What You Need to Know to Go Solar During Pandemic

Washington (GGM) Analysis | August 17, 2020 by Sarah J. Kings

While solar power has previously been thought to be a beacon of hope for the environment and the economy, the industry is currently in crisis.  Amid COVID 19, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) published a press release availing quarter two outcomes.  

Prior to the pandemic, it was projected that solar energy projects would offer 302,000 Americans jobs by June of 2020.  Instead, the industry saw a job loss of 114,000 workers. SEIA  states, “The Q2 solar deployment losses are equivalent to powering 288,000 homes and $3.2 billion in economic investment.”  This type of down-turn sets the solar workforce back to levels seen in 2014. 

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In the same press release, SEIA blames a lack of “strategic government action” for this setback.  However, they also state, “with the right policies in place, the solar industry is poised to lead the U.S. out of this economic recession and create jobs for thousands of Americans.”

Just recently, the association published a COVID 19 resource guide for the solar industry.  Alongside this guide, they have launched a social media campaign, #RebuildBetter,  to build awareness and advocate for the necessary policies to support solar energy.

Now is the perfect time to jump in and switch to renewable energy for your household. It’s super simple to get started. Just click on EnergySage.com to get a free quote and learn about the incentives and rebates in your area. EnergySage will calculate the costs and benefits. Check it out today. It can’t hurt to find out more information about this critical technology. To take advantage of rare incentives, get a free quote today.

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There are five main things you can do to support the solar industry in this time of need. 

  • Submit a Solar Power Testimonial to the SEIA
  • Make a personal or company-related donation to support solar-related COVID 19 relief efforts
  • Submit company project-level data to EIA
  • Support the campaign #RebuildBetter
  • Go to EnergySage.com for information and a free quote for installing solar panels to your house. 

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The Wind Tree |Bringing Innovative Power to Cities and Suburban Neighborhoods

Washington (GGM) Analysis | May 9, 2020
by Noreen Wise

I get jazzed by brilliant new ideas on the climate front and wind tree energy, for cities and suburban neighborhoods, is one of them. Such an innovative game-changer. The small tree wind turbine looks more like an art exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum in DC, than an innovative renewable energy solution that can light parks, streets and homes. It’s cleverness is in it’s ability to harness small wind currents that most of us aren’t even aware of.

The three main negatives of the massive wind turbines we’ve grown used to are:

  • size
  • noise
  • the amount of wind needed to generate energy
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The Wind Tree has numerous benefits that may be the ideal solution in cities where not all roofs have direct access to the sun, or homes surrounded by trees that block sun. Additionally, riverwalks and upscale outdoor locations that aren’t conducive to solar panels. Basically,  The Wind Tree and Wind Bush fill in the blanks and provide another viable renewable option.

According to Forbes magazine, The Wind Tree is:

  • quiet
  • optimized for low wind speed
  • only 32 feet tall
  • 36 Aeroleafs
  • each Aeroleaf is 3 feet tall
  • 5,400 watts that can provide 83% of
  • made of steel
  • can also recharge a car

This wonder was invented by Jerome Michaud-Lariviere of France, co-founder of New World Wind that produces The Wind Tree, a well as the The Wind Bush. It’s expected to arrive in the US sometime in 2020, but that was before covid, so stay tuned.

The Wind Tree is currently being installed in Paris.🌳

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Plastic Update | Marriott Bonvoy Hotels

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With the EU voting to ban single use plastics by 2021, a bold and decisive move, highlighting their focus and commitment to climate action and saving lives, let’s get excited about shifting into high gear and doing the same.

ST-Saga-CovFrnt-72dpi-300The statistics behind single use plastic are alarming:

  • 99% of plastic is made from fossil fuels
  • 40% of plastic production is for single use plastics
  • Global plastic production is the equivalent of “189 500MW coal-fired power stations”

Tiny, impoverished countries around the globe are displaying impressive resourcefulness in replacing single use plastics with a climate crisis alternative. It’s inspiring.

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Marriott Bonvoy Hotels has just announced that by December 2020 it will no longer be offering small individual toiletries to guests, reducing single use plastic by “500 million little plastic bottles per year across the company’s 7,000 hotels in 132 countries.” The bottles are so tiny that they can’t be cleaned, and thus can’t be recycled. Smart. Marriott Bonvoy will instead be using large plastic pumps in the showers. Perfect. I recently stayed at a Marriott and found these to be an excellent Plan B.

