The laws, the violence and our new President… no

I have long contemplated writing my own take on what is going on in the USA, especially with regard to Trump, his policies, and the violence going on in many cities.

I voted for Trump, I will admit that, even if I can’t discuss this with friends and co-workers. We talk about many subjects, except for politics, and I turn to my stack of work while they talk amongst themselves. I have some nice friends, but politics is where we separate. My family and I aren’t even on the same page, with varying ideologies. I believe in laws, I believe in the U.S. Constitution, and I believe in the exchange of ideas. I don’t agree with the notion that if you supported one candidate you are a racist, and that  if you supported another candidate that you are a good person in support of rights.

Some people will read this and think I am heartless, insensitive, a racist, etc. I am not. I am, however, sick of being blamed for all of the ways every group outside of my ethnicity has been wronged, and I am sick of the ways each group has allowed ourselves to be manipulated to fight each other over bullshit.  In reality, those in power made bad decisons for a very long time, and now we have a bad economy, lack of jobs, a skewed sense of justice, wars still being fought in multiple countries, and a restriction on the rights of Americans.liberty_and_justice_for_all_posterI have worked with and befriended people from all walks of life, as I have written about before. I have gotten to know and learn from them, even while not agreeing with all of their views or decisions. I have worked with diverse backgrounds of people, and I have seen the choices families have may have made out of desperation which have long-lasting negative effects on their children and on their communities . First off, because the parents broke the law, they have shown their children that it is ok to break the law… And we as a country have shown these young people that they might have to follow some laws but not other laws. We have shown them also that, not only do they not have to follow the rules, but that not following the rules allows you to get stuff that other people pay for, and that it is ok to bash people while they are helping you.

I understand that people can fall on hard times. I have had my share of hard times, where I had to figure out how much food to buy because I was broke. I had poor credit at one point because I couldn’t pay my bills, and I have slept on the floor and washed my clothes in the bathtub because I had a low paying job. I rented an apartment in a neighborhood with drug addicts and rundown buildings because it was what I could afford, until I could afford to move to a better environment. Boyfriend has also had very hard times, but the only people who could pull us up and out of the hard times was us because we are white, childless people, rather than minorities or foreigners or people with children.  People think that being white exempts people from struggling or suffering or being broke.  Struggling is struggling regardless of race, color, sex, or creed.  People of all walks of life can struggle and suffer, regardless of what the politicians tell you, right, Bernie Sanders?

Being that I live and work in Central Texas, I am very aware of the policy battle raging between the governor and the Travis County Sheriff. I follow the local news and the real (alternative) news very closely. I see people walking into my work building to handle their business and I have met some very nice people, while also meeting some people who don’t get it, don’t want to get it, and who will never get it… they don’t want a hand-up, they want a hand-out, expecting someone to let them keep breaking the rules, not assimilating, and taking no responsibility for their actions.  scales-of-justice-glass-effect-800px

I am not against people coming to this country legally and lawfully. My ancestors came to this country from Europe through Ellis Island, including my grandmother, whose family made three attempts before successfully escaping the czars nearing Russo-Poland. I am an Irish/English/Scottish/German/Russian/Polish/Lithuanian/Texan-American. One of my proudest moments was visiting Ellis Island 15 years ago to see where my ancestors entered this country.

So, I am not against foreigners coming to the U.S. and wanting to become Americans. I do not appreciate my country opening the door to people who tell us what is wrong with our country while we give them food, shelter, clothing, etc., while they say it in their language, don’t follow our laws, and while their country(ies) tell us what to do. These countries would not give me or any other American the option of crossing their border and setting up camp in their country because things didn’t work out for us in the U.S. Rather, we would have to have money to afford living there and would still have limited rights, or we would be imprisoned for trying to live there illegally.

I understand helping someone in a truly desperate situation. I have done that many times without a thought, but that would not give someone the right to take over my house, eat my food and tell me what the rules in my house should be. Other countries have laws and rules and procedures that visitors must follow, I don’t think my country should be any different. Other countries get to decide who comes in and who doesn’t, who stays and who doesn’t. I also think that we as a country should be able to protect ourselves against intruders and enemies, foreign and domestic, by way of personal defense and keeping enemies out. I hope to never see another event like 9-11-01, 0r 9-11-12, or what happened in San Bernardino, Ft. Hood, Orlando, Boston, or the events that have taken place in Paris, Berlin, and so many others. I believe that people having the ability to defend themselves would have lessened the loss of life in most these and other terrorist situations. wp_20151108_002

We have started to hear a lot more about the violence that has plagued Chicago for years from Donald Trump and the news media, but society has blamed the guns rather than the criminals and gang members who shoot with reckless abandon, often striking the wrong, innocent target(s).Oh yeah, and the guns are often illegally obtained through straw buyers or on the black market, not usually through legal means (going through a background check and purchasing at a legal firearm distributor). However, it’s perfectly OK  for people angry that their candidate lost an election to destroy property, assault innocent bystanders, burn up vehicles, smash in windows, loot businesses, commit hate crimes, and fight the police. That’s just normal. And, again, I am pro-Constitution so I fully support free speech and peaceful assembly. What I don’t support is for anyone to lash out at other people just because you are pissed off, because you might be held accountable for breaking the law, or because someone has simply offended you. I get offended everyday. I have learned to deal with it, and I have learned to use effective means to hand my grievances or other situations.

