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Okay, so…3 pictures

I took this during a march on Washington, YEARS AGO.  That’s all we do is march and men couldn’t care less.  I don’t march anymore.

The American government is not working for the American people.  The republicans refuse to give an inch, and are acting like spoiled children who were never punished for attacking washington and getting away with it.  That…is the problem.  Our government officials ARE NEVER PUNISHED FOR WHAT THEY DO.  NEVER.

People, however, are punished constantly and now women’s lives are no longer their own. Men in government, can do as they please, without fear of retaliation of any kind.  It’s a fixed system, of lord/master and slave.  We the people, are the slaves of our own government.  We have no say in what happens to us.  It’s obvious that they can make up any law/s, no matter how hateful or deadly, and our rights are completely GONE.  We have nothing to say about what THEY do TO US.  We cannot make laws to control THEM, in any way at all.  That needs to change.

The country is as divided as the government and anyone who thinks compromise is possible, well, they’re wrong.  The issues are too important and wide.  The hatred too strong.

Note cards from 1991.  I made them last time they came after us and attacked Roe vs. Wade. We used them  to make a point. Men NEVER STOP attacking women. The one on the right is Clarance Thomas.  They do not stop the violence against us because they use it to make women fearful and keep them from living their lives fully.  WHAT THE REPUBLICAN SUPREME COURT IS DOING IS VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.

I have so many buttons.  So many t-shirts and signs.  Nothing ever changes.  They men who hate us just keep at it, taking and taking and taking, until we are shadows of what we could be.

I’m so sick of them.  So sick of fighting the NEVER ENDING war against us.  Generation after generation, their hatred never wanes.

I’m ashamed of my own country.  All the lies and the facade we put on before, when we have been rotten at the core from the very beginning.    The country is founded on murder and white patriarchy and that has never changed.

Okay, so…

Aircraft, Sunset, Silhouette, Clouds

My daughter is currently on an airplane.  It’s full.  Only 10 people are wearing masks.  Supposedly covid is surging.  Only 10 people are wearing masks.  Ten people.  TEN.

One million people in America have died from covid.  But no one can force people to wear a mask because they all scream, THIS IS A FREE COUNTRY AND I CAN DO WHAT I WANT…unless you’re a woman who wants a safe and legal abortion.

Men don’t want to wear masks…so the law won’t make them.  Women don’t want to carry the fetus of their father, uncle, brother, neighbor, teacher, or anyone else, to term, but they will soon be FORCED to do so, BY MALE, CONSERVATIVE, RIGHT-WING LAW, in many states.

Anyone, who doesn’t realize how much women are hated in this country, isn’t paying attention.

A million deaths from a disease, and no law about wearing a mask.  Safe health care for women, and it’s a criminal offense.

Women will soon be property of the state.  Owned, under law.  They will no longer be FREE to do what they like with their own bodies, UNDER LAW.

No one takes care of the children in this country now.  The poor, hungry, uneducated, abused, sick, cold, or kids living with violence.  But the conservative right-wing wants to add more to that list.  Because they don’t care about kids, they care about controlling women’s lives.

The prejudice and hatefulness of the right-wing conservatives is literally destroying everything we pretend this country once stood for.  It’s disgusting and wrong.  Freedom is simply a word in the dictionary.  The definition of which is meant only for white, wealthy males.

If it’s a criminal offense to have an abortion, will those who break the law, go to jail, leaving their other children alone?  Will new prisons for women be built, in order to house those women who didn’t die from coat hangers, or botched back alley abortions?  What PUNISHMENTS will the government dole out to those poor women who couldn’t fly to another country to get a safe abortion?  How many orphanages will we need?  Can we turn Arkansa into a state prison for unwanted children?  The attorney general of that state is so excited to have all those unwanted children so she can LOVE them. They aren’t doing that with the orphans they already have, of course.   Texas is another one.

I think our country should truly be split into blue and red states.  The red states can make all the laws they want, to control each other.  The blue states can let people live their lives and provide safe health care when needed.  We will NEVER agree, or get along.  We have to face that fact.

How many lives will the government destroy?  How many women will die?

I still think there’s a civil war in our future, because The Handmaids Tale is quickly becoming the American way.

 

Photo:  Pixabay

 

Okay, so…

Person Holding Yellow and White Labeled Paper

…here’s the thing.  We can’t stop anyone from doing what they want to do.  That goes for pretty much everything.  Trying to stop violence against women and children is like trying to catch the wind in a net.  Same with those who love taking drugs, or shooting up a deli, or school.  They WANT to do it, so they do it.

