I don’t care as long as it works

Sara Petersen

“Jane Doe is getting ready for socialism to take over … and thinking about buying a gun.”

I was in the Rathskellar Tuesday night with my roommate and many others while watching the election results roll in. I was filled with hope and anticipation for what the next four years will be like as I walked back to my dorm room. I then proceeded to sit on my bed, turn on my computer and get on Facebook to change my status.

I started looking at other peoples’ statuses and expected to see a lot of positive ones. I did not expect to become so enraged by so many of my Facebook friends.

What follows is a sample of my friends’ statuses. I’ve changed their names to protect their privacy.

“Tina Smith is on the verge of tears. I can see this country going to Hell in a hand basket. Thanks to everyone who voted for Obama.”

“Matt Jones is this is ridiculous! People don’t know how bad Obama is for our country.”

“Mary Johnson is crying … wow. America you really let me down.”

“Jill Jackson is going to be good until 01.20.09 it is when all hell will happen.”

Obama has not even set foot in the White House, and people are already condemning him, saying he will ruin this country and they are thankful George W. Bush still has a few months left.

I just want to know if all these people were in a coma for the past eight years. I always stood behind President Bush. He is our elected president and deserves respect, but he obviously hasn’t been successful with this whole presidency thing. We are currently in two unnecessary wars and our economy hasn’t been this bad since the ’30s. It’s clearly time for a drastic change.

As for Obama being a socialist, someone please send me a YouTube or Hulu link that has him proclaiming this and then I’ll believe it. His “spread the wealth” idea is to raise taxes on people who make more than $250,000 a year. I have no idea what I would do with all of that money if I made that much, so I’d gladly pay more taxes.

History has also told us that in difficult times, more government policies are helpful. I’m all for this as long as the government backs out when we get on our feet again.

“Lauren Williams is praying, ‘My God, What have we done?'”

“Sam Miller is Forgive us Father, for we know not what we do.”

All but one of these extremely negative status updates from Facebook in my column come from many of my Christian friends.

I know that in my column, “Christians please do as you say,” I might have come off as bigoted, critical and accusatory, and I did not mean to. I was unsuccessful in conveying what I wanted to say, and I apologize to anyone I offended.

The main point of Christianity is love. Jesus’ message to the world is to not only love your sisters, brothers and neighbors but to love your enemies as well.

These Christians hate a man who hasn’t even had a chance to prove himself.

Christians say to shake hands instead of fists.

Countries used to be ruled by people who were born into royalty and claimed they deserved to be kings and queens because God placed them there. King George III was one of these people and look at where we, America, are now.

United we stand; divided we fall. We are in a crisis right now, and if we all don’t stand behind the one man we elected to lead us, then this country really will go to hell.

Sara Petersen is a junior public relations major and a columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at [email protected].