Posted in: American politics, Government, Musings, Political, Uncategorized. Tagged: backbone, blame, border wall, chaos, civil servant, closed-minded, compromise, Democracy, Democratic Party, Democrats, devil, Donald Trump, federal employees, federal government, furlough, GOP, government shutdown, Greedy Old Party, guilt, ignorance, incapable, incompetence, leader, mission essential, moral compass, perspective, ploy, politicians, Republican Party, Republicans, selfishness, shutdown, soul, stupid, truth, United States of America, Washington D.C., work ethic. Leave a comment
As I get older, I continue to become more amazed at the direction this country is moving. I continue to marvel at the general sense of “meh” and ambiguity the masses today approach the things in life that truly matter. I’m amazed at who passes for a hero nowadays. Years of political correctness have created masses that just don’t seem to believe that there’s such a thing as right and wrong. “Participation trophies” have led generations to believe that everyone is equal and that everyone’s lives matter…just for simply existing.
While debatable today, there is such a thing as right and wrong. The idea that anyone today can do, say, anything they want, when they want, how they want, in the name of their “First Amendment rights”, is bullshit. There’s a time and a place for everything. Forcing others to listen to you bitch and moan about your political and socio-economic beliefs is downright rude. And selfish. And arrogant. It’s wrong. Can you hear me Al Pacino and Meryl Streep?
I’ve stated this numerous times in other posts but I will continue to drive home the point. Just because a person exists…breathes…that doesn’t mean their lives matter. The reality is some people are better than others. The reality is some people are more important than others. This has nothing to do with skin color, culture, or ethnicity. It has everything to do with who you are as a person. If you’re not a productive member of society then guess what…your life doesn’t matter…even if your Mama thinks you’re the greatest person on Earth.
It seems in the interest of “equality”, we are slowly meandering towards a reality in which nation/state borders no longer exist. Everyone has a right to everything, no matter their citizenship. In fact this reality is sparking a wave of Neo-Socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez promising a “utopia” of free education, free healthcare, “quality employment”, and “fair housing”. Yet like so many Socialists before her, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez leaves out one little pesky specific necessary for achieving this “utopia” How are we going to pay for this “utopia”…and whom is going to pay for all this “equality”?.
For me, the answer is clear. Those that are advocating the loudest for all this “equality” are more than likely the ones that will be least likely, for whatever reason, to pay into this “utopia”. The burden will be on those in future generations, which have found a way to become self-sufficient, to pay for those that aren’t self-sufficient. In some socialist countries, tax rates are as high as 60%. Are future American generations willing to pay that kind of money to maintain the “utopia” envisioned by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders? I guess time will tell.
I’ve always believed America’s decline would not come at the hands of war or invasion. I’ve always believed we would rot from within. Sadly, that belief can be seen in the way this country is currently headed. When the masses replace experts like scientists and scholars with pseudo-experts like athletes and actresses/actors, it’s a sign that the masses are becoming misguided. When our “heroes” are hypocrites like Colin Kaepernick and miscreants like Michael Brown Jr, it’s easy to see just how ignorant and classless the masses are becoming. This is the direction this country is moving.
Every generation has its challenges and future American generations will be no different. Global climate change, diminishing resources, and overpopulation due to archaic cultural/religious beliefs will only exasperate the socio-economic challenges already in place. Can the “meh” mentality overcome these challenges? Will today’s “heroes” end up saving the day? It seems only time will tell.
Reality sucks…damn right snowflake :o)
I’m just going to keep this simple and succinct…
Navy Veteran and United States Senator John McCain died yesterday. Unlike today’s “heroes” like LeBron James and the NFL Divas that disparage this country’s Leaders and disrespect this Nation, John McCain was a true hero. He honorably served his country as a Naval Aviator. He endured years of unimaginable, horrific mental and physical torture as a Prisoner of War serving his country. Afterwards, he continued to serve his country as a Steward of the People, selflessly dedicating his life to this Nation’s ideals.