There are a lot of us.  We can’t watch everyone, and our laws only target minorities and the poor, at least for the most part.  Once we accept the fact that there are those who love war, make tons of money off of it, encourage it, want something some other country has, or just wants more of whatever it is, there will NEVER be peace.  We can’t stop war because people, the masses, don’t start it.  A few men at the top start it, and the masses die for them, and for what they want, so they can have more.

So really, war is just about greed.  Greed played out by rich men in power.  Not one single regular person has EVER started a war.  Not one.  I could not attack Russia by myself.  Neither could you.  If I went to the Pentagon, and talked to the generals, and said, “I need to attack Russia,” they would get guards to take me away.  Only the rich, powerful people can send our children and loved ones to die for them, and for what they want.

When we look at it that way, we have to ask ourselves why anyone, in any country, would be willing to do that for some elite rich guy.  We raise our children, love our families but are willing to send them someplace else to be wounded or killed, while the men who started the whole thing are always safe at home.  How stupid are we?

That is brainwashing at its finest.  Really, set kids up, boys mostly, to fight when they’re little.  Make sure all their toys are about war, or fighting, competition and winning, then throw in a lot of pictures of flags, tough looking Marines, and battle worn heroes and you have your army at the age of seven.  They do not have toys of broken soldiers, caskets, or anything hinting at death.  Governments sell heroes, and tell kids they can be heroes too.  People buy the toys, watch the war movies, and talk about heroes, which pretty much seals the deal.

Then, once the greedy men start the war, that regular people don’t want, or even know why we’re fighting, it’s too late.  Regular people don’t get anything out of war, just the rich people do.  The regular people sometimes get broken marriages and broken loved ones, but that’s about it.

The government waves its flag and plays music that everyone knows, anthems about their country and shell bombs bursting in air and all that, and those who can still stand, rise and look to the red white and blue.  What’s wrong with us?

Seriously…what the hell is wrong with us?  Blowing each other up?  Destroying the earth and buildings, hospitals, schools, shooting people in the street?

And how brainwashed are those who FOLLOW ORDERS to do those things?  Why are we expected to be enemies all the time?  I don’t want children to die in war.  Our’s or anyone else’s.  I don’t want fathers taken from their families to fight because a moronic coward wants their country and wants to destroy their people.  How twisted is that!

There are billions of us and yet, a few men can destroy ALL OF US.  How crazy is that?  I seriously doubt that the rest of us will ever stop killing each other, but at least we won’t be destroying entire cultures and countries.

Mother’s need to stand together and stop letting governments take their children to kill other people’s children.  It’s insane.  And meaningless.  The Vietnam vets go back to Vietnam and the people are kind and welcoming.  Our guys love the beauty of their country and their people.  They didn’t know why they were there in the first place.  Soldiers don’t always know why there are sent to places to fight.  And considering that we are lied to by our government, we never will know why we are fighting.

That’s the thing…following orders.  The bad guys said that in WWII, right?  “Just following orders.”

I can tell you, from first hand experience, that you can teach your children to rebel.  To say “NO.”  My son joined the army, when they came to his high school and signed up a bunch of boys, without their parents knowing about it.  How that can be legal, is beyond me.

So, I went to the recruiting station, but they said he signed up and that was that.  He was under age, but he could still shoot and kill someone, so that was all they need to know.  They said they would make a man out of him.  I said that would eventually happen on its own and without help from them, because with their help, he may not live that long.

I wrote about this before.  My son, said he wanted to jump out of a helicopter.  He had never even been on an airplane.  He watched a few episodes of MASH.  So, the army picked him up in a car full of boys who were ALL CRYING, and took him away

But I taught my kids to NEVER DO WHAT ANYONE TOLD THEM TO DO IF IT WAS WRONG.  So, he didn’t do what they told him to do.  Meanwhile, I was fighting with the army, calling in a lot of favors and threatening to chain myself to the gate of their base, if they didn’t let him go.

Anyway, he was allergic to tumbleweed and ended up in the hospital, because it’s hard to kill people if you can’t breath.  Then he played for awhile, shooting and things.  But then…they told him to go into a building filled with gas, without a mask, so he would know what it felt like.  He said, “No.”  They said “What?”  He said “No.”  From then on, he stopped doing anything they wanted him to do, including being in charge of the whole shooting thing, because he was good at it and they probably thought he would be happy and start to cooperate.  Silly men.

Meanwhile, I was still fighting with the army and the base he was on.

He, was still saying “NO.”  So they put him in jail/brig, whatever it was.  He said they would make him stand on a line while they screamed at him, spit flying out of their mouths, while he stood there, staring straight ahead.  He still said, “NO.”

