Saturday, November 08, 2014

We Need A New Day


I might not always agree with the stance of my friends, but tell me this, do you really think many of these scary people we just voted into office have our best interests at heart? Do you?! I’m sure each has something to offer that is positive, but when what they say comes with a dose of mean-spirited rhetoric that quashes the spirit of many, its clear to me and should be to you too that they are not for all, and are only out for one person, themselves. (I think their bank accounts prove this point. I’ll go one step further to say, it proves our absurdity.)

It saddens me when politicians win by a narrow margin. It speaks to many things, how uninformed we are about that which is right in front of us. Yes, there is always going to be that politician we thought we could trust, but has since let us down, but I do believe we can do better, and it happens when we follow the trail of facts, which we are not doing.

I am a recovering Republican/Fundamentalist, and I very much agreed with the philosophy of both. However, once I began to think for myself, my world opened up into something beautiful.

To the liars, cheaters and manipulators… Defending your conduct when you know your actions are opportunistic is a deal breaker and a contributing factor to why so many feel depressed, unfulfilled, uninterested and reactionary with a defeatist attitude.

You continue to justify your position with ignorance and pretension because you don’t take time to look in the mirror to see the real you. Your life evolves around quantity, but never quality. Your mission statement is of truth, or so you think, preaching the need for change, but yet you don’t. Why?

It saddens me gravely to know there are many in power that are not living up to a higher standard. Power demands you set good examples to lead by, nurturing all who look upon you for guidance. Now more than ever we need to be cognizant of our every move, but not so much to the point of paranoia.

I keep hearing, "I’m sorry," but do you really know what that means? So many are simply apologetic because they were caught in their acts of greed, but how many are truly remorseful for their behavior?

Yes, we all make mistakes, but too many justify their incompetence, creating a smarmy appearance. Every time you stand before me and lie I feel as though I must run and take a shower, because your deception makes me feel incredibly dirty. I am tired of being repeatedly raped by your carefully structured premeditated acts of repulsion.

I am tired of your blatant attempts to undermine my intelligence, striking fear at the core of my being to radically and unjustifiably beat me down so that I submit to your philosophy, which is nothing more then a ruse so that you can act out, all the while having your cake and eating it too.


For many, it’s time you be removed from your bully pulpits. Others need to step down without fighting for what appears to be a lost cause. A good portion of you need to stop hiding behind your God.

Who am I talking about? Where do I begin? John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, just to name a few. I am tired of the career politician. I could go on and on with my list of toxic leaders who are dishing out canned responses to ignite the public, bolster careers and gain them a status after they’re long gone, but I digress because we’ve spent too much news time on these pathetic losers.

It’s truly sad that so many of us refuse or don’t care to dive into the real history of these freaks of nature. We look at snippets from the news, legitimizing our actions and resolve to identify or support a person(s). I think it’s time we use more brainpower when choosing sides and looking for stronger examples of authority. Might I ask, where is the leader in you?

We must look at ourselves to insure we are living our best lives. We must never be voyeurs or gossipmongers. It’s time to look in the mirror and count the ugly faces. How many do you see? Live your best life by being true to you, honest to others and allowing quality to supersede your need for quantity.

If you get anything from my rant allow it to be this… Think for yourself. Understand it’s OK to be different, that being part of a group is not always such a good thing. More importantly, get the facts!

The people shouting the loudest have the least idea of what the hell they are talking about.  True! – paerki





















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"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." - Susan B. Anthony

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