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Sedentary Revolutionary

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I’m twisted inside at what’s happening here.

We gave in to the mob though their cause was unclear.

As they’d hoped, we averted our eyes and went on

keeping time to the sound of their merciless drum.

Now we’re over that cliff.  Who knew lemmings could fly?

Oh, they can’t?  I guess that’s why we’re so contrite.

We hit bottom and turned to each other in hope.

Then we realize we’d given them all of our rope

thinking they’d make a noose for themselves.  They hung us

out to dry, on a limb, on a hook, or a truss.

Now here we swing while they dance down below

and they’ve brought us their broken ideals in tow.

“What shall we do?” we all scream in despair

as we dangle here just like a brace of march hares.

Well, we probably should learn to cooperate,

get ourselves off of this hook post-haste.

But we just throw blame.  You blame me.  I blame you.

We keep fighting.  There’s nothing at all we can do.

So the marchers go, pockets full of change.

“Your objections are bigoted” they will explain.

What’s the answer?  We know we should all just consent

to the plan of our forefathers’ first document.

Constitutional law, as you know does not fail

unless the balances tell you the check’s in the mail.


Posted by on March 11, 2012 in Poetry, Politics


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The Difference Between the Top One Percent And The REAL Top One Percent…

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Some of you know I’m a missionary in Honduras.  From time to time we get visitors from the United States and other countries.  They come here to help the people here with whatever skills they have available.  Some are engineers or know how to build stuff and they come to build for people here.  Some are doctors and they come to offer free medical treatment to people here who can’t afford it otherwise.  They all have giving hearts and want to share their lives with people less fortunate than themselves.  On occasion, however, they are challenged by family members or friends, acquaintances or neighbors about the fact that there are poor people in the United States that could use their help, so why go to a foreign country to do what it is they feel the need or responsibility to do?

Recently I met a dentist who came here to offer free dental care to people suffering with rotten teeth and such.   There is no local dentist here, so it is a very much needed service.  While eating at a dinner in honor of the team on their last night here, I sat and talked with him and he told me the following story.  The story poignantly stressed the difference in the needs here and the needs there, in the United States.  I asked him to write it down and send it to me when he got back home and he agreed to do so.  So this is kind of a guest post by my new friend, Thomas Gelhaus, D.D.S.

Who Are the Poor?
Written by: Tom Gelhaus, D.D.S.

For the past 20 years I’ve been spending my ‘vacations’ in South and Central America. They’re working vacations….fixing teeth on people who otherwise don’t have access to care. Occassionally I’ve been asked why I do that….why don’t I just help the poor in the United States. (actually I do even more charity work in my own office in north central Wisconsin)

I struggle a bit in answering that question. It really isn’t easy to understand without visiting ‘3rd World‘ countries in person. So I try to explain it in this way…..

My wife and all 4 of my children have accompanied me on many trips. They know first hand what I do and what conditions I encounter. My kids also know about the less fortunate in the United States since they’ve participated in humanitarian efforts here as well.

When President Clinton was in office he made the effort to visit the 3 poorest areas of the United States. Two were Pine Ridge in South Dakota and the Appalachia  area. Coincidentally I had children working in both areas that year.

When my daughter returned from her spring break humanitarian mission in Appalachia,  I asked her ‘how did it compare to Guatemala?’, where she had been with me twice before. Her answer was that she helped a family who needed house repairs but she said the poor in the U.S. would be among the rich in Guatemala. They had housing (not fancy) but also clean water, food, education, enough clothes etc.….which the Guatemalans did not have. The average person in the world doesn’t have clean water or many of the things we take for granted. In fact the average person in the U.S. is in the top 1 to 3 % of the worlds wealthiest.

We think we are middle class but actually are richer than 99% of others on earth.

I think of the ‘occupy Wallstreet’ movement. Those are really the top 1% doing the protesting….the rich protesting the richer.

I wish I could take everyone in the U.S. with me on a trip…..


Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Honduras, Politics


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How will babies named Jesus save the economy? –

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Immigration checkpoint

How will babies named Jesus save the economy? –

While this has nothing directly to do with my self publishing efforts, I thought it worthy of a comment here.  A friend of mine, Alex Waits, brought this article to my attention earlier this evening via email.  He and I are good friends and manage to talk politics without having ever come to blows, so far.  We agree on most things and when we don’t agree we are able to retain friendship over ideals as a priority.

I really didn’t understand the impact of this article when Alex tried to explain it to me.  He came over to borrow a DVD and I had not seen the article, so I listened and when he left he told me he would email it to me.  I’m glad he did because it brought some interesting views into light for me.

I usually hold to the conservative view that illegal immigration into ANY country is wrong and should be stamped out quickly, no matter the details.  After reading this article I may have to reassess my views.  I’m not saying, as one woman on a talk radio I once heard said, “Illegal immigrants should be allowed to do whatever they want.  They’ve done nothing wrong.”  The title of the excerpt I heard was entitled hell and the host of the show told her that the definition of hell is a place where logic has no meaning and that she had just taken him there.

I agree with him.  It isn’t logical to just simply allow people to cross into a country without obeying the legal procedure for doing so, but at the same time, there needs to be a way of dealing with illegal immigrants that helps them and us.

It’s more than obvious to me that the ICE and whatever other Federal Agencies that deal with immigration are not able to do their job effectively.  They can’t even track down all the illegals in the US, let alone have the funding to detain and deport them all, and trying to keep them out in the first place?  Well that’s simply not going to happen.

If the author if the article is correct, and the Hispanic “invasion”, as some choose to refer to it, is actually a beneficial thing to our country, then why not embrace it a little more? Ease the restrictions for immigration a little, at least from Central American countries, and help the illegals that are already in our country to register and apply for citizenship with impunity on their immigration status?

What do you think?  Would it be such a bad thing to have more immigrants here that are legal and paying taxes?  It’s either that or try to figure out a way to track down all the illegals we have.  Which makes more sense?  Will we ever find out?  I don’t know, but this article makes me wonder what we’re doing wrong in the US about immigration.

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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Immigration, Politics


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