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Location:
Westchester County
Favorite Quote:
"All we do is either praised or censured but never understood" F. Nietzsche
About Me:
I am a life long democrat. Perhaps most of this is owing to the fact that I grew up in poverty. However, I have a graduate degree and have studied philosphy and social work and have had many other informative experiences that are not directly related to poverty.

The concerns I have are usually rooted in economics and how economic factors including psychological have much to do with determing most people's political views.

Also familiar and paternal instincts whether well adjusted or contra in the sense of rebelious attitudes do play a role in the formulation of political world view.

As adults the impact of money becomes more sensible and rooted in day to day living but this does not however have to completely skew one's attitudes toward monatary matters.

The tired old Churchill Quote regarding when young if you are not liberal indicates you have no heart and when an adult you have no brain" or words to that effect holds no weight for me as I have read much more complicated political and philosophical works.

A response to what I just wrote could be "well isn't that special" but such a brief encounter with just those few words would only be praised or censured and not understood.

I have much to say and much to think about and do appreciate when I am in a more sober objective mood in order that I can approach ideas with an open mind and not quickly cast away interesting approaches to a world view.
Issues I Care About:
economics, poverty, education, employment, health care, housing.

John's Op-Eds

At what cost- money

I want to say something, what it is I do not yet know. Hopefully it will come to me. I hope I will not "Sigh" after my idea is put in words as in Nietzsche's aphorism-



Sigh- "I caught this insight on the way and quickly seized the rather poor words that were closest to hand to pin it down lest it fly away again. And now it has died of these arid words and shakes and flaps in them-and I hardly know any more when I look at it how I could ever have felt so happy when I caught this… Continue

Posted on August 25, 2009 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

setting the record straight- being nice

To become ad hominem in ones rhetoric is not tasteful nor is it respectful of oneself or the one who is being attacked. Regardless of this admonition I shall proceed as follows:



1) Karl Rove- does not look like a pig.



2) George W. Bush does not look like a clown or Alfred E. Newman.



3) Mitt Romney does not look or speak as if he was helpless as a rich man's child.



4) William Kristol does present as a pampered, overly protected middle class chicken… Continue

Posted on August 23, 2009 at 10:30pm

Needy

The theme in this post is being repeated as I wrote a previous one with this same theme several months ago.



The denotation of "greedy" to describe Wall Street Brokers, Investment bankers and other people who strive to make billions per year is doing a great disservice.



These immature humans require a term that is more precise and accurate. The term Needy would be more accurate. Now let me explain why"Needy" fits the bill.



In Western Civilization, the… Continue

Posted on August 19, 2009 at 9:30pm

A dis-connect

A note about celebrity. Most of our celebrities [ not all] are entertainers. Centuries past, entertainers performed- that is "sang and danced" for the "royalty." These days celebrities perform for all of us for their feed.



Another note- Centuries past a symbol of wealth- as pictured in Baroque art- was heavy pale white women- On the other hand- the peasants- were hard bodied and darked by the sun. These days a symbol of wealth is hard bodies darkened by the sun- Humans - go… Continue

Posted on August 13, 2009 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

A Public option- amid Private interest

Regarding a public option for health care one may propose a national proposition- This would by pass congress which may or may not be the way to go. However, there was a national proposition on this issue it was the 2008 election. Most Americans; regardless of the silly media town hall non-sense- voted for President Obama- and he articulated his proposal regarding this issue.



In order to pay for a public option, President Obama would have to make enormous cuts to the military budget.… Continue

Posted on August 11, 2009 at 11:00pm

Comment Wall (7 comments)

At 10:28am on November 17, 2008, Katie said…
Hi John, welcome to We Op-Ed. Your background and interests sound very interesting, it's nice to have you aboard. Glad to see you've already been commenting and getting involved, keep it up. We can't wait to hear more from you.

Don't hesitate to ask questions about the site or make any suggestions. Enjoy!
At 11:54pm on January 12, 2009, Voice of the Voiceless said…
Hey John,

Don't worry about the way you write. I thought your reply was brilliant and insightful. I know all too much about writing sporadically. I have the same problem. I have so much information stored in my brain that when I sit down to write, it all just fumbles out. But when I'm doing very formal writing I tend to be too self critical and get into the habit of rewriting everything. So it takes me a while to formulate and express an idea and make it make sense. If that makes any sense? Another thing, I also tend to write how I speak because not too many of my close friends read my work. Mostly because they do not understand it or do not care to. But the ones that do always want me to simplify what I am trying to communicate.

As far as my work is concerned, I have been involved with the labor movement for as long as I can remember. Both of my parents dedicated 30+ years to the movement and worked for the same Local that I had recently worked for. All in all, I grew up in a white, middle class, suburban neighborhood. I went to school with all rich kids and most of them viewed us middle class kids as socially inacceptable. It made me sick to be stuck in that environment, so I hardly went to school. I am mostly self educated when it comes to academics. But when it comes to hard work, I know it from experience.

My earliest political involvement was when I worked on my Mother's campaign. She ran for State Rep. in 1998. Unfortunately, she lost to the Republican incumbent. I spent most of my time after that volunteering for fund raisers, picket lines, lock outs, leaflets, you name it. Then I got hired for a non-profit called Working America, we laid down grassroots campaigns for working family rights: specifically minimum wage increase from $5.15 to $7.15. The campaign was successful.

Anyway, I'm not going to tell you my life story. I see that you are a student of philosophy. Philosophy, theology, metaphysics, and esotericism are my passions when it comes to writing. I will be posting more debates shortly, I just have make time to do so.
At 9:36pm on February 7, 2009, Lance Winslow said…
Indeed, you are an interesting fellow, so your opinions are worthy of contention even when I completely disagree or consider them jaded and misrepresenting of reality. Please keep them coming, you make people think.
At 1:36am on February 8, 2009, Lance Winslow said…
Nietzsche was lost and his thoughts unoriginal, most adolescents consider these same thoughts without having ever read his purported insight. He's no one to aspire to.
At 10:42pm on February 8, 2009, John said…
Regarding Nietzsche being lost, I don't quite know what you mean by "lost." Perhaps this judgement is mostly owing to the fact that Nietzche's writings are easily distorted and difficult to apprehend without serious scholarship or at least being introduced to his works by an emminent scholar. Nietzsche is disturbing to many philsophers and other thinkers who are/were considered prominent in their time. He is disturbing because he himself was a serious scholar who read voraciously and wrote voraciously. He is not easily dismissed because he has been authenticated by the scholarly tradition.

He also made fun of an enormous amout of philosophers and great figures in human history such as Kant, Wagner, Liebnitz, Aristotle and many more. He is both funny and serious and drives many serious educators and professors "crazy." Too many have distorted his ideas and used them for purposes that would not be in accord with his understandings. Your comment reveals ignorance, not an insult, simply without knowledge of Nietzsche's works.
At 1:23pm on March 21, 2009, John said…
On behalf of my own postings- I will shamelessly state; It is not everyday one falls into the kind of thought process that leads one to write such op eds. A common reply must be- "Thank god for that!"
At 9:58pm on April 19, 2009, John said…
My own comment:

I see an advertisement regarding a T Shirt for fans of
Friedrich Nietzsche, who the hell would want that?

Can anyone imagine Nietzsche wearing such a T shirt?

T -shirts are for mindless fools who would use the terms- "Hot, " cool, " "like, " "awesome, " "amazing, " "Twitter, " "think outside the box." "Going Green, " "Question authority" all the simple minded phrases the tatoo wearing, skin piercing middle class idiots use.

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