The terror attack on a mosque by some white supremacist numbskull sickens me to the core. These people were doing nothing wrong. All they were doing was worshipping their god in their way. Why commit this heinous act?
Much of the heathen community is concerned about the terrorists use of “Valhalla” as a means of stating his intended destination upon his death. I totally agree that his, and much of the white supremacist organizations out there, use of our sacred symbols is disgusting. Heathenry has no room for bigots and racists. However, my biggest concern is how callous the human race has become. This type of stuff should not be common place, but it’s becoming so at an alarming rate. Why? What has made humanity so callous and so narcissistic? Because let’s face the facts about this terrorist, he did this while live streaming via a GoPro and that my dear readers is a sign of narcissism. With the increase of social media and streaming technology, this has become possible to live stream such wanton disregard for human life. Should we ban such technology? No, of course not, but everyone should be asking this most important question: why have we human beings become so callous? This is indeed an uncomfortable question to ask, but it needs to be asked and answered. If we are expected to have a conversation on race, a conversation on guns and so forth, why are we not having a conversation for the root of everything that ails our modern society: human callousness?
I hope to the gods that the victims of this horrible act are comforted and are given justice. I hope that New Zealand is merciless in their doling out of the law against this terrorist. And I hope, from all this tragedy, we human beings can become less callous and start loving each other regardless of our so-called differences. We are 7 billion people living on Mother Gaia, none of us are going anywhere. Therefore, we need to learn how to cooperate and get along with each other or we are doomed as a species.
It has been awhile since I’ve blogged, but the issue of gun control is up on the chopping block once again. It’s irritating seeing Americans, whom never had to deal with a true dictatorship, trying to strip little by little their rights. The stories I’ve read and heard from my father about the desaparecidos or the disappeared are horrifying for the American psyche to even comprehend. Thank the gods for our Constitution, right? When was the last time any American has heard of anyone disappearing after a protest or even simply speaking your mind? Probably never. Sure, there are those individuals who threaten some form of violence, but by no means has our government “disappeared” people. If that were the case, you wouldn’t so many daring folks protest these days. You’d see fear reigning supreme, but we Americans do not fear authority. In fact, we throw bottles and rocks at them during “protests”. Hell, David Hogg, the newest darling of gun control, hung up on the White House! If that doesn’t show how free Americans are, I don’t know what will. It could be argued that an armed populace does indeed frighten the US government into a mild complacency of accepting mediocre power due to the 2nd Amendment. Sure, the government has tanks and airplanes at their disposal, but it also requires servicemen who are willing to bombard possibly their families, so there would probably be only a small contingent who would willingly attack fellow Americans. That number would most likely be small enough for civilians to defend themselves against. However, aside from that scenario, we forget about the partisan fighters who hadn’t tanks and airplanes who fought against the Nazis during WWII. There’s that scary word: we forget. We forget how history has shown us that an unarmed population is easily subjugated.
Here’s some food for thought: The Handmaids Tale I believe is a good and realistic POV that Leftists need to consider. A theocracy arises in the United States, what do you do? Do you roll over and allow it or do you resist it? You resist it of course and it would most likely be armed resistance since protesting and any form of free speech would most likely be suppressed. The Left fears the rise of a theocracy just as much as the Right fears the rise of state sponsored atheism. The fear of a Nazi/Fascist/Communist/Theocratic government arising is reason enough for people to be vigilant and armed. And never say it can’t happen here, because it can. Most democracies fall due to internal strife within the political body itself (much like Trumps revolving door of his Administration, his constant attacks towards the media and so on) before a tyrant takes advantage. It can and will happen here if we the People aren’t vigilant. Government is inherently evil and always hungering for power. It is a beast that can’t be satiated, but it can be subdued by a society that is armed not only in weapons but also in common sense.
The Right, you guys are losing your minds over this issue. I’ve seen the attacks on David Hogg, the bullying because he has a different than you. He’s a kid! Grow up! Stop calling him names, stop being a bully for no good reason other than your fear that he may be able to push the ban for the Armalite Rifle 15! Being abusive and not being constructive in your criticism does NOTHING for your position but make the Left, whom call you “ammo-sexuals” and other inane names, seem more level headed when they are not. They’re coming at this from an emotional POV much like you are. Either step up to the plate with civility or don’t bother. Same goes for the Left.
