Before we get off on my rant of the time now, Jen and I will be attending a few kite festivals this spring still, and we are looking forward to the possible flying time. As the world ever inches forward, we welcome the opportunity to be doing things we love once again… or at least what I love anyway. 🙂
Now for the heavy.
Yes, it has been quite a while since I posted. Why? Because I just could not get myself to post. Call it anger, call it frustration, call it contempt, but I just felt it better I did not post while I felt as I did. So lets start with November, and the win for President Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris. I was elated that people voted, and to record numbers, and I was even happier when someone would again lead our nation in a rational, caring empathetic way, concerned for all people, not just the rich, or those who voted for them. Soon behind this came the dumb stuff that idiots truly believed. They believed that the election was fraud ridden, but had absolutely no proof. I was surprised at how bad this exploded in our country. Surely I thought, people do not really believe it, but they did and still do. In my opinion, this comes from a cheating philosophy that if I lost cheating, then you definitely cheated – I just don’t know how you did so you have to lose, not me. I also was very angry at how churches, and religion in general treated this. There were several articles written by Father James Martin, S.J. calling out the Catholic church, and the way they handled the last 5 years, and the election. It has truly challenged my faith heavily. At a time when people everywhere needed the voice of reason of the church, it was no where to be found. This angers me to no end, and once we are fully vaccinated, we will again attend church, but one more strike, and I will be out forever. I struggle to understand when there is a bible full of stories about Jesus, that he spent all of his time, with the poor, the marginalized, and the abandoned, as well as societies, “Fringe” – this group – the religious of our nation, hate on all of these groups – blame them for their issues, and walk away, when they should be helping. Their leader did spend time with, and help these groups, over and over again – it was written about so much in the bible.
Next comes all of the hatred that was spawned by both sides in November, and December – some of the most “personal, and family orientated” days of the year, and everyone blaming each other – saying that experts knew nothing, saying their liberties were being taken, accusing the other side of intentionally forcing people to stay home. Not respecting that if a medical or science professional has 10,20,30 or maybe 40 years in their field, that maybe they do know what they are talking about. RESPECT… This concept was left somewhere on November’s battlefield from the election, and people continued to blame the other side for their problems. Maybe this is where people SHOULD have came together and figured out how together they could help end the problems of the pandemic, the election, and the constant hate factory that was spewing issues all over the country and the world.
Next up, was January. January 6, 2021 will be a day I will never forget the rest of my life, and I hope and pray nothing this horrible ever happens again that makes me feel this day was not as bad as issue “X”. I want to be perfectly clear, and be honest here. It absolutely surprised me the amount of people that truly do not understand our republic, or rules of the capital, or our election process. It amazes me the amount of ignorance that went into this day in Washington DC. The actions of absolutely every person that entered the capital that day were 100% without a doubt, treasonous. These people whether they were dressed in combat gear, or just followed everyone in and took pictures, are 100% guilty of treason. That day they challenged our country, they made a mockery of our freedoms, and they then blamed others for their actions, and claimed ignorance, begged for pardons, and all in the name of hatred, ignorance, and stupidity. If I was judge and jury for any or all of these people, I would find them guilty, and I am not sure I would be lenient to give them something as simple as prison. These people all since this, have stood up and said, it’s not their fault – someone else told them to do it, they just followed, they didn’t know they were breaking laws etc. All of this I call bullshit. Own your actions, and take your penalty, no matter what it is. You challenged my freedom, as well as the entire country’s you have no right to participate in the great American experiment any longer.
February brought the stupidity of people even further. The people of Texas voted years ago to no longer be part of the electric grid – of the collective of the rest of the country, and chose to get their electricity in other ways, that’s fine. Then came the coldest stretch possibly ever in their state. Pipes burst, people were without, and it was an immediate humanitarian crisis in the first world. People from all over went to help folks in Texas, and that was fantastic – but then some of their leaders left, blamed the rest of the country, and basically took no responsibility for the situation. It was turned political again. Thankfully things I believe are back to normal there now, and possibly the state has learned a very interesting lesson.
March went by quickly, and for the most part was unremarkable thankfully.
April is now finishing up, and the country has at least 50% of all eligible adults with at least 1 dose of the vaccines in their arm, and things are slowly getting back open. I hope in July I am not writing that we are back in the situation again, and that common sense will be used both in our country and the world.
From late October, until easily late February I did not sleep well, I worried, worried about the world, about our country, about our county, and our state. Because, people were never supposed to be this angry with one another, and work so hard against one another. It has genuinely made me very sad. If you know me well, you know I have a minor in Political Science from college, and have always been very interested in Politics. I am not sure that is the case any longer. Politicians have damaged the country, the state, and it’s citizens in so many ways, my blood pressure just goes up reading about some of the stupidity on display due to this. I am finally beginning to sleep better at night, but I am still not where I should be. I worry about this country. I worry about this state, I worry about my religion. I worry about the human race. This is not dramatics, this is genuine concern.
I know not may people read this, and this is probably more cathartic just for me to type the words, but if you have read this, I ask the following;
- Be Kind – we are all in this together.
- Follow the suggestions of experts.
- Be patient, things will get better, but we all have to work together.
- Before you hate, understand your adversary – understand their challenges, I bet your hatred is not as heavy.
One thing I have always loved about kites, is the absolute smiles it brings to peoples faces. I want to see that again, I want to enjoy the world we have.
The next post will be about our next kite event – which most events over the next year will all be new since we are flying in Wisconsin now, instead of Nebraska. I look forward to meeting new people, and being outside in the sun. Smile, Spring is here, and Summer is coming quickly.