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You May Say I’m a Dreamer, But I’m Not the Only One

Updated on May 27, 2013

What does the future hold for our children?

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It's Tragic...

With the recent Boston Marathon bombing there has been an outpouring of emotions. People all over the place are saddened, outraged or a combination of the two. It is a tragedy, it is the tragedy of today, there were other tragedies yesterday and there will be more tragedies tomorrow. Does this have to be accepted as a part of life today? Well, I don’t want that part; they can keep it!

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Be who you are, not who you think you should be.

Everyone has their own thoughts, feelings, concerns, reservations, passions, etc. Sometimes we will have a common bond and when we do, that’s great! When our beliefs don’t match, that’s okay too and we shouldn’t shy away from them. I think there is a huge misconception that we should either run with the traffic or jump in front of it and neither will get us anywhere. Too often I see people fall victim to the “agree with everything your neighbor says, as to not create conflict or appear more likeable”. All that does is creates a false ally for a purpose that you don’t agree with. Your neighbor will assume you have their back on an issue that you really have no business fighting for if you don’t necessarily agree with it. Secondly, you’ll be wasting time on something you don’t want when you could be working toward something you do want. The other poor practice is feeling the need to jump in front of traffic. People often think that if they disagree with an issue they must go out of the way to scream it from the rooftops even when the people in the streets are plugging their ears. Don’t get me wrong, persistence and ambition are great, but there is a time and a place. There really is no need to walk up to the old lady in the grocery store and start screaming your political rants to her, she probably doesn’t care, she wasn’t expressing her opinion on the matter and she certainly didn’t ask for your point of view. When there is a place or time that your issues are the topic, whether it be within a group of people, online or in the presence of one of your legislators, then by all means, voice your opinion. If you debate just to debate then again, you’re wasting your time that you could be spending debating where it might actually make a difference.

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World Peace? Ha ha ha

We can write letters to our senators and we can go to the voting booths on election days, we can complain to our friends and family about what’s wrong with the world, government and politics, sure some of those things might bring a positive outcome, but more than likely they will just be drops in the bucket.

International Day of Peace is September 21st, what about the other 364 days of the year; I’d like peace then too! I say screw International Day of Peace, how about International Lifetime of Peace? I’m not a hippie, I don’t hug trees and I don’t save puppies every day, but shouldn’t it be a natural human desire to live in a peaceful environment or does this make me an irrational, overemotional female? Well, think about who has a more pathetic outlook; the person criticizing me because I want to live in a place and time of peace and equally want to share that with my neighbors or me for thinking that it’s a great goal to have?


Why can't somewhere over the rainbow be tomorrow?

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Will you still love me tomorrow?

Honestly, I am proud of how we come together as a people when we experience such tragedies as the Boston Marathon bombing, but I’m saddened as well. Why does it take tragic events for us to come together? Why do we stop fighting against each other and start fighting together when these things happen? Why shouldn’t we, why can’t we live this way every day? I can't stand that my neighbor blows his leaves in my yard with his silly leaf blower. I think the lady who lives down the street and lets her dog crap on my lawn is an idiot. The neighbor kid who doesn't realize he's thirty and drives up my village streets at 60 miles per hour while kids ride their bikes is a moron. When tragedy strikes, we all comfort each other, but any other day of the year we have no use for each other.

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Obviously we have some problems!

I don’t want to focus on the negatives but we can’t avoid them. Why do we have children dying of starvation here, in America but send money to feed people in foreign countries? Why does someone who has worked every day of their life since high school and becomes so physically disabled that their quality of life has severely decreased but that can’t get help from our wonderful government and if they are lucky enough to, it only comes after a long, stressful battle? Why is it that his neighbor has 5 kids and a drug dealing boyfriend, driving around in Escalades, watching Digital Cable, eating like kings and sporting gold all over their bodies get to collect Food Stamps and all other kinds of assistance from the government? Why is it that we either have to live in fear because horrible tragedies happen every day and no one seems to have a solution or we pretend that we don’t live in fear and pretend that we don’t worry if our children are in the wrong place at the same time because we never know when another tragic event will strike? Why do we work every day of our lives in good jobs just to hand our tax dollars over to empty promises? Why do we need to use our money to replace the muffler on our car that has broken lose because the taxes that we pay for rebuilding/repairing roads was misallocated?

