Political opinions are formed in many ways- personal beliefs, experience, and more all play a role. Oftentimes we agree or disagree with an issue almost immediately, without taking the time to stop and think, "Why do I feel this way?"
To make a villain of the “other” is not a foreign American concept. Sure, xenophobia has its roots in the pre-colonial destruction of indigenous culture. Fast forward through the American Revolution and the heinous nature of both past and modern day slavery of the African people, to the treatment of the arrival of other immigrants.
I hoped that Kaepernick’s protest would shed a light on the legitimate fears of the African-American community; I prayed that Trump’s spoiled special sauce of racism, misogyny, and fear mongering would prove to be too outdated to win the presidential election; and I wished my feelings of trepidation, concerning the direction of this country, would disappear and prove groundless and without merit because my country was inherently good and blessed by God (or so I was force-fed as a youth) and thus this blip of national selfishness and demagoguery would dissipate.
And once again, I must point out how Trump is merely a symptom of a greater sickness now flaring up in our great nation—and across the world, as it were. The Muslim ban, in direct contradiction to what the first amendment states, puts to lie the idea that the right ever cared about the Constitution.
With the election of Trump and the dismemberment of our freedom of religion clause, I’ve heard more and more people, people of color especially, talk about not feeling at home here in America, that this nation was slipping from their hands.
It's the ongoing question that doesn't seem to have a right answer, or really, an answer at all. What should happen to Bowe Bergdahl? The Army soldier who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was captured/imprisoned by the Taliban for five years.
And as we make sure that millions, if not billions, are subject to the twin horsemen of our bombs and climate change while also fearing their exodus (or rather, escape) as a “horde” (or “rapefugees” as the alt-right and pro-Trump crowd calls them), anyone with a shred of humanity should understand how these fears are akin to “reasonable” fears of the past. Fears that led to the Nazis and their ilk.
We began, 22 miles, from Bridgeport Connecticut and kayaked across the Long Island Sound. The wind against my face, the sights and sounds of ducks dancing and fishes doing the moon walk across the green, blue, and black of the water was not only breath taking but also calmed my PTSD symptoms.
Three Asian ladies with bent and twisted frames youth long gone gathering bottles and cans from the streets of NYC, a scene that transports me back in time to the tangled maze of rivers and vast rice paddies along the delta
Yes, World War II vets had it hard, but they also had it easy compared to most, if not all, generations to come before or after. Sure, their war was long and tough, but their homecoming was, and still is, unmatched. A popular war, or more like a war with a clear purpose and victory, will do that, but in many ways, World War II veterans are the beneficiaries of failure.
Our recent move has been particularly hard because we went from being close to a military community to living in a civilian population. We have no access to any military services or to military spouses who can relate to what I am going through. But I found acknowledging the feeling of loss as a great start and an opportunity for me to focus on finding a way to get over this “grief”.
...we have an example of history repeating itself—or at least rhyming. No, not the history that Trump and his ilk espouse. That one is full of ignorance, even if it’s an ignorance that, one assumes, helps them sleep. It’s a history so filled with lies that one has to assume, as the saying goes, that they want to be doomed to repeat it.
It takes a strong personality to be a military spouse. Even the quiet ones have to build up a confidence in knowing they can run a household – at the drop of a hat – while their spouse is called to duty. This can be for a few days at a time, all the way up to over a year. As a milspo, you never know what you're going to get. However, there are some things that can help make life easier.
There's no denying that Tricare is one of the biggest benefits of becoming a service member. Now that premiums are hitting all-time highs for mediocre coverage at best, it's a huge advantage to have top-notch healthcare for your family- especially when it's paid for. While in years past this was still a positive, as insurance markets and healthcare changes, it's become more and more valuable.
... I get the whole military haircut thing. Long hair is distracting. It's messy and it makes you stand out in allthe wrong ways. It's absolutely a rule that should be enforced. But so are all of the rules.
As a Milspo – that's military spouse – I'm often thanked for "my service." It's a statement to which I never know how to respond. I'm not serving … unless I brought you a stack of pancakes and refreshed your coffee (which, BTW I haven't done in years).