This Makes Me Angry

Alabama passed a law today that almost removes the right to get an abortion even in cases of rape and incest. Did the Supreme Court already rule on this back in the day? Roe versus Wade. Next to Mississippi, Alabama is the most ass backward state in the Union. Check out this article to get the low down. All you have to do is click the link!

Technology and the World Today

Once upon a time a pencil, a chalkboard and even the eraser were all considered technology, but globally we all know technology rules the earth. Technology is killing us. We are no longer radical thinkers unless one is arguing politics or religion. We do not communicate verbally or tangibly. Everyone wants to sit on their phones, laptops, and any other piece of modern technology. No one wants to go visit anyone. We have our food delivered and someone shops for our groceries. The stupid question is why would one want to leave the comfort of their home when they can just Face time friends and loved ones. People have become too comfortable and too sedentary in their lives. When is the last time you sat down and had a conversation with a relative or friend in person, within touching distance? I am guilty as sin. I prefer to stay in my room with my things. When I close the door, I close out the demands that the world makes of me. I am selfish.

Still, we are very lucky here in America. We have freedom of speech and press. We can say or do whatever we want. I can look Trump straight in the face and call him a fat ignorant jackass if I want. But others around the world are not as lucky as we are. In some countries, using technology in ways that the government disapproves off can bring a person prison, flogging, stoning or even a worse death. Some countries like China, Russia, and North Korea not only monitor all traffic on the internet, but they will sometimes shut down all the internet access in the country. I am not stupid enough to believe that my government isn’t monitoring me. It is the way the world is going. The difference is that my government may be listening, but if I don’t say bomb, I am good to go.

This world has become a horrible and intolerable place. I share in the nationalism of my fellow citizens, but it makes no difference. Globally, we are a fucked. Society is breaking down everywhere. Courts and governments around the globe are tightening down and being overly strict where the law is concerned. It would seem that people in the government are making us less freer everyday. There is no balance left, just paranoia. Blind justice no longer rings true in this or any other country.

In conclusion, the universe has left us flailing. Humans have single handedly destroyed our humanity and are succeeding at destroying all that is left for us: Earth. Its our world. No one belongs under a dictatorship. Evil comes in so many forms that it is sometimes hard to recognize, kind of like not being able to see the forest because of the trees. Wake up world, it is time to take back our countries, our land, and the freedom that all should have.

Hatred: It is Killing Us All

This is a nation that has always stood together proudly in the face of our enemies, but now everyone hates someone because of race, creed, sexuality, money, etc…There just seems to be no compromising. People are pitted against one another. Families are torn apart by religion and politics.

I can’t abide by this new hatred that has grasped the country. Actually it would be more accurate to say all over the world. I have tried really hard since before the election to not let the media, liberal or otherwise, have an affect on my life and understanding; however, there is no escaping it. You hear people talking on buses, the lines at Wal Mart, just about anywhere. I used to love politics, but what this country is serving up is not what our founding fathers had in mind. I have recently, quite unknowingly to me, but I have begun to embrace the hatred; even I too hold prejudices, and I consider myself an open minded person. I am not proud of myself.

But I was born in the land of cotton and tobacco. You will find no stronger hate in this country than in the South. Since the day the Civil War ended, hate has fueled every Southerner’s prejudices against Northerners. In the South the Civil War is known as “The War of Northern Aggression”. Almost two hundred years have passed since the war ended. But the war never ended here, in the hearts and minds of all Southerners, the war is still raging and I expect it always will. Southerners will always be Southerners, no matter how opened-minded they are or pretend to be, and they have a really long memory about the brutal war and how they were treated at it’s cessation. The South made it through Reconstruction, martial law, and Jim Crow. President Johnston took the very segregated South and integrated it. No more whites only signs, or coloreds use the back door. African American children set next to white children in school. Some even made friends across the race border. Unfortunately, it only took the South about three decades after integration to segregate themselves on their own terms. In my city African Americans still live in the same neighborhoods together, as do the whites, and the Latinos. There are separate funeral homes and cemeteries. When my son’s father moved from the Midwest to the South, he didn’t stay long. He hated it. He did not understand the mentality of the South. You have to be born here to get it. I once had a professor who was teaching History of the Antebellum South who also happened to be African American and a Southerner and had experienced segregation and integration. So I posed a question to him: “Do you feel like an African American living in the South or do you consider yourself a Southerner who happens to be black.” The gentleman was stuck. He could not say anything for a few moments, then he said, I have never thought about it. He had no answer for me. Anyway, equality will never ring true, especially in the South. I loathe it, but I am a Southerner, therefore I can understand it.

You may ask yourself why all of this matters. I am a historian. I see patterns and behaviors that have been on life’s center stage throughout time. History inevitably repeats itself. That within it’s self should scare the shit out of people, but it doesn’t.

Freedom is just another word for nothing left to loose

The title is an oldie but goodie. Most of you remember Janice Joplin bellowing out, or maybe you heard it in Kris Kristofferson.

But in this day and time I think it applies to not only ourselves in the United States, but to every country around the globe. It does’t matter about first world or third world, we are all humans. Where is the humanity anymore?

Without trying to sound condescending, I find that I am more intelligent that the average citizen. It is hard for me not to ridicule the masses and their lack of responsibility. It used be Generation X were the do nothing generation. But what we see today are the millennials, humans brought up in a time where technology always existed, digital natives if you will. Poor them. It doesn’t give them the right to live at home till they are 30. It is great that they mobilize young Americans, and care about saving the earth; however, I and scared shitless that they will be leading this country one day, which technically not bad considering who is running things now.

Unfortunately it is not just the millennials that are making a mess of things. Alabama just made abortion illegal. Why are women’s rights being filleted in both the federal and state arenas. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a card carrying member of the feminist party, but I do believe in equal rights for everyone, not just the white people, or the rich, EVERYONE!

In conclusion, I do feel like “freedom is just another word for nothing to loose”. We are losing our rights daily. I  love my country, but I would rather live in Shetland.