Institutions will come to exist for themselves

One of the things that have been at the forefront of my thinking lately is the tendency of an institution to exist for its own sake given time.

The next few months are really going to demonstrate my point. We are about to find out that the top levels of the FBI decided they knew what was best for the country and used their power to try and make things come out the way they wanted.

I am betting other agencies will begin to fall in the next few weeks as well. We all know the manager at work who has created his own little fiefdom. This is exactly what we are about to find out some leaders of our most trusted and powerful government agencies have done., They have decided our system can’t make it without their interference.

It’s frightening and it makes you see red, but it will be fun to watch. This is all going to come to light because we finally got someone from outside of Washington in the Whitehouse.

Extremism: the most destructive “ism”

Humanity seems to have lost the ability to compromise or even discuss. Extremism has taken over every conversation.

I think this is very apparent in the discussions surrounding recent school shootings. We aren’t talking about solutions to the problem. The solutions seem to have been determined for us. Students, as well-intentioned as they may be,   are not demonstrating for school safety, they are demonstrating for gun control. This approach does not allow for investigation and discussion.

I have recently seen this in some of my friends who are active in the animal rights arena. Again, I believe they are well-intentioned but misdirected.   Due to extreme solutions, my grandchildren will never see a circus. There really was no discussion around how we might preserve an art form and protect animals and ensure humane treatment. The only solution on the table was that the circus must end.

We are about to lose Sea World due to this same extremist, no compromise attitude. Oddly, when extremism succeeds in closing down this attraction, marine mammals will lose one of their greatest benefactors.

As a people, we must find ways to return to the table and discuss solutions to the problems facing our world. We must prevent extremism from controlling every dialog.

Why are conservatives of color devalued?

Racism, in all of its ugly shades, seems to be getting worse on a global scale. We have to face the fact that racism has been with us through all time and will never go away completely. It takes many forms.

The subject has really been on my mind lately because of some reactions I have seen from some folks of color to Dr. Ben Carson. Some are so extremely negative and senseless. I saw the same thing with Dr. Condaleeza Rice. You see it with Herman Cain and others.  what is up with that?

As soon as a person of color shows the least glimmer of conservatism, they become lower than the lowest in some eyes. I so admire Dr. Carson and it just hurts my heart to see some of the comments about him. This is a man who should be a role model for our children.

He started in the projects and made his way to the pinnacle of the medical profession and went on to be a legitimate candidate for president. He is a brilliant human being whether I agree with him on every point or not. I would love to have a beer with him.

We really need to de-emphasize “pop culture” in our society so that those who contribute in meaningful ways are recognized as “role models” rather than rappers, movie stars, and athletes.