Sunday, December 9, 2012

Letter #3 Economic difficulties of higher formal education; importance of technical skills/career fields

Intellectual education, informal and formal alike, are vital to critical thinking, understanding, and civilized human development.  Yet, not every man and woman is passionate about history, mathematics, language, literature, science or overall academics.  Informal intellectual educational development is a lifetime pursuit with no time limits for complete establishment and human development, as there is no maximum level in one lifetime that can be achieved. With all the positive results of education, quite truthfully it is a continuous pursuit that often cannot be relied upon to provide a protective roof and substance for a family unit.  This is not to say that educational development should ever be abandoned, it should not.  It should be a pursuit that each American adult continues to achieve more and more, as time permits, throughout their life until incapacity, passing everything they have learned down to their children.  But, what determines the development and reinforcement of the structure of society?  What develops the steady anchoring of one’s social worth and the economic security of an individual or family?  Just as Booker T. Washington, the ex-slave American slave adamantly advocated, the answer falls under the category or technical skills.  Booker T. Washington is one of many men throughout history that I suggest you study.
Let us look at the topic of technical skills in a precise manner.  More and more in today’s public school systems and society at large, there are awkward expectations and emphasis placed on a college education and a degree.  Why should the emphasis on a four year degree be considered a concern, worthy of more evaluation or incorrect as a sole (all or nothing) priority?

Many students, those who are fortunate enough to achieve a college degree today, are still unable to obtain quality careers in the face of growing technology, growing human population and consolidated ultra-capitalist means of production ownership.  Constantly evolving technology is a very important area to consider because as technology increases, the requirement for human labor decreases.  Revolutions in technological advancement have occurred many times throughout history, but there are two historic evolutions (based on technology) that can be studied and related to today’s technological stage of evolution and how it decreases skilled manual (human) labor.  The first stage was under European feudalism with the technology of windmills at approximately the end of the 12th century, which reduced requirements for manual labor.  By the end of the 14th century, serfdom was almost dead in France and by the start of the 15th century serfdom was dead in England.  The second stage was the Industrial Revolution, and more importantly the ability to mass produce steel.  The technologies of the Industrial Revolution began reaching the shores of the United States shortly after her creation and was followed, wave after wave, by increasing technological developments in industrial mass production (which drastically reduced the requirement of manual labor) and gave birth to industrial capitalism.  As you should be automatically considering, the first century of the United States’ existence was driven by the domestic enslavement of black Americans (because importation of trans-Atlantic African slaves had been prohibited by the United States since 1807 in order to hurt Britain economically after the War of Independence and in the face of the War 1812).  The technologies of the Industrial Revolution not only reduced the amount of required labor necessary for export profits, it made slavery an outdated mode of capitalist production.  Therefore, in retrospect and for your further research, we can see the deterioration of feudalism and serfdom, and the abolition of American slavery occurring as a result of technological evolutionary stages human history.  Just as the ramifications of industrial technology in the U.S. dwarfed the ramifications of wind technology in Europe, causing a more rapid evolution period resulting in abolition, the quickening of technology that we see today is also a major historical evolution under the burdensome weight of international ultra-capitalism because we once again see technological quickening which causes the historically seen reduction of required human skilled labor, this time even more massive than the ramifications from the Industrial Revolution or before,(against a greatly increased and continuously growing human population) in the modern so-called information age.  As skilled labor is replaced by technology, the non-skilled customer service job becomes more abundant in the face of mass production and ultra-capitalism.

The cost of formal education degrees, which assist in career acquisition and family economic stability and advancement, come at a very high economic cost, which many working class and lower economic families are unable to support.  It is a very difficult task to advance in the modern U.S. economic caste for individual or family, but it is possible.  The price of a four year degree today is over one hundred thousand dollars for out of state colleges and close to forty thousand dollars for an in-state institution (approximate averages).  Looking at projected costs for 18 years from the current year, the projections show the estimates at over three hundred and fifty thousand dollars for out of state universities and over one hundred thousand dollars for in-state institutions.  It is impossible to tell what the future holds.  Girls, there are no silver spoons for you.  When considering higher education and the heavy costs of formal higher education, two areas should be considered: Academic scholarships and financial loans.

