Trump’s Blunder, Media Bias, and How to Recover.

By now everyone has heard about Khizr Khan, the father of a fallen American soldier, and his speech at the DNC about/against Trump.

As you would expect, the speech was at times poignant, and a direct attack at the Republican candidate at others. The father lamented some “racist” comments by Trump, and asked the candidate if he has read the Constitution. 

The media went crazy about this speech. It was perfectly delivered, the father was honestly grieving, and it implied that Donald Trump had some responsibility about the whole situation in the Muslim commuity. A few days later even Jeb Bush praised the speech. Now, here’s the problem:

Mr. Khan attacked Donald Trump on the basis of his grief for a war started by Jeb Bush’s brother, as a consequence of the first war started by Jeb Bush’s father, and voted by Hillary Clinton (see H.J. Res 114, 2002), which she later funded again. A war in which many Muslims died, and that it caused a collapse of several Muslim countries – often orchestrated by Clinton herself – such as Libya and Egypt where even many more Muslims died.

In other words, Mr. Khan’s son died because of Hillary’s choice. 

Has she voted Yea because of the party? Well, in 2002, right before the vote, she also gave an interesting floor speech in favor of invading Iraq, giving the POTUS full powers. Here’s a few quotes from that speech:

This is a very difficult vote. This is probably the hardest decision I have ever had to make — any vote that may lead to war should be hard — but I cast it with conviction.

And perhaps my decision is influenced by my eight years of experience on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue in the White House watching my husband deal with serious challenges to our nation. I want this President, or any future President, to be in the strongest possible position to lead our country in the United Nations or in war. Secondly, I want to insure that Saddam Hussein makes no mistake about our national unity and for our support for the President’s efforts to wage America’s war against terrorists and weapons of mass destruction. And thirdly, I want the men and women in our Armed Forces to know that if they should be called upon to act against Iraq, our country will stand resolutely behind them.

(For the record HRC voted against the Carl Levin’s amendment (SJ Res 45) which would’ve called for a more moderate approach. Daily Kos has a good article about it).

The DNC’s tactics is shameful enough, and the media’s orgasmic reaction is even more despicable – in theory media should keep the political world accountable.

Unfortunately, Trump fell into the trap and reacted with a few tweets and comments aimed at Khan’s family, which shows Trump’s naivete in political communication, proving that he’s a true Washington outsider. 

In American politics no matter the circumstances you don’t touch Veterans (or their families), especially if they died in war. 

This whole feud distracted voters from the real issues, the electoral rigging and media bias. It also hid HRC from the list of culprits.

What Trump had to do, and still has some time to do before the damage gets out of hand, is a simple statement:

While I certainly regret the loss of such a brave American and I pray for his family, I promise that as President I won’t ask for Congress to vote on taking drastic and wrong actions such as the Iraqi war. I encourage whoever voted in favor of the War to think about all the military families, including Mr. Khan’s, and all those who sacrificed their life.

It is the ONLY way to bring back the attention to where it belongs, that is that HRC is the one that approved sending the soldier to die, and that took actions that caused the death of many more Muslims.

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Security Briefing

Hi guys,
 I was able to attend a private meeting for local law enforcement agents and some local politicians held by intelligence and law enforcement agents.Main speakers and coordinators were: FBI Supervisor for counterterrorism, Intelligence consultant (does stuff for many counterterrorism agencies in US and Europe), local police chief.

Disclaimer: no big top secret stuff, and no… no Clinton emails! I will not mention what they said about countermeasures that law enforcement can implement for obvious reasons.

However, these are the points that I found interesting:

1) There is a new dynamic in terrorism, and that is self-radicalization. While previously terrorists had to get in touch with other terrorists, often plotting for months or years, there is a new thrend of people that radicalize themselves through the internet. They do everything that a terrorist would do in the radicalization phase, except contacting other people. They read the manuals, they see the videos, they dig on the internet. It often starts with some symphaty for a cause, and it quickly degenerates into something bigger. They are not lone wolves because ISIL (and other terrorist groups) recruits them indirectly; that’s why ISIL is so well-documented. It will be increasingly difficult to classify terrorist attacks (see Orlando).

2) Obtaining a Syrian passport is quite easy. The Intelligence guy displayed two Syrian passports with his face on it. He said that the cost is between $20 and $40, and they are both real passports, not fake printed in some basement. They are released by real Syrian authorities, which also create the identity (it’s not that Syria has a computerized bureacuracy). The reason they are so cheap is that the government barely pays it’s employees; most of them need food and basic housing, therefore they need those $20.

