Today we’re taking a break from the written word. I’ll be sharing some random pictures from a few explorations we did this year in Germany.
In August, we took an English walking tour in Cologne. It was great because we were the only people who showed up-our own private tour.
Then we went to a British Flair in Krefeld.
And last month, we were spooked in a haunted zoo.
What interesting things have you done this year?
There are certain subject matters most Americans stay clear of and those are religion, politics, and finance. We feel they’re emotionally charged personal matters. The difference though is that someone’s religion or finance doesn’t necessarily affect others as much as their political choices. I’ve hidden many Facebook posts because I’m afraid to know whom so-and-so supports. I don’t want it to taint my thinking of them. Whom someone votes for says a lot about an individual.
Up until now, the one person I’ve discussed politics with is my husband, especially regarding this upcoming election. According to USA Today, “Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the two most unpopular presidential candidates in more than 30 years of ABC News/Washington Post polling.” Since the election is approaching, I decided to broach the subject, no matter how controversial, to take a stand regarding our government’s approach to the Presidency and the way candidates campaign.
U.S. GOVERNMENT AND PARTIES
First, I’d like to state that I’m not affiliated with any party, nor do I declare one. I don’t believe in or understand why people vote per party instead of per individual. We are supposed to grow in life. There are particular things that are more important to us at certain stages in our lives. How can a party always support what’s important to you at every stage?
Second, I believe the U.S. government needs an overhaul since a two-party government isn’t a democracy. There are no checks and balances. One side usually dominates the other. There should be at least four parties with the same amount of visibility, and all should take part in debates, not just Republicans and Democrats. And there shouldn’t be two types of primaries—open or closed (21 open states). All U.S. citizens should have the right to vote in the primaries without declaring a party or membership. If you live in a state that only has closed primaries and you’re not a party voter, then you can’t vote for the nominees.
Also, do away with electors since they are what stand in the way of the American people. It impedes the popular vote. I feel that we should be voting for the President and Vice President, not the electors. “You help choose your state’s electors when you vote for President because when you vote for your candidate you are actually voting for your candidate’s electors.” Many Presidents have won based on electoral votes, not the popular vote.
HOW CAMPAIGNS ARE RUN
When it comes to funding, Super Pacs obstruct a candidate’s decisions. For each company, union, or individual that provides support, the elected presidential candidate will spend their time in office returning those favors. So if they’re busy taking care of corporations, they won’t have time to take care of the American people.
During debates, if a candidate’s answer is about criticizing another, their mic should be turned off while the question continues with the next candidate. There is too much grandstanding, accusations, and not enough information in regards to what they’re going to do for us—the ones who matter. Most Americans don’t follow politics year round, so campaigns are the only time we can learn about the nominees.
I’ve already submitted my overseas election ballot and voted for Gary Johnson. My main reason for this is, “Achieving just 5% of the popular vote nationwide will achieve “major party” status for a third party for the first time ever… The future for all generations can only be made better with the inclusion of more ideas and more candidates… This will completely change the political landscape for the 2020 election. Now is our time to change history.” This is what I want—more ideas and candidates for the future of America. Times have changed, and the stagnant Republican and Democratic parties should not be our only choices. We need more voices for “life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Only WE can make it happen.
Some believe that voting for a lesser party or a write-in means throwing your vote away. I disagree. Why would I invest in broken people? Why would I vote for anyone who I don’t want representing me as a U.S. citizen?
For those voters who don’t approve of either candidate, we do have options. Here’s a list of registered write-in candidates for President: http://presidentials.mytimetovote.com/Write-In-Candidates-running-for-president.html or you could vote Jill Stein (Green Party) or Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party). Since I was late learning the ins and outs of write-ins, and I had to return my ballot, I didn’t have time to read up on the Independents. Don’t turn to the Republican candidate just because you can’t stand the Democrat. Take the time to learn about other possibilities that could change the political arena.
States that Do Not Allow Write-Ins: Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota, South Carolina, or New Mexico
Thirty-three states allow write-ins as long as the candidate has registered with the state, which is why I can’t write-in Bernie Sanders. He hasn’t paid fees or filed the paperwork for states. In these states, if you write-in someone not registered (check the link above) then your vote will not count. Here is the list of States: Washington, California, Alaska, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennesse, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine.
States with Unrestricted Write-Ins: Vermont, Oregon, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Iowa, Alabama, Pennsylvania, or Rhode Island. These voters can write-in anyone they want, including Bernie Sanders.
My vote would have gone to Bernie Sanders if he was nominated. I don’t agree with everything Sanders wanted to change, but I believe in him as a person. He is the kind of man I would want representing me as a person and as an American. In my lifetime, he is the first nominee to look outside the box. To see what is broken in the U.S., and refer to other countries regarding how they handle matters.
He came from a struggling working class family, was involved in the Civil Rights movement, opposed the Iraq war, and had more than an 8-hour filibuster against tax cuts for the wealthy. Before leaving the Senate floor, he pleaded “a better proposal which better reflects the needs of the middle class and working families of our country and to me, most importantly, the children of our country.” He didn’t take money from Super Pacs. He has been honest throughout his political career, and he didn’t attack his opponents as the others did. His heart is for America. His issues are “… inequality in the United States. Economically, he favors tax reform that increases rates for the wealthy, greater governmental oversight of Wall Street and balancing the disparity between wages for men and women. He also believes in a state-administered health care system, more-affordable higher education — which includes tuition-free public college and universities — and an expansion of the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid systems. A social liberal, he also supports same-sex marriage and is pro-choice.” Bernie Sanders truly cares about the American people.
