After three deadly shootings in the past week the American people are unsure about how those who are sworn to protect and serve the public will respond when the next mass shooting occurs as we all know by now it will.
The fact that those with the finances can purchase military grade weapons at gun shows and online. The fact that all three shooters were young white men with anger issues against people of color because of a perceived lost of status or privilege in our increasingly racially diverse country. The police now remind me of the movie Robo Cop where there was a robotic police to fight crime in the big city.
They now come to the crime scene in military grade vehicles dressed head to toe with body armor all in a non military environment. Will the American people give up certain freedoms in the name of security is a question that has to be answered by society. Gone are the days where we did not have to about looking for the nearest exit in case of a shooting event in place where people congregate. Law enforcement can now respond quickly with deadly force to neutralize the threat but only to lessen the numbers of those under assault.
Our new reality has arrived and is here to stay and law enforcement will have to be more aggressive to protect us from ourselves and the guns we love, and most importantly legally own.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of Africans being brought to America against their will. The fact that it also coincides with a presidential election cycle. The president has worn the badge of being called a racist with a sense of vindication that this will ensure another term in the oval office.
There is the belief of some of those running for president that blacks who could prove that they were descended from slaves should get a one time “guilt payment” from those who benefited the most from the dawn to dusk labor of the slave.
I personally do not want one Penney from the United States government, and I know there will be others who will disagree with me but that is the beauty of our country and the way we are governed as a people. Those who came before us had to live in the time they were given the same way we live today. We do what we have to do for the next generation and if there is anything left we indulge ourselves.
The slave only knew that survival no matter how painful the thought that future generations will get reparations in the form of education and positive outlook towards the future and so-called American Dream we all seek at some point in our lives. That would be the full payment for 400 years of surviving including interest.
Every time someone who is supposed to help me at this point in my life makes the title statement to me I feel that it is as phony as a three dollar bill. Those people who say that to me have jobs where they can at least pay their bills and have something left over to have a life of choices about what is possible for the future. For me to write this blog after actively seeking work for over a year and not being successful in that mission I am angry at the country that I put my life on the line has not given me that simple request. I have put in applications to at least ten different employment agencies in Ventura County over the past year with no response about employment.
This is from people that I spoke to over and over about giving me a chance to work for a living. People who were not even born when I put my life on the line for the country I was led to believe if you want to work then we will hire you. I am angry every day that I have to worry about how can I pay my bills and maybe go out and enjoy a life that we all know costs money.
Do not thank me just give me a chance to work a have a sense of self respect that all who work for a living feel on payday. If there is anyone out there can help me find a employment please contact me because everyday that passes tells me that my service and the mistakes made by me in the past are more important that the positive things that I accomplished. Just as the people that I now see on a daily basis standing on the street corners with cardboard signs saying they need help. I need help. Can anyone in the world help me get a sense of self respect by once again being gainfully employed. Then the title to this blog will make sense to me and not just be a hollow statement that we veterans hear that goes in one ear and out the other. America are you listening?
Today Iran has seized two oil tankers one British another registered as Nigerian owned. The area between Iran and Africa is a bottleneck for the transportation of most importantly oil which is the lubricant of western society. The president continues to attack four congress women of color despite the news of the oil tankers seizures. He continues to connect his views about the state of Israel as it as a country that could not defend itself without the United States.
As long as there is oil to be pumped out of the ground in the middle east we can always expect to be dependent on that valuable commodity for our very survival. If this situation with Iran is not dealt with in a timely manner by president Trump including using the military already propositioned in that part of the world.
Once again those who are running for president are silenced on the national stage and the president has the advantage in case of war with Iran. One mistake on either side will not be good to say the least. The time we will face in the future will indeed be remembered by historians as the times of Donald Trump. The reality here is this. If we get into a military conflict anywhere in the world the president will be guaranteed a second term in the White House. That is a fact that cannot be ignored by the voters next year.
Fifty years ago I can remember what the reality of life in America depending on the ethnicity of those who called this country home. Whites were always given the top consideration when it came to privileges to live the so-called American dream that we that all who are lucky to be able live here hope to attain at some point in our lives.The future belongs to the young that is a given we all understand. Those of us who can look back a half a century before the Internet,cell phones,personal computers,apps,Facebook,Google. The list gets longer everyday in perpetuity.
Fifty years was not that long ago whe we consider the length of recorded human history which goes back thousands of years. Humanity has fast forwarded because of electricity, the telephone, and most importantly the automobile. These devices did not exist until someone had a thought that they could be a reality. That thought process has taken society to this point in time. What we choose to promote or ignore is an individual choice. The truth is we no longer have the choice of sitting on the side lines of life. Technology has for the most part leveled the field of communication between individuals. There is no excuse for us to waste the last fifty years of technology on basic human feelings and emotions until we realize that we are the replicas in thought and deeds of those who came before us.
I personally hope to see the day when the only thing that changes about our lives is the date on the calendar and that will eventually happen because we as a society accept the diversity of the world we live in and if nothing else we will at least try to get along with those we consider “different” from ourselves. That is the key to our survival as a global society.
There are millions of people living in America who have for the most part believe that this country is the salvation of those who come here for whatever reason who once they reach our borders they will be welcomed with open arms by those who came before seeking a better life and understand what it takes to become an American citizen at some point in the future if not for themselves but for their offspring who by being born here are considered 100% American by our legal system if nothing else.
Other than the descendants of slavery and those who were overrun as our country expanded to the left coast. The American Indian population continues to exist on reservations for generations after their tribal lands were taken over in the name of the”manifest destiny” mentality of white people that continues to this day. Trump is a rubber stamp of the frustration of white America when our borders are being overrun with people who are willing to come here with no expectation of equality once they cross our borders. Just an expectation that over generations their family will be accepted a citizens of this great nation and will do as those who especially fought and died in our wars for that privilege.
To be accepted as a citizen of this country is a gift that those born here cannot even fathom when it come to the subject of their loyalty to our country. Our laws are a double edged sword when we decide who should be here legally, and who should be deported because of our laws. The magical thinking of the past of staying just under the radar as far as legal residence in this country has been blown out of the water by president Trump who says leave our country if you are undocumented whether you like it or not. Our new reality has arrived how we deal with it as a nation will define us on the world stage whether we like it or not.