Every American company has similar decisions to make. Grocery stores for example will most likely have to go cold turkey on their single use bags. Many consumers are just plain oblivious. After a fifteen year warning, shoppers should not be shocked when they arrive at their favorite store one day and the single use plastic bags have disappeared.

Saying “NO” to single use plastic is very easy. It doesn’t require effort or money, just awareness. Not being mindful of the life or death consequences these types of decisions have on others is irresponsible, some might even say willfully irresponsible. The worst aspect of the climate crisis is climate injustice, where those with the largest carbon footprints (Americans), aren’t necessarily the ones who suffer the most destructive climate consequences. For example, Bahamians have a tiny individual carbon footprint, and yet an entire island was destroyed during Hurricane Dorian, and 1,300 people are still missing and presumed dead. This reality should haunt us, and compel us to act… quickly!

Pivoting away from single use plastic is as simple as the diagram below. It’s just a matter of making different everyday choices. We can do this!

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Trump’s Psych Warfare | The Future

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“Psychological Operations or PSYOP are planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of organizations, groups, and individuals. Used in all aspects of war, it is a weapon whose effectiveness is limited only by the ingenuity of the commander using it.” ~Major Ed Rouse (Ret), Psychological Operations/Warfare

Nearly a decade ago, I was cursed/blessed to have a boss who was retired military. She’d been active duty during the Iraq war, serving stateside in psychological operations, that she referred to as PSYOPS, also known as Psych Warfare.  I loved my job very much and worked diligently to overcome the twisted obstacle that my boss soon became. During the 16 months that I suffered through this ordeal, I felt as though I’d received covert training in counter strategies for blocking the intended harm an evil boss was trying to inflict on all of us under her lead, but me in particular. It became a sick, live chess game. The knowledge I acquired during this grueling period, proved very valuable and useful in all the days that have followed. (I did waltz out the door one bright day, after eventually figuring out that it was time to graduate from my PSYOPS schooling.)

It dawned on me a few months ago, that so many of our current President’s tactics are exactly the same as my previous boss’s, almost to the point of being freaky. I pondered this for awhile, wondering if it was because they have similar personalities perhaps… but no, that’s not it. And then a few weeks ago while I was running after work, the connection between the two suddenly popped into my mind: Psych Warfare. Ah-huh! When I held up the PSYOPS profile alongside Donald Trump, the lightbulb went off.

That’s it exactly!

So now, as we step intently toward our nation’s future on November 6, 2018, we must have a strong grasp of the looming obstacle that will hold us back, possibly even halt our nation’s progress, if we’re not alert and careful. The most significant threat to our country’s well-being is our president’s Psychological Warfare tactics seemingly being used to upend our democracy and Constitution.

If you Google Psych Warfare and PSYOPS and brush up on all the strategies and specifics, it becomes much more clear what counter moves are most effective in combatting this type of twisted aggression.

Good Luck. We can do this!

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PRUITT’s Bad Judgement, Is It Murder? | Perspective

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EPA Director Scott Pruitt was interviewed during an Oversight Hearing held by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Tuesday January 30, 2018 for 2 hours, 29 minutes and 15 seconds. At its conclusion, there was no doubt in any reasonable person’s mind that Scott Pruitt is the most significant threat to public health since the founding of our nation 242 years ago. Pruitt’s irreparable damage to our well-being, his sabotaging of the U.S. environment, and his undermining of one of our strongest and largest industries, the U.S Tourism Industry ($1.5 Trillion) will leave a massive swath of devastation that will take centuries to recover from, if ever.

During the Oversight Hearing, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) highlighted the 180˙ contrast between Pruitt’s strong “Trump is dangerous,” and “Trump’s abusive to the Constitution” stance in the spring of 2016, to the present “I don’t remember that,” and “I don’t echo that today at all” position on January 30, 2018. Translated, Pruitt is confessing to being “dangerous” just like Trump, and “abusive to the Constitution” just like Trump. They’re now in lockstep.

The cost to clean-up the massive amount of environmental damage is many trillions.

