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Okay, so…the world…why not.

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Here’s what I think.  The world is broken up into wee patches of this country and that country.  Until recently, many people didn’t know much about the people who lived “far away” from them.  Travel was difficult and not many people did it.

The people who lived in their own wee patch of the world, did things their own way and spoke their own language. They had traditions, rituals, beliefs and everything that went with them.

Often times rumors about others would find their way into those wee patches, and not knowing the actual people the rumors were about, they believed them.  Whether they were  true, or not, didn’t enter into it.  That still happens today, or course, and there are rumors about most countries, that all of us have heard.

People are quick to believe, judge, and act.  That came with us, when we crawled out of the ooze.  To sit around trying to figure out what was true, got you killed.  We react quickly and try to apologize later, if anyone is still alive.  Everyone does it, even if they say, or believe, they don’t.  It’s a survival thing.  It’s like in the old Sci-fi movies where we killed the aliens immediately, before they killed us.  We didn’t bother to find out if they were peaceful, which they usually weren’t because then the movie would be boring and we wouldn’t have anyone to fight.  But since we live by the rule, kill or be killed, we do a lot of killing.

While we are all dumped into the species bucket labeled human,  primate, homosapien, or homo safety pins, if you like, we hardly know each other at all.  That’s understandable because in each of our heads, there is a tiny country all of its own, with its own laws and, opinions and view points.  You’re reading mine.

In wars, each side wears a different costume so they can tell each other apart.  Costumes and uniforms, are a necessity.  Just like in sports.  You don’t know who to cheer for if both teams are wearing the same thing.  How can you hate the other side, or hope they lose, if you don’t know who they are.  Right?  Imagine a world where you couldn’t tell who the other team was, so it was impossible to hate them.   In war, you may kill the wrong people if you can’t see their costume.  Because in war, there are right people and wrong people, although most of the people fighting, don’t even want to be there.  They’d rather be home with the people they love, no matter which side they’re on.  That doesn’t matter to the two or three men who start the wars and are always SAFE.

So, America.  Cue the flag and all the other patriotic and propaganda visuals there are.  Amber waves of…well you know.  We love our country.  We’ve been TOLD and TAUGHT that we love our country and why we love it.  We have been brainwashed to love America to the point that we can’t even think of any way not to love it, no matter how terrible it can be.  Because every American knows that we are the best and that even when we suck, we are still richer and better than anywhere else in the entire world and maybe the universe.  That’s what we are conditioned to believe, whether it’s true or not is something we don’t even think about.

Our streets are not paved with gold, especially in the ghettos.  America is a big place with huge differences between people.  I think we have lost our perspective.  The words that come out of our mouths were put there by others and years of conditioning.  Do I love America.  Yes.  I do.  Would I fight to defend Her?  Yes.  I would.  To the end?  Sure, why not.  That’s what it means to be an American, isn’t it?  I have a flag.  I know the songs.  Well, most of the words to the songs anyway.  I didn’t like it when they added “under god,” to the pledge (which started in 1892 and is still being fought over in court).  We HAD TO SAY IT EVERY SINGLE DAY IN SCHOOL, so we wouldn’t forget we were hard core Americans dedicated to our country, when we were too young to even know there WERE other countries and people who loved their country as well.  The words  “under god,” were added to the pledge in 1954 and immediately proved that in spite of the fact that there is supposed to be  a SEPARATION BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE, none exists.  The Constitution doesn’t really matter.  And,  WHICH GOD?  WHOSE GOD?  THERE IS NO GOD is still in the courts.   It’s a First Amendment right not to have someone’s god mixed up in America.  I should have said it WAS a First Amendment right, because that didn’t seem to matter either.  And the part that states, “With liberty and justice for all?”  Seriously?  Where is that happening?  Maybe there’s liberty and justice for rich white males and the women who are married to them, but I think the demonstrations in the STREETS are a clear indication that liberty and justice don’t exist for all of us.  The pledge is an indoctrination tool full of lies and false promises.  We even fight over that because GOD DOES NOT BELONG IN POLITICS.  THERE ARE TOO MANY OF THEM AND THEY AREN’T HERE SO IF GANESH WALKS INTO THE WHITE HOUSE, WE CAN LISTEN BUT WE DON’T HAVE TO INCLUDE HIM UNLESS HE DOES.

