At last we count down to saying good-bye to this no-good, very bad year. For me, 2017 cannot be gone too soon.
I hope the new year brings some positive changes. Here are some I’d like to see in 2018:
A total ban on fireworks. Yes, they are pretty. They also scare the daylights out of animals and many persons with PTSD.
Crimes committed by men against women designated as hate crimes. Domestic violence is not a crime of passion; it’s a man taking out his anger on those less powerful that he claims to love. Rape is not about how women dress or where they go or what they do; it’s a crime of power and control of men against women. And once a man commits one crime against a woman he should be on a watch list and have all his firearms confiscated.
Any woman who promotes racism, bigotry, or misogyny should be publicly shunned just as men are. She’s not doing what her man told her to do; she’s doing what she wants to do and shame on her for doing it.
And anybody that whines about how awful his or her life is because s/he perceives some other group treated better should do something besides watch Fox News and share Russian propaganda online. Go hang out in a homeless shelter for a few days and see how good you’ve really got it.
No more missing cat posts from the UK, which I totally don’t get. I mean, there’s a serial killer of cats running loose in your country, and this killer travels, so why are you leaving your cats outside anyway?
Let’s get big money out of politics. Why should someone’s wealth determine how loud their voice is in government? I have some pretty good ideas myself. So what if I don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars to donate to your campaign fund? Listen to me anyway.
Oh, and speaking of politics, let’s cut out these long, drawn-out campaign seasons. In other countries they campaign for a couple of months. Here in the US it’s all campaign, all the time, even though most of us don’t really pay attention until a month prior to the election.
But the thing I’d most like to see is less fake shit on social media. Remember:
Not every story posted online is true. If the Associated Press hasn’t covered the topic (and they cover everything), I’d be suspicious.
Your family isn’t perfect, and neither are you, so chill on the Photoshop.
Your dogs and/or cats aren’t the most wonderful either; mine are.
If you legitimately have a need, by all means ask. If you are constantly asking for help, I’m more inclined to label you a scammer and ignore you. There are some folks on social media who constantly have their hands out, and they have a host of enablers who will no doubt get pissed about this comment and slam me amongst themselves.
Oh, and for the love of humanity will you PULEEZE look in the photo’s background and see what’s going on before you “like” or “love?” A baby tiger alone and on concrete with metal bars in the background should NOT be normal, so don’t talk about how cute that baby is, and don’t be surprised when people like me call you out for being a clueless twit.
May the new year bring more compassion and common sense. We could use a lot of both.
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.
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