am a very PROUD American! I love our country. I love that people from
all over the world have come here, penniless and built families and
communities here. I love our spirit and the diversity of our people.
But I'm frustrated. I'm frustrated with what our political system has
become. I'm a very proud Democrat. I have always been and will always
be, just because the largest part of my views align with that party. I
do not vote along party lines. And I do not defend things within my
party that I feel are wrong for the sake of the party. I have many
Republican friends/family who feel the same way about their party. What
I am frustrated with is this complete lack of respect. It used to be
that both parties would essentially disagree (that's why there is more
than one party), but would work together in the interest of the American
people to COMPROMISE. In my opinion, neither party is doing that at
the moment. And if you are really honest with yourself, you'll
admit, no matter what party you affiliate with, that the parties aren't
communicating and cooperating. Please do not comment below blaming one
party over another. It's both. It really is. They bicker to be top dog
on the hill at the expense (literally) of our taxpayers. This country
was founded by men who did not want what England had - uncompromising
leadership who pushed their views on you. They wanted everyone to live
their lives as they choose - and for all to be EQUAL under the law. We
have politicians on both sides legislating personal beliefs so that
people have no choice. Women have no choice in states likes AZ, GA, and
Kansas, where they can legally be lied to and beaten. In NYC, women
will be made to feel like criminals for asking for formula for their
babies. All over the country, men and women are being denied the right
to marry under the law because other people don't like their lifestyle.
I'm fed up. Our country has become a country of bickering extremists.
Over the past month, I couldn't even agree with my GOP counterparts on
certain issues without being attacked anyway. Why does everything have
to be us vs. them? Why is every statement an opportunity to put down
the other party? Just in the last week, I have been called a "Libtard"
and brainless because my party affiliation is different from someone
else's. I've been called a communist, a nazi, a socialist, and a
fascist because my party affiliation disagrees with the other party.
And my party calls the other names too. Is this the best we can do,
America? Is our best really to throw temper tantrums and resort to name
calling? Is our best to threaten to shut down gov't when we don't get
our way? Or to revisit the same legislation 30+ times at a huge
financial expense? Is our best verbally assaulting each other on the
house and senate floors or in ad campaigns? Is our best always arguing
the talking points of our party, rather than trying to understand the
other party? Like I said, both parties are guilty of this and I'm fed
up. Let's get back to basics. Compromise. Communication. Helping one
another. Respect. Equality. Let's remove special interest from our government altogether. Let's work together and bring back a country united, not divided. Let's stop all of the hate and start to appreciate each others' points of view, even if we disagree. Let's stop the spin. Let's be a shining example for the world over. Let's lead by example!