The Bernie Madoff Syndrome: How Grover Norquist Did What He Did by Rick London

    

 Whether we admit it or not, to a certain extent we all played “the popularity game” in junior high and high school.

     Hopefully, by the time most of us got to college, we were humbled by the fact that the world was much bigger than the walls of our tiny lower education walls, and there would always be someone stronger, richer, cuter, smarter, more talented, etc.

     And that’s a powerful lesson.  Unfortunately and obviously, not all of us grew out of it.

     Bernie Madoff was able to pull off what he did by using “The High School Popularity System”.   If you remember, the way it worked was to find someone in your grade (or higher) who was more popular than you.  You befriended them, and basically held them hostage.  If your other friends were nice, you made the introduction and the recommendation.  If they weren’t nice, they were banned from your “in group for life” or in the case of high school “until you graduated”.

      Oddly enough, as strange as it may sound, a great many never grew out of that adolescent game.  In fact all those who donated money to Bernie Madoff knew that he was “friends” with Steven Spielberg and a host of other Hollywood icons. Maybe, just maybe if they donated enough to his charities, they too, could finally get the best revenge that they never got enough of in their youth “popularity”, or to which it is referred in adulthood “money, power etc etc yawn”.

      As strange as it may sound, this is the exact model of Grover Norquist.  He drew up a simple pledge that he knew would appeal to the wealthiest in the country (no new taxes).  But something went wrong.  The more savvy among the wealthiest such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Walmart Political Super Pac and others, saw through his little game.  Though the Walton kids continued to give money to the GOP (after their candidate Jon Huntsmann lost, the Walmart SuperPac for the first time ever gave more to Democrats than Republicans this election term).  Why?  You tell me. 

      But the Congresspersons who signed it did not.  They felt by signing the pledge, they could then go back to their constituents and say, “Listen, vote for me and I can get you in with some mighty fancy people through this guru named Grover Norquist” (though I doubt they even mentioned his name as they wanted credit for pulling off this magic.)

      The Congresspersons also knew this would appeal to the wealthiest in their own district, giving them yet more leverage in their own districts by offering them untold millions in tax loopholes.

       After the smoke settled, and people realized the little high school game Bernie Madoff was playing to lure his contributors, he went to prison.  As the political dust settled and voters figured out that Norquist couldn’t guarantee a damned thing except that he was willing to “Pledge An Allegiance” to the wealthiest of this country, not to the flag (and for which it stands) decided to move to the Independent Party, or just go ahead and vote for President Obama.  They’d played the game in high school, and many were way too old and smart to play it in adulthood.  

       Besides, such pledges were always temporary and subject to human behavior, moods, health and a million other things.

      There’s a lesson here.  Vote for a candidate who will do the best for the entire country. When the entire country is healthy, so is everyone. 

      Consider that Bill Gates and Warren Buffett didn’t buy into the strange little high school GOP ploy. In fact even WalMart with all its flaws, didn’t either.  And if you’re smart (and now out of high school), neither should you.

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Rick London is a writer/designer/cartoonist living in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas with his wife Lee Hiller-London who is a popular nature photographer and has a blog Hike Our Planet.   London f0unded the Internet’s #1 offbeat cartoons & funny gifts Londons Times Cartoons in 1997.

 

 

 

John Doe Letter To The GOP by Rick London

A John Doe Letter To The GOP:

 

Dear GOP,

I imagine this letter does not come as any big surprise.  We both have seen it coming for a long time.  I will admit at one time, long long ago, we were inseparable. I was so proud of you, and you seemed to be of me. Sure, I flirted with that other lady (democratic party) many times, but nothing I did that Ronald Reagan didn’t do, so don’t be mad.

