Presidential Election: “Sad and Tragic Day for Our Nation” ?

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After hearing that President Barack Obama had just been reelected to a second four-year-term as our nation’s president I turned to my laptop and watched as Facebook suddenly became a blur of emotions, with months of political discourse coming to a head and clashing in a sea of insults and joyous celebration.

For perspective, I posted this on my timeline:

“In 1981, my parents fled Poland two weeks before Martial law. I was 4, my sister was 8 months old. They left the only home they ever knew and came to America, because they knew it was filled with promise and opportunity rather than riddled with the side effects of Communism, like crappy health care and 5 hour-long lines for stale bread. Some are elated tonight, and some are downright depressed, but know this: we get to pick again in 4 years. Before you bad mouth our country, try living somewhere else, where there is No choice and truly No hope. Count your blessings America, because there are many.”

I awoke this morning knowing our country continued to be greatly divided and that emotions were running high and I checked in on my favorite social media sites to see how everyone was faring.

But my fascination quickly turned to disgust when I kept seeing the same status popping up over and over:

“A sad and tragic day for our nation.”

Disappointing? Sure, if your guy didn’t win, I’m sure you’re feeling disappointed.

Frustrated? Nervous? Deflated? If you were counting on a different outcome, then of course you’re likely to feel these things.

But to exclaim that this is a tragic day for our nation?

Really?

This is what TRAGIC looks like. Photo courtesy 9/11 Photos via Flickr.

If I sound like I’m scolding some of you, it’s because I am. Get it together people and gain some perspective. Because this country will go to hell in a hand basket not because of a single man, but because we allow ourselves to forget just how amazing and resilient and FREE our nation truly is.

Maybe you woke up this morning feeling frightened about your future because you were counting on the other guy to make things better. But you also woke up in the same country where you are Free to express your religious beliefs, Free to speak your mind, Free to choose where you want to live, and Free to think idiotic things such as “this is a tragic day for our nation.”

I urge you to find a way today to remind yourself just how good we have it, even if you’re facing economic strife or some sort of adversity. I can tell you this much: as a mom of a special needs child, there’s nowhere else in the world I’d rather be because I know that even though we have a long way to go in the way of awareness, accessibility, and acceptance, we are light years ahead of so many other countries in the world.

Today I un-friended the first person since the Presidential campaigns began. She threw a tantrum on Facebook and compared our President and those who voted for him to terrorists.

I draw the line there. Those photos above? That’s the handiwork of terrorists.

So if you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps today because Mitt Romney won’t be moving into the White House come January, remember that we live in a nation where you get to do this all over again in four years.

In the meantime, empower others by getting involved in your community somehow. Do something kind for someone. Be someone’s hero. Spread kindness and tolerance. Teach your children that diversity is the cornerstone of this country and show them that not only is it possible to lose with dignity and respect, it’s imperative if we’re to move forward as nation.

Then meet up with your coworkers at the water cooler or your friends at the bar, and talk about what an idiot you think Obama is.

Because you can.

UPDATE: I’m so happy to know that this post has resonated with so many of you. I wrote it from my heart and I feel the exact same way today. Of course, I wrote it hoping we could all join hands and sing Kumbaya while rainbow-colored unicorn poop fell from the sky, but alas, (and according to some of the comments) we just aren’t there yet. So in the meantime, if you have a comment, please remember to remain respectful or it will be deleted. Because unlike our fair nation, this website here is a straight up dictatorship.

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15 replies

  1. Somebody hit the nail square on the head” “because we allow ourselves to forget just how amazing and resilient and FREE our nation truly is.”

    Somewhere? … somehow? … since the 60’s the American people let their country be taken over by vile and corrupt elements whose very last concern is for the people – or the nation. And they’ve taken the country to the brink of economic disaster – if not over the edge.

    And what have ‘the People’ done about it? Nothing. They seem powerless – or passified somehow – except for those folks camping on Wall Street. In the 60’s there would have been 800,000 on the White House lawn – hammering on the door. They braved the tear gas and beatings … and they were heard.

    Now … nobody seems to even have a worthy idea.

    The other question (and I ask the same thing in Canada) when I look at our Leadership is “is this the best we can do? is this the cream of the crop?? Where are the Great Men? The inspired Leaders?”

