Well readers…..I am back!!! yay! I’m so sorry for the lengthy absence. The new year has brought a lot of hospital visits, pain, exhaustion and a whole new routine. However, all is getting better now and I finally have the strength to sit at the computer with my legs bent like a normal person so I can come back to my blog! Oh sparklyshoesmuddyfeet…..how I missed ya! 🙂
So there have been a lot of things that I have wanted to write about for many months now but feel like spreading my opinion around is really unneccessary and nobody really cares about my personal views. However, after having to spend months and months reading everyone else’s harsh opinions on my facebook account I have decided that since this is my blog I am allowed to speak my mind and get it off my chest. I mean I did start this blog as a window into my own thoughts, emotions and soul. So what the heck…..let’s do this.
I have been so disheartened at all the status’ about our government in the past 6 months. All throughout the election I was forced to read everyones opinions and views and their dislikes and likes. I spendt hours trying to scroll through the clutter to find someone who didn’t have a status with phrases like, “I hate our President,” “If you vote for Obama you are a moron,” “The whole world is going to hell,” “I’m moving to Canada,” and so on. It was often times difficult to keep my mouth shut and not say anything or not type anything. After the election I was called “Moron, idiot, stupid, dumb, ignorant” and other names that I will not clutter up my blog with……all because, yes, I voted for Barack Obama. So there I said it. Yes, I voted for the current President. According to many I should be struck by lightning or put into a prison cell and beat for the rest of my life because of my “ignorance.” However, when I circled in that tiny circle on my ballot I was proud and in my heart I knew I was doing the right thing. So for all of you who would try to make me feel bad…..sorry….you really failed because I’m super proud! And I have never once looked down on anyone who voted for Romney. I have never thought they were horrible people and I would never dream of calling them such horrible names. I really thought we as people were better than that.
Never in my life have I ever seen such hatred for a single person like I see hatred for our President. It would bother me even if it was someone I didn’t vote for. To be so blatanly disrespectful to our Commander in Chief is very dissapointing to me. It doesn’t matter what our beliefs or morals or political views are….no single person deserves to be compared to Hitler or Osama Bin Laden or have their name drug through mud every time someone speaks of them. I can’t count the amount of “F*ck You’s” I have seen on facebook to our President. Is this really how low we have come as people? Have we really stooped to such an immature level? Are we all so ignorant and uneducated and weak that our only defense is F You? I mean is that as good as you can do?
The President is a man….a human being with a heart, a brain, and a soul. He wakes up every day with the same stress we do, the same lack of confidence, the same doubts and the same fears. He is not some superhuman who dons a cape and can save the world from peril. He is a father to two beautiful daughters a loving husband and a man who millions of people look up to. I have 3 men in my life who look up to me and half the time I feel I’ll fall apart from the overwhelming responsibility of it. Yet, we expect someone who has millions of people to take care of to be able to please all of us. I can barely please my 6 and 4 year old when I make them PB & J sandwiches let alone 300 million people. How does a person who receives letters from all over the country asking for things, expressing hurts, asking for changes…..how does a man please them and everyone else who wants something completely opposite? How would you?
The recent tragedy at Newtown has really stuck in my mind. Here is a President who is receiving letters from these parents and siblings of the lost victims to change our gun policies. These parents have lost their children in the most horrific and violent of ways. No parent ever imagines anything so horrible happening. It’s a nightmare straight out of a horror film or a novel….a nightmare that couldn’t possibly ever become reality. These parents are burdened with the most raw grief anyone could ever have. I can’t even pretend to know how they feel, and I hope I never have to find out. Most of us pretend like we know, act like we can relate but we can’t. If I was President and I was receiving these requests and pleas from these parents who have buried their children how do I look at them and say, “I’m sorry, several people just want to keep everything the way it is so there is nothing I can do.” I couldn’t and I wouldn’t. I would do the same things our President is doing. I would make harsher laws and better policies. Many people have said, “Let’s put guns in the schools, let’s arm our schools with guards.” Fine, if you want your child to grow up feeling like they have to be protected by an armed soldier every day of their life than fine that’s your right. However, instead of complaining and blaming everything on the President why not make it happen. Why not write a proposal, do some research and present it to your local school board about why armed security at your local school is a good idea? Why not write out a budget of how it will be paid for? Don’t sit and complain and be passive aggressive on issues that are supposedly important to you. And don’t blame the guy in charge because he can’t make everyone happy and you sitting in front of your facebook 24/7 and writing hateful things is doing nothing to change the world. It’s making this world a more nasty place to live in.
It has also been sad to me to see how many people have been up in arms about the President’s mention of gay rights yesterday in his inaugural speech. Why are we all so hateful and closed minded? This is the year 2013 and yet we are still so prejudiced and judgemental. Personally, I think people fear what they don’t understand. Straight people can’t understand what it’s like to be gay so instead of embracing it they judge it, hate it, spit on it and refuse to accept it. They just want it to “go away.” I find this horrifying. I have known and come into contact with many gay people and quite frankly I have liked every single one of them. I have never felt slighted or wronged or “dirty” for knowing them. They are human beings. They have a heart that beats the same, legs that walk the same and a face that shines like everyone elses. Quite frankly I admire them and their spirit. They don’t let the hatred of others get them down. They stand up for their rights when everyone else would judge them. They don’t back down from a fight when everyone says they can’t win. Who am I to deny anyone their right to love and happiness. I have found my true love and I know how amazing my life is because of it. How horrific would it be for me to deny that to anyone else. I would rather my child grow up in a home where two women or two men love each other and show my children what a strong marriage is than a home where two straight parents can’t get along, cheat on one another, abuse their kids and a host of other things. No one is up in arms about that because well they are at least obeying the “rules” of one woman and one man together. There is more love in a gay home with children than half of all straight homes because anyone who is gay has had to truly fight for their family, their rights and their love. They don’t take their opportunities and their children for granted because they know how hard it was to get them. That to me is something I admire….not something I hate!
Really, I’ve probably said too much, spoken too much of my own opinion. However, I just want everyone to be more aware of what we say and what we do. There is a saying that everyone has heard, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” It’s such a true statement. Yes, it’s easier to sit on facebook and type our nasty thoughts and comments and blame everyone else for our problems. I mean heck, we don’t even have to change out of our pajamas or do our hair to get our opinions across. Being a change and doing good in the world requires effort and most of us don’t give much of that anymore. It doesn’t matter what our political party is or if we are religious or not or what our moral codes are…..we can all make a difference in some way. We can all get off our large butts and do something good. We can stop playing victims and actually have a big role in our government. We can stop publicly bashing and blaming our President every time he disagrees with something we like and then secretly love him when he sends us money or something that benefits us. We can stop pretending we know what it’s like to be President when really we have no freaking clue.
So if you want to be better than Obama and you think you can do a better job….then do it. Go, become the next President….more power to ya. But sitting on your computer day after day is not going to bring about change and honestly love him or hate him Obama will always have the last laugh…..cause guess what no matter how much you hate him he is still the freaking President. Try comparing your resume to that!!
Get up…..change the world and please stop all the hate!!!
(Thanks for letting me rant) 🙂