Wake Up America!!!

I’m sitting here, scrolling Facebook, and have come to the realization that my fellow Americans need a serious wake-up call.
The posts I see as I scroll:

From China’s inhabitants –> cute pandas, baby owls, ducklings, and other animals; how they educate their kids, the schools that promote and encourage learning, no problems with discipline; videos that promote helping their fellow man, not treating them like they are diseases that should be cut out and killed.

From England’s residents –> books and movie reviews, food reviews and funny as hell commercials banned from TV here in the US.

From Iceland –> positive traditions such as exchanging books on Christmas eve.

From Australia –> post of genuine confusion regarding the US and what’s happening here

From Canada –> a funny, but real, video of their Parliament discussing the zombie apocalypse (that one was old, but cute!)

From U.S. inhabitants –> shootings; cops beating/killing people; violence; religion bashing; and generally a fuck-ton of hate.

Anyone else seeing the problem here? So many Americans saying “what happened to America?”

I saw a Meme today, something along the lines of “Back in my day we had gun in our truck and no school shootings. What changed?” I’ll tell you what changed, my fellow Americans: There is a serious lack of discipline regarding the younger generations. Parents baby their children and do not make them take responsibility for their choices and actions. Parents are not teaching their children good morals, or the difference between right and wrong.

The government has taken control of the people, not the people being in control of our government, as it was supposed to be the last 243 years. Parents have become too afraid to RAISE their children, disciplining them when they do wrong; afraid that Child Services will come in and take their children away for “child abuse”. Children are growing up with hate in their hearts instead of healthy respect for other people, or for themselves. Kids being raised to blame everyone else, including people and things that have no baring on the situation, for their problems, instead of getting off their ass to do something about it and make their situation better. Kids expecting other people to give them hand-outs, to give them everything in life instead of kids having to work their asses off to get what they want.

America, wake the fuck up. You sit and ask, “What changed?” You did, when you got lazy and expected others to do what you should have been doing. “What changed?” You did, when you let the government decide what was best for you instead of you deciding. “What changed?” You did, when you allowed corrupt politicians to stay in office, re-electing them, instead of putting your foot down and saying, “NO MORE!” The people voted to have term limits for the president, the senators and congress should have term limits as well. “What changed?” You did, when you stopped having pride in a job well done, by your own hands. “What changed?” You did, when you allowed the media to have such control over your lives, believing everything they report to be a statement of fact rather than investigate things for yourself; when you allowed them to continually report lies instead of the truth; when you continually allow them to report all the crap and so very rarely report the good things that happen because of ‘ratings’. “What changed?” You did, when you stopped thinking for yourselves and allowed the government and the media to tell you what to think.

There is a video on YouTube from Bill Whittle and the ‘Virtual President’, “GUNS (Virtual State of the Union 2013)“. The description of the video, directly from Mr. Whittle, is this:

“In this segment of his Virtual State of the Union, the Virtual President talks about why politicians want to talk about gun control rather than crime control, and delivers the factual evidence and historical truths that make the case for the Second Amendment self-evident.”

Mr. Bill Whittle nails the problem on the head. Watch it. LISTEN to what he has to say. Quote:

“The second amendment of the constitution is not there to protect us from criminals, and the people calling for gun control know this. That’s why they want gun control instead of crime control. That’s why they want laws that at the stroke of a pen turn law abiding citizens into criminals. The second amendment is there to protect the American people from tyranny. The second amendment is there to protect the American people from politicians. The second amendment is there to protect the American people from us.”

Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.

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Everyone Has Three Lives…

I’ll try to explain this as best I can, but keep in mind that I’m not always good with getting my thoughts out; what makes sense to me doesn’t always make sense to someone else.

Ok, so I was watching an episode of Blue Bloods on CBS.com and heard something that made me pause the show and write it down, not something I do very often. “Everybody has three lives: public, private, and secret.”

This episode’s description: “When a famous movie star, Russell Berke, who shadowed Danny for research on his next role, is stabbed, Danny goes to his aid, but must keep the crime on the down-low due to Russell’s celebrity status.” Basically, this actor, Russell, is gay and does not want it to get out to the public because he feels it will affect the roles he is offered in Hollywood. He usually portrays the tough guy who has women hanging off his arm and he feels that the directors won’t “offer a fairy those type roles”. Anyways…

Here’s the scene: Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) was talking with this actor guy, Russell Berke (Marc Blucas) in the car headed to where the bad guy who attacked Russell is supposed to meet another “target” and are talking about Russell’s sexual preference and the fact that he does not want to come out because of the roles he plays. Anyways, Russell says, “Everybody has three lives: public, private and secret.” He’s talking about the fact that to the public, he is a regular, heterosexual who talks about dating women, though never actually seen with a woman on a date. He explains this as being because he keeps his private life private. But he has his secret life of being gay. Danny says something along the lines of not him, what you see is what you get. Russell admires him for having such a simple life.

I can wish that we all had lives like Danny: simple. I honestly agree with Russell on this. We all have our “public” lives, the side that we show to strangers and others we just met, a new doctor, the cashier at the grocery store, etc. We don’t usually let them see who we truly are, just the mask we show to people we don’t know and trust. It could be because we are actually a paranoid person who doesn’t trust people in general and don’t think they need to see anything more than a happy go lucky mask, or because we aren’t comfortable around people in public, or even because we have had some trauma in our past that makes us put on this mask that is completely opposite of our true nature. This is the mask we wear so naturally as a self-defense that most of the time we don’t even realize that we are doing it.

Then we have our “private” life, the side we show to friends we’ve allowed to become close to us, the people we’ve known for years, and those who we’ve come to trust to an extent. This is the side that even our family sees, be it because there is just some things we don’t want them to know, or because we’re not sure how they will react. Perfect example of this is a child who is gay not being sure how their parents will react, or being afraid of negative reactions, will not completely open up to said parents until they are sure. So they put on a face, their “public” face, and keep their sexuality from their family. We can hang out with these people, these family members, relax a little more around them, and open up some. But we still hold something back: our true selves. No matter how well we trust them, there are still things we hide about ourselves from them, because of perceived reactions, or because we just don’t want to show them everything yet.

Which brings us to our “secret” lives: the side that no one is usually privy to; it is a rare person that sees this side of us. It is the life we have behind closed doors, when no one else is there, that we feel most comfortable with being ourselves, whether it’s secretly being gay or that we are bipolar and are depressed because we have no one to share our lives with (no significant other) or whatever the case may be. This is the side of us that only our closest family sees, if we allow them, if we feel we can trust them enough. Sadly, there are more people than we might think who don’t trust even their family not to judge them or stab them in the back.

But this is just my take on it… I could be completely wrong. Does that all make sense? I hope so because I’m not sure how to explain it any better.

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