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Hey Mr. President, I’mma do me

I just want to make a quick comment about this election. First of all, no, I didn’t vote. I didn’t like my choices enough to vote one way or another, and I don’t believe in voting for the sake of voting. Voting for one candidate because you don’t want the other candidate to win doesn’t make sense to me. But this post isn’t about why I don’t vote (this post, however, is). I can say that if I had voted, I probably would have voted for Hillary, simply because I think she would have done a far better job of actually running the country than that other buffoon (who I still can’t believe was even an option in the first place).

That being said, I know many people are outraged by the outcome of this election. But I have to remind myself at the end of the day that, even though we all have to follow rules and regulations of this country as determined by the federal government (which includes the president), I still get to live my life on a day to day basis and determine how I’m going to act. That includes being a good person, being a positive role model to my students, being a good sister, and a good girlfriend, and a good daughter, and a good friend to all of the people that matter in my life. Even just being a good person overall, morally and ethically, being kind to strangers and being forgiving when it’s due. Accepting and understanding that we are all human, which means we are all flawed. And that’s okay.

This is what truly matters at the end of the day, and I’m not going to change who I am and how I live my life simply by who is holding office in that big white house. And you shouldn’t either. Yeah, it sucks how ridiculous and absurd this election has been from the start, and yeah, the results are even more laughable. And yeah, I’m sure certain things in our lives will be affected and will change at some point when those new laws are passed, and the whole country might go to shit one day because the guy running it can’t even figure out how to buy a proper hair piece. But the only thing that really matters to me at the end of the day is continuing to live my life the way that I do, trying every day to do whatever I can for my family and friends and those around me. Because if you think about our nation’s history, we’ve been through a lot worse. We can overcome these new obstacles because we find new ways to triumph when times get tough. Overall, our nation is filled with brilliant people of all walks of life, people who can think outside of the box and can take situations that may not be favorable and make them into something better. So yes, while I remain stupefied and shocked and angered and (most of all) disappointed that so many of my fellow Americans voted for such an idiot, I’m not worried about the fate of our country. That seems a bit extreme. We still live in one of the greatest countries in the world; we’re not living in a third world country, I don’t feel scared for my life when I leave my house everyday or even when I come home at night. I get to go to my job everyday, work hard making a difference in the lives of young minds, and come home to a roof over my head, food in the fridge, and the relaxing atmosphere of being at home in my own safe space. A lot of people don’t have that, even in this country, so I’m grateful for the things that I do have in my life.

I’m trying to be more positive overall in my life, and that includes this situation right here. I could very easily jump on the bandwagon with all the haters and just be bitter and spew filth from my mouth. But instead I’m going to try and look at it in a positive light, because getting angry over something that I have zero power to change is pointless (because, after all, the election is over now, we had our chance and this is what most of us wanted, apparently). At the end of the day, our country has been through a lot worse. This is not the end of the world. Because, one way or another, we will come out the other side of all of this. We may be different when we reemerge, but we’ll still be intact. Life isn’t perfect, but we can all still find ways to make it wonderful, regardless of who’s in the oval office.

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With the way our government’s headed, how hard could it be to start my own country?

I’m so sick of politics. It’s just a bunch of the same rubbish over and over, and no matter how many new politicians or new debates or new ways to spin an issue present themselves, it’s all the same lies. Sometimes I dream about how much better off we’d be without the government and all the tug-of-war that goes with it.

So I’ve come up with a solution.

I have a sense of humor & I can fit inside a backhoe claw- who wouldn't want this as their governing body?

I’d like to buy my own private island and start my own country. Anyone like to join? I know I have visions of grandeur, with hopes of a utopian society where none of the bullshit matters and everyone is able to live happy & stress-free lives, the way living was meant to be, and I know that sounds impossible. And you can sit there and debate me all you want, but if we had a society where everyone cooperated and worked together- heaven forbid anyone do anything for anyone else- it would be such an easier world.

