If my voice can be heard through a phone message, email, letter, petition, or any other way, then I’ll take being tired. Will you?
I have the feeling that 2012 will continue to be interesting times for us. Whether you agree with my politics or beliefs, I wish all of you the best and to continue living in interesting times.
I’m very worried that the politicians in office now are going to ruin our economy and society. I’ve spent the morning contacting every one I could with the message below.
Here is a web site you can use to find out who represents you:
I wrote the following that I sent to both my senators and representatives. I also sent pieces of it to the President and Vice President. I have no idea if this will do any good. However, I feel like I should speak out. I’ll at least have voiced my opinion.
I urge anyone who feels the same way to do the same. If you want to copy what I have below – feel free. If you have additional ideas – add them in and post them here. Maybe if we all start talking one on one with them – flooding them with our beliefs then they will start to listen and act appropriately.
Here is what I wrote:
Two days of rest and relaxation, you would think I’d be happy as a clam. Do we really know if clams are happy? I was for a bit. I got great news from my daughters in Georgia. They officially have a new apartment and Stephanie got a brand new car. Hopefully this will be less worrying about them down there. The last two days have been wonderful. Saturday we went to the carnival for lunch and to a movie. It was calm and relaxing. Sunday we were vegetables and watched DVR and DVD stuff. I crocheted on Stephanie’s afghan. It was a good weekend.
This morning I woke up before my alarm which is never a good thing. I managed to get back to sleep and got up to play on the computer. I went from playing on the computer to working on budget. Starting in August I’m losing about $175 a month. Somewhere in my budget I have to find this money. It is a lot to juggle and think about.
This morning I’m not so relaxed and rested. However, it is the 4th of July and I’m not at work. I can do what I want with the day and just kick back. Vicki has gone off to the parade and carnival. I’m going to close my budget and hope that I’ve figured out how I’m paying my bills and getting things organized.
The problem I’m having is that once I start looking at my budget I start worrying about those who are going to be affected even worse by what is going on with our economics and politics. There are all these cuts going through with the budget. What will happen to those families who have two teachers earning money and maybe losing their jobs? What will happen to the single moms who rely on Head Start and Badger Care to assist them? What will happen to the libraries and the schools? So many people are negatively impacted by this budget and by what is going on with the government it is disturbing and heartbreaking. I wonder if the politicians stop to think about that when they get out their red pens to say – we don’t need this or that.
On a side note, I read a friend’s blog and it was amazing. Here is a link to an amazing blog that is well worth reading: http://lillith3feathers.wordpress.com/2011/07/02/freedom-struggles-part-i/
It has been an eventful week. There has been a lot going on in the political arena. It had the unexpected benefit of creating a family gathering with little arguing and a lot of agreement on the one topic which seems to have unified the family. Surprisingly this is politics.
One of my sisters has been going to the protests and she shared her experiences. I loved the stories about the farmers driving their tractors and manure spreaders – seems very appropriate. The rest of us just discussed whatever details we had heard and some of our fears. When a topic negatively affects every member it definitely pulls the family together.
Mom’s 80th birthday was Saturday. She is as spunky and sassy as ever. She goes to Curves and the Aquatic center to work out regularly each week. She volunteers to help out at the church. She is busier than I am and seems to have more energy.
All of my siblings were together on Saturday. We were only missing two brothers-in-law and a lot of grandchildren / great grandchildren. It was a good gathering. My aunt came with her two grandsons. They are very handsome young men. It is strange how when you don’t see them for a while you lose track of how old they are. Now these two young men are the same ages as my two younger daughters roughly. However, when I saw them I was like – wow they got to be handsome adults. What’s up with that? I guess I still see them as the little boys that tagged along at the family gatherings.
It was a busy and full evening with much delight, discussion, and even a scare. My sister’s mother-in-law stepped wrong and fell down the basement stairs. She’s about my mom’s age so you can imagine how bad this could be. Fortunately, she was banged and bruised but had no serious damage. We are all grateful no lasting damage was done.
I submitted a poem and an essay to a publication today. I’m keeping my fingers crossed to see if they get published. I have to print out the new version of it though because I made some pretty drastic changes.
For me the best news – I tried another pain killer and I think I may have finally found a replacement. The first dose went VERY well. No side affects and pain relief. So hopefully my search for a new drug has ended. I will still be careful taking it the next couple of times but if it continues to perform well then I will bid the Darvacet a sad but fond farewell.
I watched John Stewart last night and he talked about Pete King from NY who is calling for McCarthy like hearings within the Muslim communities. This is appalling. McCarthyism was one of the worst things in our recent history.
Saying that one group is responsible for the ills of our nation is ridiculous. It makes them scape goats when in reality it isn’t the Muslims but the extremists in all religions and view points.
I’ve heard recently about laws being passed to make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions. I’ve heard the rhetoric from whichever wing (can never keep the extremists straight) where they are condemning abortion but then also turn around and condemn single mothers.
Here is my thought on that issue – NO ONE has any right to say what I do with my body and whether I choose to be married or not.
We need to get out of people’s lives and let them live them. If they aren’t breaking laws or hurting others then leave them alone.
If King wants to study the radicalization of anything great – do it in general terms across society – don’t pick on one group. It didn’t work in WWII with the Japanese. It didn’t work in the 50s with Communism. It won’t work now with the Muslims.
It seems some of the political machines forget that we are supposed to be a religiously free country.
I’m not a political person – yes I know I’ve posted so much this week on the issues going on but under normal circumstances I’m just not. I don’t vote by party lines. I don’t discuss my votes. I vote – every election. I despair that our politician will ever get what is needed for our country.
Today though, I was PROUD of our state Democrat senators. The Republicans and Governor have closed their minds and their ears to the pleas of the workers in the state. Walker said he had 8,000 emails supporting what he is doing. How many did he have wanting it to stop? How many people have protested – somewhere around 50,000.
I watched the national programs tonight – they were amusing. They also got to the heart of the matter. I think this is the first time I’ve heard the other side of the story. It has been the Republicans BLASTING away at the “evil” state workers and unions.
The overly dramatic presentation of the information was a bit much (maybe because I’m from the Midwest) but maybe that will start people thinking. Paul Ryan is an idiot. He accused the protesters of being violent. I say come to Madison and see for yourself. The Madison police had only good things to say about the protesters. Apparently Ryan thinks the teachers are a bunch of violent radical people. Well they are radical – they want to keep their rights.
If Walker and his cronies have their way, Wisconsin will become a state of haves and have nots. It isn’t the state workers who have. It will be the corporations, big business, and the politicians who have. The workers – everyone else will be a have not. State worker (those that don’t already have second jobs) will be looking for a second job.
I hope the Democrats drive their point home and stick together. They are doing what’s right and I intend to support them.
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