Geniuses. I’m back. I’m alive. I’m employed. I bought a giant TV. I don’t have internet at my new place. I now live in West Virginia. More to come.
There is a problem today. It’s a problem that’s been prevalent since the dawn of time: Hate.
Hate is defined by Merriam/Webster as an intense hostility and aversion towards something usually deriving from fear, anger or sense of injury. I think ignorance should be inserted in there at some point.
What is usually going on when the wrath of “hate” is incurred? Odds are nothing actually warranting a hateful response.
“I hate traffic!” “I hate the Bears!” “I hate broccoli!”
Try again. Those are not things worth hating.
Hate takes a lot out of a person if they are legitimately full of hate for something. Hate implies you are willing to go to great lengths to eradicate the thing you are directing, hate towards. You are not going to go to great lengths to wipe broccoli or traffic from existence.
Hate, much like love is over used. People are fickle. People use words to convey conviction and impress the people around them; they have resolved to take an action. “I hate Justin Bieber!” No you don’t. You dislike his music. You will change the station on the radio if his music comes on, you will not attend his concert, you will not buy his music and/or you will not recommend his music to friends. That is not hate. That is “not your preference.”
If you legitimately hated him; you would find away to kill him.
Ignorance should be added to the spectrum of hate, because when you see or hear it used; it’s by lame-brains who use it in heinous ways, but never take action. Thereby neutering the word and minimizing the causes, however wrong of people who actually hate things.
May we get a little hairy?
“I hate…insert race of person…so much!”
Yeah. Put a race in there and feel your mind recoil in horror and the thought of you actually HATING those people.
Really, pause for a minute. “I hate gay people.” “I hate people on welfare.” “I hate…insert nationality of a person…so much!”
You hate those things, big guy? You hate them? Are you a big man? You gonna step up and support those claim, big dawg?
I didn’t think so. You don’t have the resolve the people who really hate, have. Go back to any of the people, we find people hating. Then go find one and shoot them in the face. Remove the thing you hate. You hate it. Fix it.
There are people out there who really hate. They hate and have hated black people enough to murder them. Jews have been on the receiving end of hate for generations. Hitler was serious about hate to the tune of 6 million murdered.
Realize you are an ignorant person to exclaim your hate for people. Realize you aren’t allowed to hate people unless you’re willing to kill them.
We’re to help people. We’re to care about people.
It’s a classic scenario: you have a problem, find a solution.
We can hate situations if we’re willing to fix them. We can hate behavior if we are willing to take steps to inform people and eradicate the behavior. But, we CANNOT hate people.
We can disagree without hate.
I don’t agree with people who don’t take care of their families. I don’t hate them. I don’t agree with them. I don’t appreciate their actions.
I don’t care about gay people. I’m completely neutral on the act of gayness. I disagree with things surrounding that topic, but I don’t hate gay people. I wish I could stop hearing about it…but I don’t hate them or it.
We need to focus on the meanings of the words we use. Unless you are willing to go all the way…you don’t hate something.
I’m going to come back around to this topic again…but I wanted to get this out there for now.
This. THIS. You know what? You can take the pious, self -aggrandizing doctrine and regulations you blab about day in and day out. How about you put some action behind all the drivel you’re peddling. This picture is proof that we have the choice. We have the option to be compassionate. We can love each other. Free will is NOT limited to picking a religion. Free will means we can do whatever we want. We have the capacity to bring many levels of hell into the lives of people around us. We have the capacity to care for people we don’t know, to bridge gaps between religions and cultures. Do this people. Please. Choose to do what’s right.
