Respect

I’ve been hearing a lot of noise about the recent ‘disrespect’ the President showed for our armed servicemen with his ‘latte-salute’.
It’s fascinating to me. Whatever Obama does is either an attack on something or other or complete affront to our precious American ideals; despite the fact other presidents have done similar acts with little to no notice. In this particular instance, George W. Bush saluted while holding a dog. You’ve all seen the picture and if you haven’t, check it out. I think his salute was way worse than Obama’s. Besides, give the man a break! He’s got the most stressful job in the world during one of the most stressful times in American history. He’s dealing with a Congress constantly fighting him here at home, a suffering economy, people screaming at him for progress on gun control, immigration, and a laundry list of other issues. So he steps off his transport and throws a fast salute to the servicemen. BIG DEAL! Besides, if you want to talk about proper respect, let’s look at how the Repubs and Fox News have been treating our President. From day one they’ve been hounding him for his birth certificate, there have been slurs and racial insults from the right wing media. Many of these continue even to this day. I’ve heard many times that if you don’t respect the man, at least respect the office. Yeah, it hasn’t been perfect, but can anyone name any president who did everything right and made everyone happy? Considering his wins, including stabilizing a nose-diving economy, redemption of the national GDP and reducing the unemployment rate, I’d say he’s done a pretty good job. If the Congress had tried to work WITH him instead of standing in his way every step of the way, one can only imagine the good that could have been done, but they were more obsessed with sabotaging his administration, and then when he used his executive power to sidestep Congress in order to get things done, they cry foul and accuse him of abusing his power. He was only using his powers because they refused to use theirs. It looks to me like the president was the only one up there who cared enough to work for his people while the overfed Senators and Congressmen, with their million dollar+ salaries, pursued their own agendas, and in some cases, those schemes brought this nation to the brink of disaster.
So you want to talk respect? Here’s a lesson: Give and get it. Simple as that. Don’t piss all over someone and then pitch a fit when the guy you’ve been dumping on falls short of your ideals of what respectable behavior entails. Try walking in that person’s shoes for a moment.

Back Again

Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve been away lately because I’ve had my hands full. I had a job. I wanted to write, but after a day of sitting in front of a computer screen, the last thing I wanted to do was sit in front of another one. That has changed I’m afraid. Today I was informed that I have been fired. I have three days left and then it’s over.
I realize that life isn’t fair. I understand that, I do, but I have to say that this is almost criminally unfair to me. I spend 4 years looking for full time employment, I finally find something. The pays no good, but it was close to where I live and it was a very relaxed atmosphere. It was actually not a bad job and 5 months later it’s ripped away from me just like that. Of course in those 5 months, my car insurance has gone up. My phone bill has also increased and I have no idea if my length of employment will qualify me for benefits. Maybe some, but not enough I’m sure. I actually have to re-learn how to live as a jobless person. I forgot what it was like not to have income. I became so used to that bi-weekly paycheck. I was looking forward to this year’s holiday season. I was going to have money to buy gifts. I was going to get into Halloween. I was enjoying being able to splurge a little at the comic book store once in a while. I liked knowing I was able to like a shirt in a store, see that it was maybe ten bucks or so and I could just buy it, guilt free. Now I’m back to worrying over every last dollar. I have to wrestle over a five dollar purchase.
At this point I should say that I am aware there are people out there who are far worse off than myself and if put into perspective, my problems may not be so big. Be that as it may, it makes my pain no less valid. I’ve struggled and fought in ways few could understand just to keep my head above water. How many times do I have to drag myself up only to be slammed back down? How many times do I have to fight this same battle? When will it ever be enough? When will I finally move forward in this world? I’m tired. I’m just so tired struggling just to maintain this Hell I find myself in, and in some cases actually making it worse. Anyone else putting this much into it would be in a very good place by now. I feel like a car stuck in the mud. The wheel spins faster and faster, but I only sink in deeper. If I stop, I go nowhere. There doesn’t seem to be any way to win at this game, but I can’t stop playing. I can’t quit. I wish I could, to be honest, but I can’t. I just think in the universe, effort at some point should be rewarded. I want to cash in now. I don’t know if I can keep doing this over and over. It’s getting tiresome.
Sorry for the downer post, but my head’s in that place. I’ll try to think of something better to write about next time. Promise.