Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Islam is winning


Islam is winning.

Islam wants to make the whole world part of its ‘Ummah.’ In other words, all of us to become Muslims.  The Koran commands it. Muhammad, when he first decided he was having revelations from Allah, tried to persuade people to follow him,  and when persuasion didn't work very well, he used treachery and murder instead. The more followers he managed, the bigger army he had at his command. He used his army to make himself rich, give his ‘soldiers’ plenty of booty to share, including of course, slaves, and the more he was able to force Islam onto his neighbours.
Those we now call Islamists are active in following his example. Mostly, they use modern tactics such as demanding concessions that no other religion would think of demanding, by using the absurdities of modern-day political correctness, and by depicting themselves as victims of Islamophobia at the slightest excuse, sometimes a manufactured excuse.
And they use terrorism. 'We will not be beaten,' people say whenever there is a new terrorist outrage. 'They may have guns but we have flowers.'  And,  'We will not allow them to make us afraid.'
No?  In Turin, Italy, 4th June, 2017, one and a half thousand people were hurt stampeding from a bang, possibly from a fire-cracker.  People might try and convince themselves that terror is not winning, but when so many people can be hurt because of an imaginary bomb, then it is clearly winning.
It is winning in many, many ways.
Each time some commentator speaks of the issue of terrorism without using the words 'Islam,'  'Muslim'  or even 'Islamist,'  then it is a win for Islam. The Australian ABC is laughable for its avoidance of any hint that Islam might have something to do with terrorism, even though almost every terrorist attack in the last fifteen years has been by Muslims in pursuit of its Islamist agenda.
They win each time a terrorism 'expert' pretends that Islamist terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. Waleed Aly, TV presenter and Muslim did a lengthy report on terrorism, and blamed it on everything else but Islam. (http://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/waleed-aly-on-terrorism-no-mention-of-islam/news-story/33a81d0c970b2f796ddf3c203e23877e)
They win when ordinary people hesitate to use the word 'Muslim' when it is obviously a Muslim. There was a ludicrous example in regard to the second London Bridge attack (June 3rd, 2017) - a witness saw one of the perpetrators with his knife, he was shouting 'This is for Allah,'  and yet the witness 'couldn't say' whether he was a Muslim. I guess he thought that if he said it was a Muslim, then he would be 'racist.'  But if he was that close, he was lucky not to have had the knife slashing at his throat, and that is a lot more serious than simply being called a stupid word.
Each time a blogger gets criticised for telling it like it is, that is also a win for the Islamists. Some facebook accounts are repeatedly closed down because they speak of Islam - not 'hate speech,'  nothing that actually threatens Muslims for being Muslims, but merely for explaining the facts of the religion. 
Each time that schools bow to pressure and make special concessions to Muslims, it is a win for Islam and a defeat of Western values of civilisation. Some schools are now making their students learn about Islam, except that they only learn the dressed up version, not the facts. There was one school that had a 'Hijab Day.'  Hijabs are a sign of the subjugation of women. They have no place in schools or anywhere else.


Islam wins every time some asinine popstar says something like all we need is love and understanding and terrorists will no longer be terrorists. Such blatant idealism, such willful blindness, only delays the day we see the enemy and finally start to fight. 




Islam wins when those who calls themselves 'feminist' refuse to call them out on their misogyny.  Some have worn hijabs and called it feminist!  Anne Aly, Labor MP and former ABC personality, called it 'the most feminist religion.'  (March, 2017)  It states in the Koran that  a woman is worth half of a man, and that a husband should beat a wife from whom he fears disobedience. In the most Islamic of states they cover her in a black shroud as if she was not a person at all. Feminist? Baloney.
Islam wins when eyes are deliberately turned away from Islamic practices such as the forced marriage of underage girls.  It especially wins when a truly awful Islamic practice, female genital mutilation, is defended.  Germaine Greer!  She was once a highly respected feminist.  Now she equates FGM with voluntary cosmetic surgery.  It is a very different thing, lady!  Ask Ayaan Hirsi Ali.  (http://triggeralert.blogspot.com.au/2011/01/germaine-greer-on-male-female-genital.html) 

