Ashamed

** don’t read this if you don’t want to read a quasi-political rant based on The crazy things that are going on in our country today **

I usually don’t get into political things. From my point of you live your life the way you want to. As long as it’s not bothering me, I really don’t care. I have my own life to worry about, my own bills, my own frustrations, my own struggles. I don’t really have time to worry about your life. I am strong enough in my beliefs and my convictions to be able to live my life independently of your life. I really don’t need to take a poll to see what I need to do next or find out what is socially excepted. I kind of think that’s the way it should be. Oh, I’ll be there to help someone if they need it, I’m just not going to insert myself and every aspect of someone else’s life. I mean who really has the time for that? Well, apparently lots of people have the time to insert themselves and other peoples lives and tell them how to live.

Right now, in society today, we are being inundated with hate. I don’t know why, these are issues that we’ve dealt with our entire lives. And in all honestly no one really has it that much worse than someone else. I mean, really the only reason that my sister who is a lesbian has anything to worry about is because of hate. I mean, people really don’t care who she’s married to, they really don’t, unless it gives them a reason to hate. And the only reason they hate her is because they don’t understand…they’re afraid. Well whoop Dee Doo. So what if a person is different , Who cares. We are a country of people that are different from one another! Well, let me quantify that by saying in my opinion, most people don’t have it any worse than another person. My grandma, came from a small town in West Virginia. She met my grandpa while she was working as a Rosie the Rivetor. My grandpa, was in the war. They came from a generation that just got things done. The next generation, just got things done. They all knew how to work, they took pride in hard work, and they honestly cared about one another. They seem to realize that if their neighbor did well, they would do well. There weren’t as many people that were living off public assistance, and the ones that did were ashamed. Public assistance was not something that you strove to get onto. I have always had to work as well. Nothing was ever handed to me, and I didn’t want it to be. When you work hard for something you respect it more. Now, let’s fast-forward to today. We have so many people on welfare, so many people that aren’t working, we don’t take care of one another, we don’t take care of our veterans, and we don’t have any respect for ourselves, our neighbors, or anything that we have. I maintain that that is because we don’t work for it. We have a government that tells us it’s OK to sit on our Duff’s. We have a society that tells us that it’s OK and all we need to do is take a pill. We don’t work through hurt anymore we diagnose it and Medicate it. We don’t know how to solve problems, because we can’t think outside the box. If the answer is not right there in front of us or on a computer screen we can’t figure it out. The greatest nation in the world, has been reduced to this.

Today’s pictures, may or may not offend someone but since this is my blog, I really don’t care. But today’s pictures show work, and honor, dedication, and sacrifice. One picture is of one of the drills in a mine in the upper Peninsula of Michigan. The men that worked in those mines, knew what hard work and sacrifice were. The second and third pictures are in a Civil War cemetery. These, are Confederate graves, but what does it matter what kind of graves they are? The men still sacrificed everything for their families and their homes. The fourth picture is just a picture that I like, so you’ll just have to deal with that one LOL.

If I acted, the way that those people on television act, those protesters my grandma would be so ashamed of me. And the one thing that scares me more than anything is to have that woman be ashamed of me. Now, she’s been gone a long time, yet I still try and live my life in a way that she would be proud of. I don’t know where these other people were raised, but they obviously don’t care if someone’s ashamed of them or not. For some reason they are so angry, that they feel like it’s OK to just take it out on everyone. It’s not OK. And until we take some accountability and responsibility for our own personal mistakes and flaws and issues, then it doesn’t matter how many laws get past or bills get introduced into Congress it’s not going to matter. No matter how many statues you take down or monuments you blast, if you’re not happy with who you are, you’ll never be happy with anything. Go to work, get a little dirty, stop giving your kids everything they desire, it’ll do them a little bit a good to go without some stuff or maybe work for it. Obviously a lot of people have too much time on their hands to begin worrying about why this person has more than they do, maybe because they work for it! Or, somebody in their family worked for it.

I have never seen such a time in my life. I’m never seen a time when there is so much hate. I’ve never seen a time when you had to be afraid what you said to someone because they might take offense. I mean really? When did our skin become so thin? All of these slights, and injustices, whether they’re real or perceived, some of them really don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Sure, they matter to the person, but not everyone thinks the same way, and as adults, we should be able to take criticism. You just have to let it go. Move On. Now, do I think that there are issues that we need to work on as a society? Of course I do! Equality, real equality is something we will always struggle with. Simply because somebody always wants to be better than someone else. Someone always wants to have control, and so it’s hard to be equal when someone is trying to be better., But that makes us better as a society. Competition does make us better. Winning some and losing some build character. And yes, I do mean losing not getting a trophy for participating. So, to end this political diatribe, all I’ll say is this, if you get out and you actually work for what you want then you will respect what you have. If you respect what you have you will respect what other people have. If you respect what other people have, they will respect what you have. If they respect what you have, then they will respect you as a person because you’re working hard and getting things and doing what you’re supposed to do. If they respect you as a person, that means that they will respect your feelings. And as for stuff that happened hundreds and hundreds of years ago, monuments and statues are not who we are. They are signpost to where we’ve been. They are important pieces of our history. Maybe not for the reasons that they were erected, but because they were erected. They were something to be proud of, or something to learn from. That’s why you have a monument. That’s why almost every city in the nation has a street name Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard. It shows respect to someone who did something great. Whether you agree with that or not, that’s your right, that’s the country that we live in. But no one ever erects a monument to hurt someone else. No one erects some monument to be mean, and no one asks that someone take a monument down simply because it offends them. Maybe, it wouldn’t be so offensive if we tried to look at it from both sides. And I’m not saying that the monuments are not hurtful, I’m not that person I have no idea, but instead of tearing it down, maybe we put something up beside it. Or maybe, we all just go back to doing what we’re supposed to do. Worrying about our own lives. Playing with our children. Working, and not trying to figure out ways not to work. Maybe we just start using the golden rule more. Honestly I think that would solve it all. And that would be something I would not be ashamed to do.

I apologize for the lengthy rant, but I do hope everyone has a great day and I’ll talk to you again soon

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