Three posts popped up on my Facebook page this morning that renewed a thought I’ve had from time-to-time. I’ve never voiced the thought because I figured, like most things I say, I would subject myself to immediate discord and judgement. But the time has come for me to speak up.
One post was bashing the president. That’s the thing to do nowadays, right?
A second post was urging everyone they knew to boycott buying gas at a particular gas station because the middle eastern clerk supposedly wouldn’t serve someone in a military uniform … because everything people post on Facebook is true, right?
The third post complained about preppers and self-sufficiency people and how they would be better off expending their energies helping the world and contributing to the “higher” things in life instead of wasting all their time prepping and farming and etc. Preppers are all psycho anyway, right?
And it struck me when I read these posts that every one of these people, while supposedly defending and supporting the USA, has missed something vital about what it really means to be an American citizen.
Now none of these three people are morons or ignorant. They are all intelligent, well educated people who’ve worked their whole lives. One of them I consider a mentor, even. But somewhere in their thinking they’ve allowed popular culture to sweep them up and drag them along for the ride.
Of course there’s nothing wrong with that. It happens to the best of us at times. But it really annoys me when people claim to be defending the USA while negating the very freedoms that they demand for themselves.
#1 – The president is the president because he was elected by the majority of votes of the people of this nation. He has a job to do and it’s more important than the beliefs or wants or desires of any single one of us. He needs our support and encouragement day in and day out irregardless of whether we voted for him or not. He gets to see the big picture most of us can’t even fathom and his decisions have to be based upon that … not on the whims of an over dramatic media frenzied public.
Honestly, I’ve been the president of two different volunteer organizations. I wasn’t paid. And no one could pay me enough to even consider taking on either job again. It isn’t easy. It isn’t fun. It’s mind numbingly difficult and at times impossible to do the right thing for everyone. Someone is always going to get their knickers in a knot irregardless of the decisions made. That’s just how it is. And to do even those little jobs I did with no support, would have been impossible.
As American citizens we have a vote. That is how we get to speak our mind in the political arena. And once our officials are elected, it is not our job to sit back and criticize their actions and decisions day in and day out without a full knowledge of why they are making the decisions they make.
We seem to think that we can read a newspaper article or listen to a two minute blurb on the evening news and somehow miraculously have complete and total understanding of a complex world issue and then, we believe we can pass judgement on how it was handled.
Newsflash, we can’t. And we shouldn’t. That’s not our job. Our job is to vote. That’s how we get to have our say. That is our voice.
#2 – In the USA private businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone they want for any reason they want. Period. You want to refuse service to a Muslim, don’t be surprised when they refuse service to you. They have that right, too. Feeling discriminated against? Go read the constitution. Just because you don’t like their actions, doesn’t make them wrong nor does it mean everyone else should jump on your wagon and join you.
In this case, how do you even know that event took place? Were you there? Did you see it with your own eyes? Did you hear it take place? If not, you don’t know what happened. Stop passing on the hate, for crying out loud.
#3 – Preppers/self-sufficiency gurus/modern homesteaders … everyone has the right to live the way they choose. If it is your idea that these people are not contributing to society in a meaningful way, maybe you need to rethink your definition of society … and read the constitution.
The USA was founded on the basis that everyone is equal and that we all have inalienable rights as citizens, as human beings. It was not founded on the basis that everyone should be pursuing the higher things in life, spending all their time working at a 9 -5 job so they can buy a three bedroom house in the suburbs and have their 2.3 kids and a dog, or be constantly contributing to your ideals of what society should be.
Newsflash, they have a definition of what society should be, too. And their definition is no more right nor wrong than yours. That’s America for you, babe. We rejected the class systems of the nations we came from for a reason. Why would we want to return to them? Remember, those that forget history are doomed to repeat it.
Don’t think because I’m commenting on this that I believe I’m perfect in any way. I’m not. I make mistakes. I say the wrong things. My own prejudices show from time to time. But I just get so sick of the hate that’s passed around over and over and over. And when it’s people that I care about, that are important to me, that are spreading the hate … it makes me sad.
Stop the hate. Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate. That’s all it takes to make this little piece of the world better.