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The State of Celebrity Politics

Posted in Liberal, Life, Politics, Snowflake, Society, Trump, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2017 by rikki5

I started out this year in a sincere attempt to dissent, as my right as an American.  I read I had the right to do this in the Declaration of Independence. I was serious.  I drove in the night like a bandit out of hell and half thought myself crazy until I saw the millions of women from all over this nation there with me.  The Declaration of Independence is a document authored by men who had noble ideas but were flawed themselves in many different ways.   I was taught about this document in the public school system.  I was taught that the people rule the show not the other way around.  I was taught to never doubt this document and also the Constitution.  Nothing could ever go against either of these documents  – I took it to heart.  Then I grew up and learned perhaps the things I was taught were just a version of things.  I soon learned that the hardest part about accepting that what I had been taught was distorted (and perhaps even perverted), was that I had to accept it so I could be in reality and realize that those things I was taught had to be examined under a new sort of perspective. The biggest letdown was to myself though.  That I had wasted so much time believing in the dreams they presented before me and accepting their rules and limitations on realizing them.

TomPaine.com: Dissent these days seems to be a dirty word. The Bush administration has, at least since September 11th, usually termed any criticism of its policies “unpatriotic.”

Howard Zinn: While some people think that dissent is unpatriotic, I would argue that dissent is the highest form of patriotism. In fact, if patriotism means being true to the principles for which your country is supposed to stand, then certainly the right to dissent is one of those principles. And if we’re exercising that right to dissent, it’s a patriotic act.

One of the great mistakes made in discussing patriotism — a very common mistake — is to think that patriotism means support for your government. And that view of patriotism ignores the founding principles of the country expressed in the Declaration of Independence. That is: the Declaration of Independence makes it clear that governments are artificial creations set up to achieve certain ends — equality, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness — and when governments become destructive of those ends it is the right of the people in the words of the Declaration, to alter or abolish the government. (Zinn, 2002)

(http://www.howardzinn.org/dissent-in-pursuit-of-equality-life-liberty-and-happiness/)

After the march on D.C. earlier this year,  I have become in a sort of daze at the state of affairs about everything.  Of course, entertainment and politics is nothing new — check out this list of celebrity politicians (thanks wikipedia):

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What’s frustrating though is Especially how everyone is from every angle.  Facebook is especially toxic.  So now I’m just accepting that our society is going to pretty much start a downward spiral.  Even though politics has always been sort of there it feels now it is completely taking over.  Even Ronald Reagan was a Governor before he became PREZ so he has a bit more of experience….Trump has none.  He’s just like this national symbol of embarrassment.  Society seems to be declining too..by the amount of people who are wiling to accept the state of things as they are.   You can tell this is going to be happening by the amount of celebrities now  pronouncing that they want to run for President in 2020.  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson put up the money to the Federal Elections Commission to run for President in 2020.  Part of me is excited about this possibility, he’s not bad to look at and looks like he could kick Trump and Putin’s ass.  He would be diplomatic yet forceful.  Genuine and easy to approach and talk to but also commanding respect and attention.  The ability that he can form independent thought helps.  These should be like general requirements for President right?!

Even so—  The thought of a former wrestling champion as President is a letdown.  We are picking someone to run the country here..a country people! It’s almost like a joke and it feels sort of like the joke is on us as citizens…do we really want Kid Rock in the Senate and Dwayne “The Rock ” Johnson as President of the United States?  No, we do not.

Then again, no matter how unqualified they are , I would vote for any number of individuals over Trump even if they are unqualified.  That is what makes me so apathetic about the state of celebrity politics,  you don’t even need to be qualified for the job as President. It’s like showing up to a job and you have zero experience in the field.  Sure you can learn on the job when you are waiting tables or typing data entry…but do you really want someone learning on the job with things such as open heart surgery or, I don’t know– leading a country?

Reality is merging with what is going on in television and social media.    So absurd to even think that voting especially matters if this is all we can do, just vote in some election for some people who are most likely very flawed individuals with big egos.  The state of celebrity politics is a dangerous game and one I’m tired of participating in.   Who will step up and run in 2020 if it’s coming down to celebrities — I just want to throw a few names out there that I think would make excellent Presidents:

-Morgan Freeman

–Susan Sarandon

-Matthew McConaughey

-Brad Pitt

-Sean Penn

-Sally Field

-Jodie Foster

 

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My Cold, Dead Hands….

