Uproar on social and national media: safety issues, school openings, wearing face masks — all now have become political fodder. Gender drives much of this divide. A woman commented on one of my posts.
Jody Peterson: I’ve been a wreck thinking about what to do…..Especially with a new baby in September. It’s terrifying…working is bad enough dealing with adults who can’t even do the right thing….i can’t imagine kids being expected to….Especially when some of them have parents who don’t give a shit….
Terrifying! Been a wreck thinking … working is bad enough … and damn all those parents who don’t give a shit. Wow!!!
Crisis in Leadership
President Trump refuses to wear a face mask and demands schools reopen. The Republican party remains dominated by men. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the female-inspired political left object to the president’s initiatives over concerns for safety. None can work together. Citizens are terrified.
“Everybody I know wants to open up the schools. But it has to be safe for the children. We don’t want our children to take risks to go to school.”
Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Don’t take risks? A woman faces tremendous risk when she become pregnant. Our entire lives are filled with risk. Millions of essential workers face C19 dangers each day. There’s food on our table because Americans courageously take risks.
Historically, men led the charge on the front lines of war. Today, woman shoulder the stressful and dangerous burden in our Third World War. Their efforts are heroic. Risk? They eat risk for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
As I’ve documented this past year, female managers at Hawaiian Electric fired me over concerns for safety. Neither HEI CEO & President Constance Hee Lau nor HECO HR director Shana Buco knew me personally. Corporate policy and my assigned HR rep suggested I would be fine. Yet management judged me to be a public health menace and criminal threat to their companies.
STRANGER DANGER !!! Kick him out of our manger.
Doesn’t matter he’s a trained Airborne Ranger.
No respect that he’s a skilled IT re-arranger.
We giggle now, as he’s unemployed and seeking a policy changer.
Risk? I used medical cannabis at night before bed — never prior to or during work hours. Hawai’i legalized the medication in 2000. There are zero evidenced-based studies to support their claim and more than 30 professionals who worked closely with me for six months didn’t support their slanderous allegations. Irrational, cruel and inhumane behavior dominates our nation at this time.
AmeriCANS have become AmeriCANTS
Jaylene Harrington finds life to be impossible. “Impossible?” I asked while adding, “Keep ’em home — we fail. Send ’em to school — we fail. We’re the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. Time to remember that last part. Be brave!”
She was responding to a post by Christine Wilson. Asking students to wear a face mask is now considered to be child abuse.
“If you’re a teacher and you’re advocating for kids to wear a mask your [sic] participating in child abuse. Because what right mind would think this is okay!”
Look, I understand we need to be safe, but this isn’t right. There’s no way you can get a kid to wear a mask this long. Hell, I go to the grocery store, and before I’m done there, I’m gasping for breath. You can’t have kids wear it for 7 hours a day. Also, the distancing is impossible. Most classrooms have like 30 students. Where are we going to find the room for all these students? You can’t. Either switch all the way online, or go back to normal and live life. It’s inhumane to force this on school children.
I was raised by demanding, as well as loving parents. Our small community nurtured us to be strong, resilient people. Lou Holtz, conservative Hall of Famer football coach, said yesterday:
“When you’re in a leadership role, you have to look at things from both points of view. Look at it from the player’s point of view, as well as from a coach’s point of view.”
“The way it is right now, they just don’t want to have sports and there’s no way in this world you can do anything in this world without a risk. People stormed Normandy … They knew there was going to be casualties, they knew there was going to be risk, but it was a way of life.”
Talked To A Man Today
Another writer on social media posted an inspirational thought piece: “If THIS doesn’t say it all,” he wrote, “and make each and every one of you THINK, I am ashamed to call you my friend.” 😔
I talked with a man today, an 80+ year old man. I asked him if there was anything I can get him while this coronavirus scare was gripping America. He simply smiled, looked away and said:
“Let me tell you what I need! [pause] I need to believe, at some point, this country my generation fought for [pause] I need to believe this nation we handed safely to our children and their children [pause] . . .
I need to know this generation will quit being a bunch of sissies … that they respect what they’ve been given … that they’ve earned what others sacrificed for.”
I wasn’t sure where the conversation was going or if it was going anywhere at all. So, I sat there, quietly observing.
“You know, I was a little boy during WWII. Those were scary days. We didn’t know if we were going to be speaking English, German or Japanese at the end of the war. There was no certainty, no guarantees like Americans enjoy today.
And no home went without sacrifice or loss. Every house, up and down every street, had someone in harm’s way. Maybe their Daddy was a soldier, maybe their son was a sailor, maybe it was an uncle. Sometimes it was the whole damn family … fathers, sons, uncles . . .
Having someone, you love, sent off to war … it wasn’t less frightening than it is today. It was scary as Hell. If anything, it was more frightening. We didn’t have battlefront news. We didn’t have email or cellphones. You sent them away and you hoped…you prayed. You may not hear from them for months, if ever. Sometimes a mother was getting her son’s letters the same day Dad was comforting her over their child’s death.
And we sacrificed. You couldn’t buy things. Everything was rationed. You were only allowed so much milk per month, only so much bread, toilet paper. EVERYTHING was restricted for the war effort. And what you weren’t using, what you didn’t need, things you threw away, they were saved and sorted for the war effort. My generation was the original recycling movement in America.
And we had viruses back then … serious viruses. Things like polio, measles, and such. It was nothing to walk to school and pass a house or two that was quarantined. We didn’t shut down our schools. We didn’t shut down our cities. We carried on, without masks, without hand sanitizer. And do you know what? We persevered. We overcame. We didn’t attack our President, we came together. We rallied around the flag for the war. Thick or thin, we were in it to win. And we would lose more boys in an hour of combat than we lose in entire wars today.”
He slowly looked away again. Maybe I saw a small tear in the corner of his eye. Then he continued:
“Today’s kids don’t know sacrifice. They think sacrifice is not having coverage on their phone while they freely drive across the country. Today’s kids are selfish and spoiled. In my generation, we looked out for our elders. We helped out with single moms whose husbands were either at war or dead from war.
Today’s kids rush [to] the store, buying everything they can … no concern for anyone but themselves. It’s shameful the way Americans behave these days. None of them deserve the sacrifices their granddads made.
So, no I don’t need anything. I appreciate your offer but, I know I’ve been through worse things than this virus. But maybe I should be asking you, what can I do to help you? Do you have enough pop to get through this, enough steak? Will you be able to survive with 113 channels on your TV?”
I smiled, fighting back a tear of my own … now humbled by a man in his 80’s. All I could do was thank him for the history lesson, leave my number for emergency and leave with my ego firmly tucked in my rear.
I talked to a man today. A real man. An American man from an era long gone and forgotten.
We will never understand the sacrifices. We will never fully earn their sacrifices. But we should work harder to learn about them … learn from them … to respect them.
~ Courtesy of Craig Dew
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