A little sad today...

After last night's elections I woke up this morning feeling so disheartened. I'm truly sad for our country, and the direction in which we're headed. The most important issue we face as Americans right now is our skyrocketing debt, and our incredibly high unemployment rate, that's what this election should have been about. Whether you're black, white, purple, Latino, gay, straight, Mormon, atheist, etc., the failing economy will affect us ALL. Unfortunately I don't have much faith in a president, who finished his term with a higher unemployment rate than when he started, to be able to fix the problem.

It saddens me to hear the stereotypes that Republicans & conservatives have been given over the past years. If you're young and a minority you can't be a Republican! Well guess what? I'm a Latina, and a proud conservative. I don't care how "cool" it is to be a liberal, pop-culture and politics shouldn't be one and the same.

I believe in hard work, it's what our country was built on, and since when was being successful frowned upon? I believe that small businesses help our economy, and we need to support them. My parents are small business owners, who have employees, employees who count on them to support their own families. We need to help these small businesses succeed, not tax them into bankruptcy. I believe that the government should provide the freedom we need to reach our own goals. The government shouldn't become our crutch, providing what we need and taking away our motivation to work hard. 

But, America voted yesterday, which is a freedom we should never take for granted. I'm hopeful that the government can see the financial trouble that we're in, and put party lines aside to come up with a plan.
To Mitt Romney and team, I'm proud of the race you ran. You gave it your all, and conceded with class and grace. Thank you for fighting so hard for the GOP.

Want to know the beauty of it all? Every sunset brings a new day with it, and I'm determined to make the best of whatever comes next.
In other news...Nina and I made it to Charlotte, and we're both feeling a little like this...worn out.
I'm still happy with my decision to move, but I miss my family every day. Don't you just wish you could have it all in one place? Maybe one day I'll figure out how to make that happen.
I'll be back tomorrow with a baked pasta recipe, you won't want to miss it!
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*If you feel the need to leave a nasty comment, please save your time. This is simply my place to express my opinion. Don't you love that freedom?

16 comments :

Lauren Nicole said...

Well said!

Kelsey Lenay said...

I agree with you, I couldn't have said it better myself!

Alyx said...

I agree with you. I am very scared of what our country will become over the next four years, and I'm sad because at this point I have almost no job security, and my healthcare costs are going to skyrocket - not to mention the trouble this causes for even more people who are already unemployed or are small business owners. I could go on for days, but I won't. Anyway, I'm glad you made it to NC safely!!

Chelsea said...

I'm feeling the exact same way today, Bri. You said it better than I ever could have!

Lindsey Leitner said...

I completely agree with you. I feel emotions is what won the election rather than people being rational about the state of our economy. I will admit that socially I am probably a liberal but financially I am conservative. I believe in hard work and that money should not be taken from the rich (who worked extremely hard to get there) and given to the poor. I am sure some of them are hard workers but others just rely on others to make their dues. My mom's fiancee has a sister. She got a cosmetic surgery to loose weight and has been out of work for about a year. I personally think the problems she has had was because she did them to herself. Well she went to a job interview the other day, got offered the job, but said you can call me back in January that's when my unemployment runs out. I seriously want to smack her. I mean really I don't to pay for her to sit on her butt and play video games all day. People like that make me sad and with the direction this country is going that is basically what they are saying is okay to do.

But the people have spoken and while it makes me very sad and concerned we must move forward and hope for the best.

Rebekah said...

I agree 100% with you! It is really sad how blind people can be. I am SO thankful for a God that is in control and has a plan for this country, even if I don't understand it.

Vashelle N. said...

I concur! Totally.

Molly Kay said...

I'm very scared as well and have cried countless tears since last night. Even though you have no faith in our president continue to have faith in God. He is faithful to His children.

ifs ands Butts said...

You definitely said it best - people are forgetting the principles and values the US was founded upon.

And speaking of conservative bad iamges... oh it's so so bad in Germany and I can't even defend it.

Lindsey said...

I agree completely...i was very upset yesterday. I am extremely scared for this country

Ashley Barnhill said...

I completely agree with you! Very well said!!

Treasure Tromp said...

I use to feel very similar to you, as a young minority. I was a registered Republican for at least five years (and did not vote for Obama in 2008) but recently felt like the party was no longer representing my best interests as an American. And it took a lot of soul searching to come to that decision.

