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To The Leaders Of This World, I Say To You That Enough Is Enough!!!

I am writing this tonight because I am frustrated….No, I am angry and incensed with the situation that has presented itself today. I speak of the situation that involves North Korea and these United States.  For any of you that have read this blog, you may have an idea of how I feel about the politics and the goings-on in our nation and our world.  But this issue today will have consequences that will be dire no matter what the resolution is.  What is being presented here is the possibility of nuclear weaponry being used, one country against another.  This is more than just politics as usual.  It is even more than ignorance on the part of the USA and North Korea.  This is blatant stupidity and a lack of leadership in action.  And sadly, we and the rest of the world have ringside seats.  We may have the sad opportunity to see the self-serving actions of a relative few affect literally tens of thousands of lives, the lives of regular folks.  People such as you and I who no longer have a say in what happens in and to our world.  This is simply wrong.

To the leaders of this, our country I say “Shame on you all for bringing things to this point!  Shame on our president who has not demonstrated proper leadership in this and many other situations that have run rampant across our country.  And shame on our elected officials, our senators and representatives who have made service to themselves an art form, voting themselves generous cost-of-living raises each and every year for the last 5 years while so many in our country work 2 and 3 jobs to survive.  Even worse are those who cannot find work and are unable to feed their families.  What has happened to the honor of your positions?  I am sadly embarrassed to recognize the bulk of the so-called “leadership” of my country.  And it pains me to say so!” 

And as to the leaders in North Korea?  I say to you there that you are not without fault as well.  It is your slothful pride and anger that brings this to bear.  Is our nation, the United States of America blameless in all of this?  I would say most certainly not.  I love my country dearly but I cannot and will not lie or make excuses for her.  But Kim Jong-Un, you are also not blameless here nor are any of your constituents.  And since we are on the subject and since it is “in for a penny, in for a pound” as the saying goes, I will say this as well.  The political games that have been played over these decades, these power games, if you will are the games that are played by those in power and by those who stand to profit mightily from said games.  To all of you I say, “Shame on you all for playing with people’s lives and with the lives of their families for the sake of your pocketbook!” 

I must say that in previous pieces that I have written, I have tried to put a message out to folks that would hopefully get their attention without speaking disrespectfully about those in power.  I have tried to convey a message to let us, “we the people” know that we still have the ability and the collective power to effect change in our country and therefore the world, if we come together as those united.  But what is going on here, what is happening now and today, this minute sickens me.  It is physically revolting and turns my stomach to see what is at work here.  And do you know why this is so??  I will tell you just now so please attend your ear to my words.

What I am about to say is quite simple really and very obvious.  It is only through a coming together of our various countries, ethnicities and beliefs that there will ever be peace on Earth.  Why do you people, the leaders with whom we have placed our trust fail to see this glaring truth?  “Well, it’s not so easy as that”, says Mr. Senior Statesman.  Oh but is, kind sir!  And that is indeed the truth of it.  The political arena is really little more than a very large sandbox in which the world leaders, politicians and special interests play.  And truthfully, I don’t believe I would begrudge them their games except for the fact that they have never learned to play together well. No one wishes to share the sand within the box because to them the sand is indicative of power and it is power they crave.  It is power they must have for power equates to money and more money is more power.

To those who are in a position of leadership in this country as well as across this grand world of ours, I will say this and it will be my close.  And I mean no disrespect to those who are in earnest and wield their power fairly and honorably.  You are indeed present but are sadly in the minority.  As for the rest of you, let me say this.  I am ashamed of you and of how you have used and continue to use your position for anything other than the good of the people who put you in office.  I believe that one day soon, your day of  reckoning will come about.  I do not know how or when it will occur exactly but it will.  I would also say to you that you might do a bit of self-introspection and consider making some changes.  Perhaps you should bring to remembrance who exactly you were placed in office to serve. (And in case you were unaware of this, it was not the special interest groups whom you love so well.)  It is the citizenry of this country who once entrusted you with the power to serve said citizenry.  You would do well to remember this and re-acquaint yourselves with the folks who provide you with not only the power you wield but with your paycheck as well.  Yes kind sirs and madams, we are the ones who pay your salary.  Just in case you may have forgotten that fact.  Oh and by the way, citizens today are not quite as accepting or ignorant as they may have been in years gone by.  Food for thought, if you will.

