Damn it feels good to be a softy

It has been more than a week since the election and I am still emotional, and amazed at how my cynicism still sleeps.

I woke up November 4 with a lot of anger inside me, as you can see in my post from that day. However, I woke up November 5 feeling like a new person. I don’t even feel cheesy saying that. I love feeling like this. I love having positive feelings about my country.

It started with Barack Obama’s acceptance speech. I knew I would cry if he was elected and, well, I did. I was actually doing OK holding the tears back, but then he had to mention the 106-year-old black woman. Bastard! That was the moment I lost it. But, it didn’t stop there. Every once in a while it hits me all over again and I start to tear up.

It happened again this past weekend. I was at the Atlanta Falcons’ game, and the weirdest thing happened. During the singing of the National Anthem, I got teary-eyed. Usually I want the singer to hurry the hell up so the game can start. Not this time. I stood there proudly and smiled. Finally, the country in which I live feels united. Now I can focus my anger not on the far-right zealots, who are thankfully in the rear-view mirror, but on things that make me mad, but are of no real consequence. People who stand in my way on escalators, I’m coming for ya!

I also get a little choked up watching the kid at 0:53 in this video:

Just Get Off Your Asses Already!

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“We are all born with the same opportunities.”

This was just said to me by a co-worker. Why did the coworker say something so asinine? Well, it was her reasoning as to why a)she is a John McCain supporter and b) she doesn’t want her taxes raised to “give money to people who don’t work for it.”

I understand that we should all work hard to make ourselves better people, but to say that we are all born with the same opportunities is ridiculous. Can any rational person really say that this is true?

What about kids with drug addicts for parents, or kids who are physically and/or sexually abused? Wait. The more I think about it, fuck them. They have the same opportunity as all of us!

Then I think about how not terribly long ago, black people and women couldn’t even vote. But, then again, fuck them too! I don’t see how being thought of as less than human should blind you from the fact that you have the same opportunities as everyone else. They are just lazy!

Oh, and the people born with mental conditions? Why do they think for one minute that, just because they spit up on themselves, they can’t do what everyone else can do? I, for one, don’t want my tax dollars paying for some fucking retard to sit around on their ass all day watching Family Feud reruns. Don’t even get me started on the gays!

I’m glad I wrote this, because now I totally get it. My coworker was right. We are all the same. We all have the same opportunities. How could I have been so stupid?