In conclusion, it becomes disheartening to see only one side being portrayed as the common sense approach while the other is ostracized as the lunatic fringe by the media. We know that our news outlets are filled with partisan hacks with no objectivity in their reporting. They refuse to report both sides simply for their ratings rake up which in turn pits American against American. We the People need to step up our game and stop being shills for the media and politicians. We allow ourselves to be used and abused by the elitists in power. Why? We still maintain this serf mentality that those above us have our best interests in mind when in fact they don’t. Both Democrats and Republicans have an agenda and it doesn’t include being fair to us. Their agenda, no matter how far apart they may seem to diverge, are in reality the same: power. Anyone who believes government is force for good obviously hasn’t read their history. Government is not something you trust. Government is something with which you remain vigilant towards. All Americans should be united in their vigilance, but instead they have successfully separated us over race, religion, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, political ideology and so on. We are divided and we are conquered and we are to blame. We allowed this to happen, we volunteered to be separate but equal this time around. We stopped being Americans and started being ridiculous labels. And yet, we scoff at the idea of government ever oppressing us once we’re disarmed even though they have fulfilled one part of their agenda and that’s dividing us thoroughly. Sure some pro-Second Amendment/pro-gun control folks can be outright vapid in their arguments, but there are some who do have some valid points. We need to hear both sides, discuss civilly and without being self-righteous and check our higher than thou attitudes at the door. We need to save our society from the downward slide and it can start here with the gun issue. If we can’t do this civilly then Americans are lost as a people and as a nation. It’s up to ALL Americans and not just the younger or older generations, it’s up to ALL of us!
I believe it’s every Americans right to arm themselves especially in a world so inclined towards violence. I believe also that we need to use the laws that we already have on the books to make sure that people are safe from gun violence.
I think it’s sexist to tell a woman to use a whistle in the event that she’s about to be assaulted. Women especially should be able to conceal carry a gun as an alternative to the whistle method that anti-Second Amendment would want. Their emotional plea for a gun free society is selfish in that it establishes that since they don’t have gun nor need one that no one else should. Now, there are those who seem anti-gun, but aren’t. Those folks simply want gun laws that protect people from gun violence. In fact, my wife has thought (more so lately with the insanity we’re seeing around the world and in our country) about going through the lengthy process of getting a gun and I can’t blame her. I absolutely support her in doing so. When I can’t be with her at all times, I believe it’s imperative that she keep herself safe whatever way possible. She’s not dumb nor irresponsible so it goes without saying that she would do fine owning a gun.
Those who wish to limit access to guns want to blatantly trample on the Constitution, be my guest because I can guarantee that a majority of Americans are pro-Second Amendment especially witnessing the horrors of the 20th Century when fascist/communist governments disarmed their people in order to have absolute control over the people. What limits should be placed on gun ownership should be a dialog opened up between those want to limits gun ownership and those who don’t. It needs to be civil and without condescending remarks. Without this criteria in place nothing will happen that will appeal to both sides of the aisle.
As I write this, I have the news on and yet another mass shooting has happened and this time at a social services building in San Bernadino, California. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist that there is a correlation between this society and its declining respect for all life, human and animal. Life is no longer sacred to us, it’s simply a pawn in the game of life. We regard life as something that just happens and nothing else. The sacredness that once was seen of ‘life’ has been washed down the drain as this society becomes so self-absorbed and narcissistic. This society only cares about itself and no one else. They become offended or emotionally hurt they use violence as a means for relieving their pain. These people are COWARDS! They can’t deal with life so they take it on someone else, as if that will help the problem they are having. They don’t see a life when they stare down the sights of a gun, they see an object and nothing else. Once again, society, it has established slowly but surely that life is nothing but an object and once it’s an object it’s no longer sacred. Sure you can say, “Ban guns!” but that does NOTHING to solve the problem at hand which is…..the sacredness of life. Lets start with that, then lets work on the gun problem in this country.
At times I become so apathetic towards politics that I simply slip away for months without ever looking at a news website, watching Glenn Beck or even writing in this blog, but recently my girlfriend and I plan on having a child and thus has become my duty to become vigilant when it comes to politics both here in the US and abroad. As our society becomes more globalization helped along by technology it’s prudent to stay on top of current events such as the Crisis in Iraq and Common Core because the long-term ramifications for our future child will be poignant.
So what exactly do I believe? It’s better to just list my beliefs:
I believe in gay marriage
How exactly do two people of the same gender marrying affect me? It seriously doesn’t much like Brittany Spears and other celebrities who abuse the institution of marriage for their own attention whoring.
