Sad and Ashamed to be American

American society has degraded into a place filled with violence and hate. The events which transpired during the presidential election of 2016 and the continuing post election trend towards widespread violence and discrimination has made me SAD AND ASHAMED TO BE AMERICAN. Continue reading....
America No Longer Exists

The America I knew and loved no longer exists and I may return home again.

I grew up in a small village called Kenmore, located in Western New York, north of, and adjacent to, the city of Buffalo. As with any place in America, things were not perfect, but when I was a child, it certainly seemed as close to perfect as you could get. I lived in the same house for my entire childhood, played with the same friends, and went to the same places on a regular basis.

Sure there was discrimination, especially for a Jewish kid like me growing up in a predominately Christian neighborhood.
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The Worst Day for American Democracy

There it is, one of the most awful desecrations of American democracy I have ever seen. I could not help but wonder why all the law enforcement, federal troops, or whoever, could not keeps these assholes out of the capitol building. Things were sure a lot different when the peaceful “Black Lives Matter” protesters were tear-gassed, and beaten, without even having breached The White House grounds. And why isn’t Trump being immediately thrown out of office. He has a couple more weeks to incite more riots, causing more death and destruction. INVOKE THE 25TH AMENDMENT ALREADY.
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Censorship and Social Media Companies

Gosh, as I’m writing this I really feel like I’m getting sucked in again. When we returned to Japan I made a deal with myself not to get crazy over the happenings in America anymore….what was the point? We have no intention of ever stepping foot on American soil again. Then, within a week, the capitol building was stormed by Trump supporters, and Twitter finally deleted Trump’s account, hopefully for good.
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Town of Julian, California Sucks

Yup our six months in America were the worst ever for this family. A few months after moving there we could not wait to get out. From the climate to the people, this place is not much better than landing on the set of Back to the Future II....motorcycle gangs, gun owners, excessive drug use, and alcohol abuse. Happy to be out and not ever on, you will not believe. FYI, pretty sure we saw Biff walking around town.
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The 2022 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. During this mid-term election year, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 34 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested. Put it on your calendar now and be prepared to be an informed voter. If you are worried, concerned, angry, or disappointed about the direction the government is going, than this is the most effective way to make a change. Stop complaining and start planning. YOU can make effective changes through voting for your local and state representatives.
Wikipedia: 2022 United States elections
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"
Martin Luther King, Jr.
America the Land of the over regulated

I could write volumes about the rules and regulations in place at both the local and national levels designed to ensure our “safety”, but my intent here is not to write a book, but to simply open the minds of those of you reading this who still think you are living in America, The Land of the Free.

Many things, which most would consider to be unalienable rights, have been slowly stripped away from us to the point of infringing on, not only our constitutional rights, but on our rights as American citizens, and even more basically, on our rights as human beings. The regulations on our daily lives were imposed so slowly and quietly, that most went unnoticed, became law, went uncontested, and were unknowingly accepted by the American public.
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What America Should do about Illegal Immigration

As I write this, I find myself in conflict with opposing thoughts about what the United States should do about illegal immigration. My grandparents were Russian Jews who emigrated from Russia to Canada in the early 1900’s to escape persecution. Although I am sure they were required to go through some legal processing before becoming Canadian citizens, I am unsure as to how stringent the rules and regulations were at that time. All I know is that thanks to Canada, they were allowed a chance to begin a new life in a new country.
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The Possession of all Guns Should be Illegal

Although mass shootings do not account for the largest amount of deaths per year, when compared to homicides, this type of crime is undoubtedly the worst. Think about it. If a couple of gangs or drug dealers what to go under a freeway overpass and shoot the shit out of each other, great. But when someone walks into a shopping mall, a restaurant, and worst of all, an elementary school, and wipes out half a dozen innocent people or more, then something needs to change.
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Guns Should Be Banned

