Government, Immigrants, Military, Not the Popular Opinion, Politics, Venting

Trump Dump: Veterans before members of Congress!

Welcome back blog readers,

Over the last few days, I’ve been seeing/reading the thoughts/opinions of my friends/family on social media regarding Trump, his views, what he would like to put into action as well as the treatment/rights of veterans compared to the treatment/rights of immigrants.

What occurs to me is that much of the anger/frustration that is being displayed from us (the general public) is misdirected and we are comparing two things that aren’t related, in the sense that one has nothing to do with the other. Yet so many of us keep jumping on that bandwagon because we’re mad about one issue and taking that anger out on something not related.

Allow me to clarify…

First, let’s get the topic of Trump off of the table. It should not come as a surprise that I do not support Trump, I didn’t vote for Trump and frankly, I’m shocked he’s still in power. I know there are the loyal Trump supporters that will always stay loyal, and that’s fine. There are Trump supporters that voted for him and are trying to turn a negative into a positive by reminding us all that Trump WILL make America great again because they are in denial about Trump’s real agenda and they can’t swallow their pride to say, I was wrong to vote for him. Then you have antiTrump supporters who see that he’s trying to take away human rights along with many other despicable things.

Here’s the real issue… You have a man that has had 20+ women accuse him of sexual misconduct, this same man is conspiring with Russia/Russian mob for over 30 years, this same man that has been married three times to three IMMIGRANT women and he has a huge hatred for immigrants (even though his grandparents were immigrants). This same man that intentionally tore hundreds of families apart to deport illegal immigrants (parents) and threw their kids (US Citizens) in holding facility then made toddlers who can’t speak English defend themselves in court. Trump is hoping to open many wildlife reservations, risk the extinction of many species (which up until this point were protected) just so he can drill, cut down trees and destroy the planet. The same Donald Trump has been threatening to take away a woman’s right to choose (because he doesn’t agree as if to suggest that he’ll have to worry about an unwanted pregnancy). Just this week this same man is pushing really hard to take away the human rights of the transgender community (again because he doesn’t believe people can be transgender).

With all of that said, please remind me of how Trump is making America great again. Why are so many supporters unwilling to see that Trump is not a modern-day hero, he is not looking out for the people, he is looking out for his businesses, his assets, his family, and his business partners. Trump supporters can keep on supporting a monster, it is your right to do so. Although your choice makes me concerned about where you stand on my rights as a woman. As one of my high school teacher’s used to say, “You can polish a turd, but it’s still a turd, now it’s just a shiny turd”. That is how I see Trump, a shiny turd.

Politics and religion need to be separate, just as public school and religion need to be separate. We need to stop cramming our personal believes down each other’s throats and stop judging people because their beliefs are different than our own. What we believe is a private matter, but it doesn’t mean that you’re right and everyone else is wrong.

It’s one thing to be patriotic, to have pride in your country and be firm about what you believe. It’s another thing to force all students to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, because they may not pray to God. Just as you can’t expect all athletes to stand for the National Anthem because, in case you haven’t noticed many athletes are not AMERICAN (take NHL Hockey for an example). Don’t get your panties all in a bunch because some players take a knee, that is their right it’s not like they are burning the flag.

Perhaps we should consider the fact that all country national anthems should be played/sang to honor all of the players and their respective home countries, but that would be time-consuming and Americans are impatient and just want to watch the game, right. Chances are that if the national anthem for Sweden, Norway, Canada, Russia, Czech Republic all had to be played to honor the hockey players, what are the chances that Americans would stay standing for all of them? I think that falls under “practice what you preach” and if you can’t then shut the hell up.

As for the comparison of veterans to (illegal) immigrants, here are my thoughts on this matter. Veterans and Immigrants are two separate issues and the slogan of “Veterans before Immigrants” would make more sense if the slogan read “Veterans before Members of Congress”.  I’m all for veterans, my grandfather went to Korea, my father went to Vietnam and my brother was in the Coast Guard in Alaska and my sister volunteers at a VFW in California. Veterans serve their country, they put their life on the line and sacrifice so much to do what they do. They deserve to be taken care of while they are serving and after they get home.

Immigrants, on the other hand, you can’t compare them to veterans. Immigrants may not have fought for the USA (or wherever they immigrated to) but they might have served in their country. It’s possible, we just never ask them do we? We’ve been brainwashed to think immigrants are job stealing, disease-carrying parasites from a foreign land. In reality, most immigrants leave their country because there is a war taking place in their backyard (good chance that our beloved veterans are over there fighting on their home turf).

Again we don’t consider that as being a possibility. Immigrants flee across the ocean or across the border for a better life. They come over with not much more than the clothes on their backs. Most people don’t realize just how long the legal immigration process takes (again, because we don’t ask). The legal process takes a minimum of 3 months once the paperwork arrives at the processing center, nevermind the time it takes for FBI clearance, the medical exams for each person in the family and the time to fill out the multi-page application and gather all of the documents/proof that is required and the fee varies from $500-$1200 per person.