Afghanistan, in the two months I’ve been here has taught me one thing: I’m really tired of all the hate and have been able to really explore the “why” of any hate I’ve held in my heart, mind and soul. It’s humbling, but instead of guilt, I’m making moves. Making moves to make better choice and live they way I believe I should. Most of you know I’m not one to back down from conflict and I typically have a ‘guns-blazing’, ‘full-auto’ way of handling conflict. I’ve learned that if you stand on fact you don’t need to waste energy ramming it down people’s throats. If they are supposed to figure it out at some point in their journey, I can plant a seed. Maybe someone else will water it. (This all didn’t come to me recently. This has been an adventure I’ve been on for the last year or so. Being here has just helped.) Much Love.
Hello. How are you?
I’m having serious writer’s block. I’ve sat down to write pieces about the current global condition. I’ve sat down to write anecdotal pieces about the nitwits I work with. I pull up my dashboard, click on the New Post button then start, only to stop and think…”Geez man…you’ve already written about this.”
That’s my problem right now. I’m daily, confronted with issues that I’ve already written about. People who are morphing and slumming through life. Not only are they bad at doing things for themselves, but their typical courses of action make life worse for others around them.
It stems from not knowing things or caring to know things. For example: I carpool in the mornings. There is a mental midget who typically gets to the car early to sit in the front seat. Apparently you’re better than everyone else when you’re sitting shotty. When you have 6 people in this SUV and it’s 46 degrees outside there isn’t a need to have the heat up near 86 degrees. People put jackets on to wait for the car. Then when you get into the vehicle and it’s 40 degrees hotter…it boggles my mind how moronic people are. So, this half-wit, upon being requested to “turn the heat down” turns the fan down. So there is still 86 degree circulating around the vehicle, just at a slower speed.
“Turn the HEAT down, not the FAN down!”
His response to that is to fumble with the controls then turn the whole system off.
I don’t know how these people have jobs, are allowed to interact with people, I don’t understand how they operate. They are legitimate morons.
That’s my rant. You’ll never get this time back. I’m sorry.
I guess the take away is: don’t be a moron. Realize, your ineptitude may impact someone’s day adversely and depending on how they handle your stupidity first thing in the morning; read: don’t handle it, you may find yourself verbally berated in front of everyone in the car. Which will not only be embarrassing, but you will now be sharing the crappy start to the day you so graciously bestowed on your car-mates.
We’ve been in Afghanistan for the last 12 years. Before that, Iraq.
Iraq is over. The sacrifices are no less important or worthy of remembrance.
Never lose sensitivity to our lost brothers and sisters. Never forget the families they leave behind. Never forget the brothers and sisters in arms they served with. Never forget the sacrifice.
I’m consistently faced with our battlefield losses in my current job. They come over as numbers or stats. Tick marks getting lost, mired in a spreadsheet, a bullet on a briefing slide, a mention during a morning huddle.
I realized, I was tabulating these losses. I was adding tick marks. I was saddened by their passing, but work was getting in the way.
Now I read the reports. I read about mothers, fathers, wives, girlfriends and children. I read about their schools, job designations and where they’re from. I read the wrap-up for the incident. I’m committed to remembering.
These Green on Blue incidents are breaking my heart. My soul grows heavier and heavier every time I read another report. I’m not going to rant, because it isn’t going to help, it isn’t going to comfort the families or bring back our brothers or sisters.
The fad of caring about our deployed military is on the downturn and has been for the last 8 years-ish. It popped back up a bit after the SEAL Team 6 adventure. But, ultimately it’s tanked. Society is tired of hearing about it.
We can’t get sucked into that mindset. We are already different than society, because we swore an oath and suited up in defense of this Nation. Band together friends and family, keep the faith and keep the memory alive.
Rest in Peace beautiful souls. Your deaths were honorable. Your memory lives on, even while your mortal bodies do not. May you be reunited with your loved ones in a future, afterlife. You are missed, you are loved, you are honored.
Don’t Stop. We need you now more than ever.
I have seen more of the world than most of you reading this. I am 29 years old. At the end of this current jaunt abroad, I will have lived outside of the United States for 14 of those years. I have planed, trained and automobiled around Asia, Europe and the Middle East. I have met some people who would’ve liked to kill me. I’ve met some people who could have easily been angels in disguise. I’ve eaten weird and delicious things. I’ve gotten sick with odd stomach bugs the States haven’t seen in decades.
