Stop Blaming Obama by Rick London

I remember when I was young and immature (like Donald Trump), and used to blame one man for every single slump in my business. That man was the President.

I felt, “Why is business down? I know why.  Dam President. We need to vote him out, and get one who understands.

It never occurred to me that I had shortcomings.  That at least 90% of my business stats had to do with my own business practices, not what one man’s actions were in Washington, D.C.

Under the Clinton administration, I launched the business I have now which is cartoons and quote licensed gifts. It grew rapidly.

It grew some more during the GW Bush administration; in fact at times faster than under the Clinton administration, and I didn’t even vote for GW Bush, but I give credit where credit is due. 

Neither Bush nor Clinton had very much to do with it, though with a balanced budget (Clinton) I admit made it easier to start such a business with zero backing.

Under Obama, it probably grew its largest, but also had some of its slowest days; neither of which had anything to do with President Obama. 

My Same Office (During GW Bush & Obama) Administrations. Still Operating

It all had to do with me. How was I promoting it?  Was I following up on sales?  Was I being creative and persistent with my products?  Was I utilizing social media properly.

Absolutely none of that had to do with Obama.

I sincerely get a huge chuckle when I see broke ex-millionaires like Donald Trump blame Obama for every business problem that happens to him. For instance, all those clothiers are having

(Above) My office: Under

GW Bush & Barack Obama.

Nothing has changed, and

business is good.

their merchandise made in China.

“Who can compete”?, he asked David Letterman.  Letterman turned his batch of ties over to find they were “Made In China”.  Busted.

Get real people.  Obama is doing fine on the economy.   Romney has no plan.  Besides what either of them do has VERY little; maybe .000034 of what happens to your business, compared with what you do to it.

Also keep in mind we live in a world with rapid changes. Check your merchandise or service regularly.

As an adult I had to switch careers at least 6 times and go back to school at age 47. Under Obama? No under GW Bush.   The training I’d had became obsolete.

 It was not Bush’s fault and he gave me a chance to re-educate myself.

 Start coming clean. We all have shortcomings and Presidents have little if anything to do with them.

Neither do our parents (anymore) if we are adults.  We’ve had plenty of time to correct their mistakes.

If you don’t care for President Obama for the reasons we know you don’t, fine. Admit it.  We know its not because he’s not doing a very good job in spite of 4 years of GOP obstruction (they admit

it), he’s not a socialist, a secret Kenyan Muslim, he’s a Christian who loves America and his family and America.

If you don’t like him,  most of us really know why (See: John Sununu on YouTube for further information).   I respect him for revealing his “dog whistles”. I abhor those who still use the useless

nonproductive ridiculous “hide my racism” talking points.

Now quit blaming Obama and get to work.  That’s what I’m doing.  And I’m making money…just like I did under the GW Bush administration, when America was falling into a depression.  But

here’s the rub. I work hard.  You can do.  Are you telling me I’m wrong? If I am, you may be in the wrong business.  It may be an unnecessary service. It happens a lot these days.  It happened to me as I said.  If you are in the right business, and you are working hard, I mean truly hard, you’re making money. No excuses. Obama has about as much to do with your income as the unemployed in Queens have to do with making Donald Trump’s ties.

The harder the work, the lesser you blame the President, any President, or anyone else for your shortcomings. 

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Rick London is a writer, cartoonist and designer who founded Google’s #1 offbeat cartoons and funny gifts LTCartoons.com.  He is married to writer/nature photographer/designer Lee Hiller-London who is the founder  Lee Hiller Designs Home Decor Gifts & Clothing. 

How Today’s GOP Insured That This Independent Would Probably Never Vote GOP Again

As a couple who was neutral for our 1st 2-3 years on facebook; didn’t even mention politics once, we were allowed to observe. My wife Lee Hiller-London were VERY busy with our work, and didn’t have time to follow politics.  What little I could see, I had pretty much made up my mind I was for Huntsmann.  Lee was building her new brand, and I was expanding my then 13 year old cartoon brand and compiling several books.   Politics was one of the last things on our mind.  We live in a small mountain town where, though people vote, most of them (and us) get along in spite of poltical differences. After all, we’re all Americans with the same goals.

