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Thursday, May 22, 2003

No More Bush Bashing - Old Blog Post

I'm tired of all the President Bush bashing. I'm sick or it! I hate it! And I think those people who spend a majority of their time doing it, should take a look at their own personal lives before attempting to tell people how to run the country.

Perhaps they actually think they themselves are perfect and would do a better job than Bush... or maybe they believe they would have put a stop to that sick bastard Saddam in some other "politically correct" fashion.

I think that if these people spent even half the time on their own internal issues, they actually may be able to come close to being perfect. Doubtful... but maybe close.

When I hear people saying that they wish President Bush was dead... I get a knot in my stomach. Wishing another person was dead because they are a rapist or murderer is one thing... wishing a man dead because he isn't running the country in some other way is asinine.

And NO... I do not believe Bush is a murder because we went to war. That's ridiculous. If that's the answer a person is going to give to me then I would say that God himself is therefore a murderer. Right?

Didn't he open the sea to let Moses and his followers pass but then allow the waters to take the lives of the Egyptian soldiers?

Genesis Chapter 19 states...

19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;19:25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

19:26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

Is God a murderer? Did he not kill all the people living in the city? Did he not then kill Lot's wife for looking back?

Oh, good grief... someone is going to think I'm comparing Bush to God now! I would never compare anyone to God in such a way. My point is simply that death is a horrible thing, it's true; but sometimes it is a necessary evil that can turn into a something good in the end.

How many people did the war in Iraq actually SAVE? How many more people would have died if Saddam was allowed to continue to control that country? Does that even matter to people?

I hear people on the television and radio getting all pissed off at Bush because he caused us to go to war and innocent people on all sides had to die.

First of all... it isn't Bush who caused us to go to war. It was Saddam and his political and nightmarish ideals and practices. Second... it was not only Bush who made the decision to go to war. There were other countries involved in this situation.

France... now of course, wonders why America is giving them the cold shoulder. I wonder why?

And yes... innocent people died and yes... it's a tragedy. But how many more innocent women, children, grandparents and fathers had to die because of Saddam's rule? Were we to just wait around another 15 years until the next time he became more powerful?

We have not forgotten about Bin Laden... believe me, we will never forget about him. But Saddam was a strong supporter of Bin Laden... perhaps... maybe even his taskmaster.

Remove the head and the body is sure to die.

Saturday, May 10, 2003

Derogatory words and their hidden meanings - Old Blog Post

I absolutely, positively hate people who use derogatory words to put people down OR who use them to describe themselves in an attempt to look like they “belong” to some group that they don’t belong to.

Recently there was someone who said they were a white “spear-chucker”. What the hell is that suppose to mean anyway?

Yes, I know that is a derogatory phrase to describe a black person. It’s wrong… it’s demeaning and it’s unnecessary. Why anyone would want to call another person that is beyond me.

But… knowing that it is a derogatory phrase for a black person, why would a white man call himself that? Was he attempting to seem cool to another white person or was he actually trying to fit in with a black person. If he was trying to fit in… how in the world would calling himself that actually make him fit in?

I can take a joke… but he was being funny in a serious way. Like he was putting himself down but had a hidden meaning behind it. I’m just really irritated by this.

My ex-boyfriend use to say the word Niger (or the N word as people like to call it). I told him that under no circumstance was he ever to use that word around my son!! There was a time when he said it with my son in the other room. I got really mad at him. He claimed my son was not in ear shot… oh, yes he was… luckily he didn’t hear him.

I should have been more forceful and told him not to say it around ME, in that way my son would never have been around it. He never heard it the whole time we were together… thank god for that.

One of my biggest pet peeves is any parent who forces their prejudices onto their kids.

This may sound strange, but I feel that being prejudice is an “earned” thing. No one can deny that it exists, but we also can’t deny that there is a reason for it. Whether a person hates another person because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, where they live, how they talk… it doesn’t matter. There is a reason they feel that way. The reason may be unjustified, as in they just hate because it’s a cool thing to do. Or the reason may actually be justified, as in they were hurt at one point in their lives.

Either way… any parent who makes their kids hate another person based on their own prejudices is unworthy of having kids in the first place!!

Friday, May 9, 2003

Should we lock down America - Old Blog Post

Would it be a good idea to just refuse to let anyone else come to live here?

I think it would be a very bad idea to just close our doors to every person who wants to either visit or move here. If we did close our doors, would we then allow people to visit our wonderful country? Would we have someone follow them around like a spy making sure they actually leave and go back to their country when their done visiting?

And would anyone really want to visit us anymore knowing that they can't stay... knowing that we are evil and unjust. Some would say that making English the only language of America is a good idea. I feel they are a little off to some degree. I do feel that anyone moving here has an obligation to learn the language of the country they live in. But I also feel it is important for the American people to learn languages from other countries because we are not the god of countries. We are America and that means alot in my view - but we are not God.

