Boyfriend and I will spend Thanksgiving with our cat in our new home. It will be just the three of us and we will eat Salmon rather than turkey. I am looking forward to a few days of relaxation, hopefully to blog a little as well, as Boyfriend and I have continued to settle in.
For the most part, Thanksgiving will be like many other weekend days, but it also gets me thinking. Times are changing, along with society, its view, and the way of life in America. I am thankful to be an American and thankful that I live in this country, while I know people who no longer share these feelings. I am thankful that I still have freedom of speech, at least for now, and that I can browse the internet for REAL information. I am thankful that we can express our feelings, and our disagreements, even the opinions with which I disagree.
On a personal level, I am thankful for our new home. I am thankful for the wonderful partnership Boyfriend and I have, and I am thankful for our sweet cat. I hope that Thanksgiving can come and go without fanfare, violence, or other types of chaos. I hope that Americans will think about what Thanksgiving is supposed to be about, and that they will appreciate the freedoms we have.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “No, Thank You.”If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?
This prompt really strikes a cord with me, which you would guess if you have read any of my past postings. I am a pro-liberty, pro-free speech kind of person who would never support banning a word.
Once the powers that be start banning words, controlling speech and ideas, re-writing history, and limiting individual freedoms, society has started to give away their ability to think, express, and interact with others the way they see fit, whether they offend someone or not. Wait a minute, I think I’m too late because this has already started happening!
Likely my opinion offends someone, just as someone else’s opinion likely offends me, but that’s fine. I can learn from someone with whom I disagree, and may learn more from that person than from someone with whom I agree, because I will have to consider a difference experience, knowledge base, lifestyle or culture, even if I still decide to keep my original opinion. I can try my best to see life from someone else’s point of view but I can never be that person – I am not in his/her skin, wearing his/her clothes, walking in his/her shoes, anymore than someone can be me but we can connect on a human level and attempt to meet each other where we are.
I am not for erasing the past because each of us has one, but I am for the truth of what really happened, sharing the truth, and learning from it so I can teach someone else a truth that may prevent future mistakes, whether mine or someone else’s. Part of the problem is that the truth often gets distorted, especially on the grand scale of life and society. Looking up the history of something can be tough because everyone who has written an article or a book has an agenda, just like the politicians that pull form history to perpetuate their policies and the news outlets that create a buzz worthy story so that we flip to their channel.
Banning a word will never fix any problem and will, in fact create more problems. Banning items and pieces of history doesn’t take back what has happened, and it creates disrespect when it was mean to solve a problem of disrespect. We need more expression not less. We need real people to think for themselves and share their ideas with others, rather than looking to people who are trying to tear us apart when we should be banding together against the injustices they are pushing upon us. Americans should be coming together to fight back against government policies that are hurting all of us rather fighting each other. We should be protecting our rights, instead of give our rights away.
If you haven’t read George Orwell’s book “1984“, I highly recommend it. I read it a few years ago and I was amazed to notice some of the trends in both the book and current society. This book talks about BIg Brother, cameras watching you everywhere you go, “Thought Police’, people being disappeared, government propaganda… it might shock you when you realize what is going on in our world today. Another book I would suggest is “Fahrenheit 451” By Ray Bradbury. It hurt me very much as a lifelong reader and lover of books, and it scares me to think that many important books could be altered, erased, and /or eliminated because they provide knowledge that is inconvenient for us to know because knowledge is power, as the saying goes.
Don’t ban books, words, thoughts, art, history, statues, flags, etc. Embrace the freedom to share with and learn from others before we no longer can.
Everyone can be offended by something, whether it’s a word, a symbol, a food, a culture or something else. We all lose freedom and the ability to choose for ourselves when things, words, symbols, books , etc start being banned. Once it starts, this will be hard to roll back.
The Charleston shooter had a Confederate flag, so it must be banned
James Holmes thought he was the Joker, so Hollywood movies must be banned
Charles Manson was inspired by the Beatles, so popular music must be banned
The US cavalry killed native Americans, so the American flag must be banned
There is no limit to how far these psychopaths called “progressives” will take this. They won’t be satisfied until everybody are government slaves – and the GOP will assist them every step of the way.
Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as…
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Dear Leader.” If your government (local or national) accomplishes one thing this year, what would you like that to be?
