After serving two terms, President Washington prepared to step down and another leader (John Adams.) was elected to take his place, and everything went along without the presence of violence.
Does anyone remember learning about a little thing called the American Civil War? Do I need to paint a picture about how atrocious that was? 750,000 soldiers died, many families starved, and estimated 412,00 people were left broken and maimed from the fighting. Full cities were destroyed. It was a dark dark corner of our nation’s history that almost left us completely broken. Started in the wake of an election, and changing of laws.
One thing that makes America so great is that every 4 years we have an election to pick the leader of our country. The people can vote, and the people choose who our president will be. We can vote on so much in this country.
People legitimately want it to change how our process works. How about the 4 Soldiers (*cough terrorist cough*) in Georgia that bought almost $100,000 worth of weapons and explosives, with plans to bomb parks and a water dam, poison produce, and assassinate our President. All to give the government “Back to the People”? Don’t take those guys seriously? They took themselves seriously enough to murder 2 people, a fellow service member, and his girlfriend, who discovered their plans, and decided to report them to the authorities.
Of course there is a Texas Judge calling for Tax Increases so his county can hire more armed police officers, because he is convinced there will be a civil war if Obama is re-elected.
Or the Greene County Republican Committee in Virginia calling for an armed revolution in their newsletter in the event of an Obama victory.
(The amount of googling I’ve done for this post has probably lead to a tap being put on my internet activities from the FBI. But really, google “Armed Revolution Obama Re-election.” and see what comes up. Pages and pages of personal blogs and narratives from American’s claiming the desire to revolt if our President is reelected. )
Are Republican’s really so incapable of handling life through another 4 years of President Obama? They are so opposed to his healthcare plan, copious spending, and the threat of having millionaire taxes raised, that they would rather overthrow our current system in a violent and bloody revolution than respect our democratic process that the Framers of our nation worked so hard to implement? We are allowed to vote in this country, the people decide who leads our nation, and every 4-8 years a new leader emerges, and the old leader hands over responsibility peacefully and with much ceremony. The key point there is the people decide.
Maybe, there is a threat to the people deciding. But President Obama isn’t that threat. If you’re concerned the Government no longer belongs to the people, you need to question this.
Question the Supreme Courts decision on Citizens United. That allows corporations to funnel as much money, and resources as they want to political endeavors all protected by the First Amendment.
Question the amount of Police brutality in this country, particularly Police Brutality towards minorities.
Question why more than two dozen states are trying to pass new voter ID laws that end up siginificantly restricting the right to vote in students, elderly and minority communities. (all groups that typically vote liberally.) States are going so far that South Carolina, Arizona, South Dakota, Texas, Georgia and Alabama GOP Attorney Generals have filed an Amicus Brief with the Supreme Court challenging KEY PROVISIONS within the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that allows racial minorities to vote, as Unconstitutional.
I will respect the democratic process, even if President Obama is not reelected. Because I know in 4 more years, I can vote. I know that my country was founded on the idea of majority decides. My worry is that other people will not. With the amount of violence already present in this country, the violent rhetoric flying around the campaign trail, and a summer filled with mass shootings, I don’t think this fear is unfounded.
Yesterday was our first day back as teachers for the 2012-2013 school year. I woke up (too early) and headed to school expecting the same old “here are our goals, here is how we would like to reach them, and let’s make this the best school year yet” speech. But, alas, there was much more in store than we could have ever imagined.
Soon after our first 15 minute break in the morning, we returned to the auditorium to here about the technology changes in our school district. Abruptly, halfway through the presentation, we were told they were cutting the meeting short and the building leadership needed to head to the library.
We all knew something big was going on, especially when we saw a peculiar man with an earpiece standing in the doorway as we left. Now, being inquisitive teachers who knew the President was in the area that day, we quickly figured out something big was in the works. We soon found out that the President of the United States would be AT OUR SCHOOL in 20 minutes to speak to us!
As a government teacher, I was stoked. I sprinted over toward the library to get in on the action. And after a security check from the secret service gentlemen I was good to go. The POTUS came, spoke, answered questions, and shook hands with all the teachers who stuck around, and it was fantastic. So exciting and such a great experience. As an educator I work my hardest to make sure my students are ready for whatever awaits them when they’re done with school, and to hear our President talk about dreaming big and inspiring our students to do the same got me pumped up and ready to go for the next school year!
Thank you Mr. President for taking time out of your outrageously busy schedule to engage some Iowa teachers gearing up for the new school year. Even if, like you said as you walked by us, we “all look like students” so you “must be getting old.”
Definitely on my best day ever list!
President Obama talking to WD staff in the library of the school
shaking our hands afterwards
Not hard considering what Bush did to our reputation.