Allowing others to move to America is a wonderful thing - but I have mixed feelings on the subject because I don't want to become a minority in my own country. Not necessarily because of my race, but because it seems that there are many people walking around enjoying the benefits of this country but they are not citizens of it. I truly feel that if you are to benefit from the many, many wonderful aspects of America - you should become a citizen of America. Not over night, of course; each person has to have time to decide if they truly like living in America. But there needs to be some type of time limit envolved.

Perhaps there could be some sort of law or requirement that says a person can visit America for a certain period of time in which they must decided if they are to be a citizen or to move back to their original country.

I have a feeling that as I am typing this, that there may actually be a requirement like this because I have come across people who have had to move back home because their visa ran out. I have no idea what that means, nor will I pretend to have knowledge of what is involved with visas. I don't know if they are governed by the country you originate from or the country you are visiting.

I feel that people should be allowed to visit America for a period of time (perhaps living here for two years) to determine if this is the place they want to spend the rest of their life. And then upon that period of time ending, they can request for an extention of up to one more year. Then upon that year ending, they must decide what they want to do. If they decide not to become a citizen and they move back to their country, they then have the opportunity within another year to change their mind and move back permanately as a citizen of America. If they do not decide to move here within that year, then they must wait another five years before they can begin the process all over again. They can still be able to visit America during that five year waiting period, but only for weeks at a time and perhaps only twice a year (?).

In this way, we are not denying anyone a citizenship without giving them ample opportunity to decide what they want. Moving to another country is a huge decision that should be thought out. I know I wouldn't just decide over night to move to Australia - however, it is a place I would consider if I were to leave America (which will, more than likely, never happen). Visiting Australia would be great - maybe a month or two. I'm sure they must have some sort of time period in which a person can visit without being a citizen. :o)

Thursday, May 8, 2003

Is it my fault? - Old Blog Post

Why is it we feel we have to blame someone for everything bad that has ever happened to another human being?

Is it my fault that Hitler killed so many people? Is it my fault that slavery was brought to America? Is it my fault that some homeless guy sits on the street corner begging for food and money?

How can I ever possibly apologize to all the millions of people who have ever been hurt by them or by some other asshole who felt it was their right to hurt people?

I feel sorry for everyone who is ever hurt when it is not their fault they are being hurt. I don't feel sorry for anyone who does stupid things that cause themselves to be hurt.

It's just so aggravating to know that people can hold me accountable for things I have no way of controlling - OR - things that happened long before I was born. I am truly sorry for all the pain and suffering people went through... but it is really my place to apologize?

An apology from a complete stranger for what happened to me when I was nine years old is completely irrelevant!! So why would anyone try to say they are sorry for something they had nothing to do with?

And another thing... why is it that a person feels they deserve an apology for something that happened to their great, great, great grandfather or grandmother? It didn't happen to them directly and getting an apology for someone else (even if it is their family) may help a little... but only if it's an apology from the person who actually did what needs apologizing!

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

They aren't all True Protestors - Old Blog Post

I have the news on right now and listen intensively and yet don't really want to. I particularly felt that the following entry was worth mentioning here.

My mind if filled with many thoughts about what is happening here in America and across the world. They just said on the news that Bush is relying on his advisers quite a bit right now. I can understand that... but I just don't know how anyone can make a decision like this. I never wish the presidency upon any of my family or friends.

With that said, I think it's important for the American people to support our military with praise and hope for their safe return. Anyone who protests in such a way to hurt those individuals who are being sent to do what they are instructed to do, is not an American in my book. Does being an American mean anything to anyone any more? I grew up believing that this is the best damn country in the world. Of course, I suppose people from other countries feel the same about where they live.

Some protestors are "true" protestors. In other words, they are protesting because they are in hopes that what they are doing will make a difference. But there are some protestors I've seen on TV who are obviously just trying to get a little attention. They're smiling as they're being arrested... actually in hopes that they are arrested. Do they hope to tell their grandkids one day that they stood up against their own country and, in that way, are not to blame for any war that may happen. "I was against it... look... here's proof".

I just feel angry sometimes. It burns in my mind and there really is nothing I can do about it. I don't feel compelled to force my opinions on any other person... not even my son. When he asks questions, we look it up. When he's scared, I wrap my arms around him. The only way that I force my opinions on him is in the form of telling him what he shouldn't do (ie. drugs, smoking, drinking, sex, etc.). I sound like a stick in the mud... but even at 11 years old these are all issues that must be addressed.

I do feel indifferent at times when it comes to what's happening with America, Iraq, Bin Laden, etc. I feel helpless and in order to get rid of that feeling, I'm in hopes that someone else will take care of it. Right or wrong... I want our leaders to take care of it. I can't possibly do it and sometimes want to just hid myself in a hole.

It is now 4:25pm.

Time just moves forward with no regard for what is happening around it.

