Like many other people I joined Facebook, tweeter and other communication services as a way to interact with friends in states far away from my new home in Texas. Some of my friends are “usurers’” of Facebook on a daily basis. One of my friends sent an innocuous looking surveys and games to participate in. Generally speaking I don’t do surveys or games but a couple were cute like; what would you be doing now if you had changed your major in school. In any case I only filled out a couple of the surveys and as I said at the start of this piece, shame on me. You see until Sunday night I didn’t know that these surveys in some cases were being used to gather demographic information for plotting and planning political strategies. So, shame on me for participating but and it is a big but I didn’t realize until watching Homeland Sunday night and watching the producer at the end of the show explaining how and why these social media tools were being used by research firms to solicit political action groups with valuable information. What really upset me was that I found out that when the info from these surveys and games were gathered it also means similar information could be gathered from all of the friends and relatives I communicate with on Facebook. This means that people like me are exposing my own family and friends to what I consider illegal search and seizure. I guess it is too bad that I signed up for Facebook in the beginning and probably tweeter as well. In any case I suggest that my friends and relatives are very careful in participation of surveys or any communications via Facebook with me or other friends or relatives lest you feed the political parties interested in acquiring your vote on key national, state or local interests.
Recently a friend wrote me questioning the stability of our President based on his erratic tweets and most specifically his change of his executive staff. I told my friend I viewed the President’s actions in a slightly different fashion. I believe it is possible that Donald can blow it but because of his basic policies; tax reduction, regulation relief, tighter boarder control, trade balance, pride in our country it is best for us if he succeeds in his program. The changes in personnel is as I see it not a reflection of their performance but rather getting someone that is in sync with his goals and objectives. This is not unlike what I experience with Coke, GE and Chrysler/Mercedes management. It was not unusual for well informed and good performing people to fall to the axe because they were at odds with the leaders polices or pursuing his or her own agenda. The results, one or the other gets fired. Donald chooses to not accept the idea that congress is in any way a partner but rather sees them as a recalcitrant board of directors filled with weak sisters that he believes he can eventually get rid of or mold to his goals and objectives. Like I said, Donald can blow it but the country needs to view things through a lens not colored by a politically correct press reporting process. America first is not a politically incorrect statement even though the press is trying to sell it as a “hayseed statement for unsophisticated mid country voters who shouldn’t vote!” [from a recent blog.] Trying to make people ashamed of supporting their country is not a winning formula but it is at least in part a basic liberal tenant of being PC. Donald doesn’t care one way or another about the politically correct force just about getting the economy back on course, gaining better balance on the trade deficit and most of all being lauded by the voters as “their guy.”