Americans walk the thin line between courageous and ridiculous
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Americans walk the thin line between courageous and ridiculous

Atlanta : GA : USA | Nov 15, 2012 at 8:02 PM PST
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Am I the only one bothered by the headlines declaring that “states” are not only considering but actually taking necessary steps to secede from the nation? I’m fairly sure that this is not what our Founding Fathers had in mind when they drew up the Declaration of Independence many years ago.

Since when do we take on an attitude of being a collection of sore losers; we just quit because we lost the game? Since when do we let the minority speak for the majority? The whole premise of our election process is systematic; there is the popular vote and the electoral vote. Though the Libertarian and Green Parties are significantly underrepresented, the Republican and Democratic parties have enough registered voters for a 50/50 shot at winning.

I have lived through the presidencies of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and now Barack Obama, and trust me when I tell you that I have not been fond of all of them. Most of us, if we have voted in at least four elections remember the fiasco of the Bush-Al Gore matchup. It’s fair to say that the Democrats, the United Nations and plenty of Republicans appeared as though they were no longer fans of “W” after his first term in the White House, yet he was voted right back in the office for a second term. America had spoken; he was our leader and we let him do his job.

America has spoken once again, and, for better or worse, Obama is still our leader. We can choose to support him, or to sabotage his efforts which will inevitably leave our country in a shambles with no one to blame but ourselves. It behooves us all to stop the madness; stop masquerading as if we are being so courageous, when, in fact we are being completely and utterly ridiculous. America is under the spotlight and the whole world is watching. We have the power to show them our sense of unity, or provide them with entertainment fodder exuding all the grace of a tacky reality show that culminates in the ultimate train wreck that will signify our untimely demise.

Whatever happened to united we stand divided we fall? Have we become so desensitized that we now believe our own hype? Are we such legends in our own minds that we believe that states are invincible on their own; that they are islands unto themselves? Honestly, when was the last time we all, as individuals, took a self-inventory of our own situations and that of our families? I’m not a betting woman, but I’d be willing to wager a shiny penny that there are quite a number of squeaky wheels hollering about seceding who barely have a pot to piss in and a window to throw it out of.

Here’s the gotcha, folks. The election is what it is. Four more years will go by, as they have in years past, and there will be another president voted into the White House. He will be responsible for doing the best he can with the time he’s got and the resources that are allotted to him. Let’s face it, there is no on-the-job internship program for aspiring presidents. Nothing can prepare you for that job.

Our country has come so far from its humble beginnings and though many mistakes have been made, and trillions of dollars have been spent, countless lives have been lost and plenty of blood has been shed in order for us to experience the freedom that is a direct result of having all 50 states under one protective covering, We are One Nation; e pluribus unim. Let us not lose sight of where we came from just because we are currently not happy with where we are.

Heather Shipp is an Atlanta-based, politically conscious guest post contributing writer for various blog sites. She is an advocate for voting across party lines. It is her belief that Americans should vote for those political officers whose views most closely mirror their own.

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msshipp is based in Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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