The few, the proud, the doers!

“You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.” – Tony Robbins

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We the People!!

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933. Lietuvių: Fra...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933. Lietuvių: Franklinas Delanas Ruzveltas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This is not a political statement but rather an observation and an opinion into the state of affairs of governance. Government will not cater, fully, to their constituency for one reason or another due to “we the people” lack of knowledge and complacency. We have forgotten that we are the ones hiring the “managers” of our corporation, the U.S.; we are the shareholders, board members, recruiters and retainers of this organization. As of late, however, we have done a bang up job of managing our company. I believe that we all should be adamant about our rights and never trade them for some cheap tricks of the government and its evangelists. We should petition and make into law a second bill of rights that “we the people” deem adequate for the wellbeing of all. FDR enumerated what the second bill of rights should be when he said:

“We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. Necessitous men are not free men. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. “(Democratic Underground)

it is said that in our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident and that we have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all – regardless of station, race, or creed. Supposedly, these self-evident “rights” are:

Opportunity
n The right to a useful and remunerative job…
n The right to a good education.
n The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies…

Security
n The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment.
n The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.
n The right of every family to a decent home.
n The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation.

(Democratic Underground)

These rights are not fully implemented and some which are in use today benefit more the one with money and oppresses the one without. We should demand that those rights that are not made into law be made into one and we should also demand for the alienable right to fire any public official, in any office for dereliction of duty. Dereliction of duty should include accepting gifts, pushing mandates and/or laws that do not benefit the whole, having a business agenda versus a people agenda, quid pro quo, changing the law to benefit the few (ones with money) versus the whole. We should instill pride in public service again and destroy the self-serving attitudes that have taken hold of the governing body. “We the people” have allowed our governing body to become great con artists like the Madoff’s of this world.

“We the people” should demand of our elected officials that once in office you are neither republican nor democrat, you are the “people.” So with this no republican or democrat agenda should or needs to be the order of the day, rather the people’s agenda should be the concern and topic of the day and the order of business. We should demand of our elected officials to look out for the people not business, since we do live and function in a capitalistic system it should bail itself out of any problems it put itself in. We should make it clear that we would not bail out any industry and that the only bailout would be for the people only, especially with how they are predicting a blow to the economy do to sequester. I think that sequester may be what the government needs to get its house in order and fund the programs that should be funded:

– security

– health

– education

– scales of economies (e.g. shelters, infrastructures, tourism, orphanages, et al)

Let us keep our government accountable to the people. I believe that petitioning the nation votes on an amendment to be made in our constitution that would allow for any public official, anyone in public office, be subject to a grade and if that grade, by the people, is unsatisfactory, then the people can vote him/her or them out off office and have them replaced. This would definitely keep us involve in our government and the government will then always remember that they serve the people, not fortune xyz companies or individuals with fortunes.

Love Unconditional…

SR

Ekhava

Renewal

“No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame.” — cmdrtaco, Slashdot.org, 2001, reviewing the first iPod

“$400 for an Mp3 Player! I’d call it the Cube 2.0 as it wont sell, and be killed off in a short time… and it’s not really functional. Uuhh Steve, can I have a PDA now?” — elitemacor, macrumors.com, 2001, responding to the original iPod announcement

These quotes are from ma.tt‘s website/blog. The article that I was reading is titled, 1.0 Is the Loneliest Number. Well, while reading that article and at the same time Stemmings’ essay, Don’t (an essay which will light a fire under your butt even if you are just a designer in training or aspire to be and do anything in your life, regardless of age), something came to mind: Fear of Failure or, its cousin, sister, brother, whichever, Fear of success. I remember when I was to start this blog, I thought who would read it? Who would care? Who would take the time to read the “essay’s” I write? However, so far I am seeing a steady up-tick in viewer-ship and those who follow the blog. So, reading these blogs prodded me to write this and to also share the sites so that others can read them and refuel themselves and do what it is that they want or have wanted to do.

Fear of failure.

What can I say about that!? Well, every ideas and thoughts that come to mind are ones that I know could have worked, since I see this app here, that site there and this product over here working for the ones whom were not afraid to follow their instincts regardless of test or market research. So, my downfall was doing the opposite of Nike “Just Do It” motto. I nitpick the heck out of those ideas and thoughts to the point that I overwhelmed myself and gave up, eventually, since nothing was being done and I had not only become my own worst enemy but crippled myself in and with FEAR.

Fear of success.

The opposite of failure!? Hugh!! who would have thought that one would actually fear succeeding in his endeavor?? [Hand raised] I am right here, the one who actually thought that he actually succeeded in his endeavor(s) would be a problem since he probably would lose it all again and have to go through this struggle once more [scratching head]… You see I come from a family that was well of, in the islands, and then came to not. So, in my mind I have rationalized that succeeding would bring in more pain than I am willing to deal with since I went through it already. [shaking my head], such was my state.

Thank god for knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Reading on Matt Mullenweg‘s (who by the way gave us WordPress :-)) and Stemmings’ sites were a welcomed breath of more fresh air. I had already started to work on the many ideas that I had years ago, which I did write down, and the updates to those ideas, since we are further along in technology. LOL… I am so happy that we have great people, minds and doers who, even though they may not know everybody they touch, are indeed great mentors, regardless of age, sex, color, religion or creed!!

Hope this also helps someone else to start over with a peace of mind. By no means is it easy to just pick up from where you left things or gave up but ONE DAY AT A TIME, works just fine.

 

Love Unconditional…

SR

White man’s democracy is a black man’s dysfunction

White man’s democracy is a black man’s dysfunction.

‘“In Aboriginal affairs, do you think there’s a bit of something in the environment that makes advocates feel as though they have to join teams in this discussion? You’ve got the anti-welfare mob, you’ve got… it just seems to me to be very factionalised. Do you think that’s because the environment is very conflict heavy at the moment or it’s just the way these discussions are evolving?”…’

“There’s two things that are particularly galling about this line of questioning. The first is that it borne from a style of thinking of which many mainstream journalists are guilty, and have expressed to me personally: Aboriginal communities are dysfunctional because Aboriginal politics is toxic, and riven with bitterness, feuding and lateral violence…”

My question, well maybe more of an observation, after reading this is, are we, African-Americans, suffering from the same idioms in our own environment and if so then why are we, or am I, not doing anything to counter it? We will never have another Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and the like, so we, or I, need to do something for ourselves, or myself, and in the process bring up another brethren and sister as well, instead of “crab barrelling” our own kind or another; period. Pretty much I need to look out not only for myself but for the next brother and sister as well and even warn them or advise them. They do not have to take or accept what I say but if I do my part then I am paying it forward, continuously.

After reading this post, It’s not that I want to say it is “refreshing” to see that black here is black everywhere but rather it seems that colonialism from the main European countries, i.e. France, British, Spain, Portugal, seems to have created a dysfunctional view of people of color, due to slavery and just plain evilness. People of color seem to experience the same treatment, from colonial thinking, both here in America and abroad and such thoughts are even shared among our own brother and sisters and makes it so hard to come together and stand against these thoughts. These same idioms or turn of phrase then tend to translate to actions, the wrong kind, and even into laws or mandates that are so lopsided. I really hope that in writing this I reach even one person who then reaches another and another and it keeps going around and around.