I am driven by passion. I speak out about things that matter to me and things that bubble up to where I cannot contain them or I am going to explode. A conversation that I have to walk away from sometimes is parenting, a subject in which I am no expert other than being a parent, an arena I hold no degrees in and by far know I am not perfect in. But here is my trigger…permissive parenting.
I have two girls, in case you are just reading me for the first time, they are good girls very different and pretty incredible in my opinion. I am their mother after all. I will lift them up to be strong and know who they are as people, as women, as humans. I will teach them that “a person is a person no matter how small” ideal, in every aspect. You judge people by the way they treat other people. Simple right. I think so. It’s important to not make others who are different than you feel like they are less than because of it. So I am what others would call a generally open person.
I believe that kids need to be taught about and be held accountable for their actions, good and bad. I believe that children don’t have the capability to make every choice they are given to make. They simply don’t have the tools yet. They don’t have impulse control yet. They will choose the thing that they want right now, that feels good and their friends are doing first without thinking about the consequences that will inevitably come tomorrow. It’s part of being a kid, that’s why they have parents.
I am who I am.
This song actually causes me joy. Dancing with the broom kinda joy.
Which is more than I can say for how I feel most of the time these days. I feel like I’m walking around with a dark, thunderous cloud over my head. I want to revert to my happy go lucky, everything will be OK self but I can’t. Not anymore.
I have not posted since Dec 2016. I have written so many articles but couldn’t hit that publish button. I am overwhelmed by negativity. The 2016 election really made me question everything. So I’m putting the proverbial pen to paper again. Today.
Today is the day life as we knew it changed forever. The words nine-eleven immediately ignites a grimace. Today I weep for and honor each and every person who died in the Twin Towers and because of the Twin Towers. I honor every first responder who threw themselves into hell. For every person who serves and fights for the freedom we enjoy and is being censored and condemned.
Stop telling me it’s going to be OK.
What exactly will be OK? The political environment we sit in. The fact that I feel like I’m holding up my arms, looking around and wondering if anyone else is seeing what I’m seeing. The fact that I feel like everyone has forgotten that we put a misogynistic pig in the White House. The fact that he has opened doors to other racist, fascist, homophobic pigs to air out their ugliness on humanity. To continue their belligerent assault on women, minorities, other countries, the poor, the elderly and basically anyone who isn’t white and rich and disagrees with the president. Yes, lowercase. The fact that a judge had the gall to let Brock Turner, a violent rapist male, off with a slap on the hands because why ruin his whole life it was a stupid mistake of youth. Tell that to his victim or Harvey Weinstein’s first victim. Let see what they have to say about mistakes of youth not getting their proper dues.
I have to look at my little girls and tell them they cannot trust people. That they are not safe in this world. That We The People chose a human being as the leader of the free world, even after he was caught saying he groped women, even when they didn’t want him to because he just couldn’t help himself. We made that ok. Not a day goes by where his heinous crimes of terror against us are not thrown in our faces. And here I stand wondering if anyone else can see what I am seeing,
I am grabbing my broom and turning the music up.
I am who I am.
HELP WANTED: At least 38 Electoral Voters needed to vote against their states popular vote. If you believe that our Country is at risk of catapulting itself backwards 60+ years due to extreme ignorance, bigotry, racism, sexism, narcissistic persoanlity disorder, sexually predatory behavior and more…Please vote for Hillary on Dec 19.
Or something like this. Are ads being put up? Are parties being help to send letters, sign petitions, peacefully demonstrate, is social media condemning the flip-flopping that is already happening and the proposed cabinet choices. Are we investigating the Putin claim that they were in touch with the RNC Campaign despite the nominees claims that isn’t the case? Hmmmm. Not enough…Are the Electoral Voters looking at the comments and replies and re-posts about how our everyday world is already changing 7 days into this potential presidency.
