MY VOTE MY DEMISE: ARE WE TOO SERIOUS ABOUT OUR POLITICS

 

I Voted Sticker Lot

“In a Democratic Republic.”


who really cares

Ever since the United State President elect Donald J. Trump came to office this country has been at odds. People are going as far as cutting off their own family for their political affiliation. But the main issue that I have is not who you voted for, but why are people so invested in each others political views. We, for some reason have to be so in tuned with the reasons why someone voted. We act as if the people who are doing the voting are also making the country’s decisions. When in reality, even the people they elect are not going to be doing as much as we think they are while in power. So what is the real reason we have so much vested interest?

on my side or your side

In America you are either Democrat or Republican in this country. And if you don’t have a political affiliation then people accuse you of straddling the fence. But when you fall on the side of one of the parties then you stand a chance of upsetting someone. For me, I am more liberal then conservative, but not by much. I am about 55% liberal and 45% conservative; which makes me very moderate in this country. But for most people in America today they are either 80% or 90% on one side over the other. And they have this prevailing theory that if you are not in my party then you are against me. And in a country where we are supposed to be celebrating the freedom to choose, we are targeting people for their political party options.

it should be free

Our politics should be our free way of expression but for some reason it has changed. And the current president has caused so many people to split and choose sides. But what if he wins twice? Does that mean that more and more people are going to split and choose sides? Who knows, we will have to wait until 2020 to see how things pan out.


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WORKPLACE MANNERS: HOW TO BEHAVE IN WORK WITH EMPLOYEES

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“Know your surroundings.”


the workplace

The workplace has been for the longest an environment where you could grow to have a relationship with the people you work along side. But as time progressed, we had to create more and more of an environment where people felt safe. And that means that certain workplace etiquette was enforced so that people wouldn’t feel threatened. Not only were there rules implemented for the workplace for how you should behave, but also laws were enacted that gave people rights that otherwise wouldn’t be allotted to them by the organizations or institutions that employed them. And just to name a few, I have rules below that were put in place to make us as workers feel safe.

protocol

There were policies that were put into place to make the worker feel good about coming to work each day.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) has a strict guideline for the protocol that must be taken when in the workplace. And this is a form of discrimination that stems from Image result for EEOCthe Civil Rights Act of 1964. Harassment does not have to be of the opposite sex, nor does the person accusing have to be the one harassed. And that can be an interesting circumstance especially if the person and the other being spoken to have a mutual relationship. That means someone just in the vicinity can be uncomfortable just by your comments that have nothing to do with them. So you have to be careful now in that regard.

POLITICS

On jobs, especially right now in this divisive country, we are a lot of times strictly prohibited from having political discussion in the workplace. With the right and left battling it out to see whose Image result for MAGAside is better, you can really have a breakdown in the workplace with all this political talk. And not just talk about the presidents, it has crept into our sports and entertainment as well. So to keep things very simple, some workplaces don’t even allow people to talk about the fact that they are going to vote period. Because that in itself has caused problems just the idea of your vote
counting. So no discussions about politics, only work.

INCOME

A rule that has stood for so long, even longer than the previous two, and that is we don’t talk about money in the workplace. We don’t discuss who makes what and how they got the money they have on the job. That only creates even more problems when that takes place. Because now you have people who feel this person does not deserve to make as much as this person over here. And now, the workplace breakdown causes a lack of productivity. Since this person makes this much, they should be doing this or that. So we leave income to the person who makes the income.

RELIGION

Please, please, please keep your religious beliefs to yourself in the workplace. Yes America is a place to practice what you believe. But knowing that this is a diverse country where even in Christianity, we practice so many different sects, there are even more issues through other beliefs. So IO don’t even want to spend much time on this one. You will save yourself a lot of paperwork and lawsuits.

efficiency 

The overall goal of any workplace is to maintain the productive nature of the job. We want everything to be effective, efficient, and productive. Once that leaves we are all in jeopardy of losing out.


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MAKING ILLEGAL LEGAL: BECOMING LAX ON SOME LAWS COULD BOOST ECONOMY

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“What used to be illegal is now legal.”


legalities

What at one point in time used to be illegal is now becoming legal. One of those things is the legalization of Marijuana in small quantities. What before could have gotten you sent to federal prison has become a lot more lax. And to add to it, there is now a market to capitalize off of the sale of Marijuana to dispensaries.

new legalities

Are there any new industries that may emerge which will open up for mass consumption which used to be illegal? And know what in particular which is still the oldest profession; prostitution. But the idea of this becoming legal in America is such a far stretch, that it’s not even worth the conversation. Now, in other countries there is a legalization, but not America. So, there goes that idea of a new industry.

why the wait

There are multiple reasons as to why the government has waited for some period of time to legalize what has been illegal. One of the reasons is that not enough time goes by where a generation sees the illegal product or service as negative. In the past years, if you had the legalizing Marijuana debate, both sides took issue.

