San Diego Real Estate Voice : Any Expectation That a Cheetah Can Change His Spots ?......Not Likely

Any Expectation That a Cheetah Can Change His Spots ?......Not Likely

Any Expectation That a Cheetah Can Change His Spots ?......Not Likely

In today's polarized political arena, so many things have come to light that much of the politics today is simply out of control both in the scope of what our elected representatives say and do as well as how they perceive their responsibilities.

Perhaps it is an age thing for me but I can never remember a time that I have felt that our government was so fast approaching a day when there is so much control in our personal and business lives that to even think that it can be called back to less intrusive times would be an overwhelming and un-doable task. 

How did we get here? Much the same way one would eat an elephant, one bite at a time. Can we ever expect that we could un-ring the bell or as indicative of the photo, to expect that a Cheetah can change his spots. Sadly, it is unlikely. 

Again, maybe it is an age thing but I find it increasingly more difficult to be enthusiastic about where we seem to be heading.

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Comment balloon 47 commentsWilliam Johnson • June 11 2012 07:14AM

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Ahh But your pictures were of cheetahs not leopards. That aside you are right it happens one bite at a time so it should be unraveled the same way

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) over 6 years ago

Morning Bill,  Beautiful pic.  Sadly,  it seems the extremes on the political landscape have split the country and our leaders have lost the ability to do what is right for the rest of us.

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 6 years ago

Excellent William.

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 6 years ago

Good catch Charlie. Good article Bill. Great Photo!

~Rita and Mike

 

Posted by Mike Hill & Rita Norman (Norman- Hill Properties /Crown Key Realty) over 6 years ago
Hi Charlie, I didn't have a Leopard photo so I just changed the title and thank you by the way. Sort of stupid error on my part, LMAO.
Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 6 years ago

One bite at a time is correct. 

What was the first bite??

My vote Phil Gramm whose first act of perfidy was the repeal of  Glass–Steagall Act of 1933.

If you want to get to know Phil Gramm, just read:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2008/05/foreclosure-phil

Gramm-Leach was in 1999, just in time for 9/11 when the government/the citizenry responded to the attack on the financial system and greatly emboldened Wall Street and Congress to make the financial system the victim.

Sadly, no one on Wall Street, the Congress, the White House or the regulators looked out for the American home owner.

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 6 years ago
Hi Bill, You said it perfectly.
Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 6 years ago

William it can feel like a genie let out of the bottle, or the toothpaste out of the tube. The Nanny state saying you can't buy a super size soft drink gets silly, even if the intent is to stop obesity. Don't know where this is all going? Armageddon? LOL. Get your guns and meet you in the cabin in the mountains.... Capitalism I think is great as long as massive greed doesn't take over, and that probably happened like Lenn said with loosening regulations.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 6 years ago
Hi John, Thank You so much.
Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 6 years ago

William,

I'm sure we would all be shocked at the amount of data our own government is collecting on each of us. Shocked and saddened, but you're right about us not being able to do anything about it now. Sad to realize, we all let it happen, one bite at a 

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 6 years ago
Hi Rita and Mike, I had to make the correction. Many Thanks!
Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 6 years ago
Hi Lenn, Brilliant Analysis. Thank you for enhancing this post!
Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 6 years ago
Hi Gary, Lenn is very correct. Every time I hear how thousand page laws are prefaced as based on the Constitution ( which is such an amazing One Page document) it makes my head hurt. I wonder if the founders could have imagined the millions of pages of laws based on the carefully crafted words that represented man's experiment of freedom in an oppressive world.
Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 6 years ago
Hi Richard, And sadly, if we could make everyone spit out all the bites they took, we still would not have anything resembling the the original.
Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 6 years ago

AS you said, we have to get it back one bite at a time. A great place to start would be our schools where, instead of teaching to the average, we should be pushing them ahead. Why are we behind other countries? Because we educate every child, not just the top tier AND we leave our advanced students in the same class with every other kid.

Every child should get an education, but NO child should be slowed down because of others in the class.

