Being Blue when surrounded by Red.............

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Being Blue when surrounded by Red.............

Post by 911Dispatcher on Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:40 am

Today was a pretty historic day to say the least. I knew Maine was going to be voting blue, and that most from Maine were and have always been on the left. Living in Alaska for the past ten years I also knew that I was in a foreign land that literally bled red. So what does that really mean? I'll give you a perfect example. Tonight at work I heard some very concerning things from some co workers of mine. One was the N word and the other was the word queer. Both of these words were used in a very negative context when talking about Obama and Obama supporters. Needless to say I had a very hard night trying to tone out the conversations that only continued to get worse as the night went on. See I grew up in a christian home that taught tolerance. I learned from a very young age that the world is made up of all kinds and we all share the world together. I also learned that even though I may not agree with all of them, name calling, especially hateful name calling, was never to be used. I was taught to be open minded and to see issues from every angle possible. I was taught to consider what it would be like to be in the other persons shoes. I guess those teachings some how missed being taught in red states, or at least this red state. I just wanted to put this out there that I truly miss Maine and the people from Maine on this historic night.

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Re: Being Blue when surrounded by Red.............

Post by Timeout on Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:59 am

McCain did a beautiful job on his concession speech...I was very impressed with the man. Glad Palin didn't follow up. Sorry 911, you sound lonely for home.

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Post by 911Dispatcher on Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:09 am

More just hating being surrounded by intolerable, sore losing, hateful people right now. They could have found a better way to push their issues and concerns then calling certain states and citizens by some pretty awful terms. I agree with you though McCain was very gracious tonight.

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Post by Timeout on Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:49 am

I think it's shocking when you realize that hatred and prejudice really exists...it's even more shocking in people you think you share common values with like co-workers or even friends. The trick is not to lose your own balance even if it seems no one in the room is on the beam. I always want to believe in people - some people have a little more ugly in them than others. Keep the faith.

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Post by Guest on Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:29 am

911,
I just want to tell you that I was touched by your post. Thanks for sharing.

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Post by C on Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:35 am

Prejudice, intolerance and hatred all seem to stem from ignorance and irrational fear. It must really be frustrating to be amongst people who are so closed-minded and uneducated about the people outside their borders.

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Post by Admin on Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:27 pm

911Dispatcher,

Thank you for your post. No wonder young people like you flocked to Obama.

You are our future and that makes me hopefull for our country. You Rock!

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