All isn’t lost. We can fix this….

22 04 2013

The republicans have a relatively few problems but those problems create havoc within the party. The democrats have many many problems and those problems are virtually ignored by their membership. Republicans try to fit everyone into a box and when someone doesn’t quite fit they holler “You ain’t really one of us!” and they turn their back on them at the polls and stay home. The democrats wander around all over the place bumping and banging into each other and they trip and hit “D” on the voting machine on the way down. Until we quit virtually destroying each other we have no hope of winning. We HAVE to start putting forth the best of the candidates we have to offer THAT CAN WIN, not the last one standing after a long bitter fight, because he’s usually the one nobody thought had a chance in the first place… and he usually doesn’t. We need to accept the fact that nobody is perfect, then model ourselves after the Three Musketeers, “All for one, and one for all!” After all, it’s a whole lot easier to get your ideas heard when you are on the winning side and a part of the winning “team”..

Libertarians. Look, you need to come to realize that if you guy doesn’t have a chance in hell of winning in the general election you need to accept that your message is getting out and spreading, so all is not lost. THEN you need to decide which one of the two candidate running will do the least damage to your dreams and ideals, and might just by chance do a couple of things positive to your positions. Quit running home and sulking and sticking your head in the sand about it and help elect someone that at least isn’t going to do major damage to your Libertarian hopes for the future. Go to the polls and vote for that person.

In a world full of evil, choosing the lesser of two of them is at least might buy you some time. The war may not be won in one fell swoop, but if you win a battle here and there all is not lost.

-Al

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Spare the rod?

22 04 2013

Lately I’ve seen several stories online about the need or appropriateness of spanking a child (especially in public). I thought I’d give you my two cents.

Now first I must say that while we did on occasion have to use corporal punishment (that would be spanking) with my daughter it was seldom. Perhaps we were blessed, or perhaps we lucky. Maybe we had it right with the way we raised her. Any which way you want to look at it we (mucho credit to her mother) raised a beautiful, talented, loving daughter that almost never gave us cause for concern. She wasn’t perfect, however. Close… and she’ll make an excellent mother herself some day

If there is some constant need to spank a child there is something else wrong beside the need to discipline going on. However, on the rare to occasional need to spank (at home or in public, need is need and time and place don’t come into that) it can be an effective agent in the proper upbringing of a child.

To an extent “Spare the rod, spoil the child” is true. Most of the time a child acts up in order to create attention and/or to bring change to the situation they find themselves in. A “time out” can be effective, but just as often it can be the change the child is seeking which will only lead to the child’s further acting out in order to get their way. Swift, but not too harsh, corporal punishment can grab a child’s attention like nothing else and make them understand that they can’t drive all situations, especially in public.

Rarely done it’s a teaching tool, and a valuable show of cause and effect. Done too much and it will cause resentment and loss of respect. Many children have been brought up thinking there is little consequence to bad actions and bring childish behavior into adulthood. In life consequences can be harsh to extreme, and one is well served in being taught that life lesson from childhood. Life doesn’t give many 2nd chances, and “time outs” are almost non-existent… unless you’re talking about jail.

-Al