Sad Day in American History

NOTE: I’m sure many of my friends will have a different opinion than me, and that my post will sound condescending. I more than likely do not mean it as condescending to you, just venting about the country we live in. If you are fixated on the idea that it might be meant as condescending towards you, well then hey, maybe it is. I don’t care tonight. Tonight we sleep, tomorrow we start the fight again.

Tonight is the saddest night in American History. The country has voted for hate tonight, and I want to say I’m sorry to everyone. I’m sorry to all the women in this country that we now have a President who thinks it is okay to talk about grabbing women “by the pussy”. I’m sorry to all the Hispanics that we have a President now that thinks you are all rapists and felons. I’m sorry to all the African Americans that we now have a President that is endorsed by the KKK. I’m even more sorry that we have a Congress, and a Senate, and soon a Supreme Court that will buckle under any bullying from such a President (fronted by the same party) thus making our system of Checks and Balances all but null.

It is not okay that tonight less than 1/3rd of our population voted, and less than half of that voted for a man that is unequivocally unfit to be President, and unfit to lead our country. It’s so depressing that our country is in such a state. I honestly don’t know what is to be done. I am ashamed of you tonight America.

To my friends that are religious and still voted for such a man, it is so frustrating and painful that you could be okay voting for such a man. Rationalize it how you will; He says it like it is. He is a horrible person but she lies a lot. He is a horrible person but he has good plans. He is a horrible person but I’ve always voted Republican. He is a horrible person but I can’t vote for anyone else. He’s a good businessman so it’s okay that he says all these bad things about everyone else. Rationalize it anyway you like, tonight you endorsed all that he has said and done by casting your vote for him, and that is a very poor reflection of any worthwhile religion that you think you belong to. If your religion excuses voting for such a person, that’s probably not a good group to belong to. There, I said it. Hate me for it if you want, I honestly could not care less anymore.

In the past, elections have been about the differences on the issues. This election was not about the real issues, and you cannot make that claim. It was about race (racism), sex (sexism), terror (terrorism) hatred, and corporate interests. If those are issues that you can take the Trump stance on, I feel sad for you and your family.

I hope America gets through this, and maybe we will. I hope we don’t end up in a ridiculous war because someone insinuated that Trumps pinky finger is a bit smaller than the average pinky finger. We will see I guess. I hope that my friends of different ethnicity, different cultures, different sexual orientations are not bullied or bothered by those who are empowered by this horrible day.

For those people that are happy the election is over and don’t really care who won, won’t affect your life, you are part of the problem too and you should be ashamed of yourself. People have died for your right to vote and you don’t give a damn, so maybe you shouldn’t have a damn opinion about anything that happens in the country for the next 4 years? That work for you? Cause it definitely works for me, I really don’t want to hear your opinion, or your analysis of my long blog.

Whatever America, go watch your reality tv I guess. Commence the belittling of my post, bring it on. But yeah, in finished, I’m sorry to those who are sane and see how horrible this day is.

Angry at the State of Things

This is my first post in a long time, and it is mostly out of anger with how things are currently. I promise to try to update more, but right now this is what I’m posting. Please read!

So I almost never place myself into discussions like these, but tonight I couldn’t resist. We have just had ANOTHER mass shooting in this country, and some people still just want to hug their guns so tight and pretend like they are nothing more than innocent tools used to protect themselves from the Red Coats that are always knocking down their doors at all hours of the night demanding quarter. I have no issues with someone owning a gun, but I do take issue with those who own them and then have prefabricated excuses at the ready for when they are used in violent crimes like these (EVERY DAY). Everyone immediately jumps to “but it’s not the gun that killed the people, it’s the person that did”. Okay, that’s fine, take that stance, if you can sleep soundly with it, but honestly is that how a civilized country should react to such a never ending, constant violence? How about a religious group? Until it is a possibility to say that we are safe from mass shootings like these, and until we have reached the point where this kind of thing is shocking again, and not a part of our numb, daily reality, perhaps we should take a look at the data WITHOUT our inherent political biases and actually look for a way to fix the freaking problem instead of ways to defend the fact that our founding fathers (over two hundred freaking years ago) needed guns to hunt their food, and protect from foreign enemies, and some of us still think that they would feel the same way about guns if placed in today’s society. (Take a long moment to ponder this and see if you can honestly make yourself believe that they would, I cannot though).Anyways, I await the never ending responses of “but the numbers are distorted” and “dagnabit they will never take my gun”

In closing, how about some perspective from a better source than me, hmmmmm, how about I don’t know, SCRIPTURE??! SURE, WHY NOT!

How about Alma 24?

And it came to pass that the Amalekites and the Amulonites and the Lamanites who were in the land ofAmulon, and also in the land of Helam, and who were in the land of Jerusalem, and in fine, in all the land round about, who had not been converted and had not taken upon them the name of Anti-Nephi-Lehi, were stirred up by the Amalekites and by the Amulonites to anger against their brethren.

