As one of those folks who struggles at two jobs in order to keep groceries on the table, my first reaction to Tuesday's amazing re-election of Barack Obama was to plan a trip to the local DHS to apply for food stamps. I keep one of my part-time jobs because there I have access to health insurance which I desperately need because of my breast cancer. When I crunched my own numbers, I realized that I might qualify for medicaid if I quit my job. Why should I bother anymore? If half the country thinks it is okay to live off the fat of the land...or, should I say, live with their hands in other people's pockets...why should I be any different? The answer is fairly simple. That's not who I am.
Of course, as the week wore on, I realized that I could not possibly do either of those things. I don't expect any of YOU to pay for my personal problems. Also, I'm far too old to require either birth control or abortion services. I represent a net positive to the taxpaying public. I'm sure you'll eventually wish the entire nation was populated with wise old women who will not burden you any more than your electoral choices already have.
As I watch the news of new layoffs and business closings this week, I know there is not much hopeful in our future. But, I'm reminded of George Washington and the continental army. They, and those men we call our Founding Fathers who took up arms (pens, pencils and printing presses) against King George were risking far, far more than a bad case of depression when all was said and done. They risked their fortunes and their very lives to keep this nation free. So...the least I can do is stay true to my principles.
I'll not be going far, Newsviners. Count on me to continue to call Barack Obama and his administration what it is...in need of impeachment. The sooner the better.