Honored brothers and sisters of art, fellow deviants, and my loyal watchers, greetings once more.
Forgive my long absence as well as my silence during the final days of 2017. I no doubt expect some of you were waiting for a journal where I would regale over the many events of the past year, as well as give my personal opinion on what took place in that turbulent and incredible time of 365 days. Consider the following as my evaluation...........
In all, I believe 2017 was a rough, turbulent, upsetting, remarkable, and above all, enlightening and illuminating year for us all.
Perhaps most important was the fact that 2017 was the first complete year of the Trump administration. Please, all Trump haters- do not start whining or inwardly fuming about him or his presidency, or me for that matter, as I begin to give my opinion. First off, I will not shy away from the truth that I was one of many Californians who voted for him. Yes, I did. Again, I state my previous belief that the 2016 election was a choice between the lesser of two evils. Let me be blunt: Hillary Clinton was no savior, no trustworthy candidate in even the smallest degree. In addition, I believe that even if she were elected as the first female president of the United States, she is unworthy of that honor. Truth be told, I don't even consider her a woman, but an old hag nearing the end of her years. Seeing her bumble about during her campaign, and witnessing all the videos where she suffered from health problems (the video where she collapsed at the 9/11 memorial in New York was what convinced me that she shouldn't be president) all told me that she would not be president. If she couldn't handle her own party, let alone remain healthy, how could she be trusted with leadership of an entire nation? Also, it's my belief that she was no different to all the many politicians who have led this country for decades. Politicians by their very nature are slimy, subtle, complex, and above all, schemers. Many have absolutely no interest in the common man's needs, and unfortunately, Hillary is certainly counted among that uncaring number. Once more I will restate that if she were president, Hillary would no doubt launch us straight into World War III, this time with the Russians. Nothing more but a new event in the decades-long Cold War that finally reached its zenith. Compared to North Korea, Russia is more powerful. NK is but a little fly compared to the northern titan of Asia. If we went to war with Russia under a Hillary administration, I've no doubt we would lose after a long and grueling war. It wouldn't be a one-sided battle by far; it would definitely be a long struggle that would last for years with both sides sending millions of dollars into battles and equal numbers of countrymen into the meat grinder. But if there's one thing I've learned in history, it's that Russians have never capitulated even when they lost great amounts of land, materiel, and men. In every time the Russians' homeland was invaded, they fought back hard and beat the living hell out of the invaders. Napoleon tried and failed. Hitler tried and failed. If we went there, I think we'd fail too. As for our country, we have never been invaded since the War of 1812 by a foreign enemy. Certainly many of us millennials have never experienced the horrors of war, so we cannot immediately assume that we'd win a war easy if we did have one. If anything, I hate to say that we Americans were arrogant and prideful to the point of madness before the 2016 presidential race. It would've only gotten worse under a Hillary presidency, methinks.
As for Trump, let me first begin by saying that power and wealth corrupt all people. Generals, politicians, businessmen. All of them fall prey to these two things. Trump is no exception. However, when compared to Hillary, I consider him to be a much better choice for multiple reasons. One of the main reasons was his health; compared to Hillary's numerous health failings during the presidential campaign, Trump remained at his peak throughout the entire ordeal (the recent medical physical presented to the press reveals he is in excellent health, BTW, I saw it myself). Another reason why he won was his energy and charisma. Trump definitely had ten times more energy and enthusiasm than Hillary did. Another reason was his name. When one hears of Hillary Clinton, the most one knows about her is her life, her political career, and the Clinton name emblazoned as one of the families that reached the presidency. All told, that's around two or three decades' worth of recognition. Trump's name, on the other hand, is far better known and with a longer roll of history. One example is Trump's uncle from his father's side of the family. Practically no one today has probably heard of John G. Trump. I myself didn't until recently. A graduate of MIT and Columbia University, John Trump was a crucial scientist for the United States during WWII. It is claimed he actually worked with Robert Oppenheimer, the father of nuclear weapons and one of the creators of the twin bombs "Little Man" and "Fat Boy", the first atom bombs ever made and later dropped on Japan. Just to let you know, this is unconfirmed. I only heard of it, and despite my research, have found nothing yet to support this, but I still consider it something important to put up. One thing that is confirmed about John Trump, though, is that he was one of the very few scientists given complete access to all the notes and writings of none other than Nikola Tesla, who I consider to be among the greatest scientists of our time. Many of his inventions and ideas are still on paper, having never been made, including an electrical tower network capable of generating a field of energy around the Earth that would provide free energy to everyone on the planet. If this invention was ever actually built and perfected, then none of us would be paying electrical bills today! Of course, Tesla's designs threatened the ways of banking and economy, which is why he was labeled as an outcast and totally stripped of his wealth, creations, ideas, and status by many who wished to maintain the status quo. Quick side note: Thomas Edison is known as