WAKE UP!

As I watch TV, browse social media, or read the news, I see nothing but content related to the upcoming presidential election.  Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.  And though up until now I believed the president was truly a puppet doing only what he was told to do, and I believed there was only an illusion of power in his position, my mind has recently been swayed.  We may not have the best choices of candidates this year, but while the race for candididacy is always ugly, this year stands apart from the rest.  All the candidates are campaigning as usual except for one: Donald Trump.

Donald Trump’s supporters say that he “tells it how it is, and isn’t afraid to speak his mind.”  They say “he is rich and successful, and will help our country.”  And while I see that he has built an empire on that illusion, facts show this is nothing short of showboating and exaggeration.  Yes, he certainly may speak his mind, but on that same note he shows no self-control in doing so.  He will spew the most insulting, childish and outlandish statements I have ever heard come from someone trying to gain a public office.  He shows no maturity, no tact, and certainly no diplomacy.  And while I may seem like I’m over-reacting when I say this, I do believe a Donald Trump presidency will certainly ruin our country, if not our world.

Just this past week he’s had 2 rallies shut down due to violence and rioting.  His supporters seem to largely be ignorant, uneducated or just under the spell of his fame.  And when protesters come to his rallies, the Trump supporters will rip up their stuff, mock them, boo them, and beat them.  Even peaceful protesters get removed from Trump rallies.  Here’s one person’s account of being at a Trump rally:

“So, if you know me or my friend, Seth Quackenboss, then you know that we often get ourselves into ridiculously wacky situations, especially when we’re together. Yesterday was one of those days. We decided to drive down to Fayetteville in order to hear a certain orange politician speak. Yes, you guessed it. We went to a Donald Trump rally. Now, I am not a supporter of Mr. Trump in any way, shape, or form. I’m quite inclined to a certain berning sensation that I’ve been experiencing for some time. But that’s beside the point. The point is, we thought that we were in for a time of jokes and hilarity. And at the beginning, it was. There were a few speakers before Trump came out and they were not well organized at all. They were comical. One man, a veteran, said that he had shed blood on 7 continents. And unless I missed the great Antartica War, I highly doubt that’s true. Let it be known for the record, that I am not against veterans in any way shape or form. I just thought that particular comment was funny. Because I doubt he actually wounded someone in Antarctica. But a more plausible explanation would be that he was doing penguin research and accidentally pricked a penguin and it bled. Anyway…

One speaker also said that we needed to get rid of 911 calls and we all need to handle our problems ourselves. Well…that’s highly unlikely. I can’t imagine that people will start forgoing 911 calls when their house in burning down in order to try and extinguish the fire themselves. But, ya know, it’s a nice thought.

So those were my laughable moments. Trump was about to come out. We had our signs ready. We were going to go all out. Yelling and screaming and whatnot. Because, why else were we there if not to join the spectacle? He comes out. People go crazy. For the first twenty to thirty minutes I sat there with high expectations of hilarity. After half an hour, my feelings turned extremely grim. I was scared and upset. Let me explain.

Trump basically said the same few things the whole time. He knows exactly what will get a cheer from the crowd and he says it. He mentioned his wall several times. About five or six if I can remember correctly. At one point he said “We’re going to build a wall. And who’s going to pay for it?” And the crowd yelled, “Mexico!” and then they lost their minds. Now, we all know exactly why this is stupid. So I won’t elaborate. It was just very unsettling. He mentioned ISIS several times. About ten. But not exactly how to stop ISIS. Just comments like, “We’re gonna get ISIS,” and “ISIS is going down.” Blanket statements. He did say that for America to win again (any sort of winning, not just against ISIS) we have to go outside of the law and he isn’t afraid to do it. And that’s unsettling for several reasons. But I’m just reporting the facts. 

And that was all he said on policy. Completely void of content or substance. Just statements that would get the crowd cheering. Now, let’s talk about the protesters. There were many. I think throughout the hour long rally, there were roughly 15-20 groups of protesters. Some of them were individuals and some were in groups. They popped up throughout the rally here and there. And some of them were yelling and causing a raucous but some of them were just standing there with their anti-Trump shirts or their pro-whoever else shirts. They were all removed. Peaceful or violent. One man had a shirt that said “Love is the answer,” and he was thrown out. Trump’s comment on this man was, “And love is very important but I mean, who’s making love to that guy?” And my stomach churned. A few minutes later, a woman stood up not far from where the other man was and starting protesting. She was removed. Trump’s comment was, “She was with the other guy. They’re actually a couple. A *clears throat* beautiful *gagging noises* couple.” And the crowd laughed and cheered. It was horrifying.

But out of everything I saw, the crowd was the worst part. I have never seen more hateful people in my life. Everyone was just filled with so much hatred. If a protester had a sign, even the peaceful ones, they would take the sign from them, rip it up, and throw it back at the protesters. Whenever a protester would get removed, the crowd would yell horrible things. Once, after a protester was removed, Trump said, “Where are these people coming from? Who are they?” A lady, sitting not 5 feet from me, said, “Well hopefully when you’re president, you’ll get rid of em all!” Get rid of them? Get rid of anyone who opposes Trump? It was sickening. I felt truly nauseous. And these people loved the protesters. They loved the drama and the chaos. And Trump fed upon it. It was easily one of the strangest and uncomfortable things I’ve ever witnessed. I could just hear the horrible things being spoken around me and it made my skin crawl.

