How To Fix The Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California Border Crisis

By Suzy Right, LLC
©2014
RightOnTheTruth.com ©2014
In Brief…

How could anyone abandon children to travel alone as strangers in a strange land, absent provisions over hundreds of treacherous miles, knowingly subjecting them women to gangs and human predators? Through desperation. Multiple governments have enabled this travesty. And God only knows, nobody is perfect. But there is a humane way out. And it is not complicated. The cost is sustainable. But it consists of fair compromises. And honesty. (Note the Department of Homeland Security Mission statement at the close of this blog.)
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It is time to put politics aside. All people need to work together as members of one race– the human race– to resolve challenges for the good of all humanity. If America doesn’t do it, no other country will. It has been said that when America is strong, the world is angry; but when America is weak, the world is dangerous. That said, let us look forward.

Here are some humane solutions, based on fair and honest ideas:

1. First and foremost, secure the border. Without a secure border, nothing else will work. Because illegal aliens will only continue to pour in to escape tyranny and abject poverty. Refugees hope to find freedom– while terrorists hope to destroy freedom for humanity. A strong border protects THE WORLD. All people should demand a strong border. Period.

2. With a secure border, we need a single processing center in ONE concerted location. All refugees MUST be processed through this ONE processing center, with no exceptions, and include levels of processing, with local, state and national governments working together. America has the right—and the RESPONSIBILTY—to know who is coming in– don’t you have the right to know who is in your house? How many terrorists, drug dealers and criminals are getting through our border right now? Do you know? Ask the border patrol: they know, and why they are imploring government to respond effectively. –This processing center would work in concert with a global network of resources (see HSA quote at the end of this blog,) and assess and maintain a safe cap on the numbers of entries each year. Criminals and terrorists would be expelled back to their own governments post haste– with those governments paying for travel expenses. (see #6.) Yes, this is flat-out racism: human racism, the bias to preserve, protect and defend the human race from criminal and terrorist behaviors.

3. Confine immigrants to non-used Army and military bases, barracks-style. National Guard units and retired military members would rotate as paid peacekeepers. (see #6) Refugees aren’t prisoners– but neither are they Americans. Everyone will work: let the people grow their own food; clean their living quarters; repair the facilities; wash and sew their clothes, etc.. NO FREE RIDE. People work hard when they reap the fruits of their own labor.

4. Implement educational classes. Reading, writing and speaking English. Also, math, civics, law and banking. Teach them marketable skills through a core of retired or volunteer teachers. Teach American history and government because if you want to be an American, you must understand the heart and soul of America: why they have come here. –As people learn, they can help teach the newbies. Use internet courses. Employ reasonable healthcare: network the Medical Schools with advanced med students working under the auspices of Doctor-instructors. Base healthcare upon proven health habits: eating healthfully (a plant based diet grown on premises,) no junk food; no tobacco, no alcohol, no drugs; no junk TV, no violence, no pornography, etc.. A library is a good way to spend time. (Read how to pay for this in #6.) –Provide access to volunteer spiritual leaders via honest principles for the universal good of humankind: NOT perversions that advocate genocide, crime or terrorism. –Those who proceed through this plan, sign legally binding documents swearing to protect, preserve, and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God. Their efforts should be no less than the oath at a Presidential Inauguration. Of course they are free to decline, and instead, return to their own countries and pay for their own travel. These are tough choices, folks. But these are humane choices, too.

5. See who emerges from this 3-year, 4-year, or 5- year PROCESS, as leaders in positions of public trust, who then could assist other refugees though this lawful, fair and humane process. IF AND WHEN individuals DEMONSTRATE full abilities to take their place in American society– with language skills, self-sufficiency and THEY UPHOLD THE LAW– then, and ONLY THEN, should they be allowed to become naturalized citizens. Research data show that when people LEGALLY immigrate to the USA and work hard to better themselves, communities grow strong: within 3 generations they are business owners and college graduates– law abiding citizens. Global thinkers acknowledge the fact that higher education is key to upward mobility AND dispelling terrorism. People who see opportunity in their future aren’t suicide bombers: but intolerance stems from enslavement to lies and deception.

6. OK– here’s the money part. So, how does America PAY FOR THIS PLAN? She doesn’t: the new citizens do– as do governments who encourage their citizens to leave:

A. For each individual entering the processing center, send a monthly bill to their former governments. Deduct this expense from US FOREIGN AID. Aid to Mexico and Columbia alone tops out at a BILLION DOLLARS a year. American leadership repeatedly campaigns, “everyone should pay their fair share.” They are right! Everyone means everyone.

B. If, after completing this humane and regimented process, and people are living in American society as LEGAL and LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS, earning a LEGITIMATE paycheck, then it is time to pay their fair share. Collect a percentage of their pay from each working citizen every month from every naturalized citizen. This repayment could extend for 10 years, or more. All people would have been informed about their choices up front via initial processing. Each has the freedom to choose to take advantage of this plan, or go back. These are tough choices, but don’t we all have tough choices to make in life?

There is a reason why people flock to American shores. Most come to create lives of opportunities; others want only to destroy the American Dream. But honest, hard working people come to America to live in opportunity and freedom. And Freedom is not free. It carries the responsibility to preserve, protect and defend freedom, and do so fairly and honestly.

There IS a better way than CHAOS on the border.

What are your thoughts? Is it better to teach others to fish… or to feed them a fish?

If this plan has sustainable ideas, send it to our Congress. –Thank you.

And to quote Ronald Reagan, “God Bless America.”

