Saturday, June 20, 2015

My Back Pages: My Back Pages: The Political Circus Begins

My Back Pages: My Back Pages: The Political Circus Begins: My Back Pages: The Political Circus Begins :  So here we go, into another Presidential race. Actually, it's been going on since the resu...


 We all have had heroes growing up, whether it was a sports star, or some Rock and Roll idol, or idols... someone that we wanted to be like. I had my heroes, some silly teen-aged idols, some political; but let's think about this. We had real heroes who were in our lives all along. They did what they had to do every day... without complaint, without looking for adoration. These real-life heroes were the fathers.
 They went out to work each and every day to earn a living to support their family. They worked hard, without complaint, not looking for and special recognition, to make the lives of their families better. They put food on the table. They worked with their wives to make a beautiful home for their children. They were there to try to guide us all to be good people. If you needed them, they were there. They gave counsel when you needed it; they stayed out of it when they knew that they should. Most of all, they were always there. They may have been strict disciplinarians, or they may have been that soft touch. Mothers and Fathers always seem to be able to balance each other out; but they were there. 
  Whether they were you birth father, or your step father, or your adopted father, they were there for you. They cried when you graduated High School. If you went to college, they were ready to burst with pride when you graduated! When you married, they cried like a baby, because they knew that no one would be up to their opinion of who you should marry. 
 They are your confessor, they are your confidant. You may treat them as a sage, or you may think that you know better and that they are out of touch. 
  The long and short of it is that they will love you and support you, no matter what. This man will be your rock until the end of time.
  Time is a thief. It takes our memories and steals away with them. On fathers day, please remember your fathers, no matter what. Honor him, enjoy him, because the time that you have him is short. I remember my father and my grandfathers, and Father's Day is my day to cherish their memories, and to lament the time that I have lost in honoring them. 
  Happy Father's Day to all.
  John Zaffino Kent Lakes, New York 
  June 21,v2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

My Back Pages: The Political Circus Begins

My Back Pages: The Political Circus Begins:  So here we go, into another Presidential race. Actually, it's been going on since the results of the las one were publishe...

The Political Circus Begins

 So here we go, into another Presidential race. Actually, it's been going on since the results of the las one were published. Millions of dollars are spent on these things. So much time that could be used by some of these pols to do the jobs that they were elected to do. Yet, they use both to gear up for the ultimate elected position. First, they play coy with the press, saying that they are "Exploring their options." They quietly tell members of their inner circles to get the word out that they are running, while denying that they are any time that they are asked. They book themselves on talk shows to get their faces out there.They make policy statements. They criticize the current administration, taking potshots whenever they can. Finally, they call a press conference to announce that they are running for President. You get a menagerie of political animals of all stripes who tear at each other in a frenzy to grasp the nomination of their party. Over the coming months for the next year and five months, we will be inundated with political ads about the shortcomings of the other candidates, while extolling the virtues of the person that the ad is endorsing. Ii has gotten way out of hand. Money will take the job, because it takes a lot of money to run. It's not a game for someone who is not well funded. They will makes statements as to how America is on the wrong road and that they will get it back on track. They talk about creating jobs and increasing the standard of living of the American people. They will talk about 'Fixing' Social Security and dump Universal Healthcare and Medicare. They put their hands over their hearts and, with tears in their eyes, say how much they love this Grand Republic and the American People. They will swear that they will work for the working people of America, all the while taking money from PACs created to advance the interests of the multi-national corporations and their Robber Baron bosses. They will talk about how much they love the people who have to struggle to make ends meet every day of their lives, while doing nothing to stop them from sending what were jobs overseas to countries where they use underpaid and even slave labor to  do the jobs that hard working American labor once did. The good Pols like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are few and far between. In reality, even if elected, they face the roadblocks of an unwilling congress. 
  What amazes me is that these people who want us to vote for them have no idea what it is like to actually struggle. How can they relate to the American People if they have lived a life of privilege? You cannot know what it is like to worry about paying bills, or feeding your children, unless you, yourself, have done it. Trump? Give me a break! Bush? Never happened. This goes for the entire field. I would like to see a candidate that really can relate to the day to day life of an American working family. Let me tell you, all the platitudes and rhetoric do not cut it. Until I was forced to retire, I worked my entire life, many times sacrificing family life just to ensure that I made enough money so that my family would be comfortable. I never complained... I just did what had to be done. Now, I am tired and old, and I listen to these pols who tell me that they have the solution to the country's problems. I say to them, bull....! Until you address the deterioration of the country's infrastructure; until you address the needs of the working people of America, instead of the interests of the multi-nationals and the elitists, like the Koch brothers and their ilk, you are not serving the interests of the American People.
I urge my brothers and sisters who have shared my struggle, not to be swayed by the likes of those who hold up immigrants as the boogieman. They are not what threatens your ability to earn a living wage and live a decent life; it's the companies who send their jobs overseas, so that they can get their products made for slave wages. It's the companies that exploit the American Workers who are willing to do a job, no matter what the wage. These companies would cast us all aside, and revel in the demise of the American Labor Movement. Don't let them destroy us. Look at each and every candidate with the future of the American worker, indeed, the American Republic, in mind
 June 16, 2015
 John Zaffino, Kent Lakes New York

Saturday, June 6, 2015

My Back Pages: Greed and Hypocracy

My Back Pages: Greed and Hypocracy: Another phony pol bites the dust! I am so sick of those who claim to be righteous and religious, and who have the audacity to pass judgemen...

Greed and Hypocracy

Another phony pol bites the dust! I am so sick of those who claim to be righteous and religious, and who have the audacity to pass judgement on others, being exposed for the hypocrites that they are! Hastert is just another in a long line of pols who have the audacity to pass judgement on gay Americans, and those who believe in choice, claiming that they are 'Christian Conservatives". The real Christians, those who believe in ALL that Jesus said, should be appalled and distance themselves from these fakes, phonies, and frauds. Hastert was a man who used his position to make money for himself. He took bribes from the Turks, and took money from all that would buy his vote. I am sick of these pols who sell their positions. I am sick of those who are supposed to serve the people, instead, use their positions to either enrich themselves, or feed their sexual proclivities.
Because of Hastert, and so damned many like him, this country is in deep jeopardy. Our jobs are being shipped overseas. Our children are being corrupted, and our beloved country continues to decline.
I am a proud American Veteran who believes that our best years are not behind us, but are yet to come. We need to take care of our citizens. We need to rebuild and maintain our infrastructure, and we must tell these corporations that we will not tolerate them shipping American jobs overseas. This is the only way that we can continue as a viable Democratic Republic!, Yes, Disney, Verizon, AT&T, and all the other companies who increase their profits at the expense of jobless American Workers, this means YOU! If you want to continue to do business, and make profits from, America... then you must hire American workers! If not, then get the hell out of here! We don't want you, and we don't need you.
I love this country... this is why I served 4 years active duty, and 2 in the reserves of the United States Marine Corps! I am sick to death of watching us go into decline, because these multinational companies squeeze every last dime out of their companies by cutting workers and benefits. I am tired of the Romneys, and the Kochs. I believe in the American worker. Stand up! Tell them all that you will not take it anymore! Fight for your country... not on the battlefield, but in the marketplace. Do not let them destroy us. All of these greedy hypocrites must be exposed and stopped. The success of our country depends on it.

 Wishing Peace and Love to all who want it.

Friday, June 5, 2015

 Kent Lakes New York.