I have been reading ATS for many years, and have never felt the need to post until now.
I am an American and I do love where I live. My dad fought for our country for 20 years, and started his own business for the rest of his life. My
mom was educated but chose to raise 3 boys. One brother chose the productive life in the military and the other chose to put himself through college
and is leading a productive civilian life. I chose to get an education, get a job and never looked back. The decisions by each of us were based on a
Military Dad, heavily religious and conservative republican parents, in a medium income. My parents cared about us and the community they were in and
taught us not about their personal views but about how to take care of ourselves and others we meet along the way.
I am middle aged, 3 boys, married for over 20 years. We do struggle once in awhile but we pull out of it with hard work, tightening our own belts,
the help of family, co-workers, neighbors and our church if needed.
I do put in 60 hours a week, but I always have my weekends off and enjoy 3 weeks off every year. If my work needs me on a weekend or to postpone a
vacation I will gladly do it and I have in the past. Why? They deserve it because they chose me to be employed with them. And there were 500
candidates to choose from. I am honored.
I have healthcare for my family and always have due to the companies that my wife and I have worked for. It was never free, there always a cost that
I have to pay even now.
I have been to Taiwan, Germany, China and just about every state in the US.
When I travel I do talk to people and find out about them, their likes and dislikes. For the majority most love where they live and love the fact
that the USA exist due to them receiving and getting business.
The worst place I have been is a town in California and a town in Taiwan, the best place I have been are another town in California and one in
Germany. This is based on personal opinion not fact.
Most people except where they live and what they do without searching and going to another journey.
I have worked hard to be where I am at today; I do not consider myself a sheeple my choices were my choices. I do vote at every election (I get some
and some I don’t), if I feel strongly on a certain policy or candidate, I will learn more about it or them, and either help try to change it or
except it. We raise our boys the best we can but the direction I give them is based on what I was taught growing up and other lessons I have learned
from all sources. I am raising them to have their own minds and open the doors for anyone that needs a hand. I am also raising them to fight for
what they want and whatever they chose keep fighting for it.
We have family members and friends who have not been so lucky, but we help them the best we can by financial means and by our support. I personally
know people that want everything handed to them without putting in effort; they are now the same age that I am, and they are complaining about the US
and who is in office and not being able to get healthcare and not having a job. It is tiresome to listen to someone who doesn’t even try. If you
give them a leg up, it goes to something else and the complaining continues. They have made their decisions and I cannot force them to change, they
need to commit and change by their own doing. I will be there for them when they have proven they have changed.
Our city (and most do) have financial assistance and food programs to help our citizens in need... you have to look for them – work hard to find
them and then apply to receive them. You cannot just expect to sit on your butt and expect everything to come knocking at your door.
I love political and religious debate, but I do have a sign as you enter my door that says “You are welcome in my house but if you enjoy my booze
you cannot talk about politics or religion” The reason I have the sign is due to experience , I shut it down because it doesn’t mix well. I
associate the Internet as booze; you can freely talk without being held accountable until you have developed relationships on the internet or on ATS.
Where ever you live, you need to try to succeed in work and in life, and know that you affect everyone one around you good and bad. I live my life
how I chose but also know that their will be ramifications. I can’t imagine not wanting to work hard, I am driven and that drive comes from my
ancestors both living and not.
1. I am not going to run away from my home due to hard times or a change in an opinion. I am going to continue to work hard to keep and maintain my
home, if it is within my means. This helps my community, my state, and my country.
2. I am not going to run away from my country due to hard times or a change in an opinion. I am going to work hard to live with (or fight against) and
work within the current administrations policies and current world events. This helps my community, my state, my country and possibly the world.
3. Change is good; it keeps you vibrant and keeps you thinking. 4 more years of any president would not have benefitted any group (with certain
beliefs). I do have exceptions... but only my opinion and only one comes to mind.
4. No change? Sounds like a place that would be rather boring and we would never make any progress.
5. Humans need to learn and progress, each individual can make a difference as long as they communicate and not send out information that is only
directed at one group.
6. Reality is we dictate what our economy is doing and it is a reflection upon us, we are the majority force that makes the economy live and die.
Here is a current link to the US economy one specifically on the std. of living. It also has a link to International Economics.
Here is another one
This is a link that I enjoy for the national record keeping of the US.
This is my one sided personal view, but read again I am not telling you what to do I am only telling you that I love this country.
There are many other web sites that you can visit that tell of our history and the history of other countries. I could not find any factual websites
that know the future.
Thanks and I apologize if it is long winded and not grammatically correct.