Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress . . . but I repeat myself. Mark Twain

You may have figured out my politics by now, but there’s more to politics than a personal point of view. There is the nature of the beast itself, which this chapter addresses, as well as my own leanings.

Ideally politics should be the art of governing—a society, a community, or a world—with balance, moderation, and wisdom based on the principles of liberty and fair play.

Unfortunately, given that humans are not perfect, politics is also not perfect. As a result of our human flaws of insecurity, ego, and selfish interest, societies manifest partisan politics.

It is ironic that our liberties are controlled or manifested upon the Machiavellian power plays and the hyperbole of political opponents.

You would believe, based on much of our political parties’ behaviors, that each party operates as a monarchy, as despots, in absolute conflict and with a continuous effort to disable the other party. This is true not all of the time, but too much of the time. Welcome to partisan politics.

Ultimately, however, general compromise or simple voting blocs win the day, and we avoid implosion—such as with a civil war—but we do not necessarily get good government. Certainly in the news you see personal matters impacting a political figure on a regular basis. You can almost be assured someone from the other party is attempting to gain political mileage out of those personal and private family issues. I understand that private lives involve character and have relevance, but balanced respect for decency seems often abandoned within the political arena. This shameful behavior by so-called leaders is given credence by too many.

Partisan politics is an obstruction to good government. I have never registered in a political party because I have never supported us and them labels. Pragmatically, if I ever ran for a political office, I would, by necessity, have to join the two-party majority system and which party I chose would be a momentary decision based on practicalities. I consider myself neither liberal nor conservative. I consider myself down the middle, which encompasses both conservative and liberal attributes depending on the circumstance. I support principles that are linked to a given objective, with exception to partisan politics that logroll and find value in political gamesmanship and shameful underhanded political vendettas.

In general, I find that politicians exemplify partisanship, not statesmanship. Statesmanship acts and thinks both with the people and for the people in a manner that works for the benefit of all. Partisans act in lockstep with their team label of Democrat or Republican, to name two, for example, to advance advantage over their opponent, not to advance leadership or effective legislation, but to advance political gamesmanship to advantage their political party’s base in the end. Statesmanship seizes on understanding, cooperation, and integration. Partisanship seizes on self-interest, meanness, and segregation.

Since our representatives are regionally based politically, they have the proclivity to engage in what US House of Representatives Tip O’Neil captured perfectly: “All politics is local.” In other words, self-interest becomes the order of the day, whether for your region or your political party. This should not be.

The impacts of this reality are corrupting good government.

To avoid this intrinsic failure in the nature of the political process of good government, you need leaders who are not party loyalists, but individuals first and foremost. You need leaders who are centered on uniting, not dividing, which is personified by partisan politics.

As a young man, my friends told me I should be a Democrat. The older I became, the more often they told me I should be a Republican. I have a real disdain for labels and political-party parlor politics that cause separation, not cooperation. My agenda or politic is not based on party but on policy, as I think many people tend to agree with, whether registered to a political party or not.

The country in which I live, America, has a tradition that changed the last couple of centuries on this planet. It offered liberty and freedom to people fleeing various tyrannies, both economic and social. America’s foundational ideal is my politic. The current two-party political system is simply the structure that attempts to execute America’s founding ideals. Those structures have become organized self-serving entities unto themselves, whose sometimes first allegiance is to their own party’s survival, not to America’s. Simply stated, the party is more important than the country when partisan politics is in play.

Perhaps the two-party system is the best we can devise to run a democracy or republic, but it is a system of snares and pitfalls that requires honest review and statesmanship to run it well.

Certainly as you review history, the wax and wane of policies between the two parties is obscure. For instance, President Bill Clinton had the statesmanship to contain spending and implement work for welfare. People misguidedly assumed such goals were Republican goals, but President Bill Clinton knew they were pragmatic balanced objectives not respective of party. President Bill Clinton accomplished some sound objectives that are generically good, not Republican or Democrat. Additionally, traditional big spending is assumed to be a Democrat trait, but President Clinton was, by and large, fiscally responsible. Actually, President Ronald Reagan and President George W. Bush, along with President Barack Obama were the biggest spenders of all time. To be fair, while Congress authorizes spending, it is the executive branch that authors and submits the budget. Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Barack Obama appear to be nearly purists when it comes to Keynesian economics at nearly full throttle, a Democrat trait by assumption. A Democrat today, one might believe, could scarcely get away with such loose spending policies and survive. However, President Obama, has broken that mold, as peculiar economic times may turn the tables on us all, once again showing the ebb and flow of changes between policy changes of Republicans and Democrats.

Other inverse examples of party distinctions are the anti-Communist Nixon took us to China, and the progressive Lincoln was a Republican; the list goes on. Parties wear different policy hats dependent on other affiliations and the times, which demonstrate the obscure differences in the flavors of party identities. Which party is progressive and which is traditional continues to morph and change.

In truth, the obfuscation of principles between these political parties’ wary distinctions is a good thing as it builds on their more nuanced diversities to a single objective of working for and with the people together, rather than for their party’s deluded notion of a better­than-you syndrome, which is regressive and fallacious. Such partisan behavior and perspectives are destructive to good government, as you may note from my previous chapter about partisanship.

Clearly good ideas are not Republican or Democrat; they are practicalities of the moment, gifts, and manifest out of fortunate events that good sense and reason should seize upon. Both parties do this when operating well. The parties are at their best when collaborating and working for and with the people in a check-and­balance mechanism of ideas, not as an us-and-them, black-and-white team sport.

As I see the political parties today, and with few exceptions, over my lifetime, I see partisan theater, melodramatic/demagogic elucidations of the issues, and highly superficial respect for the other side of the aisle. The cliché-driven oratory and grandstanding is juvenile and poor theater. The differences between the two parties are more nuanced, albeit some important nuances, but both parties seem to abide by their hierarchy’s party line, regardless of constituency, reason, or integrity. Party lines are tired old hoodwinking rhetoric about how “good we are” and about how “bad they are.” They appeal to the selfish in us, rather than the selfless.

