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Religous Right and Abortion

Posted in Abortion, Personal Commentary, Religion/Politics, Social commentary on June 6, 2009 by americanexile

I discovered this comment on another blog. I read it with vigor thrilled someone else embraced my views to closely. …alas to realize it was a comment by me in response to the abortion issue being hawked on another blog. I put it here because 1. it is my view and 2. it fits nicely into the context of my blog.

I just wish the American voting population would get unstuck from this abortion stuff. We need to focus on what can save our country from ruin..but you so called religious fools just cannot let that one go. So no matter how the election goes we still have to contend with the background chatter of you guys and remain stuck in the mud we’ve been sloshing around in for the past 7 years. As for abortion it is inconceivable to me how anyone can speak in the same breath about abolishing abortion and turning right around and supporting the murders of war which we train our military to do, The military is one big killing machine. And no one knows when the soul enters the body!!! No one!!! So please get over yourself and stop screeching that line. And if you desire to not have an abortion as Sarah Palin did then have at it. But you will not whack me or any woman who disagrees with you over the head with your views!! If you criminalize it, we will do it anyway, illegally!!! No law has ever stopped it and a law will not stop it now. And we won’t be prosecuted for it either.. Ever heard of the good ole gals club!!!??? Please! Who do you think you are dealing with!?? So lets couch this campaign in the substantive issues which truly mar our nation!!!

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America’s Greatness-Based on Liberal Ideas

Posted in News and politics, Personal Commentary, Politics on November 7, 2008 by americanexile

At the risk of plagiarizing I am copying the following statement from a blog I stumbled across and lost the source.. but here it is.. It says so much!!!!
“Next time you bash liberals, read a history book. Everything that makes this country a [great] place to live was originally a liberal idea. Social Security is a liberal idea. Unemployment insurance is a liberal idea. Open access to courts is a liberal idea. The forty-hour work week, liberal idea. Child labor laws, a liberal idea. Both of which, by the way, the conservatives of the day thought would destroy the economy. Public education is a liberal idea. Public libraries, liberal idea. Laws against monopolies, a liberal idea. The Freedom of Information Act is a liberal idea. The list goes on. All I hear from the Rush Limbaugh crowd is how all these liberal ideas have destroyed the country or are destroying the country, but the fact that he can shoot his fat mouth off on a public medium is itself a liberal idea. Look it up, it’s called the First Amendment!”

I’d like to expand on this theme a bit. I was born in 1943 and grew up in the rural Virginia. 11 years after my birth the very liberal idea called desegregation of public schools was brought from idea to reality with the US supreme court ruling in 1954. I stood by as an 11 year old child in stark amazement at the rants of the conservative segregationist who boldly procalaimed there would be black on white rape of women, black boys pinching white girls in private places at school. That if God intended for blacks a white to be mixed God would have made everyone the same color. In other words desegregation was immoral. Now is the cry for equality for allowing gay marriage and I hear the same shit being chanted by the conservative sector. Straights will be hit up on, children will be molested by “queers”, that the “gay agenda” will prevail. Just what is the gay agenda anyway???? My interpretation is that straight white males are simply projecting their “stuff” onto the gays. It is straight white males (95%) who molest children (Catholic priest debacle), hit up on women in the most inappropriate ways, any time, any day, any place, any way from flashing to tit groping. They further advance their agenda (straight white men) buy using positions of power to make inapproriate advances on women and children. Bill O’Reilly is a case and point. He actually had a lawsuit filed against him for inappropriate, uninvited sexual advances on the female producer of his show..(settled out of court to avoid the negative publicity of a trial). So I suppose if SWM assume evryone is like them then all their fears will be realized.
Enough already!!!! I salute the writer of this blog because the ignorance in this nation is beyond pathetic. NACAR, football and beer rule! How did we get to be so stupid? A recent survey of high school graduates revealed that 74% didn’t know France was a country and 60% thought Spain was in South America! What?????

Newt Gingrich and Adolescence

Posted in Life in America, Personal Commentary, Politics on November 7, 2008 by americanexile

