#SoCS: Reaching Past the Sky

Some days, some weeks, I simply want to stand in the middle of a forest and scream a primal scream. The kind that lets out all of my frustration and disappointment about what’s going on in America.

These past few days have been no exception.

Linda G. Hill asked bloggers to write about “sky’s the limit,” and I make note that democracy and freedom allow us to follow our dreams and aspire to higher ground. However, there are those who should not point skyward in their beliefs or actions; those who perhaps don’t know what limits are when it comes to bad behavior; those that need serious psychological and cognitive therapy before they become a stain on their country; those that can’t reach for the sky because they are too entrenched in hell.

The world witnessed what happened at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th and I cannot say loud enough what an embarrassment that was to our country and the level-headed, peaceful citizens who are hopeful for unity and deliverance from an angry, ego-driven President and his mob.

Let me say that I do not hold specific political and religious preferences, or taste in movies and music against anyone. We all have the right to vote as we wish, to worship as we choose and to enjoy the things that bring us happiness. We live in a democracy, one that was built on its people and a history that wasn’t always tasteful.

When America was born, white people owned black slaves, which continued into the late 1800’s, and morphed into the Jim Crow Laws of the south and the redlining of communities all over the country. American Indians were pushed onto reservations, being considered heathens and not worthy of their own freedom. Our country fought a Civil War, which never quite healed from its divide. As a country, we came together to fight two World Wars, but found division on the merits of the Viet Nam War, at a time when the Civil Rights Movement was a continuing effort to end systemic racism.

Of course, there are great moments in American history with the genius of inventors, the inspiration of the liberal arts, the end of public segregation, the promise of medical advancements, the creation of new business, and more. This is “sky’s the limit” territory, the place where we never stop achieving for the good of the community and the country; where good people make life better for all.

What happened on January 6th reflected how low and abhorrent people can be in their own skin. To storm the steps of the Capitol wearing shirts that proclaim six million Jews killed in World War II wasn’t enough, to glorify Auschwitz in the same manner, to go shirtless in the halls of the building with a painted face and Viking hat, and to break windows and put dirty feet on the desk of a political representative convey to me that we have to put a cap on this kind of behavior – quickly, swiftly and justly. These are the type of people that erode democracy, not make it better. If this is their idea of making America great again, they are headed in the wrong direction with a warped sense of thought.

Hey America, the election was not rigged! There is no evidence of huge voter fraud that would sway the results. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won fair and square. The majority of citizens do not want Donald Trump as their President and can you really blame them? I wonder why so many people voted for him and if they still stand by him today, after all that has happened since the election. He has fed the country a lot of bull and many believed him, believed his hateful words, believed the news was fake except if it was on Fox, Covid was going to magically disappear and that the election was stolen. Donald Trump has shown himself to be immoral and unethical and right now, I believe he is psychologically unhinged because he never learned to humbly accept loss. He learned to fire people and call people losers, but cannot stand the thought that a majority of Americans do not want him in the White House. That is how a democracy works – one day you’re in, the next day you’re out because people have the ability to change its leaders with a vote.

Again, I want to say that I don’t care if you vote Republican, Democrat, Independent or other. We’ll continue to have political parties and political differences. What I have a problem with is when a President or other political leader behaves badly and incites division, hate, racism and sedition with an irresponsible use of speech and social media. I have a problem when people condone that behavior. I have a problem when groups like KKK and Proud Boys feel empowered enough to take to the streets with weapons in the name of patriotism. I have a problem when groups of people feel empowered to illegally enter government buildings and vandalize them. I have a problem when individuals within law enforcement treat hate groups better than peaceful BLM protesters. I have a problem when there is continued rhetoric by political leaders and the community at large that encourage continuation of divisive and hateful behavior. I have a problem when people can’t bring themselves to wear a mask and stay socially distanced in the middle of a pandemic because their “leader” has been an irresponsible example. I have a problem with so much right now.

So, yes, I want to scream in the middle of the forest, but decided to ramble here instead. It’s not as noisy and I don’t attract bears.

What I want to leave you with is the understanding that the “sky’s the limit” when it comes to truly making a country great again. Think of what we could be if we became united instead of divided; if we ended systemic racism; if we got a grip on the pandemic so people could go back to work and small businesses could thrive again; if we took care of our planet and loved each and every one of our neighbors; if, by enlightenment, we changed people’s hearts from being selfish and hateful to selfless and loving; if, by education, we formed intelligent, thoughtful opinions that led to great discussion; if we value civilized dialogue instead of hate speech; if we ended poverty and provided health care for everyone. Wouldn’t that truly make America a promised land, one of respect and greatness?

