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When Did “Rich” Become A Bad Word?

I make it a habit to respect other people’s Facebook profile pages, therefore, when I see something that I don’t agree with, or that is downright upsetting … I just keep on moving.  And, I expect the same respect from others, concerning my page.  Now, that does not mean that I will not let off a little steam on MY profile.  So, here goes.

 I just read some “words of wisdom” from someone … which is, in my opinion … the worst advice one could give, but … does sum up why America is no longer a well-respected country, known for its pride in ,.. and commitment for … excellence. 

This “Life Guru” suggests there is no difference is a $5.00 bottle of wine and a $200.00 bottle of wine.  It’s just “grape juice.”  I would suggest the Guru as never had a really good $200.00+ bottle of wine.  There is most certainly a difference. 

The Guru suggests that there is no difference in a Honda or a Mercedes-Benz … both will “get you there.”  I would suggest that it isn’t just about the “destination” … it IS about how you get there, as well.   I could go on and use the modest home/mansion example (it’s all just living space to the “Guru.” … clothes …. on and on.  Trust me, there is a difference.

 What really bothered me was the “Life Guru’s” suggestion to parents to tell their children to not strive to be rich … but to be … “happy.”  My thought is … why not strive for both.

 For one thing, happiness is not reserved only for those without a lot of money.  And, “rich” can mean different things to different people.  Basically, for some, just being able to pay bills and live in a comfortable home is rich.  The one thing I don’t understand, however, is … when “rich” became such a bad thing?

 Per the “life Guru” … instead of parents encouraging their child to excel, work hard and to strive for the best life possible … to his or her ability (which also benefits the his/her children he/she brings into the world, by the way) … just do whatever “makes him/her” happy. 

 Perhaps, studying Greek history, or pottery.  The inference is one doesn’t need a lot of money to be “happy,” so why bother knocking yourself out?  Just be average, don’t strive for anything more than you need, and just … “have fun.”

 Are today’s parents seriously not encouraging their children to be the best they can be?  Are they seriously telling their children that they will never be happy driving an expensive car, having a beautiful home, and living life to the fullest??  Are they seriously saying don’t work hard just to make more because “you can’t be happy … and rich?”

 Being highly successful … personally and financially is not only about the money.  Even more importantly, it’s about feeling good about oneself.  It’s about the pride one feels when one looks around at his/her accomplishments.  It’s about one’s self-worth.  Those attributes are priceless.  But those attributes are earned, not just given.  The home, the cars, the clothes … yes … they are secondary.  They are the residuals of the hard work.  And … they can be awesome residuals!

 My point is this … instead of this “Life Guru” suggesting that parents tell the children not to strive for “rich” (whatever that is to an individual) …but to “be happy, instead.”  How about we tell how children to strive for both.  It is attainable … and a heck of a lot more rewarding.

 

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Debbie Barth: 04/04/2017 at 2:46:15 pm EDT

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They Can All Make-Believe That I’m Watching

I have seen a few comments regarding a certain awards show.  I am not watching.  Actually, I haven’t watched for years.  But … NO … it isn’t because they are using their platform and notoriety to bash our President.  I would not sit through two hours of them bashing ANYONE.

 I will not sit there and watch two hours of hypocrisy.  I would not sit there watching all the bizarre outfits, or the women wearing “next-to-nothing”, showing off as much of their breasts and butt they can, while claiming to be advocates for women’s rights and demanding … “respect” … and claiming to be outraged by anything they find remotely “offensive” (although some is true).

 I have no respect for people who are blessed to live in beautiful homes (sometimes 3 or 4), drive fancy cars, vacation in exotic ports, so far removed from “regular” people, and yet, use their platform, and their notoriety to expound their political beliefs under the guise of “caring about people” at award shows.

 If they wanted to use the time for anything other than to graciously accept an award for their work … and, if they truly cared about “the people” … then why aren’t they talking about how much money they have donated to promote the cure for cancer or leukemia, or help the children at St. Jude, or help veterans who are homeless, and all homeless people, and ask everyone in the room, and watching to do the same?  Why not talk about rebuilding neighborhoods and schools?  Why? 

 Because, in my humble opinion, they …really … don’t … care.  Bashing the President and conservatives secures future work for them.  It’s all a lie.  It’s all … make-believe.

So, while they are on the stage, ranting and raving about their rights and the rights of others (that fits their views) and letting people into this country who ignore our laws and processes, and will contribute little to nothing to America … while they are gushing all over their “successes” tonight … they can make-believe that I am watching.

