Vote for what you believe. Don’t stay home..get out and let your voice be heard!
Vote for what you believe. Don’t stay home..get out and let your voice be heard!
Over 10,000 migrant children, some of them seeking asylum on their own, and others taken from families seeking asylum, are now being held in various places in the U.S. This is an increase in numbers, and they are being held in a variety of places. Some are being held in tents in the desert of Texas, other are being crowded into other shelters which were never designed to hold the amount of people they are now being forced to hold.
Some of these facilities are being paid upwards of $750.00 per day, and someone is making a lot of money from this. Not only that, but the money trail leads directly to the Trump administration, including one company paying half a million dollars toward Trump’s inauguration. Other companies making millions on these practices include Betsy DeVos (Secretary of Education), and Jim Mattis (Secretary of Defense) as part of their investors. Vice President Pence also has ties through his brother to other of these providers.
I’ve left some links for you to follow if you want to find out more. The reporting is not only from highly respected new outlets, but I’ve also included a Snopes link. Let me know your thoughts on this matter.
It’s important to speak out when there are injustices being committed. Right now, in the U.S. there are forces gathered against many of our rights as citizens. Not only are we treating asylum seekers as criminals, but we are allowing the murder of unarmed civilians be overly aggressive police. Racism and bigotry are running rampant, and an entire gender is being told to “sit down and shut up”.
Who are the perpetrators of this? For the most part it is angry white men. Whether they identify as “incel”, white supremacist, or simply Republican, the message is always the same. Whatever it is that they want, it’s so much more important than what you want/need. The rest of us, and yes, there are more of us than them, are being divided by race, gender and sexual orientation. It’s time to join hands and stand together.
If you believe in “liberty and justice for all”, do whatever you can with what you have. Sign petitions; write your congressperson; register to vote (if you haven’t done so); join a protest/march; give a donation to an organization that follows your own morals. Do what you can. But most importantly, do not be silent!
As we all know, there are a lot of people from Central and South America seeking asylum at our southern border. However, I haven’t really seen much information regarding the reasons why they’re seeking asylum. We’ve all heard about the gangs, etc. but not the reasons why these countries are falling apart. Since I’m an information seeker, I decided to look into one of these countries and let you know why there are so many problems there. My first pick was Honduras since this was the country that caught my eye.
In my reading I found out that in the early 1900’s U.S. banana companies set up shop in Honduras, bribed government officials, gained control of over 1 million acres of land and sent the resulting money and crops to the U.S. This buy-up of land converted Honduras into a one-crop economy, setting the entire nation up for massive poverty. At the same time, U.S. military was used to prevent any uprising against the corporations by the citizens of Honduras, while the banana companies gained monetary control of the country. By the time Regan was president, Honduras was often referred to as “U.S.S. Honduras”. Honduras was also used as a place to train the Contras of Nicaragua, which in turn increased the U.S. military presence in Honduras. This militarized Honduran society and brought about a crack down of any and all resistance to the government, thus squashing democracy. The U.S. was also instrumental in disrupting the coffee trade under the policy of “globalization”, which led to the destabilization of this industry.
All this has led to an increase in military, a loss of human rights, and many human rights violations. When the citizens elected Manuel Zelaya, a progressive president in 2006, his promise of reforms upset the ruling oligarchy, who then staged a military coup to overthrow the elected government. Poverty is a huge problem, with drug lords and a corrupt government, police and military working together. The U.S. is also at fault for militarily supporting this coup against the wishes of the 35-member Organization of American States.
So, this is a quick over-view of the problems in Honduras. From what I have seen, the other countries from which asylum-seekers are coming have a history with the U.S. that is much the same. Clearly, the fault is not with the people who have walked thousands of miles seeking asylum. I’ve left some links below for your education. Once again, nothing happens in a vacuum, and we need to look at the history of a problem before we start assigning blame.
We’ve been hearing a lot (too much) about thoughts and prayers. It’s a nice sentiment, but what do these thoughts and prayers actually do? Do they help the grieving and the injured? Do people stop grieving and get “better” once they know their government officials are sending them thoughts and prayers? Do these kind sentiments help?
As anyone who has suffered grief and injury knows, thoughts and prayers do nothing to help. Making sure others won’t suffer the same injury and grief would help, but since sending sentiments doesn’t change anything, there is no way they “help”.
Blaming video games, music and lyrics, even movies is ridiculous. Other countries spend more money on more violent video games and they don’t have the same problems we do here in the U.S. As a country we export all our music (along with the lyrics) all over the world, and the rest of the world doesn’t have the same mass murder problems. And, last, but not least, our movies also are sent out to be viewed all over the world and again, the rates of mass murder is much higher in the U.S.
However, there is one BIG difference between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Guess what that is? Gun ownership – and the kind of gun ownership. There is a difference between what kinds of guns may be owned, and how people can obtain them. The conditions are much more stringent in the rest of the world than in the U.S. Also, there is a limit on what kinds of guns may be obtained, along with the amount of ammo that can be bought.
But hey, let’s not discuss that, we’ll just send out our “thoughts and prayers”. And then go and collect our bribes from the NRA.
What in the heck is “religious freedom”, and what does it mean to your health? Here is a definition of “religious freedom” from the people who want the legal right to “practice” it.
“… is the right to use religious beliefs as a license to discriminate, and to provide special protections for Christians that fly in the face of the First Amendment.” https://newrepublic.com/article/140645/trump-republicans-redefining-religious-freedom-favor-christians
So, now that we have the definition down, what is going to happen to you, if you need to go to a health provider? Well, the following may happen to you if you are the following: the child of a gay couple who needs health care; a LGBTQ+ person in need of health care; another religion, including but not limited to: Muslim, Hindu, or something other than Christian. How will you be denied care? Well, if your health care provider does not “believe” in contraception, he/she need not offer it to you as part of your health insurance, because their beliefs are more important than your care. The same holds true if you need the “morning after pill” regardless if that is because of rape, incest, or another reason – no need for you to take it, since an unwanted pregnancy is a “silver lining”, or even an “unexpected gift from God”. Because this is the “belief” of the health provider, you don’t get a choice. Another problem with this new law is that if a woman needs an abortion, and there are a variety of medical reasons for this, including a dead fetus, the hospital or doctor can deny them the choice, leaving them with a) having to endure an induced labor and a still birth; b) carrying a dead fetus and hopefully not dying herself due to a septic womb.
Another item to take note of here, this “religious freedom” is used to control women and their health decisions along with anyone who is not a cis man. I don’t see anyone worrying about prescriptions for Viagra, or even prostate examinations.
However, the most interesting question is this – whose religion is it that we must worry about with this freedom of religion? Is it only the Christian religion, or does this also include: Hindu, Muslim, the Church of Satan? Is there a line, and if so where is it? This opens a huge legal can of worms, and it will be interesting to see where it leads. I’ve left some links for you if you want to know more about this subject.
Our country seems to be more divided than ever. Now is the time to come together as one, to understand that we are more alike than we are different. We need to become one people with the goal of good for all. For what is a benefit for my sister is also a benefit for my brother, and will benefit me as well.