Posted in World, writing

Dear World

Although I cannot, nor do not, speak for all Americans, I believe that the sentiments I express in this letter are felt by the majority of us, if not solely myself.

I’d like to think, and I hope most of the world understands the acts of one asshole and his associates do not represent the bulk of Americans.  His way is not the way the majority of us are.  His way is the way HE is, as well as most of his cronies.

I would apologize to the world for all the nuisances this oppressor of democracy has caused but I cannot. That’s his responsibility, one he will never live up to.  I will not apologize to the world on behalf of any of his supporters.  Many of them do not regret voting for him and for those that do, that’s their problem and they should be held accountable.

What I will do is stand with anyone who wishes to support Americans in speaking out against this asshole and his regime.

It is not easy being an American right now.  I have gone from what I once considered to be a “proud” American to an “embarrassed” American.  I, along with countless other Americans, sincerely hope you, as the rest of the world, do not hold the demeanor of our “leader” against us.  It’s bad enough we have to wake every day wondering, often fearing, what the little psychopath and his posse will do next to hurt us.

Thanks for listening, world.  Peace and love.

A Fellow Human Being In America

Posted in World

ALL Lives Matter

Worth repeating with all the craziness going on…from September 2015 #FlashbackFriday

 

I applaud the Black Lives Matter campaign.  I really do.

If there were a Latino Lives Matter, Oriental Lives Matter, Native American Lives Matter, White Lives Matter, etc., etc., I would also applaud them.  I would applaud a campaign of Muslim Lives Matter, Jewish Lives Matter, Atheist Lives Matter, Christian Lives Matter, and any and all other religious/non-religious groups.  I would applaud Italian Lives Matter, German Lives Matter, British Lives Matter, Canadian Lives Matter, American Lives Matter, and any and all other nations I did not list.  I would applaud Gay Lives Matter, Lesbian Lives Matter, Transgender Lives Matter, Asexual Lives Matter, Pan-sexual Lives Matter and whatever the hell else sexuality groups.

You know why I would applaud any and all of these campaigns, if they did exist?  Because the reason behind any of them are human lives and the beliefs they have.

As humans we really do have so much in common:  we all are born, we all die, we all sleep, eat, defecate, we all are given the ability to pro-create.  We all have the ability to kill, whether we are a civilian or a cop.  So why do we have such a problem relating to one another and getting along?  Men have a problem relating to women and vice-versa; whites have a problem relating to blacks and vice-versa.  Christians have a problem relating to Muslims and vice-versa.  Shiites have a problem relating to Sunnis and vice-versa (and those two groups of people are all considered Muslims!  Go figure!).  Cops have a problem relating to either armed or unarmed men of color and vice-versa.  People, look beyond the sex, the color, the religion, the nationality, the culture, the position in life.  Once we begin doing that, the world will become a better place.

Today on Twitter the hashtag #IBelieveBlackLivesMatter was trending.  I tweeted “Yes, #IBelieveBlackLivesMatter BUT I also believe #ALLLivesMatter #humans we have so much in common as humans why can’t we relate?”

Now everyone has their opinion and they are entitled to it.  But giving me the response of “You benefit 24-7 from while millions of blacks endure institutionalized racism. confuses me.  Where in my tweet did I say anything about being a “privileged white” or that blacks must “endure institutionalized racism”?  I didn’t say any of that!  Then someone else piped in and called me “ignorant” but really, any dumb ass can clearly see the ignorance is in the response I received to my Tweet.  I responded to this Tweet with another Tweet that read:  “so what u r saying is that ALL lives dont matter then, right? Only black lives? Because THAT is what I said..it INCLUDES “.  I guess for this particular person I wasn’t being specific enough.  Or maybe they think the only lives that matter are black lives?  Is that what it’s all about?  The hell with everyone else?  What about black cops?  So what is next?  Only Black Lives Matter?  Who would be playing the racist card then?

Well, everyone can think what they want.  Unfortunately there will always be someone out there who thinks their skin color is better than their neighbor’s, their religion is superior to any other, their country is the most powerful, their cat is smarter than your dog, their dick is bigger and better than any other guy’s on the block or their tits are the most spectacular in the world.

As for me, I’ll just keep on believing what I and I’m sure some others in the world believe:  ALL LIVES MATTER.

Posted in Religion, Thanksgiving, Things that make you say "hmm...", Things that piss me off, World, writing

Give Me Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free

Imagine if ignorant minds will allow:  your great-grandparents Charles and Annie Fitzpatrick arrive at Ellis Island during the height of the potato famine.  Before they can even step foot off the boat, they are turned away because America is no longer accepting immigrants.  Especially Irish ones.  Guess Chuck and Annie would be going back to Ireland to starve and I would cease to exist.

Now imagine you have lived in Syria all your life.  Your country is in a Civil War and like tens of thousands of others, your home has been destroyed.  To save yourself you realize the only thing to do is to flee.  You and your family suddenly become refugees.

Like Charles and Annie, you head to America.  It’s difficult to get settled into your new country.  Most of the states don’t want you because you are from Syria, your religion is Muslim and a bunch of Syrian assholes you’ve never met decided to terrorize the city of Paris.  And it’s all your fault.  But hey, you’re a professor with a wife and two kids and you don’t even own a gun.  That’s how much they know.

