Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Closed for Business

Wanna know what I love about my blog? It's that I can write what I think and what I feel and you can agree or disagree, that's fine. But this blog really isn't about you, now is it?

Everywhere I turn today, everyone is talking about the government shutdown. I mean, yeah, its a pretty big deal. And while I don't understand it all, I can see why it causes some worry and well upset.

But while reading through comments, I was actually disturbed by some of the things I was seeing my "friends" say via their social media.

The first thing that I found absolutely unnecessary was their complete disrespect and hatred towards our President. Let me be the first to say, I absolutely do not agree with all of Obama's policies, morals, and agendas. But then again, I didn't exactly see eye to eye with the candidate I voted for either.

The point is, he is our President, and while I am sure I have said this before, I feel the need to say it again. His position requires your respect. It doesn't require you to agree and blindly follow. It's a respect that even allows you to challenge the policies that don't line up with what you believe to be the right way. You can respect someone and not agree with them.

I've seen far too many Christians bashing the president. Turning to their facebook pages to rant about the things in government that need changing, but rarely do I see any of them making a change.

Respect your president. Why? Because I believe it's what Jesus would do.

The second thing I found personally upsetting was the rant I saw about government assistance. Apparently its upsetting to some that the government decided not to let people on food stamps starve while they are temporarily shut down. How dare they?

The common misconception about government assistance is that everyone, or at least the majority, are lazy people who refuse to work and simply mooch off those who do.

I'm not saying the system is perfect, but they are doing the best they can with what they have at the moment, and if you have ideas to better government assistance programs, please write to your local congressman, not your facebook friends.

The reason I find this personally offensive is that I have been on government assistance. I was on Medicaid during my pregnancy, that my personal insurance wouldn't cover. I used WIC to help provide food for my daughter while she was young. And we also had Audobon, to provide assistance with paying the daycare bills.

And you wanna know something? I worked! Beyond a short stint when I was unable to find a job, I maintained employment. But I was struggling, and in an attempt to become more independent and not become a burden to my family, I turned to government assistance for help.

My daughter is 18 months old, and as of this month, we are no longer on any form of government assistance, and I am pretty proud of that.

But to be honest with you, I am really not sure what we would have done without it for a while, short of beg our families for money.

So, why do we always have to believe the worst in people? Why must we believe that everyone on government assistance is trying to take advantage? Why must we think that our President has anything but the country's interest in mind?

You are free to have opinions. But before you go around accusing the ignorant, please look in the mirror and make sure the ignorance isn't your own.

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