Indonesia, once regarded as a 'moderate' Islamic nation. A Christian politician was charged with blasphemy because he ventured to say that it was not a Koranic command that Muslims could only vote for Muslims. That was a very big and very significant win for Islam.  Ahok (aka Basuki Tjahaja Purnama) is now serving a two year prison term for blasphemy.  (http://www.smh.com.au/world/jailing-of-jakarta-governor-ahok-puts-focus-back-on-indonesian-blasphemy-laws-20170512-gw3f40.html) 
Islam wins when European nations pass laws that outlaw criticism of Islam. That is a particularly sinister development. 
Islam wins when formerly modernising countries turn more and more to the severe form of Islam. Look at pictures of countries such as Iran and Afghanistan in the 1960s, and look at them now. Pity the poor women now enveloped in black. In Saudi Arabia, a woman is not permitted outside the house without the escort of a male guardian.
Islam wins when atheist bloggers are executed, and it wins when, in more and more areas, the brutality of Sharia Law is embraced.
Islam wins when Muslim communities succeed in making their area a 'No go'  area for others, including police. There are said to be more and more 'no go'  areas throughout Europe. There should be none.
And it wins when an occasional blogger - like myself - wonders about possible repercussions before pressing 'publish.'   






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Learn about Islam. It is important.

Suggested books:

1.  Bill Warner, PHD, translation of the Koran and the Hadith, books about Islam. From Amazon: 'Bill Warner holds a PhD in physics and mathematics. He has been a university professor, businessman, and applied research physicist.
Warner had a life-long interest in religions, including Islam, and their effects on history and civilizations. After the 9/11 New York jihad attacks, he began working on making the Islamic political doctrine, which impacts non-Muslims, available to the average person. 
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=bill+warner%2C+koran





2. Ayaan Hirsi Ali knows Islam as few others know it. She has written several books, every single one of them a learning experience for the reader.



3. 'The Story of Mohammad'   
            Harry Richardson.  

Based on the Hadith, one of the 'Holy' books of Islam, this is the story of Muhammad's life. Richardson puts it in order, and makes it easy to understand while never deviating from what is accepted as truth by Muslims.  
This book is truly an eye-opener.















Thursday, 16 February 2017

Learning about Islam.


Some of us think we can learn about Islam by listening to what is said about it - like that 'Islam is a religion of peace'  or  that the idea of terrorism is not Islam, but a perversion of the teachings.

Some of us look to the sources, the 'Holy' books, the Koran, the Hadith and the Sira.  If that is not alarming enough, we can read books by those who have lived it.  Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an exceptional woman. I cannot recommend her books highly enough.

And there are idealists who travel to Islamic countries, partly for adventure, and partly to learn.  Maya Maquis is one.  I very much recommend her book, because this is from experience.



Here is what she says about it.

I’ve Learnt My Lesson is about events and my experiences of working as a teacher in the United Arab Emirates, and how my perception of life and my politically correct attitude towards Islam changed. It’s a book that deals mostly with small events; the things that make up our daily lives. But, it is in our daily lives that we exist and through which we experience happiness, pain and make decisions. It is a book about how, when every aspect of our daily lives is scrutinized, we start to live under a dark shadow that, at best, prevents us from participating fully in life. It is a book that zooms in on everyday life in the UAE, and implicitly reminds us how precious freedom is and that we must never take it for granted.






To buy this book, check online booksellers such as Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Ive-Learnt-My-Lesson-Moderate-ebook/dp/B01G8X5YT4/ref
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And it is vitally important to learn about Islam
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Some Muslim leaders are saying that they are already 'taking over' in the West.  In some areas, usually referred to as 'No Go' zones, they are.
So yes, LEARN ABOUT ISLAM.  Instead of decrying those who raise concerns as 'racist' or 'bigots' or whatever,  make the effort to learn what you are talking about.



First, of course, the Koran, but note that some experts say that the English translations have been 'softened' for Western readers. for example, two versions of one particular verse. 
Koran,  22:19  'Garments of fire have been prepared for the unbelievers. Scalding water shall be poured upon their heads, melting their skins and that which is in their belly. They shall be lashed with rods of iron.'  Compared to  Qu'ran 22:19.  'Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies.' 

The first is the translation that I have.  And that 'softened' version was still quite enough for me to be totally disgusted, especially with the tedious and repeated threats of dreadful punishments in hell for the unbelievers.  

