I Pledge Allegiance…But Not On My Shirtsleeves!

I’ve been faced with a challenging question. Am I “Patriotic” to my country?

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I like to think of myself as a modern “Lady Liberty”!

I’m an American. Yes. I AM patriotic—but in my own way.

Many folks I know—especially those of the “conservative” and “republican” ilk seem to think I’m a liberal person who absolutely hates these United States of America due to my social views.

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That’s me!  Many of my political remarks may sting others like a bee–and I have a lot of “uh-oh” moments–but it doesn’t mean I’m NOT patriotic!

I am a proponent of

Marriage Equality for all!   Oh yes I am. WHO has the right to judge who people can love?   WHO has the right to judge who people can marry and (hopefully) spend the rest of their lives together with? Note to those who oppose. Mind your own stinking business. If you are not a proponent of this equality, go about your own daily lives and accept others the way you were taught to. Be kind.

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You love who you love–you marry who you want to marry.  What happened to our melting pot of a country?  The melting pot means everyone!

Equal Pay for Women: Women work just as hard, if not harder than men. There is no reason a woman should not be paid on the same scale as her male counterparts. Listen—how many men these days are the actual “bread winners” (a medieval term, if I must say so myself) of their families? Due to the rising costs of medical insurance, higher education and housing, more and more women are out in the work field—AND these same women go home to manage their households AND are responsible for most of the childrearing, which, BTW, is a non-salaried job! Don’t even get me started on this.

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Women work just as hard if not harder! We deserve equal pay–if not more!

Raising the Minimum Wage: Not everyone in our great country has had the opportunity to receive a college education. In addition, many grown adults who have lost jobs and cannot find reemployment–especially due to age, bigotry and lack of education, end up with jobs that pay minimum wages. How can these hard workers support a family let alone themselves? The cost of housing has skyrocketed over the years. The cost of groceries has skyrocketed. In fact, the friggin’ cost of living itself has risen dramatically. Everyone deserves to re-enter through the door of the endangered species of the middle classes. Don’t look down at those who have minimum-wage jobs—instead raise their pay rate and raise their self-esteem! This is America-dammit! Everyone should be treated with respect and paid at a better rate!

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Is THIS the new look of housing because people can’t afford anything better due to low minimum wages?   It’s a sad state when a home is something only the wealthy can afford.

Lower Military Spending: This one really gets some people going. Why—I’m glad nobody I know who disagrees with this has never had stones in their hands or my fish-belly white,  freckled skin would be black and blue! My J. Crew schoolboy blazer would be a filthy mess! Oh—and please let’s not even go into how messed up my hair would be.

You see, I don’t think our troops need to be stationed throughout Europe. WWII ended years ago. OK? There is wasted money in this!

Instead, lets’ use that war-monger money to help the troops who have come home instead of spending it on future military use. There are thousands upon thousands of soldiers who have come home to these United States that they DEFENDED and are treated worse than animals. These men and women—especially the wounded ones need to be taken care of—and should be by the government instead of donations from private tax-payers. If the military is going to spend—spend it on those who came home.

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How about lowering military spending for the future and concentrating on distributing the funds to wounded warriors like this brave soldier?  Our wounded troops deserve better when they come home!

Because of these views—I have been told I am NOT patriotic. Isn’t that funny? I want the best for my fellow Americans—but I’m unpatriotic!

Trust me—I’ve actually had a relative tell me I am so unpatriotic that I should move out of America. To that I asked “Have you ever been to Normandy, France to pay homage to our fallen American soldiers?”

Yes—that’s right “Unpatriotic” little me has been to Normandy—and it was the most moving visit I’ve ever made. It was overwhelming to go to the cemeteries and see the incredible amount of headstones of those who died for our freedom and the freedom of others.

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I would say that a trip like this to Normandy is just a tad more patriotic than a trip to Disneyworld–and trust me, it isn’t more expensive!

Free Medical for Every American: Another sticky subject. I’m not talking Obamacare either. As an unemployed American, I was forced into “Obamacare”—and if I didn’t go that route, I would be fined. Nice thing to do to an American! That being said, I now have a healthcare program which I pay into, but I still have to pay out-of-pocket expenses because my annual skin-cancer check is not covered as the health insurance I have will not pay my dermatologist. The only winners in this Healthcare situation are the INSURANCE COMPANIES. When will people wake up? If our taxes were raised MINIMALLY, then everyone would have affordable healthcare!

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These words are so correct!

 I’m called a “pinko commie” for this. Dare I use the “s” word either? I mean REALLY, do people not realize that our public school system is a socialist program? Also, pink is NOT my favorite color—and I am certainly NOT a “commie”! Can I be referred to as a “navy blue with contrasting lime green humanist” instead? Those colors are far more flattering on me!

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Honestly, these colors are SO much better on me than “pinko”!!

