Wednesday, April 20, 2022

What is important and what is not


I think of myself as a peaceful man.  I went out of my way to avoid conflict until I realized that there are people out there who not only look for it, but they also thrive on it.  I learned this lesson in high school and it stuck with me all my life.

My estranged father gave me some advice that I will try to pass onto you.  I will not sugar coat what he said or how he said it because this is who he was.  What he said goes something like this:

            “Son, sometimes you gonna have to come out of your mouth with a bunch of muthaf@ckas to let some people know how you feel about some shite!”

He was right.

There are some people that only understand your anger and expression in some colorful language.  They don’t understand kindness, integrity, politeness, or gratitude. They look at these attributes as a weakness.

As a writer, I’ve enjoyed expressing myself in what I hope to be insightful.  You might not always agree with my perspective and that’s okay.  You don’t have to.

I’m all about peace and tranquility.  It seems like we don’t have enough of this.

As our world seems to continually be turned upside down by dictators as well as people that are in our governmental administrations who desire to do absolutely nothing to help the American people, we are reminded that we have better angels…each and every one of us.

We’re living in a time when we truly need to call on those better angels but sadly, many of us do not and will not.  We’d rather be ignorant in our areas of comfort rather than be well-informed outside of our respective bubbles.

I stand for peace…and love…and kindness.  But don’t get it twisted, if you come for me, my family, my husband, or anybody that I love…then you have a whole different side of my personality to deal with.

It is important to show love, compassion, kindness mixed with integrity and honesty.  Loving one another is easier than you think.  Maybe hatred is easy.  Maybe it isn’t.  I would like to believe that hatred although it is easy cannot and should not be the choice that we select simply because it is easy.

"I stand for peace…and love…and kindness.  But don’t get it twisted, if you come for me, my family, my husband, or anybody that I love…then you have a whole different side of my personality to deal with." ~ J.L. Whitehead
Loving is hard.  Sometimes it’s hard to love someone you know much less someone that you don’t.  At the end of the day, it doesn’t, nor should it matter.

We’re living in an era of war, violence, corruption, dishonesty, fear mongering, deceptions, hatred and lies.  We’re living in an era where wrong is right and right is wrong.

 Here’s the thing…remain true to your convictions. 

We have more than enough goodness in the world, but it bears mentioning that this is the voice that is mostly quiet.  We are not less than.  We are humble.

Right now, the louder voices are the ones that hate because they feel the need to spread their hatred.  They do it with impunity, especially when they see their constituents doing it as well.

We must stand up for all that is good and right with humanity.

Like I said earlier…I stand for love, peace, kindness, and compassion.

~J.L. Whitehead




Friday, January 21, 2022

2024 We can control what we become


Trump stands a significant chance of being elected to office in 2024…or rather, Trump stands a good change of stealing the election in 2024.  I say this because I see the Republican party setting up the components for stealing the election…we all can.

We see Trump supporting representatives being placed into roles that would assist the twice disgraced ex-president in being placed back into office in 2024.  And I fear that once placed into office, he will not be so willing to leave at the end of his four-year term.  Instead, he will dis-regard the norms that our founding fathers put into place and change our democracy into an autocracy.  Please let that sink in.

We will no longer have the option to elect our officials.  And this could not be a better time for the Republican party to seize office since many of us have grown tired of our democratic process.  We keep asking ourselves what is the point of going out to elect the official of our choice when it doesn’t matter?  Why should we stop fighting against the Republican party’s intentions when we know what those intentions entail?

 The only thing that can stop Trump from obtaining office is the Republican party itself.  It is time for all of us, Republicans and Democrats alike to do something about what is happening to the United States.  We need to understand that Donald Trump does not have an interest in governing for the American People.  We’ve seen this in his first term in office.  He simply wants the power of the highest office in the land.

Readers, even though the Republican party has morphed into the party of Trump, we must do whatever we can to protect our democracy.

Protect our democracy.

These are words that I am used to hearing every news cycle.  And yet, there is so much that can be done but isn’t being fulfilled.  We have grown so tired of our politics and Corona virus.  The two topics have worn us down.  We want to get back to a sense of normality and yet we can’t seem to find our way.  But our democracy should not be a reward for a small group of people that don’t reflect our values, if it is deemed a reward at all.

We know that the Republican party is viewed as a group of people that soundly rejects the notion that we can live as a multi-cultural society where everyone can share in the fruits of this land equally.