  Our town Hot Springs, Ar has an education demographic a bit higher than the national norm.  We are all keenly aware that political differences are a moot point; that if one must judge another, it should be on character, or one is going to be very disappointed since not all Republicans and not all Democrats are pristine citizens.  But more importantly, character remains head and heels above political or religious dogma.  It’s nice to live in a community with that kind of progressive mindset.  Sometimes it feels like being “a fly on the wall” of some of our Founding Father’s early meetings.

I didn’t dislike Obama but it appeared “nothing was getting done”. (I had not had time to study the GOP Congressional Armada against him). Once I learned the real story from the library of congress, National Archives etc (and not slanted news networks), I was livid. 

By then I was being bullied by this strange theological cult pretending to be the GOP and demanding I love Sarah Palin, then Herman Cain (and their hero/American Patriots) seemed to change with the weather.  I didn’t know who they were, I just knew I was not going to vote for whomever they wanted.  Their bullying was like high school on steroids.

 They demanded lockstep belief, behavior etc and “to vote like them” or be a “socialist Muslim traitor to America” (their words, not mine).  They turned out to be known as “The Tea Party”. So my 1st taste of what the GOP had become reminded me of someone had gotten the keys to the institution and let them all out.  They have not changed, but I surely have.  Finally I decided to listen a little closer to what they were saying.  While they were still trying to figure out who/what I was (why was that so important?), I was watching them watching me.  

They had already concluded I was an Obama supporter when, ironically I was fully behind Huntsmann.  But I dare not tell him; as I felt even that far back that Huntsmann was way too sane for a party with that much hate/judgement etc; and I may have to choose another candidate.  And given the GOP’s choices, it was probably going to be Obama.  And the more they bullied me, the closer I got to liking Obama. And finally I was on his side by default.  It was them trying to “scare me into not voting Obama”, that I knew instinctively he must be the right one, and they knew of something very nasty going on (I would later discover the GOP block of all jobs bills, veterans job bill etc etc etc).  Since I’d not watched much news as it would interfere with school and work, I was vulnerable game for any political party (or theological cult in their case).  I decided to go along with a real political party.  In the famous words of Ronald Reagan, I didn’t abandon them, they abandoned me”.  And big time.  

Though I still think Huntsman would have made a great President in the same vein as Teddy Roosevelt or IKE (I tend to lean more fiscally conservative than most), I also got the real scoop on Romney/Ryan vs Obama.

 Obama makes Romney/Ryan look like Enron when it comes to economic fiscal responsibility. Yes, my reason for voting for Obama is not because Romney is too conservative….it is because Obama really IS conservative…but a real one. A centrist conservative very much like Teddy Roosevelt or IKE.  What is Romney? It, of course,  depends on what day it is, and in which state he is making a speech. Frankly I prefer the “Casual Friday Moderate Mitt”; but that only lasts 12 hours.

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Rick London is an author, designer, cartoonist and songwriter.  He founded Londons Times Offbeat Cartoons & Funny Gifts in 1997.  They have been Google’s #1 ranked since 2005.  He is married to popular nature/wildlife photographer Lee Hiller-London who runs Hike Our Planet.

5 Things The GOP Must Do Not To Become A Fringe Party By Rick London

 The GOP has many positive elements to offer  if they’d only stick to the script for what their party truly stands. The problem is they’ve become insincere as a party, lying to themselves, deluding themselves, and pushing their politics so far right that they’re off the planet.  They’ve lost any idea of what it is like to be compassionate and concerned about the plight of all Americans.  Generally, where the Democrats have strengths, the GOP have weaknesses (and vice versa).  They may not always like each other….but they ALWAYS need each other (to keep America, America)

It will change of course. It has too, as eventually someone will see in the party they want to win and work in government again.   They shouldn’t be surprised when other parties are forced to “tug” even harder in the opposite direction to get things accomplished. It’s like dragging your ballsack through glass with this GOP Congress.  They generally don’t want to compromise on issues that easily “could” be, because they’re more concerned with being right, keeping their jobs (and lifelong entitlements) and living their pride rather than helping voters voices be heard.  

