This is the website of

Saul Harmon Gritz.


Octogenarian, philosopher, a wise and humble writer, idea man; too old to run for President.


E-mail: S.H.Gritz@Hotmail.com. For personal conversations



I have an irresistible urge to put my thoughts in writing, on every subject conceivable until I am carted away to be made into a box of cookies.


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Please read, concentrate, and absorb, if you will, my thinking, and do what you wish with anything I write. You may decide to discuss an idea with me, or you may decide to send copies of articles in the papers, or discussion groups, or refer people to this site, for whatever reason. This is a diary, and I call it,

 

THE DIARY OF A MEANDERING MIND,

Which will exist and eventually die with no one aware of it, unless you promote it.

 

For personal conversations, please speak to me at: S.H.Gritz@Hotmail.com, not at discussion groups.

 

I dream of a political party different than the others because, though I've proved it to be conceivable, it is actually not possible. The U.S.A. is a kitchen with all the customers doing the menu. But I dream!

 

What follows is a very long diatribe of thoughts and ideas many years accumulated, and in the making. Do not, I beg you, try to read this is one sitting; read and digest each entry every day, arriving at a conclusion on particular items that puts you into action: writing to the editor of your paper, the President, your Congressmembers, or, if you dare, write to me. But DO something! Don't just read, and say, "Uh Huh"! , or "pure rot!" and move on to other things, because that is exactly why America is about to bite the dust.

 

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I am founder of the non-existent The Bald Eagle Political Party, (TBEPP) which is dedicated to the separation of national government from the individual citizen. It is a balanced party, opposed to extremism; it is for Liberal Republicans, Conservative Democrats, Independents, and middle-of-the-road Libertarians. It is also named for my appearance.

We believe that the federal government should not tax individuals; that the distribution of income should not be handled by the legislature where committee leaders favor the state they represent rather than the nation as a whole. Therefore, the legislature should tax the states, and leave the states to support themselves with their own productivity. In other words, eliminate the existence of political Pork. (It’s not kosher!) See the formula below. 

 

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I believe in being civil, respectful, and not self-righteous; I bear in mind that every idea I have is the product of personal value judgments. I believe that, in philosophy, there is no such thing as right or wrong, or true and false, unless it comes from an original provable source; there are very few original sources that can be found. Every thought is based on personal perception of what we read and hear; therefore every thought is a value-judgment. With that always in the minds of all involved in an exchange, there can be no, “I’m right, you’re wrong!” which should avoid arrogance by all parties.

 

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NOT UNTIL WE PUT THE TRUTH ON THE TABLE CAN WE DEAL WITH IT;

Without truth, we solve nothing

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Conservatives try to restrain progressives from destroying what the U.S. no longer is, and progressives work toward a destination they have not defined. There is no meeting of the minds in our present two-party system, because congress is a madhouse of pragmatic and gutless egocentrics run amuck with the desire for power and influence in our domestic affairs, for their own benefit. Republicans want individualism to an extreme, and Democrats want a community, to an extreme. Bald Eagles want balance; each state able to choose between commune-ism, and individual-ism as the basis for their economy, and people choosing where to live and still be protected by the U.S. Constitution.  



I believe that American society will begin a downward slide toward oblivion in about 2029, and take a nosedive directly to the bottom in 2031, when everyone will be learning to speak Arabic, with a Chinese accent. It will also be my 100th birthday, and the bank crash!


What will be the cause of the destruction? The liberty of “Big Banks” and the existing gambling approach in the stock market that leaves buying and selling to people and computer’s decisions based on nothing concerning the firm that had issued the stock; the corruption our government has been selectively prosecuting without having put anyone in prison, and without having stripped them of their ill-gotten wealth. The money- market produces nothing; banks not lending to small businesses produce nothing; the total effect of all the above exceeds the sum of the parts. Not to mention the Christian Fundamentalist extremists whose leaders will rise them up in the ever-growing confusion to establish a Christian Theocracy.


 Additionally, the personal wealth of the few that has an unjustifiable and overwhelming effect on a money-driven election system, and my observation that The U.S.A. has lost most of its definition: what is an American? How does America work? I don’t see an answer.


Federal involvement in our local activities not only exacerbates the above causes of a weakened national life, but makes a genuinely healthy economy unachievable.


Being so heavily indebted to other nations leaves us belly-up to acquisition by those creditors, without firing a single shot, and, the lack of substance in our currency; the United States is fast becoming a bankrupt civilization, not only financially, but in definition; it lives on smoke! (debt, and lack of definition.)


All the movers and shakers who will lead us over the brink will move to their homes on islands in the Caribbean, where their wealth already is, (Count those in Congress and big, big business who own a home off-shore.) as emerging anarchy takes hold, and grows to create permanent havoc.

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What follows is a step-by-step procedure to avoid the final downturn, and is the TBEPP’s official platform. I am not a negative weirdo; I’m quite a funny old guy, good-looking, sexy (In the eyes of one gorgeous 31 year-old who likes older men), brilliant, humble, and balanced, with a face that would scare an Ayatollah.


 THE FOUNDATION


A definition of America


A nation that governs its states, and leaves the states to govern their people, within the parameters of the national constitution.


TEN STEPS TO PERFECTION


STEP ONE

 

DEFINITION AMENDMENT

Or perhaps, The Glossary Amendment *

 

Voters should coerce congress into passing an amendment to the constitution defining the term, “Speech” as, “written, or oral, communication of thought; the giving of a thing is not, in itself, speech.”

*This amendment would be the means by which to define other terms in the future, by amendments to this amendment, thereby becoming a “Glossary” of the Constitution.

 

STEP TWO

FECMA

    

FECMA is an acronym for, Federal Election Campaign Management Act, and the agency it would establish. The act would create a single, short, election season. It will offer 90 day election seasons as an alternative to two years of bullpucky, with the electorate free to choose between those running in FECMA, and those candidates who choose to run outside of FECMA rules. After about two or three elections, political maneuvering, verbal hogwash, money-driven elections could be a thing of the past.

 

This law would leave it to the voters to make it work, or cause it to fail. Sadly, because of the recent Court decision regarding private financing and corporate giving to candidates, FECMA would not stop “big-money” from establishing massive funds to drive us all up the wall with obnoxious ads for candidates. Voters however, would have the final say about such candidates. Americans will truly get what’s coming to you - good or bad - after a FECMA goes into effect. That’s a certainty!

 

Nothing can stop the crash without FECMA, and FECMA cannot exist without “The Definition Amendment.” I regret that you will have to read the novel – not scan- but Read it; it explains all facets of the system.

 

If FECMA had been in existence, Colon Powell, as an example, would probably have run for President, with his wife's approval, and he would have had several genuinely qualified opponents to go up against the money and power-driven candidates.

 

“The FECMA Conspiracy” by Burton S.H. Ridgeway

A novel

 

Barnes and Noble:

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Amazon:

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The public lieberry

 

Comments on the book, other than on style and bad editing - which was the result of my belief at the time that I was dying - are very welcome.


STEP THREE

OUR TAX SYSTEM

 

Begin to separate the national government from the individual American by making the Infernal Revenue Bureau a small staff within the treasury department, while transitioning to a system which bills the states for their proportionate share of each year’s federal budget; each state would have their own system of taxation. Following this legislation should be those bills that withdraw the national government from our lives where it need not concern itself; activities that do not impact the nation itself, or more than two states. The system of taxation that would help save the nation is as follows:

 

I suspect the sixteenth amendment of 1913 was intended to by-pass our founder’s Republican system by sneaking around the states to gain control of the individual. I tend to think that it was a genuine conspiracy by those who preferred a nation without semi-independent states. Let’s do as so many people want: delete it.

 

* Each year, we would take the average state economy throughout the nation as 100%, and determine each state’s position to the average. The federal treasurer would then bill each state based on its economy and population, from, say, 50% to 150% of the average.

 

* Each state would then create their tax system to include paying the annual federal tax bill over the following year. This will permit poor states to decrease their federal taxes which would increase their own income and help their own economies according to their own judgment. This system would allow people to take care of their own state, counties and cities. Federal management would gradually surrender its relationship with the American people as individuals.