I don’t pretend that John McCain was a perfect man. Like all of us, he had his faults. Senator McCain could at times be stubborn, temperamental, and incorrigible. Yet one thing is for certain…unlike the NFL Divas of today, John McCain never knelt in the face of adversity. He faced adversity with equal vim and vigor. Unlike Edward Snowden and Chelsea (Bradley) Manning, John McCain never sold his country out. Even as a Prisoner of War. This…this…is what makes Navy Veteran and United States Senator John McCain a true hero.
Damn right, snowflake…it’s called RESPECT
It goes without saying how deeply disappointed, and disgusted, I am that once again our “leaders” in Washington D.C. failed at their jobs and allowed the United States Federal Government to shut down. Not only is a federal government shutdown a complete embarrassment, it is a testament to how completely inept our current elected officials truly are and how dysfunctional our federal government truly has become.
What makes this shutdown even more despicable is the fact it has occurred over differences regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program “allowed undocumented immigrants who came to the US under the age of 16 to apply for protection from deportation.” In this status, approximately 800,000 “undocumented immigrants” who came to the U.S. ILLEGALLY as minors, can be protected from immediate deportation for a period of two years, which is subject to renewal.
So…let’s cut through the “political speak” and political correctness. Basically…the United States Federal Government shut down over differences regarding ILLEGAL immigrants living in this country. The federal government shut down over differences regarding NON-US citizens living in this country.
It absolutely floors me that as of midnight this Saturday, mission essential LEGAL civilian federal employees (many of whom are military veterans) will report to work and basically work for free until this shutdown is over. LEGAL, US civilian federal employees (did I mention many of whom are military veterans…you know, that have sacrificed for and served their country), will keep this nation’s infrastructure operating, without getting paid until the shutdown is over. Just so that ILLEGAL, NON-US citizens can continue to live in this country?
Am I the only one that sees the irony in this?
The finger pointing has already started and more than likely the Democrats will take it on the chin for this shutdown. The reality is though everyone in Congress is to blame for this, regardless of party affiliation. The reality is they had a job to do, once again they failed miserably, and none of them deserve to be in the position that they are in. None of them deserve to earn the six figure salaries that they will continue to earn during the shutdown…even though they too are civilian federal employees.
Am I the only one that sees the irony in that as well?
Enough is enough. Our federal elected officials are inept and our federal government is broken. Drastic changes are needed, but that’s another rant for another day. This current federal government shutdown is an embarrassment all by itself. But the fact it occurred due to differences over ILLEGAL, NON-US immigrants, at the expense of LEGAL US citizens, makes it that much more despicable.
So it’s official…Chelsea Manning is now a free “man”. I use the term “man” loosely. It has nothing to do with the gender he now identifies with. Just because Manning decided he’s now a “woman”, changed his name to a more feminine one, that doesn’t make him a woman. Nor is he a man. The reality is Manning is a spoiled little brat that did what he did out of selfishness and a falsely perceived sense of self-entitlement.
There are many things about the Manning saga that absolutely floored me. Foremost is the fact that many look at Manning as a “hero” and a “whistleblower” for having the “courage” to bring to light the supposed “atrocities” the United States was committing at the time while fighting the war on terror. Apparently, these Manning supporters forgot that these “atrocities” were in response to the cowards that attacked this country on September 11, 2001. For those that have forgotten, in that attack close to 3,500 Americans were murdered and over 10,000 were injured. (Staff, 2010) That doesn’t account for the first responders that are now battling and dying from the hazardous environment they were exposed to as they selflessly and courageously performed their duties (unlike Manning, who selfishly performed his duties with absolute discredit). That doesn’t account for the families whose loved ones, unlike Manning, will never come home again.
I gotta hand it to this “hero” though, he’s quite cunning. The manner in which he and his supporters pulled off this whole “traitor to victim” thing is nothing short of brilliant. Manning sells out his country and is sentenced to a 35 year term. (Savage, 2017) He goes to jail and immediately states…oh by the way…I’m a girl now, my name is Chelsea…and that is how and what I will be referred to as. The absolute crazy thing about it is…it worked! Seemingly overnight, and without any question whatsoever from the media, Bradley was now Chelsea…he was now a she!
