I appreciate your opinion. I did, after all, impose mine unsolicited! I also appreciate that you are into diet science and are an athlete yourself. As am I, a competitive runner, a martial artist, a weightlifter, and for ten years now, also a vegan!! You and I have met, although it was several years ago.
So, I reply to you, sir, not to be combative, nor disharmonious, nor in bad faith. Rather, it’s just that, on ethical grounds, and as a communicator I feel obligated to be clear, and I want you to know that neither your agreement, or disagreement, is my goal here. This is peaceable dialog, and I thank you for your time in reading, and conversing with me regarding this important matter. As you may imagine, as a journalist, a mathematician, and these days as an educator, I see all sorts of major red flags w.r.t. the politics, quantitative science, and role-modeling amid the national dialog and am very careful about how I put my arguments and inputs, as not to make the communication problems worse. This approach comes in handy in teaching as well. There is much good dialog, and there is much bad, as you know, regarding this topic.
I just wish to reiterate, there are nuances to this issue, and there are coherent caveats which should accompany the various valid points regarding precautions, that you kindly offered to me. In other words, it is a complex and important subject, and one must be clear in their direction. And yes, I’d be happy to volunteer with your organization, when times are more accommodating for public assembly, if I have not relocated my family to a more welcoming community by then, which is a decision I will likely be forced to make, to reduce the political exposure of me and my family members in this red county.
As an educator, in my classrooms (when they were in-person), I welcome and make room for all opinions as long as they are civil and made in good faith. Generally, I favor freedom to think and speak critically in all venues. Our civil behavior (or lack thereof) is the model upon which young people (among others) model their own behavior. That’s how we all learn, as lifelong learners.
Regarding your accusation that I’m an “armchair quarterback,” I should clarify: I am not a layabout. I am civically minded. Now I have witnessed what this elongated reaction has done to the secondary students who cannot afford private school and whose parents are not in a position to effectively home-school. I have donated most of my adult life to civics, volunteer work, grassroots support, public education in one form or another, and inter-agency cooperation. I am a forty-five year old single dad. Many, upon hearing of my non-traditional family structure, tune out immediately. If that is your inclination now, feel free to go ahead and do so. Otherwise, here’s the full position, regarding the politics of emergency response:
Today’s inauguration began with Minnesota Partisan Senator Amy Klobuchar describing the events of January 6 as a “violent insurrection” against he United States government. Unlike the arson-riddled riots last summer, the January 6 demonstration did not have the support of the establishment media nor the Democrats.
Partisan Klobuchar invoked President Lincoln, who so violently held the union together – a union which no states – excepting a couple, who eventually furthered the power grab – would have joined if they had not been assured of their ability to peacefully leave it when and if they saw fit.
The rift in the nation, created by the bloody American Civil War, is still evident today. I heard Oliver Stone say last year, in an interview with Bob Scheer, that perhaps those Southern states should’ve been given leave to go their own way, rather than the North making a power grab and refusing their exit, destroying the South, and vengefully occupying it for decades because, Stone remarked, in the nineteenth century the abolitionist movement seemed inevitable throughout the west, and moreover, yet today the resentment still exists for the 155-year-old Constitutional transgression. It’s all well and good if you like the American pie of modern times, but the problem is that the U.S.A. is an imperial war state. If it were a utopia, there might be more intellectual appeal to the claims of “perfection among the union.” Alas, this is not a utopia. It’s a war machine, and a police state, and the Bill of Rights is long out of fashion, and further out each day.
WRIT OF DEFENESTRATION:
Pursuant to the occupation, for many decades, of the national legislative body by corporate-backed GOP (Republican Party) and DNC (Democratic party) (in this document henceforth all referred to as “Partisans”), functioning effectively as a one-party system which as an occupying body politic is unreachable by any popular vote and which operates at gross odds with respect to the constitutional and political will of the people of the United States of America and their survival and liberty; such Partisans are in violation of the United States Bill of Rights and, moreover, are transgressing the peace and freedom of all Americans and citizens of the world.
In addition to intentionally instigating new proxy wars and other unwarranted hostile provacation and military build-up against the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation, at the expense of the future of humanity, peace, and liberty on earth; Decades-long wars waged, and interventionist coups staged, and aggressive economic warfare plied upon foreign lands (Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Palestine, Latin America, Eastern Europe ETC) were approved and are perpetuated through the public-funding support of the Partisan-occupied Legislature such as through the annual NDAA, and are strategically orchestrated through Partisan agents and their Partisan operatives occupying the United States of America’s Executive branch, and are funded with unchecked spending through the privately held Federal Reserve device; and,
“Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depository of the public interests. In every country these two parties exist; and in every one where they are free to think, speak, and write, they will declare themselves.” ~Thomas Jefferson, 1824