After Trump cut taxes for short-term benefit, shielding the public about the long-term negative consequences by attempting to blind us with neon lights and sparkles, while at the same time denying the mega financial toll climate change will have on our debt by simply denying climate change all together, (but the reality is, climate change will result in one devastating natural disaster after the next, causing financial ruin over and over and over again, turning our debt burden into Mt Everest…I’m growing more terrified with each word I click), we’re now tangled up in a tremendous confluence, and have to somehow simultaneously find a way to pay for the life-threatening Superfund Sites. Which brings us back to Pruitt.

There are apparently over 1,340 Superfund sites. New Jersey has the most with 116. New Jersey is also one of the smallest states per square-miles with a population of roughly 9 million, so the contaminated area overlaps with major population centers. Additionally, as Senator Booker pointed out during the Oversight Hearing,  New Jersey is prone to flooding, especially during hurricanes. A flooded Superfund site, is alarming from a health risk standpoint.

California is 2nd on the Superfund site list with 98 sites. New York is 4th with 93. Together, these three blue states, home to approximately 68 million people, have 307 Superfund sites.

EPA Director Scott Pruitt recently created a “Superfund Sites Targeted for Immediate, Intense Action” list. There are 20 of the 1,340  Superfund sites on the list.

  • 3 are in New Jersey
  • 1 is in California
  • 0 in New York
  • 2 in Montana

This is clearly bad decision making. Factor in the glaring fact that three of the densely populated top Superfund site states are blue states, all three of which are densely populated, and one of which didn’t have any sites make the list, leaves the impression that the Pruitt’s selection process was spiteful, which implies that Pruitt created this grouping with malice.

Again, sparsely populated red Montana, with only 16 sites, had two sites make the list.

So, when EPA Director Scott Pruitt, who unwittingly confessed in an Oversight Hearing to be “dangerous” and “abusive to the Constitution,” hones in on a very specific health crisis, one that causes many forms of cancer that result in death (by this point hundreds of thousands of deaths, perhaps even millions), and crafts a list of Superfund sites targeted for Immediate Intense Action, and taints the process by intentionally not selecting sites in specific areas that any reasonable person can deduce are the ideal, and instead chooses at least 2, possibly 5, that are extremely questionable…knowing that because he didn’t choose some of the “ideal” sites when he had the opportunity, people will die that otherwise wouldn’t…one can’t help but ask the question: is this first degree murder? Is it pre-meditated? Pruitt clearly put some thought into this.

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Scott Pruitt Re-Invented, or is He? | Perspective

perspectiveOn Friday, February 2, 2018, the day of the release of the infamous Nunes Memo, and the intense media coverage that followed, New York Times The Daily veered off media course and featured a noteworthy interview with EPA Director Scott Pruitt. Pruitt struggled to answer Barbaro’s direct questions. It’s an amazing interview, well worth a listen.

Interestingly, Senator Markey (D-MA), sent a harsh letter to Scott Pruitt on January 18, 2018, rebuking him and demanding that he answer 41 vital questions and reply by January 24th. Further, Markey requested that Pruitt come in person to be interviewed be the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) on January 30, 2018.

Pruitt’s attempt to dismantle all of Obama’s environmental protection policies, and erase the scientific research at the EPA proving Climate Change, have been met with lawsuits. Dozens and dozens of lawsuits in 2017. The aggressive de-reguations agenda of Pruitt’s is now clogging the courts.

Perhaps Scott Pruitt has begun feeling the heat after decimating the programs that protect the environment and safeguard public health, and continuing his “Climate Change denier” position even after the catastrophic hurricane season of 2017. He seemingly became “inspired” after his meeting with Senator Markey and the Senate EPW Committee on January 30th, aired on C-SPAN …he announced today Monday February 5, 2018 that he invited Cabinet members to a meeting on February 15, 2018 to strategize about updating America’s water infrastructure.

The Washington Examiner outlined: “Lead poisoning is an insidious menace that robs our children of their intellect and their future,” Pruitt said in the letter, addressed to Cabinet heads including HHS Secretary Alex Azar, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and others.

Just 8 weeks ago, before the tax overhaul,  Pruitt testified in Congress that he was concerned about the cost to replace the infrastructure – approximately $30 billion –  for “7 million to 11 million lines.” This seems to imply he’d never be able to follow-through with whatever strategy the Cabinet comes up with for eliminating lead from water during their meeting on February 15th.

Replacing 11 million lead pipe lines for $30 billion, which would drastically reduce lead poisoning, if not eliminate it all together, is less than half the cost of the $70 billion border wall that Trump is determined to install. We can’t forget that the tax overhaul is expected to generate a tax shortage of $1.5 trillion, which will likely stall each and every infrastructure program.