–Right On The Truth
By Suzy Right, LLC
©2014

Here’s what the Department of Homeland Security was created for:
The Department of Homeland Security would make Americans safer because our nation would have:
One department whose primary mission is to protect the American homeland;
One department to secure our borders, transportation sector, ports, and critical
infrastructure;
One department to synthesize and analyze homeland security intelligence from multiple
sources;
One department to coordinate communications with state and local governments, private
industry, and the American people about threats and preparedness;
One department to coordinate our efforts to protect the American people against
bioterrorism and other weapons of mass destruction;
One department to help train and equip for first responders;
One department to manage federal emergency response activities; and
More security officers in the field working to stop terrorists and fewer resources in
Washington managing duplicative and redundant activities that drain critical homeland
security resource

www.dhs.gov/mission

Illegal Aliens Storming The Southwest Borders of TX, NM, AZ and CA– And How To Resolve It

By Suzy Right, LLC
©2014
RightOnTheTruth.com ©2014

In Brief…

How could anyone abandon children to travel alone as strangers in a strange land, absent provisions over hundreds of treacherous miles, knowingly subjecting them women to gangs and human predators? Through desperation. Multiple governments have enabled this travesty. And God only knows, nobody is perfect. But there is a humane way out. And it is not complicated. The cost is sustainable. But it consists of fair compromises. And honesty. (Note the Department of Homeland Security Mission statement at the close of this blog.)
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It is time to put politics aside. All people need to work together as members of one race– the human race– to resolve challenges for the good of all humanity. If America doesn’t do it, no other country will. It has been said that when America is strong, the world is angry; but when America is weak, the world is dangerous. That said, let us look forward.

Here are some humane solutions, based on fair and honest ideas:

1. First and foremost, secure the border. Without a secure border, nothing else will work. Because illegal aliens will only continue to pour in to escape tyranny and abject poverty. Refugees hope to find freedom– while terrorists hope to destroy freedom for humanity. A strong border protects THE WORLD. All people should demand a strong border. Period.

2. With a secure border, we need a single processing center in ONE concerted location. All refugees MUST be processed through this ONE processing center, with no exceptions, and include levels of processing, with local, state and national governments working together. America has the right—and the RESPONSIBILTY—to know who is coming in– don’t you have the right to know who is in your house? How many terrorists, drug dealers and criminals are getting through our border right now? Do you know? Ask the border patrol: they know, and why they are imploring government to respond effectively. –This processing center would work in concert with a global network of resources (see HSA quote at the end of this blog,) and assess and maintain a safe cap on the numbers of entries each year. Criminals and terrorists would be expelled back to their own governments post haste– with those governments paying for travel expenses. (see #6.) Yes, this is flat-out racism: human racism, the bias to preserve, protect and defend the human race from criminal and terrorist behaviors.

3. Confine immigrants to non-used Army and military bases, barracks-style. National Guard units and retired military members would rotate as paid peacekeepers. (see #6) Refugees aren’t prisoners– but neither are they Americans. Everyone will work: let the people grow their own food; clean their living quarters; repair the facilities; wash and sew their clothes, etc.. NO FREE RIDE. People work hard when they reap the fruits of their own labor.

4. Implement educational classes. Reading, writing and speaking English. Also, math, civics, law and banking. Teach them marketable skills through a core of retired or volunteer teachers. Teach American history and government because if you want to be an American, you must understand the heart and soul of America: why they have come here. –As people learn, they can help teach the newbies. Use internet courses. Employ reasonable healthcare: network the Medical Schools with advanced med students working under the auspices of Doctor-instructors. Base healthcare upon proven health habits: eating healthfully (a plant based diet grown on premises,) no junk food; no tobacco, no alcohol, no drugs; no junk TV, no violence, no pornography, etc.. A library is a good way to spend time. (Read how to pay for this in #6.) –Provide access to volunteer spiritual leaders via honest principles for the universal good of humankind: NOT perversions that advocate genocide, crime or terrorism. –Those who proceed through this plan, sign legally binding documents swearing to protect, preserve, and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God. Their efforts should be no less than the oath at a Presidential Inauguration. Of course they are free to decline, and instead, return to their own countries and pay for their own travel. These are tough choices, folks. But these are humane choices, too.

5. See who emerges from this 3-year, 4-year, or 5- year PROCESS, as leaders in positions of public trust, who then could assist other refugees though this lawful, fair and humane process. IF AND WHEN individuals DEMONSTRATE full abilities to take their place in American society– with language skills, self-sufficiency and THEY UPHOLD THE LAW– then, and ONLY THEN, should they be allowed to become naturalized citizens. Research data show that when people LEGALLY immigrate to the USA and work hard to better themselves, communities grow strong: within 3 generations they are business owners and college graduates– law abiding citizens. Global thinkers acknowledge the fact that higher education is key to upward mobility AND dispelling terrorism. People who see opportunity in their future aren’t suicide bombers: but intolerance stems from enslavement to lies and deception.

6. OK– here’s the money part. So, how does America PAY FOR THIS PLAN? She doesn’t: the new citizens do– as do governments who encourage their citizens to leave:

A. For each individual entering the processing center, send a monthly bill to their former governments. Deduct this expense from US FOREIGN AID. Aid to Mexico and Columbia alone tops out at a BILLION DOLLARS a year. American leadership repeatedly campaigns, “everyone should pay their fair share.” They are right! Everyone means everyone.

B. If, after completing this humane and regimented process, and people are living in American society as LEGAL and LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS, earning a LEGITIMATE paycheck, then it is time to pay their fair share. Collect a percentage of their pay from each working citizen every month from every naturalized citizen. This repayment could extend for 10 years, or more. All people would have been informed about their choices up front via initial processing. Each has the freedom to choose to take advantage of this plan, or go back. These are tough choices, but don’t we all have tough choices to make in life?

There is a reason why people flock to American shores. Most come to create lives of opportunities; others want only to destroy the American Dream. But honest, hard working people come to America to live in opportunity and freedom. And Freedom is not free. It carries the responsibility to preserve, protect and defend freedom, and do so fairly and honestly.

There IS a better way than CHAOS on the border.

What are your thoughts? Is it better to teach others to fish… or to feed them a fish?

If this plan has sustainable ideas, send it to our Congress. –Thank you.

And to quote Ronald Reagan, “God Bless America.”

–Right On The Truth
By Suzy Right, LLC
©2014

Here’s what the Department of Homeland Security was created for:
The Department of Homeland Security would make Americans safer because our nation would have:
One department whose primary mission is to protect the American homeland;
One department to secure our borders, transportation sector, ports, and critical
infrastructure;
One department to synthesize and analyze homeland security intelligence from multiple
sources;
One department to coordinate communications with state and local governments, private
industry, and the American people about threats and preparedness;
One department to coordinate our efforts to protect the American people against
bioterrorism and other weapons of mass destruction;
One department to help train and equip for first responders;
One department to manage federal emergency response activities; and
More security officers in the field working to stop terrorists and fewer resources in
Washington managing duplicative and redundant activities that drain critical homeland
security resource

www.dhs.gov/mission

Why I Am A Racist: a Human Racist!

