*Disclaimer: You may not like what you read below. For that I don't apologize. You are more than welcome to disagree with me, that's what makes our country great. It's going to be long. It's going to be intense. It's going to be my therapy session for the next few months. It might take you that long to read it.
I am proud to be an American. But I'm not proud of what our country stands for right now. I'm not proud of the stance we've taken and I'm not proud of the way the rest of the world views us. I am proud of our troops. For putting themselves in harms way regardless of their mission. For standing up for what America is SUPPOSED to be, regardless of what it has become. For continuing to fight a fight with no end in sight.
Okay, moving on from THAT topic. This all came about and was inspired by this post from Motherscribe. It got me riled up, in a good way, because it got me thinking. I voted for Obama. I didn't vote for Hillary and I'm not sure why. I'm someone who thinks, regardless of his personal mistakes, that Bill Clinton left this country in better shape then when he found it. (See here and here) His wife, then, someone who worked by his side during his Presidency, would potentially offer the same benefits, no? When I take those quizzes that tell me who "my" candidate is, she inevitably ends up on top. So, why then, did I vote for Obama? Why not her? Why not stick with the whole "woman power" thing I was so proud of in college? Because this gives me hope. It inspires me. It makes me believe that YES, WE CAN make things better. We can move this country in a new direction. As he says, "YES WE CAN heal this nation. YES WE CAN repair this world." And I believe him. I hadn't seen this video when I voted. If I had, I wouldn't have hesitated the half second that I did, before I put my mark next to his name.
Having said that, I still support Hillary. If Obama doesn't make it, you can bet your ass I'll be on the "Go Hillary" bandwagon (with my fingers crossed that Obama will somehow make it into her Cabinet). And, no JCK, I don't think Wolf Blizter would have asked a male candidate if he thought he'd been naive. I think, unfortunately, that it's another sad example of the "Good Ole Boys Club" being alive and well. She's a woman, Obama's black. Neither of them have anything in common with "Good Ole" GWB. And, as far as I'm concerned, that's what makes them exciting.
In other news, and because if I keep typing my brain might actually explode, I'm going to leave you with a few brief thoughts and some links. Oh, and if you don't agree with me and your already annoyed, your blood is really going to start boiling if you keep reading. Just so you know.
- It irks me that Conservatives bitch & moan about Liberals wanting to "tell us how to live our lives" while they do their best to outlaw a woman's right to CHOOSE to have an abortion, and feel the need to tell two people of the same sex that they are somehow less capable of entering into a loving, committed relationship. How is THAT something that will cheapen my marriage? And I'm sorry, but I've been around a LOT of gay couples who are a lot more committed and well adjusted than some straight couples I know. I'm just saying.
- This both makes me laugh, due to it's absurdity, and makes me want to cry, due to the fact that, well...it's just makes me want to cry. There go those damn Liberals again, shoving sex down our throats and turning women into sex objects. Oh, wait. Is that Fox News? Sorry. Jeez. *This, in no way, serves as an endorsement for Keith Olbermann, who, I admit, is a bit of a douche. But not nearly as big of a douche as Bill O'Reilly.
- I can't remember what else I was going to write. Two kids are screaming in my ear and I've been sitting here typing for, let's just say a LONG time.
I'll leave you with this:
"The real differences around the world today are not between Jews and Arabs;Protestants and Catholics; Muslims, Croats, and Serbs. The real differences arebetween those who embrace peace and those who would destroy it; betweenthose who look to the future and those who cling to the past; betweenthose who open their arms and those who are determined to clench their fists."
Who said that? Oh, right. It was Bill Clinton.
And if you're still talking to me, I'll have more, not at all politically motivated, riveting things to say later. This time it will be about babies & poop. Hmmm...kinda like what this post has been about if you think about it.