Needless to say, there was very little laughter on my part. I thought this was going to be joke…and it was, but for a very different reason. I implore you, if you’re thinking about voting for Trump, reconsider. You are only promoting chaos and hatred. I witnessed it firsthand. And trust me, this is not something you want to see in person. This is not what you want to happen to our country. But I’ll leave you with this picture we took with our souvenir. This was taken just before I lost all innocence and faith in humanity.” Written by Jordan Ray Correll on Facebook, March 10, 2016.

So you see, this is not just me over-reacting and saying Trump is an awful person.  This is not just me being another person spouting bullshit about our candidates this year.  This is a post saying I’m scared for our future.  The future of America, Americans, our allies, our enemies, and our children.  If someone with this sort of influence on the masses is to be in our most powerful position as a country, what will become of us?  We will lose our allies.  We will be seen as the biggest bullies in the world, if we aren’t already.  There will most certainly be a rebellion, if history is an accurate indicator of future events.  We will be screwed.  The world as we know it will be no more.  I just wish people could wake up and see this for themselves.

And before I get replies saying the other candidates aren’t innocent either…. I know this.  I’m not saying anyone is a great choice.  I just know Trump in particular is the wrong choice.

All Worked Up Over Opinions

My opinions, especially in the last few years, have been quite unpopular amongst my Facebook friends and others who decide to chime in and comment on my posts.  I’m not private about my opinions.  But I am also very open about the fact that I acknowledge they are JUST opinions.  I know what I say is not “the rule and the law.”  It’s just a statement of what I think.  I am not telling anyone else they are wrong or stupid for feeling or thinking differently.  I know very well that everyone is different and unique, with very diverse personal history and events that make them feel and think they way they do.  That being said, I am going to make it clear that I am just as entitled to my opinions, and to my right of voicing those opinions, as anyone else.  I am always open for a good debate.  Its normal to get worked up and even sometimes a bit upset.  But abuse, namecalling, and getting all pissy is very unnecessary.  Personal and cultural diversity is what makes this world go ’round.  And just because I am against something you are for, or I am for something you are against, does not mean we can’t be friends.  We need to respectfully agree to disagree and perhaps make the consious choice not to engage in those topics that would make us say things we may later regret.

Some of those topics I am referring to are as follows:

  1. Abortion: I am very against.  Not to take rights away from women, but to speak up for those who have no voice.  I believe every fetus/baby has a right to live, no matter the circumstances under which it came to be.
  2. Gender Identity/Transgender: People who truly, as adults, go through with the change are fine (even if they can’t afford the actual treatment and surgery). I understand they have to live as their intended gender for a time before the change. Still all good. But kids (under 18) who may or may not be going through a phase, no matter how permanent it feels to them at the time, should not be given free reign to do whatever they want. There are rules and lines for a reason. Period. I say a lot of it is attention seeking and self-expression. Just like all the other stages of adolescence.
  3. Politics: QUIT ruining the planet, help the poor become self-sufficient, affordable education and healthcare for all, the right to clean drinking water, don’t be a douchebag.  Besides that, I absolutely hate politics and avoid it all as much as possible.  In my opinion its all a bunch of bullshit and lies anyway.
  4. Religion: I’m more of an athiest these days.  Spiritual, but not necessarily following any set faith or deity. I lean more toward a scientific way of thinking.  And I’m finding peace with that.  And I believe you don’t need religion to be moral or good.

I honestly don’t care what my friends and family’s stances are on these topics.  Either they agree with me or they don’t. But I certainly don’t need anyone’s validation for my opinions.  And I won’t be unfriending people online or disowning people just because they differ from me.  In all honesty I like hearing other opinions.  It keeps life interesting.  So simmer down folks.  They’re just opinions.  😉

This Will Offend You – But Keep It Private!

There is this huge movement going on right now.  It’s been brewing for a while, but now with a family member rushing into things head first and embracing many of the facets of it, it’s hard not to have some opinions brewing.  This movement is not just acceptance for race, or religion, or sexuality.  No, this movement is going so much further and deeper.  This is more about finding a label for every little feeling, fetish, and kink you could possibly imagine.  It’s one thing to be straight, or gay, or bisexual.  To dress for your gender type or to cross dress.  To fully commit to being the opposite gender than that you were born.  To each their own.

But then there are those who have to use those other labels: agender, pansexual, girls wanting to be boys who want to be girls, those who think they were born the wrong species, and so much more, so much deeper.  It’s about finding a niche for yourself, and then trying to out-weird one another.  And once you’ve gotten to your optimal comfort zone of weirdness, you take it a few steps further.  Then cry about the injustice of not being accepted by society, or of being ostracized by your family or friends, or by the other people around you.