But those different translations - No 'unbeliever' is going to be worried about a threat of punishment in a hell they don't believe in, but we all should be worried if Muslims are being directly told to punish the unbelievers. ISIS, for instance, seem to delight in devising wicked tortures for unbelievers, and those tortures have included being burned or boiled alive, just as the second translation of that particular verse commands.

There is a book I have only recently read, which I very much recommend. It is based on the account of Muhammad's life as told in the Hadith. (one of the three accepted 'holy' books of Islam.)






In the scorching sands of Arabia, Mohammed ibn Abdullah (The Prophet Mohammed) had a problem. After preaching for 13 years he had attracted on average just 12 followers a year to his new religion of Islam. Worse still, half the people in his home town of Mecca wanted to kill him. After fleeing to Medina however, things would change dramatically. 
Over the course of the next 9 years, this orphaned shepherd boy would develop the most devastating system of conquest ever devised; Jihad. He would become King of all Arabia and convert the entire Peninsula to Islam. Even his enemies would be forced to worship at his feet. 

After his death the uneducated desert Arabs would burst out on an unsuspecting world. Using this same system of Jihad, they would conquer both of the world’s greatest empires in just a few short years. Within 3 decades they would control the majority of the Middle East, North Africa and Northern India. Today the empire of Islam comprises 1.3 billion people and it is the fastest growing religion on the planet. Is it a religion of peace or of endless violence? Does it advocate suffocating sexual morality or sex slavery and harems? How can both the moderates and extremists be true Muslims? The surprising answers to these questions and more reveal themselves as this incredible story unfolds. 
The material in this book is drawn directly from the foundational texts of Islam. Instead of merely quoting the texts however, it explains how they came into being and how they relate to each other. It then provides the key which unlocks their true meanings.Armed with this knowledge, readers are then able to make their own interpretations and draw their own conclusions. References are provided throughout and every effort is made to assist the reader to do their own research should they wish. 
Despite the serious nature, the story itself is gripping and fast paced. Mohammed’s exploits constitute one of the greatest adventure stories of all time. Importantly, his life is the basis for the religion of Islam. By knowing his story, we can understand the forces which drive both militant and peaceful Muslims. It explains the mindset of the modern Jihadists and predicts the inevitable rise of ultra militant groups such as ISIS, Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda. 




  

Anything by Ayaan Hirsi Ali will be valuable.  She grew up in the faith, at one time, became more and more devout, and then started thinking until she finally saw what it was all about. 


Biography as shown on Amazon - 


Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, was raised Muslim, and spent her childhood and young adulthood in Africa and Saudi Arabia. In 1992, Hirsi Ali came to the Netherlands as a refugee. She earned her college degree in political science and worked for the Dutch Labor party. She denounced Islam after the September 11 terrorist attacks and now serves as a Dutch parliamentarian, fighting for the rights of Muslim women in Europe, the enlightenment of Islam, and security in the West.





Muslims who grow up in the faith seldom know much about it. The favoured method of teaching is to memorise as much as possible without any attempt at understanding. Brain-washing, in other words. To some extent, it is similar to Christians, who might have gone to church every Sunday of their life, but all the same, know little of their faith. They have never done any thinking for themselves. 

 And it is why Muslims can earnestly and honestly declare that theirs is a beautiful faith, and do not quite understand  how those who are more devout can take the faith as justification for horrific crimes.  The Koran says that it is fine to do whatever they like to the unbelievers, and the Hadith tells them stories of Muhammad's deeds - the lies and the murders and the betrayals of innocent people.  Muhammad is the perfect example of a man, so Muslims believe, and so what he does has to be right.  It means Muslims can find easy justification for whatever crimes they commit as long as it against an 'infidel.'  


There is the added problem that the Koran is not in chronological order.  Instead it is arranged according to length of chapter, presumably to make it easier to memorise.  Contradictions become obvious, sometimes explained away as the 'duality'  of Islam, often with the addition that no unbeliever can hope to understand it without years of study.  

But all it needs is to be put in order, and then read with the knowledge that later verses 'abrogate'  or supersede earlier ones.  Many of the verses that are used to pretend that Islam is peaceful are from the early period of Muhammad's life when he lived in Mecca. But then he moved to Medina and discovered that war gained him far more followers than persuasion. 


