State of the union

It doesn’t feel any less unsettling now that I have a president in office who I trust, who I think might not vote against my civil rights (even though he hasn’t done much to ensure them; not yet anyway).

It doesn’t feel any less unsettling because just like under Bush II, the country feels terribly, painfully divided. And Fox News exploits the divisions because it brings in good ratings and lots of money. It’s pretty pathetic that so many Americans get their “news” from such blatantly partisan, exploitive television programming.

The Tea Party movement is a financially exploitive movement too, by the way. But the people they are exploiting are real people. They hate Obama for reasons they can’t even describe, and they get tongue-tied when you try to ask them. The reason they can’t say is because there is no reason, other than this vague feeling that Obama can’t be trusted. You know, like storekeepers who eye Black people suspiciously when they come into the store, because even if they have more money than you can imagine, they still must be out to steal something.

I don’t know what will happen to this country. I think, in general, Obama has done the right things – even though he’s putting my civil rights on the back burner – because the reality is, if we don’t come together as a country, there will be no country. We will either go under financially or break into civil war. It’s happened to every empire in the history of the world, I don’t know why we should be surprised if it does happen. But it makes for unsettling living conditions.

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~ by realsupergirl on February 7, 2010.

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