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The weather is sunny, the grass is green and the roses are blooming, but as I watch the news and read the paper, I become sad at the violence, poverty and brutality in the world we live. I worry because income inequality is staggering, education and infrastructure are crumbling and moneyed interests are taking over our democratic process.  

Just as Rome had its glory days and rose to world prominence, its lavish lifestyle for the few contributed to its fall. Corruption and the improper use of power by the Roman leaders and the courts, along with a decline in innovation of ideas and products, took its toll on Rome and caused a once strong empire to collapse.  As we become more of a two-class society, question the religious freedoms of those who aren’t Christians, and spend heavily on military defense funding numerous wars, we are neglecting the values that made our country great and are setting ourselves up for a fall much like the Romans.

As I was reading the good news that 60 of the 300 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped had escaped the terrorist organization Boko Haram, I couldn’t help but feel sadness for those still in captivity. I struggle to understand why Islamic extremists and others want to keep young women from an education that would help them and their country get out of poverty.

I’m sad about the three Israeli teenagers killed, and the Palestine teen killed. I wish the Middle East could find a way to live together in peace, rather than to spend so much human, intellectual and monetary resources on war. Today, as the missiles fly and war rages on with Hamas, I watch as the body count of dead and wounded on both sides mount. The misery these families are suffering is immeasurable, and for what?

I’m sad for the way we treat our veterans when they return from war…that they don’t receive proper and timely medical attention. With veteran suicide rates on the rise, our country needs to provide better support to those who fight for our freedom.

I’m sad about the 50,000 immigrant children on the border who were living with terrible violence and poverty. They made the hard choice to leave their families and homes and risk migration to the U.S. in hope of finding a better life. Yet Speaker Boehner won’t even take up the bi-partisan bill that passed the Senate a year ago. Republicans harp on the immigration problem but, they don’t work to find a solution.

I’m sad that three people are killed and seven are wounded in America every hour by a gun, yet Congress is more concerned about what the NRA wants, than what Americans desire. Congress continues to support minimal background checks, assault weapons and large magazine clips, rather than sensible gun regulations.  

I’m sad our world is being compromised. Fracking is destroying our clean water and causing destructive earthquakes, and global warming is melting our glaciers, yet Republicans deny climate change. They refuse to spend money to fix potholes, crumbling roadways and deteriorating bridges, many of which were damaged by extreme weather.

I’m sad that Republicans have no math skills and can’t figure out that if you raise the minimum wage, more people will have money to spend, more products will be sold and more jobs will be created…thus everyone wins.

I’m sad this SCOTUS is no longer an impartial, non-partisan and constitutional viable entity.

I’m sad that Hobby Lobby doesn’t think my religious belief is as important as theirs, and that a boss should have the right to decide personal and medical choices for its women employees.

I’m sad that racism is still a major component of the hatred in this country. Having a black president has brought out the worst this country has to offer, not the best.

I’m sad that equality for same-sex marriage is still not accepted by many and that some believe sexual preference is a choice that can be cured by therapy.

I’m sad that Republicans think the only way they can win is by cheating: Gerrymandering, suppressing the vote, shortening early voting, changing laws on registration, demanding photo IDs, etc.

I’m sad Congress requires millions of dollars be spent on reports they probably don’t even read and continue to rehash things that have been decided like the Affordable Care Act, Benghazi, IRS, etc. Each year this costs taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, and our land thousands of trees.

I’m sad compromise is no longer part of our government, and that majority rule isn’t the law of the land anymore. America has become an oligarchy where the wealthy few rule, rather than a democratic republic where the laws were created to help the masses.

While I love our country, I’m sad my children and grandchildren won’t have the same opportunities their ancestors had to succeed in America.

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  •  Yep, me too. (2+ / 0-)
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    Mopshell, zmom

    All of the above.

    •  I'm also of the "all the above" category. (2+ / 0-)

      In addition, I'm angry-sad that the DC court has just ruled to defund the ACA. It took just two unelected, unaccountable people to throw millions of Americans into turmoil, not knowing if their treatments will continue now, fearful that they are about to face massive premium hikes which they can't afford, despairing of keeping the healthcare they bought via the federal exchange. Let's see the Republican monsters crow about that.

