Brotherly Love

A Saturday or so ago, several guys David worked with came to help him install sheet rock in the ceiling at the storage building. It was something he could not do by himself.
He had already helped one or two of them with different projects at their homes. He has promised to help another of them when he gets ready to do a project.
David has taught these younger men a lot of things they did not know. Like how to finish a concrete slab for a building and other things. They are always amazed that he can work circles around them.
One thing for sure no one can ever say about my hubby is that he was not a hard worker. He is one of the hardest workers I know and is constantly working on one thing or another. He definitely outworks me as well.
That’s the way it used to be all the time. Whatever was needed people stepped up and helped out, expecting nothing in return. How far we have gone down that slope is on the opposite spectrum of things these days.
We need to return to those days where we step up and help people. During times of crisis people do tend to step up and that’s wonderful and as it should be as well. But there shouldn’t have to be a crisis to step up and help someone.
You see when you help someone you are not just helping them, you are also helping yourself. Helping others is good for your emotional well being.
Studies have even been done of that very subject. One study shows that helping others not only improves social interaction but distracts people from their own problems. It can improve self-esteem and competence. In addition, you are making memories that you can draw upon down the road.
Some studies even suggest that helping others helps you live longer. That is because it decreases stress and can boost your immune system.
Scientists even say it boosts your brain response.
We really shouldn’t be surprised, after all, the Bible says we should help others. There are so many ways to help people, whether that just be visiting them when they are sick or in the hospital, or offering an elderly person your seat in a crowded area. It could be as simple as offering your umbrella to someone on a rainy day.
The Bible tells us to carry each other’s burdens. Sometimes helping is just lending a listening ear to someone. Unless you are in someone’s life every single day, you have no idea what they are having to deal with in their life.
I love the stories of people helping other people but sometimes we brag too much. The Bible also tells us not to go about bragging on our good deeds. We should be helping for the sake of caring, not to feed our ego, or so that someone will give us a pat on the back.
Kindness really doesn’t cost anything. Sometimes just smiling at someone is what they need for that day. Never underestimate the power of a smile. I try to smile at everyone and when someone doesn’t smile back, I wonder what has them so sour on life.
Kindness should be something that comes naturally to us. It should be part of our DNA. And we should never expect anything in return. That kind of defeats the purpose, don’t you think.
Your children should see you helping others so they in turn, will help others. This is a valuable lesson which should be taught.
What if for one whole day, we spent the day being kind and helping others? Perhaps we could even start a kindness movement by passing it own.
I have had someone pay for my meal in a drive-through and I try to pay that forward. Paying it forward is something to strive for daily.
All of us are blessed more than we really deserve and we should be blessing others. It’s a way to make a difference in our world today, even if only in a small way.
To help others, we have to make helping a priority. We can’t tell ourselves that we don’t have time to help. All of us are busy, but we make time for our priorities.
Helping others is also about showing love. God loves us and He wants us to love everyone. Galatians tells us by love serve one another. Showing love is another way to help. Offer a hug or a genuine compliment. Always be genuine because people know if you are not.
There is an old proverb which states, “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness that lasts a lifetime, help somebody.”
When they can’t help you back, makes it even more loving. Go bless someone today and you will be blessed as well.©2019

