International Women’s Day

In the wake of International Women’s Day, I am left with a flood of emotions.  I want to laugh.  I want to cry.  I want to scream.  I am completely beside myself trying to make sense of all that I have seen and heard.  It’s taken me a bit to calm my emotions and organize my thoughts, but I think I am finally ready to put them into words.

I am shocked to hear that women in the United States are not equal to men!  How can this be true?  Well, the short answer is – it’s NOT true.  The notion is absurd.  I don’t understand how people can make such accusations with a straight face.  There is no country in the world where women have more rights and opportunities.  The examples offered up to prove this “inequality” range from misguided to comical.

One such example that shattered my soul – is having to pay sales tax on tampons.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Apparently, this is somehow an egregious assault against women – though for the life of me, I don’t understand how.  In most states, sales tax is only exempt on essential items; such as unprepared food (that you would starve to death without) – Or clothing that protects you from the elements (helping to keep you from becoming ill or even dying from exposure).

In order to give credence to the theory that this is a form of inequality and sexism, many 3rd generation “feminists” have started to claim that tampons are “essential” to women.  I must have missed the course in biology that explains how a lack of tampons could cause physical harm or even death.  The vital truth that is being glossed over is that tampons are a HYGIENE product!  And hygiene products are NOT essential, just highly desired and recommended – particularly in first world countries like ours.

What would the outcome be if a woman was deprived of tampons or sanitary napkins?  Well, once a month she would stain her clothing and linens with menstrual blood.  Would these stains cause her clothing or bedding to stop functioning?  Of course not.  It would simply be embarrassing.  Is that not the same outcome as failing to use most hygiene products?

Lack of deodorant would leave you smelling of B.O.  Embarrassing.  Lack of toothpaste would leave you with stained teeth and bad breath.  Embarrassing.  Lack of shampoo would leave you with greasy, limp hair.  Embarrassing.  Are you noticing a trend here?  Because I could go on…

There are some states that do grant exemption for the sales tax on tampons – but it is NOT because those states consider tampons essential.  Those states simply grant exceptions for many personal hygiene products.  And as tampons are included in that list, there are no injustices being done to the female population.

Tragically, the logic gets stretched even thinner from there.  I came across a very informative “article” on the subject that I would like to examine.

32 Everyday Things Women Do That Men Don’t Have To Worry About – Tell us again how women are equal?” (find the article here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jennaguillaume/everyday-things-women-do-that-men-dont-have-to-worry-about?utm_term=.tmRvxaw2J#.mkqrKQeRd  )

The prevailing theme is almost exclusively fears and insecurities.  It attempts to prove that women are not equal to men by citing specific examples of things that “women do” out of fear and insecurity, that supposedly “men don’t have to worry about”.  I hate to break it to you, but women do NOT have a monopoly on fears and insecurities.  It’s incredibly sexist and self-absorbed to assume that these are problems faced exclusively by women.

Perhaps the specific methods of dealing with their fears and insecurities take a slightly different form – but do you really think that a man walking through the city by himself doesn’t subtly look over his shoulder to see if he’s being followed?  Do you really think that his stomach doesn’t tense up if he notices someone intimidating walking behind him?  Do you really think he doesn’t start trying to prepare himself in case something bad happens?  Maybe the reason you don’t think that men do these things is because you think men are “supposed to be tough”.  It’s not socially acceptable for a man to show his fears and insecurities.  And HIDING those fears and insecurities is something that men do that women don’t have to worry about.

Granted, he is probably not nearly as worried about getting raped as most women (although not as often, men DO get raped) – but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t fear for his safety or his life.  Often times he also fears for the safety of his loved ones.  Society tells him that he is supposed to “be the man” and protect his significant other and family members; and he worries constantly that he may not be strong enough to do so (another thing that men do that women don’t have to worry about).  Brutal crimes happen every day and ALL people, regardless of gender, are potential victims.

Many of the other examples in that “article” are fears about things like speaking up at work or not being taken seriously.  Again, this is not exclusive to women.  This is a problem faced by all people who suffer from insecurity.  There are many confident, strong-willed women out there – and there are many insecure and timid men.  Anyone who doesn’t see that isn’t paying very close attention.

There is also talk about the wage gap – which on the surface seems like a very legitimate concern. But if you dig a little deeper, you will discover that it is a complete misrepresentation of statistics.  It’s not comparing apples to apples.  It does not directly compare how much women are being paid for the same job/position as men.  It is the overall average that women in general make compared to the overall average that men in general make – and it leaves out a lot of relevant factors.  (If you do a google search for “wage gap myth”, you will get hits from many reputable news sources explaining these factors.  Personally, I think that Christina Hoff Sommers explains it best in this video: https://youtu.be/1oqyrflOQFc )

One thing that this “article” gets right is the societal pressure women feel to shave their legs and their armpits, to wear makeup and do their hair, to be beautiful and put together to be seen as a worthwhile person.  Although, to be fair, a lot of that pressure actually comes from other women. I’m really not sure why, but as a whole, women have the tendency to be harder on other women than men are on other men.  I believe it’s mostly born out of jealously and the misguided belief that tearing down someone else will make you feel better about yourself.  But men DO experience these problems as well.  Mostly over how “manly” and sexually prolific they are.

