Thinking About Things

It’s snowing out there – the snow arrived about the same time I had decided spring was definitely near. I guess Mother Nature decided I needed a dose of reality.

Reality – in these days, that’s rather an interesting term, don’t you think? I mean, what I see as real is not what some of my friends see as real. I am so far from understanding how there can be so much difference in what we see, how reality can be defined so differently.

Yes, I’ve been paying attention to the impeachment hearings. I haven’t been watching steadily, but have gotten several updates on it from various news organizations. I’ve watched the video of the insurrection at the Capitol building – I’ve read that most of the Republicans will vote not to convict Trump. I’ve heard too many of them say Trump is not responsible for what happened. Wait! Wait! We all heard the same words spoken, shouted, from the lips of this man, did we not? I recognize that English as a language can be confusing, with the same words having different meanings – but, really? Really? You think Trump did not encourage this demonstration? You think Trump did not tell those people, his white supremicist supporters, to take this action?

You tell me the whole thing was BLM and Antifa, when it has been very clear that it was the Proud Boys, that it was people who clearly stated they were doing “what their president asked them to do”? Really?!

And then we have the Congressmen Hawley, Cruz, Graham, and others – who openly and loudly pronounced Trump as correct, right, in saying the election was stolen. These men appear to be continuing on in their lives as normal – without any condemnation or correction. Yes, we have the freedom of speech, but don’t we also have a responsibility to moderate that speech, to not encourage violence with that free speech?

I am rambling, but I am truly, deeply worried about this society. About how duly-elected persons who are supposed to be in our government for the people, by the people, can turn blind eyes to truths that are so obvious. How those same people can be more concerned about being re-elected, about being in “good standing” in their party of choice, than they are about making decisions based on fact – reality – on demonstrating integrity in their decisions. On how a political party can get so off track, can be so subversive to what I believe our forefathers have intended. I am not saying it is only the Republicans who are off-track – I am saying our political system is off-track. It is corrupt.

And – I worry about our future leaders. My daughter left a teaching job with a preschool because she was suffering real abuse at the hands of these small children – our future leaders. Throwing objects – rocks, chairs, toys, directly at the teachers. Refusing to follow instructions or direction by the teachers, with no consequences. Time-outs, discipline, the things that make our children responsible adults, not allowed. Really?! My son, who is also a teacher, has had students strike him, kick him, call him names – and when those students are sent to the office, they are coddled, they are stroked. They are not punished, they are not reprimanded, they are not corrected. These are the days of “trophies for all”. But, hey, life is not really like that! You will grow up, you will be fired from jobs, you will lose competitions, you will have responsibilities and you will have to face up to those responsibilities. Life is not all trophies.

Medical costs so high too many of our citizens cannot afford to be treated by doctors. I spent 7-1/2 days in a hospital in October – no surgeries, but lots of odd tests – swallow tests, because it was decided I could not swallow properly. Yeah, sometimes when I swallow I make the mistake of taking a breath – you know, that silly thing we all do now and then – means I can’t swallow. Wait – I’m going so far off-track. I was talking about medical costs – My insurance was billed nearly $70,000 for those 7-1/2 days. I now understand why people end up filing bankruptcy after an illness. I understand now why people die at home because they could not afford medical treatment. They could not afford the costs of medical insurance. Isn’t that a really sad statement to be made about life in this country, supposedly one of the wealthiest and most powerful countries in the world?

I know that now I have enough. I fear that, in future, there will not be enough. For anyone. Enough caring, consideration, reason, tolerance, logic, thoughtfulness, for this country to go on. I fear we will one day have the “Big Bang” that will bring us to our knees, open our eyes, make us refocus. Sad.

And now I’m going to go look for some happy stories, maybe a few tales that will make me less fearful for mankind.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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14 Responses to Thinking About Things

  1. dawnkinster says:

    Not clicking on the like button. I know I would be much more upset if I were home, watching the proceedings, living with my political husband. Here at the lake with no national news, only old TV shows if any, much time sleeping and reading things not related, I am peaceful. I know that’s not the way to make sure our country is safe, but it feels good for me, for right now.

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    • Carol says:

      We can only do so much to make our country safe, and foremost is taking care of ourselves. These thoughts have been rambling in my head, and I needed to release them. I am hoping that release will let me move on.

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  2. I totally agree with you. I tried to watch a few minutes of the hearings, but my cortisol levels sky rocketed, so I had to turn off the tv and go meditate for 10 minutes.

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  3. lois says:

    I don’t get it, Carol. I get the impeachment ’round-up’ with David Muir each night. I happened to see Trump’s attorney this morning. Oh, how he twisted words….”I knew what he meant.” So Trump speaks in code that we normal people don’t understand….? I’ll just stick to the recap. I get less angry that way.
    That is such a shame about your daughter’s job. That speaks volumes about how those kids are raised….
    I hope you are doing well.

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  4. leendadll says:

    My biggest concern about the impeachment trial is that not convicting Rump sets a very bad precedent for the future! I mean, you know the GOP would vote to hang a Dem who did the same thing! But now insurrection is going to be a GOP default move.

    I always said our country wasn’t old enough to have experienced battles like other countries. I guess we’re about to catch up. But China is gonna take over everything soon so what’s the point in resisting?

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  5. Ally Bean says:

    You speak for many of us here. The GOP has become cavalier about violence and consequences, as if none of it matters. If it gets them the attention they crave and the power they lust for, then it is ok by them. I’ve not watched a minute of the proceedings, but I read about what is going on. That is bad enough, just seeing tRump in the news again turns my stomach.

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  6. I tried listening to American news to take my mind of Indian news that was giving me hyper anxiety. Nope..did not help.
    What is wrong with human beings, Carol? Why don’t we have a conscience anymore?

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    • Carol says:

      I don’t know what’s wrong with human beings. I mean, I do know what I think is wrong, but I have no idea how we got there. I listen to bits of news off and on during the day while I weave – so discouraging. My faith in our country will only be restored if enough of the GOP Senators show some integrity and take off their party blinders. Otherwise – the slide into the black hole continues to my way of thinking.

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  7. Also, sorry about your daughter. This is probably the only area that I don’t worry too much here in India. Children continue to be largely respectful to elders and teachers (much less than before, but the respect is still there). I suspect our culture of reverence to elders (even if extreme) may take a few more years to take a batting from Westernization. Or not.

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  8. Robin says:

    I think we are in the midst of the “Big Bang” but many have not realized it yet. I watched all of the impeachment hearings. Even managed to listen to that arrogant and obnoxious Philadelphia lawyer (who made me ashamed that I originally come from the Philly area). The best thing we can do now is work hard with people like Stacey Abrams (and there are a lot of them out there) who are working hard to make sure those who are eligible to vote are allowed to vote. The GOP is already working hard to disenfranchise black and brown voters. We need to work hard to vote out those who acquitted the Big Liar, and work hard to make sure the crazy people who follow him don’t continue to get a foothold into our government. I could be wrong, but I think the Big Liar’s base is hopeless at this point. They are either so far down the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories that they can’t see how crazy the theories are (fear, most likely, driving them), or their ideas of white supremacy are so entrenched there is no changing it.

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    • Carol says:

      I agree that Trump’s base is hopeless. I cannot understand how those people can disbelieve so much that most of us view as reality. How they can so blindly follow the leader. I am baffled.

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  9. Kathy says:

    Hmmm, not sure how I missed this one. The study of this pandemic year has been similar for me–how in the world can we all see things SO differently? It has left me stunned, angry, shaking my head, and very sad so many times this year. P.S. We had another foot of snow last night. It can stop anytime here, too.

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    • Carol says:

      And now CPAC happens – I saw a bit of Ted Cruz on the Friday Newshour – which reminds me how little I understand of how supporters of people like him think. As to snow – we are to hit 60 degrees this week. Spring makes me happy!

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