MY SCHOOL

I would like to tell you about…….’ my school ‘ .  It is nestled in a village in the south central region of Pennsylvania. The village of Scotland lies in a valley between two mountain ranges in a farming region.   It was established after the  CIVIL WAR to house and train orphans from the war. It was  ( i will disgust the is, was later ) unique school, one of only a handful of such schools nationwide. Because of its location it was titled….. SCOTLAND SCHOOL for VETERANS CHILDREN ( S.S.V.C. ).

Over the years it’s student body entry requirements changed with the state of the veterans population. When i was enrolled the requirements were ….one of your parents had to be a veteran and were incapable of raising you. In my case my parents were divorced when i was seven years old.  My parents were sharing us and soon it became apparent that we were not in a good place  (i was running the streets at night alone )  so they decided  to put us in the school….i was twelve years old.

The school was a residential school (you were housed there year round ) given an education and taught discipline, military style. Thank heaven only my first year were we required  to were uniforms ( wool pants, gray shirts, black tie, black shoes and socks ). Uniforms were only required for graduations and parades. But the discipline remained the same. While there you complained about the discipline but years after graduating you saw that the discipline was a good thing.

We were taught to respect our elders ( YES, SIR…YES, MAM ) , and to respect our teachers. We hand small classroom sizes that, with that military respect and good teachers, gave us a good, comprehensive education. We were also taught to respect our flag. We were taught flag etiquette. Revelry and Taps were preformed daily. Many students, after graduation, enlisted in the military….i was one.

But the school was government funded and , after over 100 years, politics entered into a debate over budgets. The school was DE-funded and closed. The campus and the beautiful old buildings were sold.  A seminary took over the sprawling site and with open arms invited alumni to visit.

With sadness  i think about the school. The place that gave me so much. It gave me sound morals, respect for others and my wife of 49 years, as of this writing.  We have been together for over 50 years, AND STILL DEEPLY IN LOVE!

I thank, for all i am,….. MY SCHOOL !

 

 

PROMISES, PROMISES

President Trump made promises to his voters during the campaign. He fired up the passions of them. His rallies were loud and filled with rage. They were fervent in their belief in him, and those promises.

I believed then and i believe now he never believed he could win the presidency. As a showman he created a show to boost his public persona. He felt aroused by the passion and adulation these crowds heaped on him.

But now he is the President and those supporters want him to act on those promises. So let’s take a look at how he has handled some of these the promises to those passionate followers.

 

Probably the top promise that energized his voters most was…REPEL OBAMACARE 

Real change begins with immediately repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare “….. Certainly he tried as quickly as he could, to do that. But it is a multilayered, complicated subject that needs more than 17 days to construct a bill that addresses this very complicated subject,  without hurting more citizens. The bill was pulled from the House floor before any vote. And now he just wants to move on!

 

SUSPEND IMMIGRATION FROM TERRORIST HARBORING NATIONS

” And if people don’t like it, we’ve got to have a country. Got to have a country. Countries in which immigration will be suspended  would include places like Syria and Libya. And we are going to stop the tens of thousands of people coming from Syria. ” …the policy he put in place as been judicially blocked twice.  And nothing since then. ( March 16th )

 

BUILD A WALL

” We are going to build a great, great wall on our southern border.” and “have Mexico pay for it. “…the astronomical costs aside, will it actually do what he wants it do ? In my opinion it never will. And Mexico is never going to pay for it. A huge waste of time and money. But that is not a concern i do not dwell on because it will never get through a conservative Congress, or any Congress for that matter.

 

These are a few of his most popular campaign promises. and his recently proposed budget shows that some of his other promises are hollow as well. For example… my administration will promote clean air and water. ( He abolishes the GREAT LAKES RESTORATION INITIATIVE, seven states rely on this water to be clean. ) …  we will free the earth from the miseries of disease   ( He slashes 20% of the budget of  H.I.H. which does research on these diseases! …On and on it goes.

President Trump can say what he will , but it is what he does that will deflate or backup his…PROMISES, PROMISES

 

 

SANE ?

More and more, as the days go by, this administration is in the process of producing a new ‘TWILIGHT ZONE’ episode. They have been on ALL sides of most issues. There have been falsehoods after falsehoods as a steady diet.

And then we have the appointments to head cabinet posts who are antithetical to the mission of that cabinet.  *  in the EPA there is a document that states the conclusion of the agency that CO2 is the cause of climate change……..SECRETARY PRUITT ;  ‘NO, I DON’T BELIEVE THAT’ ….what ??

