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Appalled

I am just appalled at what I see going on in the US these days. Of all the appalling things I see, wrenching children from their parents is the most appalling. I don’t really care what the purpose is; it is the most inhumane thing I’ve seen yet.

And so many Americans think this is a good thing because they are so hateful about immigration. How greedy and selfish are they. When did we become this?

I’m thinking that the answer is that we were always this. We are the country that bought slaves and fought against freeing them. We are the country that destroyed almost an entire ethnic group and took their children away from them (Native Americans). We are the only country to ever use nuclear weapons to annihilate two cities and kill thousands of people. We are the country that barred African Americans from the front of the bus and from going to school. We are the country who interred Japanese Americans. We also barred Jews from seeking refuge in the US during WW2 and six million people were murdered. We are the country that has waged 15 years of war in the Middle East while our corporations profit.

This is the country of greed. Of “me, me, me”. In fact, our “president” says this, “America First”. Narcissism runs rampant in the US.

I am disgusted. I am outraged. I am appalled.

I leave you with this article to read…let this sink in for a while. What if it was you?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/07/us/children-immigration-borders-family-separation.html

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Inequity

Driving home from work today–a mere ten minutes from my work to my home–I am saddened to see so many people standing on the street corners, begging for money. An old man with a cane and useless arm. A younger man, extremely thin, perhaps a drug addict. A nicely dressed woman with a toddler in a stroller.

It’s the child that gets to me, and I give her money. I can’t afford to give all the people money I see on the way to work and back home. Mind you, this isn’t a poor area. It’s San Diego, a place where an entry level house costs $750,000 and a one bedroom apartment starts at $1600 a month, which I cannot afford.

What is going on here? I have heard that many of the homeless begging on the streets are our veterans, who gave of themselves to keep our senseless, endless wars going. But now I’m starting to see women with children on the street corners.

Why are we ignoring them? We have a Congress that just voted to give themselves tax breaks and raises, while people are taking to the streets in droves. I cannot wrap my head around this. What kind of society have we created, where no one gives a damn about anyone other then themselves?

The eyes of that woman and her child got to me. I wish I could have given her more, but I just paid my tax bill for the year and it wiped my account out. I truly object to having to pay taxes to support endless, senseless wars, tax breaks for people and corporations who don’t need them, and political corruption. That’s not what I work for.

Why can’t they get a job, they say. They’re lazy. They don’t matter. Move them somewhere where I can’t see them. That’s what people say these days. I see it on the internet all the time.

Don’t they realize that what hurts the homeless also hurts them, as we are all connected by the Great Web of Life?

This is the face of America today. Citizens with no healthcare, senior citizens living on a pittance, and homeless children on the streets while the rich grow richer and richer. How can you look away?

I am, for the first time, ashamed to say I’m an American.

Shades

I’ve been watching a lot of genealogical research programs on TV lately because I’m interested in finding out where I come from.  So far, my sister got DNA’d and found we have other “blood” mixed in with what we thought was “pure” Greek blood.  Even Turkish blood.  My grandparents would be turning over in their graves, so to speak, as the Greeks hate the Turks.

But there is a deeper meaning here.  We are all shades of the same thing:  humans.  DNA testing has exposed the fact that we all are mixtures of Black, white, oriental, Jewish, etc., all races and cultures that divide us.  White Supremacists find they have African American roots.  African Americans have Caucasian ancestry (due to slave owners raping their slaves mostly).

So really, I have to ask — are there really any differences between us?  Genetically it is minuscule and results in a slightly different shade of color.  It would be like light brown haired people hating people with dark brown hair.  It’s really no different.

The truth is, we are all one.  We are all human beings.  We need to stop dividing us and unite us instead.  This planet is being destroyed by our hatred and greed.  Time for a change.

We are all just shades of the same thing.

Let Them Eat Cake

I’ve always been in favor of tougher gun control.  In fact, I’d like to see all guns gone but I know that will never happen in the US.  We have to compromise and I’m certainly willing to do that.

But I don’t think stricter gun control laws, while necessary, will eradicate the problem. I am aware that countries that outlaw guns have a much lower incidence of gun violence. But those countries have something we don’t:  a social safety net structure that works, and thus a healthier, happier population.  We don’t have that here in the US. A large part of the problem is a result of our broken social safety net systems, especially our health care system.  I think we can also point a finger to the broken family unit.

Our health care system is so broken that people don’t seek care when issues begin.  First of all, it’s so expensive to get treatment for issues, even to see a doctor, that many people simply don’t. I know this to be true because I’ve been in this position myself.  If more people had access to healthcare without restriction, perhaps they wouldn’t get to the point where they are killing people because they can’t contain their anger.  Those that do get healthcare today get some pills thrown at them and that’s the end of it.  Often, they can’t afford those pills because they are so expensive.  And by the way, if we had better healthcare, perhaps it would help with the astounding homeless problem we are experiencing in this country.

If our schools were properly funded and class size was much smaller, perhaps teachers and school counselors could get to these children before they become killing monsters.  But our schools are so underfunded that there is little teachers can do. It’s a very sad situation where our children are so stressed and bullied that their anger lashes out and kills their fellow students.  Let’s face it, the system is failing the assailants as well as the victims.

Another problem is the breakdown of the family unit.  I think a lot of this is caused by financial stress.  At least it’s a part of it.  I don’t think the minimum wage has changed much since I last worked retail in 2012.  I think this is the root cause of divorce, not a lack of religion.  Religion forces people to stay together even if they hate each other.  When you live in an atmosphere of anger, you become angry. And as more and more wealth and services transfer to the very rich, the general population in this country will get angrier and angrier.