So think about that for a moment… You have a war taking place in your hometown, you can’t work, your house is gone and the only thing running through your mind is that you need to get yourself and your family to safety. You don’t have time to wait 3-9 months to go through the proper channels. Any important documents/proof may have already been destroyed. What are your options? Where do you go?

You do your best to start over in a country that boasts about being the best, the richest, a place where dreams come true. The only things veterans and immigrants have in common is war. One group is sent to maintain order while the other group flees for their safety. To suggest that illegal immigrants have more advantages, or are better cared for than veterans is absurd!

Members of Congress on the other hand…. If anyone deserves a cushy pension after their years of service, it’s veterans, not the members of Congress that have never served a single day in their life. From what I’ve noticed most members of Congress (including the POTUS himself) have successfully dodged/avoided that particular civic duty and encourage their kids to do the same. That’s not very patriotic at all now, is it?

I suspect that I’ve rambled on long enough. Folks we are on the same team no matter where we live, where we call home or who our parents are. Yes, there will always be a bad group, an extreme group, but you have the choice to be better than that.

Choose to be part of the solution, instead of continuing to be part of the problem.

 

 

 

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Government, Military, Politics, Pull your head from your ass, Venting

There is only one race, the HUMAN race.

Welcome back blog readers,

I know that there has been an influx of posts over the last few days; if you’re following along you know why I’m fired up. I will do my best to say on the topic and give a quick reminder that I don’t work with notes or drafts (which may explain why I drift off of the topic for a bit). That is my preferred writing style, just off of the cuff unfiltered and unapologetic.

As the title states, there is only one race, the human race. With that said, we have proved to be the most intelligent species on this planet. We have created/developed medicine and ways to cure (most) diseases. We have advanced technology from fire to electricity to wireless and putting satellites in orbit. We’ve been to space and we have evolved, that’s right EVOLVED a great deal since the first human/cave person (you get the idea).

When we work together with a common goal in mind, we get great results. Think about all of the fundraising efforts that have been a great success like; Doctors Without Borders, Veterans of Foreign Wars FoundationAmerican Heart Association, Global Giving, Wildlife Conservation Society, there are countless examples of us coming together to make a positive difference in this world. The key word there is coming together.

As smart as we are, as highly developed as we have become we still manage to be our own worse enemy.  We have created laws, rules and government policies to keep ourselves in check and to maintain a sense of order to avoid chaos and anarchy. We have government officials that are supposed to be working together, but somehow they’ve managed to divide themselves into parties and they can’t seem to agree on anything, therefore we the people suffer. Neither party want to compromise, they are not willing to budge or admit that they might be wrong, it’s just one big pissing contest.

We have organized multiple branches of military to help keep us safe, to protect our borders, to maintain the peace, to patrol the international waters. Positions in the military should to be highly respected, no matter the branch or the rank. For the most-part, us common folk or civilians as we are called do have great respect for those men and women that serve our country.

As highly trained as these men and women are some of them don’t have respect for each other in the sense that it’s become another pissing contest as to (some not all) Marines feel that they are the biggest/baddest branch and all other branches of military are somehow not worthy or don’t deserve the same level of respect. I know you’ve seen the memes and various posts from Marines claiming to be better than those serving in the Army (most popular example).

What kind of message does that send when we have one group that puts their lives on the line looking down on other groups that also risk their lives. It’s like they’re still in high school and the jocks are bullying the nerds. Keep in mind that without the nerds our advancements in technology might not exist.

There is a time and place to be competative when it’s a matter of sports when there is a winning team with a trophy. This does not apply to the government or the military, there is no need to compete amongst yourselves, YOU ARE ON THE SAME TEAM!

While I’m on the topic of the military, it is my opinion that any citizen of legal age, good health (pass the medical screening) and is able to get through basic training should be allowed to serve/protect their country, that includes members of the LGBTQ community. Let’s be honest, they have been serving right along and it’s not that they are the issue, it’s the (homo/trans) phobics within the government that are making it an issue. They have the same civic duty as any heterosexual citizen, so if they want to join willingly, let them serve their country.

While the government likes to boast about the size of  “their” military and they are so quick to deploy them, you would think the government would do more to support them after they come home. Most of our government officials (those in congress/senate and even the president) have never served a single day, nor do they want their kids to sign up/risk being deployed. Our government officals get paid very generously to argue amongst themselves, push papers and have pissing contests, even after they are out of office and retired. Many members of our military don’t have the same cushy retirement package, but they should because they have earned it. Members of the military (and their immediate family) should never be denied medical/dental care, mental health care or wonder where their next meal is coming from, they deserve better.

My long winded point is, We as humans need clean water, clean air, and food that is not tainted, we need basic medical care, basic dental care, afforable housing, a decent minimum wage, and the freedom to make our own choice when it comes to our body. Farmers should be able to run their business without the government/big companies stepping in. The corruption and greed needs to stop, the egos should be checked at the door and we need to remember that we are on the same team. Since we don’t have a government that is truly working for the people, we the people need to work together to change that. Register to vote, let your voice be heard at the polls.

Chose to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. ~ Hannah