In Brief…

I am a racist: a human racist. I am prejudiced about the human race: that most humans are decent, honest, hard working and fair. We all deserve goodness because all people have value. Most people work hard to provide for their families, to build strong communities, and pave the way for a ‘better future’ for their children, grandchildren and descendants as a whole. To make the world a better place. For all humans. I am prejudiced that the human race will resolve our trials and tribulations because there’ so much good going on. Giving up is not an option, otherwise, all the human trials thus far would have been in vain– starting with the discovery of fire to keep our ancestors warm. Today, there’s a propagation of divisiveness that is keeping humans from being who we are: family to other humans. I hope other humans are also racist, too: prejudiced about the goodness of humanity. Because the good we see in ourselves is the same good we see in other humans. And we cannot love if we hate. Even those who count themselves as enemies against the human race. Let’s all be prejudiced about the Human Race. Like the song says, “Come Together– right now.”
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I love good sci-fi stories: ones that tell the tale about the human race surviving into the umpteenth century and achieving tremendous goals– like stamping out hunger, abolishing injustice and protecting its children– on planet Earth and planets we have yet to name. It stretches my imagination to envision what planet Earth could look like, hundreds of years into the future. And, silly as this may seem, good stories about the future bring me a sense of peace– seeing that the human race survives its urge to self destruct. It seems like a small portion of humans who self destruct (and kill others,) don’t live long in freedom: they’re either in prison or on the run. And despite the self destruction, the rest of us keep on living! Getting educated, marrying, having children, building lives: I think it is these individuals who, like me, are racist. Prejudiced FOR humanity, believing that humanity is forth living for.

Take a hard look at drug dealers. Drug dealers virtually destroyed my sister who destroyed herself to escape the constant pain of a destructive childhood. To be honest, she was abused, as you might have guessed. By a so-called loving family member– who, himself, was passing along his pain to others (from having been abused) in his own twisted childhood. Both of them are gone now. Both suffered from addictions. But, what if they had rather put their energies into being human racists, and finding the GOOD in themselves which could have led them to see the GOOD in others? If they had been prejudiced for the human race, they could have recognized and accepted their talents and gifts (everyone’s got ‘em!) But all they saw was yuck. What a waste.

This really is a beautiful world. And every morning, the sun comes up, signifying a brand, new day– and we can start afresh. That’s our birthright as the family humana. Even after a major fall, or aching disappointment, the next morning always looks like a re-birth to me. No matter how many tears I’ve cried the night before, morning means I can start all over again. And that is my prayer for one and all, and another reason to support my statement: I am a human racist. I just can’t get the love for humanity out of my heart.

We’re not reborn just in the morning. Anyone on Earth can claim a new beginning at any moment of any day or night. Our shared ability to rebirth our thoughts is what binds us together in the human race. Human racists. You see, every time one of us– any of us– sees the goodness in humanity, ourselves, we can see the humanity in each other. In everyone of us. Like drug dealers. And abusive parents or boyfriends. Fill in the blanks. But, somewhere in the midst of horror, a small glimmer of good eeks out to the rest of humanity, solidifying the fact that we were created and born out of goodness– not evil. Not what we want to believe, but what we must believe– that humanity is made good. Whole, wanting for nothing, lacking nothing. That means, peaceful. And that means, living in peace and harmony with all of humanity.

It isn’t that I stick my head in the sand and pretend not to see destruction– but that I stick my neck out in the world and choose to see beauty and grace that springs up in its place like the pear tree in the center of the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, which did not die. Have you seen the 9/11 National Memorial? There are no words adequate to describe it. When I drift beside the rows of the hand carved name plates of those who passed that day, the name plates that surround the two huge reflection pools, I am humbled at the humanity I see. Not just the unfamiliar faces and multiple languages but that so many people come from all over the world to reflect upon what happened there and is happening there now. The humanity of it. Nowhere is outrage or cursing at the injustice by those who destroy life for others– but the sighs and weeping for the love and kindness that still abounds, which hate could not kill. Hate can never kill love. Good always rises from the ashes of hatred. It is the essence of humanity. And humans share it. The Human Race.

There’s always good. All we have to do is look for it. But if we replace looking for good with expecting bad, then bad we shall see. And live. Because if we think it, we’ll live it. That’s why prayer is so powerful to those who use it. Thought is prayer. And I cannot pray when I hate. And when my sister passed, I did hate. Briefly. I hated the person and people who hurt her; I hated her for offing herself instead of staying here with me. And I hated the world for the injustice of a precious little girl, hurt and broken, who grew into a woman, hating others as much as she hated herself. And when I realized that my hatred was making me sick, I prayed for myself. And I began to love again. We can love all humans, but not what they do. And what humans do is not who they are. My love grew into racism: human racism.

Truth be told, I refuse to give up on the human race. And maybe, in some small way, my dear sister helped me to attain my human racism. Happy New Year! Happy New Thought!

Thanks for reading, friends. And I gotta tell ya…. With my kitchen reno, I am trying to write as much as possible amidst the rubble. So I do apologize for lagging behind. Please feel free to try my other blog: caring for elders.net. I’ve gotten two new ebooks out on Smashwords, and am working on a few more plus some fiction. Keep ya in the loop! And Thank you for reading Suzy Right!

The FEAR Factor

The Fear Factor:
© Suzy Right 2013

In Brief….

