I am simply tired. In fact, I’m sick and tired. I’m tired of signing petitions. I sign on average, ten petitions a day, and sometimes more. I sign petitions telling my congressmen to: protect the earth, protect the poor, protect the sick, protect minorities; protect those who have been impacted by the weather; protect workers and consumers; protect people and the animals. The number of petitions I’ve signed just since January numbers well into the hundreds. I’m tired of being upset, depressed and overwhelmed with bad news and bad behavior on the part of people who should know better.
My question is, why the hell do I even have to do this? Doesn’t it simply stand to reason that people have a right to clean water, clean air? Don’t we have a right to healthcare? How about a right to equality? How about a right to not be lied to and mislead by the companies that we do business with? How about just helping the citizens of our country when disaster strikes? Isn’t that what their taxes have paid for? Why do I have to keep reminding the government what their job is? Their job is not to enrich themselves and their corporate donors. They are supposed to be working for the good of all, not just the rich and powerful.
Of course, I’m lucky. I’m not sick, I’m not a minority. While I do have Fibromyalgia, I don’t take medication for it, I’m coping on my own, and doing okay. I’m not a victim of a disaster. Of course, that could change at any time, and many of us are one paycheck away from financial disasters, not to mention one caused by sickness, accidents or nature. I actually live in a state that, while we have our problems within our state; our federal representatives do vote on the behalf of the people who actually voted for them. I feel sorry for those of you who don’t enjoy the same representation. Of course, the “powers that be” are hoping that we will all get too sick and tired and simply stop paying attention. Hell no, it’s not going to happen. While I may bury my head in the sand for a day or even two, I’ll pick myself up again and make my voice heard. For all of you out there who also are tired, take a breath, take a small break, and then continue plodding. After all, you’ve got justice on your side.