The True Father of America

Who is the true Father of America?

The quick answer is obvious. George Washington: General and Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army; our first President; the tall dignified man of great courage, determination and leadership beyond comprehension.

Yet there are others. Thomas Jefferson: eloquent and masterful author of the Declaration of Independence; our third President; the Virginia planter, whose vision for America extended far beyond the bounds of thirteen colonies, including the Louisiana territory and undiscovered lands and waterways to the Pacific  ocean.

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Daniel Boone, George Rogers Clark, and other early explorers and pioneers deserve credit for their bravery and tenacity in securing the future of new American lands.

Before all of these were the men and women of Massachusetts who faced tyranny and invasion by the British, fought at Bunker Hill, and stood their ground while the Continental Congress refused to lend support. Where would we be without their daring resourcefulness? We must add Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, and our second President John Adams to the list of fathers, among so many others.

But there is only one true Father to us all and He is God. God is the Father of all, American or not. Can we also claim God as America’s Father? I believe we can and should. God, the Divine Creator, dwelt in the hearts and minds of our country’s earliest leaders as they dreamed, planned, fought, wrote, lead, met, debated, and ultimately won America’s independence.

God is the true Father of America.

Do I, author of American Waypoints, speak of religion in this regard? I do not. I doubt that God is a big fan of religion. I trust it was He that persuaded the hearts and minds of our Constitution’s crafters to separate Church from State. Both institutions are messy at best and neither should influence the other. But God gave us life and liberty to choose our religion, to speak freely, to cast our votes, and ultimately to give Him our praise and glory. He is our true Father.

God Bless and Protect the United States of America on this Fourth of July.

 

 

 

 

Jim Comey–my Favorite Homey–& other Bizarre Executive Branchers of the Past

If you’ve lived long enough, and paid some attention to government, you’ve seen more than a few bizarre members serving our Executive Branch. Whew, Comey really hit it out of the park today in terms of overall weirdness. Some of the stuff he seemed actually proud of….like leaking private details about a POTUS meeting to a friend after a Trump tweet which caused him concern in the middle of the night. You’re a man-baby, Jimmy. And seeming shocked that Trump invited him to dinner and ‘surely there will be others there’..golly it was just me and HIM. As if this has never happened before (not that it should, but you know it has occurred in other Administrations surely.).

For those of you so shocked and dismayed over what you feel is so terrible about our current Administration—-get a grip on reality by taking a trip down memory lane. Before I start, let me state that what we have now is an imperfect man, yet the greatest POTUS of my lifetime. A true man, strong, loving America and working for the American people. But here is a short list of some truly dismal past Exec. Branch public servants:

  1. Dick Nixon…….need I say more…..so I won’t
  2. Al Haig: Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan. Who remembers…I do! I do!…..nutty ole Al Haig running into the White House briefing room after poor POTUS Reagan was shot, all huffy and puffy, grabbing the mic (no wireless in those days) , and re-assuring us that HE was in charge here! Oh yes, the famous chain of command yelled out by Haig: it’s the President, then the Vice President, then the Secretary of State…………………………………..whaaaaa?  Did he say ‘Speaker of the House’? No honey.
  3. W.  Yes, that W. You know, the son of George Herbert Walker. The big government spender and signer of No Child Left Behind and other disasters. The one who authorized Operation Iraqi Freedom largely based on a lie (no weapons of mass destruction ever found), motivated by ‘Saddam Hussein threatened to kill my daddy’, and justified by the ridiculous idea that we could achieve Democracy in Iraq and magically–it would spread into other countries of the Middle East. At least 4K American deaths,  over 30K wounded, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths…..The big thing I disagree with Trump on is HRC being the creator of ISIS: maybe W really is. No plan for how to handle things in Iraq after toppling the government. Chaos, instability, nothing good came from this. Our dear soldiers are not to blame.
  4. George Tenet: CIA Director under Bill and W: the guy responsible for knowingly submitting a false report to Colin Powell on Saddam Hussein having weapons of mass destruction, presented to the United Nations. Shame.
  5. Rummy: Sec of Defense under W, totally mismanaged the use of military in the Iraq war, and ideologue of having US Elite/Small military. Cool idea, but it didn’t work. But he does love dachshunds at least.
  6. Paul Bremer: I’m not sure of his official title, but directly involved or in charge of Iraqi strategy under W: somehow found a way to de-BAATH the remaining Iraqi government and authorize withdrawal of too many troops way too, etc. A total screw-up causing mass destabilization and paving the way for radical ideologist terrorism to move in. I don’t know how he managed to do this without others like Condi Rice, Rumsfeld or others knowing about it beforehand, but check the history books. It happened. Don’t know how this guy sleeps at night.

