||[Feb. 23rd, 2010|12:47 pm]
I've got soul but I'm not a soldier.
|||||The Logical Song - Supertramp||]|
Once upon a time I was "conservative." Not in the ideological sense, of course. I work-out. I keep my hair short. I don’t smoke, use drugs, or chase women. I don't gamble. I’m not a drunk. I’ve a clean driving record, and my manager claims I’m the most dependable employee he has. I’ve committed no crimes, and I pay my bills. I served my country once, and serve it still as a contractor. I’m no pacifist. Pacifism didn’t free the slaves, or destroy the Third Reich.
I’m not a Conservative in the ideological sense however. I believe in discipline, not laissez-faire economics that encourage too much greed. I want government that’s accountable, effective, and fair, not the broken criminal organization we’ve evolved into, and certainly not a government small enough to be drowned in a bathtub. If government were small enough to be drowned in a bathtub, I know some son-of-a-bitch will do just that. Government did just fine getting the US out of the Great Depression, through the Second World War, and putting a man on the Moon. This ideas we’ve had lately; that government is a problem, that the rich are above the law, and wealthy incompetents deserve our money, are poor ideas I think.
I guess I haven’t really explained what I think of politics. I’m old-fashioned enough to consider discussions of politics, sex, and religion unseemly in most cases. For some time people I barely know have failed to resist the urge to keep their ridiculous superstitions and ideologies away from me. If I’m interested, I’ll ask. It really is that simple.
Friday, 19 February 2010: Father died six years ago today. I miss him. I set up the boxing equipment in the aerobics room at the gym after pumping iron. Jack holds an informal Friday night class in addition to our usual Saturday morning training. I wasn’t able to stay for the Friday class, but Jack was delighted to be able to train right away, instead of hanging heavy bags and positioning sparring dummies.
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