Thursday, March 13, 2003

Where's Eisenhower when you need him? - Old Blog Post

My political opinion... I know you've been waiting for my opinion... well...

Opinions are like assholes... everybody's got one. And so do I.

I wish I were more educated when it comes to current affairs in our world. But on the other hand I sometimes feel like my brain is already so totally full of crap to begin with that I can't possibly handle all the other crap that the media wants to add.

I think that's partly why I avoid news stories. I know I shouldn't do that because how else am I going to know when something important is happening... I just wish they would say something nice for a change.

Well, I guess they did yesterday when they announced that they found Elizabeth Smart. Of course now the media's job is to figure out why the girl didn't try to escape and in so doing, will probably make her look bad. I just hate people sometimes.

But I truly feel that everyone has an opinion about everything. Whether they know what the hell they're talking about or not. I've seen opinions flying all over the place about Bush and Iraq and the whole terrorist scare.

Do I have an opinion. Well... of course I do! Good god... didn't you just hear me say that everyone has one. Geesh.

Apparently there are tons of people that think going to war with Iraq is President Bush's fault and that if we go to war it will all sit upon his shoulders as the man who started the whole damn thing.

Now that really makes sense.

If we do in fact go to war, I will be supportive of every man and woman in our military and I will never say a negative word about our country or our leader for fear that if I do, I may in some way be the cause of those men and women, who make this country free... to fall. How can anyone in the military do what needs to be done (whether I believe it to be the right thing or not) if their own country does not support them?

Wars are never pretty and sometimes they are unnecessary... and sometimes they are very necessary. Am I some great political analyst? Do I have some knowledge greater than others? Am I somehow able to know the future and know that all will be well in the world?

No... but I do believe that supporting our country is very important. This is the greatest country in the world. That's why so many people move here... that's why so many of us stay.

Forcing our own beliefs on others is wrong, but keeping the world safe is most definitely right. There isn't enough money in the universe to make me take over for Bush. And apparently everyone thinks that if a different man sat in the white house we would be in a different situation. I don't think so. If you think he's the only one making these decisions for our country, you're really not aware of how this country works.

How many of us would take the place of those faced with sending people... not only to kill others, but to possibly be killed themselves?

Leaders... true leaders are far and few in between. Is Bush one of those "true" leaders... probably not. But sometimes leading is what eventually makes a great leader.

Perhaps he will end up being one of those men in history that we all look back at... and just sit around laughing our asses off. But perhaps he will be more than we ever expected.

Unfortunately, only time will tell and perhaps the lives of some of our fellow Americans.

You know... we've had 43 presidents so far and I'm wondering how many of them were actually good men... and I'm wondering what those "good men" would do if they were president today.

Where's Eisenhower when you need him?

Portion of his biography...
Before he left office in January 1961, for his farm in Gettysburg, he urged the necessity of maintaining an adequate military strength, but cautioned that vast, long-continued military expenditures could breed potential dangers to our way of life. He concluded with a prayer for peace "in the goodness of time."

Saturday, February 1, 2003

Hussein: the little boy who cried wolf - Old Blog Post

I've also noticed that many people have different views on going to war vs. not going to war. Most people, in general, don't want war to ever happen. There are those few military folk who live for it, but for the most part, I think most of us would rather avoid it.

There is a time for war... even if we hate it... even if we don't understand it. But no man or group of people should be able to be so horribly evil and allowed to be set loose on the rest of the world. This isn't just a little argument between two men. This is the fate of a planet (if I may be so bold) that is at stake.

Can we let someone with so obvious lake of caring run around while we say... "oops, guess he went and done it again... should we do anything about it... should we just turn the other cheek and let him hurt people over and over.... guess so".

Ever heard of the little boy who cried wolf. How many times do you allow your child to do something wrong before taking some sort of action.

Isn't it something like 1. tell them not to do it 2. tell them not to do it loudly 3. time out 4. take something away for the day 5. take something away for the week 6. spanking (if you believe in them, of course).

Can we use this same tactic with a mad man? How many lives will be lost if we go through these same six steps? He is not a 5 year old little boy.

Do I want us to go to war? No, I don't.

Do I think it's time to take action? Yes.

Does that mean going to war? Probably.

Will I support the decision of our president? Yes, I will.

Does that make me a bad person? Yes and No... it really depends upon who's reading this.

There is no other answer to that last questions is there? It seems that what is right and wrong depends entirely upon who is speaking and who is listening. We all have our own beliefs and... degrees of beliefs. What is the most important to Bob down the street may mean nothing to Sally in the next town.

Am I passionate about war? Absolutely not... but action must be taken because sooner or later the bluff will be called and the next question is... are we ready for it?
May we each take the moment necessary out of this day and any day we feel the need to remember those who have gone before us in defense of our freedoms. Without them... we would not be "here"... we would be in chains. ~Bug~