This list could be longer, but you get the idea. Kind of makes what is going on now pale in comparison. What came out in the hearing today is bizarre, and rather pale. Good night.

The Opioid Mess: Who’s to Blame for the Pain?

Yeah, I know. It’s been four months since American Waypoints got off the chair to write a post. Did you think it was because my candidate won the Presidency, so I just didn’t care anymore? Heck no. Here’s the thing: my alter-ego has been busy writing and publishing a second book. In my other life I’m a physical therapist for animals. But before that, I was a physical therapist for people, times 30 years. I know a little something about it. And I have something to say about the huge opioid mess we are in as a country.

Way back in the 1960s, 70s and 1980s, we in the medical profession did not focus on our patient’s pain. In the war years of the 1920-1950 era, pain meds were used with heavy doses for injured military. It was a necessity. But, back to the 1960-mid 1980s, less focus was put on pain and use of chemical treatment for pain symptoms. There were exceptions such as immediate post-op pain, intractable pain, incurable pain, terminal illness management, etc. Otherwise, prescribing Morphine, Codeine, Percoset, Vicodin was discouraged and ‘pain management’ consisted of healthy things like Physical Therapy modalities (TENS), Exercise therapy, Deep breathing, Acupuncture, Biofeedback, nerve blocks, etc.

Why? Because pain is subjective, you cannot easily quantify it. And because prescription  pain meds were known to be highly addictive. A slippery slope on both ends. That doesn’t mean a medical professional disbelieves a patient complaining of pain. But it does mean that the professional cannot afford to take only the patient’s word regarding the amount of pain and simply prescribe meds to solve a problem which cannot be verified as to degree of severity. This was how we protected patients. We believed them but offered many solutions other than, or in addition to modest dosages of pain meds. But this meant patients had to work through their pain and learn alternative ways of pain management. It also took more time. It also took dollars away from medication-prescribing doctors and toward allied health professionals such as physical therapists, acupuncturists, biofeedback technicians, etc. It also took money away from the pharmaceutical industry.

By the 1990s, someone found a way to shift dollars back to the prescribing doctors and the drug companies. That someone WAS the doctors and the drug companies.  A particular drug/PHARMA company found a way to formulate opium in a ‘synthetic’ way which was heralded as safe, having no serious side effects, yet a strong pain medication> Oxycontin. Wonderful. In 1996, a letter was circulated and published, giving doctors the all-clear to prescribe this drug. Did any of the doctors know the ‘if it is a snake before it bites you it’s still a snake’ story? Sure they did, but if PHARMA says it’s okay–I guess ‘we’re off the hook’. Money starts flowing into the drug company.

Now the doctors want some of the action. Many doctors sit on hospital boards and accreditation commissions and somehow, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, hospitals start having a change in thought on pain. Addressing a patient’s pain has now become a priority. Almost like a vital sign–though one which cannot be measured objectively. Other vital signs, like respiratory rate and pulse, are easily quantified. But pain is measured on a pain scale, rated by the patient. Wow, that was easy. You need surgery, go to the pre-admission testing center, and there is a nurse assuring you that your LEVEL OF PAIN will be a high concern to all of the staff. Yes, you will be asked to RATE YOUR PAIN at multiple intervals throughout your stay. So comforting!

A few years later, a new specialty of medicine appears: Algiatry. WHHAAATTT? Oh, that means Pain Management Specialist. But that doesn’t mean you will be taught alternative ways to deal with pain–well you might, but it will be less emphasized than using drugs.

Combine this with the “Mindfulness” movement and “be in the NOW’ idiocy of the last few years. Let’s all never get over ourselves, and focus on how we feel and how much we hurt. Hey it’s all about me, and I’m in a hurry. And I deserve to feel good all of the time in the easiest way possible.

By 2012, PHARMA makes prescribing new generation pain meds even more appealing by changing the formula of Oxycontin to contain ‘abuse deterrents’. Seriously, how has that worked out? Oxycontin is still opium. Heroin is opium. Opium is a seriously addictive and harmful substance. Our country now has a huge crisis on our hands and people are dying.

Who is to blame? Why try and find someone or something to blame? Because I believe it is part of the process of fixing it. Are the drug dealers to blame?

No. They are opportunity-seeking bottom feeders but I don’t issue blame to them.

