Rest and Writing

While writing a novel I have all of my characters swirling around inside of me–their motivations, their fears, their joys, their good days and bad. Right now I am working on a war novel that is about a group of 12 soldiers and an army Chaplain who fight those who create wars: bankers, politicians, and war profiteers.

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While writing a novel I have all of my characters swirling around inside of me–their motivations, their fears, their joys, their good days and bad. Right now I am working on a war novel that is about a group of 12 soldiers and an army Chaplain who fight those who create wars: bankers, politicians, and war profiteers. And I carry all of these characters with me inside of my subconscious throughout my waking hours and for the entirety of the time I write my novel until completion.

If you want to know what I write about, imagine war stories, serial killers, people who are insane, people who have been hurt, tormented in life. And I know all of my characters as much as I know myself. At times it becomes painful knowing all of these things, carrying their pain and suffering with me along with my own.

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And though I enjoy what I do immensely, it is very trying at times, as I’m sure you can imagine, to have these characters, some who are not the nicest people in the world, hurting some of the other characters who are nice and kind people around inside of me. They are living beings, doing their things, sometimes harmful things to themselves and others, and I have to remember that they are simply characters in a work of fiction.

But that is also why I have to have a drink, exercise daily, and get plenty of rest otherwise I am overwhelmed with my characters’ battle fatigue.  When it is time to rest it is time to rest. Usually I slog along until the novel is done and then I take my vacation from those very painful situations and strained individuals. A welcomed respite indeed.

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Income Inequality and Gun Control

If we prophesy about the future of America we might foretell of a time when income inequality becomes so great that there arises two groups: a small minority of those who have everything and another majority with nothing.

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If we prophesy about the future of America we might foretell of a time when income inequality becomes so great that there arises two groups: a small minority of those who have everything and another majority with nothing.

Income inequality in America is growing steadily and has so for at least the last 40 years. The rich are getting richer, the rest are having less and less to live on every year. If the trend continues,( and why wouldn’t it?) do we really believe those that have a lot or are making a lot are going to give that up? Probably not. So let’s then assume that eventually we will see a small group of rich people who have taken every resource and dollar they can, shrinking the middle class to nothing, and those outside of the elite class will have nothing.

So what will happen then?

More than likely those without will burn it to the ground. One of the elements of an empire in decline is that there usually were barbarians outside the gates that eventually sacked the civilization when it became weak. There have also been times when a weakened empire was attacked and overrun by a rising empire.

So the next question is where are the barbarians, the rising superpower to overthrow America?

I think we can assume there is no real threat outside of America that can challenge our military might at the moment and probably never will be one. Besides it would be very difficult for any nation to come to our shores and take us down. As a Japanese military advisor said during World War II: You can’t invade America, because there would be a gun under every blade of grass.

Are there “barbarians” lurking outside the American Empire? You might look at Muslim Extremists, but in reality they aren’t a threat to homeland America.

So where is the group to burn America down? They are here already. It’s those who will eventually have nothing who will put the nail in the coffin.

So how do the elites stop this from happening?

Gun Control

Answer: Gun control

We have seen in the 20th century alone many nations who have taken away guns from the civilians and a slaughter of millions ensues shortly thereafter. Russia, Germany, China, Cambodia, Cuba.

And the way that the politicians and their corporate masters will trick American civilians into giving up the 2nd Amendment is to continue the mass shooting rampages that flare up ever so often.

If we assume that these mass shootings are really what the government and their media mouthpieces want us to believe they are, namely the work of some crazy, lone wolf gunman, then they will tell us that in order to protect us they have to take our guns away. (BTW, I don’t believe all of these shootings haven’t somehow been arraigned by the powers that be and are simply acts of hatred by lone civilians)

The question then becomes what do we do when they come for the guns?

 

Voting

When you go to the polls you are acknowledging that you approve of the voting system in this country and that you are willing to give credence to candidates on the ballot at the time.