I’m a Christian, since age 7. 22 years of ups and downs. Struggles and gains. Tears and pains. Grins and hugs. Periods of darkness and periods of blinding clarity. I’ve made mistakes and I have more ahead. I am not going to blow myself up for God. I’m not going to lynch gay people, girls who have gotten abortions, drug addicts, drunks, lazy people or any other demographic. I’m past that.
I’m tired of religion. It sickens me. Christians have a saying: “Religion sends more people to hell than anything else.”
They herald that sentiment from the pulpit as a way to give congregations the impression they are special and to send them out in the world trying to ‘WIN THE WORLD FOR CHRIST!’
I’ve preached from day one about Muslims needing to police their own. Those nut jobs who blow themselves up in the name of ALLAH! Yet their clerics maintain; they are a peaceful religion, only trying to make the world a better place.
Christians might not be blowing themselves up. But, why don’t we police OUR own? Every time Terry Jones threatens to burn Korans our service men and women and Coalition partners get mortars and rockets raining down on them and people die. People are dying in Afghanistan because Christians are not policing their own. People are dying because Muslims are not policing their own.
I defy both groups of zealots; if your Gods are so big and powerful, why not just chill out?
Christians maintain the Holy Spirit is the catalyst for salvation. I am by no means well versed in Islam, but I would imagine; heaven is granted or obtained – NOT by creating terror and murdering people.
I am aware that Muslims believe in a code of conduct that mandates: charity, compassion, selflessness and other virtuous traits. Christians are taught to treat everyone as you want to be treated, to love their neighbor as they love themselves, to be patient, kind, long-suffering, loving and honorable.
It seems to me; both religions rely on some sort of God intervention to ultimately be granted some sort of salvation. Christians believe that a complete renouncing of sin and past life and by wholly accepting Jesus’ sacrifice as the only way to heaven.
I can’t imagine anywhere in either of those factions there is a clause which states: ‘Do everything you can to sully the name of your God, alienate people with self-righteousness and just be a nuisance to the general population to the point where you are profiled and people avoid you.’
People/souls are not Pokemon. You cannot catch them all. You can be kind to them. You can be Christ-like. You can be peaceful, loving, supportive and caring.
Zealots are annoying. People don’t like them. People avoid them. The only people who like zealots are OTHER zealots.
I’m going to tell you something right now. Are you ready?
YOU DO NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO SAVE SOULS. YOU CANNOT GRANT PEOPLE ACCESS TO HEAVEN. YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL. YOU ARE NOT ANY BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE.
I recently visited the church my parents have not decided to leave yet, for whatever reason. The preacher there, who will remain nameless, because he is embarrassing already without his name on the internet, mentioned how many people HE had LED to CHRIST. LEADING people to Christ. I’m sorry, bro; according to textual, Biblical accounts; you are to PREACH the good news, not LEAD people anywhere. That’s where the Holy Spirit comes in. The cool thing is that HS doesn’t have to lead far because; Biblically – He is also God. The Holy Trinity. BOOM.
He is a sterling example of why religion is turning people off. “Look at ME! Look at all the things I AM DOING FOR GOD.” Hey buddy, how about some humility? Some sincerity? Any realization that in your line of work it is NEVER going to be about you.
I’m saying all of this to say this: ALL religions are mucking up the world and muting the powers of the very deities they are striving to proclaim.
God doesn’t need your help. God needs you to be a nice person. Stop being a dick to people. Take the things written in all of the ‘holy’ books and actually DO THEM.
If we could transcend religion and just treat each other well. Respect people. It is fine to not agree with someone. It is not fine to threaten them or cause them physical harm.
