Hello everyone! Just wanted to post an update on some things I've been feeling of late. First of all, I'm still alive and active, I'm moving (again XD) by next week and have been busy looking for work as well as packing my house to move with my folks to Tampa (from Naples). We're moving into a friend's house, rent free, in order to get our finances back in order, it was something that was stressing out my father and I had been supporting both him and my mom as best I can, sadly for the last year I have been unable to find permanent IT work. Moving back 'to the city' should help resolve that. I tell you, it sucks being out of work so long.
With that out of the way, there was a reason I wanted to write this journal entry; I have always wanted to share my thoughts on some of the political headlines that have been going on not only here but abroad. I've kept quiet about it for fear of 'alienating' anyone who has a different viewpoint than me, and those like me have been getting the bum end of the stick here in the USA. The colleges in America are a good example, anyone who disagrees with this nonsense about 'safe places' and 'diversity' is labeled a racist/bigot/xenophobe whatever. Professors that allow discussions that 'there are two sides and you need to hear them out' are getting reprimanded and fired for allowing that to take place. It's become a scary thing to say anything that isn't wholly liberal in this country, and that merely voicing an opinion makes your whole viewpoint moot. But moving on to the reason that I wanted to post this: the Brexit.
While many pundits are 'shocked' by the development of the British vote, I predicted that the case made by the Remain campaign was just too much fear mongering. They didn't stress the good of remaining in the EU would be, as well as address MANY people's concerns of some of the most hated issues handled by the EU (namely a reworking of their unelected Commissions and Council of Ministers, the Syrian Refugee Crisis, etc). I believe the EU can still salvage this mess, but only if they publicly and very quickly make moves to address all the Euroskeptics concerns of what makes the EU not function and represent its strongest members. But that negative sentiment that affected a majority of the popular of Britain is also a similar atmosphere here in the United States.
Now I will also go out and say this, but I believe America has been going on 'the wrong track' during Obama's presidency. While I personally do not hate the man (he's a very likeable and affable fellow, great speaker too!), I strongly disagree with many of his policies, both foreign and domestic. And with the Political Correctness and other issues coming to a head out of nowhere (which I will get to below), I firmly believe that Trump will become the next President of the United States.
I feel - like and many other Americans in this country do too - that politics has become very toxic... either coming off as too far left or too far right. I consider myself a liberal Republican (my friend says that those are called libertarians); I support many of the Conservative issues but I will cross over for many liberal issues. For example, I believe strongly in the Right to Bear Arms but I wholly support the Pro-Choice movement when it comes to women's reproductive rights.
Now the Orlando shooting has touched a slight nerve with me, mainly because I am from Florida (spent most of my life growing up here) and I lived in the city where the shooter came from: Fort Pierce. What shocked me after the shooting was how quickly 'Gun Control' advocates came out and demanded restrictions on assault guns (even though none were used, it was a semi-auto rifle just like every gun in America is for the most part, and as a security guard he legally got the weapon) and in order not to offend Muslims, the Federal Government said that it had 'nothing to do with Islamic extremism', despite the dude shouting out he pledged allegiance to ISIS just like those crazy San Bernardino incident in California and was pretty much the very definition of a homegrown extremist.
So yeah, a lot has been on my mind awhile and I wanted to voice some of my thoughts on some of the other things that have been happening in my country as of late:
1. Gun Control - You cannot have a discussion about this if the only left argument is to 'take away everyone's guns'. This seems like a no-brainer and a nonstarter, especially after the Supreme Court's 2008 ruling saying that Americans have an individual right to bear arms, regardless if its in a 'regulated militia' or not. Gun culture is an American culture, we were born from 'rebellion' against the King of England for our founding and we are now a nation of laws and precedents. No amount of wishing or crying will make the 2nd Amendment disappear, as much as some liberals want to make go away. What the Orlando shooting illustrated to many moderates and conservatives that while a great majority of Americans support common sense things like background checks, you cannot indiscriminately take away rights from Americans. Even our legal system is designed that it would rather let 10 murderers go free than to imprison 1 innocent person. There is a thing called due process that needs to be followed, and none of the things that Democrats are demanding in Congress would have stopped that shooter. Why?