This wasn’t an overnight decision. I’ve taken your bullying, insults, patronizing, your talking behind my back (but we always had a mutual friend who pretended to be your friend only, and of course I heard what you said the same day)…..and all sorts of other insanity (and oddly enough I liked Obama about as much as you did the first few years, but that is before I knew what the GOP Congress was doing). I was so afraid he was not a do-nothing President. Imagine my surprise when I discovered he was a do EVERYTHING President,  and the GOP Congress was asleep at the wheel.  Theirs, and your hate for Obama was far greater than either of your love for our great country. You were willing to let it sink, just to get rid of Obama. How dare you.  This is our country too. Not yours, not Romney’s, not the Koch Bros only. Sure you own your fair share but guess what.  So do the rest of us. 

And I don’t blame you that you got hijacked by the loon fringe; that would be like blaming a pilot for a hijacking. You tried your best to show them sanity and even sent sane prophets such as Jon Huntsman but they wouldn’t listen.  He even had a budget and health care bill endorsed by the Wall St. Journal and thumbs up from the AARP  (as does Obama) but not you, my dear ex, GOP,  you became the major joke of politics (in my lifetime).  Think I enjoyed seeing that?  Well think again.

Now we have nothing in common.  You know I am a Constitutionalist and it is not unlike me to read the Constitutions of the world which are available (in totality) on the net.

What you are now offering is actually more brutal than the Constitution of Iran.

We are not a Theocracy. I believe that every man and woman in office should have every right to practice their faith but as Thomas Jefferson said, “Whatever you do, don’t mix it with politics. From that is what we ran (England).

Don’t you remember that Jefferson re-wrote the Bible; the Jefferson Bible and it was given to all of Congress all the way up until the 1940s?  All the miracles were removed (he carefully edited it by razor blade).  It’s still available on Amazon if you don’t believe me.

It was not that he didn’t believe in God, he did as do I. He simply wanted to make very sure nobody got the idea of it being a good idea to legislate religious morality.  And now, you are working behind his, and our other founding father’s backs to do just that.

And this forcible rape thing….at first I thought it might be a joke from SNL or The Onion. But you were really serious about the rapist suddenly becoming “the loving father” with visitation rights for 18 years.  That would make America the most immoral country on the planet. 

You do not believe in equal rights for all.  Sure you “Love the gay, but hate the sin”.  Do them a favor…just hate their guts as they know and we know that’s what that means.  If you spent that much time and energy on your own sins, you’d have no time to even worry about gays.

You think every immigrant must leave; even those born here illegally but know no other country but America.   That’s not the America I know.  Consider this. Christopher Columbus was Hispanic,  here illegally, and without his papers.

You want to take away women’s health care, contraception and reproductive rights.  You remember I told you once I don’t like abortion either, but you want to legislate it which is not only UnConstitutional, now we know it will cause millions more abortions annually. Haven’t you heard about the Internet Abortion Entrepreneurs laying in wait (praying Romney/Ryan would get elected) so they could hawk their cheap ulcer drug that works as a semi-abortion drug {Misoprosol} which will make abortions so easy, women won’t even need a doctor. Oh and it only works 97% of the time. But on the 3% it doesn’t it usually causes horrendous birth defects.  But I know how you feel about that now. Any woman who would have an abortion deserves that.  And the more you try to outlaw abortion, the more you finance the abortion drug, as it will go further underground, be pricier, and you’ll be financing that.  Sorry, I’m too well to attend your party any longer.   Yet another reason we must break up.

Consider this.  I’ve been an Independent now for many years.  I can tell you from all the disgruntled GOP’s (and Democrats) in this country who are also in our party that if the GOP Congress keeps acting this way, we Americans will keep electing Democratic Presidents (even if we don’t like them very much).

Why?  Because we Independents are often a bit more educated and aware than the average voter. We know how Washington really works, and its not the President who usually is the problem; it is Congress…and this one has been the worst.
So, if you want to keep seeing Democrats as Presidents, I encourage you to keep treating them the way you’ve treated President Obama the past 3 years. I can assure you Democrats (or Independents) will be elected over and over and over again, until you learn that compromise is not a dirty word,  that all Americans deserve equal rights and the pursuit of happiness, keep your faith but America is not a Theocracy, Iran is,  and you can’t bully me anymore. Even my therapist would fire me if he thought we were still seeing each other.