I do think that for many people in America, regardless of their political affiliation, this election was about the economy and unemployment rates. I think what won President Obama the election was concern for institutionalized inequality, which to some extent, influences the latter of the two problems. As somebody who voted for Mr. Romney in the primary in 2008, that is exactly why I switched my vote.

I respect your view, but I think that saying "since when was being successful frowned upon" is a great misrepresentation of the view points of more liberal leaning individuals - and I truly doubt many would say that hard work is not valued. Since it saddens you to hear the stereotypes of Republicans and conservatives (and I completely agree with you!), perhaps it is unfair to assume that those who did not vote the same way as you believe that the government should be a crutch and have no motivation to work hard? Unfortunately it is comments like this that create the divide in our country. Or am I misunderstanding your comment?

Anonymous said...

I feel the need to contradict many of the things you say as the only comments you have on here are people agreeing with you. First of all, the economy was NOT the only thing that mattered in this election and as a woman I am very surprised to hear you say that. There were many other important issues on the line that you failed to acknowledge. Second, as a young woman, I am not a "liberal" because I think it is cool and I do not think that is why young people are. I think it is because most young people are intelligent and have taken it upon themselves to learn about the issues that are important to them and vote for the leaders who will represent those issues. In terms of small business and working hard, Obama has been very good to small businesses. I would check your facts on that. NO one is providing a "crutch" and encouraging people not to work hard. However, there are people who work incredibly hard and still need help in order to make ends meet such as single mothers, struggling to provide for their children. Just because someone needs help does NOT mean they do not work hard. One thing I do agree with you on though is the fact that everyone should vote and not take that right for granted. I also hope that Republicans in the house can stop digging their heels in and finally start to compromise some so we can actually fix this economy that you blame Obama for. I would instead look to the congressman you elected and hope that they realize they need to put aside parties and actually try to help get something done. Acting childish and vowing never to agree on anything Obama presents has been the problem over the last 4 years and I hope they realize this is what the American people want and finally try to agree on some things.

Kasey Lynne said...

The two main points that you brought up in this post is the two HUGE things that made me vote the way I did. I voted for Romney as well. And honestly, I thought he was the lesser of two evils. My dad is also a small business owner, so that was also a huge thing for me on how I voted.

I'm still a little discouraged with it all, BUT GOD is the ruler of all things, NOT Obama. That's what I try to keep reminding myself. God has a plan.

Marisol said...

I agree with you; the economy affects us all and it really is unacceptable where we are right now.

I also agree with you in the respect that we need to stop associating the Republican party with a specific set of stereotypes. But that goes for Democrats as well. Please don't tell me we "frown upon being successful."

I know I'm watering down and simplifying what are very complex and controversial issues. But the way I see it, there were two major issues in the election: economic and social.

Many people saw Romney as leading a party that was not as receptive to gay, women and minority rights. (Whether this is true or not is up to debate and not the point of this comment. My main point is that, compared to Obama, Romney APPEARED very much less concerned with institutionalized inequality than Obama was. And the American people took notice.)

So, in defense of people like me who ultimately decided to vote for Obama because of his stance on social issues, what good will a thriving economy do if not all Americans are equal (in the most fundamental sense of the word) to participate in that economy? Great--more jobs are created but what good does that do if you can still be discriminated against and be kept from obtaining one of these jobs just from the simple fact that you are homosexual? And women who, on average, get 77 cents to the dollar (African American and Latina women even less!)? Social and economic issues are very much interconnected. Let's not divorce the two.

I'm not saying all people should prioritize social/equality issues over economic. I'm just saying we're all in different situations here. It's natural to vote on the economy based on how you are currently participating in and benefitting (or not benefitting) from it.

♥ Ka`ili said...

this is a little late, but I love your post! It was disappointing when I woke up that wednesday morning. I read that he is the first president since 1936 that was re-elected when unemployment has been higher than when he started. That in itself is a huge issue. Being from Hawai'i, many people support Obama, however, when I read up on his policies and certain things he has done it alarmed me that more people are unaware of it. I don't think everyone who is a democrat is a bad person, I do think that there are people out there who take advantage of the government and need to be motivated in order to pursue their dreams of independence. Working hard for what you have is part of the american dream...and I hope more people can achieve it...if they receive help from the gov't, i hope they will be able to get the help they need in order to reach a point where they no longer need it, because there is someone who is paying for that help for them. :) Great post Bri!

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