CNN stated that in 2016 Pruitt was supporting Jeb Bush, and commented about Trump: “I think he’s an empty vessel when it comes to things like the Constitution and rule of law,” Pruitt said on the “Exploring Energy” radio show on February 11. “I’m very concerned that perhaps if he’s in the White House, that there may be a very blunt instrument as the voice of the Constitution.” 

But in 2017, Pruitt claimed: “After meeting him, and now having the honor of working for him, it is abundantly clear that President Trump is the most consequential leader of our time,” Pruitt said. “No one has done more to advance the rule of law than President Trump. The President has liberated our country from the political class and given America back to the people.”

So this zig-zag, is Scott Pruitt, Director of the EPA. Someone to keep an eye on as long as he’s in office. “America the Beautiful,” national tourism, is a $1.5 trillion dollar industry. Poisoning our water and air for profit, chopping off breathtaking mountaintops to appease the Coal Industry, smashing monuments out West (Zinke), is a destruction campaign.

It’s encouraging to see the new Scott Pruitt. It took an army to get Director Pruitt to this fresh start. It will likely take an army to ensure he follows through. Apparently, pressure is a great motivator for Pruitt. But there’s a famous adage to keep in mind: “A man convinced beyond his will is of the same impression still.”

 

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Disaster Artist | DoubleTake by REGGIE WOLTZ

The Disaster Artist
Wiseau’s Bizarre Adventures

by REGGIE WOLTZ

For anyone who has ever made it through the entirety of The Room, first of all, congratulations. There’s a special place in heaven reserved for those with the wherewithal to endure that tragic comedy. Having seen it a handful of times (primarily because I enjoy sharing my pain with others), I can attest to experiencing the delirium that slowly eats your brain over its 99 minute runtime.

The existence of such a movie poses many serious and philosophical questions. Was there even a script? Is God evil for allowing this to be made? What exactly were the creators going for? But mainly: who the frig is Tommy Wiseau?

This last question is what The Disaster Artist seeks to help us answer. By channeling the presence of The Room’s auteur to an absolute T, James Franco gives us a peek behind a curtain that is unsettling, mystifying, and definitely not from New Orleans. And while the movie ends without providing satisfying results for its three essential queries (Where is he from? How old is he? Why is he so rich?), the journey that we take to get there is quite a pleasure.

Beyond the inherent mystery of the film, it is the individual performances that make The Disaster Artist stand out. James Franco deserves awards for his replication of Wiseau’s laugh alone. His brother, Dave Franco, serves as a tonic to the tall glass of absinthe that is Tommy Wiseau by creating an empathetic Greg Sestero from the opening scene. This movie would not be the same without Sestero’s overly smiley and optimistic attitude cutting the dramatic tension and allowing this to be a comedy, rather than a disturbing sort of biopic.

In fact, it is this abundance of chemistry between the two leads that creates one of the film’s only flaws. The climax of the conflict, the filming of The Room’s surrealist football tossing scene, feels jarring and sudden after much of the movie had downplayed the underlying darkness of its main characters’ relationship in order to let its absurdist humor shine. This crashing back to reality, a departure in tone and logic from the rest of the story, was also undone by the finale – which cheapens its presence even further.

Now, I’m not upset in the least that this movie leaned way more towards comedy than drama. Forcing the crew behind Pineapple Express and This is the End to create a somber film would be like Alfred Hitchcock making a musical. It would feel unnatural. Instead we get what this movie ought to be: an incredible combination of character and cringe comedy with moments of darkness that hit and disturb the audience like Wiseau’s deathly pelvic thrusts.

This comedy isn’t only derived from the Franco brothers’ portrayals. This film utilizes one-shot characters with mastery. Judd Apatow, Jerrod Carmichael, Jason Mantzoukas, Hannibal Burress, Megan Mullally, Josh Hutcherson, and Zac Efron (and all the others I’m forgetting about) deliver hilarious moments in their limited number of scenes. Not to mention how well the most prominent supporting characters, played by Seth Rogen and Paul Scheer, mesh with the Francos’ and allow them to shine even more.

Just as The Room was not meant to be a comedy, The Disaster Artist was not meant to be a masterpiece. And yet, I haven’t had a more fun or inspiring experience in the theater in a long time.