Posted in Politics, Society with tags , , , , , , on March 25, 2013 by rikki5

Jim Carrey is now the center of a national gun debate after tweeting this video mocking gun advocates. You can read the article here. First of all, I adore Jim. I worked as an extra with him on Man on the Moon in 1998 and he was very friendly, entertaining, and charismatic. He actually got all the extras to sing bohemian rhapsody with him! How many stars actually give a crap about background?! It was a fun day watching him play bongos in between takes and he always was concerned about us (the extras) who were there all day yelling at him to “DO LATKA!” It was a good time. Besides that I have always thought he was hilarious!

After posting his video on Twitter (which I also thought was hilarious—conservatives have no sense of humor) he instigated a gun debate and for whatever reason I can’t get it out of my feed. Maybe I need to un-follow some people? Anyways, I can’t stand it when people say that celebrities should not express their political views. Why shouldn’t they? They are people too and have every right to express their beliefs.

That said, here is my “two-cents” about gun control. I am against big government and believe people should make their own decisions. If they want to buy a room full of arsenal and they do it in the proper way then I believe it is their right to do so as long as they aren’t hurting anyone. Heck, if they want to buy an armored tank I could care less. The problem is when perhaps a depressed teenager or mentally unstable person gets access to these weapons.

Does banning weapons protect children? I don’t think so. People can get anything if they look hard enough. I think that our problem lies more in prevention of these incidents than in blaming guns and gun owners.

We need to look at the psychology of WHY these people are going on shooting sprees. I believe that our society (Hollywood) has glorified gun violence. Should we blame violence on entertainment and video games for gun violence though? No. If that is the case, should we blame guns? No–people shoot guns. Guns do not shoot themselves. I think the real questions is to ask are-why people are shooting? Why are people murdering?

In Europe, where guns are illegal, they have a very low incidence of gun violence. People automatically correlate this to being the reason for the low gun violence rate. While that may be so, I think the real reason is that the lifestyle in Europe is much more relaxed than in the states. In Europe (and Canada), there is more respect for the quality of life. There is more culture, more involvement with family and friends. People enjoy hanging out for 2 hours during lunch and only working 30 hours a week. A month off to take a holiday is no big deal. Less emphasis is placed on material wealth, looks and image, keeping up with the Joneses, and “getting to the top.” Overall, the quality and pace of life is more relaxed and less pressured than life in America. The way people talk to each other, how they interact with each other is also indicative of a culture that places more value on relationships than in America where everyone is so in a rush they barely have time to sit down for a family meal. I think this difference in culture plays a greater role in the levels of murders between the U.S. and Europe.

What would happen if in America we slowed down, were allowed more free time to spend with our families, could take a more leisurely lunch period, etc. I think the instances of these gun crimes would drastically be reduced. People would not feel so isolated, so alone, and so unable to cope with their problems.

In addition, we need parents, teachers, counselors, coaches, pastors, etc. (everyone who has involvement with children) to really become engaged in their state of minds and bring to the attention those children who are experiencing behavioral problems BEFORE they start killing. I have a feeling that if the parents were more concerned and engaged with what their children were doing they wouldn’t get to the point to feel the need to murder people. We need to be aware of our co-workers, our friends, people we have contact with who seem to be upset or “out of it.” Merely asking someone how they are or listening to their problems can really go a long way in preventing a psychological breakdown. We need more centers where people can confidentially talk about their issues without the fear of repercussion.

There is no denying that gun violence is a problem in America today. There is no denying it is a complex issue and opinions on both sides are relevant and impassioned.

America was founded by rebels. It’s in our heart. It’s in our culture. We will not allow the government to have the power to declare martial law for any reason and unable to defend ourselves and our homes.

Love it or leave it applies here I guess. I just hope Mr. Carrey sticks around because I think he is a treasure trove of great talent and appreciate his views even if I don’t fully agree with them.