Constitutional Rights Under Fire…Yet Again

I should have known better that I would have to discuss this again. Is it really so hard to obey our rights? Republicans and conservatives alike are fighting for our rights and their lives as Election Day draws nearer. They are receiving threats. They are being bullied and harassed all because they are supporters of Trump and are right-winged. What happened to their first amendment right? No where to be found when it comes to scared little liberals. Apparently they only people who have rights are the liberal democrats. People are being censored on social media platforms all because they are posting facts. We can’t tolerate this! People need to understand that under our First Amendment we are guaranteed the right to free speech. Whether you like what I say or not, it doesn’t matter, because speech is protected. At least that is how it should be. But since I don’t agree with mainstream media and don’t agree with the Black Lives Matter movement, I am wrong and my opinion is “extremely problematic and potentially harmful.” Regardless that an opinion can’t be wrong. But I digress. I will always respect someone else’s opinion even if it doesn’t align with mine. But you are wrong if you think that it’s okay for our constitutional rights to be under fire. For a lot of people who scream equality, especially democrats, aren’t actually about equality. Specifically, when it comes to republicans and conservatives disagreeing with them. This has gotten way out of hand.

With that being said, let me be very clear, I will not back down without a fight and I guarantee you millions of Americans won’t either. I dare you to try and take away our rights and let me tell you, you will have tyranny on your hands in a fight you can’t win. We Americans aren’t going to sit idly by while our rights are slowly fading away. Today it’s free speech, tomorrow it’s guns.

Defunding the Police: A Truthful Representation

Before I get to the heart of my post, I want to make something abundantly clear. I am in no way discriminating against anyone in regards to their race, sexuality, or religion. If I don’t agree with what the mainstream media says or your opinion, it does not mean that I am discriminating, am full of hatred, or am angry. I have reached my opinion by conducting thorough research. This will be the first post in a series about current events.

Defunding the police is an extremely controversial topic. Most people either agree or disagree. As for me, I am on the fence about it. I recently asked my friend (who will go unnamed) what the basis for it was and this is what she sent me.

    • “So we do need police. But at a much smaller rate. It is unnecessary to have such a large scale operation that we have now. Like my story said, way too much funding goes to police when it should be going to doctors, teachers and forces who desperately need it. For gang shootings and extreme crimes, they may be necessary, but did u know that in domestic violence situations, the majority (80%) of victims said that they would not call the police again because their abuser often got a slap on the wrist and they were further abused as punishment. And according to a poll of homeless people, they said that they would rather have a mental health technician or social worker help them than a cop, who has likely not been trained in what is actually helpful. Also, most police are not even required to take de escalation training, hence the violent, chaotic, and uncontrolled manner cops are “helping to stop riots.” Right now, 1/3 of city funds go to the police force while after school programs, shelters, clinics, etc go woefully underfunded. Defunding the police is simply moving money to where it is really needed. Police are overflowing with riot gear and bulletproof vests and shields and helmets and a bunch of other unnecessary stuff when doctors are begging for masks. So basically once we have funded the social services and trained professionals to help in specific situations, our society will benefit so much more and police won’t be called to situations that they are untrained for and are not qualified to handle.”

I can understand the argument. But I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about it, but there are definitely some good points. I do agree that some police departments get way to much funding. I mean does New York City really need almost $5 billion in funding? But if those who are for defunding the police want to redirect funds, why give them to the education system? The education system gets between $650-$700 billion in funding. So maybe instead of defunding, make stricter guidelines on what the department can spend it on. Instead of a small town in Kentucky getting an MRAP, they can update security measures or do something else with the money. Instead of schools getting supplies in abundance they don’t need, get supplies that parent’s and teacher’s are forced to get year after year. If money is properly allocated and used with strict parameters in place, there would be less issues with an overabundance or just plain ridiculous things. What NYC needs, won’t necessarily be what a small town needs.

I also agree that cops should have more than the 21 weeks to occasionally 6 months of training. Cops are taught on the criminal justice system, firearms, and basic psychology. Police should be taught de escalation tactics as only a handful of states are required to use them. It also has to be remembered that we aren’t on the front lines everyday risking our lives for strangers. Split-second decisions are demanded at times and in the heat of the moment, all training can fly out the window once fight or flight has kicked in. None of my friends are my cops and neither are most of the people who cry out for defunding of the police from what I can tell.

I also think that a lot of people who scream “defund the police” don’t even know what they are talking about. I see a lot of people say that when in reality that are talking about abolishing the police. Which I can tell you right now will not end well. I think that most people forget that police put their lives on the line every single day and expect nothing in return. They don’t make enough to support a family. They make between $40-60k a year. That barely leaves enough money to put in your pocket once bills and taxes are deducted from a paycheck. And don’t get me wrong, there is police brutality. I don’t think you’ll find one person who doesn’t agree with that. I find that most people blow it out of proportion and also forget that we are all human. We aren’t anywhere close to being perfect so people need to stop expecting people to be and then getting mad when it turns out they aren’t. Everyone is going to make a mistake. Whether it be your neighbor, a policeman, or even our esteemed president. I will always proudly support the good men and women in uniform who protect this country. But police brutality is an in-depth conversation for another day.

So in the end, I am okay with defunding the police, but ONLY with strict stipulations.

I hope that what I have said sinks in and I hope you can make a properly informed decision based off of it. Continue to do your research and let’s keep this country great. 🙂

 

I would love to hear your thoughts so leave a comment down below! *Please note, any hateful or vulgar comments will be promptly deleted.

Controversy over the National Anthem

I’ve seen several articles today about changing the National Anthem. Are you freaking serious!? The country we are living in today is not one that I think our founding fathers expected. This country may have its roots in slavery, but we can’t let that past define who we are as a people now. If people want to change the anthem, what’s stopping them from changing the flag to represent the socialist country that we are becoming? If you stop talking about race, you end racism once and for all. Stop making it about a white man and a black man. Make it about this good man and this bad man. I can not believe that I am growing up in a world that thinks a song written over a hundred years ago is offensive and racist. This song represents not only our freedom, but is a tribute to the millions and millions of veterans that have and are serving. You can’t claim to be American and then kneel for the anthem. It’s a disgrace flat out. I have asked several people, both vets and civilians, and all but one has agreed at how disrespectful it is to kneel. Kneeling is for the cross and nothing else.

Unfortunately, this is just another political stunt by the democrats to leverage more upheaval, which in turn leads to votes. I hate to see that something as simple as a symbol of our freedom has now come under fire.

As Americans, we must push through this and prevail. Protect this symbol because eventually it won’t just be a symbol of freedom that is gone. It will be our actual freedom. Rise up America, and let’s be that great country we were before all this mess was started.

*Thank you to Luke Michaels for the flag photo.

#AllLivesMatter

I am outraged over the murder of George Floyd and the events that have taken place afterward. I am so sick and tired of hearing about #BlackLivesMatter. It’s not just about blacks, whites, Hispanics, etc. It’s about EVERY SINGLE LIFE on this beautiful earth God put us on. Yes, I am sure that the police officer who murdered Floyd was influenced by his skin color, but honestly, at this point, what does it have to do with anything? We are all Americans and it’s about time we started acting like it.

Law enforcement have always held a special place in my heart, but only for the upstanding officers. Why bash all the LEOS, when not everyone is corrupt or has ulterior motives? All of those cops who participated in the murder should be prosecuted to the FULLEST extent. In the video Floyd was clearly detained. He wasn’t going anywhere so the excessive force was unnecessary. But seriously, paid leave for those cops???? How do the department and local government allow that?

I understand protesting, but straight up rioting is completely uncalled for. It’s a shame that there isn’t enough room to lock every one of you up for this nonsense because it makes you no worse than the cops who murdered Floyd.

“Racial Injustice.” I’m tired of everything being about race. Yes, hate crimes are awful and we should all love our brothers and sisters no matter the color, but why does it always have to circle back to blacks saying that basically everyone who is white hates them and wants them dead? Allie Beth Stucky says it best: “ Are we not allowed to care about this without being accused of being callous, privileged, or racist? Why can’t we mourn death, decry injustice and also be heartbroken over the devastation that’s occurring there- which will ruin people’s lives?” (Posted on her Instagram stories in reference to the riots that have resulted from Floyd’s killing.)

