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Friday, January 14, 2011

Opinions, Opinions, and more Opinions!

      People I am sorry for not blogging much lately, but been busy reading and hearing every one giving their Opinion on everything!
      One wonders who one should listen to? In the USA it is one opinion after another and conservative vs liberal, media gone wild, attacks on Politicians etc. I have not wanted to give my opinion for fear someone would get shot and I would be to blame as out of the park that that sounds, but has been used in the press! If you know me I am conservative. Now be careful as that Word means one thing in Britain and another in USA! Being branded a conservative lately gets you boxed into a hole that I feel is not big enough for my Opinions! I would surprise people if I told you yes I am a Republican, but I vote for the PERSON not the party and was glad when Ct. got rid of the party lever! I only wish that we could vote for a representative that does just that "represents the people" of  whom elected them. That is not the case is it? You would think that our representatives would be bound by the very Constitution that created their body of government, but that is a question as well! I for one think the Constitution is a document that speaks! It limits and opens the most important opinions in this democracy. It so defines  the very nature of our social contract. In the last few days Obama made this clear that we should act in the expectation of government that was in the heart of a 9 year old girl killed in Ar. shooting ! Do we really act in the very nature of our founding fathers? Constitutionalism is a cry for a political philosophy that reforms! It is self regulating and calls (unlike the Dem. view of government) for a minimization of government !  A conservative view, if you like, of government.
      I have given my opinion of late on Face Book! That can spark a flood of either more opinions or a insult of  hate! I have been well noted in my opinion of Obama! I feel that his actions have gone out of center when it comes to the Constitution! If anything some of his actions have bridged on  what representation means! He bowed to the Emperor of Japan! Some people say that that was respect, but NO president has ever bowed to a foreign leader! The President represents us! Therefore he bowed us to this Emperor! This was an insult to this nation! It was also an insult to the many men and women that fought in the Pacific during WWII. But sometimes public opinion has changed him as well! He was asked why he did not wear a flag on his lapel   ...his reply was that for him it represented a "substitute for true patriotism." This retreated as he returned to wearing it and still does! As our representative he excepted the Nobel Peace Prize for What? That even amazed his own staff and at this years Peace Prize was the wonderment of BBC commentators as well!!! Well I will note that this conservative was pleased with the words of Obama at Ar. in the wake of the shooting there. He refrained from making it political, but placed it back on the people both sacrificed or wounded or even on us who are their brothers and sisters! It made me think of another good auditor from Ill.  that came to Gettysburg saying "it is for us the living" that should be "dedicated."....we should live in the expectation of government that was in the heart of  a nine year old. Jesus too reflected this in saying that children have words of wisdom. Adults need to these days be humbled not reflecting the spirit of hate in their opinions. Again I have heard this in both the American and British Press. I gave my opinions this week saying that the shooting in Ar. was not political and I have often given my opinion on other things and for it I had one individual from North Wales now living in the USA insult me by saying that I am not a Christian, ashamed that I am or pretending to be Welsh, a name dropper (mind you if I drop a name I know that person) So opinion gets you hate rather than the calm reaction of dialogue.
     Interesting enough it is my opinion that that British ( even Welsh included here)   can not get enough of Obama and Democratic so called reform. Must be nice to comment on that which you do not have to live under! I too have opinions of their bowing to Socialism, but I do understand it in their history. I just wish they would not stoop to bowing to the Leaders of Venezuela and Cuba and not see the other hand that advocate dictatorship and terror. I wonder at people even in Wales that do this when they are oppressed by a government in England. They should talk to my Cuban friends that risked leaving Cuba by boat in the light of political troubles. I sometimes wonder at a British Press that is critical of our political fighting when I look at the coverage of MP's in Parliament that act like school boys on the playground. I wonder at Welsh Politics  and voting that Welsh People can't stop fighting among themselves and have to campaign for a YES vote when it is so obvious to me that it is good for Wales and good for independence. I wonder at Welsh people that are critical of me thinking Plaid has the hopes of Wales in it's heart, and critical because I feel Socialism is a "FAILED" political means for a government