Pre-debate heads-up: I’m an Independent voter. I’ve voted for people from all parties, at various points in my life.
Mainly because, for the past year, I’ve been having a lot of “oh NOW you’re pissed???” moments. This was just the last straw.
And it’s not just about politics I’ve been having these moments. I’m having them on all kinds of social issue fronts.
So anyway, what you see on the left is not the original image. I changed the image text since some people had issue with the fact that Obama renewed The Patriot Act. Which is beside the point.
Actually, this was the original image.
(Feel free to right-click and save and pass around either image. Whatever makes you happy.)
The point is: stop blaming one man for the actions of others. Those doing the finger-pointing in Congress had a lot to do with what’s going on right now in the first place. Same for most of the high-profile Republicans. And a lot of their “everyday Joe” followers are mad at Obama now instead of those they should be mad at that started stealing our rights, twelve years ago. Shoot, members of both parties supported The Patriot Act by a majority. It’s not just the Republicans, it’s the Democrats too.
But you know, it’s not like this loss of privacy/loss of basic rights is new. We had the wire-tapping stuff hit the news YEARS ago. We all knew that we could be detained, without cause, indefinitely. We could even be sent to Gitmo for torture questioning.
Of course, not ALL our rights are taken. After all, we get a choice at the airport: we can get groped or get a full-body nudie scan, your choice. Or just not fly. Hey, those are our rights, right?
But NOW the GOP cares, but only because they can blame someone that’s not their boy. But, that said, more of society in general seems worked up than ever before. Monitor everyone’s phone calls and suddenly that’s the thing that gets everyone worked up. Seriously?
And ya know, I’ve got a litany of other “WTF…NOW you care??” kind of moments.
- Like when it comes to women’s pay. Everyone started making a big deal about that the past year or two and I’m thinking, “where the hell has the outrage been for the past, oh….50 years??”.
- Everyone is anti-bullying. Oh good. Where was it 20, 30, 40, and 50 years ago?? How many of us grew up dealing with it every day?
- Now people are finally supporting gay rights, including marriage. Why didn’t it matter before?
- Same for rape: that’s been going on since, um, humans showed up on Earth. And NOW we have people speaking out?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad this social outrage is happening. This is just frustration that it took so long to happen. But hey, it happened, and it’s about damn time. At least it’s happening.
Now we just need to make something of it and USE the outrage. WRITE and CALL your elected representatives. I’ve been doing this since middle school. If you’ve never done it, try it. It’s quite satisfying, even if you have to clamp down your anger and instead of writing “Hey, Asshole” you begin with “Dear Senator Such-and-Such”. Sign the online petitions. Sign the good ol’ paper petitions. March on Washington. Do something.
Great, we’re all finally pissed off together. Now aim it at where it belongs, and let ALL the folks we elected in Washington know that WE the people are sick of their shit and if they ever want to see their shiny offices again they better get with the program, toot suite. It’s doesn’t matter who you voted for or against; they all need to snap to and realize that America is about freedom. And they don’t get to just take that away when they feel like it.
Hm, where’s my Million Pissed Off Americans march?