This movie is a love letter to the art of Tommy Wiseau: part genius, part child, but an undisputed creator of his vision. It does not want us to pity him or look down upon his twisted accomplishment. We are meant to be motivated by him to open up ourselves to our craft and be the best we can be. Just as Adam Scott said in the opening to the film, “We are still talking about this movie over a decade after it came out. We aren’t talking about what won the Oscar ten years ago.” By putting himself out there, Tommy Wiseau may not have become the star that he dreamed of, but he transcended what a star could ever be.

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Trump & the Mafia | Perspective

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TRUMP & THE MAFIA

Trump’s connections with the Mafia date back to his casino days in Atlantic City, New Jersey, from the early 1980’s into the 1990’s. While building his casino empire in the mid-1980’s, Trump was in deep with Mob boss Nicky Scarfo and mobster Daniel Sullivan.

Nicky Sacrfo was the master of Atlantic City election rigging.

Trump was fined $447,000 in 1998 for money laundering, “the largest fine the federal government ever slapped on a casino for violating the Bank Secrecy Act.” Trump violated the rules 106 times the first year the Taj Mahal was open.

In 2015, Trump Taj Mahal was fined again for laundering money, this time for $10 million.

It appears Trump doesn’t correct mistakes even if they’re crimes. Apparently, if you make enough money from committing the crime (i.e. if Trump was rewarded with $700,000 million for laundering Mob money, and only paid a fine of $10 million, it’s very lucrative and might even afford one the opportunity of becoming a billionaire), so there’s no point in stopping.

These types of banking regulations and fines may be the root of why Trump is so anti-regulation.

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THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

On December 5, 2017 Mueller subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for it’s loan records with the Trump Organization following Trump’s six bankruptcies and his inability to secure funding from traditional US banks.

According to Newsweek, Mueller “is looking into whether Russian money laundering fostered the Trump Organizations’s growth and development” after his many bankruptcies.  “Earlier this year, the bank paid $630 million to settle charges of laundering $10 billion for the Russians.”

Trump is ultra-sensitive about his finances, refusing to share his taxes. It appears this Deutsche Bank subpoena may have been another trigger that prompted the GOP loyalist aggressive assault on Mueller and his investigators the week before Christmas.

As we learned during Trump’s 2016 campaign, and his first year in office, Trump is retaliatory.

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California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra is vigorously fighting Trump on many fronts. Twenty-four lawsuits in 17 different categories. Ten million immigrants call California home. The following is the lawsuit category list:

    • Travel ban from Muslim-majority countries
    • DACA
    • Border wall
    • Sanctuary cities
    • Immigration enforcement
    • Transgender military ban
    • Birth control
    • Obamacare
    • Student loan protections
    • EPA’s Scott Pruitt and ethical concerns
    • Natural gas rules
    • Coal leasing on public land
    • Clean Air Act
    • Oil and gas royalties
    • Energy use in appliances
    • Fuel efficiency standards
    • Measuring greenhouse gases

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ENVIRONMENT

Extensive wildfires in Northern California’s wine country in October 2017 and the Thomas wildfires in Southern California raging for 3 weeks this December have tragically obliterated California’s greenhouse gas gains.

According to Live Science, the October wildfires emitted “7.9 million tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of about 25% of the average monthly emissions from all fossil fuel burning in the entire state of California.”

The air quality in some California cities grew so extreme it was paralleled with Beijing’s injurious air quality.

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HEALTH

Our sense of smell is a simple and effective way to receive beneficial health remedies. Take for example, pine.

Have you ever run or walked through a neighborhood filled with pine trees? If so, you’ll quickly discover how therapeutic the air is. But even more important than the psychological benefits of breathing healthful air, pine air is also rich in antioxidants (both flavonols and bioflavonoids). Antioxidants help to fight cancer, heart disease and many other diseases.

The Japanese call this de-stress phenomenon shinrin-yoku, “taking in the atmosphere of the forest.”

There are no calories in air. And air is free!

 

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The Science Behind Political Polarization

Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

Our nation’s founders seemingly thought of everything…

With Jefferson outlining so clearly and passionately our founding principles in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truth’s to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…

To James Madison concisely enumerating guidelines to effectively govern our united states in the Constitution and Bill of Rights: “We the People of the United States in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Unites States of America.

