A New Jerseyan
Let me start by saying that I didn’t vote for any of the balloted candidates in the recent Election. My candidate, written in with due consideration of what that act meant, was Mike (Michael Gregory) Rowe. If we were headed for a Celebrity, at least I would choose one that had some sense about him: Mr. Rowe, even in response to the flames he receives, is ever gracious. He appears to have put some thought into the things he has put into the media in general. For the uninitiated, he believes that there are still jobs in the American economy with which people willing to work hard and smart can achieve “The American Dream”. When I was a young man, the American Dream was relatively simple and straightforward: Work at something that will allow you to support yourself and your family in relative comfort, own a home, own a car.
This has changed over the course of many years. There seems to be an almost exclusive emphasis on hoarding wealth and power, or at least, influence. I see this on the right side of the political spectrum in gaining wealth and on the left in gaining influence. The problem with both approaches, IMHO, is that they both, inherently, will disenfranchise some group or groups. The solutions that have gotten a lot of play in the Media (social and otherwise) have all dealt with the “redistribution” of wealth and influence. The subtext of “redistribution” is, “I will keep whichever I already have; you will give me a portion of that which I don’t.” Much has been made of “The 1%”, always referring to money. The “deep Left” wants to see the “1%” not be quite so 1%-ish. News flash: there will always be a 1%. Certainly statistically, just as certainly politically and financially. Even in deeply Socialist and Communist countries- they are the political Oligarchs.
I am politically Conservative- that just means that I want you to have and exercise your individual and civil liberties. I’m almost 60 years old. I’m on my second career. My second career is one I could have and should have entered quite some time ago, had I known that it was an option. I got my entry to it by way of self-study and Certification. I have a Bachelors Degree. The Bachelors is the new High School Diploma. The devaluation of the basic college degree is, or should be a cause for concern. There was, in the recent campaign, a great deal of pandering to all who aspire to a college degree. Not necessarily a “useful” college degree, just a degree. Alas, Secondary schools have been changing focus slowly over the years from academics and achievement to producing not necessarily effective, productive citizens but “nice” ones. Liberal Arts curricula have gone from emphasizing academic rigor to political indoctrination. Civil discourse has ceased to be civil, and there’s very little discourse. It has become more important in recent times to accept Narrative over Truth, Truth over Fact.
And finally… At this point, I see fewer years ahead of me than behind me. This brings me no despair; I’m in good company and it’s “just the way things go…”, although I have become something of a Zionist in my dotage (No, I don’t think President Trump will be any benefit here). Having said that, I fear that my Tribe will face an ever-increasing amount of misinformation about Israel, and just basic Jew-hatred that is generally accepted in the social and journalistic media and governmental politics worldwide.
Well… That’s about it for me. It would be great if we, as a nation could step back from the ledge. Can’t see that happening very soon.