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The election is over, thank goodness. I can now turn on my television and watch commercials for vehicles I can’t afford to buy, Cialis, and Monistat. Strange that this would be somehow more appealing to me than to have to sit through more political nonsense. But perhaps not so strange. I guess I have now sunk to a new low…. 😉 What worries me is people’s inability to agree to disagree and move past that to find common ground to start to address the challenges we face.
A good example of this was last night. I responded to a pro-life newsfeed on my fb – very politely outlined my position and the reasons for it, clearly stated that I respectfully disagreed with their opinion. Was promptly told that their opinion was fact, and that I was ignorant, and did I think I was right with God? Which I believe was a fairly polite way of telling me that I am going to hell for having a brain? Me – with a BA college education, 30 years in human services, and a 147 IQ….. I told them that 1. my relationship with God was none of their business, and that 2. I do in fact sleep well at night. And that no, opinion is opinion. Again reiterated that I respected their stance but that their values were just that – theirs – not necessarily mine. I also mentioned that pro-choice does not necessarily mean pro-abortion. What a firestorm. Later in the evening Bill Nye the Science Guy shows up on G4 on a repeat of “Attack of the Show” and blew me away . 50% of people still believe the moon generates its own light – this does not bode well. My opinion – We need scientists and creative thinkers, not zombies who spout the party line and can’t or won’t think for themselves. I’m tired of being attacked because I disagree with someone’s opinion. Science is based on fact, and we discover new things every day, facts are constantly evolving. Our viewpoints need to do so as well.
Romney lost the election because he failed to distance himself from the extremists who would have us living in a religious dictatorship where women have few rights and recourses – similar to Middle Eastern countries. He should have immediately publicly scolded and removed his support from the idiots who spouted off about rape and conception. Moderation and willingness to cooperate to find solutions is what wins elections. Obama, much as I dislike him, did this much more effectively than Romney. I also think that people relate better to Obama – he portrays himself as a common person and while Mitt is, I’m sure, a down to earth, caring, and nice man – his money gets in the way. I never did hear back from his campaign after I sent my letter/blog post Who We Are, What We Need. Obama’s campaign sent me a response within a week. People just can’t see how someone who is so far removed from financial worries can understand them. Mitt never clearly communicated relate-ability to the votes/voters that mattered, and really never seemed to have clear reasons why his plan was better than Obama’s. I noted in the debates that they coincided and agreed on many of the issues. The need for vocational training, greater emphasis on education, job creation at home. But, in the long run I think a lot of people just figured “Better the devil you know, than the devil you don’t”
We continue to be right between a rock and a hard place. With many many excruciating decisions ahead of us. Lots of unhappy people. We really do have to start thinking of the government as a business and finding ways to cut waste and decrease spending. Rant commencing in 5, 4, 3…
In my feeblemindedness, I believe some of this spending decrease can come within the health care system. I honestly believe there is no medical necessity for erectile dysfunction medication, or rogaine. Its a vanity thing. Insurance should not have to cover the cost of such prescriptions. If someone wants to take it, they should pay full price. Don’t people realize that after a certain age you’ll use up your insurances drug benefits buying these vanity drugs and wont be able to afford your heart, cholesterol or blood pressure medication. So yeah, you’ll have a full head of hair and a functioning penis, but you’ll drop dead of a bp induced stroke while mowing your lawn, or while schtupping the bimbo you never should have left your post-menopausal wife for….. Some trade off. Karma’s a bitch ain’t it? 😉
Now on to a more volatile example: Abortion is an elective procedure in most cases, and I feel stongly the cost in these cases should be out of pocket for the individual. (Except in cases of genuine medical or psychological necessity – ie the pregnancy being life threatening or the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest and the mother cannot handle the pregnancy psychologically and chooses to terminate). Its called consequences. Dance, pay the band. And if you can’t pay, have the baby – insurance should and does cover that – and there’s plenty of loving couples who would be thrilled beyond words for a chance to adopt your “OOPS!” So too, plastic surgery. Insurance companies should not have to pay for boob or nose jobs. You want it, pay for it yourself.
Of course, the government should also stop awarding grants to researchers whose research is frivolous (damn those stupid shrimp on those dumb treadmills!) If you cannot demonstrate that your research benefits humanity and the ecosystem AND those benefits are tangible and fairly immediate – buh-bye dinero. Lets work on overhauling the EBT system and make it more difficult to abuse that system. Lets start holding people accountable instead of making excuses for them. After all, excuses are like anuses – we’ve all got them, and they all stink. NO YOU CANT BUY PUSH POPS WITH YOUR EBT CARD, SIR. I don’t care if your kid doesn’t get to have a snack – where is it written that I have to pay for that snack and then also your kids dental bill? Because instead of providing them with healthy food you chose to feed them crap on my dime. The bill of rights does not extend to assuring that all children get candy.
OK – I’m being deliberately, provocatively, and supremely snarky, but really – I’VE HAD IT. Rant concluded. Whew!
OK I’m back now. Hopefully we can get to a place where people in this country become mentors and assisters rather than enablers, we rediscover a work ethic and a sense of pride in actual work. We realign our values to reflect a sense of personal responsibility rather than self-entitlement. And we take care of our own FIRST. I’m crossing my fingers, but stockpiling supplies – just in case. (well not really yet, but I am seriously considering it) Perhaps a mountain cabin tucked away in the Sierra Nevadas or the Rockies would be more defensible that a small bungalow in Western MA suburbia? I’m rusty, but I think I can manage to hit whatever I aim at with a .22. 😉 Rock On! \m/