These are my final comments. Before I begin, I want to humbly apologize to anyone who for whatever reason felt that they had been offended by a few of the things that I wrote in my post on 21 January 2017. The post in and of itself seems to have created a “fire bomb” as far as some are concerned, and that was never the intent.
In re-reading what I wrote this morning, I made the following comments, “Honestly, I know kindergarten children who act more mature than some people are behaving at this moment. Some people need to grow up and act their age and not their shoe size.” These statements were analogies and general comments. Nevertheless, I have been accused of mud-slinging, calling names, and causing divisiveness among people. Again, that was never the purpose nor the intent.
I did not call anyone a kindergartner. I was merely making the comparison that some little children act more mature than some adults have behaved throughout this whole election and inauguration process. I find it astounding that people only read and hear what they want to read or hear when they are angry and frustrated.
The acts that were done on the streets of Washington, D.C. even on inauguration day by supposed protesters were deplorable and inexcusable. That was not a protest by any stretch of the imagination. That was a riot. If anyone believes or feels differently, that is your prerogative, but I do not, cannot, and will never support your views.
There were more peaceable ways of showing their dissatisfaction with the new administration than what was displayed.That is my stand on the matter, and I will not back down from it. Hence, my analogy and general statement based on what my dear departed parents and grandparents used to tell me, “Act your age and not your shoe size.” Again, if anyone felt offended or that I was degrading them in any way, I humbly apologize, but that is what YOU read into it as it was never the intent. I have far better things to do with what precious time I have than to insult, degrade, demean, or otherwise belittle other people.
I still believe and will forever stand firm in the belief that hatred only begets more hatred. I still affirm that the hater often suffers more than the hated. You cannot extinguish a raging inferno by continuing to fuel the fire and fanning the flames. I still believe that peaceful resolutions are not wrought through obscenities and acts of violence. Whenever acts of violence are introduced, it is no longer a protest but rather a riot, and riots, if not brought under control, can quickly become war-torn blood-stained battlefields. I believe that if there is something worth fighting for that we should speak up and let our voices be heard but do so in a rational, calm, and civil manner. People will be able to understand you better and be more willing to listen to you when you are not screaming and shouting at them or using accusatory tones in your elocution.
I made the statement in another comment last evening, and I make it here again. It appears that the nation is in a terrible state of tumult, confusion, and unrest. Too many people are walking around like ticking time bombs that could explode at any moment. That is scary to me. There needs to be more understanding and compassion from both sides of the aisle, and sadly I don’t see that happening at this moment in time.