The First Step in Saving America

Saving America from socialism starts at home. When you board a plane the safety demonstration always tells you to put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others.

Stop trying to change the world. That doesn’t work. Start by changing yourself. Think about what you are doing, what are your contributions? What classes are you taking? What meetings are you attending? Which amendments are you practicing? Who are you teaching?

We lead by example and by taking our own steps we show others the way. A lot of people exclaim “we need to do something!” What they’re really saying is “you need to do something!” Otherwise they would already be doing it.

Politics is very divisive, particularly in this current environment. It would be very easy to fall down a rabbit hole of negativity and bashing those with opposing views. I think it is better to express our opinions openly and take the time to research what we are talking about. The more informed we are, the better we can give calm measured responses to those who question us.

You’re never going to get through to a person who is hardcore into their political position, but by being calm and logically stating your case, you might get through to a couple of people listening to your argument.

The better educated we each are, the better off our families, communities and country will be. The first step in saving America is by saving and improving yourself.


There is a lot to be said about education. Education comes in many ways. We have schools, universities, books, online media and life itself as lessons. Some lessons are welcome, others are hard to take.

This week my wife and I are dog sitting. Her Auntie and uncle left their two dogs in our care, and the first day went great. The dogs were happy and seemed fine. Unfortunately yesterday evening, their little one, a pug, died.

As dog lovers it was hard for us to take. I made the phone call to her Auntie to inform her and her Uncles father stopped by to pick up the body and lay her to rest.

In hindsight, had we known more about the pug breed, we would have kept her in the house the majority of the day instead of outside with the other dogs. Every one that we have spoken to has said it wasn’t our fault and that no one could have known that she would over heat and have trouble breathing. Before she died she had spent the majority of the afternoon in the air conditioned house, and indeed had plenty of water.

I take great pride in doing things well and taking care of animals and objects in my possession. My lab/collie mix is always well fed and I constantly check that his food and water bowl are topped up throughout the day. I find it very hard to accept that a family’s dog who was only dropped off at our house 24 hours before could fall ill and die so quickly in our possession.

When the little dog started to struggle breathing we contacted her Auntie and other friends and family who know more about pugs, we found out that this was normal, that they are prone to overheating and having respiratory problems. No one seemed to worry about her and told us just to lay her next to an AC vent and let her cool down. I even put a little cold water on her and pet her to calm her down. Her breathing slowed down a little and we were assured by our family members that she would be fine after a good long rest.

I went outside to mix some cement and work on some brickwork while my wife sorted out her garage sale items from the morning, while keeping an eye on the little dog. Only a few minutes later Brooke came running outside and told me that the little pug wasn’t breathing. To my shock I found her laying stiff on the ground where I had left her. I tried to resuscitate her, but it was too late. She was dead.

My wife wanted to take her to the vet but I informed her it was too late, and that she was gone. She began crying and I dialed her Aunties number to inform her. At first she thought I was kidding, and I gravely informed her that much to our shock, she had passed away. She told us it wasn’t our fault and that it shocked her as much as it did us.

In hindsight, had we know that pugs were prone to respiratory problems and over heating, we would never have let her back outside with the other dogs that afternoon. Life’s hard lesson yesterday is that you should always educate yourself on the particular breed you are looking after.

While everyone has told us it wasn’t our fault, part of the blame will always be on us. Our ignorance was a contributing factor in her death, and that is a hard truth to swallow.

One of the other hard factors to accept is that humans themselves bred these little creatures to have these ailing features to begin with. After the fact, we learned that pugs are prone to many health problems. Wikipedia lists paragraphs to health issues attributed to pugs.

What a shame that this little dog died while in our care. We are truly sorry for her demise. Life is full of hard lessons like this.

Education comes in many forms. Sometimes we go out of our way to take on the lessons, other times the lessons come crashing into reality without invite.

Though we easily could have, my wife and I did not go to college. In hindsight, I kind of wish I had continued my education in England and gotten by bachelors degree before moving to the States. But what I realized before I moved here was that I was trying to maintain a long distance relationship, and that I needed to make money in order to pay for expensive flights twice a year, and to build savings to eventually move here. I also needed enough time each evening to talk to Brooke online and to play online multi-player games in order to have little adventures to keep our relationship alive during the months apart.

The reason for obtaining a degree in most instances is to gain a successful career and make a decent salary to support your life’s endeavors.

While it is true that many of the most successful people on the planet never went to college, the vast majority of people who do go, make more money in their lifetimes than those who do not further their education.

When I first moved here Brooke and I began working full time while living in her parents basement. While we had toyed with the idea of moving to England for our early 20’s and studying and traveling through Europe during our off time, we eventually decided to stay in the States and get our life started here. We had grand plans and wanted to buy a nice big house and live the creative lifestyle.