Anyway, while I have plenty of room in my head for most of the other wee patches of countries, even if I couldn’t point them out on a globe, or map.  Geography isn’t one of our strong suites, since we were led to believe that we are the only ones who count.

I have a shirt with a ragged American flag on it, right next to my Anarchist tee’s.  I also have a kind of American flag on my front storm door (poster) but it has a huge skull on it, because, hey, that’s a big part of who we are.

America is a LARGE place.  I think people can almost walk across some of the smaller countries.  Here, it takes hours to get to the grocery store and some states are so flat and empty, you can’t be sure you’re really moving, when you’re going over a hundred miles an hour.  The middle of the country is…well, never mind.  Because of this, we have mini countries, inside our own country.  This can sometimes be a problem.

And another thing…the Pledge of Allegiance says, “ONE NATION INDIVISIBLE…”  Uh, hmmm…about that.  We are “divisible,” if you think about it.  The Civil War is still being played out in the south.  Reenactments, flags, and the idea that maybe they really won.  The north, doesn’t think about it because the war ended in 1865 and, well, we won, I guess, and I don’t think the war played out in Chicago.  So, really, a lot of us don’t get it, and some people even believe it was just a movie, called Gone With the Wind.  A horrible war, pitting us against each other.  Brother against brother, something like how friends and families broke up over the Orange One.  Although that was more a war of words and people leaving each other.

Another thing.  America is EVERYBODY.  We don’t have people who are all the same.  We aren’t all Swedish, Italian, French, Polish, Chinese, et al.  The only real Americans are Native Americans.   Even though a lot of us were born here, our roots are elsewhere and because of that, all of our traditions, beliefs, grudges, prejudices and the lot, are here as well.  They were all brought here on ships, in baskets and worn, torn, suitcases and in the minds of our immigrant ancestors.  Mine didn’t bother passing on anything at all.  They just got here young and forgot Italy.  Never had an accent and never said a word about where they came from.  Tight lipped, silence.  My cousins and I don’t know ANYTHING at all.  At least there were no traditions, just good food.  The only thing I got from the Scandinavian side were delicious desserts and Lucia at Christmas.  But she was just a statue with a candle wreath on her head.  No idea who she is.

Getting back to the “indivisible” thing…we are more divided today than anytime since the civil war.  Secession has been threatened, more than once.  States wanting to leave the “Union.”  Red and Blue States, Right and Left, Democrats and those other people.  WE ARE DIVIDED.brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

We aren’t one big happy country.  We’re just a big country with some people who get along and some people who don’t.  Our differences are too big for all of us to be friends.  We can’t even understand each other, our accents are so different.  We only come together when nature shows us who the boss really is.  Once the crisis is over, we’re back to “normal,” whatever that is.

We can’t understand each other let alone people from other countries and they can’t understand anyone else either.  Conditioning sets us up to be what we are and while we can overcome some of that, we can never NOT be what we are.  Once an American, always an American mindset, even if we can be  flexible.

I don’t think people want to hate and kill each other in wars, because they aren’t really enemies to begin with.  That’s why we can go to Viet Nam and like the people and their beautiful country.  We could have always liked the people, but some men with power just wanted more for themselves and sent people who were loved, to get whatever it was they wanted, at all costs.

Right now, our country is deeply divided.  I see it as a huge chasm between Red and blue.  But on each side, there are other divisions as well.  All of this is caused by differences in beliefs, world views and perspectives and conservative fear and religion.

