Is Trump Ignorant Or Does He Not Get It?

    As expected, the revised ban on the deportation of Muslims has been ruled unconstitutional and thus banned. First from the Judge in Hawaii and the one in Maryland followed by Washington (State not DC). But here’s the thing: Shortly after, at one of his damn rallies, he said that :

Mr. Trump called the ruling an “unprecedented judicial overreach.” At a rally in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday evening, he described it as “bad,” “sad” news.

“The order (Watson) blocked was a watered-down version of the first order that was also blocked by another judge, and should have never been blocked to start with,”

This man is clueless as to how our Government runs. The judges ruling in this don’t just rule because they can, they read, look at both sides, hear arguments then rule and guess what: A Muslim ban is still a ban regardless of how it’s worded. Also, you can water it down as much as you want but there are people, smart people who see right through it. 

     Mr.Trump can continue revising this ban as much as he pleases  and having it being overruled every time. As I stated previously, this violates several laws and Trump thinks it does not but this is also a man who’s convinced that Trump Tower was under surveillance by President Obama.

    The law is the law and unless the Fuhrer changes it, his obsession of kicking out Muslims will never take flight. If every country didn’t have a Constitution, then no one would be safe and for some reason, in Trump’s warped mind he’s convinced that Muslims are a threat to National Security and therefore need to depart America. This is exactly what Hitler said about the Jews and we know how that went.

    I sincerely doubt that this case will go to the Supreme Court because:

A: They won’t hear it 

B: They won’t overrule what the 9th court already ruled on 

And besides, chances are that if it goes that far they will rule the same as the other judges (And if yes, then what? What will Trump do?)

    It’s funny yet sad that if another President had done this people would be crying foul and protesting (And they have been) however, you have Trump who has brought out people’s true colors by now  supporting him and yes believing whatever he says is the truth . (Yes, this is exactly how Hitler worked his Propaganda machine and it worked really, really well).

    It just really goes to show you how people who follow Trump are ignorant people and really have decided that if you aren’t with him then you are the enemy .Case in point:

 When Rachel Maddow had Trump’s 2005 tax return all his supporters pounced on her saying she’s out to get him and trying to make him look bad. Heck, even Tucker Carlson got in on the act saying that NBC was so desperate for ratings that they will lie, cheat and steal just to get them. (Keep in mind that FOX News is a HUGE supporter of Trump).

    Now, here’s the problem where it gets puzzling:  The White House put a statement out verifying that the returns were real and accurate and then contradicted itself saying that they were illegally obtained, stolen and NBC wanted to Destroy Trump so they published without permission. Except it’s not as the Press is protected by the First Amendment and therefore have every right to publish it. Of course the White House should know this but sadly, they have been brainwashed by their leader Steve Bann… I mean Donald Trump

     I bring this up because it’s become apparent that Trump, even as President, feels that he can do whatever he wants and that he’s above the law. There’s a reason why after FDR limits were put in place for a President’s term. 

    Now, that Trump has strike two with his ban, what will he do next regarding his obsession with this ban? Put a clause in that states no one will be allowed to challenge him on it?

     Now, we move on to the budget and it’s a doozy. Slash the essential to fund the military and that damn wall that no one wants or asked for. EPA, NEA, State Department, etc, etc…. First of all, the military is very well funded and have been for years and second, Trump believes that we need to build up the armed forces to fight the bad dudes (Which apparently we haven’t been doing all this time)

   Slashing the EPA means environmental and climate disasters (although Trump thinks global warming was created by the Chinese). NEA is pretty self explanatory but all I’ll say is this: Bye Bye PBS. Of course this needs to be voted on and I hope a no is the outcome but still, in Trump’s world he believes we need to live in a militaristic state at all times. 

   Speaking of Trump’s world, remember the tweet he sent out claiming, without proof that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower to spy on him and then demanded that an investigation into it be conducted? Well, guess what: This investigation wasted time, money and resources because it was concluded that nothing was found and that there was never any surveillance done at anytime. Trump’s response? You will see some important stuff regarding it very, very soon. And what stuff is that mein fuhrer? How will you show us when no one else had anything ? Are you magically going to make evidence appear from thin air? 

   This guy needs a reality check because he just does NOT get it. 

  1. Ban: The courts have ruled it illegal and unconstitutional. TRUMP:  The judges are morons and they don’t care about America;s safety.We are right, they are wrong and we will appeal it until we get what we want. Yeah, you tried that the first time and it didn’t work .

2.   Tax Returns: They were anonymously sent to a journalist’s mailbox and revealed on Live TV but not before being verified as authentic by White House. TRUMP: It was illegally obtained. You stole it. Dishonest Media will do anything to fix bad ratings.

3. Budget Cuts: Common and needed. TRUMP: If we’re to fund the wall and make our military  stronger,we need to slash things not needed or important. People don’t go to the Opera anymore so let’s get rid of that. PBS isn’t relevant so let’s do that and Global warming is made up so let’s not fund the EPA.

4. After an investigation, there’s no evidence showing that at any point in time was Trump Tower bugged: TRUMP: You will some very important stuff about the wiretapping coming very, very soon.

Clearly, this man is living in his own world where his law is the land and everyone obeys. We have never ever experienced anything like this before. The White House is acting like it’s a Kindergarten where if they don’t get there way the throw a tantrum. Not only is this inappropriate, but it’s not professional and the world laughs us and sees what we’ve become. Not only that, he’s an embarrassment to our country and to others as well.

    But go ahead let’s keep defending him for it is us the sane people who will have the last laugh.  The (as Trump Supporters call us) Liberals who are spreading the “truth”and telling it like it is and the supporters who are calling us out on it asking us to stop he lies and hate. It is those supporters that tell us that we have no clue what we are talking about. 

  I am not a liberal. I am me. I do not like what this country is becoming and furthermore, I am ashamed and embarrassed to be an American.We have someone who could care less about us and only became President to benefit himself and his wealthy friends.

     A President should not be using his personal twitter account for obvious reasons and he’s been asked not to do so. Also, he hasn’t exactly divested himself of his business for if he had  he would no longer be an executive producer of The Apprentice  for which he is being paid for.

