Archive for September, 2008

September 18, 2008

Drill baby Drill? Really?

I know I have been staying away from discussing politics and dealing with the pending election but after I heard the Republicans chant “drill, baby, drill” over and over again at the Republican National Convention I couldn’t resist this post. That chant gave me chills and not in a good way.

I honestly don’t believe that the republicans really want to drill. They just can’t possibly believe that this is the solution to the energy problem we have right now. They have to be using this as a ploy to get their base energized and hopefully pull out this election. Right? I mean there are just so many reasons not to drill that I don’t even know where to start. Perharps this analogy will help.

Imagine a woman that is morbidly obese. Her weight is at the point where her Doctors are starting to worry about her health. She literally has to lose weight or she’ll die. Obviously she has to start exercising. She should probably also get on a diet. That would be the smart way to go. Now imagine that instead of her Doctors advicing her to lay off junk food they encourage her to eat more of it. Infact they insist that she triple the amount of junk food that she consumes. They figure that if they encourage her to keep on binge eating and even provided her with more junk food she would somehow realize that she is eating herself to death and lay off the junk food and eat healthier.

How much sense does that make? We are in this mess because of our dependence on oil and the rate at which we consume it. We were bound to run into this problem at some point. Our cars these days are packed with Horsepower. Even vehicles that traditionally didn’t need that amount of power now have it. In the bid to make faster cars we sacrificed efficiency. Back in the day, 25 miles per gallon was regarded as an efficient car. These days, people eat it right up. Factor in the fact that everybody has a car or three and we had it coming.

First of all, oil is a natural resource that can run out. It isn’t something that you can keep milking and expect it to replenish itself. Secondly, with the huge demand that existed here, we played into the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)’s hands as well as every other country that produces and exports oil. We became slaves and addicts to the good liquid. They could now afford to raise gas prices because they knew we didn’t have other alternatives.

The solution to high gas prices therefore is to start investing in alternative sources of energy. Wind energy, solar power, etc. It can be done. If T. Boone Pickens, a man who built his entire empire on oil can lead the charge towards alternative sources (in this case wind energy), then we should capitalize on that. Trying to solve this crisis by drilling for more oil isn’t the answer. Use the money for research on other alternatives. Give auto makers tax breaks for creating more efficient cars (not hybrids). The nation is feeling the sting of gas prices so this is the time to strike while the proverbial iron is hot. If the gas prices go down, then people will just turn a deaf ear on the issue and go back to guzzling massive amounts of gas. No Drilling. Not now.

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September 14, 2008

Where do the people fit in all this?

First of all I would like to thank rawdawgbuffalo for his unwavering support and kindness. You are a good man. And a shout out to Tera for the love. Your words were very encouraging to me and it is always refreshing to have people rooting for you.

Let me now stress that it is late and I should either be in bed or be at a club or something. Afterall, I am a 20 something and this is Saturday night/ Sunday morning. I shouldn’t even be tackling a serious subject such as this one but I have been bouncing it around in my head and I am sick of procastinating. Like I said in my last blog, I had two people recently join me in my vision and we are working together to bring it to life. As we were thinking of new ideas and what direction to go, one of them posed this question to me randomly and seemingly off topic; “what are your thoughts on McCain and VP running mate?”

Well, I haven’t given her my answer yet. You see, I am sick of this whole election thing. I am sick of the big circus around the two parties. I am sick of the drama, the theatrics, the high wire act, the lies, the attack Ads and the politics. Truth be told, I was sick of it as early as the Democratic Primaries. I got fed up as I watched Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama duke it out. It became about them and less about what America needed. The same holds true for John McCain and his pick of Sarah Palin. He didn’t pick Palin because she was capable. He didn’t pick Palin because he thought she’d make a good Vice President, he picked Palin because he wanted to win an election. I find all of it disgusting.

Lost in all of this is the voice of the people. Lost in all of the hoopla is the fact that we live in a country that is supposed to be democratic. Government of the People for the People and by the people. Do we have the ear of Washington? Obama can you hear the frustration? McCain can you see the despair? Do you understand that there are hardworking families out here, who work three or four jobs just to survive on the barest of minimums. Can you feel that our system of education is broken and that lots of students continue to slip through the cracks? Do you know that important programs are being cut from our schools to divert funds to other things?

I could go on and on but these are some of the issues that are important to me. This is why I am doing what I am doing. I am tired of waiting on the system to realize that it is decaying from the inside. While they try to figure and sort out who the next president is going to be, I am going to spend my time taking on these tough questions. I don’t know that I can ever solve them but I am not going to just ignore them. For one, I know I am doing the right thing and I also know that I am not alone. I hope the next president will take it back to the basics and what matters; Americans. Meanwhile, wake me up when they get to the important stuff.

September 5, 2008

The fight lives on

It has been a while my friends. The flame that was my passion had slowed down, cooled down, flickered and nearly died. I am here to assure you that it didn’t. I have had the craziest few months, my plate has been full and for a while there I forgot why I was in this. Working two jobs while going to school full time will do that to a person.

However today, on my way to work I remembered why. I am in this because there are people out there who don’t have a voice. I am in this because I have been blessed with the heart I have and the brain to match. Most of all I am in this because it is my purpose. I don’t have a hero complex. Far from it. I don’t think I am special in any way. I am just explaining why I am not quitting despite being away for so long.

I have two people joining me here in Los Angeles. It has been a great source of encouragement to have them and has helped revitalize me. I will be putting up more about that later on.