3) FBI and European agencies are in daily contact. Today is incredibly easy to put another agency in state of alert, often a simple phone call is enough. The process is one of the swiftest they have at the FBI.

4) ISIL terrorists are incredibly patient, for them it’s a millenary war. They don’t have to win or act today. Actually ISIL manual for the United States states that it’s better to wait before taking any action, and the best strategy is to behave “like an American” for at least 90 days.

5) Usually ISIL cells acts in group of 16, that’s why after a terrorist attack more people get arrested and it’s relatively easy to know who they are.

6) with the mic off the intelligence guy told me that he doesn’t believe that Merkel’s strategy is the most intelligent from an anti-terrorism point of view. They estimate that about 10% of the refugees are in contact with terrorist organizations. That doesn’t mean that they are future terrorirsts, it simply means that they are at increased risk of radicalization. He fears that the more attacks the more people will get radicalized.

On the other hand, they made sure to highlight that as of today, for personal security, Pokemon Go and text messaging while driving are way more dangerous than terrorists. Again, for personal security as of today.
For national security and for the future, of course terrorism is a true, serious, and increasing danger.

Bonus reading: “2 Reasons North America isn’t ready for Syrian refugees” by Tristan Nigro.

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Poor Bernie…

To tell you the truth, I respect popular movements even if I disagree with their ideals.

They stem from the deep worries of many concerned citizens that in most cases are just trying to change a community.

As a leader of his own popular movement, I respected Bernie Sanders. I actually admired him when back in 2010 he filibustered for eight long hours against some tax reform. 

You need conviction to pull such a feat, especially at that age.

When Bernie began his quest for the presidency I had high hopes for his movement. I expected his Feel The Bern to be the cleansing of the Democratic Party in a similar way that the Tea Party forced the GOP to put aside the Bushes, the Romney, and all the usual suspects of right leaning politics.

Unfortunately this didn’t happen and Bernie caved in to external pressure, deciding to endorse Hillary Clinton. 

I am not sure if he decided to go that way because the Clintons are just way too powerful, or if he’s just too tired. Whatever the reason, it was disappointing. Bernie claimed to be fighting for the poor, the oppressed, the minority, yet he endorsed one of the most powerful individuals in Washington, someone that gets hundreds of thousands of dollars to talk at financial institutions on Wall Street. 

It doesn’t make any sense.

The good news is that Bernie is smaller than is own movement, and it seems that it can’t stop it at least for the time being. Most of his former followers decided to go rogue and will not follow his endorsement, which is quite newsworthy.

Yes, this might bring what is an unfortunate event for them, the election of Trump, but no revolution starts without some pain.

God knows, the American system needs a cleaner DNC without the Clintons.

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The Lost Priorities

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Priorities are widely misunderstood. Yet, they all that matters in real-life politics.For example, a government can’t see the threat of an impending nuclear war the same way as the study of the migration of salmons. 

Prioritization is just common sense, but as the saying goes “common sense ain’t common anymore,” so the old art of being able what to do first seems to be lost.
Let me give you two issues, and see their priority:
 a) “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aides were extremely careless in handling protected, confidential information.”

 b) “Melania Trump copied some of her speech from Michelle Obama.”

In a rational world, a) would be the talk of the town for at least three months. We have a Secretary of State that could not handle the documents she was entrusted to. To make things worse, this candidate believes that she’s the most qualified for the top job, President of the United States of America. Yow know, The US, that country with enough nuclear warheads and foreign interests that could cause the end of humanity as we know it in just a few minutes. 
However, were is the attention focused now? To b), or a speech by a person that will hold no real office other than a symbolic one (there is no First Lady in the Constitution) and that makes little or no difference. 

Obviously, Melania’s was a pretty bad political blunder; it’s undeniable. But no matter how bad it was, it’s mostly inconsequential. Melania will not really start policies, she will be merely a figure to better the image of her husband, as many other First Ladies. 

As I observe what is going on in the political arena, I believe that we have to focus on prioritizing. 
We need the next POTUS to be extremely good at knowing what to put first. 

And we also need a Congress that is extremely good at knowing what to put first. 

And yes, even the Supreme Court needs its ability to prioritize.

 As much as we would like to point the fingers, democracy the true key lies in the voters therefore it’s up to us to set the example.