When we speak of FEAR, we speak what we THINK is FEAR. Alfred Hitchcock, the great slight-of-hand film maker, said that human imagination is the most dangerous thing on earth. That’s the essence of so-called, TERRORISM: designed to arouse fear for what COULD happen. Extremists expend their lives plotting crimes against humanity, to instill fear. This illegitimate power is a temporary chaos. Genuine power and strength build nations and justice– and are born of COURAGE to do the right thing, for the right reason; righteousness. Every culture produces heroes that build good– and fools that destroy themselves. Heroes, like principles, are eternal. Our job is to bless the fools on their way; and bless the heroes by picking up the baton and doing right, for right reasons.
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America is a culture of contrasts. People flock here from around the world for Freedom and the pursuit of their own happiness. America was born out of revolution against an unjust system– and the Republic has seen many power plays back and forth ever since! Other nations are evolving likewise. Like all cultures, America has seen the best and the worst of humanity. Our history embodies the struggle for justice for all. But some desire tyranny and revenge instead, and attempt to subvert others into relinquishing their freedom through fear. This violent struggle is not unique to America.

For example, will ‘terrorism’ kill educational opportunities for Pakistani women? A school bus was ambushed there by the Taliban, a mob of angry men– angry about girls going to school. One man shot a young school girl in the head and neck, intending to kill her and to kill education for all girls. But this girl is a fighter– she was nursed back to health in the UK, and became an international symbol of justice for women, global-wide. Her name is Malala and now a citizen of Canada, receiving education and international recognition for her courage and tenacity to stand up to terror. She has the support of at least 50 Islamic Clerics, who issued a Fatwa, a legal judgement, against the man who attacked Malala. Did he succeed? 75,000 young Pakistani girls now attend school. Courage.

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-10-17/pakistans-girls-look-up-to-malala-defy-taliban-and-go-to-school

And why do Pakistani girls want an education? For the same reasons why anyone wants an education. To think and decide for themselves how to live. And that usually means, freedom. A petition was launched, using the slogan, “I Am Malala,” which led to Pakistan’s first ‘Right to Education Bill’ for girls. Courage.

Why hasn’t the Taliban succeeded in their tactics? Because people are waking up to the fact that FEAR equals ENSLAVEMENT.

Once a bully bullies us into FEARING what the bully MAY do to us, and we live in fear of the bully, we stop dreaming our dreams and abandon our FREEDOM– we become SLAVES. And the bullying will never end. Because bullies are never satisfied– they live in fear of being bullied themselves, so they keep up the ruse, intensifying their fear-tactics. That’s how the Taliban became angry in the first place. They were brain-washed and bullied into slavery, acting out what they were told to perform. And education teaches us how to think, not bullying us into telling us what to think: that is why bullies fail in the face of reason. And that is why so-called terrorism is failing around the world. It is time for the bullies to come in from the cold.

When I heard about the angry man who shot Malala and left her for dead, I prayed. I don’t want anyone to be a slave. I researched where she was taken to heal: and I emailed the hospital a prayer for Malala. It spoke about how God is Good: the two words come from the same root in Indo-European language. I would imagine that various cultures worshiping one loving and benevolent God, share a similar God-Good derivative in language. And even if some children are taught that God is evil, that lie is planted out of FEAR, not Godly Truth or Love for Mankind. The time for thinkers has come. Courage.

Like many people, I pray for Malala and the world. And that means praying for to quell violence. Prayer is the only true weapon. Nothing else can heal the broken heart. Like the song says, Love is the answer. We can hate the sin– the deed– but we must love the sinner. Separate the deed from the doer. Raising a child in hate– or abuse, cocaine, or violence– results with grownups who hate– abuse others, use drugs or are violent. I know, because I’ve wronged my fellow man.

Years ago, I hated my ex-spouse. We bludgeoned each other with fear and coercion. A pattern replicated from childhood teachings. But it didn’t help me heal from a broken heart: it cost me my dignity and self-respect which delayed my healing. Eventually, I re-evaluated my motives and desires: I wanted a better life. Years later, when faced with an opportunity for us to meet in court, I wielded honesty and strength. This time, my conscience was clear as I offered an olive branch of Truth– and was protected from false threats of fear. I followed the rules of decency and civility– and that is what resulted. Now, decades later, with a grown son and daughter who respect the honesty through which this was resolved, they read documents that speak of justice, not self-justification.

Justice for one preserves justice for all people. like Malala and millions of everyday heroes, who stand up for Life, Truth and Love, in every land. Courage benefits all Mankind. Revenge destroys itself. Justice sustains the world– and our children, and their children. We must embrace our humanity in order to grow, learn, live, love and forgive our foolish mistakes. Forgive self first, to forgive our neighbors, especially those who betray us through violence, lies, or unjust laws. No more fear. Just… Courage.

Perhaps Malala would agree with Thomas Jefferson, when he courageously wrote: We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Blessed day, One and All!

Love, Suzy

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Standing At The Abyss

Standing At The Edge Of The Abyss

Right On The Truth!
Suzy Right llc ©2013

In brief…

I love my country! The land of the free and the home of the brave. Just as other individuals must deeply love their own countries… their homelands. But there is substantial trouble brewing. Trouble that will not be resolved overnight. Decisions made today will affect us for generations. Right now, America is engaged in a war of rhetoric against itself: with some believing that we can continue endlessly borrowing from other nations, primarily, China and Russia– to whom we are selling our gold reserves; while others believe that borrowing to pay ourselves is a one-one ticket into oblivion. It pains me to see this great divide between the masses: each half convinced that their side is right. But, in fact, if we can put aside our political rhetoric long enough to look deep inside ourselves, we would find that WE’RE ALL ON THE SAME SIDE: THE SIDE OF JUSTICE. That’s my prayer, my wish, my blessing– for ALL the people of the WORLD to know that we’re all on the same side. The side of justice. For ourselves, our grandchildren and the future.

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It’s been a few months since I’ve blogged– OK, four. Four long, empty months– partly because I had to stop and watch the world go around… and partly because I started new work that is quite consuming. But, hey– something triggered my thought this evening after a hard day on the hamster wheel…. The film, “Wall Street.” The one classic scene which I can recall, almost verbatim– which I’ll get to in a second.