About a year after moving here, and once I had obtained my permanent residence card, we went on a tour of Miami University with the full intention of studying there. It was only about a 35 minute drive from her parents house and had an excellent campus and curriculum.

After we had concluded our tour and had browsed the facilities and study courses we inquired about the tuition rates. To our shock and dismay the prices were astronomical. When we returned home I began researching other universities in the area, and then began looking at online universities. To our chagrin, all of the universities in the United States, every single one of them, was far too expensive.

I’ve mentioned before in a previous article that my best friend growing up, went on to go to Cambridge University, arguably the best University on the planet, and definitely in the top five, of which the likes of Oxford, Harvard and Yale are a part of. When speaking to him last year he said his tuition was only around 3000 pounds a year (roughly $5000) and that was without a scholarship.

How is it that my best friend can go to Cambridge University for less money than the lowest ranked University’s in the States charges per term?

Well, one simple word can answer that: government.

Unfortunately for my generation, government has gotten its grubby little hands in all the pies. It ensures that loans will be given to students, and so universities, knowing that many people including myself want to obtain a better education will pay however much they charge to obtain it.

Where I differ is that I actually understand economics, and know that this bubble is unsustainable. Unfortunately in the mean time I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. I can get a college education, and end up in more debt than I owe on my house, while being able to make more money at my career. Or I can struggle at work, in a lower position, surrounded by people who are less intelligent that me, while knowing that I am capable of much more.

This is the conundrum that many in my age group now face. We can either go into massive debt with the off chance we’ll make more money in our careers (which isn’t guaranteed, particularly in this current economy) or we can struggle with the rest of the crowd for positions which need no more than a high school diploma, and work positions which are easier and pay less.

The only other option we face, is to create for ourselves an alternative education. We can use the tools provided to us through the internet and the great works presented through hundreds of years of study and philosophy to subsidize our lack of options elsewhere.

Our only real option is to select that which empowers us and start from there. Indeed the greatest achievers in life are the ones who never stop learning.

The only way to make any real money (without drowning in debt in the process) is to start a business. While even this has its costs, it is the only way for my generation to move forward until the college bubble collapses, and the Universities catch up to the modern form of education.

No longer are brick and mortar foundations needed for a good education. You can now learn everything you need to know online. Whether it be through online seminars, eBooks, or even YouTube videos.

Unfortunately had we known the health issues a pug faces, we could have researched this in advance online and perhaps could have prevented the tragedy which befell us yesterday.

While small businesses may be the only way for those among my generation to move forward with their lives and make a decent income, even this avenue is beginning to become blocked off.

Barack Obama and his democrat party have introduced the ‘Affordable Healthcare Act’ which is anything but affordable. Under its new rules employers must provide their employees healthcare coverage which is extremely expensive. Under the collectivist mindset, they have put the responsibility of the employees health in the hands of the business instead of in the individuals. This is a disastrous piece of legislation, and will have a huge negative impact on the economy while doing nothing to aid in the health and care of individuals within this country.

Brooke and I will never be able to hire anyone for our business while this ghastly piece of legislation is on the books.

When you couple this with the proposed internet tax, you have a formula for complete economic collapse. I wonder if the fools in Washington who vote for these pieces of legislation are really so woefully ignorant or if they are actually actively plotting to drown the US economy on purpose?

Either way, education is out there. Whether you want it or not. If you do not seek it, it will bash you over the head some day. If you choose to stay woefully ignorant, putting in just enough hours at a simple job so you can return to your home to watch TV, that is fine, but don’t be surprised when you turn 50 and you haven’t achieved much, and you don’t have enough money to support yourself and pay your medical bills when you get sick. You’ll only have yourself to blame.

For those who wish to advance their knowledge; more power to you. The more you learn, the more you’ll earn, and the more whole you will become. The most well rounded individuals on the planet are those who seek knowledge and advance themselves on a daily basis.

As for me, I will continue my education, which includes history, business, politics and philosophy as its largest support beams, and I will continue to advance myself well past where my friends have stopped past college.

While many in my age group go out and party on the weekends, my wife and I build our business, and during voting season we do all that we can to fight taxes and bad legislation. We will continue to push for the deregulation of the economy so that we and others can thrive.

I hope that whatever life throws at you, whether it be a sad death in the family, or an epiphany while reading a book, that you enjoy life to its fullest. Life is short, so learn all that you can, improve your life as best at possible, and strap yourself in for the ride. Because you only live once. So make the most of it.

I will not fight

Violence is not the answer. War is a racket; it is always started by deception, and there are always special interest groups who profit, while the blood of innocents is spilled.

