As I sit here on day 13 of the government shutdown I can’t help but to wonder, WHAT THE HELL, Washington DC? What in the HELL is going on? I guess everything I learned while watching Schoolhouse Rock about how the government works was just a lie. I suppose next I’m going to find out that all the after school specials I used to watch weren’t realistic either, huh? Maybe I should start doing Crank because the only reason I haven’t thus far in my life is because of the after school special I saw where a teenage Helen Hunt snorted some supposed Crank off some hunky guy’s finger then went crazy and threw herself out a plate-glass window.
After doing some research for this particular special I discovered that it is called Desperate Lives and was actually an anti-drug movie. When I was 12, in 1982, I vividly remember having to watch it and writing a reaction paper afterwards for a class, or should I say THE class because when I was in middle school we stayed in one damn room all day, but I digress. I really wish I had that paper now. I imagine it was as unintentionally hilarious as the actual movie.
I don’t know what to really say about the shutdown. It stinks. I don’t know who is at fault, probably a little from column A, a little from column B, and a whole lot of narcissism and people fighting for the right to BE right, but damn, I don’t know. I know that I have seen a lot of people express their opinion that it doesn’t affect them so who cares. The thing is, it DOES affect somebody. Real people are not getting paid and a whole host of other government services and agencies are affected. Maybe have some empathy before you go posting on Facebook that none of this affects you anyway and who cares.
Speaking of Facebook, can we all agree that none of us are going to change the others minds on anything and simply agree to disagree? Not once have I read a Facebook status or comment when someone appointed themselves the spokesman for vegans or tea party Republicans or vegan tea party Republicans where I actually thought ”My goodness, what a well thought all caps rant. I believe I will have to re-think my position”. Not. Once.
Before I continue to spiral further down into What the Helldom regarding the government and how out of control it feels to change anything, I wanted to ask your help once again regarding Marissa Alexander. So many of you have said that you would love to help if you could, well now is your chance. As I wrote a few weeks ago, Marissa Alexander has been granted a new trial which is great news! However, a letter-writing campaign has been started to try to persuade Florida State Attorney Angela Corey to drop the case all together. It would only take a few minutes of your time to write a letter asking that the charges be dropped. I am including the addresses and a link to a sample letter.
Angela Corey, State Attorney
220 East Bay Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Office of Attorney General Pam Bondi
State of Florida
The Capitol PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
Phone: 850-414-3300 or 850-414-3990
Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Phone: 850-717-9337 or 850-488-7146
Sample letter here
I suggest you send letters to every address listed above. Hell, let’s just write everybody. I still believe that justice is something worth fighting for and is attainable.
BUT if not, we might as well all do crank and throw ourselves out windows.
NEXT, I’m writing a super fun post about my unnatural love of all things Halloween, so be sure to come back for that!