And the reverse side if this coin is quite an interesting phenomenon.  Men are expected NOT to “primp” and take care of themselves the way that women do.  Just think about it – what do people think and say about a man who shaves his legs or armpits?  Who spends too much time doing his hair or who wears makeup?  Who gets a manicure or who goes to a spa?  These are things that a heterosexual man simply cannot do in our society. It becomes a lot trickier to place blame on men over the societal pressures women face once you take into account the societal pressures that men also face.

The thing that we all need to understand is that while there are many problems and situations that women typically face that men typically don’t (and we SHOULD be talking about those things and trying to fix them) – there are just as many problems and situations that men typically face that women typically don’t (and we should be talking about and trying to fix THOSE things as well).  It’s called being DIFFERENT.  And different is NOT the same as unequal.

This attitude being cultivated, that these differences are proof that women in this country are still so oppressed, has led to outright misandry.  Men are being viewed as the ENEMY of women.  People are even calling for stripping men of rights and privileges in the interest of making things “equal”.  But if you push someone else down, you will be pulled down right along with them.  Then you’ll both end up drowning.  No good can ever come out of it.

There is a level of willful ignorance at work here.  Many people don’t seem to understand that you will never convince someone to take your side by insulting them.  You will never earn someone else’s respect by disrespecting them.  You will never come across as strong by whining and complaining.  You will never feel like someone’s equal if you treat them like they are inferior to you or owe you something.  But those are the tactics being employed by this so-called “women’s movement” – and it has backfired horribly.

Instead of helping women, it is hurting them.  Keep in mind, it’s not going to make men who already respect women start respecting them more.  But it is going to make men who don’t respect women, respect them less.  It has made women appear fragile, weak, and irrational.  It has turned women against other women who disagree with the sentiments and/or tactics.  And it has seriously contributed to the polarization of our country.

So, what exactly IS the intended goal of this “movement”? Are you hoping that the government will step in and dictate the thoughts and opinions of everyone?  The government does not have the power to FORCE someone to respect you or consider you their equal. That is NOT something any of us are entitled to.  A person’s OPINION of you has NOTHING to do with equal RIGHTS under the law.  (A government trying to force peoples’ thoughts and opinions is fascism, BTW.)

If you want to change someone’s opinion about you for the better, you need to find a different tactic.  You need to SHOW people you are strong.  You need to have confidence in yourself and treat others with kindness and respect.  As we all learned in kindergarten, you need to treat others as you want to be treated.  You can only get what you give.  And you also only deserve what you give.

Don’t get me wrong, there most assuredly are men in this country who do not view or treat women as their equals.  They dismiss women.  They disrespect them.  They sexualize them.  They demoralize them.  It’s repugnant.  These men do not deserve a women’s respect and a woman will probably never be able to gain theirs.  Some people are just assholes who will disrespect you no matter what you do or say – and this applies to BOTH genders.  This is not a matter of inequality, but rather a matter of human nature.

So, what can we do about all these problems that BOTH men and women face?  The only things we can do is lead by example and try to teach the next generation to do better.  And we can use International Women’s Day and International Men’s Day to help us do that.  But it only works if we are all on the same team.

 

 

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There was SO MUCH more I was going to say in this post.  I was going to talk about the inequality and oppression of women all over the world as well as everyday circumstances that could be negative influences on young girls and what we can do about it… but this was so long already and I would have doubled it.  Perhaps another post for another day.

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Birth Rape

I recently learned a new term.  Apparently, it’s been tossed around for several years now, but it’s starting to gain more momentum.  Birth Rape.  What is “birth rape” you may ask?  Probably not what you are expecting it to be…

‘Birth rape happens when any medical doctor, nurse or other personnel insert anything into or cut into any part of women in labor, delivering a baby, or after birth against her wishes. Even administering an enema to a laboring mother against her will can be birth rape. Birth rape happens when mothers are laboring and weak and either not able to say “NO,” or sometimes even when she says “Don’t!”

Ignoring the mother’s resistance to or rejection of a method of penetration: injection, enema, forceps, incision, suction, etc. is a crime against a woman’s civil rights of peace, equality and privacy inside the body. Even the medical extraction of placenta after birth is often unnecessary because the nutrient-rich placenta is naturally and spontaneously expelled after the birth, and no hurry is necessary in a normal delivery.