We should start focusing less on what Melania or Hillary wear, and a little bit more on the real issues. In all truth, the fact that Melania used some words from Michelle Obama is a non-issue and you know it.
But the  fact that a presidential candidate lied or was “not sophisticated enough” to handle classified material is a very serious issue that transcends almost everything else.
It’s time to prioritize.

 

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A Month Is Gone. What have you done for your success ?

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This is my second post of the year. I decided to wait before writing again because I wanted to do a little experiment.

Everyone is familiar with the concept of a New Year Resolution, that tradition where everyone claims that in the new year they will get in better shape, get richer, get nicer, and travel around the world.

If you are on any social media and have more than ten friends, you have seen so many posts about the various resolution that you can’t bear it anymore.

Back in December, armed with the knowledge that half of all the well-intentioned resolutions will fail within the first month, I decided to make a single easy resolution: I will not have any resolution for 2016.

So what have I done in the first month of 2016? I worked. While everyone else was thinking of unmeasurable and arbitrary goals (1), I acted. This is how:

  1. I kept working on my reputation. I am helping someone for a presidential campaign.
  2. I have been selected for a Citizen’s Committee which will provide inputs and recommendation to my community leaders. This is a big commitment.
  3. I enrolled in two college courses, to learn more stuff and to force myself to commit to a study schedule.
  4. I kept getting informed by reading books and trade magazines.
  5. I helped my martial arts Master in the organization of a tournament.
  6. I kept networking
  7. I already prepared most of my tax forms

All of this while working full time. I didn’t need any “resolution”, I didn’t need any “hope”. I just listened to the wise men that preceded me: JUST DO IT.

How about you? What have you done?

Oh and by the way, I even had time left to enjoy a small vacation in Fredericksburg, TX and to keep up with my boardgaming hobby.

(1) Losing weight is not a goal. If you lose half a pound, you lost weight. Would that be success? Getting richer is not a goal. If you earn 1 cent, you’re richer than before. Is that success? A goal is: “I will lose exactly 10 pounds in the next six months, with the following requirements: 1) Exercise five times a week 2) Calorie tracking with MyFitnessPal 3) By not buying junk food, and not drinking beer or sodas.”

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2015 in Retrospective

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A new year often means new resolutions, but it also means that we have an opportunity to ruminate on the past.

I can say that twenty-fifteen has been a tough, yet rewarding year.

On a global scale, we had several crisis from the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino to the never ending Ukrainian debacle. We also had amazing achievements, such as seeing the surprising features of Pluto and its moon Charon for the first time. We also lost Leonard Nimoy, Yogi Berra, B.B. King, Omar Sharif, and many more. At the same time, we had a new Star Wars. I want to barely mention the beginning of the 2016 Presidential Elections and the rise of the Donald as I expect the real fun to have just begun.

On a personal level, I find that 2015 has been a year of transitions. Important transitions.

First of all, I opened this blog, with a specific goal in mind, and also to share some personal experiences such as road trips, opinions on books I’ve read and so on. Conservative Immigrant just moved its first steps and I expect to gain some more popularity in the near future as I will work even harder on this project.

I might talk more about it one day, but I landed a new job in 2014, in the Public Administration field. Of course the first months have been dedicated on learning the structure and duties of the job; switching from the private sector to the world of public administration wasn’t easy. In 2015 I worked on my reliability, and in being as important as possible. I can honestly say that my reputation is quite good right now, and more and more people rely on me.

Twenty-fifteen was also the year of politics. As I got my citizenship in the summer of 2014 I vowed to be politically and socially active to help my adoptive country. As I moved my first steps in the arena of local politics, I can say that I was welcomed, but that there is much work to do. I tried to be as active as possible, and this brought to many results including the request by some influencers that I ran for office (fyi due to filing deadlines, I couldn’t do it). I also joined the board of an important charity that is active worldwide, and I hope to bring some good to our community.

Due to my numerous commitments I had to give up on my physical training; I can’t say that it was a good choice, I could’ve probably worked a little harder and do a little better on this aspect of my life. Lesson learned. I will rejoin my martial arts lessons and my boxing classes as soon as I can (Monday).

Last year, I also read over sixty books of which only one is a work of fiction. I will extend on this in the next few weeks.

One thing that we had to give up in 2015 was traveling, especially road trips, and this was not good as I am addicted to road trips. We had so many commitments and mishaps that we did not camp, and we didn’t visit anything exceptional with the exceptions of two road trips in December that brought us to Hot Springs, AR and Fredericksburg, TX. I will post something about them as I want to inspire people on going around, especially getting to know own’s State.

