Journal Entry – 8.22.2017

It is 12:59 PM on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017.

For this post I just plan on free-writing, so it could be a bit of a ramble.

I’m very tired of the news and politics, so much so that I just want to shut it all out.  It makes me feel as though the entire country has gone crazy and we’re no longer in all this together as Americans.  America is a country where you just care about the individual and screw everyone else according to Republicans and the current President.  I really don’t like this type of thinking but since this is something I cannot control the only choice I have is to shut it out, to think differently and look for other places to belong instead of the umbrella “American” identification.

I believe that this way of thinking isn’t ‘American,’ at all.  Republicans will tell you that America is all about individualism and this is shown by the desire to cut 22 million people off of healthcare, of looking out only for the corporations and so on but I see things differently.  America was built also on groups and people looking out for each other.  This idea occurred to me as I’m exploring the local Cub Scout group.  What could be more American than the Cub and Boy Scouts!  They are about bettering the community, of being in a ‘pack,’ and about learning better skills as a group.  One also cannot ignore the historical value of the church in bringing people together and forming a community.  The church was where people worshiped yes, but also where they gathered, made friends and had a group to belong to.

Unfortunately the Republicans have created an atmosphere where you’re just in this for yourself and screw everyone else.  At least that is the way I see it.  And so I’m turning away from politics, just as current government has turned away from me.  Instead I’ll concentrate my attentions here locally, in groups of people that like to socialize, enjoy helping each other and making the community better.

It is hard to believe the state of things now days.  The current President has the support of the KKK and Neo-Nazi groups and a few people I know and trust will defend him even when there are KKK and Neo-Nazis running around.  They’ll point their finger at the anti-fa and say, see, see!  Nazis and KKK can never be defended even if another group is being violent and destructive.  To the clear thinking person, the KKK and Neo-Nazis hate people for who they are, for the color of their skin.  The anti-fa is also violent and destructive but one cannot defend or deflect hate groups by pointing fingers at another destructive group.  It amazes me how seemingly regular people are actually doing this these days.  There is no excuse.

In movies, stories and books a good human being always cheers for the kind person, the one who rises above the fray and helps others.  Someone like Superman who coincidentally was created on the American ideal.  People that defend the KKK and Neo-Nazis have forgotten this idea and have created a very twisted version of American history.  This is Fox News and other right wing outlets doing, they cannot shirk the blame here.  They have created a culture of hate and a President Trump and the current KKK and Neo-Nazi protests are a direct result.  To make matters worse politicians are elected that hold the same beliefs and it makes one lose complete faith in the system.  These leaders are not the wise old man of the great stories, they are in it for themselves, to hold on to their careers and this is not something you’d expect from the most powerful nation in the history of the planet.

Well, that is my ramble and I’m tired of thinking about it.

By Mateo de Colón

Global Citizen! こんにちは!僕の名前はマットです. Es decir soy Mateo. Aussi, je m'appelle Mathieu. Likes: Languages, Cultures, Computers, History, being Alive! \(^.^)/