All this talk about Rhianna and Chris Brown got me thinking about the situation the American People are in right now. I know, you're wondering how I got from domestic abuse to American Politics and I'll get there in a second. But first I want to say something to Rhianna.....Sweetie, Oprah was right, if he hit you once, he WILL hit you again.
Now on to the point.
The American people have Battered Woman Syndrome. We are being abused by those in power. They lie to us, cheat us, steal from us, bitch slap us, and then tell us that it is all our fault. We have gotten complacent and seem to have come to the conclusion, as do many battered women, that this is the best we can do, that this is the best we deserve. Oh, at the moment of the abuse...a disastrous immigration bill, or a huge mondo spending bill, we get a little angry and make some calls or throw some tea in a fountain, but in the end, we just take it.
We complain that congress as a whole is a big joke, but not our individual representatives. OUR senators or congressmen/women are real jewels...it's the REST of Washington that lost its mind. Just like battered women who will tell you "he loves me, he didn't mean to hurt me." And like battered women, we feel as if we have no recourse, this is just the way it is, and so we keep going back for more. Well, just like domestic abusers, congress takes that as a signal from us that their behavior is acceptable. So, they continue to lie to us, cheat us, steal from us, and bitch slap us.
Well, unlike battered women, our abuse is OUR fault. We CAN make it stop. We have the power to show our abusers that their behavior is NOT acceptable, that we do have some dignity and self esteem. We could, with very little effort, stop the abuse. Our founding fathers (and mothers) left us with the power to totally remake our government. But we keep electing the same group of power crazed ego maniacs who have forgotten the definition of "public service" and expecting a different result. We expect that they will suddenly "get it", that they will, finally, realize that their behavior is unacceptable and will suddenly choose to do the right thing. Not gonna happen. If they hit you once, they will hit you again. If you let them. I say NO MORE! I will not be treated as if I don't matter any longer. I will no longer vote for people who put their own interests above those of our country. I will no longer vote for people who have forgotten that they work for me, and have been working for themselves. When the midterm elections come up in 2010...I'm not voting for anyone who has been in my state legislature or the congress for more than 2 terms. It's time to get a new partner folks, the one we have is abusive, power hungry, and a control freak and does not care what happens to us or our children.
It's time to kick 'em to the curb. It's the same thing I was told when I was with an abusive partner, if you have to leave with nothing but the clothes on your back.....leave. Well, this is my house and I'm not leaving.....but I am kicking some folks to the curb in 2010 and 2012. I am asking you to stand up with me...there is strength in numbers guys, and there are way more of us than there are of them. We need to send the message that the current behavior in our government is not acceptable and that we're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore!!!