As for 2016, I have already set my (measurable) goals. I will keep you posted.

 

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Review: “The Idealist – Kissinger 1923-1968” by Niall Ferguson

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Picture this scene.

Saturday, 3 AM. Complete darkness outside, all lights off inside the house. There would be complete absence of light, if not for a weak Nook Glowlight’s illuminating  someone’s face, the face of a reader in bed who can’t put down the digital version of a book until two famous words appear on the page: “THE END.”

That reader is ME, and the book is “Kissinger 1923-1968 – The Idealist” by Niall Ferguson.

As many conservatives, I am somewhat interested in the controversial political figure that is Heinz Alfred “Henry” Kissinger, who served under JFK/Johnson as a consultant first and then became the first foreign-born Secretary of State in the Nixon and Ford administrations.

Kissinger is one of those figures that no one really understands. Some love him, some hate him. Some believe that he saved the world from World War III, some think that he’s a Nobel Prize for Peace winner war criminal.

Whatever you believe about Henry Kissinger, one thing is sure:

there is much misinformation about him.

With his tome (first part of two), Niall Ferguson tries to bridge some gap between Kissinger the real man, and Kissinger the mythological character, and he does so in a very direct, shocking way as the book is factual yet it starts with paradoxical statement that is found in the title:

Kissinger is not the King of Realpolitik,

Kissinger is not the new Clausewitz.

Kissinger is an Idealist.

If you know anything about the former Secretary of State, you also know that he’s usually identified with the most practical, realpolitik. If you don’t know Kissinger, just check wikipedia.

Ferguson tells us the opposite; more than that: he shows it to us.

The book is packed with events, documents, and testimonies that I would have found unbelievable before reading this book. For example, I had no clue that Kissinger’s life in Nazi Germany had very little impact on him. And I didn’t know that as many other winners, he was continuously made fun of.

In my opinion the core chapter is Chapter VII, titled “The Idealist”, as it is an investigation on Kissinger’s formative thoughts, and his earlier intellectual challenges in the Harvard’s settings. The book ends right before Kissinger is chosen by President Nixon as a member of his staff, which will be a period covered in volume 2 (not yet written).

As I said, it was difficult for me to put down this book, and I strongly suggest it to all of you as it is a phenomenal biography which will enlighten most readers.

If you’re still undecided, watch this video of the author presenting this book here.

Score: 9/10   – Recommended buy.

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Kissinger’s diaries of his years at the White House. I will read them soon.

 

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Not for the faint of heart!
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Why Paris is not Beirut.

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Last Friday the world witnessed with horror the unfolding of heinous terrorist acts in the heart of Paris. As of today we know that the death toll is of 132 lives, over 300 people injured, and an entire hemisphere in mourning.

We also know that the terrorists carried seven attacks, of which the deadliest was during a heavy metal concert at the Bataclan hall. Another attack happened outside of Paris’ soccer stadium during the France-Germany match, with President Hollande in the stands. I am glad that the terrorist was unable to get inside the stadium, I could only imagine and shiver at the idea of the stampede that an explosion in the stands would have caused.

Today Hollande declared to the parliament in Versailles that “France is at war”, which leads me to believe that NATO’s Article V will be called to action (as I predicted last Friday).

Unfortunately, political correctness gets always in the middle of things, this time accusing  Western insensitivity to a bombing  in Beirut (Lebanon) last Thursday that killed about 40 people.

Several posts on social media, and even articles on newspapers such as the New York Times have complained about the solidarity that Paris has seen that Beirut didn’t.

Just read this from the NYT:

But for some in Beirut, that solidarity was mixed with anguish over the fact that just one of the stricken cities — Paris — received a global outpouring of sympathy akin to the one lavished on the United States after the 9/11 attacks.

[…] The disparity in reactions highlighted a sense in the region of being left alone to bear the brunt of Syria’s deadly four-year war, which has sent more than four million refugees fleeing, mostly to neighboring countries like Lebanon.

Ok, let me say it as straightforward as I can.

Beirut is not Paris. And it never will be.

I could reply to the complainers with the cliched “you weep when a friend dies, but you don’t weep if someone you don’t know dies”, which is true but a superficial way to look at things.

Paris and Beirut are different

 in both their History and Ideals.

