Wake up America and be heard – the silence is deafening

Awake Tea: 2

Awake Tea: 2 (Photo credit: basheertome)

Where is the outcry? In the short period of time after the attack on our embassy in Libya that resulted in the death of our ambassador the only thing we have heard is an apology for a movie trailer and the slow changing of position by the white house under intense pressure to finally admit the attacks were a terrorist act. But again, where is all the outrage here in the United States?

Where are the Free Speech Advocates? They come out of the woodwork to support the people who want to burn the flag, or display Jesus face down in excrement, or to protect individuals who want to arbitrarily protest at the funerals of our military deceased. But where are they now? I don’t hear anyone coming out to protect those rights of free speech when we are faced with multiple calls for censorship of any speech that muslims might consider offensive. Evidently, they are all fine with that. Perhaps, they feel if the muslims have their way, free speech will be protected?

Where are all the women? We heard “reproductive rights” are the #1 concern for the democratic party. Really? Bigger than the economy? Bigger than national security? That ship has sailed. We have Roe vs. Wade already and have for years, and have heard and debated every possible avenue of that argument. Perhaps we feel that women will have more access to equal employment and compensation, education and status in a society governed under muslim laws? Perhaps free contraceptives for all will be a serious concern?

Where are all the Hollywood stars and directors? I hear nothing but crickets. No support for rights to express oneself, regardless of how tacky and misguided the movie might be? Nothing? Perhaps they are thinking that if we are all guided by muslim laws we will be able to produce more insightful and controversial movies and documentaries? We can see how that plays itself out for the countries in the Middle East.

How about something from the Atheists? No? I am sure that whether or not you have to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance or face the horror of being affronted by a nativity scene over the Christmas Holiday will be the least of your worries.

Where are all the musicians who are so quick to support freedom of speech through music and support the current President? Bad news Jay-Z and Beyonce; I am thinking your music might be a little suppressed under muslim guidelines. But perhaps you have some inside information to the contrary? If not, explain the stunning silence coming from the music sector.

Where exactly is the outrage and defense of our freedoms and actions by the President of our country? This is a man that has been called the greatest orator of our generation. He sure doesn’t want to talk about this. Is it because he is too busy apologizing? I don’t actually think President Obama really wants our country to become muslim, despite what the evidence may indicate. Despite the fact that he has stated that the muslim call to prayer is the most beautiful sound in the world. I just think the man is completely confused, with a myopic world view and doesn’t know what to do. He is in over his head, and is incompetent. As I have mentioned in earlier posts, he has brought the entire Middle East to the brink of war through weakness, indecision and lack of any real direction.

We now have countries in the Middle East so emboldened that they use our own words to try to rationalize eliminating our freedoms and even here in the United States people are saying that free speech that criticizes Islam is a security threat to our country. A free country and freedom of religion means you are free to practice the religion of your choice or no religion at all if you wish. It doesn’t mean you are free to impose your will and the strictures of your religion upon everyone around you. Yet the United States is not viewed democratic because it doesn’t censor media that insults religion.

It is time to wake up and smell the coffee and make yourself heard. We have already tried to take the path of a President with no real qualifications for the job. Instead, we are worried that we might elect someone who has been too successful? Wake UP!

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Republican Values? Or American values?

Thought that might get your attention. The message coming out of the ruling party’s camp in recent days has been that we should all be dismissive of the individuals that spoke at the Republican Convention. Think about that for a moment. What is it exactly that is so “bad” about all these people?

• That they are “successful”?
• That they are articulate?
• That they seem to be caring and involved?
• That they are daughters and sons of immigrants – some first or second generation?
• That they had strong supportive words for family and the family members that positively influenced them?
• That they are fiscally responsible and in case after case, righted budget deficits. Many times without raising taxes?
• That they are polite?
• That most, perhaps all, have a religious affiliation?
• Many were businessmen and women, or were sons and daughters of entrepreneurs?
• That the messages they received from family and mentors when growing up was one of hope, dreams, drive and accomplishment?
• That they have held jobs and earned incomes?
• A positive attitude that we can make things better?
• That many were minorities?

