You know what really frustrates me? What is really frustrating me this week is watching my conservative friends back candidates who are simultaneously screwing them over! (Yes, I have a few Conservative friends)!
Maybe it’s time we all take a step back and look at the big picture here, common sense people, common sense!
It drives to crazy to no end to watch Conservatives continue to base their votes on two issues: gun control and abortion.
Let’s be real! Conservatives and Liberals can spend the next century beating our heads against the wall and each other about these two issues and nothing, I mean nothing, is going to change significantly.
First of all, no one is taking away your guns. It’s not going to happen. It is never going to happen. There are too many people with too much money who will ensure that it doesn’t. Now even though some of us would like some of you to NOT have guns, even most of us Liberals believe in your basic right to do so. Sure, keeping them out of the hands of a few crazy people would be a good idea, I mean after all, we take driver’s licenses away from folks who’ve proven they can’t be responsible with cars . . . but I digress. Yes, we need to keep discussing this issue, and we need to do what we can to keep everyone safe, but voting for some buffoon whose only platform is gun rights is irresponsible, no matter who you are.
Secondly, women are never going to stop having abortions. You can make all the laws you want, quote the bible and blow up clinics and women are still going to have abortions. There will always be women who need them, and there will always be those who will provide them. So truly, how about we join forces and spend our time PREVENTING women from needing abortions, you know with proper health care, birth control, and programs for single parents and their children. Really, these are things we can agree on and help each other with, instead of wasting our time trying to change minds on both sides that are never going to be changed!
Oh, and before you start on the whole birth control is against your religion crap, unless you have 18 kids, I don’t even want to hear from you.
See what Conservatives don’t understand is that Liberals are not fighting for an anti-religious, baby killing, totally gun free society. What we are fighting for is the right of SELF DETERMINATION! You know, one of those pesky little principles this country was founded on! We not only want to have the right to determine our own values, religions, and the make up of our families, we want YOU to be able to do so also. See, if you restrict my rights, what’s to keep me from restricting yours? PERSONAL CHOICE, regardless of the issue, is a very simple concept.
In the meantime, politicians are keeping all of us distracted with these two issues while they rape of us all of our most basic American rights. Take a look around! Corporations and money control this country and we let it happen while we were bickering on the side lines! They control our air, our water, our food supply, our access to health care, our access to affordable education and our ability to make a living!
Notice how Conservatives only seem to talk about jobs when they are telling you that sending them overseas will be a good thing for international trade, or that they can’t pay you a livable wage and still be able to keep the doors open, or my favorites, why yes fracking and coal are great because they will provide jobs! See, see how they are using the word JOB to distract you. You can’t trade jobs for the health of the planet! You can’t honestly believe these people have your best interests at heart when they are raking in salaries and bonuses that are more than the entire budgets of some small businesses!
It’s nothing but bread and circuses folks! They are talking to us at the front door while another one of them crawls in the back window and robs us blind.
Oh, I’m not saying there aren’t Liberals who do the same or Liberals who haven’t aided in the corporate takeover of America. That’s what primaries are for and hopefully we’ve weeded a few of those out. Big money’s influence in politics has to end, regardless of party! What I am saying is before you cast that vote; take a thorough look at the candidate. Don’t vote based on one or two emotional issues. Look at the big picture.
There’s only one way out of this mess people. We’ve got to start finding some common ground to compromise on.
We’ve got to start working together on the things that affect our everyday lives. I am neither going to buy a gun this week, nor have an abortion. However, I do need a job to go to every day. I do need healthcare. I’d like the ability to buy good, local, GMO and pesticide free food. I am going to need clean air to breathe and clean water to drink.
You want my vote this election season. Show me how you can work with those you disagree with. Show me how you can negotiate and compromise and come to a consensus. Americans have to say ENOUGH of gridlock, enough of sending folks to Washington to argue over one or two issues and then accomplish nothing. If we don’t wake up and start trying to work together, regardless of political party, we’re all screwed.