First of, if you’re paying attention to the news, you know what’s going on in Washington, D.C.. Not much– at least, that is to say, Congress is not doing much except passing the gauntlet back and forth between the two major parties, each one claiming to be victimized by the other. In the meantime, almost half the population is on some sort of social welfare: disability; food stamps; welfare. And why? Because, like every other country on the planet, America is broke and getting broker. Almost 17 TRILLION dollars in the hole. And what is leadership doing? BORROWING more plus printing hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars each and every month, trying to keep two steps ahead of the bill collector. Except that the bill collector is– well, us– John and Jane Q. Citizen. The people of America are being held hostage by our political leaders. And why? Well, that’s the 64-thousand dollar question. And the one I can’t figure out, except to say– that the parties in D.C. are both fighting for political position. The Democrats will do anything to gain political yardage for the 2014 elections; and the Republicans will do anything to take the 2014 elections.

But, the truth is, that someone has to stand up and be the HERO in this madness. Unemployment statistics show a minor decrease (meaning more people are working, right?) Wrong– the statisticians are playing with numbers: if we were to factor in: recent college graduates still looking for full time gainful employment: those unemployed who had given up looking for work altogether; and those now working either part-time or temporary jobs: and, sad to say, if we took an honest assessment of minority workers who have a higher unemployment rate– then the unemployment statistic would realistically be closer to something like 15- or 16%. Like other countries around the globe. Why aren’t we getting the real numbers? Because it is not politically correct.

And that is where we are selling ourselves short.

Look– if a teenager were to ‘borrow’ his or her parents’ car, drive in excess of the speed limit, and stay out past legal curfew– and then have an accident, what would a good parent do? Besides driving to the hospital to make sure everyone is all right, and besides having a meltdown– he or she would naturally embrace their fool-hearty kid, thank God almighty, that s/he was OK– and wonder how or if the parent had played any part in the mess at all– at least during the punishment phase of this drama.

But, what can a normal citizen (or, as in my case, ‘almost’ normal citizen,) do, exactly, in response to the runaway car on the highway that is going on in Washington? Besides drafting a few emails and phone calls, here and there, imploring for reason? Well, let me tell you about MY part in this whole mess. As a citizen, I’ve been overall irresponsible and apathetic about developments that have put America on the path we find ourselves now. A generation ago, plus or minus, when I studied about the growing national deficit, I pooh-poohed it: thinking that 20 or 30 years into the future are too far away, and couldn’t touch me… besides, after achieving some pricey degrees and a hefty career to boot, why should I worry about someone else’s problems? If this sounds at all familiar, welcome to the club. So, basically, I have no-one to blame except myself for the apathy and ignorance and self-centered drive that kept my attention clearly focused on a personal robust future, all the while, I forgot to watch was going on outside my narrow window. Cold comfort for my future grandchildren.

It may sound like I’m beating myself up… but I’m not. Because I am contributing through emails and phone calls, as I said, bringing my opinions and concerns to the forefront. And, don’t forget, prayer. Prayer moves mountains, as the Bible says, and I don’t believe I’m being politically incorrect to say so– once upon a time in this great land of ours, the Ivy Leagues were initially established to train Ministers and preachers, not politicians and economists– a little known fact, perhaps, but nevertheless, true. And since I find myself now instigated to go back to my roots of ‘petitioning government,’ encouraged by the Framers of the Constitution, I rather enjoy a good Biblical quote now and then. I hope you do, too. If you don’t know too many, may I suggest a read now and then.

Living simply, to simply live, also means to me to take responsibility for one’s own decisions– which is exactly why I simply prefer to live unencumbered and free– I just don’t like being ‘beholden’ to anyone else: least of all, government. I may not be a member of Congress, but I sure do petition the members. And I now tell them what I think. And what I think is this: I like Democracy, not Socialism. I don’t like Socialism much at all, possibly because I’ve met many people over the course of my life, who had fled Socialism and Communism, risking life and limb to live freely under the flag of Democracy. And the American flag is the tallest in that department. Worth fighting for.

So, re-building a tattered career takes much of my time, but I still have time left over for my blog (bless you all for reading!) And I do apologize for the delay… or abyss… which reminds me….

…the final scene of the third act of “Wall Street,” Oliver Stone’s masterpiece, opens when Bud, the film’s protagonist, just arrives at his prestigious job, trading other people’s money for a fat commission, to find the packed office heavy with an ominous silence. He glides nonchalantly through the luxurious rooms, co-workers afraid to look at him, as if seeing a ghost… as Bud asks, “what’s going on? –Who died?” When, suddenly, his mentor, clasps his arm around Bud’s shoulder, whispering, “when a man stands at the abyss, the only thing looking back at him is his character… and that’s what keeps him from going into the abyss…”

America: our character must keep us from going into the abyss, as so many other great nations have gone– as long as we see our character. We must look deep inside ourselves, before we can see character deep within each other.

Blessed day, one and all. And God Bless the Principles of the United States of America!

–Suzy

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What Is The Climate Of My Thought?

by Suzy Right

In brief… wild fires & natural disasters seem to abound these days. But, what can everyone do about these potential hazards? A few simple steps, mostly in pre-planning… but also asking, “what is the climate of my own thought?”

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The wind picked up today, tossing leaves around like rain drops. The cottonwoods shed their balls of cotton, like blowing snow filling the gray skies. I hoped this would bring rain, perhaps helping to quell the fires down south. These past several summers have been particularly dry for the Rockies, setting the stage for dicey hot days that can explode into wild fires. And why do the fires seem so bad? Because over the decades, we’ve elected to stop culling the forests of dead and weak trees– leaving the weak ones more susceptible to infestations and dry timber. The weak trees pull resources from the air and soil, diminishing them for the healthier trees, which normally would be strong enough to ward off invasions of beetle kill. You know you’re in beetle kill forests by the acres and acres of brown, dead pines that supply fuel for wild fires.

Over the centuries, Mother Nature has ridded the forests naturally of dead trees: through wild fires. Sometimes, the fires have burned a path from the east coast to the west, scientists have said, after analyzing soil samples. Even the summer of wild fires in Yellowstone Park two decades ago, brought amazing rebirth and new growth to the land. There is purpose in everything. But now, whole populations of people have the desire to ‘live in the mountains.’ Our family thought about moving to the mountains, too, and we did– and soon moved away after a few brutal winters and hot, dry summers. I do understand the desire to be in the mountains. They are beautiful, usually cool, and packed with animals who live in concert with nature. There’s something special about sharing your neighborhood with deer, elk, foxes, and eagles. But there’s nothing magical about a wild fire when you’re trying to flee upon narrow, winding roads. My heart goes out to the good folks of Colorado Springs and the 40,000 who already have fled their homes– and the hundreds of those who already have lost their homes. Sadly, the reports of arson rang out over the air waves, adding to frustrations and angst. God Bless our neighbors… and God Bless the fire fighters who risk life and limb trying to extinguish those fires.

