Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Let's Talk Politics Yeah?

Wow...what an incredible and historical election! Regardless of who you voted for, it feels amazing to have been a part of it, doesn't it?
This election left me so conflicted though. I loved a lot of what each candidate had to offer. I also loathed a lot of what each candidate had to offer. Ultimately, I made the decision that I personally felt was best for my country. Many would not agree with my decision, and that is A-OK in my book. That is the magic of this great nation...we have the RIGHT and the PRIVILEGE to vote and voice our own opinions!
TGTBT and I have vastly different political views. He is a very conservative republican whereas I tend to be more on the liberal side. Though we've discussed politics and watched the debates together, we have always refrained from getting into a political debate with each other simply because we respect each other enough not to go there. I have always valued and respected his opinion even though it is not the same opinion that I hold myself. I have never thought less of him in any way because of his political beliefs and, I hope, he has never thought less of me for mine. That was until the results were calculated.
Last night I was unable to find a sitter for the Rock The Vote concert so instead I had friends over to hang out, eat junk, and watch the election night coverage. We all had differing views on things, and had cast our vote for opposing candidates, but we still came together in support of our country to wait in anticipation for the announcement of our country's next president. It came as no surprise when we found out that Barack Obama had in fact secured the presidential seat.
I voted for Obama. It was not an easy decision, but ultimately he was my guy. That's not to say that I don't think John McCain would have made a noble choice. I honestly would have stood behind him 100% had he won the election. Why? Because as an American citizen it is my civic duty to stand alongside my fellow citizens and to back our elected officials, even if I may not completely agree with the decisions they make. I only wish others felt the same way.
As soon as the announcement was made Facebook completely blew up with status updates...everyone had to get in their 2 cents about how this nation is going to hell in a hand basket. I was absolutely FLOORED by the disgusting, hateful things that were being posted on the world wide web. Though TGTBT was not necessarily hateful, and was tame as a kitten compared to others, his comments rubbed me the wrong way. He was going on an on about how he was starving but couldn't eat because he was so sickened by the results, and welcoming everyone to the "socialist states of America".
I don't think there is anything wrong with being disappointed that your candidate lost, but really...get over it. What's done is done, it cannot be changed. You now have 2 choices...move on and learn to stand united with the evil democrats of the world ;) or leave this great nation for pastures that may appear greener at this moment in time. I hear Iraq will soon be an America-free zone...maybe you should start looking at real estate there. :P
Can two people with such vastly different views co-exist peacefully?

Until next time, much love!

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