Move to Moscow

An aunt of mine shared this post on Facebook- a list of how we are a nation that says this, but does this. (We believe in supporting the military but letfootball players kneel, etc) I believe my aunt is concerned with how divided our country is. My mom is an outspoken liberal.She went fought for her kids and anyone for that matter if she thought they were getting a raw deal. Now with Facebook, she rails against Trump everyday. She fights for what she believes in, so she responds that Trump is ruining this country. A family member’s response to this was:  move to Moscow.

This really struck me. Evidently he is against the right for women to choose and for black players to have the right to kneel. He is entitled to his opinion. But move to Moscow as a response? Does he not want to move Moscow to our country?  He clearly does not want her to state her opinion. Thus Russia would be a better fit for him.

Move to Moscow as a response? That in itself says if you do not agree with me, you should not be in our country. The great thing about our country is that people do not have to be silent.

So perhaps (In some people’s view) the players that kneel for the flag are being disrespectful. Perhaps they are in the wrong. However, the response to someone complaining about our country by saying well then leave it is asinine. State your well-reasoned beliefs, but to say Go to Moscow means you do not want people to have the freedom to speak up. You love a dictatorship.

 

PS- I want to believe that the response was just inarticulate. However, it does seem that people want the US to be the way they want it. The old way- back when we could trample on the rights of people different than white and Christian

 

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Not a Thinker

There are several signs that someone is not a thinker but just a follower of the line the Koch brothers and the tea party feed you.  One is to exaggerate by saying we will be owned by China.  A second is saying that Obama tried to make us a Socialist country. A third is saying that you want to make America great again.

You can disagree with Obama’s view point.  But you are not thinking when you think conspiracy.  We are not owned by China, we are not a socialist state, we are not a Muslim country. We are a great country.  We were great under Obama. We were also great under Bush. I can say that though I disagreed with how he did things. Because I just don’t listen to Fox news and what some fallible human says at the pulpit.

Perhaps, we should make a list.  Was Obama selling us out to China?  In so as far as all politicians do because that is was corporations want.  Who was navigating a difficult foreign policy (Obama) and who has consumer goods after consumer goods made in China instead of hiring Americans (Trump).  Who was screwing American workers by simply refusing to pay them (Trump again).

Did people respect us under Obama?  For the most part yes. And he did it while keeping us safe.  Do foreign countries respect Trump?  Nope.

People that spew out words like socialism and the like are not thinking.  They are mimicking. Perhaps we need less government control.  Perhaps say that and why.  People on the other side thinking differently. We think a rising tide raises all boats.

Obama took us out of a huge recession cause by Bush and corporate greed and Trump is the poster boy.  He was not  the opposite of a socialist.  He was not a capitalist pig.  Wrong on stuff in my opinion, I have to admit he was trying to do right.

To not be able to admit that Obama treated his wife well, was good to people and was gentle to children is a sign of two things:  you don’t critically think, or you are a racist (unless you are both).

 

http://billmoyers.com/story/chinese-debt-explained/

 

 

SnowFlake

You there. You seem angry. Not you snowflake liberal. You, that angry christian conservative. Everything is so dire and everyone is out to get you. You are mad at everyone.  Why?

I suspect it may come from religion. That belief that we are sinners. Okay. That’s true, why is that the baseline for how God and ourselves look at human. It is simple so pessimistic.

It does not have to be that way.  Many churches and religious leaders and community members have a powerful, positive message. One that I beleive in.  Each day is a gift so make the most of it and enjoy it. These churches focus on God’s love and people leave them feeling good.

The text is the same, but they get a different message than you.  Not God, but you focuses on how much evil is in everyone and how human’s default mode is bad. It is not necessary. It does not pay to measure how much we sin. Why not just focus on being better?

I suspect that it that you are invested in your anger and your righteousness.

That’s a good angry ending. I was going to stop. But then it occurred to me that is not the whole answer for everyone. You are also worried that bad things happen and more and more worse things happen and you want it to stop. You are afraid that we as a people will start allowing anything to happen.

Valid fear.We should have standards and encourage people to do better.  But as jesus taught us. First love.