Many people don’t realize it but a similar thing happened to all the Japanese and Japanese-Americans who were living here after Pearl Harbor.  In our ignorance we blamed each and every one of them for what the Japanese government did on December 7, 1941.  Because of that these innocent people were ridiculed, bullied, tortured and segregated into camps.  Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

 

This may be a poor analogy of what is going on with the refugees in the world right now, but the next time you side with a member of the government in their not wanting to help people who need it most, think about how you would feel if you were in their shoes and you were the refugee.  How would you feel if you weren’t allowed to reside in another state because of your religion, because you were from Massachusetts or because you were a Patriots fan?  How would you feel if you weren’t allowed to reside in another country for these same reasons?  How would you feel if the government wanted to interrogate you because of your love for the Boston Red Sox?  Or because you believe Tom Brady is innocent?

This isn’t 1957 any longer, people.  We are not in the midst of the Cold War.  We are not stocking our bomb shelters with canned goods.  Why are we so afraid because of a few assholes in the world?  Understand that although there is evil, good overrides it every time.  If it didn’t humanity would cease to exist.  Think about it.  We would’ve all been killed off long ago if not for the amount of good in the world.

That’s something I’ll remember and be thankful for while eating my mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving…

Posted in Christmas, music, World, writing

The Hope Of “Christmas Bells”

Originally posted last year

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow linger in my mind.

His poem “Christmas Bells”, better known to us as “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”, was written by Longfellow on Christmas day 1863, after learning his eldest son had almost been paralyzed while fighting in the Civil War.  As many writers do, he sought words of comfort during a time of violence and distress in his life and the world around him.  The repeating phrase of “peace on Earth, good-will to men” brings a sense of hope, even during the most trying times.  I feel the poem speaks volumes in the last stanza and truly resonates, at least with me, with what is going on in the world today and the fact that evil can indeed be overcome by good.

“Christmas Bells” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,

and wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along

The unbroken song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,

A voice, a chime,

A chant sublime

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,

And with the sound

The carols drowned

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,

And made forlorn

The households born

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;

“For hate is strong,

And mocks the song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;

The Wrong shall fail,

The Right prevail,

With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

 

 

Posted in World

ALL Lives Matter

I applaud the Black Lives Matter campaign.  I really do.

If there were a Latino Lives Matter, Oriental Lives Matter, Native American Lives Matter, White Lives Matter, etc., etc., I would also applaud them.  I would applaud a campaign of Muslim Lives Matter, Jewish Lives Matter, Atheist Lives Matter, Christian Lives Matter, and any and all other religious/non-religious groups.  I would applaud Italian Lives Matter, German Lives Matter, British Lives Matter, Canadian Lives Matter, American Lives Matter, and any and all other nations I did not list.  I would applaud Gay Lives Matter, Lesbian Lives Matter, Transgender Lives Matter, Asexual Lives Matter, Pan-sexual Lives Matter and whatever the hell else sexuality groups.

You know why I would applaud any and all of these campaigns, if they did exist?  Because the reason behind any of them are human lives and the beliefs they have.

As humans we really do have so much in common:  we all are born, we all die, we all sleep, eat, defecate, we all are given the ability to pro-create.  We all have the ability to kill, whether we are a civilian or a cop.  So why do we have such a problem relating to one another and getting along?  Men have a problem relating to women and vice-versa; whites have a problem relating to blacks and vice-versa.  Christians have a problem relating to Muslims and vice-versa.  Shiites have a problem relating to Sunnis and vice-versa (and those two groups of people are all considered Muslims!  Go figure!).  Cops have a problem relating to either armed or unarmed men of color and vice-versa.  People, look beyond the sex, the color, the religion, the nationality, the culture, the position in life.  Once we begin doing that, the world will become a better place.

Today on Twitter the hashtag #IBelieveBlackLivesMatter was trending.  I tweeted “Yes, #IBelieveBlackLivesMatter BUT I also believe #ALLLivesMatter #humans we have so much in common as humans why can’t we relate?”

Now everyone has their opinion and they are entitled to it.  But giving me the response of “You benefit 24-7 from while millions of blacks endure institutionalized racism. confuses me.  Where in my tweet did I say anything about being a “privileged white” or that blacks must “endure institutionalized racism”?  I didn’t say any of that!  Then someone else piped in and called me “ignorant” but really, any dumb ass can clearly see the ignorance is in the response I received to my Tweet.  I responded to this Tweet with another Tweet that read:  “so what u r saying is that ALL lives dont matter then, right? Only black lives? Because THAT is what I said..it INCLUDES “.  I guess for this particular person I wasn’t being specific enough.  Or maybe they think the only lives that matter are black lives?  Is that what it’s all about?  The hell with everyone else?  What about black cops?  So what is next?  Only Black Lives Matter?  Who would be playing the racist card then?

Well, everyone can think what they want.  Unfortunately there will always be someone out there who thinks their skin color is better than their neighbor’s, their religion is superior to any other, their country is the most powerful, their cat is smarter than your dog, their dick is bigger and better than any other guy’s on the block or their tits are the most spectacular in the world.

As for me, I’ll just keep on believing what I and I’m sure some others in the world believe:  ALL LIVES MATTER.