Why? Part of the problem is that we have people running our country and representing us that quite frankly, don’t care about our needs, wants or concerns. We sit back and watch the guys with the big money pave their candidates way to office and then we get more comfortable and sit back to watch these people who make it into office repay their “funders” favors for the entirety of their terms. The only way we're going to see major changes in politics is if we put the right people there, people like you or people that will fight for people like you. As long as money is involved and money fuels the campaigns, then this will always be a problem. We need to take money out of the equation. Why do we need money for someone to decide they want to become a part of bettering our country? They only use money now to fund running around begging people for their votes. Well, if money wasn't involved and they stood nothing to gain from empty promises and truly wanted to make a difference and it was obvious in their words and actions, then they wouldn't need to travel around begging for votes; the votes would be pooring in. Imagine one election where everyone had a fair shot, an election where how much money you have or money you've raised would mean nothing?

While we stand by and watch nothing happen or decide to become a part of changing things, the least we can do is come together. We should not wait for tragedies but recognize that we want our children and our grandchildren to have a better life than we do. If I died tomorrow and my children became adults in the world as it is now, then I have failed them.

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      CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

      Well, I've got to hand it to you, Cat, you sure have a way with words and you have a wonderful way of expressing yourself. As always, you are insightful, thoughtful and articulate. Well done!!!

      You made many wonderful points and I cannot find one area where we are in disagreement, so I am afraid you are "preaching to the choir".

      Indeed, why can't we come together each and every day instead of being largely polarized except in times of calamity or tragedy? This same scenario is often played out on the home-front as well.

      It is not uncommon for people to treat their family members with disrespect or with neglect throughout most of the year until a birthday or holiday comes around. But, why can't they treat each member with respect and love EVERY day of the year?

      Well done, Cat, and thank you for giving us such a marvelous essay. Loved the music selections as well, especially "Ooh Child" by the Five Stairsteps!!! :0)

      Best wishes, behave and be well - C.J. Sledgehammer

      P.S. Voted up, interesting, useful, beautiful, and downright awesome!!!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      CJ,

      I am so happy to hear from one of my dearest friends in the whole wide world... I have missed you terribly and I'm sure much of the HP community shares my pain.

      I don't know, maybe it was just one of my midnight rambles, perhaps it would've been better a diary entry, but lucky for me, I don't keep one. This is just how I feel, I look around and watch the world fall apart and it seems like people are getting great at stepping over the pieces as they fall instead of trying to figure out how to put it back together.

      I also am very saddened by how we don't stand together as a people, there is so much bad in the world that you would think the least we could do is come together, other than in times of tragedy.

      I so appreciate your kind words and I always do. You have always been suportive of everything I write. Either great minds think alike or you just pity me. Either way, I'll take your company! You really are great CJ, thank you.

      Cat

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      CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

      I like the way you think, Cat, just don't get into pornographic poetry like some of the women like to do around here. Just what the world needs...more pornography and licentious behavior.

      You are a class act and I honor you for that. As long as you keep it clean...you will always keep me coming around. :0)

      Best wishes - C.J. Sledgehammer

      P.S. I don't pity you, but I do like you and care about you. Please stay sweet, decent, and good in all that you do. :0)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      CJ,

      Nope, no porn on this site... I see where you're coming from. ;-)

      Thank you, honestly.

      Cat

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      during my time I was able to bring about marvelous changes. People, from my experience, lack belief in themselves.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      First off, great selection of video/music clip. I commend you for this very powerful hub. The world we live in now is getting scarier everyday. What else does it hold for us? I wonder...

      Great thoughts, written with excellence. Voting +++ and absolutely sharing the message across. Thank you.

      Love from the sky~

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Mhatter99,

      We can! You are proof that we can. Yes, people do lack belief in themselves and I'm probably guilty of it too. Sometimes you don't feel like you can get very far when your standing in a room full of people screaming but nobody hears you. I want people to grab a hold of each other and scream! Thank you so much.

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      CriSp,

      Thank you! These are the some of the songs that make me cry but almost have hope at the same time. I speak through music... it touches me deep and I hope it will mean something to someone else too.

      I don't want to accept the world getting scarier, I want people to come together and make it a not so scary place.

      I'll run as far as I can but I'd rather not run by myself... remember, it's scary out there! :-)

      Thank you so much for your comments!

