Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Remember That One Time Where Your Vote Really Did Count ?

I'm anxious about a Trump presidency but resigned to it. We'll probably be able to survive it and I hope his lasting legacy via the SCOTUS appointments will put us back only fifty years and not a hundred and fifty.
What scares me much more are his "supporters". Them and the other "NeverHillary" people of all types. A quadruple whammy from them and all three branches of government may well be just too much for us to bear. So - yeah, you want to vote Green or whatever ? I know I can't persuade you otherwise. Even Bernie can't get through to you. But just remember to tell your children and their children how it was you. You and just a few others who made all the difference back in the old times. Back before it all fell apart

Friday, July 8, 2016

What Lives Matter ?

Who's Lives Matter ?
The BLM has a phrase they use. Black Lives Matter.
Do they ? And to whom and how so ?
I mean the actual declaration itself. Not the wide range of associated meanings and inferences that get bundled up with the phrase in conversation. Do they matter or not ?
Now I hope that the majority of people who read this would say, "Of course they do". I would hope that they think it as well as say it too.
Some might say, "No. But black lives SHOULD matter".  I'm feeling more in line with that version myself. Some folks want to add a "too" on the end. Too many I think add a "but" instead. You can only decide for yourself if they do to you.

Another popular expression these days is, "All Lives Matter"
I don't see much evidence that very many people agree with this though.
I know you want to disagree with me. Hell, I want to disagree with me.

Every time somebody gets killed, I feel bad. I wonder why it happened.
Of course I know why.
Mostly fear or maybe anger or sometimes maybe just a mistake was why.
I know for sure though that for that at least one moment, for at least one person; not all lives mattered.
I know for sure one more thing. Almost all of us could be that person for that one moment.
It might take different things to push us each to that point but at least sometimes we all have added an "except" as in "All Lives Matter" (Except certain ones or a specific one).

I would suggest that it matters little who pulled the trigger or who got killed. It's not important weather you identify with the killer or the victim or even if they were a good buy or a bad guy. What matters most is very simple to understand but something we all need to work on.

Not all lives matter.