Our founding fathers, though many religious, knew the dangers of a Theocracy. After all it was a theocracy (in England) that they escaped by the skin of their teeth to travel here to found this great nation.  And though many believed in God (as I do); they were VERY clear this was not a theocracy.  And a two-party system was not only important, it was mandatory for America to work; and those two parties must work together, or sink together.

Are you pro-life? Fine, awesome, wonderful. I completely understand that position.  I’m pro-life too. I happen to more often vote pro-choice now that I know about Misoprostol , the cheap Internet ulcer drug that 97% of the time cause abortions. The other 3% of the time, generally horrific birth defects.  The Internet entrepreneurs who sell it, are sitting in prey for a Personhood ticket to be elected. Of course they will become the richest people on the planet.  But that’s my choice. If you believe pro-life works better, God bless you..vote that way.  

     But I have to vote my conscience.    I’ve seen the stats and I see millions of less abortions.  You see otherwise, and I’m fine with that. We’d both like to see less abortions.  For many years the pro-life movement made valliant efforts to lessen abortions.   But when RVWade was settled. There was no Internet. There was no Internet entrepreneurs, and there was no Misoprostol.  Now, in a Personhood/Theocracy state, we would have so many more abortions than happen now it would not even be controllable.  It would be ridiculous in fact.  The movement needs to catch up to speed and understand that the more they push for Personhood, the more the Mosoprostol Entrepreneurs love them.  It’s only common sense the want more abortions, as they will sell more product.

And its very cheap, do it yourself at home, and can be bought over the counter in most countries, prescription in America.  Meanwhile I’ll vote pro-choice for less and safer abortions. Until the pro-life movement tells me what it plans to do about Misprostol, how do they really expect me to take them seriously anymore? And finally, I believe abortion to be a personal health decision between a woman and her doctor.  Does that mean I like abortion?  No. But I think education, contraception and family planning is the key to less (in fact the stats show that works); legislation of abortion is a disaster.  But let’s not argue semantics. You know it too.  But you have a lot invested in “the movement” and I understand that.    But we both would like to see the same thing. Less abortions. So we’re not as far apart as you think. You think legislation does the trick, I think education.  So what.  We both want the same thing.

    You’re concerned about government debt and entitlement programs being abused – That is a very a righteous platform! You want to cut taxes for people making a lot of money because you sincerely believe companies will hire and help American’s get back to work? Awesome — fine, that’s ok by me. 

Just understand I disagree with you.  but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t shake your hand and say “Hey, what can we work together on?”. There was a time in America when parties were open to compromise.   But when you slap my hand away, spit in my face, call me names and tell me I’m going to burn in hell and destroy America because I believe in Universal Health care,  or that a rapist should be in prison, not at the movies every other weekend with his “love” child, and gays deserve less rights than straights,  and are not entitled to the same rights in domestic partnerships or they are an abomination, then you know what you can do to yourself; and if your memory fails you, go to YouTube and see Clint Eastwood’s rambling dialogue with an empty chair. 

The very decent GOP has been hijacked by the loon fringe.  Loon fringe is not “my coined expression” btw. I hear it daily by the ex-GOP’s on Twitter who are now Independents or Democrats.  The party left them too.  Until the GOP sees that, address it, and let them know how very unwelcome they are (unless they start acting as the Constitution  advises, they will lose until the end of time. I don’t say that with glee. I say that because I believe in a strong 2-party system.  

Right now America has a very strong one party system, and one very horrendous joke that was once a strong proud party that knew how to compromise and not undermine a U.S. President’s work (at we, the people’s expense), and think we are all too stupid to know how Washington works and what they did. Most of us have been to college.  We are livid at the GOP; even those of us who have voted it often, ESPECIALLY those of us who have voted it often.