I watched the snowy cotton and fresh green aspen leaves dancing on the wind, as I listened to the thunder rolling across the landscape, and prayed for safety– and for rain. And for common sense. It is time to re-evaluate our collective reasons to return to culling our forests– selling the dead stuff for safe usage of fuel and warmth: to use resources safely and prudently. Not just to wait for Mother Nature to dispose of over-crowded forests through lightning strikes– or arsonists who play with our property and our lives. This isn’t a game, but time to re-think our forest culling, and rid the landscape of these fire traps in order to keep the forests strong. And safe. This isn’t about just saving money on home insurance– even if a home builder could insure their property in this market– but rather, a focus on saving lives. And everyone can play a part. Here’s how:
1. If you live in the forest, cut a wide swath around your home, free of trees: to keep fire at bay, but also so fire fighters can get their vehicles around the property;
2. Clean your gutters, keeping them free from leaves and pine combs which are tinder for fires;
3. Get a clay roof: something that repels flames;
4. If your home has been built using fire-proof materials, (as much as fire-proofing can be,) be sure to close your windows so wild fire flames cannot spread into the home. Interior woods, paints, curtains, furniture are not fire-proof, but fire tinder;
5. Think like a forest fire: what stuff is lying around your house, garage, yard, that can fuel fires? Dispose of these fire catchers;
6. Here’s a radical idea: install a pool. Get a pump, generator and adequate hose for dosing your home in case of fire.

Double check these suggestions with local codes and regulations: make sure you have a solid plan. Practice an escape route with family and neighbors: keep duplicate essential papers (mortgage, insurance, legal doc’s, etc.;) at hand for quick ‘grabbing and go.’ Forest dwelling brings risks: reduce risks with pre-planning.

Also, while we’re on the subject, ask yourself, ‘what is the climate of my own thought?’ If it is true that God has given us dominion over all the earth, ask how our thoughts affect the world. What are we thinking? And expressing? Hatred for our neighbors? Bitterness toward others? Fear of what we do not understand? Jealousy, greed, dis-satisfaction with the world? Then our thoughts may be poisoning our behaviors. The climate of our thoughts is as important as the climate of weather conditions.

The wind has stopped and the rain pelts down in heavy drops. I think about the great gift this life is. It has been said, that, what a man thinketh, so it is. Let us take this opportunity first to give thanks to be living in the greatest nation on earth, growing pains though there may be. Secondly, let us begin to truly ‘love our neighbor as we love ourselves,’ and practice what we preach. Find ways to help others. Mahatmas Ghandi has taught us to, “be the change you want to see in this world.” Do not wait for others to lead your thoughts, but lead your own thoughts. The time for thinkers has come.

One final note: today, as Father’s Day, I want to wish each and every father on earth, past, present and future, a very Happy and Blessed Father’s Day, indeed. My own dad, a retired city fireman, taught me to respect the power of fire, and for that, I thank him. And I thank Our Father for this great life, wild fires and all.

–Blessed day, one and all!

What Is The Climate Of My Thought?
By Suzy Right, llc Copyright 2013

Honesty Is The Best Policy.

In Brief…

We’ve all heard the adage… honesty is the best policy. But what does it mean? Honesty, sure… except if we can get ahead through the labyrinth of lies… like cheating on exams to get into a ‘better’ school– kissing up to the boss for that promotion at work– or hide when our spouse asks how much money we spent… after all, lies provide a temporary peace. That is, until the truth comes out destroying our good word. And truth always comes out. Relationships built upon trust must house something to trust- our good word- and thrive, despite life’s tragedies. But, when spouses lie to each other, is the marriage better for it? Check the divorce rate. –Also, look at social contract. If We, The People, accept dishonesty in our daily lives (marriage, work, community,) why should elected officials accept anything more? Isn’t it true that we will never attain more honesty than what we live? Honesty is the best policy… if happy marriage and thriving Democracy are our goals… and for our children, too.
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A friend is being married and a few of us offered to stage the wedding shower. We decided to offer written notes of advice to the newlyweds. I thought about my own marriage. You can weather a lot of crises in a couple of decades of wedded bliss, and I asked myself: what advice would I want to hear, if I were starting out all over again?

One word came to mind: honesty. The ups and downs of our marriage flooded my memories as my fingers flew across the keyboard– and all I could say was, Thank you, God. Thank God we’re honest with each other. Brutally honest. Head-banging, screaming-at-the-top-of-our-lungs-at-each-other-honesty. And wordlessly-weeping-in-each-other’s-arms-honesty.

Life can be brutal. That’s why marriage can be brutal.

It is said, that through disappointments and failures, we develop character and wisdom. We must be two of the wisest humans on the planet! Except when compared with the other 5+ billion humans who, just like us, live day to day with failures, successes, joys and disappointments. In our twenty four years of marriage plus several homes, two kids, 9 pets, including one horse, three home businesses, seven cars, multiple vacations, tens of thousands of miles, 2 miscarriages, eight careers, 6-figure loses, one near-divorce, several lawsuits, multitudinous joys, I realized that without complete honesty, our marriage could not possibly survive. Let alone, thrive. Hence, to the newlyweds, I say:

“Be honest. Honest with self, with each other, with your marriage. Have the integrity to speak your mind at every turn, honestly. And forthrightly. Each of you. Even when failure reflects in his eyes and cuts your heart in two. Be honest. Give each other your faith, your fidelity and your integrity. It is the only thing you bring to this third party, this marriage. Because it is neither yours, nor his. Marriage cannot survive without your trustworthiness or nurturance, despite futile attempts to money it. Be honest. Even when cruelty cuts his heart in two and confusion drives him to desire a lie. In all situations and conditions, be honest. Breathe honesty… live it, dream it, drink it in, embrace it as manna from heaven… because truth sets you free. It is nourishment for the hungered soul in a barren world. Be honest with your mate. –And then, when you two navigate through unchartered waters and the turbulence of betrayals, he will trust his life to your moral compass… and you will trust yours to his. And that is everything. Everything you will ever need. And your children will bless you. Be honest. Thank you, God.”

