Royal Weddings, Birth Certificates, and the Domer Conspiracy

Not much to say about the Royal Wedding… I actually don’t understand the infatuation Americans have with it all. In fact, if I were British I would be upset that my tax money was going towards this psuedo-monarchy celebration rather than to the people struggling economically during their recession. Our obsession with the Royal Wedding exploits some of our own value systems. The fact that we think it is cool rather than sickening shows that we have truly bought into the specious lies of our Empire, mostly commonly known as the American Dream. It is our greedy desire and hope in the possibility that we too could attain ridiculous wealth and luxury that keeps us believing in these falsehoods rather than finding solidarity with those at the bottom and insisting on the creation of a more equitable society.

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On another note, President Obama  released his birth certificate after Donald Trump revitalized an almost dead conspiracy theory that claims that our president isn’t qualified to be so because he was born in Kenya. Who knows if this absurd xenophobia, racism, and fear will be over or not. Probably not since Trump after gloating during his bombast  and news conference immediately started a new conspiracy about Obama’s entry into Harvard.

While questions are being asked, I have some of my own questions. If Donald Trump desires to run for president, I need to know what is going on, on the top of his dome. I think the people have the right to know what his domal situation actually is.  I know I haven’t seen what is being covered up, I bet you haven’t either… do the math! What does he have to hide? Is there a fungus growing under there? Is his headpiece alive? I just don’t understand why he won’t just release the piece and put an end to all this mystery. Please join me in igniting the Domer conspiracy. 75% of Americans want to know what precisely is happening with his hair.

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Does Simplistic Opposition Against “the Other” ever work?

Can we all just stop for a moment? Amidst all the yelling and arguing, finger pointing, partisan-political emails, TV News propaganda, YouTube video conspiracy theories, and anger, we must all ask ourselves one little question… has any of this helped in anyway other than to strengthen the resolve on both sides that the other is the enemy???

Can’t we see that when you aggressively oppose the agenda or act of “the other” we actually end up strengthening their cause. The end result is always the opposite of what one’s original motivations were.  This cycle of madness is done on both sides of the aisle, and we are all to blame.  In a desire to see one movement stop we simplistically oppose it and in return strengthen the resolve and tactics of the other side.  It’s time to step back from these simplistic oppositions and begin to engage in healthy dialogue as though we are all created in God’s Image.

People are complex, issues are complex, society is complex.  When you apply simple answers to a complex world, you do not always get the results that you originally intended. If you want someone to change their mind on an issue… probably yelling at them while holding mean signs is not going to get it done. If you somehow miraculously convince one out of a thousand people through those means, the other 999 will develop greater resolve and become more organized in responding to your tirade.

Here’s an idea… why don’t we try the slow yet proven method of REAL conversation. Sit down over a cup of coffee, a beer, or a sweet tea and share your stories, experiences, and how the issue that you are passionate about hits home for you. Uh but wait, remember that conversation takes two to work, so you need to allow the other person to share their own stories and experiences.

Now I know that crusading around opposing everything may feel more like the right thing to do, but in the end we look back and must ask ourselves what have we really accomplished. No, for those who actually want to see change come are going to have to do it the old fashioned way… by rolling up those sleeves and investing yourself and much time in people and communities as you begin building bridges of mutual trust, respect, and understanding.

If not we are destined to the continuing escalation of resistance, tension, and division that has defined us as a people in America.

I’m Just Sayin!