     Be a President and DO YOUR JOB. If you can’t, then resign because we want a President who isn’t a pathological liar, racist , bigot, unethical or someone without any morals. We also want someone who plays by the rules, knows the laws (and follows them) and most important has America’s best interests in mind. Someone who doesn’t try to suppress the media or have their staff making up “facts”. 

The United States of America was founded on the basis of Freedom and Liberty both of which is slowly being taken from us.

      

 

 

 

Donald’s Tax Returns

Last night something extraordinary happened. Something so stupendous that everyone dropped what they were doing to take a gander. And what pray tell happened? Nutjob Trump’s 2005 taxes were “leaked” to the public via Rachel Maddow who “premiered it on her show dissecting it in full which you can see here:  Trump’s Tax Returns and see it below:taxes

In my last post, l mentioned how a President needs to know the laws of this country and be versed in the Constitution. Well, last night the White House released a statement verifying that the tax return was legit and then decided to do a 180 by saying that the dishonest media illegally obtained the returns and shared it. They went on to say that by doing so a crime was committed. But according to the First Amendment,  a journalist has every right to publish them as they see fit.

Second, there’s no law that says a person CANNOT release their taxes while under an audit . The IRS even said that but at this point we all know why he won’t release because he has things he’d rather keep hidden. And by the way, every single President (after Nixon) released their returns. Not only that, Hillary released hers during the campaign going all the way back  to 1971. However, this is a fairly new law as (once again) Nixon’s actions caused a candidate to release them so there’s no conflicts of interests and/or anything that might prevent them from becoming a President.

Donald Trump doesn’t care about the American people. He became President to benefit himself and his friends. (even though Trump isn’t running the country ). If he hears something he doesn’t like, this is how it plays out:

Judge ruled ban unconstitutional: TRUMP: BAD JUDGE. DOESN’T KNOW ANYTHING. BLAME HIM IF WE’RE ATTACKED.

Media Reports On SOmething He Doesn’t Like: TRUMP: FAKE NEWS. DISHONEST.

Tax Return Leaked: TRUMP: YOU STOLE IT. OBTAINED IT ILLEGALLY. AIRING IT WITHOUT PERMISSION.

I have never seen a President act like a child who throws  tantrums when he doesn’t get what he wants. Seriously? This man is a disgrace and is making America look bad. He obviously has no idea how Government works nor does he seem to care.

I hope that loyal Trump supporters wake up and see this man for who he really is which is a FRAUD. A FRAUD and a BULLY. Because instead of Making America Great Again he’s Making America Hate Again and that cannot stand because we saw what happened the last time that happened and sadly, it’s slowly happening again and if Presidents Bannon and Trump (Yes I said it ) don’t return to reality, then we are all doomed.

 

 

 

 

If It’s Not A Muslim Ban Then What Is It?

Later this week, the revised travel ban takes effect with a little bit of a difference now mainly that Iraq has been removed as well as Green card holders to name a few which just leaves the original named areas on the list. All of these countries names are predominantly Muslim. What this means is that if you are a Muslim leaving in America, or vice versa, you will be deported and you will be banned from flying into the US.

So to recap: Muslims get deported because according to Trump they are all bad dudes who want to destroy our country by committing terrorist acts. However, this is not a true statement because that’s like saying an Arab Israeli (Or Israeli Arab) wants to kill Israelis and/or Jews or that a black man wants to kill the White Man.

There’s a saying ” Every Muslim is a terrorist but not all Muslims are terrorists” which is true. ISIS is a terrorist group but not all of it’s members (If that’s what you call them) are muslims. In fact, ISIS contains people from Canada, America, France, etc, etc…. So to come out and say that we are deporting all Muslims because they are terrorists is inaccurate, wrong , stereotyped and racist.

So, people are saying that it is not a Muslim ban to which I ask: If it’s not what is it? Well, depending on who you ask most will say that it is a travel ban even though it is a totally inaccurate description. How can it be a travel ban and not a Muslim Ban when clearly it targets them?

Perhaps the Trump Administration isn’t smart enough to understand the definitions so let me explain it:

TRAVEL BAN= A ban where no one is allowed to travel to a specific place. For example: CUBA which has been off limits for 50 years . The only way you were allowed to go was by obtaining permission from the State Department.

MUSLIM BAN= Denying a specific race all rights and privileges and the freedom allowed to them via due process.

So saying it’s NOT a Muslim ban is like saying someone doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong.

The administration revised it because the last one was “frozen” by the courts when most ruled it unconstitutional. Well, guess what? So is this one and here’s why:

Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

And this:

The right to choose a religion (or no religion) without interference by the government.

   It’s why England created the idea of the separation of Church and State. Because:

The principle that government must maintain an attitude of neutrality toward religion. Many view separation of church and state as required by the First Amendment. The First Amendment not only allows citizens the freedom to practice any religion of their choice, but also prevents the government from officially recognizing or favoring any religion.

    One other thing:

 This ban, and I’m surprised no one’s mentioned it, is the Civil Rights and Liberties of an individual and by enacting this terrible ban you are taking it away from each one of these peoples. As FDR so casually wrote:

Civil liberties are important because they guard the rights and freedom of citizens of the United States. Franklin D. Roosevelt states in papers held at George Washington University that people must preserve civil liberties in order to preserve democracy

Civil liberties protect personal freedoms. For instance, the freedom of speech allows citizens to express themselves without fear of interference. Freedom of the press falls in line with this, as well as freedom of religion and freedom of assembly.

Other liberties include those that deal with crime and due process of the law. These liberties are important because they protect innocent people during prosecution. These rights include people being innocent until they are proven guilty, the right for legal counsel and the right to be tried by a jury.

Meanwhile, Civil Rights:

Civil rights are protective measures enacted by the government to ensure that all citizens are treated equally, while civil liberties limit a government’s infringement upon the rights of its citizens, explains the Independence Hall Association. The Bill of Rights outlines civil liberties, such as freedom of speech, but civil rights are often defined by social movements and dilemmas. In particular, civil rights are often aimed at protecting minority groups from being discriminated against.

 

And:

Civil rights issues typically arise when the government creates laws to balance majority and minority interests, according to the Independence Hall Association. For instance, the 14th Amendment was added to prevent state legislatures from disenfranchising racial minority groups or denying them access to a fair legal process. Other civil-rights legislature protects women from gender discrimination. Yet, civil rights can mirror or contradict civil liberties, often requiring a court to weigh the perceived freedoms of one party against another.