 

We’re 40% of America (we Independents) and we can vote you out so fast you won’t have time to blink.  Think it through.  Perhaps a total remodeling of a party that simply doesn’t work in the 21st century might serve you well as a start.  Calling me names and rumors and innuendo isn’t going to help you one iota. What I am telling you is actually very instructional.  I know you don’t believe it but I hate to see you crumble like this.  Remember, I was once one of you.  In fact so were a majority of Americans.  But you left us, we didn’t leave you (to quote the late great Ronald Reagan).

Please remember that just because I don’t love you anymore doesn’t mean I don’t like you.  I want you to be strong….but whenever I consult with you (regarding being strong, you do the opposite.  Now who does that help; and see where it got you in the 2012 election.   You have to admit you were quite the joke; but you were good to me in many ways.  After all I’m in the cartoon and humor writing business, and I’ll give credit where credit is due. Your ignorance was definitely to mine, and many others advantage (who are in similar businesses).

Oddly, I’d rather live in a less divided country than be a successful cartoonist or humor writer.  Really.  I know you don’t believe that but I’m not driven by greed. I’d gladly go back to generic cartoons if you’d at least try to act humane and with integrity.

I know this John Doe letter is painful, but it’s also instructional.  If you’ll do a few of the things I say; not just lip-service (Oh I love all people in all parties, gays, etc etc) but actually DO it, you might just find some of us come back and you can court us again. Meantime don’t come stalking me or I’ll take out a restraining order. 

Best Wishes,

Rick London
Londons Times Cartoons

 

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Rick London is a writer, author designer and songwriter. He founded Google’s #1 ranked offbeat cartoons & funny gifts, Londons Times Cartoons. He lives with his wife nature photographer Lee Hiller London who publishes the blog Hike Our Planet.  Together they live in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas.  They are actively involved in green, childrens, and animal causes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voting Pro-Life? Are You Sure? Meet Misoprostol And The New Cheap Abortion Pill Entrepreneurs You’re Financing.

The more headway Romney and Ryan make, the closer we see Misoprostol becoming a household word.  Those of us who spend time on Twitter have seen it coming down the stream ever since Romney admitted to Mike Huckabee of his commitment to The Personhood Bill.

The Mexican pharmacist awakens about 6am and drives to his wood-frame pharmacy about ½ mile down a narrow street full of stray dogs and cats.  He sees the Pfizer truck awaiting him so he rushes to the door to let the driver in.

Jose Hernandez was educated at the pharmacy school in Mexico City and moved back to his home of San Antonio (not Tx) but a small town outside of Tijuana that boasts a beautiful Pacific Island beachfront.  Many Americans own property on the beach due to it’s quiet scenic ocean view and low prices (for that kind of property).  It’s only a 2.5 hour drive from San Diego.

Though Jose knows the bulk of Cytotec (also known by its generic name Misoprostol) will be his biggest seller, he also knows the majority of it will not be walk-in business, but Americans in states with few abortion clinics who cannot afford to travel to one.  So they order Misoprostol made for ulcers which also often cause an abortion to occur.  But not always.  And when it does not, which is 3% of the time, it puts the baby at a much higher risk of birth defects.

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But of course women in need of an abortion don’t care.  Their state government has made it impossible for them to have a safe abortion, so they will obviously use what is now being called “The Chemical Coathanger”.

In Uraguay where abortions are illegal, unethical doctors have been meeting with women for years in clandestine places to sell them Misoprostol at ridiculously inflated prices.  Several women have died this year from the drug.  Though it is safer than the old back-alley coathanger, it is only barely safer.

Misoprostol can also easily be purchased in America from any Canadian pharmacy at cheap prices.  A big problem is that, many times these drugs, if ordered from out of the U.S. will be held up for weeks and even months at customs.  That means a woman who was seeking an early-term abortion will now have to have a mid-to-late term one.

It is also cheap and easily ordered from most Asian countries and India and American women are already ordering and stocking up in schocking numbers (according to their Twitter tweet streams)

Though misoprostol can be bought over the counter in Mexico, a prescription is required in the U.S. and it most likely will not be outlawed even if abortion is. Why?  Because it is an ulcer drug already approved by the FDA for ulcers.

The bulk of Jose’s sales are made in the U.S.  It appears women are stockpiling just in case the Romney/Ryan ticket gets elected.   His sales have increased about 5000% in the past year.  He outsources the dropshipping of the med so as not to take away from his other pharmaceutical duties.

The “talk of twitter” says these “Internet Abortion Drug Entrepreneurs” have been “sitting in wait” for years, for a ticket like Romney/Ryan who might indeed select the right Supreme Court Judges to attempt to overturn RVWade.  They had banked on Reagan but it didn’t happen.  Now these weasels have true hope.  They will, no doubt, be among the wealthiest E-Entrepreneurs in the world, as it is common sense that this medicine will be the most purchased over the net from other countries.

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And of course that means the U.S. Government will do the predictable….Wage a “War On Internet Abortion Drug Entrepreneurs” inciting others to “get in on a piece of the pie” and hidden scripts will enter the country left and right.  Many women, of course will not have to go to the trouble to order the drug, though an article in a Texas Newspaper says many women in Texas already are crossing the border to get the med to stockpile it.

Many American doctors will simply prescribe it for ulcers, and an abortion will occur; or if not, most likely a baby with dramatic birth defects, and the drug (taken in amounts for abortion) can greatly compromise the woman’s immune system according to many studies and examples.

Jose’s business is not “an isolated case”.  Abortion Entrepreneurs have been “laying in wait” since the days of Reagan….hoping he would nominate enough of the far right to the Supreme Court to overturn RVWade and let the floodgates loose, and, of course bring them more wealth than anyone could ever imagine.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffet would be “names of the past” compared to the top 10 of these clowns selling ulcer meds over the net…and frankly even to the friendly small town doctor who suddenly finds he/she has an incredible amount of women suffering from “ulcers”.

During the days of RVWade, there were no Internet abortions, only back alley brutal killers.  Those days will be in the past for the most part.   Most women will be able to afford the risky ulcer drug, and will take the risk of birth defects in case the med does not work.  Back then, it was cut and dry; one was either for abortion or against it.

Today, there are many shades of gray.  There is partial birth abortion which is outlawed except in very rare cases in which it will kill the mother, or when the baby is found already dead.  In fact in either case most doctors tend to teminate the pregnancy in order to save the mother’s life and it does not fall under the auspices of “laws against partial birth abortion”.

There is still debate over “when life begins”, but that will no longer even be a debate if safe abortion is outlawed, as the majority of  women will not be going for medical help but ordering the drug directly from foreign pharmacies, or getting an “online consultation” from an unscrupulous m.d. in America who will ask questions for five minutes and Fed Ex the drug to her.

If/When the feds close the MD down, 10,000 others will crop up.  The war on abortion entrepreneurs will not be one of course.  A federal prosecuting attorney with whom I grew up once told me, “Whenever there is a war on anything (other than war/battles) it is not only not won, but makes it worse”. I am in complete agreement with him on that topic, though he and I have debated on many other topics on which we don’t agree.   He is a smart man, nevertheless.

So how do we create an environment for less abortions?  Everything that the GOP is against.  More education, contraceptive and family planning.  I’m still trying to figure out how taking away contraception will result in less abortion.  It’s sort of like less soap will cause more cleanliness.

With the abortion entrepreneur laying in wait (in every country in the world, I’m told), it’s really time to re-think voting on a “pro-life” ticket, because unlike the days of RVWade, it is suddenly the “ticket of death and destruction”.

They didn’t mean to be. Their hearts were in the right place, but anyone who understands the nature of the Internet (and I went back to school to study IT) knows every major niche will be filled by very eager entrepreneurs; and abortion is no exception.   Who would have ever thought pro-choice tickets would be the ticket of life?  Life is full of irony. (PS: Please don’t kill  the messenger). Simply google “Abortion Ulcer Drug” and take a look at all the activity already happening, and November is not yet  even here.

I believe the extremely important thing to remember here is that one can be pro-life and not vote a pro-life ticket (simply because of the millions of more, and dangerous abortions it is going to cause).  In fact, if one thinks this through, the only TRUE pro-life persons will vote the pro-choice ticket.  How can they not?  They are not in this for power or “to have their dogmatic way”.  They are truly in it for less and safer abortions.  Most will argue with me now.  But as more of this information emerges, and Misoprostol becomes a household word in America; which of course it will under a Romney/Ryan administration, pro-life voters and pro-choice voters will say, “Rick really wasn’t misleading us”.  This is not only really happening, it is now so far out of control it can never be fixed.”   Food for thought.

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Rick London is an author, designer and cartoonist and founder of Google’s #1 ranked offbeat cartoons & funny gifts, Londons Times Cartoons.   He lives in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas with his wife, Nature Photographer Lee Hiller-London.  Follow them both on Twitter  @RickLondon  @LeeHillerLondon

“Bain” (Parody Song by Rick London c2012) Sung To David Bowie’s “Fame”

Bain, it’s the bain of Mitt’s existence,

Bain, thinks that experience will take America the distance,

Bain, like on Twitter sheeple follow,

Bain, you can’t have depth you must be shallow,
  Bain, where its custom to blame Obama,
    Bain!
Fiscal Shame, what you like is in the limo Bain, money made for Swiss accounting.
Bain, fires lower level management like there’s no tomorrow.
Bain, where Irish Setters are traveling salesmen,  
Bane

Bain co-brands with you & you’re down the drain.  Bain saved the auto industry with just a dollar,
Mitt Romney said…a spokesman for…Bane Bane Bane Bane Bane Bane….
Could it be the best, could it be? Bain corporate welfare all for free,
Is Ann really Mitt’s babe,

Ann looks at Mitt as if he’s manna from heaven or some such place…

Is she a babe for his campaign or  just a 9-5 slave?

Could it be he could be president of these United States?

Really, really?
Or just sit in some backwoods café eating cheesy grits?
Bain, Bain, Bain, Bain
Bain, Bain, Bain, Bain
Is it any wonder you’re an etch a sketch fool?
School, bully are you, haircut for him,
Mitt, Did you know the Cold War’s over?

Bain
Bain, Bain, Bain, Bain, Bain, Bain, Bain, Bain, Bain, Bain

Bain, Bain, Bain, Bain, Bain, Bain, Bain, Bain, Bain, Bain
Bain, Bain, Bain
Such a shame,
We know you’re game,
(whispered)
  Hating the gays, yet feeling so gay

Mitt, Did you see American Beauty,

Sir as President, civil rights for all is your duty,

Silly “pranks” that erode people’s rights…well

Mitt, give it up…. all you are is an SNL skit.

                                                           

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Rick London is a songwriter, author, cartoonist and designer.   He is an avid hiker and animal/nature lover and hikes often with his nature/wildlife photographer wife @LeeHillerLondon of HikeOurPlanet. London founded LTCartoons.com and gifts which have been Google #1 ranked offbeat cartoons since 2005 and Bing’s #1 ranked since 2005.  He owns numerous other shops too bearing his licensed images such as funny tees and funny gifts shop RickLondonGifts.com.

 

Romney Almost Cut My Hair (Song Parody by Rick London cs2012) Sung To CSN “Almost Cut My Hair”

Romney almost cut my hair,
It only happened ‘cause I was gay,
Didn’t seem like I belonged,
At Cranbrook School…..it was clearly foul play,
If he hadn’t I would have wondered why,
I was a bit effeminate & he a Bogart-type guy,
But Mitt ran on testosterone so his bullying must be done.

I should have fried his hateful bigoted ass,
This man is so beyond bizarre,
I think he has chronic paranoia,
With posthumous baptisms from afar,
His lies are are such a thin veneer,
Wouldn’t buy what he had even if egay was the auctioneer,
He must owe taxes to someone…..

