Power..

According to Webster: pow·er, 1. The ability or capacity to perform or act effectively. 2. Often powers. A specific capacity, faculty, or aptitude: 3. Strength or force exerted or capable of being exerted; might. 4. The ability or official capacity to exercise control; authority. 5. A person, group, or nation having great influence or control over others: 6. The might of a nation, political organization, or similar group. 7. Forcefulness; effectiveness:

Stepping away from the intellectual for a moment, I’d like to jump over to the 2002 production of the fictional (Marvel Comic Books) movie, “SPIDERMAN,” featuring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker, aka Spiderman and Cliff Robertson as his reflective uncle, aka Ben Parker. The scene, Peter Parker, i.e., Spiderman, setting in the car with his uncle, Ben Parker, i.e., Cliff Robertson, engaging in conversation about Peter Parker’s newly acquired abilities. The line in question, Ben Parker speaking to Peter Parker; “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

Returning to the present, in 2008, the majority, of the disgracefully small percentage of Americans who voted in our National Election, voted for the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama, and of course in my opinion, not because he was the best man for the job, but rather because the Nation was so angry, (being extremely kind) with George W. Bush.

So hopefully, (and I’m really stretching with this one) after eight years of outright theft, corruption and stupidity under George W. Bush, followed by two years, four months, and nine days, (to include today) rampant, irresponsible spending, corruption and ignorance under Barack Obama, I am hoping and praying that the over 70% of the American population that ignores the political process in America will finally be angry enough to join me in remaking America.

And yes, I am fully aware that I sound exactly like a run-of-the-mill politician. However, I am not a politician, run-of-the-mill or otherwise. I am an angry American citizen.

So who am I angry at? Am I angry at the men and women that we, “you and me,” vote, i.e., elect, i.e., hired to serve as our representatives in our public service jobs?

Absolutely not! I am angry at myself for not doing more to protect myself and to protect America from the ilk we employ in our public service jobs. Which of course, no matter which way you slice it, is exactly what the position, i.e., job, i.e., office of the President of the United States is, as well every other position in America where a man or woman’s paycheck is derived from U.S. Treasury dollars, i.e., taxpayer dollars.

America, i.e., American citizens collectively, should be ashamed, (I know I am) every time I tune my television set to what we have come to accept as a news outlet.

News, 1.a. Information about recent events or happenings, especially as reported by newspapers, periodicals, radio, or television. b. A presentation of such information, as in a newspaper or on a newscast. 2. New information of any kind: 3. Newsworthy material:

Newsworthy, Of sufficient interest or importance to the public to warrant reporting in the media.

Commentary, 1. A series of explanations or interpretations. 2. Often commentaries. An expository treatise or series of annotations; an exegesis. 3. An apt explanation or illustration:

Commentator, 1. A broadcaster or writer who reports and analyzes events in the news. 2. One who writes or delivers a commentary or commentaries.

Interesting, a “commentator” can report and analyze events in the news, however “commentary,” is not news, but rather a “commentators interpretation” of the news.

Interpretation, 1. The act or process of interpreting. 2. A result of interpreting. a. An explanation or a conceptualization by a critic of a work of literature, painting, music, or other art form; an exegesis. b. A performer’s distinctive personal version of a song, dance, piece of music, or role; a rendering.

Rendering, 1. A depiction or an interpretation, as in painting or music. 2. A drawing in perspective of a proposed structure. 3. A translation

Translation, 1.a. The act or process of translating, especially from one language into another. b. The state of being translated. 2. A translated version of a text.

Translated, 1. To render in another language. 2.a. To put into simpler terms; explain or interpret. b. To express in different words; paraphrase. 3.a. To change from one form, function, or state to another; convert or transform:

Information is “power,” how many times have you heard someone say; “If I just had a copy of tomorrow’s newspaper I could rule the world.” Information is every bit as powerful as money and in many cases more powerful. Imagine for a moment if you had the results of every horse race at every racetrack in America, or tomorrow’s stock prices? You could turn two dollars into a virtual fortune.

Not that I’m suggesting that one could get rich if they knew what Chris Wallace or Anderson Cooper was going to say tomorrow?

Confusing? Absolutely, especially when you add in the fact that a commentator is not legally responsible for what he or she reports.

Question: Do we in America hear the truth when we tune into our favorite news?

Question: Do we in America hear the truth when we tune into a political speech?

Beginning at the top, when Barack Obama campaigned for President, he was introduced as a good man, a fair man, and a caring individual, “a community organizer.”

Question: is Barack Obama a good man?

According to Webster: Good, 1. Being positive or desirable in nature; not bad or poor: 2.a. Having the qualities that are desirable or distinguishing in a particular thing: b. Serving the desired purpose or end; suitable: 3.a. Not spoiled or ruined: b. In excellent condition; sound: 4.a. Superior to the average; satisfactory:

Has Barack Obama, in your opinion? Brought America closer together as a community? Has Barack Obama provided America with a stable and satisfactory economy? Are you pleased with Barack Obama’s efforts to provide employment in America? Are you satisfied with Barack Obama’s efforts to protect America’s borders? Are you satisfied with Barack Obama’s efforts to uphold and enforce America’s laws in general? Do you believe that the President of the United States should spend whatever amount of money it costs, (and I’m sure it’s a sizable amount) to fly on Air Force One to tour, i.e., (view in person) the devastation left behind by Monday’s (May 23, 2011) tornado in Joplin Missouri when gasoline is at or near four dollars a gallon?

Is it important to the citizens of Joplin Missouri, and/or the citizens of America that Barack Obama, or anyone else that is functioning on the taxpayers dime who is not or will not be a physical asset to the search and rescue or to the cleanup of Joplin, Missouri, to stop by for a photo op?

With the outcome of Hurricane Katrina deep enough in history to observe with clarity, what benefit did George W. Bush’s visit to New Orleans serve?

I titled today’s offering “POWER” specifically to once again bring it to America’s attention that America is a “Democratic Republic,” not a dictatorship.

Democracy is a form of government in which all citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Ideally, this includes equal (and more or less direct) participation in the proposal, development and passage of legislation into law. It can also encompass social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination. The term comes from the Greek: δημοκρατία – (dēmokratía) “rule of the people”, which was coined from δῆμος (dêmos) “people” and κράτος (Kratos) “power”, in the middle of the 5th-4th century BC to denote the political systems then existing in some Greek city-states, notablyAthens following a popular uprising in 508 BC. (Source Wikipedia)

A republic is a form of government in which the people, or some significant portion of them, retain supreme control over the government. The term is generally also understood to describe a government where most decisions are made with reference to established laws, rather than the discretion of a head of state, and therefore monarchy is today generally considered to be incompatible with being a republic. One common modern definition of a republic is a government having a head of state who is not a monarch. The word “republic” is derived from the Latin phrase res publica, which can be translated as “a public affair”, and often used to describe a state using this form of government. (Source Wikipedia)

America is, as stated by Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States in his Gettysburg address, “a government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

People power, “we the people,” of the United States of America have the POWER, we are the Government. So when you pull up to the gas pump, or walk into your grocery store, know without a doubt that the price you are paying for the commodity you wish to purchase is your doing.

If you want to change what you pay at the gas pump and what you pay in your grocery store? Then change the individuals that work for you, hire someone who will be responsible to your needs and America’s needs.

My father was great at earning money, my mother was great at making sure there was still some left at the end of the month.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow.

Crusader Rabbit…

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