Lookout. She’s on her soapbox. Consider yourself warned.
It’s been said no one should discuss politics or religion on a first three dates because they are such controversial topics. Did no one stop to think that if two people have beliefs that govern their lives, those might be things that need discussed? Otherwise, you may have just wasted a few evenings of your life for nothing. Maybe I have a skewed view of dating, but I’m not about doing it just for fun. Should dating be fun? Of course….but if that’s all I was after, I can have fun with friends. Real lives and real relationships are about more than just having fun. If that’s your thing, more power to ya, but I’ll save you time, and tell you up front, that’s so not my deal. Life is about more than dinner, putt-putt, and movies. Whaaaat??!?! Don’t look at me that way! I’m just sayin’!
(And if you have no basic principles by which you live, you have issues that need discussed elsewhere. If this is you, stop reading now and seek help!)
I’m not sure why we live in a day and age of political correctness. Whatever happened to the freedom of speech? Some people reserve the right to be complete idiots, and I reserve the right to call you an idiot in writing, or to your face, or on CNN if I so choose. Need an example? Westboro Baptist Church. (If you are unfamiliar, these are the wacko’s from the midwest that protest military funerals among other things). Complete. Utter. Lunacy. There is no other way to describe what they do, what they stand for, or how they promote what they believe. But …. We live in a country where free speech is in the constitution. Like it or not, stupid or not, ridiculous or not, they do have the right to express an opinion. Do I wish the church would be struck by lightning? You betcha! Does my stomach turn upside down every time I hear they’ve protested another funeral.. or some other asinine act? Yep! So don’t go telling people “Andi supports those psycho’s!” .. She does not!
And if she finds out you misquoted her, she will hunt you down and smack you with a wireless keyboard. Here’s the thing about this country…If you don’t agree, STAND UP AND SAY SOMETHING. or sit down and write a blog ;). There is no room for political correctness. There is no room for someone who is not PC to be called “intolerant”. ( wouldn’t that mean “PC” is being intolerant of “non-PC” … oxymoron much??) I have an opinion. You have an opinion…. or at least I hope you do. Voice it. So we may not agree. Big deal! Show me two people who agree on everything all the time, and I’ll show you a couple of liars.
It takes more than talk. It comes down to action. You can’t whisper in the hallways about missing the “good ole days” and how this country has gone to hell in a handbasket. I’m not disagreeing with your thinking…yet. I’m simply pointing out that way too many good people only run their mouths, and don’t get off their butt and do something about it.
“What am I supposed to do?” VOTE!!
“What the heck does voting have to do with it?” If only half the
smart eligible voters show up on election day, it’s no wonder we have such idiots in office. If you don’t vote, you should shut up when it comes to political issues.
“Didn’t you just say to ‘stand up and say something’ ?” Yep, but if you can’t back it up by taking action, you don’t deserve to have an opinion.
Don’t want your kids spanked in school? Vote.*
Don’t like legalized abortion? Vote.**
Don’t like Sarah Palin? Vote against her.***
Don’t like Vice President Biden? write a blog about how he reminds you of a creepy old man at the convenience store down the street…and then Vote!****
It’s your way to turn your opinion into something viable rather than let them remain a set of words that are bound to get drowned out the masses of the mainstream.
Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.
*I’m all for spanking bratty kids in school… and in Wal-Mart.
**I’m as pro-life as they come.
***I like Caribou Barbie.
****What? He creeps me out.