Yet none of the founders initially envisioned there would be political parties. They assumed Americans citizens would simply use common sense to elect the candidate they felt would best represent them.

So, back at the beginning, during a presidential election, the one who received the most votes became president, and the one who received the second largest number of votes became vice president.

Immediately following his signing the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin set sail for France, becoming the first Minister of France, living in Paris for eight years.

Thomas Jefferson replaced Benjamin Franklin as the Minister of France and called Paris his home for seven years.

John Adams also resided across the Atlantic for a number of years as a diplomat in several European countries.

Three Founding Fathers, three key visionaries, were outside the country when our very young nation was still a tiny sapling and very impressionable.

Back on the home front, an ambitious brilliant young military officer named Alexander Hamilton, rose in the ranks to become Aide-de-camp to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, and was a key figure in the decisive victory at the Battle of Yorktown that won the Revolutionary War. This was a stunning success. Alexander Hamilton was now at the top of his game.

Because Alexander Hamilton had become a close confident to George Washington during the war, and because of Hamilton’s immense ambition and passion for money and wealth, after George Washington was sworn in as first President of the United States, he named Alexander Hamilton as his Secretary of the Treasury, and Thomas Jefferson as his Secretary of State.

This dynamic became quite tumultuous soon after Jefferson and Hamilton began working together.

Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, who ardently believed everything he’d written in this historic document, was the champion of the hard-working industrious farmers and firmly espoused that the common man could govern himself and live freely on the expansive verdant land that seemed to stretch on indefinitely to infinity.

Hamilton believed that only the wealthy and privileged would have the proper amount of education necessary for governing and that America should be run similar to a monarchy, or even an autocracy — with an iron-fist.

Jefferson was startled that Hamilton had forgotten the principles outlined in our founding documents. Hamilton was in disbelief that Jefferson thought farmers were educated enough to know how to make good decisions. Jefferson was unnerved that Washington had such high regards for Hamilton after the war, and that Hamilton had far more say on critical issues than Jefferson. Hamilton soon formed the Federalists. Jefferson eventually countered by forming the anti-Federalists who later became known as the Democratic Republicans.

These were our first political parties. Two polar opposites.

So you see, it was Jefferson and Hamilton who taught us how political polarization happens in a democracy. The Declaration of Independence and Constitution are in the middle. Our nation’s principles and beliefs seem to be very clearly defined so there won’t be any mistakes about how to apply them to our modern life.

However, as soon as one key player or group/party becomes extreme with interpretation, there immediately forms an opposition group to offset this force — thankfully. This process is very scientific and is easy to visualize.

Thus, the extreme polarization created by our current president, is a measure of how far off the center of our founding principles this new negative force has taken us. The resistant opposition currently battling trump and the GOP, is a predictable outcome based on Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion. The same outcome as was seen with Thomas Jefferson’s resistance to Alexander Hamilton.

Now that we understand what’s been taking place this past year and the science behind it, it’s easier to see what needs to be done to correct the situation. It seems that the only way to really stop these polarizing swings is to get back to the middle. But until we get back there, we need to maintain a fierce opposition the same way Jefferson did.

 

The Long Run

Every single day we make many small decisions, an excessive multitude really: what time to wake up in the morning, what to wear that day, what to eat, which route to take to work, how to prioritize the day, whether or not to work-out…on and on and on.

Behind every decision, typically hidden in our subconscious, is a second consideration that we’re usually not fully aware of, but will definitely impact us in unexpected ways in the future, as well those who are connected to us. Often very negative ways. This second consideration that plays a role in decision making is: what’s best in the short run versus what’s best in the long run? The answer is rarely the same.

Typically, something that’s good for us in the short run has a negative impact in the long run. When something has an immediate benefit, we’re lured to make this choice. We’re INSTANTLY rewarded with a positive which seems to assure us that we made the correct decision.

But tomorrow will eventually arrive, at which time we’ll be forced to reckon with our decision and accept the consequence(s) of making the wrong choice in the long run. The double-fold challenge over time, over the long run, is that the consequence(s) seem to be substantially greater than the immediate rewards received when making a decision based on the short term.

Eventually, hopefully anyway, we may come to realize that all decisions should be made with long term benefits in mind. Using this as a guide,  we then never really have to worry about the future, which provides an unexpected short term positive that we thought we were forfeiting when we decided to make the best choice in the long run. ~