      Please note that lamps in the Magic Lamp Emporium are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

      by Mopshell on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 10:13:28 AM PDT

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  •  Yes, these last few weeks have been particulary (2+ / 0-)
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    Naniboujou, fumie

    heavy to process.  My only offering is that when I start really feeling the weight of the world's pains I step out very consciously into nature, allowing its beauty and wonders to lift some of that weight away.

  •  I'm sad too. (0+ / 0-)

    All of the above.

    Some days it is so hard for me to even function. I have felt like that this past week.

    Hope you don't mind, but this song helps me move past it.

    "If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading."- Lao-Tzu

    by Pakalolo on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 10:19:30 AM PDT

  •  I am sad about racism, but not sad that a person (0+ / 0-)

    of color becoming President has exposed an issue so many had considered over and done.
    This President has managed to keep his cool when the slings and arrows of Racism have been used as weapons against him.
    He is the most threatened President of modern time, yet he has never let it show in his demeanor or his actions.
    He has been a President for all constituencies, but has used his bully pulpit to raise money and consciousness toward many critical minority issues.
    We have 3 Supreme Court Justices that are female and against almost impossible odds, he has managed to track down terrorists and divest ourselves of two wars the previous Administration was unable to.
    He, with the help of some selfless legislators, has managed to begin the long journey toward universal health care.
    There have been many challenges thrown at his feet and it has frustrated many as to how he has reacted or the lack of reaction, yet he manages to return to those issues at a much more advantageous time and thereby accomplishes more.
    Right now he is faced with a legacy of his predecessor, 50K children inundating the border and what to do.
    There are some here who cry the children are in kennels, I would like to know where we are set up for this many unvaccinated children. They are not all in "Kennels", but they are getting food and medical attention.
    The President is asking Congress for power to expedite the deportation, which is taking a reality and forcing the answer to come from a majority of the House.
    It would be different if there were citizens lining up to be foster parents or someplace else to place them. So far, nothing.
    These children are refugees of governments and a foolish drug war, all kindled by previous NeoCon Administrations.
    We even have Congress worshiping a Russian Dictator and calling President Obama a traitor who should be impeached.

    "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

    by Cruzankenny on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 10:33:06 AM PDT

    •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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      Especially sad that those who consider themselves American patriots praise Putin over Obama. That is more about what traitors do than patriots.

      Obama had two major problems. Bush left the country and foreign policy a mess, which he had to clean up. And second, he has the worst House who won't pass or do anything. He has accomplished a lot considering the obstacles the GOP have created.

      I'm sad thinking about where we could be if the GOP would help rather than hinder. America could have a thriving economy, with infrastructure being fixed, everyone covered by healthcare, innovation and energy making strides. Very sad the GOP care about their special interested money people, not the American people who elected them.

      Vote them out of office in 2014 and 2016.

      •  The House of Representatives majority do not (0+ / 0-)

        vow allegiance to the country they are supposed to serve. It is the Koch Brothers or Grover Norquist that command their allegiance.
        They talk of impeachment, but they should be looking at the mirror when they speak.
        There are also a bunch of fools voting for one party and another group, lazier than these fools, who don't vote.
        Unfortunately, the vote is not important enough to the people for whom it means the most. All it takes is a little obstacle like a picture ID to keep people from the polls. Those people should be purged so we could get a better idea of who is voting.

        "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

        by Cruzankenny on Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 05:43:43 AM PDT

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  •  There a lot of things to be sad about, (0+ / 0-)

    sometimes more than others - and this is a time when there is a LOT of sadness.

    Therefore I go out of my way to find & share things to feel good about. Because otherwise I would drown in the sadness and thereby render myself ineffective.

    This is one of the most recent, and deepest, things to feel good about. It's from Twitter, and you don't need a twitter account to see the posts at this link:

    #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies

    Some samples:

    My crafts are 100% Hobby-Lobby Free! Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 12:22:17 PM PDT

  •  I think I suffer more.. (0+ / 0-)

    from anger than sadness. When I feel a burning hatred towards people I don't even know, the problem is no longer them..it's me. How I view the world and my life is my choice, and fear, whether for myself or others is a truly wasted emotion, sapping all my energy. Somewhere I read...maybe Thoreau.."no matter how mean your life is, you have to lean into it."  which leads me to the fact that wherever there is life...there is life...laughter, love, joy,..all that stuff we humans experience. Who's to say who has a 'better' life?  

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