I spent most of the day yesterday licking my emotional wounds over the injustice done to this country by the uninformed electorate who have consigned us to another 4 years of ... goodness I don't even know what to call it. There just aren't adequate words.
I am stunned that people wanted 4 more years of lies, rising unemployment, rising gas prices, reduced income and the promise of yet more failed leadership and cover-ups (Fast and Furious, Benghazi - just to name 2); they want 4 more years of appointments by executive fiat, of posturing and negativity.
One of my Facebook friends said yesterday that she really has high hopes that women will make as much as men during this administration.
I laughed out loud on that one. Obama and his minions have had 4 years already to do that and here is how they handled it from the inside:
When all White House employees are considered, the Obama administration's record dims a bit further. Female employees earn a median salary of $60,000, roughly 18 percent less than men, whose median salary is $71,000. [source]
And when presented with this inconvenient truth, her response was ... predictable. She just ignored it. Because if she ignores it, surely it will go away - right?
It all made me wonder about the motivations for people to re-elect Obama despite the overwhelming evidence of his incompetence. I know one friend who voted for him because of Obamacare. Yet another so she woudn't be seen as a racist. Another because he's a hippy-at-heart and while he is very sweet and not fashionable, I believe he wants to be "seen" as being ahead of the crowd. And I have to believe the illustration above shows yet another because she believes Obama will level the "paying field" for women.
All of which brought me to a conclusion for myself: for the next 4 years I will no longer censor myself in conversations with friends about Obama's record. I will no longer just simply leave a conversation rather than get into the dicussion that may need to be had - for my own sake.
As many of you know, this past August I had a terrible confrontation with a now-former friend over the issue of gay marriage and the first amendment right to free speech exercised by Dan Cathy of Chick-fil-A. There was much that went on behind the scenes of that encounter that I have never, and will never, share in this or any other space - and it ultimately caused me to become very - quiet - on Facebook and even here on my own blog.
I denied myself my own right to freedom of speech by simply silencing myself. Lest I offend anyone else with my own beliefs; beliefs to which I am as entitled as everyone else is to theirs. Beliefs I should be able to hold without fear of persecution, condemnation or recriminations.
Now that we are consigned to 4 more years of socialism masquerading as American politics, I will not be silent. Every gaffe, every constitutional violation, every action on the part of Obama that causes the death of more innocent Americans ... will be commented on by me. I will read even more than I do now; I will seek out information and clarification before I utter one syllable.
I will do the same for any positive actions by this administration, though I suspect I know where most of my energy will be spent.
I will no longer muzzle myself because someone might object to my opinion. I resolve to never resort to the favorite tool of the liberal - the ad-hominem attack. I will deal with facts alone.
And it won't be just on Facebook and in this space.
It's time for the populace to start speaking out for true political reform. Here are just 2 examples of what I'm talking about:
- Term limits for Congress - if the president can't serve more than 2 terms then why do members of Congress get to treat their jobs like lifetime appointments.
- If Congress votes in a law then they should be subject to it as well (hello Obamacare).
It is time to hold their feet to the fire and remind them that all of them - Work. For. Us. It is long past time for us, their employers, to get them to do their fucking jobs.
Side Note: I find it conversely frustrating, incredibly creepy and rather fascinating that people who say they don't want to be in my life anymore - who indeed have already indicated we have had our last conversation - read my blog on a nearly daily basis. What is that all about?