During my years living in Merida, I have met a number of people from the southern United States. They have many endearing qualities and the one I love best, is their habit of prefacing any criticism with, “Well, bless your heart, but…”
Today’s post is not meant to offend any private individuals, but I do have a point to make. So I’ll borrow the southern expression…
Bless your hearts but… citizens of the United States of America … you have important work to do.
You’ll notice I am not calling you “Americans”. You do not have sole claim to that moniker; every man, woman and child who lives in North, Central or South America is an “American”. It is important for everyone to be conscious of this. And what happens in the United States of America has a direct effect on all us other “Americans”.
I do not believe that citizens of the USA are aware of how the insidious power brokers of their country are selling them down the river. And the rest of us are caught in the current.
Many wrongs need to be righted, but to me these are the four BIGGIES:
- In the USA, the NRA and other gun lobbying groups defend the “constitutional right to bear arms”. But think about it? Do you believe those fat cats care about your constitutional rights? All they want is to continue the escalation of weapons manufacturing; it is a multi-billion dollar industry.
- Global warming is real and it is frightening. It is caused by the emission of greenhouse gases. The top two emitters are: China: (9697 million tons (MT) or 28.6%) and the USA: 5420 MT or 16.0%. The population of China is about 1,379,400,000. In the USA it is about 325,000,000. So China is a bigger polluter by 12 %, but it does have 1 billion+ more people. Donald Trump calls global warming a “hoax”. He claims climate science is “bullshit” and he’s even described it (supposedly as a joke) a “Chinese conspiracy”. What kind of a person would say such a thing?
- Donald Trump is blaming legal and illegal immigrants for the scarcity of jobs and the sluggish economy in the USA. That’s utter BS. According to the University of Southern California at Santa Cruz report I read, 94% of the USA’s newly-generated wealth is in the hands of 20% of the population (and 42% of that amount belongs to the top 1%). This of course means that 80% of the USA’s population manages only 6%. No wonder so little cash is circulating.
- Racial tension and religious intolerance are once again boiling topics in the United States. We are born with lots or just a little pigment in our skin; how can that be a valid reason for liking or disliking someone else? The right to worship (or not) is as big a constitutional right as the one that allows people to “pack ‘em”. Is upholding some rights more profitable than others? D’ya think?
Something is definitely not working. Not at all.
The upcoming presidential election has me fearing for the future.
How can Donald Trump even be considered as a candidate?
Can you imagine this man holding the codes that could launch a nuclear strike?
Remember how the “free world” rejoiced when the Berlin wall came down? Now Trump wants to build one along the USA-Mexico border. He has vowed to impose tariffs — in the range of 15 to 35 percent — on companies that move their operations to Mexico.
He proposes the use of ethnic and religious profiling to prevent terrorism. He said he would implement a database system to track Muslims living in the United States. Does no one remember how Jews were “tracked” prior to 1939, and what happened after that?
Trump has called for the police to arrest those who protest at his rallies. Isn’t freedom of assembly also a constitutional right?
He says that he tends to err on the side of security, over privacy. Trump supports bringing back now-expired provisions of the “Patriot Act” that allow the NSA to collect and store bulk telephone metadata.
The Free Press Action Fund, a group of tech policy activists, rated Trump the worst 2016 presidential candidate for “citizens’ digital lives,” citing his support of internet censorship and opposing net neutrality.
Several Democrats have told me, “It doesn’t matter if I vote because Trump will lose” – “Bernie Sanders was my man and since he lost, I refuse to vote.” – “The election won’t matter; it will be business as usual no matter who wins”. They have also informed me that the state of the country is in a total shambles after Barak Obama’s two terms.
Bless their hearts, but I think that is a total cop-out.
How could Obama have done better? The Republican congress and senate blocked every initiative. Yet through it all, he hung on to his dignity. History will judge the opposition harshly. This period will be known as the last stand of the creepy old white men. Times have changed – they should have joined the rest of the XXI Century.
It is not a legal obligation for citizens of the United States to vote, but I believe it is a moral duty. Trump supporters will be heading to the polls for sure, so those who are not his deluded fan boys and girls, need to get out there and defend all the rest of us who live on the planet. We cannot vote. We depend on you.
This blog does not have a huge audience, but I am using it to state my views. Maybe it is not my place to do so – but I don’t care – I want US citizens to know how people in other countries feel. If this post spurs any eligible voters to get registered and show up on November 8th, I will be thrilled. Every vote counts.
For the good of us all, do not let this election be decided by neglect.
Please go to to this website now https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote