My mother used to tell me that knowing something isn't right and not doing something about it....makes you just as guilty as if you did the act itself. That has been going through my head alot recently. The other thing that has gone through my head is the quote "evil takes hold when good men do nothing." I feel as if I have been doing nothing.
For much of this election year I have remained quiet with only the rogue post or blog here and there. Much of the reason has been because I have been very frustrated seeing the negativity and down right hatefulness that has come out of the election. Normally nice people are attacking others...... and friendships and relationships have died over this election. Some people I know have steered clear away from politics while others who have never used their political voice...have suddenly gotten quite vocal. Someone said all of this was because people care so much. I have a different idea....I think it is because people are scared. Fear can make people react in ways they wouldn't normally act. It can help them find their voice. Then I realized....I am scared too. I am scared for this country and as an American citizen....it is my job to speak up and speak out....while I still can.
I have taken to speaking out more of late and I know that my stance...though always respectful has ruffled more than a few feathers. Yesterday I posted a rather conservative opinion on facebook about the upcoming election and one of my dear liberal friends respectfully disagreed...which I totally expected. I answered back....and then magically my post was gone. This was not my first post to disappear and funny enough all disappearing posts have been political. Not hateful, not rude....but conservatively political. Perhaps I have a right to be afraid. A social website that millions of people use and I am being censored. Yes I find this very disconcerting. It was this latest incident that is the catalyst for this blog in fact. I decided then and there...under the United States Constitution...I still have the right to free speech and here and now I will use it. Even if no one listens....at least I know I used my voice! And some of what I am about to say I have said before....but I think it merits being said a 2nd, 3rd and even 23rd time if eventually it gets people to really pay attention and think about what is actually happening in our country right before our very eyes.
Of late...the general consensus seems to be that if you do not vote for Obama in this election you are either racist, a right wing fringe fanatic or anti-woman. To that I say....I will not vote for Barrack Obama. I am not racist. Race plays no part in how someone does a job. I am not a right wing fanatic. I am a middle class single mom who believes in the Constitution and does not want my children and the generations to follow being stuck with the astronomical debt which this president continues to add to. And I am not anti-woman. I feel that abortion should be decided by the states...not the federal government. And abortions should not be forced upon Catholic or other hospitals or clinics who find it religiously unacceptable nor should the cost of said abortions be forced upon taxpayers. You don't want me messing with your reproductive rights...then don't be sticking your hand in my pocket to pay for them. No...I am not voting for Obama because I find him to be dangerous to this country and to all of our freedoms.
In 2009, Obama promised that his presidency would be one of transparency. His exact words: "I will also hold myself as president to a new standard of openness .... Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency." This means he will be open about everything and hold fast to the law. He has failed at both. He has kept secrets from sealing his personal records to what exactly was in the Obama Healthcare package. Remember Nancy Pelosi telling the country that we would know what was in the healthcare plan AFTER it was voted in? That's NOT transparency! And holding fast to the law? No...he has tried to circumvent congress, the law and the Constitution time and again when things were not going his way. What is worse....United States citizens have not only accepted this...but continue to support him after the fact.
When congress couldn't get together and decide on a budget because spending was out of hand and there just wasn't enough money to go around, Obama didn't suggest a cut in congressional salaries...no he threatened the salaries of our military. He threatened the livelihood of the people who were putting their lives on the line to protect this country. I was outraged at such a threat....and yet many didn't even flinch. Still they support him.
Since taking office, unemployment has been astronomical, along with gas prices and federal spending. He has spent in one term twice what Bush spent in two terms, got our credit rating lowered.....and all the while blamed the Bush administration for our debt...never once taking responsibility for his part in any of it. In fact the only thing he has taken responsibility for during his presidency was the killing of Bin Laden. THAT he took responsibility for! Forget that the search for Bin Laden started under the Bush administration and that the Navy Seals actually did the work. And still...people support him.
And what about Benghazi? A terrorist attack on American citizens and rather than call it what it was...an act of terrorism.....Obama blamed a youtube video. In a cover up to rival Watergate....Obama blamed those who made the video for the terrorist attack and seemed to side more with the sensibilities of the terrorists than with those who were killed. It was American lives lost on his watch and instead of immediate action to get to the bottom of things....there was just more deception and more blaming....and rather than be outraged....people still support him.
Then there was the whole gay marriage thing. First he came out saying that he believed marriage to be defined as between a man and a woman. The gay community was not pleased. Suddenly...in an election year....he comes out for gay marriage. No one found this the least bit suspicious? No one thought that maybe he was going after the gay vote any way he could get it? And still....people support him.
I have watched. I have listened. I have kept my eyes open and what I see is a man who has
lied to this country. He has disrespected our country, our Constitution, our soldiers and our citizens. He has taken responsibility for something he had little to do with....and pushed all responsibility for the things he has actually done off on the previous administration and even the American citizens. He has flip flopped on issues in order to serve his own re-election and the worst thing of all....he has perpetuated a divide amongst the people he is suppose to be trying to bring together. He has never once tried to unite this country but instead has actively worked toward giving us "an us against them" mentality. He has mocked Christians, tea partiers and anyone who challenges him. He has refused to call terrorists what they are....terrorists and he has bashed capitalism and pushed for socialism since the moment he set foot in office. And still.....people support him.
While I am not a genius...I am not stupid either. I have done my homework and as I said before...I have watched. Obama is trying to insinuate government into all facets of our lives all the while trying to "rule" outside the confines of the Constitution. He wants the people to be controlled by the government instead of the government being controlled by the people.... as it was originally intended. He continues to refuse full disclosure of his past and people are not alarmed by this? Common sense should tell us that anyone (especially someone high profile or the elected leader of a country) who refuses full disclosure is likely hiding something that could be very important or even dangerous....... and yet people still support him. I am simply baffled.
We are just days away from this election and I still see people rabidly supporting this man. They deny his wrong doings and claim he has done a fine job. They....like him have begun blaming rather than admitting where the fault truly lies. It is as if he says it....and they believe it....regardless of the facts that are presented to them. And these are not stupid people. Again...I am baffled. Especially since we all know that if a conservative/Republican candidate had this track record....the opposition would have him tarred and feathered in the street awaiting impeachment. So I ask....what is going on????
In a day and age where information is readily available....everyone should be doing their research before this election, but many aren't. So here it is. I am spelling it out for all who care to read and addressing grave concerns we should all be having right now about the current administration. I know there will be many who will not like what I am saying. Even faced with the facts....many will go into those voting booths with a huge case of denial. Why? I have no idea. All of this being said...here is my prediction if Obama is re-elected....our country will slip away from us in the next four years. He will find a way to totally disregard the Constitution which will mean many if not all of our rights will become nonexistent and he will by pass congress making into law things that are both unconstitutional and in the best interest of government and not the people being governed. He will do his best to make it so that POTUS term limits will be a thing of the past...giving him free reign for years to come. Government will play a roll in everything we do and we will be left open for terrorist attacks far beyond anything we have seen up til now. We will be a joke to other countries and we will lose the allies we do currently have. And sadly, there will be those....that still support him. BUT, I guarantee you...I will not be one of them!