Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
I normally try to stick to topics related to art, photography, travel and technology in my blog posts, however I’m going to veer off and address some things that have me feeling very frustrated, concerned and even helpless in this blog essay. I grew up in the late 50’s and 60’s when America was a very different place than it is now. That makes me a baby boomer, and I will admit I feel blessed to have experienced an innocent and enjoyable childhood on Long Island where we played games and sports outdoors, explored the woods near our suburban home and the cell phone, internet and computer we not a part of our young lives.
Sure I may have an idealized view of my past and childhood, but with that said…I can’t help to think that the country I grew up in is now in dire straights. For the past few years I’ve tried not to let politics stress me out or affect my attitude about life. This however is getting more and more difficult to do when each day the mass media and social networks bombard us with all the latest government scandals, wars, border conflicts and political issues and agendas.
What the hell is going on in this once great country of ours? What’s happened to the rule of law? What is it about the US Constitution that these partisan political hacks don’t understand. I mean IRS being used to target conservative political groups and the Benghazi debacle where our administration failed to protect American citizens and an Ambassador gets killed. The ATF Fast and Furious gun running scheme backfiring, the Obamacare debacle, freeing 5 terrorists in exchange for a treasonous deserter and now thousands upon thousands of illegals coming across our southern border with no effort to stop them . Click here for a list of this administrations scandals.
This President doesn’t seem to be acting in the countries best interest and is either totally incompetent or he wants to play a major role in the demise of the United States and its role in the world. I’m not a political writer by any means. I am just a semi-retired man in his early 60’s who feels helpless, frustrated and anxious about the direction this country is going in.
I am concerned for my children and what they will have to deal with in the coming years. We are losing more and more freedoms every year. This has happened incrementally over my lifetime and looking back I realize just how intrusive our government has become. Is it just me or does our government feel like the enemy of the “legal” middle class working citizens?
It blows my mind that so many people still don’t see what is going on in this country. Our politicians on both sides of the political aisle seem to be more concerned with their personal power and wealth than addressing the real issues and problems facing this country. From my perspective we need less government – not more. We need less intrusion into our personal lives – not more. We must secure our borders and we need our leaders to enforce and follow the U.S. Constitution – not just laws they want to enforce and disregard other laws that don’t suit their political agenda like immigration and gun rights. You can’t just prance into a European, Central American or Middle Eastern country without proper visas, credentials and passports and even then you can only stay for a certain amount of time and must pay your own way. Why should it be different here? I don’t get it!
Yes…I am a conservative. What does that mean? When liberals and the traditional media hear this term they immediately consider us to be gun wielding, racist uneducated rednecks. This could not be further from the truth for the most part. Of course there are always exceptions on both sides of the political spectrum. It just goes to show that the liberal media can create its own narrative and spew it often enough so people will believe it.
Being in the arts and education I have many liberal friends. I have tried to engage some of them in political discourse over the years about the direction of our country and various political issues, however these conversations normally get testy, passionate and sometimes even ugly, so I’ve tried to avoid political dialogue to maintain friendships and good working relationships.
For the life of me I cannot figure out why it is so damning to be for lower taxes, gun rights based on the 2nd Amendment, political accountability, secure borders, religious freedom, smaller less intrusive government and fiscal responsibility.
Again…I am not a political writer. I’m just a semi-retired teacher and middle class American citizen who looks around and is very fearful of what has happened to this country over the past 10 years. I don’t have all the answers, however it seems to me that our government is doing everything in its power to weaken our country and put obstacles in the form of over regulation in front of small business and American industries. Middle class working Americans are now the enemy. You disagree with open borders or Obamacare and your labeled a racist. I disagree with the policies and legislation this government is implementing and could care less what color he/she is who votes or puts forth legislation and policies that are detrimental to our countries prosperity and best interests like Obamacare.
Yes I’m frustrated! Yes I’m feeling helpless because is seems to me our great nation is spinning in a downward spiral and I don’t see enough “push back” from so called GOP leaders to put a stop to this madness. Our southern border is collapsing and the President is more concerned with having a beer and shooting pool in Colorado.
All I can say is we all better “wake up” and start seriously holding our political leaders accountable for the demise of our country. I am well aware my liberal friends and colleagues don’t agree with most of my thoughts and concerns, but thank God we still live in a country where I can voice my opinion. Its just a matter of time before we lose the right of free speech. Its just around the corner.
Lastly I believe if this were a Republican President of any race or gender he/she would already be impeached and probably thrown in jail.
After I post this I’ll be anticipating that IRS notice.
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”