My hope is that the politicians we elected, at all levels of government will do their jobs by making decisions for the true good of the people, not for the good of only their families, their investment portfolio, a small group of society they think will vote for them, or for the good of the devil they made a deal with to get into office. My hope at the national level is that more Americans will come forward who are not afraid to ask questions, that our elected officials will put our interests, our rights, our economy and the problems of our people first and that they will let the rest of the world handle their own problems for awhile (Ron Paul commercial). My hope is that we, as a country, will exact less of our solutions when we are not solving our own problems or, rather, are creating our own problems. My hope is that our texts, our phone calls, our emails, our photos will be securely ours because, to quote Kentucky Senator Rand Paul at 2015 CPAC, “I believe what you do on your cell phone is none of their damn business.”
My hope for this country is that we can appreciate why we exist and how we came to be, which was to be free from an oppressive government (See explanation on http://www.history.com – American colonies declare independence). The Declaration of independence and the U.S Constitution and Bills of Rights are the result of a desire for freedom and liberty. I realize that they were written in a time very different from the present and that our forefathers were imperfect in many ways but these documents are still important and have stood the test of time. It is troubling to me that some groups of people would even classify our forefathers as troublemakers or terrorists for, without them, we would not be living in the United States of America.
As a Texan, my hope is that Texas will maintain it’s independent spirit. My hope is that the Texas Legislature will eventually pass Constitutional Carry, but I am pleased that Open Carry is making great progress and that Governor Abbott supports it. I believe that each American should have the right to defend themselves but that it should be his or her choice. Police typically show up after the fact, and I keep seeing stories of people with firearms protecting family, friends, fellow shoppers and their pets, which could not happen without the ability to legally possess a gun. My hope is that more Americans see value in having more choices rather than less choices, and that they will not over-regulate to the point that criminals, rather than good people, are armed. My hope is that Texas and my corner of Central Texas will not borrow us into the monetary condition of states like Illinois, which remains toward the bottom of the economic outlook list (48th in 2014). My hope is that Texas will protect itself from both intruders and the federal government, who seems to forget about states’ right when they make policy.
Overall, my hope is that all of the predictions of another economic collapse, another war(s), and further restrictions on our rights don’t come to fruition, though these events are likely to happen at some point, and my hope is that we can tip the scales back in favor of the people.
I grew up on the Southwest side of Chicago, the land of city workers, police, fire fighters, union workers Chicago Public School teachers and Democrats. That’s the way it is still is, especially in my old neighborhood and many in that region. Not that there’s anything wrong with that specifically, but you should grow and a change and learn new things as you get older. Just going along to getting along is what most people do, which is why Chicago and many other cities are in shambles. It’s why the United States is in trouble. Questioning the status quo and seeking information does not make you unpatriotic or a conspiracy theorist, it makes you an informed person. There is too much trust in government and politicians at all levels that they have the people’s best interests in mind, and they take advantage of this.
It was about seven years ago that Boyfriend and I started reading more and started seeking news from alternative sources other than the alphabet news channels (CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox and FBN), such as Infowars.com, theblaze.com, Naturalnews.com, lewrockwell.com and truthinmedia.com. They don’t give you the whole story, and sometimes give you a slanted version of the truth, depending on their ownership and sponsors. Out of convenience, I do still get some of my news from these other sources but hold them in a different regard than I did before. There is a wealth of knowledge out there if you look for it and care to know the truth on the internet, on the radio, and in books. You will find some of the truth scary, depressing, shocking, and angering but you will be informed about the world around you. I came across a video recently of Hillary Clinton supporters who were presented with the exact opposite of what she supports and the people did not know fact from fiction. While some might discredit the video, it shows the sad state of uninformed society who, not only don’t know that they are being duped, but they don’t care that they are being duped. You can find the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0SnIgOwZ3A I’m sure that the same could be found of people blindly supporting other candidates as well.
I used to automatically support certain candidates and causes without knowing the back story. While I believe that my country should defend itself, I have a different opinion of war after reading “War Is A Racket” by Smedley Butler. I also learned a lot by reading “Confessions of An Economic Hitman” by John Perkins; “None Dare Call It Conspiracy” by Gary Allen; “We The Living” by Ayn Rand; and “Constitutional Chaos” by Andrew Napolitano. I would recommend each of these books and many more to anyone interested in history, war, the economy, the government’s role in many areas of life, or freedom and liberty. I have trouble grasping some of the reality and concepts of how our world works, but the puzzle begins to make sense the more pieces you put together. I amno longer someone who goes with the grain or votes with the grain. I believe that there are a few politicians who are more for the good of the people, that support true liberty and freedom, and who do want to serve honestly. I support them, cautiously, and am not so tied to a party as I was, though I now lean Tea Party/Libertarian rather than Democrat. So much focus on regulating, protecting this right or that right, and how someone might be offended does nothing but detract from everyone’s right, in my opinion.