Sunday, October 16, 2016

It's Just Not OK!

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen seriously!  I trust that you are behaving with class as we move into fall.  The city of Chicago is all Cubs crazy right now as you can imagine.  I know it has been some time since I posted but that is because I was in Africa for three weeks.  I finally got to do my trip to Africa with my parents, we were supposed to go last year, however, it wasn't a good time for mom and dad and financially, it wasn't good for either of us.....Still paying off this trip.....But it was amazing and I am so glad that I had a chance to take this trip with my parents.

So, since we were out of touch for three weeks, we didn't have to hear any of the nonsense that is related to this history making presidential election that is currently going on in the states.  It was quite a nice break, but the funny thing is that MANY people in South Africa and Kenya wanted to talk about our election.  Some times we forget that as THE super power, our election is meaningful to everyone in the world.

And while I am not going to recount my opinion of who should win (see my post from April 2015).  I do need to speak about what is going on in this country...the blatant racism, sexism and bullying that is being perpetrated by many so called "adults" in this country.  Let me cite a few examples...

  • When a reputable news organization posted the story about Malia Obama made a decision to take a gap year before attending Harvard...and said news organization had to take the story down because of the disgusting, blatant, out right violent comments made towards the classy young lady and her family.
  • The "outrage" of many people in this country because some retail stores and high schools choose to make their public restrooms non-gender specific to allow those transgender individuals to choose the restroom designated for the gender for which they identified.  And some "adults" in this country called them pedophiles and rapists.
This election has turned into name calling central on both sides of the aisle.  It is ridiculous, the debates aren't about their platforms or agendas, but about proving that the other person shouldn't be elected.  In the last four years, it seems that name calling and bullying of different races, religions, gender identities, and sexual orientation is just OK now.  People hide behind social media and think they can say anything they want without consequences.  But when did all of this become OK?? Ladies and gentlemen seriously, I can't think of anything less classy that what is going on.  It's embarrassing and highly upsetting that so called educated men and women are saying the things that they are....Pussy grabbing included.

And I know that my blog post certainly isn't going to be read by people that are doing these awful things and that many of you that read my blog completely agree with me, but as a classy lady, I had to say something.  Ladies and gentlemen seriously, it needs to stop, we are teaching the children of this country that bullying and name calling is OK...It's not OK.  So, my best message to all of you, is if you hear something or see something that smacks of this issue, say something.  I have....and it isn't easy because you aren't going to change a bigot's mind, at least they will know not to say it in front of you.

On a lighter note, the GORGE blonde and I did achieve our goal of 100 bars of summer...and had a blast doing it.  I actually got a few dates out of it and she has a BF.  So we have committed to 50 wines of winter...might help me with my dreams of sommelier school.  

....keep your heels, chin and standards high...