 

* Replacing our present tax system with the above will vest the savings such as 401-K, and other deferred-tax income; each state would then choose what, if any, benefits to adopt.

 

* Life would be less complicated by the elimination of deferred income, and fringe benefits for new workers that escape taxation; The IRS book of regulations would shrink a few pounds, and higher after-tax income would fund one’s own plans for the future; keep government out of it. All fringe benefits provided by employers should be taxable to the employees. (This would reduce tax percentages.)

 

* As this new system of federal and state direction of our domestic affairs, the national budget, and the debt, should shrivel, and the states would choose what to adopt as Washington closes or reduces the size of each bureau that is not essential for national administration. Then, at a future date, Congress should meet only every six months, and the District of Columbia would become a bedroom community. (LOL).

 

* The flow of taxes should be from the bottom to the top; from the citizen to the city, to the county, to the state, to the nation. Our present tax system is totally out of our control!

 

* Now, bear in mind, states cannot just print money; funds must be available to support anything they do!!!!!! Aha!

 

* Mortgage and other loan- interest should be terminated as a tax deduction. If we don’t have government giving incentives to buy homes, there would be no reason to consider interest as anything other than part of the cost of things financed. To whom it matters, Rent! Why should government incentivize buying; let businesses do that.

 

I am opposed to federal death taxes. If a state wants to tax estates, it should be limited to wealth within that state; if several states invade a person’s estate, there will be war, so Death Taxes should be eliminated; although I can accept state taxes to those who inherit.

 

* As to the elimination of Pork, I can’t conclude how this would stop or reduce the infighting for pork, except that there would no longer be items within states that all other states would help finance. I welcome comments on this.

S.H.Gritz@hotmail.com

 

As for the U.S.A. feeding the world, under the above system, the annual billing by the Fed would show where money will go. As the federal budget is built, I think we would have more to say about government charity; world charity should be voluntary. Private charitable organs, and their overhead and payroll should be under continuous scrutiny; if intrastate; by the state, if national, by the Fed.  

 

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I oppose any government having anything to say about abortion. Anything!

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STEP FOUR

NATIONAL “PAPERS”

 

A President cannot get even get close to resolving the domestic problems we are faced with. It will take a new dedicated party in power, with a balanced set of values, and the collective chutzpah to resist criminality and opportunity to dominate the legislatures of the nation and the states. Only then can we hope to see a candidate who will actually lead us toward the maturity we should have achieved a long time ago.

 

The Republican Party works hard to resist the natural inclination of most people to want a daddy and mommy-type of government supported by independent, high earning fellow citizens. In return Democrats, not limited to members of congress, accuse republicans of being a power-seeking, and money driven gang of heartless ogres. Democrats, for the most part, believe in serving the people; they are humanistic. Therefore, to them, we are a democratic system, which we were not meant to be.

 

Republicans know that we are a republic; leaders being elected by the people, rather than by elected representatives. The United States is not a democratic nation, it is a democratic republic. It was designed to have popularly-elected representatives make decisions based on their own judgment; not their constituent’s, but with their preferences in mind.

We call ourselves a democracy because the people can input our desires, so we forget that our system is not run by the demo’s, (The People) but by the leaders the Demo’s choose.

 

Each side of the aisle has members of extreme thinking; either toward the left, or the right. Each party-member is faced with decisions to join the majority of the party-members, or go with his or her convictions, if any, and not actually contributing their true values.

 

 Each party has “gangs” among them; representatives with independent and balanced members must go with the majority to get bills passed, or rejected. Presidential candidates are those selected by a few leading members, with a vote of the officially adopted candidate of the party. Qualified members of a party, who are inclined to reject too many of the party’s favored legislation have no chance to be nominated for the presidency, and a balanced-minded member will not have the support of one’s party, either Democrat, or Republican. It is the size of a party’s pocketbook that compels candidates to identify with. The elimination of money-driven campaigns would bring in a better quality of candidates.  

 

The Bald Eagle Party should not run candidates for president until it has 25% of both houses. Only by the Bald Eagle Party’s balanced values disturbing congress, will the direction our downward slide to oblivion be reversed, or at least, halted. It’s a conundrum that all predictions of collapse are treated as lunatic-ravings, even if we know that all things must end. But not yet! Why not?

 

We are The United “States," not the United “People.” The people constitute the states, and the states constitute the nation; an unbreakable relationship. All national domestic law passed by our representatives should be administered by the states where national administration is not essential. Only in the sense of our being citizens of the same nation are we “a united people.”

 

This party will fight for a national ID card for every living soul in the U.S.  Our having a lifetime ID card with only our picture, and finger-print on a ribbon that only a single particular computer can read - in a secret language of its own - which would be available only through government extensions - not commerce, or privately-owned - is the solution to so many of our immigration, law enforcement, and deficit problems that, not to have one is in my judgment, ridiculous!  Only political paranoids compare a plastic ID card, to needing “papers” to move around the country. We do not permit law enforcement officers to ask for the card without just cause. And moving among the states would not require “papers,” as the constitution mandates.







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Additionally, as for all legal applicants for residency, they should be required to swear under oath, that they believe in the separation of “religion and government.”

 

The only problem we will face is handling the troubles of illegal’s children, and good quality parents who are contributing to our society. Our solution to that is the   processing of them to legal status. Why now? Because, with a National ID card for every soul legally in the country, we could assume that there will no longer be an expensive illegal entry problem to fight, with an ID card for every employment, legal transaction, or law enforcement procedure, in place of actual social security cards and a driver license as ID cards; every employer who fails to check for the official ID card should be heavily fined, or hanged.

All illegals, having lived in the U.S. for longer than two years, and have received no welfare benefits for at least eighty percent of the time they’ve been here, should be permitted to apply for legal residency upon payment of federal and state taxes equal to the average of all taxpayers in the same income bracket during the past two years.

  

We support the amending of the constitution to define a natural born citizen as one who is born to a citizen; a child born to an illegal resident should not be considered a citizen. There would no longer be people jumping the border and dropping a baby in an American hospital for the benefits due a citizen.

Legal residents, upon becoming citizens, should have their citizenship include their minor children.

All adult children of former illegals who become legal should be given legal status, on application; proof of good “citizenship” should be essential. 


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"An old theory was to eliminate money in favor of credits; wouldn't that require all people in the country to be registered? Wouldn't that eliminate the illegal alien problem? No one would be able to buy anything without having an account."

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STEP FIVE

 

Restoring a Bracero program would be good-if enforced, and I know no reason to not do so, except to not provide unemployment payments to any American out of their type of work for longer than one year who rejects a job offer of any kind.

 

As for Braceros not returning home after season, a National ID card, indicating their temporary status, and expiration, would take care of that; reasonably.

 

STEP SIX

SOCIAL SECURITY

 

Transfer all FICA tax income to the twenty-six most stable private national life, disability, and annuity companies to manage and distribute payment to recipients - one insurer for each letter of the alphabet- who should be free to invest the funds with the most conservative approaches- as they currently do for life insurance and annuity beneficiaries, with much success.

 

Insurers would be allowed a small percentage of the payments for their management services, plus a reasonable share of the return on investments each year as profit. The rest of the earnings would go toward funding the reserves to the level at which they should be. Over 98% of SS taxes would go to beneficiaries.

 

This would remove SS tax funds as an asset of the government, and out of the hands of Congress and the administration – we would then know the real deficit.

 

Insurers invest with prudence, increasing the pulse of the economy, and produce absolute safety of principle and a reasonable return on investments. After a time, as the funds increase, retirement income to beneficiaries would increase with inflation. (No involvement in investment decisions by beneficiaries!)

 

Remove all illegals from the SSA roll; we are not aware of their presence, supposedly, so how can we “document” them, and give them a free ride. (Immigrants Act of 2013) at our expense.  




STEP SEVEN


PEDOPHILES


See to the realization of my solution to this problem, as illustrated and explained in my novel, “The Winner.”

You could save the lives and psyches of millions of kids, and their parents, and save billions of dollars to boot. Let us do what Solomon Hochman did with his money.