You may wonder why I’ve given the GOP a hard time lately.  You haven’t been paying attention. When the Democrats make faux pas, I’m onto their shenanigans too.  But the Democrats (I hate to tell you) have been playing by the rules. They know their script. They’ve reigned in the far left (who was pulling them off the planet every bit as much as your far right fringe is now).  I have been telling both parties for years, the real sanity is in the middle.  Jon Huntsman tried his best (GOP) and you banished him to his home.  President Obama showed in his actions that he was playing by his script.  Former President Clinton eloquently drove home that fact last night.  Now its time for a brave GOP to come to the plate and say, “I’m not pleased IN THE LEAST with the way this whole party has been hijacked, and even now controlled by the loon fringe.  As a former GOP, I know the majority are not happy at all with that.  In fact they are horrified.   Let’s please. clean it up.  That does not mean “Lose Your Religion”, it merely means know the difference between religion and politics, and if that is too confusing for you, please refer to the U.S. Constitution.  

Thanks sincerely, 

 

Rick London

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 Rick London is an writer, cartoonist, product designer and songwriter. He founded Google’s number one ranked offbeat cartoons and funny gifts, Londons Times Cartoons which have been #1 Google ranked since 2005.  He is married to nature photographer Lee Hiller-London. They live and enjoy nature in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. They are active in childrens, military, animal and ecology causes 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Politics & Psychiatry. When To Debate When To Get Therapy by Rick London

        If you have been in a political debate or have seen something political either on facebook (or in real life) of which you disagree, and you think less of that person for posting or saying it, I suggest long-term therapy (and this time I’m not being funny).

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       All of us are much more than our petty political viewpoints….that is just a very tiny part of us. Never ever just become your political point of view, because once you do, you’ve lost yourself in a horrid way. Human beings are of the greatest value. A sign of maturity is differing in POV, yet still thinking highly of the other person as one of God’s children. It doesn’t matter if you are Democrat or Republican. It’s the same disease when we close our minds to opposing points of view. We don’t have to like their point of view.  We don’t even have to come close to agreeing.
It is legal to entertain a new idea, without accepting it.

       Think about how you were from birth to age 5 or so. Politics was not even in the picture.  All the possibilities of this great big mysterious world were abound.  If you grew up, and you left all that to become “your political idealism”, think how very, very sad that is. I’m not saying it is not okay to have a political view; it is in fact healthy.  But just keep it in perspective.  Know that when you post it on facebook or twitter, it truly is for your own entertainment.

 

     It is not going to change anyone’s mind; in fact studies show, it usually has the opposite effect (but admittedly it can be fun, as long as one does not become obsessed with it).

      

Like religion and spirituality, it should be “walked and lived” but when it becomes preached or coerced, it tends to lose its value (or people tend to take us a bit less seriously).

         To occasionally watch network news stations with which you disagree shows true maturity and a need/want to open the mind and learn more. To not do so is to stagnate the mind in a most pitiful way. And I don’t say that out of spite or with glee. I learned that from interviews with nearly 50 nursing home residents in 1996-1997  with my question, “What would you have done differently in your life…if anything?” The answers were solid gold and most were happy to answer.

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         Their answers,were of such value I could never repay even if I tried three lifetimes.  Most would not have wasted time in silly petty political or social issue disagreement.  They simply

 

 

would have walked their own walk; leaving others alone to walk there’s; and not only tolerating an opposite walk, but applauding it.  Now that’s wisdom.

Several said they would have not been coerced or try to coerce others into believing or thinking as they did (in other words walk the walk of “living and let live”) and so much more; enough to loosen the cobwebs to launch LTCartoons.com on March 19, 1997. I can never repay the residents of Hattiesburg Nursing Home, most of them 70+ who taught me life, real life, before it was too late.

          Though my reason for visiting the nursing home, at first, was to visit my beloved grandmother Ruth “Dear” London.  Many of the residents were quite lucid and great conversationalists.  I thought I might volunteer and offer some of my time, and be a good listener.

        Just imagine my surprise when they ended up giving me more than I could have ever given them. 

