Wednesday, May 26, 2010
As the remnants of dead dinosaurs pour from the earth into the Gulf of Mexico I am left to wonder about how our leaders, both in the corporate and governmental worlds can get up in the morning, look themselves in the mirrors, and then set out to tell the average person they have a right to lead?
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I've been wondering. What is the future we see for ourselves and how do we get there? Our nation was founded in conflict, mostly by European Protestants who wished to be free from rule by other European Protestants. We wrote a Constitution to codify our beliefs, or the beliefs of those Christians who sought separation from England, and now we are being governed by individuals who no longer share those beliefs. I am not sure that can work very well, or very long.
We seem to spend most of our time in debate over how to amend or alter the fundamental tenants of our nation to remove an appreciation for God, and all God is, from the governmental process. I really don't believe that was the intent when our forefathers declared a separation of Church from State, but when we turn governing over to the atheists it seems the inevitable consequence.
At the same time, to paraphrase Barry Goldwater, extremism in the name of God is no vice does not seem to be a rational approach either. When the major debate on a Supreme Court Justice nomination is what is his or her view on social engineering and the role of government in it, or what are their beliefs, than we have a pretty big problem in setting a path that moves this nation forward with equality for all.
Maybe it has always been this way, but it sure doesn't seem like it to me.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
There has been a lot of talk in the Government about opening up or expanding off-shore oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. Interestingly it has been pretty bipartisan, with President Obama leading the charge, and Republicans tagging begrudgingly along. Supposedly all in the name of energy independence. Something I think all of us agree is a good idea, its just the devils in the details.
This same dialogue has also been raised in Florida, where unemployment exceeds 12% and income from our principle cash flow machines of farming and tourism are markedly down. Up until last week it was only a few "environmentalist" who have been actively arguing and lobbying against this. Interestingly the AF has a concern about its overwater ranges for flight test and training, but that was about it.
Then all the sudden the impossible, or should I say the "highly unlikely" happened and now off shore drilling in the Gulf isn't really the great idea the President thought it was... or is it?
Ah well it is probably on to Nuclear power now... and again those same environmental nuts will have to lead the way... The rest of us will forget about the tons of nuclear waste from current reactors we are still trying to figure out what to do with...
I am not sure what the right course of action is, but I am pretty sure our politicians don't have a clue as to what it is either... not when the current ideas about energy invoke ... "Nice idea, but not in my backyard."