A few days ago I found this poster/picture on facebook that I thought was kinda funny and ironic. So I shared it and got a couple of comments, but one just kinda stuck me a little raw, Now I don’t think this was directed at me because I hadn’t posted any comment on the picture, but I can understand how this woman could think that but still it raised my hackles a little:
“Funny how you as a privileged white male who will never have to worry about an unwanted pregnancy has such a strong opinion over this.”
I want to address this “privileged white male” line that she threw out. I grew up poor, heck for years I thought everybody mixed two sleeves of crackers and two eggs to one pound of hamburger meat to make a meatloaf. In college I got a full-time job so I could help my mother and father buy food for my family. My father made one dollar more than the state allowed for food stamps. I had an academic scholarship to college, which I lost after the first year because I didn’t have the time I needed to devote myself to school because of the job. I stayed in college for a couple more years and left and have been working sometimes crappy job and whatever I could to pay my bills.
Now lets move on to the unwanted pregnancy part. Let’s say that I and my girlfriend, wait lets make it a little better lets say she is my wife (because I have dedicated myself to wait till marriage to have sex) are intimate and she gets pregnant, I am left out of any choice she makes. If she wants to have an abortion and I want to keep the child I can’t do anything to stop her. If she decides to keep the child and I don’t want it, The government says I am obligated to pay support for that child for 18 years. When it comes to pregnancy in this country men, ALL men have NO legal standing in want a woman does “with her body” how is that privileged.
I have a strong opinion about abortion because I believe that once conception has happened, the child is not a part of a woman’s body, It’s not a cancer, tumor, or whatever niceties you want to wrap around want you want to call it. (bad analogy alert) you can put dog shit in a box and wrap it up nice and pretty with a bow, but it’s still dog shit. At 5 weeks pregnant the baby has a heart and blood is pumping, the brain is forming, and so is the arms and legs. A baby is considered viable and able to survive outside the womb at 5 months.
I believe that abortion as a means of birth control is wrong. I feel that in cases of medical danger to the mother, the parents should discuss it and decide what is best with their doctor. In the cases of rape I feel the woman should discuss things with a counselor and have some form of a waiting period.
I in no way feel that I get special privileges because I am white and male, but I feel we as Americans, all Americans enjoy privileges that no other nation in this world has known. This country is a great place to live where we all can express our opinions openly. We can pursue our happiness and where we can fail at that pursuit. Being a citizen of The United States is the best privilege in the world. Thanks for reading. Now go out and smile at someone and make their day a little better.
I want to thank everyone who has watched and interacted with me these past two years you make it all worth while
On my YouTube channel I put out weekly videos where I go places, discuss things and talk about my family or myself some. But I don’t think I really go too deeply into my feelings. Well I decided I will do that here and now. I haven’t prepared anything specific. This is going to be a stream of consciousness blog post. I will go where my mind leads. What I guess I am saying is I hope it turns out cohesive and understandable, but it might not. So here goes.
I feel frustrated the kind of frustration where I want to go to some little honky-tonk have a few beers and pick a fight with someone. I haven’t felt this way in a long time. Earlier this year the company I had worked for almost 4 years with closed it’s doors and I was out of work for over a month. This was right after my vacation and I was very low on funds. I was extremely lucky that I was only out of work for a month I know that but still… I went 6 weeks without a paycheck and now I am making around $600-$700 dollars a month less than I had been. Last month was hard. We put my grandma in a nursing home. I lived with her to help pay her bills and to help her out.
I started working out two months ago, I have been getting almost 8 miles a week on a treadmill and I have made some dietary changes yet I haven’t lost weight. My car is leaking oil, needs the ball joints fixed, the blower doesn’t work, the heater is out, so is the a/c, the driver side door key doesn’t work and it sticks and doesn’t want to open and I had to buy a new tire today for $115, . I went over drawn in my bank and they charged me over $300 dollars in over draft fees. I am also having some issues with my right hand. It is aching and doesn’t want to fully extend. I know I am better off than alot of people but I still feel like crap and just want to do something , but I have no idea what. So it is just building up inside me and I don’t know when it’s going to come out. I don’t want to end up kicking the cat. I feel like just going outside and screaming out obscenities. I feel like crap, My job that I love I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be doing anything, I’m not watching half of my YouTube subscriptions because I, I don’t know why. It’s like I see these people being happy and it just upsets me. I know it shouldn’t but it does. I know hardly anybody looks at this blog and I FUCK IT………. I don’t know what I’m gonna do but I need to do something. I thought of making this as a video but it would have been to much work I think I am going to be taking some time away from everything.. I just don’t know. I don’t feel like putting up a front anymore it’s getting too hard. Yeah that’s it….
This is a response to the following YouTube video
A person’s religious beliefs definitely affect their life, their interactions, their attitudes. I don’t think that should disqualify anybody from voting for them. Most religions are about morality, treating people fairly, being a good person, you know loving your fellow man/woman. I have known a lot of deeply religious people. I consider myself one. Yes the Bible tells us to go out and “convert” people to our beliefs but I think the most effective way to convert somebody is to live it.
Example: A physical trainer trying to get people to lose weight needs to live the lifestyle he espouses.
When I was working as a cop. I had to separate my personal life from my professional life, because I was an employee of the government. I could not try to “convert” any body that I had dealings with. If I had, I would’ve been fired, but my Christian beliefs are part of who I am. How I treat everyone. The respect I give people. The respect I give their beliefs. All that comes from my Christian beliefs. This is how I live my life. This is how I focus on myself and the way I treat everyone has a whole.
I really don’t think you can fully separate yourself professionally and personally.
I feel Barack Obama was elected because most people liked his personality and didn’t really delve into who who he was personally. I don’t believe Barack Obama is deeply religious. I believe George Bush is a deeply religious man. Both of these Presidents have done a lot of things I don’t agree with.
I don’t believe that the deeply held religious beliefs or the lack there of will make you a good politician or a bad politician. I’d like to think of our nation, our politics and our religions as a big huge pot of gumbo. Gumbo is a creole dish where you put a lot of different things into one pot. You can have turkey, chicken, pork sausage, shrimp, crab,and crawfish. All of these can go into one pot and it tastes awesome. Our country has many beliefs many ways of doing things. If this country only had one way of doing things only only belief system then we would end up being Iran, where people are killed by the government for protesting. The worst we get is some OC spray to the face and possibly the night in jail.
I believe that having a person who is deeply religious as the President of our United States is not a hindrance it’s an asset. A person with not just religious beliefs but deeply held beliefs will stand by those and will try to convince you that those beliefs are the right ones. So if you are refusing to vote for someone just because of their deeply held religious beliefs will you not vote for someone because of some deeply held believe that is not religious in nature.
So I had a bad day yesterday. I let my brother borrow my car for a couple of hours and he shows up 8 hours later with the car and asks me if he can make one more quick run and when he does he ends up running out of gas and had it for another 3 hours. Then when he gets home, he takes my .40 caliber pistol out of the car a shoots a jar of molasses. (Just cause he wanted to) So much disrespect yesterday. Still pissed off about it. Filmed a vlog last night about the winner of my YouTube contest and about how I blocked a guy from commenting for the first time. Will edit it when I get up today. So just want to say “Guys remember a smiling face makes the world a better place. So be well be blessed and enjoy your day.”