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.com

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Truth about liberalism

If you do not believe it yet or just can’t accept it as fact, I challenge you to Google something you know for a fact, especially having to do with conservatism. Chances are the meaning and narrative have been changed to perpetuate some idea they want the populace to accept.
For instance, we all know that liberals want the government to have more control; only support freedom of speech as it applies to their views; and are against religious freedom as Christians understand it.
However, if you Google “liberalism” it will state the meaning as just the opposite. In doing a search, I found it reads: “Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but they generally support limited government, individual rights, capitalism, democracy, secularism, gender equality, racial equality, internationalism, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion.”
That is actually a far cry from what today’s liberals really believe while implying they support and love our country. I beg to differ. If you love your country, you wouldn’t be trying to destroy it with a socialistic agenda. Every democrat running for president supports socialism in one way or another. They certainly do not support freedom as a way of life, because if they did, we wouldn’t be hearing such ridiculousness coming from their mouths.
What really galls me is that all of them are millionaires. Many weren’t when they first went into office but they are now. Let that sink in for a moment. They own big mansions, some more than one, with not only gates around them but they also have armed guards.
However, they say they are against guns and walls. What many fail to get into their heads, that in socialism, these people will still be fine, because they are in charge and the filthy rich survive and become even more wealthy. All the while, everyone around them will be starving and at the mercy of the government. It’s a dangerous game they are playing and trying to get “we the people” to play along.
Unfortunately some will because they fail to reason things out and don’t understand the repercussions. It just is common sense that you can’t give away everything free because eventually you have to pay the piper and the price is way too high to pay.
Liberalism at its best is false lies and fake compassion. Liberals live in a sheltered world and wouldn’t admit the truth, if in fact they even knew it. Some know it, but use their ideology (slate of candidates) as a scam to get power and wealth from the gullible. They cry about poverty and racism but with a smile as they send poor and minority kids to substandard schools. These same people would never let their children even get within shouting distance of an inner city public school.
They demand we double prices on energy and trade in our cars to ride on buses because of global warming. Yet, they don’t even think twice about hopping on their private jets to have a discussion with an oil sheik and probably get a kickback before they leave.
You and I on the other hand, have to deal with reality, even when it is harsh. We know that those who place liberal heroes on a pedestal, have set their sights on something that is not real. Those heroes don’t truly believe in liberalism.
Liberals perpetrate the delusion that labor should be valued by you based on your own notion of “fairness”, not by those who provide it or pay for it. Thus we have the push for $15 an hour minimum wage.
The reality is, you are worth exactly what an employer can pay for you and the position you are filling, nothing more. Increasing the minimum wage by such a large amount, puts more people out of jobs — that’s the reality of it. If you expect the government to set a “living wage” for you, the truth is you have failed to make yourself worth a living wage. Making a living takes hard work, dedication and commitment.
Liberalism keeps you poor, ignorant and helpless to survive, and therefore you become dependent on the government.
I dare say that if 90 percent of Americans were self-sufficient and refused to trade dignity for welfare handouts, the Democratic party of today, would cease to exist.
Liberalism promotes a “victim” mentality and if you are having any kind of hardship, it is because you are a victim. The truth is, most of the time, it is your own fault. We aren’t a victim of circumstances. We all make choices and suffer the consequences of those choices when they are the wrong ones.
As Margaret Thatcher once said, the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money. Liberals want you to drink the Koolaid; in actually it’s a political ponzi scheme where the lazy and gullible get exploited. For you see the hard truth is, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Someone pays for it.©2019