 

The Abstract Gifts of God

My wife and I had settled into a grove. That was when we decided to have our third child.  We ended contraception and we quickly had a bun in the oven. Thinking about that the other day made me think. We chose to create a baby. God didn’t answer our prayers or gave us that gift.

Well, He did in the sense that it is a the process of having a baby and children in general is a beautiful process. Perhaps God brings us that beauty. He did not, however, care if we had a child. He did not decide when. We did.

I know because our other children were not planned. We decided to create a baby by the act. Now you could think that was God’s decision to give us a baby for having premarital sex. To make our lives more difficult. Well, it may have been difficult, but our children have brought us so much happiness.

So the process of procreation is a beautiful miracle. A baby though is no more a gift than a warm sunny day. Does God give a baby as a reward?  Does He sometimes give a baby as a punishment? Does God play games with life?

Does God give us sunny days when we ask.  If I pray for a sunny day, does the bad person next door not get the same sunny day?

Can people be a fundamentalist Christian and not believe that God chooses to give or take a baby away? I think so.  You could believe in instances in the Bible where human life was given to some people from God. A true miracle.

Otherwise, other than giving humanity itself, God is not involved in procreation. I doubt that he judges and condemns by giving someone a baby.

What about the soul. God puts a soul in each of us? I ask another question. When does he do it for a baby that was made from a frozen embryo and a sperm sample?

I have many questions. But for me the answer of the soul is that we have a collective soul. That soul in each of us and connects us. A baby absorbs it as it grows.  A miscarriage or an abortion, the energy is reabsorbed and waits for another baby.

 

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Infomercial President

Nobody likes what they have. There is always something better and it is in our nature to find problems. Perhaps most importantly, nothing is perfect, but we want things to be.
And that is why Trump was elected. He is a salesman and he used salesman techniques to sell himself. I noticed that seeing all of his promises put together. He promised everything. Health care that did everything and was cheaper. He promised a balanced budget that expanded the military. This is low-balling.
According to Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017, Definition of lowball
transitive verb
1 : to give (a customer) a deceptively low price or cost estimate
2 : to give a markedly or unfairly low offer

He gave the racists what he wanted. He promised them what they wanted while saying no one is less racist than me. In this way, he won over the racist and many moderates. He gave the fundamentalist what they wanted by being anti-abortion. Then he promised the large amount of disgruntled voters what they wanted. That he was not beholding to politicians or greedy Wall Street jerks. He still says that while putting those exact kind of people in position of power. Words are more powerful than facts.
He does not care. His job was to land the big client, the American people. He wants to go on and keep selling and leave the delivery to Bannon and his crew. He may not even support what they are doing, but he is not concerned with that. That is not his skill set so he is not even going to try. Instead, he’s going back on the road and do some more selling. That is where the adrenaline rush is.
Selling is his comfort zone. It is a money-getting skill, but you don’t have to be brilliant for it. You just used the time-tested techniques. So it’s how he approaches everything. Dealing with reporters and dealing with foreign heads of state. He believes that he can succeed with his limited skill set. However, his ad campaign of a ,er, campaign worked on the individual voter and running a government is not. After all, as Abraham Lincoln said, You can’t play a player,

Kindness is Powerful

I was at the checkout line.  It was a lady buying things with her food stamp card and then separate thing with cask.  Between her and I, was a big burly guy.

This was before work, and I was in a hurry.  So I was thinking bad thoughts about this woman ahead of me.  When she came up short on cash, I thought, okay, here we go.  That guy is going to give her hell. I relished the thought.

Instead he held out the two dollars and said, I got it. Don’t worry about it.

For two dollars, that guy got two feel a hundred dollars with of good.  The woman was appreciative. I got to see kindness.

 

Kindness is powerful.

 

Kindness can transform. Yes, it can be taken advantage of, but it makes me think of poverty in the United States. How our country can provide support and help out the disadvantaged minority (inner city blacks).

 

We see problems and blame welfare.  Perhaps, though it is not the welfare. Getting something for free, is not creating problems. Perhaps it is our duplicitous nature.  Half of us, want to provide assistance and some of us then judge.  We call people lazy and bad.

