US Constitution, Personal Thoughts

With this being an election year, I felt it only right to give some personal views and thoughts on this unique document. The continuing debate is about the Constitution itself: Is it to remain as written, or is it a living document changeable as time passes? You have both agnostics and atheists who ask the same question of the Bible. Now I am not comparing the two, but with attacks being similar in nature, it is probably something to be considered. So according to one’s political or ideological view will determine how you see this argument.

If you are to the “left”, a communist, or a socialist, the strong feelings are, you must consider the Constitution as a living document. Then it can be changed as time passes to reflect the present. This, from my point of view, as a conservative, is not as it should be viewed at all. This means, that as a living document, anybody in charge, at any time, can decide to modify the document to fit their views, thoughts, ideologies, and ideas, saying this is the way it should be or will be interpreted. Thusly things like individual freedoms and justice become social justice and freedoms – translated to mean that you as an individual no longer have any rights, and what I, as the one in charge, think will be how it will be socially applied. Social justice simply stated is this: How much can you pay me so that the decision that I make will be favorable to you? After all a social application of any law makes it flexible to fit the moment, whim, or direction of the one or ones in charge of making those decisions.

The forefathers who created this document, created a very unique and unusual form of government, primarily recognizing that any government is a poor way to rule. The Constitution was designed to remain as it is, but with ways to make modifications to reflect areas where the directions went beyond what the creators of this document could imagine or see. Making the Constitution steadfast, but at the same time flexible, never requiring it to be changeable at its root. The checks and balances that were originally built into the document still stand today as a testament to those who composed it. And ever since its creation there has been attacks to weaken and destroy it. After all, it works, and works well.

This hasn’t prevented the socialist and communist organizations  from successfully attacking and making changes using the laws of this country. If nothing else, socialists are tenacious, and have been in control of the highest office a number of times, and when there, they’ve been successful in making small changes that slowly over time weaken the Constitution. How many out there know that originally the senate, two per state, were to be representatives elected by the state governments? This was to allow the states to have a direct say in what the federal government could do.  Now, like the congress, they are elected by the general population, and have no allegiance to any state. Ah, one of those small changes that definitely weaken the spirit of the law.

The word of God in the Bible states that, if any changes even one “`”, that it will be held against they who changed it, because the word of God is unchangeable. Again the US Constitution is not comparable directly to the Bible, but the men who wrote this document were men of God, and men of conscience, who took very seriously the foundation they were trying to lay down. And they were quite aware that there would be attacks made against it, and had built within it ways to defeat these attacks. They knew that the greatest threat would not be an enemy from the outside, but one from within. The socialists of the world have been very patient and have been working since the adoption of the Constitution on finding ways of defeating it, or making it so weak that it no longer represents any threats.

Now, as we come to an election year, with the socialists completely in control of this government, the school system, the media, and many of the state governments, we as a people must face the hard facts, that either this ends now, or the life we have known, the strength of this country, its military might, its economic strength will become a thing of the past. This present government has spent us into oblivion, and openly flaunted their disdain for the Constitution, and if re-elected will finish the job of destroying this country, leaving a dead carcass for the jackals to fight over. We must keep the Constitution as it is written, limit our elected officials, and hold them accountable. In my career I had to swear to uphold this document, but in this present climate, all of that, the upholding of the Constitution, has become a joke, as our elected officials flaunt the fact that they have no need to follow the laws as written, since they do not apply to them. They have become elitists who feel they are above the law, above the Constitution, and definitely above any citizen who put them in office in the first place.

So my beliefs are simple: The U S Constitution is, as written, unchangeable, unyielding, and strong, and it must remain that way – changing only in the way that was written into it: Through amendments, and the process to make these amendments law, and only in this way. Allow the left to change it, make it that living document, and we might as well become the USSR from the 20th century.

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Words, a Humorous View

While in a past blog, I’ve looked at the shortest word in the english language, this time I thought that by looking at words and their structure that we could get an alternate view. I’ve also written a blog on comparing words that sound or are spelled the same way, but have different meanings. So to continue in that vein, I thought that taking words apart and looking at each part and their meanings or definitions, would be fun. Most of these words are compound words, and when one looks at them it becomes obvious as to why translation programs fail more often than succeed. All of this, of course, is tongue in cheek, so enjoy.

I’ll start simply with the word, cell. This word could refer to the microscopic, such as one-celled animal, a place in a prison, a jail cell, a group of individuals, usually 3, working in a cell, used commonly in espionage, or a certain geographical area that is bounded by towers to create cells for use of the cell phone. Well, I guess cell isn’t that simple after all. Now most of the others I will be looking at will have these added to the base word changing its meaning and direction: re, de, a, dis, un. The word “bate”, means to reduce the force or intensity of, or to take away. So if we rebate, are we repeating? Or if we debate are we increasing the intensity, and giving back, or if  we abate,  are we reconsidering the situation?

