Anxiety issues – War, lawsuits and politics. (Rant)

Right now the world is experiencing an anxiety moment. We have the Russian invasion of Ukraine that is dragging on and on. We have lawsuits in the U.S. over mental health issues and gun rights and we have U.S. politics, which like it or not really affects everyone. This post is just going to air some of the issues out. Most of these things are making people more anxious and the net bottom line of the post here is, there is nothing you can do about it.

Let’s get the taboo part out of the way first. Former president Donald Trump has been indicted in NY. I know I mentioned Trump, the post is doomed from here on out. Here is the thing, I am not a democrat or republican. I did not vote for Trump (or Biden) and I will not vote for either in 2024. People have been going after Trump for years now. Some of it is complete B.S. (Russian collusion) some of it seems legit to me. I don’t know what is true and what isn’t anymore. Everyone is so biased and hell bent on getting “the other side” I stopped listening.

If he committed crimes, put him in jail but can we also go after all the other politicians in the U.S. who have committed crimes too? It’s not just Trump, regardless of how you feel about him. For my foreign viewers out there I want to be crystal clear to you on my opinion of the U.S. federal government. I believe it is among the most corrupt governments in the world. Between foreign influences, lobbyists, self interest….. It’s broken.

The U.S. needs viable alternatives to the Democrat and Republican Parties.

The battles over mental health and gun rights. So let us be clear about something. The 2nd amendment in fact guarantees U.S. citizens the right to “bare arms”. There is no getting around it. The context in which it was written IS VERY IMPORTANT. It was to ensure that the citizens have the ability to challenge their government should it become a tyranny. You know at the time they had just kicked a tyrant out and it was normal citizens, with their PERSONAL FIRE ARMS that did it. Is that still applicable today? Yes, it is. As I have said, the U.S. federal government is corrupt, I don’t trust them regardless of what party is in power.

Does that mean I should be able to run down the street with an AK-47? No. Does it mean I should have the right to own one to defend my home and property against illegal seizure? YES, that was the intent of the 2nd amendment. Most gun owners in the U.S. are law-abiding citizens. They have no problem with background checks, mental health evaluations etc to obtain a fire arm. The reality is, there are many people out there with a mental illness and they need help. I would rather the U.S. government send to the states billions in aid to help with the mental health crisis then send billions to Ukraine.

This issue keeps coming up, someone goes on a rampage and guns are to blame. Get rid of the firearms and that person still has a mental illness. So they use knives the next time (hello to all my UK friends, sound familiar?) so what we ban knives next? It’s like going to the Dr and telling her your foot hurts and she says “take an aspirin”. Yes the pain goes away but why was the foot hurting? The root cause isn’t fixed, so when people start talking about addressing the epidemic of mental illness issues in U.S. society I will take gun control more seriously. Trying to ban firearms is a waste of time, the constitution is clear on this it will never stick. More evidence of the corruption of the U.S. federal government, those arguing for gun control know it will not get past the Supreme Court, it’s a play on your emotions and it’s sinister.

Last, we have politics. In the U.S. the 2024 presidential election (which is Nov 24) is heating up now. Trump is being charged in NY. He is the leading candidate for one of the largest political parties in the U.S. Now please be objective for a minute. What would you say if, in the run up to an election in any other country, the opposition leader was being charged with crimes after YEARS of legal proceedings? The 2024 U.S. presidential election is going to be one of, if not the ugliest we have ever seen.

We have had some beauts in the past but do not think for one second this is it for Trump. He thrives in an arena where he has to fight and all of the people out there counting him out are a lot of the same people who said he could not win in 16, and he did. Things are going to get uglier here and for those of us with anxiety that isn’t good news. I wish I had some magic wand to wave and make it all go away but I do not. Buckle up and take care of yourself, the ride is going to get bumpy.

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Surviving 2020 & covid

Which box do I get to be in today?

I actually do read other blogs, participate in forum discussions and surf discords. In my journey’s on the internet I have crossed paths with many different people from all over the world, the internet is awesome in that regard. 2020 has been a remarkable year in so many ways. It’s really manifested itself in how upfront and confrontational people are when they are on the other side of a computer screen, masked by a VPN…

So the box question in the title? Quick background. I like many of you I suspect have beliefs that are dynamic. Simply put its hard to just lump us into a category of beliefs based on one singular issue. Of course in 2020 doing this to other people is a sport. It makes it easier to minimalize what they are saying, dismiss it our right and then make them a villain for even daring to think it.

Couple of examples:

  • I was interacting on a forum that pertains to fire arms. Yes, I am a gun owner and believe strongly in the 2nd amendment. On this particular forum there are a lot of very conservative people, to the point where some of them assume that your participation in said forum affirms your political affinity. We started talking about LGBTQ and the military. You can imagine the foolishness that ensued. I hold the position that it doesn’t matter what race, gender, sexual preference a person holds if they wish to serve their country they should be able to with all the benefits as anyone else. As you can imagine all hell broke loose. At the end I was put into the “Radical leftist” box, because I simply believe in equal rights.
  • I was in a discord that was talking about election results. This was a very heavy liberal leaning discussion which doesn’t bother me. The discord is actually run by an old gaming friend of mine and I was talking with 4-5 other people. We started talking about Trump and I stated that I thought Trump did a great job on trade issues, specifically how he handled the trade imbalance with China and how he stood up to them. It got ugly fast, I immediately became a “fascist”. The vitriol was so bad I ended up just log off. Prior to leaving I reminded those I was chatting with (including my gaming friend) that I was no trump supporter I simply believed on that one issue he was right. I swear prior to logging off one of them was nearly in tears, it was bad.
Maybe the answer is to just log off

So I don’t know what box I fall into anymore. I mean there are some things where I am classically a conservative (like gun rights) but personal liberty? I am most definitely far left. I suppose I am a paradox, like many people out there. 2020 has been an ugly year, and it’s been made uglier by embolden people at a keyboard. Sure some of them are trolls but the anonymity of the internet (or the illusion of anonymity) has made average people uglier in how they interact with others.

You likely dealt with some of this too and I am here to say to you, it’s okay. It’s okay to feel how you feel to be passionate about specific issues and to discuss them with other people and be adamant about how you feel. When you come to the point of labeling, canceling, shouting, demeaning, ridiculing, posturing you create a toxic environment where people don’t want to talk to you at all and ignore you.

That is how someone like Donald Trump gets 70+ million votes and how he won in 2016. If you don’t stop now, something much worse than Trump will present itself and all those people you shouted down for years won’t listen to your warnings. It may be that the box you chose to place them in has more people in it then the box you chose to reside.

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