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Rick London is a freelance writer, author, musician/songwriter, cartoonist, designer and founder of Google’s #1 ranked offbeat cartoons & funny gifts Londons Times.  He is married to popular nature photographer Lee Hiller-London who owns the popular nature photography blog Hike Our Planet.  Together they live in and love the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas and are active in animal, green, children, and ecology causes.

 

Ayn Rand (By Rick London c2012) Song Parody Sung To The Tune Of David Essex “Rock On”

Money bids from Brothers Koch,
Ayn Rand…sell my soul,

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Hey kid, boogie blues, John Galt….

Lets do the Medicare shmooze,
What’s gonna happen when granny catches flu?
Hey Mitt, sold your soul, Cheesy grits or an ice cream cone.

Now Paul Ryan’s 2nd tier,
So Medicare cuts are oh-so-near.

  He’s so cool & likes Zeppelin more than Queen
Prettiest boy whose mighty lean,
In the private sector he’s mighty green,
(Way green)

 Drove the Weinermobile As A Teen & drank beer,
Now he loves to instill fiscal fear

To the elderly men and senior queens,
                               Persona non gratis never seen,
  Take Social Security down to Wall Street..Coffers clean.
And nobody counts the beans
Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand

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Ayn Rand

Election day,
Atlas Shrugged,
           Watch the GOP…you’re gonna get mugged.

Ayn Rand,
Romney, Romney
How do you roll?
Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand,
                         Seamus stay,
While the car rolls,
Ayn Rand.

Ayn Rand.
Election Day,
Fools vote,

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John Galt.

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Rick London is a songwriter, author, cartoonist, and designer.  He founded Londons Times Cartoons in 1997 which have been Google’s #1 ranked offbeat cartoons & funny gifts since 2005.  He is married to popular nature photographer Lee Hiller-London.  They live in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas where they are avid hikers.  They are active in animal and ecological causes.  They are also happy vegans.

(Poem) I Had To Block You Today By Rick London

I had to block you today,

You said your politics was the only way.

We’d been friends in real life for countless years and days,

From silly games like hide and seek,

And playing war games in the creek.

Even on facebook, we’d kept our rebellious ways.

I thought about it long and hard,

Why today you looked at me in total disregard.

I always thought you to be a kind kindred soul,

But I was wrong….s’pose that’s part of growing old.

The reason for my actions may come across as silly,

It often does for this Arkansas hillbilly.

But it was very real, almost a texture of granite or stone,

My independence from bullies, now that I’m grown.

Pointed out to me by mentors, friends, and therapists I had known,

“Never Rick, never do you have to cower to them again”,

You’re not in the wrong, the bully is,

It’s such an ugly sin.  

He thinks he’s right he’ll fight and fight,

Everything must come to a head for him.

But that’s simply part of his disease,

To him the world’s quite grim.

November is coming and tempers begin to flair,

Politics no longer confined to the Beltway but traveling in the air.

I made a mention of whom I may favor in the ballot box,

But not to you, I was in a conversation with several delegates,

I did not share it for your approval or distaste,

I didn’t see you there.  But if I had and you’d done that, you’d wish I hadn’t cared.

I shared it because I’m an American, and part of the human race.

To tell me that I am wrong to think and vote as I do,

Is frightening to be honest and true.

Peer pressure is how parties controlled/behaved in Communist Russia…and Nazis to the Jews.

They used peer pressure/bullying tactics so you’d see it their way,

Goebbels hired his media pundits to create “the demon-du-jour” each day.  

Your action was a total disregard of my humanity, soul, and voice.

I know for whom you wish elected,

And if that person is selected,

I’d back him with all the force within my being.

On the other hand if my candidate of choice wins the race,

You said you’ll do what it takes to undermine his life until distress.  

So I bid you farewell old friend, based on your major arrogance that shows,

I love so much being American and the difference that it shows.

I salute you for voting for the man of your choice,

But demanding I vote for him too is to treat me as a little boy.

So misinformed, yet I research well. I don’t need a surrogate father,

But if I did, I’ll tell you this, you’d not be the one I’d care to bother.