This was brilliant for a couple of reasons. First, because the media embraced Chelsea without question, Bradley faded from the spotlight. Chelsea became center stage and more importantly…recent. The “Recency Effect” is a well-established psychological phenomena. Basically, what it means is human beings are more apt to recall and remember recent information over previous information (Pam MS, n.d.). This was key because as Chelsea’s “transformation” became “the” story, people forgot about “Bradley’s” traitorous actions.
Also, once Chelsea’s “transformation” manifested itself, the issue at hand also “transformed”. Once again, cue the media! What was the issue of Manning selfishly selling out his country, the media made it into an LGBT issue! Poor Chelsea…stuck in prison…just wanting to become the woman he felt he was always supposed to be but not being allowed to! How convenient for Manning! This “transformation” enabled Manning to now be viewed as a victim instead of a traitor. Once again, this allowed the original issue at hand to fade from the spotlight.
From this point, the list of injustices continued to flow unhindered. In combination with strategically planned suicide attempts and hunger strikes, Manning convinced Army officials to begin hormone therapy as a means to “treat” his “gender dysphoria”. (Kube, O’Hara, Helsel, & Press, 2017) Despite being a prisoner, this hormone therapy was paid for with tax payer dollars. In addition, Manning had access to means which allowed him to update his Twitter account from prison. (Karimi, 2015) This enabled him to reach out to supporters and garner support for his “cause”. Also, while in prison, Manning was able to write opinion pieces for The New York Times and The Guardian. (Karimi, 2015) Then, the final injustice occurred. Before leaving office, former President Barrack Obama commuted Manning’s 35 year sentenced after only serving 7 years despite the fact that Manning SOLD OUT HIS COUNTRY!
So yes…it is brilliant how Manning pulled this whole “traitor to victim” thing off. Manning and his supporters manipulated the media, making all accomplices look like complete and utter fools! Despite being a PRISONER, Manning garnered privileges that some free, law-abiding citizens don’t even have access to! Some of these privileges even came at the monetary expense of the very country that he sold out! At the end of the day, Manning went to prison for selling out his country and somehow managed to come out of it better off than he was before!
I’d like to believe that Manning feels some shred of remorse for what he did. Yet, he doesn’t. He’s simply too selfish, too self-absorbed, and too much of a brat to feel any sort of responsibility or accountability for selling out his country. This sense of self-entitlement is clear as Manning “is [now] looking forward to eating pizza, swimming, playing PlayStation and meeting the many friends who have supported her over the years”. (Kube, O’Hara, Helsel, & Press, 2017) In addition, Manning stated, “After another anxious four months of waiting, the day has finally arrived,” said Manning. “I am looking forward to so much! Whatever is ahead of me is far more important than the past. I’m figuring things out right now-which is exciting, awkward, fun, and all new for me.” (Kube, O’Hara, Helsel, & Press, 2017) Clearly, there is no remorse whatsoever on the part of Manning for selling out his country.
Ironically, I hope Manning enjoys his pizza. I hope he has fun playing his PlayStation and swimming. I hope he enjoys spending time with the “friends” that he suckered into supporting his “cause”. I hope he enjoys all these things because in doing so Manning highlights what freedom really means in this country. What Manning is too self-absorbed and too selfish to realize is only in the United States of America can you sell out your country and still be alive to enjoy all these things.
The harsh reality is had Manning done what he did as a citizen of less understanding countries…the outcome would have been very different. In these countries, even if suspected of being a traitor, Manning would have disappeared. If he were lucky, he would have been killed on the spot. But…he wouldn’t have been that lucky. He would have likely been beaten and tortured in ways he has no idea even exist. If he managed to live, the rest of his pathetic, pitiful life would have been spent in confinement…or a work camp…hoping to die. This grim reality doesn’t even take into account had it been known that he wanted to be a “she”. This grim reality doesn’t take into account what would have happened to his family for him being an enemy of the State.
