Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Plastics Do Politics

Well, it's looking like the President is staying in office for another four years.

And guess what?  


I imagine this will be my last political post for a while.  Buckle up.

The Twits got ugly FAST.  From what I can tell, the world is ending, no one is going to work today, Obama is the anti-Christ, and anyone who has taken government aid is worthless.

Duh, y'all.

Look, let's get something real straight, real freakin' quick.  There are plenty of people on government aid that have jobs working their butts off.  They just aren't well-paying enough to get everything paid.  Plenty of people on government aid are in college, trying to get a degree and make something of themselves.  

For anyone to blatantly call out those on government aid as though they are worthless - i.e., maybe I'll just quit my job and sit on my butt and be lazy and collect a check, too, no one else is working, why should I support the bums? - well, I've been trying not to use meanwords anymore.  I'll just say that it's ignorant, it's rude, and it's absolutely unacceptable.  

You cannot tweet Bible verses all day and then show such callousness to the poor three hours later.

The ugliness that crept out on social media is exactly what is wrong with this country.  It was straight-up Hunger Games out there.

Vote right or vote left.

(or vote moderate, but who am I kidding, we're a two-party country)

That is your choice.

However, under no circumstances should you get to make any sort of judgment as to someone less fortunate than you.  You DO NOT know how they got where they are, and it's sickening to see such deafening insensitivity.

Yes, there are people who take advantage of the system, but people do that on either side.  I pay a boatload of taxes for some people to take a $77,000 tax break on a horse.  If welfare is ending, the first place it needs to end is with the rich.

However, it would be ignorant of me to think that every member of the other party took such liberties, correct?   The same applies to the poor.  There will always be people abusing the system, but that doesn't mean that the system is worthless, or that each person in a particular political group is one of the polarizing few making a bad name for themselves.

Let's not get it twisted.  I'm all about opposing views, when made in a semi-respectful manner.  However, when you start making assumptions about me being a Satan-worshipping freeloader, we have issues, as you are probably a fascist, gun-loving, gay-hating bigot.

But I don't think that.  

At all.

I adore politics.  I love it so much I got a degree in it.  And I think that when we respect each other as individuals, it can be really interesting and really gratifying.

What I saw last night made me angry and it made me upset, but more than anything, it made me SAD.  I made a completely bipartisan remark on a friend's Facebook page, regarding voting for one issue being stupid.  I said something to the effect of while the President could not on his own decide anything about gay marriage, three Supreme Court justices could potentially retire, and the President would be in charge of the replacements (and if the Senate was in the same party as the Pres, that might have been a consideration for people), and the SCOTUS decides these huge issues.  This person then went on to tell me that I was just trained to argue, that the country going to hell was a result of my ignorance, and that my vote was not respected.

Well, okay.  I wasn't looking for your approval, but thanks.

It's just ridiculous.  All of it.

To see such beautiful, smart women spewing such hatefulness is nothing short of demoralizing.

I wish so badly that American politics weren't so polarized.  That we could find some way to meet in the middle.  That we could let personal issues be just that - personal - and focus on more important things, like continuing to revive the economy.  If we want to survive, no matter who is in office, we're going to have to learn to work together and share our toys.

So suck it up and let's do this.  If your guy won, he needs your help and your prayers more than ever.  If your guy didn't win, you are still an American, and your American President will always need your prayers.

However you feel, put on your American flag panties and move forward.  Let's set aside our differences and actually act like the greatest country on earth.  This is the American electoral process, one that we're incredibly blessed to have.  Win or lose, we are overwhelmingly lucky to be able to take part in deciding who are leaders will be.  Women in the Middle East would love to be able to act a fool on Twitter and Instagram their stickers.  Keep in mind how great we have it, and value and respect the rights we have.

And I bet ya $100 America will still be here in 2016.

In the meantime ...

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  1. TY, your post is everything i wanted to say. Thank you for this.

