Saturday, September 14, 2013

Immigration, the Mexican War zone, the Monroe Doctrine, and the Roosevelt Corollary

Where I'm from on the East Coast of America and in the fields of construction I have worked, I've had an overall pleasant experience with the Mexicans and other Latinos I've come across. In some instances, after some time, they have become friends of mine as good as any American. Despite the language barrier, the points we wish to communicate can and have been expressed with Spanglish (a mixture of both Spanish and English) and/or hand gestures. I imagine the same pleasant experiences could be for anyone provided you had the patience and respect of other cultures.
I have encountered many who are hard working people who are dedicated to their family and friends and would give the shirt off their back if one showed the need. They tell me in Mexico it's either: live in the country and farm and be poor, live in the city and work too hard for too little money, work for a cartel and risk being killed for whatever money could be pillaged, or come to America; and, if illegally trekking across the border, you are at peril of being kidnapped and human trafficked or murdered, for the cartel drug traffic is thickest within 100 miles of the border.
 Blog del Narco is testimony of this danger. The author has to take every possible precaution to protect his identity or become one of the murders he reports. The type of violence rivaled only in cinema of which the videos that are uploaded contain scenes of the most savage butchery of men, women, and children. Those that make it through that gauntlet certainly contain merits up to par with American standards.
Many who, at first come legally, become illegal after a work visa or some other temporary immigration document runs it's course. One could see how the hustle and bustle of American life could take most of a low-income worker's time. Furthering their immigration process gets placed on a "back burner". Not to mention those who left their families in Mexico whose families have become dependent on the income sent to them from America and take their chances being illegal. As a family man myself, I understand.
At first, I couldn't understand the resentment of my fellow Americans for the illegal immigrants until I thought of my family as well as my wife's family who have Naturalization records of my maternal great-grandfather and her grandfather. Our families are proud of the" leap of faith" it must have been for them whether it was necessity that drove them or not. We all have the thought, "We had to do it, why shouldn't they?"
Why hasn't an immigration post been built by the Mexican border similar to Angel and Ellis Islands?
Why hasn't America dealt with the drug cartels and the war zone they have created enveloping our Southern border? If not for anything else than for the violations to human rights?
Why the dispute about money going to Mexico, which is still the Western Hemisphere, when businesses and millionaires routinely move American money overseas?
Couldn't one argue the federal reserve and it's collection agency, the Internal Revenue Service is a form of economic conquest  by foreign interests and the "untaxable illegal" threatens that conquest?
The European powers, according to the the Monroe Doctrine were obligated to respect the Western Hemisphere as the United States' sphere of interest. 
The Monroe Doctrine was extended by Theodore Roosevelt with his Roosevelt Corollary  in 1905 which meant that the United States had the responsibility to preserve order and protect life and property in the countries of the Western Hemisphere.
America's situation has bigger issues with better answers that may be able to "kill two birds or more with one stone."
To invoke both the Monroe Doctrine, in an effort to thwart further economic conquest by these foreign interests, and the Roosevelt Corollary to protect life and property in Mexico by routing the cartels; the results may be more business staying in the Western hemisphere, more control over immigration to America, and less taxes on the citizens and businesses in America providing greater opportunity for the whole Western hemisphere.
In the meantime, America should stop the practices of our oppressors who use us as pawns in a global game of Monopoly. Monopoly  of the money supply and natural, human, and technological resources.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The People Deserve the Truth Concerning September 11, 2001

This heartwarming inspirational message by President Obama this Patriot Day 2013 and Patriot Day Proclamations hitherto cover a hideous slap in the face of America.
Reasoning can not accept what has been passed down to the Public as the truth about September 11, 2001. In the light of physics, past incidents, the events surrounding the attacks, and other inconvenient facts an obvious question presents itself:


I feel sympathy for those who have to live with themselves and their conscious betrayal of historical record and their fellow human beings.
For the memories of those killed that day, for community service, for Justice itself, an investigation of the evidence the 911 Commission failed to deliver and evidence gathered since should take place.

The 911 Commission Report has been questioned by 100 Professors across the country who have valid questions and presentations of them. Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth represent over 2200 architects and engineers who question the official story of what happened on that tragic day. Richard Gage was actually interviewed on C-SPAN concerning the destruction of the Twin Towers and building 7.

Also, on the 10 anniversary on September 11, 2011 The Toronto Hearings, which featured experts Jon Cole, Kevin Ryan, Jay Kolar, Richard Gage, David Chandler, Graeme MacQueen, and Laurie Manwell all with outstanding credentials in various fields of expertise rise many questions unanswered by the perpetrators of this modern American tragedy.

If America really wants to honor the lives of those who died that day and hold those responsible accountable for their actions, then the citizenry should analyze the Science to discover the Truth behind the collapse of those buildings. Absconders will have those who question the 911 Commission to be thought of as conspiracy theorists. No matter what, the people deserve the Truth.