Of course, the well trained medic has “their good reason,” citing the “need” of the patient, all the while causing pain, shock and suffering with their attacks into the body. Medical birth rape is rationalized as “for her own good” and these body invasions can cause painful trauma and long lasting harm to both mother and child.’

source – http://www.naturalnews.com/037357_birth_rape_childbirth_assault.html

Tell me I am misreading this.  Tell me this is not a real thing.  Tell me this is just satire.  Tell me no one actually believes this NONSENSE!  Sadly, it is all too real…

I’m at a loss on this one.  Starting an open discourse on this subject is an utterly daunting task.  I normally like to try to keep my words a bit less mocking and a bit more impartial than I am now; focusing instead on facts and logic to help my readers form their own opinions.  But under the circumstances I just plain don’t know how.  I think this is the best I can muster…

Really?  REALLY???  Is this what we’ve come to now?  Is this really the next wave of politically correct misandry that has been wrapped up with a bow in a neat little package labeled “feminism”?  Forget about true abominations against women (such as young girls being maimed and dying from being forced to undergo “female circumcision” – http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/).  Why campaign and fight against such horrors when it’s clearly far more important to focus on making it harder for OB-GYNs (doctors who YOU went to for help) to do their job and safely deliver your baby(ies).  (Note the extreme sarcasm.)

Can we just completely forget about the modifier “birth” for a moment and concentrate on the word “rape”?

Merriam-Webster defines rape as: unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usually of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent because of mental illness, mental deficiency, intoxication, unconciousness, or deception.”

That sounds pretty cut and dry to me.  That’s certainly how I have always defined rape.  A doctor or medical professional (one that you sought out for treatment and care, no less) performing a standard medical procedure surely does not fit those parameters.  How could it possibly be considered rape unless the doctor touched you in a sexual way that has no medical purpose?

Doesn’t the overt act of going to the hospital to give birth grant your doctors permission to treat you as they deem necessary?  Isn’t that the ENTIRE reason you went to them (as opposed to giving birth at home)!?  Shouldn’t only unnecessary procedures (such as an epidural) supersede the doctor’s judgement?  Are these REALLY questions that need asked?

Even Natural News says:

The best way to avoid birth rape, medical birthing procedures and unnecessary C-sections, is to avoid hospitals for the event of childbirth. Seek out a reputable natural birthing center and experienced midwife. Better yet, have that childbirth at home and invite your midwife to attend.” 

Those words suggest to me that they expect all hospitals to perform standard medical procedures.  They seem to be implying that these procedures not only aren’t medically necessary, but are even harmful to you in some way.  They are basically telling you to trust their medical opinion over the opinion of board certified doctors.

Either that or they are “victim shaming”.  (Isn’t that the popular “feminist” outcry. That it’s “victim shaming” to teach girls how to avoid dangerous situations that increase their odds of getting raped.  That instead we should be teaching boys not to rape.  – Personally, I think we should be teaching BOTH of those things, but what do I know.)

Don’t get me wrong, there are sets of circumstances where a doctor ignoring your wishes are not lawful.  Such as if you DECLINE to be treated by the doctor/hospital (typically a situation caused by someone else bringing you to the hospital when you did not want to go).  Such as forcibly giving you medication that you have indicated you do not want to take.  Such as ignoring a DNR.

Such acts on the doctor’s part could range anywhere from malpractice to assault.  But RAPE!?

It’s ludicrous!  Outrageous!  HARMFUL!!

It demeans and minimizes the trauma and suffering of every woman who has ever legitimately been raped or sexually assaulted.  It desensitizes the word.  Waters it down.  The broader the meaning attached to it, the less seriously people will view it.  Women will become ashamed to open up about their assaults for fear of being judged by these unrealistic standards.

And what a horrible thing to wrongly accuse someone!  It ruins lives.  A person can never fully bounce back from a rape allegation.  Regardless of their conviction status, if follows them for the rest of their life.  And a doctor convicted of this “birth rape” would not only carry the stigma and face jail time… they would NEVER be able to practice medicine again.  One less doctor in the world.

Not to mention, why would ANYONE even want to become a doctor if they are afraid to treat their patients?!  And what would you do without them?  Do you really want to live in a world without doctors?

A Lesson in Tolerance

I’ve spent some time hating.  I’ve spent some time complaining.  And I’ve spent some time questioning.  I’ve searched my soul… and something unexpected occurred to me.  Something I would like to share with the world.  Or at least as much of it as I have the power to reach.

I’m going to break down some seemingly common misconceptions about what it means to be tolerant… and what it means to be intolerant.  I’m going to do this because I’m starting to think that maybe, just maybe… there are people who genuinely don’t understand the difference.  That at least some of this swirling hatred might be coming out of a simple misunderstanding.

I’d like to paint a picture for you in a way that I hope will be easy to understand and follow.  To accomplish this, I’m going to use an example of a situation that is widely considered a “hot button” subject – a situation that I expect everyone to have some level of familiarity with.

