Project365: Day 8 - January 8
Title: Endure... ?
Honestly, I don't want to do this. I'm angry. I've been angry for a couple of days. I truly have nothing to say to anyone. I posted on Facebook that "I'm not on your side, I'm not on anybody's side."
This blog is *NOT* going to be political. But I would be remiss if I didn't address the history that we're living through right now.
This country is on the precipice of collapse. One political party is hell-bent on taking us the direction of failed policies, economic depression, malaise, and misery. The other believes an election was stolen and made a violent demonstration of that opinion that obliterated all lines of decency and decorum. I'm ashamed of everyone involved.
But violence, murder, hatred, and insurrection have been occurring for the past several months. War has been declared against law and order ... and the same people screaming outrage at what happened at our Capitol ... were remarkably quiet over the summer when cities such as Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, Atlanta, and others burned.
The same politicians screaming outrage now ... absolutely condoned the violence that took place over the summer. They vocally encouraged it.
Violence in all ways should be condemned. Violence is not the way to solve problems.
We are in a "cold" civil war.
Because nobody will talk to each other anymore.
At one time our nation's politics followed a Bell Curve. You had outliers on the far left and far right, but in general the country had a 'centrist' or 'center-right' philosophy. Those on the hard left and hard right were the fringe and had little influence whatsoever.
That is no longer true. The fringe speak the loudest. On both sides. The left side is aided and abetted by an all-too-willing news media salivating at the opportunity to undermine the other side. And those who simply just want to live their lives and keep their freedoms... are caught in the crossfire. Being moderate, or centrist, is now unacceptable. Trying to talk and come to mutual agreements -- mutual concessions -- is no longer looked upon as a favorable thing.
Compromise means that both sides come away from the table pissed off, but they come away from the table with an agreement. Nobody is happy with that agreement, but it's an agreement nonetheless.
Those days seem gone, and we're becoming further and further divided with each passing day.
I'm pissed off at everyone from what happened earlier this week. People who have been long-time friends (going back many years) have either taken an opportunity to spew something on social media, or they have, in fact, shown their true colors. FROM BOTH SIDES. You are ALL guilty.
This blog is NOT going to be political. I *REFUSE* to make this blog about politics.
But dammit we need to stop the violence and actually TALK TO ONE ANOTHER. AS ADULTS.
The generation of kids I teach at the school ARE WATCHING AND TAKING NOTES.
The United States of America is the greatest country ever established. Our Founding Fathers were extraordinary thinkers, but their work, our Constitution, is being undermined on all sides, from all sides. And it's hanging by athe tiniest of minuscule threads.
I repeat. This blog will NOT be about politics. But we are truly living in history right now.
Nobody thought it would happen, but it did.
Are we the next Rome?
One day I picked up a camera. And discovered this is pretty awesome.