We’re in Trouble

There’s something seriously wrong with a country that is so divided, that their only goal is the eye on the prize. I have a real problem with these ignorant, ill-informed and disrespectful so called men, no doubt with an IQ equivalent to a squirrel. Actually, I apologize for that last comment. That was out of line. Rodents are, in fact quite intelligent.

Obama IS the President. That means Commander-in-Chief, head of our nation. So when 911 happened, Bush got respect and the nation pulled together in that time of crisis. I don’t think we heard one word about politics or which side of the aisle a politician was from. This should be no different, but it is.

What the hell is the problem? Shouldn’t a President survey the areas he’s about to release emergency funds to in a crisis ? Shouldn’t he see this first hand ? Or maybe we should wait a few weeks like the administration at that time did, when Hurricane Katrina hit. That sure helped the moral of the people and gave them comfort. And if that Governor or Mayor happens to be on the other team, who cares ? Really ? Because I’m sure they don’t.

I guess Rush, something he got often with drugs and apparently food, does. All he cares about is stirring up the masses. It’s good for ratings. But.. when people have been through the train wreck of devastation, lost their homes, their belongings, personal and sentimental items, you put this crap aside. I don’t care what your politics are. And there’s a columnist named Matt from some obscure site or blog, who ranted about the same thing.

People are without power. Elderly are stuck in high rises running out of food, water and medication. No one can get gas for generators. People have died. Children were swept out of the arms of their mother. Their bodies found today. Two and four years old. Do you think these people give a shit about a Democrat and Republican ? They care about getting basic needs addressed. They care about surviving the trauma and loss that has just swept through their neighborhoods, their homes, their lives.

The water is unsafe to drink. Raw sewage, along with oil and other toxins still sit in pools of water on streets. A water pipe burst in Manhattan. Almost timed, as the last inches of old water were being pumped out. Open gas lines hiss and its smell permeates the air. Cars float, trees line streets, but this time they have been uprooted and lie across the middle of roads, blocking them. No way out.

Mayor Booker in Newark, was shown delivering diapers and apple juice to mothers in the dark. As if Newark didn’t have enough problems. We watch people being interviewed sob, still in shock, wondering how they will start over. Do you think any one of them cares which party is delivering necessities ? Get over it, you hate mongers. Put your differences aside. You can pick up where you left off. Later. What ever happened to respect and compassion ? How do you think this serves the American people ? Do you think you’re helping ?

This sort of one sided attitude infuriates me. It’s insensitive and self-centered. The reason we vote someone in to office to begin with, is to move us forward. An elected official should benefit the people who voted them in. If not, they have no business being in office. If all you care about is your party, not the people and you represent the type of person they are, then America needs a big wake-up call.

Go out and volunteer. Help someone other than yourself. Maybe it will enlighten you some. Cheer on the people who are in total turmoil and despair. Offer them comfort and hope. This has nothing to do with what side of the aisle you’re on. It has everything to do with getting them the help they need and as soon as possible.

These communities have been devastated. So shut up about politics. Or go live on an island. At least till this is over. Just get a life. Or do something with it. Make a difference.
All this fighting, attacking and berating is tiring. You even made a 4 year-old little girl named Abby cry. I think at this point we all share her sentiment. You can watch it on YouTube below. I’d love to hear your comments. Let me know what you think.



About aboomersvoice

First and foremost, I'm a baby boomer and damn proud of it. The ones reading this post survived. Some didn't..We are the generation that crashed through barriers, broke through the norm and made our own rules. We paved the way for others to follow their bliss. One of the largest breakthroughs was probably equal rights and opportunities for women. Thank you Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan. We burned our bras, well, most of us did. We marched against politics we didn't believe in, staged protests not knowing we could easily be silenced by a bullet, experimented with drugs, meditation and guru's. We traveled with backpacks across the country and throughout the world..We had a voice. We had a choice. We had a mission. We had freedom and we were united. I am a writer, traveler, explorer, observer and participant in life. I am part of the expansion of baby boomers who still believe in the original message of peace and love. Take this journey.with me. Who knows where it will take us next ?
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7 Responses to We’re in Trouble

  1. artzent says:

    BRAVO !!!! I agree totally and I hate politics but I have to say I get very tired of every effort Obama makes being shot down and made fun of. Even more to the point how on earth can even the very rich swallow the idea that they are exempt from helping their fellow americans. It is stupity in the extreme! Your post was great, every word!


  2. David Wright says:

    It is a shame how factionalized we’ve become. It seems we always have to see ourselves in opposition to someone or thing. I remember the “love it or leave it era”, and then there was that little Civil War thing. Every era and side seems to have its own shit stirrer, convincing people that without them they would be duped: Rush Limbaugh today, Abby Hoffman yesterday. Thank goodness for pizza (gluten free), the only thing we all seem to rally round.


    • David,
      Thank you for your concise and intelligent comment. It would be nice for this divided country to pull together at these times, instead of causing more separatism. I hope you and Chris are wll


  3. Debbie says:

    As a former NYC marathon runner, Ava, just wanted to add that I’m in full agreement with your comment. People need to be rescued. They need medical care, food, water, and power/lights and heat. When all of that is done, then let’s worry about the runners. Governor Christie postponed Halloween. If children can handle that then we grownups can wait for the NYC marathon.
    My prayers are with all of you on the east coast. As for the Republican response to Obama’s handling of the whole thing…(minus Chris Christie and Mayor Bloomberg’s reactions…) why am I not surprised? Then again, I shouldn’t be shocked….I’m from Wisconsin, home to Gov. Scott Walker and VP candidate Paul Ryan…. Hey great piece Sandie!!!


  4. ava kelberman says:

    In respect to being SICK and TIRED of hearing about the election, I am more sick over the fact that the marathon officials in New York are more concerned about having generators at the marathon site for runners, and ignoring the fact that Staten Island victims are in the cold, dark, decrepid reality WITHOUT generators. WTF?


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