Academic scholarships are few in number compared to the American masses and the fierce competition is not for those without dedication and discipline.  In addition to the competition levels, who knows whom and which family ties run deepest in various communities and bureaucratic world of formal academia will often come into play.  In order to even contend for academic scholarship, academic excellence is required.  The term academic excellence is not an empty phrase, either.  Watching youth competitors in the Olympics every few years has illustrated the possible levels of strength, endurance and discipline that our youth are capable of.  Just as in any pursuit of excellence, the preparation, dedication and required work in order to be even considered is constant in construction and extends well in advance of, and well above, the normal expectations of current society (which places little emphasis on educational values for the youth today and encourages the freedom of movement and choice among the American youth).  In my opinion, this is purposely encouraged through inorganic mass produced popular culture in order to keep the majority of the base population diverted from pursuit and to maintain the overall status quo of economic caste.  Again, we arrive at an often debated issue within the working class/lower economic people concerning what levels of preparation should be applied to our youth: “Let them enjoy their childhood”; “You are being too hard on them.”; “Let them be a kid”; “We love Disney and Santa”.

Jamila, I have often had people politely express these sentiments to me when I explaining that a B+ grade is unacceptable when it comes to systemized grades.  I justify these expectations (which build you for the future) with the following considerations:  1) Are children in third world nation-states and areas engaged in land conflicts and extreme poverty enjoying their childhood years?  2)  Will the United States always be a prosperous nation?  3)  Only true education of your intellectual gifts, the ability to think critically, and the in-depth understanding of the world and its systems will prepare you to be a productive contributor to society and a strong family leader in your own right.  It isn’t all about money, as you will discover, but money is a sub-structure which dictates the society structure which you and your future family will live under.  What that economic system will look like in the United States in fifty to one hundred years, I am unable to say.

In the pursuit of excellence, if you have given your identified goals the utmost effort and discipline and still fall short, you may still stand straight with head held high and humbly stand equal with any man or woman.  In the case that a goal is not reached, you will find that if your best effort (and only you know that level of effort) is applied in the process, you will find yourself in the near vicinity of the goal and the experience obtained during that pursuit can be applied to future goals.  A basic saying that I have heard more than once is “Shoot for the moon, if you miss you will still be among the stars”.  Pretty cliché saying, but the meaning is valid in life application.

The second possible area of economic buying-power for higher formal education is student (economic) loans.  The more I research these loans, the more I am convinced that, if utilized carefully and correctly, federal student loans (and as a last result private) could be a tool for the economic burden of formal higher educational pursuit.  Currently, as I write these letters, it appears that federal educational loans come with interest rates anywhere between 3.40% and 7.90%.  I ran a loose cost analysis of a four-year in-state institution degree against a 3.40% student loan interest rate (based on a 20 year loan term) and loosely arrived an approximate $200.00 a month loan payment.  Remember, the prices will go up over the next 10 to 20 years as you and your sister grow up.  I stress to you now the importance of researching, understanding and careful planning for the use of any such loans.  One of the most important things to keep in mind is that you will be required to maintain certain GPA (grade point average) levels or your funding will be taken from you (and you will still be required to pay back the loan amounts that you have signed for and utilized previously to having your funding disabled).  Ensure that peers, either those from silver spoon families or those with no discipline; do not distract you from your academic pursuits.  The individuals who are so excited to have you divert from your educational responsibilities for social extravagance and frivolous parties will not be standing next to you when your economic student loan funding is taken away from you.
In closing out this discussion on the economic challenges of higher formal education, do not rush into this pursuit without proper planning and understanding, without complete focus and discipline, and maturity.  Formal education will still be in existence when you are ready, and economically suited, to pursue it and excel within it.  You will only get only one opportunity and then you will have to climb out of debt and bureaucratic red tape for a non-guaranteed second opportunity.

We now return to the subject of technical/vocational skills and their importance in the overall reinforcement of society structure, social worth and economic security.  The key questions for accessing a technical skill (or career) are:

Technical skills, in support of educational and economic anchoring, are skills and/or a profession that are mandatory for a society to exist.  The demand for such skills will either always be in existence, in some manner or form, or will be replaced by new technologies and/or methods (or laws) in society.  It is important when considering technical skills to distinguish between which are solely profit-driven, which are declining requirements in society and which are increasing requirements.  What areas of society are mandatory for a society?  It will be in this category that you will find the most secure labor for economic stability.  This question is worth more contemplation than time will allow in these written discussions, but we can cover some of the areas as they relate to the society I am writing under.  Some of the following society areas and technical skill categories that come to mind: Mortuary affairs, automotive repair, construction (in all forms), Aviation and travel (airport employment), shipping industry, culinary fields, heavy equipment operators (from forklifts and excavators to compactors and cranes), electrical wiring, water or oil pipe construction and repairs, drilling, welding, health care, sanitation services, water treatment, agriculture, military (which will train you in technical skills), mining, lumber, law enforcement (which we will speak on in-depth in a later letter).

Technical skills can often be unattractive, dangerous and void of glamor, but most often are true necessities of society.  I encourage you to study the society of your early adulthood closely and attempt to identify vital labor requirements and vital technical skills that are required to uphold society.  I hope that I will see that society with you, my daughters, but in human uncertainty I write you these letters now.

Remember that as the capitalist economy fluctuates or declines, so fluctuates and declines non-skilled customer service jobs.

Letter #2 Social ills, Social traps, and Social Responsibilities (and the responsibility of raw education)

In the previous letter, I briefly discussed representative democracy, brushed over the processes of law creation, lobbyist influence, and political party stalemating.  It is within representative democracy that laws are created and federal spending is decided.  Current FY budget proposals are released each year on, or just before, Valentine’s Day (social distraction).  Often in the United States, you will hear catch phrases such as “greatest country on Earth” or “Love it or leave it”.  These are rather ignorant popular sayings.  One can clearly look around American society and see flocks of homeless people, a good portion of American families living under the poverty rate, government subsistence programs growing, fraud and abuse of government assistance, drugs flooded into lower economic areas, unemployment rates (not including the incarcerated population) , crimes such as home invasions, murder and armed robberies, child abductions and rape, and all kinds of other negative social issues ranging from identity theft to gang activity.  Of course, our congressional representatives are not as interested in these issues as they are in producing the same silent song and dance of passing laws on behalf of billion dollar corporations and appeasing foreign governments whose lobbyist minions fill congressional pockets with promises.  Therefore, the possibility of the United States to better herself and all of her people and to avoid future deterioration (economically, morally, politically, intellectually, and socially), falls heavily on the American people themselves.  There is a silent consensus in the United States that the government does not place the priorities of the American people first.  If you watch congressional decision making long enough, you will soon see this truth to be self-evident.  The question becomes: what do we, as Americans, do about it?  Do we await a superhero to swoop down and save the day?  Do we just give up and go with the winds of deterioration, as our social fabric of humanity rots from the interior, with little concern for our children’s future?  Do we just continue a path of apathy and consumption (developed largely from the inorganic mass-produced popular culture by those who have consolidated the capitalist means of mass production)?

In my opinion, and I am only one man, the answer is awareness, understanding, education (whether formal or informal), and the passing of that education, experience, awareness to our children earlier in their development process.  This process is vital on the home front using the public school system as a supplemental educational system (with official documentation trail) and education resources.  If you analyze the goals of public school systems, the state mandated curriculums are centered on meeting state funding allotments and minimum state standardized tests (key word minimum), and quite frankly have become more and more situated to fail (making way for the privatization of public schools which will pull from state funding, while making private profits, similar to how the private prison industry.

This is one of the things I am attempting to do in these letters to your sister and you.  How do we do make positive mass social change?  How do we create a movement promoting positive intellectual, positive economic, positive moral and positive political awareness to promote the American people and build a stronger future for you and your children (and their children)?  How can we challenge the constant stream of negative, immoral, self-destructive popular culture that is mass produced to the American people (mass consumers) with a positive movement for the collective?  It is not an easy problem.  What began as innocent consumption of inorganic popular culture in the 1970s, has achieved irreversible damage to the social structure of our society in 2012.  For over three generations now, the television has been the centerpiece of the American family.  As the inorganic mass produced popular culture has continued to decline in moral values, distraction from awareness of serious social issues in the U.S., and produced an elegant avoidance on congressional decision making….the consumer (the American children that quickly becomes the American adult) has continued to drop in intellectual worth, critical thinking ability, over moral structure and has vastly increased in apathy, consumerism and has become quite desensitized to crime, murder, sexual depravity, broken family units, and have become quite distracted, apathetic and ignorant to almost all issues of importance within self, family unit, community, society and overall nation-state.  Basically, very few people care about anything of importance while the majority of people care about meaningless issues, drama, celebrity scandals, and bullshit.  Quite possibly, a contributing factor is that most Americans feel as if they are unable to change anything if they wanted to.  I believe this to be incorrect and believe society and community change begin in the individual family unit atom.
The solution, in my opinion, is raw and true education on the home front, no matter how difficult or ugly that education is.  Each American, if inflicted, must break the chains of apathy and meaningless individual drama in favor of educating themselves and their children.  They must sacrifice the time to educate their children.  At some point, a gross assumption developed among the American people….the gross assumption that the public school system was responsible for educating their children.

