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Can’t We All Just Agree? (An Open Letter to America)

 

Dear America,

 

Can’t we all just agree to put our own personal agendas aside for once and try to work together?  Most of us seem to behave ourselves pretty well in our day-to-day lives (the occasional toy store stampede death aside).  Whether we’re inviting the weird kid in class to our child’s birthday party so he doesn’t feel left out, or stopping our cars to let an old man cross the street (even though we’re running late)—we make decisions all the time that are based not solely on our own selfish desires, but on what works best for the group of people we find ourselves living among.

 

Which, last time I checked, included ALL OF US.

 

So here’s the annoying thing.  Whenever politics come up, so many of you kind, considerate people revert back to this Me! Me! Me! attitude, as if national policy decisions will effect only you.  I see it happening on a smaller scale, too, every time I go to a PTO or school board meeting and some parent stands up to the mic and says, “Well my kid hates it…” without even bothering to take even the briefest moment to consider how said decision might effect the other 3,000 kids in the district.

 

Of course, you and your family come first.  I get that.  And it shouldn’t be any other way.  But while you are thinking about what might work best for you and your family, I think it’s also important to pause at the metaphorical crosswalk to think about how stepping on the gas pedal might impact that old man crossing the street.

 

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Can’t We All Just Agree? (A new blog series about Things We Can All Agree On, right?)

Hey America, can’t we all just agree that fake kids’ handwriting is stupid?    never fooled me with that dumbass backwards “R” and neither do you, every movie and TV show with a handwritten mother’s day card or sloppily crayoned lemonade stand sign.  How about this, art directors – when you want something to look like a child wrote it, use an actual kid.

Also, America, can’t we all just agree that it’s a waste of our tax dollars to use well-paid, highly skilled policemen and women to direct traffic when this same task could be easily accomplished by folks who work for minimum wage?  Every time I see a cop waving for someone to slow down by a road repair project, I wonder why our well-trained, gun-toting law enforcement officers aren’t doing something more important with their time?

Maybe we could even develop a new lower tier branch of public workers (hello, job creation!) known as Traffic Force 2000.  The 2000 doesn’t really mean anything, but it would make the job sound cooler than it really is.  And there could be cool uniforms, too.  And reflective silver sneakers, for safety.

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