I can remember Nov. 4, 2008 like it was yesterday. It was my first time getting to vote in a presidential election, and with a fly black guy from the Chi (me too!) running, I was all in and excited. Our first black president? The idea was too monumental for me to grasp before it happened, but all I knew months leading into the election, was that I liked the sound of it! We got up very early (Seriously, it was still dark outside), stood outside in the longest line, and finally got to vote. We even walked out with one of those colorful stickers with the American flag that said, “I voted!” All I had to do now was wait and hope that my vote would actually count. Of course, that evening, we found out that Barack Obama, a former state senator for Illinois and a Leo (whoop, whoop!), would be the 44th President of the United States, and our first black president. Folks were running around my apartment complex in tears, and video from around the world, and even in Kenya, showed that the same elation was being felt all over.
Well, not by everybody.
That night, I noticed that some people I had classes with, shared laughs with and worked with were trying to be party poopers on Facebook and Twitter, and couldn’t take John McCain’s loss gracefully. They continued throughout the night to bulls**t about how they were packing up and moving to Canada, and to this day, none of them did so, of course. People spoke as if it would be the end of the world as we knew it, with President Obama bringing the downfall of the U.S. and “Change” not happening. As a comeback, some friends of mine, and associates as well, were going on social media and telling folks “DON’T HATE!” and all that jazz. While tensions were high for the rest of the week, especially through social media and in classes with very few people of color, people got over their issues, and President Obama took office.
Almost four years later, it’s an election year again, and I’m already tired of folks. For one, I’m tired of the TV at my job staying on cable news channels where I have to hear the ramblings of Mitt Romney (especially since he doesn’t take a firm stance on anything), but I’m also tired of people making me want to delete them from my lives both through social media and in real life for their antics and very LOUD opinions. A young man who I actually became really cool with in college has gone on weekly rants and even had a profile picture that was an illustration of President Obama sucking the blood out of Lady Liberty’s neck. On any given day, you can find him posting stuff like this:
As President of the United States, Barack Obama’s administration has:
- Degraded the U.S. Constitution
– Weakened America’s defenses with senseless defense cuts
– Encouraged our enemies with weak foreign policy (Iran)
– Irritated our closest allies (Israel)
- Moved us increasingly towards a Socialistic ideology
- Increased entitlement and welfare spending – Drastically increased our budget deficit and National Debt
– Weakened our economy
– Had an unemployment rate of 8%
- Trivialized the war on terror
- Ultimately FAILED to meet any of his promises I cannot understand how anyone in this country can still support this guy.
NOVEMBER 6th WE TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!
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