Ballot Box

When you go to the polls you are acknowledging that you approve of the voting system in this country and that you are willing to give credence to candidates on the ballot at the time.

What if both candidates are piles of crap or you choose to vote for “the lesser of two evils”?

Evil is still evil and why would you vote for evil or a pile of crap?

 

In life we can choose who we give our time and energy to. This includes how and where we spend our money.

Speding Money

In essence when you buy consumer goods you are voting with your money. Research who you are buying from first.

 

Freddy Kruger

A way to resolve the issues that seem to be plaguing the political system and the consumer culture in American society is to turn your back on them both.

There is a movie franchise called Nightmare on Elm Street. The first of the series was released in the mid-1980’s and, to those who don’t know, the creepy man pictured was killing innocent kids in their sleep as revenge against their parents who burned him alive because he was a monster.

In this movie Johnny Depp (his first acting role) plays a kid named Glen and at one point tells the protagonist, Nancy, played by Heather Langenkamp, that there is an old Native myth that says the way to destroy evil is to turn your back on it and that act takes its power away.

In the end, Nancy does just this and Freddy dies. (Spoiler alert: only for a while).

I advise doing the same with the political hacks in Washington, D.C. and their corporate crony masters.

And a friendly reminder, folks: If voting mattered they wouldn’t let us do it.

Lump of Coal

In life, most people hand you a lump of coal and in return they expect you to make diamonds for them.

In life, most people hand you a lump of coal and in return they expect you to make diamonds for them. And then when you are done with your alchemy they snatch the diamonds out of your hands and tell you that they did all of the work and you are owed nothing.

Be aware of this always.

The American Empire Part 6 Conclusion

The American Empire will collapse someday…as all other great civilizations have in the past when they’ve turned from truth, tradition, and soul to mindless amusements, the God of government and money, and brutality.

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The American Empire will collapse someday…as all other great civilizations have in the past when they’ve turned from truth, tradition, and soul to mindless amusements, the God of government and money, and brutality.

In the end it will go like other empires, burning at the hands of barbarians, lost in the sands of time with only broken monuments as a remembrance of something staggering and wonderful in its inception and a slide into moral and ethical decay.

Can we save it?

I believe we already hit the iceberg and are sinking like the Titanic did some years ago. The main reason I believe this is because everyone has become accustomed to their lifestyles regardless of what they might hold. And in order to save it we would have to change a lot of things about how we act in our communities and around the world. There are a lot of people in high and low places with their snouts in the trough. In fact everyone has a part in this game though it’s not completely our fault: most of us were handed this life and told to get their piece of the pie.

Sadly, America will be remembered, as all empires are, as once a beacon of hope for its people and those who wanted to partake in it from foreign lands who then slid into an avalanche of things that didn’t matter and concluded with non-traditional values.

I don’t care what happens at this point. I feel the empire will outlast me. But someday it will be gone and whether it happens in my lifetime or not is moot. I feel like if it does collapse in my day that I will actually get some enjoyment out of the sublime destruction of a Titanic unsinkable ship as it breaks up in the sea. But, I would also like to be there to throw a life raft to those in need and to rudder toward calmer waters.

The American Empire Part 5

Our final destination on the Titanic sinking of the American Empire is the devaluing of human life.

The Chaplain Hap Kennedy

Our final destination on the Titanic sinking of the American Empire is the devaluing of human life.

Since World War II America has been in at least 37 nations fighting wars (against whom and for what?) and has caused approximately 20 million deaths to for people living inside the war zones outside of the United States.

The number of war deaths of Americans since its inception stands at approximately 1.1 million.

A staggering number of modern United States Veteran deaths by suicide since the fighting in the Middle East after 9/11 is more than its combat deaths during those wars. (But these wars are “good” wars?)

 

Divorce

Another way the American experience devalues human life is how it treats its children. More than half of all American marriages end in divorce. The staggering statistics on children raised in single-parent households tells the tale of what impact that has on the children involved in those divorced households.