We all are aware of what an ass is – either a four-legged animal, or a description of an individual. So does the word asset mean a small ass? And then there is the word aware in the previous sentence. Ware meaning  manufactured articles or products, so by adding that “a”, does it now reduce it to a single article or product? This moves on to the word move, which simply means to change a location. So if we now add “re”, does this new word, remove, now mean to move something a second time? Then we hit one of my favorites, cease. Cease is defined as; to come or bring to an end. So now we add “de”, and make the word decease, and the “de” is usually a change in the opposite. So now are we saying, to continue on, or don’t stop? And what about pair? We see that word defined generally as, two of something, a pair. So if we repair, have we found that missing sock and now have repaired them? How about lay? This is a small word that has tons of definitions, look it up and see. But what comes to my mind is this one; to put or set against something. Translated, if you lay down in a bed, or place a book on a table for example. So if you delay, does that mean you picked up the book, or gotten out of bed? And as an author one looks at either fiction or nonfiction, but from regular structure and understanding of words, the assumption would be that fiction is true, and nonfiction is fabricated.

In slang, if you “dis” someone you are putting them down in a negative fashion. And when you “cover” something, it usually refers to putting something over an object or person. So does the words discover, and recover mean that we take the covers away, and then place them back again, respectively? Yet sometimes when something is added, it means exactly that. Take “un”.  If we take words such as known, or done, and add the “un” to both, then the words unknown, and undone are exactly the opposite of the base words. And once one’s mind begins to go in this direction, we begin to see all sorts of alternate views and definitions to words, and these alternate views and definitions have no reality at all, other than the words themselves suggesting them.

We have words like insist, and desist, that appear to be similar, but “sist” by itself is not a word, so once again just because a word might be preceded by a “de” or an “in” does not mean these were added. So once again another one of those many exceptions in languages. And if this does not prove that there is no logic to the spoken or written word, and that this type of word exercise can become both fun and confusing, then I’ve failed in my job.

Published in: on April 21, 2012 at 8:25 am  Leave a Comment  
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Time of Isolation – A Second Excerpt

I’m still on schedule for a mid-year release of the science fiction novel, “Time of Isolation”. At the same time I have plans on releasing book two of this two book series, which is a little more than 50% complete, by the end of the year. The name of the series is “Survival”, and the working title of book two is “Desperate to Survive”. While there is nothing explicit in these books, the subject matter is adult. Meaning that these two books deal with the adult world and all its aspects, good or bad, and as such they are not meant for children. Again people looking for very explicit material should look elsewhere. I do not write that way, but allow the reader to use their imagination to create the scenes however they want them to appear. At this time I am a self publisher, and as such these books are being released exclusively in the e-book format.

Sampson hurried along the thoroughfare trying to move as fast as his overweight body would allow. He needed to find his supervisor now. Unfortunately she was located completely on the opposite side of the communications complex. While he was in charge of his section, an underling, the news he had needed to be brought to Shana’s attention personally and could not be sent over the circuits. So by avoiding eye contact with the many others he passed, and breathing quite hard from the exertions, he continued to move with strong determination. It had happened again. This was the fourth time this year and he was shocked when it had happened on his shift with his team. Just what was going on? Finally nearing his destination he found that he was raising a sweat. He just hated sweating, but this time he had to endure it as well as making this contact with his boss. He had never liked Shana, but knew that he could never become a supervisor of her level. First, he was not one born into the proper order, and second he knew that he could never match the intelligence necessary to oversee such an operation as this.

Finally reaching her entrance he stopped, caught his breath and tried to calm down. These meetings were rare and he preferred it that way. Then gathering his courage he entered and encountered Susan, the one who ran interference for the boss. Again he had never liked her either, as it seemed that she always put on an air of superiority around any who were lower or worked under Shana. “Susan, I need to have a conversation with Supervisor Shana, and no before you ask, this cannot wait.”

Looking down at him she said, “Who are you to just barge in here? You do not have any right to demand anything, ah . . . let’s see . . . underling supervisor Sampson. Do I have it right?”

When she said these things it seemed as if she was attempting to get something out of her mouth such as a bad taste. Shaking his head he could tell that things were going from bad to worse. But what could he do? What he had was critical and they had been told that if another incident happened that he, or any of the under supervisors, had to go to their supervisors immediately and inform no one but them. He wasn’t even supposed to inform the underworkers for the lead supervisors. It was to be for their eyes and ears only. Carefully holding his anger in control he gritted his teeth and said. “Yes, you have it right. I must see Lead Supervisor Shana now without delay.”

