Who are you actually voting for? They came together in a small diner that caters to Veterans. They were invited by a letter in the US mail as well as through the email system and out of the 17 invited, 9 agreed. This wasn’t an ordinary “candidate forum” because we had invited people […]
Salaries are not huge in Florida. As a substitute teacher I made $11.88 per hour which is actually not bad considering what full time teachers make in this state for all their hard work and the responsibility that goes with it…
So I got to thinking about candidates who are running for office. No, not the entrenched candidates –the ones who have been in there 10, 15, 20, 30 years…but the citizens that feel compelled to step up to run for office because they know there is something wrong, very wrong….and they want to help. The ones with passion and who are doing it for all the right reasons…I mean, no one put them up to it or made a deal with big money behind it to support them if they played along or followed the “agenda”…..
I’m talking about hard working citizens who love America and want to make sure the country doesn’t continue to be run by thugs and fascist and corporations…
My point is….
Most of the entrenched or put-upon candidates seem to get a treasure trove of big money from somewhere….usually it’s through some corporate sponsor or a PAC which has corporate money behind it. These people get thousands upon thousands or even millions of dollars in their coffers…..and for what? TV commercials to fool us? Ads in Newspapers we don’t read? Facebook ads that get lost in the mire? Oh wait…..what about those palm cards that come in the mail during election time…you know, the one’s that get thrown in the garbage and never read?
They spend money to get more and more big donors. They use it for travel expenses and hotel rooms and events to praise those that gave them the big money…. Funny though, no one pays the citizens that go door to door or do sign waves or give up their time to watch polling stations. It’s all a crazy game and it makes absolutely no sense.
Then once in awhile you get someone who wants to run for office because they give a damn and the people who donate to them make about $10, $12 or $15 an hour and if they are to give a $20 donation it’s 2 hours of labor before taxes. This is a “real” donation. One from the heart given by someone who probably could use that $20 to feed their family but they want to see America be Great Again 🙂
You can go to a place like OpenSecrets. Org and see who donated what to whom. It’s a fascinating place. It gives the true story of who your legislator is working for….most times it’s not the people –not the citizens, but rather some corporation that wants favors for their “payment”. Someone like Big Pharma or Big Agriculture….
So to the candidates out there who are stepping up to run for office because they give a damn –relish in those $5 and $10 and $20 donations and appreciate that someone may have worked a few hours on your behalf.
And to the citizens who are giving donations, give wisely because you don’t want to give your hard earned money to some guy who lies to you and says they’ll do things like support your beliefs in the constitution and then as soon as they get elected they turn the other cheek and disregard everything they stood for (and sponsor the Pelosi gun law). Stop giving your hard earned money to these thieves in the night who don’t appreciate that you gave them an hour of hard labor….
And for goodness sake when you judge or choose a candidate to vote for, look at the amount of small donations they get by hard working citizens rather than the sum total –thinking that the more money a candidate makes the better they must be is archaic thinking!
I used to run ‘Liberty Candidates’ . com for 5 years (I closed it down in 2014 and decided to run for office myself.) I did it because I cared about these citizen candidates who I watched run for office because they gave a damn and I wanted to help to promote them and get them donations. In the end so few of them won. Why? Because people didn’t vote for them –sadly, people voted for the entrenched most of the time….
It’s our job to see who is running for office and to make a wise decision. It’s our job to get out there and vote and not to make the same mistakes over and over again. It’s our job!
This election season I’m giving my hard earned hours of work to Rich Williams who is running for St. Lucie County Sheriff against a man who has had the job for 19 years. I know that Rich was endorsed by good people like CSPOA and Sheriff Mack and The Republican Liberty Caucus and that the Constitution is of the utmost importance to him. He’s the man who I choose to give my hard earned money and time to. I also know that he appreciates me for it.
Find your citizen candidate and help support them in your locality or your state or your country….. WE are the change. WE can make the change and WE can be the change. Stop voting in the people who want to rule over you and instead vote in those who want to stand beside you.
If you would like to support Rich Williams check out his facebook page (richwilliamsslcsheriff/) for information on where you can talk to him, ask questions and donate your hard earned money. You don’t even have to live in his district to do that….you can support any citizen in this country that you so desire to…. but make sure that this person shares your values and that they appreciate your hours of work in order to support them.
Treasure Coast Republican Liberty Caucus
Gigi Bowman, Life Liberty & the Pursuit of Clean Food
A few weeks back I tried to explain to Andrew Pollack in a tweet, that we both had dead daughters for the same reason… but he deleted his tweet after telling me he was sorry for my loss. He deleted his tweet…..
