Essays

To: President Obama / From: A Concerned American

Note: I am not Republican or Democrat, nor are these policies really favorable to one side or the other. They are just policies that would help the nation as a whole.

1. Balance out the economic inequality. Raise income taxes for anyone who makes $250,000 a year, and give that back to the schools of the State, help struggling middle and lower-class families and workers be able to feed their families and not worry about how they’re going to pay rent next month.

2. Crack down on large corporations and individuals who have too much money that was obtained from malpractices. Raise the minimum wage(in combo with your Obamacare, this should sort itself out well for the lower and middle-class). Benefit and offer subsidies to small businesses and regulate and reform manufacturing, transportation, infrastructural, and production industries to create jobs and draw business, labor, and capital to United States soil. Crack down on corporations based in America whose workforce consists of more than 25% of foreign laborers(China, for example. Mexico, Taiwan as well).

3. Give more money to the educational system and increase the power of the state governments to regulate and crack down on private educational institutions. Crack down on the privatization of public schools(no more charter schools and all that bullshit, education is not meant to be a business. Bureaucracy at its finest).

4. Crack down on government partisanship. Loyalty to the people and to your nation, not to your party. We are all Republicans, we are all Democrats.

5. Reduce military operations abroad; cut military spending and decrease the amount of money poured into the defense industry(the especially large mass-producing weapon corporations aren’t creating enough jobs domestically to generate enough capital, and we aren’t exporting a great enough amount of weaponry to make any dent in our economic situation at home). Bring United States soldiers home and into schools, law offices, and state and federal institutions rather than fighting on foreign battlefields.

6. Work toward creating a more centralized, cultural, and prosperous United States. Build more schools and theaters, community centers and town halls, bridges and dams, raise new forests, new towns, new cities, skyscrapers and monuments. Stop building prisons, juvenile correctional facilities, foreign military bases.

7. Reform immigration regulations. Make it easier for illegal immigrants to become citizens, as they will generate tax revenue and live under the highest law of the land: the Constitution. Put immigrant children into schools to learn English, mathematics, science, history, economics, philosophy, calculus, engineering and art. Take the immigrant out of a holding cell and help him make his way in this nation.

Help the common man. Help the family. Help the worker. Help the child. Help the State. Help the nation’s people. We are not Protestant or Catholic, gay or straight, Mexican or Asian, black or white; we are Americans.

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The Syria Situation: There Will be War

Everyone seems to be pretty clear of which camp they belong to when it comes to hostile military action toward Syria: either completely against or completely in support.

You have a group of people who are willing to take the fight to Syria even if its no one’s apparent business but the Syrians.

You have a group of people who do not want any part of Syria’s business for that exact reason: its Syrian business, and not anyone else’s.

But this is exactly the point and subject matter of the entire issue that lies at hand in the Syria situation: Syria is none of our business. You have a nation that is embroiled in a civil war, and foreign powers have meddled and fickled and tried to butt into the situation: whether they support the Assad regime or the rebel cause is irrelevant at this point.

If you look back at all the civil wars and divisions that have taken place throughout the most recent parts of our history, they are marked with intense and bloody full-scale war.The Korean War(Communist North supported by China and Russia, democratic South by the United Nations), the Vietnam War(Communist Vietnamese by the Russians, democratic Vietnamese by the United States).

Let’s go back even further. Russian Revolution of 1917(Aristocratic “Whites” supported by Western  Allies, Communist Bolsheviks supported by the German Empire and enemies of the Western Allies)

Or even so far as to say the French Revolution(Bourbon royalists supported, in theory, by Austria, Prussia, Great Britain, and other powers opposing revolutionary France, and Revolutionary France, supported in theory by the United States, small German states, and Spain)

My point is: throughout the history of the world, civil conflicts have always garnered the support of one camp or another from foreign powers. Camp A is supported by enemies of Camp B, who support Camp B. It has NEVER been about “what’s right, what’s wrong, what’s moral”. We are human beings and we live in a violent and doggy-dog world.

In the case of Syria, both Assad and the rebel forces have committed acts of tyranny, oppression, terrorism, and wage a violent and bloody war against their own culture and race of people. Syria is not in the right, but neither are the rebels.

If the world had any sense, they would leave the Syrians to kill each other and wait until one crawls out of the rubble bearing a white flag. We’d know who was the winner at that point, and we wouldn’t have to worry about World War III. But, in this day and age, diplomacy is “everything”, and so, the US and other major powers of the world will choose a camp to support. Mark my word: this will lead to war. If you look at the past, its the same setup. No one, especially not brave and courageous America or powerful and thick-accented Russia, is going to back down.

