-Holy War-

Written December 15, 2016

For those who don’t know me, I’m a music nut. There are not many songs that touch me quite like this new one from Alicia Keys. The other one similar to this one is “Pulse” by Melissa Etheridge. When I went to look up Alicia’s muse for this song I found articles saying it was her way of making a political statement but I tend to disagree. Listening to her sing it with such passion…Yes she is making a statement just not a political one. A reminder of my disclaimer. I am not at all a politically correct person.

Now, before I go much further, I want to remind you of my disclaimer. I am not a person who discriminates based on age, race, sex, sexual preference, creed, religion, lack of religion or… well you get the point. I do, however, discriminate against ignorance, lies, and disrespect. I also do my best to write as a nonpartisan(free from party affiliation or bias). Tho I may be a small town “girl”, I see the truth in the world from my own sleepy eyed town.

I’m curious about something, has everyone lost their “bleeping” minds?! Does anyone think about how we look as a nation to other countries? “Oh, the United States is a world superpower? Look at its citizens bickering with each other, lying,

In the months up to and the weeks since the election there has been an awful lot of discourse. There’s been protesting in the streets, school and college teachers indoctrinating and preaching to their students, colleges offering crazy things to students who are distraught, businesses refusing to serve certain people, and even employers firing employees. And this comes from one side of the proverbial political fence. Then there’s been reports that the reason one candidate lost because fake news influenced voters, then the FBI director’s statements about an investigation was the reason. Recounting of ballots was done in a couple states and now reports of the Russians hacking the election. News flash…the United States has been a victim of hacking for years, don’t you think they would’ve had an influence on previous elections?

I, like many other people, knew that no matter who won the the presidential election that our country would end up in a Civil War. A civil war is a war between organized groups within the same state or country. No, this is not like our first Civil War from 1861-1865, when the it was North vs the South, we’re currently not fighting over slavery and to my knowledge gunshots are being fired because of it. We are, however, fighting over the results of our presidential election.

However the most overwhelming and damning of accusations going back and forth from everyone(leaders down to ordinary citizens) of racism, xenophobia, misogyny and whatever else. All these things have one thing in common – it is furthering and deepening the racial, class and socio-economic divide that is already amongst Americans. If this does not end soon, well, I don’t even want to go there. Is this how we want to live? “If war is holy and sex is obscene, We’ve got it twisted in this lucid dream, Baptized in boundaries, schooled in sin, Divided by difference, sexuality and skin”(first verse of song).

I’d like to remind people of that saying, “When you point one finger at someone, you have 3 more pointing back at you.” This a thought to mind. First being that before you point your finger at and blame someone else for something, be sure you look at yourself. In this case, the candidate who lost and those tasked with getting people to vote need to realize the REAL reasons for the loss. I will bet a month’s worth of my income that if a poll were done today asking why they voted for or against each of the candidates you will find the following results; first and foremost that it had nothing to do with racism, xenophobia, or misogyny. For crying out loud, an African-American was elected not once, but twice!! I will guarantee that many, MANY people would like to see a woman president. This was just not the right time or right candidate for a number of reasons which I won’t get into because that’s not the purpose of this post.

In this day and age of 24 hour news, much of what is reported is half truths, distorted truth, and lies. I’m forever hearing racism is to blame for this, racism is to blame for that. Then there’s this white privilege baloney. On top of that you have ISIS bombing places in the Middle East and influencing not just our citizens but citizens in other countries via social media. And then of course anyone calling the act radical Islamic terrorism is a bigot or racist. That term does mean everyone who follows the Muslim/Islamic faith is bad. It simply means that a portion of people who practice that religion are radical – they have extreme views and beliefs.

I have one wish right now. My wish is that everyone take a step back and breathe for a moment. Read the lyrics at the end of the post, preferably while listening to this song. Many of us, even me sometimes, would rather blame someone else for something that goes wrong than to look at their own mistakes. We don’t want to admit we were wrong.

I would apologize if anything I wrote offends you, but honestly I’m not sorry. Just because you may have had one or two people give you the impression that they falsely judged you based on the color of your skin, sexual preference, religion/faith, or whatever does not mean everyone is a racist, xenophobe, or misogynist. Now, you have 2 choices; 1) have a calm, rational discussion without yelling and screaming over each other or 2) go run to your “safe place” so you don’t learn and grow from another person. I also urge everyone before you believe false narratives and accusations to seek the truth yourself on some of the country’s most controversial issues . Do your own research and polling if you must. Millennials and college students, come out of your safe spaces now while you still can and learn to cope with your feelings when you’re confronted with controversy  because…”Controversy causes growth and growth causes controversy.”

“Holy War” by Alicia Keys

If war is holy and sex is obscene
We’ve got it twisted in this lucid dream
Baptized in boundaries, schooled in sin
Divided by difference, sexuality and skin

Oh so we can hate each other and fear each other
We can build these walls between each other
Baby, blow by blow and brick by brick
Keep yourself locked in, yourself locked in
Yeah we can hate each other and fear each other
We can build these walls between each other
Baby, blow by blow and brick by brick
Keep yourself locked in, yourself locked

Oh maybe we should love somebody
Oh maybe we could care a little more
So maybe we should love somebody
Instead of polishing the bombs of holy war

What if sex was holy and war was obscene
And it wasn’t twisted, what a wonderful dream
Living for love, unafraid of the end
Forgiveness is the only real revenge

Oh so we can heal each other and fill each other
We can break these walls between each other
Baby, blow by blow and brick by brick
Keep yourself open, yourself open
Yeah we can heal each other and fill each other
We can break these walls between each other
Baby, blow by blow and brick by brick
Keep yourself open, you’re open

So maybe we should love somebody
Maybe we could care a little more
So maybe we should love somebody
Instead of polishing the bombs of holy war

What if love was holy and hate obscene
We should give life to this beautiful dream
Cause peace and love ain’t so far
If we nurse our wounds before they scar
Nurse our wounds before they scar

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