Let us return to the first paragraph and the social ills deteriorating our current society.  One such area that we should address is the mass incarceration in the United States and the deluge of drugs on American streets.  Why is this so important?

Drugs are everywhere, but are concentrated heavily in lower economic areas.  The concentration of drugs in lower economic areas is assumed to raise crime rates in an already economically impoverished area, therefore justifying a high concentration of police in those lower economic areas.  Does the hiring of police officers create jobs?  Are those police areas from the lower economic area they patrol?  The combination of drugs and police in lower economic areas results in higher incarceration rates in the lower economic communities.  Are drugs available in upper class communities?  Yes.  Only members of the upper class communities have secure places to do drugs and capital (money) to hire good lawyers to avoid any serious consequences within the justice system if they are arrested.  In the lower economic areas, the majorities of people have little money to protect them from the so-called justice system and are often swept into the incarceration system.  Regardless of personal views on drugs, drugs are currently illegal and result in criminal prosecution.  People should avoid drugs for multiple reasons mainly the economic, judicial, and social consequences.  I am not justifying drug usage, but feel that I must break down the current structure, an issue that young people in lower economics do not fully understand:  A) drugs and crime bring down the property values of a community and therefore no new businesses will enter into a high crime area and therefore less jobs are available to raise a lower economic area up.  B)  The prison system is on the stock market.  When state prisons become full, inmates must be outsourced to a private prison corporation which bills (and drains) the state budget, and thus the federal budget.  Here we have a social trap.  Drugs are glamorized in inorganic popular culture (corporately owned) such as television, music, and movies.  Drugs are flooded in poor areas.  Police are flooded in poor areas.  As a result, even though lower economic people should be able to identify the social trap, lower economic people are incarcerated and caught up in the so-called justice system.  Three results occur:  1)  Lower economic population control  2) Masking of true unemployment rates in the U.S. under a consolidated capitalist economy developing faster and faster technology that reduces the required manual (human) labor of workers  3)  Future educational, economical and career opportunities are stagnated and destroyed, trapping the lower economic individual in lower economic status  4)  Lower economic communities continue to wither instead of build.

At this point in the letter, I advise you to research the history concerning the so-called “war on drugs” and incarceration rates before and after the privatization process.  I believe the first private prison corporation was ‘Corrections Corporation of America’ originally based out of Nashville, Tennessee.  I also suggest you research into economic and racial demographics for non-violent offenders, and analyze the growing number of incarcerated inmates as they are not included in the national unemployment numbers.

As one example of political corruption, or as I referred to it earlier as a social trap, concerning drugs in the United States, I recommend that you study the Iran-Contra hearings and accusations of drug trafficking into the United States (urban Los Angeles) by the CIA in 1984.

What needs to be understood by our children?  First and foremost, cause and effect.  Our youth is sucked into the criminal justice system at an alarming rate.  Not every American youth gets sucked in to the private prison sector, but they are sucked in just enough to get a criminal record which closes doors on future considerations and advancement possibilities.  Again, it is a social trap; a carrot under a box.  It certainly damages their future credibility, especially if they had the inspiration to represent their brethren, their American peers.  The old, bullshit reverse psychology of “drugs are bad” doesn’t work.  Every basic psychologist understands that most teenagers rebel against their parents or the social structure at some point during their mental and social development toward adulthood.  We, as Americans, need to stop the useless and boring droll-drum babble about drugs and begin to break down all levels of information on the system to our youth.  Example: Drugs are purposely concentrated in your lower economic areas and as a result, a heavy police presence is also concentrated in your area.  Subconsciously, through mass production of popular culture in the forms of music and movies….drug usage and the false assumption of fast and easy money are constantly glorified and embedded in the American mindset from youth.  This is especially noticeable in mainstream hip-hop music.  The results might be vastly different, if our American youth were realistically prepared and educated by their parents concerning the reality of the situation, but for the most case (judging by incarceration rates), we are caught in a vicious cycle and until now have been unable to break free of this worsening cycle.  Parents must explain the system to their children instead of allowing them to walk directly into the trap.

