Donald Trump is actually running for the Republican Presidential nomination, and I am just as shocked as anyone to see that he is legitimately following through with this proposed plan to be the next president. Trump is a famous businessman and pseudo-celebrity, who is known for having a loud mouth and speaking his “mind,” and while that works from a television standpoint, it is not exactly the ideal persona for the President of the United States. Donald Trump has more skeletons than anyone who has ever attempted to be president, and he is not even trying to hide them. Trump is trying to appeal to a section of the country that is fed up with being “politically correct’ and he seems to be succeeding mightily, but I feel as though this is all a huge social experiment or plot. It is clear that many people are tired of politicians so people like Trump are getting more attention than necessary, but can anyone honestly believe the ideas he is proposing? Some of the policies Trump speaks of directly violate the constitution and can be seen as extremely inflammatory. I understand that there are many that share views with “the Donald,” but in order for the country to succeed most people would have to agree with the leader, at least at the start of his campaign. I don’t think Donald Trump is honestly serious about his presidential run, because above all else, he is a businessman. This candidacy has brought enough publicity to fuel Trump’s interests for the next few decades, and the odd and sometimes outlandish opinions he has expressed have galvanized many to speak their minds. Trump knows this country is not a personal business, so I’m sure he will just continue to use politics to further his net worth before dropping out of the race, holding the affection of an impressionable voter base and the ability to give a huge endorsement.
I have never understood why some people are so enamored with conspiracy theories. I understand that some of these theories are quite interesting, but I have never seen the value of believing or even following these notions. My basic stance on conspiracy theories is that they are useless to anybody that is not directly effected by the event to which they pertain. Conspiracy theorists general bury themselves in the issues they feel are being covered up, and they ignore any other opinions on an event or idea. I know that these individuals fully believe they are correct on a situation, but it is unhealthy to continue to push an issue that most people just don’t care about. Most conspiracy theories are ignored by many because they solve nothing, if a conspiracy is proved to be true, it leads to many questions but never a solution. Conspiracies have been around almost as long as civilization, and while some have been proven true, the number of proven conspiracies pales in comparison to those that are still up in the air. I have never fully jumped on the bandwagon of any conspiracy, and while I have heard of some that seem plausible, I understand that a conspiracy will never lead to any type of positive change or solution. I will continue to respect those who believe these ideas, but as for me, I will stick to getting my news from the hilariously unreliable news media.
Over the past few months there has been a number of news reports about a flood of refugees populating European countries. While it is clear that these refugees are leaving their countries due to the damages of war, the citizens of the occupied countries are becoming quite unwelcoming. The entire continent of Europe seems to be experiencing a case of xenophobia as many people fear the idea of a coming “Islamic influence.” The refugees who have been marching through Hungary and trying to get to other EU nations, are former citizens of war torn Syria, Egypt, and other middle eastern countries, who are trying to flee the ideology wars going on in their country. Many citizens of European Union countries who don’t want to entertain the presence of these refugees due to fear are not even realizing the type of fear that comes with fleeing from a war zone. I know that many countries have reached out and decided to take on some of the refugees, but I don’t feel as though it is enough to just take them in, people need to be accepted and truly welcomed. Many of the refugees are not willing to stay in Hungary because they are trying to find a place were they can live, work, and thrive, and it seems like in Hungary they will always just be refugees. I know that many EU countries have pledged to take on and support a number of these travelers, but until they understand that these people are looking to be accepted into a new home, the refugees will continue to move until they find a peaceful place.
