Where do I even begin…

Life has just seemed so complicated and overwhelming lately. For me, for everyone.

Right now, you are probably all in or completely tuned out. From the 2020 election to the Coronavirus to the celebrity scandals, you either know and care about what is going on in the world or you don’t and are waiting for Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/etc. to tell you what you need to know and if you should care. Try to convince someone who doesn’t care, see how far you get! ūüė≤

Your take on these news events will be framed by your news source. If you are a person who gets his/her news from the mainstream media or even from Social Media, you will have a different view than Infowars / Natural News / Breitbart / other alternative news sources. You might have a confusing mix of all of the above. Either way, it is exhausting, gut-wrenching, and stressful. On both sides, we are waiting with endless anticipation of what will happen next, who will ruin our lives, and how they will do it. All of this on top of your job, your family, your bills, health issues, and other things pulling on you at the same time. The instinct is to cover our ears, close our eyes and block it all out, but that only works for a little while.

All we can do is stay tuned and hope for the best while preparing for the worst. Eat right, take your vitamins, pay your bills, keep needed supplies on hand. And what ever you do, don’t expect the government to fix all of your problems.

Reason to Believe…

In response to the Daily Prompt, “Reason to Believe“, In Reason to Believe, Bruce Springsteen sings, ‚ÄúAt the end of every hard-earned day / people find some reason to believe.‚ÄĚ What‚Äôs your reason to believe?

Believe… in what, exactly? The prompt is a bit vague. However, I think it is open to interpretation, which is good, and this appears to be a prompt I have not¬†responded to¬†in my year and some months on Word press.

I believe in a lot of things… truth, justice, and the American Way. I believe in freedom, true freedom, and I believe in the right to make your own decisions. I believe that Government is not the answer to everything, they are there to keep some order and to ensure that a minimum level of services are available to the public, and that they should not be dictating everything you do. I believe in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights and that they are the law of the land, and that States are responsible for what is not covered in the Constitution. I believe that states can do different things and that their people¬†can decide what is best for their state based on population, landscape, and other factors. For instance, Texas and Illinois are different states with different needs, to¬†some degree. I believe that the government should not tell parents what they can send to school with their children for lunch, and that wearing a shirt with the American flag on it should not be a punishable offense. I believe in the right to defend and protect myself and my loved ones, by fist, by blade, or by firearm.

I believe that people have to want things to get better in this country. I believe that we need to each educate ourselves about what is really going on in this world, rather than taking what is said on the news or at a debate for face value. I believe0 that winning six coins tosses in a row is about as likely as winning the big Powerball was. I believe in reading books, real books, because you can learn just about anything which a little time and effort. I believe in pulling information from many sources to piece the truth together. I believe that knowledge is power, and that it is better to know than not to know. I believe that we all have a voice to use, whether we speak or write or post, and that our information will resonate with others, though we may not realize it. I believe that someone may offend me but I might still be able to learn from them, and that I may offend someone as well but that they, too, can learn from me.

I believe that sometimes we each have to make tough decisions, with which others don’t agree, but that are in our best interest. I believe that blood is not always thicker than water, especially if that blood (family member) is causing you pain and suffering. I believe¬†in spending time alone or with positive influences, rather¬†than with negative, unhealthy influences.¬†I believe that we all need to time to ourselves regularly to think, rest, recover, and¬†to develop new ideas, and that this doesn’t make use weird, or abnormal, or crazy. I believe that each of us¬†can change for the better, but choose the easier path. I believe that social media, when¬†used wisely, can be a good thing, but can take over your life¬†and can help you forget how to¬†communicate with a living breathing person who is standing in front of you.

I believe in myself, and believe that I only have the power to control me. However, I believe that, by sharing my ideas, I can help others figure out what they believe.

© 2016 blogdaysofchrell

Doing a 180… and the importance of being informed

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “180 Degrees.”

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 am no 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.¬†

© 2015 blogdaysofchrell