I'm going to write this and run the risk of being absolutely grilled for it, but it's something that is truly upsetting to me. Every single day I see post on social media about how people should be true to themselves and stand for what they believe in and not allow others to change them. These are all good and encouraging messages to share and I truly believe that EVERYONE has the right to live their lives based on their own beliefs and convictions. However, I have found that if you respond in any way that the owner of the original post doesn't approve of or like, it turns into a battle of defending yourself simply because you have differing opinions. They post about freedom of speech, but slam you if you say a discouraging word.
Today I saw that someone posted again about the bakery that refused to make the cake for the gay wedding. (Is that politically correct or should I say "same sex" wedding?) Apparently it was decided, in court, that the bakery had the "right" to refuse to make the cake based on their beliefs. Of course, the post that I saw wasn't fond of this and stated that the bakery owners/operators were "pieces of shit" and should be closed down. I understand that this is the stance of quite a few people, and I respect that and would advise that you CHOOSE not to patronize this particular company; however, I have to admit that I believe that the courts judged fairly. As a private business owner, you should have rights to maintain the integrity of your beliefs without being ran out of business. By making certain choices, then you realize that you could limit your clientele or run yourself out of business, but that is YOUR CHOICE TO MAKE! Now, this company didn't tell the couple they couldn't get married and they didn't crash the wedding or make a public scene, they quietly and discreetly opted NOT to accept the order. The couple on the other hand turned it into something unnecessary, they obviously had other options for a cake, so they could have simply moved on and gave their patronage to another business.
A few posts later it was one about how awful we are for separating children of illegals from their families. Yes, it is horrible for children to be separated; however, I have to say that my empathy and sympathy is limited in this regard. As a parent, I put the safety and security of my children first. The choices that I make directly affect them, so I try to make the best ones possible. I understand 3rd world country, looking for a better life, and all that stuff, but I also understand that if you are talking about safety and security of your children, then do it the right way. From personal relationships, I know that many people come to this country illegally to exploit it, they think it is a shit country, but they want to live off of food stamps, welfare and medicaid. They want our school systems, that are already stretched financially, to provide a free education for their children, including specialty classes to teach them English. (Before you say anything about me not paying for the schools I send my kids to, yes I do, I am a homeowner and pay school taxes every single year.) For a fact, more often than not, you have an illegal female who lies and says that she's here alone with her children and gets full benefits; all the while, her husband is working for cash. And don't fall for the bullshit that ALL illegals are paid crazy low salaries, I know for a fact that is NOT always the case. Even if they were paid less, rightfully so, part of the reason we get what we do get is because a percentage is taken in taxes every single week. So you do the math for a man working and paying taxes and insurance premiums and compare his bring home to that of someone being paid "under the table".
Of course the feeds are not lacking in the slams on President Trump, both personally and politically. Democrats, Republican, Liberal, or what the fuck ever... DONALD TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES! I personally didn't give two shits for Obama or Clinton, but I never behaved the way that so many are. I didn't totally disrespect the office or position simply because "my candidate" didn't win the race. God forbid if you post or like something pro-Trump. You get slammed left and right for it and called every name in the book, including racist and ignorant. I believe we are all sheeple to a certain extent and follow what we follow, sometimes blindly and sometimes with hopeful faith. Since taking office the man has been blamed for every single thing possible, including, but not limited to, the school shootings of recent. The man only has so much reach, even being president has limitations. Think about it, I'd be more apt to think this is a Hillary type thing than a Trump type thing. My personal opinion is that people hate Trump because he says what he wants to say and had a bank account prior to the presidency to not be bought and sold. He stood on a platform of "Making America Great Again" and is doing what he believes to be the best for this country and its people. We should put citizens over illegals, we should build strong agreements in business and war, we should stop giving over to excuses for extorting the welfare system and we need people to stand on their own two feet and not mooch off the working class. Yep, I believe all those things too and stand behind the hope we can get back to that.
Last, but not least, I'm absolutely sick and tired of seeing people say that Most, if not ALL, police officers are racists. I'm sick of hearing a crime performed by a white person against a person of color (any color) being automatically deemed a "hate crime". I'm tired of hearing all the excuses, not reasons, for young black people not succeeding. Just recently, here in Georgia, we had numerous young, prospering black men shot and killed for absolutely no good reason at all. All of these crimes were black on black and somewhat minimized by the media and completely ignored by Black Lives Matter and all the various figures that speak out for crimes against African Americans. Where is Beyonce and her team of people that console the "mothers of slain black men"? Don't these mothers deserve to be treated kindly or because their sons weren't thieves and drug dealers they don't really count? Again, it's one group put upon a pedestal while another is left behind to deal on their own. Flip the script a bit and put it as a crime perpetrated by a white counterpart and the world would be going crazy again and rioting about it. Don't get me wrong, black lives do matter, all lives matter, but we have to be honest about the severity of black on black crime and the true and honesty of it. White people offend and break the law too, but not to the same degree as black people. More random and violent crimes are committed by young black males than any other group. And please don't start with the poor, broken family, uneducated thing because there are opportunities available, it's a choice to make to fight for better or become a thug.
In closing, I'm admitting that I don't agree with everything and everyone. My life, and all the events in it so far, have formed my opinions and beliefs. I have an enormous faith in God, but no faith in organized religion. I believe that Trump is a good and competent president. I believe that Obama increased the racial tension in our country. I believe that the Clintons are crooked as hell. I believe that there are good cops and bad cops. I believe that our government is filled with criminals and liars, but we voted them in and allow them to stay. I believe that illegals should not be allowed to take advantage of tax funded programs since they don't contribute to them. I believe that too many excuses are made for bad behaviors and choices and that prisons should be ran more like prisons instead of limited hotels. I believe in the death penalty and that people on death row shouldn't die of old age or have their sentences commuted to life in prison. I believe parents should be held accountable for the raising of their children. I believe that we should put discipline, real discipline, back into the schools and parents hands. I believe that respect is earned not deserved. I believe there is a need for abortion, but that it shouldn't be a form of birth control. I believe we should expect more out of our children and prepare them for the real world. I believe that not everyone needs to know everyone's business; if you are gay that is who you choose to have sex with and shouldn't be your main description of yourself. If you are transgender then that is what is under your clothes and NOT my business. If you introduce yourself as a woman to me than you are a woman, or vice versa. I don't believe that I "owe" a black person or anyone else anything. I refuse to believe that I am less than anyone, but do not think I am better than anyone either. I believe that racism is both given and received on all sides; yes, black and hispanics can be racist too. I truly, to the bottom of my soul, believe that equality is possible, but only when everyone understands that the place you stand and the view you have is yours and yours alone and that if you want equality, then you have to respect all opinions, even when they don't coincide with your own.