My second ex-husband says that all I ever do is 'slam' him on my blog but, truth be told, I very rarely even mention him. However, he says that his friends that are still in the area who read my blog tell him whenever I mention him I never have anything good to say. Well then, to that end ... hey friends of my ex-husband who read my blog - please tell him that I give him kudos for taking Jamie to a political rally in Florida this morning and for sending me a picture via cell phone text. I think it's great that he wants her to understand more about the Democratic process that we have here in America as when the next election rolls around in 2012, Jamie will be old enough to cast her own vote and I want her, and Amanda both, to know how important their vote is. They are the youth of this nation and they're the ones that are going to be calling the shots soon.
As a rule, I try to avoid politics on my blog as it's a nasty business these days and I've seen more people at odds with each other than I think I have ever seen. Passions have been running high and people seem to have lost the ability to 'agree to disagree'. Politics can bring out either the very best or the very worst in people and with this election, I'm afraid we've seen more of the very worst. Civility has gone the way of our economy it seems.
Just to stick my neck out here a tiny bit (probably not the brightest idea in the world but what the hey ...), I don't believe that George W. Bush is solely responsible for the deplorable condition that the country is in and I am getting a bit tired of so many people saying that he is. Unless things have changed drastically since our government first began, there is no way that just one man could lead our nation down the path to hell. There is a system of checks and balances in place that prevents just one man from being a dictator so if you're going to cast stones, then please cast them not only at the President but also at his Cabinet and the House and Senate.
And if you think that a President's Administration can't cause him nothing but grief and trouble then I suggest you go back and do some reading about the Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant - a fine general who did much to lead our country out of a terrible Civil War but sadly a President with one of the most corrupt Cabinets ever. During his term as President, Grant faced a nation attempting to heal from the War of Northern Aggression (as Empress Bee calls it) as well as trying to achieve civil rights for African Americans. He had a very tough row to hoe, especially considering he had no experience whatsoever when it came to politics; a fact which a lot of corrupt people took advantage of as Grant tried to bring the North and the South back together.
Granted (no pun intended), George W. Bush is no Ulysses S. Grant but he has faced a lot of obstacles in his Presidency, too. I'm not sure how anyone would have done if they were President when 9/11 happened and I firmly believe that President Bush did a creditable job at a time when our Nation needed it the most. However, it's really easy for us to forget that and cast stones at the man for everything else, isn't it? As an example, let's blame George W. Bush personally for the current economic crisis the country is in while Senator Christopher Dodd, head of the Senate Finance Committee and someone who should hold much of the responsibility for the banking and mortgage woes, goes skipping merrily along. If we in Connecticut have any brains at all, we will cast him out during his next election bid but I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for that to happen as Connecticut is a highly Democratic State and tends to vote party lines rather than conscience. Shame on all of us who do that. We should be voting for the person most qualified for the job regardless of what party affiliation they hold.
If we want our country to pull out of the nosedive that it's currently in, we need to think carefully about who we're voting into office tomorrow and not just chant "change, change, change" in the hopes that just saying it will make it so. Sure, I'm tired of the same-old, same-old myself but just voting in a new President isn't going to fix the problems unless we also vote out the people who give him the power to make poor decisions. It's not just the Presidency that's broken, it's our Congress, too, so let's remember that, shall we? And for the love of God and country, could we try to get along while doing it?? Please??