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Not-so-super Tuesday - The Rancho Commons
Note to self: no whining, no slacking
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Not-so-super Tuesday
I went and cancelled a few votes just a little while ago. I wish I could say "I voted my consciensce" or that I was able to vote for "the right people" but I won't lie. As far as the presidential election, whatever; neither candidate is actually in line with my views, but I'll tell you this: I can't in good conscience vote for someone who aligns themselves with the platform of the Democratic Party because their beliefs are so much in opposition to my own. Please, don't crash LJ with your simultaneous sucking of air and bashing of keyboards. I realize this is in opposition to about 99% of the people who will read this (special thanks to gymbrall for defeating the sweep), but you don't read my LJ because I'm a staunch supporter of all things Democrat (or Republican either, for that matter) anyway.

What interests me more than the big dawgs in this election is all the posturing and threatening by, literally, thousands of lawyers poised to contest election results. Politics sickens me because of how childish and vicious it is, and has always been. It is fitting only in a society where the WWE's ratings compete with "reality TV" shows like Temptation Island; where Elim-A-Date and Howard Stern fight for time slots; where the most common commercials are about Bob's discovery of Envite and how you can effortlessly lose 100 pounds using Leptoprin, but only if you are truly obese, this isn't for someone who can "easily lose weight" and who only needs to lose a few "vanity pounds."

What I'm getting at is the fact that in a society/culture that is gullable enough to buy these products, and shallow enough to call these programs "entertainment," and we are, or they wouldn't be growing in numbers, we deserve no more than the people that are being chosen to represent us in our nation's capital, and to all the world. Why is our government worried that the Iraqis don't have freedom from tyranny, but not worried about the freedoms they are steadily taking from their own citizens? What has happened to the thinkers? They must be watching TV.

Another thing I found interesting was that all the judges are listed as "nonpartisan" rather than listing a political party with which they are affiliated. Is that fooling anyone? Is anyone in this country so naive as to believe that judges are actually impartial? Or "nonpartisan"? At least politicians are still being listed by which clothing they wear, wolves or sheep, you decide and I won't debate you here about it. I submit, however, that all politicians are wolves in sheep's clothing because none of them vote their conscience and convictions 100% of the time. They are expected to, and I think mostly do, vote party lines most of the time. I recently read that one study showed they did so 98% of the time; I hope that is untrue. Like the attorneys that most of them are, anyone calling themselves a "politician" is nothing more than a feckless, putrid, facsimile of a human being, not worthy of my respect until proving otherwise.

This is why I don't post much about politics.
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Comments
mygyzmom From: mygyzmom Date: November 2nd, 2004 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

re: voting

Feckless and putrid now? Boy, it's a good thing elections aren't held every day! I would really hate to be on the "other side."
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: November 3rd, 2004 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: voting

I don't know, I kinda like the sound of those words. Say them out loud. See?
gymbrall From: gymbrall Date: November 3rd, 2004 07:33 am (UTC) (Link)

I got your back

Another thing I found interesting was that all the judges are listed as "nonpartisan" rather than listing a political party with which they are affiliated. Is that fooling anyone? Is anyone in this country so naive as to believe that judges are actually impartial? Or "nonpartisan"?

Or reporters, or teachers, or anyone for that matter. It really crystallized for me, when every single Democratic presidential candidate, excepting Mr. Kucinich, stated that while they may hold deep and convicting personal beliefs, they would not allow those beliefs to influence their judgement as president. In the words of John Stewart, this is the sort of things that makes me go... WHAAAAA?!?

To my mind, there are only three reasonable responses to this.

  1. Thank you for defining the words "deep" and "convicting".

  2. You have no idea what you believe and will rely upon the moment to determine what is right and wrong, probably through extensive use of polls.

  3. You big honking liar.


</rant>

Anyway, good post. I would write more, but I've got to get back to work.

gymbrall


aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: November 3rd, 2004 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I got your back

I have been nearly overwhelmed by the volume of Dem puling coming out of LJ this AM. I remember back when I thought politics offered some hope, the crushing feeling of watching a sleeze like Clinton win the election. I was nearly phsically ill, especially with the second win. But I distinctly remember NOT whining about "The horror, the horror" to everyone who would listen, eh?

So, when are you going to get a job with enough slack time to hang out with me on the 'net? Diligence is overrated!
dancingwaves From: dancingwaves Date: November 3rd, 2004 11:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Does your last post mean that you aren't going to post again?! :(
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: November 3rd, 2004 11:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Nope, just pruned the friends list a bit. Feeling much better now.
dancingwaves From: dancingwaves Date: November 3rd, 2004 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that makes me happy :) And I hope I made the cut ;)
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: November 3rd, 2004 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Yep! Makes me happy too! It was a very specific, long needed prune.
From: recycling Date: November 3rd, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

re: most recent post

I just wanted to say I'm sorry if somebody out there is being a little bit more vengeful than decorum allows. Hope you aren't too miffed by it all, Bruce. :(
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: November 3rd, 2004 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: most recent post

No. Relieved maybe, not miffed. Actually, I just got tired of dealing, so I opted out of a situation with another LJer. I'm sure you know where I'm coming from with this. No hard feelings, just a need for seperate paths.
From: recycling Date: November 4th, 2004 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: most recent post

Yeah, I'm getting the hate mail too, although no one's dropped me yet. I'm just dissapointed by seeing extremists from both parties thinking they know something everyone else somehow doesn't. Call me crazy, but I just don't think it's a good idea to start bashing everyone else who doesn't follow the same ideology.
brknconfidents From: brknconfidents Date: November 4th, 2004 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha...we think a lot alike, you know? Hehe...don't let it scare you.
brknconfidents From: brknconfidents Date: November 4th, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Teehee...you nixxed the witch!
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: November 7th, 2004 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Freeeeeedoooommm!

Your turn!
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: November 7th, 2004 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Grin!

shudder!
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