As if the proposed presidential candidate wasn’t embarrassing enough let’s check out the potential VP. Have they seen Mike Pence’s record in his own state? While he has put lots of effort into education it seems to be another platform for his cabinet to have a monopoly of power in the public education sector. He believes that smoking does not cause cancer. He has stated that Indiana is a pro-coal state and has worked to repeal renewable energy efforts. Signed a law blocking local government from offering higher wages and better benefits than that which was required by law. He is opposed to gay rights and the LGBT communities. Oh and there’s the religious Restoration Act. Read for yourself. There is lots more than Wikipedia to inform you. Educate yourself.
The threat is real and imminent. The threat is to NATO, Climate Initiatives, the 2nd amendment, our freedom to protest and speak without censorship, our safety as citizens who are women, black, latino, biracial, Gay, trans, have an opinion and morals. There is so much that we value that is being threatened.
The need is a minimum of 38 Electoral Voters. These voters need to become faithless electors and go against their party affiliation in their state. What are you doing to make sure that they know that? Here is a little bit of info to help…These are states that can make a difference and the electoral voters are not bound in anyway to vote the way the state voted.
Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes) voted 48%DT 47% Hillary
Arizona (11 electoral votes) voted 49% DT 47% Hillary
Im going to keep saying we need a minimum of 38.
This Election has made history. In ways that we weren’t expecting. Hanging your hat on the idea that 40 voters will open their hearts to see that DT is a change from the norm, which we need, but not in the right direction, is idealistic at best but definitely possible. When the change that he is planing will set our country back to the early 20th Century, when it will create a sense of disconnect and fear for more than half of the population, when it is giving the voice to the closet racists and misogynists. So AFFECT CHANGE with action.
If you have the terrible job of being an electoral voter and you can see the rhetoric is scary and you are in a state that is red and know what the right thing to do is do it! You are anonymous. No one will target you. Vote for Hillary and Tim Kaine. Help our Country stay a world leader. The alternative that is unfolding now and it is a catastrophic disaster. Don’t take my word for it read, read, read. From all sources and all points of views. I have and the conclusion is sobering and scarier than anything Hollywood can come up with. You are the system of checks and balances when we make a mistake of this magnitude. When our very “inalienable rights” are being threatened by someone who represents fear, divisiveness, chaos. You must set it right…YOU MUST VOTE AGAINST THAT. PLEASE.
Holding hope. I Am Who I Am.
Below are some links to articles…Educate yourself in every possible way.
Ok here is how it works people. Educate yourself please. And share, share, share.
If you think your voice does not make a difference then you have already lost.
I am devastated at the thought that Donald Trump is our President Elect. There is nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said. He has given a voice to the closet racists, of whom there are many, to act out and voice those feelings. I am afraid for my daughters & friends which encompass a varied cornucopia of life. Is this the example of a man that I want them to have? No! Thank God for the men that are in our lives.
I am afraid for our freedoms and our capacity to be great. The vote just reduced us to an International laughing stock. Let’s watch on live TV how the very fabric of what we stand for from our forefathers to current time gets ripped apart by this megalomaniac narcissist. You can argue that he can’t do that because he has to go thru a process. But he can, he has the talent to cause chaos on a mass scale. So, yes he has the capacity to do that. Why? He doesn’t give up and never stops to think he might be wrong. He is goal oriented, organized and extremely manipulative. He rules by fear and steps on anyone who opposes him. That’s why. Putin, Stalin, Hitler, Tom Jones, Kim Jong Un, Fidel Castro…so many that have risen so far, only to put their own people down like dogs. I have the shivers just writing this.
We just answered that age old question ‘How could the people have let this happen?’ Just like this. By allowing fear and ignorance to rule as opposed to righteousness and love.
If this is what I have to accept. So be it. I am an American. I will stand for my country. He will be his own undoing. I don’t see how he can make it 4 years without committing an impeachable act. Can he be impeached for acts he committed before gaining the Presidency? I don’t know. I will be researching and studying from today on, because I want to know.
Here is what I do know. There is still hope. Please read this carefully. Do your own research and share, share, share? Make this something everyone knows right now. Today. NOW!!!!