The Assault Rifle Ban law - There has been discussion of renewing this law, though there was a reason it lapsed; it did not tackle or touch what the name of the law implies. All it does is classify what is an assault weapon if it had 2 of the 4 features: a 40mm grenade launcher, a flash suppressor, a bayonet lunge, or a collapsible stock. What idiot came up with this law should be taken outside and flogged. If I had a 40mm grenade launcher on my rifle, I think we would be talking about banning grenade launchers and not the dang gun its attached to! XD
Background Checks - I do wholly support this and see nothing wrong with it, unless it is used to create a list to go after responsible and lawful gun owners to 'take their guns', which the Democrats - by thumping Australia over and over - make it seem like its their intention.
The No-Fly List - This list is notoriously inaccurate. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the FBI has said that there are many irregularities in the list and that it is why it is only used for a 'no fly' list, and shouldn't be used as a broader list to snare people who can't buy guns. The Democrats held their protests in Congress and had FOUR dang bills to consider. The Democratic ones weren't going to pass, but several Republicans did cross over and were willing to put holds on gun purchases to show there could be bipartisan support, but those bills were shot down by Democrats. The reason being? They did not believe in due process of law and that someone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. I found the Republican stance of due process was in alignment with what our country was founded upon. You have to give US Citizens a means to contest being put on the list, because currently it is impossible to get off once you are mistakenly put on it, thereby denying a right to an American without no due process.
There really needs to be some give and take, and with the air of Political Correctness and 'Diversity' movement going about this country, nothing will happen (just like in Congress) because everyone wants 'All or Nothing'.
2. Illegal Immigrants - Yeah, that's not the politically correct term but that is exactly what they are. They are not paying taxes, they are here in this country illegally, and they are waving foreign flags in America. They justify attacking the police and Trump supporters because he spews such vileness that they must be violent to stop him. What they don't seem to care is that it has an opposite reaction to the average American and pushes them into the Trump camp. Ghadi realized this with his non-violent movement that liberated India. Martin Luther King Jr. got change from his peaceful protests. And Americans, as divisive as we all are (when it comes to politics, religion, and MANY other things that makes America so free), at least we all understand that we all have a right to free speech. Just like I have a right to vanilla and someone else might like chocolate.
Now I love all human beings as much as the next, but America can't even take care of our own Vets (see the VA scandal with vets dying on waiting lists) and Americans lack affordable insurance (thanks Obamacare!) and are having a heck of a time finding permanent work... how can anyone expect us to take care of others when we can't even take care of ourselves? Until every American is well-off, we need to look to our own before giving out charity like we used to, its just a simple fact of economic sense. Look at Europe, generally they are open-arms when it comes to refugees, but when millions and millions of people started to take advantage of Europe's generous welfare system and open nature, it sparked the whole immigration crisis that is currently gripping the bloc and is a direct result of Britain's vote to leave the EU. And seeing American politicians pick and choose what laws to enforce is just maddening. You or me may not like the law, but the law is the law and it MUST be enforced until it is changed legally. The Supreme Court today struck a blow to Obama's use of Executive Authority to protect illegals, as they said it was clearly a breech of his executive powers. Now, Stephen Colbert said something funny about Congress lately on his show: that Congress is refusing to follow the will of the 90% of people who want background checks and how can a minority impose their will on America as a whole. With that in mind, it made me think about this next item too.
