We The People…

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Did you know in 1758 a young George Washington bought liquor for voters? I couldn’t believe it either. Elections were being swayed even back then.

We made it to Election Day. It’s been a long road for the American people. Non-stop arguing about who the right candidate is. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough. As late as last night I was on social media and still people I know were shouting their hateful, annoying political opinions at the cyber world. Can I say this? Shut up, already! I mean, really, just have a seat.

It has been exhausting to read through the fighting and arguing that has gone on over these long months. Everyone thinks they’re right. What do they think they’re actually accomplishing by posting videos and articles and hateful messages? What I really wanted to see was someone tell me why their candidate was the right one and not bash the opponent. I didn’t see that. Anywhere. I did see some death threats though.

I’m going to say this too: I don’t need anyone to provide me with information. I’m smart enough to get it on my own. Those videos, articles posts and opinions were unnecessary. If I had asked for an opinion that would’ve been one thing, but I didn’t. Ever.

And truthfully, I don’t care how passionate someone felt about this election. Hurray, you found something to get excited about besides Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas. Oh wait, that’s me. Why do you think we need to read every thought in your head every time that you have one? Social media is not a political soap box. It’s supposed to be social. Fun. Entertaining.

In a few hours, we’ll have a new President. What are you going to do then if your candidate didn’t win? Will you allow the things that should matter most suffer because you can’t keep your opinions to yourself? They are opinions, by the way, and you won’t persuade someone to come to your side of the fence no matter how loud you yell. I like chocolate ice cream. I don’t care how many times you shout vanilla is better. I won’t believe you. Liking vanilla ice cream doesn’t make you wrong. Liking chocolate doesn’t make me right. And yes, the election is pretty much the same thing.

Because the honest truth is our country is in trouble. We need to stand together as the people of the United States of America. We need to remember what is important and work together to get there. Let me ask you this, while you were posting your opinions about the president did anyone research what their senators and congressmen have been doing? Do you even know who those people are? Have you voted out the ones that have made a career out of being a politician but haven’t done one thing for their districts? Are the people who promised you something, but didn’t deliver, still in office getting great health benefits and a pension that you fund?

The American citizens are what’s important. I suppose we’ll argue about which issues should take precedent and how to go about fixing things. There will always be someone who disagrees. Maybe the idea of the American dream is gone. It’s certainly lost.

I wish you luck and happiness in the days ahead. I hope your candidate wins and the things promised appear on your doorstep. I will always stand tall at the national anthem. I am proud to be an American. No matter what, this is still the best country to live in.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”

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4 thoughts on “We The People…

  1. You are so right, Stacey. Each of us is entitled to his/her opinion, and being respectful of it is just plain old considerate. Folks who freak out are those who are most likely anxious and fearful–not saying they’re not justified but we can only deal in things one day at a time, one situation at a time. And belittling, being hateful, etc, are just manifestations of that in the form of anger.

    I’ve had my opinion all along. I can tell you why I believe my candidate was the better choice. Whether or not I agreed with someone else, I did not get myself into an argument. (I just didn’t discuss such matters with those who I knew might go there.) And what would be the point? When it all boiled down to the end, the electoral college was in control anyway.

    I do agree with you on us standing together as Americans. This country is in danger of “going away.” I hate to think of a world without us. And yes, we ARE the best place in the world to be. I’m every bit as proud as you.

    Thank you for this post.

    1. Thank you for your candid response! I like what you said about people’s choices being driven by fear. I can’t agree more. When we’re scared it’s common to lash out at the unknown. I hope in time we can pull together and trust one another again.

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