Sarah Palin in Kuwait, 2008

I am tired of hearing about Obama’s first-year “failures.” I actually read a “joke” on Facebook yesterday that went something like this: “Dear God, this year you took away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze. You also took away my favorite actress, Farah Fawcett. And then my favorite performer, Michael Jackson. By the way, my favorite politician is Barack Obama.”

That’s just mean spirited. And completely not constructive. Not to mention violent. And I don’t think this is just about my southern manners.

Likewise, I feel weary when someone calls Sarah Palin an idiot. I don’t believe Obama has failed — at all — and I don’t feel that Sarah Palin is an idiot. So sue me. The problem is, I think, a tendency to have to completely put down people who are high achievers or who aren’t reflecting the rubber stamp of our beliefs.

People may not be achieving exactly what we want (and we’re spoiled enough to believe that we deserve everything we want), but that’s no reason to call them names. If you don’t like something in today’s politics, get out there and make a difference yourself. Take a Republican to lunch. Or a Democrat. Volunteer for something. Run for an office so you can feel what it’s like to have someone judge your every move.

But please, for God’s sake, quit whining — so I can!


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