Imagine a religious person who believes that homosexuality is morally wrong.  We’ve probably all known someone who feels this way.  You might even be one of them.  But your personal views on the matter aren’t what’s important in this analogy.  What I have to say applies to all sides of the fence.

First I’d like to ask you: What opinion have you formed of our example religious person?  Do you think they are intolerant?  Closed-minded?  Homophobic?  Hateful?

Would it surprise you if I were to say that it’s not intolerant to believe homosexuality is morally wrong?  Because, despite popular opinion – it’s NOT intolerant to believe homosexuality is morally wrong.  I’m going to repeat that.  It’s not intolerant to believe homosexuality is morally wrong.  It truly isn’t.  At least not on the face of it.

Please understand that I am not saying I personally believe that homosexuality is morally wrong – because nothing could be further from the truth.  I am merely saying that a person having that belief alone is not sufficient to label them as intolerant.  So, before you write me off as being intolerant and homophobic – please allow me to explain WHY.

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, tolerance is defined as “willingness to accept behavior and beliefs that are different from your own, even if you disagree or disapprove of them.”

What that basically means is, you can disagree with and even DISAPPROVE of a person’s behavior or beliefs and still be tolerant.  Because it’s not one’s personal feelings on the matter that determines their tolerance; but rather their ACTIONS towards the person they disagree with.

So, let’s take this information back to our example.  If the religious person in question accepts and respects a person who is homosexual, even though it goes against their personal morals and beliefs (e.g. “love the sinner, hate the sin”), then that person IS tolerant.  They are THE VERY DEFINITION of tolerant.

Now, if our example religious person refuses to accept and respect people solely for their sexuality, that is an entirely different scenario.  In that instance, they ARE intolerant.  Possibly even hateful.

But here’s where it REALLY gets interesting.  Did you judge our example religious person without taking the time to get to know them?  Did you write them off solely for their beliefs about homosexuality?  Do you refuse to accept and respect them because of those beliefs?  Maybe even hate them over it?

Would it surprise you if I were to say that anyone who answered “yes” to those questions is intolerant?  Because, anyone who answered yes to those questions IS intolerant.  I’m going to repeat that.  Anyone who hates a person, solely because they believe homosexuality is wrong, is intolerant. They are THE VERY DEFINITION of intolerant.  (Which, according to the Cambridge Dictionary is defined as “refusing to accept ideas, beliefs, or behavior that are different from our own.”)

If you alienate or treat a person disrespectfully because you disagree with their views and opinions, there is no “pass” that will magically make your behavior become tolerant.  Claiming that your actions aren’t intolerant because “they” are intolerant is NOT a valid argument.  Trying to excuse your behavior will likely only make you MORE intolerant.  It can turn into a vicious cycle if you let it.

That doesn’t mean you aren’t entitled to alienate or treat a person disrespectfully when you disagree with their views and opinions.  You have a right to your opinion even when it is intolerant, hateful, or disrespectful..  As does everyone else, no matter how much you disagree with them!  As long as you do not HARM the person you hate, then you have the right to hate them for any reason.  But keep in mind, they have just as much right to hate YOU!

So, ask yourself what kind of person you want to be.  Do you want to be tolerant?  Or do you want to be intolerant?  Do you want to be accepting of people with different backgrounds and beliefs?  Or do you want to be closed-minded?

If you think it’s ok to hate and lash out at people whose views you have deemed intolerant, you may want to give yourself a hard look in the mirror.

My Thoughts, My Opinions, Mine.

You do not have the right or power to invalidate my thoughts or opinions; because I am the sole owner of them. They are my personal property. Only I have the rights to them. They are MINE.

You do not have to like them or agree – your thoughts and opinions are your own. But you don’t have the right to decide mine for me. And if you try, you will not be happy with the result.

Hatred.

Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such blind hatred.  Never in my lifetime have I seen hatred so freely and openly expressed.  Never in my lifetime have I witnessed hatred shared by SO MANY people.  Never in my lifetime have I seen hatred so widely considered socially acceptable.

My only experience with hatred of this magnitude comes from history books and news reports on countries that lack our freedoms and comforts.  I never thought I would personally experience it.  I never thought it would be in my own backyard.  I never thought I would feel so powerless to stand up to it.  I never thought I would feel so frightened for my future…  For OUR future.

Hatred disguised as tolerance.  Except I am not seeing or hearing any tolerance.  All I see and hear are people with differing viewpoints being verbally assaulted and labeled with the word “intolerant” before they have even had the opportunity to speak.  To explain their point of view.  To even HAVE their own point of view.

Because why should you be given that opportunity when merely knowing it slightly deviates from their own is enough to know that it is WRONG?  That YOU are wrong.  Because if you DARE to question or disagree it means that you are racist/sexist/homophobic/xenophobic, etc.  It’s just your “privilege” talking.  Apparently, this “privilege” makes it socially acceptable to degrade and oppress you.  Makes it ok to judge you before a word even leaves your mouth.