I believe in the 2nd Amendment
The right for people to own guns should always be upheld because it ensures that the government will always be afraid of it’s citizens because they can and will always be armed to the teeth. That’s how it should be, the government fearing its citizens rather than citizens being fearful of their government.
I believe in religious rights
Christians today are taking a pounding by secularists maybe for good reason, but bashing an entire religion on the merits of a few really is silly. Plus, banning things like a cross erected 5 decades ago bought and paid for by ordinary citizens is even more silly. Leave it alone, it’s a memorial to the dead. Also, a Christian business should be given the right to put their business at risk by denying patronage to gay couples. In the end, they’ll revoke their own ban due to low amount of customers patronizing their business.
I believe Common Core is evil
Common Core reduces competition between good and bad schools by leveling the playing field. It also brings with it strange ways of doing math for example. The new way of math makes it harder for parents to their duty as parents and help their children scholastically. It makes schools more dependent on the Federal government as opposed to local communities and the people who fund those schools with their tax money. Taking examples from totalitarian and failing countries is not a good way to reform our education system.
I believe in Universal Healthcare
Obamacare is the biggest foul up ever to grace our country. I believe in Universal Healthcare, but I think it needs a more 21st Century revision in order to make it work effectively without putting peoples lives at risk. It needs to take the Hippocratic Oath to the fullest extent. It doesn’t need to be the rationed out healthcare that Conservatives are afraid of. With brilliant minds and innovation we Americans could make it work better than the European brand of Universal Healthcare.
I believe in School Choice
Every parent should be able to choose what type of school their child goes to whether it’s public or private or even home schooling and have it be affordable as well. The misplaced fear in George W. Bush voucher program was nothing more than Liberals wishing to subjugate parental choice. This to me is treasonous in that Liberals are forgoing a childs future for their own political gain.
I believe in being environmentally friendly
Lets face it, no one wants dirty air, polluted waters or to have the beautiful scenery that Nature bestows upon us to be blotted out by vast concrete and asphalt strip malls and parking lots. So, it is our duty as sentient beings to want to take care of the environment and make sure no more animals go extinct because of our existence.
I don’t believe Socialism/Communism is the answer
Now, I’m sure the naysayers will be quick to point out that my support of Universal Healthcare is hypocritical, however I don’t believe so. I can accept one component of an ideology without supporting the entire ideology itself. Communism/Socialism just simply does not work when applied to the real world. It lacks factoring in the fact that it’s usurping rights from people and human nature itself.
I believe Capitalism does need to be reformed for the 21st Century
The current form of capitalism is based off the Industrial Revolution, which has long since withered away to allow the Information/Digital Revolution to flourish, so it’s without any doubt that capitalism needs to be retrofitted for our 21st Century reality. Factories and other industries are slowly but surely giving way to automation and having capitalism still holding on the ancient remains of the Industrial Revolution does nothing to help people and in fact gives the Communists/Socialists credence in their ideology that capitalism is slowly dying.
I don’t believe in amnesty for illegals
As someone who is the son of a legal immigrant from Latin America, giving amnesty and all these amenities to illegal, law-breaking immigrants is a slap in the face to those who went through the process of citizenship the legal way. If these illegals want citizenship then they need to go about it the way everyone has.
I believe in a secured border
We need to secure our border and even put up an extensive wall along our border in order to secure our nation from illegal immigration and from intrusions from Mexican drug cartels and the Mexican military.
I believe political correctness is wrong
People need to really grow a thick skin and stop being offended by every little thing that comes out. What kind of life is it to find offense at everything around you? You don’t have the right to not be offended. Welcome to reality.
I believe in a non-racist, all inclusive nationalism
I think its important that all legal American citizens regardless of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religion and political ideology to express pride in their country. Since pride in country tends to run contrary of the internationalist beliefs of most Left leaning ideologies the opposing idea is of course nationalism. Nationalism isn’t inherently racist in nature and especially with a diverse country such as America nationalism can not be racist.
I support the 10th Amendment
The idea of giving more power to the states and the people and restricting power given to the Federal government is just common sense. As we can clearly see the power lust that Federal government has is a clear and present danger to American citizens. We need to get back rights for the states to choose what is good for their state and not be bullied by the government to accept things the Federal government wants to impose like Common Core.
There’s more things I can bullet point that I support, but it tends to be a long list so this gives you an idea of why I believe in what I believe and why I have a problem simply sticking to any party line. I’m just some person stuck in the center of politics and find the Left-Right rift to be ridiculous.