Friday, September 4, 2009

ENOUGH ALREADY!!!

Okay, you two. Go to your separate corners. Enough fighting.

And by "you two", I mean Donkey and Elephant.

I am so freakin tired of listening to my husband spout off about Obama and how he's going to drag America into the ground, how he's practically the Anti-Christ. Every day Texan Papa has a new rant (that he undoubtedly got from Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter or someone equally as wacked out) about the declining state of our nation, all because of the fault of our President.

Now, just so you're clear in understanding me, I am a Republican. For the most part. I don't really care about politics as much as I care about specific issues. I don't want Social Security to run out before I get old. I don't want Nationalized health care. I appreciated (and have used) the WIC program but I think the food stamp program is abused. I think that college tuition costs have risen so astronomically that it's insane to think that we are going to be able to produce a generation of people who have graduated college AND can control the debt that is now on their shoulders. I also think that in this, our capitalist nation, we should not forget that hard work and intuition is rewarded. People who just do mediocre are not punished. Not being able to drive a car is not a punishment. Only being able to afford catastrophic health insurance is not a punishment. And, I think that the government should toss out the idea of giving people "free" health care (and by "free" I mean taxing the working Americans for it and people who just don't want to work at McDonalds get to use it) and instead give a pile of money to ALL companies (even McDonalds) for anyone who will work for them, and continue to use private insurance. Wouldn't this make more people motivated to get a job, if they knew they'd get health insurance no matter what?

Okay, I'm sure I'm going to get a shitstorm of negative comments for all my ideas. But, like I said, I'm not a huge fan of politics but rather just issues. And Obama is on the opposite side of the fence concerning most of the issues that are of importance to me. But anyway...

Why does everyone have such a hard time just simply disagreeing with issues and leaving the people out of it? I don't think Obama is such a bad guy. Actually, I am pretty convinced that he does care for our country and wants to make it better. His methods are not the methods I would choose, but I don't doubt for one moment his sincerity to make our country a better place for all Americans.

For example, the whole Obama address that will happen next week in schools across America. I don't know yet if my kids will see it or not because I haven't heard if their school is going to broadcast it or not. But, if they do see it, I say, WHO CARES? I have a feeling that the speech will basically involve a bunch of, "Stay in school" and "Don't do drugs" and "Respect each other". I'm hoping that Obama is not going to use his time with young impressionable children to discuss abortion or the war in Iraq or national health care. But if he does, WHO CARES? Actually, it would create some great talking points with my kids about Obama and what he believes in and, in contrast, what our family believes in. Also a good talking point would be how to respect the office of President of the United States while at the same time respectfully disagreeing with him. It would be a GREAT opportunity for them to see that an adult, especially a person in a powerful position, can tell us what is best for us, but it is up to us to decide if we agree or disagree, and it doesn't always mean we should do what they want us to do.

My husband Some staunch Republicans may say that Obama is just a wolf in sheep's clothing, and his "Nice Guy" act is the method he uses to weasel his way into the American public trusting him, so he can act more brazenly and aggressively to change our government to one of socialist reform. Well, whatever. I just want us all to quit fighting and hold hands singing Kum Ba Yah.

Is that so hard?

14 comments:

McVal said...

I guess I fall in the "fight for what's important" category. And right now, there's a lot of important issues being decided (by politicians) without a lot of thought going into it... About how these things will affect our country in the long run. The politics worry me these days, but God will get us thru this. He has before!

Gigi said...

Amen, amen!!! You must respect the office of the President whether or not you agree. And you have to learn to agree to disagree - respectfully. The children are watching and learning from us.

jori-o said...

I would love for everyone to settle down, too, but I have to admit, Obama is really starting to scare me. All of the nuts in Washington are scary, to me, in fact. I don't like feeling powerLESS and FEARFUL because I don';t know how the "higher-ups" are going to stick it to me. Again.

Have you seen the "I Pledge" video? That is really frighteneing---where we are all supposed to pledge to *serve* President Obama? I'm sorry, I respect the office of the President, and I will *support* the things I agree with, but SERVE him?? HE is put there to serve ME.