I’m not a member of a political party, I vote as an independent every time,

I know by now parties are a sham, and it’s choices are a crime at best.

But do not fear, I am sincere, even if I’ve chosen the loser,

Because of the liberties we so enjoy,

I’ll support your winning candidate and lay politics to rest.

I have so many friends voting same as you,

But their humility and compassion doesn’t tell me what to do.

They take it to the voting booth as that’s where our power needs to be,

To spout it to me on facebook, truly makes you quite a freak.

 

I urge everyone to vote. I don’t care for whom you vote. Please take advantage of this beautiful American system. Look around the world and see how many countries are in the middle of chaos, death and confusion simply trying to set up a voting precinct.  Don’t let that happen in America.  Encourage everyone to vote and if they have problems or don’t understand how, help them learn how. If you have an elderly or disabled neighbor, help them get there or show them how to write in.  Don’t let ANYone intimidate you into thinking you cannot vote. You can and should.  To not vote brings us that much closer to countries like Iran, Syria, etc. Thank you.

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Rick London is a songwriter, author, cartoonist and designer.  He founded LTCartoons in 1997. Londons Times Cartons (LTCartoons.com) has been Google & Bing’s #1 Offbeat Cartoons & funny gifts since 2005.  He is married to nature photographer Lee Hiller-London who has the popular blog Hike Our Planet.

 

“Bain” Song Parody by Rick London c2012 Sung To The Tune Of David Bowie’s “Fame”

Bain Romney doesn’t remember it’s a big blur
Bain, (bain) bankrupting firms while Mitt runs w/the dough

Bain, (bain) His hands off story’s so hard to swallow,
Bain, (bain).

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Bain, Mitt’s explanation is a spin game,

Laundered money to Cayman’s such a fun game (game)

Bain, (bain)

Bain, (bain) bought elevators for his limos,

Bain, & we thought the NAACP speech was a new low

Bain, (bain) caused its partners so much sorrow,

Bain, (bain)

Bain, Mitt’s mouth’s open so he’s lying,

Obama admin says it must be a crime

Bain (bain)

Can Mitt run the land of the free?
We’re learning he’s no Honest Abe,
Saving the Olympics was just a fable,
Mitt are you sane? Was Bain your Swiss Bank babe?

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Is that how you saved? How you saved?

Obama’s not so great but you’re even worst,
Bain, Bain, Bain, Bain….
Don’t you think we wondered what was your offshore tool?
Bain (bain)

And why you bullied in high school on your hair-cutting spree,
There to inflict all your pain,
(Pain)

Bain, bain, bin, bin, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain,

Bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain, bain

Bain!

Your view of the Constitution is lame…..

You’ll not be our leader, & married gays will have maiden names…

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Rick London is a songwriter, author, cartoonist and designer.  He founded Londons Times Cartoons (LTCartoons.com) in 1997.  LTCartoons has been Google & Bing’s #1 ranked offbeat cartoons & funny gifts.  He is married to nature photographer Lee Hiller-London and they live in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas where they are active hikers.  They work with animal, children, and eco-causes.

Unfriending, Social Media, POTUS & Happiness by Rick London

     One need not be Kreskin or Jean Dixon these days to figure out what is on someone’s mind.  (For those post boomers they were popular psychics in our younger days).

     All one need to do today is take a glance at their social media postings, read their emails, or hang up from talking to them (on one of those rare occasions we use our cell phones rather than email).  You see, (again this is for the youngn’s), we baby boomers have had our share of drama.

     Drama requires talking in person or on the phone so we much prefer email or social media.  Unfriending someone no longer requires drama, creating an army of like-minded friends (aka bullying) to defend one’s decision to terminate a friendship and if they try to rekindle it, the army of friends knocks them back down (double-bullying). I always wondered why folks can’t just unfriend quietly in social media and simply move on.  Nobody else really cares who we like or dislike. 

     Now, with the click of a mouse, we simply unfriend them or even more dramatically block them.  Yowsah. Click click click.  Feel the power, Luke.  (For those of you post-boomers who don’t know who Luke is, well……never mind.)

