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Sadness

Today, children of elementary school age experienced a tragedy. Some lived, some died. I’m not going to say much because there isn’t much to say beyond, pray.

Pray for the children whose school no longer feels safe to them.

Pray for the children who have lost fellow students.

Pray for the teachers who have lost colleagues.

Pray for teachers who lost a principal, leader, encouraged, and who was a positive light for the school.

Pray for a community which has been devastated by death, horror, confusion, anger, and sadness.

Pray for a country who needs to support each other.

Pray for our President who has the power to make decisions which can change the future of this nation. May he not use the sorrow, pain, and furry of this outrage to pass laws.

Pray for peace.

Most of all, pray for the families who have lost children, and may all of those souls be gather around their eternal Father. The One who has given us life and The One who can take it away.

Finally, pray for the family of Adam Lanza. While I know that he is not a popular person and one that I absolutely despise. One who I do not respect, do not care for, and do not understand. Pray for his family, as I’m sure that they are just as confused, stunned, and heartbroken as the rest of the families who have lost a loved one.

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Unacceptable

I’m not a particularly political person. I have a college degree, but I don’t feel highly educated in the world of politics. I don’t believe in throwing my opinions about the government in the faces of others. I don’t get into political discussions with mere acquaintances and very rarely do I get into discussions about politics with close friends or family. Right now, I’m just writing. You can continue reading as you choose. If you choose to reply to my opinions, please keep it clean and don’t be disrespectful to the beliefs of others.

With that being said, check out this video clip from an Atlanta broadcast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl89q4SHjEs

As a hardworking taxpayer of this wonderful country of ours, I do have something to say about this spending. Honestly, I don’t feel that the US is in the position to be charging our credit cards for this type of cause.

I wonder if anyone in Washington has thought about the people who pay with blood, sweat, tears, and money to the country. The country that we love. I don’t hate paying taxes or think that I shouldn’t pay taxes. That is how the country runs. I get it.

BUT, what I do have a problem with is that the tax dollars that we pay on a daily basis is not going to our country. We are greater than $16 trillion dollars in debt. This is what that looks like in numbers:

$16,000,000,000

That’s a HUGE number. The sad thing is, is that the national debt is much, much greater that the number listed above.

So yes, I do have a problem with us sending money overseas when our country is in extreme debt. We need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others.

It’s like when we, as a single person help others. We want to make a difference in another person’s life simply because we can, but sometimes, when you help one person, it snowballs into more people than one person can handle. The job gets too big for the one person, but he/she wants to continue helping. There is less sleep taking place, good eating habits diminish, the workouts disappear from the schedule, and the bank account is drained and credit cards are maxed out because his/her generosity was too great. Once that one person stops taking care of themselves, they aren’t able to take care of others anymore. The focus is so much on others, that

Well, the US is that one person. One who means well, but is no longer taking care of itself, or its own people. One who is forgetting that debt does not solve problems, debt creates problems and before we can be the “hero,” we have to get back on our feet and out of debt before we, the US, tries to rescue other countries.

Getting back on our feet is the only way to continue to help others and to make a difference.

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Occupy…

So…I have just been informed of the “Occupy Movement,” and just as a warning, this may be a bit controversial.

This is something that is taking place all over the country. It originated in New York City where protesters initiated a nonviolent protest at Wal-Mart. You know, that monster of a store that is taking over the nation and our lives? Yeah, that one. It is not just picking on Wal-Mart, but on the banks and multinational corporations which have taken a grip on our economy and has gradually guided it down the drain, all the while, taking each one of us American down with it. After a bit of research, this movement began on September 17, 2011 with “Occupy Wall Street.” According to the Occupy Wall Street website, all forms of nonviolent protest is encouraged by this organization of people because they strive for the safety of the people involved and simply put, they want to make a MASSIVE difference. They are willing to fight for what they believe in.

The entire protesting sequence is encouraging people to have one day, just one day, where they do NOT purchase a SINGLE thing.

I don’t know how how that would be for you, but think about it. Going one day without buying a single thing could potentially be quite difficult. No clothes, no shoes, no appliances, no jewelry, no gadgets, no technology, and even more importantly no groceries. Nothing. Avoid shopping for the entire 24 hours. I wonder how many people this movement will reach? What could be the potential effects? Could you imagine just going to a store an walking around to find that you are the only one there? That would be super crazy!

Anyway, I think it is cool.

Why? Well, because think of the effects that it would have on the store. Especially the “big boys.” I’m no economist or business guru, but I imagine that it would throw their daily cycle off quite a bit. Especially since these massive corporations are planning on being chock full of people. They have staff there to cover the floor and registers, extra stock to satisfy the rush of people that they anticipate to flood the stores on this particular weekend. With “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” it would be quite a shocker to the system to have no people at their location.

Another thing that I think is incredibly is that this movement is not only in the United States, but it is spreading like wild fire all over the world. Wow. What an impact this is having on the world. This strategy is popping up all over the nation with approximately 100 US cities taking place and has spread all over the world with a grand total of approximately 1500 cities worldwide participating.

Incredible.

Can we change the world from the ground up? I mean, we are the 99%. The 99% who aren’t making the big bucks and who dominate the population with shear size. I’m interested to hear what you have to say.

Please, share. Read up on it yourself and tell me what you think. I’m all for small business. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and society. That is what the US is built on and if you look back in history, small business is what our focus should be.

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