Another reason for the wait, is what do you doo with all the people sitting in prisons for the crime. There are countless Marijuana offenders who are doing hard time in prison. Do we let them go? Because then again, the majority of them are non-violent federal offenders.

economics

Remember prohibition; the illegal sale and use of alcohol. It seems a world away from the past where drinking beer was a fine. Now, we have beer commercials during sporting events. Enough time has went by to make it ok for use and sale. But also because the amount of revenues collected by companies as well as government for the sale of alcoholic beverages. The same will be for a narcotic like Marijuana. A multi-billion dollar industry that in the next 25 – 30 years will be a blip on the radar of conversation.


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POLITERTAINMENT: IS AMERICA TIRED OF POLITICS IN ENTERTAINMENT

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“What was once entertaining is no longer.”


2016

The election of 2016 where we saw the run and subsequent win of president Donald Trump has left sour tastes in many American’s mouths. But nowhere is that more evident than in the entertainment industry. Entertainers have all come forward speaking out against the president for the way he behaves as well as his lack of experience in the role.

But have we hit a point where people are finally fed up with the consistent berating of the president from entertainers. Because after a while, it starts to get rather redundant. Celebrities speak as if the more they talk, the more we get closer to his impeachment. But from the looks of things, nothing of the like will take place.

hitting a wall

We’re now starting to hear people say things like, “Alright, you hate Trump, we get it.” Or, “Let’s get back to the entertainment.” Now what celebrities don’t want to do is start alienating people. You earn your living from the masses. And even those [entertainers] who may be anti-Trump are irritated from so much politics in their industry because their livelihood is in jeopardy.

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Ultimately what you will end up doing is making him more popular. Or what you’ll do is desensitize people to Donald Trump. And then if something far more detrimental does take place, people ignore the situation. You want to further your cause, but not at the risk of making your villain more popular. Like the Dark Knight, who knew Heath Ledger would be the most popular figure of that film. He was made so hated, people wound up liking him that much more.

what now

Like I said before, further your cause, but try not to alienate the very audience you are looking to reach. Because in order to figure out why someone would vote for a particular candidate. you must first connect to them. Look at life from their perspective, even if you disagree with them. You still have to do so. Otherwise, you’ll end up with the same results again.

But above all, you have another job to do. And that job is to entertain the masses. Once the way people see you as an entertainer slide, so will your influence to those who know you best.


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SELECTIVE OUTRAGE: WHY WE REACT DIFFERENTLY WHEN SOMEONE FROM A DIFFERENT GROUP HURTS YOU

 

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“We accept the same circumstance anyways.”


No matter if it’s racial issues or some political commentary, we as a society have this selective outrage over topics that make us mad. Yet we make excuses on the opposing side for the same people in our own environment. What it is psychologically that compels us to fight the issue from the outside versus on the inside. We have been seeing this from the sexual assault allegations coming from the entertainment business. The people in the business have spent the better portion of the year going after President Trump because of his past indiscretions, then next thing you know sexual assault now is pooping up all over the industry. But today’s topic focuses more so on the ethnic piece of selective outrage. Why do we accept violence or ostracism from within, but it’s a bigger deal when it comes from another group outside of ourselves?

For example why do we as a Black community become outraged and protest over the police shootings, but no protest over gang violence from within? Why is there a bigger reaction when a White girl is sexually assaulted by a Black male than a White male? Because there is a piece of that which is primal, and then there is the piece of that which is socially constructed. The primal aspect has to do with this ingrained animalistic portion of us that reject someone who is from a different community. Anyone we perceive to be an outsider we will react strongly toward more so than anyone else. It’s still that small primal aspect about ourselves that we have retained dating back hundreds of thousands of years ago. Then again, there is the social construction and that is how we as humans shape society.

If you observe human evolution and how we came to be, you look at the out of Africa theory. And once that happened, people started building their own civilizations, which were seen as these great empires. But eventually humanity ventured out and realized that we are not as special as we think we are in building great things. Why, well there is another civilization far away that is building something just as great, if not greater. So to keep others in our own space from realizing that maybe our rulers are not as great as we think, we are told others are savages for not living our way. So a lot of the way we perceive other groups of people is by way of socially constructing civilizations over time. Yet we do just as much harm from within. Because we either like to act as if it doesn’t exist, feel it is for some greater good, or transfer blame to someone close by.

In the end, we make so many exceptions when dealing with each other in society. And then when someone on our own side gets into the same trouble, it tends to expose the agendas that we push. And when it comes to racial agendas, they have been going on for so long, that I don’t even think people want to change their thought process. Because a shift in thought means people have to look at life differently than they do now.


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THE HELP IS LEAVING: WHY UPPER AND UPPER MIDDLE CLASS WHITES MIGHT REALLY DISLIKE TRUMP

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“We used to nurse their young, now we nurse their young; uhhh wait a minute!”


The above photo is from the movie The Help which starred a host of Hollywood elite actresses. In this movie Emma Stone, who is a journalist from the Northeast goes down South and chronicles her time in dealing with a small group of Black women who worked for middle class White families. The movie was based off of a book with the same name. And when you look at the movie, there was a time period where these were the only jobs that Black women could really attain. But when you observe the social landscape of today, so many African American men and women have taken on roles that have matriculated us into the dominant society. Yet when when you look at upper middle and upper class White families who hire help, the face has not changed much.

