I took the time a little while back to read our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and our Bill of Rights.... and I do mean I took some time. That stuff is loooong and there's a lot of it! Honestly, I didn't even understand a lot of it. But I kept reading nonetheless. And afterward I thought about what it must have been like to be in our founding father's shoes... the courage it took to break away from everything you know to start anew. The thought and time it took to draft the basic laws that hold our glorious nation together. That's a ridiculously huge undertaking, yet they managed to do a pretty damn good job. I personally think our country is one of the best in the world and we have our founding father's intelligence, thoughts, wisdom, patience, and determination to thank for that. But I feel like we, as a whole, have forgotten all about the blood, sweat, and tears that went into founding our country. I feel like we've lost respect not only for our nation and our constitution, but for the entire electoral process as well... It's like we've turned it into an out of control circus where the monkeys (aka politicians) fling poop everywhere while we the spectators just sit, watching silently, getting hit with a bunch of shit. So here are some things I think we need to keep in mind before we get all riled up during election season:
- I truly believe that every President tries to do the best he can with what he's given. I don't think anyone goes into office thinking, "Hey I'm going to royally screw up this country and then everyone will hate me... hooray!" Obama isn't a vacationing Antichrist and Dubya' isn't the reason our country is in the toilet. All of this stuff takes time to funk up... it takes time to fix too. One person can't do it alone... it takes a village (or a congress). Ha.
- ^^ That said, I think a lot of our problems aren't with the sitting Presidents, but with our parties being so divided that no one will give an inch to make things better... even if that inch would gain us all a mile. Pride and greed are two of the biggest downfalls of our country. I really believe that.
- People in political offices are human. Humans make mistakes. If they're constantly repeated then boot them - vote them out; if they're not then live, learn, and forgive. Bringing mistakes up at every opportunity doesn't make things better, but learning from them does.
- A person's personal life is just that, personal. Yes, even if they are an elected official some things are just no ones business. It shouldn't matter if you're screwing everyone on the block, as long as you do it on your own time, with your own money, and you're doing your job to the best of your ability. Unless it affects our country/state/city I feel that it should be left alone.
- Religion and politics don't mix. I don't care what anyone says, they just don't. The first amendment in the Constitution made sure of that. Even Jesus said, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's." So I believe this not only as an American, but as a Christian as well.
- In general (no getting huffy people, I said in general) republicans/conservatives need to be a lot more compassionate & less judgemental and democrats/liberals need to not be so open minded that their brains fall out. But everyone, no matter their political affiliation, needs to lose their pride long enough to meet somewhere in the middle for the good of us all.
- Common sense. Use common sense. Don't vote democrat or republican just because that's what "you are." Don't go along with the majority when it's wrong just because it's popular. Don't not go along with the majority when it's right just because you want to be difficult. Please use common sense. Did I mention common sense? Yep, common sense. I'll say it once more: Use common sense.
- Open your ears and your mind... and close your mouth. If you're debating politics with someone, then really listen to them. You're not actually listening when you're in close-minded-defensive-mode because you're sitting there thinking of rebuttals instead of taking in what the other person has to say. You also aren't really listening if you're interjecting your own opinions every two seconds. But if you honestly listen, you just might learn something. In the very least you'll come away from it with a much better understanding of the other persons point of view instead of just being angry that you couldn't sway them your way.
- If you're unhappy about the way things are, do something about it!! Sitting around debating and complaining doesn't accomplish anything.... except to annoy those around you. Worried about the homeless? Volunteer at a shelter. Concerned with the environment? Go green. Don't like a bill? Write your congressman. Take all that energy you expend bitching and put it to good use.
- Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing! It's one of the awesome things that sets us apart from the rest of the world. But wouldn't it be nice if we tempered that freedom with consideration for other peoples feelings? Just a thought. (Yeah, yeah... I know I need help with that one too).
- Finally... Show some respect for our President. You may not like the President. You may totally disagree with every thing the President say/does. You may hate the President's guts. You may even think the President is a gigantic cubic zirconia encrusted dildo who is personally bending you over and ass-raping you. But you should always, always be respectful. They have rightfully, though our democratic process, through we the people, earned the most highly regarded position as the leader of our great country. So regardless of your personal feelings, be respectful toward the leader of our country. No matter who it is.
(Wesley hates politics... and everything else.)
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