It sounds like a made-up happy ending to a fairy tale right now, but I have continued hope that people and civilization can change if they so choose, with a little determination and a lot of work. We have to be willing to reach past the sky, for the stars, and do it as one people, one community, one nation, under one flag.

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36 responses to #SoCS: Reaching Past the Sky

  1. Dan Antion says:

    This week surely tested our spirit, Mary. It’s so hard to come face to face with the reality that people like this walk among us, to realize how fine a line exists between peace and anarchy. We need to choose better leaders, and we need to give more weight to the character of those leaders. We willingly put a flawed human being in the White House, and this is what we got. We need to do better.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Giving weight to character…exactly, Dan. Not voting for a party but for someone who is moral, upstanding, respects and abides by our Constitution, and who will not incite hatred, racism or insurrection. It’s that simple. The past year has been frightening with hateful people and conspiracy theorists feeling empowered by a President. We can’t do this again, ever.

  2. You and Dan have said it all. “…to realize how fine a line exists between peace and anarchy. We need to choose better leaders, and we need to give more weight to the character of those leaders.” “Not voting for a party but for someone who is moral, upstanding, respects and abides by our Constitution…” Amen.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Judy, I hope our country is waking up to the fact that the fine line was in jeopardy this past week. As a nation, we have to make better decisions with our votes and the people we put in office.

  3. murisopsis says:

    Mary I love this post. Thank you for expressing so well the thoughts of many. The US could be a paradise if we could put aside all the hate and selfishness. Trump’s legacy is not one of making America great but of pulling our democracy down and trampling the constitution. He will certainly be in the history books albeit not as a great leader…

    • bikerchick57 says:

      We have a long way to go to fix the division and ugliness in this country. Too many people are either racist or hate-filled, or they have been brainwashed by the incessant Trump tweets and certain news agencies. There are also those who are so focused on specific issues that they don’t care who the candidate is as long as he or she is of their political party. We have to pull some heads out of the sand, educate children and adults alike, and prosecute those that would subvert our democracy. It’s time to send a clear message that the behavior Trump exhibited the last four years will no longer be tolerated.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Oh Teagan, is there anything I can do to help? Do you need more kitty photos and bad puns and less of the political crapola?

      I have hope and faith that we’ll start to get back on track in 11 days. I suspect that Biden and Harris will not allow or instigate this kind of bad behavior that makes a mockery of our country and with the Dems now in full control, they can undo some of the mess that Trump and his cohorts have created. Think rainbows and unicorns and a better and healthier America by the end of this year.

      Sending love and hugs and a purr or two from Gibbs. ❤ ❤

      • Purrs and puns always help. ❤ I just can't stop being terrified of what might happen on Inauguration Day, even more so now — seeing that the agencies who would protect it are clearly compromised.
        I'll go make more images — that's about the only thing that distracts me enough. LOL.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        I have a feeling that the National Guard will be in force on Inauguration Day, along with a police force that will be told to do their duty against any violent behavior. The head of the Capitol Police and two security officials resigned after Wednesday’s attempted coup and I pray that they are replaced with competent individuals who don’t let their political leanings get in the way.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        I’ll keep praying for their safety and for the Secret Service to take strict security measures.

  4. rugby843 says:

    I agree. For me, it’s all been surreal, from the time he took office and I think I must be in some nightmare.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      In less than two weeks, hopefully we can wake from the nightmare. I am so relieved the Trump era is coming to a close. Four years of surreal has been too much.

  5. JoAnna says:

    Excellent post! You’ve summed up the problems and the hope very well. I appreciate your recognition of historical roots of the division and appreciate even more your vision for the future. It is a scary and confusing time. Let us remember the victories! I am so very thankful the people as a whole have spoken, and that we will have Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our leaders soon. I pray for their safety and the sanity of our people.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks JoAnna. I included a bit of history because it took this past year for me to educate myself on how racially divided we’ve been since before the beginning of our country. When I saw the racist T-shirts against Jews at the Capitol on Wednesday, I wondered how long will it take for us to stop hating others like this. For no real reason other than having been indoctrinated in that thought process. How do we undo this? By example? Education? Not tolerating this kind of behavior? Taking legal action when necessary? A mass injection of cognitive therapy? What will it take? I hope as a country, we can figure this out once and for all and really make this a great place to live.

      • JoAnna says:

        Important questions about how do we undo the hate. All of the above options are worth trying for extended periods, though I’m not sure about the mass injection – I wonder if schools could focus more the difference between facts and feelings/opinions/etc. But schools are already overwhelmed. We can all do some. It’s going to be a long process, but worth every effort.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        I really believe that education that is factual and includes all of history and how our government works would be so helpful to our children. Parents, on the other hand, would do well to involve their children in volunteering and being aware of what’s happening in the community (within reason, considering age).

  6. dweezer19 says:

    Well said Mary. Your words mirror my own frustration, anger and extreme sorrow. We used to have issues and problems to deal with that, due to human nature, were so often much more difficult than necessary. Still, there was discussion, calm or heated, but always tempered by civility. The madman that will soon vacate what was once a sacred house paid for by the people who vote and have a say in what is decided within those walls has had a single agenda that serves no one but himself. This is not a leader. Now we have a tangled mess that will take years to unravel and wounds that will leave scars. Disagreement, discussion, options, coalition and cooperation are what humanity needs to survive. Anyone who believes sheer will and forcing of their ideas upon others ‘or else’ knows nothing of what it takes to be a part of a thriving, successfully peaceful and prosperous family, community, church, administration, organization, marriage, city, town, nation or civilization. Thank you for speaking your truth. 🤗💕

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Well said, Cheryl! Someone made a comment on another blog post that Trump is merely the sign that we have a much bigger issue in this country and I agree. We have so much to work on and I hope and pray that as a people we can get past our insecure, defensive, ill-informed and ill-tempered selves and find a way to harmony. I say if you can’t love other people unconditionally, go find an island and be angry in your own little world. Keep the rest of us out of it.

  7. Lorraine says:

    Sometimes from the worse, comes the better. I am trying to see things in a more positive frame — as you suggest, we have a lot of work to do, but, I like to believe we have the capacity. That good outweighs evil (and we have seen true evil over the last four years culminating with the events this week); that compassion outweighs hatred. That we can have a discussion, a conversation without yelling, name-calling. Trump brought out the lowest common denominator in American society; I agree — Biden and Harris will appeal to a higher sense of ourselves.
    You articulated so much of what I have been feeling — giving voice to my emotions. Thank you.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You’re welcome, Lorraine. Yes, good can outweigh and defeat evil. I’ve been watching Star Wars and Marvel movies and I feel as though we can form an alliance that defeats all of the crap that Trump and his supporters have thrown at us. I do feel angry that our country was taken hostage for four years, but am excited and hopeful for what the next four years could bring. Let’s conjure up a few super heroes to help us along the way!

      • Lorraine says:

        Great idea: superheroes especially for 2021 and the aftermath of trump and his minions!

  8. John Hric says:

    There is no place for political lies. The orange imposter has been telling them all his life. He told the big lie for a year before he was elected. He kept claiming Obama was not born here. He told another big lie as he was elected. That the election was rigged. He said all news that did not come from him that did not praise him was fake news. Even Fox news when they dared criticize him. And Fox news and a whole bunch of radio and talk show hosts have been the lie even before Trump. Yet all of them repeat the lies and a whole lot of people are still buying the lies. Lies whether they support one side or the other need to be called out. If we do not we will continue to have this trouble. You would think that after Wednesday’s events people would come to their senses. However if you tune in the various media I think you will find most of them have not abandoned their lies. To them the election was stolen and the ‘assault’ on Congress and the Vice President was an act of support for the president. Only a very few of his supporters have come to see it for what it really is. I will finish where I started. There is no place for political lies.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      If lies are said often enough and loud enough, day after day after day, it becomes reality for those who want to believe. A form of brainwashing perhaps. And even though some people know it’s wrong, they can’t bring themselves to admit it, as if they would die. Understanding and admitting to lies, admitting one is wrong before it gets out of hand, is honorable and respectable, not a sign of shame or stupidity. It’s always the right thing to do and this country has to learn that lesson. Thanks for your comments and let’s hope that the next four years are full of truths and hope.

  9. LB says:

    I don’t call your words rambling. I call them honest, and of course I agree with them, as have those who have commented. These have been devastating times … horrible for 4 years, unimaginable for 4 months, horrific for 4 days.
    Hoping for better!!!!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m hoping for better too, Laurie. We’ve put up with this horribly bad behavior for far too long. I shudder to think what this country would have become with another four years under Trump.

  10. marianallen says:

    Beautifully put, Mary. It would be a wonderful outcome, if this week woke a whole lot of people up and make them question the truth of the poisonous lied they’ve been told. 😦

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Perhaps some have seen reality, Marian, but I see many on social media who are still supporting Trump, still believing in the lies. My hope is that with a kinder President, a Trump social media ban, and a stronger push against hate groups, we can begin moving toward a gentle and unified path in this country.

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