Day 8: Three things you want to say to different people.
1. To the single, childless college friend who insists he would rather stick with his ideals and vote for a third party instead of Hillary Clinton if she gets the nomination: Gee, it must be nice to forget about the real world we live in where there is no way a third party can win the election in 2016. But you know what? I can't forget how the system works. I have kids whose futures are going to be affected by whoever ends up as our next president. If I don't do what I can to keep Trump or Cruz out of office, then I'm failing my family. Hate Hillary. I don't care. That's your right. But you're an idiot for throwing away your vote. (He has been annoying the crap out of me on Facebook, bitching about this article without recognizing that voting his conscience regardless of consequences comes from the same place of privilege the author is espousing.)
2. To my kids: I'm sorry my immediate family is selfish and lazy. It's got nothing to do with you and everything to do with them. Just remember that real family isn't about blood. It's about love and respect.
3. To the residents of my hometown who voted against the tax that would allow for adequate funding for our local fire departments: Seriously, you have no right to complain about the lack of services when you're not willing to pay for them. You don't get to have it both ways. And? Trying to get other government agencies to foot the bill (including schools) is both idiotic and illegal.
Sorry about getting political on some of this, but the hypocrisy has been really getting to me in the past couple days. Because that fire issue? A real problem here where I live. We lost two out of our five stations this past year because people are so pissed about government spending and are voting no to every kind of tax that gets proposed. I understand being angry about government problems. I do. But in the case of this fire department issue, it's cutting off their noses to spite their faces. And instead of shouldering the blame when people can't get service, they blame the fire department and state government, and then do nothing viable to actually help the situation. All they do is bitch. It's infuriating.