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Being Stupid (Politically and Otherwise)

The thing about being stupid is that stupid people have no idea that they're stupid. Their opinions to them are all actual and factual and make perfect sense. And if you disagree with them, YOU are the one who is stupid. And then, if you confront them with facts, well, you get what we've got now.

It seems a lot of the people in the Red State areas are now going to "hunker down." They're going to stop talking politics. They are going to pretend the election didn't happen and just try to live their lives never thinking about the White House or who will be living there for the next 4 years, 1 month and 3 weeks.

I say okay! If that's gonna get you through your life, nobody's going to stop you. But it might benefit you to maybe unclench that jaw (or maybe clench it, if you've been uttering pejoratives and spewing filth that might get you fired or get you a visit from the Secret Service), unclench that fist and the mind it's attached to, and look at what's really happening.

There aren't many people here, on my friendslist, that were Romney supporters, and those that are will likely breeze past this entry in that "pretend it's not there" style I'm talking about, as they have done for the duration of the campaign. And I'm not saying everyone who supported Romney was stupid. Or that everyone who supported Romney was racist. But let's be honest. Many people who did (who were not in the 1%) were either one, the other or both. And we do get glimpses courtesy of the media and most especially the internet.

This is a huge issue.

We are one country. And the citizens of this country are all collectively together here. And we all have to rely on each other, at least a little, to care about each other. People are not going to be "sent back to where they belong." And people saying that, well, see the title of this post.

Mitt Romney accepted an invitation to visit President Obama at The White House. They're going to have lunch, talk about things, maybe have a few laughs about those debates, and maybe share some ideas about where the country needs to go from here. It's a good step, because the point is, President Obama is working diligently and tirelessly to help get the economy that was in shambles when he started, working, to handle a foreign policy that was in complete disarray when he arrived, to deal with the politics of DC and try to get some progress where we need it.

I already have stated I felt President Obama was naive when he began the process of helping the country out of the biggest financial mess since The Great Depression of the 1930s. But naivety is not the same thing as stupidity. It was the Republicans who have been trying their hardest to do things to make the President look bad, or ineffective, at the cost of harming the country's recovery. Who do these people think they are?

But this is what I mean. We can't "ignore" what's going on here. We are reliant on each other. It's time to do what's right for the nation, and hopefully, the world. That means making the decisions that are going to help the citizens, not going to push one's personal agendas. And that requires people to pay attention, to know the issues, to be alert and to understand what the people who are representing them are doing in their towns, cities, in their state houses and all the way up to the Federal Government.

If Mitt Romney can sit down with Barack Obama, I think everyone should be at that table.

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jdquintette
Nov. 29th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
There's a difference between "sitting down at the table" and working together. There have always been two fundamentally different visions in this country, and that's not going to change anytime soon. We did have a civil war over many of these issues, and those tribal and cultural divisions are deeply baked into the national cake. They become more pronounced around election time, but they're always there.

Imagine the Palestinians and the Israelis just "sitting down and working things out." Can't? This thing we have here isn't all that different.

Edited at 2012-11-29 09:28 pm (UTC)
penpusher
Nov. 30th, 2012 04:14 am (UTC)
Well, I do think that if it's made clear what the benefits are, who is being support for their finances and how, some of this can be overcome. After all, the auto industry went through a similar thing and they learned just who was helping them out and who was not.

So, I think that can turn around a lot faster than something that dates to Biblical times. I'm not saying it's going to be easy, but definitely easier than any of the Middle East conflicts.
greatljname
Nov. 29th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
<3
Word
penpusher
Nov. 30th, 2012 04:15 am (UTC)
Re: <3
Thanks for reading me!
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