The possession of guns should be illegal in the United States. GUNS ARE FOR INJURING AND KILLING, NOTHING MORE, and should not even exist in a civilized society, simply look at the numbers. The United States population owns an estimated total of 300 million guns, averaging approximately 112.6 guns per 100 residents putting the U.S. in worldwide undisputed first place, with its' closest rival being Serbia with 75.6 guns per 100 residents. Even scarier is America has an average death rate of approximately 10 people per 100,000 population per year which puts the U.S. in close competition with South and Central American countries like Panama. The 2016 shooting in Orlando, Florida which killed 50 and injured 53 and the San Bernardino, California shooting of 2015 which killed 14 and injured 21 more could have easily been prevented if guns were not so easily available.
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The National Rifle Association Should be Disbanded

Justice Ginsberg so eloquently stated the following, while speaking in an interview on public radio station WNYC, when she called the Second Amendment "outdated," saying:

When we no longer need people to keep muskets in their home, then the Second Amendment has no function ... If the Court had properly interpreted the Second Amendment, the Court would have said that amendment was very important when the nation was new; it gave a qualified right to keep and bear arms, but it was for one purpose only—and that was the purpose of having militiamen who were able to fight to preserve the nation.

Groups like the NRA, who promote gun ownership, and the people themselves who own guns, are taking humanity in the wrong direction. The ONLY PURPOSE FOR GUNS IS TO INJURE OR KILL, nothing more.

And leave it up to people to lower themselves to their darkest levels when they get depressed or stressed out. How many times did you listen to the news about some overworked postal employee (sorry guys), who one day snapped and ended up in a crowded restaurant with his semi-automatic rifle, and blew away a handful of people. Then the next day on the news they interview the neighbors who insist the shooter was "such a nice man" who always said hi. Even the thought of background checks or waiting periods is irrelevant. Any person is capable of any action at any time.

Think what a society would be like with no guns. No need to think very long. Simply take a look at a place like Japan where gun ownership is 100 percent illegal. Think how wonderful it is to walk along the streets, with a wallet full of cash, and not have any fear of being shot....even in a metropolitan city like Tokyo. The countryside is even safer, and filled with friendly, giving people. American society is filled with angry, frustrated, freaked out people, and the last thing you should be putting in their hands is the capability of brutally murdering a room full of innocent people.
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Trump and his family full of Jews

I wrote this page with a great sense of pleasure. When Donald Trump was first running for president it seemed all hope might be gone for American Jews, and around the world, for that matter. But guess what, he has a family full of Jews. Continue reading....
A Bit of Personal History

The year was 2016 and I was sitting with my wife and two sons watching the presidential election results come in from our small rental house on a small island in Japan. We watched online and stared at the computer screen in disbelief as Trump pulled off an upset win and became the 45th president of the United States of America. Who would have thought? We were in the process of selling my condo in California and purchasing a property up in the San Diego county mountains....all being negotiated online. We had no choice since the owner of the rental home had plans to use the house again. Rather than wait to get kicked out, we took matters into our own hands and made the decision to move back to America. This plan became clouded thanks to the election of Trump but the wheels of relocation were already in motion.
I was distraught and spent hours online over the span of a few weeks writing about Trump in the hopes some of my efforts would result in changes and things would improve before we returned to California. Nothing changed and after only six months, we sold the mountain property and returned to our small little island in Japan. Now with the 2020 election finished, and Trump officially out as president, I was going to delete this entire section. Then I decided it was important for my sons to know what their family stands for and what pushed us to make the choice to permanently live in Japan. Anyway, the following are old Trump related posts.
"The happiness of society is the end of government"
John Adams
American President

Lewis Rothschild: People want leadership, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand.

Andrew Shepard: We've had Presidents who were beloved who couldn't find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight. People don't drink the sand 'cause they're thirsty. They drink the sand 'cause they don't know the difference. (Trump supporters)

Andrew Shepard and Lewis Rothschild
The American President