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STEP EIGHT


 A NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN


(Not a “health Care” plan)


 I have an idea for a national health-care financing plan that no one is paying attention to, because it calls for thinking outside the box. Here is a précis’ of it:


* Congress and the president should have a basic national plan of benefits designed by a committee of three of the largest national insurers. The plan should be issued and administered by participating private insurers within the states; Americans would be automatically covered even if not yet registered. Normal-delivery maternity benefits should not be covered. Sign-ups would be handled by the insurers, therefore no foul-ups.


 * States must be allowed to require minimum residency, and mandated to continue coverage for ninety days should an insured enter or leave the state. The states will pay this premium, based on their own average medical costs. They should not, though they may, mandate their citizens to buy additional coverage, but let the people who choose to not buy a private Major Medical plan suffer the consequences with the lowest cost care; no bells and whistles; this would give such people food for thought. (There are always charitable organizations that could help pay for Association group insurance on all its members, where all premiums are paid to insurers in a single transaction.) Each state should be free to decide their approach.


* State taxpayers would cover only the cost of minimum provisions to make the patient whole, at minimum cost. There should be no heart-bleeding for those who made a choice to not buy coverage; we should operate on a wise, and fiscally sound, and genuine, concern for people’s developing quality of character; continuous dependence on government is very harmful to character.


We should discontinue being led by social heart-bleeders =’s naive children in adult bodies, as to what we-all should do for each other - by mandate. (I suspect that such people do not chip-in for any of the benefits they demand from Big Daddy and Mommy.


* Insurers within each state can offer a variety of Major Medical policies – with guaranteed insurability during a sign-up period - to come into play when the basic coverage does not cover certain problems, or runs out. Employers, associations, and charities, would pay all, or part of their members/beneficiary’s premium for major coverage, through reduced-cost of administration: group insurance.


To repeat; insurers within each state can offer a variety of Major Medical policies – with guaranteed insurability during a sign-up period - to come into play when the basic coverage does not cover certain problems, or runs out. Insured’s employers, associations, and charities, would pay all, or part, of their members/beneficiary’s premium for major coverage, through the mechanism of wholesale buying.


The result? People on, or near, the bottom step of the ladder would be covered, hospitals and physicians would lose much less money providing for them, (lowering the fees as a result), the poor would get check-ups, and preventative care, and the many members of the middle class would afford to buy Major Medical policies, if not first class, then a compromised plan; no new government insurance bureau, and no more separate Medicare department. Personal charitable giving would take care of the rest.


NOTE: I think that the top three insurers should get together with congress and create a major medical policy they could all live with, designed to ride on the automatic national basic plan. Such a major plan could be the standard from which insurers in all states can add bells and whistles. Their particular operating expenses and profit margins would promote competitive premiums.


* Maternity benefits for normal delivery should be abolished. The National Organization of Women (NOW) forced through Congress the idea of “insuring a house against fire, and permitting claims to be paid to those who put a match to it.” The additional premium for this benefit is impressive!


After the legislation was passed in the 70s, insurers went wild trying to figure how to charge premiums for planned claims; everything was tried until it came down to charging everyone a premium to make babies even if they can’t, won’t or don’t want to-married or not. Drop normal delivery of babies, and we’ll have a tremendous drop in premiums.


Fees charged by specialists are generally higher than general practitioners; this should not be so. Time and knowledge in all fields of medicine should have the same compensation rates, as far as insurance is concerned.


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Congress should eliminate laws that permit a state to reject insurers from doing business unless it is due to reputation, coverage, or fiscal concerns; there should be no state monopolies!


We don’t need to buy across state lines, and certainly should not want states to conspire with an insurer to monopolize the business. I believe this to be an instinctive pursuit by people who can think only of a single nation by helping to convert the USA to a single government, with no states. As it is, each state has a different economy, political system, and life style, therefore different premiums for the same intrastate coverage, even down to difference premiums for each county. By buying over state lines you would average the premiums over the country, and deprive people in states where income and costs are relatively low.


 Health care providers who add profit margins to supplies and equipment in addition to the charges, and overhead for dispensing their own services should not be honored. Medical billing should show the actual cost of the supplies and the use of equipment, then, show their overhead and profit as separate entries. {Aha!}


Medical care billing is not like charging for merchandise. An aspirin in a hospital should cost the wholesale price plus cost of delivery without a profit margin; if separate; 2 cents?


Veteran’s hospitals should be sold to private parties, and vets to be taken care of in all hospitals that have the necessary specialists available. I see no reason for the V.A. to own hospitals.


(I had sold health insurance and handled medical insurance claims for fifty years, so my insight is limited.)


One thing is certain: Insurance premiums and HMO care will never, ever, decrease, or even remain the same percentage of our personal ability to pay, until we revalue our currency. Not with the ever-increasing medical technology growing full-bore; we really are going to make “Bones” on Captain James T. Kirk’s Starship Enterprise, look uncivilized, but it will get close to equaling the cost of our homes, per year; all because we think we have a right to it with no limitations, for $1.98 a year, and everyone should be required to chip in to pay the $1.98.


 

“SOILENT GREEN”


There’s the movie out with Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson that illustrates the recycling of human bodies to provide food for the starving masses. I want this to become a reality; instead of rotting in the ground or a massive chest of drawers, or being burned to a powder and “deading” in an Urn; why are we wasting our body parts? We have a massive shortage of Kidneys, as an example, which we could eliminate, as well as others, and, as a bonus, eliminate murders for the marketing of body parts. Our bodies can be a valuable contribution to society, and God, if you will, by not having our bodies rotting away, wasted!

Make it so! Write your CongressMembers, newspaper, and discussion boards.



LAWYERS


 The cost of medical care is highly inflated by the mark-up medical providers add to their billing to cover malpractice insurance premiums. Add to that the factor added to fees charged by suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, and others who provide assistance to hospitals to cover lawsuits, the final tally for medical care is inflated by other than the provision of supplies, machinery, and care itself. We need to change tort law to bring a halt to class action lawsuits that bring in astronomical fees to lawyers; Yes! Drug creators are sometimes careless, but the percentage taken from awards as attorney fees is outrageous; 50 to 80%. I’m sure complaints will be filed by makers of 50 million dollar private planes, and yachts.


What we need are prison sentences for corporation executives found guilty of malfeasance rather than money damages from the company itself. The protection of personal estates by incorporation of a medical business should be modified to permit drying out the guilty party’s personal wealth first.


Should we curtail the growth of technology and accept what we have, possibly not to live as long as medical science will do - and it will - keep us living longer than life is worth living? Beside all that, how could you get to your next healthy and vigorous life, if you don’t leave this one? There should be a pill! (Cheap.) The Soylent Green Corporation is badly needed.



Punitive damages should, in most cases, be required to be paid to charities selected by the court, rather than going to the plaintiff. The Winning attorney’s share should be limited as to the portion of such damages.


Last, but not at all least: if you’ve seen the movie, “Soylent Green,” with Charlton Heston, and Edward G. Robinson, or read the book, you’ll know what I mean when I say, a person should be free to call it quits-for any reason-and be made into a box of cookies, after the useful parts are removed. It would feed the world, and tremendously reduce the cost of medical care. I have much more on this, but you’ll have to ask.


 S.H.Gritz@Hotmail.com For private conversation



STEP NINE


 


MARIJUANA


 


We will work to legalize the use of marijuana nationally, and permit states to prohibit it, control it, and tax it at their discretion. All national personnel currently enforcing laws against the growth or use of hemp will be given other duties, or be terminated, which is to say, dis-employed, not killed. All funds saved as a result of this move will be used to reduce the national debt.


 


The problem with legalizing the weed is the battle with the monolithic businesses that have everything to lose if marijuana is legalized; graft will move billions of dollars into the pockets of legislators. The war to keep marijuana illegal will be won unless Congress is made up of people dedicated to eliminating the billions of dollars of wasteful expense from the budgets of the federal and state taxpayers. Of course, we also lose out by not being able to tax these businesses. And, don’t forget the lawyers who make oodles of $ defending dealers.


