Monday, November 5, 2012

God Bless America

So you know by now that I like to title all of my blogs with a song title--and this one counts too. Sure it's not contemporary but hey, it never goes out of style for us Americans!

Anyways, this is one of my preachy blogs [humorous blogs to come soon I promise!] and it's pretty basic.

I get that with election day around the corner tomorrow that everyone has been inundated with political ads from both parties over the past few months. On the radio, on tv, any website you visit, facebook--the list goes on and on. And we're SO fucking sick of it we could barf. I get it.


Here's my thing. I get it. I totally am with you that you can't even open your door anymore without people asking you who you're going to vote for. And you can't log on facebook for mindless entertainment without your bleeding liberal friend or super conservative friend on some sort of self-righteous pretentious rant.


Let me point out a few things.

1.) Even though it doesn't feel like it, we are SO lucky to be able to live in a country where all of this is possible. Where people can voice their opinions--whatever they may be-- without being afraid of the police or whoever snatching them up and killing them for having a belief so while it is overwhelming, consider it a blessing in a completely annoying disguise.

2.) For those of you who say you don't care, shame on you. (Actually, let me put it in Sally terms, FUCK YOU.) You can't seriously say that it doesn't affect you or it doesn't matter to you. It does. You're just too lazy to do any homework to form an opinion and you're letting others dictate your life along with the lives of your family, friends, loved and hated ones. I'm not saying you need to rewatch School House Rock (although that's really not a punishment. It's AMAZEBALLS) and I'm not saying you need to know everything EVER about politics but for fucks sake, pick up a paper or log on to a new website once in a while. There IS an app for that.

3.) Remember to breathe regardless of the outcome. There's no point in fighting with each other because the person you voted for didn't get elected. I'm sure it will feel awful for you and it sucks and I'm pre-emptively sorry if/when it doesn't go your way. And conversely, if your president wins, there's no reason to act like an asshole about it either. The point should be that we are Americans and should support one another. Acting like a sore sport or a douchebag certainly doesn't prove a point or make others change their minds. It's not always easy but whether your candidate wins or loses, we are ALL Americans and should stand behind whomever our president is (unless he pulls some crazy dangerous shit like Hitler style or something.) That's what good Americans do. Make the best of the next 4 years to the best of your ability and maybe in another 4 years, things will be different.

Until then, breathe and be proud to be an American.