For clarity I’m talking about things people are allowed to do. I don’t think people should be able to have sex with children. I don’t think illicit substances should be legal. I agree with speed limits, gun registration, taxes, drinking/tobacco ages and other words of law.
I’m talking about life choices people make that aren’t illegal.
On the flip side; why are all of you freaking out?
Your respective deities have it under control – I’m going to assume. I believe that my God is in control. You can believe your God is in control. Our Gods might be the same guy. Who knows?
I am going to do my best to rely on my God and the strength He’s blessed me with; operating within the life He’s also blessed me with and if anyone needs anything – you know where to find me.
In the end – when human beings are evicted from this blue, soggy marble, hung in the universe – we’ll see how it all pans out. I very well could be wrong. You very well could be right. May the best faith win, until then; a friendly handshake, a held door, a kind word, a dollar when you’re short, a hug when you’re sad and when we find ourselves on the doorstep of our last departure, may we be found in the glory we’ve dreamed of during our mortal days.
Don’t Stop. We need you now more than ever.
…A moment of self indulgence. Not Mindless Self Indulgence…Just regular self indulgence.
My name is Warren Piece and I believe in fitness.
I love the motivational fitness Facebook pages. I really do. I love the twinges and tingles it gives me to read then and check out the pics during the day and rageface at night when I get home.
I’m at a point in my life where I have time. Time is something I never had a lot of. At the moment, in the evenings I have time.
I am going to make the best use of it and really take my level of fitness to the next level. I’m going to be the strongest I’ve ever been, the fastest and the healthiest.
I am doing it for me.
But, I’m also doing it to create a relate-able sequence of events that I can use to motivate people. To go from a clearly established starting point and progress to a point; not even visible from that starting point.
I’m already in pretty good shape – I can bang out a 30 pull-up set, run 3 miles in 20 min and one rep bench 1.5x my body weight.
But, the beauty of still being alive is that if you’re willing to put in the work, you can always be better. So long as we’re sucking air…we have the option to keep fighting.
I think the gym is a sanctuary. It’s a place where you can confront your weakest self, and find your strongest self. The weight doesn’t move itself. You move it. Muscles don’t grow on their own. You flex and build them. With enough determination you can lift any weight.
There are a couple of great little quips out there that I really enjoy and they are applicable to all kind of things:
- Today they ask why, later they’ll ask how.
- No Regrets, Only Forward
- A year from now you’ll wish you’d started today.
Just a couple of words of encouragement.
Be the best you, today. Don’t Stop. We need you now more than ever.
I’m following the presidential elections in Afghanistan with almost more interest than our own upcoming election. Whoever gets elected almost single-handedly has the power to validate the Coalition’s accomplishments here or rewind Afghanistan back to the stone age, which a friend of mine eloquently stated would only set them back about two weeks. Karzai is chomping at the bit to welcome the Taliban back into the government based on them being Afghans and thinking for some reason, they will have any respect for the Afghan government and toss aside their traditional ways. Which, in the past has not ever been an option for them. Sayyaf; the grandfather of Al’Qaeda is running for president. I found this article and wanted to share it with you. I feel like he did what he needed to do at the time…and he might be the best hope for Afghanistan.
Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf is a controversial Afghan politician, a former member of parliament, and now a presidential hopeful for the country’s 2014 election. To his supporters, he is a leader who took on the Soviets and played a key role in the jihad against the Afghan communists. To his critics, he is a warlord who led bloody battles on the streets of Kabul, killing thousands of Shiites and Hazaras during the 1990s. To Westerners, he’s an extremist with links to al-Qaeda-minded people, whose name alone has inspired other Islamist groups as far away as the Philippines. And now, for the Taliban in Afghanistan, he has become “Public Enemy No.1,” someone they have already declared a dead man.
