This weeks post features  the introduction from the book "Solutions: Enough complaining...."

May 21, 2021 Introduction

Solutions is the culmination of articles and observations that I have written and/or made over the past ten to fifteen years. The aforementioned-articles and observations pertain mainly to American culture, economy, civility (or lack thereof), equity and equality, but did at times extend to the world, when applicable. The catalysts for my observations came about when hearing tales of some theoretical world, as described by current and former political, social, economic leaders and more. The catalysts for the articles I have pinned, while stemming from the same sources referenced in the previous sentence were the seemingly apparent contradiction(s) that exist between any given leader’s words and what was observable in the real world: In 2018, claims like “The economy is doing great. . .” sound quite empty when 50 percent of the American work force makes thirty thousand dollars or less per year. America’s first black president receiving the Nobel Peace Prize before taking America from two wars (one illegal, immoral and unjustifiable) to seven wars . . . and the Nobel committee not rescinding their award.

Though, I have historically felt a certain bias toward one end of the political, social and economic spectrum, I believe that my current beliefs are relevant to a majority of Americans. And, while absolute proof of the allegations I set forth in this book may be improbable or even impossible to provide, I submit that a simple comparison of the words coming out of one’s current and favorite leader with the world in which one lives will reveal a stark divergence. Whether that most-favored leader be local, regional or national, skepticism of their promises, claims or assertions can only further a quest for the truth. Scrutinization of campaign promises, policies and voting records will only lead to better leadership that is more representative than the current offering.

One goal of this book is to open minds and eyes, so people can see clearly, without the fog of deceit we have had to endure for so long. For instance, when George W. Bush claimed his biggest hero to be Jesus Christ before starting the war in Iraq, far more Americans should have examined the evidence presented to justify war and questioned whether Jesus Christ would have attacked that sovereign nation or the Dixie Chicks for their opposition to that war. Jesus may have been his hero, but he was not George W. Bush’s role model. As proof of my claim, I dare anyone to find a passage in the New Testament where Jesus says to go to war even if the justification is based on a lie.

So, while reading Solutions, consider the following: Are the historical outcomes of either the words our past leaders have spoken or the actions they’ve taken been fruitful? Whether intentionally or not, have those words born out what they implicitly or explicitly promised? Have the actions resulted in the stated outcomes? Have the undeclared wars we’ve fought brought more security (physical, economic or spiritual) to America? In a word. . . No! We still have mass shootings every few months. More people fall into homelessness and poverty daily in America. We can’t even provide clean drinking water to large numbers of our society. In one regard, these wars more closely resemble theft than they resemble a means to a more secure America: Someone or some minority of someone is getting rich from the tax dollars we pay to create weapons of mass destruction that are used to bomb foreign lands or sold to countries like Saudi Arabia. I personally have not been enriched by those fat defense contractor dollars . . . Have you? I have however paid taxes into the 700 billion-dollar defense budget. As for our physical security, while I believe there is no way to definitively answer this question, I submit that any proponents of war would be hard pressed to provide even a weak “Yes” given that our wars have done little to nothing to secure those nations we have attacked. Whether started based on the accusation of weapons of mass destruction, humanitarian reasons, threats from other nations, has America’s adventurism helped the people of other nations? Forget nations (as in plural). Other than Israel, have we helped the people of a single nation? All I see are the mounting numbers of refugees scattered around the world due to American intervention in Iraq, Lybia, Syria and Yemen.

Adding to the argument against the effectiveness of America’s intervention around the globe is the fact that we have done little to nothing to strengthen those countries that are geographically closest to our shores and borders. Have we made countries south of the United States stronger? Have we made them impervious to future problems? Have we fortified them against the threat of socialist ideas like our own military, or our own system of primary and secondary education, or our own bank bailouts and corporate tax subsidies, national system of highways and state roads? Have we helped guide countries like Venezuela toward a system of Capitalism that benefits the people of that nation? Have we helped Mexico adopt an economic system that eliminated the desire or need for a thriving drug trade? The short answer is “No” because we all know that without genocide you cannot stop a philosophy, edict, religion or idea.

Okay, maybe I was being slightly facetious in the previous paragraph, but ask yourself. . . Has American intervention helped neighboring nations gain, maintain or regain independence or sovereignty or security? Have we made our neighbors inherently stronger or independent of whatever handouts we offer them these days? As to the question of whether America helps or hurts other nations in which we intervene, perhaps there are more nuanced answers than a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ but given America’s history, I personally have concluded that, rarely have we strengthened other countries when we decided to “help” them. When trying to list the true beneficiaries of the wars in which America has taken part, it is even difficult to conclude that this list would even include most Americans. Truth be to