From then on, he advocates violence. Islam is not a religion of peace. In one sense, it is not a religion at all, as there is no moral teaching at its core. At its core, Islam is an ideology of war.






I set my first book in a Muslim country.  ' Not a Man'  -  'from child of the slums to Oxford Graduate, this is the story of Shuki Bolkiah, modern day eunuch.' 






' Not a Man'  was followed by a sequel and then three more. It is only in the fourth that I directly speak of the religion.

Meriam is Shuki's niece. She is a bright and beautiful girl who loathes wearing the cover-all 'makrebi.'   As is the norm, she knows nothing of sex, and therefore does not realise when she is running into danger. She is raped and becomes pregnant, a disaster in the culture. Her mother does not want her to be killed 'for honour'  and appeals to Shuki, her brother.  Shuki gives Meriam a home in a civilised Western country.


It is not a smooth ride for Meriam. The beating that she suffered from her father has left her with the conviction that she is a terrible, terrible sinner. She tries to be the very best Muslim that she can possibly be. Only when she manages to throw off the conditioning can she make a good life for herself. 

Check online booksellers to buy any of my books.  Paperbacks also available.

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

The Death Mother





It is such a sad thing to see when people are old, in pain, and only want an end to it.  My mother told me once how she envied one of the other old ones in the Nursing Home - that she went to bed one night and just didn't wake up. She said that she wasn't the only one who envied her.

One of her poems.  It was written when my father was in a Nursing Home, some years before she was forced to enter one herself.






Nursing Home:

Imprisoned within helpless bodies,  
crying voicelessly to unheeding gods to set them free.
Tired nurses patiently coax unwanted nourishment between reluctant lips.
Loud cheerful voices strive valiantly to penetrate the pall of apathy.
Sad wives and dutiful children come and go,  hopefully bearing gifts
that cannot heal the grieving spirit,  mourning lost independence,
pride and dignity,  believing itself unloved,  unlovable.
Bewildered wanderers pace endlessly,  seeking in vain their own lost selves,
forever haunted by vague memories of a distant yesterday,
of tasks unfinished,  promises unfulfilled.
A desolate figure waits forlornly by locked doors,  
imploring embarrassed passers-by to take him home.
In my dreams their yearning eyes still follow me,  
pleading hands reach out to me,
And a lonesome voice keeps calling,  calling
“Is anybody there?”


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My mother only wanted to be free.  She wanted to die.  And one night, I dreamed it, though the dream was not really of my mother, but another old, old lady who needed to die. Someone I didn't know, or my dream did not tell me.  

This is how my story began.  These are the first paragraphs.

It was a dream that began it, not just the dream, but the feeling that went with it - the feeling of an enormous love and compassion. I held the poor, poor, skinny old lady in my arms. I held her with love, and she felt no pain from all of the sore spots and all of the aches that go with an old, old body. She weighed nothing at all, and I held her so gently. She needed to die. She needed to leave the body that was only a burden for her. It had been so long since she'd been young and free. For years she had yearned for an end to the suffering. She wanted to endure no longer.

And I gave her that. That body in my arms, weightless, feeling no pain for the first time in years. And she died. I gave her that. She died, and I carefully put her back in her bed and covered her. She was finally gone, finally free, finally without pain. Love. Compassion. And I freed her.
I didn't lose that dream when I woke, though if there were details, they were lost. What led up to it, what happened afterwards - if those things had been part of that dream, they were not retained. Just the feeling of an overwhelming love and compassion. And then the poor old, old lady was finally free.



The setting for my story is a Nursing Home. It is based on one that I knew, one that my mother lived in for some years. I called the fictional town Conjellaback, and that is based on the town that I knew.  The illustration I used for the cover is from a park in that town.  There was a cold, foggy morning, and it seemed so apt for the sadness that was with me at the time, sadness for my mother's pain, for her sadness. 





There were birds, some of them in flight, or just beginning to take off.

It was like when a spirit might be finally released from a world of pain, or so it seemed to me.









The character in her own words - 'just a very ordinary, middle-aged lady. Grey-haired, a worn face, and my own beginning aches and pains, the sign of what was to come, the trials that old people endure every day.' 

It began as a dream, but it turned out to be so. Shirley finds she can make people die, just by dreaming it, and then merely by thinking it.

         It makes for an interesting thought - what would you do if you found you had this ability?

          Old people who need to die?  Many disagree with euthanasia.
What about wicked people, people whose deaths would benefit the world?
What would you do?


What Shirley does is in my book - 'The Death Mother,' just released. 


Tea Tree Lake, Mortlake



My mother was a very clever lady.  Another of her poems is about the sadness of Dementia patients - the 'lost souls.'  



LOST    
                             Alison McRae                               



Why do you pace so restlessly?
What drives those weary feet?
Do you seek in vain the home you knew?
Is there someone you’re longing to meet?

Are you far away in your boyhood,
Dawdling up to the school on the hill?
Hearing the bell,  knowing you’re late.
Can it be you are hearing it still?
*
Do you search for the girl you loved long ago?
Is she standing there by the gate?
You hasten your step as the sun goes down,
Fearing she might not wait.
*
Do you call to the wife and children
Who shared your yesterday?
You must be with them before night falls,
But somehow you can’t find the way.
*
Oh,  troubled mind and grieving heart,
Uncomforted,  lonely,  distressed.
May you find again the self that is lost,
When you go at last to your rest.

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This book is available as an ebook from Smashwords, and as an ebook and paperback from Amazon and other online booksellers. 

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Sunday, 29 January 2017

The sad and deep divide in America



The recent election in America has exposed some deep divides within America.  What is disturbing is the hatred that is now heaped up by both parties.  The Left appear to be more hate-filled and far more violent, but maybe that is only because their candidate (Hillary Clinton)  lost, while the Conservative candidate,  Donald Trump,  won.

The Liberals are now mocked and derided - 'crybabies,'  'snowflakes,'  and 'buttercups.' It is reported that colleges provided  'crying rooms,' days off lectures,  and counselling to help their students recover from their 'grief.'  


That is as reported by various commentators.  I find the sillier things hard to believe, and yet so much that is very silly turns out to be true these days. 

But do 'snowflakes' and 'buttercups' commit violence against those whom they assume to have voted the other way?  If not, who are these haters?  The same ones who carry signs that say 'Love Trumps Hate?'



There have been many reports of violence against Trump supporters. 

There have also been reports of a sudden upsurge in violence against minorities that Trump is supposed to have unleashed, but like those after Brexit, most seem to turn out to be falsified.  




There was the Women's March, 21st January.  It was supposed to be for Women's Rights, but in reality, was more of a protest against Trump. 


Here is a report of one woman's experience.  Jodi Walker and a friend  were accidentally caught up when the March spread further than expected.

See the full video here - https://www.facebook.com/marjorie.mcrae.3?sk=approve&highlight=1514246165272033&log_filter=review&notif_t=tagged_with_story&notif_id=1485665693247138


To sum up: - 'A girl went after Angie, and I told her not to go after a pregnant woman, and she said she didn't care.'


This is despicable.  A "Women's March' that included women who would attack a pregnant woman!  That is not anything for the welfare of women.  








Jodi and the friend were able to escape courtesy of a Unity Float made by Rob Cortis.
She thanks him on facebook  







Rob Cortis, I am the one that shot this video. I see you got my friends video too. I never properly thanked you, or maybe I did? I was a bit freaked out, or as my friend said tripping, so I am not sure. Thank you, for saving us and getting us out safely. I do not believe we would have made out alive, let alone unharmed without your help. I do recall seeing what I thought was a young man/teen in your truck. I remember thinking he was close to my son's age, and wondered how he was dealing with it all. I hope he is fine mentally, as I am still "tripping". Thanks again, it feels inadequate but it is all I can think to say.


Those assumed to have backed Trump have been abused for months, well before the actual election. 


One of the nastiest was from Hillary Clinton -  


"To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables," Clinton said. "Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it."

Clinton 'apologised' for that statement, but in my opinion, the way the 'apology' was put only added to the insult. The contempt her team showed for ordinary people is a real factor in her loss. 

Stormy seas
Image from the British Library

The newspapers did not hesitate to follow her lead, and even now, when they try to analyse the unexpected result (unexpected to them)  they are still happy to denigrate Trump voters.  The general consensus appears to be that Trump voters were white, religious and not highly educated  - 'not highly educated' implying stupid.  (These days, I would say rather that 'less educated'  means there has been less time to be thoroughly indoctrinated, such is the sad state of education)


But how would they know who voted which way?  Ask?  But many Conservative voters have learned to keep their mouths shut in the face of so much nastiness directed at them for having different opinions - part of the reason that the polls were repeatedly saying that Clinton was ahead.  
(Other reasons include biased sampling by biased groups.)   



