What Am I missing?

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It is hard not to notice the latest daily news broadcasts about the thousands of kids who have crossed into the United States from Central America. While having my coffee this morning it occurred to me that these kids are the smartest kids in the world. First, they chose to come to America to have a better life, second, they managed to get here without any help from anybody. I don’t know a single American kid who is capable of accomplishing that. I bet any kid you or I know would not even be able to point at Central America on a map.

These kids have shored my belief that our educational system is sorely lacking. The knowledge and daring required to navigate a thousand miles from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala through Mexico to find McAllen, Texas, along with the knowledge of how to feed yourself along the way, combined with how to bum rides is not something our kids learn in school. Imagine your youngster in the same situation. He comes to the conclusion that it is better to live in Central America and leaves his family and home to get there. Now imagine that as he hits the road he is simultaneously met by hundreds of his friends who are doing the same thing. I was always taught that there is safety in numbers.

It took me sixteen hours driving at seventy miles per hour to reach the Houston area of Texas. If I were to walk that same distance, it might take me fifty days. That is, if I had the energy to survive that many days on the road, sleeping in ditches, and feeding off the same ditch.

I say these kids have enough smarts to get into Harvard, Yale, Rutgers, Brown or any other Ivy League school without any further education. I’d want any one of these enterprising kids to work for me, wouldn’t you?

What am I missing?

Postage Due

Last week my doorbell rang. It was the mailman. He had a postage-due package from my new healthcare provider. I asked him why this particular package required $3.17 to receive. He showed me the metered stamp. It was a third class document, and third class cannot be forwarded to my new address. Hymmph, my healthcare provider considers his detailed book of benefits as third class, I’m in trouble.

The postage due was a benefit I never expected because I met a very interesting man. His name is Henry. Henry asked if I had read his letter to the editor published in last weeks free newspaper. I had not, in fact, I did not receive the paper. Before Henry left to continue delivering mail to his customer’s I learned a lot about him, his political views, his religion, and his family.

Henry came to America from Guatemala. He speaks excellent english and seems very well-educated. He told me he had been a merchant sailor for twelve years, and sailed to many ports around the Atlantic Ocean. He visited many countries. “When I arrived in America the very first time, I knew this is where I wanted live,” he said. “I am part Jewish and went Israel and I would never live there, nor Spain, or anywhere in Europe. I just knew America was my home. I love this country.”

He went on to explain that we have some very bad people coming into the country now, and we need to fix the borders. “I came in and applied legally, I waited, and I became a citizen, but these new people walk across the border and expect everything.” He was not happy with the situation. Then, he said something very surprising. When the current president came into office, Henry and his wife decided to migrate away from America because they do not approve of  Obama’s socialist transformation. They visited New Zealand with the idea of moving there. “It is a beautiful country, not like Australia, but we didn’t do our homework before we traveled there. We learned that New Zealand has a socialist medical system like the one coming to America, and we abandoned our plan to move.”

“Where will you go,” I asked.

“In a few years I will retire and return to Guatemala.”

Talk about  going full circle, Henry moved from Guatemala to have a happier life, which he found in America, and will return to the life he didn’t like in Guatemala just to get away from America turning socialist.

A few days went by and I found a copy of the Sun City West Independent that he promised to leave me. He circled his letter to the editor. In his letter he addressed the problem of the Post Office losing money. He urged fellow citizens to mail more letters instead of using e-mail and Facebook to communicate. He explained the reason for the P.O. losing money as follows

“But one of the Postal Service’s biggest problem has nothing to do with the mail. Its finances sank in fiscal year 2007, shortly after Congress passed the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. It required the postal Service to start pre-funding the health benefits of future retirees 50 years in advance at a rate of about $5.6 billion a year. No other agency or corporate entity is required to do this. Without this restriction, the USPS would be profitable.”

He is right, it doesn’t make sense to pass a law to make the USPS behave one way when every agency of government rides on the tax-payer without providing any service.

Henry’s complete letter is below.

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When Hollywood Swears Not To Make Movies With Guns

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Those who know what Communism is and what it stands for realize that Progressivism is a code word for Communism. Before Progressivism was invented the code word was called Liberalism. It seems the ideology needs a new name to describe it every so often to fool the people into thinking it is something different, new, and exciting. Communism is a simple-minded ideology: “What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is mine.”

There are several reasons researched by the late Paul Harvey for why we must not cannot allow a loss of our Second Amendment rights:

In 1929 the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, approximately 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915-1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, the mentally ill, and others, who were unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Gun control works great to protect the bad guys.

I for one, do not trust Obama and his administration from taking the route that some of the above countries took.

Take this approach: Give up your Second  Amendment rights when Hollywood swears on the bible and the koran not to produce any movies that have gun crimes in the story, and demonstrates it for ten years.

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