Em said...

What Jori-O said!

Sincerely, you know I can stir the pot, but I want to light a fire sometimes because it's not Donkey or Elephant or Obama or whomever is leading the GOP at the moment - it's apathy that's the worst demon of all.

Fall to the left/fall to the right, whatever, but discovering where you stand is never a bad thing. Actually standing up for it is even better.

Peace, love and have a Coke and a smile - Em

Emily said...

Amen. I agree with you on so many things. It's like some people just don't think...

dianthe said...

i think i just fell in love with you all over again!

Wendy said...

I think that the things he's trying to do are going to be so damaging to my personal happiness that I am completely irate with him.

I wasn't a big fan of Bush, but Obama scares the ever-living sh!t out of me.

vanna said...

i agree with you ...both sides need a major timeout...!!

OHmommy said...

We must respect our President. Our children should too.

BTW. Thanks for the green bean recipe. I just got all the ingredients!

Bridgett said...

I like our president. I think national health care is important. I have watched too many self-employed people get crushed under the weight of health care expenses and have abandoned their dreams in order to have private insurance. I would rather have a mindless bureaucrat in charge of my insurance policy than a businessman anytime. My daughter goes to school with many children whose parents who do not have health care (often their children do through a buy-in private program or a state health program). They own their own businesses, they are not lazy, they are not looking down their noses on a job at mcd's. I don't understand why health care has to be connected to whether a person is employed, especially considering the current unemployment rate.

I have yet to meet a canadian who doesn't like their system. We'll never have their system because we make too many decisions out of fear. But I wish we could. I wish I could know I can call 911 and get my daughter transported to the ER after a seizure without worrying about what it would cost. I don't pay for each trip a fire truck makes to put out a kitchen fire. I pay for that with my taxes. I don't pay for each time the cops show up to investigate an assault or break in. I pay for that with my taxes. Cops and fire trucks go to everyone's house and it doesn't matter if they've turned down the job at mcdonalds or if they are CEOs or if they work two part time jobs and have no health insurance. Why shouldn't health care be a basic human right? Why live in a society at all if we can't manage to take care of people who are sick?

The most drastic plan that has been proposed is to let people buy into medicare when they're young if they want to. Seriously. Do some research, people.

jen said...

Thank you for putting out a well thought response to the speech. I fully admit that I lean very much to the left. When I heard about the speech I had to think hard about what if the president speaking was Bush or Reagan or whoever else. My thoughts were the same. We teach our children to respect the office of the presidency. Worse comes to worse you would have a great opportunity for discussion about what the speech was about and what your children's reaction to it was.

Angel said...

I ma unlurking again to comment on this post as well. I am with you on the I am a republican but really don't fight with the politics to much. I agree that many people abuse the food stamp program and my family has used and benefited from WIC (for the birth of and slightly after my baby sister) I feel it is a good program. The only place I disagree is with the health-care, I know a lot of Canadians that love their system and perhaps one similar would be beneficial for us. Only because I will be getting my own and my employers don't offer one the prices for decent coverage can be downright outrageous.

But I do respect that you agree that we should have respect for our president even if we don't agree with him. That is something that is missing from our society today and It is also something that I feel strongly about.

Jennifer said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I really haven't been back on the computer since Thursday because this was eating up Facebook time and everything else and I just kept getting madder and madder and madder. I try my best not to discuss politics because most of my friends and the people where I live are decidedly on the other side of the fence from me. But I agree with you 100% that this should not have been about politics, this was/is completely about respecting the office of the President of our country.

People have just gotten so out of control. Like the negativitiy is just free flowing. I can't stand it.

Kacie said...

Seriously. I am an obama supporter in TX, which makes me a minority. i used to be a Bush supporter in Chicago, which also made me a minority. I TOTALLY get political disagreement and being on opposite sides of the fence. What I hate is when it becomes angry rants and "feeling creeped out" by someone in politics. It's totally unhelpful and also doesn't teach kids to really THINK... just to react and feel suspicious about their leaders.