America, one of the richest countries on the planet is number 33 out of 37 countries in live births.  THAT is shameful beyond belief.  We are also at the bottom of the list when it comes to longevity.  We basically talk a lot.  We don’t actually put our money where our mouth is, because it goes into the pockets of the rich and greedy.   
We criticize other countries and ignore the things we do, or don’t do, ourselves.
I don’t see how we can solve our problems.  I don’t think there’s a way to do it.  There are too many important issues we will never agree on.   And we are truly blinded by our conditioning.  So much so, that we have a hard time even understanding anyone else, or each other.  That’s why the saying, “Birds of a feather…”  because sometimes it’s just to hard to be with people when you don’t have a shared vision, on certain issues.
Another civil war?  Maybe.  States leaving the Union?  Perhaps.  But no one knows what the future holds, so all we can do is guess.  I mean imagine California, saying that it’s no longer part of America.  If a state does pull out, it would no longer receive government funding IN ANYTHING.  That would be difficult beyond belief.  Still, it could happen.
Here’s the really important part.  Conservatives don’t have to do anything the liberals want to do.  We don’t care.  But the Conservatives want everyone to live THEIR way, their religious way, their controlling way, and that can’t stand.  They want to control all of our lives.  Liberals just want to be free to do what they want to do.  Conservatives hate that, because they really hate freedom, when it comes to people having it.  To conservatives free will is their will.  They hate anyone they can’t control.
Well, if you made it all the way through, thank you, and may you live in interesting times…. but just a little.
Photo of division:  Neroli Wesley
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Frida and her thoughts on America…

Today…

Ancient, Architecture, Cold, Elegant

as I was walking
the sun was out
the birds
were singing
and
America
took a deep
breath
and began
again

 

Photo:  Pixabay

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FYI…Finally…SOMEONE SAID IT!

The orange one departs…eventually.

The orange one wants a 21 gun salute, a military marching band, and a huge crowd, to see him off.  A two time impeached, liar, who caused a riot and tried to bring down the government he swore to protect, wants a BIG SEND OFF.

The saddest part is, he might get it.  Our government is so screwed up, I think anything is possible.

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So, basically the chatter the FBI has picked up boils down to this:  The bad guys are coming to DC to KILL EVERYONE, TAKE OVER THE GOVERNMENT, AND START A NEW WAY OF LIFE/WORLD ORDER.

The Illinois National Guard has gone to Washington to help out.  Help is coming from everywhere.  But here’s the thing, how long can we sustain a high alert stance?  How long can we allow the enemy inside the very walls of the government itself, to stay IN PLACE?

Why are the airlines flying to Washington at all?  Why aren’t they shutting down those flights completely, until the swearing in, is over?  I don’t get it.  They SAY, they are checking each passenger.  How stupid is THAT?  As if you can tell a terrorist by looking at him.  Did anyone know that the republican House representatives wereWORKING WITH THE RIOTERS AND SETTING IT UP?  If we could tell the bad guys by looking at them, life would be easier for ALL of us.

So the bad guys, are going Washington, to kill our government.  All of this because of a president lied and stoked the fires of extremism.  All of this because he was enabled and SUPPORTED by the cowards in the republican party, including Mitch McConnell.  How can there be any question that THEY should all be punished to the full extent of the law?
That would be the first time they would be forced to take responsibility for their actions.

And those republicans in Congress, who continue to SUPPORT trump, support the right wing extremists and are actually part of that organization, stay in their jobs because no one seems to have the COURAGE to have them arrested.  Those officials organized this dance.  They started this war on our government and country and they ARE STILL IN OFFICE.  How is that possible?

Someone should contact Martha Stewart and see if she knows how to get blood out of concrete.

 

Remember how everyone couldn’t wait for 2020 to be over?

