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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Too Often We Excuse Those Who Are Willing to Build Their Own Lives on the shattered dreams of Others

No one deserves to suffer. From birth to death, every moment you live should be free of that awful burden of suffering. Whether it be that child in poverty going to sleep hungry because their family can’t afford dinner, the family ripped apart because of living in a war-torn country, or someone with a disease or disability they never asked for.

Those who suffer are the ones who grow up to feel more.kennedy_discusses_school_with_young_ricky_taggart They maintain that sentiment of what it means and feels like to suffer; and it’s those who you usually see working their hardest at nonprofits, NGO’s, within city, state, or the federal government who have suffered the most throughout their lives. They believe in the simple principle that no one in need should go without it and that at any moment they could find themselves in that same place of need.

Unfortunately, we live in highly complicated times where suffering does occur. Utopias only exist in fairy tales. Instead, we’re left with those who care less for others than they do themselves. They look to either line their pockets with more money than they know what to do with, or they’re seeking more power for themselves.

To those I say: look around at those you ignore. Look at the backs you are breaking to give yourself a lift up above them. Those you stand upon to gain whatever it is you want will always be stronger than you will ever be. They, the ones who go to bed at night unsure of what the next day will bring them, in every literal sense of the word, are the bravest souls you will find.

They will not be forgotten or disappear. Instead, they are the face for what you fear the most: progress, because when those suffering see others suffering they will band together and stand on your back to make themselves known. You cannot erase their suffering or the troubles they faced throughout their lives, but you will awake a sleeping giant unlike any you’ve ever known.

Robert Kenkennedynedy knew this before any of us, especially when he spoke in South Africa in the midst of apartheid. He knew what those who suffered could accomplish if they banded together, regardless of your skin color, ethnicity, age, gender, or whatever it was that caused the suffering. They would carry each other, even when broken and battered, to that mountaintop Martin Luther King, Jr. said he’d seen right before his assassination.

Instead of a mountaintop, though, Bobby saw those little ripples of hope we each could be in enacting change anywhere in the world. In each of us, in all of us who suffer, there is a little ripple of hope we can become even in the darkest of times, and when we merge together we can become the largest of waves powerful enough to wash away any injustice or hatred.

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

All it requires us to do is work together instead of live divided, as we do today. Families in this country are torn apart simply because of their political views when we should be cherishing the fact that we can each have our own views because in many countries around the world that right can get you arrested, exiled, or killed.

Bobby understood that we are all one human race, regardless of what you look like or what your social status is.

And as one human race, we suffer together.

So as one human race we should work together to ease the suffering in our world instead of picking fights with each other based on superfluous things.

We must love one another or we will perish.

So, once again, to those suffering: the child going to sleep hungry in what is considered the “shining city on a hill,” the Syrian refugee fleeing the only place they’ve ever known for their lives because their entire village was destroyed by fire from the sky, the black man or woman who is afraid to speak up for their rights to police officers because they’re afraid of the response being the barrel of a gun, and every single person who suffers in ways I may never understand or know of: I love you and I will fight the rest of my life for a world where we can sing a requiem for the suffering you’ve faced head on and succeeded in conquering.

– RA

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