Pull Together. It’s Over…

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Can we just… not?

A few weeks ago, I had to take a social media break, simply because there was just too danged much hate on FaceBook and Twitter.

I went back last week. Most of what I found was puppy videos and recipes, or tweets from my sister asking me about sugar-free coffee syrups.

That all changed for me today after the President’s speech in Florida last night. A couple of my friends had posted about their standing with Sweden. I’d been outside most of the day, because in in the greater Goldsboro area, the weather was perfect for sitting outside reading a novel.

I saw the Sweden posts and thought I’d missed the news on another terrorist attack. So I surfed over to my local go-to news site. What I found was the AP articles on how Trump spoke about something refugee-related in Sweden during last night’s rally. Now, I listened to the rally while I was making dinner, but I heard (though didn’t catch) the part about Sweden’s refugee issue. And I REALLY didn’t catch the part about Friday night in Sweden. Sue me.

I don’t feel the need to go further into the situation, because if you are following the news, you know what I am talking about.

That said? O.M.G., people! Get over yourselves.

Look, I voted for President Obama in 2008. I did not vote for him in 2012, but I also did not take to the streets or social media to outcry my displeasure about him or the outcome of the latter election.

What I did do, however, was support our POTUS, even though I didn’t agree with some of the things he said/did. I never once posted about what I disagreed with. As an Air Force wife for 18 years, I supported our Commander in Chief, because that is just what you do as a military wife. I supported Clinton during those days when my friends’ husbands were victims of the reduction in force. He was the POTUS, and as such, I supported him. Blind faith? Maybe, but I did what we, as armed forces personnel and their spouses were supposed to do!

Perhaps it was blind faith, but as an American, I chose to overlook what I disagreed with in the hopes that things would get better. My ex retired from the Air Force after twenty years of service.

Because I am old-school, I am mortified at the media’s slaying of our current POTUS. I am surprised at the level of hate for this guy. Is he rogue? Probably. Is he making things happen? Yes, yes he is.

Facebook, on the other hand? No such respect. I get if you don’t like the POTUS, but personal attacks? That just sucks. When second term Obama supporters were online touting how amazing he was, they were not being executed on social media by their hard right friends. Just the opposite. We sat back on our haunches and let our friends have their say. (And for the record? I am neither hard right or left. I am just your old-fashioned run-of-the-mill moderate.)

Not so much, now. Let me just put it out there that I, as a moderate, in fact, voted for Donald Trump.

That being said? I am am not anti-Black. I am not anti-Mexican. I am not anti-gay or LGBTQ. I love everyone. I don’t care about your race, sexual preference, or gender-identification. If you screw with me, I’m going to dislike you because of your actions, not because of any group you identify with.

I supervise a department where one employee and I are the only white people. I don’t see it, though. We are family and we all bleed red. I have never seen color. I was raised that way, yet I have been accused of being against blacks because I went to a Trump rally (and that was NOT in my current department, for the record). Yeah. Guess again, folks. I am for Americans and I really don’t give a fat rat’s ass what color you are. Green? Are you American? I have your back. Purple? Same. Brown? Black? Red? Yellow? Blue? Same for all. Colors make a rainbow, and rainbows are beautiful.

Please do not hate me because of who I voted for. I voted for all the colors. I voted for the rainbow, and take that how you will, because I am also pro same-sex marriage, because love is love, no matter the color or gender.

I have also seen sound/video bites of people whe have seriously ditched friends that have “voted wrong.” Seriously? Is there such a thing as “voting wrong” in America? If so, I am obs in the wrong country.

Until next time…

#socialmediabreak

Facebook? Yes, I may be a bit of an addict. Twitter? I find it interesting and amusing. Those are my two “go-to” social media sites.

I stopped looking at Twitter some weeks ago, and I bravely ventured onto Facebook this evening after a bit of a break, unsure of what I would find after the fiasco at JFK yesterday. On the one hand, I touched base with an old friend, so that was nice. On the other? OMG!

The anger and actual name calling? Are you adults or elementary school children? Whatever happened to agreeing to disagree? That is what ADULTS do. Granted, after a lengthy argument, where I’d asked for facts, sources and research done, I did kind of imply a family member was a sheep. Okay, I admit I did state that all that wool would keep them warm this winter, so it was probably more than an implication. My bad.

In my defense, though, this was a one-on-one conversation and I didn’t lump an entire group of people into one label.

Tonight, however, I saw where people of my political persuasion have been placed in the following categories:

  • Batshit crazy;
  • Blind followers;
  • Numbskulls;
  • Ignorant fools.

Really? Ignorant fools? Now, I have been known to be a little batshit crazy at times, but it’s never been in reference to current events.

That said? Since 9/11 the word, “terrorist” has been about as common as the words, “bills,” “gas,” “groceries,” and “dinner.”

Why? Because terror isn’t attacks, both on our soil and abroad have been commonplace. That in itself is messed up.

I understand that the president’s “extreme vetting” Executive Order had some FUBARs in it, given yesterday’s situation.

I also understand that we do need to be way more careful letting folks into this country. Go try to move to Australia, Canada, or any number of countries. Good luck with that. Even retiring to Belize has legalities. (I know this, as I’ve done my research. You can’t go and stay without a VISA that has to be renewed every so often.) What’s that? Even a third world country has more stringent entry guidelines than the great US of A?

Are the same people bitching about extreme vetting going to be the same ones crying foul when another terrorist attack happens here? Are they going to be asking, “Why weren’t they checked out?” They probably ought not. Just sayin’…

I understand the basis that our great country was founded upon. I say WELCOME to every single person who comes here LEGALLY. I say WELCOME to refugees who really are refugees whose backgrounds have been checked and found not to be on anyone’s terrorist (oh, look, there is that word, again) watch list.