Now, we have a “triple whammy”: no sales tax on marijuana sales, no income taxes on growers, distributors, and retailers, and the taxes we currently pay to fight this impossible battle to “purify the race.”


 


How many lives and limbs will be saved by this approach?


How much less will we have to chip-in for police, medical, and court trials connected with enforcement of laws that will forever be broken?


How many police departments will then have enough officers to prevent/fight crime?     


 


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Without a purpose, life is not worth living. Without diversions from the serious issues in your life, there is insanity, and without reasoning, there are few intelligent decisions. So spaketh Sauly Gritzathustra!


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STEP TEN

 

The Bald Eagle Party- as an association, or a party, will demand a requirement that members of both houses of congress personally familiarize themselves with every bill they vote on, or not vote. Every candidate for congress, including members up for reelection, should be required to swear to do so. The TBEPP will not only keep tabs on all bills to spot late, and last minute, additions, but to make them known to all members, and the public, before the official vote is taken.

The TBEPP will be naively enthusiastic about no bill going without making certain that the contents of all bills shall be known to congressmembers and their constituents. Also, no member should be permitted to change their vote after it is official.

 

AS THE PARTY GETS OFF THE GROUND, AS IT GROWS, SO WOULD THE POLITICAL SYSTEM GROW IN QUALITY. 

 

Speak to me; we’ll talk; like grown-ups!

 

Most important: If you want to see this party get off the ground, even as just an association, then submit your “membership.” No dues. True names, city, state, & email address, without which I cannot gauge the degree of popularity. (I will NOT snitch on you!)

 

Questions not asked cannot be answered; input not given cannot be considered. S.H.Gritz@Hotmail.com

 

    Check out: Americans United for Separation of Church and State. www.AU.org

 I’m leaving them all my assets.

 

WHAT FOLLOWS ARE THOUGHTS TO PONDER

 

There will be no organization, no order, in subject, or topic. Just a meandering inquiring fascistic mind

 

During his 1956 presidential campaign, a woman called out to Adlai Stevenson: "Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!" Stevenson called back: "That's not enough, madam, we need a majority!"

 

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The government imports poverty by accepting low-skilled immigrants. Only people with something to offer the nation should be allowed. Never mind humanism, high unemployment demands low immigration of non-creative people .

 

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    Separation of church and state: As long as the church has tax advantages for being one, they must obey man’s laws; surrender those advantages and man will let them do as they wish.

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    Where Republicans force religion and morality on us, Democrats force bankruptcy; Bald Eagles would force nothing but the containment of self-righteousness in the minds of the movers and shakers.

 

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Have you heard the expression, “Single facet thinking”? Of course not, I thought it up. Relative to a diamond that has many facets to it: some people deal with only one facet of a many-faceted question - which most questions are - and ignore all the others. Of course that makes dealing with the question easier than trying to reason through all the facets, and adopting a legitimate viewpoint of the whole subject - on balance; I get the impression that not many people do that! Seinfeld would say: “Not that there’s anything wrong with that!” Sure there is! What follows are challenges to tunnel vision.

 

SOCIAL

 

    We need a bill submitted to Congress to limit retirement funds offered by multi-state employers, or associations, to plans administered by reputable disinterested third-party firms - with no executive, or owner, related to the employer. These fund-managers should be governed by the U.S. Secretary of labor. They should guarantee a minimum interest rate, a share of excess earnings, and assume all the risk.”(Like insurance annuities); leave it to employees to risk their disposable income without their employer, or union, involved; and we should eliminate tax incentives for such contributions, which would increase the net benefits when claimed.

 

   Permits and licenses to do business within a single state should not need federal involvement, if the business or personal activity does not affect a federal facility. State legislators should outlaw permits and licenses designed to keep newcomers out of a type of business. Let competition be truly free, without politics, and let “little people” start their own businesses without laws promoted by those already in it, to protect themselves. Florida is entertaining the idea of protecting Morticians by requiring makers and sellers of coffins to be licensed after years of education. That’s ugly! Anyone should, upon proof of competence, be permitted to operate; keeping competition low increases the cost of living, and high unemployment.   

 

As I believe home ownership is not necessarily in most people’s favor, the tax deduction of the interest should be eliminated as a deduction for new buyers, or refinancers. It’s said that deducting home interest was to give people an incentive to buy; in this economy, home ownership is too expensive and troublesome. It will be a long time before anyone is going to see equity; renting, for the tenant should cost 50% less than owning, leaving lots of money for savings, and purchases; personal homes should not be looked upon as an investment, except as a business.

 

Yes! “Landlords” (they’re not Lords, you know!), lose out on this idea, because tenants are not always as loving to apartments. But those who want to own their home for the sense of security it provides can have an easier life living middle-income by not having to carry the year-to-year burden of paying for potential equity, along with interest, home maintenance, taxes, etc. It’s for them to decide, and to "eat" loss's in value. Punishment for economic downturns should be shouldered by themselves, not the rest of us, certainly not by the President, Congress, or the State with money that does not exist; we live on smoke!

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SOME OF THE BOOKS ON MY SHELVES


* Beyond Freedom & Dignity by B.F. Skinner


* The Peter Principal


* Novels by Nelson De Mille, John Sanford, James Patterson, and Richard Castle.


* The Story of Judaism, by B.J. Bamberger


* The History of Islam, by Robert Payne


* The novel, Arcadia, by Jim Crace


* The games people Play, by Eric Bern


* The two Bibles, and the Koran


* Justice Overrules, by Judge Burton S. Katz


EDUCATION

 

    Public schools should modify their systems to begin with five-year-olds on how to listen, and to focus, on anything - and to reason, in addition to the “three R’s.” Everything else should take second place; memorizing should be in last place. How to reason one’s way through life should be the Prime Directive; [reasoning how electric traffic lights and the "walk" signal really work, at the start of every term, would be good!]

 

    Anything else should be privately run options offered by each school, in competition with all others. Schools – public and private - should be overseen by states, with no national involvement. Every grade should have a class on reasoning, relative to the attained age of students.

 

* States should feel free to order their cities, and counties, to sell their schools to close-corporations set up by the teachers of each school, for the value of the “plant’s” property, equipment and hardware, on a fifty-year non-interest-baring note; the notes would be held by the State, and used for the general interests of their counties. Those teachers who don’t buy shares would work for the corporation owned by their associates, and the new owners would know what it’s like to be on the other side of a union. God!!! That would be painful!

 

 

* All employees of schools for students below college level should be licensed by states, mandated to clear all applicants for any position through a national computer for any reports of pedophilia; and the Principle to report all employees proved to be pedophiles within three days of the dismissal, subject to personal penalty.


FOREIGN COLLEGE GRADS

 

I would like to know what special interests prohibit national and states from giving foreign students with diplomas automatic residency permits. We educated them and insist they go away. Why do we throw away their knowledge?

 

THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE

 

I think we should look into forming a commission to issue franchises to intra-state corporations who issue county franchises to private parties, required to deliver any and all mail (one way or another); mail to be distributed by the national distributors to the state distributors, who would be free to partner with private mail services in distribution, and delivery. Bonding will, of course, be essential. I believe Article 1; sec. 8 of the constitution does not prohibit this.

 

POLITICAL

 

A president cannot get even close to resolving the domestic problems we are faced with. It will take a new dedicated party in power, with an honest set of values, and the collective Chutzpah to resist criminality, opportunity, and egoism to dominate the legislatures of all states and the nation. Only then can we hope to see a candidate who will actually lead us toward the maturity we were supposed to have achieved a long time ago. His name is John Maxwell Flesch.

 

Now the Republicratic party works hard to resist the natural inclination of most people to want a daddy and mommy-type of government supported by independent, high earning fellow citizens.

 

Each side of the aisle has members of extreme thinking; either toward the left, or the right. Each party-member is faced with decisions to join the majority of the party-members, or go with his or her convictions, if any.

 

Each party has “gangs” among them; representatives with independent and balanced members going with the majority to get bills passed, or rejected.