If you want a war, go start it on your own. Don’t call for a war and then expect the youth (and hope) of the nation to go and die for it.

I will have nothing to do with the next war, I refuse to give my life for a senseless cause, so that others may profit from my plight.

I call on the non aggression principle. I will not attack unless I am personally attacked. I will vehemently pose my opinions and express my views, but I will not attack others.

It takes more courage to be peaceful in times of outrage, than to be barbaric and lash out.

There are many intricate webs of lies floating around to do with our government, our officials and their intentions. There are conspiracy theories, pressure groups and special interests lining the halls of congress.

If you want a revolution, if you want to retake this country, rebuild it, make it more free, you cannot do it through violence. You cannot beat the US Army as it currently stands. You cannot take out certain government officials, there is too much security through the hundreds of different government agencies. But what you can do, using the non aggression principle is make alliances, make friends, spread your viewpoints, agree with other people, get them to see your points of view, build relationship bridges based on freedom. Remember that an army does not fight unless it believes in the cause for which it is fighting. As it stands right now, many security and army forces in the US do not believe in Barack Obama or his policies.

You should continue to point out Obama’s mistakes, but perhaps you should look at your own party and your own weaknesses also. The democrats as they stand today base everything on some kind of welfare; which overtaxes and overwhelms the entire system. By contrast the republicans as they stand today base everything on some kind of warfare; which overtaxes and overwhelms the entire system. Welfare and warfare are extremely expensive and neither are sustainable. Welfare rots away society from the inside, and warfare rots it away from the outside. Our actions overseas make us weaker and actually creates more terrorist cells which will do harm against us. We are not a popular nation right now; precisely because of our overbearing and ugly foreign policy.

If you want to fight the system; do it non-violently; use civil disobedience. You can stop working so much and give up your luxuries if you don’t want to be looted. You could go galt or you could find loopholes and find more tax write offs. Do whatever you can to undermine the looters complex, but do not get into fights with the ignorant, or the protectors of the ignorant. Peace is a better alternative. The longer we sustain peace, the longer we have to teach those who do not know yet how to think for themselves. The seeds that you sow today will bloom later down the road when they are needed.

Peace leads to more trade, more designs, more prosperity and a better future. War only leads to ruin.

I will not fight. I will continue to educate those who are unaware for as long as I can until the fight comes to me, only then will I pick up arms, and only in self defense as a last resort.

Get an education

In order to find the truth, you must be able to read all the signs as you navigate through the minefields of information on the information highway that is the internet. Never in history has so much information been available to so many people and so easily and cheaply. Also, never has so much misinformation been so widespread, to get people off the scent of corruption.

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
There are so many distractions in the world today, that it is easy to forget what you were originally perusing, and even easier to be misguided into thinking completely differently to what you had originally set out to do.
And when speaking about education; I’m not talking about going to college. In fact, college is a big distraction. Over inflation of prices, and corruption, have made a good solid education hard to come by, and the cost to do so, will have you drowning in debt for life.
No, a true education is one that you seek for yourself from your heart. What is it that you truly wish to learn about? Do you want to learn history? What for? Do you want to learn math? Again; what for?
In order for your life to feel complete, if you feel as I do, you need to continually learn new subjects, and discover more about the world around you. It adds to life and the spice of it, when you can speak a few sentences in French, or name a fancy wine, or even talk about the affects of the British Empire on the modern world.
Can you read maps? Can you spot the difference between a genuine statement and a lie? The more you read about the world around you, and the further you go to discover the real truth, the more educated you will become.
It is not merely enough to ‘get a degree’ or follow the current flow of your country. The definition of intelligence is the ability to decipher information and understand the whole meaning of problems presented to you. A real education is to gain an understanding of the world around you, and how to make the most out of it.
There is a common theme among the people who didn’t go to college, many are inventors and innovators, and many simply have a unique understanding of business. One of my favorite books is ‘think and grow rich’ Because the mindset of believing in yourself and pushing yourself forward, is what propels these people to be successful.
Another great book is Rich Dad Poor Dad, which is a book about a boy who learns that even though his dad is a teacher, and very intelligent, he is also poor. And even though his friend’s dad is not very well educated, he is fast becoming wealthy.
Rich dad poor dad is a book that I read when I was 14 years old, and I can define it as the single most important book I’ve ever read, as far as putting me on a different path to everyone else. No I’m not a multimillionaire, and I’m not going to spew out a bunch of get rich quick programs for you to join, although I’ve come across my fair share of them. No, this book really gets you thinking about living life differently, and about how education effects your future.
Start looking at the world around you, and start thinking outside the box, and that is where your real education will begin.