There have been more than enough blog entries published on the subject of politics today, but I feel like I should add to the cacophony.
I voted for McCain, and I say that proudly. That being said, I'm sure it would be safe to assume that I'm not too happy about the election results. Now, had McCain won, I wouldn't have been too jubilant, either, but I view him as the lesser of the two evils.
Part of me didn't want to vote this year. In fact, I contemplated not showing up to the polls. But after some serious thinking, I decided to go if only for the sole fact that I would have no right to complain -- or have any political discussions, even -- were I not to vote.
The truth is, I knew Obama was going to win. After 8 years of a Republican-run government, I guess it's only fair to let the Democrats have their day as well. Plus, there was the novelty of having an African American president which, I will admit, is very exciting for our country. Too bad I don't agree with any of his policies.
Now, I'm neither Republican or Democrat. I'd like to say that I am mostly middle of the road, but we all know that it's very hard to walk that thin line. I have extreme views for each party. For example, I am completely against legalizing abortion, but I cannot stand the idea of capital punishment. I won't get into that, however, because that's a lengthy blog all on its own. Either way, I guess I'm best categorized as middle of the road... or possibly even Libertarian. But anyway...
I was on facebook the other day, doing a little facebook stalking (You all know how it is...), and I ran across something that concerned me. I'm friends with (just facebook friends; not real friends) a woman who has been on Broadway several times and is currently very active in the music industry, and her status said, "[Your name here] is proud to be an American for the FIRST TIME in her life." Now, this woman is someone that I admire, and my heart sunk when I read this. Of course, she is entitled to her own opinions (It's like my roommate, Mo, says, "The best thing about being friends is that we don't have to like all the same things."), but I have to wonder... If you've been ashamed of your home country for 27+ years, then why on earth are you still here? If the United States is so embarrassing, then, by all means, leave. No one is keeping you here. I hate that kind of attitude, and it really bothers me that someone with the ability to affect others with her position in the media has such a horrible attitude about her home.
Now, I'm well aware of the fact that the past 8 years have been hard. There have been decisions made by our administration that were not good, and I'm aware of that. My problem is that 100% of the blame was put on President Bush. If people would actually do a bit of research, I'm sure they'd realize that part of it was -- gasp -- former President Clinton's fault. But my point is not to place blame. All of that has been said and done. There's nothing we can do to change it. Our economy is horrible, and it's going to be horrible for a little while. For the next several years, in fact. It all depends on the new administration's response to the current economic crisis.
Socialism is not my bag. In a world where humans are not fallen beings, sure. It would be perfect. Sadly, however, we live in a world where Adam and Eve ate the apple, so we're stuck with this ridiculous human condition. Socialism will not succeed in such a society. Not even will not; it simply cannot. It just doesn't work. If Bob works 80 hours a week and gets the same amount of money as Joe, who works 20 hours a week, then why on earth would Bob work 80 hours a week? It would be ludicrous.
Along the same topic, why give to charities? The government is going to take all of that out of my paycheck through taxes, so why should I bother donating to anything? Thanks, government. Now, I am by no means wealthy. In fact, I'm below the poverty line as a full-time student. What I'm thinking about is my parents. My parents have worked their asses off to get where they are today. Both of them started from relatively humble beginnings, and they've each paid for cars for themselves, paid for schooling (and a boatload of schooling at that), etc, etc, etc... Not only that, but they've succeeded in saving a good bit of money, specifically enough to retire within the next several years. I think that's amazing, and I admire them so much for that. What Obama is going to do is put a cap on the amount of money they make in a year. How does that seem fair? These two people work harder than the majority of the United States populace, and Obama is rewarding that hard work with less money.
And now we get to the issue of welfare. This whole system needs to be re-vamped. I'm well aware that there are people who need it. But there are also people who are just too damn lazy to get off their asses and GET A JOB. Sure, they may have to do menial labor. They may have to get paid minimum wage. But if all you do is sit on your lazy ass at home, then I have absolutely no sympathy for you, and I suggest that we pull all funding from your household. Maybe then you'll provide for yourself and your family. That's one subject that gets me so angry that I could spit nails.
Well, I'm starting to get frustrated, now, so I feel like it's time for me to leave, but before I do so, let me leave you with a nice little comment:
Welcome to socialism, my friends. It's doubleplusgood.