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I’ve been holding my tongue for many years now, and with everything that is happening today, I can no longer remain silent. I must voice my views to whomever may listen. Many of you will undoubtedly take offense to my words, and to you I say that if you will honestly hear what I have to say, you must agree that my words are true.

First, some background… I also am a minority, I am Irish. My ancestors were brought here against their wills, and even though many of my countrymen came here willingly, we were treated no better than the Chinese, Africans, Mexicans, Italians, native Americans, etc… we were also held and sold as slaves, and not only in the south. As free people, we were refused work, or made to work for less than enough to feed ourselves and our families. Regardless of skin color, people deemed undesirable were treated with terrible disrespect, violence, and regarded as subhuman.

What’s my point? None of those who treated my people, nor others who were not white Anglo-Saxon men of power are alive today, likewise, none of those who were treated this way are alive today. We are several generations separated from those progenitors.

In America today, every individual, regardless or race, color, or national origin, is afforded the same rights as any other. In fact, those we term as “minorities” are today offered positions and salaries for which they are less or no more qualified than their competitors, simply due to the fact that a company or organization can and will be fined, boycotted, and dehumanized for discrimination, even though none may have existed.

Outside of the workplace, many things have changed of late. All someone has to do is say they are offended by something and magically it disappears.

This country has become so afraid of offending others that we are now forced to change or language so that there is no chance of offense, and no matter what changes are made, it is never enough. We are forced to remove historical artifacts that stand to remind us of what happened in our past, so that the bad isn’t repeated. We have been forced to remove God from our schools, government offices, and most aspects of our personal lives. We can no longer say Christmas, we must say winter holidays, while others are still allowed to use their respective terms for their own holidays. We are now being asked to not only remove the words man and men from anything related to gender which, in and of itself, does hold merit, but also from place names such as Manhattan.

We now have a growing group of young people, who while still in school, and have little life experience to draw from, protesting and making political statements that they know little about, simply to join in the increasing number of people who are offended by something.

We have people horrified by the treatment of illegal, or “undocumented” if you prefer, immigrants. To put this in to perspective, if a person, regardless or race, color, religion or national origin, whether born or naturalized citizens of this county, commits a crime, his/her rights are at the least temporarily restricted. If a person commits a crime with no family is arrested, their children are taken into protective custody while they await trial. Illegal immigrants, simply by arriving in this country without going through the proper channels, are committing a crime, and should they not also be treated as any other? Many of these people are given jobs with very low pay, they do not pay taxes, they are given refuge in areas even though they have no legal right to be here. One of the founding principles of this country was immigration, all are welcome here, they are only asked to come legally.

The simple truth of the matter is that it is time to start taking responsibility for our own lives, if you want a better job, get the education and experience necessary for that position. Can’t afford an education? There are programs at every governmental level, from city to county, from state to federal that are available to everyone. Learn a trade, find a job, even if you have to start at the bottom, and work your way up. Want more money for the job you do? Do your job to the best of your ability, show your value to your employer and ask for a raise or promotion. Many companies have already started implementing self serve facilities because of the demands from their employees for excessive pay for the duties performed. A high school student, working a first job as cashier at a fast food restaurant, demanding $17 per hour, is not only making excessive demands, they are forcing the existing workforce out of their jobs in favor of automation.

Is racism your complaint? Please understand that racism is being kept alive from all sides. No one demographic is solely responsible. If you want racism to end, start by treating everyone else the way you would like to be treated. If this would just be done by everyone, racism would end. Do your part to stop keeping it alive by letting it die with you.

Stop being offended by everything, don’t allow a simple word or statue to destroy the good person that is inside of you.

Haven’t these issues gone on long enough? Would it not be a much better world if each of us would be the best person we can be, and own our own lives and emotions.

In what other county on this planet does a person have the rights and privileges that they have here in America? Can you name any that are better? Each county has different things they offer and restrict, each country has a benefit and detriment. Each country has a set of laws which you must abide by if you wish to be there as a free person. Each person has the right to live their lives here, within the law, as with anywhere else. If America is such a terrible place for you, find somewhere that makes you happy, go through the legal process, and relocate. No one is forcing you to stay, likewise, no one is forcing you to leave. I challenge you to visit other places and experience their way of life. If you can not afford to physically visit other countries, go on the internet and learn about their societies, laws and cultures. If nothing else, you may enjoy learning about others.

Whether you are a man or woman, or identify yourself otherwise… gay, straight, lesbian, bi, curious, or any other definition that you choose to relate, be proud of who you are inside, and don’t let others interfere with your happiness in your self.

If you feel that our language should be altered to fit into a different perspective, the by all means, sit down with those individuals necessary to accomplish such, make your point, allow them to make theirs, and come to a mutually agreeable conclusion.

Want to stop going to jail? Stop committing crimes. It really is just that simple. No one is going to arrest you and send you to prison if you live within the law. Are you mad at the officer, deputy, or trooper who gave you a speeding citation this morning? Slow down. Drive the speed limit, obey the traffic laws, leave early enough to make it to your destination safely and on time. Have you or some one you know been arrested for theft, arson, rape, murder or another violent crime? Did you do it? If so, you’ve no right to complain. If not, cooperate with the investigating officers, state your position, and prove your innocence.

Most of the problems today can be solved with just a little common sense. Do the right thing. Is there something that you desperately need? Don’t steal it because it’s easy, do what’s necessary to acquire it legally. Can’t afford it? Ask your self, is this truly a need, or is it simply a want. If it is truly a need, there are programs available to help you. Government provided medical insurance may not be the best available, but it is free or very low cost and will do the job. Don’t have enough money to feed your family? Again, the American government will help you. You likely will not receive enough for steaks, lobster and beer, but you will receive enough to feed yourself and your family if you manage it properly, and before you ask, yes, I do have personal experience with government provided medical and food and even utilities and transportation. I’ve had to rely on family, friends, and the government to help me when I was in need.

I blame no one for the mistakes I’ve made in my life, except for myself. I didn’t make the right choices in school and my work history , so I pay for that mistake in my financial life. I’ve never committed a crime, so I’ve never been arrested. I received a speeding citation 32 years ago, which by having to pay, cost me much more than its value in the other bills that I couldn’t pay. Since that time, I’ve not received even a warning. Why? I obey the traffic laws. I don’t speed, I use my signals, I’m respectful of other drivers and I exercise caution.

Am I better than you? Not by any means nor definition of the word! I have simply decided how I wish to live, and I’ve done what was necessary to maintain that. Was it easy? By no means, was I given anything to help? No. My parents were simple farmers, life was difficult, so I chose to make it better for myself. I am not financially wealthy, my family and I live paycheck to paycheck, as do many of you, but we have a home, food, water, power, modest transportation and most importantly, we are happy and we love each other. There is no reason which exists today why you can not as well.

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  1. 9mmhipchick

    Hi, I just joined Freedom Vine and came across your blog. Your words are very encouraging, patriotic, idealistic and supportive.

    I am at a huge turning point in my life. I have to make life changing choices that could hurt other people I love. After reading your blog , feelings of gratitude overwhelmed me. I have a lot to be grateful for. So I want to thank you for your kind words.

    Brenda Flowers