A Tale about Intelligent Species

So, during this short moment of the Universe’s time, these intelligent species are busy killing each other and killing their little planet in order to become more important, meaning they will be able to kill more of their fellow humans. And that is how this circle of life continues. And the question comes up: Why do these species consider themselves intelligent?

Large scale structure of the Universe.
Mysterious

In the infinitely dark and mysterious Universe–somewhere in one of the billions of galaxy clusters in an insignificant region of the Universe–there is an ordinary galaxy. Humans call it the Milky Way.

Somewhere on the outskirts of this ordinary galaxy is an ordinary star. Humans call it the Sun. There are a few little specks of dirt rotating around this insignificant star, held by its gravitational field.

On one of the smaller specks rotating around the Sun, the dead matter, for reasons not yet fully understood, became organized, or self-organized. The dead matter became alive. It started to reproduce and change. Humans call this life.

Intelligent species

Eventually, due to strange circumstances, some forms of this live matter got an advantage and in time became dominant. And in a few short moments, by the Universe’s measure of time, some of these forms became self-aware. Humans call this ability “intelligence.”

So, that is how, unknown and invisible in this infinitely mysterious Universe, a little speck of dust became populated with intelligent species–Humans. In a few moments of Galactic time, humans invented tools that help them to survive and multiply. But most of all these tools helped these intelligent species to kill each other. The more humans killed each other, the more important they became in their eyes, and some of them who killed more became even more important.

Humans kill each other in name of God
Intelligent Species

As humans built better tools that helped them to survive, they killed more and more of their fellow humans. And, the most important of humans could kill thousand and millions of their own species.

So, on this insignificant, almost invisible speck of dust, the so-called intelligent form of matter became very busy killing each other and killing the other life forms that provide humans with means to survive. And, as some humans became more and more important (meaning, they could kill more other humans), they had less time to ponder on the mysteries of the great Universe. These humans were preoccupied with just one thing – how to become even more important, meaning to have more power over other humans’ life.

But considering that tools helped humans to survive and multiply even faster then they could kill each other, human species infested the whole little planet they call Earth. And this little planet Earth got sick.

In the name of God

But the species, humans, were too busy fighting each other over many important things, like who is more important and whose God is more important–and by “God” they meant some entity that created the whole infinite, mysterious Universe just for them, humans. And this entity, this God, follows closely every human who lives on this little planet on the outskirts of an ordinary Galaxy. And this God, according to humans, checks how they dress, what they eat and how many other humans they kill in the name of this God.

So, during this short moment of the Universe’s time, these intelligent species are busy killing each other and killing their little planet in order to become more important,

What have we done?!

meaning they will be able to kill more of their fellow humans.

And that is how this circle of life continues.

And the question comes up: Why do these species consider themselves intelligent?

Capitalism and the Constitution

I personally do believe that a capitalist, or a free market model, is the best economic model for the United States, but I do not believe that this model is dictated by the Constitution. Unconstrained capitalism acting contrary the general welfare of our citizenry is a violation of one our constitution’s most fundamental principles. Monopolies which diminish competition are a detriment to the free market. Collusion between bankers to fix interest rates, and the exportation of American jobs simply do NOT promote the general welfare.

Wally

Where in the Constitution is it stated or implied that the U.S. economy should be based on vulture capitalism, or for that matter, any kind of capitalism? Nowhere! However,the Preamble to the Constitution does clearly mention “promoting the general welfare.”

“We the People of the United States in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The United States Constitution’s Fifth Amendment ensuring private property rights to citizens can be viewed as a mainstay of capitalism. Private property ownership allows individuals to do what they want with their goods. That ownership allows and enables a citizen to use his property to start a business or provide a service.

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“Smart Elite Don’t Pay Taxes”

Santorum: ‘We Will Never Have…Smart People On Our Side. Santorum also claimed “the media” and “colleges and universities” would not be “on our side” because “they want to tell you what to do.

Horses do not support Mitt.
Daily Wisdom

Santorum: “We Will Never Have…Smart People On Our Side.” Plus, Santorum also claimed that the media, colleges and universities would not be on our side because “they want to tell you what to do.”

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/santorum-we-will-never-have-smart-people-on-our-side.html#ixzz26n6UbaxI

“There are 47% who are with him (Obama), who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them,” Mitt Romney at his Boca Raton fundraising speech.   He also said the same  47% do not pay income taxes.

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/USElection/2012/09/18/20208901.html?cid=rssnewsworld

Now let’s use the power of deduction.

Smart people support Obama

People who support Obama are on Government subsidies.

Smart people are on Government subsidies

Romney supporters are not that smart

Romney supporters pay taxes

Romney supporters are not on Government subsidies.

Thus: Mitt Romney and his supporters are not that smart.

“The Tax Policy Center estimates that 4,000 households with incomes over $1 million ended up with zero federal income tax liability in 2011. Another 14,000 made between $500,000 and $1 million.” http://finance.yahoo.com/news/4-000-richest-romneys-47-190300071.html

Thus : Bankers, Big Oil, billionaires are not Romney supporters.

Romney’s horses do not pay income taxes

Romney’s horses are intelligent and elite

Thus: Romney’s horses are not Romney supporters (Good for us horses.)

I am totally confused trying to figure out who supports Mitt Romney!

So is MITT!

My Friend George Dunn, Citizen

The ability to modify and change ones view of the world is uniquely human. George was an honest man, a decent American, a citizen. For George, it was simple and obvious: citizens don’t attempt to buy elections; citizens don’t exploit the ignorance, the fears, and the prejudices of others. Citizens don’t deny the people’s lawful right to vote. Citizens are not driven by greed and avarice; they are driven by a sense of what is good; what is fair; and what is compassionate.

“We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.

As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government.” President Obama, Democratic National Convention, Sept. 6, 2012.

Forty four years ago I met George Dunn. I lost my dear George just a few days before President Obama delivered his acceptance speech uttering those elegant words in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Though George had stage four lung cancer, we were both certain that we would be sitting together watching the election returns in November.  It won’t happen.  I am sad.

Lt. George W. Dunn Jr.

The tall, good- looking, bright, young man from America’s heartland whom I met in the fall of 1968 was the iconic American. He was certainly not anything like me, a 5’9″, 140 pound Jewish kid raised in a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. George was a big man, a handsome man, well over six feet and 200 pounds, with a deep radio announcer voice.  Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, he successfully battled polio as a child; his dad owned the local Dr. Pepper bottling plant.  His mother was a “Seward” a pioneer Bloomington family.  George graduated from Indiana University where he played center on the football team, was a “Young Republican “, read Ayn Rand, and was a member of ROTC.  Continue reading “My Friend George Dunn, Citizen”

Horses and Leaders

I think we horses are more qualified to be President than Mitt Romney. We have very few convictions and we don’t change them. He has tons of convictions – all interchangeable.

Leadership qualities

The only principle Mitt Romney has is that  he likes any principle which will help him to get elected. 

John C. Maxwell quotes (American Entrepreneur, Author and motivational speaker): “Policies are many, Principles are few, Policies will change, Principles never do.” 

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”

Warren Bennis: Managers are people who do things right, while leaders are people who do the right thing.

A Leader?

Hubert Humphrey, “Leadership in today’s world requires far more than a large stock of gunboats and a hard fist at the conference table.”

I think leadership qualities apply to countries. Even ours.

I think we horses are more qualified to be President than Mitt Romney.  We have very few convictions and we don’t change them. He has tons of convictions – all interchangeable.

Preposterous!

“Let’s establish a reputation for ourselves as the party that repeatedly refuses to work with the guy from Kenya,” it reads. “Then, when a serious budget crisis is about to develop, we can convince the press that it will be disastrous for the country if the Muslim gets re-elected, because without our cooperation he won’t be able to make a deal–reach a compromise–and the result will be a disastrous recession with global impact. But we all know that the Democrats are friendly types–the suckers–so you can be confident that they will put together a deal with the newly elected Republican President to save the country.”

Ed

By Ed McManus

Republican party stays in the way of progress.
GOP strategy

I have managed to get my hands on a top-secret memo written by high-level Republican congressional strategists as they licked their wounds after the party’s defeat in the 2008 Presidential election.   (Those of you who know my reputation as someone who has a number of close associates who are high-level Republican congressional strategists will understand.)

“Let’s establish a reputation for ourselves as the party that repeatedly refuses to work with the guy from Kenya,” the memo reads. “Then, when a serious budget crisis is about to develop, we can convince the press that it will be disastrous for the country if the Muslim gets re-elected, because without our cooperation he won’t be able to make a deal–reach a compromise–and the result will be a disastrous recession with global impact. But we all know that the Democrats are friendly types–the suckers–so you can be confident that they will put together a deal with the newly elected Republican President to save the country.”

