Wednesday, June 22, 2016

#NoBillNoBreak

I really never thought that I'd have something to say about anything political.

I grew up in a republican family.  I grew up with a grandma who watched C-SPAN on a daily basis, and found it interesting, enlightening, comforting.  I also grew up knowing that politics was a dangerous topic.  It could inspire arguments, spurn distaste, draw lines in the sand that weren't always necessary.

I was also raised within a generation that was encouraged to question things and have an open mind.  I was raised to think and to have an opinion, even if it wasn't the popular one.  If there's anything I've learned in my life regarding politics, it's that while the division, the debate is important, we're strongest when we stand together and work towards common goals.

I've been lucky enough, and unlucky enough, to witness vicariously through the miracle of television numerous moments that bring people together regardless of politics because of the sheer need or devastation that has struck this country at one time or another.  I wish I was seeing that today.

I don't consider myself a republican.  I don't consider myself a democrat.  At any given time, I have no doubt I can agree or disagree with either party.  Instead, I consider myself a patriot.

I love this country, it's been good to me and there's nowhere else I can imagine living.  That being said, it's sad to see what's happening, it's sad to think of the country we're going to be leaving behind for the next generation.

When we're teaching preschoolers what to do in the case of an active shooter versus our government even opening up the discussion to see what can be done to make things safer, it seems to me there's a problem.

All day today I watched C-SPAN, and while I'm sure my grandma would be proud at any political interest, I've only watched because it's history.

The stand being made by Democrats today - win or lose - is big.  It isn't about the second amendment, it's about the extenuating circumstances where the second amendment is not just abused, but obliterated and it's the lives of innocent people are the ones impacted like the 49 precious souls in Orlando who deserved so much better than to be gunned down for no logical or justifiable reason.

Democrats aren't calling for an end result, they're calling for a discussion and I certainly I don't think it's wrong to start a discussion.  I don't think it's wrong to call for a vote on a topic that is so incredibly relevant as every day more numbers add to a staggering statistic that has and will only get worse if nothing is done.

I haven't done the research and I'm not an expert by any means.  I'm just me.  I've got an opinion like everyone else, and like everyone else I'm free to express it.  All I know is as an American citizen watching the news unfold every day, headlined with brutal violence that likely could be prevented, I can only wonder why we aren't taking steps to prevent it.

Maybe the proposed bills aren't the solution, but it sure as hell seems worth considering and if nothing else, a damn good starting point.

And yes, that's my rant for today.

Both Feet

This isn't my first blog (by any means) and certainly won't be my last, so let's skip the formalities and get down to it, eh?

This is me, in all my glory, jumping in with both feet.

Can't wait to see where I land.