Monday, November 20, 2017

Stories of Thanksgiving Melee

The latest man accused of molesting young girls is Charlie Rose. I bet every man in America who has ever groped a young girl is shaking in his boots tonight.

Every woman who was ever assaulted/groped/molested/raped is now coming forward to NAME her Perp. It’s a new day in America and God only knows what comes next. I can visualize how it will go around many Thanksgiving tables this year:

Everyone is seated around an oval table. There’s turkey, dressing, cranberries and mashed potatoes. Things seem to be going well, but Angie is on her third glass of wine. All of a sudden, she throws down her fork and yells, “Uncle Brad molested me when I was 15!”

Uncle Brad is stunned. “No I didn’t! She said she wanted to learn about love from someone she trusted so I was just helping her out.”

Angie’s dad pushes his plate back. I’m going to get my ’45 Smith and Wesson and we’ll get to the bottom of this pretty fast.”

The whole dinner goes to hell in a handbasket as police are called when the family moves their fight out onto the front lawn.

Across town, in another nice, but drab tract housing neighborhood, a family is just placing the turkey in the middle of the table. Dad has his trusty electric knife and is ready to start carving. His daughter, 12-year old Emily, innocently says, “Dad, what is French kissing?”

Dad is stunned. He turns off the knife. “Where did you hear about that?”

She sheepishly grins. “Mr. Arnold from next door was trying to show me what it is the other day when I went over to return his hedge trimmers.”

Dad throws the knife down. “Arnold? That man is at least 50 years old! He’s got grandkids for God’s sake!”

“He said that French kissing would come in handy in just a few years so he wanted to teach me how to do it correctly.” She pauses to stare down at the floor. “He was just trying to be helpful, dad.”

Dad grabs his electric knife, making sure it’s fully charged and heads to Mr. Arnold’s house. The news that night reports that two men got into a Thanksgiving altercation where one of them tried to carve the penis of the other one.

I imagine we’ve all got a story we could tell if we wanted to and these types of events seem to go in phases. For the next couple of years, people will come out with their stories of sexual abuse. Then all of a sudden, nobody will care anymore. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Struggle for Free Speech in America

Recently, I attended a monthly ladies prayer meeting. I’ve been a member of this group for 11 years and know most of the ladies well. Toward the end, 3 of them called me out about my Facebook posts.

The 3 ladies are very well known at Covenant Church and one of them works for the church. If I called their names, most of you would know them. These 3 ladies ganged up on me as if they were bullies on a playground and I was the skinny kid with big ears. They told me very plainly that my Facebook posts were too negative.

They told me to stop posting about disasters in Puerto Rico, the mass shootings, global warming, the Rohingya refugees, Trump and other negative news. I answered that I am a writer and I have to write what I feel in my heart needs to be written. No one has to read anything I write. We each have free will. Simply unfriend me if you don’t like what I say.

We have FREE speech in America. My right to say what I want is protected by the US Constitution. There’s another story in the news right now where the police stopped a man who had something negative written on his truck about Trump. The police threatened to arrest him if he didn’t take it down.

This is becoming common behavior for Trump followers. They are doing exactly what they see their leader, Trump do each day. If a news agency says anything negative about him, he calls them “Fake News” and denounces them and tells Americans not to believe anything they write. Anyone who opposes him, immediately becomes his enemy.

Trump is gradually training many people to do, say and think the way he tells them to. You are rewarded if you obey him, but if you don’t, then you’re condemned for it. You fall into the “Fake” category. You are unacceptable and you’re a rebel who doesn’t support law and order.

I see this as a very alarming direction for our society. By the time Trump is president for 4 years, there’s no telling how the fundamental thinking of most Americans will have changed. With each passing day, Trump supporters become more militant in the way they handle people who oppose them.

I honestly don’t know what the answer to this dilemma is…maybe there is NO remedy. But at least we can be aware of what’s happening.

Don’t let any organization or political group tell you what to think, how to behave or what to write about. The whole reason people come to America is that it’s a free nation. If we are not very careful, we will wake up in a few years and live under a Dictatorship. America is heading in that direction. Those of us who believe in free speech may soon be the minority.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Close Your Eyes and Dream!

I’ve been going through some type of Life Upheaval for weeks…really more like years. I have some flawed thinking and ideologies but I can’t see exactly what they are, so I don’t know how to deal with it.

I work in marketing and advertising so I can tell you for 100% REAL that advertisers have greatly shaped the way we view the world. As a mass of consumers, we ALL believe that if someone is nice, good, having fun, doing everything right, etc. that he or she will be happy and successful.

That mindset is also propagated by authors and since I am one, I’m going to just apologize right now. We paint our portraits of “bad men” the same way each time. They are dirty with bad hair and scars/bumps/pimples. They have a crappy life and no one loves or respects them. They curse and hate stuff for no reason.

On the other hand, the good people all live in lovely homes with green grass and nice flowerbeds. They have nice cars and wear nice jewelry and clothes. They do, think and say nice things. They always wear a loving smile. People can’t say enough “nice” things about them.

So tell the truth: which group do you want to be associated with?

Something is fundamentally wrong with our society. We are not seeing the world the way it truly is—we are seeing what we want to see. We are seeing only the good things. We are shutting our eyes to anything ugly.

Bad, ugly stuff has no place in our lives. When we close our eyes and wish away the evil, then that changes everything, but only for a moment and only for one person. In the meantime, someone shot a very nice old lady today and stole her purse with $22 in it.

Hundreds more kids were sold into sexual slavery. Can’t say too much about WHY mankind has tolerated this level of evil for so long. No denying that it’s true but also no explanation that makes any sense.

Maybe it helps to note that:
Over the course of 87 days, the damaged Macondo wellhead, located around 5,000 feet beneath the ocean's surface, leaked an estimated 3.19 million barrels (over 130 million gallons) of oil into the Gulf of Mexico—making the spill the largest accidental ocean spill in history. - CNN

This should be alarming to at least a few people. God gave us the oceans all over the world for plants, fish, mammals, coral reefs. There’s a huge amount of important Life trying to live in an ocean increasingly filled with oil sludge, plastic, chemicals and whatever toxic waste anyone wants to throw in there. We need the oceans to survive, for God’s sake! We need the rain forests. We can’t keep paving over everything and abusing our planet if we want to live here long-term.

When I close my eyes, I see so many things like that wrong with the world and so many people with their eyes closed too. They can’t hear the earth groaning under the weight of so much sin and pollution. They don’t want to know about the injustices, the evil, the hatred that has become an epidemic across the world.

It’s so much nicer if you just close your eyes and hum Amazing Grace and pretend that none of these awful things exist. But will our civilization survive another hundred years if we do that?