Truth be told, I'm a huge Obama supporter. And I have been from the minute I heard about him. Does he have his faults? Of course. Who doesn't? But I think we need, as a country, to lighten up. Don't you think that someone, somewhere, somehow checked his "CV" before allowing him to take the chair in the oval office? I hope so.
Regardless of this new "scandal" aimed at the Obama family, we have to remember that he is already in office and already sorting out our country's issues. He inherited an enormous mess (which President hasn't?) and he's doing the best he can. I, for one, wouldn't want to be in his shoes... I don't care how much the gig pays.
Despite our government's crazy divided ways, I think we, as Americans, are the fortunate souls. We can choose from innumerable reasons to be stressed. There's never just one obvious elephant in the room at any moment. We can choose our poison, our preposterous acts, our neighbors asses and any reality show we damn well please to covet as our own and/or screw up, creating havoc for the rest of the world. After all, we are the same nation that offers more respect to our movie stars and sports "legends" than our political leaders. Right?
Just a thought. After hearing the gabillionth story on Obama's birth certificate, I began to feel the vomit rising in the back of my throat. So I began thinking... what else is going on in this country and around the world that's either being "downplayed" or brushed over just so people can debate a fake certificate?
Here's what I came up with:
5) The Weather: Anyone ever read that book, Night of the Twisters? Yeah, that one. I was up all night long, many nights, after reading that. And now, it's reality. As a nation, we haven't seen this kind of devastation, across this many state borders, since Katrina. The impact hasn't even begun to hit home.
4) Our Future, Our Kids: Is violence and destruction really becoming more commonplace, especially among younger students in the elementary grades? Where are we, as parents, going wrong? Or is it something bigger than that? By the time I graduated high school, I had witnessed a mere two fist fights. The most violent video games I came across were Super Mario Brothers and Legend of Zelda. Yes, I really was that cool!
This story shocked me: (these are eight graders!)
A pair of Clark County eighth-graders have been identified by police as the vandals who damaged two Northeastern School District buses.
The two 14-year-old girls from South Vienna Middle School are accused of urinating on seats, defecating on the floor and setting things on fire inside two buses.
The girls were booked into jail and will be charged, but have been released to their parents, according to police.
According to deputies, the girls dressed in hooded jump suits and left a lot of destruction on the buses.
If anything needs attention, it's our kids.
3) The Budget: Florida cutting school budgets, according to the House and Senate, by over $540.00/student. Sure, this adds up to less than 1% of the budget funding, but if you break it down to how this effects the bigger picture, aren't our kids already at a huge disadvantage? And, this isn't the only state in the union to leave our future trailing behind the priorities of highway construction and prison systems. Seems backwards to me. Maybe if we invested more in our schools, we wouldn't have to invest so much in our prisons. See the above story.
2) Gas Prices: When I hear about gas prices on the rise, I want to move to an island, (preferably with Tom Hanks, since he has direct experience with surviving on coconuts and weird fish), and leave my car and commuting American ways behind. I learned that one of my friends spent over $800.00 on gas last month. Hearing that companies like Exxon are making more profit while producing less product is deplorable. The L.A. Times has a great story on this. Read it and weep. Time to get our old cars to the junk yard and our sneakers back in the limelight.
1) Health care: If we don't have our health, we have nothing. No, don't even start up with the "this is all Obama's fault." As a freelance writer, single mom and professional worrier, l can't even begin to put my thoughts on this in a coherent order. Do I start with the creditors for the hospitals or the insurance companies and a health care system that is creating a new class of poor in this country. Medically poor. Sounds contagious. Gesundheit.
Seriously folks. Think about what you can be doing to create greatness and change in our country before you start buying into rumors. You won't be disappointed or let down by standing up for what is right instead of what is projected by the media to be important.