**Let me disclaim that the following rant has nothing to do with *all* Republicans or *all* Democrats. Just because people voted one way or another makes no matter to me. My concerns are the ignorant among us who spread falsities without taking a moment to question what they hear. I am proud to be an American, whose voice is one in the midst of millions. The collective becomes the Mastermind, if you will, guiding our country to the future, whatever that may be. So if you voted for Romney, this isn’t directed toward you, in particular. But if you find yourself bristling with irritation…maybe it’s a shoe that fits too well. Time to look at your soles… if you get my drift.
I’ve decided that Americans have the collective maturity level of an 8th grader. We, as a society, haven’t figured out that life isn’t fair, that things don’t always go our way, and that disappointment is to be expected. That’s the way it works. We don’t all think the same, and that’s why there are different religions, different political parties – hell that’s why there are different restaurants. We’re raising a generation of children who think they should get a participation ribbon for just showing up…. when as it turns out, we, as adults, really want to have our cake and eat it, too.
So what’s got me all fired up? The election, of course. But not just the election – the aftermath. It’s bad enough that I had to tolerate propaganda on Facebook for weeks before the election, not only did I have to listen to whining from the same arrogant assholes when Romney didn’t win, but now I see these same douche nozzles signing petitions to secede from the Union. 30 states are signing petitions. 30!
Are. You. Fucking. Kidding. Me?
Here’s the thing – I don’t have any issue with people voicing their opinions. I don’t even care that they voted for Romney. This is a democratic process and the only way it works is if people take action and don’t slip into apathy. This, however, is one step too far. From what I can tell, this is tens of thousands of people who are signing their name to what amounts to a cyber-temper-tantrum saying “This isn’t fair!” Guess what, folks? This is the epitome of fair. If it got any more fair, it would redefine what the word actually means. Obama won, like it or not. He won the electoral vote and (and most importantly in my opinion) he won the popular vote by a pretty close margin (but certainly not the closest margin in the history of elections). And so what? Now you don’t want to play with America because you didn’t get your way? Too damn bad! This is a country, not youth soccer! You don’t get an award for showing up. There are winners and there are losers. Guess what? Not everyone and everything I voted for went my way. I’m not writing or signing a petition to become a citizen of a different state! I’m gonna suck it up and figure out where I can focus my efforts to support the cause I believe in.
But you know what? Let’s follow this silly little plan to the end. Texas secede and then what? The Mexican cartel rolls in, obliterating all in their path and now has a vein right up the middle of the country to feed their lawless agenda into. Why not just put a giant target on your flag that flips the bird and says, “please attack us”, because that’s what you’re doing.
Romney lost. For better or for worse, it is what it is. When G. W. Bush won 12 years ago (and again 8 years ago), I didn’t pitch a fit and claim the process to be un-American. I refocused my efforts on ways I could influence closer to home. I didn’t waste energy ranting about the uncertain future we face. Here it is, a week later, and I *still* hear and see people bitching about it. It’s over, folks! Move along!
There are real tragedies that need to be handled: poverty, recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy, drug use, unemployment, or how about the fact that less than half of eligible voters actually voted in the last election?
It’s silly. It’s so silly that I realize that I should just dismiss it, but I’m so tired of seeing it all and having to ignore it. I firmly believe that we all have a right to say what we want. It’s one of the rights that make this country great! But I am disgusted with the select few citizens of this country having a tantrum because they didn’t get their way. Move on, people! Guess what? There is no chance in the great scheme of hell that you will actually form your own country (I’m looking at *you* Texas). You’ll whine. You’ll bitch. And next week, next month, next year, next election, you will still be an American. So focus on making a difference instead of protesting the past.
*sigh* That’s my soapbox people. Carry on.