I shouldn’t be surprised

Considering where I live and where I work, that people are genuinely upset at Obama’s victory.  I think most people would be surprised to know that for a while I was considering McCain.  Until he named Palin as his running mate, I was open to a McCain presidency.  She did it for me, but that’s another post.  I also can’t believe the amazing spread of propaganda.  If I hear one more person use a Fox News talking point as evidence in an argument, I’m going to turn the channel to 42, rip their head off and throw it into the television.  What has happened to THINKING and making your own DECISION?

What is KILLING me right now is the assumption that the world is going to end.  That, somehow, by electing this man we have doomed our nation.  That we have opened the gates for terrorists, that the rich will be robbed of their money, that the poor (hey! that’s me!) will suddenly find themselves rolling in the dough…it is so frustrating.  I just got a text from who I consider a fairly educated voter: “I bet Putin is celebrating! The US is so vulnerable now, Obama won I’ll admit. I expected it but it’s going to be terrible you wait.”

Um….terrible?  Isn’t it terrible now?  People who work their asses off can’t afford health insurance, or a mortgage, or even their groceries, and that’s bad?  Don’t even get me started on the idiocy about Muslims, socialism, and religion that have surrounded the Obama campaign…

I want to use this forum to state publicly: I care about people.  All people.  (I don’t know how any educator can feel differently.)  I want all people to have at the LEAST the opportunities I had – and believe me, they were limited.  I want people to feel safe.  I want people to not worry.  I want kids to have an education and a doctor.  I want people to love our country.  And honestly, if that makes me a socialist, so be it.  I care about people more than I care about my bank account.

In the meantime, I’ll be looking forward to the check that Obama will be mailing me soon.  According to the Republicans, Obama will rob the rich and give to the poor, and that will be me, right?

Long live the democratic republic.



  1. It’s truly amazing the stuff that people have come up with to justify not liking Obama. And Palin was absolutely the nail in the coffin for me too. Well put, better than I could have expressed it!

  2. I am with you on Palin being the factor that pulled me from McCain’s camp. In addition to the people who think that the world is going to end, I think it’s equally shocking the amount of people who think that Palin should run in 2012. Well written, Tara! You would think you were a teacher or something. ; )

  3. I know… I love that people seem to forget that most of the world would have been much more angry with us if we had elected McCain… as if that wouldn’t have made things more dangerous.

  4. Well said!

  5. I think that McCain would have done the country much better had he been elected in 2000. I don’t think he’s a bad guy, but I think he deviated from his beliefs, and Palin was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
    That’s all I have time to say – I have to head to the mailbox for my check!

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