Now, one last thought here tonight and please be kind enough to indulge me here.  What I am about to say here will make me sound like a broken record.  However, there are some things that bear repeating.  I will say this again and again or at least as long as I think it will make a difference.  This evening it would seem I have  blasted away at our leaders and at world leaders as well.  Perhaps I have.  But at the end of the day, where does the real fault lie?  Who is really to blame for what is happening round’ about us today and in the day’s ahead?  The accusatory finger must be pointed at us, at ourselves.  In reality, there is none else to blame.  Now you may say, “Wait just a minute here!  How can this be so?”  To answer this question, I will ask a question.  When little Jimmy is being petulant and misbehaving, how do you get him to stop? How do you get him to get back on track, as it were?  And to those who would say a good hard swat on the rear would do the trick, I would say that isn’t really the answer.  The way to get the child back on the road to proper conduct is to let the child know that his bad behavior will no longer be tolerated.  And this message must be conveyed firmly and consistently.  In dealing with those whom we have elected and entrusted to the position of their office, the same principle must be applied.  And it must be applied firmly and consistently until the desired results are achieved.  Those who we elected to office will not “misbehave” any more than we allow them to.  Now, would the same principle apply to the government in say, North Korea?  Probably not.  But there was time when it was said that “as the United States of America goes, so goes the world”. We have pretty well lost that particular foothold over the last few decades.  But I suppose my point is that if we clean up our own political backyard, then perhaps we would regain enough of our world’s respect where they just might look to us for enlightenment and leadership.  Just a thought.

I apologize for going on here.  And if I have wandered off point a bit, I beg your indulgence.  This situation has upset me greatly just as I am sure it has you.  What will bear out here?  I do not know.  I pray for our country and for those in North Korea as well as the rest of our world.  The big boys are playing with their big toys.  I heard someone say that once.  It disturbed me then and it disturbs me even more today.  We do not need weapons of mass destruction and we do not need more political power plays.  What we do need is for those who claim to be world leaders to begin to lead responsibly.  It is the only avenue by which this country and our world can be brought into the presence known as Peace.

Thank you for your attention and kind patience.  Please consider what is here and act upon it. We the people. Remember those words.  It is our country and our world.  It was gifted to us by our Creator and belongs to us and all of our sisters and brothers across the Earth.  It does not belong to the politicians and the select few.  Pray for resolution with regards to the major issue before us.  Good night.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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The Color Of Racism Is Fear……

The color of racism is fear.   What better description could ever be offered as a definition for that word racism.  The embodiment of this word has caused more problems in this, our world than any other word ever has or ever will for that matter.  Racism is at the base of all divisiveness and hatred.  It was racism that gave rise to the Holocaust and it was racism that brought forth Apartheid in South Africa.  Racism was at the core in the Bosnian war where genocide was the ultimate goal.  The faces that racism chooses to wear are many, some of which are blatant and others which are not so easily seen with the latter being done by design.  This evil has been with us since time eternal. It can be called racism or it can be referred to as bigotry or prejudice as well.  Racism is the reason that there was ever such a thing as slavery.  The very idea of buying and selling human beings is abhorrent to me.  Each human being carries within it a soul, a radiant spark of the Divine.  No one has the right to buy or sell Divinity.  Is this not the truth?

And I will say that if I chose to do so, I could give to you immeasurable examples and instances of how as well as where and when racism has been permitted to control so much of our world.  I speak of ages past and of our world today.  And that, my friends is most unfortunate.  You see, in today’s world we are supposedly so much more enlightened and vastly more intelligent than those of bygone eras.  So why is it that racism is still so much a strong force that runs rampant across this Earth of ours?  Why do people hate or even dislike another person because of the color of their skin or because their belief system differs from our own?  People, human beings which are born of our Creator are still being terrorized, being victimized and ostracised and even killed simply because of their race, religion or gender preference?  “The evil that men do…”.  We have all heard these words before.  I will tell you that if we were able to trace back each evil deed ever committed, I would wager that it was somehow brought about by some form of racism.  So, I would repeat my query here……If we are so much more intelligent and enlightened, why in God’s name is there such an abundance of prejudice, racism or whatever else you wish to call it in our world??