 

Qualified members of a party, who are inclined to reject too many of the party’s favored legislation have no chance to be nominated, and a balanced-minded member will not have the support of one’s party, either Democrat, or Republican.

  

This party will not run a candidate for President, until we have members in both houses having as many votes as each of the other two parties. Only by The Bald Eagle Party’s balanced values can the votes of socialists and “royalty” lose their dominance in congress, and reverse the direction of our downward slide to oblivion, or at least, halted. It’s in the hands and the minds of voters.

 

S.H.Gritz@Hotmail.com For private conversation.

 

You've heard the story of the large restaurant where there are five cooks in the kitchen, each having an equal vote as to how to run the place and what the menu should be, included in the planning are the servers, and the customers. They feed those who live many miles away, and those who eat across the street. That's become the American version of a Republic.

 

In the face of having learned the faults of Democratic societies that are actually “run by its people,” we behave as a Democracy with the people in control, which we were not designed to be; our nation is a Republic! Our enemy is the human instinct to progress, but we do not agree as to a destination. What we have to do is to push extremists; political and religious, into ineffective, and unpopular political parties.

 

One of my dreams in political ideas is that suddenly, out of the blue, every voter decided to pass on all issues and offices they don’t really understand, or cannot decide among the candidates for particular offices. A really good citizen is one who does not vote the opinions of others; “Who should I vote for?” is a terrible question! The current results of elections are not a reflection of intelligent decision-making. Turning in a ballot with only one or two issues marked, or even entirely blank, is more patriotic than turning in a ballot marked with the opinions of others, or just guesses or, because the candidate is a women, or white/black, or sky-blue pink.

 

 

One of the many problems we face is the poem on the base of Lady Liberty; it is not the result of legislation, but a national private contest won by a socialist poet. We need to cancel the invitation. We should accept only applicants with something to offer America, not unfortunate people to fill the lower step on the ladder, for life. We long ago needed people from everywhere else to make a nation, which we became; we are destroying ourselves by continuing to welcome the downtrodden; it’s suicide; close the gates!

 

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As long as we have campaign donations, states should think about forbidding any and all campaigns, or candidates, for state office from accepting support from sources outside of that office’s district; Cities and counties should do the same: no money from outside the district, and corporate money should be prohibited.

It is supposed to be that the people within a district decide who represents them, not permitting outsiders to effect the election in any way. Until we have a State version of FECMA, (SECMA), only local money should be permitted; a MECMA for Municipal.)

This stuff sounds dirty!

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ECONOMIC

 

After elimination of Federal taxation of individuals and intra-state businesses, there would be no advantage for private employers to provide fringe benefits - except for the wholesale discount, tax-favorability, and reduction of the preexistent conditions clause; it would be voluntary on the employer’s part, or, associated employees could be permitted to shop for fringe benefits at wholesale rates through their employers. Intra-state corporations should be governed and taxed by the state only.


BITCOIN



“Fiat currencies have tremendous intrinsic value because governments say they do. That's why they're called fiat currencies. They have value by government fiat.”


Governments have the power to require payments in their currency; Bitcoin cannot mandate its use.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/bitcoins-have-no-value-2013-4#ixzz31pEU886B




 

DEFENSE AND FOREIGN POLICY

 

1. Submit a request for the President to order a feasibility study to look into the linking ability of all ships, (an attachable flotilla) so as to be able to form, and deform, complete mobile military bases on international water, to include a hospital ship, and a sports and entertainment ship. We should remove our military from countries who resent our presence.

 

2. On foreign policy: I believe the USA should stop promoting Democracy offshore, and leave it to social/political/religious evolution to do its thing. I choose to believe that all we should do is deliver a better life for ourselves than dictatorships; evil, and/or religious. The internet will take care of it, all by itself! Let all civil wars go on without American input, and regain the respect and affection we used to have. Egocentricity be-gone! (But not to the extent Barry O is taking it!)

 

 

3. We should treat unfriendly nations with matching behavior: resist and fight them according to their own values. I reject the idea that we would lower ourselves to their level; our self-chosen enemies should know that we will respond to their attacks, as they would respond to ours.

 

We should, however, stop thinking we own the world. We had not been appointed by the Big Guy/Gal to rule. S/He told me that.)

 

 

FINANCIAL


1. Eliminate federal involvement with mortgages. Only the states should govern and mandate guarantees by private administrators. That would have national companies doing business according to each state’s requirements.


We must return to letting money-lenders design their loans; States should give approval to lenders, and their rates; lenders who screw-up, should be closed, and individually held personally responsible for losses; money-lenders should not be protected by incorporation, there-by exposing their personal estates to lawsuits and recovery. Banks should be audited quarterly by the state, and without warning; “The Eagles have Landed,” style.


GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT

 

 

Civil service workers should not be paid more than civilians doing the same type of job, all forms of compensation included, and, by being unionized, civil service protection should be voided.

 

A Bald Eagle President would establish a, federal “Internal Auditing Department,” actually a commission, staffed by non-political auditors who would be drawn from the non-political public. They would move among the departments – unannounced.

Their assignment would be to examine the books, contracts, and everything else specifically to detect what must be there: cheating, lying, fake jobs, positions no longer needed, and everything else that unnecessarily maintains the highest budget allowance possible. The commissioner of this department would be outside the influence of the executive, the legislature, and the Judiciary, to report to the President, and the media simultaneously. This would be a massive department, financed by the closing all the many departments no longer needed, as the Fed. Steps back from dealing with the people directly. Of course there would be limits. First the idea, then the plan, then the mechanics.

 

 

A bonus program for each department director based on a fraction of a percent of every dollar remaining unspent in their budget at year's end, providing the proposed next year's budget is equal or less than the net on which the department had operated during the previous year. AHA!

 

TRADE UNIONS

 

Back in the early nineteen hundreds, unions were a gift to workers with which to humble vicious employers; employer arrogance has long been under control; it’s a new age. It’s past the time to bring down Trade Unions, which had become counterproductive, and let employees of individual employers deal with each other. Unions should not be more powerful than any single employer. Union pension funds should be turned over to totally unrelated administrators, such as Insurers.

 

Trade unions should give way to “Trade Hiring” private enterprises; like employment agencies (Job Shops), but being businesses that test and train workers at three levels of competence. Employers would ask for workers at whatever level of competence they want, relative to what they want their payroll to carry; quality of product or service of the employer would show, and competition would rein free.

 

Such employees would qualify for permanent jobs, if needed, after a period of experience, according to the employer.

 

There would be no overbearing power by unions, or employers, due to the new custom of association of employees of single employers.

 

 

Union organizers would have to adjust by establishing “Job shops” of their own, and getting used to no longer controlling the economy, and businesses; inflation would slow down, grow slower, or deflate due to the absence of mandated-through-extortion (the threat of a strike). We would then have to find employment for Goons.

 

LAW AND ORDER

 

We should be held responsible for our behavior regardless of the cause; crimes committed while under the influence of drugs should not be treated differently than other conditions. Self-defense is defensible, and insanity not being voluntary, is as well; voluntarily taking hallucinogens, and breaking the law should be punishable without blaming the drug for the crime.

OBSERVATIONS ON THE CONSTITUTION

 

The preamble reads: "We the people . . . promote the general welfare. . . "To promote does not mean the national government is to *do* anything; promoting means to *encourage* the states to do. D.C. could be reduced to a small village without breaching the constitution.

 

Article 1; Section 8: Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes…to pay debts and defend the nation . . . for the general welfare of the nation itself, not the people. Yes, a nation refers to people in common, but the “nation” is the entity the constitution organizes, not the people; the states organize the people who had organized the state for that purpose. We were actually meant to be independent entities constituting a single nation, in place of a confederation, with the intent of the states to remain reasonably independent parts of the nation, not “slaves” to it! 


Article 1; Section 10: States are prohibited from acting as an independent nation; why do many people think it prohibits the national government from issuing fiat money? 


The 2nd amendment was specifically intended to recognize the states right to form militias to protect themselves from the Federal government, as well as respond to a call to arms in defense of the nation; the ownership of a firearm is basic to self-preservation, so the amendment made clear that people needed to own weapons when called to arms. Now that the military provides the weapons, there is no need for it, except the need to protect ourselves from each other.

