One of the most dangerous was a car accident that my soon to be husband and I were in 21 years ago on a small country road in Vermont. We were in my 2 month old Jeep Wrangler with the plastic hard top and we had just argued over me not putting my seat belt on, I grudgingly had it on and I was pouting. We were going down this road heading back to New York when the Jeep lurched, we weren't going too fast and we suddenly went up the side of the road and flipped over onto the roof. We were spinning in the road and I could hear the roof grating and cutting up, it was a horrible noise. Our heads were so close to the roof that I thought any minute the roof would fall apart and our heads would start grating apart. After what seemed like the longest time , we crashed into what we saw was a huge tree. In the middle of the spinning, we saw the windshield shatter and fold in itself and fly past us. When we hit the tree all out belongings shot out of the back down a steep ravine. Thank goodness for the tree because without it, we would have followed the baggage down the ravine. We found out after we undid our seat belts and dropped down onto our heads and crawled out of the wreckage that the rear axle of the Jeep had cracked in half during the drive and we lost the left wheel down the road somewhere. I was scared to be in a car for a good solid year after that because it isn't normal for a car to lose a wheel when it's brand new.
Yes, it can be in times of injustice. I don’t think that I want to call it righteous anger because the term righteous can be twisted into the term self-righteous and then you can find the anger become dangerous. I’m speaking about the anger that comes from injustices against those who suffer from discrimination. I also mean the type of anger that gives rise to movements that are used to fight for the rights of those who are disenfranchised in society. There are numerous examples of movements that were born of anger against those that blocked freedoms of others or who willfully took advantage of those who had no power. The woman’s suffragette movement, the worker’s rights movement, the anti-apartheid movements and the civil rights movement. These were started and joined by those who shared an anger against the injustices suffered by many who were powerless to do anything to stop it.
Without that spark of anger, would the rights of women, blacks and disabled be recognized eventually by the goodness of mens hearts? I think not. If true goodness prevailed, we wouldn’t see injustice in this world. There wouldn’t exist an “us versus them” mentality that more often than not is born of fear.
I disagree with the last sentence. It won’t be fascinating to watch, it will be frightening. To think that these candidates are actually running on these platforms and really believe that they will be elected to be President is scary. Romney might be the moderate of the bunch but he has shown himself to be the ultimate spineless politician by catering the the radical notions of the tea party. Bachmann is a hypocrite though I don’t know if she actually understands why she is one. I can’t decide if she is down right delusional or really calculating or both. Perry is now in and he has those extreme religious groups with him so that is off putting to say the least. What really stinks about this whole campaign cycle is that it will drive the conversation further to the right rather than to strategies needed to get people working again, Hopefully the democrats will see that danger and respond by keeping JOBS in the national conversation.
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President Obama needs to keep the message loud and clear that eight years of horrible economic policy cannot be righted overnight. He needs to reiterate time and again that under Bush’s recession the economy hemorrhaged 8 million jobs, the stimulus that he was able to get saved and/or created 3 million jobs. The GOP has been a party of NO and No to JOBS bills since 2009 ans Standard’s & Poor’s clearly stated that the downgrade is exclusively a tea party downgrade. The NYT has expressively stated that the GOP does not know hot to govern at all during these extremely difficult economic times. President Obama needs to remind everyone that he has constantly been pitching for green technology jobs, he helped save the U.S auto industry, the new battery revolution in the U.S came about because of his stimulus program. The President can’t wait for the news to say these things. he has to say them so that we are constantly reminded not to pay any heed to the crazies on the right.
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Ewwww, I’ll be 54 years old. I might be a grandmother, I might have a daughter-in-law and/or a son-in-law. I’ll probably still be married and I’ll have written at least one book, if not two and I’d be working on another book. The first book would be a compilation of all the posts I’ve generated during the year 2011. These posts would be the foundation upon which I would explore each topic more extensively. It would be a type of memoir and self-analysis combined. I am not hinting that it would be a hit or popular, it would just be written. That’s something in and of itself. These days self-publishing is becoming more of an option and maybe it will become even easier down the road when I’m more or less ready to try my fortune in the publishing world.
If there is a niche for my first book and some seem to like it, then the pressure is really on, because supposedly the sophomore book or album (if you are a musician) is always the hardest one because how do you top being the “fresh new voice”? You have to continue with what made the first book work and that’s presumably your style and make it a whole new experience in the second book. The expectations are always higher than when you were unknown, and it only stands to reason that they would be. But I’m getting ahead of myself because I haven’t even finished 2011, I don’t even know if I have anything whatsoever resembling any type of memoir or self-analysis, and why would anyone even be interested? I’m putting unnecessary expectations on myself, even though writing a book is the eventual goal, all because of a topic. I hope that there is a book somewhere inside of me because one would think that with all this writing everyday for a few hours at a time, I would at least accomplish something tangible and hopefully, eventually generate an income from it. It does get depressing that when you do something that you really enjoy, even when you’re at the very beginning of the undertaking, you still get sucked into the whole money equation. I often feel guilty that I spend so much time writing and not receiving anything tangible from it. This guilt applies to others in my life that are disappointed that I don’t have a career outside the home. I sometimes hear their voices inside my head and it spoils the pleasure I get from writing a little. I can usually turn it off but tonight for some reason the thought of ten years down the line and where would I be, gave me quite a bit of stress. Hopefully it will all turn out great in the end, I mean that is all anyone can hope for.