Now Newt Gingrich has moved from congressman, to speaker of the house, to health care transformer, to university professor to cultural analyst of adolescence. His opinion article in Nov 11, 2008 Businessweek places all the ills of adolescence squarely on the shoulders of some self named institutional social experiment he calls adolescence. His article was attractive to me for a number of reasons. First, he named most, if not all, problems of the middle to late teens set. Second, provided three historical figures who began their rise to adulthood early and in a flash ventured on to become great. Third, true to form he provided an expected and yes typical old 20th century, authoritarian solution to rid our culrure of this dreaded adolescence. He then maligns this human made culture of delaying adulthood, trapping young people and basically wasting years of their lives. But then moves on to somewhat of a reversal by stating adolescence really came about early in the 19th century as a middleclass strategy to keep children out of sweatshops. A noble cause I’d say.
He talks about the poor and how they are trapped in bad schools, reject responsibility, gravitate to gangs, drugs and promiscuity. The more affluent indulge in cheating in good schools, are flagrantly irresponsible, function in clicks, use and sell drugs and engage in frequent and unsafe sex. (The last sentence is my adaptation). So I guess we can surmise it was a good plan gone bad.
His solution is predictable and simple. Jerk the little bastards in line while they are very young, say 12-13, load them up with work they mostly don’t want to do with a promise of free college tuition if they do well and feel secure they will take the bait. Well Mr. G that may have worked in the 20th century but I’ll wager serious money it will not get off the ground in the 21st. I do not claim to have a solution but I do proclaim your plan isn’t it!!! It undoubtly will attract a precious few but most of the millennium kids will look at you incredulously and simply snark “Bite me!”
First of all the examples you cite as proof of your early adulthood program(no adolescence) are of men from such a long time ago. Their culture was primitive compared to the cultures of today. There were no flat panel plasma and LCD passifiers to lure their attention. Kids of today are so into a culture that structures everything for them or ignores them completely at the risk of “Lord of the Flies” mentality. They seem not to have a scintilla of creative imagination, only a few possess even a hint of curiosity. They likely only “feel” themselves as real when they engage in somekind of taboo and/or high risk behavior. Have we let them down? You bet we have, by trying to make them all things to all people. We expect them to do things God never intended them or anyone to do. Such as being the best T-ball player, excelling in soccer, basketball, football for the boys and dress the most fashionably, being a cheerleader, the prettiest one at that, being swamped by social invitations, boys yet daring them to break ranks with parental control for girls. (Tells you what sick mass of goons we parents are). They are reared to fluff the ego of their parents or exist to provide a bigger check from the government.
Here is what I propose: First we must, as a culture, distance ouselves from the notion of population growth. There are too many people in the world. Few cultures think smart when it comes to procreation. Take for example the Dugger family…. 17 -18 children. Talk about children raising children! It is present in that family in spades. Are they an attractive collection of people … well yes! And if that is all you look at then okay. But really if that had been a black family the cries of “Bunch of welfare cheats” would resound throughout long and loud. Which brings me back to the Duggers. Just how does that one man support all those kids? Does he accept public assistance (welfare)! But really!! 18 kids?!!! But I stray from the point here.
The point I wish to make is we as a culture should discourage large family growth. Sex education dovetailed with family finance/economics should be required ciriculum from 5th grade on up in public schools. And for those who object they can incur the expense of sending their kids to private schools, without the help of vouchers, thank you very much. I suggest either no tax exemptions for children, period, or no more than two exemptions per filer annually. You see by providing tax exemptions for children we move ever more closely to a welfare state… my case is that the Dugger family head of household I am sure pays no federal or state income taxes, yet he/they enjoy all the services provided by those of us who do pay income tax. I cite the highway systems, the priviledge of voting, eligibility for social services… on and on. Having child is a personal choice and as such it is inappropriate to allow it to spill over onto the millions who manage within our means and either have no children or have only the number we can manage and support. I have two of my own so I am not anti-children. A discussion for another day!!! We should not provide public assistance to anyone. I’ve had enough of this “I have to leave early today so I can get my check”! If a family finds itself in a tight spot, because shit does happen then they can obtain a low interest loan from the government. It can even be interst free for the first year if the entire balance is paid back in 12 months from origination. But no more welfare, period!!! Abortion should always be an options in the case of unexpected and unwanted pregnancies. The cut off time should be determined by the woman and her physician but no later than 5 months gestation! Rape and incestuous pregnancies should be followed by severe proscecution of the assailant and monetary compensation to the victim.
Keeping adolescence is a must. Can you imagine the outrage of many if the suggested proposal of Mr. G. was implemented???? Yikes!!! But I will suggest there are tenants of his plan worth considering. For example it may be of value to offer a national community service program to kids 14 to 16 years old which will remove them from the classroom and place them into community service programs where they are able to learn skills in the real world. They can return to highschool for 2-3 years of school to graduate. Then move on to college. Or they can finish out school in the current traditional programs. No money would be paid to them for this. The community service is part of their free education (Are our schools socliaized?? Seems like they are.). Which brings me to another proposal offered by Mr. G. and that is adoption of his daughters Atlanta program where poor children are paid to study and do their homework! Huh????What?????!!! Pay them to accept a gift???? That is whacked!!!! See I am not flaming liberal!!!! We can help them learn the value of education by educating them and mostly their parents on the value of being educated. It is no secret that in many poor and especially black communities education is frowned on and discouraged because it is a white man’s thing. If you cut off public assistance to them maybe they will see how they need to make their own way. Welfare is like an opiate..it keeps the poor down just enough to allow the better to-do have power over them.
As far as cirriculum is concerned we must move into the 21st century. Stop dumbing down requirements in math, science. Invigorate history. Make English part of a required arts program and by all means ramp up arts programs to include orchestra, band, graphic arts, woodworking, sculpture on and on and make it just as important as other courses and bring the math and science into each course in art. Art is far more science and math than creative expression. Example: teach them about the math of J.S. Bach compositions. His works are legendary mathmatical masterpieces.
Not to be forgotten is the premier course work in civics, law, international studies and political science..so the culture of tomorrow will understand that Africa is a continent, South Africa is a country, that majority rule does have constitutional limitations in the USA.
Another point is that rather than do away with adolescence lets consider the fact that there are at least five styles of learning. Not everyone learns the same way. Yet when it comes to teaching we pretty much teach to one style of learning. That makes no sense! So I suggest we test students from time to time and establish which style of learning suits them best and place them in classroms or programs that educate to that style instead of this one size fits all method we have fostered.
Well I have run out of steam on this one but suffice it to say the problems of adolescence are many and complex and though I know Mr. G. means well his solution is so “old school” (pardon the pun), so last century. The world kids grow up in today is so complicated and I salute them for faring so well. I cite the case of George Hotz who at 17 unlocked the iphone and without pay gave his secret to the world gratas. He’s my hero!!!

