November 6, 2008

I am No Longer Speechless (or other alternative titles)

(alternative title) How to Clear a Room/Blog Quickly? ~ After recuperating from your shock, disbelief and deflation, you just start shootin' it the way you see it... without a muffler.

Election night I literally could not stomach typing one word of what we were feeling in the Shooter household. My dear friend Sheila said, "I am sorry you are saddened...". Saddened wouldn't even begin to cover the range of emotions experienced in the last 36 hrs. We feel like we've crammed all the stages of grief into one very long day. While my fellow Americans who voted for Obama experienced extreme elation, satisfaction and relief, my brothers and sisters who voted with me felt the polar opposite. All. The. Live. Long. Day. Three words: It sucked toads.

(alternative title) Katie Coueric was Justified ~ Does anyone remember the snarkiness, the degrading comments and the unbelievable rudeness Miss Congeniality had to say about us Redneck, Knuckle Dragging, Unenlightened, God-Fearing Bible Thumpers after the last two elections? I sure do. In fact, before the 2000 election I had been a huge Today Show fan. Watched it every morning like clock work and enjoyed every minute of it...until she lost her tongue and her real self came shining through. I haven't watched it one time since (even though she's gone.)

Wellll, I get it Katie. I really do. The anger, disappointment and disbelief that people could be such suckers for all the hype was 100% unfathomable to me this election. During school yesterday I burst into tears while we were studying states and capitols because I realized all the blue states on the east coast were all part of the privileged original 13. I kept asking myself, "How could people with such rich, first hand American history turn a blind eye to it? How could they not appreciate it and revere it? How could they be such traitors?" (Yes, sadly I said it. Traitors. Not my most proud American moment.) 36 hours has helped tremendously. I wonder if Katie wishes she had taken a long breather/grieving time before she got on the air? I'd like to think so.
Maybe I'll catch the Today Show in the morning...

(another offensive title) I was Duped ~ Seriously. Hook, line and sinker. I had no idea this election was about race. I mean I obviously knew the dude was black. But, I kid you not, until election night I did not realize just how racially motivated his voters were. I totally thought we were comparing experience, abortion beliefs, economics, foreign policy, health care, appointments to the highest court in the land, the sanctity of democracy. You know, all those little inconsequential issues.

Now, before you leave all kinds of nasty comments about how I must be a racist, let me make my thoughts clear here. My experience with anyone who has different colored skin than me has made it abundantly clear they do not want to be judged by the color of their skin. I agree. Absolutely. So I just naturally figured they most certainly would not vote for someone based solely on the color of his skin. But, no matter how it is getting sugar coated, that is exactly what happened with a very large percentage of his voters.
There seems to be two distinct groups who voted for Barry. One who believes in him whole-heartily and digs all his policies. And one who is racist. Yep. I said it. And sadly, they are the ones who are going to screw up the racial strides that have been made in this country. Just like the conservatives have their extremist right wing nut jobs who cause major problems and the extreme left wackos who give the Libs a bad name, now there is a new group.
Rolling your eyes Obama fans?
Here is the Shooter families experiences of the New Reign so far:

Election Day - I have to call Crumb Snatchers in from riding bikes and playing in the front yard because young black males walking home from school are yelling racial comments about the election while walking down our street. People we do not live in low income housing in a poverty stricken area. We live in an older neighborhood with a mix of the elderly, young families, professionals, college students, working class, and a few disabled. The ethnicity breaks down as 2/3 white, 1/3 Hispanic and black.

Election night - At 10:01 pm we hear LOTS of repeated gun shots on the next block and call 911. Big Shooter gets on the police live call website to see how it was reported and see if they are sending units immediately only to find out our call is only one of DOZENS around the city at exactly the same time. Through out the night this is what we find out: Many African-Americans and Hispanics are celebrating the election results by firing shots in the air at their watch parties. This begs the questions, "Why did they have guns at their watch parties?" and "What or where would they have shot if he hadn't won?"
Now this may sound harsh, Boldbut if you don't live in a mixed neighborhood, I truly don't care to hear your inexperienced opinion. Please do not belittle the real circumstances I now find my family in by rationalizing and making excuses. There are none. We are responsible gun owners. Operative word being responsible. We follow the city gun laws. We don't shoot them in city limits, in a neighborhood with houses closely spaced. These people are my neighbors. They drive the same streets my Crumb Snatchers ride their bikes on.

