This is strictly my opinion of where we are as a nation and where we can go from here.
Right now, we live in an America that hasn't been more divided. We are at each other's throats for almost every reason possible, from gun control to g-ay marriage, climate change to minimum wage. I come from a Libertarian point of view, so I tend to make both sides angry, and that's okay with me. I've provoked far more deep thinkers with the things that I say. A lot of the things you'll read here are opinions that I've made clear over my duration in this place, but this is a nice little collective.
First of all, I want to talk about the presidential race of 2016. This is possibly the most important and frightening time politically I've ever seen. We're in a country where a socialist is gaining traction. Where did we go wrong, America? I hate to say it, but it's my generation. I'm part of a generation who doesn't want to work hard to gain greatness. They want life handed to them on a silver platter, which is why you see people protesting for a $15 minimum wage. The men and women who save lives as paramedics hardly make that much, and as I said, they're saving lives. Bernie Sanders and all who support him live in a fantasy world where you can take money from people who worked hard for it and give it to the ones who really aren't interested in bettering themselves. The way I see it, if someone wanted to live comfortably, provide a lavish lifestyle for their family, and get to the top, they'd work hard to make that 60K a year, but if Colonel Sanders over here is taking all his money and giving it to Joe Flippinburgers, what incentive does this guy have to work hard? None. If I were him, I'd just fall off the totem pole, because I'm not getting what I earned. It's not greed to want to keep the money you earn. It's greed to want to take it from someone else. That's not to say that the GOP is without sin. I liked Donald Trump. In fact, someone like him is exactly what this country needs. We need an unapologetic fella who isn't afraid to speak his mind, and who preserves lives over feelings. Political correctness has run amok in this country, and with the situation in San Bernardino, PC has literally killed people. Trump has said some pretty silly things, and in all honesty, I don't feel like he really knows how to lead this country. The man has a lot of good viewpoints, and he's basically saying what everyone else is thinking. That's why he gains so much traction, because he identifies with the American people, because he's not a career politician. He's just a regular person like you and I, except he had a small loan of a million dollars. That's a joke, of course, because a lot of the arguments from the left are based on this statement that he made. They fail to think about the fact that unlike them, Donald Trump did not blow his million dollars on headphones, cellphones and sneakers. He turned one million into ten billion, which tacks a few more zeroes onto that number. Good stuff. I drew the last straw with the Donald when he said he wanted to ban Muslims from immigrating to the country. As much as I hate to say this, it's unconstitutional to deny someone entry based on their religion. It is actually disgusting if you really think about it. If you want to halt the refugee program, then by all means, go for it. We've seen too many bad things around the world coming from that, but you can't throw a blanket over a religion and ban them from this country. That has been the final nail in the Trump coffin. I feel like with all the garbage H-illary has done, Bernie Sanders will be your nominee for the democrats, and if Trump stays the republican nominee, we will lose. The man speaks his mind, has no filter, and isn't sorry for it, but we live in a wussified society that can't handle the truth. Trump will lose the general election.
Speaking of the wussification of America, congratulations. We've progressed so far in the last 70 years. In 1945, 18 year olds were storming the beaches in France to fight and die for their country, and now 18 year olds are sputtering and throwing a fit, needing "safe spaces" because of words. We live in a country where our Secretary of State is thanking our enemies for taking innocent sailors hostage at gunpoint and then releasing them. We are weak as a country and as a society because we are divided. You have the lunatics on the left who don't want any accountability for themselves. They just want to be told how things are. They don't want to invoke any critical thinking. Then you have an all pervasive right wing that wants to meddle in lives that really have nothing to do with them.
I'll elaborate on two key issues, one in which I agree with the right, but disagree with the left, and one in which is the opposite. You've probably heard it all before, but first of all, let me talk about gun control. We have a second amendment in this country that guarantees us the right to defend ourselves with arms, and it shall not be infringed. Sounds simple, right? Apparently some people find it to be more complicated than it really is, and if you're as much of a firearms fanatic as I am, you'll find their attempt futile and just downright goofy. People like Dianne Feinstein, O-bama, and Bernie Sanders all use the same scare tactic that the left has been using the entire time. They play on peoples' ignorance to get them to to support their causes. Ignorance is not a word I like to use, because people see it as demeaning, but it's far from that. It just simply means that one does not posses the education on the subject, and there's nothing wrong with that. The problem people is when the people in power play their followers using such low down tactics, using terms such as "gun show loophole" and "assault weapons" when those two terms don't really belong in any serious conversation. They portray gun shows as magical places where anyone can go and buy anything at any time with no background checks and no questions asked. The laws are the same inside a gun show as they are outside. Then they want to call your AR15 an assault rifle. To be really honest, I hate to make this analogy, but to call an AR15 an assault rifle based on its cosmetic features is to call a Toyota Prius a race car because someone put racing stripes on it. I won't go into gun control much here because I'm sure we all know better than to believe the absolutely dangerous rhetoric the gun grabbers spew.
