America, A House Divided

I’m not Republican or Democrat.  I’m not liberal or conservative. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, but I also believe that a fetus is a tiny human; and that choice should be carefully weighed. I believe climate change is real, but hate that the Nobel prize was sold out for a political circus to Al Gore. I am not white, black or brown.  I don’t fit neatly into one of those little boxes on a form. I suspect there are millions more like me.

The big news last week was the relative size of K-Dash’s naked butt. Interesting. I don’t care that she took the pictures, posted them online or predicted that they would go viral. She obviously knows more about the American people than the pious majority. If she wants to strip down for the sensation of it all, more power to her. If there wasn’t a market for it, we wouldn’t be discussing it now.

So how does a country get back to talking about real topics?  Does it take a celebrity getting #naked and adding a slogan? What does that say about the future of our nation, what does that say about Americans in general. The only thing we can agree to talk about is a naked butt.

American politics are polarizing this nation. Immigration, Gun Control, Presidential Effectiveness, Health Care… the list goes on. Republicans hate women, democrats hate all citizens except the illegal ones. Race issues continue to dominate news topics, and I can’t help but wonder what would happen if we just stopped.  Stop calling it a black vs white thing, stop pointing fingers about who-hates-who the most, stop trying to make every news story sensational to the point that it just adds to the dysfunction of our country.

Problems exist, yes.  BUT, like my therapist said, you are what you focus on.  If you focus on the problems without working on solutions you will never be free from your issues. America is having serious PTSD and the more we continue to focus on negativity, the longer our recovery will be. WE are the problem. We feed into the polarizing news feeds, WE tag, tweet and share the stories of how democrats are ruining the country, how the president is a joke, or how republicans are gun toting lunatics.  The problem is US.

As a people we have lost our respect for the country and the freedoms we used to stand for.  Abraham Lincoln said “A house divided…cannot stand.” Our house is divided, and the only thing we can agree to talk about are celebrities and their naked parts. It’s time to focus on solutions, stop feeding into the sensationalized news stories about how a black person did this, or a white person did that. The fact that those adjectives are still being used indicates how far we still have to go.

If each one of us took personal responsibility to focus on this country’s strengths instead of how ‘the other guy’ is wrong, we could change the direction we are headed. Like a marriage, if all you do is criticize and look for faults, you will see them. If you have an open heart and remember why you fell in love you can work on the issues and still maintain the integrity of the relationship.

America needs people who are willing to work on the issues, and still focus on the positive. We don’t have to agree with each other, but we do have to respect each other. It’s not a Democrat thing, or Republican thing, it’s an AMERICAN thing. We are all on the same side, and that’s what we should be talking about; the strengths that unite us. Not another naked celebrity.


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