Lincoln… The movie and some thoughts shared.


I am breaking out of my box so to speak and sharing some thoughts on a movie I watched recently. The movie “Lincoln” directed by Steven Spielberg staring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and many others. I was so moved and shook as I watched the movie I chose to take the time and express some thoughts.

The acting and the scenery were superb, as was the story although for some may be disturbing. The use of words that are very negative and the thought of slavery is quite dis heartening although portrayed in such a way was inspiring. Much like another movie I embraced with my heart Amistad has a way of bringing the human side of darkness into light. The love of our fellow human beings is expressed as well as the dark and hateful side in hopes that the lighter side will prevail in the end.

I admire the courage and strength of not only President Lincoln but of our congress and those members especially Thaddeus Stevens a Republican Congressman from PA. His fight for racial equality and his love of our nation as portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones was felt through my person as I watched in amazement and wonder. I am grateful for the work and courage of our forefathers as I enjoy the freedoms we have as individuals and Americans. The world was indeed watching as the most heinous acts of human beings was debated and brought to an end when the 13th amendment was passed.

The movie was not of Lincolns life as a whole it was more of a glimpse at the soul of our new country and the torn country it had become due to the evils of slavery. I was most fascinated by the changing roles of the political parties from the time of the Civil war and our modern times. The democrats being the ones that chose to embrace slavery and the republicans taking the moral ground and siding with the original intent and founding principles of our great nation. Being that all men are created equal and have the right to be free.

How the tables have turned I thought as I watched the terrible thoughts and vulgar expressed words and sentiments were portrayed on the floor of congress. How the Democrats of that time must be rolling over in their graves at the Democratic President of our Nation sits in the White House today. A nation that stepped up to the plate and not only ended slavery, allowed the former slave the right to vote and even allowed women to have the same right.

I am proud of our nation, proud of our gifts as they were to be able to speak our minds and make a difference in our world by example. I do however question where we are going as a Nation as our politicians no longer seem to represent the majority of our citizens. I suppose that the rewards of helping the working class and the poor are not of a material nature so are less desired that in the past when it meant something to be a representative of the people for the people.

Both parties seem to be for big business and for projecting our country as a world leader in financial power, rather than taking care of our own nation in a positive way. I wonder if Lincoln were president we would be on the world stage undoing the gains of social equality that some of our past Presidents, Senators and Congressmen had fought so hard to achieve. Social Security, Union Representation, Equal Rights, an America where all had opportunity to have the American Dream seems to be in the past as the new world order takes the front seat.

The America I was born in no longer exists, a country now torn and divided by wealth wars and parties that seem to have forgotten its people. One Nation under God for liberty and justice for all? Or just the wealthy?

My thoughts are that the movie was an excellent one to watch and the story was one that changed our world through ugly in a beautiful way.

I hope we can all share a smile and share our love making the world a better place for all we share it with. I also hope we can all have the courage and strength to help our fellow human beings by sharing such love and compassion.

Thanksgiving and gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving!


When my children were young a tradition of saying thanks was established at our table on Thanksgiving Day in our country. At times I watched my children struggle with the words to say or fear of embarrassment at what they would choose to share makes them thankful. Over the years it was quite a treat to watch them grow and the depth of their gratitude grow.

 

The sands of time and destiny have taken that tradition from me yet the memories cannot be taken, even though my family is no more in its former sense. The last two years of this joyous day have not been what one would expect especially me. Last year was spent pretty much with my Lord in solitude and with his grace, filled with love and gratitude. This year I know not what the day has in store yet whatever it becomes I know it will be filled with my Lords love and grace.

 

In the spirit of a tradition I may no longer enjoy in its traditional family way I choose to share my heart and give thanks for the many gifts I have been given. The most important and cherished gift is the gift of Love.

 

I am grateful for my enemies and friends both from within and without, they share with me the gift of strength and courage lighting the light within. They point out my weakness and my way to change them into strengths. They point out my strengths and allow me to share my heart and love. I am Grateful for the life I have lived as it has brought me to my soul and the love of our Creator. I am grateful for the pillows those of concrete, straw and Feathers for they have taught me to appreciate the value of a pillow and the comfort they bring. I am grateful for the times of hunger and feast as they have given me the appreciation of the gifts of nutrition both of the body and soul.

