Land of the free and the home of the brave

America, land of the free and the home of the brave – not anymore. Today we have the land of the mean and the home of the bully. There is no political debate only politcal shouting matches. Each side accusing the other of being unamerican, traitors, haters, ho’s sluts and bitches. Politics used to be called the art of compromise. Iin todays political climate however compromise is a dirty word and considered a sign of weakness.

And that would be fine if we were a small country with one set of beliefs for one type of people. But we are not, we are a diverse country with many different beliefs and a leader on the world stage. The sooner we recongnize that the sooner we can get start making Amercia into the greatest country in the world. Not the strongest military or greatest consumers but a country that leads by example – one that respects the ideas of others and is willing to help those in need.

It’s not how you treat yourself that determine what kind of person you are, it’s how you treat others.

So You Want to be President – Learn to Play a Musical Instrument

President Harry S. Truman, the man in the White House when the United States intervened on behalf of the millions of innocent people who were being displaced and massacred by Hitler’s Nazi Germany, claimed to have practiced his piano lessons for two hours every morning during his childhood. Likewise, President Warren Harding was said to be able to play every instrument except the trombone and the clarinet. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) played the organ. Of course we all remember President Clinton and his saxophone, but did you know that President Nixon was an accomplished pianist?

And more recently a girl who was a musician long before she became an academic and then a world-famous diplomat, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a very accomplished classical pianist. As she was growing up in the Rice home music was a family affair, and as early as age 3 Condi played piano at family gatherings. Her Dad was a minister and she often accompanied her organist Mother in church. The name “Condoleezza” is from the Italian phrase con dolcezza, which refers to playing music “with sweetness.” While other kids in her neighorhood were playing outdoors, she was more likely to be found practicing the piano or reading a book.

Stand by Me

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid, no I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

First they came for the communists,
and I did not speak out–because I was not a communist;

Then they came for the socialists,
and I did not speak out–because I was not a socialist;

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I did not speak out–because I was not a trade unionist;

Then they came for the Jews,
and I did not speak out–because I was not a Jew;

Then they came for me–  and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Martin Niemoeller
Protestant minister and concentration camp survivor

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