In the actions that occurred in the early hours of 6/12/2016 we saw what can happen when hateful ideology meets reality. 50 people lost their lives because one young man followed the teachings of hateful ideology. A young man that pledged his allegiance to ISIS (http://www.wcsh6.com/news/nation/orlando-nightclub-shooter-called-911-to-pledge-allegiance-to-isis-sources/240811616) prior to entering Pulse, a Gay Nightclub, and struck terror in the lives of others due to their orientation. Even though we may not be able to be in Orlando, as a nation we must show our support for the families of those affected by this tragic event. This also means support for the family of Omar S. Mateen.
In order to solve the problem of violence due to firearms, We must use Rational and Commonsense approaches instead of Emotional Sensationalism. This is not a time to allow people to take away the rights of others, due to the actions of a person that had hatred toward LGBT people.
The tragedy that occurred in Orlando, Florida is nothing more than adherence to an ideology of terror and hate. This is not a criticism of Islam or Political Ideologies in particular, rather it is a criticism of those that approve of its followers, through the use of violence, of denying others their rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
For many years, there has been an agenda to silence those who do not agree with others. It started heavily in the late ’90s and has become a platform of those with little to no skills for intellectual debate. Along with this is the agenda of fair treatment, while some who do not deserve it are up held on a pedestal. I and others grew up in the Era of Everybody-Gets-A-Trophy. Thankfully, my parents did not raise me to meet this “standard”. Before the insipid insults are hurled, my childhood was not perfect; yet I am grateful that I had some commonsense thinking instilled.
Just this past week on 5/24/2016, there was a Conservative event hosted by Milo Yiannopoulis. (https://youtu.be/Pw-MnRyIoQY?t=30m30s) For a quick synopsis, Milo is a gay conservative that is against extreme Feminism and other issues. He was invited by a Student Republican Organization at DePaul University in Chicago for a conservative event. The event was interrupted by ignorant/arrogant protestors that wanted no open exchange of ideas. Furthermore, they proceeded to call a young lady of the same race a white supremacist bigot. She was called this for expressing that hard work and determination will advance people. The organizers had paid for security, which was not provided. The event was eventually disbanded.
While I may not agree with everything the guest speaker puts forward, I do defend his First Amendment right to say it. What I do not defend is the violent, vitriolic venom spewed by those that oppose bullying and hate speech, while in the next breath/action do exactly what they are against.
Most, if not all, of the young people being taught in supposed tolerant Universities are experiencing censure such as this. One of the problems is that many are unaware of the intolerant ideals fostered in so-called arenas of higher education. Yes, you can express yourself if; you are gay and leftist, straight and keep your head down, male and subjugated, female and do not expose lies of extreme feminism.
Universities that espouse tolerance of intolerant behavior should be examined very closely, especially those receiving public funding. With the advances made in Civil Rights for all, there are some that would rather be living in the Orwellian Dystopia described in “1984”. We as a nation are headed for the Double-Speak and are already in Double-Think.
Two hours until close. Smells of sweat, cigarettes and cheap cologne permeate the air. My shyness has increased in this drunken haze. Furiously I contend with thoughts of paranoia in my head as mad scribbling in a small notebook proceeds. The faces of strangers turn into gross caricatures of humanity’s ills. Stumbling through the doors for some fresh air, I pass jesters and hide in the long swirl of a cigarette. I am the Orc in the realm of Fairies and Elves. Closing time as the night envelopes in its cool, tight blanket. Home once more, the effects wear off with only memories of cowardly shyness remaining.
I had a dream that we were together laughing as when we were younger. I turned for but a moment and you were gone, or was it me. I progressed in life and heard you found a wife. Life dealt us these hands, now we must play. This game is turning into charades. The smiles and cheers on parade. I had a dream I disappeared, never to be seen again. One day it turned out to be what I feared, you stayed and I did disappear. Just recently waking from the dream, I try to figure what it all means. Turning to see you there, fear was getting the better of me. It was just a dream.
Here I sit and wonder
What if I could change it all?
Go in the past to a fancy Ball
Would I do more?
Come out at 15 and walk out the door
Would I be me or fade away?
Life’s experiences that make us this way
What if I chose to kiss him?
I regret that I dismissed him
Here I sit and wonder
The lonely years, the happy years
The laughter, The tears
Is this from where parallel universes come?
All our choices
Chosen different, Better
Here I sit and wonder
Are we the sum of our choices or is there something else?
This certainly can not be all
FOR THIS THEY WERE BEATEN AND SPIT UPON
Equal protection from discrimination in the workplace
Equality of marriage rights
Equal protection from discrimination in social clubs
Equal freedom to express public affection
Equal protection under law when attacked and harassed for being different
The struggle continues. All the advances since June 28,1969 are under attack again. Be it from Bakers (http://www.advocate.com/election/2016/3/25/how-president-ted-cruz-will-save-bakers-gays) or from Politicians (http://www.advocate.com/politics/2016/3/25/far-right-lauds-north-carolina-blocking-special-rights; http://www.advocate.com/2016/3/26/how-gop-laid-groundwork-north-carolinas-antigay-law) ; there has been a systematic attack on LGBT Rights. Now some may say, “They are more free and protected than ever before.” I say this, “Those that do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
Paragraph 175 German Penal Code, May 15, 1871 to March 10, 1994, made homosexual acts between males a crime. This nation was built on the belief that all are created equal with inalienable rights; Among these are the rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. When others try to stifle these rights, it is the duty of the People to stand together in resistance to oppression. I hope that it is a peaceful resistance, however the past has shown that “a force will continue unless acted upon by an equal and opposite force.”
We, as a Nation, must recognize that there will be no change without discussion. There can be no discussion with the current mind set of “Political Correctness”. This is one force that stifles openness, creates division and ultimately leads to destruction. For too long it has made enemies of those that would otherwise have been compatriots.
In simple terms, We are in this together. We are many different experiences trying to be told at the same time. The more We listen, the more We learn.
Open up your mind/ Don’t be afraid to cry/ Everybody telling you all of their own nothing/ Hold me and tell me your everything. I don’t care what they say/ Only words of small minds projecting their own insecurities, too scared to realize real potential.
Real power is within the self. When you resist their need to conform, this will make you stand apart from the crowd. You will see the fear and regret that they did not resist the pressure to assimilate into a senseless pattern of thought. The only response left is to project themselves unto everyone else. After all is said and done, their remains of lives wasted are ifs and wishes. You walk away being firm in resolve to be more than the example of a mind stuck on a path not able to see the other roads that are around.
However, you must try to help them turn from the path of a mind held in muck and mire. It will be their choice to accept or deny your advice. Let them open their mind, listen without as they release what is within. This will be the most difficult part of the exchange as you are being attacked verbally with preconceived notions or uninformed opinions.