Random Thoughts – February 13th 2010


Today’s Random Thoughts February 13th, 2010 … 
So much talent, new ideas and inventions have been lost due to prejudice and racial, ethnic and social ideology.

Our first President of the United States, and also America’s first commanding General of the Army, was an Independent, no allegiance, no membership in any political party. So why do American voters today balk at examining and considering an Independent candidate for any elected office? The Democratic and Republican parties have certainly had a monopoly for entirely too long, as evident in their habit of ignoring the Constitution, as well as their poor choice of appointees in the US Supreme Court and other appointed offices.

This year is the ten-year event called the census. Some citizens balk at someone coming to their residence to ask personal questions; this is mostly because of two factors: lack of trust of those operating our government and ignorance that the census was established by the Constitution of the United States for a purpose and for the American citizens’ benefit.

The Constitution of the United States, Article 1, section 2 mandates that an actual Enumeration of the nation’s population be made at least every ten years so that representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers. It was the first time a nation made an enumeration on the basis of a representative government. The census as become more than just a head count for dividing political representation in geographical districts that consists of census information that helps provide statistics concerning crime, mortality, education, religion, and various other information used to evaluate facts about the United States. The census information also provides information for those researching their family history or professional genealogists. The first American census consisted of 650 federal marshals going house-to-house unannounced, writing down the head of the household and counting other residents. The census cost $45,000 and took 18 months to count 3.9 million people. In 1980, after the census was taken, the Census Bureau had 54 lawsuits filed against the agency by civil rights groups with charges of improper and unconstitutional methods of counting. In 2000 the census cost $167 million and for the first time professional advertising was used.
The first known census was taken by the Babylonians in 3800 BC – 6,000 years ago. It was taken every six or seven years and counted the number of people and livestock as well as goods like butter, honey, milk, wool and vegetables. The first documented census was taken in about 500 BC by the military of the Persian Empire in order to issue land grants and for tax purposes. In the Book of Numbers, it is recorded that a census was taken when Moses led the Jews from Egypt to the Promised Land that would become the kingdom of Israel-Judea-Palestine. King David also, later, ordered a census taken for numbering of the people.

When Jesus of Nazareth, later called The Christ, was still in the womb of Mary, Joseph and Mary traveled to their place of birth in order to be enumerated by the Roman census. The world’s oldest extensive census whose data still exists was taken in China during the Han Dynasty. It was taken in 2 BC and is considered to be accurate by scholars who studied it. China had the world’s largest population at the time at 59.6 million people living in Han China. In a previous census taken in 140 BC, there were 48 million people in Han China.

The most famous census in Europe during the medieval period is called the Domesday Book, performed in 1986 by William I of England for the purpose of taxing the lands he had just conquered. Another large census was taken during the Crusades in 1183 to determine the amount of men and funds required to repel the invasion by Saladin against the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

The Incas did not have any written language before the Spaniards arrived, so they collected their census information with strings from the Llama or Alpaca hair or with cotton cords within encoded knots in increments of ten. Censuses are taken around the world today in different ways, from an annual census to every ten years.

Why is it so difficult to know the difference between legal immigrants and those who come to America uninvited and break our immigration and identification laws? There isn’t any doubt that immigrants have and can be a beneficial asset to our nation. But if immigrants (aliens) circumvent the US immigration laws, how can it be possible to screen those arriving for criminal records and health issues. How is it to be expected to maintain national security and reduce crime rates if criminals and Fifth Column individuals arrive among those seeking a better life? Wouldn’t it be common sense to promote a better foreign affairs policy that encourages foreign governments to clean up their act so their people won’t be so eager to seek immigration to other nations, specifically the United States? 

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One comment on “Random Thoughts – February 13th 2010

  1. Ken in Tenn says:

    "Wouldn’t it be common sense to promote a better foreign affairs policy that encourages foreign governments to clean up their act so their people won’t be so eager to seek immigration to other nations, specifically the United States?"I do not think truer, more perceptive words have ever been spoken. And not just our foreign policy, but also our economic policy.For too long, under both parties, we have pursued policies that promoted a race to the bottom for most workers rather than a race to the top. We have pursued policies that resulted in losing jobs at home and contributed to low-wage, sweatshop jobs in other countries. Under both parties, we have supported dictators and autocratic regimes for selfish temporary economic advantage (see our policies in the Middle East for the past 50 years) rather than using our economic leverage to open societies, promote economic and political freedom and raise living standards.Our economic policies are part of the reason our foreign policy is often inconsistent and troublesome. And it is always the economy that is most important, the mechanism by which we feed, house and clothe ourselves. If we get the economics right, the political part will usually take care of itself.

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