Some days I just hate logging onto Facebook. Let me make this very clear right up front; I don't care what your political agenda is. I don't care if you have protested for or against OWS, I don't care if you boycott Walmart, I don't care if you are registered as a Democrat or a Republican. All I really care about is that you can think for yourself in these matters and can express yourself as to why you support whatever it is that you support. I don't want to hear a bunch of BS media tainted "facts" spewed back at me...I want your real thoughts on things...I want to know that you've dug in and done the research. I don't think that is too much to expect....ha ha. I know.
When I log in ANYWHERE and see someone sharing or liking an article that says "Republicans are idiots and arguing with them is a waste of time". It immediately pisses me off. PISSES.ME.OFF people. Really. I know tons of people out there that arguing with is a waste of time....I may or may not be among them...*ahem*. But...and this is a BIG BUT....I would never categorize them into a single group based on, let's see..race, age, gender, sexuality or..hm..political group...because...it would make me a bigot, wouldn't it?? The interesting thing about this "article"..is that it is slamming a republican because he is a bigot....and a few other things..I mean...if I believed everything the media writes I'd think this guy was evil to the core. It's a good thing I guess that I have a brain in my head and can reason that a very left wing site published this article...therefore I'm very, very sure that it has been embellished at least on some level. I'm not saying the guy isn't a top notch asshat, he very well may be. What I'm saying is that going off the deep end over an article written by someone who is probably as big of an asshat as the articles subject, makes YOU look like a bigoted idiot as well. Use your heads people.
Unfortunately these seem to be the same people that keep getting petitions signed and passing laws to protect us from ourselves. They don't seem to understand that part of living your life is taking risks....and you can't save everyone. Michigan is trying to pass a law that will make it illegal for any child under the age of 16 to work on a farm. It does, of course, exclude "family farms". If you live on the farm you are allowed to work there...there are no clauses though for multi generational farms where the grandparents or great grandparents live on the farm and the kids/grand kids live elsewhere and work there. They are also trying to pass laws that you can't drive a tractor without an operators license. Do you know how many farms that is going to hurt?? Does anyone realize that they're killing a way of life? My mother's first paying job was at the age of 11...she walked neighborhood dogs. When she got a little bit older...13/14 she would go and clean peoples houses. She was picking bottles up on the side of the road when she was 6! You don't see this now....too many laws "protect" our children from losing their childhood to work. I believe children should be children....they should have the time to play and have fun while they are young...BUT not letting them work until they are 16 is creating a whole generation of slacker workers who expect things to be given to them. They have no work ethic. They just don't care and they have no issues about walking if the job gets too "hard". Their parents have worked hard to give them all the fun stuff they wanted when they were young...and now they have that same attitude of "give me" going into the work force. Or they're whining about how "unfair" it is....I'd love to see the whole lot of them plucked from their "unfair" life and dropped into the 1930's at the height of the depression. Let them fend for themselves in a world where people actually starved to death on the side of the road. I bet that would rip the word "unfair" right out of their vocabulary.
Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of laws and programs that I think are valuable and important. I just really think that the American people are bored and as much as they all like to label themselves as "peace loving' and 'non-confrontational"....they are all looking for a fight. We are too comfortable and complacent in these lives that we've created. Yes, we're not out beating each other over the head (well...not all of us anyway) with clubs...but we're certainly smacking each other with protests, and petitions and laws. It is still all about thinking that our opinion is the right one and trying to bend everyone else to it. It frustrates me to no end..and makes me want to go live like a hermit in the middle of nowhere. In fact...I'm getting off my soapbox and going back to bury my head in the sand.