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Whats a Non-Traditional Meta For?

So college is tough right?  At 18 the pressures of parents or the appearance of time remaining can overwhelm the best and brightest.  Now add in social obligations of organizational clubs with time commitment requirements and the lure of fun vs. that ten page term paper that hasn’t been started yet and its really a wonder as many people make it out of college with their sanity in tact. I am in my fourth year of being a non-traditional student. I have not worked but just a few months out of these four years.  I received my funding through programs like Trade Act and WIA(workforce investment act) as well as traditional Pell grants and scholarships. I will be forty soon and have traveled the country to all most every state in the continental US.

While others were pursuing  their academics after high school, I was pursuing the career of a lowly minimum wage factory worker. I dropped out when I was 16 and knew that my old school would not let me back in after attempting to do so once. I was at the factory for five years before I was fired for absenteeism. I was offered my job back immediately after they fired me but I told them to blow it out their A$%.  I had recently kind of befriended the owner of local restaurant and I decided I was going to try Bar tending. Thankfully he agreed to give me try and I got the job.  This lasted for around three years and after that I tried a hodgepodge of different low skill requirement jobs. Bar tending was by far the funnest job I ever had but the best job was a traveling salesman. It never failed me to find something better than what I already had.  I left the great state of Misery (Missouri) and headed with my uncles to various venues across the country until one day in West Palm Beach Florida I was told that after our next venue (state fair) as they would no longer be needing my services as they were tired of traveling. Now what? I was a fish out water in a state with no connections and not enough money to sustain me until got something going. Head back to Misery? I don’t think so.

I talked to another vendor with a booth next to ours who had a pretty good operation going. They were corporate sponsors of the Florida State fair and had four different locations throughout the grounds for maximum exposure.  I asked him if they needed help and he said yes they needed another district manager like him who was willing to spend lots of time on the road. I said I am your guy and started working for them the next week. The job lasted three years and the company went out of business.  Misery was calling me home like a lost dog who missed his master and the comforts of home but the feeling of freedom and range conflicted with the calls causing hesitation and procrastination.

I was home. There was a desolate place in my heart now as all the things I left to get away from knew I had returned and insisted I make amends and put my comfy slippers back on and stay awhile. After three years of Hodge podge I found something decent but laborious at another factory.  Three years later the company went out business. Now during my return I met my lovely wife and she gave me two beautiful daughters and two she already had with her.  The idea of hodge podging was not in my thoughts of what now? I held my eyes on a prize that required sacrifices for all in our family. I decided to go to school. 20 years + out and decided my life needs a fresh injection of desire and ambition.

I am now nearing the end of another story in my life. What will happen? Was it all worth it? Will our children have to endure the struggles I did? Should I look at my past as a struggle? Our own personal cemeteries hold more bodies of decaying matter than oldest and largest cemeteries in the world. Some where there exist a bouquet of flowers freshly laid but frozen when found so as to hide some of their glory and if you really wanted to see them you had to share your life before they would show you what lies beyond cemeteries. They serve as a familiar guide but not a pair of slippers to provide security and complacency but a off ramp towards the future. Where do they come from? Why did I not notice as vividly before now? Freud says their are no coincidences and somewhere  in the unconscious are the fears and apprehensions of those who choose not seek betterment for fear of harm to the psyche. They are the signs of your mark. Your contribution to society is ever changing and requires constant maintenance . My major accomplishment and mark have yet to be seen or perhaps by some reason my mark is not a single crowning glory or achievement but rather a vast collection of terrible and fantastic things meant to inform the world that all is well on the surface. but you will never know what lies beneath.  Every thing you do leaves a mark. Some marks last forever but are not seen. Some marks only last a short time and are forgotten. Some marks cause pain while others inspire. What you put out returns to you in some form. When you leave a mark on someone or something it marks you as well. Did you create a masterpiece, or rather a back alley graffiti that contaminates those who see it? “Long is the rode to success and deep is the mark it leaves. Short is the path to submission and conformity and the mark left is like that of a trail left on the edge of beach “.  me 2013

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/weekly-writing-challenge-traces/

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Out with the Old: Time for a Political Cure for Liars

Why does everything have to be a lie and then to backpedal and then I know we said this, for a while we meant that, well we thought it was going to…..abuh abuh abuh. Millennial and Latino votes declined from 2008 to 2012 while those 70+ increased. Why are the young so vastly under represented in a political arena clearly designed for the young to wrangle in. Its been said that young people will not take care of the elderly. Wont they one day be Elders themselves? Its been said that being young is being naive. Isn’t this the most educated population in history? Are we educating liberals in universities and conservatives on the farm?  If America is behind other industrialized nations in education then why are we not voting on Obamacation instead of healthcare? Why are not fighting for the education of poor rural and inner city children? It seams to make sense that a person who has received a higher education is healthier than someone who did not.