  2. I could not be more proud after reading this. I have been completely surprised at the awful comments written by my fellow bloggers. It's really been quite disheartening, but you just gave me a little hope. I'm a republican (SURPRISE!), but as of today, Barack Obama is MY president, because God said so. His will has been done, and I'm all for it! I'm ashamed that so many people have chosen to be so hateful towards the man who, regardless of our feelings, will run our country for the next 4 years! Bravo to you for such an enlightened point of view!
    I'm a new follower now.
    -Mystala (

  3. Well said. And I wholeheartedly agree. I was shocked at how disrespectful and ignorant some of the social media postings were last evening. I'm all about having your own opinion, but when it is do e with so much hate, I have a hard time respecting it. Thank you for posting this!

  4. Amazing. Couldn't have said it better myself!

  5. I literally couldn't have said it better myself bc you are much smarter and a better writer than I am ;) Something tells me that all of the people who spewed hate last night will wake up this morning and pretend they never did a thing. Four more years! :)

  6. Ahhh thank-you for writing this (& doing it so well)! I couldn't agree more with all of it.

    I also could not believe twitter last night. So ugly. I am so sick of people acting like ALL democrats don't work & the whole "Democrats will take early lead until republicans get off work ..." joke got old after I saw it about 27 times. So glad the election is over

  7. Thank you. I agree on all points. And you included Mean Girls. It's a win-win for all.

  8. Gosh I like you and your political posts.

  9. You get a virtual standing ovation from me for this post!! Respect, since when did this become obsolete?! Makes me sad to see people I care about acting on impulse & saying hateful things to other people & about other people when it comes to their political views.

  10. Amen sistah frrannnddd! I couldn't agree more... I seriously cannot believe how nasty people got! Regardless of who I wanted to win the whole bashing thing was quite annoying I must admit! Shame on me if I EVER act like that!
    p to the s... hosting my very first giveaway on le blog today =) Come on ova and join in on the action jackson!

  11. You always have the best posts about controversial topics. Our views pretty much aline...I find myself shaking my head in agreement!

  12. Ha, that clip from Mean Girls was always my favorite. And seriously, my Facebook was BLOWING up with so many things about the elections. It's true though, the sun still came up. We'll all be okay ;)
    xo TJ

  13. First, wrapping it up with a Mean Girl reference is why I love this country.

    I have been trying to say this for WEEKS...maybe even MONTHS. People are so ridiculous it kills me. And the latest digs to Obama supporters really set me off this week. I have a job, a great one (in the real estate industry which is has apparently gone to Hell because of Obama...which is not true)...I'm buying a house, saving money...doing great. I'm not sitting at home on my ass doing nothing (except for right now because my office still has no power from Hurricane Sandy but usually I'm at work lol). I do not like to be insulted and told I do not work hard when I do. I work very hard. I do not sit on Facebook or Twitter...or my Blog and criticize conservatives (I'm actually marrying a republican). Believe what you want but do not insult people. Be a mature adult...and do not have a temper tantrum because your candidate didn't win.

    Yes, I have my American flag panties on right now. :)

  14. Awesome post! I like those signs that the neighbors put in their yards. A good example for everyone.

  15. this is seriously my favorite post regarding the election. You just got yourself another follower ;)

    ps "when you start making assumptions about me being a Satan-worshipping freeloader, we have issues, as you are probably a fascist, gun-loving, gay-hating bigot." I die.

  16. I could literally hug you right now. (And yes, I know it's a few days since the election). I also wrote post-election and you were able to express my feelings in a MUCH more eloquent manner! I, too, was sick and tired of people bashing Obama and Democrats and blaming (us) for ruining the country..etc etc...and insinuating that his supporters were leeches. I was even more offended at all these hypocritical "Christians" engaged in such language, and I am a Christian! I even saw someone post "I pray Obama converts to Christianity.." Um, come again? Rev. Jeremiah Wright, anyone? Sheer ignorance and lack of research abilities aka Google Search. Sheesh. You've earned yourself another follower!