The United States presidential election is right around the corner, and that means everyone has suddenly become a world renowned political genius. Politics is one of those topics that it is just best to steer clear of when it comes to relationship building. It is incredibly rare to see more than two people agree on multiple different political issues these days, and these small differences in opinion usually lead to huge arguments. I don’t think I have ever seen two people ever amicably discuss their differences when locked in an intense political debate. I don’t mean to say that politics can not be spoken about in a cordial and sensible manner, but I have never seen a political debate end until one individual’s voice gets a bit too loud. I have my own political views, but unless I decide to run for office, I generally keep them to myself. In my opinion most people should just leave politics to the politicians, too many people view their political party as they view their favorite athletic team, and frankly, it just isn’t that simple. There are too many variables in a political argument, and most politicians are most likely going to change their stance on an issue several times before a vote, so arguing for or against any candidate is quite pointless this early in the race. Political talk can be very divisive, and at times uncomfortable to those who are observing the argument, so please, if you feel you must have a debate, it is best to keep as calm as possible and remember, many of these politicians don’t hold as strong a view on an issue as their constituents think they hold.
Have you ever come to a point where you know you have to start over, but you have put in too much work to really consider the move? Every once in a while we are faced with circumstances that are complicated, to say the least, and our only choices are to continue trudging through the muck of a terrible situation, or to turn back seemingly to start over. I tend to be the type of person who just won’t quit, even when the chips are stacked against me I like to see a battle through. While it is not fun fighting a losing battle, it is immensely rewarding to come away with a success after it seemed like it was impossible to win. Past victories in the face of defeat are why tenacious individuals press on even when it seems they can not win, but even when you are just being resilient, pride can cause ultimate defeat. There is a difference between being resilient and prideful, and those who can distinguish between the two know when it means they must turn around before they can come back to face a situation differently. Sometimes making a 180 does not mean quitting, when you turn away from a situation it is to come back with a better solution. Even in war, the term retreat does not mean to give up, it is a tactic used to escape with enough resources to win the war at a later time, when you have sured up your strategy. Everyone needs to take the time to evaluate all of the obstacles they face in life, if a battle is too hard, perhaps taking a 180 on the situation to regroup is the best course of action, and the fastest way to ultimate victory.
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
Peace is a period of harmony or accord between social groups and countries. Throughout the history of man, there are actually very few if any short periods of peace. Albert Einstein’s quote hits on the major issue that hinders peacefulness, that is the use of force to try and foster peace. Peace is something that everyone on earth is searching for, but we are forgetting one of the major necessities for peace. In a war for peace, as oxymoronic a term as that is, there is no chance for understanding because way too much force is used, and in protests many fight to be understood but are met with undue force. Humans need to work better to understand one another, understanding does not mean agreeing with everything others do or say, understanding is taking time to listen to the concerns of others before drawing conclusions. In order for peace to be attained people must put aside their differences and get to know their adversary, perhaps we are all more similar than we think and peace is only a long talk away.
Politics has blotted out the existence of compassion and common decency in this country. The U.S. has a huge problem when it comes to doling out proper blame for a terrible situation. Yesterday, there was a terrible terrorist attack committed in a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Nine people were killed by a horrible person who obviously wanted to bring fear and destruction into what is supposed to be a peaceful place, but all the media wants to talk about is mental health and gun control. I have an opinion on the issues this tragedy brings forth, but I don’t think now is the time to talk about those issues. A person who committed this awful act will be turned into a poster boy for why we need more psychiatrists or less guns, but this man is a killer and a terrorist. Politicians need to stop trying to play sides on these issues, when we have a clear threat to the people of this nation who is being label as just a misguided soul who should not have been sold a gun. I understand that there are plenty of people in this country with various mental health illnesses, but I think that conversation should be ongoing, rather than used as a go to excuse anytime a criminal acts dangerously. The tragedy in Charleston should be a wake up call to politicians and the media, we need to look at the problem and work on a solution, instead of pushing political platforms. The country must come together as one to pray and show support for the city of Charleston, and the families who have lost loved ones. Politicians are way too focused on votes, and in a time like this I would love to see some humanity as we try to understand what exactly is happening in this country.