“Without delay? What is it that could be so important from your minor position that could even require a minute of Supervisor Shana? Her time is always filled so if you please make an appointment and come back later. You are interrupting my work and I for one will not allow you to interrupt hers. Now get out of here before I report you!”

About this time Lead Supervisor Shana hearing the loud conversation in the outer office went to investigate. Catching the ending conversation from her underworker, and seeing one of the under supervisors from the communications section, she became curious. Underworker Susan catching the gaze of Sampson turned and saw Shana there and started apologizing for interrupting her work and that she had everything in control and this minor supervisor was just leaving. Why was he here? Then she saw that under supervisor Sampson was looking intently at her. She also knew that he had never liked her, so again why was he here? Looking directly at him Shana asked. “Under supervisor Sampson may I inquire why are you here?”

Again looking directly at her, he was at a loss for words. The directive had been explicit, nothing could be said to any others just his boss. “I have something that must be given to you, but only to you.” He stammered.

“What’s so important that it couldn’t be communicated over the circuits?” Then she saw a troubled look on his face, and indecision there. Yet at the same time a look that said that he would not give up on this.

“Ma’am, this has to do with the most recent directives that said that if a specific circumstance or event happened that I or any of the other under supervisors must report in person, immediately without delay, and I for one am not going to violate such a mandate. I am here as it requests.”

Shaking her head, she had really never liked this under supervisor. She had never liked people who had let themselves go like this. He seemed fat and lazy, and seemed to be the type that used the rules and regulations strictly as written. Never bending or thinking outside what was there, one with little imagination, yet one who did what was necessary and kept his underworkers to task – one which caused as little friction as possible. “Which of the many mandates would this one be under supervisor Sampson?” With so many coming out she never had time to read many of them anyway, depending on her staff to keep her informed.

Now what, Sampson thought. The mandate had been specific. No one but his supervisor could hear what he had to say. Then he remembered that if there was a situation like this that he could specify a color to let her know. Now if only he could remember the color. Blue! Blue was that color. “Ma’am, ah color it blue.” Was all he said.

When he stated the color, she immediately paused. He had given her a code color that reflected an emergency of some kind and was private and for her eyes and ears only. She then turned to her underworker and said, “Under Supervisor Sampson may enter.”

Published in: on April 14, 2012 at 9:15 am  Comments (2)  
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Know Your Audience

As a writer you are always admonished to “know your audience”. And, of course this is referring to the specific genres that you are writing in. Each genre reader has specific expectations from the books and short stories that are presented. And the readers within these genres can become very vocal about those expectations, the disappointments and the successes in what they read. As every writer knows, word of mouth can make or break you. Word of mouth is more important than all the expensive advertising out there. Still there is much out there on this subject and I do not plan on rehashing it here. Instead I want to look at another aspect within this area that as a writer we may or may not be aware of. This aspect became apparent when my wife, who assists me on final edits, commented about how she reads, and that is what I would like to bring out.

Again while knowing your audience and what their expectations are, is critical, I became aware of an area I had completely missed. This leads to this question; who is reading your book? And here I am referring to male or female. The expectations and emphasises are different for the sexes. So if you feel that your story will be read more by one or the other sex, then the emphasis within your story must reflect the sex most likely to read it. In a class, at one of the conferences I attended, the instructor, a woman by the way, was discussing movement within a story, and was using a favorite woman writer as a source to demonstrate this movement. Now these were stories written by a woman with women as the main readers of her stories – and this is important. When the instructor read one portion of the story, the protagonist, a man, saw and acted in a way that stated to me that it was a woman writer trying to portray a man. Let’s face it, one of the most difficult things a writer has to do is portray the opposite sex. But the point here is that the books were aimed at other women and as such the obvious errors of the sex were not evident.

When you write your story and feel okay about where it has gone, then you need to consider which sex is going to read it. By determining this you then can go back and strengthen those parts of your story that will help it work. When women read they are looking mostly at dialog, thoughts, and the interaction between the actors in your story. What are their motivations and why are they doing this? So if women are going to read it more often than  men you had better have strong dialog, motivations, and interactions. Otherwise they will lose interest in no time. Men, on the other hand, are into the action of the story. Where is it going, and what is being used to help and such. Dialog is just there to move one on to the action, to the environment, to the world, and what is happening around the actors. So if men are the ones who will read your story then the strength has to be in what is happening, not what is being said. Yes the conversations, and thoughts are important because they pass on information, but at the same time, not as critical. If a description of an area is generalized and weak then you just may have lost your reader. Details in the terrain, in the weather, in what is close and far away are critical. So in conclusion, writing to a specific genre is critical, and just as important is determining the actual reader, is it male or female? Once you have determined this, then you can strengthen your story to make it work for the perceived target audience.

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