      Cat

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      poignant , profound and direct to the point.

      Everybody desires peace ,harmony and balance forming comfortable life for themselves, family, communities and ultimately society. Yet every person's individual ideal of peace varies. Often it is dependent on their environmental conditions. For example a person growing or surviving in a conflict zone may desire shelter and protection from violence.As a Moroccan,I wonder as you do here what are your collective priorities for peace in society? Is it individual tranquil, prayer and meditation? Good neighbour relations? Giving your children a pristine clean environment to grow in with minimal threat?What does peace mean to you to achieve? How do you create peace? What values for peaceful cooperation do you give priority? What are the issues in achieving peace? What will our world be like when USA gives more attention to its own internal affairs ? Will we as Muslims be content and enjoy peace? How? How important is others' peace to your own survival? How important is preserving your environment to achieving peace? What would you give up or change for the sake of peace?I wonder .I love Americans and I dont like the foreign policy of your country.With much respect.I mean no offence.My warm condolences to the family of Boston Marathon victims .

      I like your expression:

      I can't stand that my neighbor blows his leaves in my yard with his silly leaf blower. I think the lady who lives down the street and lets her dog crap on my lawn is an idiot. The neighbor kid who doesn't realize he's thirty and drives up my village streets at 60 miles per hour while kids ride their bikes is a moron.

      Very strong!

      I voted up.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      James-wolve,

      You really made a profound statement in saying “…everyone’s individual ideal of peace varies”. I’ve always looked at peace as peace but I suppose there can be different version which might make getting there more complicated. I have a very simple version of peace and I believe that despite individual ideologies, there could be a basic peace that would be make the majority content. My idea of peace is where children are safe, safe from violence, a place where no one starves, a place where all basic needs are met. Peace would mean that despite diversity there is no hate, dislike is okay but hate will never do. I am not ignorant enough to wish for everyone to love each other, but for those who don’t care for another would just avoid them and not voice their dislike. How do we achieve my idea of peace? I don’t know but ridding the world of selfishness, greed, arrogance and ignorance would be a start. Quite frankly, I don’t expect or wouldn’t suspect that many other countries love America because we are seen as an arrogant country and we insist on being in the middle of others’ affairs. I’m embarrassed, ashamed and disgusted with our behavior and would like to see it changed. As far as material possessions; I would give them all up, but never my values or morals for the sake of peace. You did not offend me in anyway and I actually appreciate your comments very much. Thank you!

      Cat

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      vandynegl 4 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Hi Cat, well said, of course! I have no words to add....you've said them all!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You already know how I feel about all of this. Well done my new friend. You captured the frustration and anger that many of us feel today. It would seem that the United States is no longer the land where liberty and justice is for all.

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      Cat, you write: “There really is no need to walk up to the old lady in the grocery store and start screaming your political rants to her, she probably doesn’t care, she wasn’t expressing her opinion on the matter and she certainly didn’t ask for your point of view.”

      Ya, really think so? LOL. I’m that old lady! I really had it happen to me. A total stranger walked up to me in Kroger, a white male, probably in his 50s, and started ranting about Obama. Before I could reply or walk away, another woman left her basket and walked up and tore into him. By the time we two old ladies got through with him, he couldn’t wait to get away from us. You should have seen it!

      Anyway, you have some good points and I couldn’t agree with you more. Voted you up and useful. Hope you have a great day and keep it up.

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Nice one Cat ! I like all your Why ? I think we are getting busy in our lives so much that unless there is any incident we don't react or look around to help or to be helped. Life is on it's way to become a silly joke with these incidents happening every now an then, Fairy tales will be Fairy tales for ever and never ever get into reality !! And did you see the first suspect identified is a 19 year old kid ???? wow how can that happen ?

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      Cole Ikerd 4 years ago

      Nicely said.

      I've always wondered something: How are we going to use the system that's terribly corrupt and requires money, to hire someone who's not terribly corrupt to fix it. I see things going that direction a little bit now. Mostly because a lot of people are starting to realize how bad it is. And because eventually something has to give.

      I love the music, by the way.

