Liberty and freedom are ingrained within each American citizen through our birthright. It means we can have awful family feuds including the kicking and punching but we will always come back to the family dinner, ready to kiss and make up -- and then go at it again.
Regardless of who wins, tomorrow will occur. Life will go on. The same currents will flow. But the emphasis will change.
As with Jon Katz of Bedlam Farm (one of my favorite writers), I think it is unfortunate that Donald Trump became the spokesman for those who think they have been left behind as it "makes it so easy to dismiss his followers as bigoted and ignorant because he is so flawed. It also makes it easy for his followers to dismiss everybody else as corrupt elites.”
To their ears, he spoke like it is.
At least it is all out in the open so that this post-election focus should on being aware of everyone’s needs. For some, political correctness is not correct, so be it. At least we should pay attention.
And American freedom, liberty and democracy will go on!
"Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no bettor than we deserve", George Bernard Shaw
We deserve better than what we've been dished ... but do we?
The best future for those who think they are left behind is to step into the shoes and think like an immigrant. Chances are the immigrant came to this country under political or economic duress. But they didn't give up. They toiled and sacrificed not for themselves but to assure their children would have a better and financially stable life, even if they had to take demeaning jobs that no one else would do. They usually succeed which most of us can attest to as we are here because of our successful, dedicated immigrant ancestors.
So let's put hatred, bigotry and racism behind us. We can all succeed in life if we think like those who know that life can, indeed, be better -- but only if we work hard at it and think of the future that opens up.
This New York Times piece is a sad example of how bigotry and ignorance manifests itself.
Samsung permanently discontinued production of their new Note 7 smartphone. This is a grand example of how greed can throw you completely off course. The following is a piece Bloomberg published in mid-September and is a reminder the company brought this on themselves:
I believe everyone knows the New York Times’ opinion on the presidential campaign. Aside from that bias, however, this op-ed piece from a credible writer that the Times published is more of a “let’s all be on the same page for presidential worthiness comparison” message. It’s a message to Mr. Trump on how to easily get onto that same page and remove (or add) one of the reasons to oppose his election.
Regarding “Earth’s crossroads” (Sept. 11, San Diego Union-Tribune): About 3.5 billion years of beautiful, delicately balanced evolution appears about to go up in a puff thanks to what seems like a bad biological experiment called the human race.
These are from my Facebook page for the week ending August 13, 2016
"Killing an animal that for five million years has had an important role to play in nature is an act of adolescence. As long as urbanites keep their dogs and cats inside at night, coyotes pose no unique or overwhelming danger..." - NY Times
The US government is pondering requiring autonomous, self driving vehicles to incorporate in altruistic algorithm that would make life or death calculations to kill the fewest people possible in an anticipated accident. The decision could be to sacrifice the vehicle's occupants in order to save more pedestrians in jeopardy.
What about the vehicle that is built with a latest self-learning smart computer? (Named Dave?) Could this computer's brain evolve a self-preservation instinct and countermand the government's altruistic algorithm?
Stanley Kibrick here we come ... (15 years late)
Here is a supporting article from The Economist:
In his recent blog in Apple Insider, Daniel Eran Dilger explains the reality of encryption: "Real encryption means that the data is absolutely scrambled, the same way that a paper shredder absolutely obliterates documents".
Imagine a future headline: "In addition to the recently enacted law requiring all softw ...