But we’ll never have that. Because too many people- see: politicians- are too power-hungry, are too dead-set on being at the top of the totem pole, looking down upon everyone else and dictating how we should live our lives. As long as you’re not causing physical harm to others, or threatening their state of well-being, whose right is it to determine how anyone else should live? If you’re a guy and you want to marry a guy, how is it anyone’s business or right  to say no, that’s not normal, that’s not right, therefore you can’t do it, you can’t have happiness. If a woman finds herself pregnant, for whatever reason, and she determines the livelihood of not only herself, but of her unborn child, would be better off if the pregnancy was aborted, how is it anyone’s business but the woman’s whether that is the right choice or not?

Sure, I follow politics as much as the next guy. I don’t follow every debate or fall asleep to CSPAN, but I’ve got a fairly good idea about what is being talked about and what the biggest issues are for the next election. But I’m so sick of the bullshit. If I wanted to listen to garbage over and over, I’d just go hang out at the local dump (it would actually be a more productive use of my time than listening to the crap on TV). Elections should be less about telling me what you’re going to do and more about showing me. You have enough campaign money to prove to me you are truly in it for the good of the people, and not just your own ego boost, so why can’t that be a stipulation?

Part of me wants to stop caring about it so much. Because it’s never going to change. Part of me just wants to pick the lesser of the evils and call it a day. And part of me wants to throw my shoe through the TV anytime Michelle or Barack comes on in one of their many (fake) ads supporting the next big cause. But more than anything I just want to find a way to make any sort of difference. I won’t go out onto the streets with the Occupy Wall Street protestors (I have a job and a life, thank you), because how is it helping? Who is doing anything within the government or corporate world to make any amends? No one, that’s who. And it’s not going to start changing anytime soon.

I’m going to be in politics one day. Maybe I won’t run for president, maybe I’ll stay on a local or state level- although I’d probably kick ass as Mrs. President (because, let’s face it, that’s what they’d have to call me)- but no matter where I end up, I’m going to actually take the five minutes and listen. Listen to the people. Listen to what the real issues are. And not only listen and pretend I’m going to help. I’m going to actually do something about it.

You just wait. It’s going to be a shit-storm when I hit the White House.

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Though social security remains heated, republican candidates agree on one thing

Social Security seems to be the most heated debate these days.

And rightfully so.

Social Security and Medicare seemed to be working just fine until Obama came along and messed with it. And now he’s talking about further reducing the Social Security taxes. Will we ever be able to rectify the mess Obama has made of these programs? Michelle Bachmann makes a good point, addressing Obama’s selfish move of stealing over $500 billion from Medicare to put it towards Obamacare. Can I just add that how dare Obama steal from Medicare to switch to Obamacare? Can a president get more egotistical than that? Who names a program after themselves like that? Maybe if Obama had spent more time actually paying attention to this country’s needs instead of being a pompous, arrogant buffoon, we wouldn’t be in this mess and we wouldn’t be having this debate.

Bachmann said we have to realize the system isn’t working anymore, that we can’t continue to pay to support those on Social Security, especially when there is now no guarantee that the same service will be available to us when we need it. Although, I’m not sure the “every man for himself” model is going to work, either. Yes, it isn’t fair that our taxes pay for seniors’ care and provide people who are unemployed or on welfare financial assistance, especially because, in the case of welfare, this often encourages some to milk the system. But if we left these people high and dry, with no feasible way to support themselves, how is that being a united country? By the way, if there were more jobs in this country people wouldn’t be unemployed, and we wouldn’t need such taxes. Ever think of that? Obama was supposed to bring jobs back to this country.

Knew that wouldn’t happen.

As for some of the others, it seems hit or miss with what they say and what I believe. The thing I don’t like about Mitt Romney is he seems to think he knows everything. He seems to favor disregarding anything anyone else has to say, and I just get a general sense of suspicion when I think about him or even look at him. Romney needs to shut his mouth for five seconds and let someone else get a word in edgewise. Don’t hound Rick Perry about statements he might have made in his book and then interrupt him when it’s his turn to respond. Stop saying everything everyone else says is frightening; you’re frightening.

But you are right about one thing, Romney (unfortunately. I really hate to agree with anything that man says, but sometimes he has a good point. sometimes). It’s true, “people are tired of spending money we don’t have on programs we don’t want.” Can you walk up to Obama and tell him that please? I hope he’s watching right now.