 

The list of things I am grateful for is long and I could spend a year just appreciating all of them. So I will share one more thought, and one more expression of gratitude. I am most grateful for the love and opportunity given by our Creator to experience and live life. Life is precious and filled with lessons that teach us that love is the most cherished lesson of all. The love within teaches me to be a good and loving human being no matter what crosses my path. The lessons shared within and with love are the gift of life expressed in our souls.

 

Thank you for allowing me to share some thoughts and perhaps a smile. I would like to say thank you all and express my gratitude for your time and love shared by visiting my pages. Happy Thanksgiving, to all in my country that celebrate the occasion. Happy Thanksgiving to our world as every day should be a day of gratitude and thanks. Please share a smile share your love and be the change positive helping to make our world a better place for all we share it with. Thank you again and may your day be filled with love and gratitude.

Grandpa a Veteran’s Dream for his Grandchildren a United Nation.


As a Veteran my family and friends as well as my fellow citizens are the reason that we have a military in the first place. So as a Veteran and a Grandpa I choose to share a thought and some feelings from this simple mans heart. First Thank you, to all of our Veterans past, present and future. Last year I spent the afternoon hours on top of a mountain in silent prayer. This year I spent it in a Church that I have not attended in 35 years.

 

One of my nephews is going away on a Mission to Canada for his Religion to convert souls to their cause. I say their cause because it seemed to me just as in my youth that the church was the cause, not the love of our Lord or our fellow man unless of course you were of the church or willing to be converted. I never heard a please thank you or an I love you Lord / God in one perspective I suppose being there was an act of love. That experience and the phone call from a beautiful man and his two children inspire me to share a modern view from the perspective of simple man and a Veteran.

 

My friend and son lives in North Carolina, he has a beautiful wife and three children. I love them dearly and admire their strength and courage. My son is white, his wife is an Arab and two children are from her previous husband an African American and one his. They live in an area of the United States where the racial and ethnic divide is well pronounced and for much of the south it still is.

 

I myself have with those children experienced on both sides of the fence the nasty treatment of those that are different, and the opposite side of shared love. My grandchildren are growing up being scared and turned dark by the hurtful and hateful ways of our fellow Human Beings.

 

As a Veteran I look at the way that some people behave and wonder why I would be willing to die to defend such citizens and fellow human beings. As a Veteran of the United States Army I question why again would I be willing to die for such Citizens? We as a nation if we look in the mirror are ugly, we talk of being united yet we are the most un united we have ever been. Even the first congress with all of their differences of wants needs and opinions in the end came up with a plan that was united and when done with the American Revolution began the first Nation of it’s kind.

 

As time went on until the Civil war the Nation grew and as it grew consciousness grew as well for many. The Nation of the free wasn’t truly free. For freedom of all citizens the Nation went to war to Unite the Nation. The war ended and the Nation moved forward consciousness grew and even more the Nation made it voice heard resulting in the Civil Rights Movement sparked by the unjust and freedom restricting voice of evil at the treating of it’s people with less that the all are equal and free in the home of the brave.

All of us are taught not to be a poor loser when we are young yet here we are as a Nation divided because our candidate didn.t win wanting to fight over the toys in the sand box. As a Veteran I ask why can’t we support the People choice even if different than our own personal choice and be gracious losers? I hear so much Negative no matter what side of the fence you are on. They won’t help because they don’t want him to win. What? It is us as Human Beings that lose. It is I as a Veteran that loses the most.

 

As a Patriot and a Citizen of the United States and the World I am a man of Honor and was willing to fight and die as many are for a Dream the Dream of One Nation under God with Liberty and Justice for all. A Nation where every man was created equal We the People for the People by the People. We elect our leaders to represent and take care of our Nation or us! Is not the Honor of the men and women tarnished by the leaders who do not unite and lead.

 

As we share this day in honor of our Veterans we as citizens and our Leaders should find a way to be united and honor the Honour of our men and women the Brave of the Land of the Brave and free. Being brave ourselves and uniting for the Love of the American Dream and the dream of every Human being living in a land where all are truly equal and free. Love of our Nation our dream and our fellow citizens is the path towards our Nation healing and becoming truly United and free. Setting an example for the rest of the world not through force but through unity.