Just like Iran said, they will support Syria “to the end”. They don’t really care about Syria or its regime: Syria is a way to pick a fight with the enemies of Iran(a fight they think they can win).

America is doing the same thing, however. Most people of the world, including our well-to-do ally Great Britain, claim that America has no business in Syria. And we don’t. But America will pick a camp and use that reason to attack and humiliate the enemies of the United States: Syria, Russia, Iran etc. Barack Obama probably doesn’t give all that much a shit whether or not “chemical weapons” were used on the Syrian people: an opportunity has presented itself to assert control over an opposing power of the world. If you had any tactical or diplomatic sense, and you had the balls and power to back that sense up, you would use the opportunity to your advantage.

But, this might be the war that turns everything around for the United States. We have a huge national debt and economic strain on our people, and the people of the United States are tired and weary of war. If we attack Syria, and Iran and Russia and their camp come after us, there will be a war unlike anything we’ve seen yet.

And we will lose. We will lose for several reasons:

1. American citizens are tired of war and economic strain. Civil unrest will SKYROCKET. We’d be fighting a war no one wants to fight.

2. Iran and Russia, who are technically supporting their ally Syria, are in a better diplomatic and military position to strike against us. They are on the defensive. Our allies will flee(Great Britain has refused to fight), and we will be left alone to fight a war against formidable Russia and numerous Iran.

3. We do not have the treasury to support a full-scale war, nor do we have the treasury to pay the upkeep, transportation, and replenishment costs of a 1.4 million-strong Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, who would all be levied to service in the case of a large and concentrated Russo-Iranian-Syrian retaliatory campaign.

The Syria Situation is a reason for the US and our allies to strike against Syria, Russia, and their allies. Only way to get out of a hole is to stop digging(before its too late).

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My new novel

It is called: The Isolationist

In short, a summary of what the novel is about:

A fair, educated man fights for the British Army during the French and Indian War, lives in isolation in Inuit Northern Quebec, and reflects upon a changing world during the American Revolutionary War.

Its interesting though. I am an avid writer and have written many different works (film scripts, worked on books but never finished them) but I do find myself quite intrigued and committed to working on this particular novel. I love history, I love philosophy and politics, as well as the art of war, but most importantly, I love what humanity is capable of. I guess you could say all of these things will be expressed in this book.

I will update as I progress.

– Adrian

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“The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair

The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, is one gem of a novel. It is moving, depressing, gripping, and downright surreal in its true and only form. Published in 1906, I can see how this book has changed the course of the United States business and political system, as well as reveal all sorts of atrocities and horrible experiences that makes you appreciate the type of work, and benefits, that the workingman or women possess today.

I started reading it after hearing of its grotesque and downright disturbing reputation as a novel. Even for a novel so gripping and disgusting as The Jungle, I am surprised by its lack of involvement in the curriculum of schools. To my knowledge, it is not on the official list of books to be taught in schools in California, and I have no clue whether teachers acknowledge the book at all. I have had few teachers that can say they actually read it, let alone college students and my fellow high school peers.

It is not a book for the light-hearted: in laymans terms, this book has made me want to go to work for 16 hours in a day, and believe that no breaks, low wages, and backbreaking work solely responsible off the sweat of a man’s brow is considered honorable and generous. It has changed my view of working-class citizens of not only today’s generation of men, women, and children, but also of how things have evolved.

We live in an age of unemployment checks, medical and disability leave, maternity leave, paid sick days, 8 hour work days + a little overtime, and where minimum wage is $8.75 an hour. Back when this book was written, and long before that well into the 1800s, none of these “luxuries” existed. A man was responsible for himself, his safety, his food, his family, his work, and his drive to do what was considered fair and honest work, and for sure as hell got no acknowledgement or help from his employers and bare to none help from his fellow workingclass men and women.

Perhaps I sound annoyed or disgusted with the luxuries that are provided to working-class men and women of our time, and although I may not fully understand how we have come to gain these luxuries over the course of the last 110 years, I can say for certain this The Jungle is an incredible and heartbreaking novel that has had enough of an effect on me to inspire me to write these words for any passerby who wishes to listen to them. This novel is the tale of human spirit, values, morals, and suffering in its most simplest and raw form. Over the course of these last 100 years of labor, war, advancement, and competition in the world, so have changed the values, morals, and understanding of the working class man or woman. For better or for worse, I could’ve answered the obvious common answer before I read this novel; now I am not so sure. Although they are good things that are thrust upon society, and not to say they are not honest, hardworking and good-honored men and women in this world that do deserve a break, it is nonetheless a break that not everybody deserves.

I would take that latter statement to the grave. Don’t believe me? Go to your nearest library and bookstore and read The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. You will be haunted and changed as I have.