The Right to Higher Education Without Going Into Debt:  Why is a college education turning into an elitist movement? I have a daughter who literally owes the equivalent to a mortgage in student loans! Wanna know why? Because the banks are allowed to be legal loan sharks! The amount of interest paid to the banks on student loans is a disgrace!! Politicians are so afraid to spank the hands of the banker—I guess it’s because the politicians are sleeping in a cash-strewn bed with them!

And I get a chuckle from the one-percenters who feel that if someone cannot afford the price of a respected university then community college is the way to go. Yes. For the first two years a community college can be a help—but continuing on, a university diploma is needed. Get off your high horses. Every child deserves the right to a college education. Regardless of their financial situation. Perhaps administrators’ salaries should be lowered. Or the banks can hand out interest-free loans to students.

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My daughter, Oona, at U of MD graduation. The amount of interest she has to pay to the loan-shark bankers is disgusting. If she didn’t have the high interest rate, her loan payments would be much more affordable!  She wasn’t smiling this brightly after sending off her first student loan payment!

Separation of Church and State: Since when did our America become a religion? Really, this confuses me to no end. There was actually a time when religion and state were completely separate! Can you believe it? Jesus did his job—and politicians did their jobs. And never the two shall meet. Until the religious righties sidled their way into politics!   Guess what? I’m Catholic. That is my religion. I don’t care what your religion is. Just keep ALL man-made religions out of politics. The two don’t mix.

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My BFF, Hipster Jesus came to me again. I had nothing to offer him to drink, so he whipped up some wine out of nowhere!  Anyway, he was venting to me. “Why can’t these people leave me out of politics?”  “Don’t they realize I have other issues to take care of–like getting others to be kind and respectful?”  Poor guy–we need politicians to just be politicians!

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OK–maybe a bit NICER than him–but wait! House of Cards IS based on today’s politicians who all have personal agendas and don’t really care about “We The People!”

Regardless of my different views, I AM patriotic.

When I stand at attention to pledge to our flag, I pledge to my country instead. My heart warms. My eyes sometimes become misty. I am proud!

I don’t wear my patriotism on my sleeve. Instead I try to be patriotic in my actions.

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I don’t need to display something like this on my person. It looks vulgar!

I try to treat others with respect and kindness and equality.

I try to be a diplomat of sorts when I travel internationally. I am polite and respectful and strive to make a good impression not just for my country but for my country’s people.

Paris. Leaning tower of Eiffel.

I attempt to make a good impression on my visits abroad!  I’m  a nice broad abroad!

I don’t take my freedom for granted—I realize that I am lucky to have it…

And…I vote! Yes. I vote. To me, voting is the most patriotic action that I can make. You see, many fellow Americans don’t vote. They have excuses like…

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Yes, lazy person with excuses! Your vote DOES count!

“Why should I bother? ” The jerks are just gonna win anyway” Really? Only a true jerk would think that way! Yeah, a jerk MAY win–either way, the person you vote for may or may  not win the election.  You will be able to complain with glee because you will be validated because you voted!

“I don’t have time to vote” Oh. I see. And HOW many reality TV shows did you have the time to watch this week?”

“My vote won’t count”. This is the most lame-brained excuse. Yes. Your vote WILL count—and will add up with the many other votes of people who use that same excuse!!!

And the most amazing thing is, these people who are too lazy to go out and vote are the ones who complain the most!

Hey. Guess what?? I LOVE and LIVE to complain (and it isn’t because I’ve become French by osmosis). Therefore I am validated in any complaint I can make about the government because I did my patriotic duty to vote!

So yeah—my patriotism may not be the norm—but I’m still patriotic.

Hmmmm..My red slut shoes, with navy skinny jeans, a white T-shirt and a Navy Schoolboy blazer are MY red, white and blue of choice!

Slightly slutty shoes are great for dressing up a bit.

Red “Walk of Shameless Patriotism” Shoes

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Blue Skinny Jeans….

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A Navy J. Crew Schoolboy blazer and a white tee shirt make for an every day patriot ensemble! So subtle and refined–yet so….American Beauty!

I’m one bangin’ hotly dressed Patriot!

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO!! Remember–we all may not agree with each other politically or anyway else–but the fact we can express ourselves freely–well, we are a lucky bunch of people!  Be kind and respectful..and humorous even when disagreeing! It’s all good!

Naturally, how can I not share Neil’s “America”!!

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About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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24 Responses to I Pledge Allegiance…But Not On My Shirtsleeves!

  1. PresDuLac says:

    I love every word of this post! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!
    Thank you so much for having the guts to share your beliefs…..beliefs that are mine as well.
    I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.
    ~Joanie

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    • Catherine says:

      Hi Joanie! I’m soooooooooooo glad that there is someone else who shares my beliefs! Yay!!!! I HAD to speak my truths–I’m not sugar-coating anything to do with our country. We need to bring it back to the way it was before extremists got the upper hand. We need to return to bi-partisianship. We need to return to the days of the media not mincing words and making everything so “politically correct”. We are regressing as a people and we need to progress! *steps off soapbox in her red slutty heels!!!!

