I want to start out by thanking the many of you who asked and encouraged me to start writing again. It inspired me to do just that. But I've got to tell you how I got here in the first place, before I can move on to the topics you've asked for me to address. (Again, shocked and humbled by your words)
So here we go...
I have always secretly been a "writer" and I mean a "writer" not a blogger, I have been writing poetry, short stories and have started more novels than I care to mention. And I've been doing it since I was about 8. But until I started this blog, only about three people had ever read anything I'd ever written. Both of them were complimentary but they're related to me so they don't really count. Anyway, Fast forward to 2007. The then Democrat controlled Congress was spending money like they had the #1 Rap Album in the Country, (just to clarify they did not), but they were making it rain in Washington, With Our Money. It really pissed me off.
I work really hard for the money I earn, and at that point in my life, my entire career was 100% commission based and on at will contracts. So I knew that I had to do my job and do it well, if I was going to make enough money to support myself and my family. When the Government just takes half and does whatever they please with it. Most of which I don't even agree with! This is what got me so riled up that it had started to bubble over at parties. When a dear friend pulled me aside and suggested I start a blog. In fact he even gave me the web address for Blogspot. The very next day I set up an account. I blogged, a few people responded to my first published work! It was super cool.
Anyway...So flashforward about a year. I am blogging daily about the upcoming election doing hours of research at night after working all day, sleeping very little....I warned people. I did the research. I knew How bad an Obama presidency was going to be for the Country. And damn if half the people in this country voted for him anyway.
It was deflating. Mostly because I had done all the research including a significant amount on the economy, specifically Jobs, those are what people used to have back in 2008. In the early months of 2008, our unemployment rate was hovering nationally around 6% Go back to 2005, when the Republicans controlled the White House, and both houses of senate....the number drops to around 3.5%.
What is interesting is that President Obama was Senator Obama between 2005 and his "Historic" election and was part of the spending like drunken sailor congress. The media had all the independents believing Change was an actual platform. It was sickening. I digress..
So one of the blogs I wrote was called "Vote for Obama; Vote Yourself out of a Job". Sucks to be right. What also sucks is when you didn't vote for him and get canned anyway due to "downsizing" on the day that Obama was sworn in Jan 20, 2009, the company I worked for slashed 30% of their job force and did so on a day where even a giant corporation's cuts wouldn't even appear as a blip on the news. Genius. Except I was one of those "let go". I came home that day and wrote a blog, "Obama's first day at work, My last one" it was poetic as it was ironic, I know. I was fortunate the company provided me a generous severance package that allowed me time to write, Or so I thought.
See right about that time the Tea Party movement was born, and I participated online for the first Twitter Tea Party on Jan 28th, 2009. The was the spark, for the next six months I poured my effort and my heart to creating and establishing along with 6 other individuals the Richmond Tea Party. We held a tax day rally, and held an event to educate voters on issues. We were rolling. Then I was told I was no longer a member of the RTP, a week prior to event that I had spent no less than 2000 man hours planning, organizing and marketing (with No marketing budget) in the interest of the movement I stayed on to make sure the event went off without a hitch, and it did if I do say so myself. I quietly left the RTP. I worked on another project for a while to promote contacts, information about new groups as well as previously established groups to connect with each other as well as interested possible new members. I was doing something not just 'writing about it'.....(translation: I didn't write much) but then a funny thing happened. My severance ran out.
Back to work I went this time choosing an industry that 1. I thought even Obama couldn't hurt 2. It would give me more time to write. 3. Any industry was better than the one I was in. I was wrong on all counts, maybe not that last one...
Any hoo- I've spent the last two years of my life working 80 hour weeks, nights, weekends, travel what ever was required because I genuinely loved my work. I've been extremely successful by anyone's standards, and on Friday I found out that "they are eliminating my position", now I know there is probably more to it than that, there always is...but I can tell you this. It is directly related to New Regulations introduced and passed by the Obama Administration.
So here I sit on my couch, writing, when I was supposed to be flying to a national meeting. Feeling a failure, frustrated, crying. In my 14 year career I have been "let go" twice. Jan 20, 2009 and Friday. How could this be happening? Again? I keep running the conversation, or "chat" as it was referred to in The E-mail, over and over again. I want to make sense of it and I can't. No Warning. No Severance. No Reason. Then it came to me.
Like a vision...It's Obama's fault. Some may say you can't blame Obama for everything...and that might be true, as I don't think he had anything to do with "Sex and the City 2". But I can damn sure blame him for this one and I'm going to so there. ;-)
If I can figure out a way to get paid to do a writing gig, I will or if I make some money off my clever sayings at cafe press. (Hint, Hint) If not I'll go back to a more traditional position.....Until then I'm going to blog in between searching for a new job and getting some down time...So I'm back, Blame Obama.