Puppy Socialism

We can do something cool with this neat thing I found, doncha, think?

If you have a heart and maybe a puppy, you know what you must do when the well-intentioned little knot head comes, muddy footed through the doggy door again dragging something dead and nasty. Do you get rid of the dog, call it names, kick it? Well, I said “if you had a heart”, so no. Do you let him keep the smelly dead thing? No, unless you have a thing for stench. In most instances, we just love on the puppy, give it a breath chew and make a bit of fuss, to let them know you are displeased. They now know that all their ideas aren’t great ones. You wonder if the puppy thinks, “Gosh, we should do something with this great thing I found, don’t you think?”

That describes about half the population in America, who think they have an entirely new thought. It just popped right into their head. Maybe it will solve some conundrum that all the experts say can’t be fixed. It usually pops into their head after some character in a movie, or another puppy-minded individual, trying to be the smarter person in the room, mentions it. It’s why the irons in hotel rooms have a tag, “Do not use this device while still wearing the garment.” Oh, and a huge series of internet “fails.”

During the early 19th Century we had this new electricity stuff and we attached it to everything from plants to our fiddle-de-bits expecting it to be a panacea. At least five times in the 20th century alone, it has been tried on a grand scale resulting in a world war, intentional starvation, unintentional starvation, a slaughter of educated people, massive waste of resources and disillusionment of entire nations – and over 100 Million dead. That is the big problem with socialism and social programs, they are reaching for 100% effectiveness and participation of everyone. They are tried on everything too. And, if truth be told, much of what is broken got that way from social programs. America works best like aircraft engines, at ¾ throttle, producing best power at lowest fuel consumption. Not all airplanes fly as high, don’t carry as much and little ones are very nimble but are not as safe as big ones. Individually though, they work best when they operate at less than wide open throttle.

 Every year, those who rediscover socialism in college think, “Gosh, we ought to do something with this thing I found, don’t you think?” Trying socialism again is the rough equivalent of an intense examination of a puppy’s stool, hoping to find a clean end. Maybe use it as a Crayola. All it has ever done is create the same kind of smelly mess – and literally thousands and millions of dead people. One of the greater populist leaders said of socialism, “But the death of one person is a local tragedy, whereas the death of thousands is merely a statistic.”  Now that’s cold. It does not work, and the reasons why are easy to find, and yet they want to try it again.

Why is it then that people do the exact same thing as the puppy and yet we make excuses for them. The dog does not know better, but even a high school educated friend should know not to bring figuratively smelly things around. But they do, and you and I let them get away with it. What we should do is rub their noses in it and swat them with a newspaper.

Spencer A. Allen

Cooties in Congress

Anthropologist Tok Thompson of University of California says Cooties are “profoundly important” if kids choose to participate in the mythology, law and language that surrounds them. Simon Broner of Penn State in Harrisburg says kids represent their own “semiliterate society with their own touchstones” according to an article in Smithsonian magazine by Jane C. Hu. If an adult does stop learning adult critical analysis at adolescence — as I theorize — then it stands to reason some of that mythological reality stays with them in Adult Arrested Adolescence. I introduced you to that concept in my last blog.

Name calling

Look how “adolescent law, myth, language and loyalties become a starting place for adults to become fixed or trapped into a constantly argumentative, self-loathing street fighter for causes.  Politicians with the easy access to the “bully pulpit” of their positions become Tri-As when they use intimidation, threats of suit and other legal action against people who disagree with them.  They are just as apt to become potent salespeople or showmen and could make a real career in either field. Fake news then is nothing new it has just been given permission you might call it when politicians fear to lose the support of voting blocs like BLM or the religious right. So, cooties really play a part in this whole show of Adolescent Impeachment.

They are just techniques used by both the junior high “fem-phenom” who rules an adolescent clique adopted by colorful upwardly mobile politicians on both sides of the aisle of the United States Congress.