Whatever happened to the free exchange of ideas?  Whatever happened to trying to see things from someone else’s perspective?  Whatever happened to getting to know a person before judging them?  Whatever happened to agree to disagree?  Whatever happened to live and let live?  Whatever happened to LISTENING to each other?

I keep seeing the phrase “social justice warrior” thrown around… but as far as I can tell, it’s just a fancy new term for a bully.  A “politically correct” way of justifying intolerance.  A badge to render anyone they disagree with as “the enemy”.  A way to always be “right” even when they are completely in the wrong.

I wish I could fix the world, but it doesn’t work like that.  All I can do is live true to my ideals and morals and hope the idea catches on.

 

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Tolerance – “The ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.

Intolerance –
“Unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behavior that differ from one’s own.”

At Least She’s Not Trump

I don’t want either Trump or Hillary to be president.  This election season’s candidates are probably the worst since I have come of voting age.  I think most of you feel the same way.  But if forced to choose between the lesser of two evils, it’s a no-brainer…

Hillary is the embodiment of everything wrong with politicians and a beacon to the corruption of our government.  She is possibly the only person in this country, with any likelihood of getting elected, that could make Obama look good by comparison.  The fact that she is not in prison is an affront to everything our country stands for.  The fact that she’s actually a nominee for president is unimaginable.  The fact that there are people who genuinely think she is a good candidate… is a thing of nightmares.  It keeps me up at night.  I would sooner light myself on fire than even contemplate voting for her.

Yet, all I keep hearing about her is “at least she’s not Trump”.  That’s the ONLY redeeming quality anyone seems to be able to come up with.  And all of her negative qualities?  Why, they just get completely dismissed with those words again – at least she’s not Trump.

It seems as though NOTHING else about her matters to the general populous (at least within the progressive/liberal sect).  It doesn’t matter how many FELONIES she commits.  It doesn’t matter that she buys and threatens her way out of getting tried for any of these illegal and even TREASONOUS acts.  It doesn’t matter that there is PROOF.  Because, at least she’s not Trump.

It doesn’t matter that she mishandled CONFIDENTIAL information of NATIONAL SECURITY.  It doesn’t matter that she destroyed the evidence to hide her crimes and evade prosecution.  It doesn’t matter that she’s repeatedly been caught in lies about the content of those emails.  It doesn’t matter that more and more incriminating evidence about her private server/email is coming to light on almost a daily basis (with her story changing EVERY time).

It doesn’t matter that the FBI is willing to ADMIT to the public that: “From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information,  which is the lowest level of classification. Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were “up-classified” to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent.”  (From the Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey)

It doesn’t matter that EVERY other person who has ever mishandled classified information has, AT THE VERY LEAST, lost their security clearance (which would disqualify her from running for president).  It doesn’t matter that the majority of people who have mishandled classified information, even accidentally, not only lost their security clearance – they went to PRISON.  It doesn’t matter that the ONLY reason she is not one of those people, is she has the money and power to get away with it.

It doesn’t matter that this “best case scenario” that she was able to buy or threaten out of the FBI (where she got to keep her security clearance and avoid prosecution), STILL said to the American people that: “…  there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”   (From the Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey) Because (even if you are gullible enough to believe that conclusion) being “extremely careless with very sensitive, highly classified information” is JUST what you want in a president… At least as long as they’re not Trump.

It doesn’t matter that it was proven she has culpability in the deaths of our troops at Benghazi.  It doesn’t matter that she never apologized for it; to us or the families of the victims.  It doesn’t matter that she said the reason for this tragedy doesn’t make a difference.  It doesn’t matter that she was involved in the massive cover-up about the incident in order to help Obama get re-elected.  It doesn’t matter that she repeated lied to Congress, the American people, and to the parents of those who lost their lives.  It doesn’t matter that she couldn’t even keep her lies consistent hour by hour and day by day to at least come across as semi-believable… Because at least she’s not Trump.

It doesn’t matter that she’s repeatedly lied under oath; the very same crime that got her husband impeached when he was the president.  It doesn’t matter that in his case, he was only 12 Congressional votes shy of being REMOVED from office for his crime – it’s no reason that in Hillary’s case her crime should keep her from TAKING office… Because at least she’s not Trump.

It doesn’t matter that even though Hillary claims to be a champion of women, her track history has shown the exact opposite.  It doesn’t matter that while Hillary has repeatedly said “Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported” – she clearly didn’t mean when her husband was the abuser.

