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i worry about the world
I was going to write a light, happy post today – like I usually do – but I can’t. Since hearing the results of Election Day, I’m feeling so discouraged about the state of the world.
And I’m angry.
A whopping two thirds — TWO THIRDS — of eligible voters didn’t even take the time to vote this Election Day.
And it’s why our country is in very big trouble.
We have elected into office people who, by their own admission, are anti-choice, anti-same sex marriage, anti-raising the minimum wage, anti-gender equality in pay. They deny climate change and believe corporations deserve the same rights — actually more rights — than actual human beings. They believe gun owners’ rights trump children’s lives and that our country is a Christian nation rather than a melting pot.
What they have done in the name of God is sinful.
Their number one priority is not to help get jobs or health insurance for their constituents.
It’s to get the President out of office.
They’ve made that clear, and said it out loud, from the day President Obama was elected.
Despite a basically treasonous Congress — what would you call people who set out to destroy their own country to prove a point? — the President has managed to repair an impressive amount of the damage caused during the Bush years.
Unemployment is down, the stock market is up.
But, alas, to quote Andy Borowitz in The New Yorker, “President Obama is still black.”
And racism trumps sanity. It trumps facts. It trumps humanity.
And that’s why I’m so sad.
It’s time to wake up and stop watching cat videos. Forget about what Kim Kardashian’s doing and take a look at what our own lawmakers are doing.
And turn off that damn Fox News — which is anything but news, and which should be cited by the FTC for false claims.
We’re in trouble, and we just elected in people who couldn’t care less.
They’re being funded by the Koch brothers, who are worth $40 BILLION EACH and whose agenda has nothing to do with improving your life. These men have chosen to spend their money to buy Washington rather than feed children or help any one of the myriad areas that are desperate for help in this country.
If you don’t believe that, do some research. Get off Facebook and actually read what they — and our newly-elected officials — say. They’re pretty transparent, and the things they say will make you cringe and think you must be reading The Onion.
Unfortunately, you’re not.
Our education system, which used to make us a solid leader, has pushed us so far down the list, we’re not even in the top 10 any more. We are becoming dumber and dumber. And those politicians are becoming richer and richer.
They’re counting on our complacency, and it’s apparently an effective strategy. While we’re playing Kandy Krush, they’re winning elections — even if they have to do it by lying and cheating. Hey, why not? We’re not paying attention.
The women before us were beaten and jailed in order to get us the right to vote. Yet we can’t take the time to actually go to the poll?
If that’s the case, then register right now for a permanent absentee ballot.
By not voting, you are certainly voting. And by thinking the midterm elections aren’t important, well, let’s see how the next two years actually play out.
And let’s make our officials accountable so we still have clean air to breathe and water to drink in 2016 when we finally change the world for the better by electing our first female President.