Well, here it is, the anniversary of Parkland, and I finally just found out, in a blurb in an article from a year ago on CBSMiami.com, what may have actually happened at Parkland. Although it is not what has been focused on, I know that it is the key to what happened…. Let me explain.
We never hear about it, it’s never talked about, it’s never the focus after a school shooting or mass murder but from my years of experience, research and knowing people who have based their lives around trying to get the word out like Ann Blake-Tracy with her website drugawareness.org and her books and papers and countless interviews; or Kevin P. Miller who made the films “Generation RX” and “Letters from Generation RX” which he hoped would awaken the public to what was happening all around us; and Tim Alexander who is working on a new film “Legal Death — In Drugs We Trust”. The key, in this small blurb of an article, is that yes, Andrew Pollack, my daughter and your daughter died for the same reason and that factor was…..medication. The only difference is your daughter didn’t ingest it and my daughter did. Your daughter died from someone who was on medication and my daughter walked out onto a roof and hung herself from a tree. The only solace I have is that my daughter didn’t take anyone down with her but your daughter died at the hands of a boy who, according to his now deceased mother, “was found cutting his arms and posting about it on Snapchat.” And “his behavior was a result of a breakup with a girl she said was cheating on Cruz [him]”.
Medication. Let me say that again….. medication. It’s handed out these days like candy to our children with our permission. It’s the problem solver. The Band-Aid. The relief. I’m not a doctor and I’m not a psychiatrist, I’m just a mother who lost a child to medication because some time ago my daughter, too, was depressed and I trusted doctors when they told me that because she was cutting herself she needed medication. Within 9 months she was gone….. unfortunately it took the loss of my daughter to wake me up and I have made it my mission to at least help to wake up other parent’s so they don’t suffer the same pain… only here it is 15 years later and they are still handing out SSRImedication like candy, and sadly enough the same drug that killed her, that was NEVER APPROVED for children under 18, is still given out today to children under 18! Nothing has changed! Did my daughter die in vain? And since then, we have had countless schools shot up and countless suicides and countless devastation because of…..medication. This newest article about the Parkland massacre finally mentions that Cruz was on three different medications as if it’s of little significance.
— Cruz was heavily medicated when he transferred into Stoneman Douglas. Doctors had prescribed him Focalin, Clonidine and Risperidone for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and irritability associated with autism. The medications can increase aggression.
Do you remember when you were a teenager? Love was the greatest of feelings and the worst. It brought you the greatest joy and the worst pain. Broken hearts were always the thing I worried about most for my children. As an emotional being, I suffered through broken hearts in my teens that hurt so bad that I too wanted to die at times. I was date raped at 15 (there was no such thing as the term “date rape” at that time) and I wanted to scream out at the world, so I cut the top of one of my arms with a razor blade then found myself wearing a long sleeve shirt for a long period of time to cover it up because I was embarrassed when my peers saw it and made fun of me. I did it because I was hurting and didn’t know how to tell anyone how bad it felt, especially not my mother who I thought would be mad at me….. mad at me. Well, she saw the cuts and she immediately sent me to a psychologist who talked to me weekly for a few months after which the psychologist called my mother and said I would be OK. I was a hard teen. I was an only child and I lived in a neighborhood where all the kids were older than me by a year or two, but from 12 to 15 it’s never good to have friends who are older than you by a year or two because you grow up way too fast. I had no brothers or sisters so my friends were my world….. but even your friends can’t be really there for you when you are hurting from date rape. So I cut myself. And a psychologist talked to me….. Talked to me. I say this because today your psychologist talks to the psychiatrist they are affiliated with and instead of communicating with you, you’re given a prescription for…… medication.
Over and over again, this is what I hear from parent’s…. “my child was having a hard time so the doctor put them on… medication”. 15 years after the death of my daughter and I’m still seeing kids getting little blue pills placed on their tongues by their mothers and fathers…… I recently talked to one mother who’s 16 year old daughter was on two different SSRI medications and wanted to kill herself. She had also recently started taking birth control pills as well — do we really believe that these drugs were ever tested together and that they may not have a reaction in a 16 year old??
So maybe your child says they’re depressed and not doing well in school and not talking to you when really, maybe, it’s just a broken heart, or bullying, or maybe, just maybe, they’re not getting any sunlight or minerals in their food or they’re living on chicken nuggets filled with antibiotics or some other toxins like red dye #5 and your child is really chemically overloaded or imbalanced due to what’s going in their body or maybe they have a broken heart and they are in pain and they are on medication and they don’t have a lot of friends and their mother died and they are “in the system” and no one cares or they have no one that can really talk to them about how they feel…. and then Valentine’s Day comes.
