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  • dannyboystories 3:46 AM on October 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Where is Walter Mitty when you need him? 

    Walter Mitty is the fictional character created by American author James Thurber in his 1939 story, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Walter was a dreamer extraordinary, charging from fantasy to fantasy fearlessly and successfully without equal.

    Walter is the great crusader, leading a vast army against the marauders; he is the famous heart surgeon who saves hundreds from sure death when no other physician could. Yes, he is the machine gunner who charges up the hill, against all odds, fighting heroically to take the overlook. No…he is the general commanding troops successfully to victory when outnumbered four to one.

    Can you see Walter riding high on the parade float, cheering throngs waving frantically, hoping to catch the eye of the conquering hero… No, he is the trombonist in the marching brass band, playing notes from the instrument none have ever heard. Ah, but he is the drum major, twirling as no one else could; or walking proudly down the boulevard, hundreds of children singing and following the modern Pied Piper.

    Walter Mitty, too, is the greatest orator of all time, bringing solitary men forward to “fight for a heavenly cause”, bursting with pride for their country. Can you see Walter standing before Congress, bringing all to their feet in cheering applause. Can you see the master word-smith crafting bill after bill, all unanimously passed for the good of the people, liberties strengthened for one and all.

    Oh, that would be the nation of Walter Mitty, alright…calm and peaceful, unselfish. However, Elaine Paige’s lyrics say it well:

    “There was a time when men were kind, when their voices were soft, and their words inviting. There was a time when love was blind, and the world was a song, and the song was exciting. There was a time and it all went wrong.

    I dreamed a dream in days gone by, when hope was high and life worth living. I dreamed that love would never die. I dreamed that God would be forgiving, Then I was young and unafraid, and dreams were made and used and wasted.

    There was no ransom to be paid, No song unsung, no wine untasted. But, the tigers come at night with their voices soft as thunder as they tear your hope apart, as they turn your dream to shame…”

    Call for Walter, he’ll make things right. But, you see, Walter Mitty does not exist. He is only the figment of imagination.– D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee

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  • dannyboystories 12:19 PM on October 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    We’re in a battle for America 

    If you pay attention to the news of the day, and do a bit of digging beyond the sterile “nightly news”, there is plenty of reason to believe the American way of life we’ve known for more than two centuries is at stake. Apparently, our own burdeonsome Federal Government is now a willing partisan participant.

    Many agree our federal departments and agencies are so large they have become inept and ineffective if not totally incompetent. One has only to review the news of the day for the hospitals of the Veteran’s Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, or half a dozen other departments to learn of partisanship and outright dishonesty. Making matters worse, it seems the tail is now wagging the dog–our bureaucracies are now controlling nearly everything Americans do or wish to do.

    It is only necessary to review the past few years of operation by the VA to realize management in its hospitals have been falsifying numbers to assure huge bonuses. Frankly, these transgressions should prompt Americans to insist the Congress do away with any bonus arrangements negotiated by employee unions with any department or agency. Our Founding Fathers did not intend for the government “of the people” to be superior to those who pay the bill.

    Take a look at the CDC. A part of the agency’s duty is to organize and prepare a national response to the spread of dangerous diseases. It was quickly discovered in the current ebola crises the CDC was not only unprepared, but failed miserably to develop standards for effective contagion control. Apparently, when in comes to medicine and medical treatment, the Federal Government is ineffective. The practice of medicine is simply much to individualized and personal for the generalized “check-a-box” government approach to problems.

    The economic downturn of the past few years has left an estimated 20 million or more Americans either without work or in lower paying jobs, creating a much larger lower level of the so-called Middle Class. Now, we hear President Obama will issue work permits to as many as 34 million illegals–4 million at a time– by executive edict once the Novermber 4th Mid-Term Election is over. Certainly, such a step will undercut any need for further control of the southern border, not to mention dilute national pride and American nationalism.

    Shall we stand for America or a “one world” socialistic view?

    Frankly, in view of our “politically correct” cautionary approach to life in these United States, and lack of any real understanding of the Constitution of the United States, I fear the worst in the next couple of years. — D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee https://dannyboystories.wordpress.com/

     
  • dannyboystories 12:20 PM on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The smoke-filled room is back! 

    Years ago, heavyweight politicians gathered in a room and decided who would run for office and carry the banner of the party. Such wheeling, dealing, and favor trading was usually done in a secured room–no visitors, only a select few. It was commonly referred to as the “smoke filled room” of politics.

    The practice seemed to be abandoned in recent years, but now the hierarchy of the Replublican National Committee appears to have re-initiated “closed to all others” policies and set sail on a path that ignores long held philosophies and positions. As a direct result, many Republicans are abandoning the GOP, favoring an Independent stand.