I hope that things will get better in this country, and in the world. I hope people do their own research rather than be spoon-fed propaganda by the mainstream media… the same media that covered up some politicians’ crimes, indiscretions, bombing of Middle Eastern countries, political affiliations and business dealings, while openly trying to sway an election, dig up mistakes and oversights, and distort information. I am not saying that politicians are angels, and I would dare say that each and every one of them has made deals, justified behavior, and done things most people would not. I am saying that for all we have heard about someone’s marriages, flirtations, inappropriate language, and dalliances, we didn’t hear much about similar or worse behavior from other candidates and/or their spouses. poorunclesam

My writing this was done so in the hopes people will realize that there are two sides to every story. So people will realize that the truth is not being told, that the people who voted for Trump are not all angry and hateful but are people who want to improve this country for all Americans. We can’t help others until we can truly fix our own problems.

Does this documentary shows the true agenda?

I spent two hours and forty minutes on Saturday, that I cannot get back, watching Zeitgeist 3: Moving Forward. Boyfriend and I had seen the previous two Zeitgeist installations awhile back, so we decided to see what this movie had to say. I remember the general themes of the other two but not the movies individually, and found more of the same. More America-bashing, more Capitalism-bashing, more Constitutionalist-bashing, More Tea-Party-bashing, more Republican-bashing (with little or no mention of Democrats, only liberals),  more focus on “potential” rather than right or wrong, and more taking God and religion out of every venue of life. More sorry people, you’ve been wronged and you’re a victim but we’ll fix you.

courtesy of IMDb
courtesy of IMDb

I know what my views are but I believe in knowing the arguments of the “other side”, and being educated about the world around me. I believe that his documentary was right in one area, to a degree. Gabor Maté said that stress during a fetus/baby’s neurobiological development can affect them later in life due to the mother’s stress, possible abuse, nutrition and other factors while pregnant because the baby absorbs the mother’s nutrients and stress. He also talked about severe child abuse possibly leading to addiction and violence being the result of what a baby then child has endured, including neglect, which is consistent with other research I’ve read. I also agreed with downplaying the role of genetics with regard to diseases and other conditions because a large number of people blame their heart disease, diabetes, and other illness on genetics rather than on other factors, such as choices (eating fast food and not exercising, for example). I digress…

I did not like that this film removed religion from the equation, as well as personal responsibility, and it seemed to say that, while people want to work, their only motivation is money.  In fact, there is a quote in the Zeitgeist Addendum, and a similar one in Moving Forward, which states, “Without money, a great majority of crimes that are committed today would never occur. Virtually all forms of crimes are a consequence of the monetary system.” Granted, crimes are committed against humanity everyday due to money and the potential for profit, including war, releasing dangerous medications so companies can make back their R&D money, and collapsing economies  to exert control, but it is missing the part where some things are done just for power or the enjoyment of other’s suffering.

My big question is… who will be behind the global management of their “resource-based economy”, which would track all of the resources worldwide, who uses the resources and needs them? Who will be pulling the strings and making this system go around and, what exactly will be used to do the tracking? The film made sure to say that this was not the “New World Order” but it sure sounded like Agenda 21 when the city planning portion of the film was described in great detail. I heard a lot of automation of duty, which is not new to our society, and I heard ideas and methods focusing on the collective while bashing individualism. Great, you can take the tube to work and you won’t need a vehicle, but what if you want to drive. Will that be an option? You can eat from the community-grown agriculture, but there was no mention of having your own garden. What if you want fruit or vegetable that you cultivated with your own hands? Will be you be allowed to do that?  I believe that the focus on how possessions are bad was also a slam against private property. Granted, the emphasis on consumption and “Keeping up with Joneses” is part of the debt/spending problem but shouldn’t you have a say in how you spend your paycheck? Oh, wait a minute, they suggest eliminating money… And, it seems, this proposed system removes the sovereignty of countries because the resources now belong to the “global community.”

I remember the first Zeitgeist moving talking at length about the myth of Jesus and Christianity. The next two films followed in this vein by removing religion from their discussion and eliminating the effect of religion on society by basically denying the idea of good and evil. Sorry, but good and evil will always exist in the world. While most human beings are good at heart, there will always be a few who do evil things either to rebel against the good or to insight the good to engage in evil with them. Evil exists in business and in government but, everything that can be used for good can be used for evil via manipulation. Look at science. While some scientific knowledge can be used to treat and cure illnesses, it can also be used as a weapon to create the next epidemic… which leads to a solution… hmm.

Interestingly enough, Zeitgeist: Moving Forward seemed not to blame companies like Monsanto for world poverty, even though their GMO seeds bankrupt farmers and destroy their soil. Mention was also made of the AIDS epidemic in Africa and the amount of deaths… Could this not be partially due to vaccines and experimental drugs given to unsuspecting people desperate for food, health care, and assistance? This has happened before in the US and around the world. Most of the blame was placed on the money system, debt and Wall Street. There are so many factors tied to these entities, such as “Crony-Capitalism” and, while there is much blame to pass around, only one solution was offered: surrender because the system has an answer. Isn’t that how the world got to the condition it is in now? We trusted our corporations, our governments, our banks and our media. We hoped that they were telling the truth and acting in our best interests as we closed our eyes, put our fingers in our ears, and we told ourselves that all was well, even after blatant signs that it was going terribly wrong. Remember what happened in 2008?

In short, I believe that this film was not an idea of what the solution could be. It is a film telling us the direction that the world is heading. The more I hear about global warming and the need for global governance from many powerful people, including Pope Francis, I believe that this is a case of the “powers that be” are telling us what they plan to do with our world. We need to realize what is going before it is too late…

 

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