in a modern world. Please note people that jump to conclusions in Wales! I do believe in Health reform in this country, but not in the Health reform of late voted in by Democratic government. First of all again it does not represent the opinion or the people or respect of the Constitution. It gives money to big heath care companies, advocates Dr's in life ending statements and abortion, it does nothing for the older generation in need of reform in the area of affording medications etc. It seems like people in my country and in Britain have latched on to the good parts of present health care reform for Children etc. but have they read it all or seen the needs that are not addressed....have people in the USA? I had to wait two months for the government to approve my medications! Good thing they were not life threatening! Just my opinion!
       Opinions Opinions! I will not here advocate the Presidential hope of Sara Palin if it comes about or not. I feel that both in the USA and British Political arena (funny as that is what as it has become a spectators sport) and media she has been crucified and buried without any expectation of being able to rise from this at all. (Please excuse me from religious images here, but I think in those terms not putting any god like image on Sara!) She has attempted to say she was sorry if people got the wrong ideas, but I am proud of her not bowing down to pressure. Come on people every Political figure "targets," their opponent in some way and that goes for both British and American Politics! British and Welsh should pull the log out of their own eyes in light of their fighting and not acting as one nation or two as I would like to see it! I would be critical of you as well allowing Hitler like groups to form in your country. But that might.... might verge on the very problem. The avocation of our Amendment that calls for the "freedom of Speech," In both our countries this freedom has both good and bad aspects. It fosters opinion for debate but it also allows at the other end Hate! In the last few days Sara Palin (who seems like she can not catch a break!) is having a new wave of opinion that feels she can never rise to the presidency because of opinions of her words! In all the confusion words of opinion do mean different things! She used "blood Libel," which has raised it's anti Jewish connotations rather than modern English usage of  meaning "someone being falsely accused."  Words of Opinion have different meaning and freedom of speech often hurts and gets people hot under the collar, but I still believe in people that the shooting in Ar.. was not Political, but the confused mind of a mentally deranged person (not that of a right wing or leftist person.) Oddly enough words do mean or are mean! We should all take a look at our words before we speak and see what they could mean! I wish that both the American and British press would themselves take on the word Welsh! It is used to refer to going back on a deal  (as was used by Obama during the rise to be President) or "Welshing" on that deal. This word has been widely used,  people refer to it all the time in Hollywood,  TV and in Political arena, but you rarely hear the very silent Welsh say anything about it. If it was "jewing" or "niggering." on a deal it would be widely taken down.. I wonder how many people know that Welsh is an English word meaning Foreign? That is odd as we as Celts were in that country long before the English! Wow words do have different meanings!
      So I have talked about opinions here. I wish that the British and American press, political officers and general people would remember to live up to the expectations and hopes we were filled with as children before we entered the abusive and often confusing world reality of adulthood. Please be calm and discuss rather than point fingers at people and that is it. Respect opinions even if you think them wrong.( I am guilty of this as well!!!)  Please let us remember an Indian saying in this country "you can not hit the target with an arrow if you do not aim at that target!" O my am I advocating aiming an arrow at someone? No I am saying that we should have a vision of what our words and opinions are for, what they can do and how they can harm the very peace that I hope is inside all of us or is that a child like dream?!

The House of Representatives will begin debate today on the contentious two-page health care repeal bill spearheaded by the Republican leadership, after a week-long hiatus following the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

It might be noted in an article by George Will of the Washington Post: "Two years into Barack Obama's presidency, we now know what he meant about 'hope' and 'change'-he and other progressives hope to change our national character. Three weeks into his presidency, Newsweek, unhinged by adoration of him and allowing it's wishes to father its thoughts, announced that 'we are all socialists now' and that America 'is moving toward a modern European state.'
     The electorate emphatically disagreed and created the 112th Congress, with its exceptionally important agenda." i.e putting back the Constitutional structure of the government given by our founding fathers!"

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