    One well-known Republican, Mike Huckabee, has threatened to desert the GOP because of the RNC’s apparent dislike for long-held Republican positions. “Huckabee explained that he would have no problem joining forces with those outside of the two-party system should he feel his current party no longer represents his core beliefs. “Because at that point, you lose me – I’m gone,” he said. “I’ll become an independent. I’ll start finding people that have guts to stand. I’m tired of this.”
    {Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/huckabee-said-gop-views-abortion-marriage-force-party/#k8Z4C4Alyzjlpzzj.99%5D

    Oddly enough, the Tea Party faithful outline positions the Republicans should grasp and hold onto now. Here are a few: Eliminate Excessive Taxes, Eliminate the National Debt, Eliminate Deficit Spending, Protect Free Markets, Abide by the Constitution of the United States, Promote Civic Responsibility, Reduce the Overall Size of Government. Yet, the GOP leadership make every effort to downplay the Tea Party folks, and even stoop to name-calling.

    I remember the old days of the smoke-filled room, and was a participant at one time. The GOP needs to embrace the terms of lower taxes, free enterprise, advancing individual liberty, and smaller government, and take a stand on same sex marriage and abortion. Otherwise, the Republican Party may quickly become the permanent minority party. — D. C. “Dan” Lee.

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  • dannyboystories 3:14 PM on October 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    …and, who will fight for us? 

    Our federal government has apparently become so large and burdensome most agencies are simply inept. There are so many levels of supervision and management, there appears to be a major time lag between the need for a decisive decision and action–if it comes at all.

    It seems there is a total lack of common sense in most federal operations.

    The federal government is supposed to work for “the good of the people”. It just is not happening. The miriad of rules and regulations, occupying reams upon reams of paper, do little more than complicate production and the very lives of We the People. In an attempt to “simplify” requirements, agencies fall to pages of check marks in the presumption everyone and every business is the same. That is just plain wrong.

    Is there an absence of really qualified persons working in our agencies? Protected by a union, do federal workers simply move from agency to agency when it is discovered the individual is clearly inept? That is exactly what was attempted in the VA when upper level management was fired at one hospital. By the way, the so-called “overhaul” of the VA in recent legislation kept in place the bonus system that led to the mismanagement of hospitals in the first place.

    In my view, the federal government is totally out of control and in recent years agencies have become the swords against the people swung by the current Administration. Additionally, those selected for high advisory positions clearly have little or no governing experience, as is evidenced by the lack of precise and workable foreign policies set forth by the President.

    Watching interviews of college students on television recently was truly frightening. Students from such well respected institutions as Harvard, when ask which was more dangerous ISIS or the United States, answered “United States” without hesitation. Is this more evidence a liberal intelligencia is making a major impact on the minds of our youth? Is it just another reason to reject “Common Core” in our schools?

    When you add it all up–IRS scandal; VA hospitals; indecisive action against ISIS; the threats of Russia and China; a federal deficit of more than $17 trillion, etc.–our federal government is entirely out of control and our military is being neutered in the process. So much for peace through strength.

    Our Constitution is the answer to maintaining a working government, but few in elected office pay attention, as is evidenced by the lack of Constitutional oversight. The American way of life is threatened from within and overseas, too. Who will fight to preserve America when it appears so many just don’t give a damn?– D. C. “Dan” Lee

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  • dannyboystories 9:29 AM on October 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Do I dare write about you? 

    I’m limiting my list of social media “friends” to fewer than 300 because I do not want to spend the better part of my day wading through posts informing me what motion picture someone is going to see, or what restaurant they will frequent. The result is I have more time to spend writing fiction, and posting an occasional piece about the incompetent folks who populate the inept Federal Government Bureaucracy.

    I like being friends with other writers, because I learn from them. Just because I’ve been writing professionally for more than 60 years has nothing to do with knowing everything there is to know about writing. I don’t. However, don’t ask me to “like” your pages, because unless I’ve read your book(s), how can I know if I “like” your work.

    Are you a casual acquaintance? There are lots of those, too, after serving in top level corporate positions over many years, and being a “public” person. I appreciate you, because it allows me to keep abreast of how you are getting along. But, don’t ask me to play those silly games on-line. I’d rather spend my time being productive.

    Classmates or school chums? You folks are really special. I’ll keep you in my heart, too.

    Family? Well, I have to keep track of them, of course. But, why do I have to know where you went to dinner, the new scratch on your car, and other nonsense. How about posting pictures of the kids, or yourself, instead. Here’s an interesting fact: As parents, we love our children, but sometimes we don’t like them very much. Think about that.

    Politicians? I will not “like” or follow you. Even though I have many friends in politics, my conservative head has been made up. I’m not about to change stripes at this late stage in my life.

    So, do you think I would write about you, use you as the basis for a character in a book?

    Consider, I write in circa 1950s. I write about good people doing good things with their lives. Excepting a few introductive heaving breathing passages, I don’t write errotica or paranormal gibberish, either. That’s just me. By the way, what is “adult crime”?

    And, while everything I write is inspired by a life experience. I write fiction, and you are not fiction…although you may be a cartoon. — D. C. “Dan” Lee, http://www.dannyboystories.com

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