Well, perhaps the first item I would call to your attention is that there is a huge difference between intellect and wisdom.  So many of folks today have MBA’s, PhD’s and a number of other college degrees behind their name and I applaud them for their tenaciousness in obtaining such an education.  I am not against education and schooling.  It is a part of a strong societal backbone, if you will.  But intellect is not wisdom and it is wisdom we lack, my friends.  Wisdom is knowledge tempered with discernment and cloaked in compassion.  We must allow wisdom back into our hearts and then into our minds.  Therein lies the difference and I believe I am just now able to see this truth.  Wisdom begins in the heart and wisdom once received then involves the mind.  Intellect has always been and always will be relegated to the mind.  So let us first gain wisdom.  This is to be our armour when in combat with the enemy called racism.  Agreed, yes?  We have an accord then.  Good.

Now to truly bring about change, to truly hit racism where it lives, we need to be able to do what?  In any battle (And make no mistake about this.  This is a battle) we must be able to recognize the enemy for we cannot possibly win the war if we are unable to discern who the enemy is.  Which brings me to our original point.  The color of racism is fear.  All racism, all prejudice and bigotry are deeply rooted in a particular soil called fear.  So perhaps we have been attacking this problem of racism the wrong way?  We, often with considerable effort, attempt to uproot the weeds of racism from the garden which is our world.  And many times we do meet with some measure of success.  But still we wonder and are puzzled why these same weeds return again and again to plague our world.  I believe the problem to be not so much the actual weeds of racism as it is the very soil, the soil of fear that feeds and allows those same weeds to return and they often return with more strength than those that came before them.  Does this make sense at all?  If so, then what is truly the answer to this question, this problem we have called racism? 

The answer, as most answers usually are, is simple but it is hard.  It is the soil, the soil of fear that must be addressed here.  This soil of fear is rancid.  It is poison, to be quite honest.  The soil of fear is soil that has not been tended to properly for a very long period of time.  In large part, the soil I speak of is representative of the Heart of our World.  In order to bring the soil back to its original goodness, we must once again give heed to what is allowed into this soil, yes?  And for any garden to grow abundantly and in goodness, the soil therein must be tilled, turned over and aerated so as to permit Life to enter in anew and afresh.  And how do we accomplish this task, you might ask?  We accomplish this through by using the wisdom we discussed a bit earlier.  The formula for racism is not difficult to understand if we think for a moment about it.  The formula is simply this  –  Ignorance of any given situation by any individual brings forth fear.  And fear gives birth to the problem at hand which in this case happens to be racism.  So, if we can bring wisdom and enlightenment into the places where ignorance resides, we can effectively cast out the fear which is indeed the basis of racism.  People are afraid of what they do not understand, whether it be consciously or subconsciously and what we fear we perceive as threatening in some fashion.   The answer then is to gain understanding and in doing so, we obtain wisdom.  And in obtaining wisdom, we learn what tolerance really is.  And my friends, if we can understand the true meaning of tolerance, it is then that this issue of racism will no longer be the issue that has plagued us for so long now.  It is then that we will have truly been brought forward into wisdom.  Wisdom is based in love and understanding, yes?  So, it is in true wisdom that we will know peace in this, our world.  If you would, please give this some thought for I believe it has much merit.

As always, I thank you for taking time from your day to read these thoughts that have been given me, thoughts that I truly enjoy sharing with you.  Be blessed abundantly in your day and please be sure to share the blessing with all those round about you.  Take care with yourselves.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

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Our Nation Teeters On A Fiscal Cliff? What Is Wrong With This Picture?

We live in the greatest country in the world!  This is still the truth today.  It is our government that has become our Achilles heel, if you will.  Our grossly overpaid, self-absorbed senators and representatives cannot agree on anything.  Look what is happening with this “fiscal cliff” issue.  Oh yes, this cliff was avoided in the 11th hour with much dramatization.  But this should not have been an issue in the first place.  And now, there is still much question about how this is going to affect the citizenry of this, our country.  Like so many these days, I am most unhappy with the manner in which our “leaders” are leading us further and further down a road of financial irresponsibility.  The animosity between the Republicans and the Democrats which has been going now for far too long reminds me of the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys.  It has sadly reached comedic proportions which would indeed be laughable if the position it has placed our nation in was not so dire.