The cootie myth

Cootie, is a part of that secret language of children. Their semi-literate societies choose to believe in cooties; they can experience real nauseous if cooties got on them; and there are stories in abundance of children being persecuted for “having cooties.”   Even today, you still see movies that refer to them.  Cooties, boogers and pee-pee are all things that really belong in the pre-adolescent world.   Our parents teach us to keep our fingers out of our noses and kids. quickly figure out that a booger is a ballistic weapon.  We tell our children to wash our hands in the bathroom and watch where we step in public restrooms and some of them figure out boogers, poop and urine can be tools for torment.  This adds a pejorative term or two to the adolescent vocabulary e.g. “Pee-pee head” “You peed in your pants.”  Each becomes terminology in a playground battlefield for position and power.  When an Tri-A finds his place inside some social or political movement, name-calling just becomes another cootie term.  “Figuratively then they decide our side does not have cooties but their side does; I know how to do that!  Those guys are ________!” Look at the kinds of perverse and cruel terms used against President Trump, Obama, Bush all because of political differences rather than real offenses.

 Just fill in the blank with a term like racist, hateful, or anti-anything, and suddenly, they begin to feel at home in a clique, a place that is familiar and cozy. Everyone there understands your language. This kind of public disorder in our legislative branches “trickles down” into the normal citizens activity.

 I have worked as a peach officer called to a disturbance and seen a Tri-A verbalize exactly this sort of thing.  A dog pooped in someone’s yard, they call the police, they call animal control, they go to the city council meetings, and they do crazy things just to promote their own importance and power.  Police see this sort of thing all the time, but it does not affect the entire country when neighbors argue.

An unprecedented black mark on our country

Adult adolescence has greater impact when it occurs in our government and when it becomes rampant in our culture because of our schools.  Tri-As in government are damaging to the entire country.  It creates what we know as a “bunker mentality” that blocks out all rational thought.  It gives a name to a position behind a barrier from which the acolyte figuratively screams: “Don’t argue with me, you have cooties!”

 Without reservation, having understood the FBI from the time that Hoover ran it, working with the FBI people in my areas, I can say they the Mueller, Comey and so-called FBI standoff with congress have none of the adult behavior I saw from earlier FBI agents following Hoover’s creed of conduct.  This is a disgrace to the reputation of the Federal Bureau Reputation and I and sure it will take another Hoover to restore respect.  Seeing them on television, reading the language of their statements and comments, the entire debacle is based on cooties.  Their opposition has cooties and those they support, took money from, peddled influence with, and the way they stacked their investigative staff with true believers is nothing more.  “They got cooties, we don’t.”

The adolescent impeachment and many of those involved on both sides, their staff, their supporters seem more concerned about winning the “gotcha wars” with each other and using the media to keep score.  We have watched mere handful of self-important people play out this farce who are more interested in doing things their way than the original rules under which we were founded.  They are not serving the American people.  What is happening in that regard is a Tri-A process of the junior high clique.  It is sad that the people there do not have greater maturity.

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I SEE PIGMENTS TOO

Photo – Tony Ross – Unsplash

“I see pigments of myself from the people I meet.” Kimberly Pauig kimpaulig.wordpress.com

Thank you Kimberly. Today Spence A. Allen, Associate Author of OBSB adds his thoughts to a complex world. WDE

Isn’t this a great way of expressing what we call the “take away” these days when we meet new people or ideas.  Some pigments are great memories that add brilliant hues, or some deep rich meaningful color. I’m a happy guy and the colors decorate my day like flags. Looking up the word pigment, I naturally expected it to mention color. But pigment also means the carbons and metals that occur in nature. Pigments of myself then would then be the very makeup of who you are; that you see in others. That’s rather profound. Certainly, we are all individuals, but we are made up of the same natural elements. That would mean that the only “color” differences we really face are not the things of which we are made, but mythical definitions we have “made up” about the value of other people. We make up the pigments of race like a small child makes up imaginary friends.

We are more alike than we are different. It reminds me of the quotation from Major John Bell Hood – played by Levon Hill in In the Electric Mist: “Venal and evil men are destroying the world you were born in. It’s us against them my good friend. Don’t compromise your principles or abandon your cause.”

 I take that quotation as an upbeat approach to good. We all have the same ability, if we ignore the venal and evil of this world, to achieve great success as a person. Not as a people, but singular as a person — an individual. We can be an island of content and goodness if we recognize the piments. We share them with those who do not compromise their principles or abandon their individual goals. We travel this earth alongside them, recognizing the beauty of our basic sameness, while allowing us both to reach our uniqueness.

Spencer A. Allen