This summer may be long but it will be anything but lazy. Emotionally, politically, environmentally, financially, you name it; most people living in the United States will be focused on change in a very big way.
Unfortunately, the summer begins with the aftermath of the Orlando shootings in the air. Except for the upcoming conventions, Equality and Gun Control are two of the hottest political topics right now. Gay Pride Day celebrations across the nation will be a time of mourning and a reminder of the prejudice that exists within our culture. And for those that have lost someone at the hands of a gun it’s a painful memory, a wound reopened. I knew someone who died from a gunshot.
To realize the damage, the devastation, one person, a police officer or a nation’s army can do with guns or weapons of mass destruction is beyond what one can imagine until it is experienced. Without guns, it would be far more difficult for a terrorist or a deranged person to resort to violence to manifest the hate in their life. What is really going on here?
With a deeper look most attackers appear to lack of love of self. The radicalized Muslim movement does not validate the innate physical and emotional expression of love that exists in humans. Deny this human need and people may turn to jealously, anger, loathing and hate.
In July we celebrate our Independence Day, an event created by love of country. Later in the month the Republican and Democratic Conventions take place. It will interesting to hear what the delegates and candidates say. Let’s hope there’s more love for the country than dislike of each other. I’ve had enough. The Bernie Sanders movement will surely have an influence on the conventions. No matter whom will be the next President, the people are ready for CHANGE.
Most Americans are fed up with politicians who dish out the same rhetoric while earning over $186,000 per year and receiving the best health care that we can buy for them. It’s time to vote in a new congress, one that will do ‘the right stuff’ and create real change. Democracy does not take months, years and decades to take place; it can happen in a moment, with the touch of a pen, with a Supreme Courts decision – a vote through the Congress and Senate takes too long. The revolution for change is here and will march forward this summer, into the fall and beyond.
Make this a summer of love. Get engaged with your community and your country. See how you can help or support groups, causes or policies that you support. Write, or better yet, take a handwritten letter to your local representatives. Tell them what you want, make it YOUR wish list. We have but one country, one earth, and it is clear that actions speak louder than words.
Drown out the mainstream media, the ones with a controlled message. Look for an alternative voice, one that sings to your heart. Don’t be fooled by a pied piper, money or glamour. Think for yourself, follow your gut. Who’s influenced your life in a positive way. What would they do? Don’t take the word of a paid newsperson. Look for the people that walk the talk; heroes of the world. I believe we have the capability somewhere inside most of us to make reasonable choices. We are able to follow the laws of the road and other practical guidelines for living sensibly in our society. Why can’t we each be responsible enough to do what it will take to get along?
Excuse me while I get my rose colored glasses — what a wild summer it will be.