Well, it's looking like the President is staying in office for another four years.
And guess what?
THE SUN CAME UP THIS MORNING.
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.
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.
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 ...