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.com

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Time for social media fast

Facebook notified me this week that I have been a member for 10 years. Ten years and society has taken a definite nosedive!
Social media causes anxiety and if you are easily offended, you most certainly don’t need to be on it. I belong to a group of Boxer (dogs) lovers and someone offered prayers to a member whose dog was sick and some crazy person went off on them saying they would no longer be a part of the group if it was going to push religion. Really?!!
What happened to everyone is entitled to their opinion and if you disagree with something, ignore it and keep on scrolling? That’s what I do most of the time, unless something is posted which is so off base, untruthful and ridiculous where I think people should know the truth. I try not to though because inevitably someone is going to disagree and want to either keep the banter going or just be plain rude.
There is a lot of debate these days about social media censorship and I have been censored a couple of times for conservative posts or faith posts, therefore I know it to be true.
Google is also censoring as well as changing information as on wikipedia. I don’t really do twitter but I’ve heard they are also doing the same thing. You can be sure it is happening to you; that’s just the chance you take when entering the world of social media.
What I would like is for people to quit texting and messaging and have honest to goodness conversations. I prefer being called over texting any day of the week.
I know several women who have gotten off social media because it was stressing them out. I’ve noticed after several weeks, they certainly do seem much calmer. I believe everyone should take breaks from it for periods of time.
We use it for work and therefore, it is sometimes hard to stay off because we are checking messages or posting things to our page. Otherwise, I would prefer not to use it all. Too much drama and I’m not into the drama.
Social media has altered our lifestyles and not for the best. In doing a social media checkup you may be surprised to find out how much of your time is wasted each day. I say wasted because I ask is it really necessary.
It might be great for staying in touch with someone far away and seeing photos but some of those photos shouldn’t be posted because predators are out there looking at them, especially those with children. It also has been proven that social media alters your brain.
What happens when you take a hiatus and disconnect from social media? Don’t say it’s impossible because it has only been about ten years that social media was hardly even on the radar. We got along fine for centuries without it.
If you do try a fast, you will find that you will be happier with yourself. It has been proven that social media fuels narcissism and vanity. People post photos and even statuses hoping others will agree and give them a “like”. Do you really need that affirmation? The Bible also tells us our good works shouldn’t be done to everyone will praise us and should be in secret. I like the good stories, but we shouldn’t be doing good things for people to notice.
Everything on social media is filtered and edited. It makes everyone’s life look perfect; or on the other spectrum it can make them look petty and crazy if they are airing all their dirty laundry.
So a social media fast would take you away from the fantasy perpetrated there and you’ll stop comparing your life to everyone else’s.
Stepping away will free up some of your time and give you a chance to get other things done – something hopefully meaningful and productive. You’ll even start to notice things you’ve never noticed before because you were looking at your phone or computer.
We may think social media connects us but in reality, if you are glued to a screen, you’re not really connected. Burying your face in the phone means you are ignoring everyone and everything around you and you aren’t even away of things which may be happening around you. If you just look you’ll discover there are a lot of things going on around us that are certainly more rewarding than scrolling through a news feed.
If you’re wondering what you can do instead, how about actually read a book. Not on the computer as that taxes your eyes. Start an exercise program, or at least go for a walk. It’s good for you and helps clear your mind. Cook more meals or spend time with friends. Start a conversation with someone you know or even someone you don’t know yet. The list is actually endless.
Isn’t it time we actually lived our lives and starting enjoying them instead of posting about them? Social media is addictive, yes, so do you really want to be addicted? If you do a fast you will also become more focused and productive; your brain will be a little less scattered and sooner than you think, you really won’t miss it if you are living your life. Many of those friends on your list you don’t even really know anyway, so why not spend face time with the ones you do know.
I challenge you to try it for a month and see how you feel. Your brain will thank you for it and I bet you’ll feel a whole lot better and calmer.

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.com

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It’s nonsensical

Here we go again! I do not make light of the recent shootings, however, with each one comes the call for more gun control. Most of these mass shootings have taken place in gun-free zones so that certainly doesn’t make sense.
It also does not make sense that many of those who support gun control, either own them or have armed body guards. So, it’s okay for them but not anyone else.
But let’s consider this: in Chicago alone, 293 people have been killed this year. There have been 34 reported homicides in Baltimore in the last 30 days and nine in Atlanta. The murder rate in St. Louis is 64.9 per 100,000; in Baltimore 51.1; in New Orleans the mass the murder rate is 40.6 per 100,000 people.
We have nothing from media whatsoever about any of this. Why? Because it does not support the narrative they wish to impose on everyone. These events are orchestrated by the Deep State, which is another reason you don’t hear about them.
If you notice, every time something is about to break concerning the Democrats, or they are about to be exposed about something, a mass shooting or another event happens. Oh year, and the places where these deaths occur more often have the strictest gun control laws.
Note also, that several of them just went to Italy to party at the invitation of Google. Supposedly it was to discuss climate change, however, at least 15 private jets which emit carbon dioxide brought some of them to the event. So do they really believe in climate change or is it just part of their agenda to instill fear into the people? Margaret Thatcher once said that global warming provides a marvelous excuse for worldwide, supra-national socialism. Let that sink in for a moment.
But in addition they also want to blame President Trump. Never mind that more happened under the former President. As President Trump said addressing the nation Monday, this was an act of evil. Men’s hearts have become hardened and there is not compassion for human life anymore.
The President called for an end to hatred. The legislators in Congress are adding fuel to that fire and some of them should be tried for hate talk. Did you notice there was not Democratic public outcry over the shooting; instead they used it as a political rant against Trump. Really? O’Rourke was actually laughing about it in a statement and when he realized it, tried to check himself. What a nut job! Note also that the places where the majority of shootings occur are controlled by the Democrats.
Many parents today use video games and television as babysitters instead of actually interacting with their children. There are many times no restriction for children playing the games and when you are exposed to people dying in games and then resurrecting, it can warp a mind to think that’s how it is in real life. Parents need to be parents and take control again of their children. Infants and toddlers cannot make grownup decisions.
It can also be proven that the El Paso shooter was listed as a Democrat prior to the shooting but a few minutes after the shooting, it was changed to say he was a Republican! The first report also said there were more than one shooter but that was changed as well. That was done so the Democrats can continue to spew hate toward the president and continue to tout gun control. Once they take away our guns, they think they can control us better.
Perhaps you think all of this sounds a big crazy. I once thought so myself, but the more research I do, the more convinced I become, we don’t really have a clue about what has and is going on in the government behind closed doors. They are giving our country away and if Trump loses the 2020 election, we will have lost our country.
Do I completely agree with Trump? No and I wish he would clean up his words a little but I believe his heart is in the right place and he really does love America.
And as long as we do not wake up and want to believe the government would never really hurt us, the more they can do. It’s time for Americans to wake up and be aware. Pay attention to all the cover-ups that are being exposed. Do not trust the liberal media. They spew the propaganda they are told to report.
Have you considered that they push gun control so hard because the second amendment was actually in case the government became went too far and became tyrannical. If they do away with the second amendment, we can’t protect ourselves from them.
Three years into Trump’s administration and the Democrats have done nothing, other than try to give themselves a raise and constantly attack Trump. Is this really what the American people want from their elected officials? I certainly hope not as there a lot of issues to work on and we should be united in doing so. If they loved the country, we wouldn’t be hearing their nonsense every time you turn around. ©2019

