The SamuraiMarine

Thoughts, Philosophy, Life and Love

Month: November 2009

Kick them all out!

Why did you vote in the last election?

Who did you vote for?

Are you one of those people that voted for a person because you saw that they were on television more than the other guy, or because you thought “I heard that name before, I will vote for them.”?

Do you know what you are expecting to gain when you place that vote for the person you selected?

I think that too many of you out there… and yes, I am pointing at you and us… vote as “Lazy Voters”.  We rush to the polls, sometimes at the last minute, do not really THINK about who we are going to vote for, or do think, but only in the sense that you are asking yourself, “Who was that guy that was on TV last night.” or “Who was it my Union foreman told me I was voting for?”

Face it… we, all of us, have gotten ourselves into a little bind.  We have politicians that, for the most part, are idiots.

With rare exception anymore, they are acting in their own best interest, not in the interest of those that elected them.  They spend so much time planning on how they are going to win their next election, or how to get that book deal, or who they are going to try to pin their next failure on, that they are not actually doing their jobs.  The ones we elected them and are paying them to do.

THE INCUMBENTS MUST GO.

If these last election years have proven anything, it is that we need to become SMARTER voters.  We cannot vote with passion, pride, ignorance or prejudice any more.  That is the thing that put our current band of idiots in office.  Yes… that includes the biggest of them all… Citizen Obama.  You see… people voted for him NOT because of his successful history as a leader.  Not because of the long list of economic contributions that he has made to this country.  Not because of his ironclad grasp on foreign affairs and policy.  They voted for him because they got caught up in the hype.

People saw him as this prophet for change.  As some knight in shining armor that was going to come riding in and save the day.  But the problem is that one he was in, that “DAY” kept getting pushed further and further back.  People voted for a Black man… not a politician… a poor one at that.  They voted for what they THOUGHT was an ideal and a bunch of pretty promises and not for the facts.

I was almost part of that wave… until I read his books.  In his own words I learned where he was going and what he wanted long before he committed to running for office.  “Audacity of Hope” actually tells the tail pretty well, if you take the time to read and really pay attention to what he is telling you.

So this is my point.  You need to learn about who and what you are voting for, before you actually go into that polling station.  If you are not intimately familiar with the item or person you are voting for, then stay out of the booth.  If you are rushing to get your vote in and you have not had time to read or learn about what you are going to vote for… just forget it and go home.

If you are not an informed voter, then you just need to not vote.  I do not want your vote and neither does the rest of the country.  Voting without understanding is silly.  Do not listen to the commercials or radio spots for politicians… or listen, but under stand that all you are hearing is them telling you what you want to hear.  They are playing into your weakness as a human.  We all want to hear good news, we are all susceptible to being led or encouraged to follow a certain path.  Television commercials and radio spots will use audio and video stimuli to coax you into voting for the person that it paying for it… many times playing on your gullibility.

So my message here is not a hard one to figure out.  Take the time and read about the item or person that you are voting for.  Learn what the heck will happen if you vote one way or another.

If voting for a person, PLEASE take the time to look at the background of that person.  If they held previous offices, look at their voting record.  If more people had done that a little over a year ago, we might not have Citizen Obama in officer right now.  If you are voting for anything other than a person, then look at the text carefully.  Most places will give you a “Pros and Cons” section where they will tell you what will happen if the item is passed or fails.

You see…  it all boils down to one important fact.  Elected officials work for us.  WE are their employers.  WE pay their salaries.  WE have the power to hire and, YES, fire them.  These are things that I think we are forgetting and if we do not wake up and start using these powers as their employers, then one day… maybe not that long from now, we might lose them.

If you want to learn more, you need to visit this site.

www.voidnow.org

Ask always… I thank you for your time.

Happy Thanksgiving…

Happy Thanksgiving to you all… and especially to all the men and women, brothers and sisters all, serving in harms way, throughout the world, in America’s Armed forces.

More adventures in Masonry…

Me_Mason1In a past article, I shared with you how important being part of the Masons was to me.  The fact that it was a part of my family for a long time is only part of the reason, more importantly is the effect that groups like the Masons have on those around them.  Not just on a community level, but on a person to person level.

Being a Mason is not about uttering some phrases and hanging out with a group of people in your lodge, though that is an important part of the Craft.  It is about demonstrating that you are a person who represents all that is good and noble about Masonry.  That through your actions, through your attitude and through what you do for others, you are improving your life and the lives of others.  Thus you are exemplifying what it is to BE a Brother Mason.

Masonry is important to me not for what it can do for me, but for what tools, spiritually, emotionally and through the support of my fellow brethren, that let me help and support those around me.  This is something that I saw in my uncle when I was very young.  William Yelland, my Uncle, was a Mason’s Mason.  He lived the life and walked the walk.  He went to all the meetings and held various offices within the Lodges that he was a member of.  When he died, he was a 33rd degree Mason in the Scottish Rites.

My reason for writing this piece is because I see myself in the shadow of my Uncle.  I would like to think that he would be proud of me and because of that, I feel the need to carry on the family tradition to wear the regalia of a Mason.

The other reason I write this is because my lodge gave me the distinct Honor to appoint me to my first seat as an Officer of the Lodge.  I am now the Senior Steward for my lodge and while some may think this something trivial, I see this as the first step in what I hope to be a life’s work in Masonry.  Someone once told me that you get out of Masonry what you put into it.  I feel that I am going to get a lifetime of enjoyment and pride from my service in Masonry.

As always… thank you for your time.

Halloween…

For me there is just something exciting about Halloween.  It is not so much the day itself, though I will say that it is an under appreciated holiday.

Maybe it is just something as simple as the fact that it represents, to me at least, the change of seasons.  A time when there starts to be that little nip in the air, that little bit of electricity that you feel in the air letting you know that winter is on the way.

When I was young and went out for Halloween, fulfilling that seasonal childhood quest for candy, I remember the slight bite in the air.  Not quite cold enough for a jacket, yet there is that chill.  Then you have the smell.  You know what I am talking about.  There always seems to be that SMELL of winter in the air on Halloween, with the smell of a wood fire burning some where out there which just adds to this.

I would have to say that of the holidays throughout the year, Halloween and Thanksgiving are my favorites.  Christmas has never meant too much to me, it was always someone elses holiday, not mine, being Jewish.

Then there is the festivities of the day itself.  The company that I work for always has a pot-luck on the day of, or the day before, if it falls on a weekend.  There is also the outfits that people wear.  I have always been intrigued by what people chose to wear for that day.  I suspect that sometimes it is fun, but then there are times that I think that people dress to reflect something of themselves that they normally hide away, except this one time each year, you get to try your hidden face on the world under the guise of fun. As Billy Joel says:

“Well we all have a face
That we hide away forever
And we take them out and
Show ourselves
When everyone has gone…”

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