With some notable and encouraging exceptions, my view of the current-day leadership of the parties is that they are too often weak and fumbling, almost substantively anemic, while attempting to appease every interest group. Democrats are famous for the so-called leftist issues, but they now hold to fiscal belt-tightening, while the Republicans are offering spending for all, along with baseline support for the religious so-called rightist issues.

As of originally writing of this book, the current Democrats have some leaders who have few legislative accomplishments of note, nor do they seem to represent much more than political lapdogs, touting tired old clichés of justice and gifts to all. Substantive anemia is sometimes probably too weak a description. They disappoint me, but no less than the Republicans. The Democrats’ rhetoric of principles from some of the leadership, not necessarily the rank and file, has become almost demagogic utopianism. They need some new leaders who are not just sugar-and-spice-and-everything nice.

The failure of neoliberalism (neolib) is that it does not acknowledge the selfish underbelly of humanity, that once you offer assistance, some will take advantage. They need not cast pearls before swine, nor act the demagogue in offering what they have no prescription to deliver.

The neo-republicans (neocons) are equally uninspiring and misguided in their overzealous current-day interventionist policies abroad. We are breaking at home and need to work here foremost—and that means supporting the world, too, by the way. We are truly a wealthy nation, both in economics and values, and should be a generous nation, providing not only our wealth but leadership. But security and leadership begin at home, and I would argue, even in light of a new era of increased global economic and social interdependence, which we ignore at our own peril, that we are breaking the balance between the two priorities of internal and external interests. I will agree that internal and external interests are becoming one and the same, but how we manage those must be done in a manner that is sometimes subtle, even covert, sometimes overt and aggressive. Again, I think the neocons are on a current one-speed-ahead aggressive path that does not serve their well-intended interests for us or the world. Republicans, like the Democrats, act the role of demagogues in offering what they also have no sound prescription to deliver.

At the time of the writing of this book, the disappointment with the Republicans as of late is they slightly have, more than the Democrats, demonstrated the courage of conviction to state economic and social realities. Ronald Reagan was a good example, but Ronald Reagan had scarcely an iota of courage to act on his rhetoric of economic principle—he never authored a balanced budget. Tragically, though, with exception, the Republicans have intervened in areas in which I categorically disagree, namely on the social front, where their neo­conservative positions on religion and lack of patient/individual rights issues are anything but limited—government-and-liberty-based. It is as if they are, in many ways, the neo-inquisition-fundamentalists for faith-based intrusion into personal lives, the new champions of big government versus individual liberty and the values of limited government. Clearly the Democrats are not without some of these same ideologues as well.

For me it is hard to get a fix on either party’s core values when both parties’ modus operandi when on the political-speaking stump is too often built upon bravado, innuendo, and aspersion rather than facts, reason, and collaboration.

The reality for me is that these two parties will eventually, perhaps within an administration or two, actually flip-flop on the issues as I have described them in current terms—perhaps not entirely, but to some degree. Our two-party system’s notion of substantive difference is more opaque than clear. What is different about these groups is that each party is vying for power over the other through appealing to some very different competing special interests. These special-interest groups are, foremost, self-serving, not necessarily for our liberties and common interests, but for their niche organizational goals. I would note that some special-interest groups do have more than organizational self-interest at stake, just as some of the business, social, or environmental agendas may have sound merit. Still, the special interests in this country own the dollars behind political parties, when it would be far better to have a true statesman rally these sometimes disparate groups to work together. I would somewhat argue that party differences are certainly over time obscure, and they are built primarily on the backbone of an us-and-them structural nature. That structural nature is, unfortunately, more about the power of self-interest than the power of liberty, for which this country of America was founded.

I believe nearly everyone would agree it is better when we come together in a cause for liberty and justice, rather than obscure and dilute our common cause through us-and-them politics, or in other words, partisan politics.

As a solution, both parties should routinely revisit their roots and the realities of the day, and tether their leanings to true libertarianism, from which both parties originally sprang as they opposed the governments of previous monarchies. Not that libertarianism in and of itself is the answer, since I also realize it, too, is somewhat utopian. However, it has great fundamentals we should aspire to: individual liberty and limited government.

That is where I am with my politics—and why I still have chosen not to join any one party.

I am very much anti-nationalistic, as I see nationalistic behavior as a dangerous black-and-white idea of “I’m better than you are,” bravado pedestal to be standing on. Good is good; it is not nationalistic or specific to any particular political party. Goodness and sound humane values thrive best when their examples speak for them, not when they pound their chests and disparage others. Humility is the essential key to success here.

Too often Democrats and Republicans are so wrapped up in themselves and their parties, they forget about America or the bigger picture of humanity in general. Partisan politics is the death of leadership and a stumbling block to the ideals America stands for.

It is my understanding that George Washington, the first president of the United States, never believed in the value of political parties. Rather, I suppose, we should have candidates’ debate and then make our ballot-box choices. This may be structurally naïve, but it is a position that has solid benefits as well. It is where I would prefer to see us work from, since the partisanship of our day seems so often self-defeating to America’s enunciated ideals. I would propose we all run for office under our personal platforms in a primary and then in a general election and have a runoff between the two leading candidates. Legislative committee leadership would work in a similar fashion. But then again, this will never happen with the traditions we have virtually enshrined, and it possibly lacks the needed financial reality that political parties supply. However, I think the question is worthy of debate to promote better cooperation, versus competition, within the political process.

