An unpopular opinion

While. the country mourns for the losses from our most recent mass shootings, I see people sending prayers and thoughts. Here is where the unpopular opinion will come in – prayers and thoughts will do no one any good but the person sending them and usually even then its not done. Prayers and thoughts won’t stop the madness infecting our countrymen who think it’s okay to take out their frustrations by pulling triggers and killing people. Prayers and thoughts won’t bring back a single soul who was taken from this world and sent on their next journey. Prayers and thoughts won’t change the laws or the mindset of our politicians. What we need is civil action – NON VIOLENT responses but in your face responses. Want to make a change – think of solutions. Whether you blog about it, write your politicians, have a sit-in, or a rally – get the attention of those who can make the changes by

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Endorsement Anger?

So Nike does an ad with Kaepernick and the country seems to have gone insane. People are burning their Nike products (cause what is more sensible than burning things you spent damn good money on, right) … Well, now this Louisiana mayor has decided to ban Nike products from the city recreation facilities. He put out a memo stating, “Under no circumstances will any Nike product or any product with the Nike logo be purchased for use or delivery at any City of Kenner Recreation facility.” His own city councilman spoke out against his actions. My take from this is that people are upset Nike used a man who exercised his rights to peaceful protest for a cause that America needs to be made aware of and work on correcting. Um okay – that is not how Americans should be acting. First of all, Kaepernick did nothing illegal or immoral. Second, the cause for which his actions are being used

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Respect and Responsibility

I’ve rewritten this post a few times now… hard to decide where to start, so I’m going to try this one more time. Every one is different. We each look different, think different, like different things. This is okay. What I find disturbing is that every day I find people disrespecting one another based on our differences, whether that is skin color, religion, political stance, or something as menial as favorite foods. Here’s the thing… we’ve lost the desire to be respectful in this society. The desire to build each other up. The desire to improve our communities as one. We divide ourselves with labels. Name calling is something I corrected my children on when they were ten… yet, today, I’m finding adults are worse. Not one day in the last seven (just one week) was I able to enjoy social media, the news, or even some music without adults belittling one another for their differences. We as adults are

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A change in us

Mere moments ago an historic event took place, the United States of America got a new president – commander in chief. While there are many who are happy and many who are not – we MUST remember first and foremost that WE are a UNITED States. That WE are a UNITED people – and we need to become that again. This past election has divided us further than any I have seen in elections in the past. We need to remember what makes US Americans – the freedoms we enjoy and cherish. No matter what “side” you are on… WE ARE STILL AMERICANS!  We must come together and build on the same goals we all want – a better future, a better now.  

What changes will come?

As I scroll through my newsfeeds on social media I am overwhelmed by the negativity in this year’s election process…not only on the Presidential level. I am always pleased and quite surprised when there is a positive ad and always stop to give it a 👍🏼 Whether we sit behind our screens or look others in the face, please let us remember we all need to respect one another! Tomorrow the country makes a great choice – whether we like who will win or not, that will be our next Commander in Chief. We need to remember the lessons taught to us as children = respect others, treat others the way you want to be treated, and use nice words. This election process has completely made me ashamed of so may Americans – family, friends, and strangers have disgraced one another and torn each other apart… all over the way we want our country to become. Do you really want

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Voting…

Did you know that voting has not been an available right to every citizen in the United States always? Well, it has not… Now, Most of you should remember that from basic history class in school but over the years we tend to forget some things. So let me refresh your memories: Visiting the site History of Voting Rights you can see a detailed list – here is my simplified version… 1776: the right to vote begins in America as a legal privilege almost exclusively available to white, property-owning, Protestant men. 1807: Women lose the right to vote in every state in the US for the next 113 years. 1828: Maryland becomes the last state to remove religious restrictions when it passes legislation enfranchising Jews. White men can no longer be denied the right to vote on the basis of their religion. 1848: The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo renders the lands now known as Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, and Nevada

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As an American, I am disappointed.

As an American, I am disappointed. In 1989, I dealt with hate and racism. In 1992, I dealt with hate and racism. In 1996, I dealt with hate and racism. In 2000, I dealt with hate and racism. In 2004, I dealt with hate and racism. In 2010, I dealt with hate and racism. In 2016, I am STILL dealing with hate and racism. People, it is NOT getting better. We, as a nation, must mature. We as a nation must accept differences. OR We as a nation will fail. I am not coming to you as a White American or a Female American, or a Christian American… just an American. In my news feeds, I see overwhelming hate and despair. I see killings of innocent men, woman and children. I see racism getting worse and not better. I see slander beyond what should ever be acceptable. I see people hating others for their religious or spiritual beliefs. So yesterday on Facebook

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