It doesn’t matter that 10 different women have come forward to accuse Bill of rape, sexual assault, or sexual harassment.  It doesn’t matter that Hillary referred to these allegations as “bimbo eruptions” or that in interviews she said these women “would have a lot to answer for”.  It doesn’t matter that she did intensive background checks into these women to find ways to try to discredit their claims.  It doesn’t matter that several of these women even accused her of blackmail to get them to recant.  It doesn’t matter that her actions make her complicit in the sexual abuse of women… Because at least she’s not Trump.

It doesn’t matter that she’s bought and paid for.  It doesn’t matter that her political influence, decisions, and favors are for sale to ANYONE in ANY country for ANY reason – no matter HOW harmful or nefarious.   It doesn’t matter that all it takes is a generous donation to the Clinton Foundation or triple the normal rate for a speech from herself or her husband.

It doesn’t matter that simply the act of someone in her position accepting money from foreign governments is unconstitutional and disqualifies her from running for president.  Or at least it WOULD disqualify her, were she not able to buy and threaten her way out of that too.

It doesn’t matter that some of the countries that she accepts exorbitant amounts of money from, violate her every supposed ideal and platform.  Countries that destroy the environment, oppress women, enslave black people, murder homosexuals, and are even connected to terrorist organizations.  It doesn’t matter that many of the favors themselves also violate her supposed ideals and platforms.  It doesn’t matter that many of those favors have negatively affected BILLIONS of people all over the world.  It doesn’t matter that she has even put WEAPONS and NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY into the hands of our ENEMIES… for the right price.  It’s ok.  We can overlook that…  Because at least she’s not Trump.

It doesn’t matter that she is under investigation for FRAUD and funneling money through her charitable organization.  It doesn’t matter that it’s been proven that only 10% of donations to the Clinton Foundation has actually gone towards their intended purpose.  It doesn’t matter that she has basically been taking money out of the hands of people who DESPERATELY need it – all the while begging and swindling the American people into donating MORE to help those poor people… Money that really just goes into her pocket.  But seriously now, why should that matter?  Because at least she’s not Trump.

It doesn’t matter that an absurdly high number of people with incriminating evidence against her, the ones who couldn’t be bought off, died under mysterious circumstances soon after blowing the whistle.  While it hasn’t been proven she was involved, the sheer number of times it’s happened should give some credence to the possibility that she was.  But it’s not worth looking into… Because at least she’s not Trump.

It doesn’t matter to that she schemed, plotted, and broke laws in order to ruin Bernie Sanders’ chances at being the Democrat nominee.  It doesn’t matter that if it weren’t for the roll she played in this conspiracy, Bernie had a very real chance of winning the nomination… possibly by a landslide.  It doesn’t matter that Hillary had a great deal of responsibility in ruining his chances for become president.  The first candidate that millennials have EVER gotten excited over and in many cases was the very first person they ever voted for in their life.  It doesn’t matter that she dashed their dreams and destroyed their faith in the system.  It doesn’t matter that despite being a man of great integrity, Bernie Sanders flip-flopped on his stance to endorse Hillary (an act that is highly suspicious and suggests he may have been threatened or coerced) …  Because at least she’s not Trump.

It doesn’t even matter that she’s RACIST.  It doesn’t matter that she has supported and enacted legislature that marginalizes black people and perpetuates the poverty cycle in urban areas.  It doesn’t matter that when Bernie Sanders accused her of being racist during one of their debates, she didn’t even deny it or show any signs the comment upset or offended her.

It doesn’t matter that she referred to young black men as “super-predators” and said “we need to bring them all to heel” (a command used to get dogs to fall in line with their masters).

It doesn’t matter that she said “All Lives Matter” (a phrase widely considered racist and demeaning by the left) in a primarily black church.

It doesn’t matter that she took part in an on stage, scripted joke where the punchline was that Mayor Bill de Blasio was late with his endorsement because he “was running on colored peoples’ time” (the obvious racist connotation being that black people are lazy and slow).

It doesn’t matter that she has casually used the phrase “off the reservation” (a wildly offensive term that references the prison camps, created by the US government in the 19th century, known as “reservations” that Native American’s were not permitted to step foot off of without the permission of their white captors) to describe both Donald Trump and other difficult and controlling men she has had to deal with.

It doesn’t matter that she called Paul Fray a “fucking Jew bastard”.

It doesn’t matter that she has publicly made many other racist statements that are significantly WORSE than anything Trump has EVER said…  Because at least she’s not Trump.  (Go Figure.)

But no one wants to hear about all that.  And when forced to hear it, people are very quick to write it off as “conspiracy theory nonsense”, even though a quick internet search PROVES every single thing I’ve mentioned.  No one wants to know the TRUTH about her.  Because once you know the truth, it makes it REALLY hard to keep parroting “at least she’s not Trump”.

Keep in mind, everything I have mentioned is just SOME of the ILLEGAL and TREASONOUS acts that *I* know she has been involved in.  Who knows how many things have yet to come to light or how much worse those things might be.  I’m not going to bother arguing all the reasons I hate her over her policies, platforms, “achievements”, and beliefs – because they are matters of opinion and not FACTS.

