Friday, July 29, 2011

My Little Soapbox Moment


I try to not delve into politics or my personal beliefs too much on this site because I firmly believe that everyone has a right to believe what they want and I don't want to push my thoughts onto others, however, this debt ceiling business has gotten me so riled up that it's hard to keep my mouth shut.

I'm going to keep this quick - I promise.

Whenever this issue is discussed, or any issue for that matter, the words 'Republican' and 'Democrat' get thrown around like dice in an endless blame game that ultimately gets us nowhere. Politicians personal agendas trump the needs and desires of the average Joe (like you and me) and all we are left with is a manufactured battle with people taking sides when really, I think if you stopped and looked at it, most people are more alike than we are different - but that is not what Washington wants you to believe.

Sigh.

Remember how when you were a child, you were taught the golden rule?

Treat others how you want to be treated

Whatever happened to that? Why the constant political division? We are all just people, trying to live the best lives we can, and be happy.

My Dad, who often says, "I am not a Republican and I am not a Democrat - I am just me," once said to me, "You know, at the end of the day, make sure people have jobs and the rest sorts itself out," and I think there is a lot of truth to that. But no...the political world wants us to feel divided, pitted against each other, and fighting their fights.

Well, I'm tired of it. Some of the people in my life who have left the most lasting impressions are those who see the world in a totally different way than I do, and that is okay.

So, dear Washington - just get your act together, mmmmmkay? Stop the petty arguing and the disrespectful innuendos - we would really appreciate it.

Please and thank you.

4 comments:

  1. Well said, Jocie! And what a wise man you father is. I don't suppose he'd be interested in a job in Washington - that's the kind of men and women we need.

    Ya know, I've never been a party person - I always vote for the person, not their political party - BUT I just have to say I am glad that I don't personally know any of the Tea Party members, cause I'd probably punch them in the face I'm so furious with what they are causing with their refusal to negotiate (though I think after Tuesday they will no longer have any kind of bargaining chip at all). All relationships, whether political, professional, a friendship, or family are either negotiated or they are abusive. The stubborn Tea Party stance of "Our way or the highway" is abusive bullying. I think it's very sad that it's all come down to a win/lose situation. In order for someone to win, then someone must lose. And unfortunately, in this case, our entire nation is going to lose just so that a small number can have their big win. I'm deeply disappointed with the legislative branch of our government.

    Thanks for posting this. I've wanted to say that, and somehow your blog felt a safe and peaceful place for it.

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  2. I agree with you 100%! xxoo :)

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  3. I love your post and blog so much!!!.))

    I need your help. I spend another survey but this time with another question.
    "Where do you prefer to shop? What is your favorite shopping center?"

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  4. Is compromise really that difficult? We normal people have to do it every day!

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