Sayyaf, which means “the swordsman” in Arabic, does not venture out of his sprawling residence west of Kabul very often, and he has kept a relatively low profile in the parliament over the last decade. But his role in the violent and often unpredictable Afghan political world extends beyond the country’s “House of People.” He is known to have played a key role in the appointments of governors and district governors across the country. He runs his own university and TV station in Kabul. He is wealthy, media-shy, and a shrewd behind-the-scenes political operator. But over the past few years, he’s taken on a subject that is critical for the survival of the Taliban and other violent extremists — their own religious narrative to inspire, recruit, and justify violence in the name of God — making him their new arch nemesis.
It began during a speech in September 2012 to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of former president Burhanuddin Rabbani, President Hamid Karzai’s chief peacemaker who was killed by a Taliban suicide bomber posing as a peace envoy, when Sayyaf publically warned Taliban suicide bombers about their fate in the afterlife. Quoting Islamic texts extensively, Sayyaf said he wanted to send a message to the militants that on Judgment Day, they would show up with “flags planted in their buttocks from the back,” marking them “unforgivable” in the court of God. He continued by declaring: “You are not fighting against foreigners, but against Islam and Muslims.” Sayyaf then told the crowd: “They [Taliban] are enemies of God and his Messenger (Prophet Muhammad). Quran says kill them well. Kill them with torture. Do you know what it means to kill them well? With Zajir (torment or torture). Hang them! Let people see them hanged for a month. Cut their right hands and left feet. And do your best to eliminate them [Taliban] from the face of the earth.”
Then last week, during an Afghan government-sponsored International Islamic Scholars conference in Kabul, Sayyaf again spoke against the Taliban, this time targeting the militants’ financial backers in Middle Eastern countries. This is because the Taliban and the Haqqani Network, their chief ally, are known to do fundraising in the Middle East, especially in the Gulf Arab states. Sayyaf knows this well because he himself used to travel to Arab countries in the 1980s, using his oratory skills and knowledge of Arabic, to raise funds for mujahideen fighting the former Soviet Union.
Speaking in fluent Arabic, Sayyaf addressed the approximately 200 international Muslim scholars about the alleged support Muslim countries provide to the Taliban. “I ask you, and for the sake of God tell me, those [Taliban] who are fighting now, their war is not against foreigners,” Sayyaf declared. He also asked the international Muslim scholars to explain why some Muslims countries did not oppose the intervention by the U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan when the United Nations vote came up in 2001. “Did any of the Islamic countries at the United Nations oppose the arrival of foreigners in Afghanistan? All of the Islamic countries voted in favor for the arrival of them in Afghanistan,” Sayyaf remarked. He also questioned the religious credentials of the Taliban by telling the scholars: “Those who are killing innocent Afghans, they don’t know anything about Islam.”
The Taliban and their violent extremist allies responded immediately to Sayyaf’s remarks. In one article titled “What does this old Dajjal (anti-Christ) say?,” they attacked Sayyaf, calling him a “manifestation of Satan,” and used Quranic texts in an attempt to counter his remarks. Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, also tweeted articles, social media posts, and reports from the militant group’s own gathering of “1600 undisputed Islamic scholars” and their fatwa to discredit Sayyaf and the government-sponsored Islamic Scholars conference.
The primary reason that the Taliban militants view Sayyaf’s remarks, and condemnations by the international Islamic scholars, as an existential threat to their survival is simple. For almost a decade, the Taliban have relied on skewing the interpretation of Islam’s religious texts to justify their violence, especially the use of suicide bombing, which had no precedence in Afghanistan until the mid-2000s. But while Afghans abhor the use of suicide bombings, despite extensive propaganda campaigns by the Taliban to justify it on religious grounds, Afghanistan’s religious scholars have yet to strongly and consistently counter the militant group’s religious justifications for violence — until now. Since Sayyaf’s “challenge” to the Taliban’s religious narrative, the militant group appears to have found itself outgunned in the battle for ideology, something which is far more important to them than winning a military campaign. This is because Sayyaf has established religious credentials from Sunni Islam’s most prestigious school, the Cairo-based Al-Azhar University, which allows him to speak with authority on religious issues. He is also a charismatic and gifted orator, which brings him coverage in the local media, and he maintains political influence through his traditional networks in some key northern provinces of Afghanistan, as well as in some of the former Taliban heartlands in the south, which adds to his leverage. Because of this, the Taliban want Sayyaf dead — in fact, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency recently announced that it had foiled a Taliban plot to assassinate Sayyaf only days after his speech in early September of this year.
