I’ve been hearing a lot about Pope Francis’ line that, “Supplyside Economics is a failure” and its immediate uproar among American conservatives. It’s great to see him denouncing all this inequity as there’s no reason for rigging any economic system against middle class people.
It breaks my heart to see others who are completely forced to live out on the streets, but what turns my sadness to fury is when the media and those in the upper eschelons of society continue to dehumanize them and make them out to be a burden on the rest of us. This is not so, many of these people are just average folks with their own life stories, and their own dreams and aspirations, but with no means to see such dreams become reality.
Here's one such example:
This is a great guy with an amazing voice. I've only recently seen his singing prowess, and believe me, if he could be tapped, he'd be a massive hit. But his case, is like many others in San Francisco, unnoticed, since no one gives them a chance. It doesn't even take 5 minutes of your time, folks, to listen to a voice like this, or to hear an interesting story from off the street, which I can tell you, there's a lot of them. No, most times these people are not going to blow the money you give them on drugs (a very small minority do), as much as they'll use it to get either food, or even a cup of coffee, to keep themselves warm. Most, as I've said before, are just normal folks who have no financial means to live what we call a normal life.
I realize that this might be a departure from hitting the Right-Wing where it hurts the most, but I think I need to take a quick break from politics to start speaking what’s on my mind at the moment.
I feel that I now can move forward in trying to navigate my way through life itself due to having the beinnings of a foundation under my feet. In order for me to be successful, I need someone to guide me, as it comes with the territory of living as an American with disabilities, and it’s why I’m so thankful for the active involvement by my Mom. My Mom is like my bedrock, someone who I can count on when I’ll start my transition into the real world of careerbuilding. I’m most appreciative of the fact that she understands this and she’s now able to take a more active role.
I have to admit for my own well-being, the timing could not be better. This was something I stayed quiet about for about 5-6 months, never fully bringing it up as my Grandpa (may he RIP, 1922-2013) was dying and my Mom’s stress level increasing during that period.
I want all to understand, THIS IS NO EXCUSE FOR ANY INACTION ON MY PART. I realize I might have done this sooner, rather than yesterday, but sometimes keeping quiet about one’s needs until the right moment comes up can pay dividends. Basically, I knew that until my Mom was able to focus on my transition, just bide my time in my current job and try not to do anything within my capacity to upset the situation at hand.
I remember that I retweeted this post from +The Ed Show on Twitter, in which I was happy to see that Ed Schultz was doing a radio show from Miami, Florida. Anyway, getting a like on this threaded post via Twitter to my Facebook page is enough to show why I enjoy doing this kind of thing. It helps people out, by showing that there is someone who cares deeply about some of the same issues they do.
This Veterans Day has a special meaning for me as it gives me a chance to reflect on my Grandpa; as he was a WWII veteran. I just miss the guy hella bad.
At the same time, I'd like to take the time to thank a few buddies of mine for putting their lives on the line for the rest of us, as well as all the men and women in our country's uniform. What they do for us is incredible.
That being said, I'd also like to use this as an opportunity to show my disgust with the National Republican Party for doing everything humanly possible to make life impossible for our vets. Taking away the very means of them being able to eat? That's just callous, but what pisses me off even further is them celebrating this. This is fully breaking a compact which gave several rights and benefits for their service.
I can't think of why the +Republicans are so keen on vote suppression when they know realistically it's not going to change the demographics of the American public. If they're hoping to achieve a setting with only white men voting, that's just going to make governing that much less feasible. All this points to is the Conservative Movement losing more and more traction with the American populace. Afterall, the +Democrats are gaining more and more credibility by the minute with all of these stunts. Until then, I can't let myself vote for the Republicans, as they're a party of no ideas. It's good to see that the American electorate and the Democrats have shown that they're not going to be intimidated any further, nor are they going to tolerate any more of this childish behavior.
Now for all the complaints about +The Affordable Care Act, I'll agree to some of them, but not all those that are whack. Let me say this, yeah, I really wish that I didn't have to switch plans, but there's no way around it, unless there's legislation in place saying that people can keep their current coverage. However, I've got to admit that some of the other previous coverage plans were just crap as they never fully covered everything, nor did they offer as many benefits. And moreover, when are there going to be rationers of healthcare coming from the government? Try never, as +Barack Obama and others in his administration have other fish to fry. If anything they'll try clamping down on the insurance companies (hopefully) if they begin price gouging again. However my primary complaint about +The Affordable Care Act is that it really lacks any kind of teeth to rein the larger insurance companies who have been ripping off American consumers for years.