As for a citizen protecting himself from the feds, by going down fighting? But you *will* go down!

“A well-regulated Militia” should be followed by, “commanded by a General Officer appointed by the governor, and confirmed by the state senate, with the authority to form and regulate such a state military organization.

NOTE: There is nothing in the second amendment to prevent legislation:  “The right to own weapons shall not be infringed, except that a federal permit ( Issued by states ) shall be required to carry or transport, for any reason, firearms, or explosives, even if to transfer to, or from, a business or home. The right to keep and bear arms in home and business is what we are guaranteed. (This amendment was intended to recognize the state’s right to have a militia, regardless of what the Supreme Court decided in 2013.)


John Paul Stevens, retired Supreme Court Justice, sees it my way; He said, in his recent book, to insert to the second amendment, the right to bear arms “when serving in the military.” I’m not alone on this.





As for permits to carry, it should be required *before* buying a weapon. Anyone wanting one at the moment should have a problem getting it. Those who intend to, or want it when they should need it, should apply immediately - like insurance – so you can get it if and when you want it. As I’ve said, permits should be on people, not weapons. But I believe in serial number registry, so I’m in trouble. 


"A well-regulated militia" should be followed by, "Commanded by a general officer appointed by the governor, and confirmed by the state legislature. No independently formed militia should be recognized by the state; self-established  militias, though not recognized, should not be prohibited, but have no rights, as a group, unless and until recognized by the commanding general of the state militia."

 

3. "Double Jeopardy." The 5th states, . . . "trice put in jeopardy of *life, or limb." In jeopardy of incarceration is not mentioned; deprivation of liberty, and property without due process does not seem to be included in "double-jeopardy."

 

4. The fight to a defense, against what? The charges? Where does it state or imply that the defense could twist, or withhold evidence, or testimony? ("Don't tell me what is right or wrong, moral or immoral, fair or unfair, just tell me what is legal and what is not.") Constitutionally, no defense should be any more talented than any other; the cunning of the attorneys should be replaced by technology. (A "Lie detector", voice-stress analyzer, and Narco-synthesis.)

 

5. Article 1. . .

A. Congress of the United States . . . consists of two houses: the House and the Senate. So why do so many people refer to Housemembers as Congressmembers, and Senators as such? They’re all Congressmembers!

 

B. “The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every 30,000”, etc. Let’s make it 1 for every 100,000. I really would like arguments on this!




6. Article IV; Sec.4. The nation is a Republican form of government, but the States are free to be democracies, so California is a Democracy as proved by their citizen’s initiatives, which are abused by special interests; citizens should not be running the state or nation; it is to be run my representatives. There should be, instead of loony initiatives, more recalls attempts.


7. First amendment; the word “Speech” should be defined as, “Verbal or written communication of thought; the giving of a thing is not a form of speech. Though a “Thing” is something of physical substance, favors should be included.

 

9. Article V111; the words, “Cruel” & “unusual” need to be specifically defined.

 

10. Amendment X; “. . . powers not delegated to the United States . . . are reserved to the States . . .  or to the people.” “People” certainly *can* mean each individual; it should mean, collectively. This needs to be defined, because too many people think they can, as individuals, assume rights of their own making, which is ridiculous. (I believe Islam instructs just that: Each follower does his own thing, on his own. We need that like we need a cancer!)

 

11. Amendment XIV; “. . . All persons born . . . are citizens of the United States, and of the state wherein they reside,” Should be followed by, “provided they were born to an American citizen, or permanent legal residents after attaining citizenship.” In other words, parents would apply as a family, and no women can illegally cross the border, squat, and deliver a citizen.

By the way, is an infant really a citizen? If so, why can’t it vote?

 

Amendment XVI; Delete it, and pass *legislation* of a new taxing system permitted by Section 8 of the constitution.

 

12. The 6th amendment covers trial by jury, etc; I think an amendment to this amendment should require that jury selection should be done by the judge, without input from the adversaries.

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

Instead of expensive imprisonment, those with multiple criminal acts – felonious and misdemeanors – should call for ejaculation (it’s a matter of speed) of such miscreants from this country. Life in prison is not a civilized idea in a perfect world, and it’s expensive unless we make them productive, which we don’t. Putting them in boats 100 miles from the coast would be perfect. Do you have a better idea?

  

S.H.Gritz@Hotmail.com for private conversation

 

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A CHILD WITHOUT A MENTOR IS A CURSE

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VERY SERIOUS STUFF

 

1. In golf, clubs are referred to as right, or left handed; we are either right-eye, or left-eye-dominant, regardless of what hand is dominant, so I think the golf industry and professionals should change their references to apply to the eye, not the hand. Make it so, because I use left-eyed clubs. In the hands of an Octogenarian, they’re pretty dangerous!

 

2. The Eleventh Commandment is of course, “Be ye therefore perfect.” Well, you’ve read perfect solutions to our nation’s problems, and if you disagree, I dare you to debate with me.

 

3. Did you know that Hong Kong’s average IQ is 107; South Korea is 106, Japan is 105, Italy, and Germany are 102, England is 100, and the USA is 98?

 

4. In this holiday season, once again we are reminded that free enterprise and our dependence on economic transactions to support ours and governments needs moves manufacturers and retailers to bug us with commercials and sales, which results in them continually moving Thanksgiving and Christmas up a few days every year. I imagine that by the year 2020, we’ll be faced with Thanksgiving sales for 2021 three days after January 1st of 2021; and Christmas sales the following week. Then we would have to create new holidays to follow Hanukah in December.

 

5. Seriously; I had intended to create a manufacturing firm back in the day, which would do the following: with hundreds of employees in a single campus situated on property that provides *rental* housing for employees.

* The rent would be absolutely minimum, non-profit.

* Those employees who move into such apartments would be paid less than those living elsewhere.

* The property would provide the popular retail outlets, where people would pay non-profit prices, through discounts.

* There would be no need for the use of expensive vehicles to and from work; no loan payments, gas, electricity, less maintenance=less cost-of-living.

 

It would be private property with controlled ingress/egress, and private police; no gangs, no theft, all non-profit. . . except the company's products, or services, of course. Any outside business could lease a space and compete with company stores.

 

Result: The cost of manufacturing in the U.S.A. would be near the cost in Asia, with no cost for overseas shipping, and total quality control. Put this in your pipe and suck it in! Then give me arguments.

                     

CHRISTMAS

Aka, THE HOLIDAY SEASON

 

“Christmas” means Christ Mass. It is a religious day.  It had long ago, as you know, become a gift-buying season = Commerce. We Americans give thanks in November; commerce takes over beginning on November 1st to Thanksgiving night, and Christmas lasts from November 26th at 6:00PM until the same time Christmas night, after which the sales of leftovers ( Newly made for the occasion) begins. Then there’s New Year’s Eve, and a hangover on January 1st; then the debt.

 

I would like to see a growing change in America where people of Christian orientation celebrate “Christ Mass,” when gifts are not the point and shopping is replaced by going to church, and sitting cozily with the family. (Invite a single person of the faith who is without family.) Never mind shopping!

 

What to do with the continual drop in business? Spread shopping for gifts over the next year, as you go about your activities; buy gifts for particular people for particular reasons and accumulate them for a special day. That way, as everyone joins in, buying would be spread over the year, creating permanent jobs instead of temporary Holiday jobs. The economy of one month would be spread over the year.

 

What day? You ask. A day you, and each member of the family, will select each year known only to each of you; (A secret!). On that day, each member of the family would, on their day, invite everyone over for a surprise party and give them the gifts you had purchased throughout the year. They will all be shocked, surprised, grateful, and full of love and joy. Then the Christmas music would fade out until it is played only December 24th, and 25th. (This would also guarantee an eventual gift for you from each of the guests. Aha!)

 

Now, before Christ Mass, stop wishing Jews a Merry Christmas and give them a Hanukkah card, or gift, instead. Then there would no longer be the need for a “Holidays” card. There are cards for every culture/religion. We, with friends and acquaintances of different cultures and faiths, would make note of their holidays, (or non-holidays for atheists ) and send us a card, or gift, as well. God! What would December be like without it being a commercial season?   

