We Are Better Than This

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I’m all for protest, I grew up in a generation in which protesting made some significant changes in culture and society. But lets be clear, destruction of property and physical confrontation are not acts of protest, they are acts of vandalism and assault. Not only do they deter and undermine your message, it obliterates it because it makes you no better than those you would protest. Its very tempting and easy to say violence only responds to violence but violence only begets violence. So quit your whining and do something clever, volunteer to help, bug the shit out of your congress people with daily e-mails. Believe me in the coming year we will have more than our share of things to protest but we must remain vigilant, consistent, and most importantly peaceful. The outcome is what it is, if you need to place blame place it on those who either didn’t vote or wasted their vote on a misguided protest by going third party or write in. Don’t let violence define the new generation of revolutionists, don’t allow violent protesters to overshadow your message. If you’re angry get off your sanctimonious high horse and get back in the game the way its played. Peaceful protest, voicing your rights not destroying property or assaulting people. Grow the fuck up and learn how to protest with class and purpose. Trump is gonna make errors and its up to us to hold him to task for his decisions but not before he starts making them. Don’t act like deplorable, act like responsible citizens who have valid points to make. Otherwise your just more of what’s wrong with what you want to change.

You Trump supporters aren’t off the hook either. The only thing worse than a sore loser is a sore winner, waiting with an almost evil anticipation to gloat and rub salt into the wounds. The wound your rubbing salt in is a huge laceration and divide in our country, and by continuing to laud over those with opposite opinions you show a serious lack of character and total disregard of hurting your country. So don’t stand there all smug congratulating yourself on how clever you are by using such incredibly well thought out nicknames as Killery, Libtard, Obummer. Grow the Hell up, name calling went out with “I know you are but what am I” playground days. If you seriously want democrats to get onboard then start acting like adults not bratty children who have finally won after eight plus years of disrespecting the President you don‘t like. Your candidate has run one of the meanest and insulting campaigns in modern history. Picking on an opponents wife, discrediting his father, calling a candidate disqualified because “Who would vote for someone with a face like that, and calling out every other contender while hiding behind a Twitter account with childish name calling. Sad! Pathetic! So wipe that smug false pride off you face because that campaign was nothing to be proud of. If you would rather gloat and chuckle at the losing side then don’t give us this bullshit about just accept it and lets move on because you obviously can’t let go of petty bullshit. Look in your own timelines and see how well you accepted and supported the president you lost to. Its not about the person, its about the office and we should all respect the office of the president. Y’all just better hope that when you wake up after being Trump Drunk, you don’t find yourselves in a country with a major hangover…
My final take, you can’t “drain the swamp” and then fill it with bigger alligators and expect the swamp to be safer. We have enemies, we have cultures of people who would like nothing better than to defeat us in front of the entire world. The number one rule if there are rules at all in military conflict is to divide and conquer. That strategy has been used since strategies of military domination began. We are being divided by ourselves and our enemies are ecstatic. We’re doing their work for them by baiting and insulting each other. So we all have a choice, we can sit back and watch ourselves divide us or we can unite. But we will never unite if we want to play chicken and keep playing I’m right and you’re wrong culture. Neither side has all the answers or a solutions. Its our diversity and our ability to keep open minds that will either make or break us. So go out and protest, stand up for your rights but never lose sight of the power of inclusion and unity and quit trying to kick each others asses. Rant over, you decide…. Live and love in peace… or perish in a narrow minded culture of senseless one up-manship……

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5 thoughts on “We Are Better Than This

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  2. I like your writing style. Your “draining the swamp” only to add bigger alligators was so apt a description. Just wondering why you don’t use paragraphs to make you style easier to read? Kind wishes only meant by this question.

    • two thank you’s, first for the nice compliment and second for advice. I am untrained, truth is I always wanted to be a writer, planned on possible college or a two year tour across rt 66 after high school but an early trip to fatherhood had me chang plans. I was lucky to work with a chef who taught me to express myself in food, but now I am writing as therapy for myself. If you would like to elaborate I’m all ears

      • Paragraphs: begin a paragraph when you start a new thought. When you write with paragraphs, it is easier for the reader to follow your thought. It is easier for you, the writer to edit and move paragraphs around to keep the thread of your discourse.
        There are writing workshops to attend depending on where you live. A basic writing/grammar handbook is always handy to have by your computer. The internet is full of books on writing and grammar and structure. Writing is good therapy. I encourage you to continue.
        In a way, cooking is like writing. You need the ingredients for the story, the planning – outline of idea – the execution, which takes knowing when and how to mix and then cook your ingredients in the proper order. As the chef you also serve each element of the dishes you prepare to please the patron’s palette. Maybe think of paragraphs as the separate courses. You wouldn’t pile all the food on one plate and let the customer sort it out for themselves?
        Does that help?
        Cooking is therapy for me. It would be great to have your experience and skills in cooking. Have a great day.

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