Last year's contentious election and its aftermath as well as my growing involvement with organizations helping active duty military members, retired, and veterans distracted me from creative writing. Now I'm back with a new short story that I hope you'll enjoy.
My immediate plans are to clean up my short stories and publish a book of my favorites, then resume writing my Korean War novel and other projects that have been waiting. Thank you for your patience
Oh Dark Thirty
If you have never read 1984 by George Orwell, you really should. It explains a lot about life in these times. If you have, read it again and see if you don't agree.
Yes, I used an alternative spelling of “Americans” to make a point. We the People are changing. Well, to put a fine point on it, some are different. Thus, while you and I may be American, there is a new breed among us. Let's call them “Amerikans”. No, I'm not saying that they're bad and we're good. It's just that we're different, different enough that government “...of the people, by the people, and for the people...” will have to change. Amerikans demand that it change for them. That's why they're rioting in the streets, assaulting Americans, and taking offense at virtually everything
Limited government, as described in the Constitution, only works for people who are ready and able to accept responsibility for themselves, their words, and their actions. People who have lived with parents who gave them everything, need a government that will give them everything. People who have been protected from things that hurt their feelings (like losing a game or failing a test), need to be protected from having their feelings hurt by their government. People who fear responsibility cannot be granted freedom because every freedom comes with responsibility.
I do. I always did. Board games back in the day. Card games too. Then came electronic games. Hand held consoles like Nintendo. Computer-based games. On line games. It was keep up or kiss them goodbye.
I decided to keep up. Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO). Simulations. Adventure. Real Time Strategy (RTS). Action. Stealth Shooter. Combat. First Person Shooter (FPS). Sports. Role Playing (RPG). Educational. Well, I tried to keep up. The MMO's are beyond my dexterity (or lack of it). However, I have developed some skill with FPS.
To be completely honest, one of the Adventure games, Minecraft®, really got my attention. I am a frustrated architect and Minecraft allows me to build all types of structures. And, my granddaughters love them. (Secretly, I think they brag about the worlds their grandpa creates.)
Disney exemplifies the lessons I learned from two other great companies: Vlasik and Toyota. The first built its success on the rock solid foundation of market domination much like Disney dominates the market for family entertainment. The second built its success by empowering its employees. Disney clearly demonstrated its mastery of this facility when my family and I embarked on a Caribbean Cruise on the Disney Fantasy during this past Thanksgiving Week
In the interests of full disclosure, I can't compare my experience with other cruises. I've never taken another. My fifty years of sailing doesn't compare. You don't have someone tending to your every need when you're piloting your own pleasure craft or working as a topmast sailor on a tall ship. No, this was an entirely different sort of experience. I suppose that others may do it as well as Disney Cruise Lines (DCL), but I can't image how they could do it better.
Like everyone else, Fidel was many things, many different things. What he was and what he became were vastly different images of the man. What he appeared to be depended on your point of view and the age at which you viewed him.
Let's talk. It's better than fighting or rioting. The election of 2016 has raised an issue and given us a perfect example to compare the Electoral College system of selecting a President vs a popular vote. Neither candidate this year, Hillary nor Donald, is popular, so we needn't be distracted by personalities. No one can predict how either might perform as President or what challenges they will face, so let's not allow ourselves to be distracted by hysterical premonitions. Also, don't be distracted by the fact that one camp is celebrating and the other rioting. There are always winners and losers in Presidential elections. We can't simply give both sides participation trophies and call it a draw. Let's just focus on the voting system.
Clearly, one candidate won a simple majority of the popular vote and the other won a vast majority of the majorities in the separate voting districts. However, because of the uneven distribution of the American population, the resulting Electoral vote count resulted in a simple majority for one over the other. Those are the facts bearing on the issue.
I'm writing this a the ballots are being cast. I have no clue as to whom will be the victor: Hillary or Donald. However, I know with great certainty, regardless of who wins, who will be the loser: We the People. In fact, we've already lost. Can you argue? Look at the choices.
I know. You're ready to stop reading. You're tired of this election. Well, so am I. Really tired. I voted already and I don't want to hear any more about it. However, if we look away and lose ourselves in other problems, we're going to face another election just like it, maybe worse, four years from now.
Come hide with me down under. I've discovered a slice of it in New Zealand, on Acorn TV. There's room for you too.
Look, life sucks, especially during a presidential election year. Especially during this presidential election year. We're struggling to cobble together some rational basis to vote for one or the other of the two worst candidates in history. Forget about the fringe candidates. Their quixotic runs are doomed. Like me, I bet you've made up your mind and it's time to get away from the fanatics who actually believe that either candidate is God's answers to our problems.
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