Dreamer’s World February 2 2016 – The Day Officially Begins

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After the mostly sleepless night, I am trying to prepare myself for the day at work. The strange thing is that some of what I wrote while struggling to stay awake has already generated plenty of comments and responses from my readers. I sincerely hope that sleepless nights are NOT a prerequisite for writing good and interesting blog posts!
     Honestly, I don’t mind the interest at all. It makes me feel good about my writing. I will try to put some more interesting posts together at what passes as normal times of the day from now on and we will all see what happens.
     I have survived for half of the workday. I should be able to make it through until quitting time, but it won’t be fun. As the afternoon slowly creeps by, I am done with the things that required my attention at work and now I am really feeling the exhaustion. Still got a few hours left before I can run away to take a nice hot shower and then perhaps a nap. I am tempted to order dinner this evening, but that remains to be seen.
     Work is over with for today. Tomorrow will be my early day so I hope to get some quality sleep tonight. I am going to watch the UK game this evening and go to bed immediately afterwards.

Dreamer’s World February 2 2016 – Instant Karma

I came across this topic while reading a post from someone I truly admire for her writing skills. I decided to take a shot at it. The premise is quite simple. Choose lyrics from a song that you can connect to:

This Is Your Song

The song I chose if “Instant Karma” from John Lennon. There is a verse that always strikes a chord within me (pardon the pun), but the words are powerful and insightful and inspirational to me.

“Why in the world are we here
Surely not to live in pain and fear”

Why, indeed are we here? I believe that we are all here to make a difference in each others’ lives. There is more to Life than the materialistic rat-race, there is a human side to us all. A human side that longs for companionship and love. It yearns to care for another person, to make our shared experience better in any way that we can.

We are NOT here to live only as cogs in the machine. Pain is a necessary part of Life, but it not the part which should dictate our actions, or make us afraid to be ourselves. There are people who want to keep us separated, alone and without hope. Those are the people that Life is in opposition to. Those who want to keep us afraid and hurt are the ones who need this message the most, but we can never allow the message to get lost in the noise of living. If they cannot accept it, we need to go on living as intended and leave them behind. They are the only ones that will be hurt.

Dreamer’s World February 2 2016 – Our Messed Up Electoral System

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For a country that prides itself on being the one to show the rest of the world how to have a representative government, the USA sure has some messed up elections. I won’t even go into the electoral college, that is written into the Constitution and would require major changes and amendments. Instead, I want to focus on the elections themselves and the never-ending campaigns that we are subjected to.
     The ONLY thing regarding elections that is covered in the Constitution worth noting is that Congress will set the date for national elections. This has been done to be the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November. That is it. Case closed. Nothing more.
     How did we get to the never-ending campaign of primaries that go on forever? I have my own theory that the primaries were developed by the political parties in order to present their candidates to the potential voters in a time when mass communications were not possible. Given that environment, it made sense for candidates to travel to each state and make their case for being elected if they were running for national office.
     With the advent of mass communication and air travel, this has become redundant. Now we have states that are positioned to hold their “primaries” first because they are following some tradition that no longer fits the needs of a modern society. Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina are all wonderful places to live, I am sure, but they hardly represent the nation as a whole. Remember that South Carolina only recently pushed itself towards the front of the list and would have gladly gone first but for resistance from the politicians and parties from Iowa and New Hampshire, plus the traditionalists around the country. The attempt by South Carolina proves that there is really no legal reason for any of these primaries to exist because if South Carolina had been successful, then another state would have eventually tried to go before them, and the endless campaign cycle would truly be endless.
     Since there is no longer a need for candidates to travel to each state due to lack of communication, I believe that these “primaries” should be abolished. There is nothing in the Constitution that protects them. The primaries are the tools of the political parties themselves. They serve only as a means of publicity and fundraising. The media treats them as the Oracles of Delphi, when history clearly shows that there is no true correlation between early primary performance and eventual winners.
     I wish that the American people would simply say ENOUGH and demand that these primaries be abolished in favor of a shorter national campaign. This bullshit started last fall, well over a year before the election. Personally, I think that 3 months would still be too long, but at least it would spare us from all the BULLSHIT that we currently have to wade through. I would suggest a 30-day campaign, no longer than that.