11/07/2012 | By: Kristy Creighton

Thoughts On Our Country


I don't do politics on this blog. Don't get me wrong. I love a good political debate and I'm pretty active, politically, too. But, normally, this blog is about my other passions. However, I have a couple of things to say to what I've seen in my social media this morning, so I'm making an exception. 




Thank you to the few who have expressed a need for unity and acceptance to those who voted differently - both sides.

To those who are expressing their disgust for "those people" who voted differently - shame on you. You aren't a Patriot. You aren't the solution. You are the problem. You don't have an exclusivity on what makes America America. The other side isn't stupid, they aren't somehow less American than you. Shutting the "losing" side out or forcing government gridlock doesn't speak well for you or your party of choice. It's unAmerican.

Mr. Romney made, in my opinion, a *very* American concession speech last night. It was excellent. He expressed a need for unity, for working together, for wishing success for the President, and for an effort to come together for the betterment of all of us. No party has all the answers. This country was founded on debate and compromise - not on theocratic doctrine enforced on everyone because it's what *you* believe. That's not Christian, IMHO, and it's not American. Listen to the man you voted for.

The President expressed the same sentiment. It's not a time to act like "you showed them." It's a time to be come together and work together. All the problems haven't been solved by casting one vote. Some problems haven't even been addressed yet. If you think that you can learn nothing by listening to opposing ideas and can just rest on your perceived victory, you don't understand this country, either. Listen to the man you voted for.

Hate and derision has never changed one heart or one mind.

Can we now return to actual issues? It's time to end the Cult of Personality.

*steps off soapbox*

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6 comments:

Jodi S said...

Very well said. As happy as I am that Obama was re-elected, I don't expect everyone to agree. I also wish that everyone could understand that we all have our beliefs of "wrong" and "right" but just because you don't like something - and it doesnt really hurt or impact you- doesn't mean that others should be banned from that right or freedom.
Thanks for this post :)

Judy C said...

I am sad that there are Americans who value their party more than their country. I think we could be farther toward recovery if the congress had backed the President.

Barbara Cobham said...

As a visitor from Canada with many American friends both IRL and online, I am sad to see the way people have been at eachother. This is a great post and much needed.

Jamie said...

I agree with everything you've said. I think if we listen to what the "other side" has to say and stop fighting all the time, you'd see we have more in common than we think. I don't talk about politics (I'd rather talk about art or entertainment - call me shallow), for the very reason that I don't want to end up mad at someone I get along with just because we disagree on some issues that usually don't have anything to do with our lives anyway.

I think partly the media is to blame for this "us against them" mentality. We need to listen to each other and not them.

Esther V. said...

Very well said! Instead of dividing ourselves based on party lines, we should join together to focus on the needs of our country. I'm following you back from the Totally Tuesday Blog Hop at Frugal Living and More. Have a great weekend!

Nicole Buckingham said...

You know for all the good bad and other wise I sure am proud to be a part of a country big enough for all of us and I sure can't wait to get on with the getting on... Great post.

I was just stopping by to say hi and to personally invite you to join me for An Aloha Affair. It's an easy sort of being together, growing and mingling after a week's worth of hard work. Come join me and our beautiful team, 'save ya a seat?...

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