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Here’s the Thing

Here’s the thing that gets me…everybody is talking and nobody is listening. Some people are angry and some people don’t care at all. It is frustrating. I see and hear some people who just don’t care what is happening in the US and I want to ask how they can be so oblivious? I’m perplexed.

Republicans are saying Trump is wonderful and magnificent and is taking charge. Oh yes! He is taking charge. He is taking control of this country in a way that is scary. Many of the people that voted for him aren’t stepping back to look at what is going on and how things are happening. Steve Bannon is now on the National Security Council. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was removed for this man who is said to be a racist.

It is mind boggling. But then again it’s really not. Trump said he knew more than the generals and that he felt he had as much or more military training as a soldier. With that logic, why wouldn’t he feel he could do whatever the hell he wanted? He knows best, right? And somehow he has convinced several others he does as well. The thing is that he hasn’t convinced the majority of Americans.

Here is what I wish both sides could really talk about. The man is dismantling the power of our government systematically. While the Republicans see it as taking control in a positive light, the Democrats don’t. I’m neither. But I see it as him bypassing what our Founding Fathers set up to govern our country. They wanted three branches of government so that no branch was greater than the other so that things like this wouldn’t happen. They didn’t want a dictator. They wanted a system of checks and balances. Right now there is no accounting for what is going on. It is all like a cash register gone haywire. Trump keeps signing Executive Orders left and right without any real thought of what the effect is. He is so damn proud to see his signature on White House embossed paper that it seems that is all he cares about.

As far as the refugees and immigrants go, we need to vet refugees, yes. We need to limit immigrants to keep the country safe and from being overpopulated. But we also need to recognize that this country was created on the premise of religious persecution because the pilgrims were fleeing a country that was treating them horribly. They wanted to escape to a place where they could worship freely. Yes, they were Protestants, but it doesn’t matter what religion it was. They sought asylum from religious persecution. That is why many want to come to the US. There are many other reasons people want to come here. But I want to hit on the religious aspect because these people who tout Christian values (and yes, I am a Christian) are not acting in a Christian manner. The Bible is very explicit about how we treat others.

Hebrews 13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.

Leviticus 19:34 ‘The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.

Matthew 25:44 Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’

There’s more. But you get the point.

We need to work together and try to see that we need to go back to what the Constitution and  Bill of Rights say. We should work together instead of fighting against each other at every turn. We should realize that while this country was founded as the United States by Christians that it was not meant to be a specific religion.

When there is such concern and an outcry, there is a problem. It’s time to stop the bickering and realize that sometimes you have to work for the greater good. Is what is going on really for the greater good?

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