Thursday, November 6, 2008

First Post, First Rant

Well hello there. I now have a blog. It kind of developed out of necessity because I kept wanting to write things and share them with people without forcing them on anyone. So, at least with a blog people can choose whether or not to actually read what I have to say. That makes sense to me, I don't know if it makes sense to anyone else.

Anyway, the basis of this blog is going to be for me to rant, basically about anything and everything that happens to me in my life, or that I see happening around me. I've ranted a lot before, like on notes on Facebook and stuff, so this is nothing new to me and nothing new to anyone who has ever read my notes on Facebook. Most of the time they will deal with baseball, just as a heads up, because that's kind of the only thing I care about, but I'm going to take some time right now to rant about the Presidential Election.

It's not so much the election itself that I have to rant about, but moreso the reaction of some McCain voters that I know to the news that Obama had secured the victory. Let's just get something straight - I am in no way, shape, or form a person who forces my opinions on other people. In fact, I like to think of myself as being extremely objective when it comes to issues that a lot of people don't agree on.

I'm definitely not going to sit here at my desk and break down the election because overall I really am not acquainted with all the issues and stands each candidate had going into the election the other day. What I will say, however, is that I was disgusted with some of the things that I was reading coming from those who hoped McCain would win.
I can't even tell you how many statuses I read on Facebook saying
  • that our country is now going to shit because Obama was elected.
  • that he's a terrorist waiting to bomb our country and by voting him into office, we're letting him do it. After all, "his middle name is Hussein," obviously he's a terrorist.
  • welcome to socialism, and my personal favorite:
  • "I'm moving to Canada, who's coming with me?"
I was legitimately disgusted with Americans after reading that. I mean, come on people, this is the year 2008. America is supposed to be the greatest country in the world. How are we supposed to progress if there are so many people that are this ignorant? I'm definitely not sitting here saying that everyone should have voted for Obama, though. While I'm proud to say that I cast my ballot for Barack Obama, I have no problem with anyone who felt that John McCain was a better choice for this country, as long as their reasoning wasn't "because Obama's a terrorist." Obviously, Obama lost a lot of votes in the South because of his color, but that was to be expected because the South almost always votes Republican regardless of who is running for the Democratic party. Last time I checked, being half African and having the middle name "Hussein" doesn't equivocate to "terrorist."

I am completely aware that there are a lot of ultra-conservative people in this country, and that having a semi-black President is not something that everyone was ready to handle. It seemed like too big a change for a lot of Americans. What cannot be tolerated, by me at least, is the ignorance that some people I have encountered possess. Not just anti-Obama either. Example: Someone told me, "Anyone who doesn't vote for Obama is a racist." Really? That's a great way to think. That's a lot better than what this kid at Hofstra wrote on his window: "Vote Republican, not Terrorist." Pleasant people I deal with, no?

Bottom line is that Barack Obama is going to be the 44th President of the United States, the so-called greatest country in the world. He received almost 65 million popular votes. 65 million people can't all be ignorant. Granted many people voted for Obama because he is black, which isn't a good basis for decision-making either. What I'd like to know is how many people know that Obama is only half black? And of the people who know that, how many know that he met his father, a Kenyan man, only one total time after the age of two? Who knows that Obama was raised by white people, and that his mother's last name is Dunham? What if he had run as Barack Dunham?

What needs to be understood is that Barack Obama is going to try his hardest to help point this country in the right direction. The results will not be seen right away, and many McCain supporters will take that as a reason why American voters made the wrong choice, but the truth is that this country can't possibly be turned around by any one man in a short period of time. Come 2012 when Obama's term is over, let's see what he has accomplished and judge him based on that. Until then, everything is just speculation.

1 comment:

heartz0nedesire said...

i cannot agree with you more my twinnie :) <3