Monday, July 28, 2008

Discovery in the Storm

What if Benjamin Franklin had not gone out in the storm and conducted his experiment? Where would we be today? I was without electricity during our recent hurricane for only a few hours and I was reminded of how much we depend on electrical energy. Well, electrical energy, as we know it, is generated from other forms of energy. So, we need to find economical ways to generate it. Many who use a lot of the energy want others to carry the burden of producing it while allegedly protecting their own environment from damage. In following this path, they place all kinds of burdensome regulations on the industries who produce it and they become obstructionists when it comes to protecting the economy and well being of the rest of the country. I think something needs to be done and done soon to stop these single minded folks from exercising the power of their positions over the rest of the populace.

We need a sensible energy policy and we need it now. I know many of you read these blogging comments of mine with some angst, and wonder if you should participate in commenting on them. I can't answer that question for you. I believe that exercising our freedom to speak is very important. As people we have been over sensitized to always consider what others might think of us if we speak what is on our minds. I believe in being civil (while being frank and forthright) in making my arguments. I am keen on hearing the arguments from folks who don't see things as I do. Why? Because I can learn from their arguments. However, I am through attempting to tiptoe around issues that are important to me. I was gagged for thirty years as a government agent. I wasn't allowed to freely participate the way the rest of you could. I have a lot of catching up to do.

People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news. - AJ Liebling

If you are using the major media sources for your information on anything you are being deluded. Major media has become a biased and one sided sycophant to the elitist liberal socialists. Their agenda is not what it seems and they hide their desire for global control behind all kinds of hot button social and environmental reform smoke screens. The uneducated masses who form a large portion of their voting base are swayed into blindly following by promises of various entitlement monies from the U. S. Treasury. While pandering to a plethora of single interest groups with promises of recognition of every aberrant philosophy and lifestyle, they throttle the freedom the majority of the educated voting public holds dear. The governmental leaders in this party don't follow the rules they lay down for others, and they get rich in businesses meant to ease the suffering of those who are less fortunate. When challenged with solid arguments that expose this hipocracy, they resort to holding their ears and shouting trite worn out slogans that lay the blame for our sorry state of affairs everywhere except their doorstep. I think this little illustration speaks volumes:

A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, 'Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am.'

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, 'You're in a hot air balloon approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2346 feet above sea level. You are 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49..09 minutes west longitude.

She rolled her eyes and said, 'You must be a Republican.'

'I am,' replied the man. 'How did you know?'

'Well,' answered the balloonist, 'everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and I'm still lost.. Frankly, you've not been much help to me.'

The man smiled and responded, 'You must be a Democrat.'

'I am,' replied the balloonist. 'How did you know?'

'Well,' said the man, 'you don't know where you are or where you're going.

You've risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air.

You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and you expect ME to solve your problem.

You're in EXACTLY the same position you were in before we met, but somehow now, it's MY fault.

To be great is to be misunderstood. - Ralph Waldo Emerson