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I’d like to say that what’s happening, is just America getting rid of her garbage but it seems that the garbage is here to stay.  I don’t see any republicans being ARRESTED, or taken off the floor.  All that’s going on is TALKING, TALKING, TALKING, TALKING AND THEN MORE TALKING.

When you KNOW someone is GUILTY.  When you have more than enough videos, family members speaking out against a family member, tweets and everything else, AND NOTHING IS DONE IMMEDIATELY.  WE HAVE A BIGGER PROBLEM THAN A RIOT.

I’m so sick of them talking and saying NOTHING AT ALL.  Reaffirming their party dogma and just going on and on.  I don’t listen to them any longer.  They just say the same thing over and over.

Meanwhile, the regular American public is realizing that their government was actually made of made words, traitors, and smoke, all along.  That it has absolutely no power to do anything at all, let alone protect the country, or any of them.  If TALKNG was a weapon, we’d be home free.

Red tape and a stream of ridiculous words.  That’s what our government is made of, while the guilty right wing extremists sit and plot, right in front of their faces.

Joe Biden needs to watch his back. In this case, keeping your enemies closer, is a really abad idea.

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A friend of mine just sent this…

Politics…

Other countries are saying they can no longer trust democracy or America.  They said they can see that democracy doesn’t work and they can’t depend on the United States for help or leadership.

Who can blame them?  The traitors are in the walls and it’s continuing.  The government is crawling along, debating and talking and letting the traitors speak and vote, while the world looks on and laughs and waits for ACTION, and there is none.  Red tape is killing us

 

The cartoons from around the world are funny, sad, pathetic, and they put america in it’s place.  To say we have, “lost face,” is an huge understatement.  I think Biden can bring us back but look what he has to overcome.  There are still going to be republicans opening the doors for the extremists.

 

Video…

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/09/22/paul-gosar-siblings-political-ad-arizona-david-brill-orig-vstop-klj.cnn

This is one of several videos made by the Goser family telling people not to vote for Paul Gosar.  This one is from 2018.

His brother and sister were on CNN this morning, saying that Paul is a dangerous, right wing extremest who lies, starts false rumors, and is extremely dangerous.  He and the others are responsible for what happened on the 6th.  He has been in contact with Ai Alexander and helped plan the attack on the capitol.

Apparently, his family has been trying to tell EVERYONE how dangerous he is for YEARS.  He started the rumors about Obama not being a citizen, he lies constantly.  They said he spreads rumors saying the virus isn’t real, not as bad as they say.

Now here’s the thing.  The FBI, the Guard, the police are going to protect Biden from “outsiders,” but if this REPUBLICAN, in the House, is close to him, how can we be sure that he, or one of the others, won’t go for Biden themselves?    You can’t trust the republicans who have been enabling and supporting  trump and these extremists.  You certainly can’t trust the republicans who organized the riot.  Any one of them, could be the one to try and make a name for himself, by killing President Biden.  I think that’s the scariest part of all.

If you can, try and watch today’s CNN interview with his siblings.  Its very sad to see how hurt and miserable they are, because of what their brother is doing.  How frustrating it is to tell people the truth and no one listens.

This family has put out several videos, since 2018, warning people about him and yet, he stands in the Chamber and gets to VOTE and SPEAK LIES, in spite of all of that.

He should be arrested immediately and taken to jail.  No bail, for crimes against humanity.  But, he’ll probably walk, like they all do, and continue his hateful life without consequences.

Oh, and one more thing.  The REPUBLICANS stood in front of the chamber doors, last night, shouting and having a fit, because there are metal detectors in place. No one asked them if they could be there. They were having a fit. Be nice if they had a fit about the RIGHT AND IMPORTANT THINGS. Someone told them the metal detectors were there BECAUE OF THEM.  Which they are.  No one else had a problem with them being there, but when you’re all about CONTROL AND POWER, even in the midst of a national crisis, with right wing extremists in your own party voting against the truth, they can always find the time to have a fit about the important things…like metal detectors.

 

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