He wants to cut the fat and run the country like an entrepreneur,
He went to the south for cheesy grits & instead got sunny weather;
Romney will never live down the gaffe,
But will separate “We The People from the Thief Of Staff?

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Rick London is a songwriter, author, cartoonist and designer.  In 1997 he launched Londons Times Cartoons  which have been Google’s #1 ranked Offbeat Cartoons on the Internet since 2005.  He also has numerous funny gifts shops which Google and Bing also rank #1 such as Rick London Gifts.  His main cartoon site has lured over 7.8 million visitors and his inventory of products is over 1/4 million and is sold at such venues as Sears, Amazon and many others. He and his nature photography wife Lee HillerLondon with  live and work in the Ouichata Mountains of Arkansas and are active in animal, children and environmental causes.

America The Divided by Rick London

      Those who know me well, know I don’t judge a person by his/her politics, religion, race or any other petty nonsense.  I try my best not to judge anyone but the times I miss the mark, I just judge on character. And that’s okay. It’s not perfect but it’s human.   I learn to not only tolerate but celebrate differences of opinion.

    If everyone believed, voted or acted like me, we’d live in a very boring world (and my wife thinks “probably a bit immature one too”) I’m sure.  Most my posts are intended to be humorous. Occasionally I will create something I see as “a truth”; and test it here. Sometimes it ruffles feathers and that’s a good thing. I never personally attack anyone who visits my page.  I invite social discourse, disagreements are fine and if they play by polite rules of conduct, I don’t care what their philosophy is.  They are welcome to stay and debate until they are out of breath if they are enjoying it.

       I do not post it to be YOUR truth, I post it to see if you recognize anything in it that rings true to you also. If you don’t, it does not anger me in the least. If you do, I smile a bit.  Today I posted what I saw on several Osama Bin Laden videos and “his vision for America” when he was alive.  It appears 9/11 but was step one in a series of steps to “divide America” so that it would “implode from within”.  It would (hopefully) cause huge financial burden. It did; bigger than he ever imagined as we almost immediately went to war; where he wasn’t…in Iraq.

     But his evil instincts were correct. GW Bush bought right into them as did so many of us (me included; so I was not preaching from a high horse). But I’ve seen, researched and know enough now to know what he wanted. To create a far left and far right; so far apart (especially fiscally), that America would be the Un-United States Of America.  I tried far left and far right and saw the never-ending battle of pushing the other side further into their corner, and they pushing me further into mine.

      Then it occurred to me “the middle is where the fence is”; and there is no mending fences unless one is brave enough to move to the middle (they can stay Republican or Democrat or Liberal or Conservative) but drop the knee-jerk extremism that Bin Laden so much prayed for (and even joked about in his cave interview with Peter Bergen); and many of his solo videos (and audios).  I will now always be a centrist who loves America (all of America). I will not judge on accidents of birth, status, or any other ridiculous notion.  America is a very special country. Don’t believe it? Just read the Constitution. Do you think I could do what I do in any other country?  Not even close.

       Our brilliant Constitution guarantees that I can, and (ask my wife Lee) some of the most powerful lawyers in the country have tried to make me stop (on more than one occasion): the same lawyers who have tried to make SNL stop, Mad Magazine, and other barometers that remind us if we are still living in a free nation (or not).  When they are gone,  so are we (at least a free America).  Most of us don’t think of satire or parody that way.  But The Fair Use Act speaks of its importance.

        I don’t care for whom you vote. That’s your business. I would never go to your page and tell you how very wrong you are if you named a candidate for whom I did not care.  I would hope you would be mature enough to share the same respect.  However, I don’t necessarily want you to vote for my candidate.   He might not be for you.  Yours might not be for me. Never try to bully me into voting for yours; you can be assured I will give the same respect.  All I ask of you is to consider what Osama Bin Laden’s biggst dream for us was. A divided America.  And so far, he’s getting his way.  Let’s get less extreme in our views, whether left or right; otherwise,  Mitt Romney is right; his death is really no big deal to be celebrated…..his dream lives on.  Finally, Thank God for our U.S. Military; and we are particularly thinking of the US Navy Team 6 who took out the most evil man on the planet, the man who killed so many of our innocents and did a very successful job of dividing our nation. Now its our job to fix our nation.  We can never ever let him have his way, even in death…especially in death.  There is a tendency to kill the messenger.