Today, our two-party system is much too controlled by the edge groups—neolibs and neocons—and as a result, we are precariously too ideological. Both groups see mecca at the end of their ideological rainbow, but neglect the practical matters necessary regarding the journey to actually get there. That journey is more pragmatic and proposes balance and review based on circumstances. That journey is sometimes liberal and sometimes conservative. This balanced point of view, this sense of statesman-like reason, is lacking in polarized political leadership, and I would add from the public masses, who demagogue with the best of them as well, which often is too partial toward its political party’s platform. Fortunately, the process of democracy intervenes, and we are forced to review the ideological rhetoric from these polarized bodies. This forced review of the pontificating political mix of ideological melodramas, in the end, comes to an often more practical and balanced solution—but not always. When statesmanship is lacking in our leadership, then the democratic process is far too protracted, resulting in our failure to act in an effective, timely manner. It is critical to note that our new high-speed technological era has exponentially changed the playing field of ideas and solutions and the importance of how they are executed in timely manners. Technology waits for no one, and we need to recognize the equivalent necessity of swift and thoughtful, less-protracted political solutions. Either we lead, or we, as a people and a nation, will be led by technology as second-fiddle minstrels to the orchestrated tunes no longer within our control.

The moral of the story is that we can afford to improve and should find the humility and good sense to do so. We need greater balance and reason, not us-and-them processes, dominating the political groups running our country or any enterprise in today’s world, from family to business to governments.

Partisanship needs to take a sedative and rest for the future good of everyone—except the political talking heads, as they might be largely out of work if the ideological mentalities wane, giving way to responsibility.

I also would add the politics of segregation in any form other than perhaps humor, lighthearted camaraderie, and sport, or for specific short-term social goals, is a tricky minefield. Organizations and groups, be they nationalists, businesses, racial, ethnic, religious, political, or even social—often have a proclivity to unite themselves as a group, but divide themselves from and against others to a fault. This so-called diversity can sometimes become more divisive than uniting. It needs to be reasoned out and managed with diligence. We should be building a united front in this life, not a divided one, not one of us-and-them.

In resting my case on this subject, I am going to focus on two quotes. The first quote is humorous but much too true.

A lot has been said about politics; some of it complimentary, but most of it accurate. Eric Idle

The quote above illustrates the politically indigenous proclivity that “all politics are local.” This conventional slide away from integrity into a tangled web many politicians weave to suit a moment’s convenience and self-interest binds and captures too many good individuals to the detriment of all.

Finally is a quote from a politician with some genuine boundless statesmanship, at times, but as time went by in his political career, it looked as if the web of the partisan political weavers was beginning to trap him as well. Nonetheless, this quote stands on its own for the ages. We should continue to take note of such truisms in order to hold at bay those temptations that limit our integrity, and always direct ourselves to continue to grow and avoid the stagnation of accepting what we could otherwise make better.

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

—John F. Kennedy

Make no mistake from my comments about America and its politics. While I believe thoughtfulness and improvement are incumbent upon us to sustain success, we live in the greatest and most successful political experience of the ages.

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Politically Correct

Being Politically Correct means always having to say you’re sorry. 
—Charles Osgood

The politically correct!

Oh, let me hold my fury! Let me find some objective approach to verbalize my view of these folks and the trouble they cause. I may take some liberties here in this section of print to be a bit more pejorative and present my thoughts with not-always-useful language, but for hyperbole’s sake and my own selfish disdain of the self-righteous in this world, I may be drawn to forgo balance and enjoy some richer language regarding these politically correct folks, who in the end, deserve respect, just as anyone does.

“There but for fortune go you or I.”

If I were born at another end of the block or associated with different friends, perhaps I would have taken another view of life, and I hate to say it, a politically correct view! From that frame of mind, I would hope others would still love and care for me and work to broaden my perspectives and improve my behavior toward others and ultimately toward myself.

But for now I may have some pompous fun describing the self-serving and destructive ways of my politically correct friends.

Political correctness affords no quarter to honesty. It makes liars out of people. It is akin to living in the USSR during the iron-curtain era, in Iraq during Saddam Hussein’s reign, or in the United States during the McCarthy days of the 1950s. You can only say what is acceptable, or you will be killed, maimed, disowned, or disparaged.

You certainly cannot be honest.

Political correctness dismantles two-way communication, much like ideologues or theocracies do: you must think as I think and behave as I do, or you will be in grave jeopardy of losing your family, your career, and perhaps, your life.

Political correctness is a demagogue’s righteous indignation at its height of destructive power, based on the ridicule of others and on misinformation, manipulating the ignorant into a fevered pitch that is unfair and destructive to all that would otherwise be honest and good.

Politically correct people disable kindness. They wear their sentimental attitude heavily on their shoulders, ever looking to be kind, but they are anything but.

When I was a manager, I sometimes said in meetings that I did not want political correctness in my meetings; rather, I wanted honesty. It is critical to know how and why people think the way they do. To be a leader, to be a manager, or just to have a semblance of integrity, you cannot allow yourself the selfish luxury of being offended. It was my job to be an objective observer, rather than a victim of someone’s words. Physical behavior is something else altogether, and when behavior directly imparts harm to someone else is where I draw the line between expression and actions. Thinking and expression is fundamental, essential. and incumbent to establish growth, to improve everyone. Words represent; they do not behave.

Responsibility for behavior is, first and foremost, owned by the receiver of information, not the giver. What I mean by that is, I am not responsible for how someone reacts to me, my words or behavior, if it is directed toward who I am.

If I were to hug and kiss someone in a room full of people and someone else is indirectly offended by that action as inappropriate behavior, that is the other person’s (the observer’s) responsibility to manage. I am not responsible for how other people react to me; they are. On the other hand, if I physically hit someone in the mouth, then I have directly impacted him or her with behavior and I am responsible, regardless of the actions that may have provoked the event.

Working in the corporate world for nearly thirty years, I had to periodically attend courses on ethics and sexual harassment. In one of these sexual harassment courses, the instructor used the nearly exact example above about hugging someone in a room as being inappropriate behavior because it might offend someone else. I disagreed with the instructor’s argument since I do not believe I am responsible for how others respond. Other people in the course also argued that their culture instilled in them, as a courtesy, to hug and kiss people. But the instructor argued that the corporation could potentially be sued and that we were to cease and desist from any such behaviors. Hogwash! That was the corporate line to protect themselves. Other corporations, such as Southwest Airlines, which stands out in my mind, broke this politically correct stance and trained and trusted their employees to be smart and sensible, versus the virtual drones we were expected to be.

