Happy New Year
As my meal for the new year is simmering on the stove, I reflect on the past. I have had a good life, interesting at times and completely boring as well. When I was young, 2017 was not even a year I thought would ever been in my lifetime. Like all young people, anything longer than five years in the future was not even considered as a possibility. I have lived through the Cold War, the ending of the Korean War, Viet Nam, Desert Storm, Desert Storm 2.0, Afghanistan (on going), and all the current other human atrocities world-wide that treat human lives as nothing much more than collateral damage as little boys play with their very big toys like the Middle East is a RISK game board … damning the consequences of others so long as they get to do what they want to do.
Looking forward to 2017 I want to have hope, but I am afraid for not only myself but humankind as a whole and our planted in general. Once again … the little boys (ie dictators with dangerous weapons) with their scary toys are doing their best to eliminate people from the face of the earth. For the first time in my life, people in my own country are afraid for their lives based on their skin color, their religion, who they love, and their gender. Shades of Germany in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s flash before my eyes daily and I hear hate filled words coming from people world-wide, but unfortunately coming from the very person who is about to vow to protect and defend my country, my constitution, and the people who are all Americans regardless of their personal beliefs, gender, skin color and sexual orientation. Even children with disabilities are being targeted as undesirables and not deserving of their rights.
Even our constitution is under fire … my first amendment rights are threatened daily, as are those of everyone who has an opinion and writes what they think and believe. Media outlets on all levels are coming under attack from those people who want to return the progress of America to a time when everyone was afraid of everything and everyone else. This makes me afraid, but I will not back down … I will never be silenced in my beliefs and thoughts. If you don’t like what I have to say … don’t read it … but don’t ban me.
I started this section as a place to share a weekly short story. That will continue, however, I have to speak my mind at times when I feel I am being suppressed not only as a woman, but a member of the human race. The times when I see my rights on so many levels are threatened by people who have no business being in power to do those threats. When my country is colluding with our enemies and believe that spies for those enemies are to be trusted more than the numerous intelligence agencies whose job it to keep my country safe. I NEVER thought I would see something like this in my lifetime in my country … but here we are. My greatest wish that there will be a 2018 since those little boys with their dangerous toys are threatening to start WWIII by showing who has the biggest, baddest and most destructive nuclear weapons … damn the consequences and destruction of the world as we know it.
Rant over … and I hope my fears for the future are resolved and soon.
Copyright © 2017 Annie
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie