Definitely going to get into a variety of topics here beginning with the Republican nominee for 2016.
I believe whoever the nominee turns out to be they need an outreach to the minority communities.It should go without saying.
However,i do not want the rank and file to elect a nominee just because the person is black or a woman or a hispanic. I want the Republicans to nominate the BEST candidate and that could be a black,woman,hispanic or white.
I know that Barack Obama intended to get the black vote and he did.The Democrats/Obama went after the gender vote(women)and the youth vote. I suppose the black community felt he would look out for their best interests because he was black. IMHO he didn’t do them any favors by getting elected. Barack Obama will go down in history as being the first black President and rightly so.NOBODY can take that away from him. I’m not so sure he will go down in history as being one of our greatest Presidents.
Word up: VOTE WISELY. Vote for the best candidate and if that person happens to be black,hispanic or female,terrific.
I wouldn’t support a candidate just to win votes.That’s disingenuous.It doesn’t hurt to pick a candidate that can win but let’s not be pulling the wool over people’s eyes either. We don’t have to feed people a line to promote conservatism.I wouldn’t let the Dems pull that war on women crap either. WE have too many serious problems in the country to let them drum up a fake narrative. The other fake narrative is the Republicans are rich out of touch people. They pulled that one the last time too. Let’s be a little smarter this time around.My dad used to say,(and he was a registered Democrat)” if it’s good for the country,it’s good for the party.” What’s genuine is that you’re looking out for the best interests of the American people. Black,White,Female,Hispanic and Youth.
WORD UP:Grab the narrative before they do.
The other topic i wanted to get to is radical Islam. I think we’re confused here. Our country was founded upon freedom of religion. People should be free to worship,practice and live their religion in our country.We’ve always defended that. So we’re totally afraid to put the brakes on Islam.We want to protect freedom of religion. However, I don’t think we’d have tolerated the Jim Jones cult for a second. We sent our Congressman down to investigate the cult. They ended up killed and the cult followers ended up committing mass suicide.
I’m not sure there’s such a thing as radical Islam. Maybe it’s just that Islam IS radical. Given its history maybe we need to take an honest,close look. I heard of some Muslim groups that were concerned ISIS would give Islam a bad name-terrible PR. IMHO a little late. ISIS was probably just the last straw.Maybe the damage can be undone but it’s going to take HONEST debate,REAL questions and maybe even then the answers won’t be too positive.
I look at the Islamic states of the ME and they have no freedom of religion. If you’re a practicing Muslim you’re ok. Christianity? Forbidden. You leave Islam you’re an apostate. Ok,you can be a Christian apostate.I get that but we don’t kill Christian apostates. You can’t build a Catholic Church in the ME except Israel.
Mosques are built in the United States.What’s wrong with this picture?
What kind of religion forbids other religions yet expects to be tolerated?
I am NOT advocating burning down mosques or attacking Muslims.
I am advocating that we have an honest conversation.If you look at the history of Islam it was convert or die in the beginning. I’m asking;has this changed? You have HAMAS,AL QEADA,MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD,HEZBOLLAH, BOKO HARAM,ISIS and a number of other groups. How on earth did any one religion come up with so many terrorist groups?
I remember when our military was in Iraq/Afghanistan. We made it a point to respect the mosques and not target them. We went out of our way to make certain we DIDN’T hit them.We tried to avoid civilian causalities . It’s not always possible but we always make the effort. The prisoners at Gitmo get better medical treatment than our own vets. They’re permitted to worship according to their beliefs.The meals they’re given respect their dietary laws. We treat them as POW’s are to be treated according to the Geneva Convention.We don’t murder them then video tape it.
We have had some abuses by the military but they’re charged and held accountable.So why do we beat up our military as if they’re the problem? The left was up in arms over the Iraq war because the military was supposedly treating the Iraqi people terribly. Seen ISIS? They’re treating them well. They’re respecting the mosques and other religious/historical sites pretty well aren’t they?
IMHO we need to get unconfused and ask some serious questions.We need direct honest answers.
Next topic comes from Facebook.i was reading a post on Facebook the other day from a person who lost their mother.
I wish i could find that post but you know how Facebook is. Anyway,they weren’t speaking and hadn’t been for some years.Person said that his mother was angry and he never knew why. He asked-she wouldn’t say.She passed away with the 2 of them not speaking and to this day he doesn’t know why. He said he couldn’t find closure.
I was going to reply to the person but the post is long gone. I had a SOMEWHAT similar experience. The other way around though. My parents and i had a strained relationship as i was growing up. We were on speaking terms but i wasn’t the best daughter and they were terrific parents.Not perfect by any means,but i never expected perfect. They were terrific but like all of us had weaknesses. I was a terrible daughter causing some of our problems. We were always on speaking terms though. When they got up there in years and declined in health we started to patch things up. I was there every single day with them especially as they became ill. Dad passed away first,then mom. I was there on the day that dad passed away.I had been on the phone with my mother the night before she passed away. In my case it was the rest of the family that quit speaking. I won’t get into detail(it’s private.not here to get into calumny/detraction) but every single person in immediate family quit speaking to me after mom died. My advice to the person who didn’t have closure is the same advice I followed after my family problems.
It’s hard to find closure in circumstances like ours until you grab the thought:LET GO!
You can’t change a thing. The first step would be forgive mom AND self. Admit that perhaps he did something that mom wasn’t happy with-or she thought he did something; either way,ask mom for forgiveness ( i believe my folks are still looking out for me)and forgive himself. Catholic? Talk to a priest.Then LET GO. Nobody gets out of this world without having regrets. Some more than others.
Last but not least maybe we can talk about how Christians are treated in the United States. I always figured atheism could be debated.I always knew atheists were free NOT to believe. There wasn’t a problem. Not today folks. They’re militant. They believe Christianity is a myth and they’re free to do so;that’s not a problem. It’s what they’re trying to do and that is have any mention of Christianity removed from the public square period. They could care less that our
Founding Fathers were religious men.We’re going to finish talking about this in a separate entry.It’s that important.