So many things are happening in this world that just make me shake my head or make me want to hide under the covers. I am going to give a disclaimer that my opinion may not be popular.
I am going to start this soap box with the popular debate of Puerto Rico and the current amount of aid being sent to the territory. As a territory of the US, Puerto Rico is the responsibility of the United States. In a series of obnoxious tweets, Donald Trump tried to minimize the problems in the territory and say that the US can't keep forces in Puerto Rico to keep assisting in relief. The question is, do we still have responders in Texas and Florida? Were all of those place rebuilt overnight? The last time I checked, some places had months before they would find relief. It makes you wonder, why are Puerto Ricans being treated differently? We are all people. They are Americans. Is it because they don't have the same voting rights? Is he still holding a grudge against the mayor of San Juan because she goes out and physically helps people instead of making political statements? Everyone needs to put politics aside and put on their human hat. Imagine you are walking down the street and a group of pregnant women fell down because someone littered the sidewalk and they didn't see it. Would you go help them up or would you say, oh well they are capable of getting themselves up because in a few months they are going to have 2 people t take care of, No. You would have basic human decency and check to make sure someone wasn't hurt.
If you didn't get mad at paragraph, hold on tight. We are going to talk about kneeling during the National Anthem. First of all, I think it is crappy to choose the anthem as a time to protest, however, I strongly believe in the right to free speech. I also believe that this subject isn't black and white, no pun intended. This is a topic that has evolved over the past few months. It started with Kapernick kneeling to make a statement about equality and fair treatment amongst blacks and whites. People joined him in his protest, but it wasn't until Donald Trump called them out, did droves more players of all colors join in on the protest. While the the original protest still exists in the hearts of some players, some are kneeling in defense of freedom of speech and freedom to protest. When the highest elected official in the country threatens someones right to a peaceful protest, people must stand or kneel in unity. I'm not saying it is right to do this during the anthem, but everyone has the right to stand up for their beliefs.
And the final soap box for the day is brought to you by misogamy, that pain in the ass term that is all over the news. We have been hearing it about Bill O'Riley, Harvey Weinstein, Hugh Hefner, and Roger Ailes. I am not going to criticizing the dead, because that just isn't fair, but the first two can surely take it. I recently watched a video by Mayim Balik where she was talking about how she hopes to avoid raising her sons to be like these men. It was funny because she said that when she heard about the allegations, she wasn't surprised. She infuriated, but it is all too common these days. It's humorous when I have a conversation with my family about this, because this is where I know I am the only one with common sense, or they really are out of touch. I was talking to my mom about the sexual assault cases and she just brushed it off like it wasn't a big deal. I was like, this is horrible, why aren't you more mad? She said it was just what guys do. She said to ask dad, it's locker room talk. First off, my dad has never been in a locker room and he would never say that. Second, would you want anyone talking to me like that? When Donald Trump's recordings came out, if you imagined he was saying that to me, would you be proud or horrified? Would you say, that's my president, or would you say, he needs to be in jail. I know what I would say. I would never call him the first.
It is disgusting that someone on marriage 3 is preaching to me about family values and is taking away healthcare from people who need it. It is saddening that politicians are putting party over constituents. It is horrifying that people, including politicians, remember what the constitution really says.