The Day After: 1) I received two phone calls from girlfriends whose children did not want to go to school yesterday. All three (are very strong minded, btw) kids expressed concerns about having to deal with bullying and gloating. One in each age group - elementary, middle school and high school. From the beginning, the high schooler felt she couldn't express opposing political opinions because she'd witnessed the intimidation and bullying that had taken place with others. Nice. Our children don't feel safe and secure in the place they spend a majority of their lives.
2) Big Shooter's boss pulled into a gas station to grab a drink before heading to a meeting. As he was walking in two black males who spied his McCain sticker smugly stated, "McCain? He lost. Now it's our time to rule." This is a man who employs 6,500 people. This is a man, who in the midst of economic turmoil, was on his way to tell all his District Managers what a great job they were doing, to keep up the good work, not to worry all their jobs are safe. This is also a very quiet man who would normally never share an experience like this with others. But, it got to him. In a big way.
And guess what? This did not take place in an undereducated, poverty stricken area either. It was upper-middle class America. If this is taking place here in EXTREMELY conservative Oklahoma you will never get me to believe it is not happening all around America. And I promise you this, if this kind of racism is not immediately addressed or worse, is swept under the rug or ignored...all the great strides this great country has made in the race department will be shattered.
Barry has the chance to prove he sat in a church for 20 years that spewed Black Power and it really didn't have an effect on his views of this kind of behavior or... his silence on this issue will speak volumes.

(next up) Not ALL the People Have Spoken - The notion that this election was a landslide is simply that - a notion. Was the electoral college a landslide victory? Absolutely. Was the popular vote a landslide victory? Not even close. What this election did once again was prove this country is divided. Sadly divided. On issue after issue. What I believe needs to happen with the left is gracious winning behavior. Common courtesy sportsmanship. Not this "In Your Face", "Ha. Take That!" attitude. If the party who spouts tolerance, love and kindness wants to convince the fifty-six million, two hundred and eighty-six thousand, three hundred and eighty-six fellow Americans they are genuine. Now would be the opportune time. Hello? 56, 286,386 Americans who don't trust the Democratic Party and will be looking over your shoulder every step of the way... It's not rocket science people. Reach out, don't slap your opportunity away.

(last offensive alternate) Left vs. Right - What's the difference?
Issues on Oklahoma ballot:
Veteran Tax Exemption
Property Tax Exemption
Wildlife Rights
Wine Sales

Issues on California ballot:
Treatment of Farm Animals
Minors' Abortions
Sewage Plant named after a sitting POTUS
Legalized Prostitution

Pretty clear to me...

(sigh...) I Have a New Mantra - Y'all I love, love this country. I would personally do combat duty to protect democracy. I respect the office of the United States Presidency. Therefore, even though I do not agree with, care for, or even (honestly) trust the President-Elect, he is just that: the President-Elect. I will take the high road (remember the Bush-Haters of the last two elections who refused to accept him as their president and caused chaos and apathy from the get-go) and honor the office he will hold. My mind keeps repeating the mantra, "...a government for the people, by the people...". And People, we are 56, 286,386 strong.

My heart, however, keeps repeating the mantra, "God is in control. God is in control."

God bless you my friends...and the greatest, most charitable nation on the planet.

Love Note to my Big Shooter: Go ahead big guy, let 'er rip, spill yer guts, release the will be a new day tomorrow.


Rachel said...

Wow, excellent post! I agree with a lot of what you said, especially about the racism thing. I never thought of it as a racial election. I mean, it's obvious he's black like you said, but I never realized that it would be this big of a deal!

Anonymous said...

My big shooter told middle child the AM after, "the black man won". Reply, who's black? Exactly- we have raised our children to not see race. We are ALL beautiful shades of brown that God created. Soul Sis

ShEiLa said...

I apologize for my use of the word 'saddened'. That was probably a slap in the face and I am sorry. The word I should have used was 'devastation'. I too have experienced devastation. The first time George W. Bush was elected... then double-desparation when he got in the second term. Our country should have never gone to war unless we knew we could get the man behing the twin-towers bombing. We have spent ourselves into military debt so deep that we may never get out of the abyss.
I did not vote for President elect Obama because he was black... but because I thought he could do the job & frankly McCain reminded me of Bush.

In regards to the racist experiences you are having in Oklahoma... I am sorry. I don't believe children should suffer this kind of abuse. I remember when we (my husband & I) took a stand on a local issue here in Moapa... our children were threatened... our lives were threatened... our window was broken by a rock... members of our own church shunned us. I do not condone the sort of behavior that you have experienced.

I am glad you are not speechless. I enjoy hearing the views of others. I pride myself in being open minded... especially when I come from being raised in a family of prejudice. Because I voted for Obama my own father has wished something terrible to happen to me.
That still has left me with a bruised heart.

Thank you for being... YOU Straight Shooter.


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Flea said...

Over here on the south side of town, we've seen some pretty ugly things in the schools the day after election.

For me it breaks down like this, concerning the president and race: I wouldn't vote for Obama if you paid me, because he's a socialist liberal. But if Alan Keyes were running? In a heartbeat. In fact, I did vote for him in a primary. It's not about race.

I don't know, SS. I'm still processing. I know the man God has appointed is in office, just like Pharaoh was in the days of Moses. I'm just having a hard time with it all.

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FerLee said...

You always make me think...and to say I agree with you is a gross understatement.