Are the patients to blame? Yes- a bit. People are responsible for knowing about drugs they are prescribed and not simply leaving their common sense at the door to the doctor’s office. And sadly, many folks simply prefer taking the easier path to easing their pain. Pain should not be crippling, but we need to learn to adjust our threshold and take the time to work through it responsibly.

Are doctors and drug companies to blame. You’re darn tootin they are. Easy path to more revenue.  I’m praying that the paradigm shifts back to the days of working through pain by minimal use of chemistry and maximum use of physics.

Public Temper Tantrums and Bible-Quoting Senators

Are you watching the Senate Confirmation hearings? Yesterday Dr. Tom Price, Trump’s pick to head up HHS, was treated to one of the Dem Senator’s quoting scripture, intended to admonish him. What a charade. SO, this fine Senator chose a passage from Matthew 25: of the Parable regarding the sheep and the goats. I guess the Senator thinks Dr. Price is a goat.

Clearly Jesus wants us to feed, provide drink and clothing to the poor. What we do for the least, we do for him. Dr. Price knows this too. But he thinks, as American Waypoints does, that these are individual mandates, not necessarily guidelines for government.  We need to get as much as we can out of federal government control and shift to local and individual responsibility. That is what the Bible is telling us. Trump is proposing block grants to the states for Medicaid, not stopping Medicaid. The federal government cannot and should not do it all. The many liberals screaming in the streets, wearing their genitalia on their heads, can donate to food banks, volunteer at nursing homes, makes clothes for the needy, give money to organizations which help people in legitimate need pay their bills. Churches do it all the time: many have food banks, Deacon Funds, etc. If those same Senators and crazy folks wearing their labia majora and minora on their heads want to have abortion clinics funded, they can put their money where their heart is: donate to Planned Parenthood if you love it so much. The US government doesn’t have to. And, stop using scripture to justify your false ‘nanny-government’ doctrines.

The bible is there to guide our lives individually, in the hopes that we will move closer to God and live by his commands as a people. Now here is scripture from the Old Testament that sure applies to what’s happening right now: Proverbs 29: v11 “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.” How about those apples, marching women and anti-Trump zealots? Don’t you think I wanted to charter a plane, fly to the BVIs yesterday, hire a taxi  to take me to where Obama and wife are vacationing and ask him for a 220 million dollar refund to the American taxpayer for the sneaky little donation he made during the last hours of his Presidency to Palestine?  I would have gladly wrung his neck in the process, but I, unlike you, can control my rage.

So, here is one more scripture, in parting, that applies to another individual: our new POTUS: Proverbs 29, v12 “If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked”. Trump, tho not a ruler but President of a democracy, refuses to listen to the lies of the media. This is why Sean Spicer comes out swinging every day. Trump will not allow lies and filth to infiltrate his office. Hurray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopelessness and Negativity, The Liberal Aim

The current First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, stated 2 days ago that “America is entering a period of hopelessness”. What a wonderful statement by a First Lady who rendered Frito-loving, soda drinking school children hopeless during lunch period.

This is the way liberals act when they lose: sore and without hope. This is the way liberals act when they win: negative and throwing shade at anyone who dares to disagree. Ungracious, demoralizing, bullying types these liberals are.

Liberals fail to see that America remains right of center, despite what they want you to believe. They got me. I was convinced that America had shifted left, way to the left. The cable news media, newspapers, celebrity posts and rants (i.e. Beyonce, Jon Stewart, Springsteen and so many others) , nearly fooled me into believing America had lost its core beliefs. Then I stopped listening to it. I started praying and believing that God would help America if we were willing to help ourselves and elect a new President who could turn our country back on course. I started paying attention to the tens of thousands who turned up for #MakeAmericaGreatAgain rallies, consistently, day after day, all over the USA. People like me got on their knees and asked God to help, campaigned, want to the voting booth, and elected Donald J. Trump.

So, Mrs. Obama, you are just wrong. America is entering a period of extraordinary hope and pride.

Speaking of pride, here’s where the negativity comes in. When liberals win on areas such as Same Sex Marriage, Gay Pride and similar issues, they start by openly criticizing those who disagree. In particular, they love to throw shade at Evangelical Christians. It’s not enough to celebrate their win, it has to be “how about those hateful——–(you fill in the blanks, with any person or organization who disagrees with them). If such an Evangelical Christian attempts to enter the conversation civilly, it doesn’t work out very well. Liberals have exactly zero tolerance for those who do not see the world their way. They try to bully you out of a conversation. The tolerance crowd is intolerant.