So, in essence, the law speaks for itself and unless you can prove that a crime was committed, this Muslim Ban is illegal and unconstitutional no matter what you say,or how it’s written and unlike Mr. Trump, I have evidence to backup my claims.

Being a President, you must know the laws and we have a Constitution for a reason. This is why the majority of past Presidents were lawyers before they became one.

Sadly, Mr.Trump does not know anything about our country. He is not fit to be President. He is a pathological liar, not living in reality, delusional, paranoid not to mention a racist, bigot and and egotistical narcissist.

I am aware that writing these articles people will call me stupid, a fool, ignorant or some angry liberal  and that’s okay because the only ones saying these are the brainwashed Trump supporters who bought into his propaganda but that’ what is great about Democracy . We can think for ourselves, have an open mind and do what’s right and by writing this, I am doing the right thing because someone needs to publish the truth and the facts because if we don’t then everything this country was founded upon will crumble to something else. Something we may never be able to get out of.

The Legitimacy Of The Trump Administration (Or Lack Of One)

    Donald J. Trump. A man who is not well. A man who has been given the keys to the office and the codes. A man who is delusional. A man who cannot tell the difference between reality and fantasy. A man who is dangerous .  A man who is trying to create a new world order through hate, fear mongering and propaganda.

Now I know that what I am saying will be denounced by every single Trump supporter out there and that’s the point you see because Trump supporters will always agree with him regardless of what he says because that is the very definition of brainwashing propaganda and if you aren’t with him then you are the enemy. Fair enough but the non ignorant people know the truth . They know how to separate the “Fake News” from the real news. They know how to separate the “Alternative Facts”  from the actual facts. And this writer will explain why I wrote the statements above because unlike the delusional nutjob that is running our country, (God Help Us), I backup my statements so without further aideu, may I present the following:

TRUMP CLAIMS THAT TRUMP TOWER WAS WIRETAPPED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

Without providing one shred of evidence or proof, Trump decided to tweet this serious accusation . There’s only one problem:

NO PRESIDENT IS LEGALLY ALLOWED TO WIRETAP ANYONE AT ANYTIME WITHOUT A FEDERALLY MANDATED COURT ORDER.

 

In fact, this is what led to Nixon’s resignation (He was going to be impeached) and the laws being changed to prevent something like this ever happening again. The only time the Government would wiretap someone is under extreme circumstances and this is a rare thing .

So where did Trump get this idea from: Mark Levine  who declared that: Mark Levine says Obama Wiretapped Trump Tower. Then Breitbart picked it up and that’s where Trump decided it was okay to tweet but Breitbart was run by Steve Bannon who is Trump’s 2nd in command and who Trump takes advice from seriously and really we all know his views. You think Trump is nuts? Bannon is worse.

Here’s where it gets interesting: Trump has ordered(Or has  demanded is  more like it) that an immediate investigation get underway so that anyone involved can be “punished”. How they proceed is up to them but taxpayers money would of course be involved which begs one to ask : Why are we paying for something that does not exist? And, how do you investigate something where something doesn’t exist? FBI director Comey has already said NO and has asked the Justice Department to do the same .

Obama’s former intelligence director has already said that this could not happen because he would need to have been involved, which he was not.

TRUMP SAYS THE MEDIA IS FAKE NEWS

Meanwhile, back in the real world, the only fake news is the one being tweeted by Trump. Trump has started a media war with the press because he does not like them. Why? Because if they report things he does not like he’ll call it “Fake News” and then put out his version of what the truth is which is what we call “Alternative Facts”. And just so we are clear, the definition of Alternative Facts is defined as

The worst of the four classifications of lies: lies, damned lies, statistics, alternative facts. Alternative facts are distinguished from the other damnable lies by the addition of gaslighting the listener.

A good example of this:

After backing up her false statements with alternative facts, Kellyanne Conway threatened the “dishonest” media for suggesting that she might be lying.

 

So to be clear: We the media are the enemy because we are spewing lies, while Donald Trump is tweeting accusations which he believes with 100% certainty that what he tweets is the absolute truth. Isn’t this how propaganda works? Suppress the media so everyone has no choice but to believe you? Hmmm. This sounds oddly familiar Suppression of the Media in Nazi Germany . There was also this:

In 1929, Hitler chose Josef Goebbels as his Minister of Propaganda. Goebbels developed extremely successful campaigns using simple slogans and images repeated over and again in order to win public support for the party. The Nazis spent huge sums on newspapers, leaflets and poster campaigns.

So I guess the phrase: “Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it” is actually happening. Who’d have thought?

The thing that Trump does not understand is that Freedom of the Press is a powerful tool that was specifically created by Thomas Jefferson because he believed that:

A press that is free to investigate and criticize the government is absolutely essential in a nation that practices self-government and is therefore dependent on an educated and enlightened citizenry. On the other hand, newspapers too often take advantage of their freedom and publish lies and scurrilous gossip that could only deceive and mislead the people. Jefferson himself suffered greatly under the latter kind of press during his presidency. But he was a great believer in the ultimate triumph of truth in the free marketplace of ideas, and looked to that for his final vindication.

And:

“The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.” –Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, 1787. ME 6:57

To be President, one must know the laws of our country and be familiar with the Constitution which clearly Trump is not, which brings me to:

TRAVEL BAN

Here you have someone who decided, without consulting anyone, that all Muslims are “bad dudes” which is a pretty inaccurate statement . There’s a saying that “Every Muslim is a terrorist but not every terrorist is a Muslim”. True enough, recent events have proven this correct. But to single out one single religion (for lack of a better word) is illegal to the core no matter what you say. America is a Democracy and as such, we are all entitled to due process. If you are a criminal then you aren’t. That includes terrorists (or suspected) but to just tell every single Muslim that you are no longer welcome in this country? How does that make us look? What does that tell other countries?

People came here for a better life. For freedom. And yet, years later, the descendants of those are now bearing the brunt of this simply because they are muslim. To make it worse, Trump has now decided that children will be separated from their moms. While the moms will be sent back to which they came, the children will be sent to Foster care or “some other relative”.