 

I’m thinking that, maybe we don’t need birthday gifts either! Nahh!!!

 

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RE: the book, “Divinity of Doubt.

The God Question”

by

Vincent Bugliosi

 

Vince “stole” all the words and ideas I had written in 1998; I wish I still had that hard disk. There is absolutely no difference between his and my thoughts on this subject; he just wrongly defines Atheism. He has in mind professional writers who leave no room in their arguments for the possibility that they may be wrong, and does not recognize that such people are not only atheists, but egocentrics, if not just debaters who speak with certainty.

 

Because my war-cry is, “There is no such thing as right or wrong, or true or false in philosophy,” I am an Atheist because I *believe* that there is no such thing as a God – Christian or otherwise (He is Jewish, you know); I am wise because I know I could be wrong. Vinchenzo has in mind the un-wise, as Atheists, and the wise, as Agnostic. My being a wise Atheist would have Vince call me an Agnostic.

An agnostic, as he notes, is one who doesn’t know, or care, and in his battle to defeat the verbose and self-righteous wrongly defines Atheism to include ego-centrism; I disagree. Vince is an Atheist!

 

I have spoken!

THE ORIGIN OF MARRIAGE

 

Today, 2/6/13, as a curiosity, I Googled, and Ask.com’d this question, and found answers mostly based on limited, and self-serving guesses, so I decided to inform you-all of the truth:

The origin of marriage predates all known current religions and traditions; it began when one cave man having been thinking of what was going to happen with his well-furnished cave, favorite ax, and pitching staff, noticed that the man-children in his woman’s cave looked just like him, so he pulled her by the hair into his own cave, and took possession of the kids. Then he trained the boys to join him in going for groceries, while mother and the girls cooked and kept the cave and environs clean. After a while, the others in the tribe noticed how well it worked that they did it too. That was the beginning of marriage; it was an economic creation.

 

When cavemen evolved into Homo sapiens people eventually came to think of marriage as a necessity for “legitimacy,” because those who needed to be leaders could have authority by declaring the necessity for “legitimacy.”   So a marriage ceremony was designed to give more importance to the leader.

From then, marriage became a means to disperse personal “estates;” Religion eventually took it over, but it was merely an economic tool until love redefined it. It is still, to many, just a means to legalize ownership, and transfer of possessions.

Love, and the desire to live together does not really need “legitimacy; living in a society, makes it desirable to the majority of humans.”

My friend Burt says that on his former planet, simple personal contracts, registered with the local administration, took care of everything- without a lawyer!

They do practice the prohibition of mixing bad blood with good, which is to say intelligence, and culture. (Not religion; it doesn’t exists there.)   And they have no wars. Sounds like a good place to live, but Burt says they’re not as exciting as us earthlings; intelligence is so boring.

                     

Back to serious questions and demands

 

No new or rebuilt building in any city should have a parking lot near it; no markets, no restaurants, no shopping centers, no homes. Every building should sit a level above the ground, which would be for parking, plumbing, sewerage, and electrical lines above ground, or have parking on the roof. Result, as we evolve would be more room on streets, and space for more buildings, recreation areas, and parks. Also streets would be made wider for buses and large trucks, without curb-parking.




All federal government personnel, including elected and appointed leaders and legislators should have the identical fringe benefits as provided to all citizens. Any and all ungraded benefits should be paid for by a group policy on all participants, providing a choice of coverage entirely paid for by the participant through payroll withholding, on after-tax income. This idea is illustrated in my novel, “The Winner, Gritz”


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All of us are the result of conditioning; each of us is what our childhood experiences produced with our parent's teachings and experiences with the kids we grew up with in the psychological atmosphere in which we developed, and with the particular genetic variations in our own bloodlines. So why is it that we become adults who believe everything should be “our” way, even for those who grew up in entirely different cultures?

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Why don’t we number highways within the U.S.A. with four digits, so there would not be duplication of numbers? See #395 on both the western side and eastern.

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The more we advance technology, the more unemployment we create. The more we replace ourselves with computers the more we need to think of what people will be doing without working. What, I wonder, would happen to our nation, even the world, when people will be have so much “time on their hands,” without the mentality to create socially beneficial activities? WAR!!!! Just for the action.

The average IQ in the U.S.A. Is 98. What kind of jobs will 98ers do? What about those in the 80's? How high will the crime rate be in 2050? ( That’s if we haven't yet crashed.) If the U.S.A does not institute birth-control, it would be overwhelming. Should the government legislate a Luddite law?

 

BIRTH OF PRESIDENTS

 

I can't imagine why we should retain the requirement that presidents must have been hatched in this country. I simply have no idea why!

I suggest it be revised to require only that a President must have been educated since, say, the age of 5, and lived, worked, and paid taxes in this country since, say, the age of 25.  We should increase the age of candidacy from 35 to 45, for more maturity, and require that (s)he had worked in the private sector at least 5 years.

 

If I were President of the U.S., I would put aside the gun issue (2nd amendment), and concentrate on a national program to address mental health care. It would be created by a commission of non-political specialist in the field, with no political involvements, and make the states the beneficiaries of the ideas.

 

Every person standing for federal elective office should be investigated to the date of their birth, before being qualified for candidacy. States should consider the same requirement, right down to municipalities.

 

LOSING DEFINITION

 

Additional proof that we are losing it is the way we use words; e.g. Amagine for imagine; amergency for emergency; etc. We have to learn to tawk good, especially professional tawkers! 

 

HUMAN GENE OWNERSHIP

 

The discoverer of a gene for certain characteristics is currently permitted to own that gene; in some states the discoverer is presumed to own that gene in your body, as well as your progeny. Do you think that’s right? Look it up, ask your Lawyer, or, your congress-member.

 

The constitution should be interpreted according to contemporary realities, rather than precisely to the assumed intent of our founders. 

SERMONS

From Rabbi/Reverend/Father/Imam, Saul 

 

* As ye are taught as a child, so shall ye need; as ye need, so shall ye believe.

A man is the sum of his own thoughts; as ye think, so shall it be, unto YOU.

 

* In philosophy, there is no such thing as true or false, or right and wrong, unless proved by unquestionable fact; the fact itself is the truth, not the belief.

 

* It’s not positive thinking that accomplishes things; it’s the absence of negative thinking that does it; a positive thinker is at the mercy of false ego, which usually leaves a person flat on ‘is arse.

 

* When out and about, whether walking, or riding, always do what you know you are expected to do by others involved; reduce the incidence of combat.

 

* As we grow, we will more and more come down to the simple truth: God is Ethics, not a being; no HIM, no IT, just living an ethical life. This has been the bases for Judaism since Josiah, the need for ceremony rules man, the belief in an ethical life grows man. MozelTov!

     

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Rabbi Steven Pruzansky is the leader of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, New Jersey. He adds support to my prediction that 2031 will be year when we are punished for our sins. (Not that he has any particular year in mind.)

 

I am opposed to clergy speaking publically of politics, and object to this article he wrote. He did, however, speak the “gospel” of what I’m trying to communicate, so I’m passing it along.

 

"The most charitable way of explaining the election results of 2012 is that Americans voted for the status quo - for the incumbent President and for a divided Congress. They must enjoy gridlock, partisanship, incompetence, economic stagnation and avoidance of responsibility. And fewer people voted. (That’s another issue!)

 

But as we awake from the nightmare, it is important to eschew the facile explanations for the Romney defeat that will prevail among the chattering classes. Romney did not lose because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy that devastated this area, nor did he lose because he ran a poor campaign, nor did he lose because the Republicans should have chosen better candidates, nor did he lose because Obama benefited from a slight uptick in the economy due to the business cycle. Romney lost because he didn't get enough votes to win.

That might seem obvious, but not for the obvious reasons. Romney lost because the conservative virtues - the traditional American virtues – of liberty, hard work, free enterprise, private initiative and aspirations to moral greatness - no longer inspire or animate a majority of the electorate.