Am I missing something here? These would seem to me to be qualities to emulated, not to be embarrassed of, right? I mean really, who among you thinks, “You know, I really hope my child doesn’t have any economic success when they grow up?” Or perhaps, “I hope my child grows up to be a self- centered jerk and I sure hope they are rude. And, wow, that whole optimism thing really gets on my nerves, you know? Actually, I hope they never have job – I mean really, the dream is to have someone give you the money. You know, someone who actually cares about us?”

For three days, I heard people relate positive vision, inspirational stories. Not how “someone” is trying to keep you down. I heard intelligent young people telling me how they took action to make things better in states and districts where they come from. I heard about people who came from humble backgrounds and through the efforts of grandparents and parents and family made their way to success and that wanted something more for their children and were willing to work for it. Not the language of hate and division. I heard stories of people that were not defined by race, gender religion or social class, but by the visions they had and the passion in their heart to achieve.

I surely can’t imagine the Democrats they would have issues with the fact that many speakers were of a differing ethnicity or female, right? I would hope the fact that it was a diverse group would be uplifting to everyone. Where else in the world could we see something like that?

Or is the issue simply that they are all Republican? Ok, stop hooting and hollering here. The point isn’t that they are Republicans. The point is Republican or Democrat is simply a political viewpoint. The point is that if you do accept all those qualities I listed at the beginning of this discussion – success, caring, responsible, and so on – as “positive”, and further, if you accept that those are qualities we would hope to see in our children, then really the only thing that is “bad” about this individuals, is that they are “Republican”. So does the sum of whether you are a good or a bad person, whether you lie or tell the truth, comes down not to content, not to the “body of work” of your life, but simply, which political party you belong to?

A number of news sites and political wonks have denigrated the group of individuals that participated in the Republican Convention, being so crass as to use terms like “trotting out brown faces” and other racially charged statements to try to take away from the accomplishments of these men and women. Suggesting that they accomplished nothing, and that only through tokenism are they in the position to speak. Essentially suggesting that they “didn’t build that”. Really? That is the legacy you want for your party? If you are diverse and a success, but you don’t vote for my party, you only got to where you are because of “special favors”, not because of your abilities. That is pretty offensive.

The news we have been getting from the Democratic Party is dominated by language divisiveness and of meanness. Ok, let me say there are some jerks out there on the left and right. I think we all know that, and most of the people out there tend to try to filter out those on the far left and the far right. They are extreme views, and yet they can be jerks. But I think a party chairperson is selected for the purpose of being representative of that party. These aren’t accidental; there is some deliberation that goes into this selection. The individual selected by the Democrats is one of the meanest, nastiest people I have heard in a long while. This individual is so far to the fringe, she has been taken to task by CNN media for her views and citations. If you haven’t already seen this clip from CNN, check out this link of Debbie Wasserman’s view for a very interesting view as to why accurately quoting someone or telling the truth doesn’t matter. Really?! The types of appointments can tell you a lot about the person. What does this tell you about our current President and the administration? I have yet to hear this person say a kind word about anyone. And the same goes for a positive word – everything is negative.

Ultimately, I hope everyone makes informed decisions about candidates during something as important as a national election for our President. But there is a huge volume of how much a candidate represents me, which in the media speak of the day means how much the candidate seems to be like me. Go back and look at the qualities I listed at the top. Do those feel like qualities that represent you? I know that they resonate for me. My spouse and I are the children of immigrants. There are entrepreneurs and employees in our family. My own grandfather started as a janitor and studied chemistry books in the evening so he could learn enough to work his way up to a Plant Superintendent position so my family would have some of the opportunities that we have today. I hope that next generation has that sort of opportunity and our children exhibit those very qualities demonstrated by the speakers.

I would love to hear the stories of your families and positive influences they have had on you.