Trump Supports can call this whatever they want but it is a Muslim Ban through and through and Trump is skirting the law here by doing this because again, the Constitution has “FREEDOM OF RELIGION” which allows one to practice their Religion out in the open whenever they feel the need to.

You say you want to “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” but by signing executive orders that undermine that, you are being a hypocrite. Why? Because this travel ban is bad for everyone for many reasons but this one in particular is important

   In the wake of the travel ban, Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America great again” seems rather ironic. The failure to appreciate that immigrants are good for innovation, competitiveness and the nation’s future flies in the face of this aim.

 

And in a well written article by The Guardian, The Muslim Travel Ban , the writer states several excellent main points that one:

First – and this can’t be emphasized enough – Trump’s own people have found no rational security justification for this ban. A leaked Department of Homeland Security memo, prepared after the first travel ban, found that “country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity”.

Rachel Maddow obtained a March 1 Homeland Security reportwhich assessed that “most foreign-born US-based violent extremists [are] likely radicalized several years after their entry into the United States”. If the executive order is not rational, then maybe – just maybe – it’s bigoted?

And two:

Second, these Muslim bans are presented to us as if we’ve never heard Donald Trump, Steve Bannon or Stephen Miller speak. Probably the most disingenuous element of this administration is how it uses broadcast and social media to get its message across while disassociating itself from its own media presence.

And three:

Third, and most important, we must recognize how Trump’s Muslim ban is an extreme deviation from more than 50 years of US immigration policy. Prior to 1965, the US had favored northern Europeans in matters of immigration, but in the middle of the Civil Rights movement and the Cold War, that system was widely seen, here and abroad, as racist and antiquated.

 

The Immigration and Nationality act of 1965 signed by President Johnson at Liberty Island, stated that the law”

“corrects a cruel and enduring wrong in the conduct of the American Nation”

You can read it here: The Immigration and Nationality Act

Finally,

RUSSIA

This is the biggest thorn in Trump’s side. And, some critics have said that Trump’s making up news is to deflect on the media’s (as he called it) “witch hunt”. The only problem is that after an investigation it turned out that Russia was indeed involved in hacking and rigging of the election.

Not only that, but the Trump administration is corrupt with half of his cabinet somehow involved with Russians. Flynn already resigned. Sessions had to recuse himself (not to mention lying under oath). Tillerson has contacts there related to his days as Exxon CEO. Trump is pallsy wallsy with Putin . The list goes on and on and it’s only a matter of time before Snowden is handed over as a “gift” to Trump.

So everything that Trump is tweeting makes sense when you think about .Sure half of what he tweets has no basis in reality but whatever he does, says, or tweets plays exactly into the media’s hands and as long as it take the focus away from Russia he’s as happy as a clam.

By the way, he isn’t allowed to tweet on his personal twitter account and has been asked to stop but Trump is Trump and he does whatever he wants.

This man is not fit to be President or hold the codes for our nuclear weapons (yes, we have them) because as I said above this man is living in a fantasy world where he thinks he’s on the Apprentice or something else.

Focus on being the President instead of telling us why Arnold Schwarzenegger was fired from Celebrity Apprentice (He wasn’t) or telling us why SNL needs to be canceled because of Alec Baldwins performance of you. (Side note: Previous Presidents have been parodied to their amusement).  Or don’t decline the White Correspondent’s Dinner because of the fear of getting roasted (Be a man.. You were roasted by Comedy Central).

Bottom line: Donald Trump is a racist, bigot, narcissist, ego manacic, conceited and worst of all morally unethical (If you think he separated himself from his business then you are sadly mistaken).

The majority of his staff is inexperienced and are pretty much afraid to stand up to him.

Sean Spicer is a moron

Kelly Ann Conway is an ignorant putz

Steve Bannon hates everybody

Jeff Sessions is a hick who doesn’t understand questions he’s asked

Jared Kushner is a disgrace to Judaism

I mean this list can go on and on but I think you get the idea.

And I know that people reading this will call me out on what I’ve written and that’s ok because he truth needs to be told not the one that you’ve been led to believe is the truth  although Lenin once said that “tell a lie long enough and eventually it becomes truth”.

Make no mistake. the media will NOT be silent nor will we allow Trump to rewrite history as he sees fit. We will fight for what we believe in. Fight for what’s right and continue being guided by what this country was founded upon.

Because if we want to “Make America Great Again”, we need to stop Making America Hate and turning against one another.

America. It is the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”. It is a country where we can speak freely, write freely and practice freely. We are the United States of America and one nation under God.

 

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

And that includes EVERYONE EVERYWHERE.

The Constitutional Amendments

 

 

Why Donald Trump Is A Stupid, Stupid Man

Donald Trump is not a well man. I’ve never seen anyone as delusional as he is.. Think about it… Here’s a man who thinks he’s right and everyone else is wrong. A guy who thinks he’s God’s gift to humanity. A guy who is now our Commander in Chief. The question is is he fit for the job? Well, let’s find out shall we?

I said that Mr. Trump is a stupid man and I know people will call me out on this and that’s okay but in order to understand this, let’s post some opinions (of which are entirely my own).

Here’s a man who no matter what happens will go on Twitter and just tweet away. (For examples, click to go to them). Donald Trump’s Tweets

1)Think about this : During the transition period, he was busy focusing on how he didn’t like his portrayal on SNL and called on NBC to cancel the show or how Arnold Schwarzenegger was destroying the Apprentice and that NBC should fire him.. Really? This is what’s important to you?

2) During the campaign, Trump was convinced that the election was rigged against him (it wasn’t). A claim he still stands by even now after winning.. Who cares though? You already won so why should it matter? Just yesterday he claimed that he lost the popular vote due to many illegal votes and that his administration will look into it.. Forget the fact that you win by electoral votes and not by a “popularity contest”, but why are you still focused on this? Even Trump’s legal team says there’s no evidence to back this up but Trump says he “believes so”. Well, okay then. Intrestingly, one of his top aides, Steve Bannon is registered to vote in two states which itself is illegal so why isn’t Trunp concerned about that? Steve Bannon Commits Voter Fraud Trump Claims Voter Fraud

3) He repealed Obamacare despite not having something to replace it which isnt the best idea.. I mean if your going to replace something, make sure you have a back up or millions of people will be without insurance which, down the line will become problematic..

