A Lesson In What "Fair Share" Actually Means
Guaranteed it happens at least once a year. When I start complaining about the amount my wife and I pay in taxes someone tells me to just shut up and "pay my fair share"; and nothing is more infuriating. When people say this it shows at least one, if not more, of the following. Either they can't do math, which given the current state of our government-run education system is completely believable; they keep themselves blissfully ignorant and just believe what some politicians tell them, a major problem in and of itself; or they have no concept of what the word "fair" actually means and are just interested in what supporting their own misguided perceptions rather than find the truth.
How to heal our country.
It's at times like this I remember what I taught the group of Boy Scouts about Citizenship in America. Simply this: "You show respect to the office. If the President enters a room I'm in, I stand up, I address them as Mister/Madam President, and I shake their hand if given the chance. Same goes for all elected officials. However, they do not control my thoughts and beliefs, and I am not bound to agree with them."
In A Black And White World, Living In The Shades Of Grey
Whatever happened to the freedom of choice? How come we limit ourselves now the only two choices for anything at all? You are either Democrat or Republican, nothing in between. You're either right or you're wrong, there are no shades of grey. That's not the way the world works. That's not the way this country works. There are more than two options, there are more than two answers. In fact, there are a million different opinions. Not all of them right, not all of them are wrong, but a majority fall in the middle. Is it still possible to not just discuss those differences, but find a common middle ground? Or have we succumbed to the unwritten rule of not even considering a difference of opinion, and to lash out verbally, or even violently, against any who challenge your view of the world?
The Silent Death Of A HERO
The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, also known as the HERO law, was voted down in Houston's 2015 election. Many are citing this as a loss for LGTB equal rights, but is it? Was this a victory for discrimination, hate groups, and others who project their personal beliefs on race, gender, sexual orientation, self-identification, etcetera onto everyone else around them? Or is this yet another example of people voluntarily giving away their freedoms, even if it is with the best of intentions. Take a moment to digest that, read this whole blog before reacting, and then discuss...
Why everyone seems to be confused about the word "freedom" and are blaming the wrong people.
Recently there has been a political firestorm over the passing of Indiana's Protect Religious Freedom Act. Most people see this as the state supporting discrimination, and expect the government to protect people from such acts. They are asking for the repeal of such an "unAmerican" and uncivil law. While they are right in saying we should be free from discrimination of all kind as a society, they are going about it all wrong and overlooking their own hypocrisy in doing so.
What happened to the country of my forefathers?
The European Union landed a satellite on a comet. The Netherlands installed a bike path lined with solar cells that generates electricity. And the United States is worried about an epidemic that has so far been contracted by less than 1% of it's population, but refuses to vaccinate their children against diseases that kill hundreds or even thousands of it's citizens every year. America is more interested in what two people of the same gender do in the privacy of their own home, instead of learning the facts about fossil fuel emissions and global warming.