Ignorance Isn’t Bliss

Hi and Happy Tuesday.  There is a saying that ignorance is bliss.  I however, do not agree with this statement.  I like being informed and knowing what is happening.  I also like to know the facts and make up my own mind on issues.

It seems, however, that not everyone agrees with me.  Many people follow and believe what someone else tells them, whether that person is telling the truth or not.  What is the deal recently with alternate facts and shaping the view of people to fit what certain people want?  When did that become okay?

I don’t get it and I don’t like it.  And, more importantly, I don’t want my son growing up thinking that is okay.  Truth and lies are different and will continue to be.  Putting such a spin on things is an entirely different ball game.

Also the continued criticism of the media and the Constitution is troubling.  As I have said before, the media isn’t perfect and has many, many flaws.  But, they are needed in a democracy to ask questions, to present a variety of points of view, to inform us, and to investigate.  And, we as citizens should watch, read, and listen in order to become informed.

To me, they aren’t to be called lying and untrustworthy and they are certainly not an enemy of the people.  For me the enemy is the lying, the hate, the constant bickering and back-stabbing, the calling people names, the division, no democracy, no freedom, and the unwillingness to listen to someone else’s opinion.

Let me quickly say that I am biased in favor of journalists and reporters and those in the news.  I don’t agree with everything they write, say, or do.  But, I have a degree in journalism, had a career in it, and still write.  So, it is something I will continue to fight for and speak in favor of.  I do question and think about what I am reading and hearing and hope that you will do the same.

And, regarding the constitution.  Let’s remember these men who wrote this amazing document came from England and other countries where lifetime monarchies ruled.  They didn’t want that for the new world.  So, they created three equal but separate branches of government so no one could reign supreme.  The executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch all are important to our democracy and our freedom.

They also realized, as mentioned in Hamilton: The Musical, that the President should only have a certain amount of years to serve.  The song, “One Last Time” discusses the fact the President must step down and have another President elected.  Also, that the country has to have a transition of power and the ability to move on.

Another song in this amazing musical states that winning is easy, governing is much harder.  We can see that at work right now.  Trying to come to a consensus of something that will help and benefit all citizens is very hard and often seems to not be important.  I just wish that more would listen to each other to learn and see another side of issues.

My hope and prayer is that those in Congress can find a way to work together and to work with the President to do what is truly best for all citizens.  I am not sure how that is possible, but I am hopeful that it can and will happen.  And, there are elections coming up again where we can vote and have our voices heard.

As I have mentioned before in other blogs, I have never liked being told what to think, what to believe or how to live my life.  So, I will continue to ask questions, pray earnestly and continuously, and search for answers.  In other words, I will not be ignorant.  How about you?

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On Freedoms and Our New President

governmentSince the new president was sworn in, I have been told to get over my opinion.  In addition, I have read postings screaming at people for not respecting him, fussing for not supporting all that he says and does, told to not hate on him, and to give him a chance.

Okay, I get that and I understand where these people are coming from. On the other hand, I was taken aback at being talked to this way and reading these postings.  I am a calm and normally quiet person.  I don’t like being talked to like a child by people who aren’t my elders or my parents or other family member.  I also don’t like being told how to think and what to believe and I never have.

I do not hate our new president.  Instead, I pray for him and all of our leaders.  I pray that they will discern what is best for all of our citizens and be respectful of all of us.  I also pray they will lead us with integrity and values of all Americans, not just those who elected them.  And I question him, what he says, and what he does, as I always have with our leaders.

Disagreeing with our leadership is not being disrespectful or hateful.  It is exercising our rights as citizens of this great country of ours.  During President Obama’s eight years, he was regularly mocked, told he was a liar, had his citizenship and religion questioned for years, and people criticized him every day.  So, why is it suddenly wrong to question and disagree with President Trump?  I don’t understand.

I am not saying that I agreed with all that Obama did, but overall I liked him.  I questioned some things but thought he was fair and took all citizens into account.  I want our new president to be a great president and do the best for our country.  I want him to work with other countries to maintain peace and still protect us.  It doesn’t have to be one or the other, in my opinion.

I wonder if he understands how the United State Government works or if he cares. I only mention this because of what has transpired over the past few weeks – not to be hateful or disrespectful.  There are three branches of government with equal but separate powers.  Our founding fathers set up the government to prevent the consolidation of power to one person functioning as a king or emperor.  (Note: This image is from Power Point clip art.)

This is not his company anymore where he can fire any person at will.  This is the United States of America with an array of amazing and very different people.  This is not a reality show but real life.  And, real life is messy and full of problems, arguments, free wills, disagreements, as well as love and respect and finding a way to work together for the betterment of our friends, our family, and strangers.

I want Mr. Trump to stop bashing those who disagree with him.  I want him to tell the truth.  I want him to not insult other world leaders but instead find ways to work with them.  I want him to know that he cannot always get his way but can compromise to come to something that is best for our nation and our citizens.

Too many people now believe that compromising is to be avoided at all costs.  Instead, it could be the way we can work together again.  It worked when Reagan was President and I think that it could again, if our leaders are willing.

I want him to stop saying one thing one week and then the total opposite two weeks later and trying to blame others or the media for what was directly quoted.  I want him to realize that his words have weight and should be thought through.  I want him to listen to and consider views other than his own.  I want him to realize he isn’t the only one in the room with a good idea and something to contribute.

I want him to respect others if he demands and expects respect.  Respect has to go both ways.  It is time to stop focusing on crowd sizes, polls, and numbers and get to the business at hand for ALL citizens.  Just because a poll or news report doesn’t agree or say what you want, it doesn’t mean it is a lie or false journalism.  Different opinions show that people use their own brains to decide what they think and what they believe.  It is the First Amendment at work.

Let’s face it, that amendment is hard to live with but needs to be protected, upheld, and if needed, studied.  As much as we have a right to speak our mind, so do others who we totally disagree with.  I as a Christian have as much right as those of any and all other faiths.  And you know what else?  Even though I may not agree with them or them with me, they deserve my respect if I want it in return.

Also, the media has the right and duty to report the news, ask questions, investigate, and not be the mouthpiece for the government.  This is a democracy with a free media and that must stand.  In countries where the press is controlled by the government, there is usually much less freedom for the people.

We are not children to be scolded and told what to do.  I am tired of this trend as well.  I am a grown woman, married with one child.  I am a high school graduate, a college graduate, a former journalist, and now writer and editor.  I am a moderate independent who has voted for both Republicans and Democrats.

I am an American who loves our country and our freedoms.  I am an American who has a voice and a vote.  I want the best for our country and am sure that we all do.  I hope and pray that we can come together to do just that.

Happy Veterans Day

US.Flags cross_Memorial.DayHappy Veterans Day!  To our veterans, thanks so much for all you do.

Both you and your families sacrifice so much for our freedoms.  I cannot thank you enough for the amazing gifts you give us.

On this day, let’s remember and thank our veterans.  Because of these brave men and women, we have the freedoms that we can truly enjoy and I hope never take for granted.

The words of God Bless The USA say it so nicely:

I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me.

I’ll gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.  There ain’t no doubt I love this land. God Bless the USA.

A few quotes on Veterans:

  • “But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, Is their monument to-day, and for aye.” ~Thomas Dunn English
  • “It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.”  ~Author unknown
  • “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”  ~José Narosky
  • “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”  ~Elmer Davis
  • “Freedom is never free.”  ~Author Unknown
  • “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • “Courage is almost a contradiction in terms.  It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.”  ~G.K. Chesterton