They are decimating our state department, the one agency we need for diplomatic correspondence perhaps to avoid unnecessary………WARS?   Secretary Tillerson is left out of important meetings.

They continue to promote CONSPIRACYS  everywhere. We are being told to be afraid, be very afraid of the OTHER !  Fear the cities, fear other religious beliefs,  on and on.

They want us to long for ‘ the good ole’ days ‘…… those days are over! In Buddhism it is taught that change is life , without change we do not grow.  Technology alone has eliminated many of the old manufacturing jobs, coal mining jobs, on and on. NO one has the magic beans to make those jobs sprout again. We are in that times future NOW

One last thing……. the current TRUMP-TWEET on the wiretapping  IF  found untrue, with all his other falsehoods in mind, he must be held accountable !   Already our allies are questioning what ‘ OUR COUNTRY ‘ says. ……is this  SANE ?

 

 

UNDER FIRE

I SIT HERE LISTENING TO THE LATEST HIT THIS ADMINISTRATION IS TAKING, AG SESSIONS AND RUSSIA. IT REMINDS ME OF THE 1968 TET OFFENSIVE IN VIETNAM.

I WAS THERE WHEN IT STARTED. THE ATTACK WAS FRENZIED. THERE WERE WEAPONS FIRE COMING IN. ROCKETS, MORTARS FLYING THROUGH THE NIGHT SKY. GUNSHIPS FLYING AROUND THE BASE SPITTING BULLETS INTO THE ATTACKERS, RED TRACERS LEAVING A TRAIL FROM THE AIRCRAFT TO THE GROUND.THE PARACHUTE FLARES SWINGING DOWNWARD CASTING WEIRD SHADOWS ACROSS THE ATTACK. IT WAS MINDBENDING.

THIS IS HOW I SEE WHAT THIS ADMINISTRATION IS EXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW. BUT THIS IS VERY SERIOUS STUFF. IT NEEDS TO BE DEALT WITH SERIOUSLY.

PATRIOT

GUARD AGAINST THE IMPOSTURES OF PRETENDED PATRIOT”…GEORGE WASHINGTON

” I AM A LENINIST, HE DID WHAT I WANT TO DO…DECONSTRUCT, TEAR DOWN THE ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEM”   ( I paraphrase from Steve Bannon’s interview )

 

Is this really a patriotic way to govern our country ? I don’t think it is. Lenin believed in ‘extreme power’ to smash a path to  where he wanted go …. crushing his opponents. His ‘secret police’ started on a path that plunged the country into a famine that killed between 3 to 10 million people.

After an attempted assassination he had 10 to 15 thousand people executed . Is this the way to a democratic government ? … Lenin believe so.

Now we have a self acclaimed Leninist in the top echelon of our government. A man who ran a far, far right news site. Once claiming Obama was not born in our country sparking a series of witch hunts causing the President of the United States of America to show the American people his birth certificate.

Are YOU comfortable with this man in the ear of our President ?

Remember the quote from our very first President George Washington !!!

HEADLINES

WASHINGTON POST …JANUARY  27, 2017

TALK OF IMPORT TAX ON MEXICO SOURS RELATIONS 

TRUMP SOUGHT PARK SERVICE PROOF OF CROWD CLAIM

PRESIDENT BEGINS A PUSH TO CHANGE U.S. ROLE IN WORLD

MARCHERS CONVERGE ON GOP LAWMAKERS’ RETREAT

HILL REPUBLICANS NOT SURE HOW WALL WILL BE FUNDED

LABOR SECRETARY NOMINEE’S HEARING DELAYED FOR TARDY PAPERWORK

SCIENCE GROUPS WARY OF LIFE UNDER TRUMP

TRUMP’S QUESTIONING THE ACCURACY OF JOBS DATA HAS ECONOMISTS WORRIED

THE TROUBLE WITH THE PRESIDENT’S TWEETS 

THESE DO NOT LEAD ME TO SEE A STABLE, SMOOTH ADMINISTRATION. I SEE AN AMATEURISH, FLOUNDERING NEW GOVERNMENT. IF THEY CONTINUE TO USE THIS TECHNIQUE TO GOVERN, I BELIEVE, WE WILL BE IN A HUGE ENTANGLED MESS.

IT SEEMS TO ME PRESIDENT TRUMP IS TRYING TO MANAGE THE GOVERNMENT LIKE HE MANAGED HIS COMPANY. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME. HE HAS TO REALIZE HIS WORD IS NOT THE FINAL WORD,  LIKE IT WAS IN HIS COMPANY. 