The whole idea of a two-party governmental system was to facilitate balance in the government overall.  The premise on which it was set up was ideal, actually.  But over the last few decades, it has degraded so far that one cannot even recognize it when compared to the original model.  Why do you figure that is?  Is it the fault of the lawmakers, of our elected officials?  Yes, it is.  But it is also our fault.  The true burden of blame rests upon our shoulders.  For you see, we elected these people and they are accountable to us, the citizens of this country.  Their paychecks are drawn from the very taxes that we pay into our government.  My fellow Americans, just in case we have forgotten it, I would like to bring up the fact that our senators, our representatives and yes, even our President work for us. It is not the other way around.

Oh, and speaking of paychecks and salaries, it might interest you to know that for the 5th year in a row, our lawmakers voted not to reject their automatic “cost of living” raise that will increase the annual salaries of members by $3,400.00 which will give them an annual income of $158,103.00 per year.  This figure would not include monies received from special interest groups and so on.  Doesn’t this piece of information set fire to your soul?  Personally, I work 65 to 70 hours a week in order to survive. I drive a 4-year-old automobile which makes me fortunate compared to many others.  And believe me, my income does not rival or even come close to the $158,103.00 that our leaders are more than happy to pocket, those dollars coming from the very taxes paid by the average citizen, by you and I.

And I will say this as well.  If our elected officials were working industrially in our best interest instead of their own, I would not begrudge them the money they are being paid.  But they are like children in a schoolyard who not only cannot get along, they refuse to get along.  The in-fighting in our nations Capitol has become a disgrace.  A disgrace!  I am sure much of the world regards our once great nation as somewhat of a joke.  And the money that our leaders keep borrowing from other countries is helping to push us into what will be a disaster.

Where does all of this stop?  Or perhaps a better question is this……..When will you and I as a people take a stand and start to reclaim what is and always has been our country? It is within our power to do so and it is our right to do so.  Furthermore, it is our duty to do so.  We owe that much not only to ourselves but to the generations which are to follow. We owe it to our children.  So, when do we wake up and stand up?  When do we begin to require those we call our leaders to be accountable for their actions, actions that even now are changing the course and direction of our country?  Because my friends, if you are unaware of it, we are headed as a country down the wrong road and in the wrong direction.

Again I wish to say that this nation, our nation is not the real problem here.  And it is not even our leaders for whom I have lost much respect for overall.  The problem here we must defer back to ourselves.  It has been our apathy and our complacency that has permitted the decline in our nation’s leadership.  Our elected officials are misbehaving simply because we are permitting them to do so.  If we, as a people raise our voices as one and tell them, “Enough is enough! This behavior is no longer acceptable!” , then and only then, will things begin to change.  The time to do this is not tomorrow or next week or next month.  This has been allowed to go on for too long.  The time for change and renewal is now, today.

I would also like to say that it pains me to speak this way.  I love my country, the USA.  I am indeed a flag-waver and proud of it.  I am not speaking ill of our great nation.  I am not really even trying to verbally abuse this country’s leadership although I am more than displeased with what has been going on within the walls of our government.  I want to respect those whom I have elected.  However, respect is not given to those who have not earned it.  That is a truism no matter what a person’s vocation is.  Personally, I would like to look forward to a time when I can again have respect for those with whom I have given my trust by way of the election process.  Unfortunately, I cannot make this statement today without compromising my own integrity.

My friends, the choice for our country’s direction lies within each one of us individually and collectively.  Let us work together as one nation, united and bring our country back to where it should be.  I am very concerned and very sincere about this issue.  Please do not continue with the mindset of “What can I do about it? The government does what it wants to do anyway!” It is that type of thinking and inactivity that has brought us to where we are today.  That must change if we are to change the direction of our country.

Please consider the ideas that I have tried to convey here this evening.  The issues that face us as a people, as the citizens of the United States of America are critical.  It is past time for positive change and renewal.  On a positive note, it is within our power to bring this positive change and renewal into a state of reality.

I thank you for your time and attention this evening as always.  I am open to any and all feedback from those who have read what is reflected above.  Please take care with yourselves and always be good to one another.  I offer my wishes for a blessed day for you and yours.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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And Now That The Election Is Over………What Happens Now?