By the way, only a very small group of people bought into this model of conduct and people still embraced people in my former company, but the rhetoric, in many ways unintentionally, undermined the company’s level of trust in its employees, which in turn diminished the employees’ respect toward the business. With such rhetoric in place, this could then adversely impact the innocent, under the guise of being politically correct and proper.

If I were to be responsible for how people reacted to me, then I could not ever tell them what television shows, movies, or books I have seen or read, because they might think them politically incorrect or just wrong. These politically correct people would then be enabled to claim they were victims based on anything they disagreed with that, in some manner, offended or frightened them. This is, of course, the cultural phase we are currently in, which started around the 1970s, but really found its footing in the 1990s and has progressively created a whole new culture of victims.

I was born in 1950, a time when personal responsibility, rather than victimhood or the blame game, more consistently molded the culture and the character of individuals, a time when teachers were always supported by parents. Some of you will remember of what and when I speak. Believe me, these teachers did not always merit the blind trust of our parents, but it was far better than what has replaced it today, with parents blaming anyone and everyone but their children and themselves for their children’s behavior. Lucrative litigation, by the way, is partly to blame, as it always is easier if you blame someone else, especially those with big pockets, like municipalities. As a result, we now have a very blame-focused society that benefits materially by playing the victim, but sacrifices integrity and self-responsibility in the process. We are raising an entire generation in this mode of consciousness that finds fault with nearly everything and believes in entitlement, which is quite the opposite of previous generations, which put greater reliance on hard work, standards, and personal responsibility.

My youthful years, in which I grew up, were a time when drama was only drama, not the overplayed melodrama that our highly competitive media and our politically correct citizens would rally us to believe today. It was our youth, using both our heads and our hearts, that brought my friends and me the wisdom to deal with the aberrant, rather than sheltered and coddled us from humanity or thought us immediate victims of another’s contrary behavior. That was just life. We were expected to manage ourselves and be guided by the uncelebrated diversity in those days of measured judgments, common sense, and fundamental personal responsibility. Hence, we matured with the sense that humanity is both good and bad by nature. This paradox taught us to understand the good and bad in all people through the collective wisdom of balance, perspective, and understanding, that “there but for fortune, go you or I.”

That culture has profoundly changed, or so it seems to me. As I reflect and look back, I am thankful for the values from my youth, my family, and my friends.

Speaking of teachers from my youth reminds me of a news story I saw about a decade ago, in which a seventeen-year-old girl had a sexual relationship, in fact, a love affair, with a twenty-four-year-old teacher. The mother of the girl was standing over her seated daughter at a televised news conference. The television newsperson asked if she loved the teacher, and she said yes, she did. Immediately, you could see the mother’s face tighten up, tacitly implying that was not what her daughter should be saying. The daughter very timidly followed up with the thought that, “Well, what he did was wrong”—further implying that she was a victim now. The mother took over the interview after that, chastising the school and the teacher.

I tell this story, because what happened between those two lovers was not abnormal behavior when you view it generically. It was a human romance story between relatively similarly aged people. In fact, in some portions of the twentieth century and beyond, this would have been thought a delightful development in many circles. However, given our cultural times, it was frowned upon, with high shame for the teacher and automatic victim status for the student. As I remember, the student was eighteen by the time of the civil case and the news interview. And it was clear the mother portrayed her daughter as a victim, who shared no responsibility.

Had this instance happened when I was going to school, my mother and father would have, by default, put 50 percent of the blame on the student, if there should be blame, and 50 percent on the teacher. But this mother did not allow the daughter to take any responsibility. She was adamant that her daughter was the victim of a heinous act of being in a relationship with a teacher. The daughter seemed to be buying into this position, further eroding the character of this young girl. I would put greater shame on the mother and any other parent who gives impunity to themselves and their children in similar situations.

If these two young people did something destructive and wrong, I would have said shame on both of them. The girl at age seventeen was no child, even considering that the teacher was in a position of authority. If people will remember back a few years, it was not uncommon for people to get married at twelve and thirteen in this country, and culturally throughout history, any time after puberty was thought to be the marrying age in many cultures. Even if it is wiser to not get married so young, is it actually immoral, as one might infer from the attitudes in our culture today?

I know of a woman who had just turned fourteen when she married a twenty-one-year-old man, and by age eighteen she had four children. Today, just imagine what the politically correct would have thought of this woman’s husband. The standards for morality, when it comes to relationships and sex, have certainly been arbitrary. They change depending on when and where you live and who is setting the social standards. Historians will tell you that Mary, the mother of Jesus, has been thought to have married Joseph, a thirty-three-year-old man, at twelve or thirteen years of age, which was the norm in those days, and she also had several children at a young age, the first of course with the claim of a virgin birth. Yet our glorious, politically correct, who find trouble when there often is none, may have had Joseph up on pedophile or child-molestation charges if given the opportunity in today’s world.

The point of these stories is not to make light of using your head when engaging in sexual behavior or when engaging in relationships that deserve additional review, but that personal responsibility and equity have all but been abandoned when we measure how to assign objective responsibility in these cases. This is in part to credence given to these new modern-day fundamentalists called the politically correct.

Our whole civil justice system needs better guidelines or better juries and judges, because the victim syndrome of the last couple of decades has eroded much of our common sense when deciding cases for the plaintiffs. In life, whether you decide to smoke cigarettes, drive a car, have surgery, or engage in sexual relationships, you own some share of responsibility and cannot blame everyone else for failures within your chosen engagements in life, unless malice or clear and absolute gross negligence can be proven.