Nothing says excess like a new mall, throughout the world giant malls and shopping centers are being built up in order for developers and architects to show the mastery of their craft, but I think the malls of today are generally overkill. I love the idea of going to one location in order to purchase everything I need, but I don’t think I need to walk by seven jewelry stores in order to pick up a new pair of jeans. Malls are popping up everywhere and they are by in large all made from the same template, developers place large department stores on each end, throw in every major jeweler available, and sprinkle in a couple of gourmet pretzel stands to entice hungry shoppers to forgo their diets. I guess the best thing about a mall is the fact that there is always familiarity no matter how far from home you get, but I feel as though the sheer amount of malls in one city can have a negative effect on the business owners in the city. I get that malls are convenient, and that they bring plenty of money into their host cities, but there have been at least three newly opened malls within my borough over the last two years, that is an outrageous stat considering the general state of the economy. These newly opened malls have created several low wage jobs, but money must be spent within a mall for it to survive. The proximity of these malls is a threat to the malls, and to the people who work within them. It seems as though the efforts that are currently being made to drive economic growth have a clear expiration date, and it is becoming apparent that malls, while convenient, may just be a bandage on an ever growing wound that needs immediate urgent care.
I didn’t think I would be writing about FIFA two times within the span of a week, but there have been some interesting developments in the international soccer world. Today, newly reelected FIFA president, Sepp Blatter announced he will be resigning from his position after 17 years in power. The news of Blatter’s resignation comes hot on the heels of allegations that his top lieutenant has been indicated in the bribery scandal that has been in the news. The news of the resignation all but solidifies the notions that Blatter not only knew of the money switching hands, but possibly received some money for allowing his organization to run in such a controversial way. Last week, after Blatter won his bid for reelection, he made a speech in which he stayed far away from the controversy and tried to proclaim a new season for FIFA, but now that we know his right hand man was part of the scandal he is trying to completely remove himself for the troubles of the organization. It is kind of funny that the changes in FIFA that Blatter spoke of in his speech will now include a change in president, but this organization needed to go in a different direction and quickly. I am actually extremely happy about the possibilities of real change coming to FIFA, the organization has been run the same way my whole life and there was never any reason to correct the issues, now with a new, Blatter free FIFA, soccer may get more modern regulations. As for Blatter, I don’t think his resignation will have any effect on this investigation. On Friday he was asked if he going to resign from his position as FIFA president and he stated, “Why would I step down? That would mean I recognise that I did wrong.” Well he has now stepped down and essentially claimed he is in the wrong, I expect this investigation to go on, and unfortunately for Blatter it may not end until he is in handcuffs.
Recently, there has been much news coverage of rampant corruption in the upper ranks of FIFA, which is the organization in charge of regulating the sport of soccer worldwide. Reports show that the corruption involves bribery to the tune of over 150 million dollars in order to secure broadcast rights and possibly the rights to host the World Cup tournament. This is not the first time FIFA officials have been in trouble for corruption, but this is big news since it comes on the heals of the designation of Qatar as host of the 2022 World Cup. The 2010 vote that gave Qatar the World Cup has been under scrutiny for years for several reasons, for one this country is in the desert so the average temperatures are well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and another is the fact that this tiny country has plenty of money to give out if need be, to potential voters. I don’t want to speculate that bribery was a part of Qatar’s World Cup 2022 designation, but many people are unhappy with that decision, and feel as though money was involved. One country that seems to be extremely upset with the choice of Qatar for the World Cup is the country that seemed to be front runner to get the tournament that year, the United States. I sense a hint of “saltiness” on the part of the U.S. since our country was spearheading the efforts for a revote, and not surprisingly has led the investigation into FIFA corruption. I understand that corruption is terrible, and that the currency passed in these illegal transactions was American dollars, but I just can’t shake the feeling that this investigation is personal. I can not condone the actions of the FIFA executives that took bribes, but I do think the U.S. came down with an extremely heavy hand. I guess this whole episode can be used as a lesson, if you slight a powerful adversary, prepare to face powerful retaliation. I don’t think FIFA will change much since they just reelected the same president, but I do hope they learn their lesson and act more ethically in the future.