So… not a lot has been happening on these hallowed pages because I’ve been really inside my own head. My mantra lately is that I am Switzerland. I don’t have a whole lot to give right now. I’ve been dealing with the tangled threads of bad decisions. Often these are things that result from life choices made before I knew what that even meant. I tend to get into verbal altercations when I state my opinions, both political and personal. I usually blame that on the fact that I hang out with Dozer a lot, he’s especially conservative. People never used to get mad when I wanted to feed the little poor kids and I continue to fail to understand why that’s a bad thing. I tend to have a more flexible view of the universe, but I must have touched a nerve or twenty, because recently, someone (Not Dozer) told me I just shouldn’t talk about these things… sorry, sunshine, this is my space and I will continue to use it as I see fit. Come pay my rent and then we can talk about your level of input in to my life.
I think it’s funny that the very people who are defending the KKK’s right to free speech would like folks like me to please shut our mouths. Miss Shannon finds all hate groups abhorrent. I don’t care if you are blanketly hating other races, religions or sexual identity. I hate what they say, but I also defend their right to say it. It irks the living shit out of me to see football players take a knee during the national anthem… and that, my friends is free speech. That’s part of the foundation of America, land that I love. I don’t have to like it. Matter of fact, a whole lot of the time, it shocks the hell out of me to hear the vile things people really, sincerely believe. Not only do they believe it… they think Jesus Christ rode down on a chariot (or maybe an uber, Miss Shannon is not on that invite list, thus cannot be certain) to give out the Good News. Here’s what I know: The God in the King James version I read did not hate people based on their skin. That guy supported feeding the poor, widows, etc.
Lately I feel like there is a disturbing level of hatred for the poor… people who are middle class or upper class actually think they put themselves where they are, pulling themselves up by their boot straps and making something of themselves. There were people who taught you things, made sure you went to bed with a full belly , who gave a damn and helped you find opportunities….not everybody has that. Those same people say that if kids would apply themselves, they’d be successful. That is not always true. I can personally attest that when the spelling test comes before free lunch, you just don’t do as well. Let’s talk about Maslow for a hot second… physical needs must be met before you can ever attain higher fulfillment. I say… maybe try leveling the playing field. Let’s give all the children a pencil… and, by all that is good and holy in this world, please stop assuming their origin is their destination.
Miss Shannon is moderately successful. When I say moderately, I mean that I’m never going to get rich raising kids… but I get such an emotional return. Most of the time, I can pay my bills. I place the credit for that on the fact that I had a friend, far more fortunate than I, who thought I had potential. Everybody has potential, but not everybody knows that. I was lucky… someone with world knowledge took an interest in me and told me so, repeatedly and taught me things I would never have learned otherwise. To escape poverty, you must first know that’s a thing that can happen. I take things like racism and classism personally… my family has some gorgeous babies that came in a darker shade. I love those kids. Prejudice is based on ignorance and fear. The belief that you are more valuable than someone else based on your zip code or skin tone is foolish hubris.
I would now like to thank every veteran of this nation for giving me the right to say all that. I continue to appreciate the fact that I am not wearing a burqa and I am grateful that football players can kneel. I am even grudgingly grateful that asshats like the KKK can mire on down in their own filth. Ain’t that America?? Home of the free…. Because of the brave.