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.com

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Thank you teachers

School is about to be off and running again. For Crawford it starts bright and early Monday morning. Some others started today. I vote that all those in the same area start at the same time. Just makes good sense to me, but of course they didn’t ask me about it.
This summer seems like it blew by much faster than usual. Since I haven’t been able to take a vacation, I’m actually glad that it did.
The heat has been almost unbearable at times, but personally, I’d rather have the heat that the extreme cold. I’m a warm weather kind of person and don’t like to put on heavy coats to be warm.
I know that schools rely on money from the federal government to operate but I believe since that has been the case, education has suffered. Too many things are mandated without additional funding and teachers have so much paperwork, I don’t see how they get anything done.
Personally, I think more emphasis should be put on teaching the basics and needed subjects than all those test scores schools need for funding. I understand the why, just don’t understand quite how we got to this point. Some kids just don’t do well on tests even though they know the material inside and out.
Teachers these days have so much to put up with I am so glad I decided in the beginning it was not for me. We blame a lot of the kids, but a lot of blame actually goes to the parents for allowing inappropriate behavior and trying to befriend their children, instead of parenting them. It doesn’t work and sooner or later, the parent will regret doing so.
Respect is becoming a lost art and I rarely hear kids say yes ma’am and no ma’am anymore or please and thank you. This reflects back on the parents. Today’s parents are not about discipline and the Bible tells us if you spare the rod, you spoil the child. Definitely can see that in some kids today.
Not all of them, I know, but there is just so much disrespect all the way around. The respect you show to people says a lot about you as a person.
I even say yes ma’am to people younger than me. it was just how I was raised and it comes out of my mouth without me even thinking about it.
If it were feasible for school systems, a return back to civics classes, manners, cursive writing and real history should return. When the government gets involved in education as well as other areas of our lives, whatever it is involved in seems to deteriorate. Government was never supposed to be so involved in our lives. You can’t legislate morality but the government sure seems bent on trying.
At any rate I pray that teachers and students have a wonderful year this year and there is a lot of learning going on in the classrooms. I also pray especially for the teachers. They certainly are a special breed of people and they need our prayers. When you run into one, be sure and thank them for the thankless jobs they do. They get a lot of grief, much of it unjustified.
My teaching career lasted six months. I wanted no more of it and it’s not that I didn’t enjoy teaching, because I did. It was the parents, their attitudes and the fact that I believed so many of the kids were being abused at home and could not do anything about it. I am one of those who takes everything on my shoulders and wants to fix everything. That’s not always possible. So, my hat is really off to teachers as I got a brief glimpse into their lives.
There were never enough supplies and you always had to buy something yourself. You think, especially today with all the free supplies given out at different back to school bashes, supplies wouldn’t be a problem. Believe it or not, it still is especially in families with several children. And sometimes, I’ve known a family to sell the backpacks for money.
Some parents would send their children to school without any supplies, only with a pencil. It was heartbreaking for me.
No matter what the child did, some parents still blamed everything on the teachers. Never mind they act up in class all the time, or don’t come prepared or haven’t done homework; it’s still blamed on the teacher.
Teachers make a difference in the lives of children. Had it not been for one of my teachers, I might have gone in a different direction, other than journalism after my brief teaching stint. There are days I’ve thought I should have but I also believe I’m where God wants me as well.
August marks my 12th year in Crawford County. I came in 2007. What a ride it’s been and I’ve met so many wonderful, caring people.
In two years, the Georgia Post will be 100 years old. We are contemplating what we’d like to do so if you have any suggestions, send them to us. We love hearing from the community. Don’t know what’s in store for the future of newspapers, but I do know that 40 years ago, someone said they would only last another 25 years. We’re still going strong, just having to make changes and adapt.
Wishing everyone a safe school year and thank you teachers.©2019

