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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wait, hold on, I'm a little confused

This was sent to me by a dear friend. I made a few comments after.

* If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."

* Grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, a quintessential American story.

* If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.

* Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

* Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.

* Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.

* If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, b become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a
state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.

* If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.

* If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.

* If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.
* If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

* If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant , you're very responsible.

* If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's.

* If you're husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

COMMENTS:
Well, I've written these comments few different times now. And it just doesn't seem to drive home what I mean to say. You know? Kind of pussy-footing around the point when the words don't seem to come naturally. What I will say is that voting is a selfish act. And rightfully so. Everyone should vote for what they believe in. Not because they are the same color or sex as the nominee or in 'your party'. Or the opposite. I feel strongly about that. Vote on issues. Unfortunately, the political veil can lead us in the wrong direction when candidates campaign in one way but then act in another. I urge you to speak up if that happens. That is false advertising & technically illegal (several marketing ethics classes taught me that).

Also, we are all assholes. We all fuck up from time to time. We all do good. But seeking out only faults of others without recognizing our own is dangerous.

I do not like talking politics on one side or another. I've found that grouping yourself in situations like this allow for false preconceptions and unwarranted judgment.

Once my thoughts are gathered more coherently on one issue in particular I may write about that. But not now.

In closing, I'd like to quote one of my 3 heros:

"There's only one rule I know of, babies - Goddamnit, you've got to be kind" -Kurt Vonnegut

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3 Comments:

Blogger BSH ADMIN said...

Honestly, I can't even read this, it's too infuriating. In the past 2 days I've made contributions to both Obama and Planned Parenthood OUT OF ANGER.

4:56 PM

 
Blogger Sun Follower said...

Ah...Vonnegut.

He's right.

1:12 AM

 
Blogger Ian and Steph said...

It's all smoke and mirrors my dear. You won't know what they have done til we're sorting the broken pieces years later

11:51 PM

 

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