The simplest reason why Romney lost was because it is impossible to compete with “free” stuff.

Every businessman knows this; that is why the "loss leader" or the giveaway is such a powerful marketing tool. Obama's America is one in which free stuff is given away: the adults among the 47,000,000 on food stamps clearly recognized for whom they should vote, and so they did, by the tens of millions; those who - courtesy of Obama - receive two full years of unemployment benefits (which, of course, both disincentives looking for work and also motivates people to work off the books while collecting their windfall) surely know for whom to vote. The lure of free stuff is irresistible.

The defining moment of the whole campaign was the revelation of the secretly-recorded video in which Romney acknowledged the difficulty of winning an election in which "47% of the people" start off against him because they pay no taxes and just receive money - "free stuff" - from the government.

Almost half of the population has no skin in the game - they don't care about high taxes, promoting business, or creating jobs, nor do they care that the money for their free stuff is being borrowed from their children and from the Chinese.

 

They just want the free stuff that comes their way at someone Else's expense. In the end, that 47% leaves very little margin for error for any Republican, and does not bode well for the future.

 

It is impossible to imagine a conservative candidate winning against such overwhelming odds. People do vote their pocketbooks. In essence, the people vote for a Congress who will not raise their taxes, and for a President who will give them free stuff, never mind who has to pay for it.

 

That engenders the second reason why Romney lost: the inescapable conclusion that the electorate is ignorant and uninformed. Indeed, it does not pay to be an informed voter, because most other voters - the clear majority – are unintelligent and easily swayed by emotion and raw populism. That is the indelicate way of saying that too many people vote with their hearts and not their heads. That is why Obama did not have to produce a second term agenda, or even defend his first-term record. He needed only to portray Mitt Romney as a rapacious capitalist who throws elderly women over a cliff, when he is not just snatching away their cancer medication, while starving the poor and cutting taxes for the rich.

 

During his 1956 presidential campaign, a woman called out to Adlai Stevenson: "Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!" Stevenson called back: "That's not enough, madam, we need a majority!"

 

Obama could get away with saying that "Romney wants the rich to play by a different set of rules" - without ever defining what those different rules were; with saying that the "rich should pay their fair share" - without ever defining what a "fair share" is; with saying that Romney wants the poor, elderly and sick to "fend for themselves" - without even acknowledging that all these government programs are going bankrupt, their current insolvency only papered over by deficit spending.

 

Similarly, Obama (or his surrogates) could hint to blacks that a Romney victory would lead them back into chains and proclaim to women that their abortions and birth control would be taken away. He could appeal to Hispanics that Romney would have them all arrested and shipped to Mexico and unabashedly state that he will not enforce the current immigration laws. He could espouse the furtherance of the incestuous relationship between governments and unions - in which politicians ply the unions with public money, in exchange for which the unions provide the politicians with votes, in exchange for which the politicians provide more money and the unions provide more votes, etc., even though the money is gone.

 

Obama also knows that the electorate has changed - that whites will soon be a minority in America(they're already a minority in California) and that the new immigrants to the US are primarily from the Third World and do not share the traditional American values that attracted immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is a different world, and a different America. Obama is part of that different America, knows it, and knows how to tap into it. That is why he won.

 

Obama also proved again that negative advertising works, invective sells, and harsh personal attacks succeed. That Romney never engaged in such diatribes points to his essential goodness as a person; his "negative ads" were simple facts, never personal abuse - facts about high unemployment, lower take-home pay, a loss of American power and prestige abroad, a lack of leadership, etc. As a politician, though, Romney failed because he did not embrace the devil's bargain of making unsustainable promises.

 

It turned out that it was not possible for Romney and Ryan - people of substance, depth and ideas - to compete with the shallow populism and platitudes of their opponents. Obama mastered the politics of envy – of class warfare - never reaching out to Americans as such but to individual groups, and cobbling together a winning majority from these minority groups. If an Obama could not be defeated - with his record and his vision of America, in which free stuff seduces voters - it is hard to envision any change in the future.

 

The road to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and to a European-socialist economy - those very economies that are collapsing today in Europe - is paved.

For Jews, mostly assimilated anyway and staunch Democrats, the results demonstrate again that liberalism is their Torah. Almost 70% voted for a president widely perceived by Israelis and most committed Jews as hostile to Israel. They voted to secure Obama's future at America's expense and at Israel's expense - in effect, preferring Obama to Netanyahu by a wide margin.

 

A dangerous time is ahead. Under present circumstances, it is inconceivable that the US will take any aggressive action against Iran and will more likely thwart any Israeli initiative. The US will preach the importance of negotiations up until the production of the first Iranian nuclear weapon - and then state that the world must learn to live with this new reality.

 

But this election should be a wake-up call to Jews. There is no permanent empire, nor is there an enduring haven for Jews anywhere in the exile. The American empire began to decline in 2007 when Democrats took back the Congress and Senate, and the deterioration has been exacerbated in the last five years. This election only hastens that decline.

Society is permeated with sloth, greed, envy and materialistic excess. It has lost its moorings and its moral foundations.. The takers outnumber the givers, and that will only increase in years to come.

 

The "Occupy" riots across this country in the last two years were mere dress rehearsals for what lies ahead - years of unrest sparked by the increasing discontent of the unsuccessful, who want to seize the fruits and the bounty of the successful, and do not appreciate the slow pace of redistribution.

 

If this election proves one thing, it is that the Old America is gone. And, sad for the world, it is not coming back."

 

The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.

 

To which, I, Saul, Add, Our nation has become much too complicated to be managed by human nature; we, the American people, and our political system, are not up to the job. Successful systems are not acceptable to the takers, the users, and those motivated by fairy tales, who, as the Rabbi points out, outnumber the wise.  

ENTER, RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM

 

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ATHEISM IS UNATTRACTIVE BECAUSE IT OFFERS NO DOGMA

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Muslims want a Muslim world in the name of Allah; Christians want a Christian world in the name of Jesus. Both extremes welcome physical combat to get their way. In the U.S.A. Christian psychological paraplegics, as do Muslim psycho’s of the world, have their entire beings centered in on the dream of making America and the world adhere to their fanatically fearful interpretations of reality and the bible.

In the world, crazy Muslims use death and destruction to get their way, in the U.S.A., crazy Christians are limited to using law and order, with conquest over all being both their goals. Dominion over all and rejection of “Heathens,” are the same goal in both their minds; to Muslim kooks, all unbelievers must be killed; to Christian kooks, all who reject Jesus should not be Americans, and all who disobey the rules written in that old book of short stories called the Bible should be stoned to death. There is not a bit of difference between both frenzied peoples.

The long and short of this problem is that we all think as our parents conditioned us to think. By their behavior and instruction, we learn to think like them; In Muslim and Extremist Christianity; the training of children in the Madrasahs’ of both groups is absolute and hypnotic, to say the least. When taught that God does not want his “marionettes” to think, children take it as gospel, especially when the kids are home-schooled, and kept from mixing with the heathen. Evangelical voters will outnumber both the passive psychologically balanced voters who think it can’t happen in America and non-voters who just mind their own businesses, and be ready to assume possession America when it collapses, which, of course “can't happen here.” ( Read, “Christian Nation,” by Rich.) As for Jews, they just watch the “mashuganah Goyum” and try to ignore it all.

 

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Due to the fact that the USA is a nation of too many selfish and ignorant voters, I have become convinced that America has no future. That’s because, even if each of my readers accepts any of my ideas, I am positive that not even one percent of you will do anything about it; not writing your congress-members, a letter to the editor, or to email me with well-considered opinions, and suggestions – favoring, opposed, or modifying.  But, to keep me busy until I get a break by being assigned to life on another planet, here are my steps to avoid the crash of ’31 on this one.

 

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COME BACK, HEAH?  More to come

 

SPEAK TO ME personally!!!!

S.H.Gritz@hotmail.com 

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PS; As has been said many times before, the better-off a nation, the worse-off the ethics.

Too high a percentage of successful people give less consideration to ethics as they progress, leaving the unsuccessful to rely on the only thing left: Ethics; removing money from elections would go a long way to correcting that.