4) He wants to build a wall. Okay, I get it. He thinks a wall will keep the “bad people” out however history shows us that did doesn’t work. If people want to get into the country they will find a way to do so. Look at Hamas: They found a way around it by building a network of tunnels to get into Israel. In Germany they climbed over the walls. In Russia, we had the cold war (It wasn’t until Regean where he uttered those famous words. Point being, if the walls in those countries couldn’t keep people out what makes Trump’s wall different? And another thing, what about family? What if I live here and have family in Mexico? Does this mean I can no longer go? Need special permission? Join them but never allowed back? Sure, anyone can build a wall and if we do that I fear this will set us back 50/60 years or worse. Trump’s Wall        Trump’s Executive Order

But here area few things to ask yourself:

  • Are you unaware of the 1970 treaty that requires that  needs the permission and approval of Mexico
  • Are you willing to put people out of work
  • Are you aware of the ecomincal reprussicans that will come if you buildthis wall? For instance: The states that border Mexico and the people who rely on them for their livleyhood?
  • What about the Rio Grande? Have you stopped to think how this would be affected?
  • Mexico refuses (and rightly so) topay for the wall yet Mr. Trump insists that “they will pay for it one way or the other.” Well, if I didn’t know any better that sounds like a threat and/or a demand.
  • Furthermore, you are asking taxpayers to pay for this. To that I say that if you want a damn wall, fund it yourself and leave us out of it.
  • Finally, let’s forget that there already is wall up (there is) wallbut the one that Trump wants built has been proven to be ecomically imposible. Not to mention years of manpower that we do not have and assume for a moment it is built, who monitors it? Who funds it? By the way, some of Trump’s clothing line is Made in Mexico..
  • Last but not least, Donald Trump said that after talking with the President of Mexico, he agreed that it’s in everyone’s best interest if the White House canceled the upcoming meeting. Only one problem. NEVER HAPPANED. The Mexican President tweeted that it was his decision because Trump has no respect for him or his country.

5) Now, the other thing that Trump vowed to do and did was sign an executive order to ban immigration. Trump’s Order On Immigration Sure ok it’s easier said then done. I have a few issues with this as does many American citizens . In NY alone, Mayor De Blasio held a press confrence AGAINST this as did many other Mayors. What was Trump’s response?   Immigrant Order

Cut off funding to those states that do so. But:

  • You can’t do that. Nope it’s law that you can’t withold money from a state unless the money will be used for something other then what it is intended for.
  • Also, holding states hostage will prove what exactly?
  • There are millions of immigrants living across the U.S. many are legal and many have family. So question is: Will you deport legal citizens regardless of wheather or not they did anything wrong?
  • Do we have the resources? Time? Money?

I find this interesting that people have come to this country to make a better life for themselves and family and one man wants to take that all away. Well,Mr Trump (No, I will not call him the P word) not every Muslim, Arab aren’t “evil”.

Will the protests work? I don’ know. But we need to so we can be heard and maybe just maybe make a difference.

 

The Aftermath Of The Protest/Rally And The Aisfa (Convention)

     As you know, yesterday was the big day where the METS (Citi Field)  hosted a huge convention for the Ultra Orthodox Jews regarding the evils of the internet.  At the same time, there was a counter rally/protest titled: “The Internet Is NOT The Problem.” I have already given my thoughts on how I felt about all this so now I will discuss the aftermath of said convention and rally.

     First I want to clear something up. I did not attend either the rally/protest or the convention. As far as I know none of my friends went either.  What I do know is that I got attacked from both sides about why I didn’t go. Some felt that because I’m one of them and always bashing my own kind I should stop being a hypocrite in denial and put my money where my mouth is and do something about it. First of all, I don’t “bash” my own kind. Second, I only bash those that deserve it and frankly sometimes I feel ashamed to be a Jew because of their actions which makes us look bad. No one should judge a book by it’s cover without knowing the facts. People come to their own conclusions based on things they see, hear or read but it’s wrong . If something was written or said…. Well, generally a smart person would know the stories before they post things. A good writer knows to research first and then base the comments on what they found out.  While I admit that there are two sides to every story, one of them is usually the correct one.    Now, I’m not perfect but I’m not ignorant either. It’s very easy to tell when someone is in denial or guilty or even hiding the truth. The thing is that it takes time to figure it out because at some point when the same thing is happening to others and it starts to come out, you realize there’s a pattern here and it’s just a matter of finding out where it leads to. You just have to know where to look.

And this is where the protest rally comes in when I’m asked why I didn’t show up and do something about it. Well, who says I don’t? There are other ways to protest without showing up in person and sometimes that’s the best way to do it… For instance, I write on here about my thought, feelings and opinions and try to get the word out this way. Doing it from home is also the safest way without getting arrested or trampled. Just because I don’t show up to something to show my support does not mean I don’t care. I just choose to do it my own way. What people fail to realize is that sometimes protesting in person does more harm then good. What they also fail to realize is that if it gets out of hand (and they tend to), it turns into a huge Chilul Hashem (Desecrate the name of G-D) and that’s not good. At least when you do it in private you can remain anonymous with no harm done.

     I’m a firm believer in Freedom of Speech so if people want to protest and stand up for what they believe in I respect them . But you have to know where to draw the line and what not to cross. We protest for a reason. We fight for what’s right for a reason but when we cross those lines we are no better then those we are protesting against and sometimes people who are protesting like to go overboard and anyway you look at it people think that protesting means going out to the front lines holding up a sign to get their message across and hope it helps but I’m still not sure how effective this really is. I still think there are better methods but to each his own.

Which brings me to yesterday’s event. While I was elsewhere, I was still being updated with what was going on through pictures and status updates (see Facebook is useful). Most of them were in good taste and in fact I was very surprised that it all went off without a hitch because usually when it comes to these things, the other side can be sensitive. I’m not really sure how big the turnout was but I don’t think that’s important. What is important is whether or not the message got across  and the points were made. I do know that the group on Facebook will remain active and future rallies are planned but in what way or capacity I don’t yet know.