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  2. animar64 says:

    Walkin’ the Walk…good for you and your fellow Patriots

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  3. Catherine says:

    I walk the walk..I talk the talk..and I vote!

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  4. Jean says:

    I totally agree with you. And the way you put it, who wouldn’t? Nicely done.

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    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Jean! LOL–how right (I don’t mean that right!) you are–who wouldn’t like the way I put it?? (I’ll post pics of my black eye and chipped teeth tomorrow!) XOXOXOXO!!!

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  5. spearfruit says:

    I love this post very much – thank your for your honesty.

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    • Catherine says:

      Hi! I’m glad you loved the post! I truly believe honesty IS the best policy–especially when we blog. It’s an extension of who we are! Bonaparte (my better half) warned me after he read the post that it may have been a bit too honest. I don’t care though–as long as readers like or love the post, I’m incredibly happy and touched! Thanks again!! XOXOXO!!!

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      • spearfruit says:

        I agree with you about honesty with the blog. Some of my posts are dealing with difficult but honest subjects – I sometimes question myself if I should be as honest as I am – but in the end I am trying to be honest with myself. Hope that makes some sense. Again, thanks for your honesty! 🙂

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  6. calensariel says:

    I have a first draft of a letter ready when you say the word about throwing your hat in the ring for president. And while you’re there, will you beat the crap out of Donal Trump for me with my whompin’ stick? (One of my favorite video/songs of all times. I LOVE “The Jazz Singer.”)

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    • Catherine says:

      LOL–Cheryl. I would personally pull those few hairs off Trumps head! AND I will kick his ass with one of my most-loved Ivanka Trump pointy-toed kitten heeled shoes that I own. (Really–how could such an arrogant man have a daughter with the greatest shoe line?) I would make a GREAT president of these United States! I would erect a new monument in DC. A large melting pot!! That’s who we are!!! We are a country that is a true melting pot. Oh…do’t even get me started on The Donald! LOL!! Hey–I come from a family of Neil Diamond fans–he truly bridges any musical generation gap! Love him!! OXOXOXOXO!!!

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  7. Olive Ole says:

    You just described Norway… ☺

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  8. Margaret says:

    Nice post, well said! Regarding “separation of church and state”, just take a look at the state of NY where the bloc vote rules and gets away with whatever they want.

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  9. Margaret says:

    Oh and congrats on your Liebster award nomination, I’m not surprised!

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  10. I LOVE this post! I always love reading your blog and this one actually kept me from getting into bed and reading on a Sunday night – ha!

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  11. BunKaryudo says:

    You say you’re patriotic. Well, I’d like to believe you — and it’s true that you did evince huge concern for the welfare of your fellow citizens — but the real question is were you wearing one of those little flag pins in your lapel when your wrote this post? Everyone knows those pins are the mark of a real patriot.

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  12. Catherine, I have said it before and I will say it again. I love your honesty. On hard issues especially.
    I will admit I am a registered Republican. I VOTE.
    I vote my conscious. Sometimes I vote Democrat..I vote for the person I think will do the best job.
    Right now I DISLIKE What the Republicans and the Democrats have done and are doing to our country. They will do anything to keep a 3rd party from because a viable party.
    I have voted for 3rd parties and the underdog……
    I really dislike TRUMP. He is an embarrassment to our country.
    Debates should involved all the major candidates and the public should not have to pay to watch them.
    I agreed with you on most of the issues here.

    I agree with your right to say them.
    Loved love this post.

    I wish our wages would go up.
    There is NO MIDDLE CLASS Any more.
    I know because I once was one.
    I worked for everything I have. I didn't want to go on disability. I had no choice. Hard to work when you have many days you can't get out of bed.
    And don't get me started about OBAMACARE.

    There is so much more I could add but you said most of it already.

    Sarah

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    • Catherine says:

      Ohhhh…Sarah! I’m not feeling the love from the Democrats either these days. Both parties are guilty of self-agendas AND not making an effort to exhibit bi-partisianship! It’s disheartening! I’m glad to see we are both so much on the same page here!! I’ve disliked Trump ever since he turned New York City into a circus. Honestly. He did. He is responsible for the greed and wealth that raised the price of real estate and literally kicked the middle classes out of NYC on their asses! Oyyyyyy..I can’t even…………. OXOXOXOXO!!!

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      • I am angry that there is n middle class system anywhere that I know of.Danny makes less now than I did 12 years ago. A lot less. We can’t afford to move because the next job wouldn’t have a house included. That would be about 3/4ths of what he makes. That is just sad. oxoxoxoxo

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