National News isn’t something I intentionally pay much attention to. However, having a news junkie husband I can’t help but hear about what is going on around our nation and the world. He gets up every morning and reads or listens to the news. When listens then I hear it to because it blares out on the bluetooth speaker.
Recently with the death of the man in Minneapolis at the hands of police there have been numerous protests around the country. If these were peaceful protests I’d be in favor of them because what happened to Mr. Floyd is unconscionable. But that has not been the case, rioters have been causing much destruction in cities around the nation. These are not beneficial to those who actually want to peacefully protest what has happened. These perpetrators are using the protests as a cover to be criminals.
There are reports that some groups are intentionally inciting rioting and violence. I won’t name those groups, but, one is now being designated as a terrorist group by our president. I believe that is an accurate determination in the case of that particular group. Whoever is funding them is wanting to destroy our nation. I think most of us know where their funding comes from, so I won’t mention any names here. In any case, people who are taken in by these groups are highly deceived and allow themselves to be manipulated without realizing the impact it has on all of us including themselves.
The more violence that occurs the more the government will take away our freedoms. One small example, here in my area there was a protest organized last Friday evening in Omaha. Protests continued on Saturday and Sunday. Most were peaceful protesters, then entered the rioters, the people who aren’t there to protest the death of Mr. Floyd, rather they are there to commit crimes. Over the weekend, one of the protesters was killed by a local business owner in the downtown market where rioting got out of hand and much property destruction took place. Monday I hear that no charges were going to be made against the business owner. Apparently he felt endangered. I have no idea what the young man who was killed was actually doing so I cannot make a judgement one way or the other on the validity of the business owners statement that he felt endangered. It’s anyone’s guess what will transpire over the next few days.
I don’t live in Omaha proper, rather in a small community outside of the city. There is another small community between where I live and Omaha proper. Because that community was annexed by Omaha a few years ago it is subject to any rules that are decreed for Omaha. So, yesterday evening I wanted to get a few things for my husbands lunches this week. Lo and behold at about 7 PM I went to a store in that other small community and discovered they were closing early because all of Omaha has been put on an 8 PM curfew for three days because of the continuing protests. The store closed early so their employees could get home before curfew. Really? As I understand the curfew exempts those commuting for work. It was most likely the company upper management who made that decision to close all stores in the areas where curfews are in effect. But that annexed community is a long distance from where the protests have been held and from the area in Omaha that is most prone to violence. Even our state capitol has issued a curfew, though I don’t know how long it will last. So, my freedom to go shopping for necessities was restricted by local officials. Sure it’s only a three day curfew, but, there is nothing keeping officials from extending that curfew indefinitely. Needless to say, hubby’s lunch today did not contain the goodies I usually put in them.
Now, there is the issue of lockdowns and restrictions around the round the country and the world because of the novel coronavirus that has caused such an uproar worldwide. People are getting frustrated with not being able to get back to their normal lives. This frustration, I’m sure, has an impact on the behavior of society as a whole. In my opinion some of the protest violence that is taking place is only an excuse to vent frustrations about the lockdowns and restrictions that have been in place for coming up on three months. People get irritable and even angry when they are shut up and unable to go about their daily lives as usual. Even I get a little perturbed about some inconveniences that I experience as a result. But, I’m generally a pretty even tempered woman so I don’t do anything but mumble to myself or say something to my husband about an inconvenience it’s causing me. Though the impact on me personally has been pretty limited. I seldom go anywhere except to the grocery store so self-isolation IS my norm.
There are reports of other side effects of the lockdowns and restrictions. Suicides, domestic violence, death from existing conditions that are going untreated, and so much more are on the rise. All this because people are shut-in, locked down, told they can’t gather, or don’t have the emotional, financial or medical support they depend on. No wonder the world is going crazy. People need their social contacts,companionship, and human contact. It is human nature to be social creatures. Take that away and people become irrational and crazy. No wonder its becoming a crazy world.
Take care, be blessed and don’t let the craziness of what is going on around the world take away your hopes and dreams.
Blessings to all,