Progress Is A Nice Word. But Change Is Its Motivator. And Change Has Its Enemies

c1b423c22e8c8a9a59a5145cae5aa4f9We now live in a society where rules have been thrown out the window. Where the idea of
a sane leader has been replaced by a hyperbole on top of a massive form of personification. We believe what we hear yet refuse to discover whether it is true or not. Why is that? Why are we afraid to uncover if something we’ve learned is incorrect or not? It’s simple: we’re afraid of change.

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Thank You, President Obama

You showed class and dignity at a time when Washington was at its most divisive and pettiest. You understood the importance of being proactive rather than being reactive.

You never responded to any of the awful things thrown at you because they simply weren’t worth your time. When they went low, you went high.

You believed in “We the People” as one nation instead of a nation of sections, states, or party members, and always reached out to learn others’ frustrations and how to reach a common ground.

When tragedy struck, you were there to console us like a father weeping for the loss of his son, because we were all your children and we knew you looked out for us. Whether it be Newtown, Aurora, Fort Hood, Orlando, or San Bernadino, you embraced each of us with the comfort and reminder of love that each of us needed.

When you knew something was wrong, you fought against it with hope, perseverance, and compassion. Sometimes you succeeded in change, and sometimes you did not, and that’s okay, because we know we have so much more work to do. 

No, you were not a perfect president, but there will never be a perfect president. Instead, though, you reminded prior generations, and let an entirely new generation know, that there can be someone in the Oval Office who knows what they’re doing, will treat you as their equal, and never forget to remind you that the limits of human possibility are boundless.

We took your intelligence for granted and we will miss having someone who not only identified with disenfranchised Americans when related to your upbringing, but fought for compassion and empathy in this nation. There is an entire generation of Americans who have never seen America with a president who is white, and the power behind that is immeasurable.

Where many of us today see a red or a blue America, you, sir, see one United States of America, and we’ll get to that point with you one day. And when we do get there, I think we’ll finally understand and realize that we couldn’t have gotten there without you, President Barack Obama.

Thank you.

– RA

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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Very Exciting News

Good morning,

I am very excited to announce the next step in the expansion of Tame the Savageness, and the hope to reach more people who believe in Robert Kennedy’s ideals. Many, perhaps, do not yet know the man for what we know him as, the empathetic, compassionate healer who did more to help bridge the divide between those around us than most do in a lifetime, but it is our mission to help all those understand what we can accomplish when we hold those feelings closest to our hearts.

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That is why I ask you to follow our new Facebook Group: Tame the Savageness, where we can continue our dialogue of just what it means to be a compassionate and empathetic people once again, and how we can rise to the top of that mountain together.

I look forward to your thoughts, your discussions, and your ideas.

 

RA

Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness, Only Light Can Do That

Another day, another attack. We’ve read and witnessed thousands of shootings throughout the United States. This time an attack on Ohio State University, and while our hearts ache once again for the victims of senseless violence we need to continue to push forward in ensuring this world becomes a safer, more compassionate place.

We’ve pushed for progressive change in the past, only to have those motions struck down by those within the deep pockets of the gun lobby. Many people believe our country is broken because of this. I understand your frustration, your anger, and your fear for what our country has become. Many of you may feel helpless towards bringing about change to our country.

To all those who feel helpless and angry:

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Law and Order

The election of 1968 saw a backlash against the progressive movement begun by President John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier and continued further with President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. The wars on poverty and racial injustice were drowned out, however, by the war in Vietnam and the violence at home by race riots and assassinations of key figures both in the Civil Rights Movement.

These moments of fear destroyed any notion in people’s minds that the United States was moving forward as a nation. To some, it felt like a step backward. They were afraid. They wanted complacency.

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So they turned to Richard Nixon.

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