Divorce tears apart families.  Many of these children are raised by single mothers (or fathers) who have to work several jobs just to live.  They are unavailable to raise their children.  I don’t think single motherhood/fatherhood itself is the problem, having been one, but a lack of social safety nets to help these people in raising their children.  Better wages, after school programs, better schools and healthcare would greatly help this situation.

Because the divide between the poor/middle classes and the wealthy has become so deep, we are developing an entire huge population of angry, downtrodden unhealthy Americans, with no access to health/psychiatric care.  And our gun problem will just get worse and worse.

It’s easy to blame the NRA and they do need to shoulder some of the blame.  They have no business in our political system, buying off senators and congressmen.  Neither do drug companies.  Our system has become so corrupt it just doesn’t work anymore at all.

But the NRA is just a symptom of a much greater problem.  In a country where people have been beaten down through poverty, owning a gun is the one act of seeming  power and control that people have.  Holding that gun makes them feel powerful, as though they can rise up against this government.  But it’s all an illusion.  The big government with it tanks, weapons, troops and nukes would squash them in a second.  Kent State was just a taste of what our government could do.

The US needs a huge overhaul, and I can’t help but wonder if that will naturally happen when people get desperate enough, or if it will happen through a revolution, a la the French Revolution. Hopefully our political system is intact enough to solve the problem without blood and violence.

“Let them eat cake” didn’t work then and it won’t work now.

 

 

A Nation Divided…

“A nation divided against itself cannot stand.”

From what I can see, and I’m no expert, just a citizen- this country has divided into two factions.  It’s no longer political, but for me it’s moral.

One faction believes that we are measured by our economy.  That all else should fall aside in order for our capitalistic society to flourish.  It doesn’t matter who gets stepped on, as long as the stock market is flourishing, all is well.

One man told me we are a “constitutional republic” not a socialist country.  I promptly went and read our constitution and didn’t see anything there that said we couldn’t feed the hungry.  “We must protect the citizenry, not feed them” he said.  This was how he justified the massive spending we do on our military.

The other faction agrees that we must protect our citizens, just in a different way.  By feeding them, offering them healthcare and education, we are protecting our citizens.

It’s become very black and white to me.  On one side, we have compassion and caring for our people and the planet, and on the other, we have a lot of very self involved, greedy people who want everything for themselves.

These people often quote the bible as the source of their belief system.  For one thing, I have read much of the bible and it doesn’t say anything like that at all.  Especially the New Testament.  For another, this is a book that is well over 2000 years old.  Do we not evolve at all?  What are we so stuck in this bible time warp?

This is also true of the gun debate.  The “right to bear arms” was written 250 or so years ago when muskets and flintlocks were the highest technology.  I propose giving everyone a musket in the US and this will settle the argument.

Let’s grow people.  Let’s get beyond the philosophy of a 2000 year old book and the technological mentality of the 18th Century.  This is the 21st Century.  One would think we might have grown some. And as Lincoln said, “A nation divided against itself cannot stand.” Oh, and by the way, Jesus said it too:  “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation.” Matthew 12:22-28

 

 

Casting Stones

Every day it’s something new that riles me and offends my sense of moral right and wrong. Today it’s immigrants. Again. And government shutdown. 

All my grandparents were immigrants who came here from the Greek islands with virtually no money.  My mother’s father served in the Army during WW1.  My grandfathers worked long and hard as chefs. My mother’s parents owned their own restaurant. They made it through the Great Depression unscathed, operating a “soup kitchen” and feeding those less fortunate.

My grandparents raised their two sons well. My father was an Army Master Sargent who did two tours of duty in WW2 and who held two degrees-electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. His brother, who also served, held a degree in Chemistry and a Master’s degree in education.

Many of my friends are from other countries…immigrants. They also work very hard and are decent people. I’ve lived here in San Diego for 28 years and have found the Mexicans here to be hard working, ethical, devoted to their families and causing little trouble. I call many my friends.

They are not “criminals”. The criminals are those in power who possess little compassion and legislate through payoffs and greed.  Some have already been indicted, so they are literally criminals. Most of the people I see drugged up and begging on the street corners are white. I’m sure many of them are veterans who are not getting mental health care. The biggest drug problem today seems to be the problem with legally prescribed drugs such as pain killers, ADD drugs and anxiety drugs. Yes there are illegal drugs, but the US is dotted with their own meth labs.

I really wish our president would stfu already and remember that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Or as Jesus put it, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

He wastes our money on 700 BC Great Wall of China type walls when the greatest threat to our country happens in cyber space.  He shuts down the government like a petulant child because he doesn’t get his wall, despite both Houses of Congress being led by his own party.  

I’ve had enough already!

Christians?

I heard on the news today that “they” (meaning our government) wants to allow “Christian” doctors and nurses to refuse to care for people whose lives “violate” their religious principles.

So basically, if a gay person presented themselves at the hospital for care, medical personnel could simply let them die because they are gay….or Muslim or whatever.

How in the world do these people call themselves “Christians”??? What New Testament are they reading?  Certainly not any one that I have read.

I’m reminded of the parable of the Good Samaritan.

Luke 10:25-37New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Please don’t call yourself “Christians”.  You are not Christians.  You do not even follow the most basic of Jesus’ teachings. Jesus did not preach hatred.  Jesus did not tell his followers to leave people to die if they did not live their lives the way they wanted them to.  This is probably the most insane thing I’ve heard in a long time.

What is happening to the US?  When will this stop?

 

“One’s deepest moral or religious convictions” should not allow a person to die because of who or how they love. That’s not what Jesus taught.  So please don’t call yourselves Christians, because you’re not.