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  1. A right or a privilege?

    October 10, 2010 by Vicki

    I think we, as Americans, frequently take our right to vote for granted. But the thing is, voting isn’t just a right, it’s also a privilege and a responsibility. And it should never be taken for granted.

    Yeah, I know, I’ve been guilty of taking it for granted. I’ve been apathetic in years past even when I have voted. But as I get older I realize how important it truly is. In 1917, women suffragists were IMPRISONED for daring to picket the White House to receive the vote. President Woodrow Wilson (*sarcasm on* great man that he was ๐Ÿ™„ *sarcasm off*) had them arrested and tried to have them declared insane. They were beaten. They were force-fed when they went on a hunger strike. So, if you’re a woman of voting age, you owe it to those brave women who came before us to vote.

    However, that isn’t where I’d planned to take this blog post. I am sadly disappointed in some of our country’s states because they were too lazy, or some lame excuse, to get absentee ballots out to our troops who are overseas. Troops in Afghanistan. Troops in Iraq. Troops all over the world. Those brave men and women are being disenfranchised and a lot of people don’t seem to care. And that is truly shameful.

  2. Why can’t we all just get along?

    October 3, 2010 by Vicki

    Y’know, I get tired of being angry and ranting here. But I have to let off steam somewhere or I’ll blow a gasket. So you, my adoring public, get to be the recipients of my, um, *cough* Words of Wisdom *cough*. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I caught about half an hour yesterday of the so-called “One Nation Rally”. It was sponsored by some 400 groups, including the AFL-CIO and the Communist Party. I have nothing against unions, per se. My dad used to be a Teamster. I respect most union members. But union leaders? Not so much. As for the Communist Party? ๐Ÿ™„ Please. Dream on, comrades, it ain’t gonna happen.

    Unfortunately, I couldn’t watch any longer than I did because I could feel my blood pressure spiking. The speakers had a lot of nerve calling the people on the Right racist bigots (there’s that card again!). Pot, meet Kettle. I thought it was especially ironic that Van Jones kept harping on the “hateful rhetoric” from the Right. Would that be just like the hateful rhetoric spewing out of your own mouth there, Mr. Jones? And he was far from alone. I have never heard such racist vitriol in my life!!! If I said some of the things I heard at this rally, my mother would probably wash my mouth out with soap (even at my age!).

    The attendance for the “One Nation” rally was considerably smaller than the 8/28 “Restoring Honor” rally. Even the Left-leaning NPR and Associated Press admits this. This group may have been a lot smaller, but they were a lot messier. From pictures I’ve seen that were taken afterwards, it looks as if not a single person there picked up any trash and properly disposed of it. (I’d be in trouble with my mom over that, too, if I’d done it.) Look how they trashed the World War II Memorial:

    Honestly, I’d love for us all to get along and work together but name-calling and lying isn’t the way to make me like you any better. Nor does it inspire me to want to work with you. On anything.

  3. A rambling rant

    October 2, 2010 by Vicki

    It seems like every flippin’ day I turn the news on only to find my beliefs being insulted by somebody (and by somebody I mean mainstream media and people I’ve never met, not my liberal friends who are lovely people even if we disagree on things). Ordinarily I’d just ignore it. I’m good at that (I’m also good at holding a grudge but that’s another matter). But, c’mon, people, give the racist bigot card a rest! It’s got to be more tired of being used than I am of hearing it. And believe me, I’m REALLY tired of hearing it.

    On another note, yes, I support the Tea Party. Get over it. I think lower taxes and smaller government are dandy ideas. I don’t need the government sticking its gigantic nose into every microscopic aspect of my life. I’m a reasonably intelligent adult and capable of making my own decisions. I don’t need You (“You” being the government) telling me what to eat, what to drink, what I can and can’t do in the privacy of my own home provided I’m not hurting anyone.

    Maybe You should spend more time reading the Constitution and less time telling me “French fries are BAD!!!” I know French fries are bad. Bad but in an oh-so-good way. If I’m in the mood for them, eating a piece of fruit or some veggies isn’t going to make me want French fries any less. And I’ll take a bacon cheesburger with those fries, too, thanks.