I may not agree with every single thing on President Trump’s to do list, but I do not believe he his Hitler Junior. I am NOT a blind follower. I am NOT an ignorant fool and I am NOT a numbskull. The jury is still out on batshit crazy-thing.

I am, however, a white collar employee, who works 40+ hours a week, who struggles financially and works hard for everything that I have. (Hell, we don’t even hire contractors for home improvements because for one thing, we really can’t afford it, and for another, it’s entertaining to see my better half fall through the floor. Okay, not really, but that happened and it sucked, especially when he landed foot on a water line and face into the door frame.)

That all said? I just want an economically sound and SAFE America for myself, my children and my grandkids.

You may not have voted for the man, but if this is your country, then he IS your president and all the name calling in the world isn’t going to change that.

I will revisit social media if and when things chill out, because you all know I am a pacifist and do not wish to engage via the written word. Hell, I don’t wish to engage, period. That said? I wish all of you peace. 

Until next time…

The End is Near!!!!

Thank heavens!

Yes, this is one of those, “oh, no, she’s going to whine, again” blogs, but I can’t help it.

No, it’s not the creepy neighbors (although, they did keep us up again until after one this morning, but it was technically only midnight, if you consider that “extra” hour of sleep we got).

No, it’s not the economy (although, I could go on for hours about it, but won’t).

No, it’s not about bad hair dye, traffic signals that are programed to make one late for work daily, or anything like that.

This time I am whining about the end of the election year.

My phones (yes, phoneS) have been inundated with “private” calls and strange caller ID’s for the past several weeks. I’m getting robo-voicemail at the office, the phone is ringing off the hook, here at the house (thanks to caller ID I don’t pick up), but I do have that on-the-tv caller ID. This is a good thing, in most instances, but damn, politicos! Give it a rest, already.

Did I mention my inbox? I have received 16 emails from Obama’s camp since yesterday morning. SIXTEEN! My spam filter just can’t keep up.

I rocked mine, and if you haven’t already? Get your keester out there Tuesday and do your thing.

For the record, I took advantage of early voting and did my part two weeks ago, not that anyone would actually know that, which surprises me, since they seem to know everything else about us these days. If they actually KNEW they would know to stop harassing me, LOL…

Then there are the people. You know the ones; the ordinarily regular Joes who are peace loving, non-confrontational types the other every three and a half years. I have seen more people lose their stuff over this election in the last couple of weeks than I can even believe. Hasn’t anyone ever heard the term, “let’s agree to disagree”? Apparently NOT.

I frequent a local news channel’s web site to get my current events-fix, and tend to go and read the comments on many stories. I have seen normally well behaved and polite people turn into some of the most rude jackasses lately. It doesn’t matter if the story is on an arrest that was made. It was the Republican’s fault that the guy was let out of prison too soon. Missing kid? Blame the Dems. I won’t even tell you what these folks are saying about Sandy hitting the east coast last week. I mean, SERIOUSLY?  Like each party has a responsibility for every natural disaster that’s occurred over the past several months? Get a grip.

(UPDATE: 11/5/12)  From aforementioned news outlet’s article on what to expect when you go out to vote tomorrow:
Idiot #1:  Remember 1 thing: Democrats are scheduled to vote on Wednesday! 

Idiot #2:  Shouldn’t all the right wing-nuts be holding snakes and speaking in tongues in back wood shacks on Tuesday as opposed to going into the big city to vote?

I rest my case. (End of Update …)

Let’s talk about Facebook. I know it’s the place to express yourself, but must you express your political views twenty-six times a day? I am actually having to scroll through numerous political posts before I can actually find out who is doing what in their real lives. And I don’t mean twenty-six different people posting their views. I am talking about one person (times however many politically driven friends are on your list) posting that many items. Folks, really. We got it a month or six ago that you are a die-hard Dem/Republican/Independent/Martian/Cannibal/Whatever…you don’t have to reiterate this THAT many times in a day…EVERY day. *face palm*

Yes, it’s wonderful that we live in a country where we can express our opinions and have freedom of speech, but must you kick the dead horse until it’s out and out decomposed?

And here’s an idea: If you’re running for office, how about putting out a commercial that tells us what you can do for us, rather than how your opposition is solely responsible for global warming, higher taxes, cost of gas, and whatever else is wrong with the country. If you can’t stand on what you CAN do for us, then I probably won’t be voting your ass in to any office.

I don’t ordinarily post anything, anywhere on politics, given that like sex and religion, it’s not something that should be discussed in places like the office, but what the hell, right? I keep my political views to myself for the most part. I’m too liberal to be labeled conservative, but still too conservative to be labeled liberal, so I’m a middle of the road kind of girl. I’ll be honest. I really struggled with my vote this year, because honestly? I learned how to tell when a politician is lying. Generally, their lips are moving.  If you want to know how your political views line up with the candidates, you can take this cool online quiz at ISideWith.com.  If you feel like sharing, let me know how you came out.

Wouldn’t it be great if someone would simply (and I use that word loosely) come up with a “People’s Party,” comprised of ordinary folks who don’t hold law degrees, aren’t nauseatingly wealthy, don’t come from a long line of what evers, and are actually IN TOUCH with what it’s really like to be situated in the middle class? Yeah, I know. THAT’s too much to ask.

While I think many of our systems are broken, outdated, out of touch, etc., I still believe that the United States is still a pretty amazing place to live, and like I’ve done for the last however many elections I’ve been legal to vote in (like, four…yeah, four, that’s it…), I rocked my vote, despite the annoyances of these election years, and encourage you to do the same on Tuesday. After all…If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain about how things are going.

That said, I will be SO happy to see Wednesday morning.

And people? Please. When it’s over, take the freaking signs out of your yards!

Till Next Time…