What Do You Think?

We all have our opinions. I have mine as usual. But let’s be serious for a minute. The last several presidential elections have left us with very few good choices. In the beginning there are always several good choices but they seem not to have the support, financially, for some reason not to win. I always thought Mike Huckabee from Arkansas would be a very good president. He has run several times but just doesn’t get the support.

Hillary Clinton, to me, has always been scary. I believe she has always had her own agenda and tells us what she wants us to hear. Call it conspiracy theory if you want, but there is just to much about her that makes me very nervous.

It seems that some people who are republican or democrat will always vote that way no matter who is in office, regardless of their views. We need to choose our elected officials based on who they are and where they stand on important issues that face this country and not on their political party. There are rats in every party.

SO, I will admit to you… In the last election, even though I had many concerns about Trump, I absolutely did not want Clinton to be president. There is just to many lies and deception that follow her around like a big weight. Then there is Trump. His mouth, his crazy tweets… They should take his phone!

Whether or not we even know the truth about much of anything… The media does not like Trump and they can drag out a story for weeks and then bring it up again weeks later. While I am sure Trump may have some good ideas, others are just crazy. I mean, he just blirt’s out tweets like he can’t help himself!

I am sick and tired of hearing about the Russians… Let’s just drop all these investigations and move on. There are far to many things that are more important. I don’t even watch the news, but my dad, who is 86 and can’t hear tells me what he heras. Then there is the news posts I se overtime I log onto the internet. I scroll down and same various articles to my reading list for later, which after a few days I may read or I may delete.

We have the technology to stop hackers or follow them back with a virus. The internet is a two way street so why not give the hackers something to remember. If they want information, invite them to dinner or something. Let’s make it easier to hack so we can stop them. The harder we make it the harder they will try.

While it is true that there are many controversial issues where both sides have good and bad opinions. The racial issues in this country need to be faced head on. Telling both sides they are at fault, depending on the groups you are talking about is ridiculous. That is like telling the Jews they were partly at fault for the holocaust. Why, because they were there?

We live in a society where there is so much confusion about who is right and who is wrong. In many cases and viewpoints, we believe what we believe because of the way we were taught or brought up. Like the difference between Christianity and Islam… Christians and Muslims. In so many ways we/they are both wrong. That is particularly true if the Sumerian tablets tell the real story of man’s existence. SO, in effect, if they are true, then both Christians and Muslims are dead wrong. Christians say that the only way to be saved is to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. No wonder the Muslims don’t like Christians. Then the Jews have their own opinion. What about the Hindu… We are all reborn into a baby or something. Well, according to the Sumerians… Besides, Abraham’s father was a high priest to Enlil in Ur… When we accept something as true, we fall through a funnel into a little bottle which is like the smallest dust particle compared to the universe. Ummm…. I climbed out of the bottle. We believe in our religion, no matter if it is true or not, but we believe regardless of other truths, or the truth. SO, what is the truth? Who is God? He is the creator of the universe which is ever growing and expanding. Why? Because that is what God does. He creates. But we are also creators. OK, I better stop there on that subject.

All people, all across this planet are part of the same universe and the same creation. In other words, we are all one. No one is greater than the other no matter your race, age, sex, or anything else. We are equal! We need to focus on the truth and build each other up as brothers and sisters.

Look at how much money is spent on weapons that could be used to do good things. Like feeding the poor, education, technology for the good of humanity, and so on… Why do we feel threatened by other countries? It is because they feel threatened by us. We are all paranoid!

I lived in Mississippi for several years and I became good friends with many people, both black and white. I was talking to a few black men one day, and one of them was pretty down about the fact that he was black. He was making my opinion about something and mentioned the fact that I was white. I put my arm next to his and said, “I be darned… My skin is different.” I went on to tell him that we had the same color of blood and we had the same creator. The mansion I lived in was on the side of the creek where many blacks lived. When I needed help, it was the black men in the neighborhood who were always there and available. I did have several white friends who were also like brothers, or like a son. I attended an all-white presbyterian church a few times but it was like I was an outsider. I was invited to a black church by a lady who was like a mother to me. I was welcomed with open arms and I went to that church from 2009 until I left Mississippi in February 2013. I went to several conferences with them where I was the only white person. I was always treated like one of them.

I lived in St. Paul, Minnesota with my brother from April 2007 until May 2008. That was quite a change for many reasons. One is because it was a much bigger city than I was used to. The other was because my brother (and his roommate) are gay. Ok, folks… I am a pure country boy with certain morals. I knew that would be a big change and it definitely was. But I got to see that “those” people are just like everyone else. My brother’s roommate’s family was from Jordan. They are Eastern Orthodox. This story could continue but I better stop there. I kept my sanity and my morals were completely left intact. But, it just gave me a different perspective on the gay community.

Then after I went to work for Dr. Skinner and moved to California I was around a couple of other groups. She lived in a neighborhood that was predominately Filipino and Hispanic. Well, Mexicans. SO, I got to meet and work with them. I didn’t work with any Filipino’s, but I did work with a lot of Mexicans. All the neighbors were very good people. The Mexicans were also very good people and I got along with them awesomely.

SO, what do I think about immigration? I think we are all citizens of this planet and we should be free to live, work, love, retire and visit anywhere we want to. As long as we have good intentions and mean no harm to anyone then we should be free to go anywhere we want and stay as long as we want. It is because of people who mean harm to other races and religions that keep the rest of us from being free. There are also those who move to a country where they have benefits from the government that make restrictions and and visa’s necessary.

