Monday, February 21, 2011

Just some notes from Dean!

Since the remarkable election of November, 2010, my professional responsibilities have left me unable to follow politics as I had previously. I have tried to stay engaged, however, and have been encouraged by much of what I have read and seen.

The House Republican majority have done what they said they would do. They have voted to repeal Obamacare. This will not pass the democratic controlled senate, nor Obama’s veto pen, but it is a promise kept. They have also begun the process of defunding this evil bill and that will do nothing but encourage my support of their efforts. I am especially pleased that Renee Ellmers, a lady I supported and worked hard to elect, has followed through on her promise. She has voted in favor of all of the above. You go, girl!

In the meantime, much of the liberal press has responded, with great reverence, about the events in Egypt and the Middle East. The press wants, very badly, to attribute these revolutions as freedom-based and directly related to Pharaoh Obama’s outreach to the Muslim world. What a laugher.

Some reporters have questioned locals about Obama’s relevance to the current situations only to find that, despite their desire to find extreme loyalty to the Great One World Leader Barrack Hussein Obama, the people who are instrumental in these uprisings could care less about our great leader. That makes perfect sense. People who are involved in these uprisings want to believe that they have done so on their own. My fear is that, in their belief that they have created a freer Egypt, they have opened the door for a more tyrannical leadership that is Sharia law based. There is nothing free about that form of government.

I recently turned fifty years of age. That means that I am watching the end of my world and the beginning of others. American society has changed a great deal during my time on this earth. My father will say the same thing. His father would have said the same. Could my grandfather have predicted that today’s youth would be proficient in the use of computers and cell phones? I doubt it. My own father, when he turned fifty, probably could not have envisioned a day when his great grandchildren would know as much about playing a DVD as he does.

It doesn’t matter. Life is about change. My new position requires that I supervise several people to accomplish a task. In addition, I have been tasked with the responsibility of engineering a great deal of change in an environment that has not experienced that kind of change in more than fifty years. Along with that, my grandson, who has lived with my wife and me for almost the first three years of his life, is about to move to Virginia. Change is coming. The journey is ongoing. We can accept it, deny it, or participate in it. I will participate.

Sheila and I are going to present a plan to Senator Richard Burr regarding voting mechanisms for military personnel. They have been one of the most abused and abandoned voting blocks in modern American history. My wife and I believe that, before anyone else is allowed to vote, our military heroes should be allowed to vote. If you have any ideas about this they would be greatly appreciated. The senator has already requested our presence and ideas. Change is coming. Let’s be a part of it!

1 comment:

James said...

Thanks for today's post. Just one tickler on the subject of military voting. Career politicians know the dirty little secret about the military as a voting bloc-- As a general rule, soldiers, sailors, and airmen don't vote. Strage but true. They just don't vote.

Some of the rationale stems from the apolitical nature of the armed forces, where purely political discussions are discouraged and criticism of the senior elected officials (like the SecDef and Commander in Chief) is forbidden. Sadly, this leads to voting apathy among the rank and file.

Another contributing factor for not voting is the transient nature of the armed forces. Frequent relocations disrupt voting patterns, plus voter registration procedures vary from state to state. Further, absentee voting from one's home state is often complicated or tedious to accomplish.

Only the most highly motivated military voters regularly do their civic duty in voting, and usually they accomplish that task only for general elections in Presidential election years. Still, I agree that we need to push for remote voting reform-- using the internet and 2-factor authentication --for the military who are deployed abroad. It isn't that hard to implement...just takes a little political push in Washington.

Godspeed in carrying the torch on this one.


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