 

I do hope we can all share a smile and some love making our world a better place for all we share it with. Thank you for allowing me to share some thoughts and feelings with you. Be the change positive and share a smile as well as your love and make our world a better place for all we share it with.

The Blood Flows “The new King and Treason”


The Country I love the Land of the Free the Home of the Brave is one foot in the Grave

The Truth was written long ago by a Great named Plato of Democracy and the love of people like you and me

By the people and for the people is the one that is just and avoids the wrath of the people in who have placed their Faith and Trust in a Government that would be Just

The people of days not so long ago started a Country to the World they showed the wrong of the ways of old

The ways of Kings and their greed for Gold is not the way of our hearts and souls

Freedom and Liberty they died for as a new beginning for the citizens of our new Country with no King

The Patriot Act is surely not the act of a Patriot and the song it sings “The end of Freedom and Liberty bring”

The treasonous act is one of old and never will bring honor for the Deaths of those who fought for the Freedom and Liberty, we hold

The Cowardice of the many who know the way, yet signed the Bill anyway should stand up and face the penalty of taking away the Land of the Free and the home of the Brave

The Acts of our Leaders go against these things as the votes of their pens treason brings

One day not too distant we will see the loss of Freedom and Liberty

The Dream is Dying the end is near of the Country, the Freedom, and the Liberty, we hold so Dear

The Machiavellian style of our new King the way of old is returning now the loss of Conscious the loss of my home and the Land I love the Home of the Brave the Land of the Free

A poem from me to you the bleeding I do is in my heart the soul I have shared for the Country I love the man I am is not scared. The smile on my face is the one in my heart a dark smile of light I share with a Lord, as I am inspired from the light above a dark smile for the bright Country I love. Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts and I hope we can all share a smile even if it is dark and share the light of love. Be the change positive and make our world a better place!

Veterans Day, My show of Respect and love


On a very special day in many ways I am grateful for the gift of life and the gift of a loving heart. The gifts of work and money have treated me well for many years and then not so well for a few years. The most beautiful part of these last four or five years is those that have shared that gift of time with their loving hearts and my heart. Their kindness and their love in ways that are treasures, that for all of us in my heavenly chest. Love and the ability to share that love is a true gift that we are all given. I had been feeling and wondering how best I could show that love for my country and show my respect and love to those that have fought and those that have died out of love for the most part. For our freedom and the gift, to be, of the people, by the people “We the People”.

Our nation like most of the people in it say 99.75% of the population is of a loving heart and would rather help ones neighbor than see one die in war. We are as they were in 1770 when Crispus Attucks was the first person killed by The British Red Coats died on a street in Boston. Regardless of how the fight started and whether some think he is a hero or not his death was the first to instill a sense of we are outraged as a society and a people. From that first casualty till the ones dying as I write this the actions taken next by those that have served created and defended this Nation. They acted for the most part out of love.

The love of a concept, the love of mans dream since societies and civilization became corrupted with power and dominated even lived by greed and the lust for even more control and more power. Kings and Emperors, Princes, Lords, Dukes and Queens as well as the less looked at Presidents of our modern day in other parts of the world the Dictators and those that rule with the hand of power and greed. The “Dream of no ruler, no more domination by a ruler we will rule our selves a Nation of the People, by the People, for the People!” That was the love and the Dream those men who fought the” War of Independence” fought for. They fought side by side for many years in the mud and snow the heat and the cold, Rich and Poor, Black and White, Native American Indian and those of many Nationalities died for the love of Each other and The “American Dream”.

We are fortunate to live in such a land yet we as a society and people have taken for granted that gift that Dream they all died for. The dream, of being free people, with no ruler, other than one of our choosing, from amongst “We the People”.  Choosing one of our own we trusted one that would choose the right for the people with love compassion, strength and honor representing us to the World as “We the People”. A Nation of Farmers, Business men, Business women, Teachers, Children, Laborers, Factory workers, Truck drivers and many of other honorable jobs and many of those that now have no jobs. The new American dream of upper Middle Class life style and Home ownership as well as Financial freedom to the lead and the real “Dream of America” fell to the bottom of our thoughts and the thoughts of those that rule us.