 And their hatred became exceedingly sore against them, even insomuch that they began to rebel against their king, insomuch that they would not that he should be their king; therefore, they took up arms against the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi.

 Now the king conferred the kingdom upon his son, and he called his name Anti-Nephi-Lehi.

 And the king died in that selfsame year that the Lamanites began to make preparations for war against the people of God.

 Now when Ammon and his brethren and all those who had come up with him saw the preparations of the Lamanites to destroy their brethren, they came forth to the land of Midian, and there Ammon met all his brethren; and from thence they came to the land of Ishmael that they might hold a council with Lamoni and also with his brother Anti-Nephi-Lehi, what they should do to defend themselves against the Lamanites.

 Now there was not one soul among all the people who had been converted unto the Lord that would take up arms against their brethren; nay, they would not even make any preparations for war; yea, and also their king commanded them that they should not.

 Now, these are the words which he said unto the people concerning the matter: I thank my God, my beloved people, that our great God has in goodness sent these our brethren, the Nephites, unto us to preach unto us, and to convince us of the traditions of our wicked fathers.

 And behold, I thank my great God that he has given us a portion of his Spirit to soften our hearts, that we haveopened a correspondence with these brethren, the Nephites.

 And behold, I also thank my God, that by opening this correspondence we have been convinced of our sins, and of the many murders which we have committed.

 10 And I also thank my God, yea, my great God, that he hath granted unto us that we might repent of these things, and also that he hath forgiven us of those our many sins and murders which we have committed, and taken away the guilt from our hearts, through the merits of his Son.

 11 And now behold, my brethren, since it has been all that we could do (as we were the most lost of all mankind) to repent of all our sins and the many murders which we have committed, and to get God to take them away from our hearts, for it was all we could do to repent sufficiently before God that he would take away our stain—

 12 Now, my best beloved brethren, since God hath taken away our stains, and our swords have become bright, then let us stain our swords no more with the blood of our brethren.

 13 Behold, I say unto you, Nay, let us retain our swords that they be not stained with the blood of our brethren; for perhaps, if we should stain our swords again they can no more be washed bright through the blood of the Son of our great God, which shall be shed for the atonement of our sins.

 14 And the great God has had mercy on us, and made these things known unto us that we might not perish; yea, and he has made these things known unto us beforehand, because he loveth our souls as well as he loveth our children; therefore, in his mercy he doth visit us by his angels, that the plan of salvation might be made known unto us as well as unto future generations.

 15 Oh, how merciful is our God! And now behold, since it has been as much as we could do to get our stains taken away from us, and our swords are made bright, let us hidethem away that they may be kept bright, as a testimony to our God at the last day, or at the day that we shall be brought to stand before him to be judged, that we have not stained our swords in the blood of our brethren since he imparted his word unto us and has made us clean thereby.

 16 And now, my brethren, if our brethren seek to destroy us, behold, we will hide away our swords, yea, even we will bury them deep in the earth, that they may be kept bright, as a testimony that we have never used them, at the last day; and if our brethren destroy us, behold, we shallgo to our God and shall be saved.

 17 And now it came to pass that when the king had made an end of these sayings, and all the people were assembled together, they took their swords, and all the weapons which were used for the shedding of man’s blood, and they did bury them up deep in the earth.

 18 And this they did, it being in their view a testimony to God, and also to men, that they never would use weapons again for the shedding of man’s blood; and this they did, vouching and covenanting with God, that rather than shed the blood of their brethren they would give up their own lives; and rather than take away from a brother they would give unto him; and rather than spend their days in idleness they would labor abundantly with their hands.

 19 And thus we see that, when these Lamanites were brought to believe and to know the truth, they were firm, and would suffer even unto death rather than commit sin; and thus we see that they buried their weapons of peace, or they buried the weapons of war, for peace.

I know, a lot to read. I’m sorry about that, but I do hope with every fiber, that everyone pays special attention to the end. “They buried the weapons of war, for peace” I have been struggling with the faith recently-ish (or a bit longer I suppose), but this is something that I believe completely. If you put away the weapons of war, there will be peace. Thanks for reading this, and I do apologize for the snarkiness in parts, it’s been a long week.

Racism, Hatred, and Christianity

This post deals with racism and Christianity, and is a must read by everyone.

Diary of a Chocolate Woman

For those of you who are familiar with the Bible you may be familiar with Matthew 22:36-39, ” Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neigbour as thyself.”

Nowhere in those verses nor the teachings of Jesus Christ does it say love thy neighbor only if they are the same color as you, the same beliefs as you, the same sexual orientation as you, in the same economical class as you, etc. It clearly states, “love thy neighbour as thyself.” Do you love yourself? Then, why aren’t you loving your neighbor?