It boggles my mind. I’ve heard people complain about being sick of typical politicians. How they wish there was a candidate for the people. Aside from the wealthy, I just can’t understand why an honest, upstanding man who just wants justice for all wasn’t nominated. A man who can relate to the working class. Clinton and Trump aren’t in it for the people because they’re so out of touch with the dwindling working middle class let alone the poor.
Although she isn’t as offensive as Donald Trump, Hillary isn’t someone I want representing me as a woman let alone an American. Prior to Obama, the White House has been dominated by the Clinton and Bush families for 24-years, 28-years if you include Hillary as Secretary of State under Obama. I’ve always thought she was smug, will do anything for power, and changes her mind when it suits her purpose. She is in bed with Super Pacs, so you can bet she isn’t committed to the citizens—she’s committed to those who supported her campaign. Democrats and feminists will vote for her, disregarding her faults and lies. Supporters say she has the experience, yet experience is what we have been voting into office and it hasn’t gotten us anywhere.
Here’s a quick glance over her past. Hillary came from an upper-class family. She knew of Bill’s affair with Lewinsky, but “Some on the staff have said that Hillary knew about Lewinsky long before it came out, and that what really upset her was not the affair itself but its discovery and the media feeding frenzy that followed.” That speaks volumes to her character. When running for the U.S. Senate seat in New York, she opposed same-sex marriages and was for the Iraq War.
Ellen DeGeneres, a democrat, had John McCain (Republican) and Hillary Clinton (Democrat) on her show discussing same-sex marriage. There is a difference in how she interacts with McCain vs. Clinton.
- John McCain
- Hillary Clinton
She flip-flops like a fish out of water with lies. To me, she’s untrustworthy. I like what Susan Sarandon said about her. Many party voters are able to dismiss inaccuracies and bullshit for the sake of the party, but I won’t.
It’s a sad day in U.S. history that someone like Trump was even nominated. The Republican party showed their ignorance on this one. I don’t need to say much about him. Trump does a fine job representing himself. Those who are voting for him either absorb his poisonous rhetoric or hate Hillary enough to go with him instead of looking for other possibilities. People willing to vote for Donald Trump embrace bullying, racism, hatred, and chauvinism. These people find it funny or don’t care that he insults the disabled, veterans who fought for this country, women, people’s intelligence and the list goes on. He’s made a mockery of the American people and this election. These voters love that he speaks his mind, and believe what he says. Well, this is what they can believe about Trump. With him at the helm, the U.S. will not move forward. He will isolate America, and isolation is not the way to go in this world.
Do you want to weigh in? Please do so without insults.
Politics and Buffoonery,
I hope you’re enjoying the summer vacations. I’ll be taking several weeks off from blogging to take advantage of the rest of my husband’s summer break. During this time, I plan on taking more bike rides (our longest one this summer only being 24 miles), reading, writing, doing daily excursions, and taking in the views of South Wales, UK.
See you at the end of summer!
Resting, Excursions, and Vacation,
Tattoos are an extension of our creativity, desires, or tributes. It’s a personal choice to design our bodies with pictures or inspirational words. But sometimes, someone we don’t know and trust— tattoo artist… or tattoo botcher can distort our visions of the perfect tattoo. If you’re considering inking your body, here are a couple things you should keep in mind.
1) Make sure your tattoo artist can spell. Spellin’ iz da most impotent thing when it cums to sayins. Have them write it down or make an outline of it on your body so all they have to do is trace it. This avoids any spelling mistakes… except if you don’t know how to spell the word. If that’s the case, bring a dictionary.
The botcher must be studying phonetics.
I wonder what her mother’s angle is regarding this tattoo.
A little too much information.
Your (belonging to or associated with person) You’re (you are) You (just you). This is why we should all know the difference.
Can someone help me out here? Is this supposed to be ‘absolutely ridiculous’?
I bet Bon Jovi knows how to spell it.
This person obviously didn’t remember how to spell before they forgot.
2) Make sure the tattoo artist is actually an artist before they start drawing on you. This is very important if you plan to put a famous person on your body or a tribute to someone who died. You want people to be able to identify the person and hear how beautiful it is, not gasps or giggles. Your body is a temple; don’t let the tattoo debauchery desecrate it. Here are a few artists gone mad.
Maybe he got confused and thought the guy wanted a caricature of his gal?
If I were Sheleen, I’d be hunting this tattoo butcher down.
Perfect example of ‘you get what you pay for’.
Yeah, I totally see it. Good thing it’s on her back.
Was this a joke?
Which horror movie were these kids in?
Now, if you have thought about getting a tattoo, here are a few creative ideas for you to consider.
Quite ingenious to create humor from loss.
Your love becoming part of you.
Here’s a way to clarify it.
The old fashioned way, except ‘coment’ is more like a Twitter revision.
What do you think of tattoos? Do you have one?
Botched, Beautiful, Tattoo,