On a larger scale, it is often said that our political leaders are anything but honest– a generalization with which I disagree. After serving briefly, many years ago, in a political vocation, I met and befriended many ethical politicians. But I also noticed that in fact, dishonesty can only survive in a dishonest environment. Like bacteria breeding in a lab plate. In fact, when I’ve pondered the claim of lacking integrity in Washington, I’m reminded of my earlier Sociological pursuits– knowing in my heart that we humans would not accept unethical behavior by others… unless we accept it in ourselves. It’s that simple. And that complex.

The Social Contract between We, The People, and government, calls for a commitment by all parties to engage in cohesive, balanced roles in this dance of Democracy. It is the basis of our rule of law, granted by the ruled, enacted by representatives that We, The People, employ at our behest through the contract of public petition and election. So why accept the so-called absence of honesty of our elected officials? Perhaps, it is because we accept it in ourselves.

It is time to say to ourselves… “Be honest…because honesty is the only thing We, The People, bring to this third party, our government…. Be honest…. Wield integrity to petition our government…. Be honest… live it, breath it, drink it in… be honest. Because honesty will set you free. And your children will bless you.”

Never demand from others what you refuse to demand of yourself. Be honest. –Thank you, God.

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“Hope is the Voice of the Heart” -author unknown

“Hope Is The Voice Of The Heart”
–unknown author.

In Brief…

If we listen to the news, contention and animosity between people fill the airwaves. I can’t help believe that this mindset leads to violence. It’s times like the one right now which I would really like to see news reporting only GOOD stuff. And there’s plenty of good going on! Let’s put the world situation in perspective– there is much GOOD is going on to ever become discouraged and lose hope. That’s why I love hearing children laugh! And babies cry! These are the sounds of GOOD and the promise of a new tomorrow. Do not silence the voice of the heart… keep hope in the voice of your heart… believe…

Why do we let ourselves be persuaded that world affairs suck? Look at the facts, not the emotionality. OK- here are some facts:

1. The world has always been in strife: governments have conflicting interests;
2. But people, however, share much in common: the desire to live and worship in peace; to educate their children for a better future; and to live long and prosper (to quote renowned historian, Dr. Spock, from Star Trek– he travelled to many worlds, not just ours.)

Let’s keep perspective: facts are facts, but animosity springs from ‘spinning’ the facts. And mortals have been spinning stories since the beginning of time. It started when, one night, Mastodons attacked a cave– and that one caveman ranted and raved to rouse help from neighboring cavemen. Plain and simple. Newspapers do today– to rouse anger so readers support politically slanted stories.

There is a great division between the people of the United States– or so the news would like us to believe. Truth be told, politics make strange bedfellows, meaning, political alliances are temporary, based on gathering Mastodons. But apart from the temporality of politics, humanity is forever. It is time for the news media to stop dividing our people.

America was built on diversity. It was neither easy nor equal, but after almost 250 years of birthing pains, the nation is more diverse and equitable than ever. And despite all our shortcomings, more people emigrate to our shores each year than all other countries combined. Why? For freedom. Freedom is written in our laws, the basis of our government and economic systems. Everybody’s got a shot at freedom in America. It’s what we do with it that defines who we are. Freedom is the hope in the heart of all immigrants who come here to escape repression. They hope for a better future for themselves and their children.

That’s why the media should be focused on the Truth about America. Don’t spin the story to sell papers or rouse anger between our sisters and brothers– but tell the story about the American struggle for freedom. It is ongoing, evolving our political, legal and monetary systems. But everyone can weigh in– that’s the cost of freedom. That’s the greatness of America, the heart and soul of this country. This American ideology. The American way of life. It far outweighs the monetary wealth of this nation, the evolution of freedom. It’s what binds the people of America– it’s our history and our future. And all brothers and sisters must be a part of it. Participate in your government! Let your voice be heard!

Readers, think twice before giving into the anger and division of our diversity as the media would have us believe… think first upon what binds us in common ground. Children laughing and babies crying… in freedom. Do not silence us. Thank God for America. Keep hope in your heart– and write your political leaders to work together for world peace.

–copyright Suzy Right llc 2013

Budget Cuts Too Great? Not At All! Follow The Lead Of The American People!

In brief…

I love my country! The land of the free and the home of the brave. But people are not perfect and right now, the United States government is engaged in war: a war of rhetoric, against itself. And a house divided cannot stand. There are those who would have the American people believe that sequestration of 10% budget cuts across the boards (excluding entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare,) would spell the end to civilization as we know it. Au contraire, mi capitan! House minority leadership declared on national TV that our 16-trillion dollar debt (and growing by the second,) is a ‘non-issue’…but, if that’s true, how can an 85-billion dollar sequestration (spending cuts,) mark a national disaster as the Executive and others purport? Many Americans already know what the government has yet to practice: yes, we all can live on less. Many of us already do.

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Back about 15 years ago, my partner dragged home wearily from yet another grueling day on the hamster wheel: the new trigger-happy boss fired suppliers left and right, including my hard-working hubby’s prime account. The supplier was gone with the wind (along with the 10 year network,) our income loss was a staggering 50%. We had had no warning. We sat down with a pot of coffee, legal pad, calculator, pencils, erasers and our bill book and began to dump the debt. Gone was the new car at a thousand dollar loss, but a 300 dollar savings each month. Also gone were cable TV, vacations away from home, Saturday afternoon matinees, trips to the mall, restaurants and pricey gifts. With each pay period, our family would first express gratitude for the 40 or 50 dollars for our two-week food budget (factor $60.00 to $75.00 for today’s inflation.) Homemade veggie soups and breads became daily events. We learned to play chess and board games, listen to radio, read books, borrow tapes from the library and take hikes. We changed our lifestyle—but first had to change our attitude. Now, we remember those days as some of our best! Being broke is a temporary state, but poverty is a state of mind.

