Saturday, January 21, 2017

My Thoughts on the 2017 Inauguration

I can wax philosophical about the inauguration, but I have a busy day and only have energy to devote to the following:
- BE that change that you want to see happen and never 100% rely on politicians to do it for you. It is also up to us to better ourselves and our lives.
- Thank you to the Bush's, the Clintons, the Obamas, and, yes, the Trumps for showing a great deal of class during the inauguration (and thanks to G.W. for the hilarious poncho moment). Thank you Barack Obama for your 8 years of service. To Donald Trump, please represent us well. If he doesn't we can hold him accountable. To former president George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, I wish you both a fast recovery.
- Get out of your echo chambers. Both of you (Dems and Repubs, as well as everyone else). I also highly recommend adding "Propaganda" by Edward Bernays to your reading list.
- two wrongs don't make a right. Destroying property and businesses that are people's livelihood will not change the outcome, nor will it make your life any better. It also will do nothing to endear people to your cause and will only prove the point of those that oppose you. Just sayin.
- And please, for the love of all that is holy and sacred to you, don't be lazy. FACT CHECK before posting an article. Just because it's on your news source of choice doesn't mean it's the absolute truth. There's been too much BS going around and I can't tell you how many times I've seen articles posted that turned out to be false, And if your excuse is "but...but...okay, maybe this article is false but this stuff really does happen!" Then go look for an article of a similar incident that is actually true and post that one instead. Because otherwise you are basically saying that it is okay to skew facts as long as it fits your viewpoint. At the very least, use Snopes (though if I had my way, there would be a TON of book reading, of book reading, website and news article perusing, libraries would be packed, and their would a lot of discussing on the subjects being studied).

And here is an interesting video that I and I'm sure many others out there can certainly relate to:

Enjoy your weekend, everyone. :)


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