I get so pissed, frustrated and angry when I read such stupid, uninformed, deliberately lying comments emanating from the mouths of Republicans*, all because they intensely hate President Obama, among other things.
1. Ken Langone, the founder of Home Depot says people in the 1% should be proud to be there because, "while money doesn't buy happiness, try poverty. That doesn't do very well, either." Does he think those in poverty are trying it out to see if they like it?
2. Remember Joe the plumber? The favorite peabrain of the Republicans! He had this to say to those families whose kids were killed on the UCSB campus: " Your dead kids don't trump my Constitutional rights." I can only envision what he'd think if one of his g-d guns took the life of one of his kids. I feel sorry for his kids, knowing they rank behind their dad's guns in importance.
3. Dr. Ben Carson, a conservative Christian, said on Fox news that the VA scandal is a "gift from God," and placing the blame directly on President Obama. Never mind that because of two unjust wars, the VA is overloaded with vets who need help. This can clearly be laid at the feet of the Bush/Cheney cabal. Now, President Obama has to clean up this damn Republican mess.
4. Ted Cruz, purported to be a Senator from Texas, but in reality is a lying lunatic posing as a Republican. His latest dustup: He claims that Senate Democrats will be voting on a constitutional amendment to repeal the First Amendment, thereby muzzling the political speech rights of U.S. citizens. The man is giving the Mad Hatter a run for his money.
5. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas congressman told veterans who lost their disability checks due to the GOP government shutdown that they had make sacrifices! This extremely fat jackass apparently hasn't made any food sacrifices. But he has sacrificed the use of any brain material he might have had.
There are so many more examples but a few names should remind you all of the amply moronic utterings of some really stupid, sly and mean people: Louie Gohmert, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rick Scott, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Phyllis Schlafly, Rand Paul, Mary Fallon, Bobby Jindal and the incomparably brain-deficient Sarah Palin.
Reading about these people day after day (there's no escaping it) can really make me crazy, frustrated and highly angry. BUT, at my stage of life, what can I do about it? I tweet (after doing research), I sign petitions and add personal comments to them, I write to my Congressional delegation (and get only automatic replies that have no meaning or connection to what I wrote), I tweet to these same people and let them know my positions, I write and tweet to government entities like the FCC and the FDA and let them know where I stand. I used to share a lot of political stuff on Facebook but I'm trying to cut that down and keep that stuff on Twitter only. And I BLOG! This is where I feel I can vent. I read voraciously and research everything so I don't sound as if I've shooting from the hip. I support those who I feel have the intelligence and the ability to do the most good for the most people; who care about all U.S. citizens, not just the rich; who will uphold the Constitution (and not reinterpret it with their own narrow-mindedness) and keep religion out of government; who will make sure women are treated with equality; our veterans are cared for. You get the idea.
I don't think I can get physically involved (canvassing for signatures, hosting a meeting, etc.) so, if any of my tweets, petition signings, letter writing and/or blogging help to educate, elucidate, and or clarify the myriad issues I'm interested in then I've done my job.
And then my attention gets turned to all the good things that are in my life. And I revel in the wonderful family I have: my two magnificently wonderful sons and my fabulous, comedic husband; our extended family in Chicago, Massachusetts, Nebraska and California; our incredible friends in Connecticut, Virginia, New York and Florida. And the best furry friends in the world. Ah, life is good.
And I want life to be good for everyone so I will continue to speak out, to write and hope that someday the unintelligent, highly partisan, narrow-minded, misogynistic, bigoted, racist, lazy nut jobs that make up Congress and many governorships will disappear to be replaced by those whose education embraced science, technology, the arts, social studies (not just white history) and a working knowledge of how the world actually works and endeavor to do what's right for everyone, not just a select few.
A caveat: *Republican
When I refer to Republicans, I'm talking about the really crazy, Tea Party types, NOT my Republican friends who are erudite, thoughtful, intelligent, kind and don't go along with the extremely far right wing of their party. They are usually described as moderate and have valid concerns and positions. I value their friendship.