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.com

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Stop being silent

It’s time Americans, especially Christians wake up to what is really going on in our country. A lot of it is smoke and mirrors by the mainstream media who choose to focus on the negative and the fake instead of the truth.
What President Trump told the squad was not racist at all, perhaps ideological but not racial. It’s kind of ironic that I also told my nephew to leave America if he hated it so much prior to all the uproar with the squad. I’m sorry but what the squad spouted was racist against Israel and against others.
Truth is they do not love America and are out to destroy us from the inside out. Racism is not dead, however, it is used so often as an excuse or to use it to benefit your ideals, that it is starting not to mean anything. If you constantly have to point out your skin color, there’s something wrong with that picture.
Trump never mentioned names, but they automatically took issue. My grandmother used to always say the “bit dog hollers first”. In other words if you are guilty, you will protest loudest.
Suppose you were in a relationship with someone who said they loved you but hated your appearance, beliefs, and character. Would you stay? Common sense says you should leave.
If we research these women we find that Ilham Omar was born outside the United States; Miss Ocasio-Cortez’s parents are from Puerto Rico and Miss Tlaib’s are from Palestine. All four of them have criticized America’s history and heritage. The press conferences they have held show they don’t consider themselves part of the historic American nation.
They have an agenda. Ocasio-Cortez was part of a Hollywood casting call and is playing her part. Unfortunately, her brain doesn’t always engage before she speaks. She wants to abolish all immigration laws. Let that sink in and how it would affect our country.
Congressman Pressley stated at a press conference she would never call Trump president. Oh really? How disrespectful is that? She also tweeted an article that declared the Declaration of Independence “sexist, racist, and prejudiced.” She argued that the “prejudices, biases, & contradictions codified by our founding fathers are still felt today.”
Tlaib wore a thawb during her swearing-in ceremony. She has gotten much from our country, including quite a nice salary that many Americans only wish they had. She has only called the President names which women certainly shouldn’t use, but which are offensive to me and others.
Omar has argued the United States was founded via “genocide.” She has complained that Muslims were “second-class” citizens and that on September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, “Some people did something.” She said to criticize her was “dangerous incitement.” She also hates Israel with a passion.
Our founding fathers would not recognize today’s America nor the values we fight to defend.
Omar says she and her colleagues speak from “extreme love for every single person in this country.” Oh, really? Apparently, that doesn’t include the President and I believe he is a person in this country. What about his supporters? and those who respect the “genocidal” Founders?
This isn’t love, it’s hostility. If we showed up in other countries demanding they change their customs, traditions, law and heroes, we would be run out on a rail after they finished laughing at us.
People usually leave their home country out of desperation; things have become unbearable. So once you get to America, which is quite attractive to you, shouldn’t you be appreciative?
We now have a system of double standards. Democrats step on the Constitution and ignore the laws to do whatever they want. You should come here prepared to obey our laws and if not, you suffer the consequences or you return from where you came. The illegals at the border don’t have to stay there and complain, they can go back to their country. If they loved their own country, they would stay and try to make a difference. So if they don’t love their own country, why would they love it here.
The Constitution is an amazing work with foresight, we are severely lacking today. Our founding fathers put a lot of thought into it and it still fits our republic today.
You may be asking what you can do to stop all the madness. First of all, encourage Christians to vote in the upcoming election and to ask God to guide them in their decision on a candidate. Those who do not share the same values need to be replaced.
Christians also need to be speaking up against the injustices and the craziness. We’ve got to stand strong and we need to call out lies as lies. Our motto should be “silent no more”. As long as we remain silent, the corruption continues and nothing changes. That change starts on your knees in prayer to the One who is over it all. ©2019

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.