While the protesting was happening outside the main event was happening inside Citi Field. They were sold out so they rented out near by Arthur Ashe Stadium.  Again, I won’t give my thoughts because I already gave them in my last post but I will say that I’ve read reviews of it along with pictures and amazingly I, along with others seemed to be right all along and then some.  Here are some quotes I read and got from others..

1) “Most speeches were in Yiddish with no English subtitles.”

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Well, I don’t find this at all surprising considering the majority of people there were Hasidim. But for the other folks who don’t speak a word of Yiddish I find this pretty unfair and inconsiderate. I mean how are you to get the message across if not everyone can understand it?

2) “It was billed as “A Big Problem Needs a Big Solution”

As a gathering to EDUCATE people on the latest filter technology

There was supposed to be a technology expo

It was NOT billed as a “Kinus on Shemiras Einayim” (which is what it turned out to be)

There was NO solution proposed.

There was NO education

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Basically it was just rabbanoim repeating things that have been said in the past. Things that can be said in a synagogue or a school. Don’t really need 40,000 people to come from all over. What was basically said was that if you need to use the internet at work then filter it but at home it’s not necessary to have one… So you need to pack a stadium to tell people this when people already know this? First of all it’s not always easy to filter the internet at work if it’s not your company or if your employer isn’t an orthodox Jew because it’s their company and they can run it as they see fit. By the way, schools and libraries already filter the internet.

I’m still not certain that these people are educated at all on the internet because they are only looking at the negative of it when there iss o much that’s positive about it. For instance: People use it to post jobs, get jobs, research for school and work, shopping, daf yomi among other things. That’s the real problem here that people just look at the bad and that’s it and if that’s the case, how do you resolve it because I really don’t think banning internet is really sensible if almost impossible. By the way, if this whole thing is about banning the internet then why the hell did they stream it online? Isn’t that hypocritical? It’s pretty much being said that yes the internet is evil except when it’s convenient for us. There’s a double standard here.

3)”$1.5 million of community  funds wasted?  How many people could have been fed via Tomchei Shabbos with a tiny fraction of that money? How many people could have been given professional training to help them earn a living for themselves and their families? Yeshivos supported? “

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So true. Yeshivas keep complaining that they have no funding. Families complain they can’t afford to buy food. People lack the skills for a job. People give money to organisations all the time and about half are not real ones. But what do we do? Spend $2 million on a convention about the evils of the internet when it’s really not even necessary when that money could be evenly distributed to those in need. If people have no job they can’t support their family. If they can’t afford to put food on the table they starve and if schools can’t get funding then no one gets an education and if no one is educated then they reaqlly don’t know which is part of the problem in the Jewish community because about half don’t go to college nor do they have any secular studies so they are ignorant and only listen to what their rabbi tells them and it may not necessarily be in their best interests.

I mean it’s nice to bring the Orthodox community together and I’m all for it but when it’s for a good cause and reason. I mean school buses were rented. Coach Buses and even a ship. A ship? Really? Isn’t that going a bit overboard?

4) The ASKUNIM said that the Gedolim said that we must go. There were many gedolim (from the R’ Aaron of Satmar to R’ Shmuel Kamenetzky) who did not think that the asifah was necessary. We are living in a new world, where the *askunim* determine what is daas Torah and what is not.

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Funny thing about how people don’t do anything unless their rabbi tells them to do it. Basically a follow the leader game. None of us have a mind of our own. They basically tells us what we’re allowed to do and what we can’t. So if they say jump we ask how high. I’ll be honest and say that I myself have a rabbi that I go to to ask questions because it’s said that every one needs a Rav(rabbi) and I do ask him questions when I don’t know what to do but he doesn’t dictae my life for me and he’ll sometimes tell me to use my own judgement but he also knows me since the day I was born so he knows the kind of guidance that I need. But I really respect him for the wisdom and respect he has for others of all walks of life. Jewish or not.  When I asked him what he thought of this event at Citi Field he was against iit saying that it is the job of a parent to educate their child and it is the job of a school to educate their students. He also said there are bigger problems that need to be dealt with that no one wants to deal with and it’s a bigger sin if we just look away when people go off the derech and no longer want to be religious.

I was not ashamed or embarrassed to have this conversation with my Rav (Rabbi) nor was he shying away from having this conversation with me. He added as a side note that when people come out and say they are no longer religious because of this reason or that, it’s considered a Chilul Hashem, Sinas Chinam (hatred towards someone) and a little bit of Anti Semitism. He also stressed that this was one of the main reasons of the Holocaust. He also mentioned Yom Yerushalayim and it was taking away from other events related to that which he said was inappropriate to do.

Like I said, my Rav is very smart and knowledgeable and very educated and does not keep his mind closed.. While I may not agree with things he says, I do respect him. He consideres me his “son” and I’m proud to be associated with him but I would never argue against what he says because my father always says. If your going to ask a question to your Rav be prepared for the answer and follow through with it even if you don’t like the answer.

So while I do agree that yes,  listen to your Rabbi when you ask them a question, I do think that some are really out of touch with today’s world.

I don’t want to bash any of the rabonnim (leaders) who were there because it’s wrong to do so and I have no reason to. What my goal here was to talk about what went down and what people thought and a  lot of people actually were bored. A few even wondered why evening prayers took 2 and a half hours to complete.

The good thing that came from this is the amazing Kiddush Hashem that was shown throughout it all. No fights. No arrests. No lashon hara (Bad talk). It could have turned into a blood bath but it did not. While I think the Aisfia (Convention) was a waste of time, it still bought thousands of people from all over to one gathering  in a sports stadium but it wasn’t to see the US Open or to see a MET game and while nothing was accomplished it was still awesome to see everyone come togetehr and be respectful even to the protesters. What was seen on Sunday was something that may never be seen again but the next time the organizers want to make a gathering of this nature, perhaps then they can actually accomplish what they set out to do and recognize the problems other then the internet.

We can’t remain silent on the problems facing our communities.We can’t be afraid of them. If we don’t stand up for our brothers and sisters who will? What will happen when it’s to late? What will become of us if we leave? What will we do if no one will help us? If we are hurt do we not bleed? If we cry do we not shed a tear? We fight for what’s right. We cry for those that can’t. We hurt for those that can’t. We face those that are cowards. Silence is golden but for how long? At some point we have to stand up and say: “NO MORE” and unite as one and justice for all.