being one of the chief architects of Tesla's downfall, robbing the Serbian genius of any credit and even stealing some of his designs for himself, and all for profit. So while Edison is a genius himself and a symbol of American ingenuity and know-how, it isn't without its share of spilled blood and lies. But I digress from the main topic. To conclude, not evaluating Trump's family tree and lineage is a fatal mistake that the Clinton campaign committed. Trump is better for the presidency, I think, because he was the only candidate who actually gave a you-know-what for the common people, even if he still has problems. In the year that has passed, I consider that Trump's positive actions outweigh the negative reactions by a wide margin. They may not bear fruits immediately, but they will in the long term. Also, he was willing to speak about things that we unwittingly considered taboo, such as immigration and the need for a wall. I think we definitely need a wall and stricter immigration control, and it's why I'm glad to have heard news of the first wall prototypes being built and evaluated near San Diego. But to summarize, to have open borders and allow massive immigration is a BAD idea. Do we really need to follow Europe's example? Look at the madness that rose because of the European countries willingness to leave their borders open; Sweden is the worst off, by far, so much that it's close to becoming a satellite Muslim state, in my opinion. I've seen enough videos of riots and rapings in the Swedish land to know that everything is going to hell over there, and it's what'll happen eventually to all the other countries who still promote open borders. France is next, coming close to Sweden's suffering. That's why leaving our borders open and allowing constant immigration is absolutely the last thing we should do. The whole Eastern Seaboard and the southern states, including my beloved California, would suffer the most if this came to be. Perhaps the most important factor of Trump's victory is twofold: first, he was not part of the political elite that rules Washington, being a complete outsider (Reagan doesn't count, as he had some political experience prior to becoming president) and so having little to no strings attached (Obama had plenty). The second part is that Trump is the first candidate to have made politics interesting and entertaining in a very long time. Before Trump, I knew nothing of politics and whenever I heard that word, my brain would immediately move on to something else. Before Trump came, one would start to think of politics as boring, pointless, and unimportant on average. Now, it's something totally different. The 2016 campaign and subsequent years are the first official time that I watched politics with considerable attention. Prior to that, it was zero, and I'm shamed to say that when I voted in the 2008 and 2012 elections, I voted for Obama without even doing one bit of research on the man and politics in general. All I did was think "Oh, it's Obama! People like him, so I will too!" and check the box next to his name without any thought. Not so with the 2016 campaign. Here I did my homework, and it was my conclusion that Trump was a better choice for president than Hillary. To finish up, I will reuse one of my previous statements: Trump is a loose cannon while Clinton is a preset nuclear bomb, and I honestly prefer a loose cannon than a nuclear bomb. Besides, if Trump does stumble and bring us to some unfortunate crisis, I do believe the consequences will be lesser than those of Hillary's if she were president.
That's enough of that, but I'm not done. 2017 was a year of madness, scandals, obfuscations, and lies. The fake news, the Weinstein and later Hollywood sex scandals, the corruption within our own politics, the Internet meme wars, the local and national scandals, all of it was a time of madness, revelations, and even amusement to some degree. If anything, Obama's legacy stretched to all corners of American high life and society, and in the end, it was shown to be a very fragile house of cards. The moment Trump entered into the presidency, the elite establishment began its war against him in haste. Impeachment declarations, health accusations, Russian collaboration, family mistakes, they threw it all on him and us. The left and liberals scrounged every nook and cranny to find any flaw, any excuse to remove this orange-haired heir of Adolf Hitler, and failed at every turn. Some congressmen promised that Trump would be out of the presidency before the end of his first year; it proved as empty as air. The media constantly bombarded us with so many reports of Trump's failings and blunders, many of which were unproven or hastily made. This establishment also performed very little damage control on themselves. Otherwise, we'd never have heard of the Clinton email scandals, the scandals and sins of Harvey Weinstein, the insanities of several celebrities like Madonna, Kathy Griffin, and Rosie O'Donnell, and more. Now we know for a fact that many of the wealthy elite, from the celebrities to the politicians, are run mad and collapsing under the weight of their own machinations. Meanwhile, the life of the common citizen has ranged from being normal to improving greatly with many of the laws and orders passed by our president, many of which support the middle-class. Only the left and the truly insane liberals think we're in the end times, but I for one think we are at a safe level of livelihood, better than that under Obama and Bush. Remember the date of Dec. 21, 2012? The one that declared the end of a millennium, and even the belief that it was the end of the world? Well, technically speaking, the world did end in a way. If anything, people have become more aware of the lies, sins, and corruptions of those who represent us in government at best, and who rule over us at worst. If there's one thing that I do believe about the 2012 conspiracy, it's that humanity is undergoing a mass awakening on a global scale. Awakening of what, you ask? Of the secret powers behind our rule, for one, and the childish insanities that are now appearing in spades all over our nation, and by extension, the world.