The result of this kind of positive movement toward true education could have multiple positive repercussions on our society.  Just using the social trap of drugs as an example, if a true collective educational movement (organic, not inorganic) were to begin on a mass scale:  1) A decrease in incarceration rates 2) A decline in the supply and demand of drugs (drugs like cocaine and crack are not organically made in the concrete jungles of the United States), 3) Less criminal records on the youth would provide better opportunities for youth advancement in society and advancement of collective society  4)  A decline in drug volumes in a lower economic community would eventually reduce crime and raise property values, thus allowing new businesses to come in and create jobs.  We have to clean up the United States and we have to do so as a collective people.
For now, my daughters, we will move on to the next letter.

Letter #1 Representative Democracy

“There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don’t know.” – Ambrose Bierce

From your earliest days in American schools, you will be taught American history as a nationalization process.  I am currently watching this education process as EJ and I study together at the 5th grade level.  It is the first history you will be taught in the school system and it will continue throughout your public school career.  It is a sort of indoctrination process, similar to religion, which forms a nationalist view of the rest of the world governments (often enhanced by media spin) and events occurring between these governments in relation to our United States.  Do not get me wrong, I love the United States.  I realize the ugly history of its existence (land confiscation and genocide of the original inhabitants of the land, slavery), but I love the United States because it was the soil my parents and their parents worked on…..and it will be the soil that my daughters and their children work on.  I love the thought of what our society and nation can be one day.

I strongly advise you to study and understand all forms of known government throughout history and currently operating on the global world stage today.  The world is large, but not too large to understand.  Like all lessons that I hope you learn, it will benefit you to understand these governments instead of allowing others and the national media to ‘tell or instruct’ you what to think (causing prejudices to develop in your views from the nationalistic indoctrination of your early childhood education).  Just and honest actions are just and honest actions while economic interests are economic interests.  Nothing in international politics happens because there is an evil fairy tale king or queen.  Conflicts and actions occur over economic struggles, monetary struggle, industry, trade, land usurpation and occupation.  Often these realistic facts which cause international conflict will be guised under the false decorations of religion.  To understand governments, I would suggest studying the major systems first: democracy, representative democracy, socialism, and communism.  In this manner, it will be easier to understand world history from an un-bias view and will provide better critical thinking for analyzing events as they occur or have previously occurred in history.
As your earliest public school teachings tell you, our United States is a democracy.  What they do not stress as important is the type of democracy that we are.  We are not a direct democracy.  We are a representative democracy.  There is a major difference in the two forms of government.  Many Americans pay little attention to the day to day activities of the government above them, specifically the activities of Congress where decisions and votes are made daily which impact all Americans, communities, and funding areas.  Sure, every four years, when there is a presidential election (ultimately decided by the Electoral College instead of the full spectrum of direct voting by the American people) our American peers will pay some attention to what is media-fed to them, but normally they are preoccupied with working long hours and consuming inorganic mass-produced popular culture in the forms of television and internet.  Why are the day to day activities of the government above you so important?  As previously mentioned, our government is currently formed as a representative democracy (quite different from direct democracy).  In a true direct democracy, every man and woman would have a vote on issues, laws, funding, and so forth.  The people could elect their presidential candidate, vote on possible military conflict, national budget cuts, and the establishment or elimination of established or proposed laws.  In our current representative democracy, a limited amount of representation votes (either democrat or republican affiliation) vote to pass laws and measures on behalf of the American people.  These laws and measures, voted on by representatives, impact Americans from top to bottom:  disbursement of fiscal year funding to fields such as military, education, prisons, law enforcement, welfare and Medicare/Medicaid and foreign aid.  Keep in mind, the American people DO have the direct vote when it comes to congressional representative seats (votes).  Sadly, non-presidential election years (Congressional) rarely show a voter turnout higher than 20% (and that is being generous).

