I’m not sure what side of the fence you live on, but chances are good that whatever side it is; half of you woke up this morning pretty damn unhappy.
I share in your gloom and disgust but not for the reasons you may think.
While all of you are arguing over who is or should have been elected your president, I am up to my elbows in failing economies, the poor and unemployed, pollution, starvation, destruction, crime, death, ignorance, lies and the worst of all; apathy.
Neither a Democrat nor a Republican, I am the voice of reason. Your country, America is in distress. There can be no sides when survival, health, happiness and prosperity are on the line. These are your common goals, the things you need and want for yourselves and your children.
When a ship is sinking there is no time to argue over which pail to use to empty the onslaught of water. Everyone on board must do what is needed to keep the ship afloat; all hands on deck, supporting each other so that they may all survive and flourish.
Sinking or stagnating your motherland in the name of party stance is not an option. If you need to fight amongst yourselves, do so later. NOW is the time to take care of your nation, your people and your children.
And when you’ve done that, take care of me. I am, after all, all you’ve got.
Mel Glenn - Yours, is a cool call to reason, Tammy, but reasonable discourse is alien to politicians who piouslyfervently say the right thing, but mean, “I got mine, so go screw yourself.” Let’s hope people can come together, but I do have my doubts.
Tammy - Hi Mel, I agree. It is past time that the American people separate the pompous patooties from the politicians. A true representative of the people does not put his own interest first. But I know that you already know that. If they continue to be self serving bunglers of government then maybe they should be thrown overboard. Oops, we’re not on a real boat although the sinking feeling prevails. Forming a supportive line to pail out the gushing onslaught of problems is our only hope. My two cents. And I’m always happy to here yours! Keeping our fingers crossed. Thanks for being here.
Suerae Stein - Well said! Perfect.
Tammy - Hi Suerae, well … I’ll take that compliment even though I’ve never even come close to perfect. Shhh, it will be our little secret. Thanks for the read and the post!
SUE COVE - Good day Tammy! I was so happy last night when our president has 4 more years to continue to try to get everything together. It will not be fun and people will be angry. There is soooo much work to do…..but it starts with me and my attitude first. I wish we could all say that. Can’t we all just get along!!
Nope….there will always be someone who has to be right! Yes, there is much to be done and things in America seem bad….but hey…we have to appreciate the things we do have and be thankful for the things yet to come!! Life is really a roller coaster! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Joan Cooper - I was so sad last night when the media rudely gave the election to B.O. even before the ballots were finished being counted. Actually Romney captured a larger part of America. As long as the Electoral College exists there will be no representative government.
We lost a very fine man who is abundantly qualified to deal with the job we have here in America. There is no budget – there has been no budget for 4 years. Mr. B.O. has no partisan skills because he is so wrapped up in himself. ‘Do it my way or no way’ is his credo. That is not leadership.
As the senior Senator from New England said…”change” will have to come from the grass roots of America – it will not happen in Washington. They say the Latinos, women and young people 18 – 29 caused the loss to Romney. Latinos now want a deal for immigration. Another sell out from B.O.
It is our hard earned money they play with folks.
Kellie - Well Tammy your vision is nice in theory however, just not possible for at least 50% of the American people (like myself) who feel that this president does not represent anything similar in their own belief system. Has nothing to do with whether dem or rep. It is about the presidents ideaology … it is no where near my belief system or where I want to live. This is the first time in my adult voting experience that I literaly am embarrassed to have this president in office. To have an American President push such divisiveness in this country makes my stomach turn. To have a President out of touch and being unable to make the correct call to protect our Ambassadors is truly appalling. To have an American President ignore Black Panther intimidation and voter influence in polling places is a disgrace. To have an American President unable to have a clue on how to create jobs (other than government or union jobs) appalling. To have a president create a debt that we will never get out of an not take responsibility for his own failures. A President that believes in the “give me ” program instead of hard work for all. A President that has made us laughing stocks thru out Europe and Middle East and made one of our best allies (Israel) not trust us. My grandparents and great grandparents came to this country via european eastern block country. They never expected the government to bail them out and never asked for anything. We have become a country of slackers ( how is that working for Portugal, Italy, Greece Spain and France. better know as the PIGS, as my european friends have informed me. It’s not working for them! Even London have 1 or both parents on the dole because they know they can and have lost the desire to work. So while that is a lovely thought to unite behind this President and all stand behind Obama for me … he is not my President and does not represent my belief system in any way shape or form. I can only hope that 4 years from now we are able to un-do the nightmare of this President and return it to the country I loved and grew up in and respected.
Rick Dean - Tammy, we loose perspective at times of emotional charge, and such an event like a presidential race can certainly result in the emotional charge, you help put our feet back on the ground. To think we are at the mercy or benifit of any one person in our government is ridiculous. While we by design are to have balance in a multiple party system, it is up to the resolve of the people to make it work. Last nights election is not the end if you like the republican position, and is is not a guarantee if you support the democrat position. Work will be done and we need to support and excersise our rights, voices and make it right.
Tammy - Hi Kellie, I understand how you feel. Much of what you have said I share in sentiment. I go into the next four years with trepidation, angst and a fair degree of ire. But all that being said, Obama is the only dog you and I have in this fight to represent our country, whether we like it or not. I am an individualist, a self starter, and a self employed worker. I expect no handouts from anyone and contribute freely should my heart tell me to. I will never appreciate having my hard earned income shared on my behalf with those individuals chosen by my government. I agree with Rick who points out that the President is not the only determining decision maker in our system of government; which brings us to a do nothing Congress, yet another subject for another day. There is plenty of blame to go around. I am sick of the hateful division as so many of us are. While Congress and the White House need to put their issues aside stop standing on party lines and address the backbreaking needs of the people, so do we. Success, wealth, achievement is not something to be envied or vilified. It is something to aspire to. I only hope that America will always be that place where anyone can get there from here. So I will watch carefully, use my voice thoughtfully and support my President when my conscious allows. There are no mutinies in a country, and he is the only leader you and I have as we engage the battle of a sinking economy, world tension and unprecedented debt. Good luck to us all.
