Stop Blindly Listening And Take The Challenge

IMG_1993Today’s world seems like it’s total chaos. From ISIS in Iraq, hundreds of thousands slaughtered in Syria, to Ukraine, Russia, jets commercial passenger planes being shot out of the sky. To, right here in the U.S. The bitter divide here is probably at one of the worst times in American history. I challenge you all to drop all preconceived notions, party affiliations, and think on your own how to make things better.

Let’s start with right here in the United States, such strong animosity here from one side of the isle to the other. Each side blaming the other for everything in our Country and the world for what’s going on. This is not only not helpful but it is making the situations worse. We need to all come together with ideas to make things better. First here, then for the world. Our entire news media, print, TV and digital is owned by 6 conglomerates, that don’t have educating the public at the top of their agenda.

Because of this situation, no one here really knows what’s going on anywhere in the world. More shamefully, we don’t even know what’s going on here in our own Country. I have been on twitter for a long time and have many followers who freely share their opinions. Those opinions seems to always fall directly down party lines. That’s tragic. No one seems to be thinking on their own.

Liberals think all of the ills of the world are because of the complete obstructionism of the GOP. The GOP seems to think all of the ills in the world are because of president Obama. This is no way for our Country to move forward, prosper and lead the world.

My guess is that 80% of all Americans want the same things: family, friends, a good job, and being able to live happily. All of our inner fighting is just a waste of time, money and effort. I saw today that Marco Rubio had a big speech about “traditional” marriage and how it’s the corner stone of our Country. First of all that’s laughable when the divorce rate is over 50%, secondly, he is not saying this to make things better. He is saying it to prime himself for a 2016 run. You need to ask yourself, is gay marriage one of the top priorities in your life? I am guessing no.

The economy is. Poll after poll, year after year shows Americans care most about the economy, jobs and their financial security. This has been barely addressed by Obama. He gave up too soon when he realized the GOP would block him. Consumer spending isn’t solid. This is not good because our economy will never grow when consumers aren’t spending. A full 70% of GDP comes from consumer spending. When it falters, our Country falters.

What’s going on around the world needs to be addressed. But, another challenge, drop your party affiliation, and try to think what would make America better. In times of crisis we need to stand together as a Country. We need to speak with one voice. If people don’t like what Mr. Obama is doing, or see no coherent strategy, they should voice their opinions AND suggestions to their elected representatives. Attacking president Obama isn’t helpful. Offering a better solution is.

So, I do challenge everyone to stop thinking of themselves as DEMS, GOP, Independents and start thinking of yourself as an American. How can we make America better? How can we stop a government that doesn’t represent our needs? How can we get rid of the corruption and financial influence in politics?

These are the issues we need to be coming together to solve.


So Much To Talk About And Weigh In On: Iraq, Economy, POTUS and More

IMG_1845Let’s start with president Obama. I have seen in the news media a piling on of negative criticism of everything he does. Now I am not one of those that thinks he walks on water and if you have read any of my blog you’ll see the many things I disagree with him on and think he has done wrong. But, I feel like it’s open season to bash him everywhere, for everything and that’s not right.

Maybe presidents shouldn’t have second terms. I feel like this is a complete replay of the end of George Bush’s second term. Everyone criticized everything Bush had done and it was a negative spiral that encompassed the entire 8 years. What pisses me off about Obama is he doesn’t know messaging. He makes no attempt to talk about his successes and lets the right call him weak and taking America down a notch. All of Syria’s chemical weapons have been removed and are being destroyed. I shouldn’t have to read that in the newspapers, Obama and his team should be out there talking up these things. No, success does not speak for itself. People follow a narrative given to them by a lazy media. George Bush, or Karl Rove, was brilliant in convincing the media and American people that war was needed in Iraq. He had his entire team out the with excellent messaging talking about why it was essential. We know the results of that. But, the point is Obama makes no attempt to talk up his victories. That is a grave mistake because people don’t pay attention and listen to the squeaky wheel: Dick Cheney.

Iraq is a complete disaster. Anyone who claims that it’s Obama’s fault doesn’t understand the situation. If he had left 10k troops in Iraq that would not have stopped what’s going on now. When we had close to 200k troops there we couldn’t contain the situation. Bush opened a Pandoras Box with toppling Saddam. I believe that was the catalyst for the Arab Spring, the uprising in Syria. Yes, you can clearly state that Mr. Obama has not explained a coherent foreign policy. I think all of the criticism of him from the right is what makes our Country look weak. We should be united in times of crisis.

In my view, the only way the U.S. could make an impact on Iraq and Afghanistan is to have 1 million military troops in each state  there for about 100 years. We can’t remake those states, they need to want to remake them themselves.

Turning to domestic issues, again Obama has failed in messaging. He should know the basics; people pay half attention to issues and believe what they hear the most. Has the Obama team been out there saying this problem with the immigrant children coming here is that president Obama is following a law president Bush put into place? No, he and his team are not informing people of the facts. It was the Bush law that made it impossible to return children immediately. Instead, Obama says, I won’t go there for a photo op. The American people can see this as complete arrogance and being out of touch. Once again Obama is letting the GOP try to frame the story. When, what’s needed for Obama is for him and his team to get out there and talk about why they are doing what they are doing.

And, in reality, what most Americans are focused on is jobs and unemployment. I keep seeing articles about why the public doesn’t feel better about the ‘improving’ economy. That’s because it’s not improving for tens of millions of people. The public’s #1 focus is their economic security. With approximately 40 million adults unemployed and millions more only being able to find part time jobs this is why the public isn’t feeling good. It’s why they aren’t spending money. The unemployed don’t have money to spend. The employed are too fearful of losing their jobs.

No one is focusing on job creation, job growth and good paying jobs. Raising the minimum wage isn’t going to solve this. We need jobs that pay much more than that.

Whether warranted or not, people hold POTUS responsible for everything, especially the economy.