In the last 2 days I have been spiritually corrected and have learned something new from several people I've spoken to on this subject. The best lesson so far has your influence over others! The Word calls us to be a light and salt to the world. Light, specifically a candle light, shines a spot on something in particular to bring it to attention or focus. that's been quite a lesson for me...salt enhances the flavors of the other ingredients in the dish you're tasting. For instance, chocolate chip cookies wouldn't be near as good without the salt. The sugar overwhelms the whole recipe. In my recipe it's 2 cups of sugars and 1 tsp of salt, but that 1 TEASPOON of salt will bring the whole recipe into completion. Try it sometime...make your chocolate chip cookies with all the ingredients but salt and taste it...then add that 1 small teaspoon and see what it does. It brings out the butter flavor, the vanilla, the gives it definition.

Christ called us to be salt and a light. We highlight and draw attention to the God flavors in this world. But He also warned us not to lose our salt flavor nor cover our light.

I am NOT saying you'll lose your influence by saying absolute truth here...I feel every pang and pain you feel. I would love to explain to all those who voted for this man that "You don't's just plain WRONG!!! Don't you see it???", but I can't. If I did some would turn away immediately and dismiss me completely from their lives (sad...very...but true, we're that divided), others would listen, but I'd slowly lose my voice with them. There are a TON of them who don't know Christ. They voted their flesh and their flesh is getting them a ticket straight to hell because it's not being checked at all.

So, I agree with everything you said completely, but caution that we all be careful in what we say or for how long we say it. We cannot conform to this world, but be transformed...that will shine our light and bring out God flavors in this world. We are 56,286,386 strong and we have 1 much stronger than him anyway, and He is the King of all kings and Lord of all lords and President of all presidents.

Love you sis!!!

Rudy said...

I absolutely agree with you 100%...he was a smooth talker and I cannot believe so many people fell for it. He is anti-American, anti-white, doesn't believe in God or the bible, hangs with terrorists......yet people want him to rule our country.....please!! All the terrorist countries were celebrating for goodness sakes.
I keep singing that Veggie Tales Song- God is Bigger than the Boogie Man! Hope that gets me through.

Huse Yo Mama said...

I don't have much to say. I agree with so much and you said it well.

Anonymous said...

I'm not surprised that it has become a racial issue...I knew it would be when I saw with my own eyes and heard with my own ears the Great Queen herself (Oprah) announce that the reason she was supporting him was because through all the years he was the "only" one "worthy" of her support...bless her pagan heart...

Many people of color admit they voted for the first time ever...some you can tell did not care what the issue was, they just saw the color of his skin.

I'm scared but trusting in the Lord...He alone will see us through and is worthy of any admiration....

Oh...great post btw!

Christine said...

You've said what I've been thinking; I just didn't realize it. On election night it was like they played a reverse race card: one they've been saving until just such an occasion.

I won't say I'm shouting with you every word of your post, but one thing's for sure, you know how to make your voice heard. I know sometimes blog posts are like lighting fuses and then running...but you always seem to get outta the way just fine!!

Anonymous said...

I love your brain. Even if it does make me feel completely simple-minded.

I'm reading, going, "Yah. YAH!"

But could I ever form the thoughts on my own.

Yah, NO.

Anonymous said...

At one point while reading this post I actually stood up and threw a fist into the air. Hoo-rah!

Two words for you...

Go research him, fall in love with him, support him, and place your hope in him. 2012 isn't so far off.

We will survive... we need to get our heads out of our butts and quit waiting for others to save us-we need to save ourselves.

Awesome post. Simply awesome.

Anonymous said...

What a post! You said it all and extremely well.

Jenni said...

Oh say it so well, SS.

Because I put my trust in the Lord I can smile at the future, but the fact that there are people who play the "race" card and never see it at work in their own lives just grieves me so deeply.

Thank you again for "shootin straight."

WomanHonorThyself said...

brilliant again girl!..chin up..we got lots of fightin to do to get our country back!! hugs!

Anonymous said...! You have said what I've thought and tried to express over the last few days!! I seriously went into mourning after it was announced. I bawled like a baby, and the next day could barely MAKE myself take my 3 yr old to speech, b/c I knew his therapist would be BESIDE herself with happiness. And I was right. I still break down into tears over this. I KNOW the ONE who is in control, but I HATE to see our Country choose this road. And the whole REVERSE DESCRIMINATION? Sickening! I do believe there would've been MASS RIOTING if Barry would've lost, probably why they had guns at their parties?!! Did you see that from McCain supporters? NOPE! Would McCain supporters been firing off rounds in celebration of his victory? Doubtful!!
Anyway, thanks for stating my thoughts and feelings so eloquently. And maybe you can find a little comfort in knowing that another SAHM in MO feels and thinks the EXACT. SAME. WAY!!

Kristen said...

Wow, this was very thought-provoking.