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Death of manners and pride

Last week was just one of those weeks. So much happened in the news true, but it was just kind of a strange week all around. I’ve shaken my head in disbelief more than I can remember over things happening in the world.
I find myself asking when did having pride in America die. I was deleted by my nephew on social media last week because he made a statement about leaving America because of its history of slaves. There were other comments but, I became so mad at the statement, I’m not sure what else was stated.
Maybe I should not have done so, but I told him if he felt that way then yes he should go somewhere else and could take others than felt that same way. I went on to say he definitely did not have a firm grasp on American history and what freedom cost this country. I stated I was a proud American. I also told him I loved him.
I half-way expected to get deleted because apparently, from that and other posts, he is one of today’s snowflakes who not only lack compassion, but respect,manners or any common sense and are devoid of any pride. Many have been given everything — opportunities unlimited and haven’t really worked hard a day in their life. Some of these are still living at home and unable to stand on their own two feet. That’s not necessarily the case with Ryan, but he does have a child for which I don’t think he has ever taken full responsibility. A child that, still lives in the United States, while he has been traveling around the world playing music.
There is an undertone in our country, trying to erase the true history of America, trying to shame us into submission to their way of thinking and trying to take us down the path of socialism. For probably the last 60 years, the brainwashing has been ongoing and we have been fed so much propaganda, that many are easily led astray. It has become the norm and the ability to think for one’s self is becoming as extinct as common sense.
We place athletes and movie stars on pedestals and practically worship them. When you are put on a pedestal, you are most likely going to fall off sooner or later. I have always said they are just doing their jobs, like me and the rest of working America and their job just happens to put them in the limelight a little more and they may make more than the average American. Still it’s just their career choice.
Civics lessons need to put back into our public schools and since apparently parents are no longer teaching their children rules of etiquette, perhaps a class on it as well. There is just so much rudeness and lack of compassion in our world today.
I know that cellphones are widely accepted but checking it at the dinner table is just plain rude, no matter how you color it. I hardly ever see young people holding doors for the elderly anymore. How many times have you watched somebody cough without covering their mouth?
Cell phones and social media have practically done away with common courtesies which used to come natural to most people. Children learn by example and parents are just as bad as the kids when it comes to being on their cell phone.
It also seems no one hardly eats at home anymore. Even birthday parties for kids are held at restaurants. How much fun is that really? And if I had made as much noise as some children today at a restaurant, it would have been a very long time before I would have been taken out to eat again, or would be able to sit down without wincing.
Good manners and proper etiquette is a sign you care about those around you.
Pride in your country shows you not only care about yourself, but others as well too. Our children don’t understand the sacrifices that were made to keep our country free. If a parent who was watching the U.S. Soccer team and didn’t say anything about how the one player (I refuse to mention her name) refused to sing the national anthem, a lesson was missed. The whole team lacked humility. Her refusal was disrespectful not only to the United States but her employer who happens to be the United States. Personally, I don’t think she should have even been allowed on the team. She also has a potty mouth, which does not make her a role model in any way, shape, fashion or form. You should not be representing a country for which you have disdain.
Much of the world was watching and what they learned from these women, in my opinion, is that Americans are arrogant and conceited. There was a lack of sportsmanship, class and humility. It would have been a great victory which all of America could have celebrated had they acted classy and not bragged about every goal they scored. Instead it was an embarrassment for our country. Somehow we have failed to pass down pride and humility. They may have won a title, but they lost me and probably countless other Americans.
And in my opinion, if you approved of their disrespect and lack of class, then you may be part of the problem that is infecting our country.
The pulling together and sharing our pride we felt during 9/11 has drifted into oblivion. I want my country back. The one where everyone stood for the national anthem and felt goosebumps as they said the pledge of allegiance. I will never concede that we are too far gone and I will never give up hope in a return of pride. God save us from ourselves. ©2019
VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.com

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