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I'm sick of it.

I suffered.

I was hired into the office of a county Republican in 1996.  It was a job, and one I needed.  I was unemployed, working every minimum wage job I could get, and making weekly choices as to whether I would pay my rent, my electric bill, my gas bill, or buy food. Fortunately, a family friend knew someone who was able to arrange a job for me that would be a stepping stone to something bigger, something that might actually allow me to take advantage of my education and, more importantly, allow me to be able to actually earn enough money to pay all my bills and put enough money away for hard times in the future.

The downside was that I had to put up with dozens of (Republican) people who had been hired by a Republican officeholder, and who earnestly believed that this guy could pee lemonade.  I will admit that he was a likeable guy, who honestly believed that it was sometimes necessary to put politics aside when necessary to serve the greater public good.

But every day during assorted lunch hours and breaks I would listen as my co-workers respectively: 1) Disparaged Clinton 2) Cheered for the election of W 3) Rejoiced as W stood atop the pile of rubble 4) Gave me the stare for criticizing the "war on Terror" 5) Cried when the Republican I worked for was voted out of office 6) Gave me the stare AGAIN when I expressed joy at the Boos as W was introduced during Obama's inauguration 7) Complain every day about the changes being made by the new administration.

So I have paid my dues.  I worked for and with Republicans for years. I know how inflexible they can be.  And I know that it is pointless for President Obama to try to be bi-partisan with his issues.  Republicans only know one way to be bi-partisan: Telling everyone who doesn't agree with them to sit down and shut up.

It's time to do the same.

Originally posted to ERJ1024 on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 04:07 PM PST.

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