Yesterday at work this man was commenting on how wonderful a time he had at the inaugural festivities last week. And I was happy for him. Really. He had the opportunity to attend a number of parties and events, bought a tux, his wife bought a beautiful dress and they had a great time. It sounded like fun.
Then he said, “Now, you know, it’s on us, WE have to participate in this country. All of us working together to make this a better place.”
In my mind I was screaming. Out of my mouth came, “Wasn’t that always true?”
He was silent for a moment and then mumbled something about how the past president wasn’t all fluffy and warm. Then he changed the subject.
Here is my beef with his thinking, it’s exactly the same beef I have with the 52 vs 48 people: If you only work to be a good citizen when your candidate wins then you don’t deserve to be a citizen. You deserve to go sit in the corner with a dunce cap on and then do lines. Not cocaine. I mean lines, write 4000 times “I will not be a petulant ass when my candidate loses. I will remember that my country is my country even when my favorites are not in power. I owe my current president, who ever he or she is, my respect. I will support every thing I can and I will disagree where I must due to conscience and conviction. I will not behave in a manner unworthy of the cost of my freedom of speech and thought. I will engage in respectful argument with my fellow citizens and will not attempt to demonize them as evil because they happen to have different convictions than I have. I will do all in my power to be a good and faithful American.”
I said it before and I will say it again: If you spent the past 8 years being a big, whiney, crying baby because Gore and Kerry did not win the White House, do not dare tell me what I must do now that Obama is in the White House. I’m not listening.