    History may well prove me wrong … people used to spit on Abe Lincoln too … and then they finally killed him. And he was surely a great leader. Obama faces equally great trials as well. He inherited them – and will it will surely take God given inspiration to overcome them. But I believe everything – anything – can be overcome.

    Maybe there’s a message for us all somewhere (intentionally or otherwise) in that new Lincoln movie.

    I gotta go see that.

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    • When I saw the candidates the GOP put up this year, all I could say was “This is the best they can do? The finest the party has to offer?” It was pathetic. I’m not a Republican, but I do like a real choice. There wasn’t one guy I could have voted for, if for no other reason that none of them was worthy of the office. I’ve been following politics my whole adult life and that was the saddest bunch of nothings to be proffered as candidates for President I’ve ever seen. Hard to figure how an entire party, the party of Lincoln, could sink to the point where that’s the best they have to offer. Maybe next time? I hope so!

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  2. Thank you, this is brilliant! My family also emigrated here –some thousands of years ago, others hundreds.

    We must stop acting like God is on our side when we win and the devil is in play when we lose. That is a scary mindset.

    Anyone who has spent a good deal of time with lots of children, in school, a playground, etc. can see that as a nation we are acting like toddlers and high school bullies, as a nation we need to grow up and realize we are a family. We may not always agree with each other but we should love each other, which ironically is the religious teaching most of the most virulent haters supposedly believe.

    We seem to be raising our children with a sports team mentality –Go Yankees! We show them it’s okay, even encourage them to hate the opposing team. The vitriol shown by the Democrats vs Republicans sentiments certainly feels the same way. This blindness is distracting us from seeing how we are being manipulated by the few we did not elect.

    We have freedom but with it comes responsibility and yes, a church has the freedom to protest and cause pain at a funeral; an organization has the freedom to spew racial hatred… what a sad and tragic way we demonstrate our freedoms.

    And providing care for our weak does not make us communists or socialists, just because it was a minor part of their systems. They also caused wars as we do, they also persecuted minorities, as we do… does that make us socialists? Neither the world or it’s people are painted in black or white, there is a spectrum of colors and hues. Embrace the sameness not the differences.

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    • Thank you for your thoughtful reseponse. It’s rare that anyone takes the time to really address the issue as well as you have. You are welcome to come visit and comment any time 🙂

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  3. I like how you think!

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  4. Thank you for this.

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  5. You make good points, and you are right that we can do things to be more involved. I would like to point out, however, that you started this article by talking about folks coming to America to escape the malaise of socialism and the oppression of expanded governments. When someone says this was a tragic day for America, it is because they see this election as a sign that America is becoming one of those countries. We have a ways to go perhaps, but our path is now clear. That is the tragedy.

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    • First, I didn’t write it. I reblogged it because I agree with it.

      The author’s parent’s left Poland to escape poverty, hopelessness, and oppression, not improved health care and more government services. To translate it that way would be funny if it weren’t such an obvious attempt to twist the author’s meaning to something it isn’t.

      Personally, I have lived under socialism and it was fine, aside from having more bureaucracy than I like. I don’t think people come here to escape socialism. You don’t see a lot of Europeans coming here. I know a lot of Canadians who won’t come because we don’t have national health care and they are not willing to give it up. Where is the outpouring or French, Italian, Germans, Swedes, and Brits and other Euro-folks escaping socialist regimes? I’ve met some vacationers, but the great wave of Europeans escaping the misery of their lives? Where are they? Who REALLY comes to our shores? We get the people who are running away from poverty, oppression, and war. People don’t run from socialized medicine, social security, 6 weeks of vacation to our 2. They laugh at us. Really. They laugh at us. Even with their crappy economies, they still think we behave like morons. I think they have a point.

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  6. What about 9-11-12?

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    • I agree it was ugly and there was a loss of life, but I really don’t think there’s a fair comparison betweeen the devastation of the two towers going down, the Pentagon, and the flight that died for us in Pennsylvania. Every loss, every death is a tragedy, but some tragedies affect a lot more people than do others.

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  7. I hope the folks in Congress and the Senate see a little bit of what’s going on in our country. Social network rants aside, It is to EVERYONE’S benefit to put partisan interests on hold for a little bit and get to work on our domestic mess!! Even if it’s phony compassion, positive action will score points in the next election.

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