The Problems Within The Jewish World

Disclaimer: The following are my thoughts and mine alone and does not reflect the opinions of others.

What I’m about to discuss is a sensitive topic and may hit a few nerves and while I’ve tried to remain silent on several issues that reference the title above, I feel that recent events have caused me to remain silent no longer so  I apologize in advance for those who get offended by this piece.

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On May 20th, there’s a rally(protest?) being held at Citi Field titled: The Internet is NOT the Problem. Basically, this is what it’s about in a nutshell:

On Sunday, May 20th, 2012, thousands are expected to gather in Citi Field to rally against the perceived evils of the internet. Join us for a massive rally to bring awareness to a far bigger problem in the Frum (ultra-orthodox Jewish) community: keeping our children safe.

We are fed up with rabbinical leaders’ dismissive attitude towards sexual and physical violence against children, inadequate educational systems and the shattering of families due to the religious choices of parents or children.

This is NOT an anti-religious protest. We are ultra-Orthodox, Modern Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, secular, male, female, young and old. This is not an ideological issue. This is not an issue only for “insiders.” When it comes to the safety of our children, we must be united and unabashed in our actions.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Everyone is free to protest in any way, shape or form they like as provided to us with our first amendment rights but it’s also allowed within reason and as long as it does not get out of hand which I fear this will become. Now I have a problem with this protest/rally or whatever the hell you want to call it. There’s a far bigger problem here that no one seems to notice which is that no matter what you do, there are far more powerful “forces” that aare pulling the strings. I understand the reason behind the rally and why it’s being done however the problem I have with it is several :
NO WOMEN ALLOWED
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    This actually would be one thing against the rally in the first place. Why in the world are women being banned from this when it affects them to? Why can’t anyone see that in the Jewish Orthodox world, women are treated as 2nd classes citizens? Why? This is so wrong and so inappropriate… First off, without a woman the man is nothing. Man provides but he provides so the women can take care of him. Whoever made the statement: “Women should  stay at home where they belong” is nothing but a chauvinistic and sexist pig. We are no longer living in the dark ages. Two people come to mind here: One stood up for Women’s Rights and the other stood up for Racism. However, in today’s day and age I feel that we are regressing back to these eras where women have no rights and that men are taught to “steer clear of a woman”.
    Here’s the thing I don’t get.. When you’re married it comes with all the benefits yet when I walk in the street, I see the husband walking and the wife 10 feet behind him. What the fuck is that? A guy should be proud to walk with his wife hand in hand, arm in arm and not be ashamed of doing that but are so called”rabbis” have instilled in us that this is bad because the Torah (Bible)  says so. Actually, no it doesn’t at least not to my knowledge. If a woman wants to go to shul (Temple) to pray why the hell does she have to go around the corner to enter the building while the guy can go right in?  If I go to a concert why am I forbidden to sit with my wife? Why do we have to separate? Is this not a form of racism? Is it not the right of a women to do as she pleases? If this was a Muslim country I would not question any of this because over there it’s expected and known but here in America where women are doing things that would have been unheard of several years ago, well our communities are undoing that as fast as they can with the reasoning of “it’s not proper” okay fine I’ll give you that one but what’s not proper about it once you’re married?
   So I stress again.. Why are women being turned away from this event?
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I want to quote this: Why is the Internet Asifa at Citifield for Men Only?  The writer of this piece makes some valid points here. Just to show you how my point above is valid: They are charging the magnificent sum of $10 for the pleasure of attending the prayers preceding the rally. Problem: Only 50% are allowed to go. The other 50%? Yup, women. They are NOT allowed to come. The protest yes but this not. Why? If this so called “problem” is affecting the entire Jewish population then why are we excluding them? As I said above, women’s rights are non existent and this just proves my theory. This is  unacceptable. If the threat of the Internet is so great, as the Ichud HaKehilos claims, how in the world can they make the marquee event for awareness and education about the Internet exclusively for men?! Are women not susceptible to the harms of the Internet? Should mothers of our children not be educated about the dangers of the Internet?
   As I said on Facebook, this event is a joke. First off, how come this isn’t being publicized? Where’s the press release?  Second: Are so called “rabbis” will keep playing the brainwashing game and people will be stupid enough to fall for it. You can admit all you want that it’s not true but there are people out there who are smarter then that. Everything is a facade. The rally is called Internet is NOT the problem and this is true. So why is it called that? Simple… The real culprits are hiding the truth because they are worried how it’ll affect their children for a marriage partner or a job or something else? Seriously? Are we all fucking retarded or just to stupid to realize it? Think about this for a second: If you are worried about this then why do it in the first place? Why do rabbis/teachers feel the need to molest little boys? Why do they feel like it’s okay to be abusive to their wives? Isn’t their a double standard here? They can do what they want but if we do it we’ve just committed a grave sin?

I honestly cannot fathom how the Ichud HaKehilos can say on the one hand that the Internet is so dangerous and then on the other hand exclude the mothers who are home with their children more than their fathers and the teenage girls who are just as present online as teenage boys. If anything, the girls have more access to computers and Internet than boys in yeshiva


The writer has a point. Not only is it wrong to basically tell the women to “fuck off” because you don’t belong here but this is also pretty hypocritical. The way I see it the rabbis themselves are the problem. Here they preach the  gemerah, the torah, what’s right and wrong but they themselves do what they tell others not to. These are the people we look up to? These are the people we’re supposed to emulate? Very well then. I’m going to go home tonight and “smack my bitch up” and once she’s asleep, I’m going to invite my neighbor’s little boy over and molest him then deny the whole thing when asked about it because I did nothing wrong and I want my son/daughter to marry and this is all okay because my rabbi/leader of the community told me it’s okay to do this.

Again, I don’t think anyone needs to go to this Asifa. But for the Ichud HaKehilos who feels that this is the most important issue of our time, there is absolutely no excuse for limiting attendance to men only.

Well, it’s just not this really. This is a daily and universal occurrence. I don’t understand who decided that the men were the judge ,jury and executioner among the rest of the communities. Look, it’s a free country so if I want to walk the street half naked or hold a girl’s hand or live in the secular world that’s my right as an individual. You have no right to tell me what’s forbidden and what’s not. That’s the job of a parent not the other way around. That’s why we have a G-D. If I want to be part of a collective I’ll become a BORG ….