Now I’m just guessing here, but I’m sure we are not the only American family to have experienced a fiscal cliff. In fact, research shows that most Americans have undergone, at one point or another, a serious downgrade in income and cash flow. What happens to us is less important than how we respond. Those of us who live through tough times must gather our wits, our strength and our faith to tread on new paths. It’s called, ‘reinvention.’ And it is as old as the hills.

Across history and the continents, people have always searched for greener pastures. If you aren’t Native American, your relatives came to this continent in search of two quests: spiritual freedom and the right to earn and keep prosperity. Heck, even Native Americans emigrated across the Bering Straights to the American Southwest and beyond. Why? For a better life. More food, wild game, shelter, open land—namely, freedom & prosperity. The pursuit of happiness. It takes courage, inspiration, defiance– and the spirit of achievement, especially for our offspring and future generations. And after thousands of years on planet Earth, nothing has changed. People are still sprawling out, looking for greener pastures and the key to a better future for their kids.

Americans already have tightened their belts: our politicians have not. Look at the 340 MILLION dollars spent thus far on government getaways– http://video.foxnews.com/v/2194624315001/government-employees-exploit-blank-check-of-taxpayer-money/

–spent on over-priced conferences, trips, and airliners that resemble paradise in the skies! And for what? Are teleconferences, or SKYPE, ineffective forms of communication and groupthink? ‘Hardly. But some government workers take blatant advantage of the unknowing American taxpayer, and stiff the public till because they can. One such recent conference cost American tax payers over 150 thousand dollars—with the events planner earning in excess of $53,000.00! Ego! Pride goeth before the fall.

The reason why Americans have no patience for rhetorical threats of fiscal cliffs and sequestration is because we already tighten our family’s fiscal belt. We live it. We have to: world governments engage in money wars, leaving their employers— we, the people—holding the proverbial bag of bankruptcy. Here we are, 16+ trillion dollars in debt—and growing by the second– with the executive spending a million dollars on a Hawaiian vacation. I genuinely like the POTUS—he has many likeable traits– but this is not behavior which sets a realistic example of prudent fiscal leadership. Government serves the People, not the other way around: government must follow the suit of it’s employers: We, the American people.

Sequestration? It should become the basis of the new American budget, part of the regular routine. Slash 10% across the boards. How else will the American government learn from it’s people– it’s employers—to follow our example and live within the bounds of a balanced budget? Looks like Washington D.C. could use an attitude adjustment: try it, folks! It works! Government: Stop mortgaging our kids’ and grandkids’ future! Follow the lead of the American people!

Citizens: get involved! Email your government representatives today! Demand a balanced budget now. Cut the pork!

Blessed day, one and all. And God Bless the United States of America!

–Suzy

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The Meat Strike

In brief:

When housewives of the New York suburbs decided that the price of meat was too high, they did the only thing they could….boycott. Within weeks, the price suddenly dropped. Maybe it’s time for a meat strike of government.
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I can still remember how ‘foot stomping’ mad mom was… all the neighborhood housewives were mad! With hungry kids and husbands on the rush hour, the high cost of red meat made it harder and harder to stretch the family food budget. The word, vegetarian, never entered our rib eye culture: reserved, rather, for the hootenanny and hippy set in Greenwich Village and Woodstock. We wanted meat!

When the retail price of red meat hit an all time high of more than a dollar a pound– all heck broke loose at our house! Mom snapped into action– telephoning neighbors, asking them to go on strike: stop buying meat! She even telephoned the newspaper. She helped launch a meat boycott. About 3 days into the strike, we walked down to Joe’s butcher shop– at the time, the only place to buy a ‘decent cut of beef.’ Yes, we bought our favorite Kaiser rolls (served with mom’s exquisite meat-free lentil soup.) But when Joe, the butcher, asked: “what kin I get ya today?”–I took a step back and watched as a wave of General Patton washed over mom’s brow. Digging her heels in, she stood tall and said in her best commander tone: “no meat today, Joe– your prices are just too high—and we’re just plain tired of it!” He haltingly tried to explain about the cost of the middle man… but mums shook her head resolutely.

Pride swelled in my little girl heart– like Cinderella must have felt when the handsome prince stood up to that no-good step-mother and bratty half-sisters. But my stomach also flip-flopped at the idea of cheerios for dinner. Joe’s face flushed a ghostly white as mummy paid for the rolls and, head held high, she waltzed out of the shop. I puttered behind her, drooling over the counter packed with plump red cuts of beef. We ran into our neighbor outside and as I wiped the drool from my mouth, the women discussed the strike and exchanged recipes for meatless hash. We walked home as my stomach grumbled and mom lectured about the ‘power of protest’– let your voices be heard! Petition your leaders! Later, I picked my cereal and dreamed about hot lunch at school.

Within a few weeks, behold! Protest worked! The meat strike was over! The price dropped below a dollar a pound—and we all flocked back to Joe’s.

This day, as we speak, the United States Congress is involved in it’s own meat strike: the House has passed legislation that if Congress does not do its job– and pass a national budget—then, no red meat for Congress. No work, no pay. Bravo! It’s the Senate’s duty to present to Congress a budget—but hasn’t done that in over 1100 days. Where’s the consequence for not doing their job?

The national treasury is broke. America is broke. We are at war with ourselves. A house divided cannot stand. A meat strike may be the only way to communicate to government that OUR leaders must STOP leading us into debt, bankruptcy and despair. Government should LEAD us into sense and solvency.

After all, can WE THE PEOPLE afford a failed government? Why should government get paid for driving us into bankruptcy? (Note: actually, I’d prefer bankruptcy– then the fed would HAVE to re-organize with trustees: painful, but necessary.)

To the American Government– take a lesson from the New York housewives who refused to buy meat that was economically infeasible. Likewise, $16 trillion dollars of debt—and growing– is unfeasible. Do your job! Serve the American people!

Americans: don’t pay government when government fails.

Folks: WRITE your Congress–

Democracy can only work with voices of–

WE, THE PEOPLE.

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