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Monday, October 16, 2017

In a Perfect World........# 1

Could the thoughts of a 60-year old woman actually help out the troubled areas in today’s society?  Maybe. Why not?  With age, comes wisdom. And sometimes a clarity that seems blocked to so many others.  So, here goes with the first topic that kept me up last night.  I don’t pretend to know all the facts to each complex issue, nor will I have the perfect answers.  The approach is to pose a “what if” scenario and allow each person to stop and think about the “what if”.  I hope no one has the perfect answer right away, (probably the same thought they had before they read this or any other post), and feel compelled to share their perfect answer in the comment section.  Or to cut down others who share their opinions.  We don’t need any more rants and finger-pointing and curse words shoved in our faces, do we?!

Problem # 1:

NFL players are taking a knee during the National Anthem to protest a topic that is near and dear to their hearts: Police brutality, especially to the African-Americans/black members of society.  But, standing with your hand over your heart during the National Anthem, whether at a football game or anywhere else it its played, symbolizes the freedom our brave soldiers have fought and died for us to have. It is considered disrespectful to them and to our country, if you don’t stand in silence and quietly remember and think about this freedom we enjoy.

So, there is a disconnect with the two issues and really all we need is smart people to stand up and address both issues...equally, with respect for both topics.  “What if” the President of the US (and all others that are in front of a camera, for that matter), held a press conference and stated that he hears both topics loud and clear and will do what it takes to understand and try to correct any wrong-doings.  Because, it doesn’t matter whether you personally believe there is a problem with the policing the black community or not.....or if our freedom is something we should respect and value or not......the fact that the emotions are so strong with both issues, it is worth addressing in a large and important a nation of civility and respect.

Thank you for reading this post.  Stay tuned for the next topic. A 60-year old woman wakes up in the middle of the night a lot, worrying about this wonderful/special nation of ours!  We are smarter and stronger when we work together. Together, let’s create a world we are proud to introduce to our grandchildren!