The Dream is being destroyed by the Dream it’s self, As those who lead, fear for their loss of power and personal gain forget about the people they rule and the Dream. We elect our politicians our politicians are from amongst us for the most part and with the best of an Agenda at heart one they feel is with love.  All the while every law takes away a piece of the American Dream every tax steals a little bit more every loophole and every break given to those wealthy enough to profit from using them another crack of the bullwhip across the backbone of our Nation. The scars, now getting so deep and so tender, the fires of a new revolution arising from the pain. Social security paid into over a lifetime of working “ENTITELMENT” I think not! It is paid for by the People, for the People, as “We the People” paid into it for a lifetime working for it. As we hear these words and watch trillions of dollars go out to other countries for aid and cush money to pay for our ability to inflict damage through the misuse of our hero’s.  Entitlement would be Serving a term in Office and getting more retirement that a hard working Citizen of thirty or forty years that even if he gets the highest amount he can get falls short of say 30,000 and you for what four years maybe even two get no less that 100,000 just guessing and to me personally it isn’t even relevant the point is look at that with conscious of the American Dream and then look that Veteran in the eye and please change our direction please fix this.

The Wall Street Protesters exacting their pointed rage against Wall Street and Corporate Greed. A worthy cause yet being carried out by some with acts of hate and violence as well as destruction. A miss use of what our right to gather and protest when we become destructive and violent our message of love gets drown out by the acts of hate. As many speak of such things as revolution I must ask why? We are in the land of the Free the Home of the Brave. When we became spies and law makers envoy’s of destruction we were and are not being represented by heart or our Dream of old.

I would like to say it is an Honor to quote Three of our Nations Greatest Hero’s and share a true leaders words and put them to the “We the People” Test!

First they are by Name and Honor the Ideal leaders of their time and ours. All of them men of our Armed Forces, Veterans, 5 Star Generals and United Sates Presidents.  Their words perhaps may inspire our hearts and our political leaders as well.

General George Washington , The first President of the United Sates;

“Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable service we render to Him is in doing good to His other Children. That the soul of Man is immortal, and will be treated with Justice in another Life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound Religion, and I regard them as you do in whatever Sect I meet with them. As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, is the best the World ever saw, or is likely to see.” – Letter to Ezra Stiles, President of Yale University, March 9, 1790
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General Ulysses S Grant, The eighteenth President of the United States of America:

“There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.”

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, The thirty fourth President of the United Sates of America;

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its labourers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.”

And a couple of others that I feel can be taken to heart for those that succumb to the greed and money of the panders of big corporations the lobbyists that foot the bill for the popularity contest you think you won.

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”

“History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.”

The thoughts shared with love by Our Greatest Warriors and Commanders wisdom for those who followed yet the message not heard by our leaders both Political and business. The trillions of dollars of Debt for a war that has absolutely no Value other than teaching us a Great Lesson one of history repeating it’s self and bringing the Dream to an end. The History of our Greatest Leaders and hero’s would have put in check the desire to force or exert freedom where it is not wanted. To force our will through the use of our Brave Armed Forces with no just cause other than revenge for a crime of Lunatics and a threat of what? The peoples of the Middle East are not responsible for the acts of those Lunatics. I don’t know that Iraq even has a missile or ever did have a missile that could even reach our Country. Certainly none that could do real damage.

I had thought that protest was the way to make my statement. I was wrong, it is far more an act of love to acknowledge my feeling of loss and desire for change, a rebirth of a “Dream” the American Dream when America stood for the Freedoms we hold dear yet take for Granted. The Dream of side by side living lives of hard work and love, the love of our Families, our Neighbors, our Nation and our place in the World. The Dream so many through Wars justified in the Name of love to end very destructive Behavior by those far less loving.

Our most destructive war was one of bitter hate and in turn love. The Civil War was one of the most honorable wars ever fought men all of them American fighting men and the skill as well as the Technology of that fighting man was the best of any on the Planet. Both sides fought with great Courage and Valor believing in their Cause. The end result however is what was important, the message that the American Dream was a truly loving Dream for “We the People” and no more in this Nation would one be allowed to dominate or control another human being the love of our fellow human beings “We the People” with the dreams of our Founding Fathers set right the evils not dealt with during the Nations rebuilding after the Revolution. The most de humanizing and destructive weapons of war THEY unleashed on themselves, their homes, their Families. The love of FREEDOM and EQUALITY two major points in the American Dream our CORE “We the People” that is what they died for.