I’ve ‘lost’ in the POTUS elections the prior 4 cycles, not having voted for GWB nor Barry O. Now I’ve spouted off a bit about Barry, but in general, have sucked it up for 16 years and tolerated my liberal friends and other pals and family members loyal to all-things- Bush, with patience and politeness.

I’d like the losers to suck it up, be civil, and stick it out. I’d like liberals to show tolerance to those with conservative values. After all, there are more of us, and we’re nice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exposing Lies and Explaining Business Principles 101

American Waypoints has been a bit sidelined this summer. Fall is in the air and the time to return to blogging is here.

Well, looking a Facebook posts about last night’s Presidential Debate has me perplexed. I’m probably above average in intelligence, but ………………after seeing the utter stupidity in people’s comments and questions about Donald Trump’s business practices, I’m starting to think maybe I’m a certified genius.

Let’s take a look and figure some things out, shall we?

1.”Donald Trump admits he is under-leveraged!”.  In business, being under-leveraged is a good thing. It does not mean that he goes out of the house without wearing his underpants.

2. “Isn’t it terrible that he has filed multiple times for bankruptcy? How can he run our country?”  Filing for bankruptcy is not a crime. Here is a crime: lying to the FBI under oath. Here is another: destroying evidence in an investigation. Here’s a fact: our country is essentially bankrupt now. A shrewd and smart businessperson with an incredible team of advisors will have the skills needed to improve our financial position and reduce our national debt.

3. “Donald Trump pays no federal taxes!” Really? Of course he pays taxes. He employs many  people and his company must match social security for starters. Does anyone with a brain really think Trump has never paid any federal tax? In business, especially as a corporation, one tries to avoid being doubly taxed and uses every legal deduction to reduce tax liability and spend as little as possible. In light of the tremendous amount of wasteful government spending and over-entitlements, who can blame him? I did the same thing when I owned a corporate business.

4. “Wasn’t it lovely how Mrs. Clinton reassured our allies last night? Trump does not have the temperament to do that”.  Well, good. Anyone seen the movie or read the screenplay for “A Bronx Tale” by Chazz Palminteri? The best line in there is when Calogero asks Sonny :’It is better to be loved or feared? Sonny replies that it’s better to be both but if he had a choice he’s rather be feared”. Most of our allies, except Israel, have taken advantage of us and think we’re saps. I hope Trumps makes them respect and fear us ( a healthy fear).

5. “Trump is a racist”. Hillary Clinton is the one who called young black males ‘super predators’.

If you can’t figure any of this out and remain massively stupid, please do us all a favor and just stay home on polling day.

 

 

Jive (or is it’Jibe”) Talkin, He’s Telling you Lies

The Brothers Gibb, commonly known as the Bee Gees, released a record called “Jive Talkin” in 1975. Years later, on July 22, 2016, President Obama produced something similar. You know the talking point, remember? It went like this:” Donald J Trump’s vision for America doesn’t jive with reality”.

Without having to wait 41 years for more jive talkin’, mere minutes after the words left Obama’s lips, news of a terrorist gunman killing innocent people in Munich broke. Within days, before and after the Obama jive talk there were police killings in many cities.

So here are the facts of America’s reality: our country isn’t safe, our borders are dangerously unprotected, our military has been drained, jobs have left the US, our schools in the public sector push dangerous liberal agendas, our police are being targeted and killed, our economy has a miserable 1% job growth rate, Christian persecution in other countries is ignored, on and on and on.

In truth, Donald Trump’s assessment of the current state of America, as well as knowing the vision of a globalist weak America held by our current President and the Democratic candidate HRC, is spot on.

Now, here’s what cracks me up. Try doing a search on Obama’s ‘jive’ talking points of 7/22/16 and you’ll get some stories that say ‘jive’ and others that say ‘jibe’. Get it? Did you watch Obama’s lips move and hear him closely? He did not say ‘jibe’, he clearly said ‘jive’. So, why do some news organizations conveniently change it to ‘jibe’? I guess because they think ’jive’ sounds too black or ghetto or something skewed.  What a joke. Last time I saw a photo of the Gibb boys, they sure looked Caucasian to me.

But, the word ‘jibe’ does describe Obama a bit. Being a sailor, jibe is a maneuver used to turn the boat’s direction with the wind behind the helm. Sort of like changing things up with the wind at your back. Sounds like Obama to me. At least when he jibes, the wind will deliver the bad smell of his dealings right back at him!

The truth is: Trump jives and Obama jibes! Wake up Clinton supporters, she is more of the same.