Note: Last year when I was doing research on the history of the “Bank for International Settlements,” I ran across the remarkable and heroic story of a man named Raoul Wallenberg, who virtually single handedly led a mission that saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from certain death in the Nazi concentration camps toward […]Read the Rest →
My name is Mark Arnold and I welcome you to my personal blog “From A Native Son”! You are invited to explore my writings on this site and to read and comment on them as you wish. The purpose of “From a Native Son” is twofold; the first being to inform and enlighten and the second to entertain. I write about any subject that interests me but you will find these subjects primarily break down into the broad categories of social/political commentary and sports. I am currently in my early sixties and I grew up and have lived most of my life in Seattle, Washington. Like the rest of my generation, I have lived through some interesting, exciting and tragic times, the sum of which has resulted in the United States we share today. It is a nation, I fear, that is in real danger of not only losing forever the ideals of its founding; the rights, freedoms and justice guaranteed by the Constitution, but of also being destroyed economically and reduced to a second rate power. I have done much research as to the causes of this decay and by what I write here I hope to illuminate these for the reader so that remedies can become plain, agreed upon and ultimately implemented.
Through it all I have remained a sports fan, particularly of the major American sports of football, basketball and baseball. Consequently you will find that in “From A Native Son” I will frequently leaven the political/social flow of articles with a piece on some aspect or other of the sports I love and grew up playing and watching. Being from Seattle, our local sports teams, whether Major League Baseball’s Mariners or the NFL’s Seahawks, will get the brunt of my attacks or accolades. To them you can add the Seattle Supersonics when and if we get them back to Seattle as well as an occasional shout out to the University of Washington Huskies. If you are a Seattle sports fan or just a sports fan in general you have in me a kindred spirit and you can feel free to comment or throw your own “two cents” in on anything I write.
I intend “From A Native Son” to be my personal communication line to you and I invite that it be yours to me as well. A lifetime of working to help people and their groups improve conditions has taught me that groups and governments do not cause things; individual people do, and while you cannot communicate to a government, you definitely can communicate to an individual. All groups and governments are established on the building block of the individual person and a society is improved one being at a time. That is as fast as anything can go.
This site is therefore dedicated to you, the individual person. Our most fundamental and intrinsic right as individuals is the right to communicate. It is with good reason that the founders of our nation guaranteed this right in the first amendment to the Constitution. To then not use this right when the conditions of our society demands it of us is a grievous error, and one that may have prompted the famous words by the poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox: “To sin by silence when we should speak makes cowards out of men.”
29 March, 2013