I think that it is important to know who people are, sure. We need to try and keep criminals and terrorists from coming here, but it also makes it harder for people to come who are good, honest and hard working people. People who can and want to make a contribution wherever they live. When I say “contribution” I mean to work to support themselves, their family and help others less fortunate than they are.

There are A LOT of illegal men, women and children living in the US (and in other countries). Some are working in secret looking over their shoulders all the time. Others live in very bad conditions, just as bad or worse than where they are from. They work for cheap wages and bad working conditions and don’t say anything because they are afraid and can’t. Then, there are those who are in the drug trade… Criminals who come here to help traffic drugs and stolen property and so on. SO, what do we do?

I think everyone who is working in the US illegally should be made legal. They are here, they are working, so make them legal so they can pay taxes like US citizens. The others should be given work visas so they can find a job. Give them a time limit and help them find work. If illegal immigrants break the law, what do we do with them? Put them in jail at the expense of the taxpayers? I think they should be evaluated to find out why they chose to break the law, Surely most of them didn’t come here to break the law. Many of them come here to find work and can’t because they are illegal. Many are good people faced with tough and scary decisions. I knew Mexicans in California who were illegal who had good paying jobs, families and even were buying their home… Using legal Mexican’s name. SO, we are faced with many issues concerning illegal immigrants.

BUT, we also face many issues with American citizens as well. We have criminals that run free, Our prisons are full of criminals who are living on taxpayers money. When they get out, they commit crimes all over and wind up back in prison. We have people on death row that have been there for many years and still haven’t been executed. We have many people in prison with life sentences. We have handicapped people on disability that have not worked for many years and never can. They all live off taxpayers money. Believe me, I am not lumping disabled people with criminals, I am just stating that they live off taxpayers money, which they can’t help. But, there are people on disability that are not disabled, which almost makes them criminals.

SO, what do we do? We are all one. We are one with the educated and uneducated. The poor and the wealthy. The people who make this planet go great and the criminals. People of many races, cultures, religions, sexual preferences, and so on. We are all one together. Time to stop fighting with each other and embrace one another differences and realize we have a lot in common. We all breathe the same air, drink the same water, eat food for the nourishment of our bodies. Whether you live in a big city or in a remote jungle… We are all one in this universe which is truly amazing.

Well, I have more opinions… But I kind of got sidetracked. I was going to make this post because of Donald Trump and how shocked I have been about some of his behavior… Well, maybe that can be for another post somewhere down the line.

SO, for now, take care, be blessed, happy, healthy, prosperous and do try and GET DIRTY!

PS… Parts of this post may self destruct after 24 hours. I am supposed to be working on the tomatoes but it took almost 2 hours to write this post! MAN how time flies! How could it have taken 2 hours?  2,300 words!


6 comments on “What Do You Think?

  1. Jim R says:

    You covered a lot of ground with this post. I’m sure there are a lot of parts we would agree on and disagree on. The part I think is best is near the end.
    “We are all one. We are one with the educated and uneducated. The poor and the wealthy. The people who make this planet go great and the criminals. People of many races, cultures, religions, sexual preferences, and so on. We are all one together. Time to stop fighting with each other and embrace one another differences and realize we have a lot in common. We all breathe the same air, drink the same water, eat food for the nourishment of our bodies. Whether you live in a big city or in a remote jungle… We are all one in this universe which is truly amazing.”

    I’m glad you were diverted from the trump comments you had planned. There are already too many of them everywhere. I’d like to see him go away. He is not a leader of the people you so clearly described in your post and in that paragraph I quoted. He is a divider.

    I got dirty today and fixed several pints of tomatoes for the freezer. They will taste good this winter.

    Peace to you and yours.


  2. hairytoegardener says:

    It’s difficult to make one comment that would cover all you’ve said. Honestly, I don’t think we “the public” always know the truth of what’s going on with politicians. A lot of politicians show us what they think we want to see/hear and then do what they want, which may be the exact opposite of what they pretend to believe and do publicly. There are dirty politicians on both sides of the road. –I know this for a fact having been involved for a short time with politicians in our state’s government, the one Bush was governor of.

    I wish everyone wanted to be “one” with everyone else. Convincing people of this, however, is an impossible task, and I’ve stopped trying. When a person hates another person on the basis of their color, ethnicity, or sexual preference, I’ve never been able to convince them to change their mind. It’s almost as if it’s a part of their DNA.

    The song that comes to mind as I read the last of your post is Three Dog Night’s Black and White: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f65mO146Zo

    “Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night is another song that carries a bit of hopefulness.

    A lot has changed since these songs came out. Sometimes I wish I could retreat to the ’70’s. Instead, I retreat to my garden.

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    • Well, hairytoe (since I don’t now your real name), I think finding common ground to build on is an important start. You may be very right that hatred is a part of their DNA. Maybe because of the way they were brought up. The southern part of the country is like a racial powder keg in some places. It wasn’t noticeable where I lived in Mississippi, though, or at least I didn’t notice. Sometimes I wonder if it will take a catastrophe or a soul searching experience for everyone to come together where they are forced to meet on common terms for survival.

      The media chooses sides with politicians and pretty much shapes the outcome. But, that isn’t always the case. Even if you do research you don’t really know if what you read is true. It never made any sense why people run for office for power and income instead of serving the people. Well, it does make sense in a way, but then I would be considered a conspiracy theorist which I am not. It is better not to choose sides and just go with your heart. Even better, like you said, to retreat to the garden where you can truly feel like you are one with nature. Thanks for your comment!

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