At this stage, we must acknowledge the economic influential force of lobbyist organizations.  They come in many forms from corporate to foreign, religious to political. An individual American is allowed one geographical representative in the House of Representatives and one geographic senator in the Senate to write to, call and bring their American concerns to.  The major lobbyist organizations, on the other hand, are allowed to wheel and deal, make promises and provide campaign contributions to EVERY seat in the Senate and the House of Representatives, and lobbyist organizations can manipulate government actions through influencing (economically and otherwise) a majority of representative seats (votes).  Lobbyist organizations often play both sides of the two party political representative democratic system, both democrat and republican, so that their pursued interests will never lose or be delayed, regardless of which political party takes the majority of votes (in Congress) or wins on election day.  Some of these lobbyist interests, corporate and economic in nature, include laws that allow corporations to set up manufacturing plants in foreign nation-states (with lower wage requirements thus creating a higher profit margin) and lower import tariffs and tax breaks for those corporations.  Foreign lobbyist organizations often impact military and economic aid to foreign governments, sanctions that often lead to military intervention on other foreign nation-states (which require nation rebuilding efforts that accumulate great debt sums), and blind international support.  One of the most powerful lobbyist organizations, a lobbyist organization that takes marching orders from a foreign nation-state government, which strongly impacts our American government, is AIPAC.  AIPAC is a pro-Israeli lobbyist organization with a sole emphasis on the foreign nation-state government of Israel.  I hold the opinion that no lobbyist organizations on behalf of a foreign government should be allowed to contact or influence representatives that decide American domestic and foreign policy.  Two blatant examples from the time period of 2011-2012 is the AIPAC paid Congressional vacations to Israel and the free trips to the annual AIPAC student government conferences (which were extended to student government presidents throughout 1A major college universities across the United States).  Representatives of the lobbyist organization of AIPAC make no secret that they want to reach the future U.S. leaders of tomorrow.

These lobbyist organizations are so powerful and so ‘influential’ that they are feared in Washington.  In many situations, any government representative that attempts to oppose or expose the interests of the lobby, especially the foreign lobby, will be slandered, blackmailed or economically strangled out of the next election race (regardless if the interests of the lobby hinder or oppose the interests or well-being of the United States).  Cynthia McKinley was one of many American representatives who found herself stonewalled out of Congress for her attempts.  If all else fails, a representative will be labeled a racist or an anti-Semite for challenging lobbyist promoted interests of the foreign nation-state government of Israel and their career will be destroyed.  If the majority of Americans understood the process of representative democracy better, then positive reform could be achieved.  I have often held hopes that both of you will become involved in student government early in your educational development, but I must be clear about one thing when it comes to national, state or congressional reform: any negative choices, words, relationships, or secrets that a man or woman has hidden in their past will be exposed and used against them by the lobby at the first instance that reform is attempted to be implemented or economic or foreign interests are opposed.  Therefore, if you develop the passion and love for your American people and find yourself ever pursuing a career of representation of our people….every element of your actions and words must be considered early on in life.  In short, you must conduct yourself like you are a representative of the American people from youth, long before you ever realize that an opportunity exists for you to represent the American people and create reform on behalf of the American people and the American future (the reason i am telling you this now).  It is time for true representatives to emerge into our representative democracy from the American people and for the American people to rise up to replace the current corrupt channels of entrenched lobbyist networking, and the individual greed of our current representatives who consistently sell out the American people and American future for individual economic incentives and future campaign promises.  Keep in mind that many our our so-called government representatives have been silver spooned and prepared from birth to take their places in our representative democratic government system.  In order to promote positive, long standing change in our nation's representative democracy, we need real Americans, who have developed a true love of nation and moral integrity, in those places of decision making (the House of Representative and the Senate).  In order to create this historic reform within our American representative democracy, your generation needs to fully understand representative democracy, how our political system works (interior and exterior factors) and every element of daily operations and the history of those operations.  Believe me, these things will not be taught to your generation in the public school systems.  Your generation must also learn discipline; avoid greed and gluttony (because if they do achieve the honor of representing the American people, they WILL be bribed), and the consequences of words and actions.  Any character blemish on a member of your generation, excludes them from bringing positive reform within representative democracy because their character and identity will be instantly be slandered and blackmailed by those whose interests are being opposed.  These categories include drugs, abortion, adultery, prostitution, derogatory comments toward individual groups or demographic factions within the United States or worldwide….basically anything that can be used against you, will be used against you in a court of social judgment.  Always speak the truth upfront.  The American people can forgive and understand many things, but dishonesty and false denial are not among them.  An individual can be slandered or assassinated, but an honest, just and positive collective movement to better the collective people is hard to destroy once it has started ...if it is indeed honest and just on behalf of all citizens equally.

I truly believe that reform through representative democracy can be achieved in your generation or your children’s generation.  The question is….will this timeline be long enough?  I believe that to physically oppose a corrupt government system is counter-productive and destructive to infrastructures and populations.  These physical revolutions, known throughout history to be inorganic in nature and inspired by external or internal forces on purpose, often do more damage than good, allowing future justification for martial law, physical oppression, and more stringent laws against liberty in the aftermath.    I believe that once your generation studies the current political system, that the system will no longer look as complex as it appears on the surface. It is not a complex system at all.  It is a system of multiple votes, bribery and manipulation, yet it is a form of democracy that can be reformed and changed to work properly on the best behalf of the American people.

It is the understanding, moral discipline, organization, actions and passion of your generation that are the most complex and most difficult areas that must be mastered in order to establish positive reform within representative democracy for your children and their children, my daughters.

Introduction

To my youngest daughter:

When you were born from your mother, and you were still without sight, I was the first to hold you and you wrapped your little hand around my finger.  At that moment, I made an oath and a promise to you that I would do my best to protect you, provide for you, teach you and guide you for the future.  Since that time, a year and a half ago, I have watched you develop, my daughter.  I have watched you grow from an immobile babe as I analyzed your earliest smiles and facial expressions to watching you learn to crawl, learn to use your voice, learn to walk, learn to climb, learn to run (you are fast, indeed) and now each day I watch you as you learn to imitate what you see and learn various environments.  It has been evident to me from the beginning that you are, and will increase to become, a thinker and have been granted the God given ability for figuring complex issues out and the potential for critical thinking (a quality that our American people and their children greatly lack these days).

I write the following letters to you and your sister with reason.  Everything I do in this world is on behalf of your mother, sister and you.  I will never stop in my efforts to provide and protect, nor will I ever cease to stop bettering myself mentally, physically, morally or economically for my contributions to our family.  My hope and expectation is to watch you grow into a young woman one day, my daughter.  If God wills it, I will be able to sit down with you at times throughout your life to answer your questions and talk with you about all aspects of this world and everything in it.  I hope to share the happiness of your accomplishments, offer advice and guidance, share the journey of your experiences, and be granted the opportunity to support you in your times of struggle, defeat and after your wrong decisions.


This brings us to the reason for these letters.  The reason that I am now writing the following collection of letters is because of a sad, but realistic thought that came to my mind while thinking on the future.  No man or woman is ever promised tomorrow, next year, or even ten years from now.  Eventually the sun will rise on a day when I am no longer on this Earth, whether you are 10 years old or 40 years old.  No human being can live forever, but written words can survive throughout generations and history.


How many times have I heard a troubled person ask, “What would my father or mother have said or thought?”

In the following collection of letters, I extend to you, my daughter, my voice and thoughts in written word (captured and frozen in time).  In the following collection of letters that I extend to you, I will discuss my beliefs, my views, the lessons and knowledge that I have learned over my life, and some of my experiences in written words.  These letters will focus on many issues, issues which I consider very important to you, your future family as you grow to adulthood and become a matriarch, and the future society in which you will grow to adulthood and your future family will be born into.  These topics will range from economics to religion, history to politics, and education to social issues, morals to vice, the multiple facets of the human element, and a plethora of other social issues.  These letters are not designed to tell you how to think, how to feel, or what to believe.  The goal of this collection of letters is to provide you with a starting point in the case that I am gone from the Earth and unable to discuss these matters with you as a father should with his children.  My father and his father before him never left guidance or wisdom for their children, and as a result I fell blindly into many social, economic, moral and religious traps.   As I vowed at the moment of your birth, I will not leave you without guidance, my daughter, and not even the mystery of death can prevent my fulfillment of that oath.  Someday I hope that you might do this for your own children.

