"There'll Be Some Changes Made"

"The Only Constant In Life Is Change."

(Herakleitos; Heraclitus) of Ephesus
(c.535 BC - 475 BC) Greek philosopher
"Good character is not formed in a week or a month.
It is created little by little, day by day.
Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character."

Also known for the main quote of this HTML.
"The Only Constant In Life Is Change."

My Dad used the Change quote many times.   His next most often used quote was Hebrews 13:8.   He used it when we would have the family supper at 5 p.m. if he was not happy with what we were going to eat.   I used to wonder about the dicotomy between Dad's two quotes, but I realized early on that my Dad knew what he was saying, doing, and thinking at all times whether he liked or disliked the subject on his plate at the time.   Dad was not just one of the smartest people I ever knew, he was the smartest person I ever knew and is likely to remain in that position in my life now that I am 68.

A great man, Abraham Lincoln, understood change.   At the memorial ceremony for Tim Russert this weekend, Maria Shriver told this story about a possible "Meet the Press" with Tim Russert and President Lincoln.   Mr. Russert asks President Lincoln, "How could you change your position?"   President Lincoln replied, "I'd like to think that my changing positions is an indication that I have grown smarter."   'Nuff said about one of the greatest changes in the history of the United States, the freeing of the slaves.

On the subject of our nation's enemies, President Abraham Lincoln once commented, "The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity.   It is more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy.   It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes.   I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in the rear.   Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe."

I don't know about you, good reader, but I do believe it is time for more changes of epic proportions.   I understand the article below by Charlie Reese, but how do we get the right people?   In other words, can we move mountains or will we settle for more of the same?

"545 People By Charlie Reese"

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits?   Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.   You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations.   The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.   You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.   You and I don't control monetary policy, The Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices - 545 human beings out of the 300 million - are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress.   In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered but private central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority.   They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman or a president to do one cotton-picking thing.

I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.   The politician has the power to accept or reject it.   No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault.   They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall.   No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.

The president can only propose a budget.   He cannot force the Congress to accept it.   The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes.

Who is the speaker of the House?   She is the leader of the majority party.   She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want.

If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts - of incompetence and irresponsibility.   I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.

When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.   If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.   If the Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want them in IRAQ.

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like 'the economy,' 'inflation' or 'politics' that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses - provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel.

And keep in mind this Congress only worked 93 days last year!   The shortest season in history and at a time when we are at war and the economy is tumbling!

If you believe either party is free of imperfections, please read the following real life situations which most school kids would probably handle better than most of the adults in Washington, D.C.

After publishing the above statement and the "HOWLERS" below the following correction, I received the following correction which is greatly appreciated.   While the suggestion to delete this portion of "CHANGE" has great merit, leaving the hoaxes and/or deliberate misinformation in place with a reminder that we all have to be vigilant regarding the amount of concocted misinformation on the Internet has even greater merit.   The media and politicians have caused me to distrust them more than used car salespersons.

This website currently has between 100,000 visitors/day and 500,000 visitors/day and all of us deserve virus free and hoax free information.   Reality, however, is that there are more cons than pros for all of us to deal with on a browse by browse moment.   Again, I am grateful to Jim and others that have taken the time to counter the evil caused by the deliberate misdirection of "free will" so that the world is a better place for all of us.

Hello Lois & Petey,
  On your "Change" page (http://www.peteyandpetunia.com/Change/Change.htm),
you have copied an urban legend e-mail which has been circulating for years
about geographically challenged travelers, which has now been modified to
make the targets Members of Congress.  On a webpage which deals with an
otherwise serious topic in a serious manner, perhaps you might want to
delete that part of the content.  For the expanded story about that urban
legend, see: http://www.snopes.com/travel/trap/congress.asp  Thanks.

    A Washington , DC , airport ticket agent offers some examples of why
    our country is in trouble!
    1. I had a Texas Congresswoman ask for an aisle seat so that her hair
    wouldn't get messed up by being near the window. (On an airplane!)
    2. I got a call from Condi Rice's staffer, who wanted to go to
    Capetown.  I started to explain the length of the flight and the
    passport information, then she interrupted me with, 'I'm not trying to
    make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts.'
    Without trying to make her look stupid, I calmly explained, 'Cape Cod
    is in Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa.'
    Her response - click
    3. A senior Kentucky Congressman called, furious about a Florida
    package we did.  I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando.
    He said he was expecting an ocean-view room.  I tried to explain
    that's not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state.
    He replied, 'Don't lie to me, I looked on the map and Florida is a
    very thin state!' (OMG)
    4. I got a call from a lawmaker's wife who asked, 'Is it possible to
    see England from Canada?'
    I said, 'No.'
    She said, 'But they look so close on the map.' (OMG, again!)
    5. An aide for a cabinet member once called and asked if he could rent
    a car in Dallas.  When I pulled up the reservation, I noticed he had
    only a 1-hour layover in Dallas.
    When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, 'I heard Dallas
    was a big airport, and we will need a car to drive between gates to
    save time.' (Arghhhh) (You'll need a car in the new Beijing Airport.)
    no kidding
    6. An Illinois Congresswoman called last week.  She needed to know how
    it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:30 AM got to
    Chicago at 8:33 AM.  I explained that Michigan was an hour ahead of
    Illinois, but she couldn't understand the concept of time zones.
    Finally, I told her the plane went very, very fast, and she bought that.
    7. A New York lawmaker called and asked, 'Do airlines put your
    physical description on your bag so they know whose luggage belongs to
    I said, 'No, why do you ask?'
    She replied, 'Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag
    on my luggage that said (FAT), and I'm overweight.  I think that's
    very rude!'
    After putting her on hold for a minute while I looked into it (I was
    laughing).  I came back and explained the city code for Fresno, CA is
    ( FAT - Fresno Air Terminal), and the airline was just putting a
    destination tag on her luggage.
   8. A Senator's aide called to inquire about a trip package to Hawaii.
    After going over all the cost info, she asked, 'Would it be cheaper to
    fly to California, and then take the train to Hawaii?'
    9. I just got off the phone with a freshman Congressman who asked,
    'How do I know which plane to get on?'
    I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he replied, 'I was told my
    flight number is 823, but none of these planes have numbers on them.'
    10 A lady Senator called and said, 'I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola,
    Florida.  Do I have to get on one of those little computer planes?'
    I asked if she meant fly to Pensacola, Fl. on a commuter plane.
    She said, 'Yeah, whatever, smarty!'
    11 A senior Senator called and had a question about the documents he
    needed in order to fly to China.  After a lengthy discussion about
    passports, I reminded him that he needed a visa.
    'Oh, no I don't.  I've been to China many times and never had to have
    one of those.'
    I double checked and sure enough, his stay required a visa.
    When I told him this he said, 'Look, I've been to China four times and
    every time they have accepted my American Express!'
    12 A New Mexico Congresswoman called to make reservations.   'I want
    to go from Chicago to Rhino, New York.'
    I was at a loss for words.  Finally, I said, 'Are you sure that's the
    name of the town?'
    'Yes, what flights d o you have?' replied the lady.
    After some searching, I came back with, 'I'm sorry, ma'am, I've looked
    up every airport code in the country and can't find a Rhino anywhere.
    'The lady retorted, 'Oh, don't be silly!  Everyone knows where it is.
    Check your map!'
    So I scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, 'You
    don't mean Buffalo, do you?'
    The reply - - 'Whatever!  I knew it was a big animal.'
    Now you know why the Government is in the shape that it's in!
    At least the weather changes almost constantly, why not Congress?
    The following is a possible explanation of why not.

Subject: CHANGE

The buzzword of this political campaign season is 'CHANGE'.

Candidates toss it around without really saying what they want to change to.

There's an old sea-story in the Marine Corps about a lieutenant who inspected his Marines in the field, and afterward told the 'Gunny' that the men smelled bad. The lieutenant suggested the solution might be they should change their underwear.

The Gunny responded, 'Aye, aye, sir, I'll see to it immediately!'

He then went straight into the squad tent and announced, 'The lieutenant thinks you guys smell bad, and wants you to change your underwear. Smith, you change with Jones, McCarthy, you change with Witkowskie, and Brown, you change with Schultz. Get to it!'

The moral: A candidate may promise change in Washington, but don't count on things smelling any better. 

Possibly,the greatest change for all of us is the transition from life to death.   Earlier I mentioned a memorial ceremony for Tim Russert this weekend.   Maria Shriver told a Parable About Immortality as a tribute to Tim Russert.   Tim Russert, in my opinion, was one of the most honorable of men and a top notch journalist.   I will miss him greatly.   This is my tribute and memorial to Tim Russert in keeping with the political theme of this HTML.   I think Mr. Russert might have appreciated the inclusion.

A Parable of Immortality
Henry Van Dyke

I am standing upon the seashore; a ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.  I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

"Then someone at my side says:"
"There, she is gone!"
"Gone where?"

Gone from my sight.  That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her.  And just at the moment when someone at my side says:  "There, she is gone!"  There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout:  "Here she comes!"

And that is dying. 
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There'll Be Some Changes Made
William Benton Overstreet / Billy Higgins - 1921
Performed by Ethel Waters

They say don't change the old for the new
But I found out that this will never do
When you grow old, you don't last long
You're just here my honey, then you're gone

I loved a man for many years gone by
I thought his love for me would never die
He made a change and said I would not do
For now I'm gonna make some changes too

Why there's a change in the weather, there's a change in the sea
So from now on there'll be a change in me
My walk will be different, my talk and my name
Nothing about me's goin' be the same

I'm gonna change my long tall one for a little short fat
I'm gonna change my number where I'm livin' at
Because nobody wants you when you're old and gray
There'll be some changes made today
There'll be some changes made

Why there's a change in the weather, there's a change in the sea
So from now on there'll be a change in me
Why my walk will be different, my talk and my name
Nothing about me gonna be the same
I'm gonna change my way of living, and that ain't no bluff
Why I'm thinkin' about changing the way I'm gonna strut my stuff
Because nobody wants you when you're old and gray
There'll be some changes made today
There'll be some changes made

As Performed by Billie Holiday

They say don't change the old for the new
But I've found out that this will never do
When you grow old don't last long
You're here today and then tomorrow you're gone

I loved a man for many years gone by
I thought his love for me would never die
He made some changes that would never do
From now on I'm going to make some changes too

For there's a change in the weather
There's a change in the sea
So from now on there'll be in change in me
My walk will be different, my talk and my name
Nothin' about me is going to be the same

I'm goin' to change my wayof livin'
If that ain't enough
Then I'll change the way that I strut my stuff
'Cause nobody wants you when you're old and gray
There'll be some changes made today
There'll be some changes made

The say the old time things are the best
That may be very good for all the rest
But I'm goin'g let the old things be
'Cause they are certainly not suited for me
There was a time when I thought that way
That's why I'm all alone here today

Since every one these days seeks something new
From now on I'm goin' to seek some new things too
For there's a change in the fashion
Ask the femine folks
Even Jack Benny has changed jokes

I must make some changes from old to new
I must do things just the same as others do
I'm goin' to change my long, tall daddy for a little short fat
Goin' to change the number where I live at
I must have some lovin' or I'll fade away
There'll be some changes made today
There'll be some changes made