UC Davis’ Pepper Spray Incident

My fellow Readers, I need to get your thoughts on something. I have been having a tough time understanding the events of the UC Davis pepper spray incident that occurred to our horror several days ago.

The backlash has been loud and passionate. From the liberal quads of the progressive Californian University, UC Davis, to the airwaves, twitter feeds and blogs, people have reviewed the video of the pepper spray incident that has gone viral. Continue reading

Rags to Riches: Algerism and the American Opportunity

“[….] We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. […]” – an excerpt from The Declaration of Independence, July 4 1776

Some of you may have asked yourselves, “Why is the domain name to John’s great new blog ‘algeropportunity.wordpress….’ instead of the blog’s name: ‘Your Opinion Matters’?”

Who or what is Alger and why should I care? Well my dear friends, ‘Alger’–more formally Horatio Alger, Jr.—was a prolific 19th-century American author and cartoonist who lived from 1832 to 1899. His adult novels and cartoons progressed late in his life to be focused toward a younger audience—for children.

In 1864, Alger published his first boys’ book Frank Campaign, and in 1865 his second boys’ book Paul Prescott’s Charge. He secured his place in history with his fourth book, Ragged Dick, which was fit to print in 1868 (100 years before the most memorable year of the Civil Rights Movement).

Ragged Dick featured a variety of characters—the valiant youth, the noble mysterious stranger, the snobbish youth, and the evil squire, which Alger weaves together in conflict and mutual camaraderie. The reader joins these characters in the rough streets of New York City in the mid 1800’s.

The story’s protagonist is a young boy struggling to survive in the harsh climate of laissez-faire capitalism that shapes and defines the economic and social realities of mid-19th Century America. (i.e. there was no welfare, or Fannie Mae Home Loans for the Poor, free healthcare, etc.). A young man like Ragged Dick had the opportunity to succeed but was by no means presented with advantages other than those of his own wit.

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Beat the Deficit – Tax The Rich versus Cutting Spending: You Decide

The debate in Washington taking place behind closed doors, in the supercomittee, is one that all Americans should be part of. What happened to Obama’s promise for transparency? Instead of the debate regarding whether to cut spending, raise taxes or impose both on the American People taking place in the open forum called Congress, Congress chose this summer to shirk their responsibilities by agreeing to a short term funding of the National Budget in lieu of ordering (possibly politically destructive) spending cuts.

Congress decided to leave the planning to a ‘supercomittee’. A group of representatives of Republicans and Democrats, etc. are debating behind closed doors the future of US fiscal policy. What a sham.

The House and Senate were elected by the People as representatives. For representatives to elect representatives to do the tough decision making behind closed doors is a blatant disregard for Congress’ responsibilities. These Congressmen and Congresswomen absconded the tough job of cutting programs—many with humanitarian causes, by putting the responsibility on the supercomittee allowing them to be dissatisfied and to comment without taking any responsibility for the outcome. When will our elected officials do what is right for America and make tough decisions without regard for their political survival? What happened to honor, patriotism, and knowing and doing what is right: holding Country over Personal Agenda? Continue reading

U.S. Debt surpasses $15 Trillion (with a ‘T’)

Well it is time to be reminded of that thing that never seems to effect individuals directly: the US Debt. Is it true? Does the massive US Debt, which now exceeds $15 TRILLION, mean anything to you and me?

Well, some might argue that pragmatically it does not affect normal Americans living their daily lives. I disagree.

The debt is a simple matter. In fact, this topic is so simple that a fourth grade student could understand its complexities.  In recent history, the United States Federal Government spends more money than it takes in. Simple as that. Continue reading

Happy 236th Birthday to the United States Marine Corp.

From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean:
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.

-Semper Fi

Please take a minute to reflect on the Marines' shared sacrifice by watching this video:

Thank you Marines.
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