Election Day is one (1) day per year. What are people to do the other 364 days? I believe that there is a growing sense of powerlessness at being taught and told that we live in a representative democracy, but yet in reality having little to no power or control over what issues and policies are being addressed -- or more often, ignored -- in Washington, D.C. We live in a society that seems to be dominated by a ruling class controlled by a minority party that lacks the mandat
At a time so raw as the one we're living in today, I hate to put this out there, but I'll ask anyway: How do we prevent the death of the 'next' George Floyd? I don't know. There are any number of closet racists in this country -- those who are smart or savvy enough not to express their racism except behind closed doors -- and many or some of those are in positions of power and authority: police, sheriffs, security, and so on. And as I alluded to in yesterday's post, it's no
Last night, a man named George Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota in what is yet another incident of police brutality against a brown-skinned American of African descent. For whatever weight my voice carries in this world, I denounce police brutality, racism, and racist acts in this country or anywhere in the world. Police brutality is the excessive or unjustifiable use of force by an armed police officer against a civilian, who is typically alread
Although today is a holiday, I won't say "Happy Memorial Day" since the purpose of the holiday is to remember and honor those men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. My grandfather served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. And my father-in-law and one of my brothers-in-law also served in the U.S. Navy as well. Fortunately my grandfather survived the Pacific theater of World War II to return home to his family. And my father-in-law and brother-in-l
The following long quotation from the movie Rocky Balboa (2006) is a gem of wisdom that anyone of us, especially in a moment of self-doubt or self-pity, should read for motivation and re-focus: "But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you're no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain'