Peace is possible

Semitic kidsI grew up in Southeastern Michigan, near Detroit. Actually, right on the City Limits line. I was actually born in the City of Detroit. I am very proud of that. I get more proud of that each year.

One of the things I remember is learning a really cool lesson from someone who was teaching me about immigration. I do not remember who it is now. It was a long time ago.

What they told me is people come to the United States for many reasons. Sometimes they come because they are sick and tired of the fighting where they live. Sometimes people move to the US and purposely live in proximity to other groups of people who, if they were back in their homeland would be their enemies. They do this because they are familiar with them, and they love them, and they want to be at peace with them. In the US, they have the option of peace. Sometimes maybe they do not like them, but at least they do not have to be at war with them. Which is not a bad decision to make. I mean, be realistic here, you cannot like everyone. I never met anyone who likes everyone.

Of course this is an irony, considering the fact that the US is a Military Empire that pretty much seems to love war, and loves to create strife among people in other parts of the world if it can mean some quick profits for one of our Government’s Corporate Sponsors. But the point is, peace is possible. People actually move here to be away from war, even though this Country seems to be in love with it.

I also lived right next door to another pretty cool town, this town has a high concentration of Jewish people, there are lots of Jewish Americans and Israeli immigrants. Growing populations in that part of the Country were the Arab and Persian populations, as well as the Palestinians. Plenty of Muslim people were moving into that town with so many Jewish people. In fact, I remember riding my bike passed one intersection all the time. There was a Mosque on one side of the street and a Temple on the other. How nice for them, they do not have to be at war. I am sure they have disagreements about what is happening in the place that is “back home” for them, but they live here, and they are not interested in bringing that war to the US. They moved here so they could live among each other in peace. I can totally get down with that.

I’m way beyond grateful to have the influence of so many people from all over the world, it is awe inspiring to be so lucky. You have no idea how often I just stop what I am doing and reflect on all the far out people I have met from all over the world, and from right here in the US, and just relish in my good fortune. I’m a lucky f@&#in’ Pollack.

I wish for the people in the Middle East that they can learn some lessons from my neighbors and friends, their American Cousins, I really do, I’m not kidding. They would be so much better for it. I know I am.

Have some nice Holidays.

PEACE.

I am doing one post per day for the month of November, hopefully. Inspired by NaBloPoMo.

This is post #20

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Good MORNING!! Why my vote means more than yours

image of an election ballot, with more names than just the Republican and Democrat Parties, but also the Greens, the Libertarians, the Constution Party, and even Rosann Barr's Peace and Freedom Party

The Democrats have at least figured out not to waste money on me by sending me their junk mail.. I wish the Republicans would.. [corny trumpet sound effects: waaahh waaahh wahhh waaaaaahhh]. Every day I leave a note for the mail clown not to leave me political mail, and every day he does not read it. What am I going to do with that bozo?

I am pretty happy to see more people getting off the two-party bandwagon. It is not  easy, but it seems like people are finally figuring out that we are going to have to make a break from this. The thing is, as long as things are kind of difficult right now, we are getting accustomed to difficulty, then why not just make the break? And as long as we are having to fix everything, let’s just start right from scratch.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all. It makes sense that it’s in the morning, BECAUSE  YOU WAKE UP .. thank you very much

It is a really nice day here in Michigan where I am located. It’s hard for me to remember right now that our Govt. has ended Habeas Corpus, passed indefinite detention (and that they are using it), that “innocent until proven guilty” is a thing of the past. Our government, more than ever, for the last 12 years has accelerated the process toward becoming an arbitrary, lawless institution ruled by the whims of egoists. There are two completely different sets of laws for the fierce minority of 560 or so that we elect to rule us, than for the voluminous mass of 350 million who have become their subjects. Why do we tolerate them again?  Personally, I find it essentially irrational to be loyal to people who lie to me and treat me like shit. So do you.  Stop hitting yourself.

Look, at this point, it does not matter very much which non-two-party candidate you vote for. Just do it. You know you want to. Don’t fall for the games.

You know you want to. Follow your heart.

I am  writing-in a Candidate, not only because I really love the idea behind the Prime Law Amendment to the Constitution that she promotes, but because Michigan would not cooperate with her attempt to get on the ballot. Another “small government” Republican waving the broken magic wand of bureaucracy, and creating problems where none exist.

And don’t talk some crazy shit to me about how it is a “wasted vote”.  It’s my vote, it’s not your vote. People did not die for my right to vote so you could berate me because I will not vote for candidates who do not believe in the essential rights of Individuals, who unilaterally strike down Habeas Corpus and the right of innocence until proven guilty, and who have zero interest in self-determination for all people, but rather super-determination for a permanent, essentially non-elected ruling class.   MY VOTE MEANS MORE THAN YOURS if you are the one supporting that.