Onto the one that makes people downvote my posts, g-ay marriage. I mean, this is a place where even the first amendment has been suppressed on it. I have to hyphenate it to even be able to say it. That's a little bit silly, guys, but I digress. I feel like marriage equality was a long time coming, and it's a great thing that we finally have that, but over time, I've realized how much of a gross overstep of boundaries it was. Anyone who has had a good civics class should be cringing at such a thing. We have a system of checks and balances in this country for a reason, and the fact that the supreme court redefined such an important principle of the human condition is disgusting. I for one believe in a society where if someone is not causing harm to someone else, you should be allowed to do it, and let's be really honest with ourselves for a moment. If John and Jerry wanna get married, is your financial situation in danger? Are you legitimately in pain, or are you making yourself be in pain? It really does not matter at all. Now, this has caused some problems in our country, and I'm going to use the bakery in Colorado as an example. You have a Christian business owner who doesn't want to serve a lesbian couple, and you know what I think about that? Let them. If you own your own business, you should be allowed to refuse service to any one at any time for any reason. It's your right. Now, the flip side to this is Kim Davis, the county clerk from Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses. That is a disgusting overreach of her powers. She is a government official paid by tax dollars, and in a nation with separation of church and state, you leave your beliefs at the door. If it is the law of the land, and you're paid to abide by it, you do it. Period. People want to hold Miss Davis up on a pedestal like she's a hero and a warrior for Christians everywhere, but she is a low down vile human being who is a massive hypocrite. I'm sure we all know about her husbands and children out of wedlock, so I don't need to elaborate on that.
Freedom of speech is also under fire, and I'm going to use the confederate flag as my example here. Anyone who has cracked open a history book (and I mean a real history book, not this common core politically correct garbage taught to kids today) then you know why the civil war broke out. Slavery was the final straw, but unlike the holier than thou leftists would like you to think, it's not because southerners hated black people. Here's a little brief history lesson. The union states wanted to have an all powerful central government to be the main arbitrator of things in the nation, while the south wanted more power to be held by the sovereign states. The war broke out because the union was attempting to abolish slavery, which was the final straw. The confederate flag we know today was the battle flag of Virginia and similarly the one used by Tennessee, not the actual flag used to represent the Confederate States of America. They want to call the flag racist because of slavery. That particular flag stands for people who fought and died to protect the sovereignty of their states. That's all.
Climate change is exactly what it says it is. Over the millions of year this earth has stood, it has seen several changes in climate, and believe me, it's not because a T Rex was riding around in his Chevy Suburban. We've gone through several cycles of heating and cooling, and that's just where we are now. I have nothing more to say on that other than that global warming is a farce created by hippies who don't like big block V8's. That's something I can't get behind. Now, does that mean we shouldn't try to better ourselves? Of course not. Look at China. They have so much pollution that you can't even breathe. I see nothing wrong with solar, wind, and hydroelectric power. While yes, we do damage to the environment with pollution, it's not at the alarming rate the left would have you to believe.
Drug legalization is another subject I'd like to touch base on. A large percentage of the population in prison is made up of non violent drug offenders. Why are we policing what people put in their bodies? Does it really matter? While there are seriously dangerous drugs out there like heroin and meth, what good does it do to take someone hellbent on destroying themselves and putting them in a box paid for by your tax dollars? Marijuana needs to be legalized nationwide, but to legalize the rest of the more dangerous drugs isn't an idea I'm really going to shrug off. We need to stop protecting people from themselves using the government. If they want it, they're going to get it anyway.
In a nutshell, that's where I believe we are, and where we could and should go from here. Personally, I'm pulling for Rand Paul, but I know at this point the chances are low. Ted Cruz is another good guy, but we can't take ourselves seriously calling out Obama for his mystery birth location, then just let Ted Cruz go when we know he was born in Canada. Bernie Sanders will be the democratic nominee, and if Trump is nominated, be ready to live in your new socialist utopia. For all intents and purposes, I call the seat by the window at the poverty soup kitchen. It will give the best view of our crumbling society. I really really hope I'm wrong.