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09 September 2009 @ 11:22 pm
I feel I should make a post on such an epic day as 09-09-09  
But I really have nothing to say.  I could talk about how much I hate my health insurance and Obama's speech, but I figure most of you who read my journal are probably uninterested in my political views.  And besides, I'll probably just get myself all worked up and upset.  So, I'll settle for some random lyrics to a Bob Marley song that I've had stuck in my head all night.  :)

Rise up this mornin',
Smiled with the risin' sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin', This is my message to you-ou-ou.
...saying don't worry
about a thing.
Cuz every little thing's
gonna be alright.

And, I sure hope it will. 
Franfranwi on September 10th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
Happy 9-9-09!
Maybe they should have played that in the background of his speech. ;)
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on September 10th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
Re: Happy 9-9-09!
And I'm sure the Re-thugs, sorry Republicans would have accused him of hiding subliminal messages in the music. lol People, on both sides of this debate, just need to chill the fuck out, seriously.

I'm just pissed because I got another letter from my insurance the other day telling me that they were paying ZERO of my last visit.
rookafrk on September 10th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
Nah, I'd actually love to know what you think about the latest political events in America. Since we've been having social security here forever - or so it seems - and seeing as people definitely need it in this economic situation, I really don't get why Obama is attacked about it right now! Is it because of the word "social" in social security?
Anyway, thanks for the song ^^
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on September 11th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
Yes, mentioning the dreaded S word is enough to spook people these days. In my opinion, the Republican party is using people's lack of understanding over what it means to be a Socialist country or have socialist programs to instill fear in many people. It's absolutely disgusting the blatant lies they are spreading. Now, Obama isn't trying to turn the country Socialist (contrary to people on the right's opinion) but in the wake of our economic crisis and the many, many years of allowing health insurance companies to run slipshod over the American people have forced us to have to look at alternative means. The Republican party is acting like a jilted lover since losing the election. Obama and the Democrats could draft a new health care plan that is greatest thing ever and they will still shit all over just because they don't want to agree with something that didn't come from them. Its really sad.

That being said, I am neither Democrat or Republican. I have not officially joined a political party because I like to view all my options and don't want to be labeled anything. lol As if you couldn't tell that about me already. :) I used to be in agreement with how the Repubs wanted to use our tax dollars. While not necessarily disagreeing with the Democrats, the do tend to spend money on a lot of specialty programs I would rather not have my money going towards. However, it was in the 80's (i think) that the religious right really started to get a lot of pull in the Republican party and thats when I started to take a step back. As it stands right now, I am absolutely disgusted by and frightened of how that party seems to flagrantly ignore the seperation of church and state with what they are trying to get passed...the biggest being making abortions illegal and banning gay marriage. So, until the religious right takes a huuuuuuge step in the other direction, I will probably never, ever vote Republican.

I just don't get how they can justify trying to legislate people in their religion...I really don't. Plus, I also think that no one, especially the media is willing to talk about the 1000 pound gorilla in the room when it comes to Obama--racism. I think that there are many, many people in this country that have a very hard time with a black man as president of this country and that is a sad state of affairs...probably the saddest. But he has my support so far and I am eager to see more on his health care overhaul proposal. I need it bad. The insurance I have now isn't worth shit! I think I have paid more out-of-pocket than they have paid for my care. UGH!

Also, I heard somewhere that France is going to stop the double cheek kiss greeting because of the swine flu. How big of an impact will that be? I'm curious. :)
rookafrk on September 11th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
First thanks for taking the time to write such a thourough answer. I did appreciate to read your thoughts about what's going on.

I think I can see what you mean on the whole - and I guess I only can because I have been staying in America for a year - but there are still things that surprise me.
We have such different views, as nations nations, about socialism for example. Here socialism is just the left wing. That's all. It's not (anymore) the kolkhoz, the whole comrade thing or anything. In this country, socialists are just the ones that brought a little bit of humanity to the working class. And I'm from a long line of immigrants living in the working class, so it's true that I am still sensitive to these arguments (even though I know they're partly obselete in today's world).

Now it's true that Republicans shock me a lot because of the way they bring religion to every fucking subject! I had no clue it was as recent as you said, I thought it had always been going on this way. Gosh, I recall one of my very first cultural shock, when I was in Pittsburgh, upon seeing the young republican whatever reaction to a small campus event that the LGBT club was leading. I was just outraged to read what was writen on their posters (not sure about the word here). And I got the same feeling a few weeks later when there was a pro-choice event...

