State of the Union
After dinner and a quick nap, I managed to catch the tail end of Donald Trump’s State of the Union Speech. I only caught the tail end of the speech, but here is what I liked.
Now, before I begin – I’d like to leave a note for all “the haters and the losers.”
This is not a wink at the Donald or me being a red-hat wearing MAGA supporter. Donald is not my favorite, but I made an agreement with myself at the beginning of this that I would try to stay positive about the president. I am independent, I support the cause not the caucus, okay.
I was really surprised to see the dedication of service as Trump spoke about those war heroes. It was one of the most engaging speeches I feel he has yet to give. My favorite part about it was when Donald Trump said, “Great Nations do not fight endless wars.”
A lot has changed in 20 years. I know I have changed. When I was a young girl my dad asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I very clearly told him “A republican.” I was 8. There have been a whole lot of confusing times getting up to my 35th spring, and here I am. That is 2 decades of war in the middle east over the 9/11 attacks. After it happened, we all stood powerlessly as Islamic terrorists began killing journalists on YouTube, and as years passed by, we saw the death of Saddam and Bin Laden. Hundreds of thousands of people have migrated here to escape torturous conditions in Islamic nations have shelled out to its people. A large part of me is still the All-American girl who likes to shovel in the hamburgers and hot dogs wearing a flag on the 4th and dance under all of fireworks. I love those American Flag shortbread cakes straight from the 50s, watermelons, picnics and country music. Of course, Those are my roots, how could I ever let all of that go? Since then, I have done some soul searching and growing up. I am officially an adult now, unsupervised. Watch out world, here I am.
The other day, Jeff Dunham was on Netflix doing Ahmed the terrorist. In previous years I would have laughed myself to death listening to that guy. But, since then I have learned a lot about Muslim culture and religion. I would never play something like that in my home, I find it offensive (gasp). My daughter goes to school with several Muslim girls, and even has some Muslim friends. A few years ago, I read about Malala, a Pakistani girl who traveled to speak about the importance of education and was shot in the face by the Taliban. She lived to tell the tale. I have met several other’s online in interest groups, and even tried to advocate for some who needed medical visas for disabled children. There will always be some things that I dislike about middle eastern cultures, such as arranged marriages, sharia law, among many other religious laws and ancient customs that seem barbaric to most of the free world, but those things will only change with time and progress. Do you see where I am going with this? Progress.
Over the years I have learned that Muslims in the middle east have a beautiful culture hidden behind their hijabs and shrouds. For the most part, women are treated with respect and kindness, and while it is not ideal to us here in the states, or anywhere else in developed cultures, their customs seem to fit into each other like pieces of a puzzle. They have beautiful fabrics and unique clothes, a myriad of very beautiful wedding customs, and a really great sense of community and family. The brides are beautiful with their intricate jewelry. This society has bred beautiful poets like Juan Elia, rappers like Bohemia, and some good food too. Now, stop there. I know what you are thinking. What in the world are you talking about. These guys are terrible people who beat women, hold them as sex slaves, and lick the floor praying 5 times a day.Am I right? Look beyond the extremism. Every day, we see the same instances in our own country. The guys wearing the red MAGA hats inciting violence, and those who incite violence on the other side too. We do not judge our cousins, fathers, sisters, friends, and relatives to that standard. I have a few family members who support Donald Trump. Are the racist? I don’t think so. Are they extremists? I don’t think so. Every culture has its extremism, theirs happens to scream Jihad and blow up. Behind the Hijab, lies a beautiful dying culture of peaceful people.
20 years has passed, and we have been at war with them. I am glad to hear progress has been made.
I am happy to see that the extremist regimes in middle eastern nations are being pushed out. After all this time, I can say that I am at peace with leaving. Muslim people are not bad, it is the Taliban and Isis that are bad, extremism is bad for any society. Not only do we not like them, the people of those countries do not like it either. After some thought into words I read by Malala, I have concluded that I agree with her. The more you speak out against Islam, the more terrorists you will create. Imagine sitting in your home one day, 10 years after 9/11 and your family is killed. Your wife, children, and many of your extended relatives have been injured in a bombing, or in a scrap with American soldiers on their home land. What do you think is going to happen when they realize that their whole family is gone, and there is nothing left to lose? We are creating more terrorists by continuing the war in the middle east. We caught Bin Laden and hung Saddam years ago. We have dealt with the men who orchestrated 9/11. At this point, we are just being bullies to their people, and creating more terrorists who have lost their families to the hands of Americans. I can certainly understand the upset I am giving to my fellow Americans, but I can understand their reasons for hating us so badly. Bin Laden and Saddam are not the people, and why are we still there if they are now not doing anything further to harm our country, 2 decades later? Try to look beyond the walls of your own country, and see what they might be thinking about us, and realize that maybe now, we are the terrorists in their country. So, I am glad we are finally pulling out and moving along and making progress, no matter how small. We have liberated much of Pakistan, Iraq, and now he states Syria has been secured. Peace talks in Afghanistan are a step forward in my opinion, and I am happy for that. It also states that we are stepping out of the Iranian Nuclear deal, I think that is probably a good move for us. We don’t want to be on the wrong side of that war.
As Donald said, at the end of the speech, there is nothing that I could agree with more than these words:
“This is the time to re-ignite the American imagination. This is the time to search for the tallest summit, and set our sights on the brightest star. This is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots.
This is our future — our fate — and our choice to make. I am asking you to choose greatness.
No matter the trials we face, no matter the challenges to come, we must go forward together.”