That is rarely the way the current system always works in reality. It should, but it does not.
When I went to school in my primary and secondary years, self-responsibility was, in my view, more fundamental, versus the victimhood that has replaced it today. In contrast, today if a teacher in some circles even touches a student, the teacher can be accused of misconduct and essentially held guilty until proven innocent. The student is almost always treated as the victim; in fact, the teachers are held up to ridicule and are impugned when they often have done nothing wrong except care enough to try to manage a given situation that required an adult’s physical or verbal intervention.

When I was a young student, I believe the majority of my friends, in most cases but not all, were in general more mature in some respects, because we understood and dealt with issues that today might make a young person think he or she were somehow a victim of inadvertent and innocuous actions, and consequently fail to show any sensitivity, understanding, or responsibility in a given situation. If young people have a sound family (mother and/or father, guardian(s), etc.) that supports personal responsibility, they will be responsible, but without that strong family support, they will often take the line of least resistance. Today that line is to become a victim and leverage your youth and presumed vulnerable status in society. That is a sad reality, and the real victims are all of us in the end. Personal responsibility is important. However, personal responsibility is removed from the politically correct paradigm. Victimhood is understood as the norm, not the exception.

That appears to be changing. Our society is beginning to question the motives and merits of these politically correct criers. There is an emerging recognition of the apparent over-reactive hype that is often orchestrated by so-called victims today. It literally pays to be a victim; it pays to stay sick or you will lose your government benefits, and so forth. This cycle of victim status is becoming as indigenous to our culture as individuality and hard work once were. I hope change in our society is coming soon, because this superficial victim status most importantly debases and diminishes true heinous acts upon real victims.

The politically correct are our neo-fascists, neo-fundamentalists, and neo-ideologues disguised as utopian saints. They are insidious and lost as to how to manage themselves, let alone others. Be wary of the politically correct. As George Bernard Shaw might have put it, “They can turn truth inside-out like a glove” at the drop of a hat, and they will, if victimhood can be attained.

Honesty is a better policy.

Please do not mistake sensitivity in language for the politically correct. Sensitivity is a quality in individuals that has great value, but to stifle or sacrifice honesty for sensitivity is a critical mistake, and one that must be managed with wisdom and good sense. There are clearly vulgate, informal, and formal modalities of language. There are appropriate forums in which to engage each of them, but the politically correct have taken this concept of properly socialized behavior to excessive abstracts, which has transformed the values of self-responsibility and common sense into far less-valued commodities of behavior. Self-responsibility, self-reliance, and common sense are essential for character and appropriate action. Unfortunately our current cultural tide of an either-or-black-and-white belief system, born of the politically correct, has taken away the mix of grays that both sides of an issue have in common. It has taken away the middle ground by which personal responsibility, common sense, pragmatism, and mutual understanding operate.

The ability to reason and understand the myriad circumstances involved when making decisions is what makes us humans and not automatons. Each situation has its own set of circumstances and deserves review, sometimes mitigation and understanding, and sometimes the full weight of difficult consequences. To be human requires judgment; if it required less, we would be mere drones and robots, responding at an amoebic level to stimuli. We are not amoeba; we are evolved self-aware beings, which have a higher standard and responsibility beyond taking the simple solution and meting out laws and behavior requirements that do not also consider context.

I want to also mention how oppressive political correctness can be in group settings. For instance, in many academia circles, which can be either liberal or conservative, this stranglehold from group political correctness is the greatest of oppressions. It is based in psychological terms on groupthink.

Groupthink is very simply explained as when you are in a group environment where the majority thinks one way, if you do not agree with the groupthink, you are a vile pariah. Integrity is not respected in such environments, and worse, not allowed within groupthink organizations, save by way of pseudo-acceptance rhetoric. There is an uneasy emotionalism or outright indignation within such groups. These groups carry a very emotional edge that limits the value and execution of logical or open communication. In such groups, diversity of thought is intellectual suicide for those without a strong constitution or a wish to be possibly ostracized or demoted in their careers. You must think as the others do within the group, or you are simply a swine or worse.

You find these behaviors often in youthful groups, such as on college campuses or other almost cultish organizations that have a holier-than-though, rather immature, and sometimes bombastic nature. As these groups mature, they do begin to lessen their emotionalism, replacing it with understanding or respect for the other side of an issue, however appalling, as the picture of life eventually broadens for them. But as young neophytes, by way of a new job, a new subject study course, or some change in their life, which uncovers the richness of having an identity through thinking for themselves, they can awaken intellectual passions to the point of zealot-like behaviors, giving their cause an imbalance that is rebuffed for its angered/passionate indignant edge, not always for its merits. In other words, indignation and callow quests for believing in what is right often rally these individuals to causes to the point where rationality and understanding are lost.

Conversely, maturity understands and demonstrates respect even for those so-called scoundrels in life, since you or I could be your very opponents simply by an unchosen different upbringing.

It is so very important to learn as soon as possible in this life that wise people clearly state the truth, but with a glint in their eye and compassion in their heart for the other person’s position, for the other person is sometimes only a duped pawn opposing them. This is the bedrock of maturity and respect, which are essential components of decent enlightened sentient beings, such as Jesus, Mohammad, Buddha, Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama, and the Gandhi’s and Albert Schweitzer’s of this world.

In other words, think before you speak, and then continue to think again and again and always admit mistakes as you continue to mature. Let your mission be humility and caring for all. In contrast, avoid being an indignant politically correct person. Political correctness more often than not only illustrates an undisciplined, unruly child, shaking his or her rattler for identity and attention, and ultimately underpins the behavior for which wars are fought. Make no mistake: we all at some point contribute to warring behavior, but we should fight the hardest of battles within ourselves not to do so.

Political correctness is a judgment-based system outside of context. It is ideologically self-righteous and one of the human race’s great disgraces. The mischief these people have invoked on society through their pseudo-art of black-and-white intellectual judgment and discourse bankrupts reason while rewarding demagoguery.