We see legislators jump on these “events” and immediately blame the guns for the deaths of the children in the schools that have had shootings….. but it’s not the guns, it’s the medication. I know that because Dr. Ann Blake Tracy who has done years of research can tell you that most school shootings were done by a child on medication. But it’s NEVER EVER TALKED ABOUT in the media or by our legislators…. Well, one good reason could be that the media does all the talking and it’s the place where we get theinformation but according to Robert Kennedy Jr., the media gets 5.4 billion dollars each year from big pharma! Then, if you want to know how much money our legislators get from big pharma it’s not that hard by going to Opensecrets.org, and when you do, maybe you will finally understand why we never hear about mass shootings and school shootings and teen suicide from the perspective of the children being medicated because “mental health” supports our media and our legislators and if they talk against it, who is going to pay the bills?
“The pharmaceutical industry is so powerful, they give $5.4 billion a year to the media. They’ve gotten rid of the lawyers, so there is no legal interest in those cases. They have really been able to control the debate and silence people like me.“
~Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
“More mental health is needed” is what Andrew Pollack and Donald Trump have said in so many ways after Parkland but what if more mental health just means more drugging of our children and it becomes a circle game?
What we need in this country is more nutrition health, more parent/child communication about things like broken hearts. More faith and more belief that we can get passed our pain without being drugged or medicated. If mental health means strengthening our inner fears and growing as a human to get passed our pain and putting our energies into other things like the arts or education or empathy and love for our fellow man instead of believing that a pill can solve our problems than I will certainly stand by this sort of mental health. But if it means standing in line at your local drug cartel to fill a prescription to keep your child from hurting or not eating or lashing out or getting bullied or having a broken heart… I will not stand by and watch.
There is a lot we need to look into that should take precedent over what we are trying to do to solve the problem. Disarming Americans and infringing on the 2nd Amendment is not one of them. We will not solve the problem as I previously stated by medicating our children. We can solve the problem by not ignoring the other factors that might contribute to our children’s mental health like being able to deal with life’s ups and downs which resides in the area of better parenting but also looking into the toxins in our food and in our water due to the chemicals being sprayed in and out of the home and especially those used to cultivate our food sources etc. We can take our children to nutritionist. Make sure they are getting exercise and are outdoors getting sunlight and vitamins and minerals. We really do need to do better. We need to stop the circle game. And we need to stop letting media, mega-corporations and the legislators who are paid money by these entities be the ones to solve our problems. It’s up to us.
This Valentine’s Day talk to the ones you love. Ask them how they are. Give them your ear and your heart. It’s more important than anything you can possibly do for your family and your fellow man.
SO I was minding my own business and doing what I do daily –reading the news and sharing info with my Facebook FRIENDS and the group I run about the city I live in and politics when I was suddenly thrown off of my facebook and had to go through a litany of questions concerning what I had posted in the last month and if I had actually posted any of these hundreds of items and if I wanted them removed.
Well, everything they showed me I did actually post. Every friend they showed me I had actually accepted their friendship. Every picture they showed me I actually put up…. and it occurred to me that I had been asked to do this same thing last week and had to change my password which was a pain in the ass because it means I have to go through all my phone, games, etc and everything that I do in conjunction with facebook and the app and change the password AGAIN!
So, I go to my phone and from there I can see what it was that I posted that was removed and considered spam and it was an article from Breitbart??? about a candidate running in the Democrat Party that is someone I am NOT voting for that advocates for everything I abhor about the left. This is Spam and taken down? So if I post anything from Breitbart will I eventually lose my account? If I post anything negative about a Democratic candidate will I lose my account? Did I actually hear facebook say they weren’t targeting Conservatives?? They’re lying!!
Breitbart is not spam. It is a Conservative news agency. Does anything from Media Matters get removed as spam? I’m curious….let me know in the comments if you’ve had articles from Media Matters thrown off because if this is not the case then I’m calling BS and lies to Facebook and it’s CEO and the legislators that are saying it’s not true.
My opinion is that I am backing a Conservative candidate in my state and that I posted an article on his opponent that explains why –and I posted it into a Conservative Group no less!!!
This is a technological war against the Right. Don’t grow complacent or believe
Day after day on social networking I’ve come to notice a trend. Group-think is the new Conservative view –the same view that the Conservatives condemn the Liberals for.
