Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The balance of power in the United States Senate, the House of Representatives, a number of Governorships, and other critical offices will all be determined on November 2nd by YOUR vote. Choose wisely.
Consider carefully all the social issues at stake, and consider them along with your analysis of the current and longer term economic issues. Do your homework, and vote from your conscience and consciousness as well as from your pocketbook. Vote to build up, not to tear down. Vote from optimism and a belief in a great future. Don't cast your vote out of fear or desperation.
Whatever your sincere and reasoned beliefs about this election, choose wisely and VOTE.
VOTE on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. ... and ask your friends to vote too.
I will now share my own perspective on the issues - how I will vote and why...
Please read everything on this page! But if you don't have the time, here's the bottom line...
I am voting Democratic and asking all my friends to get out and vote Democratic because...
1. Big banks, big oil, and big business need to be controlled so we can have stable money, stable home mortgages, stable American jobs again.
2. Democrats will create American jobs - and in the process, rebuild the infrastructure and advance renewable clean energy.
3. The Democratic orientation is compassion - honoring all individuals regardless of the state of their health, or their race or religion. The Republican orientation is fear and selfishness - how the rich can save a few dollars on their taxes by ignoring the sick or downtrodden.
PLEASE get out and VOTE - and Vote Democratic!
BIG BANKS - BIG OIL - BIG BUSINESS
Why did the real estate market crash? Big banks run amok. Why are there unsafe wells in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico? Big oil run amok. Who can control big business and keep it from grabbing all your money and political influence? The unholy alliance of big business and Republicans is deeply entrenched. Can the Democrats put a leash on big business? I hope so. Certainly big business will hold a bigger club over your head if Republicans take over.
President Obama inherited an economic mess from his predecessor - bankers profited wildly and unsustainably from underfunded mortgages. As chance would have it, this mess unraveled just before President Obama took office - the stock market crashed, housing values plummeted, and many people lost their jobs.
While private companies are great at creating jobs when everything is looking good, they lay off rather than create jobs when an economic downturn hits. That is when it is time for the Federal Government to step in. In spite of strong opposition, President Obama began a jobs creation program. This is a very serious recession, and there is a long way still to go in creating jobs, but let's move ahead faster, not throw up our hands at the problem as the Right Wing would advocate.
REBUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE
Many of our roads are in disrepair and a number of our highway bridges are literally ready to fall down. (As of 2007, over 72,000 US highway bridges were "Structurally deficient"). With so many jobs having been lost in the construction industry due to the crash in home building, rebuilding our infrastructure is one way to accomplish two critical goals at once - creating well paying jobs and restoring a safe and efficient highway system.
As the Gulf spill shows, as the continued tension in the Mid-East shows, as global warming shows, as oil reserves begin to run dry worldwide (data at www.hubbertpeak.com), the United States needs an accelerated program of large scale solar (thermal and photovoltaic), geothermal, and other technologies, including a renewed focus on modern nuclear plants and an upgrade to the nationwide electric transmission grid - which in many ways is in even worse shape than our highway bridges. A federal focus on renewable energy is another way to accomplish two goals at once by creating skilled jobs - which creates discretionary spending and in turn creates service, retail, and other jobs.
Who do you think is going to repair roads and bridges, bring us to a new era of American-produced clean energy, and create professional, service, and retail jobs in the process? Of course it is the Democrats. It is certainly not the Right Wing, and especially not the tea party.
For me, universal health care is the only compassionate and acceptable choice for America. A number of wonderful people I know personally have suffered greatly as a result of being denied health care. One friend suffered severe pain and a pronounced limp for several years until he reached 65 and could have a hip replacement paid by Medicare. What a cruel and stupid policy! This man could have had his pain and limp eliminated years earlier in any other first-world country, but not in the United States.
Yes, the recently-enacted health care legislation is imperfect, but what do we want to do next? The Republicans are committed to repealing even this step toward a compassionate health care policy! Democrats will continue to improve compassionate health care for the United States until we can proudly compare ourselves with any other country, and more important, until we can know that our friends, our relatives, and perhaps someday ourselves will not be denied pain-relieving and perhaps life-saving treatment because of an inability to pay.