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) over 6 years ago

William, I love the pictures, but I do believe that we can fix things here.  The first step is a strict term limit applied all elected positions.  That, in my opinion, would go a long way to getting the changes that need to happen.  I could really go on and on, but in reality we can undo this situation the same way that we got into this situation, one step at a time.

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 6 years ago

If it will be an inconvenience to a person, then it will not change.  As long as it is someone else being hurt...by all means go a ahead.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 6 years ago

Very good observation. It would seem that some feel that the spots can be changed by covering them with mud. Sure could make that one bite at a time much harder to take. Dang, I do hate political ads.

Posted by Brad Rachielles, REALTOR, CDPE, Upland, CA (CENTURY 21 Peak, Ca BRE# 01489453) over 6 years ago

When I look at the political arena in this country, I see two polar opposites that never meet in the center, to create balance.  I feel stuck between the Democommies and the Republinazis.  Real problems never are addressed, and red herrings get far too much attention!  Politicians seem more interested in putting their party first, and country last!  From the moment they get elected, they become focused on becoming re-elected!  Everything else is distraction!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 6 years ago

William-Sadly a VERY ACCURATE state of our political arena. Scary to think where it will end.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 6 years ago

Hi Than,

Education when I was growing up also had a level of discipline associated with it. And I think it was mostly based on respect by parents and students. 

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 6 years ago

Hi Tony,

You are probably right about that as far as term limits go. But that in and of itself would not stop the excessive amount of regulations that accompanies most of the laws. While the legislature makes the laws, the implementation and enforcement come from executive. And here in CA, we often have propositions that are passed or defeated by the majority of citizens. Then the losing side finds one judge to set the whole vote aside. All said to be based on the constitution either state or federal. How can it be constitutional to vote on such matters on a ballot and then unconstitutional if the losing side doesn't agree with the outcome. Sometimes it feels like we live in parallel universes and you never know for sure which one is ruling the day. 

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 6 years ago

Hi William, I sure hear you! Well said.

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 6 years ago

Hi Brad, Sad but true!

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 6 years ago

Hi Myrl, I find it interesting that we the people accept most everything as truth unless ultimately we discover differently. Sadly, too many still accept the lie as truth and the truth then as a conspiracy. There is a whole lot of fixing needing to be done at every level and one can only wonder if it will even happen. 

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 6 years ago

Hi Sharon, I share you view and wonder if there is even a way to bring back a level integrity, sanity and common sense. Those three characteristics seem to now fall mostly as an oxymoron.

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 6 years ago

William,

The whole idea that we needed to add to the Constitution in such great volumes of work is utterly nauseating, as the majority of this represents pork barreling and self interests.  I remain hopeful because of the many groups of grass roots that are popping up all over, and I hope we will get rid of the gigantic mess one bite at a time.  Thanks for exercising our brain cells. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 6 years ago

Hi Alexandra, I couldn't agree with you more. If only we could the many others that were elected to represent us to exercise theirs, :-)

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 6 years ago

I have really enjoyed the comments of the readers here.  I am becoming far more appreciative of "grass roots" government control.  For example, much of the cost of our failing educational system is to the beaurocracy of it all.  WHY does it take administration at the local level, the state level, and the federal level?  Education today, is more about adults and how they can feed off of the tax dollars, rather than the needs of children and their learning!  Get rid of the federal educational beaurocracy at least, and then look at the state for potential cuts.  Let's bring education back home. 

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 6 years ago

Polarizing so, true that's why the middle is eroding.  Kristine

 

Posted by Kim & Kristine Halverson, Realtors (www.LiveWorkSiliconBeach.com, Santa Monica Real Estate :) ) over 6 years ago

William~I will observe and abstain....political people leave me cold. I'd much rather believe in the common man. Abraham Lincoln comes to mind.

On the other hand, the photo is quite captivating--aren't they glorious creatures?

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 6 years ago

Americans must have a serious discussion as to the role of government.The polarization of our political parties are to keep the simple minds busy while they collude behind closed doors.

There will be a revolution, hopefully it will be a peaceful one.

@Lenn - comment #6 - Not true. Ron Paul predicted this and tried to warn the American public.

 

Posted by Satar Naghshineh (Satar - Amiri Property and Financial Services Corp.) over 6 years ago

Thanks, William, for sharing your thoughts and your photograph.

Have an outstanding week with your camera in hand.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 6 years ago

Hi William , some very good points here and the view of Active Rain members. It seems

a lot of posts to do with the "state " of Washington. The blame game continues.

We can make a difference in November and we must.

Have a great day.

Posted by Irene Durocher, homesweethome4u@att.net (Coldwell Banker BUYERS AGENT) over 6 years ago

Good morning William. I love the pictures whatever they are, but the point is difficult to swallow. Our government is actually just us: sometimes good, frequently scary. I'm old enough to remember a time with more thought and civility, but it will come again onlt if each of us demands it.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 6 years ago

William,

I was at the bank this afternoon, and I saw a bumper sticker that reminded me of your post, so I just had to share it with you. Here it is,

I was not born a Republican

I was not born a Democrat

I was not born Yesterday

LOL..got to love it...A

 

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 6 years ago

It always happens one bite at a time.  It has to.  Any quicker and people would react!

The story of the frog in cool, but slowly heating water, comes to mind.  He stays, not realizing that things are slowly getting too hot.  Eventually the heat is his demise.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

William, the cheetahs are just beautiful.  There are a group of them at the National Zoo, and when they run, they are so graceful.  And who cares about the government!  Facebook is far scarier to me.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Interesting collection of comments.  Sometimes it feels like we've elected children and bullies to occupy our Congress and control our lives.  Something happens to politicians when they enter the great hall, somehow they think they've donned the mantle of royalty and no longer care what the people's opinions are.

Love the pic and the post.

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) over 6 years ago

I have to agree with Pat, while I do care about the government, I try to worry about the things I can control. 

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 6 years ago

William, the photograph of the cheetahs are amazing. 

I think I'm just going to have to subscribe to the starfish story where the boy is tossing starfish that washed up on the beach back into the ocean.   

None of us may be able to change our government or the political system by ourselves, but if each of us will try to contribute in some small way whether it be by voting, standing up for what we believe in or by running for an office, we might be like the boy that throws the one starfish that washed up on the shore back into the ocean.  The kid knows that he can't save them all, but he did save at least one.  It takes people being willing to get involved for a democracy to work. 

 

 

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) over 6 years ago

Everyday I am less enthusiastic as well.  It has never been such a frightening time as far as I am concerned.  Love the picture William!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 6 years ago

Hi William,

I love the cheetah picture and I enjoyed your post. My mother used to tell me spots on a leopard do not change. It took me a long time to understand what she meant. She was right.

Our country is in terrible trouble and we just do not have enough money to pay for everything; California is really strapped and it is scary. I try not to think about the problems but I am hoping we have a change in our government soon or we are going to end up like Greece.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 6 years ago

Have a very special weekend with your camera in hand.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 6 years ago

I met a gentleman yesterday who is part of an organization that helps people run for office who otherwise wouldn't know how to do it. Ordinary people with maybe a better idea. It's an interesting concept and it's non-parisan. He feels that elections are won in the primaries not in November. But I agree; how did we get here and how can we go back?

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 6 years ago
William, unfortunately, I can't see your picture, just a box with a little red x. I know it has to a beauty and I'm sorry I missed it. I think many people feel exactly like you do. I'm especially pertubed by the fact that so many Americans have had to sacrifice so much over the last decade and yet politicians can spend a billion dollars or more to get votes. Well, if there was a poor, educated wise woman, who lived in a card board box and was running for office, I'd definitely vote for her and I don't think she'd need a billion dollars or more to spend on her campaign. I can go on, and on, and on.... but I think I'll just have a cup of tea with some whiskey and honey in it and chill out!
Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 6 years ago

Excellent post William - I don't think I'll get inolved in the political discussion, but as a photographer, I love your photo.  Another great shot. 

Posted by Roberta Kayne, CRS, ABR, SFR, RRS, Realtor, Re/Max Affiliates (Dublin & Central Ohio Homes) over 6 years ago

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