Children living in single-parent households are 200% more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems than those in two-parent households. 80% of psychiatric hospitalizations are children and people raised in single-parent households. Across the board children in SP households are worse off. Grades, truancy, substance abuse issues, criminality, teen pregnancy rate, the aforementioned psychological issues, ET AL. are all worse when a child is raised in a single-parent household. (But we love our children.)

 

Jack Kervorkian

Two final notes about the devaluing of human life are controversial. Assisted suicide, which some would argue is necessary and needed, as well as abortion being a choice that a mother should make are demeaning examples of how Americans view life.

The pictured crazy-eye doctor is Jack Kervorkian, a euthanasia provider and proponent, who claimed to have killed at least 130 people during his reign of terror in the 1990s. Say what you will about someone who is suffering who chooses to kill themselves, but regardless it is a devaluing of humanity when we commit such acts.

Kermit Gosnell Comic

 

And the issue that will probably get me pilloried for speaking out about is the hot-button issue of abortion. Since it became legal in 1973, abortion has ended the life of at least 50 million children.

The comic is one of an America abortion doctor named Kermit Gosnell who recently went to prison after his acts were brought to light. He is said to have done abortions on babies that were “big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop” (his words) just before severing their spinal cord with a pair of scissors. This is the extremes of what abortion providers do as most abortions are early-stage deaths. But even so, I ask to you, those who feel like abortion is proper if you’ve seen an abortion taking place or seen the tiny body parts of aborted fetuses? Personally, before I’d seen anything related to abortion I was Pro-choice. After, I see it as barbaric, a war against children, and an essence of what America has become: brutal and mindless.

 

Concluding thoughts by EOB on Thursday of this week.

 

 

 

The American Empire Part 3

Part three of my series of blog posts on the American Empire details something that has plagued all past empires and what is affecting America and most of the Western democracies: political malfeasance.

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Part three of my series of blog posts on the American Empire details something that has plagued all past empires and what is affecting America and most of the Western democracies:  political malfeasance.

In Rome we know that at some point politicians began using their positions of power for economic enrichment, began separating themselves from those they were charged with representing, and began flights of fancy in the entertainment world.

Does any of this sound strikingly familiar in American government?

The White House

We know that a majority of American elected federal congress people have become millionaires on salaries that don’t often pay more than low six-figure incomes. Many live in expensive neighborhoods, others have more than one house. Some even have million-dollar mansions. Some have two or three highly priced automobiles.

How can this be??

Well, one thing we know is that recently congress passed legislation that essentially gives members of congress a free pass on insider trading information. That is they can profit from knowing beforehand information about publicly traded companies; something illegal to the American peasantry.

We also know that the best way for a corporation to turn higher profits or to remain profitable is not through increases in advertising budgets, not expansion of factory spaces or transferring to more favorable marketplaces in the country or the world, not even technological upgrades within their facilities can give boosts to their companies’ bottom lines better than sending lobbyists to Washington, D.C.

DT

Politics as spectator sport has become part of the American milieu and we can see this in DT’s rants on Twitter and his fight with “fake news.”

Of course all of this is just the evolution of political leaders being entertainment including Obama picking his brackets for the NCAA basketball tournament; of Bubba going on Arsenio to blow his horn or his current attempt at novel writing; of W. and his paintings. (Hitler was an artist too).

The Roman Emperor Nero had his hand in many different art forms and had to pay people to see and applaud his performances and works.

Not to be outdone in modern times, many of our politicians including DT have to pay people to come cheer at their bogus rallies. Both sides of the politic spectrum are guilty of propping themselves up with false facades.

Mount Rushmore

Lastly, politicians are ever increasingly moving away from the masses they represent through armed Secret Service agents after they retire and giving themselves the Cadillac medical and retirement benefits only befitting government gods.

I wonder what the founders would have thought of governance in modern America.

Part 4 later this week