Monday, January 28, 2013

GOP Revolts: Switches to Coffee for 2016

The truce that was called to end "Class Warfare" was the U.S. Constitution.
Wouldn't it be nice if all members of Congress would at least read
and commit its "Preamble" to memory.

The  "makers" and "takers" diatribe being spouted by the radical right just doesn't cut it.
It doesn't account for a very important consideration: The truth of the matter.

The true "takers" are the ones who have bought the House of Representatives, lock, stock, and barrel, in order to have its members serve as their personal lobby masons. These block shoppers have used money they've stockpiled while plundering the world's economy to lay mines in the path of upward mobility for the poor and middle-class.

The foxy guardians of righteousness have attempted to steal a couple of elections, lost the last election, and they will lose the next, because their greed and lust for power has not taken into consideration the law of diminishing returns: specifically, the tax returns of the actual "takers".

The real "makers" are "We the People." Today's Republicans shiver when they hear that phrase. People acting in concordance? How scary that sounds to them. They have names for people who want harmony. They call them "takers", because they cannot seem to use the "S"-word while keeping a straight face. 

Ryan, Jindal, Cantor, Rubio, et al, good luck with healing your party's tone deafness. You know you really should listen up when your constituents are talking to you, unless your wish is to meet your "maker" again in 2016.

A thought for the ages:
"There is no such thing as was—only is.
If was existed, there would be no grief or sorrow."
     --William Faulkner

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Happy 307th Birthday, Dr. Franklin

Benjamin Franklin, was born on this day in Boston, New England in the year 1706.

In his autobiography this great American listed some virtues and their precepts that he, as a young man, tried to achieve in his conduct of life. Whether he succeeded, or not, is irrelevant, for Franklin is nearly universally regarded as the kind of man who has earned the respect of all humanity.

These names of Virtues with their Precepts were

Eat not to Dulness.
Drink not to Elevation.

Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself.
Avoid trifling Conversation.

Let all your Things have their Places.
Let each part of your Business have its Time.

Resolve to perform what you ought.
Perform without fail what you resolve.

Make no Expence but to do good to others or yourself:
i.e. Waste nothing.

Lose no Time.
Be always employ'd in something useful.
Cut off all unecessary Actions.

Use no hurtful Deceit.
Think innocently and justly;
and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

Wrong none, by doing injustice or omitting the Benefits that are your Duty.

Avoid Extreams.
Forbear resenting Injuries so much as you think they deserve.

Tolerate no Uncleanness in Body, Cloaths or Habitation.

Be not disturbed at Trifles, or at Accidents common or unavoidable.

Rarely use Venery but for Health or Offspring;
Never to Dulness, Weakness, or the Injury of your own
or another's Peace or Reputation.

Imitate Jesus and Socrates.