Greed and lust for power is at an all-time high.  Our elected government officials on the other side of the aisle seemed to have abandoned the principles that our country have been founded on.  Governance is not on their list of things that they will do when they seize power.  Addressing equality and fairness is not on their agenda.

I am not advocating for the Democratic party.  In so many ways, they have let us down and continue to do so.  At a time when the Democratic party needs to show unity, we have two senators who refuse to support the president’s agenda. This is not the time to promote your personal agenda.

The Republicans are gearing up for the election of a century.  The stakes are too high.  The election being held in 2024 is not simply a run to determine who gets to occupy the oval office.  This is a run for the state of democracy in this country.  We cannot afford to let one party that has no interest in governing obtain the highest office in the land.

I know you’re exhausted.  I am too.  But we cannot let democracy fall into the hands of a party that does not care about the rule of law.

We must care about what’s right and wrong.  The country is becoming more black and brown.  But that is not a problem even if a lesser denomination thinks that it is. Somehow, we must work together to make this country work for all of us.  The problem seems to be that a small fraction of us has no desire to do so.

And that’s a shame because it appears as if the smaller group is holding the larger group hostage which is counter our democratic processes.

One of the things that I know to be true is that we cannot make a group of people do what we would like them to do.  We cannot make a group of people think right or act like how we would like them to act.  The only thing we can do is step out on faith and make the right decision and do the right thing.  You may be tired of everything that we’ve gone through over the past two years.  However, we are fighting for more than just the right to right to vote.  We must come out in full force to protect our democratic norms.  We do not have time for someone that wants to be the head of this country but does not have out best interest at heart.  We cannot let someone occupy the Whitehouse when all they want to do is golf.  We cannot afford to let a smaller group of people take rule over the masses.

We simply can’t.

~ J.L. Whitehead

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Why is the Republican party willing to burn this country to the ground?


I have been watching the news carefully for the last thirteen years…seventeen if you include the Clinton Administration. I have been watching the Republican party morph into something that I don’t recognize; almost like a human being that morphs into a vampire right before they take their first death-filled bite.

I promised myself that I would not write about politics, but I can’t ignore the fact that the Republican Party is willing to burn this country to the ground because they didn’t get what they wanted. And unfortunately, what they seem to want is money and power…and the two are interchangeable. Gone is the illusion of producing legislation that will help the American People. Gone are the days when they could and oftentimes would hide behind standing up for middle class. They said that they were…until they weren’t. And after the Trump era, they can no longer claim that they stand for the middle class.

We are all watching the Republican party unmask themselves; showing who they really are as well as what they stand for. They choose to tell lies rather than the truth. They choose to follow the path of a twice impeached, disgraced ex-President rather than produce legislation that will help the American people. And since legislation is not on their radar, they choose to cheat…possibly stealing the presidential election and awarding it to a disgraced ex-President.

 They are implementing policies that will limit the rights of most Americans to vote and it is possible that the Supreme Court will overturn or gut Roe vs Wade making it harder for women to get the necessary health care that they need.

I can no longer give them the benefit of the doubt since what they want to do is crystal clear; they want to hijack this country and push us all back to the 50’s era where blacks were second class citizens. Women will be relegated to the role of the dutiful housewife where they stay home, raise the children, cook dinner, go to their children’s sport competition all while wearing high heels and pearls.

I am trying to look with hope to a light and bright future…but I can’t. The elected officials on the other side of the aisle seem to have no desire to do what the American people elected them to do…which is govern.

What we are witnessing is a power grab…possibly one of the biggest power grabs ever witnessed in my lifetime. It would have been somewhat difficult for the Republicans to bring forth legislation that would truly uplift the American people therefore giving them a shot at winning an election fair and square. Instead, they chose to get behind a man that lied no less than 1000 times while he was in office. And here’s the thing, they knew that he was a liar. They knew that he was only about himself. So, what did they do? They got behind the lie that the election was stolen from the ex-President. And let us be clear, the lie had nothing to do with them being misled. This was about them trying to cling to power because they could see no other way of holding onto it. They knew that the American people did not approve of the way that Mr. Trump handled the affairs of this nation.

Nothing was stolen from Mr. Trump. He did not win in a “landslide.”  He is and always will be a spoiled little rich boy that is used to winning even when he didn’t. He is used to getting his way, and the truth of the matter is that nothing has changed. He doesn’t want to be president to help the American people. He got a taste of power and now he wants it back.

Just watch what happens in the next couple of years.

I have my popcorn and soda.

~ J.L. Whitehead

What is important and what is not

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