0519efcbe613c82846167c9fd82d79a4dbc8e9-wmIn this whirlwind of labels and boxes and stereotypes and discrimination claims, I find myself asking “WHERE IS THE LINE DRAWN???”  When can you say that a person simply has a mental illness and leave it at that – treatment or not.  Furthermore, why does it have to be a public display??  I don’t go around saying “I’m a female, and I identify as a female, and I am into [this and that] sexually.”  Who the hell cares what I’m into sexually, besides my lover?  Why would I want all of that very personal, private information out there for the world to see and know?  It’s all just a public cry for attention.  Whether these people who make all of these claims about themselves are genuine or not, why is it necessary to put every little detail out there?  Why is it necessary to find validation for everything online, or amongst other people?

And though all of this irritates me so much, the advice that still rings true is BE YOURSELF!!!  And for crying out loud have some self-respect and keep private matters private.  No matter what you’re into, or what’s inside, just be you.  You don’t need to be validated by like-minded people.  You don’t need to cry and grab attention from the haters.  You don’t need to put a label on everything, or fit into anyone else’s box of characteristics.  Keep the sexual stuff to yourself, to discuss and enjoy with a lover of your choosing.  Just please, please, for the love of all that’s holy, keep it private!

Get Dirty!

This year with the Flu Declared Epidemic by CDC, according to ABC News, it makes me ponder the reasons why this continues to be the story, increasingly so, year after year.  It could be as the linked article states, and people are getting vaccinated less and therefore getting sick more.  It could be that the strains of the flu are getting stronger as they mutate.  OR it could be because of the huge increase in antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, unnecessary vaccines, and the rest of the huge war on germs that has been brought on stronger in the last 10-15 years.  With all the fear over germs, dirt, and anything “unclean,” the immune systems of our children are no longer working nearly as hard as ours did when we were younger, or the generations before us.

14526_10152275228950428_229388724_nWhen I was a young child, if there was a commonly non-fatal virus going around like Chicken Pox, our parents would intentionally expose us, knowing that our immune systems would do their work and we would be stronger because of it.  “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”  Not only that, but we were allowed, and sometimes even encouraged, to play in the mud and to be outside as much as possible.  People then knew that fresh air, sunshine, and a few germs weren’t going to hurt us, and that they would in fact make us healthier in the long run.  Exposure to those common cold viruses and some bacteria keep our immune systems alive and strong.  Like just about anything else, if its not needed, it will die, and it needs to exercise to be strong.  So while we are waging this war on germs, our immune systems are no longer getting the work outs they need to stay strong, and humans are getting weaker.  There’s a lot more to it, but I’m going to leave the more detailed explanation to Dr. Mary Ruebush in her article Dirt, Germs, and Other Friendly Filth.  Enjoy the read!

Random Thoughts About The World

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The internet contains vast amounts of information.  But no real person-to-person bonds are made.  Sure you can sit and chat with people, you can get to know who they say they are.  You can even video chat, text, talk on the phone.  But overall, anyone can act like anyone or anything they want online.  For the most part, meeting online is just words on a screen, like you’re reading now.  You don’t know who anyone really is.  And if someone disagrees with any opinion, they can be as cold-hearted as they want in their disagreement without feeling any consequence.

We see pictures of people dying, of births, of parties and celebrations, of vacations, families, beautiful destinations, tragedy… anything you want to see and a whole lot you don’t want to see.  Its all there.

We see news stories of local people living their individual lives, of war, of famine, of disease ridden countries, of accidents, triumphs, murders, miracles.

just_say_no_to_gmo_s_by_poasterchild-d6hghziWe hear talk of the poisons we eat in our foods, how the life we live is wrong, and what we are doing will kill us.  And if we don’t kill ourselves or each other, the world will end and we will all die anyway.

People preach “the one and only truth” and try to convince everyone including themselves that their pain and suffering will end if they only believe hard enough. Pray often enough.  Cry desperately enough.

bullshit1-300x300Politicians saying whatever they think people want to hear to put them in power.. or to be the star puppet for the puppet show we call government.

We read inspiration: Never give up.  Keep calm and carry on.  Count your blessings.  Life is beautiful.

We see disasters coming – weather, viral, bacterial, global changes – and we panic with nothing to do to change the course of things.

But how does this create any connection?  How is this helpful?

It seems anymore everyone is just so lonely and angry.  There’s not enough time to meet new people.  Work, sleep, repeat.  Kids are growing up without any guidance, feeling entitled and perpetuating the rudeness and anger of the frustration of their parents and caregivers.  Basing their attitudes and lives around the images they see in media – games, TV, movies.

natural-medicineIt may seem like a catastrophic idea, but I’d love to see computers quit working.  Shut down the whole power grid!  Let life reset and lets get back in touch with our Earth, our human nature, and human kind.  The answer to all our problems lies within our natural world.  The ease of depression, anxiety, other illnesses… it could all be eased or cured with the materials Mother Nature has put right in front of us.  Sunshine.  Natural foods and herbs.  Walking and natural exercise.  Laughter.  Hugs.  Fresh air.

But we are beyond repair.  As a society, we are doomed.  Far too electronic-dependent.  Way too far out of touch with the natural patterns of life.  Caught up in our own routines to notice anyone or anything else.  And still crying that we want to feel better without doing anything to make it better.