We’re stuck with “Breast Cancer awareness month” when everyone and their goldfish is “aware.” Awareness, really? Breast Cancer is about #20 on the mortality list in America. Meanwhile, Stroke is the #2 killer nationally, and it’s recognizable when it happens. Stroke gets an awareness day. Does anyone know when that day is?
Veterans can get preferred parking at Home Depot now. Not the firefighter, or the nurse, or the caregiver, mind you. Just Veterans. Not disabled ones, that’s different. As someone who was in the National Guard, and thankfully not called upon to serve overseas, I know the commitment these men and women make, and it’s incredible, but I’m not really into the “thank you for service” thing. It’s far more valuable to these men and women that we insist that they have good access healthcare when they return, pay them a decent wage for what they do and respect their commitment than to give them preferential parking at Home Depot. ‘Merica.
There’s no war on Christmas. Just because Gretchen Carlson freaks out over a festivus pole. ugh. We have to stop all the fake outrage over nothing and just try to get along with each other as best we can. Live together, support, engage.
Did you clap for Veterans on your plane ride? They deserve our support. Did you clap for your fellow human? They do too. Did you clap for the police officer? The Fireman? What's the matter, not patriotic enough?
Declaring our Veterans important by applauding for them on the plane and ignoring their healthcare, pay, and the fact that they became disabled because we sent them to Iraq to find WMDs that didn't exist... how is clapping showing our support? Shouldn't we be saying we're sorry?
Rather than wearing a pink ribbon, or any of an hundred other gestures of little importance, try giving your time and expertise, your voice and your support. Taking up the cause of breast cancer “awareness” is about the most useless thing you can do, of ALL the things you can do to support breast cancer. Try helping someone going through it, donate your hair, give a little money. We're all painfully aware. That ship has sailed.
We should stop all the fakery of patriotism, of support, and look towards the real issues behind these challenges. Pink everything is not the answer. Parking spots aren't the answer. Proclaiming your religious holiday as sacrosanct and all others as interlopers is not the answer.
Talk about heroes. The public is prohibited from seeing pictures of fallen heroes returning to America. If one of those men and women are on your plane's cargo hold, how much more applause do those people deserve? They didn't get your support because their return is hidden from us. What does that message say? Those silenced men and women, how much more of an answer do they deserve than our own silence?
Those other things aren't even in the ballpark of answers.