I overheard a conversation between a customer and a coworker. He, the customer, was an old man on a tirade against all the things President Obama is doing, wants to do, and what people think he wants to do. Clearly, he expected her, my coworker, to assent. At first, she made noncommittal noises, but when he wouldn’t be satisfied without her honest opinion, she gave it.
“Did YOU vote for him?” the irate gentleman demanded.
“Well, yes, I did,” she replied.
“Did your parents vote for him?”he pressed, the clear indication being that she couldn’t think for herself and obviously only voted for the one her parents voted for. She politely told him she didn’t know who her parents vote for, even though the brutally honest response was that her parents were dead.
It’s not uncommon for this scenario to replay through my mind in one of those “what I would / should have said” scenarios. And my honest opinion is that disagreement is one thing; disrespect is something else entirely. Because the fact is that, yes, I’m a pro-life Republican and I voted for McCain. But that doesn’t matter, you see.
Because Obama isn’t the Democrats’ President. He’s the President of the United States.
He’s my President. If you don’t like him, you can take advantage of the wonderful governmental process we have to voice your concerns to your representatives and even, yes, the President himself. You can actually do something about it.
So stop ranting against the people you see as the problem–whether it’s those durn liberal college kids who voted the President into the office or the President himself–and do what you can to fix it. And if you don’t want to put in the work to fix it, shut up.