What's Going On In Our Country Right Now?

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

I'm motivated to write this blog about what's happening to us as Americans with all the political and financial drama lately. I really wonder if I'm the only one who is seeing a nasty side of people unleashed.

I've gotta admit, when all this election hoopla began...oh...let's say about two years ago...I became interested in the coverage...but lately the situation has gotten out of control in my opinion.

I don't care what side you're on, clearly I can't admit my personal beliefs, but what I can say is over the course of the last three or so months I've seen an ugly side this election has brought out of many Americans...whether it be Republican, Democrat or undecided.  I hate all of this deep seeded racism, sexism, ageism...and overall hatred that seems to be seeping out of people.

Obviously our country is in a bit of a pickle lately.  Our financial market is an out of control sea-saw, people's home's are being foreclosed on a daily basis, companies that survived the Great Depression have now collapsed, thousands of qualified workers find themselves out of a job and then the people that have jobs have to spend a good deal of their money on putting gas in their tank to get to their job...goodness...it just goes on an on...doesn't it?

I'm not trying to be negative...just realistic!  I look at my 82 year old grandmother, a woman that's lived through a lot of tough times, and even she's throwing her hands up in disbelief...before throwing them together to pray for something better.  It all makes me wonder, how much worse are things going to get before they get better? 

So many are putting a great deal of the future into the hands of the next man who'll lead the country.  I guess I am as well, but goodness is it really all out of our hands?

Ok, sorry...back to the point here...and I'm back on the soapbox...haha.

What in the world is going on with everyone when it comes to this election?  People seem to be taking sides to the point that if you're voting for one person or the other there's so much resentment.  It's ugly tension...really ugly!  Even in our newsroom I'll admit we'll get into healthy discussions over what you all say in your comments on the Internet stories.  We take a lot of consideration into what we post and try to keep it fair...but like anything else...it can be tough to keep things balanced.  Even when we're debating these things however, there are so many different arguments for why things should or should not be posted. 

What I've found is people seem to enjoy attacking each other more than attacking the actual issues...and I'm saying this on both sides!!  Perhaps it's easier to attack a person for what he or she believes because we can't understand that side.  Regardless, I'm sick of it.  I'm really hoping and praying that things get better in 2009, and not just in the market or on the job front, but for our psyche and overall well being.  After all, regardless of what we think, feel or believe, we're all Americans...and to me that's something to be proud of.