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Yeah, peace is peace according to the dictionary but to USA is something very selfish.It is built on the suffering of other nations.I am not going to state examples here.You know them already as you said.That is good,cause rare from there understand or really knows what is going on around them and I am not dreamer if I say I believe in peace will prevail even though the world is violent. I believe in God even though He let bad things happen and He is not silent.I believe that each individual has the power to change the world, every Action we take can ripple out farther than we realize ,that Compassion is stronger than hatred,that it is possible to see through another's eyes if you try, that our similarities are more important than our differences.

      Really so sorry.This is how I see things .I hope I didnt sound harsh here.With much respect.

      God bless you!

      James

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      vandynegl,

      Aw, thank you my dear! Perhaps too many? :-)

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      billybuc,

      Thanks! It’s certainly not the inspirational piece you pound out but it seemed like common sense to me and I felt the need to share :-)

      With any hope, our kids or grandkids will see liberty and justice for all!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      MizBejabbers,

      That’s too funny, though I must point out I said “old lady” in the grocery store, so you wouldn’t quite fit into that category, but I get the point ;-)

      Isn’t it funny how people feel the need to share their opinion when no one is looking for it and even worse, get all worked up and heated over it? It is like they are debating with themselves.

      There must be something about you that screams “Come tell me your political views, I’m dying to hear them”. Something about that compassionate, understanding look you’ve got… you might want to consider developing a snarl or something.

      Thank you so much for sharing your story!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      mr-veg,

      Thank you! I think you are right, we do get so busy and caught up in our lives we don’t save any time for the simple things.

      I have a hard time having any sympathy for the “bad guys” but because I have a heart I see the tragedy within them as well. Yes, they were children and something awfully bad occurred in their lives to make them act in such a way. It’s devastation all the way around.

      Thank you so much for commenting!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      coleikerd,

      Thank you. We need to throw the money factor out the window if we ever want corruption to go away or at least decrease. When money dictates who makes it into office the people with the money or friends with money make it in. We shouldn’t have a government that buys their way into offices and repays select favors after they get there.

      Thank you very much!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      james-wolve,

      I don’t know if I can say that peace to United States is the suffering of other nations, but I will say that we are selfish and our priorities are great examples of that. I think that we imply we’re superior and we try to be hero to everyone yet let our “own” be victims. I too believe that each individual has the power to change the world, but it would certainly be nice to see us do it together as a people. Why can’t we have different beliefs but still find peace? Why can’t we live in different places with different values but still have a basic love for mankind? Why does it have to be my way or no way? We are only passing negative feelings on to each generation when any one of us point out a “kind of people” as bad. There is no “kind of people” there are persons, individual lost persons can do bad things but I refuse to believe that any one “kind of people” are evil. Thank you, your thoughts are appreciated.

      Cat

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      I say SCREW the international day of peace too! BRAVO! it ain't near enough!

      it's like valentine's day? ONE day a year - we're supposed to treat our other half nicely?

      One day a year we're supposed to make peace! I agree with you Cat - Screw that! I agree with standing up for what we believe in - with class and with tact AND with an open mind - if every one did that - we'd have a deeper understanding of each other - therefore a deeper peace!

      EXCELLENT hub , excellent message!

      voting up and sharing on!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      You go girl! I love a good rant. And, I loved the way you incorporated music into this inspiring piece. It is the universal language, the one thing we can all relate to. Voted up and awesome and...feeling very much like you do on this subject.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Leslie,

      Aw thank you! You're so right, why are there only "occassions" throughout the year we're supposed to appreciate people and be particular pleasant. You'd think it was painful to be nice on a regular basis. I can be moody, stubborn or even a bitch sometimes, but frankly, being nice feels so much better.

      I'm all for standing up for what we believe in, but sometimes we just fight for the sake of fighting. Can't we all just get along? :-)

      Thanks again... I'm honored!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Irc7815,

      Wow, where'd you come from? :-) I was just in the middle of reading a beautiful peice about tolerance ;-)

      Thank you so much! I can't help but to feel something with music, it just seems to take me away and make me think. I think it's easy to speak through music, you just have to hope that your language means something to someone else. Thanks so much! I really appreciate it!

      Cat

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Write on girlfriend. There will never be too much "tolerance" in this old world.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Irc7815,

      Thanks! I agree, some people get tolerance confused with ignorance, but it is ingorance that breeds intolerance!