Sayyaf is not a saint to Afghans. Nor is he considered a moderate Islamist. His involvement in human rights abuses, especially during the Afghan civil war in the 1990s, is well documented by Human Rights Watch. Yet his current stance, effectively challenging the Taliban on their own ideological and religious turf, is something significant for both the international stakeholders who are attempting to end the war in Afghanistan, and for regional Islamic countries that are searching for ways to rescue the peaceful message of Islam from the dark interpretation espoused by violent extremists. After all, the Taliban and other militant groups are expected to step up their terror campaign inside Afghanistan after the withdrawal of international troops at the end of 2014. To do so, they need their religious narrative to hold, enabling them to bring in new recruits to maintain their ranks and sustain their violence. Sayyaf, despite his own violent past and infamy, appears to be taking the lead in challenging this narrative, making him “Public Enemy No.1″ to the Taliban and other extremists in Afghanistan and beyond.
Turn off the news, put down the paper, power down the computer, keep the handy in your pocket. There are so many things going on that are outside our control. In fact, lately there seem to be a ton of things we aren’t going to be able to change or fix.
Hey, buddy! What’s up? Get up.
The world is going to the dust bin. There isn’t a corner of the world that isn’t suffering, right now. There are hungry people, there are dying people, people killing other people, poor people, depressed people, crazy people, rejected people, bigots, traitors, rapists, and other desperate people.
Where are you at right now? Not physically, unless that becomes relevant by the end of this post.
Where is your head at? Are you mired in all of events you can’t control or are you looking around and taking stock in what you have?
Here’s an idea. It’s not a new one. We’ve talked about it right here on BlockThat! and I believe it bears repeating: you’re not the worst off. You’re not the poorest. You’re not the most threatened.
Take comfort in that and then channel it into a force. A force to enact change where you are.
I write about this theory all of the time, because I think about it all the time.
There is power in realizing where you fit in the universe, realizing that you are blessed. That you have grown and are now stronger because of things you’ve experienced. You’ve been so totally transformed by your experiences that you are able to use them to open the eyes of people around you and to be a positive force.
There isn’t going to be widespread change for the better without some sort of unification under the umbrella of something. This is not a new thought. The Christians crusaded, the Muslims are doing it right now. Those living on the fringes are hesitant to commit to something that isn’t perfect. They don’t want blood soaked atonement. They want the purity without the sacrifice. That doesn’t exist.
I truly believe that people are tired of war. Deep down in their core, they are tired of it. They long for peace, they long for some sort of unification, but they don’t know what that unification is supposed to look like because we’ve been fractured for so long. Their mind’s eye sees sunshine, the absence of tears, absence of want and no war or hate. I would say they are looking for love, but I feel like people have been so warped by societies’ bill of goods on love.
I am a Christian and I believe in a blood-soaked atonement. I believe and am eternally thankful for Jesus’ sacrifice and my ability to accept that sacrifice to be bathed in forgiveness.
I believe we need to stop being fragmented. Not everyone is going to embrace salvation as I believe it. I will not meet unbelief with a Biblical tirade or rant. I will not meet ridicule with combative verbiage. It’s too late in the game for hate.
We need to look around. Attribute it to whatever you want to attribute it to, but help someone out. The wars flashing across our screens are mimicked in the hearts and minds of people everywhere. The civil wars raging in Africa are no more or less important than the wars raging in marriages, between family members. The pain and suffering of the hungry and thirsty is brilliantly reflected in hunger and thirst for love and comfort in the lives of people all around you.