In this country we have primaries. Sometimes our President endorses a candidate and sometimes he does not. Not all the candidates that have been endorsed by President Trump -whom I happen to LOVE with a capitol L- have been the best candidates and they have not all been the winners. We do have people in this country who think for themselves –thank God.
In Florida we have a race for Governor with a dozen or so candidates. Donald Trump endorsed Ron DeSantis and someone I admire very much, Ron Paul, endorsed Bob White. My choice is Bob White. I like where he stands on the issues including jobs, education and corporatism in the Florida legislature. These issues are very important to ME and I agree with him. So I took it upon myself to help his campaign and to try to awaken other people to the fact that he’s a pretty damned good candidate. It’s a free country, we have a 1st Amendment and I am not an advocate for Group-think. I thought my fellow Conservatives and Republicans were against this sort of thing as well since it’s what I see them faulting liberals with day after day on Facebook & Twitter –but it’s funny how it’s AOK when they do it or don’t agree with you. In most places that’s called hypocrisy. And I really hope that we are not resorting to that sort of thing.
Today I’ve been called stupid by a fellow Republican Conservative and Biker. Yesterday I was verbally gang-hammered by Bikers for Trump. ALL BECAUSE I chose to think for myself and look at the candidates and make a decision of whom I agreed with the most and took it upon myself to help their campaign.
I could go on and on but I’m going to stop here. If we don’t want to turn into the very people we protest against, why do we resort to acting like them when we don’t agree? Name calling? Vicious verbal attacks? What’s next?
Lets try to be bigger than that. We have primaries for a reason. You can make your decisions during primary time and when the nominee is voted upon then we basically come together and work as one for the side we have chosen that is supposed to represent our values.
I’m so tired of being disappointed in my fellow American citizens. In every direction I look we’re at each other’s throats. Even those on the same side.
If, during primary time, you don’t like a candidate –then just ignore them…but to jump on the hate bandwagon and act the same towards those on your side as you act towards those who are diametrically opposite of your very core beliefs is really disheartening.
I’m a Conservative, A Republican with a side of libertarian. I love my President and my husband and I ride an Indian Motorcycle…..so I think I fit into the groups “Bikers for Trump” or “Trump Voters who Ride Motorcycles” and unless the name of the group is changed to Group-Think for Trump or Zombies With One Brain for Trump then there is no reason to attack me.
That is all.
And yes, this is me. I’m a Real Woman and I am voting for Bob White. This doesn’t mean that if you don’t vote for Bob White you’re not a real woman it just means that I’m a woman and I’m real.
I just finished binge-watching “13 Reasons Why” and I come away feeling that it’s probably the most important piece of work in decades and that every family, legislator, and news reporter needs to sit down and watch it through.
It touches on all the reasons why kids are hurting, shooting up schools, and committing suicide. It’s nearly perfect in showing how cruelty and bullying from peers, is affecting a great number of kids and it touches on many of the issues human-beings are facing head-on from the “Me Too” movement to divorce, homosexuality, race and culture differences to how technology has magnified bullying. It touches on gun ownership, teen sexuality, teacher/student relationships, opioids, heroin usage, runaway teens and school sports pressures in ways that make you question how we must do a better job in bringing up happy, healthy children in a world with so much “noise”. It touches on the fact that we are not perfect beings and this comes across in very dramatic yet poignant ways in so much of the series that makes it one of the most important pieces of work in quite some time.
But it does leave one thing out and once again I am bothered very much by the absence of one particular issue that has affected me personally and so many families that they have taken to social networking groups to understand what’s happening to their children and themselves. That issue is SSRI, ADHD & ADD medication. There, I said it. Big Pharma once again gets away unscathed and doesn’t even get a supporting role in one of the most startlingly truthful series in years.
Do I find it surprising? No, because I’ve come to learn that Big Pharma always gets a pass. It’s most likely because when I open a newspaper or turn on the TV or try and have this conversation with those legislating our government, I find that Big Pharma is paying for most of the ads in media, Hollywood and in lobbying our legislators. Once again, they win and this issue gets glossed over. But I’m not going to let that happen. Not today.
They do touch on “medication” in one story-line where a young girl believes that she is bi-polar and she takes herself out of the equation by entering a facility with a controlled environment to get healed from her mental illness. We are left to believe that all is right with the girl after this scene and the story-line moves on. They never touch on this issue again and it’s kind of bewildering when so many of the children I know and have known in my lifetime have been prescribed SSRI medication outside of controlled environments and were left to continue on with their daily lives dealing with the bigger issues that this series does put in the spotlight.