Monday, September 9, 2013

A Novel Composed Entirely of Quotations

A novel like this would be no easy task. Where would one begin? How could characters or a plot develop? Would the reader's character be the thing to develop and/or enrich? The possibilities could become an author's, or team of author's, writer's block.
Maybe a present, to past, to future outlook would be a good direction to take. Chapters might focus on certain aspects of life and I imagine keeping the attention of potential readers could be a challenge; not to mention, the challenge of maintaining a coherent design.
The bibliography should be extensive. There would be quotes from religious texts, philosophers, cynics, idealists, warlords, pacifists, idiots, geniuses, those of apathy, all the descriptive stereotypes we've contrived as well as the paradoxical.
However, I almost forget what could be the one thing that could bring a novel of quotes to a cohesive whole: empathy-the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Educational Phoropter

The phoropter, the tool used by opthalmologists and optometrists to measure the exact vision correction for our eyes. We're told to look at a screen with different sized letters, and repeat what we see, while the doctor changes and flips different lenses inside the phoropter at our judgement of what is better, until the line of letters signifying 20/20 vision comes clear.

This is meant to be analogous to our mind's vision of our world and place in society. An inventory of world history, consideration of our representative cultures, and a thorough yet customized education curriculum could correct our vision for the future through prescription. The lenses which get changed and flipped are elements of the curricula. The discernment of whether it helps a particular student's vision is part of a unique prescription. The writing on the wall we judge the prescription on is the empathic society all the past struggle in the world is working toward and great minds have alluded is within each of us. Vision correction is an ongoing process and so will this education process. Fields of expertise can be ascertained for people in this way but the ultimate decision lies with the informed desire of the individual.

Montessori education is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development. The Montessori system seems one of the best ways to stimulate early cognitive development in children. The trained Montessori instructor could be invaluable for identifying the child's strengths as a deciding factor in forming the basis of the student's prescription in the figurative phoropter.

We all come from different backgrounds in various ways but only one history whose facts in the" phoropter" may be able to restore us to a standard vision that is called 20/20.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Don't Hide the Flame

Every four years since 1896, the summer Olympic games are held somewhere on this planet, with millions of the world's people celebrating the prowess and achievements of their fellow men.
Preceding these games, is the running of the torch, and it's flame has been said to symbolize the, "endeavour for protection and struggle for victory", as well as, "the light of spirit, knowledge, and life." The games unite the world with comraderie and sportsmanship. A true sign of hope for those of us who refuse to accept confessions of hopelessness, "the end is nigh!, the end is nigh!", for professions of achievement, "it's about to bloom more magnificent than before." Could this spirit of comraderie also exist in a more intellectual sense of sport?
An individual does not need to have a college degree, come from privilege, or understand all the elements at work to make a difference. What is required is the desire to be concerned and an, "intellectual honesty, which consists in knowing what one does know, constantly expanding one's knowledge, and never evading or failing to correct a contradiction."
To paraphrase a 20th century philosopher , "three elements are to be considered to form a hypothesis on the future of a nation: it's present political trends, it's sum of intellectual achievements of individuals, and it's sense of life formed by every individual child's early impressions of the world around it: of the ideas it is taught (which it may or may not accept) and of the way of acting it observes and evaluates (which it may evaluate correctly or not)."
We, as knowledgable citizens, must call for candidates of any office to rise above the rhetorical bedlam and fallacious debate surrounding present political trends with an ability to "convey knowledge which necessarily includes the ability to apply abstract principles to concrete problems, recognizes the principles in specific issues , demonstrates them, and advocates a consistent course of action."
An inventory of past intellectual achievements will quickly supply a multitude of knowledge, scriptural wisdom,  and technological/scientific conveniences from which anyone could draw inspiration and empathy.
Finally, the American sense of Life, that flame  of our purest childhood aspirations, imagination, and the right to be should not be inhibited by indoctrinated fear or established laziness and a citizenry that promotes candidates with this ambition may be the only way to keep the flame burning bright.


In 7 years it will be 2020. A number we all view at the optometrist as optimal vision. This is one's quest to restore America's vision in 2020, to see our past iniquities for what they are, shed the light of knowledge on present situations, and prepare ourselves for future obstacles. Our society is not broken, however, it is in need of routine maintenance, upgrades, and replacement of defective parts. Let the performance of the component in question speak for itself. These are merely situations that are completely correctable; to say they are problems gives them unwarranted power.
A thorough inventory of all 3 branches of government, our business ethics, and the morale of the Individual Person is needed to assess the necessary corrections myself and like-minded citizens strive to make. Reason and Religion were to flourish separately within our borders, with the 3 branches equalized by a system of checks and balances grounded in a logical framework with the citizenry as the systems beneficiaries. A knowledge of history and inventory of our lives will show the necessity of a renewed approach to the future of life on Earth starting now.

"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." James Madison