The Mindless Menace of Violence

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Yesterday, after the unspeakable mass murder that took place in Las Vegas, I was at a loss for words as to how I would react to such a heinous act of violence. I wrote a post, instead, about how we must learn to come together, love one another and understand each other in order to break this endless cycle of violence.

Today, I am still speechless and at a loss for words, but I feel Robert Kennedy spoke just as true nearly 50 years ago about violence as it pertains to today. The fact that we still have yet to learn and understand from our fellow neighbors around us shows just how far we have still to go.

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Below is a video with the audio for Robert Kennedy’s “Mindless Menace of Violence” speech he gave the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Please give a listen and if you feel it still resonates during these violent times we currently live in please like, share, and comment below.

 

I’ve included the transcript of the speech under the video.

 

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I Believe That, as Long as There is Plenty, Poverty is Evil.

Take a look at that shiny new smartphone you have, or maybe the big screen TV you rfk_poorchild1have at home. Pretty sweet, right? You’ve got these great commodities which you worked so hard for and now that you have them in your life you should feel happier, right? You now have what you worked for. It’s in your life now, and you can take pride in it.

As our sesquipedalian Cheeto-faced orange of a president states so eloquently: Wrong.

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Every Society Gets the Kind of Criminal It Deserves.

And none of us are innocent. So long as we stand on the sidelines and remain bystandersrobert_kennedy_glasses_2 to the hate, ignorance, dishonesty, and apathy we will remain guilty. Our society is the way it is today because of the inability for us to stand for what is right. It’s a hard truth, but sometimes those truths are the most necessary to wake us up to what is going on around us. Sometimes we need that fall from our comfortable bed to the hardwood floor to wake us up from the figments of our imagination we’ve envisioned around us.

The hardest part, though, is the waking up.

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Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live. 

We’ve been here before, haven’t we? Therrfk-speech-jpg__735x525_q85_crop_subsampling-2_upscalee’s an endless cycle of death and destruction that seems to permeate itself around the world, and instead of seeking out the truth and wisdom we need to continue to live in a just, peaceful world, we cling to our fears to keep us rooted in a world of stereotypes, prejudices, and a retrograde of progress.

We build the world we see based on our experiences and the reactions to those experiences. We can take an experience we’ve had in our life and make it the very essence for our fight for a certain cause, or we can use that experience to fortify ourselves around a barricaded wall of misinformation and hate. Like it or not, we live in a post 9/11 world where stereotypes we haven’t seen the likes of since the 1920s and 1930s are now prevalent in our society. We have two paths which we can go down now: one where we learn from these hideous tragedies and come together as one human race or we can continue down the path we’re already on: one of racism, sexism, and division.

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Why Am I Angry?

People ask me why I’m so angry and all I can to do is wave my arms around me in regards to what’s going on in this country, the world, and to humanity and STILL some people don’t understand where it’s all coming from. The solutions to the problems I’m angry about are difficult to find but the problems are very much evident and blantantly going on right in front of our faces. 

We face a narcissistic, literally idiotic man coming into the highest office of government in the United States who consistently gets upset when people say mean things about him and who devolves into a child when things aren’t going his way. His idiotic tweeting has done more damage to everything the office of the presidency represents in the two months it’s been since he was “elected” than in the entire eight years that even George W. Bush did to the office. You can’t trust a single thing out of his mouth, even when the facts proving him wrong are right there in plain sight. 

We face a Congress which is in the process of destroying our social safety net. The Affordable Care Act? Gutted. Social security, Medicare, and Medicaid? Those are on the chopping block within the next six months. Do you hear any outcry? No, because the news cycles are focuses on the completely asinine things Trump is either saying or doing. 

Speaking of Trump, his cabinet is full of some of the most racist, inexperienced, homophobic, and misogynistic selfish individuals I’ve ever seen in my life. You want a basket of deplorables? Just look at Trump’s cabinet. It’s a disgrace to our country and it’s a disgrace to what our country stands for. 

Selfishness is beginning to reign supreme around the world. Whether it be Brexit, Russia’a human rights violations, Trump’s “election”, along with the myriad of countries clinging to their guns and autocratic leaders rather than helping those around them. 

How can we live in a world where people care less for their neighbor than they do for themselves? The answer is simple: the well off are becoming more well off while those at the bottom are getting worse or that group is expanding. We need a change to the way this world is beginning to accept basically an international oligarchy. 