 

I simply think it possible that our judging is causing the problems.  What do people of color hear them labeled and called. Perhaps that is what they are reacting to. That’s the problem in my opinion.  We give with one hand and slap faces with the other. How would you react.  Thankful for the assistance or angry and hurt from the other.

 

Kindness is powerful.  It could transform our country. Put safeguards in assistance, require effort on the recipients, and reward people for getting past it. But also quiet the judging and the anger.

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My Brother Has Cancer

My brother has cancer. And he is a prime example of why health care reform is important. Universal Healthcare is not some sort of socialist conspiracy. It is a solution to a problem.  Our government used to see something that needed to happen and then fixed it. Whether it was a transcontinental railroad, interstates, or segregation. Now we are a nation and government of squabbling.  We blame the politicians, but they respond to us.

My brother does not have healthcare because he did not work for a place that helped him get it. On his own, it was too expensive. Conservatives, I suppose, think that’s his problem. Well, it is a problem you could just have easily been in. So he could not go to the doctor. In the same situation, I would have done the same thing.

He is receiving care. That’s not the point. The point is, he would have been better off and healthcare would be cheaper if people like him had access to regular checkup and the ability to go in and catch the cancer early.

In the end, only the government can help.  That is the role of government. To step in. I do not see any religious organizations stepping up to take the burden from government (Many, many, religious organizations though do wonderful things).

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Poor is Okay

Poor is okay as long as everybody is okay. However, today we have a big gap between the haves and haves not. We must challenge the idea that those that are rich are only to be envied and emulated.

 

We should validate the believe that struggling and taking care of yourself makes you into a better person. However, welfare and assistance does not make life easier. Welfare should not be our primary concern.

 

It is that widening gap between the rich and the working class. What we are seeing is organization and wealth taking control of our government and they are doing it by preaching about strong american values.

 

We are slowly creating the same divinity in our rich that kept people suffering for centuries under monarchies. Donald Trump as president is culmination of that and our warning sign.

 

I am not suggesting that we take away the motivation of wealth. WEe do, however, have to acknowledge that money is power and people are using it to consolidate power. The rich are .right now making our government into Corporatocracy.  They have gerrymandered the voting districts, rolling back regulations put into place to stop corrupt business practices, making their voices the only ones heard in Washington, and destroying the unions.

 

I do struggle with progressive taxing- taking a larger percentage of income because someone has more. This negates the hard work that many people do to have security and wealth. However, successful people must also acknowledge that it is not just their hard work. Things would be different if not for our country and our security. Our infrastructure and our freedoms.

 

Their opportunities was created by a environment and that was influenced by our government. Now that they have theirs, they want it to stop before it helps others.pretty good book.jpg

All Lives Matter

Would black people be better off focusing on what they have and the blessings in their life. To always be thankful they live in a good country? I believe so.
However, I see a direct correlation with those that believe that blacks should stop complaining and how much they think white men are the new minority. What I mean is the more certain people believe that the white male is a target of unfairness, the more they say black people should be grateful.
To a certain extent, all people have things they struggle with. However, racism is real. Facts are facts. More black men are killed by the police. More black people are incarcerated. The simple act of profiling makes them angry as it should. It would make them angry.
So, too many people are whining that white males don’t have it fair. That other people have it more fair. Besides being wrong, it is weak. It is babyish.

Yet people get mad over black lives matter. They say all lives matter. In this they see reverse racism. However, they are not using violent rhetoric. There are people calling for black people to be eraidicated from the country. To be sent back to AFRICA.
People that are not racist, but want black people to quiet down, are an echo of our recent racist past.

Charlottesville’s White Supremacy Rally

Violence was not the right response. It only fueled the hatred. Yet the alt-right were chanting for the end of Jews and the beginning of ethnic cleansing. I am trying to think of a good analogy. The best I can think of is what if OJ’s children went to the Goldman’s house and began chanting that someone needed to exterminate the rest of the Goldman’s. Or would people not want to react angrily if the Muslim’s rose up in our country and called for the end of all Christians. Would there be no Christians waiting for them with weapons? To me, it was wrong but understandable. And the protestors didn’t run people over with a car.