Building A Wall Of Insanity

Let’s say the neighbor’s kids keep coming into your yard. They like it there and your kids like to play with them, but you don’t like it. You’ve been trying to stop them from coming over for quite sometime, but to no avail. And you swear they’re taking some of your kid’s toys.

In actuality, your children don’t want the toys the neighbor kids play with. But you feel that’s not the point. You’ve lived there longer than these neighbors have, plus you were born in this country and they weren’t.

Your wife is OK with the neighbor’s kids. She believes they aren’t hurting anything. But something inside you detests these rascals. They’re different from your kids. Their parents are different from you.

You realize a lawyer is out of the question—this is something you know you can’t sue over. And then bam! “I know,” you say to yourself. “I’ll have a humongous wall built to keep these undesirable’s out.”

Deep down you know they haven’t done anything to you personally, or anyone really. But the idea of a wall and the fact that you came up with it, fills you with a sense of power, and you become obsessed with your mission. You can’t wait to tweet about it and add it to the thousands of other well deserved rants you’ve felt the absolute need to tweet about over the years.

It’ll be an expensive adventure, and although you know your wife and kids will be upset, you’ve talked to other people in the neighborhood who said they were all for it. (Apparently these kids have been a menace to some of them too.)

“Now how to pay for it,” you wonder.

“I know,” you say to yourself again. “I’ll get the foreign neighbors to pay for it.” “After all, it’s their children causing the problem not mine.”

Sound insane? It is.

Nuff said.

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Let’s All Have A New Mind-Set

We must become united as a people if we ever expect to help solve our nation’s problems. But first we need to drop the self-defeating mind-set of “us against them.” A division of our citizens that was instigated by the government a long time ago. We need to see how both sides of our political parties point the finger at each other for the problems in this country, and nothing much gets done. Especially when it comes to helping the dwindling middle class. Black, White, Hispanic, no matter what race. This struggling and yet largely ignored group of people find it harder each year to live the American Dream, while the extremely wealthy and the extremely poor seem to get all the attention and all the benefits.

We can, of course, continue to believe that we’re right and the other side is wrong, and argue our political views with each other. But I’m hoping more people will begin to see the insanity in all of this and stop the debates. First, however, more people will need to see the insanity within our political parties. It shouldn’t be too hard. The extreme foolishness, folly, senselessness, and foolhardiness exhibited by our politicians over the years, the very people we trusted to make things better in our country, should be evident by the shape its in. If we can all agree on this, maybe then we can become united in a common cause that benefits everyone. We can even have the mind-set of “us against them” once again, only this time it will hold a new, and perhaps promising meaning for everyone involved.   

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I’m Complaining For Your Own Welfare

“To me helping the poor has nothing to do with supporting a welfare state. Sure some people take advantage of free government programs designed to help those in need. And yes it can be said that a form of dependency on these programs has been created. But when you get right down to it there are millions of people living in poverty through no fault of their own. Prideful, hardworking individuals who want to live the American Dream, but can’t on the meager wages they earn. They don’t want government handouts; they just want a more level playing field where they have some of the same opportunities others do. People who were fortunate to grow up with advantages not afforded to everyone. Sadly, I find these are sometimes the people who complain that we live in a welfare state, and seem incapable of understanding how poverty can weaken one’s resolve.”

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Some Of Us Have A Right To Be Angry

I have written things out of anger before on my blog, and this post is no exception. However, just like before, it’s not a seething or hate filled anger, but a passion filled one. The type of anger I wish more people would feel.

After hearing about yet another incident where an angry white police officer pulled over someone of color, I watched this video that was making the rounds. Much of what I saw angered me, and although seeing someone not be arrested, but accused of resisting arrest may seem laughable, the events that took place make me sad.

I don’t care what attitude the lady in the video had, she simply did not deserve the type of behavior displayed almost immediately by this police officer. And she certainly didn’t deserve the type of treatment she received for doing what, in my opinion, should be our right as an American citizen. At the very least she did nothing wrong but let out her frustration at being pulled over for moving out-of-the-way of a tailgating vehicle, without first signaling.

