Bemused by so many jokes on Mitt's "you can't put a windmill on a car" because that's where you put the dog, or it will squash the dog, or who'd put a windmill on the kennel.. but also because he has such a dull banker's vision, I bet there's a chain holding his pen in his coat pocket. I easily see one of America's techno geek geniuses coming up with some sort of a rotary dyne jet generator and sitting inside with a child (they know computers) at the controls as we burn a few ounces of the "juice" like the Road Warrior as the child counts it down "We'll be green in 5..4..3..2..1- Green Machine!"
Confused that Conservative Heterosexuals work themselves into a lathered frenzy over what homosexuals are doing, thinking, might be doing. Why would a heterosexual envision homosexual acts? Let alone invest so much time, energy, money and emotions berating them. Does that Kansas Church of the Divine Fred have any activity that does not involve holding signs? ( course the signs will one day make them easy pickings when we tool the Green Machine down for a protein run). I worry that all this pent up homosexual panic will spill out like some Gay Tsunami and wash the Red States pink.
I am confounded that the attacks on Social Security are not met with at least notice that Social Security is the main stay not only of the retired but also of disabled children and their families and all people on disabling diseases. With a growing percentage of the countries resources in the hands of a very few who make a marginal contribution to Social Security and thus the care of the most unfortunate in our society. The very wealthy are unlikely to use it personally, unless they have disabled children, but members of their community and likely their family depend upon it daily.
I am Bemused when I remember the NRA of my youth with its emphasis on marksmanship, safety, and conversation and ranges run by calm instructors without sillouettes, political statements and frowns when some "fool" brought out some "toy" with "one x in thirty shots". I suspect the love of money attracted a different breed to lead it.
I am Confused by the lack of parameters on wealth. Surely there is a point where a person has too little, in any form of a society there must be a point and also a point where people have too much. Is it proportional to what is spent on a prisoner in jail? or a senile resident of a nursing home? then how many powers of this base would constitute maximum wealth? I am confused-without answers but cannot see how this issue, crucial for a capitalistic system and defining for a moral society, can be logically addressed without parameters. Otherwise the conversation will continue with just emotions, demonizing, jealousy, and guilt.
Bemused by my memories of Ronald Reagon. On the negative the barring of C. Everitt Coop from the meetings on HIV, Randy White, the smug statements of "they fought nature" as friends and strangers died horrible deaths, then the sudden "discovery" that it was a virus after French scientists were to make the presentation at the world conference- patents trumped human life. On the positive- the faith in the dream of America and a gift of assurance about the future. On the negative- the strutting and posturing about the return of the hostages, barring Carter from greeting them and then the truth that a deal was made before he was president, the plane packed and in the air- under what legitimate authority? and it was just ransom of a better deal. On the positive- he was brave when wounded by Hinkley and then increasingly frail after with sharks he had fed circling. the devotion of Nancy. Negative- the runaway from Lebanon and ridiculous fleet attack on Grenada with more medals given out than in all of Vietnam; the arming and encouragment of radical Islam, and Bin Laden later remarking on each. Positive- the directness, the sense of humor, horses and jelly beans. Negative- the way he is credited with "winning the cold war' with no reference to the better advice of Margaret Thatcher, the courage of the Hungarians, Poles, Germans, Chechs, the imprisonment of Havel, Solidarity, the Velvet Revolution, and the loaning of technology to China for a second front. Positive- I never remember Reagon making this claim. Negative- the series of wars in central America, increase in Cocaine, the death squads, the murder of nuns, priests, servants once within a hundred yards of the Marine at the gates of the Embassy. Negative- the support of Sadam, the money for chemical weapons, the weather information necessary for poison gas, the playing of both sides in Iran Iraq and as in the support of monsters in general- the necessity of cleaning it up within two decades. Positive- it is hard to judge the decisions a President must make and impossible to state that another man would not have been compelled to do the same. Negative- the statements supporting aparthaid, against Nelson Mandella, Reverand Tutu. Negative- the lifestyles of the rich and famous, the borrowing against the future, Star wars to pay back GE, conspicuous consumption, the pretense that conservation of resources was for "sissies" (and speaking of- James Watt), Positive- he was the president most wanted and after a career of giving people what made them happy, he worked to try and give them that hollywood gift. I cannot believe him devious but I cannot forget many images contrasting with that "red carpet smile". History will judge and largely forget.