In light of the recent election, it seems that the country is even more divided then ever before… or is it? I think this country has always been divided since it’s inception! We are just more socially connected than EVER before so it gives us that illusion. Thank you Internet.
If you don’t know what a yo yo diet is, well, it’s when a person tries to lose weight and goes on a fad diet. They lose the weight then gain it right back when they stop dieting. Then they try another diet, lose a bunch of weight, then go back to their regular way of eating, gain the weight back, then try another diet! The diets differ, but they are all still diets. One thing for certain, the dieter (the American Public) are NEVER happy about their diet (President-Congress-Politics, etc.)
As you can see, it’s a volley back and forth. Even the parties themselves have changed their stances over the years. However, nowadays it’s only the Republicans and Democrats that get to sit at the adult table and fling food at each other. Each political party undoes what the prior did before them, back and forth and back and forth. Undo, redo, undo redo, undo redo. And nobody is ever happy! EVER! One side will blame, gripe moan and groan, then the other side gets a turn. Up and down, back and forth…………………….forever and ever Amen.
Will we ever get off this Yo-Yo Diet and all have the same way of thinking? Probably not. We are human. We all have different values and beliefs. It comes from how we were raised, what part of the country we live it, how we are wired, how we are born. We are who we are. Humans, People, all DIFFERENT.
Did I vote for Trump? Nope! There I said it.. out loud. I wonder how many of my republican friend will unfriend me on Facebook. Sigh…. Do, I hope for the best? Damn right I do. Just like I hoped for the best in every president I voted for. And, I didn’t always vote democrat! Who knows if I will vote Democrat the next time around!! I really don’t know. I’m so in the middle, it ain’t funny!
It’s all a roll of the dice. We try and make the best decision in our voting with the information we have. We don’t know the presidents that we vote for personally! It’s not like we can call each candidate and have a few drinks, dinner, movie, or go bowling with them. You know, things you do when you want to really get-to-know a person. They are all talking heads on TV making rules that may or may not change our lives for better or worse! It’s like telling a random stranger on the street to hold your wallet full of money while you turn your back, close your eyes and count to 20. You don’t know this person. He may run off with it, or be a really honest person and give it right back to you. We just HOPE they are good people! I guarantee in the least they are thinking you are a complete dumbass for handing your wallet over to a perfect stranger!
As a media spokesperson for the government. I withheld information, I twisted information, I downright told some FIBS. It was my job to keep the media at bay and the general public on a Need-to-Know basis. Sometimes I felt like my soul was being sucked to the dark side of the universe. From professional experience, I don’t 100% (maybe 73.2%) trust what an elected official has to say, nor do I trust the news media. (32%)
So What Now?
Boy, I wish I knew the answer to that one. The world is more populated, more divided, more twisted, more connected and constantly evolving. Do the best you can. Help someone in need. Mentor a young person. Volunteer. Become more involved in your community. I don’t think us humans will EVER be on the same page. That will be our ultimate demise unfortunately.
Take a look at this chart. Then Google some of these fellas to see the types of things that happened during their presidency. Some had wars, depressions, recessions, domestic crises while some made good things happen. Some (and this one is subjective to the believer) did nothing but stall at the gate.
I just hope for each and every one of you to have a great life, good health and happiness. I just hope for the best for all of us Americans, and planet Earth.
|1. George Washington (1732-1799)||None, Federalist||1789-1797||John Adams|
|2. John Adams (1735-1826)||Federalist||1797-1801||Thomas Jefferson|
|3. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)||Democratic-Republican||1801-1809||Aaron Burr, George Clinton|
|4. James Madison (1751-1836)||Democratic-Republican||1809-1817||George Clinton, Elbridge Gerry|
|5. James Monroe (1758-1831)||Democratic-Republican||1817-1825||Daniel Tompkins|
|6. John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)||Democratic-Republican||1825-1829||John Calhoun|
|7. Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)||Democrat||1829-1837||John Calhoun, Martin van Buren|
|8. Martin van Buren (1782-1862)||Democrat||1837-1841||Richard Johnson|
|9. William H. Harrison (1773-1841)||Whig||1841||John Tyler|
|10. John Tyler (1790-1862)||Whig||1841-1845||.|
|11. James K. Polk (1795-1849)||Democrat||1845-1849||George Dallas|
|12. Zachary Taylor (1784-1850)||Whig||1849-1850||Millard Fillmore|
|13. Millard Fillmore (1800-1874)||Whig||1850-1853||.|
|14. Franklin Pierce (1804-1869)||Democrat||1853-1857||William King|
|15. James Buchanan (1791-1868)||Democrat||1857-1861||John Breckinridge|
|16. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)||Republican||1861-1865||Hannibal Hamlin, Andrew Johnson|
|17. Andrew Johnson (1808-1875)||National Union||1865-1869||.|
|18. Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885)||Republican||1869-1877||Schuyler Colfax|
|19. Rutherford Hayes (1822-1893)||Republican||1877-1881||William Wheeler|
|20. James Garfield (1831-1881)||Republican||1881||Chester Arthur|
|21. Chester Arthur (1829-1886)||Republican||1881-1885||.|
|22. Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)||Democrat||1885-1889||Thomas Hendriks|
|23. Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901)||Republican||1889-1893||Levi Morton|
|24. Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)||Democrat||1893-1897||Adlai Stevenson|
|25. William McKinley (1843-1901)||Republican||1897-1901||Garret Hobart, Theodore Roosevelt|
|26. Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)||Republican||1901-1909||Charles Fairbanks|
|27. William Taft (1857-1930)||Republican||1909-1913||James Sherman|
|28. Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)||Democrat||1913-1921||Thomas Marshall|
|29. Warren Harding (1865-1923)||Republican||1921-1923||Calvin Coolidge|
|30. Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)||Republican||1923-1929||Charles Dawes|
|31. Herbert C. Hoover (1874-1964)||Republican||1929-1933||Charles Curtis|
|32. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)||Democrat||1933-1945||John Garner, Henry Wallace, Harry S. Truman|
|33. Harry S Truman (1884-1972)||Democrat||1945-1953||Alben Barkley|
|34. Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969)||Republican||1953-1961||Richard Milhous Nixon|
|35. John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963)||Democrat||1961-1963||Lyndon Johnson|
|36. Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973)||Democrat||1963-1969||Hubert Humphrey|
|37. Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-1994)||Republican||1969-1974||Spiro Agnew, Gerald R. Ford|
|38. Gerald R. Ford (1913- 2006)||Republican||1974-1977||Nelson Rockefeller|
|39. James (Jimmy) Earl Carter, Jr. (1924- )||Democrat||1977-1981||Walter Mondale|
|40. Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911- 2004)||Republican||1981-1989||George H. W. Bush|
|41. George H. W. Bush (1924- )||Republican||1989-1993||James Danforth (Dan) Quayle|
|42. William (Bill) Jefferson Clinton (1946- )||Democrat||1993-2001||Al Gore|
|43. George W. Bush (1946- )||Republican||2001-2009||Richard Cheney|
|44. Barack Obama (1961- )||Democrat||2009-2017||Joseph Biden|
|45. Donald Trump (1946- )||Republican||2017-||Michael (Mike) Pence|