inc.

Here is a nifty LLC corporate structure that surprisingly has a governmental aroma to it:

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Just play with changing the names…and it will make a great deal of sense…then….

I don’t know about you…I just want honesty in our political system…I mean hey if you want to impose sanctions on a country because the truth is the president of that country slept with your wife and cheated you out of a few hundred thousand dollars during a weekend of debauchery, gambling and perhaps some illicit activities…..in some secret place…..and your pissed about it….tell us the truth…we might agree with you…

so in the infamous words of George W:

“Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don’t attack each other. Free nations don’t develop weapons of mass destruction.”

and Jerry Jeff Walker:

“Think about it darlin”

7.1.13…The lasting effects and knowledge of June….2013

First Day of the Month, Last Day of the Month

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“Cause I Don’t Worry” ©2013, Robert Redus

“I’m not out to convince anybody of anything.”

I’ve not revisited the “First of the Month”…honestly in a few months maybe even….well…over a year…in order for the first of the month to have some value…there must be a connection to the end of the previous month…don’t ask me why…but it just seems a sort of…”foot bone’s connected to the ankle bone”…sort of progression… I have to say in all honesty…I prefer writing about what I learned in the month just finished rather than…what I think I’m going to learn in the month…ahead…seems so cryptic…

well here is the…where I’ve been…in other words the gripping thoughts and the skinny for June 2013…the month that has led me to this morning of writing about…my expectations if you will…for July…

10 Things I learned in June:

  1. There are a lot of people who buy a lot of pretty pointless…stuff…
  2. Bee stings are much different from what I expected…
  3. There is always something that has to happen before that something that really matters happens…
  4. I’m completely and utterly done with thinking that #3 is true and has to occur…
  5. Writing is much more liberating than I remember…
  6. Israeli food is the same as Middle Eastern food..so I understand the conflict even less…
  7. At art shows…people generally ask the same…4 questions…and tell me the same…3 storie… about themselves…
  8. Success for me is finding someone who is equally as excited about selling my stuff as I am excited about making it…
  9. At 56 I don’t need/want excuses…
  10. Sometimes it is just easier to nod than to say anything….maybe utter a couple of “hmm’s” …but remain for the most part…quiet

So there you have it…June in a nutshell!

July is going to have to wait….I have 30 more days to see what transpires…

see you then…

“If you start by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire  to work towards getting it.”