So, if you follow and read, you know that I am doing commercial work in film and video. I am not trying to build an ad agency, or even a company. I would love to work for a company so I could do what I do and not worry about the “business” end of it. The fact remains, until I get said job, I have to conduct myself as a business, and in a business like manner.
That said, I am a person of opinion. Really, aren’t we all? Even if you say nothing, that is still your opinion: to sit back silently and hope that the monsters go away without your involvement. Allowing yourself to continue on with your life, because that is way more important than changing the world, being aware, or even giving a crap. Giving a crap takes work. Giving someone crap is much easier.
So I have an opinion, and as someone who is trying to sell themselves to work, I imagine I am to be formless, of no opinion, so as to be general enough to be hired by any or by all. Sterile in who I am or how I may believe. To be honest, I don’t sit well with that, which leads me to the following pieces of pure opinion.
What the hell is wrong in the world? I really don’t know. I am greatly disappointed in all of us. So we invaded a country 8 years ago with the thought that they may have dangerous stuff. They used that dangerous stuff on their own people, but if they used that on us…well, we better invade just to be on the safe side. Not to mention that country we invaded a year and a half before that. They were bad tenants, but as a nation and an ideology, we had supported them for a long time. Now we fight two wars in places that we didn’t need to fight wars.
Then, there are the people that were much worse than those two countries, and we don’t intervene. In fact, we found ways to support and bolster them as to not tarnish our relations and to keep our oil or other goods flowing. We became nation builders in nations that were biting the hand that fed them. All the while, leaving others behind while confusing their ideologies with ours, creating a mix a broken religions, broke social constructs, and broke economies.
Now we see the people of these lands rising up, fighting their oppression as best they can, most without good supplies or weapons, or the training to fight an army. Why aren’t we helping. We went in when no one wanted us, and we stand back and watch when they dead pile up. France opposed us going into the first two countries, as did most of Europe, but we ran in there anyway. Now we see these dictators striking against their own people, and we don’t step up. France wants to. FRANCE. FRANCE wants to step up and we are pansies about it. FRANCE! What the hell. When France steps up and wants to take action and we are lagging, there is something really wrong with that.
Westboro Baptist Church has won a court battle in which they can legally picket funerals. They can picket and yell and scream and tell you that your child or your parent or someone that you love is dead because America lets gays run the country and god hates you for it. First off, the gays aren’t running anything except in the shadows. LGBT folks are still in hiding, still living in shame, because we won’t let them live without it simply because they love someone. So thinking that they are a secret Illuminati faction is wildly imaginative at best. Secondly, if you are a Jesus fan, he kind of told us that everyone is forgiven with that whole second act book he did. It’s called the New Testament. It’s the one you are adhering to when you are ignoring the stoning of women and the death for those eating shellfish parts of the Old Testament. You see, people are judgy – we judge. A lot. Even when your really nice god says “Hey, don’t do that. Kinda my job. You don’t get to see all the things I do, so, yeah, knock that shit off.”
The argument is should it be allowed, by law, to let people like those slack jaws to picket at the funeral of anyone dead? My question is, why does there have to be a law when we should be socially scrutinizing the people that exercise their first amendment rights. If we, as Americans, were paying attention, we would picket these people into enough humiliation as to get them to never picket another funeral.
You want to know the best parts of all of this? OK, I’ll tell you so you can see where my logic takes me. WBC is located in Topeka, Kansas. They have about 100 followers, almost all are family relation. While their congregation is small, the Phelps are loaded. They spend tons of money on advertisements, trips to picket, and lots of cash to spend on court hearings. You see, the Phelps have a law firm in Topeka. They are known as the Go-To people in Topeka. While most people claim to not hold with the values of the WBC, they do believe in the Phelps ability to get them off the hook and defend them on legal matters. So the Phelps make a killing in defending people willing to pay. Here is the kicker folks. If you are giving the Phelps money, you support them – END OF STORY. IF you are willing to pay for them but don’t agree with their ideology, it means that you simply don’t care where your money goes as long as you are off the hook. If you give your money to people who are, in turn, funding terrorism, you are looked at as a contributor to the financial success of those terrorists. Why is that not the case with these bastards?
Really, people of Topeka? You are ok giving your money to them. I would never, ever give money to something like that. I don’t give my money to WalMart because I don’t like what they do. Every single penny that any person has ever spent on the Phelps and on WBC is blood money toward picketing innocents and bravery. Every single person they have picketed was brave and/or innocent. Why are we not socially extracting these people like the cancer they are?
Now I wait to see if anybody thinks that I shouldn’t work for them or with them because I had to get some stuff off my chest.
I’m sure there is more to come.