So it's a guess.  And while 'white' should not be an insult, and neither should 'religious'  be an insult, they both are used as insults in these crazy days.

Basically, anyone who is seen to have supported Trump is labelled 'Racist,' 'Bigot,' and 'Islamophobe.' One said that it was not that a person voted the 'wrong'way that they could not be forgiven, it is what it said about them - that underneath there was some sort of a foul person whom they had just not seen before. 



A rocky Thanksgiving celebration for some

The saddest thing was Thanksgiving, such a big thing in America. I saw facebook posts saying that they would not be going home for Thanksgiving because their parents had probably voted for Trump. My guess is that these were mostly college students, the fees paid for by their hard-working parents.






Insults go both ways, of course.  Some are quite creative: 


Bill Maher - 'Democrats remind people of a man who has taken his balls out and put them in his wife’s purse.' 



Some are nasty, some are mispelled rants, and all are vehement.

  'don't tell me your a liberal, that's disturbing. Are you the one who feels empathy for terrorists who slaughter innocent people, don't even respond back if your that mentally ill.' 

And
"Look Here you dingbat Democrats, Trump is going to put America first going to put the American people first he's the president for all Americans he's not a racist he's not a misogynist and he's not at islamophobic. Islam is not a religion! Islam is actually an army it was created to recruit soldiers to take over villages and communities for a Cult leader name Muhammad who was a pervert. Long should be looked at the same way we look at the KKK it's a dangerous religion! Trump is protecting us from Isis!it call radical Islam. Okay you little ingrates. Uninformed uneducated little twerps. Trump is trying to protect us from getting their heads chopped off. Okay building the wall really important we're not the only country that once borders building that wall is going to help Mexico believe it or not. Sorry I don't like my kids being endangered by illegals that are criminals. ... Trump is putting America first we're talking protection and we're talking jobs it's about time we get to work.'



The way that American Presidential elections are carried out means that feeling are magnified and divisions intensified.

The post below is by Jodi Walker, the one who was so seriously threatened during the Woman's March. This post is what prompted this article. She puts my own concerns into words.  It is written from a Conservative point of view, but it is the utter hatred she met that concerns her most. 

Jodi Walker: 
'The division and hate we have seen from the democrats over the last 8 years has created a divide we can not cross. I know many of us are reaching across that divide, only to have our hands slapped away or worse. I am wondering how our society will survive such institutionalized hate. Men are demonized and women are told all their problems are a result of men. White people are demonized, and the only form of acceptable racism is against them. Racism should never be acceptable, democrats have always supported and fomented racism. Some democrats even openly calling for white genocide. Heterosexuals, or CIS gender as the liberals call them with venom in their tone, are viewed as homophobes just because they are not attracted to their own gender. Anyone that realizes the dangers of open borders is instantly branded a xenophobe, yet nothing is said about other countries that protect their own borders. Protecting borders ensures a country's sovereignty and the safety of the people. I have no problem with any country doing this for themselves.
For women's rights. In the west we have them. I have yet to discover what rights we do not have that we want. There are countries that need women that truly care to come together and speak for them, because they are not allowed to speak for themselves. If you really want to help your sisters, if that is truly your desire, help them. There are many organizations that are in need of volunteers. When Western women go out and protest, we just look like selfish whiners that are too self involved to be able to show compassion to others outside our comfortable bubble. It saddens me to the point that every day it weighs on my mind. How do we get people to be as passionate about this as they are about women's rights in the west?
I often have discussions with what I want to believe are reasonable people. I find that the other side will work diligently to ignore any fact they are given, refuse to read any source material that is suggested, and just end up name calling. One of my most recent and bizarre discussions had the other person calling Trump's signing an order to save our country $600 million slavery, this was money that we were handing over to Mexico for abortions. How is that slavery? If anything the American Taxpayer was being enslaved as we were forced to hand over money we earned to the political elites preferred people, against our will.
We have a lot of work to do. Facts, logic, compassion, love for humanity are needed. Sadly the other side calls threatening the opposition with violence, hating people for just being born as they are, blaming segments of society for all their problems etc. love. I have never seen society as twisted and messed up as it is now. I am struggling to figure out what we do next. It seems to me that only half the country is willing to work towards a better future, while the other half is going to continue to obstruct positive progress by any means necessary.'






Jodi said that she had never seen society as twisted and messed up as it is now. I agree.
And yet there are some voices of reason.

Jon Urstadt    Americans need to take responsibility for their own beliefs, choices, and actions. Trump did not divide the country, and neither did Obama. Americans CHOSE to divide themselves. No man, ever, is held responsible for another's choice. This is the Law of Agency. No one has the power to piss anyone off, unless they CHOOSE to be pissed off. It's their own choice. Just as it is YOUR choice to see things the way you do, and you cannot put that anyone else, including a US President. You are responsible for your own actions, beliefs, attitudes, and emotions. For if you were not, you could never respected for making noble choices, or disrespected for making dishonorable choices. Our court systems are not going to hold Trump responsible for the riots in DC. No, those rioters will be held accountable for their own actions when they are sentenced, and not Trump. 

Secondly, many of these people are mad because of their own world views and core beliefs, not because of Trump. Any US President is allowed to have a world view that represents the other half of the US population. People are mad because someone doesn't agree with them. That's not Trump's fault. Again, that is somebody who has chosen to reject anyone who doesn't agree with them---a very childish thing to do.
  (See Jon’s blog at -  https://urstadt.wordpress.com/)  

Another - Yeah what's happened now is that everyone on the right is being labeled alt-right.. and alt-right is now associated with being a nazi. A lot of non racist right leaning people are being associated with nazis when they're not racist, they're just conservative or whatever. To some people who believe everything they hear, over half of the US are neo nazis, that's where it gets twisted. Most people being labeled as alt-right have never said that about themselves. There's so much craziness on both sides right now. This is why I pick from each side what makes sense to me. I'm not saying I'm right, but I'm saying I'm trying to bog through this swamp of bullshit. I'm into any source with as little bias as possible. But a lack of bias means to most people BORING news. Not to me. It would be great to have a fully factual non leaning news source; it just doesn't exist. 

And another:  Stop the negativity. Tell us what you value and aspire to for the US. And if all you ever do is spout insults people just go there's that douche again. You certainly don't cause any of the distress you do crave to inflict.




Author Muse -wasn't going to participate in political banter. But when I see post that generalize one group of people as incompetent based on their voting preferences I get so angry. I'm a conservative, but does that make me a Republican? Not necessarily. I can honestly say I hate Government and most politicians. I think their motives are greasy, and don't believe they have our best interest in mind. It's a fa├žade to make us feel that we live in a Democracy when it's really just plain and simple Socialism with a mixture of Communism. We are not really as free as we want to believe; so many people pacified into complacency by accepting all the free Government hand-outs. If you look at the statistics these people are now the majority, and if you ask them...they will of course say that we are all free. Free to live a life of more over eating and more free time to play video games. Well not I. And if you are reading this and agree with what I'm saying then that includes you too. We are busy working so that we can live our own American dream. And I'm pretty sure these hard working people include both Liberals and Conservatives. And as we already know, when we work we are also supporting others that may or may not be able to support themselves. (And God Bless those that truly need it because I feel for them.) But for the individuals that choose to accept the hand outs due to sheer laziness (which is becoming a huge percent of the populous), these people are indifferent to what's really going on. It doesn't matter if these politicians claim to be a Republican or Democrat, these leach people that are abusing the system will vote for whomever is going to offer them more free hand-outs! See any irony in that? Just like it shouldn't be a black or white thing...why does it always have to be a Democrat or Republican thing???? Did you ever stop to think that maybe the Democratic and Republican party was created to divide the people? When instead we should be working together as one? Arghhh!

That is right - Arghhh!

Trump supporters are not evil racists, bigots, homophobes, immoral, whatever.
Clinton supporters are not silly snowflakes, unrealistic, blind or 'butthurt' which seems to be a favourite word of the day.
And those who truly 'supported' neither, but still thought it their responsibility to vote on the issues to the best of their judgement - maybe they are the most level-headed.

People did the best they knew with the information they had. It is time to recognise that simple fact, and stop making war.