I debated about writing this, after all, they say there are two things you shouldn’t discuss in polite company: politics and religion, and this is really a twofer, but then I figured the dozen or so people out there who read this know me, and you know my intentions. I do have fun things to write about. I have two words for you: mardi gras! I’ll be back later with all the pictures. For now, here are my political rumblings for today:
I don’t know why I get so obsessed with politics. I can’t even vote! Still, I find myself picking a candidate, reading all the reports, listening to talk radio during our many road trips, and watching way too many debates. This is not the first time. I stayed up all night to watch the 2000 election returns, and I was completely enthralled with the SLC mayoral election while I was living there.
I should be used to disappointment by now. I think it’s kind of like the checkout line at the grocery store. Whatever you do, don’t stand behind me!
I am currently a little disillusioned with the whole process. I feel like it’s been going on forever, and I’m worn out. To top it all off, today the guy I liked dropped out.
Now, here’s where I’m going to get a little bit bitter:
I expect canditates to get a little nasty, That’s how politics works. I don’t like it, but at least you get to see a person’s true colors. What I don’t get is every “news” station being so undeniably biased. What I don’t get is the christian preacher candidate attacking another candidate’s religion in the newspaper. I don’t expect unbiased from the editorial section, but I do expect a little balance. When, during a debate, McCain is called out in a bald faced lie, and keeps on lying, no one questions him. Apparently being a war hero 30 years ago gives you carte blanche for the rest of your life.
I would like to think that Romney’s being Mormon had nothing to do with the way people campaigned, or the way they voted, but I don’t know how realistic that is. I have read a lot of blogs that were downright idiotic. If, however, you want to exclude someone based solely on their religion at least have the decency to be honest about it. I don’t know how many times I heard reporters say that they had personal issues with Romney without ever going into one detail. The fact that no one wanted to address the fact that Huckabee and McCain were working together to block Romney, and don’t even get me started on the Super Delegates on the Democratic side. I actually heard a Super Delegate say she hadn’t yet decided on her candidate, on primary day, because she was still trying to decide between her “gender” and her “generation.” What about the issues?
I know I shouldn’t be bitter. This is a process, and it happens every four years. I should be used to it by now. I should just sit back and enjoy the cartoons on jibjab, but I am finding it very difficult. Alright, maybe this will serve as some kind of purge for me. Maybe I will learn to let go, or maybe I will actually get more involved. Why should my non-voting status affect my ability to back a candidate?
I will be a citizen one day, and then, watch out world!
p.s. If any immigration officials are reading this, I have the utmost respect for the whole political process!