Divide…

In response to the Daily Prompt, “Divide“:

There are divides everywhere, from the boundaries of your home or apartment, to the lines dividing the roads, the oceans, rivers, and streams that divide land and continents, to the languages, cultures, religions, and other ideaologies that divide people in their minds and hearts. In the U.S., many say that we are a nation divided.

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Families can be divided, by divorce, opinions, age, and location. My family is divided in many ways, which is why I can relate. I am divided from my family by opinions and knowledge. They don’t agree with me at all politically or in regard to other topics, and even my parents and brother differ. As I have written, I am aware of some of the truths behind what is really going on in the world, which has changed my view on things. I like to learn and know the truth, I like to read and research and, while I once cringed and shied away from my newfound knowledge, it has become a hobby and a passion despite the difficulty that comes with it. It is hard to digest the truth behind history and current events and to realize that the powers that be don’t have our best interests at heart, and my family would rather not know, or think my ideas are crazy. My mother listens and sometimes enjoys a polite exchange of ideas, but often has trouble wrapping her mind around somethings. It sometimes feels like I am being humored. The funny thing is that my parents are very divided as well, and I have to stay out of their arguments/conversations so I don’t add to or become involved in their divide, even after over forty years of marriage.

This causes a divide because my family and I avoid certain topics, and I am reluctant to share things that I have learned that I find interesting. I also feel the divide with many people I encounter, whether at work or in casual settings, because you are on a side and they are on a side… there is no consideration for the other person making sense and providing you an opportunity to grow, even if you don’t agree with them. Boyfriend and I were pleasantly surprised recently when we were eating at one of our frequent breakfast spots and we struck up a conversation with another customer at the breakfast bar. It was wonderful to meet someone who could share his ideas and teach us something while relating to our thoughts and ideas.

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There is a constant divide due to the idea that “if you’re not with us, you’re against us,” even if someone has feelings about laws that are not being enforced or they have an opinion based on a religious belief. The person who is deemed wrong is just not entitled to their opinion. Laws, local, statewide, nationally and those in the U.S. Constitution  exist for a reason – to provide order to society. Every society has laws. Ultimately, though I am not in favor of overregulation, micromanaging, censorship, and constant punitive action.

I believe that freedom, acknowledgement of natural rights, and a policy of live and let live allows for less of a divide. We are members of the human race, with thoughts, feelings, needs and wants. I am a member of my family, whom I love as much as a disagree with them, and we are all members of a larger family. We need to stop being so offended and starting listening to each other.

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Justice Scalia…

I join the many participating in conversation about Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s death, and I am one of the liberty-loving Americans that is greatly concerned about the direction the United States will take without Scalia protecting the U.S. Constitution.  Whether you agreed with his opinions or not, Justice Scalia has been an important part of our government’s checks and balances. May he rest in peace.

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We can only hope that the Supreme Court is graced with someone just as fair and conscious of the U.S.  Constitution, and what it means for the freedom, justice and liberty of all Americans, not just the Americans who agree with the U. S. Constitution.  Freedom-Graffiti-Writing-2014110421

This means having a choice, whether you support  free speech or wish to ban it, whether you wish to express your feelings or not, whether you believe in the right to bear arms or not. When we lose freedom, we lose the choice and the ability to express it.

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Embrace, Not Ban… Knowledge is Power

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Things We Need To Ban

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.

Real Science

  • 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.

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My hopes for our leaders…

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.” 

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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.

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