It is rhetoric all wrapped up in catch-22, lily-white language that sounds good, but is anything but. It lacks understanding, balance of thought, and critical reason, extrapolating with demagoguery when any chance may arise. Political correctness also repels any honest discourse with individuals with the wrath of a psychological indignation fit for the great religious inquisitions of the Middle Ages. The politically correct do not respect opponents; they crucify them.

Political correctness is the insidious tool of either selfish scoundrels or unfortunate, poorly reasoned thinkers.

In either case, political correctness is shameful stuff.

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Picture of Physics: According to Human Sentient Thought from Imagination…

Classic and Quantum Physics

Issue One: Gravity

M & M = G

Gravity the missing element in the so-called theory of Everything, ((the missing particle (theoretical graviton) in particle physics)) as Gravity currently appears not to have been created as the other 3 and perhaps more forces have been – by quantum mechanics.  Note: the other 3 forces of nature, that we know about, as they may even be more…  Are the week, strong, and Electromagnetic, which are clearly derived from quantum mechanics.

It appears to me that actually Mass = Gravity, however Mass and Motion are so entangled, I have included both of them in the formula above.  This is all speculative naturally, but intuitive to myself.

Mass, Motion and Gravity are inseparable and are gauged in value of strength by the proximity with other objects.

All matter in motion have kinetic Energy and Mass and therefore are subject to creating, and yes, even the so-called massless photon, the necessary changes of direction of themselves or other objects, whether at an Event Horizon, or at a Quantum Level of nil-negligible effect.

Quantum Waves are part of this nil effect and appear to be exempt from impact. These phenomena of either “Entanglement” or “Superposition’s”, is another subject; but it helps me better accept INFIINITY, which is not definable (No Alpha or Omega) to a sentient finite person, as all things seem connected at a possible quantum-level or even a pre-quantum-level.  Meaning that Infinity is both actually here and not here in the same place at the same time.  Again, do not dwell on this subject, as it digresses from my previous point primarily about the phantom thing, however very real thing — we call Gravity, that seems to elude connection to the Quantum World…

The notion that Gravitons are real is possibly a misnomer.  They in fact may in theory be a new particle that someone will assume to be a Graviton, but is it really?

The Higgs-Boson, may in fact give particles some mass (perhaps), but Motion alone will give rise to Mass.  Mass = Motion.  Just think of the first few seconds before the possible so-called, INFLATION, Mass still was here, but were the Particles of Particle Physics?  Was Matter?  Where they not an evolution of our first mass of Infinitely Hot Plasma from the so-called Big Bang Theory, without the Higgs-Boson or other particles, yet manifest?  Thus Mass = Gravity just as Motion = Mass.

It is not complicated.  In the Beginning of our own CMB Universe, as there may be infinitely more CMB’s, within the Infinite Space-Time Universe, the fundamental nature of the CMB, Began as pure Energy at seemingly infinite levels of temperatures.  Remember E = M and this formula is interchangeable.  From this Energy, the matter of the Quantum began, and then macro matter developed by way of evolution, hundreds of thousands of years later which equals Motion and Mass that gave us Gravity.  M = M and visa-versa – thus Gravity is Manifest.

In other words, Perhaps Ultimately: Gravity is a by-product of other kinetic and original quantum forces and therefore possibly a RESULTIVE Force.  Perhaps not a manifest creation from the Quantum Mechanical World…  From which we all exist…

Note: This is all supposition, but it seems, lacking in the discussion from many a publication…

Einstein, Bohr’s and many others, were Magnificent and Brilliant, but is every binary bit of their universal reasoning, actually the full picture?  I as many others would suggest, not as of yet…

And even more than that, we need to conclude as we expand our knowledge, that INFINITY, is and never will be explainable, as to do so would merely put parameters on it, and thus it would be merely, Finite…

Issue Two: Communication Will Travel – Instantly!

Communication Supersedes the Speed of Light…  NOTE:  This never includes actual macro matter traveling at the speed of light or faster, only information: I am only using macro matter to be receptors, to receive and initiate already Entangled Particles, as I do fully believe that “Communication” may ride/engage the phenomenon of Entanglement…  However, I would also NOTE, I also believe that “Atom” sized Databases, which are now being developed, could even reduce the need for much larger macro Hardware and Software, thus making this so practical that I could transmit the entire Library of Congress, instantaneously…

I have read by many that Communication cannot be superseded by any means, past the constriction of the Speed of Light, or just, slightly there under the Speed of Light, as physicists would clearly argue that they believe a photon is massless. Side Note: (I would caution that nothing is massless, that is in kinetic motion or so it would seem… And further note: that the mass of a Laser produces potentially insatiable Energy:  Hence Mass is Energy and Visa Versa, as science has come to reason.)

Therefore, let me ask a question of the Scientific Community:  If I had multiple, at least a byte (8-bit ASCII) sized quantity of macro mechanical or software wafers mounted on the Earth and as well on the planet Mar’s; would not theoretically a set of photon’s or more practically protons, or some molecule’s which are ENTANGLED at each site, provide the means to Communicate a simple command?  Extrapolate that proposition to mega numbers of hardware and software, and the possibilities to COMMUNICATE, faster that the speed of light, appears to be possible.  Certainly Existence in our CMB is entirely made from a binary (0 & 1) base both within Classical and Quantum Physics.  Given that:  At the most simplistic level of communication – perhaps a single bit or qubit could be captured by hardware and software in different places, a thus could signal a device to simply “Turn on or Off” via Entanglement.   Therefore, time delays based on the Speed of Light, would be superseded, and communication would respond Instantaneously, as if Earth and Mars where truly local.  The technology would take time, but it is not out of the realm of possibility, I do not believe…

Please always recall what Einstein said:

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

Russ Otter   russotter@verizon.net


PS… One more Issue, to consider: Please…

Updated: Document: 4/25/2016 & Modified 5/16/2016

Issue Three:  What others call, Perpetual Motion, I call “Continuous Motion”: This will no doubt be scowled at, but I have thought of it since I was a child, and built models in my head…  I do think it is possible to create what is essentially perpetual motion, but I call it continuous motion, for the simple reason that all things atrophy, and need to have replacements parts made.

