Election 2012: The Ground Hog – what does he think?

First off, please forgive me.  The main purpose of this blog is to give an informative, yet humorous look at life in Nashville, the new homes that are built around it, and just how fun and easy it is to purchase one.   But lately, I’ve drifted into other topics, with one being someplace I should know better going…politics!

Ground Hog Day has always made me laugh.  Its just another “Hallmark” moment to commercialize something, in this case a small town in Pennsylvania.  I’ve never been there and I’m sure Ol’ Phil brings lots of revenue to them each year.  Seriously folks, who really cares whether he sees his shadow or not?  Odds are 50/50 and we all know that Spring will evenutally arrive anyway!

Why can’t we use the ground hog for predicting things other than the weather?  After all, he’s only right 39% of the time.  Even though that is a slightly better percentage than the modern-day weather-people, it’s certainly not enough to bet the farm.  Why can’t we use the ground hog just once every four years?  If nothing else, just for fun!

If the ground hog sees his shadow, he goes back in his hole.  That means we will have four more years of President Barack Obama.

And if the ground hog doesn’t see his shadow, we will elect another President in November.

Then, for more fun, let’s take our own “Groundhog Day Presidential Poll” and compare it with the ground hog prediction in November.   There are already election polls conducted for every imaginable reason, so why not?  And just like the weather, we do know that some body will get elected, except we already know WHEN it will be.  We just don’t know WHO!

Thanks for participating!  You can rest assured that no one, including me, can tell who you voted for…I promise!

By the way, you can CLICK HERE for the history of Ground Hog Day.

Election 2012: “Fly Me To The Moon”

Whether in our living room or on a cruise ship, when I sit down at a piano with an adult beverage, the song “Fly Me To The Moon” is among the first to come to mind.  My favorite rendition is performed by Diana Krall.  Have a listen:

I haven’t been very attentive to the debates for the Republican primaries lately.  Playing Wii golf was more compelling.  Anyway, during the late news the other evening, I heard this excerpt from that evening’s debate that takes “promising the moon” to an entirely new level:

Newt proposed WHAT?  I couldn’t stop laughing!

After my laughter subsided, I began to wonder if people had the same reaction to John F. Kennedy’s address to Congress about putting a man on the moon.  This speech was in 1961, over 50 years ago!

Had it not been for JFK’s space initiatives, we probably wouldn’t have Google Earth.  We probably wouldn’t have satellite television.  There would be no satellite communication, let alone guided defense missiles.  4-G phones?  Forget that too!

Maybe Newt’s idea isn’t too far fetched after all.  Who can imagine what life will be 50 years from now anyway?  We may need the moon.  The economy might be better there.  It would also give Mitt Romney a new place to keep money.

Regardless of who is elected President in 2012,  we still live in the greatest country on earth.  This country can accomplish anything with the determination to succeed.  It always has, and it always will be able to.

And now, Newt has a new Election 2012 theme song.  We may just have to change a few words!  Or would Conway Twitty’s “Man in the Moon” be better?

Trey Lewis is VP Sales & Marketing for Ole South Properties Inc, Tennessee’s largest independent home builder,  615.896.0019  direct 615.593.6340 or email TLewis@olesouth.com.  Specializing in new homes in the Greater Nashville area to include Nashville, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Clarksville, Gallatin, and Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Breaking News: Government still open. But, where are they?

Oh goodie!  At the final hour, a budget deal was hammered out.  Our government continues to function.  Whether or not this is a good thing depends on who you ask! 

The talking heaads of both political parties have their grips firmly on the microphones.    Sound bites abound.   Tears being shed.   Our security threatened.   Our military threatened to serve without a scheduled paycheck. 

Just what was accomplished?   Who won and who lost?  Or did the country win out over the long haul?  Time will reveal the answer.

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My question is, “Where are they?”   Where are the statesmen (and stateswomen too) that put the common good of the country over the good of their particular party?  Where are the communicators that can make simple sense of the most complicated of issues?

Today, JJ Love of Re/Max Elite in Nashville forwarded an email about Thomas Jefferson to me.  I would like to share it with you also, and ask that you pass it on as well.    Lets try and find some of these character traits in those we vote for in upcoming elections.

 Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early
in life and never stopped.

             At 5, began studying under his cousin’s tutor.

             At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.

             At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.

             At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.

             At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

             At 23, started his own law practice.

             At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

             At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights
of British America ” and retired from his law practice.

             At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

             At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence .

             At 33, took three years to revise Virginia ’s legal code and
wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

             At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding
Patrick Henry.

             At 40, served in Congress for two years.

             At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated
commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John
Adams.

             At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George
Washington.

             At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of
the American Philosophical Society.

             At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active
head of Republican Party.

             At 57, was elected the third president of the United States .

             At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s
size.

             At 61, was elected to a second term as President.

             At 65, retired to Monticello .

             At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

             At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of
Virginia and served as its first president.

             At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the
Declaration of Independence along with John Adams

    Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed
attempts at government.  He understood actual history, the nature of God,
his laws and the nature of man.  That happens to be way more than what most
understand today.   Jefferson really knew his stuff.  A voice from the past
to lead us in the future:

    John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the
brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: “This is
perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in
the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

    When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we
shall become as corrupt as Europe .
    Thomas Jefferson

    The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are
willing to work and give to those who would not.
    Thomas Jefferson

    It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.  A
principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
    Thomas Jefferson

    I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the
government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of
taking care of them.
    Thomas Jefferson

    My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from
too much government.
    Thomas Jefferson

    No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
    Thomas Jefferson

    The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear
arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in
government.
    Thomas Jefferson

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood
of patriots and tyrants.
    Thomas Jefferson

    To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas
which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
    Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
    “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties
than standing armies.  If the American people ever allow private banks to
control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation,
the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive
the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the
continent their fathers conquered.”

Here is a link to more about this fascinating American statesman:

http://sc94.ameslab.gov/TOUR/tjefferson.html

Where is a Thomas Jefferson when you need one?  Perhaps this would be a good time for some DNA and cloning research funding.   If we could clone Thomas Jefferson, we just might have a chance!

Trey Lewis is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Tennessee with Ole South Realty, 615.896.0019  direct 615.593.6340.  Specializing in new home sales in the Greater Nashville area to include Nashville, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Spring Hill, Tennessee