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Am I The Only One?

You’re Not The Only One

I heard a song by Aaron Lewis the other day that struck me.

When we lived in Oregon it really did feel like we were the only ones who would look around and say “WTF?”

What you discover when you cross the blue to red border is that in fact you are not alone nor are you out of your mind for questioning conventional and cultural “wisdom.”

In talking with my sister in Idaho many of their neighbors also came from blue to red for similar reasons.

To live around likeminded people is so refreshing.

You realize just how silenced you were, before, in order to get along.

There is a freedom that comes when you live in a safe place where kindness is no longer based on your party or platform but how you treat your fellow man.

You no longer worry about offending people because your neighbors understand how you respond to what is said is your choice and bullying people into submission is not only unacceptable it’s not put up with, at all.

Facebook doesn’t like when you post from YouTube to here. Their ‘Blue Hue” senses even a hint of red or purple and the algorithms kick into gear to throttle the perceived competition.

But here goes.

On this Friday we call “Black” I hope you see a bit of red and understand there truly are places where freedom is second and third only to God and country.

Take a minute to listen to the song.

Have a great day.

https://youtu.be/zkKb4Zt48x8

Am I the only one here tonight

Shakin' my head and thinkin' somethin' ain't right

Is it just me? Am I losin' my mind?

Am I standin' on the edge of the end of time?

Am I the only one? Tell me I'm not

Who thinks they're takin' all the good we got

And turnin' it bad, hell, I'll be damned

I think I'm turnin' into my old man

Am I the only one, willin' to bleed

Or take a bullet for bein' free

Screamin', "What the fuck" at my TV

For tellin' me, yeah, are you tellin' me?

That I'm the only one, willin' to fight

For my love of the red and white

And the blue, burnin' on the ground

Another statue comin' down in a town near you

Watchin' the threads of Old Glory come undone

Am I the only one not brainwashed?

Makin' my way through the land of the lost

Who still gives a shit and worries 'bout his kids

As they try to undo all the things he did?

Am I the only one who can't take no more

Screamin', "If you don't like it, there's the fuckin' door"

This ain't the freedom we've been fightin' for

It was somethin' more, yeah, it was somethin' more

Am I the only one, willin' to fight

For my love of the red and white

And the blue, burnin' on the ground

Another statue comin' down in a town near you

Watchin' the threads of Old Glory come undone

I'm not the only one

I can't be the only one

Am I the only one who quits singin' along

Every time they play a Springsteen song?

Am I the only one sittin' here

Still holdin' on, holdin' back my tears

For the ones who paid with the lives they gave

God bless the U.S.A

I'm not the only one, willin' to fight

For my love of the red and white

And the blue, burnin' on the ground

Another statue comin' down in a town near you

Watchin' the threads of Old Glory come undone

I'm not the only one

I can't be the only one


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