I go through phases politics-wise. Every once in a while, an issue pops up and I suddenly get sucked into this place where I'm constantly thinking "how on earth can people actually THINK that is okay?" and yelling, "ACKKKKKK!" and having to stay off facebook to avoid losing 80% of my friends (I'm very much outnumbered in my left-leaning tendencies).
I stay in these moods for a few weeks usually, sometimes a few months, and then I just stop. I get tired of the hatred, the disappointment in my fellow Americans (and often my friends and family), and all the ridiculous slander and skewed information that is all over the political scene. It's not just the media; it's the actual politicians themselves...twisting words around, manipulating facts...there's only so much explaining and enlightening I can do (for others and myself) before I just want to vomit.
Sometimes I think I'd like to be a political science/government teacher, just so I can do my part to ensure future generations actually know HOW our government works. All those "Obama doesn't want to pay the troops" posts and those like it literally break my heart. How is it possible for so few people to know how our country works? How can so many in the military NOT know the budget process? I don't understand why people blindly follow whatever news pundit happens to be on the television, believing every single word that comes out of his mouth without ever taking a second to google and see if what they're saying actually holds any merit. Or just automatically repost whatever their friends have posted on facebook, not once taking the 30 seconds to snopes.com it and check it's validity.
It was a phone call yesterday that brought me back into the swing of things. The person I was talking to mentioned they had listened to Rush Limbaugh discussing some girl from a prestigious law school demanding free birth control, and that they didn't understand why the government didn't just tell them to go to walmart to get their contraception. I didn't know the situation (I live in a bubble when I want to) and so I sort of agreed...free contraception is kind of ridiculous and yes, they should go to walmart and buy some condoms, but no, the government should not send them to walmart. Walmart is big enough.
Then I did some research. And I was SHOCKED to find out the whole story.
That a women's rights activist, Sandra Fluke, asked to appear on the panel discussing the contraception amendment (which the Senate rejected yesterday THANK GOD), and was denied. And that Mr Douche-bag of the Century himself, Rush Limbaugh, proceeded to call her a slut, a prostitute, and demand sex tapes in exchange for this "free" birth control. First of all, the birth control would NOT be free. It would be PROVIDED by an INSURANCE PROVIDER. Not the government. An insurance provider. Whose job it is to provide medical care. Which includes medications. Which should damn well include birth control if it's going to include viagra. Not a dime would come out of any of our pockets to provide birth control. Not a single effing penny.
Regardless of how you feel about this amendment (which would exempt insurance providers from providing medical services if they go against their morals, which in and of itself is disgusting to me...since when do insurance providers have morals? Btw, this amendment would also potentially affect children's vaccines, blood transfusions, mammograms...you name it. It's not just birth control.), you cannot be okay with the way Ms. Fluke was treated. Do we really want our children to grow up in a world where it's acceptable behavior to vilify and ridicule a woman for exercising her rights? Where some man makes millions of dollars by sitting up in his sound booth and calling a law student a slut for wanting more reliable birth control than a condom from the insurance company she PAYS FOR?
It literally breaks my heart when those closest to me so blindly follow people like Rush Limbaugh. Breaks. My. Heart. Even more so when that person is a woman...who has a daughter who was able to get free birth control from their insurance providers. Two daughters, in fact. If you read this, I'm sorry. I'm trying to not identify you because I don't want to embarrass you, but please, please please don't support this man anymore. He's so much worse than even Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly. Watch them all you want. Maybe turn on The Daily Show every once in a while for another side of the story *wink wink nudge nudge*. But please, I'm begging, don't give Rush a second more of your time. He's racist, he's sexist, and he's so full of hate it's sickening.
Please wake up and realize how detrimental he is to so many different groups of Americans...how much hate he spreads.
And for the rest of you, go learn about how the three branches of government work! :)