Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Straw

If you know me, you know that I can seem quiet, maybe even standoffish, when really I'm just trying to formulate what I want to say. I'm not always successful at that and it sometimes gets me in trouble. ;) Conversely, if I think too long, the moment has passed and it's not relevant anymore.

The past two weeks have felt like two years. Everyday -- damn near every HOUR -- there's another outrageous story about something the President or Congress or a "senior advisor" said or did. Unfortunately, outrageous does not necessarily mean untrue.

I have strong feelings about a lot of these issues, but because of my hesitancy in speaking out and the rapid firing of information flying around, I've kept relatively quiet.

And then this happened: House Votes to Overturn Obama Rule Restricting Gun Sales to the Mentally Ill.

What the actual fuck?

How many times have we heard in recent years following mass shootings "we don't have a gun problem, we have a mental health problem." Has anyone who said that actually done anything about said mental health problem? I mean it. If they have, please let me know because I've seen no evidence of it. Instead, we're now going to make it EASIER for mentally ill people to obtain guns because otherwise we're discriminating against the mentally ill and not allowing them to exercise their second amendment rights.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Please tell me how this is making America safe? And make sure you tell the families of the victims at Sandy Hook, too. And before anyone labels me as someone who wants to ban guns, that's not true. I just want some common sense restrictions and background checks, particularly on weapons like the one used at Sandy Hook. I will never understand why civilians need guns like that.

Now that I've opened the floodgates, here's something that I wish more people would realize:

Mari Andrew

Why do people think it's OK to tell others what they should and shouldn't care about or how they should spend their own time? Yes, I'm worked up about the refugee ban. That doesn't mean I don't care about the homeless here in our country. Or the veterans. Or the homeless veterans.

But you know what I DO wonder? If the president cares about them. Where's the executive order on that? Tell you what, Donnie, you let me know when you get around to "the forgotten men and women of our country [who] will be forgotten no more."  Get back to me when you "bring back jobs." I mean, you could have started that a long time ago and led by example, but whatever.

In the meantime, I'll be watching. And so will millions of other Americans. You spent eight years bashing Obama and trying to de-legitimize his presidency. Buckle up.


  1. It the midst of the insanity of the last couple of weeks. I missed that House vote. To quote you "What the actual fuck?"
    I'm with you. I'm not trying to take away all the guns. But, I damn sure believe there should be more restrictions.

  2. Read this this weekend nodding along the whole time.

  3. YES! That vote infuriated me. It was all kept pretty quiet too, which is what I'm worried out. In all the outrage, what are they hiding/we missing? I feel the same way as you do about communicating my feelings. I can't wrap my head around one decision before another one is announced!

    And about that meme...I had a dumb friend of mine say "Are the snowflakes taking a day off of protesting to celebrate Beyonce?" UUUGGGHHHHH!

  4. I'd actually be fine with taking all the guns away. ;)

  5. I'm with you. I've been so frustrated, scared, angry, fired up these past few weeks. I've been proud of some of the people i've voted for and completely horrified by others. I love that graphic you shared. I saved it as a reminder for myself.


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