Yes, I made that up.

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Balancing the Budget on the Backs of the Poor and Our Children

There have been recent proposals to cut funding for Head Start as part of an overall federal spending reduction. What ever happened to the concept of “Leave No Child Behind”? Did we really mean “Leave No Rich Child Behind”?

 

Wally

There have been recent proposals to cut funding for Head Start as part of an overall federal spending reduction. What ever happened to the concept of “Leave No Child Behind”? Did we really mean “Leave No Rich Child Behind”?

Where are our priorities? We can give billions of dollars in tax cuts to the richest in the country and spend hundreds of billions of dollars trying to democratize the world, yet we cannot afford a few million dollars to help the poor in this country – not even to help their children get off to a good start with their education. We’ll lock’em up for 20 years if they get caught shop lifting a few times, but not a dime more for education and the possibility of a better life.

Most people understand that Head Start is a great program, but for those unfamiliar with the program the Macgraw-Hill dictionary has the following definition.

Compensatory education designed to provide children from low income families the opportunity to acquire the skills and experiences important for school success.”

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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

As a progressive Democrat who strongly supports a two-state solution in the Middle East and generally leans toward the Palestinian point of view, I would be fine with leaving the issue of the capital out of the platform. And as a Humanist, I don’t go out of my way to push for references to God.

By Ed McManus

Ed Mcmanus
Ed

 

He has done some amazing things in three and a half years:  Rescued the country from economic catastrophe, won passage of the historic health care act, got us out of Iraq, stood up for women and for gays.  Most importantly, Barack Obama is a man of integrity–a person we can be very proud of as our President.

But, alas, we continue to get caught up in petty issues.  We allow the media–the 24-hour news cycle–to suck us into picking him apart.  They salivate when they find something controversial to dwell on, and we stare at the Tube and let them distract us from what needs to be our goal:  Defeating a candidate and a party that are all wrong, and re-electing the President.

The latest kerfuffle came this week.  Somehow, the Democratic Party platform, as drafted by the platform committee, neglected to deal with the issue of what city should be the capital of Israel, and the word “God” did not appear anywhere in the document.  Reportedly, the President himself, when he found out about it, directed that Jerusalem and God both get back in.

The 2008 platform included a line stating that “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel.”  Of course, the Palestinians believe Jerusalem should be their capital if and when Palestine ever becomes a separate state.  But American politicians of both parties do their utmost to woo the Jewish vote, so they are usually eager to take a pro-Israeli stand.  Given the heavy Jewish population in swing state Florida, the issue has even more significance.  So that language has been restored.

The platform has an extensive section on faith:  “People of faith and religious organizations do amazing work in communities across this country and the world, etc. etc.”  But somehow the portion about the government’s role in helping people reach their “God-given potential” got dropped.  So now it’s back.

As a progressive Democrat who strongly supports a two-state solution in the Middle East and generally leans toward the Palestinian point of view, I would be fine with leaving the issue of the capital out of the platform.  And as a Humanist, I don’t go out of my way to push for references to God.

But this is politics, folks.  If Obama and his people, who are a lot more skilled than I am at political strategy, think including Jerusalem and God in the platform will help them, who am I to question it?

Some progressives were disappointed that the President did not take stronger stands during his first term on issues that he had campaigned on–did not stand up to the House Republicans.  I, myself, wondered at times about positions he took, or didn’t take.  But then I reminded myself that people like Axelrod and Emanuel are a lot smarter than I am–at least, that’s my opinion.

Politics involves compromise.  When I look back two decades ago to when I was a member of a local school board, I wish I had been more open to compromising with my fellow board members–I think I could have accomplished a lot more.

Politics requires compromise.  I would never advocate that a politician toss away his ideals and values in a major way to win votes, as Mr. Romney has repeatedly done.  But a politician in a close election needs to worry about the Independent vote and not become too carried away with pleasing his base.  That is just the hard reality of politics.

As we approach November, we progressives need to put all our efforts into defeating Romney and re-electing President Obama.  He is not perfect–no politician is–but I think he’s fantastic, and the country sorely needs four more years of him in the White House.

Ed McManus is a Wilmette, IL, attorney and a former Chicago Tribune editor/reporter.