9/11 Remembered- or Black Dawn, Bright Day!!

Posted in Personal Commentary on September 11, 2008 by americanexile

This morning before the glint of dawn rose above the treetops in my back yard I sat in peaceful silence gazing into the black night soon to dissolve away just as the towers, flight 93 and a portion of the US Pentagon did seven years ago. I am reminded these many years later of how those events galvinized our nation in a union that only Americans can form. We gatherd as a united front in solidarity to defend our nation with every ounce of fortitude and strength we could munster, and provided our leaders an opportunity to spearhead that march to triumph ..and in the days, weeks and months to come we’d use the great talents and gifts of intellect, strength and technology to balance the karmic forces with the creators of this tragedy. I looked to our new president and believed deeply he’d rise to the challenge, that he’d provide the leadership to go forth, heading directly into the wind and tack fluidly to overcome and make our nation even stronger and yes, mightier, not in the style of “the show off, look at me” but rather as a quiet and yet shining example of integrity! Alas, my trust has been greviously misplaced. And today I ponder in the darkness the folly of my feelings and hopes I was so sure of 7 years back.
This morning the blackness of night is like a black hole in the universe. The little man that I looked up to in those dark days after 9/11 has since been led by tyrannical authoritarian religious forces that have thrown our nation into unprecedented turmoil, divisiveness and global vilification. I could rail against the plethora of injustices, headed by the greed, falsehoods and ignorance not only initiated by this man but supported by his administration and about half of all Americans. Instead of a nation more firmly united and tolerant of our differences I find bullies in the pulpit, on national podiums, on nightly television and running for political office. They represent to me the very lowest level of political character to the extent of openly committing crimes against humanity. It is all about winning. Winning, even if in the process we give up our souls for profit. I wish I could believe and say those who so defile our nation’s integrity are evil or even bad people. But they are not! They are my neighbors, many members my client base, some of my longest and dearest friends, and nationally, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Laura Bush, Bill O’Reilly, (a man who I personally detest)!!
I fantasize about the myriad of “politically incorrect” bombs I, the media and Democratic candidates could lob at the Republican side of our leaders, pseudo champions and supporters citing it is okay since they dismiss out of hand any hint of “politcal correctness” as a sham political tactic and infringement on freedom of speech. It should not hurt their feelings!
So as I sit here feeling defeated, already I shift my thoughts to more personal issues and the day ahead. Why did the cat shit on the carpet in our music room? Why is our oldest child in such a crappy mood? Why has our youngest child been so sad lately? What’s in the house to make dinner with tonight? Who is on my schedule today? How is baby Aiden doing? But these thoughts do not linger. Within minutes I am back to the blind stare into the gray light of dawn. Dare I have the audacity to hope we all can be rejoined again? Can we rise above this overpowering adversity of spirit we have inflicted on ourselves? Can we once more have joy in the morning?
The sun rises and the light reveals the trees more distinctly, the deep and verdant hue of robust life fades in. The old Native Indian prophecy comes to mind….. “The second millieum, just before the return of the Quetsal, will arrive as a black dawn followed by a bright day”. Yes! I have the audacity to hope! AmericanExile Sept 11, 2008.

I Am Back!!!!!

Posted in Personal Commentary on February 20, 2007 by americanexile

I am back tending to the blog. Having stated that I must go home for dinner!!!! Over and out!! AE

Hello Planet Earth!!!!

Posted in Personal Commentary on September 22, 2006 by americanexile

I have just made contact with the world of blogging and await a great new adventure!!!!  FYI I am an older (mature) being who loves music, art, my profession (dentist), my children, domestic partner, co-workers, long time friends, food (Paula Deen type). I am from the south…born here and have remained all of my life. From these roots I have slowly become  an exile from American culture as it exists today..hence my blog name. I am so curious about how this happened! No doubt I have a hand in it and if not for the many people I encounter every day who bear similar doubts about their place in this country I’d hold full responsibility for the alienation I experience. I simply no longer feel a member of the team called America. And I hate being separate from it yet I detest being part of it.