Unfortunately for the general public, we have to put up with these stuffy politicians (although we did vote Obama into office. Not a whole lot we can do about that fact). Why are politicians so annoying? I’m almost rooting for this Herman Cain guy just because he isn’t a politician. He’s got a good head on his shoulders and doesn’t seem too full of himself. And he’s right, “get the government out of the way [and] American entrepreneurship, American businesses will create the jobs if we provide some certainty.”

I have to point out I also like how he pronounces “crisis” and “Chile,” with the stress on the end of the word instead of the beginning. I know it’s incorrect pronunciation, and usually that would set me off, but somehow he makes it sound fairly sophisticated and chic. Maybe a non-politician is just what we need.

Although I do have a small crush on Ron Paul. He really seems to have his head in the right place, and he’s the only one I’ve seen be diplomatic and understanding of everyone else’s standpoints. I wish he was my grandfather, I think he’d be really cool to play chess with and have tell me cool stories from ‘back in the day.’ Because for me, back in the day was the nineties. Not really what I was going for.

The hardest thing for me to accept about politicians, though, is that everything that comes out of their mouths means nothing until it’s put into practice. Which, until we vote them into office and give them a chance to follow through on their promises, we have no idea if they are just blowing smoke or not. So it’s really a crapshoot for anyone stepping into the voting booths. But as of right now, I’m leaning toward Cain and Paul.

The most complicated part is sifting through all the points of view and deciding which candidate overall has the best standpoint. They are all so different it’s sometimes hard to pick one and stick with them.

But at least they all seem to agree on one thing: Obama has to go.

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It’s time to do what’s right

I do not like President Obama.

And it’s not just because he spends our hard-earned tax dollars allowing Michelle to jet-set to Spain with 40 of her closest friends (really, Michelle? I think I can name 5 friends I have, yet you want me to believe you have that many “true” friends? this isn’t a Facebook face-off, give it up).

And it isn’t the fact that, nineteen months after winning the 2008 election, Obama continued spending (again) our tax dollars to campaign across the country, flitting from town halls to college campuses and everywhere in between (would someone please tell him he won already? he’s the president, wake up and smell the roses).

And it isn’t even the distractingly annoying way he speaks (does anyone else notice that? I can never take that man seriously despite what he might be talking about because he always delivers his ideas and proposals with such a condescending tone that I just want to come through the television and slap him. But I won’t). But it’s not even any of these aggravating attributes that makes my blood boil when I hear his name.

It’s his lack of follow-through.

With his newest and boldest move yet, Obama proposes to stimulate the economy with his jobs bill, promising new jobs and fairer taxes.

But what the NY Times and others fail to mention among the positive hub-bub is the most important aspect of the proposed bill: to slash the payroll tax for Social Security. How will that solve anything? Please, tell me. Social Security has been around for how long? Oh yeah, 75+ years. Which means the taxes we’ve been used to paying toward it have been around that long, too. So yes, Obama, “the plan is the right thing to do right now,” but where does that leave us in the long run? Surely you wouldn’t be affected by the lack of Social Security when it comes time for you to retire (which will hopefully be after the 2012 election). But others like myself, who are going to need to fall back on Social Security upon retirement, are ultimately screwed out of it if the bill passes. You want to bring it from 4.2 percent to 3.1? When it already came down from 6.2? Why not just eliminate the pension program altogether and save us all the agony of having to pay those taxes?

Stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy. The words came out of your mouth, Obama. Can you finally live up to the empty words and hollow promises you’ve so easily fed the hungry public? We shall see. But I’m not holding my breath.

Unfortunately, despite my natural inclination toward animosity and skepticism, I have to give the guy some credit; if he actually pulls it off, gets Congress to agree and has some follow-through for once, it could really mean great things for this economy. I so want him to prove me wrong, really, I do. But after what we’ve seen from him in the past, I’m not applauding yet. And if, in 40+ years when I retire, Social Security is no longer available, you better believe he’s the first one I’m coming after.

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