Write her a ticket and tell her to have a good day, but for the love of God, don’t antagonize an already frustrated person, and provoke a situation that will undoubtedly make the news.

Now I do believe there are a lot of people out there who, like me, don’t care what someone’s skin color is. But I will say that very few of my white friends have ever been pulled over for not using their turn signal, or anything really, and the ones that have been pulled over for some small violation never experienced anything close to what this person did. As a matter of fact, both my wife and daughter have been pulled over for speeding a few times, and I know they were both let go with just a warning at least once each. Maybe they smiled and didn’t react like this lady did, but then again, neither one of them have ever experienced what people of color often do in this country.

Again, there are people of all colors out there who don’t care about the color of someone else’s skin. I’ve met plenty of them and they all seemed like very nice people. I also believe most of our police officers don’t care what race someone is and do a fine job at protecting and serving everyone.

I just wish almost every incident we see like the one in this video didn’t always involve an angry cop, a person of color, and sadly, sometimes death.

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Stuck In The Middle With You

I believe what could help ease racial tensions in America is for people of all races to come together and say—we’re not racist or prejudiced in any way; we’re simply tired of always hearing about race and division in this country.

I also believe we should start using the word discrimination less when it comes to minorities and more when it comes to the middle class.  A group of people who certainly experience unjust treatment in this country. Hard working people from ‘all’ races who find it harder and harder to live the American Dream.

A class of people who shouldn’t have to struggle in life, but often do, as they live paycheck to paycheck.

Term after term, it seems no matter what president gets into office, either the very rich or the very poor benefit, and nothing much improves for the middle class.

Meanwhile the media stirs up trouble with half-truths that causes tension and division in a country that’s supposed to be united, and we rarely hear about how people of different races actually get along and show mutual respect for one another.  

A mixed group of people called the middle class who could someday become the true minority of this country.

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When A Tweet Was A Sound A Bird Made

Tweet! Does a bird come to mind when you see this word, or do you immediately think of social media? Personally, my mind goes right to Twitter. But even though I tweet. Get on Facebook a lot. And use other forms of social media now and then. At 55 years old, I can honestly say I miss simpler times.

Because of this, I made a list of some things that I feel people around my age can relate to when they think about how times have changed over the years. It’s not a comprehensive list that required deep thought on my part. That would have taken too long and I have other things to do like surf the Internet and compulsively check my email. It’s just a short summary of a few random things in list form (social media people love lists) that I hope brings back memories of simpler times. Times when we weren’t so “addicted” to some of the things modern technology has brought us.

1. We used our imagination to play, not video games. And toys weren’t mostly from movies and TV shows in the form of characters and action figures with built-in personalities.

2. TV shows, as silly as some seem to be now, didn’t involve gratuitous violence. Sex and sexual innuendos. Sex. Personal insults used as humor. And shock value added under the guise of “entertainment.” Most shows simply had a moral to the story—a lesson to be learned.

3. We sent hand written letters to loved ones and looked forward to receiving them in return.

4. We used corded “home” phones to call people, and had to remain at one spot the whole time we were talking. (Although I did attach a 25 foot cord for better mobility, and later became overly obsessed with purchasing the latest models of cordless phones available).

5. Even if we had a cell phone, we still used it as a phone and not as a typing device or TV.

6. If we needed information we relied on sources like the library or the local newspaper.  The closest thing to Google was in name only—remember Koogle Peanut Butter with its koo koo koogly eyes?

7. Even if we had a computer, it was a desktop where we would sit for several minutes, usually patiently waiting to get on-line so we could hear “you got mail.”

8. A face book was a photo album.

9. A tablet was something we wrote on with a number 2 pencil. (I’m sure some us still do, but isn’t it a pain in the ass to sharpen one, even with an electric sharpener?)

10. Our thoughts and opinions about things were shared in person with friends, family, and at social get-together’s. I know this still holds true for many people, but I must add that doing so through an online blog makes for less arguments, at least it has for me.

So there you go.  Age may play a part in what you think about my list. I would have added more, but as I mentioned I was in a bit of  hurry while writing it.  It seems when I’m not on the Internet for awhile, my hands start shaking and it makes it hard to type.

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