Let me try to explain it. There are 538 Electoral votes up for grabs. A candidate needs 270 to nab the presidency. The final decision will be made on Dec 19 when The Electoral College casts their votes. Generally, Electors will pledge their vote to the candidate that wins their state. They are Pledged Electors. If they vote differently than their pledge they become “faithless electors”. Listen carefully now there are only 21 states. Some Electors do not pledge their vote and are called Unpledged Electors, they will usually swing the way their state goes. In an election where the margins are so paper thin, they the “faithless” can swing the election the other way. They can but are they willing? That is the nail biter now.
The vote was split in a very close race, where the assumption is the the Electoral Vote is going to stand as it is now at:
despite the popular vote:
59,938,290 Hilary Clinton
This can make the difference. Not in the states where the margin is more than 5% points but how about in the states where the margin was so so close. Only problem is Can those Electors have the courage and bravado to become “faithless electors“? The biggest hurdle is that 29 out of the 50 states are either bound to their party by law or impose fines to those who go against their party. There are 21 states where the Elector is not bound by law. I have to go thru the list and I will post it.
There is a precedent where the Electoral College has chosen the Presidency despite the Polpular Vote.
This has happened 4 times our past history.
1824: John Quincy Adams over Andrew Jackson (Meh..was chosen by the House of Representatives because the electors could not reach a majority vote)
1876: Rutherford B. Hayes over Samuel J Tilden
1888: Benjamin Harrison over Grover Cleaveland
2000: George W. Bush over Al Gore
So on Dec 19th, The Electoral College, that we just helped elect, will cast their votes. The majority of the time the Electors will vote by way of the popular vote ( 1824 doesn’t really count but that’s a much longer story).
If Hillary keeps her holds and gains just 38 more votes…there can be a flip of the Presidency to her. Below are the states with the tightest margin.
Florida (29) 47.8% 49.1% Elector bound to party
Michigan (16) 47.3% 47.6% Elector bound to party
Pennsylvania (20) 47.6% 48.8% Electors not bound to state
Wisconsin (10) 46.9% 47.9% Elector bound to party
Arizona (11) 45.3% 49.7% Electors not bound to party
North Carolina (15) 46.7% 50.5% Elector bound to party
What now? Well take it to a ROARING Social Media. There are 60 million people out there that did not want DT in office. They spoke loudly and spoke very clearly…now 60 million, the majority, need to convince those 38 Electoral Voters that our country is on the verge of regressing to a time when women could not vote(Susan B. Anthony is rolling in her grave) and black people were considered animals. A place where a homosexual would stay in the closet and shivel and hide. Where a tran-of-any-permutation was an abomination. This is not what I am teaching my kids, I would like my country to continue to move forward. A place that is not perfect but at least a life matters, no matter how they choose to live it.
I am what I am.
NOW GO GO GO…SHARE EVERY STORY EVERY ACT THAT EXEMPLIFIES WHAT WE DONT WANT. SHARE EVERY ARTICLE AND EVERY ESSAY.
DON’T SAY BAD WORDS. USE LOVE TO PASS ON YOUR MESSAGE. USE PEACE AND DON’T ACT LIKE TOOHLESS CAVE PEOPLE. BE EXAMPLES NOT STATISTICS.
SHARE SHARE SHARE. NOW GOGOGO.
They were Sons.
They were Daughters.
They were Fathers.
They were Mothers.
They were Godmothers.
They were Godfathers.
They were Uncles.
They were Aunts.
They were Cousins.
They were Husbands.
They were Wives.
They were Friends.
They were Colleagues.
They were Girlfriends .
They were Boyfriends.
They were Acquaintances
They were People that you stood in line with in the supermarket.
They were Creative.
They were at the most basic level Human.
Now they do not exist.
They do not exist in Orlando.
They do not exist in Sandy Hook.
They do not exist in Aurora.
All of the others they do not exist.