Sure, you still have older Black women taking on jobs as cooks, cleaners, and nannies to make ends meet, but a new group has taken the reigns. And that new group is the Hispanic population who now work the various roles that we once worked in the past. For example, I live in New York City, and when you see nannies out and about with the children they care after, the faces have made a drastic change. You still see Black women, but more so from other countries: Haiti, Jamaica, and various countries in Africa. Then, you now see the occasional East Asian woman, but the Mexican, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Colombian, and many other Latina/Hispanic females line the sidewalks as they take White children out into the city. And it really goes to show how little have changed throughout time. Well, why haven’t much changed?

A lot of these White families are upper middle and upper class, who are constantly focused on their careers. So with such demanding careers, they are forced to reach out for help. But, you have so many reasons why certain nannies are chosen. The choice is usually older because they have had children and are more experienced with raising children. The women chosen to be nannies are usually less attractive as there has been issues over the years of husbands engaging in sexual misconduct with babysitters. And the women are Black or Hispanic, as these women are usually first to want the job of working for these families. Now, some of these minority women have young children of their own, who are in turn latch key kids because their mothers are caring for the children of some of New York City’s elite.

Now with that said, the title of the topic today is how Trump’s policies on immigration could make these White upper middle and upper class families turn on him. I was reading an article about an hour ago regarding why you don’t ever see the nannies of America’s elite. Well, a lot of these nannies are non-White, and that image could open an entire discussion regarding how little has changed and how the movie The Help is still relevant. But another kept secret is the immigration status of a lot of these nannies. And with Donald Trump’s policy views on Mexico and now Haiti, you could see some major push back from these upper society Americans. Makes you wonder, maybe some of them are funding initiatives against Trump behind closed doors. Because if America starts vetting people at the rate that we currently moving, you could see a lot of Upper East Side and Upper West Side citizens angry in New York City.

See, in the end, this well-off crowd could push back tremendously if Trump continues down his current path. There are just too many people who depend on the people he wants to vet for daily help in their lives. Recently in New York ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) informed an Indian man that he would be forced after 37 years to return to his native India leaving his Cancer stricken wife and two adolescent sons to fend for the themselves. Lawyers intervened and he was given further time stay in America. But was it done because it’s the right thing to do, or is it because once you vet this cab driver how many others are here that shouldn’t be here? Metropolitan New York City is a $1 trillion economy where a host of immigrants work daily. Imagine the impact to not only this city, but to America’s $17 trillion economy when one city of $1 trillion is hit hard. So Trump’s immigration plans as well as his flight regulations on certain Middle Eastern countries will continue to be thwarted until he is out of office and America can return to a status quo.


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TRUTHERS: WHY CONSPIRACIES OCCUR AFTER MASSIVE EVENTS

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“Planned randomness, or randomness?”


No matter if it’s the September 11th attacks that claimed the lives of a few thousand to the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, people are already starting to put together their conspiracies as to what “REALLY” took place in Vegas. And notice I said really in quotations. Because people have to believe that there has been some sort of foul play on the part of the government. Some type of false flag that leads us in a bad direction and away from the truth. And that truth has always been to divide and conquer. But why do people do it? Why must we come up with these different types of conspiracy theories to make sense of the events that take place in our lives? Does it have to do with some aspect of the truth? Or is it merely a reason to make sense of something that we have no control over?

One of the reasons we have these conspiracy theories is because our government is so secretive about so much. And what’s crazy at times, they don’t even have a legitimate reason to keep the secrets they keep. Once you find out what they have been keeping secret for so long, it makes you frustrated to the point where you start to get angry. And for that reason, you have these conspiracy theorists that conjure up these ideas for why it’s such a secret. For example, the John F. Kennedy assassination from back in 1963. His autopsy documents will not be released for over 50 years after the assassination of the president. And now people are thinking, our president was killed, how can the public, not even his wife be privy to what happened to her husband. But are there other reasons as to why we need these theories?

Another reason is because we live in a random universe where random things tend to happen that are out of our human control. And sense we see so much that we control, it’s hard to accept that we tend to lose control over what should be controlling. And if not for mother nature, we would say that man created the tornadoes and hurricanes we have on Earth. WAIT A MINUTE! We do point the finger to global warming, even though hurricanes have going on before the burning of fossil fuels. Our lives are mundane without the knowledge of man; and there is something, a force greater than us that we are helpless against. But the moment man breaks rules, obviously the government put this plot together. Because as powerful as our government is, how can a few or even one person do so much damage. The reality is yes, one person can; and it creeps people out.

In the end, you will always have people that believe in these conspiracies. The problem with the conspiracies are the secrecy of the people and the putting together of the plan. And even in the face of hard evidence we still deny. I heard a Russian former KGB in a video talk about people and their lack of believing even in the face of fact. He said you can show them documents, and even go as far as taking them to the place of interest. They will deny until it is far too late deny any longer. And by that time, your reality is in your face and too much to change by this time. People need answers and the harsh reality is that not everything has an answer. Some things are messed up, and that’s that.


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