I have two models:

1. Which uses various strength magnets, along with gravity.

2. This uses natural “Static Electricity” along with both Linear and Non-Linear motion, coupled with Gravity, and a simple solenoid.

  • If these work as I assume they will, then we can generate free energy into HEAT, and from that comes relatively free Energy.

These natural elements of Gravity, Electrostatics along with leveraging dimensional motion by way of using both Linear and Non-Linear forms, all but eliminate the need for ever using fossil fuels.  And possibly could enable all people to have an energy system to run their own dwellings (Home’s), for which I believe would better unite the world.

NOTE:  The second-law of thermodynamics is not sacrosanct, as if it does not break, it certainly bends, if you apply “Maxwell’s demon – thought experiment”, and the new research in that area. [Ref: New Scientist May 14-20 2016 “What is Information.”]  However, I believe by changing the rules of Classical Physics, or re-thinking our application of them, it is also possible to achieve heretofore results not imagined…  I know this will give many laughable pause…  But we are far from knowing all things…
Even those we believe  iron-clad…

I speak more about this in a book I wrote, as a legacy for family and friends, called “Swimming in Cosmic Soup” (Philosophical and Physics musings on Life in the Twenty-First Century). NOTE: Must be the Second Edition, to review my lay thoughts on the Physics in the book.

FYI:  I would add, Amazon, and B&N, still try to sell old copies of my first treatise, which does not include my Physics musings.  Which are Chapter 2, and Part 2 of the book.  I would advise anyone who may try to download it or buy it, to use www.iuniverse.com rather than the other online book stores which, may not have the most recent updates.


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Recommendation: Rodney A. Brooks, (Fields of Color) Re: Quantum Field Theory (QFT) 5-Stars

Book Review:

It is the summer of 2015, and I just found a book, that taught me a great deal, both from the intuitive and scientific sides of existence…  It’s primary focus was on Quantum Field Theory (QFT), which is not the same by any measure, to Quantum Mechanics (QM).  I too have written a book recently, and only wish in some ways I had read this book first.  As both books reach into the Physics – that is – in my view often wiser, than todays majority of Physicist’s thinking’s.

Fields of Color (The theory that escaped Einstein), by Rodney A. Brooks, captures a full life-time of physics, with intuition, and a history, well worth the engagement for anyone interested at all in life and existence.

For me, it gave credibility to my own rhetoric and intuition about life.  I did not agree with it entirely, nor would anyone with my own book: “Swimming in Cosmic Soup” (Philosophical and Physics musings on life in the twenty-first century), by Russ Otter.

Quantum Field Theory (QFT), gives common sense voice to such things as irascible, as “Entanglement”, “Superposition’s”, and even the “Infinite” and “Finite”, through the communication link known as “Fields” and “Field Collapse”.

It was worth the read…  You may need some understanding of some basics regarding Physics, but do not feel fully lost – at it is often difficult subject matter.  I know it was often difficult for me.  As even the best of Physicists often will have to re-think the jargon they are engaged in.  In general this book was written so anyone is enabled to grasp the essence…  And if you are a Physics or Science buff, I think you will find it outstanding!

Just my brief review of a grand book, about our often unknowable life and times…
Russ Otter

Final poetic comment to help confuse – no doubt:
“Qunta/Quantum as with Truth, is but a Province of the Whole.”

So goes Philosophy:  So goes Physics
(There is more than meets the finite mind…)

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EVIL in Modern Times (Dark Ages Returned)

EVIL in Modern Times – Dark Ages Returned –

A New Day has sprung upon us. It goes by many names, which are usually clocked in the ethereal Spector of a God. Brought to us by the ancients and their rhetoric of control and hate toward the masses, who did not obey them. The unifying name of these groups, was built upon the notion of a God, who has willed them through the Koran, the Judeo-Christian Bible and other cultish relics of Religions, for which have been the instruments that have enslaved humanity, condones concubines, believe in only an Eye for an Eye, the burning of so-called witches, and the destruction of other innocents in the name of correctness, good and right.

Nothing could be more distant from the truth, than these new clergy, clad in hidden “Sheep-Skin” attire – with EVIL as their bread and butter, and criminal treatment of others who simply think other than they do…

These relics of behavior from the past, are re-birthing in the 21st Century. This is a Crime against Humanity. And I offer myself as a martyr, if it were possible to stop this atrocity against humanity.  If so, then these organizations could gladly choose to destroy me in the name of Allah or God. Because I believe in  “Freedom” and “Honor”, not Hypocrisy.

As I believe in the “Golden Rule” and to “Do No Harm”, in this life, not to destroy innocence…

Fanatics’, both Religious and Secular are at the forefront of this new Dark Age.

All peoples, and humanity who do not submit to the “Golden Rule” and to “Do No Harm” (Hippocratic Oath), should be dismantled, altered; in other words disavowed as legitimate forms of a government, Religion or organization ruling any person or persons. They should be deemed “EVIL” by every core of their beings and either eliminated or incarcerated on this civil and law abiding Earth.

We all have governments signed on to the United Nations, for which Eleanor Roosevelt, obtained a unanimous vote for “FREEDOM” as the mainstay of our relations and treatment of all peoples.

That edict and commitment has been gravely violated in the most ruthless and thoughtless of fashions with the new Religious and Cultural rhetoric of the past – now in the new re-enlivened religious and cultural monsters of the day in the era of the 21st Century.

So where is the leadership? Where is the United Nations? Who is standing for Goodness? I dare say a wimpy and slovenly set of world leaders, who will not call a reality a reality. An Ace an Ace… Where are the Ronald Regan’s?: Who said: “Mr. Gorbachev” tear down this wall.” Along with his rhetoric of an “EVIL EMPIRE”, must go. What about the Gandhi’s, the Dr. Kings, and the decent in this world who fought for justice and high standards, not privilege or extra assistance, but fairness that was both Color Blind and Kind in the worst of circumstances. These leaders are needed today, but we have none! [PERIOD] And it is a disgrace to this world.

