I'm a fiscally conservative mother of three, so President Obama would not have been my choice. However, never, ever did it occur to me to LEAVE the country I love, the country of my forefathers, just because my candidate did not win.
That type of partisanship disgusts me.
Watching George Lopez tell Piers Morgan he will LEAVE America if Sarah Palin wins just lost him a fan.
Seriously, whatever happened to believing in democracy? Believing in the will of many rather than the will of but one? What the hell are soldiers fighting for in foreign lands if our democratic republic can be so easily discounted and discarded?
Do not get me wrong. I am no fan of Sarah Palin. I can, however, appreciate how she has shaken up the Republican party a bit from its complacency. I see her as the Ross Perot of this generation. Energizing and unelectable, but definitely stirring the pot. She is a gimmick just like I assumed Obama once was with his now false claims of bipartisan leadership with debt ceiling disasters imminent.
So, yes, I admit to being dispirited with President Obama's hollow promises of "yes, we can" ringing in my ears while, over the last few years, our country has quickly become the land of "we cannot" to so many with homes foreclosed, jobs gone, over our head in debt to China, and lives lost in wars, rightly or wrongly, he promised to end. I cannot say that President Bush did much better.
Nope, cannot say we are better off than before.
However, what is done is done, and no matter our leader, I still value the freedoms and opportunities that makes this country great.
I value giving Mr. Lopez the freedom of speech to call Kirstie Alley a pig, although I disagree.
I value the best medical system (the same medical system removing my mother's kidney as I write this article) and most skilled doctors in the world who helped transplant Mr. Lopez wife's kidney to him that he so desperately needed -- the same wife whom he then so quickly divorced because America does not allow religion to dictate whom one marries or divorces.
I value that a kid such as Mr. Lopez, abandoned by both his father and his mother, against all odds, has attained success beyond most Americans' wildest dreams ... here in AMERICA.
I do believe, like Mr. Lopez, that candidates should have a strong political background, although we might quibble whether community organizer is much different than Alaska mayor when it comes to qualifications for President of the United States. I do however believe running the state of ALASKA does qualify Sarah Palin as "having a political background," right?
I even value the idea that a celebrity such as Mr. Lopez can believably say he will run for office as he promised he would, even though he seems unhappy with the idea in the above video that the U.S. is a "culture of personality."
Still I value that Mr. Lopez wants to and CAN run for political office. I am not sure how Mr. Lopez's sitcom background qualifies him as anything other than a "personality;" however, my biggest concern is that for someone claiming he would run for mayor of Los Angeles in 2018, won't that be a bit challenging from Canada? Personally, I have a hard time thinking anyone would want to vote for "a personality" who is a quitter living in Canada ... but each to his or her own.
So Mr. Lopez, please do! If you believe it is the sum of current politics or who resides in the White House that makes America, rather than the hard-fought for realization of freedoms, opportunity, and democracy over generations and centuries, then please do leave now ... and don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
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