In closing this opening letter, one of the most important duties of a father is to provide guidance.  Sadly, this is a duty that many of our American people fail to ensure. I do not want you to blindly follow my views, my beliefs, or the information I present and discuss in these letters.  I want you to develop your understanding of the world to best of your abilities, I want you to develop yourself intellectually through facts and knowledge from multiple sources, I expect you to study and give thought to morality, I want you to think critically at the highest level and I want you to give thought to and verify the issues I discuss in the following letters.  Truth can always be verified and indoctrination can only chain those who do not think, learn and search for truth.

My love for you, your sister and your mother is eternal.  In the midst of your greatest struggles or uncertainties, whether alone or surrounded by family, you can and will overcome and advance.

To my eldest daughter:

When our family began, I became your father and made an oath to you (even though I did not say it directly to you) that I would do my best to protect you, provide for you, teach you and guide you for the future.  Neither you nor I have met your blood father at this point in time, but I will tell you (again) that I am proud to be your father and I have considered it a great honor to be your father.  Sometime biological factors mean very little in this world.  For over three years now, I have watched you grow into a promising young lady.  We have worked hard together on education, at times stressful and at times painful, and we have advanced and will continue to advance towards the future.  I already know what you are capable of and, even though you are only 10 years old, we have already had the opportunity to discuss several world issues through education and activities.  When you were 7 years old, our first serious conversation was about the false myth of Santa Clause.

I write the following letters to you and your sister with reason.  Everything I do in this world is on behalf of your mother, sister and you.  I will never stop in my efforts to provide and protect, nor will I ever cease to stop bettering myself mentally, physically, morally or economically for my contributions to our family.  My hope and expectation is to watch you grow into a young woman one day, my daughter.  If God wills it, I will be able to sit down with you at times throughout your life to teach and guide you in all aspects of this world and everything in it.  I hope to continue sharing the happiness of your accomplishments, offering advice and guidance, sharing the journey of your development and your advance, and be granted the opportunity to support you in future times of struggle, defeat and after your wrong decisions.

This brings us to the reason for these letters.  The reason that I am now writing the following collection of letters is because of a sad, but realistic thought that came to my mind while thinking on the future.  No man or woman is ever promised tomorrow, next year, or even ten years from now.  This is something you and I have discussed, but your sister is still too young to understand this.  Eventually the sun will rise on a day when I am no longer on this Earth, whether you are 10 years old or 40 years old.  No human being can live forever, but written words can survive throughout generations and history.

In the following collection of letters, I extend to you, my daughter, my voice and thoughts in written word (captured and frozen in time).  In the following collection of letters that I extend to you, I will discuss my beliefs, my views, the lessons and knowledge that I have learned over my life, and some of my experiences in written words.  These letters will focus on many issues, issues which I consider very important to you, your future family as you grow to adulthood and become a matriarch, and the future society in which you will grow to adulthood and your future family will be born into.  These topics will range from economics to religion, history to politics, and education to social issues, morals to vice, the multiple facets of the human element, and a plethora of other social issues.  These letters are not designed to tell you how to think, how to feel, or what to believe.  The goal of this collection of letters is to provide you with a starting point in the case that I am gone from the Earth and unable to discuss these matters with you as a father should with his children.  My father and his father before him never left guidance or wisdom for their children, and as a result I fell blindly into many social, economic, moral and religious traps.   As I vowed at the moment that I accepted my responsibilities as your father, I will never leave you without guidance, my daughter, and not even the mystery of death can prevent my fulfillment of that oath.  Someday I hope that you might do this for your own children.

In closing this opening letter, one of the most important duties of a father is to provide guidance.  Sadly, this is a duty that many of our American people fail to ensure. I do not want you to blindly follow my views, my beliefs, or the information I present and discuss in these letters.  I want you to develop your understanding of the world to best of your abilities, I want you to develop yourself intellectually through facts and knowledge from multiple sources, I expect you to study and give thought to morality, I want you to think critically at the highest level and I want you to give thought to and verify the issues I discuss in the following letters.  Truth can always be verified and indoctrination can only chain those who do not think, learn and search for truth.

My love for you, your sister and your mother is eternal.  Plan carefully, think before you step and use your strength and wisdom.  Remember that each action causes multiple reaction.