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  • by Mike Location: Washington, NC on Oct 27, 2008 at 02:44 PM
    While it may seem like the attacks are ugly....and they are at times...how boring would it be if all discussions were civilized and unemotional. This election in particular has brought out very distinct and clear dividing lines with the candidates on all the election races. I take my politics personally. Why wouldn't I take that passion of my views and articulate them in the strongest terms and why the opposing side is wrong in their thinking. What does get old is the typical lines of attacks...you know....Obama's a socialist...McCain is for big business at the expense of the middle class. These are old lines of thinking that pander to a very low common denominator. I enjoy the heated banter that exists in campaigns. I wish that passion existed on these issues in between the elections.
  • by Bill Location: Belhaven, N.C. on Oct 26, 2008 at 04:18 PM
    I too am tired of all the rhetoric ie. presidential hopefulls, however, I think the fact that a black mad has been nominated and a female as republican vp, shows that this country is not as racisist as one would believe. Being a white republican male, I have seen many, many white's I know show their support for Obama. Just because I am voting for McCain does not indicate I am a racist. I just happen to believe that support of Abortion, Gay marriage, lack of poilitical experience, (former?) ties to terrorist, appeasment of foreign leaders with terrorist ties etc. does not a good president make. Mr. Obama's race is not even a consideration. I become upset when others think because I am a Conservative Republican I am a racist. I look at the years of Democratic control of Congress and still high gas prices, home forclosures etc. and just cannot support them. All you hear is Bush Bush Bush, but he is NOT running for President nor will he control McCain!!! God bless America-Pray!!!!!!
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Oct 22, 2008 at 05:32 AM
    Well, I can agree with most of your post, however this campaign began immediately following the 2004 election. I'm very disappointed in ALL those who are running. I'd like to be able to vote FOR someone again, but since the 80's I've only voted AGAINST the other guy and not so much for the one who got my vote. I'm so sick of all the political ads. If you pay attention you'll see that the majority of them tell you why you shouldn't vote for their opponent rather than why you should vote for them. Maybe someday someone will step up and make me want to vote FOR them again, sadly it's not going to happen this year.
  • by christine Location: washington dc on Oct 21, 2008 at 02:05 AM
    bush did what he said he were going to do, take from the poor and middle class peoples and he did just that. the middle class peoples wanted bush in the white house and look where they at now. ha, ha with the poor peples that they laugh at. now who's laughing now. so look at mccain can't raise no money, he half to borrow money, that's the different between men wanna be a man. just keep on voting for the rep. you all rerady in the poor house , next you wil be sleeping with the dogs. ha ha
  • by george Location: kinston,nc. on Oct 17, 2008 at 03:14 PM
    i am getting sick and tired of politicians telling me whats good for me.or the rest of the common people of the united states. i believe,that somewhere in the constintution,it says,,,when a government becomes overbearing of its citzens, the people have a right,to take over that government .and pass laws to follow the rights,of freedom,the rifght to persue happiness,and all the other things promised by the constitution.right now i am not happy at all with is going on with this (once was a happy country)i tried to get onto www.pc mikes web site.yah right. no way...i do not care about the little computers coming on the market..what i and other retirees and i care about is the computers we buy now are big enough so our fingers fit.we can read them, they last more than three years(without problems)lets get back to quaility...not sell more at any price,or any size.lets take back our wonderfull country
  • by Edward Location: Greenville on Oct 16, 2008 at 05:10 PM
    I was just watching a veteran on You Tube and wanted to post a link. It was very moving. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG4fe9GlWS8
  • by Amy Location: Washington, NC on Oct 14, 2008 at 08:24 PM
    Hi, Christine.....I think alot of us are pondering with you...what in heck is going on in the Good Ole USA? I am quite upset about the voter fraud that has captured the media's attention. To me it is almost treason for people to take that sacred right and privilege that we have as a democracy and defile it. It disturbs me that the end justifies the means and that as a nation we are losing our conscience of right and wrong. Yes...prayer is one answer, maybe the only answer. I listen to you on WTIB and learned that you are a Steelers fan. WooHoo! Me, too! I am from Penna but have lived here in NC for the past 25 years. But, I will always be a Steelers fan....I actually worked at a small radio station in Clarion Penna during the mid 70's when the Steel Curtain and the rest of the gang were winning Super Bowl after Super Bowl. I had the privilege of meeting several of the Steelers who were Christian Athletes. What a team! So...I enjoy your comments on WTIB. Take Care!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane, NC on Oct 14, 2008 at 06:42 PM
    I would like to think that most Americans have gone past racism and sexism (altho it does show in some of the comments). I do get up set whem someone like Rep. John Lewis compares McCain to George Wallace, he has tried to recant his statement, but the words have already been said and many will beleive his statement. Jessie Jackson makes a statement in France that Obama is against Jews. OJ is tried and found guilty by his piers, yet his lawyer claimes he was "railroaded", but his lawyer was a part of the jury selection. Pro sports figures and rap artist just go free almost no matter what they do, even the team owner will not impose sanctions. The president has a limit of two terms, why does not the congress (senate and house) have term limits also. By the 2012 election their term limit should be voted upon. I love this country but I sure am tired of a lot of those that represent us.
  • by Thaddeus G Best Location: Greenville on Oct 14, 2008 at 01:55 AM
    What we are seeing in this life now is the manifestation of the prophets. We, well those of us who study the Bible, knew these time would come. I am not a "religous" man, but I do have a relationship with our Father through Christ. When one gets that, He will calm the storms of life and guide us through them. America as a whole has taken their hand off the plow. What we are seeing is going to happen and worsen, but God's got a plan. One more thing: REMEMBER THE TOWER OF BABEL AND NOAH. As was it days of Noah, so it shall be. Trust in God with all things. We, as a country, have so far away from Him. So now the remnant is being exposed to stand for Godliness at all cost. We will be alright, but as a society with the mindset that is more than apparent, we will suffer, but once again, God's got a plan. The only way to know the plan is to know God through Christ Jesus.

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