On a local level, I must speak of my home state of California. To begin, I love this state. I consider it one of the most beautiful of the fifty that comprise our nation. But sadly, it's riddled with so much corruption and liberalism that it's turning into a shadow of its former self. Most of the state government is run by liberals who openly defy the supreme power of Washington, and many here hate our new president with passion, sometimes having no other reason to hate him than simply for hate's sake. Also, the culture of California is transforming into something obscene. A massive fine imposed on me if I do not correctly address a person by their chosen gender? Colleges and universities going apeshit and causing the destruction which they so advocate against? Public shaming in the streets? A warping and twisting of the moral values we humans possess? (look no further than Hollywood, friends) Liberally outrageous public displays? (for example, trannies and drag queens reading children's stories to kids in libraries while looking totally ugly in their decadent regalia?) Resisting the construction of a wall we so badly need due to the corruption of our southern Mexican neighbor and inviting the illegals in, turning our state and cities into safe havens? And most recently, issuing a law that would prosecute and even arrest business owners who allow federal immigration agents to inspect their businesses to find any illegal aliens? That's very harsh and insane, because while one can defy the state, one cannot defy the federal law of this nation. Simply put, my home state is turning into something I don't recognize. It's not the worst liberal state in the Union (apparently Hawaii has that title), but it is one of the worse off. I still see and read many comments from other fellow Americans who say that California should split from the Union, or worse, that the "Big Quake" should happen and severely damage my home. I can't deny the fear I have when the San Andreas finally unleashes the "Big One", and I recently did see a video showing Nostradamus' predictions for the world in 2018. One of those said that in the "Western lands, a great shake of the earth would occur that would ruin many countries at once". Those are my words, not his, but they are true. Apparently, my fellow Californians, 2018 will possibly be the year that the "Big One" finally hits. It's why my family is already prepped for such a scenario. You should too. Last of all, and this is the most recent, is a declaration of fellow Californians from the inner counties declaring independence and split from the rest of California (yes, it's true. Look it up). In other words, it's a declaration to have two Californias, one conservative, the other liberal. I actually saw a map of the proposed division of this state if it were to happen. From San Francisco all the way down to LA, it would be liberal California, or Old California, as I like to call it, while the rest is all red and a New California (my county's included in it, YAY!) Simply put, Old California would consist of only the coastal areas while New California would encompass everything else and petition to become a 51st state of the Union (before that, no doubt it was considered that Puerto Rico would be the possible 51st state). To be honest, and to conclude, if this declaration gains serious power and steam behind it, I most likely would support it, as I'm tired of the liberal craziness that flows from the left-leaning coastal metropoli that I live just a few dozen miles away from. Yet despite all this, I am still proud to bear the title of Californian. This place is where I was born and grew up in, and it'll always have a place in my heart.
Lastly, as I am now 28 years old, I believe a time of great change has just opened up for me. I've become more assertive in my thoughts and actions, and more importantly, a lot more mature. I must admit that I was still kind of childish and immature in the majority of my twenties, but now as I near the age of 30, I can see that I've become wiser and more mature in several respects. Furthermore, I've had a moment of "What the hell have I done with my life?" I still haven't made a definitive career choice, I've run through college like a pinball machine and barely making the cut, I still struggle financially, I have a means of employment that while enjoyable, it doesn't bring much wealth, and in terms of weight, it's finally starting to catch up to me. It's why I'm glad to have begun to acknowledge all these problems and start fixing them. Currently, I'm at a snail's pace of truly improving myself, but I feel that I'm on the right path and that I deserve happiness in my life. It's only now that I've learned that if I want happiness, I must work for it and seek it out myself. No one else can do it for me. Only I can. I still have my moments of immaturity, where I inwardly bitch and moan about how hard and unfair life is, but I temper it with my newfound inner strength. May the future shine bright for me this year.
So there you have it. My short and somewhat untidy but truthful analysis of the past year, and a short prediction of how this year will turn out to be. But now let us turn to matters of art. My fellow watchers, I know I haven't been able to upload a lot these past few months. They're because of multiple reasons, but that doesn't mean I haven't gotten any artworks done. I have some ready to submit and show y'all, but this year will be different. To make up for the long gaps in between submissions, I've decided that I will only submit to dA 12 times this year. Each month, I will work on a select number of projects and complete what I can, and I'll submit everything I've made on the last day of each month. So my fellow watchers, be here on the 31st to see my newest creations. There'll be much to see.
Farewell, my fellow deviants. Consider well what I have written here and please, be courteous. There is no need for rages or rants here. Namaste.