This is just further evidence to me that the project is flawed, lacks leadership and vision, and is very hard to fully endorse.

I agree 100% . Get your ass out from behind you and see the big picture. Can’t have a rally when half the people involved are hypocrites themselves.

So charging for an event that only half can go to is just stupid. Women can pray just as well as men and sometimes better. Don’t see how this is really helping. Could make it worse…. I believe the  advertising  is misleading when it says come and pray for the solution to the problem. So excluding the other half is solving the problem? Why are women a problem? If I didn’t know any better I’d say this sounds a bit like Nazi Germany.

Propaganda and lies. That’s the world we live in when you are an orthodox Jew. Yes, be angry at me. Tell me I’m a self hating Jew. Tell me I’m an Am Harretz. Tell me I’m wrong . Tell me whatever you want but know this: The truth hurts. We blame it on others because we either can’t deal with it ourselves or don’t want to. Yes, it’s easy to blame others but doesn’t that just make things worse?

There’s a good reason why people are leaving the communities and/or no longer a practicing Jew. Well, there are many reasons but it’s impossible to list them all here so here are a few:

CLOSED MINDED

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I understand there’s something called a tight knit community where we stick together and that’s commendable. What I don’t understand is why there are so many restrictions put upon people. I don’t know if it’s put more on women then men but I do know that a lot of these restrictions are out of control. For instance:
A) YOU MUST BE MARRIED BY 17 AND HAVE YOUR FIRST CHILD WITHIN A YEAR
 Really? I must? Says who? On what planet is this a rule? If this is the case then I guess I’m to old to do anything anymore. By my calculation I’ve reasoned that I’m still in high school but shortly after graduation I must marry, regardless if I want to or not, and then make my wife pregnant immediately so she can have it by 18/19 years of age while me the husband sits and learns all day. Well, Rabbi Joe thank you for running my life for me. I’m just confused here Rabbi Joe. Are you my parents? Are they dead? Isn’t it their job to decide when I’m ready for marriage? Oh, wait I forgot that’s what they were taught that whatever the head of the community says goes. I’m sorry. I forgot the rules.
Side Note: I would never let my child marry at such a young age especially since I would want him/her to get a college education. Which brings me to:
B) COLLEGE IS A NON JEWISH THING AND JEWS SHOULDN’T ASSOCIATE WITH THEM NOR DO WE NEED SECULAR STUDIES  CAUSE IT’S NOT IMPORTANT.
 Really? Getting an education isn’t important? Again, I ask. Are you leaders stupid, retarded or just plain ignorant. So we’re not allowed to have an education. Yippee. Now it all makes sense why our rabbis tell us what to do. WE’RE ALL STUPID. Well, by golly why didn’t I realize that. Cause I never went to school. No, wait I did go but all I learned was Jewish studies. I can’t write, spell, read man what the hell is 2+2? What’s evolution about? What’s sex? I’m so stupid I may never know.
  Yes, I know that paragraph may seem idiotic and that’s my point. Orthodox schools refuse to have secular studies because apparently it “poisons the mind” however the flaw in this is that NY State Law requires just that in order to get funding so the schools really have no choice but the loophole is that it’s not English studies as we know it. In fact, when it comes time for the regents, a lot of the answers are given to the students (Evolution and Reproductive) so cheating the state is okay but … yup there’s a double standard of hypocrisy here. Frauding the government seems to be okay here.
   No, it’s not. There are families that need it more then you do and it’s because of you that others can’t get it.
C) WE CAN’T WORK BECAUSE WE HAVE TO STUDY AND LEARN
 Learning 24/7 isn’t for everyone and, let’s face it, the way the economy is today you can’t afford not to work. Also, how will I support my 13 kids?
D) WE ARE OUR OWN WORST ENEMY
This really pisses me off big time. It makes me ashamed to be a Jew sometimes. Seriously. And I point to no other then:
EXHIBIT A: CHAREDIM
And here’s where I have fun: Israel. The Promised Land. G-d’s gift to us. Our home. It is stated in the Torah. However, these bozos think otherwise. Granted, they live there and everything but they still don’t believe in the Jewish State as it is now because and I quote: “THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT IS FILLED WITH ANTI SEMITIC PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST LEFTOVERS FROM HITLER AND WANT NOTHING MORE TO RID THE STATE OF ORTHODOX JEWS.” Okay… I’m pretty sure that’s not true and I’m pretty sure that it would be illegal, immoral and unethical to even do something like that. Having said that, I want to know the following:
Why is okay to spit on an 8 year old girl because you don’t like how she dresses?
Well, who the fuck are you to determine that.. She’s 8 years old… You’ve scarred her for life. Emotionally and Mentally. Forget the fact that it’s a Chilul Hashem for a moment and just think how you would feel if that 8 year old child was yours?
Second: The buses.. Segregated buses? Really? Dude if you don’t want to sit next to a women that’s fine but the bus company isn’t yours to do with as you see fit. You want to go only through Jewish neighbors okay great I’m all for it but if you want to start your very own bus line because contrary to what you think your not the only one living there and your not G-D’s gift to humanity. Far from it.
By the way, this problem is here as well. I myself deliberately sat on the wrong side of the bus to make a statement (and to piss people off) but again, I’m not going into the specifics as to why.
I can go on and on and on about this topic but there’s just so much so I will just say this: The rally, while a good idea in theory may not solve anything. In fact, it might make the situation worse. I fear that this whole thing will do more harm then good. Sadly, there’s only a few of us that realize this but what can we do? I’m alone in thinking that this protest/rally is more propaganda and lies and hate mongering but that’s the world we live in. Brainwashing to the extreme and many who want to stop it are powerless to.
 But I wonder what would happen if we did stand up to those in “power”. What would happen if we didn’t hide from the truth? What would happen if instead of us being mindless zombies we actually thought for ourselves? The truth is we can’t because we know the repercussions and we know the outcome. But it’s our job to live our lives as we see fit and to protect those that we love from falling into the “trap”.
 It’s shameful that there’s so much hatred in this world and most of it comes from us but one day with God’s help we can stand up and say to our fellow brothers and sisters: “No More”.
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