I’m sure a lot of you want to fire back with a whole host of reasons why I should hate Trump and he shouldn’t be president.  Blah blah blah.  And blah blah blah.  Some of it may be completely true, some of it may be inaccurate, some of it may be matters of opinion.  But I’m not going to agree with nor try to refute anything you have to say about him – because, as I stated in my opening sentence: I DON’T WANT TRUMP TO BE PRESIDENT!  So, I don’t need to debate his merits.  There’s really only one thing I need to say in Trump’s defense: none of his negative qualities involve an act of treason or something that would disqualify him from running for president.  So if Trump does get elected as our next president, I will scream from the rooftops: AT LEAST HE’S NOT HILLARY!

Transgender Policies and Practices “Guidance” Letter to Schools

Obama has really outdone himself this time.  I think this just might be the single worst act in his reign of terror against our country.  Even *I* didn’t expect him to be capable of this level great wrong.  No matter what side of the transgendered bathroom debate you are on, you SHOULD be outraged by this.

To take it upon himself to ORDER every school in this country to grant their under-age students access to the restroom AND locker room/shower of their choice… or else he will STEAL their federal funding –  right out of the hands of all the CHIDLREN that money was allotted for.  To use OUR children as PAWNS in his real life game of chess.  To threaten to steal our children’s EDUCATION and FUTURE from them as a method of strong-arming the adults to conform to HIS morality.  He may as well have ordered the ENTIRE WORLD for all the right he has to make his demands.  And then he has the gall to mock us by calling his demands “guidance”.

It’s wrong on so many different levels that I scarcely know how to begin expressing it.  I feel like my insides could explode just thinking about it.  And ANYONE who feels good about this “guidance” letter… either hasn’t taken the time to actually THINK about its implications or has something SEVERERLY wrong with them.

I suppose point number one is simply that there is NO cause so noble that it is justified in being achieved through totalitarian means.  Threatening to steal one person’s rights to gain rights for another does wrong to BOTH.  We have a system of government that is designed to speak for THE PEOPLE – safeguarded by using MANY DIFFERENT elected representatives and tiers of representatives, who speak for us by deciding all laws with a MAJORITY ruling.  They answer to us, not the other way around.  It’s what keeps change moving at the speed fitting with society’s evolution.  And it’s what keeps this country from becoming a dictatorship. 

Skipping that process robs you of the most precious thing you have as an American – your VOICE.  Regardless of which side of the debate you are on, your opinion was never even considered.  Your vote was worthless… thrown into the trash without even being looked at.  The OPPOSITE of Democracy.

You could try to throw (the wildly unconstitutional) “Executive Order” clause at me… but what you may not realize is that this is NOT an Executive Order.  It’s just “guidance” –  merely a suggestion.  A suggestion with a BIG threat behind not being taken.  And it’s NOT a threat of proper legal action through our judicial system for breaking a law… noooo, that would be justifiable.  It’s a threat of the GOVERNMENT breaking the law to victimize YOU if you don’t comply.  Sounds a bit like the Mafia extorting money out of you for “protection” don’t ya think? 

But you might not care about any of that.  You might just be thrilled that you got what you wanted… THIS time.  But how would you feel if those same methods of “leadership” were applied to causes you DON’T agree with?

There is a VERY good chance that after the next election President TRUMP will be our Commander-in-chief.  If you are happy about this “guidance” letter, I suspect you DETESTE Donald Trump and everything he stands for.  So tell me… how would you feel if HE forced his morality upon you and your children under threat for disobedience?  Would it still be ok then?  Because you can’t pick and choose.  If you think it would be wrong for Trump to do it in the future, then you must acknowledge that it IS wrong for Obama to do it now.

Many people are trying to justify this “guidance” letter as merely enforcing Title VII.  I’m seeing “Title VII” get tossed around the internet like a catchphrase that means “I’m right and you’re a bigot”.  Obviously, those people have NO IDEA what Title VII entails (they probably don’t even know what document it’s from).

Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination by covered EMPLOYERS on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. 

Derf! *FACEPALM*

So anyway, I suspect what they WOULD have said (if they had bothered to educate themselves before speaking so authoritatively on the subject) is Title IX – which says that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

But let’s be clear on this – it says NOTHING about schoolchildren with penises having the protected legal right to GET NAKED and SHOWER WITH schoolchildren with vaginas (or vice versa). 

So long as transgendered students are not being denied their right to get an education or participate in school activities, simply because they are transgendered, Title IX is NOT being violated.

And if Title IX is not being violated, then that makes this “guidance” letter ENTIRELY NEW GROUND!  Which means that ENTIRELY NEW LEGISLATURE must be passed through the PROPER CHANNELS before anything can be ENFORCED.