Yet, how many teens have committed suicide because they were put on medication and/or taking it sporadically? How many teens have taken to shooting up schools after being put on medication rather than having to deal with the real issues of bullying or something as simple as lack of nutrition or lack of communication with adults? How many students are walking around feeling dead inside because they are on medication that was never even approved for them yet were prescribed by doctors who have received perks? Do I sound like I’m making grand statements with nothing to back this up? Well, that’s just not true at all.There is plenty of evidence to back this up but when anyone speaks about it they are reduced to ridicule or verbally admonished by the media or “trolls” on the internet.
Maybe this is an issue that needs a series all on its own because “13 Reason’s Why”, the greatest series about teenage angst ever made, leaves out the one most important issue that so may teens are dealing with today! Our children are being prescribed mind-altering medication and no one is doing a thing to stop it and we can’t even talk about it!
Now I could get into how many school shootings were done by kids on/or coming off of SSRI medication or how many children commit suicide for the same reason but who will listen? I have screamed about this issue for years on social networking. I have run for office because of this issue simply so my voice would be heard by a wider audience. I have debated. I have been interviewed. I have written. I have screamed. And I am not alone in this. Day after day I see the pain coming from mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, wives and husbands who form social networking groups to ask if they are the only ones suffering through the pain of having been on medication and trying to wean themselves off only to have more medication prescribed. Day after day I see parent’s break down because their child hung themselves or cut themselves or hurt other children. Day after day I see people –real humans– in fear because they no longer have feelings and are completely apathetic to life because of medication that was prescribed by doctors that they trusted.
I was very happy to see this series “13 Reasons Why” and I watched with so much gusto only to be disappointed at the end that Big Pharma once again played no part in being a catalyst for what’s happening in the world of teenage pain. I have seen a lot of criticism because the media and press feel that the issue of “mental illness” was not given as a reason for teen suicide but they did touch on mental illness –what they never touch on is that the greatest cause of teen suicide is the medication itself. How do I know this? Because I live in the real world and I talk to people everyday who explain their life before medication and come into social network groups to explain their life after taking medication. I know because my own 15 year old daughter walked out onto a roof and hung herself because she was on Zoloft –which incidentally I found out after she died, was never even approved for children under 18 with depression. It was only approved for children with OCD –my daughter did not have OCD!
Hopefully this series, when it continues into its third season, touches on this issue. It needs to be talked about. We need to be told the truth. We need to stop having this industry with deep pockets who supports all the media given a constant pass. We need to have the conversation once and for all and we need to stop it from happening over and over again. It’s a real issue, it’s probably the biggest reason why so many kids are dealing with tragedy and the silence is deafening.
Don’t you think in this political climate that you should take the time to meet your local, state & federal candidates? That you should learn all you can about them since they will most likely be calling the shots on how much money is coming out of your paycheck, how clean your local environment is and what laws might be infringing on your liberties without your consent?
Well, I’m here to tell you that you can simply hold a political meet&greet at your home inviting your friends, family and neighbors and since Summer is almost here….what better time than right before the 2018 Primaries and Election?
Step by Step Instructions:
#1 Buy a Cocktail Shaker – That’s right….it’s called a cocktail party and all you need is a bottle of vodka, some ice, a fruity juice or if your taste run more to the exotic side try a bottle of Kahlua.
or if you think you’ll get a big crowd than mix up a large batch of Sangria! You can go White and add some Red & blue berries to add a festive political touch 🙂 Try this recipe from Recipe Girl
#2 Make Some Munchies: Now that you’ve figured out the beverages how about some finger sandwiches or perhaps a nice dip? In staying with our political theme there are lots of ideas right here, and it’s all healthy too!
#3 Create Invitations:It doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. You can simply run to the store and buy a pack of invites or you can get creative and print a batch on your computer. But I suggest you make the “put in the mailbox” kind and not the ones generated on a computer and emailed because it’s not personal, it’s easy for people to ignore and it might get lost in spam or just a mass email delete.
Here is a great site on Lucid Press that shows you how to create your own invitations or you can simply take a walk over to your local Michael’s where they have an isle filled with every sort of stationary imaginable including blank cards, stickers and envelopes and you can print up some striking invitation that is sure to peek the interest of your neighbors or you can find stationary and just print a simple invite which can be folded and placed in your friendly neighborhood mailboxes.
#4 Call Gigi and Make arrangements to have a Meet & Greet with Bob White, Gubernatorial Candidate for Florida!Just drop me an email @ email@example.com and let me know dates and times of availability and we’ll get Bob right to your door!
It’s important that you know who you’re voting for and if you want to meet the best man for the job than lets get this party started!