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7 November 2012

I woke up this morning to disappointment.

Oh, not because Obama won. As much as I was rooting for anyone, he was my guy. So I’m all good there.

No, the disappointment happened when I tuned into Facebook. Some people that I’ve known for years were… well, there’s no other way to say it. They were whining about the outcome of the election, throwing out insults and passive-aggressive statuses because their guy didn’t win.

And some of my friends on the other side of the aisle weren’t any better, posting statuses on the order of “yeah, we won! Suck it!”

I don’t talk much about politics on the blog, and there’s a reason for that — my political views are my own, and really don’t enter into my day-to-day that much. But this really isn’t an entry on politics — it’s an entry on behavior, and the lack of it.

While I was going through messages on Facebook and Twitter this morning, there were occasional bright spots. As always, my buddy Nate was one of the first to chime in with something reasonable, classy, and grown up. See, Nate and I share some ideological similarities, but we usually find each other on the opposite sides of an election. It was no different this time — Romney was his guy as much as Obama was mine. And the first thing I saw from Nate on Facebook this morning?

A congratulations to the president and his supporters. A message to his fellow conservatives to accept. A message to both to move forward. A final note — that we are all in this together.

There are many reasons I like Nate, but on days like today, there’s no question in my mind why he’s one of the best people I know.

Then there’s my buddy Christopher — safe to say he’s on the other side of the aisle from Nate. The first thing I saw from Christopher this morning was a response to one of those hate-filled insults towards Obama. His response was essentially “Hey, chill out. It’s all good. I’m going to have a great four years, and I’d say the same if Romney won.”

I think we could all step back and take a lesson from these two. Win or lose, there’s no reason to not be classy and civil — look at Nate if you need pointers on how to be awesome in this regard. And no matter who got elected, it’s like Christopher says — you’re responsible for your own life, your own happiness.

Why waste that happiness, time out of that life, being a dick to people on the Internet because the guy in the blue tie won?

Don’t be a sore loser. Don’t be a sore winner. It’s cool, chill out. We’re all in it together.

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  1. 7 November 2012 0722

    I’m happy Obama won, but had Romney won, I’d still write, I’d still love my wife, I’d still see my friends, and I’d still find a way to pay the bills. And that was my point in my reply that you mention. That is a person I’ve known since high school, and he — like so many other friends on “the other side” — are making it sound like it’s the end times. If super secret Muslim operative “O” didn’t use his Communist death ray on us this past 4 years, I think we’ll be safe another 4 years. But so many people I know make it sound like it’s been a terrible 4 years, despite the fact many of the same people have posted about new jobs, buying houses, and more often than not, talking about things that make them happy that no politician can take away from them.

    I’d have been bummed if Romney won, mainly because there would have been better odds that gay friends who have been together as long as my wife and I would have a tougher battle for equal rights. I’m not a fan of religion combining with politics; the majority of my religious friends feel the same way as my atheist butt. I see the results as a message to those who quantify levels of “legitimate” rape and other nonsense. But had Romney won, seriously, my life would not change all that much.

    Obama will still kill people with drones and take money from those wanting to extend copyright so they can further coerce those who actually need it. He will do things I don’t like, but he will do more things I like. Hopefully, without having to appease people to win another 4 years, we’ll see more of what many hoped for his first four years.

    And for me, that’s the big thing: we’re part of the problem. Obama can’t be who he is and Romney couldn’t be who he is…at least not entirely. We all say we want honest politicians, but when they are honest, they lose. I’d rather be an honest loser than a dishonest winner, but I can at least understand why some politicians move around the spectrum in a grab for the most votes. They are trying to be everything to everybody because instead of chilling, people on all sides seem to look for one little pinhole to tear open and drive a tank through.

    I’m glad that I can look at my social media feeds and the feeds of most of my close friends and see barely anything political. Instead, there’s talk about the things friends are up to; people sharing the things they love, not dwelling on the things they fear or even hate. The person I replied to is a very negative guy. He is a self-professed hater of Yankees, but yet, for over 25 years, I’ve thrown his theories about people like me for a loop. It would be easy to dispel him as not being worth the time, but despite his vitriol, he’s a good guy deep down who wants the same things I do. I could argue with him, or stand as an example that people aren’t always the way he thinks they are. We both work hard, love our friends and families, and enjoy our time just kicking back and relaxing.

    Whether it was Obama or Romney, I’d still have a job today, I’d still love my family and friends, and I’d still find time to do the things I love and take it easy. No politician can take those things away from me; I feel sorry for those who believe they can.

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