Let’s discuss history first. France and Lebanon both have a very long and respectful history. Yet, France has always been in the middle of Western History, for good or for bad. Here a few examples:

  • Napoleon conquered half of Europe.
  • Hitler successfully reached Paris. Tens of thousands of Americans died to liberate France (Normandy anyone?)
  • During WWI the French front was one of the most cruel in known history. Just check the Somme or the Marne.
  • How about the relationship between the Franks and the Romans?
  • I would also suggest to take a look at the influence that the anti-popes in Avignon brought to medieval Europe
  • What about Louis XIV ?
  • The Vietnam mess
  • US History. French landed in Texas (and recognized it), and managed the old Louisiana. Their influence in US history is more
  • Ever heard of the French Revolution?

I kept the French Revolution for last because it brings to the other topic, Ideals. Although France and other western countries have always been at odds, the importance of France’s philosophy and ideals is absolutely fundamental to understand the Western way of life. Here are a few examples:

  • Illuminism. Love it, or hate it. It’s still interlinked with western thinking, the American life, and the way we think about subjects such as science and religion.
  • Bureaucracy. Not only the Napoleonic bureaucracy of the state is somewhat still influential, but check Jean-Jaques Colbert’s way of managing power.
  • Encyclopedia. You love Wikipedia? Here you go.
  • Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite. Freedom, Equality, Brotherhood.
  • Religion. Christianity.
  • Philosophy. Sartre, Foucault, Diderot, Voltaire, Montesquieu.
  • Art. Monet, Matisse, Ravel, Debussy.

Now name the equivalent for Lebanon.

I bet that most won’t even remember the 1983 Beirut bombing.

Again, I am not saying that Lebanon’s history, or art, or philosophy is not important or less interesting. I am saying that France’s influence to us in the Western world has been so pivotal that comparing Paris to Beirut is captious if not dangerous. We can feel French for a day, it would be difficult to feel Lebanese for more than a minute. We journeyed together with France for millennia.

I think that the explanation is clear, even with all of today’s political correctness. No matter how you see it, Paris is not Beirut.

I don’t feel sorry that I can cry for Paris (we fought two World Wars side-by-side…) while I can’t feel more than sorry for Beirut. Hitting Paris, or Rome, or Lisbon, or New York is hitting our history and our ideals. The same can’t be said for Beirut, or Timbuktu.

Do you think that they feel any different? Think again and read here.

Just know that

the real problem is that Paris is Sarajevo 1914

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Choose to Be Ready

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Last weekend I went to do some shopping in that anthropological laboratory known as Walmart.

If you ever visited the place you are not going to be surprised by the wide spectrum of  typologies of people that you are going to encounter.

One of those people I encountered was this girl, probably in her mid 20s, wearing her pink pajama. Now, how can anyone even think about going out “dressed” that way beats me, however that’s what she chose to wear.

Every morning, we choose how to dress and that choice will inevitably influence the rest of the day. I know, the mantra says that we should care about how people are inside, and not how they appear.

Bullshit. If you tricked yourself in thinking in that fake zen-like manner, and if you think that you’re so morally superior that you look “at the inside”,  I can disprove you quite easily.

Look at this specimen.

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A specimen from the Wal-Mart Experiment. Courtesy of People of Walmart.

You just “met” this individual for the first time, you don’t know his story. How many kids does he have? Is he even married?

Would you believe me if I told you that he won the Nobel Prize and that he’s a world known economist? Certainly not; and that’s because the outside matters. A lot.

Your outside is your stage to the rest of the world.

You still don’t trust me? Read the story about Grammy winning violinist Joshua Bell. He proved what I am saying by playing the violin at D.C’s Union subway station. No one cared about him, except a few kids. Yet, a few days before that experiment hundreds of people from around the world paid thousands of dollars to see him playing the very same things on a stage. Oh, and here’s the kicker: the violin he played at the station was worth more than $3.5 millions! Not bad for a “street artist”.

Now, I am not much for high end clothes, I am not advocating tie, jacket, or fancy shoes. There’s much more in stylish design, as blogs like Iron and Tweed demonstrates. I am simply advocating to be at least a step above decency.

I usually wear khakis, a plaid/tartan shirt, and shoes. It doesn’t take that much effort, and it allows me to be well dressed without being too boring.

If you go around dressed like you don’t care,

people will think that you don’t care.

Translation:

You are going to repel opportunities.

You never know when opportunity lies around (always, but often we don’t see them); however when an opportunity  shows up professionalism is expected.

It’s the main difference between those that believe in luck, or those like me that don’t.

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I wear this style. Always ironed.