     So these days, especially this close to November, friends are often made or broken based on which glorified policy wonk aka POTUS aka President gets to live at 1600 Pa. Avenue for the next 4 years (and possibly longer).

     Many expect the rest of us to tow their party line.  Let me get this straight with everyone up front.  I do vote, but I register as an Independent. I choose the candidate, not the party.  Parties ALWAYS let you down, candidates do about 50% of the time.

      Politicians are so far from being my role-models they don’t even show up on the radar screen. And anyone who makes or breaks a relationship based on which politician I think is best for the job, may be a friend, but is a friend in deep need of psychiatric care (and I’m not making a joke here).

     My friends are based on character. They are not “armchair powermongers” who enjoy the “divide and conquer” that their favorite trained politician has shown them.  I like/and love people based on many other factors…..how they feel about themselves and others, their treatment of animals and the planet, their generosity (and this need not be financial but in sharing their personality/gifts etc., their sense of humor/or their appreciation of humor, and so many other factors).  Their political preference is so far down the stream, I don’t really even care.

      Even in today’s (somewhat dysfunctional)…ok very dysfunctional world, there are many reasons to be happy and/or grateful.  Some are so basic we almost miss them.  We awaken yet another day.  That means we still have a reason to be here on the planet.  It may not have been revealed (to us yet) but it is there, and usually others discover it before we do.

      Sometimes we have our health. I will admit, my health is not optimal but it is well above what it should be. In fact, given medical science, I should have died numerous times.  At first, that made me bitter.  Later I learned it was “what it took” for me to truly look within, and I became a vegan and started hiking the mountains with my beloved wife Lee Hiller-London.

     Not everyone has to become a vegan and hike mountains with the one they love to be happy.  The trick is simply to learn from one’s errors, and attempt to correct them. Do a little better than yesterday.            If you ate a Big Mac yesterday, don’t eat one today. If you didn’t exercise yesterday, walk a block today.  I changed my lifestyle very gradually…I didn’t stop eating milk, fish, meat, eggs, etc all in one day and begin leaping buildings like Superman.  It took almost two years, a lot of reading, a lot of patience from Lee who was already well on her way to a healthier lifestyle, and the willingness to give it a try. I didn’t know if it would work. I only knew that the way I had been living didn’t work. And a little over a year past those changes, I am just beginning to learn about life and treasure it as it should be treasured.  I am but a newbie and can tell I will be for a very long time.

    My happiness (or lack thereof) was the same under the administrations of JFK, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, both Bush’s, Clinton and Obama.  Presidents had absolutely nothing to do with my mood (though it was so convenient and easy to project any of my own problems using their own shortcomings; and each has had many, but each have done much good as well).  America, with all its issues has continued to exist and thrive throughout many diverse administrations.  I believe that has much more to do with the people of America, their faith in America, and their reverence to the U.S. Constitution; not any one person living at a nice address on Pa. Ave.

      So today, simply make the decision to be happy.  Do one little thing that is better for you than you did the day before.  Journal it.  The next day do another.  You may slide backward some days. I know I do.  But keep trying.  Don’t blame me. Don’t blame an enemy. Don’t blame the President or a candidate you don’t like.  All that will simply delay your road to happiness. Joy is within you. Not 2000+ miles away in Washington, D.C.  I believe I am on the right path to be happy. I can’t guarantee it, but it feels right to me.  One thing I know for sure, though (based on experience). 

      That is, spending one’s time on social media to teach them what to think, feel, believe, how to vote, etc etc etc. is a sure way to emptiness and unhappiness, and I’d bet the farm on that.

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Rick London is an author, songwriter, cartoonist and designer.  He founded Londons Times Cartoons aka LTCartoons.com which has been Google & Bing #1 ranked offbeat cartoons & funny gifts since 2005.  He is married to nature and wildlife photographer Lee Hiller-London. They live in their beloved Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas where they spend a great deal of time outdoors and hiking. They are active in animal, children and green causes.

“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.