Monthly Archives: July 2013

The need for wise leadership

During World War II, America did amazing things—not only in defeating the Germans, Japanese and Italians—but also pulling us out of the Great Depression.  So people, in America and elsewhere, began believing in government to solve problems never thought in their purvey before.  That was the start of an unfortunate “progression” to today’s state of U. S. debt and obligations, Japanese and European debts and others.

President Reagan brought great leadership to the Presidency.  President Reagan had a lot to do with eradicating the idea that we must rely solely on the government to provide for every need of the country’s citizens; though his success with the Cold War and the economy proved that good government could solve many problems.

But now in America we have a bloated government with debts and obligations that overshadow and press down on our economy.  Again we need leadership that will guide our government in a controlled and restrained manner, as President Reagan so wisely did.

We cannot continue “business as usual” in Washington

It seems Secretary Clinton will run for President on the Democratic ticket.  Because she doesn’t understand in depth globalization, she is overly militaristic.  We can have peace in the world by being strategically strong, but emphasizing economic cooperation and development as well as have an expansion of the Peace Corp.

Our national debt, deficit and obligations are choking our economy and the longer we proceed with “business as usual” in Washington, the more dangerous it gets for our economy and the global economy.  All laws and regulations—including taxes—must be reviewed intensely and simplified.  We need dynamic regulations, but also stability in our nation’s regulations and laws that engenders dramatically the growth and jobs in our nation.  And that is good for the world, too, because we have such a large consumer market.

Personal Values

I was recently reviewing my personal and business budgets for this year, and was reminded of how strongly I believe in financial literacy.  It goes along with so many other ways in which we should always strive for improvement.

Financial literacy is a basic skill that we must develop.  It’s part of self-discipline.  A critical part of our duty to ourselves is self-discipline, which ranges from nutrition, exercise, work habits, to spiritual habits such as prayer—a very personal and essential part of our lives in my opinion.  We need to seek wisdom, resilience and character from birth until death.

Thoughts on this 4th of July

I’m at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.  I have viewed some of the museum and then experienced the “Beyond All Boundaries” presentation as well as the “Final Mission” submarine adventure.
    All in all, I am very impressed with the additions and the superb quality of the whole museum.  I recommend it to all–worldwide.
    The “Beyond All Boundaries” presentations brought tears to my eyes as I saw what the greatest generation went through.  The war saddened me, so many military personnel and civilians killed and wounded; or dying of causes related to that brutal time in human history.
    Right now Syria is in the midst of a civil war with a dictator no better than those we fought in World War II.  But is war the answer?  Russia, China and Iran are supporting that dictator–Assad.
    Egypt is trying to proceed nonviolently toward a democratic government.
    We must move to a world full of stable, robust, prosperous democracies and the permanent peace that will bring.
    “War is hell.”  We need to strive toward a heaven on earth with the strong guidance and support of God’s enduring, steadfast love.
    As we evolve toward a world of stable, robust, prosperous democracies, we must travel along a nonviolent path.
    In India when that nation got its independence from Britain–nonviolently–it had 350 million people and 2000 died in the change–it still has a democracy.  To the contrary, when Algeria got its independence from France through warfare, it had a population of 11 million and 800,000 died–it still has a dictatorship.
    Violence is a very uncertain way of dealing with human nations or people in general.  This includes crime and terrorism.  We must end combat, crime and terrorism.
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 Thank God for the bravery and service for all the Allies during World War II.  What is needed now in the Innovation Age is courage in another way, that which Robert Kennedy spoke of quite a while ago, yet still so important.  He spoke of the courage to stand up for what is right in spite of the overwhelming winds against you.  I can think of two examples that cry out now–for moderate Muslims to challenge the radical Muslims in the Mosques around the world; and, for the unfree, poor people of Cuba to rise up in a nonviolent way to their oppressive government.

Self-discipline

The world has never been in a state of debt and obligations that it’s in right now.  Our nation, and perhaps the whole world, needs self-discipline.  Values—such as thrift, saving, financial literacy, honesty, wisdom, resilience, character, kindness, compassion, justice, and peace—are all part of the fabric of what could help the world emerge from our gloom and doom possibilities.  We can and must allow ourselves to emerge victorious from this huge mountain of debt, obligations and regulations that plague our country and so much of the rest of our world.