3. Transgenders - They account for less than 1% of the population. They are people, whatever they identify with. They have been living in our country without major problems unlike what black people went through during the Civil Rights Movement of Martin Luther King, Jr.; where black people didn't have rights to vote and were segregated and horribly treated as if they were lesser human beings. I'm glad the Civil Rights movement happened so ALL AMERICANS can be treated equally To be treated like real people: as Americans and decent human beings! Black, white, yellow, green, it shouldn't matter what color your skin is - you are an American and you should be afforded those same rights as anyone else. Now, this weird thing where transgenders are somehow 'imposing their will' upon the majority of Americans I don't for a moment believe came from this group of people. The great push for their 'rights' is - I believe - not coming from them but by the Liberal Establishment to get more 'votes' (just like they want with the Latino vote on illegal immigrants). Now, my best friend is Latino and he has a HUGE family, and even he hates illegal aliens because they did not do what his family did: go through the process to get into this country legally. I think many Democrats underestimate that just because someone is a Latino, that they support all illegals because they are also Latinos... and the same goes with transgenders. They may be part of the LGBT movement, but I never heard of Gays or Lesbians asking for their own bathrooms. Uni-sex bathrooms are fine, it's common sense when someone sees it. But saying a 'Men' or 'Women' bathroom is both discriminatory and hostile? This type of talk scares moderates and even more from the conservative angle. Our parents grew up just fine, why is this suddenly an issue now as if their lives depend on having a bathroom (see the Target controversy for a good example of this)? This leads to my final point...
4. Trump for President - All the issues above are fueling the anti-establishment resentment in this country, and I will predict that Trump will win the US Elections and become the next President of the United States. Why? Because to most 'common sense' people, he's the only choice to vote for. Hillary is a liar to the extreme (the FBI investigation into her 'classified emails' and how she blatantly violated the rules doing so) that the average 'hard working and honest American' just cannot agree with. Bernie Sanders, while a great guy, had just one too many socialist ideals that scare off moderate, older voters (free college and healthcare for everyone! Yeah... and who's going to pay for that?). Now some of his stuff he espoused I genuinely did like, but I could not vote for a socialist... which leaves... well, only Trump.
"But Trump is highly unpopular! He's a joke candidate." People said. Well guess what, he was better than the 16 other Republican candidates that ran against him! SIXTEEN CANDIDATES! You're telling me that as politically incorrect as Trump is (which I love about him, he actually takes a stand on something unlike regular politicians), that the ENTIRE REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT couldn't find one remotely LIKEABLE guy to run against him? In this whole damn country and there isn't one politician worth his salt that can run against him? XD
It's going to be a close call between these two (Trump and Hilary), but just like with the Brexit... many people were displeased with Britain's status in the EU and they only had one place to go to vote their displeasure - voting against the EU. The same is going to happen here and regardless of whether Americans like or dislike Trump, he's the only candidate to vote for if you dislike how things are going in this country and is the only option to 'push back' against all the nonsense going on.
Personally, I like Trump on a lot of issues (gasp! I know, crazy right?), but all SOMEONE has to do is present a candidate that takes some of his points (like immigration, gun control, business) AND some of the less radical liberal agenda items and viola! You have someone that appeals to BOTH Republicans and Democrats. Who is a MODERATE that isn't going to go extreme one way or the other. I'm stuck choosing the 'lesser of two evils', and unless liberals reign in their push for gun control and college safe places and trans rights... I'm not the only one who feels they must vote for Trump just to get some of what we want but at the cost of taking the whole package, you know what I mean?
I do a lot of customer service and am usually involved in all discussions between my company and customers/vendors/other entities and the one thing that seems common sense in business is missing in our politics today: talking to the other side and making a COMPROMISE. If you don't compromise and reach out some so the other side can reach back... then surprise... nothing gets done XD
I don't know whose bright idea was to make all these new 'hot button issues' in an election year... gun control, safe places, microaggressions, removing Math for 'Diversity' required courses in college, trans rights, immigration... does it not make anyone wonder why all these issues just suddenly reared their ugly head at the same time? I believe Liberals will be in for a shock by all the 'change' they are pushing that its going to push a lot of people in the middle into the conservative camp... and thus giving the White House to Trump. If they didn't push for all these radical agenda items at the same time, I believe Hilary would have easily coasted to victory. Now? I'm not too sure, my money is on Trump, but it's pretty much anyone's guess how the US Elections will turn up. Maybe it'll 'shock and surprise' the world just like how Britain shocked everyone with their referrendum, am I right?
That's my 2 cents of it anyways, what do you all think?
PS - You know, if Twilight Sparkle would run for President, I'd vote for her in a heartbeat! Can we make an Equestrian Party? ^^
Watching: Game of Thrones
Playing: Overwatch, Banner Saga 2, Battlefleet Gothic
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