In the end, it will sadly continue. The media will always take a side and twist stories to put the country in unrest. Because the fact of the matter is, more black people are killed by black people than they are killed by white cops. Justice should be served for George Floyd and it should be swift, but the current reactions by the public are not the way. Use your first amendment to protest this the right way!

Matthew 22:39 “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Are you a Racist, or are you just being Offensive?

In the midst of the most recent pandemic– the coronavirus– people are losing their minds over stupid jokes about the origin of this illness. People have long since thought that jokes about a certain race is racist. But is it really? To be a racist in the truest since of the word, you must think that your race superior above all others. With that being said, calling some a “Cracker” because they are white doesn’t make me racist, because for one, it’s true, and number two I don’t think that calling someone names whether it’s true or not makes me superior because of my skin color.

Since we’ve covered that making jokes about people whose skin is a certain color, do coronavirus jokes fit into this criteria, or are they truly racist? Absolutely not! This is were the word offensive comes into play. Since these jokes aren’t racist it makes them offensive to those who don’t have thick skin. I understand that it may be worrisome to some people, especially when their children are made fun of because of this. It’s heartbreaking that people look at Asian people and they are bullied and attacked because of where they come from. I am in now way saying that any joke about any race is okay, most of the time they are wrong. But it’s okay to laugh. It’s okay to make jokes. But just realize that it may be wrong. That there is a time and a place for this kind of thing.

“Don’t worry, the Corona Virus won’t last long… It was made in China.” This joke is defintely wrong, but it is very funny. This joke is not racist at all. It may be offensive to Chinese people, but it’s not racist.

And my all time favorite coronavirus joke: Kung flu. (If you know, you know.)
Credit to my cousin for this material.

With that being said, educate your children. Teach them the difference between racism and being offensive.

 

Eres Familia

“You can count on me like one two three, i’ll be there, and I know when I need it I can count on you like four three two, you’ll be there.” Bruno Mars

For me, family is so much more than just the textbook definition. It doesn’t matter if we share the same blood or the same last name. To me, that doesn’t mean anything. Family is someone who is always there for you, no matter what. Through the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s the late night conversations when you can’t sleep because you’ve got a lot on your mind. It’s driving over 3hrs just to spend the day with someone and bake cookies. Through the laughs, the smiles, and the tears, they are always there for you. They don’t care about where you came from or who you are. All that matters is that you are family. From countless sleepovers, to countless phone calls, no matter how annoying you may or may not get, they don’t care. They are still going to be there for you, through the thick and thin, through the good times and the bad times.

They say you can’t choose your family, but I say you can. Blood doesn’t make you family, it just makes you related. Loyalty makes you family. Growing up I didn’t have much family. I come from a small “family”. I always wanted a big family like other people I knew had. As the years went by people can and went. For years it was just me, my mom, my dad, and occasionally my sister. Eventually I found people that cared for me and loved me as if I was always part of their family. So in the end, family can be found anywhere and can be anyone. “The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.” ~Lee Iacocca

Saying Goodbye: High School Edition

“What feels like the end is often the beginning.” -Unknown

With summer at an end and senior year baring its face, this last year of high school seems very scary and overwhelming. Deadlines for scholarships and college applications are rapidly approaching. Whether you know where you are going to college or not, the thought of college is a staggering realization. As the Class of 2020 we must put both feet forward. Don’t look back. Instead, look forward, to the path that you are forging.

The next 7 months will consist of many hellos and many goodbyes, tears shed and smiles given, but through it all none of us need to forget that this isn’t an ending to a long chapter, but rather a new beginning to an even longer chapter. Some of us try and stretch this time out, wishing it would never end. Others, can’t graduate fast enough. No matter where we are headed in life, our senior year in high school is part of what will define us for the rest of our lives. Whether we decide to go to college or to just jump right into adult life, we should all try and make the best of this final year of our childhood. “Tomorrow will be a new chapter in my life. This book is getting very interesting.” – Unknown

In the coming months, study hard for your tests, find a college that is right for you, look back on the good times, and make new memories. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and do things you wouldn’t normally do. This is the last year before you are out in the real world, whether that’s college, or straight to work, so don’t forget to be yourself and go out with a bang.

 

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

 

James 5:13-20

“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”

 

*New International Version

James 5:7-12

“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.”

 

*New International Version

James 5:1-6

“Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.”

 

*New International Version