So let’s set the record straight. Manning IS NOT a hero. Manning IS NOT a whistleblower. Manning is a TRAITOR!!!!! Manning was entrusted with secrets vital to the safety and security of this country and just like Edward Snowden, he selfishly and irresponsibly SOLD OUT THIS COUNTRY!!!!! That is not what heroes do. That’s not what whistleblowers do. Manning’s actions were the epitome of what TRAITORS do! Manning, along with those that defended and supported him, brilliantly manipulated the media to transform him from a traitor into a victim. This only served to reinforce his selfishness and falsely perceived sense of entitlement which means Manning will never feel remorse for SELLING OUT HIS COUNTRY. He will hypocritically enjoy the freedoms and liberties of this country despite being a traitor to this country. Know that those that defend and support him are just as despicable. Manning may look forward to his future…but his past will never be forgotten.
Karimi, F. (2015, April 4). CNN. Retrieved from Chelsea Manning tweeting from prison : http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/03/us/chelsea-manning-joins-twitter/
Kube, C., O’Hara, M. E., Helsel, P., & Press, A. (2017, Many 17). msn.com. Retrieved from Army Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Released From Prison â€” and Wants Pizza, PlayStation : http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/army-whistleblower-chelsea-manning-released-from-prison-â€”-and-wants-pizza-playstation/ar-BBBeyeo?ocid=spartandhp
Pam MS, N. (n.d.). Psychology Dictionary. Retrieved from What is RECENCY EFFECT?: http://psychologydictionary.org/recency-effect/
Savage, C. (2017, May 16). nytimes.com. Retrieved from Chelsea Manning Leaves Prison, Closing an Extraordinary Leak Case: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/us/politics/chelsea-manning-leaves-prison.html?_r=1
Staff, H. (2010). 9/11 Attacks. Retrieved from History.com: http://www.history.com/topics/9-11-attacks
Well…the ultimate “it’s never gonna happen” has happened…Donald Trump is officially the 45th President of the United States of America. For some, this is a time of great rejoice. For others…not so much. Regardless of which side one finds themselves on, life goes on.
While I am leery about what the future brings, I am happy that this moment has finally come. Lately, it seems people have been divided into two camps…those bitching and moaning about Donald Trump winning the presidency and those bitching and moaning about those bitching and moaning about Donald Trump winning the presidency. Both camps are equally annoying (often ignorant)…emotionally draining…and in the end did nothing to change the outcome of what procedurally ensured was going to happen.
I didn’t watch the inauguration. Certainly not out of protest. That whole movement to boycott the inauguration was both silly and absurd (spoiler alert, even if you boycotted the inauguration…Donald Trump was still sworn in as President). My reason for not watching was simple. The inauguration is nothing more than pomp and circumstance, driven by rhetoric. Another opportunity for President Trump to tell us what he’s going to do. Been there, done that…heard it. I’m tired of rhetoric and talk…now is the time for action.
It remains to be seen what that action will be. We’ve heard a lot of promises. If history is any indication though, President Trump will be hard pressed to achieve even a minority of those promises. Certainly, his odds are better with a GOP dominated Congress. However, even that is questionable. It’s no secret that Donald Trump is not a “real” Republican. In addition, we’ve already seen the Grand Obstructionist Party’s inability to lead even when the opportunity is handed to them on a silver platter. Which only serves to make the future that much more uncertain.
The infamous “they” said Donald Trump would never be taken seriously. Yet he was. “They” said the Republican Party would never accept him as one of their candidates. Yet they did (granted begrudgingly). “They” said Donald Trump would never beat the likes of Bush…Rubio…or my favorite story teller (ha!)…Ted “Green Eggs and Ham” Cruz. Yet he did. “They” said Donald Trump would never win the Republican Party nomination. Yet he did. “They” said there’s no way he’s going to beat Hillary Clinton”. But he did. “They” said Donald Trump will never be President of the United States of America. Yet he is.
“They” said President Donald Trump will be the worst President this county has ever had…