The next few months promise to be interesting. With Black Lives Matter, pro and anti-police factions, and extreme groups on the left and right, the last time I remember the country in a mess was back in 1968. Local politics are as important as national.
What I'm praying for is that people will tone done their anger and communicate with each other. What are the issues that are important to EVERYBODY? How can we as people resolve them? Mainstream does nothing to help clarify anything. I believe that we the people need to speak and take charge, leader, or no leader.
The elite on both sides sees this as a sideshow in which they are jerking us around with nonsense and empty promises. No more! Many of these so-called leaders are an embarrassment to the country and the constituency they allegedly represent. I'm happy I don't have power because if I did, EVERYBODY WOULD BE DISMISSED!
Talk of defunding the police has ramped up in the wake of George Floyd's death in May. In a number of cities, moves are being made to defund or, in some cases, dismantle the police force. Is this a good idea?
From my vantage point, this is a bad idea that will hurt law-abiding citizens. I agree that the police have become militarized and this needs to stop. Peaceful protestors have treated roughly like violent criminals. Peaceful protest is a right people have. My objection is that there are over 30 thousand gangs throughout the country. What's going to stop them from wreaking havoc our neighborhoods. Here in New York, shootings have increased. Innocent people are being hurt or killed.
Bad cops need to be weeded out of the police force. If they commit a crime they should be prosecuted. I don't know what the police budget is but I believe efficient policing would serve the public better. Stop and frisk was a bad idea because of a lot of innocent people (mostly people of color) being targeted and harassed. I also believe that defunding the police to divert money to social programs seems good on the surface but it's 'robbing Peter to pay Paul', something New York politics is notorious for. Perhaps all of the cities services need to be reviewed and revamped.
Defunding the police is a bad idea because it will hurt all of us in the long run. The change will need to come from the public as well as the police department. The men and women in blue have a tough job and I pray for them and their families. I pray for all the families who have lost loved ones through violence. It's time people get serious about REAL reform. Defunding the police will hurt all of us in the long run.
COVID 19 has made me change a few things in my life. It's forced me to look inside. Where I am now. Where do I want to go when all this is over. I have noticed the change in my poetry writing. I have written things some very personal things I am feeling that that moment. This has never been easy for me because of my introvert demeanor.
As a queer person, I'm challenged to keep exploring and keep seeking. Say and write the things that are deep inside me. Not all of these thoughts are related to gender and sexuality. I do take life from the perspective of a queer trans person and have, in some instances, turned my world upside down. The complexity of my feelings is both exhilarating and challenging.
I'm not at liberty to share much at this time because the process is ongoing. This reminds me of the early days of my transition. While this is challenging it is not stressful. Something wonderful will be coming out in my future writings.