Here’s the good part…THEY LET HIM GO BECAUSE THE OTHER MEN WERE WATCHING HIM SAY NO AND THEY STARTED SAYING NO AS WELL.  Obviously, the Army couldn’t have that, so while I was looking up airline prices, he was honorably discharged, so that he didn’t infect the other kids with thinking for themselves.  That’s the thing.  Thinking for oneself is DANGEROUS AND THREATENING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT and must be held in check at all costs.

He came home, said it was horrible, and things went back to normal.  We were all proud of him, because he refused to give in.  And that shows that people don’t have to do what they’re told to do, if they are told as children that they don’t have to so.  I told my kids to never do what they thought was wrong, no matter who was telling them to do it.  I told them there were no authority figures and to never to be afraid of getting into trouble by saying, “NO.”  To ALWAY do what was right for them.

One side effect of that is having them not always listen to me, saying, “I don’t want to.”  Sigh.  Still, have to think of the big picture.  My daughter still teases me about that.

Life’s not easy.  But life, to me, isn’t about accepting the garbage that’s thrown at us either. Screw that.

There are things worth fighting for.  You can see that, by looking the the people in the Ukraine.  But, the rest of us, need to stop the idiots who start the wars, so what’s happening there, doesn’t keep happening.  Because as long as we, the people, allow the three men in charge, to kill our loved ones and the loved ones of other people, THIS WILL NEVER BE OVER.  AND WE WILL NEVER KNOW WHY ANYONE IS FIGHTING.

Remember the story about the soldiers who called a truce for Christmas.  Both sides played soccer together, ate together, showed pictures of their families to each other and became friends.  When the truce was over they were expected to kill each other.  But they knew each other.  Knew they were the same.  OUR LEADERS ORDER OUR MEN TO KILL THEM, OR OUR GUYS IN CHARGE WOULD KILL OUR OWN SOLDIERS UNTIL THEY DID.  That’s what following orders is all about.  Our people are more than willing to kill us, if we don’t do as we’re told.  Think Kent State.  FIVE UNARMED, innocent students, shot to death by the National Guard, for walking to class.  The guy in charge telling a teacher to get the kids off the path because they were going to open fire and kill all of them.  Five dead college students, killed for nothing, by our own people.

Think about that.

American soldiers are brave.  They are all heroes.  But they shouldn’t have to be.

If there’s a war, the men who start it should HAVE TO BE ON THE FRONT LINE, or else it’s called off.  No one should fight for a coward.  NO ONE.

Our National Anthem is all about WAR, bombs, rockets, blood, foe, terror…it’s what we are. We didn’t HAVE to have a song about war, conquering and death. We chose to have it. Death and war is celebrated here. Read it.

The Star-Spangled Banner

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
’Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

From:  The Smithsonian

If you’re looking for America…a poem of sorts

Fantasy, Cat, Statue Of Liberty, To Play

Lady Liberty
growing
smaller
each day
so
if you’re looking for
AMERICA
look under porches
in alleys
or in dark small places
where you think government people
who watch other people die
and do nothing
would stay
a cozy
safe spot
where they could
count their money
unnoticed

our government
is willing to let people
be slaughtered
while probably still
buying oil
from the man
who is killing those
innocent people
because if gas prices
go up
American’s will complain

but wait
we put up a no fly zone
for Russian planes
and we don’t want their
vodka
we do have our priorities
after all
we know how to punish
people in the arts
and sports
that’s for sure

right now
our government is not only
letting the bully win
they are telling the bully
they aren’t coming for him
brilliant strategy

and by example
the America government
is teaching us
how the game is played
if a member of the government
was in Chicago
cornered by a gang
I would run to the Chicago harbor
and throw a stone at a yacht
or gather a bunch of people
and call for a vote of some kind
and if those things didn’t work
I could honestly say
that I my best
no planes would have flown overhead
and the people who owned yachts
would be angry at the chipped paint
and that’s all I could have done

The Ukraine gave up it’s
nuclear weapons
and because
they followed the rules
they are going to die
and we are going to sit by
and let them

will we do the same thing
when he goes after the next country
and the next
yes
we will
because
our government
apparently let’s the bad guy
pretty much do what he wants

but then it does seem as if
nice people
and the good guys
are always the ones who die
because what would the world be like
if we allowed heroes
to live

the American people
are as helpless to act
as the Russian people
this is a game
played by powerful men
in government
and either way
we the people
are simply helpless
the victims

no one wants a nuclear war
it could mean the end of
everything
it could mean extinction
but we can’t do what we’re doing either
not and still call ourselves
good people
because good people
never sit by and watch others
die
without helping in a way
that actually matters

 

Photo:   Pixabay

From: Bored Panda

People With Student Loans In America Show How Impossible It Is To Pay Them Off

Okay, so…the world…why not.

blue, green, and yellow world map

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!

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