You could say that 2012 was, to quote Dickens, the best of the times and the worst of times. You could probably say that about every year, I bet, but I do like that quote. I could do some navel gazing about the past year, I suppose I had a great year blogging. I met a few people in the bloggysphere who I think the world of, and I've been able to participate in some great writing communities, such as Write On Edge and Trifecta. I think that my writing skills have significantly improved thanks to the critiques and the comments of my fellow writers. I certainly have felt more confident about trying new things, and I hope that I continue to learn and grow.
But today is the day for me to get some of the rants off my bloggy plate. I often started a blog post with a rant about particular things. I get riled up, as the saying goes. But inevitably, I cool off, or get outraged about something else. Eventually I have to turn off the television and stop watching the news. So here are a few random rants. I'm getting them off of my chest, setting them free, yada, yada, yada. This way I can start the new year off with other stuff to rant about. Lord knows there's always something to get riled up about!
If my wish for a super power came true, and I had had the ability to psychically smack people upside the head, I would have been mentally slapping people left and right during the election. People lost their minds, posting stuff on Facebook about Obama. Most of it was barely concealed ignorant tripe or scare tactics that often bordered on blatant racism. There is no place for racism in this day and age, and people who perpetuated it should be called on it. Bring that hatred into the light of day and kill it dead. And all that dung about Obama not being an American citizen? That was downright insulting to my intelligence. The whole election seemed to drain IQ points from the masses, if what was posted on Facebook was any indication. Don't even get me started about Twitter.
I won't miss the NRA and their shenanigans. I wish that they were gone, but they'll certainly recover from their sudden unpopularity because they throw stupid gobs of money at Washington. There's been way too much innocent blood poured out over the last year
for anyone to be standing behind the NRA anymore. It's an antiquated
organization that refuses to change with the times, and it therefore
needs to die a quiet death in a corner and be buried like cat poop. We as a nation should be embarrassed by the NRA, and shun it completely. Yes, the Second Amendment says that a citizen has the right to bear arms. The Second Amendment does not say a word about a citizen having an AK-47 or an assault rifle.
Common sense gun control isn't about taking all the guns away, and people need to stop responding in a knee jerk fashion about it. There's not a darn thing wrong with having a background check before you are allowed to buy a gun. What possible reason would a law-abiding person need to have a gun immediately, where they couldn't wait? There's not a darn thing wrong with limiting the types of working guns that a person can own. I can see no reason for anyone who is not in the military or law enforcement to own an assault rifle. There is certainly not a darn thing wrong with having a national registry of gun owners available to law enforcement. If your gun is stolen, wouldn't you like to know if it ends up being used in a crime?
I don't own a gun, and I have no intention of owning a gun. Well,
maybe a shotgun, to shoot rock salt at the random Kirby vacuum
representative who shows up at my door every week. However, I think that owning a
handgun creates a false sense of security and an illusion of power that
doesn't actually exist. I refuse to drink that Kool-aid. Most of my friends and family members own guns, however, and that's okay with
me. I also don't care if my family or neighbors have guns; if the zombie apocalypse comes, I will be hanging out with my neighbors in the cul de sac for a modicum of protection.
Bullying is a huge topic this year. All these kids are being bullied, I hear, and we must stop it. Great. I am all on board with helping kids. But what about the adults who are bullied? What about the bullies on the evening news, the ones screaming that if you don't agree with them then you are evil personified? Doesn't that church in Kansas, the one that pickets the funerals of soldiers, qualify as a bully of a sort? What about the 'volleyball moms' who deliberately leave a couple of kids' names off of a 'championship' t-shirt, to make those girls feel excluded? What about a boss who screams at an employee or tells them that they should just feel lucky to have a job? Doesn't that qualify as bullying? What good is it for use to tell children not to bully? Vicarious learning is extremely powerful. The kids do what they see us do. If your child sees you do it, it must be okay. I say that we need to take care of ourselves, get out own lives in order, per the bullying, before we get hyper focused on the lives of our kids.
Why is the Westboro Baptist Church even warranting any
newsprint or mentions anywhere? This is most certainly a hate
group--they probably would tell you that themselves. To badger people
who have been dealt a significant blow--the death of a loved one--by saying that they deserved to die is
heinous. Yes, they are a church, and the First Amendment gives them
rights to speak their minds. But they preach hatred, not love. They
certainly are not Christians, and should be disavowed by all religions.
I am sure that this group craves attention, and they get it from
picketing funerals and then slapping lawsuits onto people who try to
keep them from being there. So quit giving them attention. Stop
referring to them by name, stop filming them. Don't give them air time
at all. The lack of publicity would kill them by suffocating the 'cash'
cow. So stop giving them that attention. Starve them of it. Let them be a candle placed in a jar with the lid welded on, so that the flame of their hatred sputters and is extinguished.
That's it. I got most of my rants out. The rest I deleted. I will start fresh in 2013. Happy New Year, everyone! I wish all of you a happy, prosperous, and exciting(in a good way) 2013.