The last time the government shut down, it was my birthday. Not just any birthday. My thirtieth birthday.
And my brother, my sweet, endearing brother, decided to call me on my birthday.
Except he decided to call me at 8:15 AM when he knew I’d be at work and he could meander into a voicemail.
Death avoidment achievement unlocked.
And if for one minute you are thinking this call was a sweet sibiling serenade of Happy Birthday, you’re hashtag WRONG.
There was something about not putting on my turning signal backing out of the driveway. And something else about not throwing things at the neighborhood kids to get them off of my lawn. OH and the last punchline about what a shame it was that the government was shut down the week I qualified for social security.
And the promise of a brand new bedazzled hover round on its way once my insurance approved it.
There’s a reason his motto is, “I can run faster scared than Allison can mad.”
Brad Shapiro is 200% Little Brother.
And this morning, I knew, I just knew I’d wake up to another one.
Blame being thrown as a hot potato marking everyone’s hands with red hotness.
Not that I know too much, but everyone with red hands is probably in part to blame. Just saying.
And the kicker. The biggest kicker are the facebook posts spewing about how democracts care more about illegal immgrants than “tax paying citizens”.
That last line makes my blood pressure escalate faster than Lucy can run. Which is fast. And furious. And without containment.
Can I just openly admit that I HATE politics and that I DO NOT appreciate the fact that I must participate in such because politicians and ignorance over charter schools has FORCED me to get involved to protect my kids?? Well, if I hadn’t, now you know.
FIRST of all, these are NOT illegal immigrants in the balance. These are INNOCENT CHILDREN brought here by their parents, who were some of the time BORN in America, who would probably invent the cure for cancer if we’d just put our torches and degrading language down.
And YES, Senators DO care about these DREAMERS, because they are the FUTURE of our country.
All I see day after day on social media is how God has been taken out of our country.
And in these posts, in these hate-filled posts degrading immigrants or poor people or gay people or transgender people, then yes. In these hateful words God does not abide.
Let me back peddle here a bit. I am a fourth grade everything teacher, and we focus on the Thirteen Original Colonies, government, and the American Revolution. What’s interesting is that each and EVERY colony was founded on the basis of RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.
They were sick and tired of people telling them where they could worship, how they could worship, and what they could worship.
So they left. Fled. And made a new life.
They literally came over, said a what’s up to the Native Americans living here, and proclaimed they had to leave because since they found the land, it was now theirs.
I mean, there is a Trail of Tears and some incredibly inhumane government proclamations in there too.
Soooo…..how do these people have any less of a right to forge a new life for themselves? Let go of your pitchforks and torches against the dreamers. Letting go of hate is holding onto love.
And as I said earlier, DREAMERS are the future of our country. These are the future environmentalists, the future lawyers, the future scientists, future doctors, future inventors who will change the face of our country and change life as we know it for the better.
This whole matter that a tax paying citizen has more rights than a dreamer is absurd. If this dreamer is never given the opportunity to become a citizen then this argument is null and void.
Sometimes I do long for childhood simplicity. I went to the best elementary school in Arlington, Texas. One of my best friends was a Muslim and one was an Iranian refugee, both who have made profound impacts on our world in their own ways as they grew up. When I went to high school, many classes featured Allison Shapiro in the spotlight as the role of Only White Girl.
And guess how many people cared.
Only one, because he figured out I had a crazy laugh and it was easy to get me to do.
Even as a teacher myself now, in an area with very little diversity, I have taught a few Hispanic kids, all of which worked circles around everyone else. Their work ethic was second to none. One of which I found out received a full scholarship to an Ivy League school. Sounds like a bad hombre to me.
The only evil that exists in immigrants is the ignorance we allow fake news and alternative facts create. And as long as we provide fuel to this hate, God will refuse to live inside of that hate, and therefore yeah, I would say that God is moving away from it. But don’t be so quick to put God in a box.
God raised Jesus from the dead.
God parted the Red Sea.
God turned a stutterer into a hero.
God took an adultering, murderous, filth of a man into a king.
God took the blood of His only son and created our redemption.
But even leaving religion out of it, it still comes back to the fact that this country was founded on the premises of freedom of religion. People do have the freedom to continue being jerks, but people don’t have the freedom to be ignorant. Not with all of the knowledge at our fingertips nowadays.
Our children deserve better.
I sure hope they do better.
So. In the meantime, as senators squabble and our” esteemed” president goes about his tirades that might just get us killed on Twitter, let’s stay sane in an increasingly insane climate.
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