Stand up, stand your ground, and fight back. 

Reach out to your Senators and Represenative. Find out what their contact information is at http://www.whoismyrepresentative.com/

I’m sick of sitting back, seeing everyone yelling on social media, and implementing ways to bring about change. Get involved! Join rallies, call your representatives, and whatever you do, don’t give up. 

Join https://www.indivisibleguide.com/, the founding organization to take on Donald Trump and all the wrong doing going on right now in this country. It will be a tough two and four years, but don’t let that toughness beat you down. Get out there, knock on doors, join groups with likeminded beliefs, and build the mightiest wall you possibly can to block these despicable policies.  

And make Donald Trump and his cronies pay for it. 

– RA

Wishing You All a Happy New Year

First off, I just want to thank each and every one of you who read this blog, share its posts and believe in the same ideals of compassion and empathy that Robert Kennedykennedy stood for his entire life. I’ll be back at the beginning of the new year with new posts. I’ve just been organizing my thoughts and understanding the long road ahead of us.

We have a lot of work to do in the upcoming year, beginning with getting Robert Kennedy’s message out to the public, sharing this blog, and practicing compassion and empathy in a country where it’s beginning to seem that selfishness is the new normal.

We cannot allow this to happen, and I know you all agree. So get some rest, enjoy the rest of your holiday season because come January 1st, we’ve got to roll up our sleeves and get to work.

And I’m looking forward to all of you joining me, because the only way to go is up, and together we can make a difference.

– RA

My Heart Aches

We live in the most powerful nation in the world, with one of the largest economies ever seen. The stock market is booming and unemployment is at a record low. Yrfk_poorchild1et, we still have those who suffer needlessly in this country, and because of their social status, their voices are the quietest, thus making them mute to the rest of the country. They are drowned out by the wealthy and powerful elite who run this country for their own benefit rather than for the benefit of all. What makes it worse is that these people play upon the fears of those less fortunate than them, blaming their misfortunes on other individuals who are already suffering, as well.

We need to identify the true problem in our country before it’s too late.

We need to protect and stand up for those who suffer because they are the backbone of our country and we are all just one step away from being in their shoes.

 

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Trumped

These past few weeks in America have been pretty tumultuous. From the presidential election itself to the smaller Senate and congressional elections held throughout the country, the whole country feels – in a way – completely turned upside down. Now, for those of you who probably couldn’t guess from my previous posts, I did not support Donald Trump for president. His election, though, means that we must once again brace ourselves for the coming transition from one political party holding power to another. 

And usually, that’s not a bad thing. Political parties have exchanged control of the presidency and Congress since the beginning of our republic. The problem is when you have someone so asininely unknowledgeable, unintelligent, and negligent coming into power and surrounding himself with people just as inexperienced as he is in governmental affairs, and some being just downright terrifying to anyone who isn’t white.

Don’t believe me? Let’s quickly analyze some of the top appointments Trump has made for his cabinet.

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One-Fifth of the People Are Against Everything All the Time.

Whatever happened to working together? Remember while you were in school and your teachers forced you to work together in groups with other classmates? What did they say to you when you grumbled about how you hated working in groups?

“This’ll come in handy when you’re an adult and have a job.”

Why? Because in life you’ll always come across people you don’t want to work with, but guess what? As an adult, you have to make the mature decision to work with them to attain whatever goal you’re working towards.

Obviously, we’ll never agree with every single person we come in contact with, but we can at least meet common ground to ensure what we are doing gets done in an effective and productive manner. As Robert Kennedy said: “About one-fifth of the people are against everything all of the time.” That doesn’t mean we can’t work together with at the last other four-fifths who aren’t against everything all of the time.

Apparently, this no longer applies to our Legislative Branch of government.

Well, not unless your specific House of Congress is completely controlled by the same political party so you no longer have to worry about working together.

We live in a new age of selfish, petty, and downright childish politics  and I am absolutely sick of  the most professional and important bodies of government in the world acting like self-righteous babies.

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The Whole World is Watching

To all those who celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope you had a great holiday!

I’ve been computerless for most of the weekend so my apologies for not posting more recently.

I want to draw your attention to something extremely important that’s happening in our country, which is frightening much of the world and leaving many of our residents feeling powerless to bring about change and inject this world with a much-needed dosage of compassion.

And I’m here to try and show you how to take that feeling of powerlessness and harness it into real change.

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