The Republicans want to reduce social security payments that your social security taxes have already paid for. Don't let them do it.
As anyone who has read my Daily Inspiration knows, I place a very high priority on honoring all individuals - honoring their being, their beliefs, and their private practices. It is not my place to judge anyone as better or worse for being Black, White, Yellow, or Red - for speaking French, German, Chinese, or Spanish - for believing in Catholicism, Fundamentalism, Atheism, Islam, or Buddhism - for being Gay or Straight - for being Male or Female. Moreover it CERTAINLY isn't the place of my government to pass laws that treat people unequally or unfairly. Being a member of a majority class does NOT confer the right to discriminate against those with minority beliefs or practices.
Who is going to uphold and fight for the American Bill of Rights? Again, it is Democrats.
VOTE! Vote Democrat! Ask all your friends to vote!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
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Thursday, December 25, 2008
I am an author of self-awareness books and a Daily Inspiration quote and insight, and have been dubbed "The Philosopher of Happiness" by those closest to me, in recognition of my on-going commitment to seeing Joy in all of life.
My wife Suze and I summer on Whidbey Island near Seattle WA and winter near St. Petersburg FL.
Before becoming an author, I had a highly successful career in Silicon Valley's go-go world of high-technology start-up companies.
As a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1963, I took an elective in computer programming. Developing an immediate obsession, I took every software course MIT offered, and launched a 30 year career in computers and high-tech electronics. My employers were always small start-ups with big hopes, and they encouraged my tendency to give undivided focus to my job. I was rewarded with promotions all the way to Vice President of Product Planning, and with a steady diet of coffee and late nights.
In 1994, I looked at my second divorce and my five kids who hardly knew me, and asked, "is this the meaning of life?" My boss and good friend saw my pain and invited me to a weekend transformational event. For months, I found excuses to avoid committing, but finally I reluctantly agreed.
That first event was really the first time I had ever held a mirror to myself and asked what was inside Jonathan. Who, or what, was I? What did I believe about myself and about life? What would bring me lasting happiness? What would be important to have inscribed on my tombstone? Was I really in charge of my own life, and if so, what choices would I make?
It was fortunate that my first introduction to questioning my nature was very specifically psychological rather than spiritual or metaphysical. At that time, I would not have been open to any approach other than a mental one. Since age 12, I had been an avowed atheist - or perhaps agnostic, since I didn't spend much time thinking about the question. Nonetheless, through that weekend, I found that I wanted insight into myself and my world.
Over the next several years, my choice of teachers gradually progressed from psychological to metaphysical to spiritual, as I embarked on the voyage from techno-geek to seeker-of-wisdom - from non-belief to metaphysical questioner to a palpable all-encompassing connection with Spirit.
The photo on this page is my favorite picture of myself. It was taken half way up an active volcano in Guatemala during a spiritual journey. Being among the clouds and experiencing the intensity of fire, air, and good friends made it a time to remember.
what brought me to becoming an author...
While I came to find my own inner peace late in life and didn't even begin my journey toward an Inspired Life until I was turning 50, my search for revelations of universal Wisdom and inner peace is now a lifelong quest. These days, I experience the force that binds together all life - past, present, and future - as a reality. We are composed of it, and simultaneously, we are a part of it.
My experience of life is SO different than it was 15 years ago! I am very grateful for the numerous sources of the one universal Wisdom of the Ages that have aligned to transform the quality of my life.
I am drawn to share what I have absorbed from these many sources, and from direct connection with the Infinite, in a way that is highly accessible and can assist others in transforming their worries and stresses into living an Inspired Life - joyful acceptance of life's uncertainties and a bold confident outlook on the future.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Every day, I share my insights and quotes on living Simply An Inspired Life on my Daily Inspiration - Daily Quote blog.
I am an author of self-awareness books and have been dubbed "The Philosopher of Happiness" by those closest to me, in recognition of my on-going commitment to seeing Joy in all of life.
My wife Suze and I summer on Whidbey Island near Seattle WA and winter near St. Petersburg FL.
** Today is your day to dance lightly with life. It really is. **
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie