Quit yer bitchin’ and DO something about it!

Presidential election years are, by their very nature, filled with contention.  They sometimes get ugly.  This year has been no exception.  Issues like civil rights for gay Americans and female Americans tend to fire folks up.  The issue of abortion has fired people up ever since the wall of silence came down with Roe v. Wade and we started talking about the existence of abortion in public.  I’ve noticed one positive thing about this year’s Presidential race.  It has stirred up more people, prodded them from their apathetic stupor, and gotten them in the game.

Maybe it’s because of the current state of our economy.  It might be because of politics affecting personal situations- we Americans prefer our global issues to be in some other country, and lately they’ve struck a little too close to home.  People are scared, and it’s perfectly understandable.  The very fabric of our society has been changing slowly for years, and those changes have been happening faster recently.  Frankly, the only ones who will survive and thrive are those flexible enough to adapt to change.

I can literally FEEL a huge energetic shift coming on the heels of this election- no matter who wins.  The first thing necessary for surviving and thriving is for a person to be PAYING ATTENTION to what’s happening around them.  Some will adapt while others cringe in fear and point their fingers at those who disagree with them about politics.  And the trailblazers will emerge from the adaptable group.  I don’t believe that our country can keep clinging to the traditional “American dream” of my parents and grandparents.  Too much has changed.  I believe that American Dream needs to be refined.

What’s your American Dream?  Seriously- I want to know.  Post it as a comment or email it to me.

My American Dream consists in part of the following things:

-equal rights and freedoms for everyone, including things like marriage and health care

-an atmosphere of tolerant respectfulness for those with different opinions

-a chance for everyone to make a living, and people encouraged to embrace the personal responsibilities that go along with that

-our government encouraging those able in the community to support the less fortunate, not by providing for them indefinitely, but by teaching them to fish during this upcoming transition

This is just the tip of the iceberg, but you get the idea,  Hippie peace freak utopia?  Kinda sorta.  Some people would say yes, but please don’t judge.  Many of my friends would disagree with me, and I still love them and respect their right to make up their own minds about what to believe. I have shaken my head at many a political Facebook post, but I haven’t lost ant friends over the election.  Not yet, anyway.

I think we can stay strong as a nation if we stay flexible.  I don’t think we have to be terrified about what’s coming, but we have to be aware.  Please pay attention.  Stand up for what you believe, no matter what that is.  And for your own sake, please get off your ass and vote today if you haven’t already.  Apathy is a luxury we can no longer afford.


~ by dancingwiththeshadow on November 6, 2012.

One Response to “Quit yer bitchin’ and DO something about it!”

  1. I agree with all of what you say, Kay, but a large dose of accountability for actions is another one of my American dreams. We can no longer let individuals in large corporations make decisions without consequences that damage so many.

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