Stop and Care. I truly believe that at this stage of the game…a smile, a hug, 10 min, a sincere greeting, a hot meal, cab fare, a nickel for a stranger who’s 5 cents short in the shop queue. Shed the pretense that you need to do nice things on a grand scale…that the entire continent of Africa is going to be fed. That would be amazing, but a cause that big needs people. People who have given and received those smiles, handshakes and acts of kindness and passed them on…those are the people who can and will unite to accomplish big things. But, until we can unite an interpersonal level…we will never achieve amazing things.
I welcome an open dialogue on this. Thanks for reading.
I feel heartbroken, embarrassed, dejected, betrayed, ignored and the list goes on of the adjectives I can use to describe how I’m feeling right now.
There are hundreds of thousands of Americans on furlough, unpaid leave, laid-off or otherwise hanging in the balance because our government decided that their policies and appearances were more important than the public they swore to protect and serve.
I’ve had conversations about this shutdown with a couple of different people. The most odd, was a British officer, I’m currently working with. He thinks Obamacare is a great idea, as do most of my counterparts who come from countries with socialized medicine.
I can’t help but seeing this as a way to make people less and less accountable for their own actions. I don’t see how those of us who are responsible enough to ensure we have health care should care or be bothered with also providing it for those who aren’t planning and making it a priority to have it. I was told by another American, that this is really going to help out old people who can’t afford health care for their terminal illnesses.
I don’t care.
I haven’t made the choices I’ve made, the financial decisions I’ve made, given up creature comforts to be 29 and debt-free with outstanding credit…to ensure old people have health care. I don’t work stupid long hours, seven days a week because I care about the starving kids of people who keep having them out of ignorance. I do, however do those things for a family I hope to have one day. I do those things so my future children will be provided for. My children, borne in wedlock, to two loving parents who have calculated to cost of providing a suitable standard of living for them and are committed to providing that.
I am willing to do anything, go anywhere and be what I need to be, to ensure I maintain a respectable standing in society and continue striving to be above reproach.
In this case of governmental shutdown, there is a distinct lack of understanding of why this is happening. GOP is pointing fingers and the Dems, then it breaks down into individuals pointing fingers at individuals.
I believe it boils down to saving face: the Reps are embarrassed the couldn’t stop Obamacare and are trying to make it look like they are trying to fix it, despite not being able to. The Dems, I think, are starting to see that Obamacare is kind of a sham and they are very happy they don’t need to use it, but won’t double back to fix it, nor will they delay it so maybe the next administration can fix it.
I feel that this whole thing is a coming down from the White House under the guise of: ‘Obamacare is going to fix our health care problems’ i.e. “This is the best thing for everyone!” Yet, the other side of the coin…is Americans not getting paid and therefore are not being taken care of, by the government while they fight about postponing something that is supposed to be good for Americans.
No. Absolutely not.
I feel that people who agree with Obamacare are mostly nitwits who refuse to see that this is as much of a sham as the social security system. ‘Put money in this giant pot and you’ll get a pension from the government when your X amount of years.’ A pot that very well might be empty when those of us who are young and viable, who are funding this debacle reach the golden age to reap our investment. I see Obamacare ending in a similar fashion. We’re going to dump money into this while we are young, to help out the old people who are battling terminal diseases now….If we told this generation of olden people who didn’t plan ahead…”Yup…you didn’t make your life a priority…you’re a fool to think the ENTIRE country will.” Instead we start pulling money into a pot for ourselves…and then we start looking forward with this money instead of back…we MIGHT be able to subsidize some of the pain and suffering of ourselves when we are old.
Now we have hundreds of thousands of people out of work because we can’t compromise on this…Get your act together, government. Do what’s right by way of the majority. We, as a nation, are too hung-up on what the obnoxious minority wants.