My heart is heavy for the people left behind, the collateral damage. We grieve each of those people and we sit with heavy hearts as their deaths are politicized and turned into meaningless arguments for people who care only about their own agendas.
That is not happening here. We hear you and in a comparatively, infinitesimally small way feel you, you the collateral damage, you who are left behind to pick up the pieces, you who had those who died in your phone books, on your mantles and in your hearts.
I carry you with me when I look at my children. You are in the back of my throat as I try to find an explanation for these acts, because there is no explanation. I look at my babies and I hope that as I kiss them goodbye I get to see them again at the end of the day. When I do, I feel lucky and I hope that by continuing to love them and by continuing to live and trying to make lives better, I in some way am honoring those you lost. Those we lost.
The most important label each person who died had, the only one that really matters is one…Human.
I Will Not Be Silent Anymore. I am who I am.
stu·pid (ˈst(y)o͞opəd/) adjective
1. lacking intelligence or common sense
rac·ist (ˈrāsəst/) noun
1. a person who believes that a particular race is superior to another
My head is swimming. There is so much going on around me, husband, kids, parents, work, church, school. That it sometimes feels like anything else is just too much. I have cut out people in my life that didn’t add to it’s progression, we all have those, the ones that you spend so much energy talking about that you end up spent and most visibly not sated. The ones that call you only when they need something or in my case lie to you and then try to justify it somehow. Most of these just drop off if you don’t contact them, some stop calling if you continually turn down outings, some you cut out because they offended or insulted you for the last time. I blatantly and very directly cut one of those tumors off about a year ago almost exactly and they emailed me a few days ago…SERIOUSLY! They’re email started with “I do not want to email you…” OH REALLY! They just “thought I should know” about a situation that after I checked it out wasn’t real…not a shock, since this person lives in their own warped sense of reality. This story I am not emotionally ready to share just yet but I will at some point.
I wasn’t shocked by this persons email or what he was “warning” me about, but by the fact that after knowing me for so many years professionally and personally they had the gall to say ” I don’t know if you…are a racist or not…” Great way to push my buttons…sort of. This person is completely unhinged with a seemingly OK life. Strained and struggling but for all intents appearing to be normal. The partner has no idea the depth of this persons behavioral problems, narcissistic sociopath, bipolar, thief, pathological liar…I am not equipped come up with all of the issues that I now know are bubbling right on the surface for this person. I did not respond, I will never respond to this person, as I promised them in our last communication that I would never speak to them again. I keep my promises but I’ll be dammed if somewhere in my heart and brain I held onto the word racist. So I am unloading this on you, to get it off my chest and maybe out of my system once and for all. Here is what I would say to That person were I speaking to them:
—-How dare you? You who threw your career away by calling the people who hired you and opened up so many doors for you, racists. Why? Because you were sloppy and were called out on it and you didn’t like it. You who embezzled money from people that were close to you and when you got caught you said they were liars, that they were blaming you because they were racists, you whom at every wrong, deceitful turn YOU HAVE taken you called out the race card, when caught. I have watched you for so many years dig the hole you find yourself in. Watching as the arsenal of stories of your stupid behavior grow and grow. For you to even consider the word racist in the realm of my name is mind boggling. I am a mutt, throw a dart at a globe and I probably have ancestry from there. I don’t believe that I am superior in race to anyone else. I don’t care what the tint of your skin is, your religious preference, what your sexual preference is or even what your political stance is. I don’t believe in judging people on those terms, I find that ignorant. My friends and family are there because they are good people who make me feel good about this world we live in and make me laugh despite the hardships and love me despite my own shortcomings and know that before anything else I hold my family (those related by blood or chosen over the years) most sacred. My personal motto is a Voltaire quote “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” I believe this to my bones. For you to insinuate that maybe I could be a racist shows what a pathetic excuse for a human being you are. You are the definition of ignorant. You are the definition of stupid. But what you are first and foremost is blind…the saddest part is that the true beauty that is right in front of you is lost to you because you are a meaningless soul.
Simple and content, I am who I am.