“Well I guess I’m too conservative for my liberal friends, too liberal for my conservative friends. You all have fun fighting your own social media Vietnam.” – Sanjula Vamana
My ol pal Sanjula summed up exactly how I feel. Social media the evil that some consider it to be has been a platform for more to display what they think is their political expertise when most of it is all based on faux news, paranoid conspiracy theories and above all that their beliefs are the only beliefs that matter and if you don’t agree unfriend them.
As most I’m no happier with the current commander in chief than the rest despite who won the popular vote. I never liked Donald Trump as far back as when I first become aware of him in the mid to late 80′s and much less even now. But I also didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton based solely on that fact that she would continue with many of Obama’s policies namely “shared responsibility” when it comes to healthcare. I think it is bullshit that my premiums in 2015 were $239 per month, in 2016 $340 per month and then for 2017 $597 per month despite the fact that I made $25K less than a year ago and by opting out of having healthcare now have to pay the $695 “shared responsibility” fine to cover those who do not work. The few spans of time when I was unemployed I took care of myself. I’ve bused my ass and struggled for everything I have now and don’t believe its fair that I am required by the government to share after the fact that I already pay part of the highest taxes in the nation.
The individual shared responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act requires you and each member of your family to have qualifying health care coverage (called minimum essential coverage), qualify for a coverage exemption, or make an individual shared responsibility payment when you file your federal income tax return.
So at this time in order to pay off my medical bills have opted for the latter this year. Otherwise I simply cannot afford to live where I do and will not flirt with the idea of moving elsewhere within the state of Illinois. My next and final move if and when it happens will be south.
On the other hand this is the last I’ll mention it in my writing. I’m going to live my life as I have, free and happy and continue to strive for more success and not cry about the aforementioned sad fact or spend the next four years crying over an administration that I am not happy with the way so many others do on a multi-daily basis online on social media or otherwise.
I condsider myself an enviromentalist and not a tree-hugger by any means, but it’s a sad reality that global warming is a fact. I saw it first hand in Alaska. In my mind those who choose to believe otherwise says that is a selfish way to feel with no care for mother earth nor harbor any consideration for any other generation but their own. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, that’s right, I not only support but encourage pro-choice. I’m for legally having the right to bear arms. I am against big government and I’ll all about the freedom of speech despite who it offends as opposed to as most have used it in the past 8 years as a means to support their agenda. I’m for the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes only but believe that penalties for recreational use should not be punished beyond a small fine depending on the laws of your state. Although I am a “devout” atheist I will not discriminate on anyone’s personal religious beliefs. Whatever gets you through the night baby! And I support each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. If there were a common sense party I’d love to align myself with it.
If it were up to me I’d tear down over-simplified, one-dimensional political stereotypes portrayed by the media and confront it all with humor. After all what really matters is that we’re all Americans, with diverse thoughts, opinions and stances on issues. Millions of unique, individual parts, the sum of which comprise a whole that is the shining beacon of freedom throughout the world. We need to embrace our differences, and never forget that we’re all in this together.
Now that I finally have that off my chest I’ve got my sights set on something new for the first time in a long time which is actually taking some worthwhile effort and about living a happy and healthy 2017. (Currently of a strict diet of less than 50 carbs a day till late spring, and it’s not an easy thing by any means)