Saw this on Facebook...
Friends and family:
With the election behind us, I feel that I can speak freely without sending out the vibe that I am trying to quell anyone's opinion, or influence your vote. It is behind us, and I am hoping that the healing of our country may continue.
The discourse that I have witnessed has made me very sad for the level of human understanding among us. Name calling—"liberal idiots," "freeloaders"—it is apparent that the impetus behind the comments are based in either ignorance of, or in the lack of desire to grasp the fact that others' core motivations could *possibly,* or *dare to* be different from our own.
I have witnessed fathers publicly flogging sons, siblings renouncing Facebook family status, and friends explosively unfriending one another, leaving smoldering piles where longtime friendships used to be. I am aware that my own family members discuss how "stupid" I am, based upon my beliefs as the lone liberal. The gamut of behaviors has been eye-opening, and has unfortunately redefined relationships among people all around me. This is appalling, but mostly just sad. And I'm certain this is not limited to my circle of friends and family. This is going on all over the country.
The comments by some I've seen, illustrate their beliefs that if one is a liberal, one is only in it for the "free stuff" and is uneducated and too simple to understand basic economics and business principles; a "liberal idiot." Their comments widely generalize that anyone who would dare not vote conservative is on the government dole, or aspires to be so. These stereotypes are as offensive as the man yesterday, who told me it was time to vote the nigger out of office. It is every bit as repulsive.
If you hold this stereotype near to your heart, perhaps you don't *really* know any liberals. Let me introduce you to some. We aren't standing in the government assistance line. My family believes I'm an idiot, in spite of a 136 IQ, and the ability to figure out how to make a *very* nice life for myself, including building a successful business, and having the financial wherewithal to be able to scale back in order to raise two great kids. My friends include Ph.D.s in macroeconomics, environmental science and rhetoric, as well as MD's and business leaders in the petroleum, chemical and building industries, all of whom have multiple graduate degrees. And not to forget my kind-hearted and very intelligent husband, who holds both an MBA and an MA in anthropology, and is on the management team for a division of one of the largest corporations globally. We are your liberal idiots.
Of all my liberal friends, not one of our households falls below the top 2% of income-earners in the country, and has never *not* paid a very healthy tax bill. We *are* those who are likely to see a tax increase with the current legislative trajectory. But we feel it's worth the investment in the long run. We believe in our country. We believe in the investment in education, research and development and the continued improvement of our infrastructure.
The last I checked, we live in a free country; a country where religion is not a qualifier, and what goes on in our homes is *our* business. A country where we are created and treated equally, regardless of race, color, creed or sexual orientation. Yes, I am a liberal. I am however *not* an idiot. I'm not in search of "free stuff." And I DO understand the inner workings of corporate America *very* well.
So now that this election is over, it's my hope that we can all move forward as friends and family who respect one another for both our similarities and our differences. As an electorate, we are made up of differing opinions and backgrounds. This is what our forefathers expected when they set forth our structure of government, and it's ability to change and adapt…. "in order to create a more perfect union."
As a very wise woman recently said, "Not one man makes a country, and one man will not destroy it." We're all in this together. And if we set forth with the understanding that we are all different, and stereotypes and preconceived notions are destructive, then we can attempt to heal and help one another understand how we can all take part in the betterment of our country. The healing begins with changing the dialog. I do not exclude myself. We should all look at how our words reflect our true feelings. And if our words are hurtful, then perhaps we should reexamine our core beliefs.
Change doesn't come from making generalizing and nasty comments on Facebook and blogs. If you want to affect change, take this time to write to, or call your senators and congresspersons. Change comes from *you* telling *them* what you want. Or better still, run for public office.