Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Food for Thought

I finished watching the HBO series of "John Adams". This was the last line of the show:

"Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the pains to preserve it."

It really stuck out to me. And I couldn't help feeling a bit sad. Please don't take it all back, Mr. Adams... Not all of us squandered what you gave us - there's still a few of us that appreciate what you've done.

It seems a lot of people are posting politically-themed posts lately with the election right around the corner. Some of them are getting quite spirited and some can get kind of mean. Whether it's the candidates' position on abortion or how much education they've had or believing McCain supporters don't care about this country. I had a co-worker tell me that today when I was telling her about how Mickey Mouse is on record for donating to Obama's campaign. She responded with "he loves his country".

I mean, where do you get off saying I don't love my country because I support McCain? I have the best of both worlds - my dad's family came over on the Mayflower and in later generations, they founded this country. In my mom's family, I'm apart of the 1st generation to be born in this country. My Mom is an immigrant. So I get a bit of both. I know what they went through to start this country. I appreciate it with all my heart and I am grateful. I know what the other side of family had to do in order to get here. I know of the sacrifices they made just to get here and give their children a better life. Both sides understood the value of working hard for what you wanted and not getting handed ANYTHING.

And by God, it pisses me off when people give me that attitude - "You want this country to go to Hell and I don't, therefore I am better than you". Fuck you.
I have worked hard for EVERYTHING I have in my life. I was never handed anything. If I got myself into a mess, guess who had to get me out of it? ME.
My parents haven't given me a dime since I moved out, nor would I ever ask for one, even if I was starving. I don't want them to support me. I'm an adult and that's what part of being an adult is - doing things for yourself, supporting yourself. And I won't take a dime from my parents or the government. Otherwise, what is the point of moving out of your parents' house?

And because of how hard I have worked for everything I have, how dare you tell me that you are going to take it away because I "have too much" or "need to give to people less fortunate than me". EXCUSE ME? I am not rich by any means - and just because YOU perceive me to be rich, you have the right to take away my hard earned money? Just what part of "MINE" don't you understand???
And yes, I know, I'm a heartless bitch for being so damn selfish about keeping MY money. If you knew anything about me, if you took the time to REALLY get to know me, you would know that I donate more than I should to charities. Now I don't know the exact percentage or whatever, but what does it matter if a person donates a dollar or a million? THEY GAVE. That's all that matters. And it would be okay if they chose not to give too. And I give to those that I want to because that's my prerogative. DON'T tell me where I should donate or how much you think I should give. It's none of your damn business. At least I gave - leave it at that. And I'll be damned if a bunch of whining, misguided people that absolutely squander what this country was built on to pick a punk ass president who will tell me that I earn too much money and force me at the point of a gun to donate a certain amount to certain charities. HELL NO!

This country was set up as a Republic. I can't seem to fathom why people are rooting to turn it into a Socialist or Communist country. And if you don't know what's going on, then by all means, please don't go vote! It's that simple. And dear God, please watch more than CNN!!!

Don't tell me I don't want what's best for this country. Another co-worker of mine said "McCain's doing too much for businesses. I like Obama because I only care what they are doing for me". *facepalm* This isn't about YOU. And it's not the government's job to do stuff for you. That is YOUR job. I could give a rat's ass about what's good for you. Once again, this isn't about you, this is about the direction our country is headed in. "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country". Remember that quote? Do ya think it has any significance what-so-ever? Now all I see is people saying "what can the government do for me".

The government is not your mommy. It is not there to take care of you. They do not owe us anything. They are not there to provide basic needs that you should be providing for yourself in the first place. They are not there to "spread the wealth around". If you think you are "entitled" to my money or my possessions, then you have another thing coming. I WILL fight to preserve what is mine... and that includes my country.