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Have you seen enough? Is there any question left in your mind? Can you condone the direction this administration with the complicity of the GOP is taking our once proud country? Do you feel shame at the actions of our government? Do you tolerate racism? Do you support the enrichment of the “One Percent” and corporations at the expense of the middle class and poor? Are you okay with the possibility of the elderly losing their Social Security, a fund they have paid into their entire lives? Can you tolerate the war this government is waging against the most vulnerable among us? Can you excuse babies and toddlers or a child of any age being taken from parents en masse for political purposes? Are you ok with putting entire families indefinitely into what amounts to concentration camps? Do you have any compassion for anyone besides yourself?

You can’t bury your head in the sand in the face of overwhelming facts, not “alternative facts,” not opinions, but hard, verified facts! This is no longer a matter of being conservative or liberal, even Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or Independent. It is about who we are going to be as a country going forward. Will we choose hate and fear over love and hope?

I know it is overwhelming and more than a little depressing, but you must be strong and raise your voice for what this country was founded on and has strived to stand for – at times poorly – for the almost 242 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. We haven’t gotten it right all the time, but we have always found our way clear of those times. It is our fortitude and resilience that has seen us through in the past. We can do it again, but we must VOTE. It is the one true tool we have against tyranny. Yes, tyranny . . . “cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary use of power or control.”

The first step is to make sure you are registered to vote. Do it now. Don’t wait. Then you will have to endure until November. I know it is a long time off. The outrage and anger will diminish, but you cannot become complacent. You may even tire of being told over and over to vote.

Plan now. Make a commitment to yourself. Then in November, send packing those that have supported and been complicit in the tyranny you clearly see now. It’s your right, exercise it. It’s your voice, use it.

 

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Today should have been triumphant. I should have been writing a post all about my adventure finding a marvelous addition to my landscaping. I stumbled across a magnificent piece of driftwood on the beach. It’s huge and beautiful and perfectly flat on the bottom. (That’s it next to the four-foot high fence.) It is as if the ocean had given me a gift and all I had to do was get it home.

Needless to say, it was an entertaining escapade and no small undertaking. It is mind-boggling how many strangers offered assistance but had bad backs or other maladies prohibiting them from actually helping. I’m going to go with . . . it’s the thought that counts. No worries. I had help with me as it was a trip designated to gather more driftwood for garden edging. This wonderful piece of nature’s art is now proudly displayed out by the street next to the bird feeders and lily bed dedicated to the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (which has 7! bloom spikes developing). But no . . .

I have long acknowledged the trouble I have getting all the parts of my life sync’d to be happy with everything. If my work life was good, my love life was a disaster. If my love life was humming, I was facing imminent financial doom. If somehow everything was excellent, my house caught fire! Seriously, I’ve had a house fire . . . twice! I was pretty much resigned to that being my fate . . . until recently. My personal life is great. I’m happy in all its aspects, so . . .

The house isn’t burning; nobody is sick; a volcano hasn’t sprouted in my yard; an asteroid isn’t racing through the sky towards me (that I know of) . . . No, the government of my country has lost its flipping mind. What the hell? Is my personal curse now being inflicted on the world at large?

I should be gaily munching tacos and sipping Margaritas on my front porch enjoying my ocean-created sculpture with the person I love and that loves me. Instead, I feel heartsick, anger, outrage, shame, disgust, helpless and even more than a little guilty for even having such a fantastic life when others are suffering so at the hands of my nation.

I don’t understand how there are such horrible and cruel acts being officially committed in this country. You know . . . “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” How do such wicked actions make us free or brave? How can anyone with a soul be happy and content while such evil is perpetrated on the innocent? I know I’m not alone in how I feel. They have to be stopped . . .

Stop harshing my buzz!

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