It’s stormy here in Maine this morning, thunderstorms passing over one by one and lots of heavy rain showers. My lawn is dying from lack of water, so I’m actually pleased that everything is getting watered.
I was woken up at 4am this morning by a call from work asking me to go in as soon as I could get there, seems one of the night shift workers had to go home early due to illness and they had also run out of coffee filters and had to send someone to another store to get some. Our coffee business there is huge. We sell over 300 cups a morning, and being out was going to piss off quite a few of the guys and gals that stop in regularly for their morning cup o’ joe to kick off the day. Plus overnight the restock order had arrived and that was sitting in the aisles and behind the counter waiting to be put away. When I got there at about 4:30am it basically chaos. One one person was there to ring out customers and to try to explain the coffee situation to some grumpy people. I jumped right in and ended up working til about 8:15, when the first shifters all arrived and were able to take over.
I’m watching The View right now, and they are talking about Trump. They have his spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee, on and she’s desperately trying to defend in indefensible man. Saying he doesn’t lie…omg, the guy has been proven to lie 95% of the time!
Yestereday Trump announced he was ending the DACA program. This program is where people who were brought here as small children, now most are around 22 yrs old, by their parents illegally. These kids were raised in America, schooled in our schools, played with our kids, and grew up here. They don’t remember the countries they were born in, some don’t know the language of those countries even. DACA protects them. As long as they are either in school, go to college or joing he military, stay registered with the program and pay $500 per year, they can stay and live here. Ending this program means that they have to leave; they have to return to countries that they know nothing about and have never been back to. Possibly making them return to nothing, no where to live, no way to make a living, where there will be language barriers and possible hostility directed toward them by the governments of those countries. Ending this program without creating a pathway to American citizenship for the 800,000 DACA kids who are here is goin got destroy lives, tear families apart and it is just the wrong thing to do. Anyone can see that it’s wrong.
for example, I wasn’t born in Maine. My parents were military and I was born on a Marine Corps base in North Carolina. What if I was suddenly told that I had to leave Maine immediately, and go back to NC? Would that be fair to me? Would it cause me great pain and trouble? I would have to leave the home I have here, leave the friends I have here, leave behind family and go to a place that I dont’ know anything about and try to make it. Maybe it’s not the perfect example, but just think about it…what if you were told you HAD to leave where you are immediately, leave EVERYTHING behind – including the house that you own here – and go somewhere you know NOTHING about and start from scratch there…with basically nothing. And what if they didn’t really want you at this other place? How would that feel? And how would that affect you?
Ending DACA isn’t right. Creating a pathway to citizenship is what needs to happen for those in the DACA program. These kids are illegal aliens only by fault of their parents who brought them here. They did not choose to come illegally, and were not old enough to understand what was being done to them. I’m sure most of these people brought these kids here seeking a better life for them, fleeing violent places, poverty and hunger. I’m sure the intentions were good. But now we have this population of young people who have grown up in America that are being told to prepare to be forced to leave the country at any moment. How can ANYONE think that this is the right thing to do???
So, that’s just one thing that is happening here. Of course, our country is a mess right now and Trump just HAD to throw the DACA question into the affray.
We have Texas and Lousianna areas in total disarray at the moment from hurricane Harvey’s wrath. People are without homes, homes have been destroyed or rendered unlivable due to water damage, mold and pollution. Some landlords are demanding rent from people even on homes that can’t be lived in. Stores are jacking up prices – price gouging – for things like water, building materials, and food. The Governor of Texas refused Canadian assistance, and has reluctantly allowed some Mexican assistance in to the disaster area. He claims that they can handle this themselves. He’s a fool. He’s asking the federal government for $120Billion dollars, with the first installment being $7.8billion having been requested thus far. This storm aftermath is horrendous, and I believe it will just get worse as time goes on. People can’t go back to work. They have no transportation if their cars were lost in the flood – Houston is not known for very good public transportation systems. Thousands are still in FEMA paid hotels and shelters, with no place to return to because their places were destroyed or rendered unlivable. Yes, it’s truly a mess. I hope they can make it through this and find better times ahead.
And we have North Korea threatening us with nuclear weapons, which they claim they can now mount on intercontinental ballistic missiles and hit American shores with if they choose to do so. The rhetoric between Kim Jong U n and Donald Trump has been bombastic. Both posturing and trying to prove who has the bigger balls. It’s scary. It’s frightening to think that we are one the brink of the starting of WWIII.
Then we have ANOTHER very major hurricane bearing down on the southeastern coast, mainly Florida. Hurrican Irma is coming in at a Category 5 hurricane, with wind speeds of 185mph, and gusts of up to 240mph. Just what we need here right now, more destruction and devastation from mother nature. Another natural disaster. I have many relatives and friends in Florida and am worried about all of them. I can only hope they are all preparing for the worst, evacuating as needed and protecting themselves. All we can do is wait and watch and see what the storm does. It’s not like we can turn it off…it’s coming whether we like it or not. Sadly. And behind it is ANOTHER hurricane as well, Jose…which we don’t yet know what direction that one will take, that still remains to be seen.
Where is our leader in all of this chaos? What has he got to say to calm the nerves of Americans? He’s hiding, tweeting about stupid stuff and not doing his job. He probably has NO IDEA of HOW to handle all of these crisis situation at once. We haven’t seen his ugly face in days. He SHOULD be front and center; on television speaking to a very nervous, scared and anxious nation. He should be FAR MORE concerned about the health and welfare of his citizens who are in crisis around the country. From the flood zones to the many huge wildfires in California and the West. Yet, he is in hiding and he can barely handle a single situation, let alone multiple things happening. I truly believe he is hiding, has secluded himself in the White House and is hoping that the generals will somehow hand it all for him. God knows he doesn’t have the foggiest idea of what to say, even his tweets don’t make a lot of sense. No, we are on our own, we have no leader here. Just a fake “president” who is very, very inept.
Pray for America…please. We need it bad right now. So much is happening, and happening very fast, that it’s hard to know what to worry about in any given moment!