1. September 2015

Watching a little O’Reilly, working on winding down for the night and after listening to the news on and off today and listening to my buddy Bill, have to say that a number of things have really been getting under my skin.  

I am one of those people who listen to the news and political talk shows both on and off the radio more than anything else. Wish I could say that I were a person that could easily explain why I feel the way I do about certain things, but I am just one of those people who has a hard time explaining why I feel the way I do about things.  Not an eloquent speaker as I wish I were.

This whole thing about cops being murdered around the country really sickens me.  Have a cousin who is married to an officer and I can’t begin to imagine what she must live with in her head each day when he goes off to work until the time he comes home.  Oh, he’s a deputy in a small Iowa podunk town, but that doesn’t mean these kind of horrible things can’t happen in a small town.

Kirk and I have made it a priority since Kaet was little to teach our children to respect officers of the law.  We may not like it if they stop us for speeding or rolling through a stop sign or letting our vehicle tags become outdated, but those things are our own fault and there are reasons for the laws.  If we are going to break the laws, we need to be held accountable and say, hey, I was wrong, I’m sorry and I have no reason for speeding or rolling through that stop sign.  We depend on the officers to be there when we need to be protected, their job is to keep us all safe.

Of course, there are going to be bad seeds, but they are few and far between.  Officers are people too and they make mistakes just as we do.  Growing up in Small Town, USA, we’ve known our share of those Barney Fife kind of young officers who have that arrogant attitude that doesn’t serve them well in a town of under 1,000 people, but that doesn’t make them bad people, it just makes them people who need better people skills.

Just makes me sick to see what’s been going on lately with the deaths of these officers.  God Bless all their families and loved ones.  I pray for peace!

The issue of illegal immigrants and sanctuary cities.  Something has to be done.  I completely understand why people would want to come to America, I am very proud to be an American and am so thankful for previous generations of my family to have decided to come here in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  They all came over here the right way.  I am all for legally immigrating, I understand that it’s not an easy road to travel, but it is attainable.  I am 100% against sanctuary cities.  There are laws and they should be followed or why have laws at all.

Guess what really gets under my skin is all these countries that criticize us for talk of building a border and wanting immigrating to be done the right way, look at all the countries out there that arrest illegals for coming into their countries and sending these people back to where they came from.  Why is it okay for other countries to do this, but not us?  

I understand that it’s not an easy fix, but something needs to be done.  I feel like this wonderful country of ours is falling apart and find myself wondering if we are at a point of no return.  I worry about my children and on down the line, what kind of country we are making for them.  My daughter already says she won’t have children because she doesn’t want to bring a child into this world that is becoming more and more dangerous.   

Listening to all the various view points of the black lives matter issue, wish I could say that I had an opinion.  Don’t feel as though I’ve heard enough information to make an intelligent decision.  All I can say is that I have five cousins who are black, I love them, we share the same blood and I pray that they will be able to live a life as wonderful and free of racism as my children.  I pray that for everyone in this country and throughout the world.  When I look at my cousins I don’t look at the color of their skin, I see family, plain and simple.  

As for those who are against same sex marriage, why can’t we all recognize that we all don’t believe the same things, accept that there are going to be those who agree and those who disagree on whether or not it’s acceptable.  The gal who refuses to issue a marriage license, can’t think of the state she’s from at the moment, she should be allowed to say, hey, I’m not going to issue you a license because it’s against what I believe but if you wait a minute, I can get someone else to help you.   The bakers who won’t bake a wedding cake for a same sex marriage, why sue them because of their beliefs, why would you want someone to make your cake who doesn’t believe the same as you in that area, same with photographers or caterers? 

When I was a kid, and even on occasion today, I remember seeing signs in many establishments that state, we have the right to refuse service to anyone.  We should have that right in this country.  

We have uncles that married when Iowa passed the same sex marriage law back a number of years ago.  Love those two with all my heart and would do anything for them, even took their wedding pictures.  I am so happy that they were able to make their vows to one another the same as Kirk and I did so many years ago.  

I agree with same sex marriage however I don’t believe churches should be made to go against their beliefs and have to perform marriages they don’t agree with.  Just as when Kirk and I were engaged, we had to go through x many hours of marriage counseling with our pastor before he would agree to marry us.  He made it known that if once the counseling was done, if he didn’t feel right about it, he wouldn’t marry us.  We understood and knew that there was a chance pastor could have said he wouldn’t marry us.  

I don’t know…I feel like this world have become too politically and socially correct.  We all should be able to have our own beliefs and ways, wouldn’t be a dull world if we all thought and acted the same?  We need to learn to accept that and learn how to get along with one another for the safety of this earth and every living being on this earth.  Let’s not be nasty and mean to one another, but we should be able to voice our differences.  There are things Kirk and I have long ago agreed to disagree on.

However…with that being said, my children know that if they become liberal, just lie to me and tell me that they are conservative…just humor me!  Kaet and I have joked around about that from time to time.  In all reality, I would respect my kids if they were to come home and say, mom, I’m a democrat…for being able to have the guts to tell me, hey, I just don’t agree with you mom.  To tell the truth, once upon a time I was a democrat, still like Bill!  There are things I do lean to the left on, just lean right on more.

We are all individuals and that’s a good thing!  Accept one another’s differences and let it be!



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