The American Revolution and the Civil War are the creating and defending the values of that Creation, The United States of America. United we are not those Values have taken a back seat to everything our dream is. As our rulers seek to justify their existence more and more laws are written. With every law there is a loss of Freedom, Some laws protect Freedom and others limit or take it away. The more words we impose with no moral value or meaning as laws such as spying on our neighbors or invading ones privacy or ones that pretend to bring Equality. The Government has Grown so Large and so Needy as well as maybe a Little to self centered and forgotten where they are privileged to be one of “We the People” please remember the rest of us.

My desire this Veterans Day 11,11,2011 as the pen is Mightier than the sword and love is far stronger than hate is to share these final thoughts on my mind and in my Heart before I stand in solitude on top of a mountain and honor with the grace of my maker those who have died out of love for our Great Nation and love its soul in such pain. A place where many will be with me in my heart, as tears roll down my cheeks for the love of that memory, that Dream and those that choose to honor us by fighting and dying for it.

Together our Leaders can fix our biggest problems right now if they unite and do the right thing. The right thing is sometimes the hardest thing to do, find the courage as do the Brave Women and those so many Brave men that have shown and given their lives showing as Veterans of Our Nations Armed forces. It may end your Political life yet it may make our Nation stronger and be an Act of selfless love for “We the People.” We may not all like the right thing nor like doing it yet the end result will be well worth it. The right thing is to go to our core and remember our true Values. Freedom and Equality, a loving Nation, that is ruled not by fear or tyranny but by its people. Acknowledge the mistakes and learn from them make things right. Even if it hurts for a while love will prevail and our Nation will be once again perhaps for the first time truly a loving Nation of “We the People.”

I honor the fallen as a Veteran in a time of peace having never fought in War have a very grateful heart and love for all of you that have fought and died at times is foremost on my mind many days and Veterans day is the most honored day for you in my heart. I had thought that it would be appropriate to stand in protest of the loss of lives through the error in judgment shown by our Leadership. My expressed words and my silent reverent time on the mountain are the most love I a simple humble man can share on this occasion.

Thank you for allowing me to share some thoughts and feelings on this very special and Magical day in our Universe, it is as has been the Dream of many that the Nation I live in would lead by example. We are very blessed with the gift of being “We the People” George Washington our first President with love in his heart for his Creator expressed such and ruled as such. Our hearts and our love is a gift from above as is that magic it creates miracles are made of love. Be an example of love share your thoughts with our leaders. I share mine with you right here and now yet my words reach so few. If we all reach out we may make change positive happen, share a smile share your love and be the change. If you just want to share mine please do so if you can help me get this to our Leaders please help me do so. Thank you again!

Enough Already! Are you kidding me?


I am appalled as we all should be! Scott Olsen an American Hero and a U.S.Marine serves two tours in Iraq in the name of protecting our country! ( A subject definitely up for debate when did Iraq attack us and could they even have done so?) Stands up for his rights and ours to protest with the Wall Street protesters and gets shot? Then as his fellow protesters attempt to help him the police throw tear gas at them? It is incredible how many people in this country even know that happened and why are we doing nothing about it?

Veterans Day is coming and ” We the People” Had better step and let our leaders both large and small know we have had enough! If the people of this great Nation don’t step up to the plate as we are obligated by our forefathers to do we don’t deserve to live here!!!

I am the farthest from a negative person I can be and although I want to find the silver lining here it isn’t there yet! Help our country and ourselves find and make that silver lining happen! Stand up on Veterans Day and have the courage as well as the strength to say enough Already! ” We the People “have had enough!!!

Standing up and excersizing our rights to freedom of speech and the right to govern our nation is our obligation no matter who you vote for. Honor those who fight and die for you and step up to the plate! I hope that we can have love in our hearts and make positive change in our nation and honor the men and women that are dieing for us!

I am not going to end this page as I have the other many pages with a nice thank you. I am going to say Take action be the change share the love get off your complacent ass’s and stand up be “We the People” and on November 11 2011 be the change stand United and say we have had enough!!!