I’m Back!

Oh, it’s been a crazy year, right? Between politics, social media, and natural catastrophes, it’s no wonder we’re all not twitching and aimlessly wandering about screaming obscenities. Well, maybe some of you are.

I’m going to get it out of the way, so here’s a quick run-down of my take on a few things. I don’t care for the way the U.S. politics operate with two polarized archaic parties. In my lifetime, I hope to see a change in government to include more ideas and voices (more parties) representing the ‘average’ American. For now, my blog will not comment on politics.

In the past 2-1/2 months, I’ve disconnected from social media and my life has improved. Yes, I deleted my Twitter and Facebook account. Twitter has become a bullying platform. A place where lynch mobs exist and where one can accuse, judge, and sentence someone in 140 characters. Facebook is no longer a place to share your life. It’s a dumping ground for bullying and grammatically incorrect memes. As an unknown Indie Author, this might not have been the best thing to do, but my happiness and health is much more important.

As an expat, I will continue to write about my experiences in Germany, good and bad, and make comparisons to the U.S. I’m not politically correct to the extreme, so my take on life in Germany and the U.S. might offend.

Which leads me to the last issue—opinions. I’m a believer that everyone has a voice and an opinion. As long as you’re not spewing hate, people have a right to their views. Opinions have NOT morphed into racism and hate because you don’t agree with mainstream visions. When you try to silence someone with different beliefs, you’re not only doing a disservice to them but to society. We’re all different. We have feelings about certain topics and we have a right to those feelings. It’s time we LISTEN to those opinions instead of dismissing and bullying the person.

Now onto more pleasant things that have happened this year to me. It’s been a better year. Our management company started gutting old flats a block away and a new construction project began across from where we lived. Since we have to move in early 2018 for renovations, we decided to get out quick and down the street, far enough away from the construction. It was kinda sad because it was our first flat together since we decided to make a life for ourselves in Germany. We loved the big windows and the scenery. We don’t mind where we live now. It’s okay for the next few years, until we buy land and build a home, so this is our transitional place.

For summer vacation, we drove to London (using the Chunnel). London is one of my favorite cities. There is so much to see and do there and the food markets are FABULOUS. Yes, my husband and I are into food. LOL!

After vacation, I returned full-force into revisions for my crime mystery novel, Artful Revenge, and my husband is still trying to adjust to the early hours. We’ll be driving to Tuscany and enjoying the scenery for the two weeks fall vacation. SQUEE! I love Italy.

As for blogging, I hope to slide into it slowly, and then start up regularly in 2018.

Well, that’s the quickie of my life—a bit more than 140 characters.

What have you been up to this year? Chime in about anything.

Crazy Good,
Baer Necessities

A Political Plague

political plagueThere 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.

VOTING

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.

WRITE-INS

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.

CANDIDATES

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.

HILLARY CLINTON

HillaryAlthough 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
  • Changed
John McCain – a man who fought for her freedom –
Hillary Clinton – Ellen specifically asked, “Do you think it would be possible for someone to run and to openly say “I support gay marriage” and win.” Hillary, “I don’t know. I have had the same position for years, and so I don’t know what someone could or couldn’t do but I always believed that marriage should be left to the States.”
Hillary changes her mind –

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.

DONALD TRUMP

trumpIt’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,
Baer Necessities

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