Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Politically Correct?

Hello there. Today I was thinking about where I want this blog to go. What I want this blog to be. And something that Sarah and I talked about is making sure that we touch on topics that we normally avoid. The taboo topics of politics, religion, gun control, gay rights, etc etc etc. So far, for the most part, we've shied away from these issues. For me, this is because I've been treading that line for so long that it feels wrong to even bring it up.  On my personal Facebook page most people can tell where I lean on these topics. I share and post memes that address how I feel. Believe me, I feel strongly about these topics. The taboo ones. But I don't bring these things up or address them in person with anyone (well, it would be more apt to say I don't bring these up with people I know fall in the opposition).

So here we are. On MY (er, our) blog. Where I should feel comfortable to say whatever I believe. However polarizing. And yet I hesitate. With our blog being so young I am scared to turn off our potential readers. I mean, right now, do we have any? I'm not totally sure. But that being said. Someday I hope we will and I don't want to lose those people. But after all that. Our blogs motto is to Keep it simple, Keep it honest, Keep it real. So it's safe to say we aren't running a Don't Ask, Don't Tell kind of deal around here.
So, with that said. This is going to be my first, potentially reader losing, post. I hope that rather than lose readers, though, I will open a dialogue. I will show a perspective that you may not have heard. Perhaps some insight to 'the other side.' And for those that may have opinions and views that fall in line with my own. Welcome, you are not alone. There are others out there.

By the time you read this we will have had the first presidential debate in a very LONG and painful campaign season. Firstly, I will say I am not a huge fan of either candidate. I think that most people will say that. I was (and really still am) a Bernie supporter. I really like what he stands for, and more I like that he's stood for the same things consistently throughout his political career. He is who I voted for in the primary and I really hoped he would pull out the upset (have I mentioned that I love an underdog? ;P) So when Hillary pulled out the win (with her super delegates < Not a Fan!) I shifted my full support to her. I hear the naysayers and their shouts of disdain. She's a liar, she's crooked, she's untrustworthy. I don't totally agree with any of those statements and will not be addressing them as I have not looked into those claims and therefore don't feel informed enough on them to comment. I believe with the media the way that it is I am not able to get an unbiased point of view on the internet. So that's that. A common statement I hear is 'If you want the same administration we have now, vote for Hillary' ... Um, this is where it kind of falls apart for me. I, when thinking about the current president and his administration, do not think this has been all bad. We are not worse off than we were. And we are not worse off than we would have been had President Obama not been our president. I'm even likely to go out on a limb and say that we are, in fact, better off than we were and/or would have been. So 'I'm with her' as they say.

So onto the opponent. Donald Trump. I can not even type that without a deep sigh of contempt. I am not sure where to begin.... I just don't get it. I don't see the appeal. I don't understand where his supporters are coming from.  Honestly, from what I can tell, it really just seems like the 'normal' people I know that are planning to vote for him are really just NOT voting for Hillary.  Is that accurate?  So what I mean by 'normal' is the people that don't fall into that infamous 'Basket of Deplorables' category that was recently in the headlines. So if you're not racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or Islamophobic then I would consider you in the 'normal category of the Trump voters. So this is where, if you are one of these voters, I would love to hear from you. The only stipulation is that I want to know why you are voting FOR him. I don't want to hear why you're not voting for Hillary. I want to know which policies you agree with, I want to know which topics that he's made a stand on that you support. From where I'm sitting I hear a lot of negative things from Donald Trump not a lot of positives. Meaning a lot of what he's NOT going to do, but very little about what he IS going to do.

There is one argument that about a year ago I might have accepted .. possibly even understood the thought process. And that is that Donald Trump is a business man. Now, it can be debated whether he's a good business man or not. But regardless he has businesses. Some of which are actually successful. So a few years ago we had a businessman run for Governor in the state of Michigan. Also a republican. I voted for him (Gasp! I know! Crazy). His platform was sound. A government is not that different than a business and he'd operated successful businesses and with that same model he was going to run our state. Turn it around. So when you run a business you are making business decisions. You look at the bottom line and you run the numbers and you make decisions based on that. Right? Sound good? Well, tell that to the people of Flint, Michigan. Where a business decision was made for the city to no longer get their water from the Detroit Water and Sewage Department because it was going to 'save money' to source it from the Flint River. And the results were devastating. The city is still ravaged by this disaster. There are still people without drinkable water. So the point? This is an example where a politician with experience running businesses made a business decision with peoples lives. 

And now to the real reason I am hesitant to do posts on subjects like this. I don't want them to turn into rants. Which is next to impossible when I get fired up about a topic that I feel so strongly about. So I'll wrap it up here. I honestly do want to hear some of the opposing opinions. I want to understand the 'other side.' But if you choose to weigh in, either below in the comments section, or over on our Facebook page, please refrain from your candidates tactics of name calling and foot stomping. If you choose to weigh in try our approach here at Sometimes Serious; Keep it simple, Keep it honest, Keep it real.  
And here's a little video for your enjoyment (whether you're a Trump supporter or not!)

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  1. So as Trump supporter I feel the need to weigh in. I am not afraid to agree with you that he is not politically correct and makes statements that at times seem inappropriate, which is why I like him. I like the fact that he doesn't try to hide his agenda behind political correctness. I like his right to frisk policy and I like the fact that he wants to stop any and all illegal immigration. He wants legal immigration and he wants to send illegal immigrants back to their home country. I agree with this because we are a country that someday could become overpopulated and as any other developed country would do, we need to ensure that the people that are citizens and legal members of this country are taken care of. As far as the right to frisk goes, it seems unfair but there has been a lot of bombings, shootings, and stabbings as of late and with the Islamic State hating us, I feel it may be a temporary but necessary step of action to protect the American people. I don't understand the voting for Hillary because she is "PC". I think people today take everything personally and are offended way to easily. What it comes down to is I feel that Trump wants to protect us and Hillary wants to help everyone else, and if I am being honest, I am concerned with us and then everyone else. It may be cold and it may not be politically correct but it's how we stay afloat. I am not a racist, sexist, homophobe or anything along those lines, I believe in the right to free speech, religion, sexual preference and I love all walks of life, but we can't save everybody, even if that's what the world expects of us.

    1. Thank you so much for commenting Brittney! YOU are exactly the type of Trump supporter I wanted to hear from ... Smart, Level-Headed and Informed. I greatly appreciate your perspective even though I do disagree. I'm definitely not voting for Hillary because she is 'PC.' And I can see how Hillary's concise, well thought out answers can come across scripted and insincere however I don't think that is actually the case. I think that is just the perception it gives off. I think that she's just THAT experienced.
      And to be honest until the debates on Monday night, I had seen VERY little of Donald Trump (besides the snippets that the media pushes) so until then I didn't know what policies he was trying to take a stance on (other than 'Build a Wall' of course). And that being said, in regards to 'Stop & Frisk' - Which was deemed unconstitutional in New York and I'm not sure if it will be able to be implemented nationally because the president is not above the Constitution OR the Supreme Court - I can see how in a perfect world something like that would work. However terrorists and criminals don't wear name tags and the color of their skin doesn't give probable cause. And also, most reports are showing that this tactic was ineffective in reducing crime.
      As I said though, I really appreciate your perspective and I hope that you will continue to read and interact with us! Part of keeping it real is acknowledging that another side exists and I thank you for being willing to put yourself out there this time. :)


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