Just another rant…
The weather is letting us all know climate change is real, got to admit that the cloud formations and bluster is kind of interesting …though the wind, rain and in some States enormous amounts of snow has done some big damage. So, hopefully those Governors have declared a State of Emergency … a government program btw!
In a time of crisis, one would think, feel, and expect our Governments leaders from both sides of the aisle to step up and come together; instead, the Republican Tea Party has treated the growing numbers of massacres among other things happening these days as if it were a partisan incident or even worse a states rights issue. Their comrades keep talking about intent and responsibility while using incendiary language that not only excites probably the most extreme of their factions provokes offensive discriminatory with a splash of race baiting. I believe in the right to freedom of speech, I do not believe that the speech should willing invoke lies, fear, hate, and or death.
With all the rhetoric … the good, bad and the ugly by people who distrust government or are anti-Obama and have been recognized as racists. It is my contention that “the Media” and the guests they invite into the fray is by far the number one vehicle of people feeling this so-called palpable tension being felt all over the country. The ugly rhetoric definitely seems to be coming from the right while the left spends a lot of time talking about it and or beating it with a stick, which does seem to stir up trouble. The problem is not freedom of speech; it is when entertainers, talking heads or public servants lose sight of their personal responsibility when on the airwaves. The notion that duck man is being denied his rights is absurd … The fact is, A&E is a Corporation that found his comments unacceptable not a case of religious freedom being squashed. I thought folks like Gov.Jindal, private citizen Sarah Palin and others believed in Corporations having control of their own. It was clear to most of us that the A&E move to suspend duck man was an example of corporate enterprise at work. Fact is, unless and until a guy shows his homophobe side and a serious case of racist tendencies even though “the Media” chose to opt out of covering the comments this man made about black People and Jim Crow. Voters need to take action when the right and their comrades speech gets highly charged, emotional and starts saying things that upset and rile their audiences up. The ugly rhetoric including conservative news station stir up trouble misinformation and in some cases provoke our fellow man into physical rages. Unfortunately, talking heads on the airwaves need to be reminded continually … Words Matter and some of those words have consequences.
Hate, lies and fear can lead to death.
We will always remember 9/11, never forget April 19. .
We will all use these dates as warnings when a person desperate or a group of people use desperation or behave extreme, use violent rhetoric openly and wage war against our government and its people. Now, in this 2015 we use city names as markers to remember what and when a domestic act of terror happened to our fellow Americans. My contention is that not only do words matter, influence others, they can be subliminal, and while those words can provoke people to kill it is true and important that we all have a choice.
We must remember the past and pledge to all do our best to see the signs, hear the rhetoric,report any suspicious behavior by people who resemble and practice hate, exclusion in its most extreme way and ends in violence.
In my own experience, my opinion:
Words Matter, they hurt, incite violence, promote fear, anger, shame and when misinterpreted by the right people they can cause harm to property people. It would be great if “the Media” would STOP giving a platform to words that invoke fear, hate, and or incite others with subliminal messages to take action against those considered “other.”
We are all “other” until you put in the time to get to know someone – or
Possibly get past that learned ugly behavior of racism discrimination and hate