Now that’s we’ve established that no government entity has the right to make such a demand without voting on new legislature… How we talk about why we SHOULDN’T pass this sort of legislature, ok?

YES, transgendered people should be able to use whichever RESTROOM they are the most comfortable using – I honestly don’t understand how that doesn’t go without saying.  It’s still PRIVATE.  You have no idea what genitals someone has beneath their clothing unless YOU behave in an inappropriate and unlawful manner and PEAK over/under the stall at them.  No one is getting hurt by them using the facilities for their intended purpose.  But THEY just might get SEVERLY hurt (by bigoted people) if forced to use what is OBVIOUSLY not the appropriate restroom for them.  Debate won, get over it.

But this “guidance” letter isn’t just about restrooms, it’s also about shared locker rooms and showers.  What’s wrong with that (only and idiot would ask)?

If someone exposes their genitals to you without solicitation, it’s known as “indecent exposure” and it’s a FEDERAL CRIME that will land them on the sex offenders registry.  Even though that person didn’t lay a hand on anyone, they victimized the person/people they exposed themselves to.  They made that person or group of people feel uncomfortable, powerless, and VIOLATED.  Because in our society, genitalia are considered “private parts” – only to be seen/shown when it is EXPECTED and WANTED.  So anytime it is UN-expected or UN-wanted, it is psychologically damaging. 

So… if it’s wrong when someone who is NOT transgendered forces you to see their genitalia… why on earth would it be ok for people who ARE transgendered to do it?

Before you even THINK about saying there’s no “force” in this scenario, let me remind you that you are REQUIRED BY LAW to attend school and GOVERNMENTAL education standards REQUIRE you to take gym class as part of the curriculum.  Which means, since the issuance of that letter – the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS REQUIRING YOUR UNDER-AGE CHILDREN TO GET NAKED IN FRONT OF, AND SEE NAKED, OTHER CHILDREN WITH THE OPPOSITE GENDER’S GENITALIA (or else no education for ANYONE – INCLUDING the transgendered students).

If you are the sort of hypocritical asshole who thinks that ONLY minorities have rights, you probably want to argue with me right now by telling me that in a locker room/shower setting, exposing your genitalia IS expected.  Everyone else there is getting naked, why are you singling out the transgendered people – you transphobic monster?!

Well, if locker rooms and showers weren’t segregated by gender – you might have a point.  But they ARE segregated by gender.  Which means you EXPECT everyone else around you to have the SAME genitalia as yourself.  And you are depending on that for comfort in the extremely uncomfortable position of shared nudity in these settings.  Otherwise, there’s no point to segregate them AT ALL.  There should just be ONE locker room and ONE shower that ALL students share, regardless of gender OR gender identity.  (Would you be ok with that?  Keep in mind that would involve transgendered students suffering the discomfort of changing and showering with people who are their BIRTH gender!)

Offering transgendered students a PRIVATE changing and shower facility is the OBVIOUS solution to this situation – yet it has REPEATEDLY been rejected and turned into high powered legal battles.  Why?  Because it MIGHT make some of the 0.03% of students that are transgendered FEEL bad.  Fuck how the rest of the students feel, only the feelings of minorities matter… at least that is what Obama, his administration, and most of the Democrat Party seem to think.

In the locker room/shower setting, if someone takes off their clothing and they DON’T have the same genitalia as what’s marked on the door – it is EVERY BIT as unexpected and unwanted as some stranger flashing you in the park.  And now they just saw YOU naked too, but you didn’t consent to that!  Everyone who saw you was SUPPOSED to have all the same parts!  It’s a double-whammy to your psyche.  Their lack of malicious intent does nothing to prevent you from FEELING violated.  In fact, you may feel even MORE violated since if you express your feelings, instead of being treated with sympathy, people act like there is something wrong with you.  (I imagine that it’s a little bit like a less extreme version of how any woman who was raped by her husband, before the law recognized that a woman CAN be raped by her husband, must have felt…)

But a penis or vagina don’t look any less like a penis or vagina just because of how the person it’s connected to feels on the inside.  As long as you keep it COVERED, it’s NOBODY else’s business which you have.  But if you’re going to EXPOSE it, you’ve just MADE it the business of everyone around you.  So unless EVERYONE in the room FREELY gives their permission otherwise, exposed genitals need to match the sign on the door.  Pretty simple and easy to follow.  And most importantly, FAIR.  For EVERYONE. 

Fair… for… everyone?  I know, what a novel concept?  One that is apparently far too evolved and progressive for our society to wrap its head around.

Honestly, I have SO MANY more points still to make on this topic, but writing this is EXHAUSTING.  If I haven’t successfully made my case to you from what I have already said… quite frankly, you are too stupid and closed-minded to EVER see this rationally.  Talking to you would be a waste of everyone’s time & energy – you should just go fuck yourself.