So keeping up with this blogging thing is a little harder that I thought. But hey! As long as I keep jumping back into then I should be fine.
I spent yesterday working and driving to Orlando. I long time and real close friend of mine is having a baby. He is the first among my close friends to have one. It’s blowing my mind because it’s not like I am seeing old high school class mates accidentally pop some babies. This wasn’t an accident. It was completely intentional. This changes everything.
I am 26 years old and now I am entering a period of my life where the people around me are looking to patch up missing pieces in their lives. Maybe that’s just the way I’ve been looking at it. My friend has been with this girl for many years and they both made the conscious decision to start having a family. I’m only starting to feel the pressure on my part. Thankfully he is only the first one and I’m not in any rush to be number two.
This isn’t all pessimism on my part. I’m glad they decided this together. I only hope that it wasn’t made too soon. Babies change everything for couples. My friend is a hard working man and I believe he will do anything it takes to create a strong inseparable bond with his family. Strong families lead to good children. We need more families who stay together in this world.
I’m sure the statistics are there prove my point. However, I am saying this out of experience of those I’ve interacted with.
I already said that this feud is bad for the country. However, I predicted that this was still a battle that Trump is going to win. As democrats set themselves up as being against the flag(this is just what is perceived not what I think their intent was) which is a strategy that seems to be turning against them.
- NFL ratings are down 11% from last year
- NFL lost it’s first sponsor since the feud started.
- Broncos players say they will stand next game.
We can make arguments all day about what these protests are about or what the anthem actually stands for. In the end, the majority of Americans support the idea of standing during the anthem and this issue is even divided within the parties. The initial protest may have been about police brutality but, after reacting to Trump’s speech in Alabama, the debate was no longer that. All the casual viewers saw were players “disrespecting the flag” and the media shouting obscenities about Trump.
Some claim this was an accidental battle or that it is a necessary cultural war that the right needs to engage in. There is value in the culture war view point. The right has put up with being knocked around since the Bush administration. I’m concerned that this will only leave us with a shatter America.
And it’s only day 2.
This is my first full week back to work since Hurricane Irma came through South Florida and left everyone without power. I was out for a total of nine days and only three of those days was I without power. Maybe family had some damage from the storm but it was nothing like what had happened to Key West, Houston, and definitely not Puerto Rico.
The Miami area lucked out bit time. For a number of days, the storm path was set to go right through my area. An area that has dark flashbacks on Hurricane Andrew and the media made sure everyone remembered it. Florida witness one of the largest evacuations of it’s time. Many areas that weren’t required to evacuated did so anyways. My area was far from the potential storm surge zone and even we had a few neighbors who packed up and left town. People were scared.
Puerto Rico got a big chunk of Hurricane Irma whom left thousands without power. Unfortunately, Maria came to follow and completely wiped out the rest of of the Islands electricity. I have a coworker who has a son currently in Puerto Rico. She lost contact with him right before the storm hit. She didn’t hear from him for days. There are reports that claim Puerto Rico could be without power for up to six months.
This summer has been filled with disasters and I urge everyone to donate what you can to charities you feel are worth your dollar. I started a monthly donation of five dollars to an organization back in April. I felt that, as a conservative/libertarian, I am obligated to donate what I can to people in need.
Now, I’ve been without work for a few days so I have been short on money. I donated five dollars to Samaritan’s Pure and I plan to give a greater donation when get paid again. It is up to everyone(not just conservatives) to give what they can, especially during these times.
I don’t care for watching sports on television, except for the occasional soccer game. I was hoping on keeping silent during the whole controversy. I even watched Trump’s rally speech where he made the remark about NFL players who kneel during the anthem and I initially thought nothing of it. This is typical Trump rallying to a base that loves this kind of stuff. Of course, as the days went on, I should have known liberals were going to run with this. This just goes to show how good my judgement is.
This is a silly fight to start. I personally think this entire feud is divisive from both sides of the aisle and ultimately is NOT good for the country. Kneeling during the National Anthem is not an effective way to protest police brutality because the Pledge of Allegiance represents all of us. It doesn’t represent police officers, our military, blacks, whites, blue, or green. It is the one unifying thing for all Americans. It represents our history, it represents our struggles, it represents all of those who lost their lives through it all. And to every American it will mean something specifically special to them. Of course, kneeling in denial of the Anthem will divide us because it rejects the very thing that should unify us.
Obviously, I do not agree with these players style of protest. Of course, I also do not agree with the President’s decision to add fuel to the fire either. The result of his remarks has lead to the encouragement of further protests. But this isn’t only the President’s doing. Since long before the election, the left has been pushing a successful campaign to politicize everything. From casual television to our sports.
You can’t watch late night without the show host smearing the President and Republicans. You can’t watch a sitcom or a new show without a character making a remark about conservatives or conservative people. You can’t watch football without witnessing some political message being pushed by a player or an ESPN commentator.
I predict the left will only alienate themselves in their effort to control all narrative. Their campaign doesn’t only annoy the right. it is exhausting to the many non-political in our society. Must I also remind them as they protest Trump, this certain fact remain. The majority of Americans support the flag and the National Anthem. All they’ve done is paint a picture of Donald Trump being the champion of the flag and themselves being against it.
It’s been sometime since I left New Zealand and stopped posting on this blog. Today, I’ve decided to start posting again as an effort to start a challenge for myself and reorganize my thoughts as I have been unplugged from what is going on around the world. At least unplugged in the sense that I haven’t attempted to truly digest news as well as I should.
First off, the challenge that I have for myself is that I want to try to post in this blog at least once per day. The post also has to be at least a single paragraph. I know that’s small but it an initial start that is not so overwhelming that I stop after day two.
I returned to Miami after leaving New Zealand. I got a job rather quickly upon returning while my friend packed up and left to Orlando soon after coming back. A decision I’m rather jealous of. Though, I’ve been able to earn some money. Enough to build a new computer and save for a down payment on a car since I sold mine prior to leaving for New Zealand. Getting on my own feet is becoming a long and drawn out process.
Miami is a drag and it never takes long to give me reasons to want to leave it again. Nonetheless, I have pending job opportunities that could decide whether I stay in the city or move elsewhere.
I’ve been trying to keep a closer eye on a few topics these past few days and hope to be able to write about them one by one over time. Currently, The German election, The Kurdish Referendum, and of course the whole NFL/National Anthem craziness. Of course, I don’t plan to only write about politics and world affairs but also write about my daily life.
A close friend of mine is having a child soon. This will be the first among my close friends to have a kid and it is blowing my mind. Of course, it’s making me feel funny too. It reminds me of that episode of How I Met Your Mother when Marshal and Lily think they are having a baby, they tell everyone and they start to re-evaluate their own lives. The only difference is that I feel like I’m constantly re-evaluating my life.
I’m trying to keep my current goal becoming independent. The leash needs to be cut.
Oh yeah, time is coming up to renew my domain name. Don’t let me forget.
See You Again Soon!