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 Debbie Barth: 02/26/2017 at 9:12:04 pm EDT © All rights reserved

The Inconvenience of National Security

The people who were caught traveling and then detained … were caught in the middle of President Trump’s Executive Order and a temporary travel ban.  No one was purposely detained for harassment.  It doesn’t matter who the people are … or … who they worked for … there will be people inconvenienced, if they come here without the proper paperwork and authorization, and from countries marked as hotbeds of ISIS activity.  It should be noted … this is a temporary travel ban.

People at the Boston Marathon, the twelve fatally shot days after giving the murderers a baby shower, and the innocent victims, simply enjoying a night out at a club, have been inconvenienced, as well.  Have we forgotten about them? …Don’t they matter?  Are twelve people inconvenienced at an airport because they did not prepare earlier enough for this more important?

CAIR, Clinton’s friend (their close friend) (D) Virginia Governor McAuliffe, Muslim leaders, and warm-fuzzy protesters were delighted and ready to jump on this.  These are the people that we should be upset with, and not President Trump, who is living up to his campaign promises to keep this country safe.

This is exactly what he promised to do.  He said he was going to put this in place as soon as possible, once in office.  He was voted into office, because of his campaign promises.

It is unfortunate that we are at war with ISIS and people in other countries, who have found it very easy to come into this country, previously.  It is unfortunate that so many American lives have been lost, due to the easy access of terrorists, prior to this administration.  It is unfortunate that some, from other countries may be detained and inconvenienced.

It is however, good to know that our President is keeping his promises, putting the safety of Americans first, and, just a week after being sworn into office …his policies are working.

 

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 Debbie Barth: 01/28/2017 at 6:01:03 pm EDT © All rights reserved

Are Guns a Blame of Convenience?

Gun laws fail safety test: GreensThe Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C. is holding its probe into President Obama’s ambitious plan to tackle gun violence in the wake of last month’s Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.  Simultaneously, hundreds of miles away in a small southern town, a man fatally shot a school bus driver and took a young six-year old child hostage, yesterday … and is still holding the child hostage, today.  The man boarded a school bus parked near a church in Midland, Ala., yesterday, shot the driver four times, grabbed the boy and is still, at this time of this writing, holding the child hostage in a home-made bunker in his back yard.

Naturally, there is irony in that both are happening simultaneously. But is irony really soon becoming a “way of life’ for us Americans? Senate Committees holding gun-law probes and miles away gun-related violence is being reported. But, what do we, as individuals, need to do in order stop this? Don’t we, as individuals, have any responsibility to make change? Or, are we just leaving it up to the government and new gun laws. That is, after all, more convenient than taking inventory of ourselves and making some changes.

In my humble opinion, it would be a healthy start to stop looking for one … “blame of convenience.” It’s so easy to blame the National Rifle Association (NRA) and gun ownership, rather than to take a look at ourselves and to see if we … each and every one of us … aren’t somewhat responsible.

As far as passing more gun legislation, wouldn’t it be more proactive to enforce the gun laws that we already have, than to create more laws? The loopholes in the gun laws that are already in place … have more holes than Dunkin has donuts. How about we try filling in these holes, first.

Maybe it’s time we re-think our “it’s none of my business” mentality, start being more observant, and take action if things don’t seem right. In every one of the mass school shootings, it became evident that were visible signs of problems in each of the individuals involved, and yet no one did or said anything. I think I’d rather have a family member, neighbor, or friend mad at me, than to think that I could have helped to prevent a tragedy, but didn’t.

Here’s a thought, maybe it’s time to work with the police when they are trying to get the bad guys off the street and out of your neighborhood, rather than slamming the door in their face.

How about monitoring the amount of violence our children are subjected to in movies, T.V., music and video games. I believe that there is no better case for “life imitating art” than what we are seeing play out today in our schools and neighborhoods … and the aforementioned art forms.

It’s seems to me that more people are more interested in creating babies than they are families, nowadays. And that, I feel is one of the biggest problems. It’s right up there with taking God and pride in Country out of the equation.

Yep, we can blame guns and gun laws all we want … and there is some merit in that, I agree … but we seem to be falling short of all the other reasons, the underlying reasons that we … as individuals … need to realize, and for which we need to take some responsibility.

I feel we need to start asking ourselves some serious questions about what it is we can do to make a difference, and then take action. We need to stop making guns and gun laws the sole … “blame of convenience.”