Well my fellow Americans, the votes are coming in and being tabulated.  The media is discussing and forecasting who the new President will be.  The prognosticators are prognosticating and the experts are making themselves heard.  Will the current president remain for another term or will the reins of leadership be turned over to another?  The answer will be made clear in a matter of a few short hours.  And the answer will be of interest to the citizens of this country, myself included.  However, I am going to pose a more interesting question to those of you out there and would be most interested in what your answer would be.  For this question and how it is answered is of far greater importance than the question of who will become our next President.

My question to you, to me and to all of us is a simple one.  What happens now?   The last four years have gone by and our politicians have played the same games that were played in previous years.  Nothing has really changed other than our economy has worsened and our leadership blames this on the leadership that was in place before they got into office.  Which is kind of funny because the administration before our present one made the same statement about the administration that preceded it as well.  And if you look back beyond that administration, you will find the same story repeated again.  And I will mention another parallel to be drawn as well.  In each of these terms of office, our leaders have always voted in favor of themselves receiving annual raises in salary and enhanced benefits.  Oh and lest I forget to mention, if you do your homework on this you will see that the liberties we have enjoyed, those liberties granted us in the Constitution have been decreasing in the last several years and continue to do so.  I don’t know about you, friend but I work the equivalent of 2 jobs to survive and make ends meet.  It would seem to me that we should have a say in how our elected officials are running our country.

I have made mention of this subject before but on this, the night of the presidential election it just seemed rather important to me.  The vast majority of the citizenship of this great country of ours are pretty intelligent folk overall.  So this being the case, why do we allow this to go on, year after year, four-year term after four-year term?  Come on people, be honest with yourselves.  Whether the current president is re-elected or the new fellow gets voted in, do you truly believe in your heart, in your spirit that the game of politics will be played any differently?  You know the answer to this as surely as the sun will break the new dawn.  It will continue to be business as usual in our nation’s capitol.  And the sad part of all this is that we are the one’s responsible for allowing our leaders, our elected officials to continue in this fashion.  It used to be that our senators and our representatives were servants of the citizens who elected them in the first place.  Now they are servants unto themselves.  Yes, I have made that statement before and I am making it again.  And I say it because it is true.

And I apologize if I sound like I am degrading this country because I am not.  I love this, our country.  In actuality, I am not even berating the ones who are in leadership.  I know it sounds that way.  The truth of the matter is that our leaders are human beings and are therefore fallible, as are we all.  And being human, they will take things only as far as the citizens they serve will allow.  So, who am I berating and chastising here, really?  You know this answer as well as you know your own name, don’t you?  I am taking to task the citizens of this country for it is our complacency and apathy that has permitted things to go as far as they have.  I am speaking to myself as well as to anyone else.

Our leaders are elected by the citizenry of the country and therefore are to serve the best interest of said citizenry.  And since our elected officials are indeed voted in by those people they are to serve, those officials, those leaders are to be held to a higher standard.  To whom more responsibility is given, more is expected in return.  In other words, we entrust ourselves and our children to those who we elect to govern our country.  We expect them to act in the best interest of our country.  If this is a responsibility they cannot handle properly or do not intend to handle properly, then they should not have the position so entrusted.  It is quite simple really.  Everything seems to get overcomplicated in today’s world when most things are still easily seen if we take the time to view them through the eyes of what is right and what is wrong.

We still have choices in this country and at present, we still have the time to make some proper choices so as to bring this nation back to greatness.  But time has a tendency to run out and this issue in front of us is a bit more important than trying to get to the shopping mall before it closes or making that deposit in the bank before the doors are locked for the day.  There is quite a bit more at stake here.  And if I may, a quick suggestion for all of us.  If you haven’t ever read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States, you should.  It is your birthright as a citizen and besides that, it is pretty interesting stuff.  Oh by the way, you may have noticed that I didn’t mention any names in regards to who is running for office.  That was intentional because it isn’t about who is running for office.  It is about what they will do if elected.  Let us set aside for now who is representing what political party and all the rest of that.  That is a secondary issue at best.

This is our country.  This is our nation.  Therefore, it is our responsibility to keep it on course and in keeping with that, we are accountable for keeping our leaders accountable for how they care for what is our country, our nation and our home.  Let us together bring about the much-needed changes in this land in which we and our children live.  Think about it and then take the next step.  Follow your thought with action.  I love this country and I know you do as well.

Thank you once again for your kind attention this evening.  May your day be blessed and may you bless others in return.

 

William J. Thompson, Jr

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