       I encourage you to watch his videos on YouTube and you will see what I mean.  It’s not me you’re angry at. You are as angry at him as I am; as he created the environment to make a far left and far right exist, fight each other to the point where they each was/is the target enemy whether it is black, white, gay, straight, Muslim, Jew, Christian, Bhuddist, Wiccan, Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative and any other label people use to justify their differences.  

     The bottom line is that we’ve been taught over the years by well-meaninged teachers, parents, ministers, tv talking heads etc. that those who believed, voted, acted etc. different than us “were the enemy”. Nothing could be further than the truth.  But changing that is easier said than done.  We’ve been indoctrinated to believe that; and, it is not the case. 

      It may (as psychologists call it for many of us) take behavior modification.  That could mean therapy. It might mean simply changing your mind. It may take research.  It will take what it takes, but let’s do what it takes, so that Bin Laden does not get his way. 

     I have gotten to the point where I know that the person who votes differently than me is not my enemy.  The person who has a different faith or belief or philosophy than me is not my enemy. I know that a person who competes with me doing the same kind of business is not my enemy.  The irritable irrational weird uncle or relative is not my enemy.  Al Queida is my enemy because I am an American, like you, and they want to kill me, and you.  Those other people simply may be irritated at me, or you and that’s fine.  There’s a big difference.  Work on yourself as I am working on myself. I continue to head toward the center because that is where the fence that needs mending is.  And together, left, right, liberal, conservative, gay, straight, black, white, etc etc etc. working TOGETHER in a democracy that our Constitution provides is unbeatable.  In fact, even in “this imperfect union” if we begin to mend the fences that Al Queida almost successfully severed, that is perfect enough for me. It will be a process and there will be bumps.  I am okay with that.

     Nobody has to change what they are, in fact please don’t change what/who you are. That is sacred and to be cherished.  You are one of God’s children. But in some ways for America to work again, we may all have to change how we think and act; and not as dramatically as one thinks. Simply recognizing extremism from the far left and far right as it comes our way, and not fight back, simply let them know that sanity exists in the middle. In fact, those in the middle who accept everyone (and they have every right to stay left or right if they do not want to be part of the solution) and we can accept that. Not everyone is going to be a part of the solution. Life is not perfect nor do we live in a perfect world. But I truly believe there are enough good people out there who are sick of what we have seen over the past decade or so, the extremes (who are out for themselves, not the betterment or future of America) and its okay if they don’t to participate in the rebuilding of America.  What is important is that we do.

      Let’s no longer justify our differences by labeling each other and/or demonizing another human being who thinks or believes different than you or me as Bin Laden so desperately wanted and came so close with his evil but clever manipulative power to make happen.  Lets celebrate our same-nesses on this one year anniversary of our brave Navy Seals turning him into a rancid piece of sushi.  Goodbye to bad garbage. It’s time for America to heal.  Be a part of the solution, and I’ll do my best to do the same.  Thanks all….and I mean ALL. You are our neighbors and friends. And that’s enough for us.

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Rick London is a freelance writer, songwriter, designer, and cartoonist who lives and loves America and lives in the glorious Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas with his wife nature photographer Lee Hiller-London.  They are both active in environmental, animal, children and veteran causes.  Rick founded Google’s #1 ranked offbeat cartoons in 1997 and Google’s number one offbeat cartoon gifts in 2006. His wife runs the popular nature wildlife blog HikeOurPlanet.com and LeeHillerDesigns.com. London recently launched his cartoons on funny hoodies at his PlanetHoodie.com shop. Follow them on Twitter @RickLondon & @LeeHillerLondon  Rick London’s facebook fan page is http://www.Facebook.Com/LTCartoons.