You might meet the guy that saves your life by giving your dream job. Do you think he will give it to you if you’re sagging? If you wear a pajama?

You know the answer already.

An opportunity becomes an opportunity if you prepare for it,

it takes time, months, or maybe years.  

Being ready for opportunities, for a new challenge, requires training and patience. It may even be related to something you don’t even think about right now.

Do you think that one year ago I was conceiving this blog? No, at least not consciously.

BUT…

I have always studied and loved America, since I was a child in a different country.

I have worked in government. And studied it.

I have read a ton of non-fiction books. And learned.

I networked, and met new people. And listened.

I always knew to not take American freedom for granted. And worked for it.

It is until recently, when a series of unrelated event happened that I became able to connect the dots that pointed me toward this direction.

But if I had dressed awfully during those long networking sessions, no one would’ve told me what I needed to know. If I didn’t read the numerous books I’ve read, including those that on the surface have nothing to do with this blog, I would’ve never been able to reason on my argumentations.

You do your best to be ready whenever needed. Always.

There is always a way, a step up, and it is very easy to fall at the bottom of the ladder.

If you are anything like me, you believe that whatever the individual does through the employ of the individual freedom impacts society at large.

If you show up dressed like an animal, kids will think that being animals is normal.

If you show up dressed like a filthy slob, kids will think that being filthy slobs is normal.

Given that kids are the mirror of our society’s future, it is very easy to understand what could go wrong.

 

Our future? God save us. Courtesy of People of Walmart
Our future? God save us.
Courtesy of People of Walmart

 

The late Peter Falk. Amazing actor, greatly missed.
The late Peter Falk. Amazing actor, greatly missed.

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Karate Kid has Left the Building.

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If you’re willing to do the work, you can have anything.

That’s what makes the U.S. of A great. When it started, America was just a handful of scrawny colonies. Now, it’s the most buff, pumped-up country on the planet. That’s pretty rad.

Mark Wahlberg as Daniel Lugo in Pain & Gain (2013)

Almost everyone we know has seen at least one of the Karate Kid movies; it doesn’t matter if the good ‘ol 1984 version with Daniel and Miyagi, or the pretty good 2010 version with Dre Parker and Mr. Han. You might even like – as I do – the one with the gal played by Hillary Swank, The Next Karate Kid (1994).

If you have seen the movies, you have also witnessed to the problematic message within them.

Wax on, wax off for a month. And you’re a winner.

Think about it. The movies are telling us that with some good effort concentrated in just a little time (about a month) we can become champions, and beat people that have trained for years, possibly many hours a day, through sweat and pain. Now, look at our I-want-it-now culture, so spoiled that waiting three seconds to get news from the other side of the world becomes a dreadful problem.

Just go check a bookstore. You will see stuff like How to get fit in 7 days, How to get rich in 18 weeks, or How to become a chess master before year’s end.

Online we can find a bunch of self-help programs that offer great things with impossible timings. Be careful, I am not saying any of those are useless; I am saying that although some good information is often gained, they sell it to you through an impossible promise. I am sorry, but

you won’t get fit in 7 days. Maybe not even six months.

you won’t become rich in 18 weeks. Maybe not even two years.

you won’t become the next Bobby Fischer in a few months. Maybe not even ten years.

Is it discouraging? It shouldn’t be.

It makes things interesting. Knowing that there is no overnight success, makes you get all the crdontneednoedit whenever you reach what you want to be. If we want to make things the right way there is no cheat sheet, no cutting corners, and no feeling that makes our wishes true.

A certain liberal mentality is teaching us (and worse, our kids) that whatever you want to be true, will become true. No effort needed. It doesn’t matter how you’re going to do it, and there is no accountability. They teach that discipline is just some ploy to control the masses for God knows what reason.

They teach us that no one should speak the truth because someone will be offended, and no one should wear the scars of a verbal battle. But you know what? Battle scars make us stronger. They allow us to grow, to go to the next level.

When you work at your dream,

the harder the battle the sweeter the victory.

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But to really get to the next level, we need to work. We need to sacrifice, and do work. I certainly like the optimist message of the Karate Kid movies, I always root for the David, and not the Goliath.

But a real underdog is something different. An underdog worked his butt off, day and night, maybe for years. He’s obsessed, he’s focused, he knows when to say no.

There’s no game to watch on the TV for the underdog. The game is just on; in his life.

So I say thank you to Daniel San. Thank you Dre. Now there’s some work to do, so would you please leave the building?

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