One cannot truly claim to be a Christian, which by definition means a believer of…

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How to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. according to Pastor France Davis

A good friend just started off her blog with a very powerful post that all of you should definitely read!

Diary of a Chocolate Woman

Before this last Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I did not know how to properly honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. Every year it was just another holiday. Don’t get me wrong, I always thought about him and the many individuals who fought for justice and human rights. I would then share some of their inspirational quotes via social media. It would end there. What else was there to do?

Students received time off school, some businesses closed for the day, major shopping outlets held hugely discounted sales, and some people used their three day weekend to be as far away from home as possible.

I don’t blame anyone. I love a three day weekend as much as the next person. But Martin Luther King Jr. Day is more than just another three day weekend. It is a day of remembrance and opportunity to serve those around us.

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From Great Universities to “Knowledge Factories”: Another American Institution in Decline

This is a very important article that everyone should read.

ACADEME BLOG

Thomas Frank, perhaps best known for What’s the Matter with Kansas?, an examination of America’s new conservatism, has an article in Salon, “The New Republic, the torture report, and the TED talks geniuses who gutted journalism.” Toward the end, he writes this:

The new press lord’s deeds are all made possible by the shrinking significance of everyone else. Compared to the patois of power, the language of journalism is but meaningless babble. Compared to once having been a friend of Zuckerberg, no form of literary genius matters any more. Compared to the puissance and majesty of the CIA, we amount to nothing. We are playthings of the powerful, churned out by the millions every year from the nation’s knowledge factories. We are zeroes to their ones, ready to rationalize monopoly or rectal hydration at a moment’s notice.

We’ve been through all of this before, though Frank doesn’t write…

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The Sad State of Ferguson & Falling Rocks

In light of the events in Ferguson tonight, it seems essential that the first post in this blog’s hopefully long future addresses this moment in American history. First lets address the fact that this is a moment that will go down in the history of this nation, for better or worse (and as I write this I see an innocent reporter, doing her job and trying to inform the nation about what is going on, pelted by a rock in the middle of her report).

To the protesters who are lighting fires, throwing rocks, and causing mayhem, you are not acting in a way that shows you are Americans. Citizens of this country should not behave in such a way, they stand up, they fight, they do things to affect change. Being violent and destroying your community is not a means to that end, and anyone who thinks differently is either ill informed or has a more nefarious goal in mind. It is impossible for anyone else to understand your frustrations, and the pain in that community (though there are many communities in the nation that go through similar scenarios unfortunately) but sometimes you have to rise above it. We all have to rise above it, and respond in a more responsible way.

To the Grand Jury who did not indict officer Wilson, it is impossible to understand your logic on the sad event. Any other person in the community would have certainly been indicted based on the amount of evidence that was available against him. This officer was tasked with keeping the community safe, and in the very least, he did not live up to that oath. The officer did not act responsibly in firing his weapon at least a DOZEN times. This is the most unbelievable part of the whole situation, how many times the officer’s weapon was fired. In my mind, I cannot think of any justifiable reasons for a person to fire a weapon so many times at another, unarmed, individual. The officer in doing so put everyone in the vicinity at risk, and acted irresponsibly, and for this at least, he should have to submit to a criminal trial.

To the Prosecutor and officials who decided to have the announcement late at night, this is an incredibly irresponsible action. It felt like it was done in order to get “Primetime” ratings for your announcement, and not in the interest of the community, general public, or safety of your citizens in the least. The most amateur of government officials should have had the foresight to prevent this scenario from replaying in this community again. The announcement should have been made the second it was known, (very early this afternoon) and not at the very end of the night when antagonists felt that they could get away with rioting under the anonymity of darkness. The rioters need to be held responsible for their actions, but so do the officials who created a perfect scenario for the rioting to occur. Where is the police in all of this? They seem to be guarding their police house pretty feverishly, but that is about it. On the television we are currently seeing riots all over the community, but instead of going out and trying to put the rioters to rest, they still stand in their line, blocking the path to their police station, letting the citizens in the community fend for themselves (perhaps I am watching the wrong news station and they are doing their best to quell the panic on the videos of the other stations?)

Tonight it is difficult to be an American, and to watch this play out on our television screens. It is a historic moment nonetheless that must be viewed and that we each must be aware of. What kind of historic moment it turns out to be though, that is up to us. It should be all of our sincerest hopes that this moment will be the turning point, and that in the future we can look back on this night and say, that was the darkest it got before the dawn. It was after that night that we all finally, after generations and generations, decided to put forth the effort needed to heal our nation, our communities, and to put aside stupid, asinine racial prejudices that do nothing but tear us all apart, and to build a better America, and a better world.

Perhaps in the future, things will get better for humanity. In the meantime, if we all just try to be the best human that we can be, that is a good start.