2012-11-08

Dear Mr. Nugent



Dear Mr. Nugent,

I'm so sorry you're having a hard time with the re-election of Barack Obama.  It seems a lot of people are. I've seen your tweets from the last day or so, and I'm sorry you're all upset, but to be honest I'm happy as hell.   I'm full of glee, and I extremely happy with the results of the Presidential election.   I guess I'm going to clear up a few misconceptions that you and others seem to have about those of us who support and who respect our current President.

Number One:   I'm not varmin.  I don't believe in paying for others obesity or cell phones.  I do however feel it is my duty to help those who are unable to help themselves due to disability or inability to find a job.  I also don't think their offspring should starve to death, even if their parents are lazy leeches of society.  I know that many people feel that there are organizations or churches that can help these people, but unfortunately these organizations and churches suffer when the rest of the economy suffers and cannot always fulfill the needs of those struggling, and many of these organizations and churches rely heavily on federal aid and grants in order to function in even the best of circumstances.   I wish more people had unlimited sources to help others, but unfortunately we don't always have that.   I don't believe others should pay for my birth control or abortions either.   What I do believe is that if an insurance company can cover Viagra and penile implants, they should be able to cover birth control.  I also believe that abortion should be up to the individual and that the government has no room in determining what I do with my body.

That first point was kind of long winded, and I'm sure the other points will be too, but does my explanation seem all that far fetched at this point? I certainly hope not.

Number Two:  I do not believe that the hardest workers are providing for the non workers. You seem to equate poverty with laziness.  As a person who is one generation removed from poverty, I do not agree.  My grandparents were poor, but they worked hard. My grandfather always had a job, and my grandmother at times had multiple jobs to make ends meet.   My grandfather attempted to work in the construction and drafting field way into his late seventies and early eighties, and even after he quit working construction, he became a crossing guard.  I've seen the poor, and most of them are working. They aren't all leeching off the government, waiting for handouts.  Sometimes they get laid off. Sometimes people can't find much in way of a job due to economic conditions, lack of an education, or many other factors.  Sometimes people get sick and reach their lifetime limit on their insurance, and can no longer pay their medical bills.   Did you know one of the biggest reasons for bankruptcy in this country is due medical costs?  It's expensive to get sick in America, and sometimes even the hardest worker gets sick.   For the record, I've never had public assistance.  I have however attended public schools, driven on public roads, used public libraries, and enjoyed various government funded parks and beaches, so I can't say I'm completely self reliant.  I know several rich people who are rich because they have had the opportunity to have some wonderful, hard working, intelligent people working for them.  I've known rich folks who are rich simply because of being born rich. Not saying that rich people in general don't work hard, it's just that wealth doesn't always mean hard work.

Number Three:  I'm not sure which justices of the Supreme Court you are referring to, but I'm pretty sure all of them are lawyers, and that all of them took Constitutional Law and know ALL about the Constitution, probably more than you and I ever could.   I will however say this, the beauty of our Constitution is this, it's a fairly short document compared to other countries, and it seems open to change.  It seems our Founding Fathers were super smart and realized what was the norm for their times, wouldn't always be forever. It means we can amend the Constitution.  The amendments are great.  They allow women and minorities to vote.   They allow us free speech.  They allow us the right to bear arms.  I know you're into hunting, I know you love that one, right?

Number Four:  I'm not a pimp whore or welfare brat, but I might be a soulless supporter.   I support welfare brats because I do not believe a 2 year child living in the projects is worth less than a 2 year old child living in the suburbs.  I imagine they need the same amount of care, love, food, and clothing, and that just because one kid has a harder time getting these things than the other, doesn't mean they are less deserving.  In terms of pimps and whores, I think they're doing ok without my help, or so I think, I'm not familiar with what is going on in that world, I just hope there aren't a bunch of young women and men, girls and boys getting sexually exploited, and I hope our fine police departments take care of the pimps.  I'm not quit sure when voting democratic meant supporting pimp whores, but I just felt I needed to address that issue.


Now that I've kind of cleared all those things up, let me tell you why I voted for Barack Obama and vote democratic in general.

Number One: I used to work in the insurance industry.  I think our insurance industry is flawed.   I don't think it should be ok to deny kids with cancer. I don't think that treatments that are accepted by the medical establishment should still be considered experimental by the insurance industry.  I don't think that if you get sick, you should have to worry about determining whether to pay your mortgage or your medical bills. I think the Affordable Care Act tries to fix that. To me it isn't about birth control. I've been paying out of pocket for that for years,  but I'm also grateful that my husband and I have the means to cover what insurance won't.   I know not everybody can and does.

Number Two:  Our economy is in shambles.  It has been since before he was in office. It took a long time for our economy to get to this point, it's going to take a long time for it get back. This is the biggest recession since the Great Depression.   This time we have fared better because we now have safety nets in place to make sure people can feed their families and get housing to help them survive until they get back on their feet.   I think the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was a great start, but I feel that the Republican controlled Senate was so focused on making our President a one term President, they forgot they were there for the people, not for some type of revenge.   I think that if the President had gotten more cooperation, things would be even better, and yes things have gotten better the last four years.   He's cut prescription costs for medicare patients fifty percent.  More private sector jobs were created in 2010 than in ALL of the 8 years Bush was in office.   He pretty much saved the American automotive industry.  I know this might not sound like much, but it seems pretty big to me.  I think he is on the right track, and I think we're going to get out of this big huge mess sooner rather than later.  I also don't believe in trickle down aka supply side economics. The Bush tax cuts hurt our economy, at least according to at least ten Nobel prize laureates.

Number Three:  I have no problem with gay people wanting to get married. I have no problem with gay people getting insurance benefits for their spouses, or the rights to the property of their spouses if they should die.   I mean why do I care?   It does not diminish my marriage at all.   I still love my husband and he still loves me, regardless if two guys have the same rights I do.   For some reason the conservative movement doesn't feel the same way I do.   I believe that equality and diversity are not the downfall of our country, but the thing that makes us distinctly unique.

Number Four:  States rights, I wish I could be a supporter of states rights.  I really do, but my familiarity with states rights and their history turn me off of states rights.  States rights in the past have essentially been a way for the majority to take rights away from others. Did you know in my state, it was illegal for my husband and I to be married until the federal government stepped in?  It was also illegal for blacks to vote.  We also had segregation and slavery.  All of these things were protected and defended under the guise of states rights.   If states rights were about the community knowing what's best itself, how were banning sodomy, interracial marriage, or allowing who groups of people to be oppressed good for the community?  If states rights in our history have been used in deplorable ways.   Is the majority always right?  Should the majority exploit and oppress the minority?

Number Five:  I do not think America should ever become a theocracy.  This might to many be "God's Country", but our Constitution tells us we have religious freedom and this country was founded on religious freedom.  Didn't the Pilgrims come here to escape religious prosecution? So if you are a Christian, a Muslim, a Hindi, a Jew, or an Atheist, you should have the same rights as everyone else.   The current conservative movement seems very intent on making sure we are all Christian, the problem is, we are not.

Now I know this is long winded, but does it help you understand my position more?    Does it make you realize I'm not varmin. I'm not lazy, and that indeed I might even agree with you on same things (not politics), but that we are ALL Americans, and no matter who is in office, we should try to get along and refrain the the hatred and name calling?  I'm guilty of it myself, but I'm just tired of it all, and I hope that maybe you get the candidate of your choice in 2016, ok maybe not, but at least I hope you know that all of us Democrats are not evil people.

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