It has come to my attention that it's time to clear out some people from my Facebook and blog roll. Every time it comes around to elections I think I need to delete people. This year is obviously no different with a pretty contentious Presidential race coming up, not to mention all of the state seats that are up for change doesn't help either. But here's where we get real, peeps.
I'm a Democrat. Love it, hate it, I don't give a shit. I believe that you should have to work hard for what you have, and help those who are less fortunate. I don't believe in handouts for people who are too lazy to help themselves or even the ones who are smart enough to outsmart the system. There is nothing that grinds my gears than seeing someone use their food stamps but then get into a Hummer. Honestly- it makes me want to slash their tires.
I am so frustrated with all of the coverage about these stupid Republican primaries. It's not that I vote solely Democratic, I'm open to new ideas and new opinions because if someone has a really great idea- let's hear it. What I have a problem with is people trying to run a country based out of a book that could very well be fiction. I know a lot of people believe in God and read the Bible and try to live their lives based on the word. While I don't fully understand that, I respect that every person has a right to their beliefs. And good for you because we all need something to cling to in bad times. But not everybody in this country believes in Christianity and so it isn't fair to govern their lives by something they don't believe in. Imagine the uproar if the majority of the country was... Atheist and they tried to remove every church. It'd be a damn riot out in the streets.
Then when you have people trying to take away women's rights? Don't get me started. No middle age church going man has any right to tell me whether or not I can take birth control. My favorite thing is when people try to limit abortion rights. Can I be frank? It's not a decision I would chose for myself, but I don't think it's right to make that choice for everyone. I can see both the pro and cons of abortion rights, but I don't feel like we as a society should be making the ultimate decision either way. Instead, let's educate women about their options, try to help guide them along the way and be supportive instead of judgmental?
Let's move to education. How, by any standards, does it make sense to EVER cut funding to education? It doesn't. If we ever want to move forward as a country we need to make children and education an absolute priority. Teacher salaries should be dependent on how well they teach. If you aren't a very good teacher and you have lots of kids not passing or grasping basic concepts- maybe this isn't the career for you. Instead of putting so much money into bullshit things such as out of sight salaries for Congressmen and women, how about we put some of that into the education of our country's youth?
Speaking of salaries? Why is it that if you serve in the Senate or House, you continue to get a salary long after you are gone? What the hell bullshit is that? How much money would we save annually if we stopped doing that?
I just lose respect for people who speak on things and have never experienced what it's like to live off of Ritz crackers for a week. Or worry that you can't buy formula for your baby. If you have never struggled to pay your basic living expenses from week to week then you have no right to tell me how to be more frugal and listen to politicians who are millionaires.
If you are a millionaire? I'm happy for you. Really, that must just be super fabulous and awesome. I bet you even have a pony. But I invite you to live a week in a regular person's life for a month and see what it's like to grocery shop crossing your fingers your debit card isn't denied.
Do I think Obama is the best thing ever? No. But I also think he doesn't get a fair chance. Does he have the best ideas ever? No. But let's compromise and work together. We expect children to work together on the playground or in the sandbox, yet we as adults aren't able to model that behavior. Doesn't that seem a bit strange? So how about when the leading party or the President brings an idea of action to the table, instead of jumping on it and going on FoxNews about how it's shit, how about you say, "Golly gee- I don't know if xyz will work, but what if we add this to it?" COMPROMISE. I think neither party wants to really compromise because what would we talk about on the news? How boring it would be.
So... goodbye crazy Bible banging preacher people. I can't do it. I ignore what I can but when some of you are just down right disrespectful and lump all us Democrats into the freebie gathering, hand out activists? It just makes you look ignorant. Open your eyes to those who are less fortunate. If you have the wealth, share it. Because really- doesn't Jesus encourage you to help your neighbor and be kind to others?