Vote, Pretty Please..

The sixth of November is coming and American needs all of its registered voters.

Not Obama or Romney, America needs them.

America needs for her citizens to get off their collective arses and vote.

This means you….

Vote and  let your voice be heard.  Even if you think that  both candidates suck, vote.  Choose the lesser of two evils if you have, too, but vote!  Your life, my life and the life of everyone in this country depends on it. We have become a nation divided and we can not stand any longer with hate following through our veins.

We have become a society where if we do not get what we want, we lose.  Life is not about winning or loosing, it is about living.  And many of us can not continue to live the way we have been.  I work four jobs to pay my bills.  Four, not out of choice, but out of necessity.

You see I was raised believing in the American Dream.  I believe that if I work hard enough it will be mine. But, somehow my noble profession doesn’t pay enough for me to live on my own, pay my bills and support my family. So I work. And work and continue to work.  I would apply for seasonal work at one of the local retail stores near me, but I fear that I won’t be able to handle another commitment. I am not lazy, I do not believe that society owes me.  I just want to live and do what I love which is teach and write.

I don’t expect the government to take care of me. I do expect it to take care of its responsibilities.

Educating the young is among those responsibility.

Maintaining the separation between church and state is another.

Protecting the rights of the minority is yet another.

We are not a nation of victims and it is about time that we started acting in accordance. We need to stop blaming each other and work together to solve our nation’s problems.

So, vote, pretty, please and thank you,

Lu

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Big Bird

The Bird is the Word

Big Bird
Big Bird Speaks Out!!

I stand with Big Bird.. Don’t use my name in your political game.   Seriously, don’t.

As funny as the memes are that poke funny at Romney’s debate graft in which he said that he was going to cut funding to PBS, I think it is wrong for either campaign to use Sesame Street characters in attack ads.(Romney did it as well, folks.)

There is also no need for the campaigns to spend the money on creating ads including these characters when the internet is full of meme generators.  Spend your money elsewhere and don’t politicize a beloved icon of childhood.

I think if Big Bird were to speak out he would tell both sides that they need to work on getting along and telling the truth. The only way to really fix the country is for everyone to work together and find solutions that work for everyone.  Not just a select few.

He would also probably say that there are some things in life that are priceless and help everyone like public parks and educational shows. Yes, they cost money, but they do so much good and are an essential part of who were are as Americans.

I am a child who grew up watching Reading Rainbow, Mister Rogers, Captain Kangaroo and Sesame Street.  Three of those shows I watched on my local PBS stations.  They helped instill a love of reading, fairness and curiosity in my young mind.  They taught me values that other children’s program could or would not. No offense G.I. Joe or Thundercats.

Yes, our country is in trouble but we shouldn’t thought Big Bird out with the nest of excess government spending.  Somethings are worth preserving.  PBS and NPR are among them.  Just my humble, Big Bird loving opinion.

Sincerely,

Lu

P.S.  Floridians, today is the last day to register to vote. You still have time to do it online.  Just click this link.

The Nation’s Critical Thinking Test

Each day brings us closer to election time.  The news is already on information overload. Both candidates have supporters, ads and an agenda.

The country if you believe the media is crisis and it may very well be.  Things are definitely not going well. People are angry and rightly so, but are they angry about the right things?

As a teacher, I have felt how my profession has been attacked in the last couple of years.  Teachers and other public sector workers have come under fire. We are according to some greedy selfish individuals growing rich off of the public’s money. I would love to challenge these individuals who believe that I am somehow living high on the hog.  My bank account and credit score are tangible evidence that I am not. My health benefits and retirement plan were suppose to be my compensation for being paid less than I would make in the private sector.

The upcoming election is a test of our nations ability to make decisions for itself.  Do we have the ability to separate the propaganda from the facts? Do we know what we truly want for our nation? What is actually best for the country as a whole not just for ourselves? Can we separate our emotions from the facts in order to make a logical choice?

Politicians from both sides count on us voting with our hearts instead of our minds or better yet both.  I admit that I was guilty of this early in my voting career.  I voted the way my birth father did because I felt that our shared values dictated it. It was only later as I walked further and further into the adult world that I realized while my values had not changed my perception did.  I have lived on minimum wages, without insurance and in public housing.  The view from the middle is vastly different from the view from the bottom of society.

Neither party has the perfect solution for the country. It will take compromise and innovation to get us where we are once again prosperous.  In the next election, it really does matter if you vote and let your voice  be heard.  No voting is how Florida ended up with Governor Scott, who hasn’t been the boost to the state’s economy that he promised.  A few people decided what was best for the rest of the state. Now, my paycheck has been decreased in the name of conserving money and being responsible.

While the media debates the issues or what feel are the issues, it is up to us as everyday Americans to decide what are the real issues that affect us.  Then seek out information from multiple sources and reflect on what it means for us.  It will take a sacrifice on our parts. We will have to give up our valuable time for the future health of our nation.   And then we must  vote accordingly in the fall.