Also, about the race aspect you mentioned, it is never spoken about in France, but I was wondering how Obama was truly accepted by some. I have studying segregation, Civil Rights mouvements and so on a lot. When I teaching, I could take classes too, so I went to an Africana class where we were just three white people. Believe I didn't even notice, because here, in France, as a child of immigrant I am a minority member. I don't look french, my name is complicated for them (it's hungarian...) and so on. I have been refused appartments because of that, and I got a lot of bullshit! So stepping in that class, I was really feeling that I was the same as the black students : a member of a minority. Let me tell you : it didn't last long. They soon let me know i was a "white girl". I swear to you, it the first time in my life I realized I was white. And I grew up in a very diverse inner city hood !
Europeans always believe american TV shows. Before going to America, we all think integration is perfect, everybody loves each other and racism is in the past, except for a bunch of nazi fascists... Damn those shows. I was happy for America when Obama got elected, because I really did think it was a great symbol and not only that, the has ideas! But yeah I was afraid of racism issues.

And you're right, don't label yourself in general - and definitely not with a party tag!

Now, on the lighter note, the french greeting kiss issue... Well actually, as you guess, the subject is not light at all! I have personnaly decided I was going to rebel. I'll kiss them people alright, even if I have to wear a mask... No but seriously, here the situation has gone ridiculous, the medias are creeping people out of their minds with that flu! ? No kissing, no shaking hands, no opening doors with your bare hands (so with what?)...
A bunch of people are actually making jokes out of it, mimicking a military salute, or indian hug, or japanese bow to say hi instead... And the second after, everyone's kissing... We just cannot reprogramm a whole education like that, can we ?

PS: I hope it's readable, I felt like my english was totally off tonight...

rookafrk on September 11th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
oh, re-reading this, I was afraid I sounded like we're better about racism and like i was bragging or something.
We're def not better, there was a huge event that proved it again today. It's just different bullshit, but bullshit still.
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on September 12th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
I think our fear of socialim, communism, or any other -ism that isn't capitalism is simply because our nation was founded on the principle that no government power was going to meddle in its citizen's affairs. To favor capitalism is to be a patriotic American. In WWI and WWII we fought against fascist dictators, and the cold war with Russia left many with a hatred of communism. So, we're talking generations upon generation of hatred passed down over political and economic ideals that no one ever really bothered to understand. They were simply "the bad guys."

As the decades passed and people began to see how much free-market capitalism shifted the wealth in this country very unfairly, others began to look at incorporating other ideas that seemed to work in other 1st world developed countries. But like I said, anything that was different from capitalism was ZOMG! Socialism!!! The government wants to take over your lives!!! and therefore bad. I've become convinced that if you are rich in this country, you're a Republican because they are the ones who want to cut taxes for the wealthy and add more to the poor. And the end of the day, it all boils down to money, doesn't it?

As for racism in this country, its still, unfortunately, very prevalent...especially in the southern and mid-west states. In larger, more intergrated cities you don't see it as much. And its not just whites and blacks, there is racism against Jews, Latinos...just about every ethnicity. I've heard people lament the fact that in a few decades this country will probably all Spanish-speaking. To which I offer this argument--our country was founded with the idea that anyone who wanted to could come and live as they choose, provided they do it legally. You can't fault people for taking us up on that offer. lol

But in light of all that, I'm not ready to give up on Obama yet. It saddens me that many of the people who took a gamble and voted for him are now backing off and falling for many of the Republican scare tactics. Time is going to tell on this one and I think the Republicans are on the wrong side of history for this one.

And don't worry, I didn't see your comment as bragging at all. ;)
rookafrk on September 13th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
It sure would be a pity to give up on Obama so soon, let's give the man some time.

Anyways, it all makes a lot of sense, your opinions towards the racists and about just following the motto America was creted with. That's what I just love about America. Whoever you are, you always get the feeling that if you want to do something and give it your all, you'll get your chance. You sure don't get that feeling in old Europe if you don't have any connections and/or a rich family...
About what you explained about the fear of socialism. When you think about it, most of the people who arrived to America, whether they were the first pilgrims or the new imigrants arriving nowadays, they all left their countries because at some point they were disagreeing with its government or suffering from it. If we consider that, no wonder, even today, Americans are still suspicious about a government taking actions in their lives. I hope people can see that at the level Obama's offering, it definitely is not a threat to their liberty, but a move towards equality.