Category Archives: Today’s Issues

Thoughts on issues in the world today

Diversity it’s what makes America great

The 2018 FIFA World Cup has ended with France as the winner.  During the Cup there were bars all over America packed with Americans proudly rooting on their country of national origin. Throughout Americans proudly celebrate their heritage. For example Italians proudly represent  Italy through their food among other things. Mexicans do the same with Mexico and of course the Irish show their pride on St. Patrick day. As with the St. Patrick day parade all major cities have numerous parades and celebrations throughout the year. In NYC alone there is the West Indian day carnival, Greek Independence Day parade, National Tartan Day Parade which celebrates the day of Scotland’s day of independence, Chinese New Year festival and many others.  This diversity is really what has made America great. As Martin Luther King Jr. stated.
“  individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
Diversity isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength it Is the signature of America, people of all cultures rising above their own concerns to create, innovate and overcome obstacles to move this country forward. America is at its best when it seeks out diverse points of view, and looks for new insights.
Yet today there is a growing sediment among a segment of America who want to rebuke this diversity. Their weakness is the desire to surround themselves with people who look and think like them. Afraid to learn about other races and cultures rather content to remain isolated and stoke their own prejudices based on a fear of the unknown.  As Captain Kirk said
 The prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other.”  
This fear of diversity and is counter to the ideal of what America was meant to be. Right at the beginning of America’s Declaration of Independence these words are written “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”  The key word is All not some. Not only those from (insert country) or sexual orientation or cultural background and while this country has at many times struggled to live up to those words it has embraced them enough to make it the country it is today. We must continue to move forward with the concept of diversity not step back and isolate ourselves. For Isolation only leads to a society that stifles creativity and innovation and eventually withers away and dies.

 

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The lessons Star Trek continue to teach us

America today seems to be more divided than ever. Hate for anything that is different from you is at an all time high.  The current administration stokes this fire with a message of division. The exact opposite of what has made this country great, the contributions of so many from so many different races and cultures  It is done so they can enrich themselves and maintain their power.  They are skilled at tapping into your inner prejudices and making you believe they are on your side but the truth is the only side they are on is their own.  As always this situation can best be summed up from the lessons Star Trek continues to teach us.

1. Why the current president strategy of division among people so he may maintain his power is flawed.

The prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other.
– Captain Kirk

2. How unity and not division is stronger for all of us

I am pleased to see that we have differences.
May we together become greater than the sum of both of us.
-Surak of Vulcan

3. Why our current President view of himself is flawed

Believing oneself to be perfect is often the sign of a delusional mind.
-Data, to Borg Queen

4. The strategy of our current President believes in maintaining power

Evil does seek to maintain power by suppressing the truth, or by misleading the innocent.
-Spock and McCoy

5. How many of the innocent who voted for our current feel today

After a time, you may find that “having” is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as “wanting.” It is not logical, but it is often true.
-Spock

6. Why the thinking of many who defend the current president simply because he has an (R) after his name or are afraid of losing votes from his base is wrong

You cannot explain away a wantonly immoral act because you think it is connected to some higher purpose.
– Captain Picard

7. What the president walk-back of his statements in Russia showed us about him

It would seem that evil retreats when forcibly confronted
-Yarnek of Excalbia,

8. Why we must act as a people not as republicans or democrats

Without followers, evil cannot spread.
-Spock

9. Why we must act now both republicans, democrats and independents

Act, and you shall have dinner; wait, and you shall be dinner.
-Gowron, Klingon proverb

They serve so they could kneel

Without debate, without criticism no administration and no country can succeed and no republic can survive.

John F. Kennedy

Men and Women for centuries have worn the uniform, fought the fight and gave the ultimate sacrifice for our right to peacefully protest. Let no man silence the voice made possible through this sacrifice. Keep America great

Happy Memorial Day 

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The NFL gets the anthem thing wrong again

Today the NFL issued a statement stating that NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer. 

This policy sadly misses the point.  Hijacked by the President the original intent of the protest was never about the anthem. The anthem in this case is simply a means to an end used as the “prop” to bring to light the injustices perpetuated on on people of color on a daily basis. In fact one could say without the anthem there could have been a stage for the protest. 

This action serves one purpose. Silencing the voice of protest by shoving it in a locker room. 

NFL players should respond in kind with a statement stating: We see opting to stay in the locker room during the anthem as a true sign of disrespect. Kneeling during the anthem is our peaceful way of shedding light on the treatment of people of color by a segment of the population while at the same time maintaining respect for the flag and those service men and women who have fought under it to continue to maintain our way of life.  We stand with them and all Americans or as James Baldwin so eloquently stated: I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.

Prayers and Condolences…Return to Sender

B0BD3CA7-2CA6-4A90-A4A9-066B24BB9A4A‪This letter is being returned to sender due to the lack of true caring for my innocent children. Prayers and condolences will sadly not restore their vibrant life force among you. Rather it appears to be a way for you to assuage your feelings of guilt for your failure to act in a proactive matter to prevent yet another mass shooting and please do question my intelligence with lines such as it’s not guns it’s mental illness when this type of thing happens only in your country. Instead of prayers and condolences for those tragically lost to gun violence maybe you should pray for help in finding the conviction within yourselves to draft a comprehensive gun law.

 

The killing of our innocent

‪For every decision there is a consequence and humans frequently rely on flawed logic to justify illogical decisions. ‬

‪There can be no debate that it is illogical for America to cling to the belief that the founding fathers believed ownership of guns should go basically unchecked in today’s society. With the advances in weaponry not to mention the obsolete true intent of the amendment being a well regulated militia to serve as a check upon a standing army. Something no “militia” armed with guns, no matter how high powered, in today’s world would be able to serve as a formidable foe against say an F-16 fighter jet. ‬

‪The consequence of America decision to not take real action on the subject of gun control is the continued wave of mass shootings it endures. Something unique to America among developed countries in the world. No mass shooting is without its pain but none is sadder than when the life of a young innocent is tragically taken from us far before their time. Politicians will tweet and stand in front of the cameras offering prayers and condolences. But that does little to ease the heartbreak of a parent who stands over the coffin of their child tears in their eyes wondering why. ‬

‪Every decision has a consequence isn’t it time we decide to put a stop to this madness and implement real gun control policies. ‬

The power of the people

The problem with American politics today
is that the government is suppose to derive its power from the will of the people but the people have essentially given up their authority. Having divided itself into two parties they no longer hold politicians accountable but blindly follow the sound bites of a few who look to obtain power as long as that individual claims are to represent their party. While simultaneously taking only a casual interest in truly educating itself on the issues of the day instead the majority of them allow their opinions to be molded by cable news personalities who profit by espousing the viewpoints of the politician on the side of their preferred viewers.

Inform yourself on the issues
Educate yourself on the options
Hold your representatives accountable
Take control of the government it is after all your government