A educated population is far more likely to create a healthier population then one that has a system of social safety nets to catch those that fall and for some reason seams it serves a dual purpose in some cases by keeping them down. So its no wonder that conspirators on the left and right fill our news channels and airwaves with the kind of crap that outside observers should be saying why the hell would we want to go there?  This isn’t the case though because immigration, illegal and legal, is still occurring. Do the young mind? Probably not as much as seniors since we are not as constricted in our views as our older counterparts. We spend the first 18 years of our lives trying to get out from under the thumb of our parental oppressors only to move under a bigger thumb controlled by the same types of oppressors. Oppression in this sense is meant to be metaphorical not literal.

It is time to group up. It is time be heard. Its time to show mom and dad what we learned and how its better to play together then to divide the groups into those that agree and those that do not. The funniest thing I think i learned in economics classes was that both side are right. Their ideas will work. We have to decide as a nation if we want higher taxes and more social programs or higher education and more global philanthropy. It is no longer conducive to our survival to lean one way or the other. Barack Obama does not want to put microchips in you to track you and if he did they would tie it to Facebook so you could share it with your friends. Republicans do not want to dump toxins in our rivers and release gazillions of tons of pollutants into the air and ground. Where are they going to go to get away from it? They cant stay in Washington forever. The current parties all need to be removed.  Its time for a political enema where if Joe the plumber thinks he can represent then let him speak and if we all agree then vote him in office. Locally, statewide and nationally. “Oh ya your plan is brilliant what about foreign policy and domestic issues of poverty and income inequality” they will say. There are a multitude of people out there who have degrees in international affairs and would serve proudly to help revitalize this nation to its proper status.

Maybe its you? Maybe its your older brother/sister or even the younger one? Maybe its your best friend,worst enemy, gas station clerk, checkout person, random person on the street? It is my belief that I should have an opportunity to help run my country and that everyone else should be afforded that same opportunity. It isn’t a free ride for fun and travel. It would be the hardest job you would ever experience but there is a vast amount of wisdom out there to call upon and vast amount of people who feel the same things but are socially restricted.The restrictions are only imaginary. Self created in our own minds. The ability for all to be heard is no longer imaginary. No segment should be left out.

STAND UP, SPEAK OUT,BRING A FRIEND AND REACH YOUR HANDS OUT TO THOSE THAT WISH TO STAND AND SPEAK WITH YOU AND EVEN THOSE THAT DON’T.

This is a opinion piece with broad implications but in order hold interest it has been self restricted to hope not to loose the messages intent. This is our land to and the future is ours to maintain and pass along.

References provided for numbers matching only. My advice is do your own homework and never take anyone’s word for it.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/daily-prompt-health/

(1)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voter_turnout_in_the_United_States_presidential_elections

(2)http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/05/08/six-take-aways-from-the-census-bureaus-voting-report/

(3)http://elections.gmu.edu/Turnout_2012G.html

(4)http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b9/Voter_Turnout_by_Sex_and_Age,_2008_US_Presidential_Election.png&imgrefurl=http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Voter_Turnout_by_Sex_and_Age,_2008_US_Presidential_Election.png&h=588&w=911&sz=36&tbnid=t79Ew4_vAix_vM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=139&zoom=1&usg=__HiniR_FxkepaNVzbuECV3autunQ=&docid=3saQ6wvaHQ1Z-M&sa=X&ei=ZFp3Uo2uKITR2QX6toGABA&ved=0CDAQ9QEwAA

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Why are democrats so angry?

Why are liberals so angry all the time? Is it because they’re tired of paying taxes for people who are overweight, because they eat too much fast food, or people who smoke and get lung cancer, or people who drink and get liver disease? The rich don’t pay enough taxes? The top 25% pay almost 87 percent of all income tax collected. The top 5 percent pay nearly 58 percent of all income tax collected. 50 percent of Americans pay two to three percent in federal taxes the other 50 percent pay the remaining 97 to 98 percent of taxes. Yes liberals are mad because they pay to many taxes but think that we need to RAISE the taxes. Trickle down economics does work. It creates more opportunities for people to lift themselves out of poverty than any other government program ever devised. The role of government is to adjust the rates of lending to curb inflation/deflation and in times of recession (which is a natural occurring event due to lack of regular innovation) pump money into the economy to help spur innovation and prevent total economic collapse. You can not just give money to a select few and think it will work itself out. GM and Chrysler vacated to Mexico and Canada and union leaders made out like bandits. The industrial age is going out and the information age is coming in. In the future you will either work in the medical industry, technology, service industry or for the government or you will be unemployed. Unions are in their death throws and they can smell it coming like a freight train of dead skunks rolling past your doorstep. Generation X is coming of age and the world is going to be a better place because of it. I believe we were the last generation to carry the burdens of our parents and grandparents and the world has been handed to those after us and they don’t like the idea of having to put in work in order to have a better place. We can no longer afford to pass along the troubles of our elders to our children in hopes that they will be able to do better than us.

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