Tammy - Hi Joan, it is not only our hard earned money that is on the line … it is our future. I agree with you that the Electoral voting system is gravely flawed and robs the individual of a voice. I’m sure President Obama is a fine father and husband; admirable traits. But the past four years have proven to be a disappointment for people who voted for him and looked to him for real leadership. Let us hope for a better four years to come. Hope, it seems, is all we have at the moment. I, for one, will cling to it. Thank you, Joan, for sharing!
Tammy - Hi Sue, let us hope that your happiness is well earned by our President. You are absolutely right; our country’s outlook begins with us and our attitudes. We cannot expect our Congress, our Senate and our state representatives to come to the table in a spirit of togetherness if we, ourselves, cannot muster up the sentiment. There is work to do. Let us hope that it is all for the greater good, the support of the individual, dependency minimized and the entrepreneurial spirit encouraged to thrive. Life is a roller coaster. I hope that at the end of the ride we find ourselves stronger, richer and more independent as a nation. Fingers crossed. Thanks so much for your post! Awesome!
Tammy - Hi Rick, you are so right on; the emotional charge in this last election was huge. The division it has left is staggering. Our system of checks and balances will be put to the ultimate test in the next four years. There is a lot of work to be done, and I for one, am direly sick of the hate mongering. It’s enough. It IS up to the resolve of the people to make things work. We all have a voice. I hope for an America where individualism is held in high esteem, where wealth is something to aspire to, where we take care of our own but also take care not to dole out precious financial/medical resources to those who are more than capable of taking care of themselves. Compassion with reason, strength with purpose and taxation that will not break the backs of the people who hold up the government. Let us hope. Thank you for the read and the post. Appreciate hearing from you!
Laura Lee Carter aka the Midlife Crisis Queen - I hear you Tammy and empathize completely, but there is one small bright side that I can find: http://thequeenblowsoffsteam.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/news-flash-democracy-not-for-sale-in-the-u-s/
Jeffrey Davidson - I think that realistically, when faced with a dilemma or crisis, it should not matter what your party affiliation is but rather how can we work together to solve the problems that exist and make this country a better place for the majority.
Politics is a dirty game, unfortunately, and it becomes more and more difficult to trust those in office. Consider that a great majority of the members of the House and the Senate are guilty of one or more of: tax evasion, DUI, domestic abuse, abuse of power, fraudulent use of contributions, felonies, a variety of misdemeanors, cheating on spouses, ethics violations, wasting tax payer money on junkets or personal use, etc.
Inspires a lot of confidence doesn’t it?
If you vote, I will discuss or debate with you. If you do not vote, then keep your mouth shut as you are part of the problem. Don’t say your vote doesn’t count. Add up all of those who say the same thing and you have millions of potential voters. Millions of votes do affect the outcome. Get rid of the politicians who are more concerned with themselves than with their constituents. Create “voter term limits” by voting out those who do not do what they promise or what is best for the country.
The election is over. Move on and VOTE in the next election.
There were fewer voters in this election than in 2008 and 2004.
I believe it was Winston Churchill who opined that ” . . . the biggest argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter . . .”
Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States and central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war, said:
“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”
“Some of the funniest political jokes are elected.”
“You know why a banana is like a politician?”
“He/she comes in and first is green, then turns yellow and then he’s/she’s rotten.”
“I think Congressmen should wear uniforms, you know, like NASCAR drivers, so we could identify their corporate sponsors.”
The reason politicians try so hard to get re-elected is that they would ‘hate’ to have to make a living under the laws they’ve passed.
If the opposite of “pro” is “con,” then is the opposite of “progress” “Congress?”
Thanks for helping people to think whether or not they agree.
Keep up the great writing!
Tammy - Hi Jeffrey, I absolutely LOVE your thoughtful reply and greatly appreciate you sharing with me. I’m particularly fond of the idea of our Congressmen wearing uniforms with their sponsorships well identified. Bloody brilliant! Politics is indeed a dirty game. I don’t think it was meant to be that way. I think fair play was part of the original plan. I appreciate the exchange of ideas that happens here and regret the once in a while person who reads a post and UN-subscribes because he/she disagrees with the opinion stated. My goodness! If we can’t talk about stuff in a friendly blog … you have to wonder where we can talk about it. Agreements make things lovely. Disagreements make things interesting. Thanks for being here and hanging on for the ride!
Lizzie Williams - Hi Jeffrey!
Just wanted to let you know that this is the kind of comment that makes me smile. It’s thoughtful, a bit funny and oh so true!
Jan Tucker - Dear Mother Earth,
I am so with you on this! I remember when our country wasn’t quite as “me” oriented even though I’m from the “me generation.”
Why can’t we learn fro past mistakes and start supporting each other?
I do think it’s changing though. More and more of us are getting fed up with the “new” status quo already. Maybe we need to join together more to collaborate on getting this important message out!
Thanks for speaking out,
Tammy - Hi Jan, this is one of my favorite posts. It speaks from a frustrated heart and the message is so simple. Yet few listen. I’m so thrilled to see you here and most appreciative of your post!