HE CAN NOT SAY ANYMORE…THIS IS MY WAY, IF YOU DO NOT AGREE, SUE ME…I’LL SEE YOU IN COURT.  WE HAVE THREE ‘  SEPARATE  ‘ , ‘ EQUAL ‘ BRANCHES OF OUR GOVERNMENT. OUR CONSTITUTIONAL CHECKS AND BALANCES AGAINST AN AUTOCRATIC PRESIDENT. OUR FOUNDING FATHERS DID NOT WANT ANOTHER KING

I TRULY HOPE HE LEARNS HIS POSITION AND STARTS TO GOVERN AS THE FOUNDING FATHERS LAID OUT.

ENEMY?

Roger Williams...artist/writer

‘ All wrong-doing arises because of mind.  If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain ? ‘

……..Buddha

‘ Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding ‘

………..Mahatma Gandhi

There has been a raging debate about Islam being a religion of peace or not.  I have been listening to and reading about this debate. With the quotes above in mind i would like to offer some incites  of mine for your consideration.

I have seen quotes posted that have quoted passages  from the Quran to show that Islam is not a religion of peace. I am sure you have seen these quotes . I will attempt to offer some quotes on the opposite side. Anyone can pick any quote to prove their view of the Quran or the Bible, but you have to consider the whole text to understand what those Books are schooling.

for example ; ……Quran…    6: 151…

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ENEMY?

‘ All wrong-doing arises because of mind.  If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain ? ‘

……..Buddha

 

‘ Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding ‘

………..Mahatma Gandhi

 

There has been a raging debate about Islam being a religion of peace or not.  I have been listening to and reading about this debate. With the quotes above in mind i would like to offer some incites  of mine for your consideration.

I have seen quotes posted that have quoted passages  from the Quran to show that Islam is not a religion of peace. I am sure you have seen these quotes . I will attempt to offer some quotes on the opposite side. Anyone can pick any quote to prove their view of the Quran or the Bible, but you have to consider the whole text to understand what those Books are schooling.

for example ; ……Quran…    6: 151 ‘ and do not kill a soul that God has sacrosanct, save lawfully. ‘ * (i.e. murder is forbidden, death penalty imposed by the state for crimes is permitted. )  Quran…   5:53  ‘whoso kills a soul, unless it be for murder or for wreaking corruption in the land, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and he who a life, it shall be as if  he had given life to all mankind. ‘   these are not calls to violence.

Islamic law teaches against warfare.  Quran 8:61  ‘ but if enemies incline towards peace, do you also incline towards peace. And trust in God ! for He is the one who hears and knows all things. ‘……Quran  2: 190  ‘fight in the way of God against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo ! God loveth not aggressors. ‘

The Prophet Muhammad….. ‘ do not be people without minds of your own, saying that if others treat them well you will treat them well, and if they do wrong you will do wrong to them. Instead, accustom yourselves to do good if people do  and not to do wrong even if they do evil. ‘

Quran 5:8  ‘ and do not let the hatred of people prevent you from being just. be just;  that is nearer to righteousness. ‘ …… Quran 5:69  ‘ surely they that believe, and those of Jewry, and the Christians, and those Sabeaans,  whoso believes in God and the Last Day, and works righteousness-their wage waits them with their Lord, and no fear shall be on them, neither shall they sorrow. ‘  The Quran promises Christians and Jews along with Muslims they if they have faith they need have no fear in the afterlife.

These, i believe, are not evil teachings or a call to kill all non-Muslims, or a call to a great -war. You must read and research BOTH sides of an issue. Know the subject,  never accept a point of view without research.

The Bible also teaches peace.  But it also has violent quotes. ….Deuteronomy 17:12  ‘ anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict  of the Holy man who represents God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged. ‘… Ezekiel 35:7-9   I will fill your mountains with the dead. Your hills, your valleys, and your streams will be filled with people slaughtered by the sword. I will make you desolate forever. Your cities will never be rebuilt. Then you will know i am God. ‘  These are not preaching’s of peace. But we know that the bible, overall, teaches love and peace.

My conclusion is that you can pick and choose words to back up your view but unless you weight the whole… you will not be able to understand the truth in these writings. You should always be compassionate, see the heart, soul of the other.  Buddha …’ what we think, we become. ‘  If you think EVIL, you will become EVIL.

i think about John Lennon’s  IMAGINE …’imagine there’s no religion …….’  But we humans need religion to sort us out. But our different views should not lead us into violence and wars !  

WHO  IS  THE  ENEMY  ?