Originally posted by blood0fheroes
reply to post by ziggystrange
Indeed, and whats really sad is that the peaceful revolution takes more courage...It goes like this:
Start talking to friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and just random people on the street. Debate with them the values of Liberty, and in the
process, show them how much of it we have lost just in the last 20 years (you cant miss something you never knew was yours).
And here's the part that take coconuts for juevos.....Run for office and face possible rejection. How much easier it would be to start spraying
bullets than to do this.
The loss of freedom is a slow death, the loss of hope, is instant doom.
I have a rainbow family, Russian wife, Irish/Armenian/Scottish/Italian/French/Spanish/Cherokee.Brazilian Grandchildren, Polish/Puerto Rican Daughter
in Law, Thai/Chinese Daughter in law.
My wife lived in the USSR her first 30 years. We discuss freedom, and inequities, all the time. Most former USSR natives have a hard time
understanding why I, we, people take the time to discuss/debate Ideology with people that are diametrically opposed, she (they) are mostly
Culturally Russians have little expectation that anything will ever get better, anywhere. I always tell her minds are changed one person at a time.
I believe that.
I'm too old, and not suited to run for office, otherwise, I would. Not because I think I would win, or I'm the best person for it, but because I see
people less prepared than myself in office every day.
I had a 5 year stint in State Government, I resigned because I was expected to not only overlook wrong doing, but to participate. Things like being
asked to interview people for a position, and being let to know ahead of time in no uncertain terms, who should get the job.
My then Wife applied for a temp job in tax season, she had to go to the office of a Dem official and state she was a Democrat to get the job. Depends
what party the Governor is affiliated with.
I called the FBI and reported this, I was told that they were not the agency in charge, and I should file the report with the State. I could go on.
Now, the people I worked with were pawns, willing pawns, but pawns nonetheless. I was pissed, but I could not hate them, in fact, they were "good
people", they were what I called "Smurfs". They worked, went to services on Sunday, they vote, live quiet family lives, all the things you might
expect from rural Americans. But they were part of the machine.
We are all part of the machine. The machine is broken, but not beyond repair. At least not yet. I believe we can fix it, and we have to try before we
attempt to replace it with a new one.
But if we were to get a new one, I would hope it would not be broken, and also it may contain new features that we learned were needed from the old
machine. Old features no longer relevant due to the passage of time and changes in utilization and technology, would hopefully be removed.
This analogy however imperfect, has some relevance here.
My reason for starting this thread was to take a look at the new machine offerings, in the event that the old machine becomes so broken that it can't
The new machines I was presented, were either not working at all, or more seriously flawed than the old machine. I had seen the fliers and ads for the
new machines but they were bait and switch tactics.
I appealed to the salesmen for specifications, and installation instructions for the new machines as well as deployment plans. They tried to BS me,
when I told them they were not being candid, they said I was the one that was full of it, and I was a liar etc..
I decided to keep the old machine and fix it for now, at least until someone shows me a newer better model that is not a broken machine with a shiny
exterior, and a lot of BS for specs etc..
Fixing it is going to be a tough haul but nobody ever said it would be easy, while I'm at it, I'll be sure to tell everybody I know and meet not to
waste their time with the machines I was shown and tell them why. Some will listen, some won't. You can bring a horse to water....... But if one or
two listen, it will save them time. If they tell others, it may save a lot of time, and possibly even put the company selling the new bogus machines
out of business. Well maybe not out of business but at least lessen the damage they cause.
The moral of the story is, kick the tires, and look the horse in the mouth, otherwise you may just end up with a lemon. More importantly understand
that new is not always better, and broken is not always the worst possible condition.