I call on all leaders to address my issues, and that of millions of others.

The current tide of EVIL, by way of cultural and religious doctrines that would deny others FREEDOM, is an appalling and criminal act. We need leaders, countries, hence the United Nations of our modern and civilized human beings to take action and arrest these EVIL and Willful thugs, called by religious names to be altered or abolished, either by death or incarceration to grace this planet with the decency it and all people deserve.

I do not choose their death as a first act. I call for their incarceration. Isolated from the public, in order that good people of good choices may live independent lives of free and decent choice.

So please, bequest the United Nations or any Leader of any stripe, to take on this battle and eradicate the EVIL we are trying to be led to – as some mode of Religious Justice. It is of EVIL born of ignorance and must be laid to rest.

I am 64 years old, but I will fight for this cause. As EVIL, must not perverse our young to be imbued from the texts of the ancient writings and misadjust the future of humankinds scientific and humane truths.

To Quote:

Jesus said: “Do on to others as you would do to yourself”

Mohammed said: All God’s creatures are his family; and he is the most beloved of God who does most good to God’s crea­tures.”

Take these quotes and ponder them. They hold the truth. Any of the other rhetoric beyond these “Truths” are empty. These “Truths” are the core, and only the core. And they do not imply the destruction of others or lack of Freedom of others [PERIOD].

So, I believe profoundly, that all who work for Allah, or God, by killing and torturing others are Infidels, themselves. They are EVIL and will only reap what they sow…

But while this world is here, where are the Leaders? To articulate and enunciate clearly the names of these misguided Jihadists, and who can truly lead us into paradise, not the useless and unnecessary destruction of which we are currently embarked upon now?

I ask you all in this editorial to please consider contacting someone, our Congressperson, Senator, President or Friends, to press the issue of “Goodness” in the world and demand some level of plain spoken leadership. And then Action. As it is horribly appalling, at the level of emptiness our leaders are demonstrating in this day and age, fallowing a re-birth of the Dark Ages, torturing and killing the beautiful innocence of life. And all in the name of a God!

Thank You, Russ Otter


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New Edition of “Swimming in Cosmic Soup” out in 1/2014

This is a book of who I am, of what I believe is important, and the possibilities of Science and its Physics to change the world for the better.

It will soon be available at www.amazon.com and www.bn.com and so on.  Most online book stores in late 1/2014.  Do not buy the first treatise version.  Buy only if it says “Second Edition“.  Search the online websites by entering in my name “Russ Otter” or the book title “Swimming in Cosmic Soup” to find it on these online websites.  The hardcover edition is a great coffee table or bookshelf copy of the book, but the E-book or softcopy carry the same vision…  Cheers and Thanks to all who review this book.

Here is a brief of its contents as reviewed by the distribution company www.iUniverse.com

“Our cosmic soup is in an endless churn, changing the circumstances of events
from moment to moment. Russ Otter swims in this cosmic soup every waking
moment, to discover, learn, fail, and grow. In this, the second edition of his
Swimming in Cosmic Soup from his lifelong quest for understanding, truth, and peace.

This study provides a review of the scientific knowledge we have of our
universe, presented in easy-to-understand terms, and a suggestion of what
this might mean to us. It takes a look at religion from a new perspective,
one in which all sentient people can enjoy a loving, religious life whose
teachings are removed from human extrapolations, rituals, suppositions, and
institutions. It also offers a pragmatic view of theocratic histories—and the
fallout we are living with today as a result.

Otter presents an examination—using responsibility, freedom, and ethics—
of the politically correct culture that leaves no stone unturned for the
mischief this is brought down upon society, along with a look at the nature
of politics and the direction of his own politics, coupled with the ultimate
force and value of humor.

In this study, Otter presents an engaging ride through philosophy, history,
and science as he questions assumptions and the great unknowns of mystery,
discovery, and hope.”


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A Friend of Mine…

A Friend of Mine…

I have a friend, a conundrum in itself, I well know… Regardless of the caliber of our friendship, he is a considered friend. And he said something to me the other day around Christmas time, that he had decided to treat others nicer, for the rest of what days he has left on this, not so often nice planet of ours.

I Know! We can argue the niceties or not of the planet and its people another day. But for me, the nice people throughtout time, have been the great minority. That is proven mathematically – time and time again.

But now: Back to my friend, whose resolution, hit me as a seminal moment. As my friend had always carried himself with an arrogant dignity, which on many occasion precluded him to evaluate a given situation, and respond based upon circumstance, rather than with his (In Your Face) ideological bent, as if entitled, and dismissed others out of hand, for good! Regardless of anothers person’s Circumstance, such as they might just be having a bad day, and he failed to consider the foibles, we all carry, at any given moment. However our poor moments in time, do not necessarily reflect – our overbidding character.

And my friend was previously – oblivious to this fact. A big mistake, for which he mentioned, to me the other day, as he witnessed when he responded with greater understanding, it seemed to come back to him positively in Spades…

My friend acknowledged he had modeled his life after, the ol’ “Rat Pack” for those of you who may remember those boys, but in the end, he was learning that Kindness was King, not Images. By the way the ol’ “Rat Pack” were folks that also did insatiable good in the world too…

That is a great resolution for all to ponder and hopefully engage in this New Year of 2012.

Understanding and Thougtfulness, should nearly always trump, reactive, failed humanity on our parts. And by “Humanity”, I mean the understanding that we are all both “Good” and “Bad”, and that understanding and thoughtfulness, with a glean in your eye that understands the bigger picture, should always win out.

That Apologies are superior to Arrogance…

Simply said: It is nice to be nice.

To have perspective, that shadows your behaviors not in the glory of ego, but in the quite of caring, and being the Peacemaker!

To All a more thoughtful New Year. And as my friend essentially said:

A Nicer Year from Us All…


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