I recently read a blog post by someone else on wordpress (thus my idea of joining, you will find out soon why it is rather ironic). No, I am not going to be attacking the writer of the blog, I will simply be responding to some of the things that I saw within the post worth responding to. I considered simply responding in a comment, but when I saw the other comments, I suppose I lost my nerve. (I have a lot of opinions that I’m not ashamed of, but I’m not into throwing myself out into the sharks.)
Here is the post in question: We survived Bush. You’ll survive Obama.
Now, I don’t have a problem with people having different views on things. For the majority of my life, I have avoided conversations about politics completely. They are often the conversations most likely to deviate from intelligent conversation into accusations and name calling – all over opinions. Boy am I glad this doesn’t happen when people disagree on what toppings should go on a pizza! I suppose the largest difference is that you can always order more than one pizza as long as the money is available – you can’t order more than one president at a time.
Anyway, to get back onto topic, I’ll be addressing certain pieces that I read within this blog post with my own responses. I encourage you to read the entire post, because taking bits and pieces never tells the entire story.
“Now don’t get me wrong. I’m all for a group of disgruntled citizens banding together to form a third political party because they don’t feel represented by the other two. But let’s be honest – this bunch of idiots doesn’t like that a black man is the most powerful man on the globe.”
She is, of course, speaking in reference to the newly forming Tea Party.
I don’t mind the disagreement with the forming of the tea party. That is, of course, pure opinion. I do have a problem with the fact, however, that it is indicated that the only reasons these people have a problem with Obama is because of his race and because they are idiots. WHO CARES IF OBAMA IS BLACK? I don’t. I respect him because he is the president of our United States, and I respect him because he is the first African American who has reached his position of power. He made history, he will go down in history books, and there is no denying that.
The fact that I disagree with much of what he has done within office has absolutely nothing to do with the color of his skin.
This accusation is further continued later within the post:
“You honestly want me to think that your biggest issue is the cost of healthcare reform? You sat idly by while Bush squandered billions on a failed war, but all children having health insurance is too much to handle? That’s your beef? You realize, of course, that some of those children are white, don’t you?”
Healthcare reform is a huge, huge issue. Much of the nation disagrees with it, and it struggled to get passed through Congress. STRUGGLED! But again, why the shot at the race thing?
There may have been some good things stated within this blog post. There may have, but I was so turned off by the references to race being the only reason these people are against Obama’s decisions that I paid no attention to anything else that was written.
It is alright to disagree. Seriously, it is. But why are the shouts of prejudice there?
While I am no member of the Tea Party, I’ll state my own personal opinions on the matter of Obama as president with the knowledge that people will probably come after me for it. So be it, at least I will not reply that you are only attacking me because I am white.
Everything stated below is my OPINION. It is based only on my personal beliefs, and not on what I’ve read in the newspapers, what I’ve watched on the news, or what I’ve listened to other people say. I have my own mind, and I use it.
The problem is not that Obama is president. I freely admit that I would have much preferred that McCain were in office, if I had my choice, but the “man in charge” isn’t the problem. Granted, I don’t believe it to be the solution, either, but it’s not the problem.
The problem… is that all of Congress is democratic, and so is the President. Much of this comes from many people desperately wishing to get Bush out of office, and anyone associated with him – thus the Republican congressmen and congresswomen joining him on being thrown out on their noses. What this creates is a lack of checks and balances. Many people, both voters and those within office, follow their party blindly. (No, I am not saying everyone does – I am saying many people do.) While representatives are supposed to be representing the people, what they’re really doing is voting the way their party wants them to vote the majority of the time, and they don’t actually consult those they are representing. Granted, this often doesn’t last long – people that aren’t represented the way they wish to be tend to vote a different direction the next election.
If you wish to have a true balance, have a Democratic President and a Republican Congress. Or a Republican president and a Democratic congress. It’s happened over and over in history, and it gives a little more to the checks and balances system that this political system was all designed around. The parties are forced to work together a bit more, even if just so the Congresses can speak to the President, and vice-versa.
Let us see how this one will go come November when several seats on Congress are up for election, and that will be a telling situation. It will also be the only TRUE way to find out whether the American people are happy with the decisions this Presidency and Congress have made over the past year and a half. The constant back and forth bickering, name calling, and accusations of stupidity and prejudice won’t do it. In fact, it will only create bitterness, and a deafness to what is actually being said.
“You’re stupid!” isn’t a valid argument – WHY do you disagree with what they are saying? Why do you think that the opinion is stupid? What valid comeback do you have other than, “You’re an idiot!”, “What’s your beef?”, or “You just don’t like that he’s black!” What proof do you have, or is it based solely on opinion? If you are allowed to have your opinion without threat of ridicule, why turn around and ridicule other people because of theirs?
What ever happened to “Love One Another”? What ever happened to this nation banding together as a nation despite religious differences, race, and opinion? We are supposed to be here supporting one another, and all I see is a whole bunch of mud-slinging. All I ever seem to hear anymore is Democrats refuting any Republican (or, I suppose Tea Party) argument with, “You’re stupid!”, or some other form of the phrase. I have heard Republicans and Democrats be called uneducated, idiotic, stupid, ignorant, retarded, hypocrites, morons, insane, fascists, socialists, and all other things – but where are the arguments that actually deface the issues, rather than attack the people bringing up the issues?
Attacking the people will only bring out the hatred. It becomes a contest as to who can be the… despite the possibility of sounding like a child… most mean. It clouds the actual issues with name-calling, anger, accusations, prejudice, and everything EXCEPT the actual issue at hand.
If you want to attack, attack! But be an adult. Attack the issues. Attack the issues with your disagreements and with your proof. That way people can respond with more disagreements and proof – rather than feeling they have to defend themselves from possibly being labeled an “idiot” or “stupid”.
I hate how much I’ve said those two words in this post.
If you’re wondering, I’m neither Democratic or Republican. I am a rather proud Independent – I vote for who I think is best for the office, and don’t care one iota what party they are in. I care what the INDIVIDUAL stands for, and whether they actually follow through with their promises and what they believe in.