      Cat

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Now that's a simple truth. :-)

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      John 4 years ago from Irvine, California

      Wow. What a terrifically insightful ramble. Followed and up voted.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      bisnar665,

      It's a good thing you used the words "terrifcally" and "insightful" in front of ramble... just kidding. Thank you very much. I suppose it is nothing more than a ramble, but it seems like simple common sense. I don't understand why we'd rather breed hate than spread love.

      Cat

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      gaplumber 4 years ago

      Hear hear, totally agree, am also a dreamer, Imagine is one of my favorites. Well done, people that don't want to hear it don't have to read it. It is not a ramble, this is what everyone I know is thinking also.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Plumber,

      Aw, thanks for empowering an emotional female :-)

      I have always loved Imagine... if I'm alone in the car... I cry.

      Is is so wrong to want the world to be filled with a little less hate?

      Thanks a bunch!

      Cat

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Well my dear Cat I shall always scream for you and thank you for 'bringing me back.' I hope you have read my little notes as sent to you and you are 'an individual', ' a writer' and 'a thinker' who matters.

      Your words and thoughts are eternally profound here and that makes you a kindred spirit of John Lennon, Ghandi and the man who wrotes the lyrics to Over the Rainbow.

      Cynicism is so easy these days so I like how you took the high road here instead of the low road to despair and sent a message of optimism to your readers. Thank you for being a visionary and 'a sexy visionary' at that for there is nothing 'hotter' than a beautiful woman who is smart, funny and intelligent.

      Sending you warm wishes from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time canada 4:10pm

      and I have missed you too.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      My Dearest Colin,

      I am so happy to see your face and read your words again! I have missed you terribly though I have tried to be unselfish in my needs for a Colin fix and just prayed that all was well with you! I am truly honored that you have given the time to stop over and see me when a hoard of hubbers have been feeling the pangs in your absence.

      As always Colin, you have managed to find a way to brighten my day. You make me taller and prouder! It is people like you with such a warm and tender heart and such compassion and support of others that leaves any hope for this world to be a better place. You set such an example and I would be honored to be close to anything that resembles you!

      Thank you so much for your inspiration and the motivation to be better! If ever you need an ear, you can call on me my dear!

      Blowing kisses back to my one and only Colin and his precious Tiffy and Gabriel!

      Your not-so-furry Cat

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Once in a while I read something that tells me soo much about the writer ! Worry not my dear , You have taught your children well and have a heart of gold .....Just saying ! What we give away in life comes back to us two fold !....just keep on smiling that smile !....ED

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Ed,

      Oh you are so wonderful. You have no idea... thanks to you, I know it will be a good day! Thanks for lifting me up, you are too sweet and I so appreciate it! I'm smilin' now!

      Cat

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      wabash annie 4 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Excellent discussion of this topic. The comments were also outstanding. I don't know what will happen eventually but if more people speak out and maintain a positive attitude, surely ...

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      wabash annie,

      Aw, thank you so much... I really appreciate your very kind words. Thank you so much for stopping by and ...that's what I was thinking!!! :-)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Thank you thank you Thank you for writing this.. this has brought us to our knees.. well I hope it did.. I wish everyone would just wake up and see what is going on in this world.. many blessings to you my dear.

      here is Leslie link to her blog

      http://imkarn23.blogspot.ca/

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Debbie,

      Thank you so much, it really means a lot to me!

      Great! Thanks for the link... I was just starting a search party! :-)

      Many Blessings to you

      Cat

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Lots of good questions. I hope you will research at least some of them and write hubs about your findings and recommendations. For instance, what have been the effects of the Supreme Court Citizens United decision on the money in politics problem, what was the rationale for the decision, and is a constitutional amendment needed to counteract it? What are the best ideas around for election reform.

      What you say about the people of a community or a country uniting in a time of tragedy and soon after getting back to squabbling as usual is also true of families. The clearest and sensible answer I've come upon as to why people act like that is given by Marshall Rosenberg in his writings, website, and YouTube videos on nonviolent communication, especially in his introductory talks.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 20 months ago from Great Britain

      Fantastic hub. Sorry l am so late reading it. You have posted some of my absolute favourite songs too. The world is worse now than when l was born.I cannot see a better future from politicians. That is why it is so encouraging to read this , knowing there are many of us who feel the same way. Spread a little happiness, a little kindness every day . It helps.

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