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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Courtesy of clipart/GDJ

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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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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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. 

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NEVER…

In response to The Daily “Post’s writing prompt: “Never.” What will you never write about.

I believe in freedom of speech, expression, religion, being yourself, dressing in your own style, and making your own choices. I will not write in support of censorship or of taking away natural rights.

As the Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” I realize that this is and has been considered a very loaded statement. I am aware of the history of the United States of American and the fact that this statement has not always been fully representative of all legal citizens of this country. The part I want to focus on is the “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.” To me this means that I should have the opportunity to pursue things that will make me happy but I am guaranteed nothing.

Having a blog and being able to express myself is within my pursuit of happiness, as well as my liberty. Word Press offers an outlet for my expression, which is sometimes therapeutic for me, but that does not mean I am owed attention by others, that others will even read what I have to say or that I will gain anything tangible from writing. It only means that, like it or not, I can saw what I want and how I want for as long as I want, period.  I have a right to be alive until I either die or someone takes my life away. I have, or should have, the right to make my own choices, as long as they are not criminal, put others in harm’s way and I feel that other should as well.  With the freedom of speech and expression we can all say or do something offensive to someone else at times and they, in turn, can say or do something that offends us.  As Voltaire said, “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” And, as Oscar Wilde said, “I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.”  I whole-heartedly agree with both statements, and I think it is important to listen to what others say, whether we agree or not, because I have learned a lot from others with a different experience.

I am not suggesting that speech which harms or slanders should not be dealt with appropriately, as I also support the right to defend yourself. However, I do caution against the trend of limiting speech and expression because I fear the day when the book 1984 becomes a reality. I hope the time never comes when the art, the history, the literature and so many other aspects of our culture, good and bad, are gone forever, preventing future generations from missing out on the truth.

Quotes found on: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/freedom-of-speech

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